Scott Brown challenge echoes through the years


The moment Scott Brown threw himself into a challenge on the edge of his own penalty area, laser-like in precision, to dispossess Barry Robson, brought the memories flooding back.  Barry was regarded by many as a journeyman when he signed for Celtic alongside Georgios Samaras in January 2008.  A month later he scored against Barcelona in the Champions League knock out stage and was well on the way to convincing the Celtic support of his ability.

At the time, Scott Brown’s fortunes were different.  He’d arrived the previous summer, a £4m buy from Hibs, but had yet to acclimatise to the central midfield role at Celtic.  In the spring of 2008, Celtic were well behind in the title race, and playing poorly.  Robson was on the bench with Brown given midfield responsibility.

The script for that season was written by a gifted hand.  As the season reached a climax, Scott was suspended for three games, punishment for a rash of misjudged tackles throughout the season.  Gordon Strachan turned to Barry, who was made for the moment.

Seven years ago Barry Robson could tackle, in fact, he could foul, without being noticed.  He brought determination and menace to a team which was questioned in the CQN comments section for an apparent lack of leadership.

Two of our last five league games that season were at Celtic Park against Rangers.  Rangers had a games in hand but the effective gap was 10 points, Celtic needed five wins, and even then their chances of winning the league were regarded as remote.  Towels were thrown everywhere.

The first, a midweek game, memorably started with Barry Robson putting a thumping challenge into Christian Dailly in the opening minutes.  The tone was set, Celtic were there to fight for everything.  Rangers thought they had the point they needed, their manager offering high-fives in the technical area as they cleared the ball late into added time.

I still can’t quite believe what happened next.  In the 95th minute Gary Caldwell threw a long ball into the Rangers box, which was won in the air by Scott McDonald, the smallest player on the field.  McDonald headed across the face of goal for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to head into the net.  Celtic survived to fight another day.

11 days later Celtic Park saw an equally dramatic game.  Scott McDonald (scorer of incredibly important goals) put Celtic ahead but the season looked to be in tatters as Rangers struck back with two goals direct from corner kicks.

1-2 down in a must-win game it was an uphill struggle, but McDonald struck again two minutes from the break to level the game with the assistance of a deflection.  The second half was a tense affair, so much was invested in one game of football, but one man was made for the moment.

McDonald broke free inside the box and was hauled down by Broadfoot.  Barry Robson stepped forward to take the penalty, it was the defining moment of his career.  If you’re in Celtic Park early enough before kick-off these days you can still hear the echo of the roar that went up when his penalty hit the net.  His celebration was unforgettable.

It’s remarkable that Barry is still performing at this level so many years after his peak but yesterday’s decisive challenge by Scott Brown demonstrated the enormous leaps our captain has made since becoming a Celtic player.  We need players with that fight and craft.

Many of us are still telling stories of the 1985 Scottish Cup Final. A goal down, Celtic roared back to beat Dundee United with a Frank McGarvey diving header. Frank’s offering the jersey he wore that day for auction to raise funds for Maryhill Foodbank. It’s a genuinely unique piece of Celtic history, for a very worthy cause. Check it out here.

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  1. Hi-diddle-dee-dee(tis an actors life for me)


    11:44 on


    12 May, 2015



    Oh, is it ‘mate’ the day….




    So it IS you! LOL!!!



    “Don’t tell him, Pike”!

  2. El Madrigal


    11:49 on


    12 May, 2015



    So…is the Pope a Catholic?




    Not since Vatican II apparently. :-))

  3. BMCUW



    Hi there mate.hope all is good down with you.I might be wrong but did you post The ballad of John Maclean the other day?Any chance of posting it cheers



    hail hail

  4. There has never been a Scottish Pope.



    But if there had been, he would probably have been a freemason!




  5. leftclicktic on

    Tell me whaur ye’re gaun, lad,


    An who ye’re gaun tae meet


    A’m headed for the station


    That’s in Buchanan Street,


    A’ll join 200,000


    That’s there tae meet the train


    That’s bringing back tae Glesca


    Our ain dear John MacLean







    There was nane like John MacLean,


    The fightin Dominie



    Tell me whaur he’s been, lad,


    An why has he been there?


    They’ve had him in the prison


    For preachin in the Square,


    For Johnny held a finger up


    Tae aa the ills he saw,


    He was right side o the people,


    But the wrang side o the law



    Johnny was a teacher


    In one o Glasgow’s schools


    The golden law was silence


    But Johnny broke the rules,


    For a world o social justice


    Young Johnny couldnae wait,


    He took his chalk an easel


    Tae the men at the shipyard gate



    The leaders o the nation


    Made money hand ower fist


    By grindin doun the people


    By the fiddle an the twist,


    Aided an abetted


    By the preacher an the Press


    John caad for revolution


    An he caad for nothin less



    The bosses an the judges


    United as one man


    For Johnny was a danger


    Tae their ’14-’18 plan,


    They wanted men for slaughter


    In the fields o Armentiers,


    John caad upon the people


    Tae smash the profiteers



    They brought him to the courtroom


    In Edinburgh toun,


    But still he didnae cower,


    He firmly held his ground,


    An stoutly he defended


    His every word an deed,


    Five years it was his sentence


    In the jail at Peterheid



    Seven months he lingered


    In prison misery


    Till the people rose in fury,


    In Glesca an Dundee,


    Lloyd George an aa his cronies


    Were shaken tae the core,


    The prison gates were opened,


    An John was free once more

  6. leftclicktic on

    May 12, 2015 — After an understandable lull during the GE and its aftermath, the online petition is now over 5000.



