Scott Brown, Great Scottish Runner


You seldom hear football people speak as unguardedly as Peter Grant did to The Herald yesterday about Scott Brown.  “If somebody had offered us £4m (in 2010)?  I would have driven him down the road myself”.  The tone of Peter’s piece was supportive, though.  Our former assistant manager affirms Scott is a vastly improved performer since.  I agree.

You never really know what is going on inside a squad.  Footballers play with injuries, many find the distractions of wealth all-consuming and some are simply deployed incorrectly.  At the #19 game last week I recalled the form of Stiliyan Petrov under John Barnes, he was lost, especially when playing right back.  Bobby Petta also looked out of sorts under Barnes but within weeks of playing for Martin O’Neill both were among the most valuable assets at the club.

Neil Lennon told us last week that Scott Brown was unfit during last season’s Champions League campaign.  It’s clear that he is an incredibly more effective player when fit, but Peter Grant suggests Brown has also learned positional discipline, a subject he has previously been criticised here for.

A lot of Scott’s contribution is off the ball.  He closes space, filling the park with a presence, which is defensively important, especially on Champions League duty.  I’ve never seen Celtic’s yardage stats on players but you have to think he’ll top the list most weeks, he is the Great Scottish Runner, but all that energy needed to be harnessed correctly, which is perhaps what Scott is learning from former midfielder, Neil Lennon.

The next achievement to look out for from Scott is a marquee performance on a European stage………

Which leads us onto the Great Scottish Run.  You can still sign up for the run, and if you’ve registered already, or are still to register, you can participate in the 1254125 campaign.

The heart and soul of our community is something we cannot take for granted.  It has flourished because you, and countless thousands before you, have decided to improve the lives of those around you by getting involved in the name of Celtic.

On Sunday 6 October there is a 10k and Half Marathon.  If that is beyond you. There are family events taking place the day before.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for the Great Scottish Run, or here for one of the family events.

Once you’ve done that, you can register for the 1254125 campaign here.

Then you can create a donations page here.  Click Start Fundraising, search for Celtic Charity, setup your My Donate account).

Email me and let me know if you are having trouble signing up or need any more help, celticquicknews@gmail.com.
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  1. Glendalystonsils






    How ya Bin?



    Long time no see yer Name oan Ma Computer.




    And.. Aye..



    Ma Sainted Aunt Matt…



    Used tae tell Me..



    Son.. Always, Pit oan the “Puir Mooth”.. that Way, everybuddy wull feel eethur


    Sorry fur ye.. or.. wulll Treat ye wi’ Contempt.



    But.. Naebuddy, wull be able tae Pre- Judge ye….properly


    and … When ye get aulder.. ye wull find oot .. that the element of Surprise is a Great thing tae hiv, oan yer side”



    But.. Ah never Understood whit she wiz tellin me..



    Although, Ah always remembered it..



    and ,, as a Boy . Ah used Tae spen Hoors at the Mirror..



    Practising ..



    How Ah could Mak Ma Moot Look Puir!



    Ah never managed tae be able tae dae that..



    Heck.. How kin ye mak ye Mooth Look Puir?



    Anybuddy Know..????




    It still Bugs me.. that Ah canny dae it.





    still Laughin

  2. VP KO'd by fearless Oscar Knox on




    Read all your nonsense last night aboot my rig oot ,will pull your big Val Doonican jumper


    over your heid and kick yir erse oot the V door.



    Have a nice day big yin :o)

  3. vp ko’d by fearless oscar knox



    16:36 on 17 September, 2013BadaRead all your nonsense last night aboot my rig oot ,will pull your big Val Doonican jumperover your heid and kick yir erse oot the V door.Have a nice day big yin :o)


    Sh#7!! Sorry forgot to give you that jumper back…

  4. Alex O’Henley @OHenleyAlex


    Massimiliano Allegri has pretty much named his side for tomorrow’s match v #Celtic .Matri and Balotelli up front with Robinho or Birsa behind.



    Good of him to only play 3 players against us.

  5. traditionalist88 on

    Couple of unfortunate typos in Milans English language site!






    ‘Doping well with Milan is the way to get back in the Italian side.” Allesandro Matri




    ‘It’s a big match as we’ll be up against a team that are very physically string as well as being technically good players’ Massimo Allegri






    We’ve had financial doping in our own backyard, now this.