    Fans Against Criminalisation just posted an update on the petition you signed, The Scottish Government: Repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.



    Till later all

  7. "mouldy67" supporting the fearless Oscar Knox on

    Hello team, would be looking for your help to spread the word about campaign;



    “The 8th May 2015 will mark the first anniversary of our friend’s child, Oscar James Knox, gaining his Angel wings. To celebrate Oscar’s short but memorable life, we’ve organised a 223 mile bike ride over three days.



    We’re using this opportunity to help another young child who desperately needs support: and fast. Eileidh Paterson needs £100K by June in order to receive specialised DFMO cancer treatment in the USA. That treatment is not currently available in the UK.



    On Saturday 16th May 2015, the cyclists will leave Forres, Eileidh’s home town, bound for Inverness. There, they will take in the SPFL match between Caley Thistle and Dundee United, raising awareness of neuroblastoma, and in particular Eileidh’s plight, before setting off south to Glasgow, and Celtic Park, home of Wee Oscar’s favourite team.



    We have set up this team page to raise awareness and much needed funds. Our team have a common goal to raise money for the Neuroblastoma Childrens Cancer Alliance (NCCA UK). The team are Steve Taylor, Kevan Lawler, Iain McGovern, Robert Campbell and Paul Muldoon.



    We are football fans of different teams with a common goal: to make a difference for Eileidh in wee Oscar’s name.



    We would like to ask for your help by donating to Eileidh’s campaign.









    Text EPAT50 £1-10 to 70070



    The Highland Cycle Team.”



    Thanks again Mouldy 67

  8. non dee ploom on

    Is the hand shake being discussed the wan that feels like you’re shaking hands wey a dead haddock, or is that something else, i’ve had a few of them 8>).

  9. tricoloured ribbon



    11:10 on 12 May, 2015


    Oh,I forgot about Pope Tiny Wharton.


    Great Scottish Pope.






    That induced a wee mini snort from me!



    HH jamesgang



    PS the snort contained only laughter!

  10. bankiebhoy1



    11:35 on 12 May, 2015


    ………”in the heat of Lisbon, as The Bhoys rejoiced with the faithful thronging around the Estadio Nacional, few people noticed as a simple Blackhawk helicopter lifted off, noiselessly from the stadium roof into the balmy early evening air and sped its way to The Vatican.



    It has been said and corroborated by Nicholas Witless, that Prince Philip was the pilot with


    ” a picture of James Connolly” acting as co-pilot – Dame Shirley Bassey served tea, coffee and bottles of ginger to Basil Hume and the reclining Grand Poo-bah as they neared the Eternal City……..”






    Your post provides absolute proof about the Masonic/lizard being conspiracy.



    Flying a Blackhawk in 67?!?


    First flight wasn’t reported till 74!






    HH jamesgang





    Only by special request!



    I see wur pal LEFTCLICKTIC beat me to it.






    His life story is a reminder to us all that self-sacrifice is a worthy pursuit.

  12. If a Scot was ever elected Pope, would he be popularly known as ‘the Pape?’




  13. Auldheid



    No holding a minute from me. You may not like it but it is the truth of the matter.


    It is my view whether you agree or disagree.



    the pile of pish PR roadshows, born from the initial four meeting were supporters aired their grievances, momentum grew and numbers attending grew from meeting to meeting from around 15 to 20 at first to over a 100. the meetings purpose was not to sell NL to Celtic support. That is what the roadshow turned out to be with over 400 happy clappers in attendance at the first in the KDS. The disgruntled and their grievances were managed perfectly and put aside. If Jeanette findaly offeered that up to PL on a platter then YES it was a mistake.



    Born of proof by the resurection of meetings of supporters in the CSC about a year and a half later.



    I firmly hold this view. iattended the first four meetings. The process was hijacked by the club and the direction changed. QAs you are well aware PL is the master at that and by the looks of it took an opportunity offered to him by JF to sell Neil Lennon to the support and ignore all grievances.



    You can attempt to defend it all you like but it was the wrong thing for JF to do.



    MWD said AYE like or lump my view.



    MWD said AYE

  14. Henke



    10:37 on 12 May, 2015



    Chris Torey –



    I must say, those sites look a wee bit ‘Da Vinci Code’ for me.



    Each to their own I suppose.





    So you aware of Da vinci code by Dan Brown a masonic author of popular best sellers.



    Best Sellers can be made and are probably pulped by now to recoup the costs they paid to Dan Brown



    Each to his own indeed I only rread the first Chapter of Da Vinci code to know that it was shit and a ripoff of “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” a book I read in the 1980’s which although written by three masons contained some little nuggets.



    One has to trawl a lot of aggregate to find diamond.



    the trick is to know what is true.



    viva cristo rey



    viva c