    And Lennon should pin that physically string comment up on the dressing room wall tomorrow night:)




  6. I don’t have any issue with what Peter Grant said to the Herald about Broony.



    However, to plagiarize Granty’s comment, If somebody had offered us £40k for Peter Grant (in 1982-1997) I would have driven him down the road myself.



    In other news:


    Sammi on the left.


    Sammi on the left.


    Sammi on the left.

  7. South of Tunis



    Aye.. Ah believe it.. Every Word of it.






    As Ah hiv said..




    Ah only know whit Ah read in the Newsies or am Informed by the Media.






    so .. It wid Seem.




    That.. YOU dae, tae.



    But,Ah hiv found..over the Years that



    Whit ye are Told Be the Media..or whit ye Read in the Papers..



    Turns oot tae be No Quite .







    So.. It comes doon tae a question of Faith.






    tell Me.. Dae You Hiv Any Faith In the Media.??



    Oh.. Ah dae.. Fur.. Ah am a Trusting Sould..






    Ah hope that Neil.. is No, such a Trusting Sould , as Kojo.





    Still , Laughin’

  8. Reading Milan press conference in above link think the Milan team will be





    Zaccardo Zapata Mexes Constant


    —Nocerino De Jong Muntari—




    ——-Balotelli Matri——–



    Front 2 are what we should fear. Stop them we can get a positive result. Time for Efe & Virgil to step up.

  9. Desert Bhoy



    Pal.. Ye are correct..



    Ye canny teach an Auld Dug.. New Tricks..






    By the Time a Dug is An Auld Dug..



    He knows Awe those same Tricks.. Already!





    Still, Laughin’

  10. Kojo,



    do you….






    in real life….



    like you write…?



    Cos if you do Sir…..



    ….then I’d venture to suggest……..



    ….that you’d be grand craic over a pint of Guinness





    just saying like!

  11. James Gang



    Of Course, Ah talk Like Ah Write.



    Different, Accent..of Course..



    Ma English Accent.. Helps tae Mak whit Ah am Saying..in Glesca Patter



    Mair Funny , than It is Merited..





    Still, Laughin’

  12. BMCUW



    Howdy buddy.



    Will not be able to make the Maharani night on the 23rd as you know.



    Just as well – the place will be shut!



    Essential repairs I believe.



    Bon appetit!




  13. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Must be honest about Peter Grant. He was excellent on TV on Saturday and must have enjoyed the result because he couldn’t stop grinning.


    The comments today were a bit misguided. I wouldn;t slate him too much because he is a former Celt and did play for the jersey for many years.


    I do wish these former players wouldn’t give the press the negative stories they crave before our big matches tho.


    I suspect he has been too honest and tried to give Broony a compliment. I can’t help think though he has done his own chances of a coaching job harm with the comments.




  14. DesertBhoy



    Ah wull let that wan go,pal..



    Ya Goat Me!



    By the Way.. Whit Desert dae Ye frequent?



    Ah am Curious.




    Still, Laughin’

  15. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Some will remember me posting of my old uncle john, who was a massive influnce on my celtic thinking.



    Well talk of Rose St. sparked a memory that he cherished for nearly 70 years born in 1929 he wondered why he was allowed to go to Glasgow and stay with family friends at the bells ,



    Glasgow to him was the other side of the world :))



    Big peter and his Mrs was all he referred to them as, on awakening on the 2nd of Jan 1939 thinking he was starting to make his way home from the Rose St.”sinlgle end” (I think).



    A few yards down the Rd Big Peter produced from inside his jacket 2 celtic scarves and said today son you are going to see “THE celtic” the phrase he used when referring to us till his death at 81.



    Anyway today I searched celticwiki and came up with this.





    On returning to sunny mossend he lived on the experience for years telling how he felt as though he had been abroad while reliving every moment to his pals while kicking the baw between the jumpers for goals.



    It was as fresh in his memory as that day in 1939 when he passed away.



    when his pals moved on anyone who was and even those that were not interested heard this among many many more tales of “THE celtic”



    One of my slight regrets in life are that I never took the time to get his memories on record, soooooo if you know someone get writing now:))



    So 74 years later thank you “Big Peter and Rose St” you shaped many lives that day with your genorousity in taking a bhoy to his 1st game.



    A love affair that lasted a life time that day even though the result went against us when he spoke of being in amongst the celtic fans I could picture it in my minds eye I still can.



    He never married and when I asked him why he said when I get drunk on a Sat ..wake up on a Sunday the celtic are still talking to me:))



    So when we do a good turn for a young Bhoy or ghirl we just never know the lasting effect it will have for generations,


    my mate and me recently took his son to his 1st celtic game and I asked for the honour of buying him his scarf.



    Decisions decisionsdecisiond 15mins later finally “That one”:)) but as the wee man wrapped it round his neck I thought of my uncle & Rose St.



    sorry for rambling but it felt good


    Off to my meeting csc

  16. glendalystonsils on




    I have slipped back into a life of lurkdom lately.


    As for the “puir” look, you need to develop a bit of the victim mentality.


    best way to do this is to study the mind and facial expressions of one Alistair



  17. Morrissey the 23rd on

    FAO canamalar prays Oscar can do it again



    I could stand somewhere outside Celtic Park before the St Johnstone game with printed resolutions for people to sign?



    Anybody want to help do that? Somebody at each entry point would probably result in us getting enough share-holders to go ahead with the resolution.

  18. 1. Some recent comments ref Lustig and Matthews being excellent. I’ve being saying for ages…..to myself, my Faither and my 8 year old son! Technically gifted, good pace, THINKING players. I’d have them as definites on every team sheet – though I also share fears expressed by some ref ‘fragility’! Best teams feature ‘teams within the team’ – these guys are the perfect example of that….



    2. Couple of weeks back i was getting dispirited with all the negativity on here. Sniping even! Was lifted by recent posts though hope storm in a very wee tea cup ref Peter Grant’s comments don’t spoil the atmosphere. IMO Peter didn’t really say too much wrong – no counselling required!



    3. Broonie – while we’re on the subject. Loved him as a Hibs player. Was initially and for a good while disappointed by him in the Hoops as he seemed to go backwards. But he has been a big man, and THE big man for a good while now. His technical display in the Cup Final was top notch……though of course he immediately after was injured again. I fear for his joints in the longer term.



    4. Formation for tomorrow – Big Sammi has delivered well away from home on many occasions so would start him. But would hope that Plan B (for good times or bad!) does exist and does get used if necessary.



    5. Izzy terrifies me every time the ball goes above waist height at the back post…..love the wee guy to bits but…….



    6. Ref the Forces of Darkness – PAUL (or similar wise one) can you advise…..would a Freedom of Information request to the SFA not flush out whether Charlotte’s doc ref 5 way agreement ‘existed’ (or if not that the ‘honest mistake shredder’ had being going overtime again…..)



    7. Goes without saying – HH and KTF

  19. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Especially for those from Ward 5 (Govan, Shieldhall, Drumoyne, Craigton, Ibrox, Bellahouston, Dumbreck, Cessnock, Tradeston, Kinning Park)



    Thomas Rannachan ‏@AXEACTGovan 9 Sep


    Could all those who are willing to come and campaign in Govan please email us at Axe_the_Act@outlook.com . Thanks for all the good wishes!







  20. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Forster is the first name on Neil Lennon’s team sheet.



    Followed by Lustig/Matthews, Ambrose, etc.

  21. leftclicktic



    Lovely story to share, thanks.



    No apologies ever needed as that’s the kind of story that made many of us what we are.




  22. Hello hoops!



    I’m guessing this has probably been discussed to death, but I’m wondering what people think about the UCL ticket situation?



    I find it quite tough to take that all the tickets have gone as a result of opening up more tickets to season ticket holders.



    Don’t get me wrong season ticket holders are the lifeblood of the club in many ways, but I can’t help feeling a bit upset, mostly because it has left me missing out.



    Now, I’d love to be a season ticket holder, but I live in Aberdeen and although I could afford the ticket, the additional cost of travel and trying to convince my other half that every other weekend we should spend potential savings on traveling would not go down well.



    So I’m stuck money ready to buy the 3 game package but the realisation that I have to stick with TV is a downer.



    Now this brings another question who deserves to go? What are the credentials required to be allowed to buy tickets? Do you have to go to every game? Do you have to watch every game? Do you have to go above and beyond the norm to do so?



    Many people do all of those I suspect, I myself have watched games all over the world, got up at stupid o’clock to do so, queued outside stadiums hoping to buy a ticket and all sorts, but many do far more than me. So do I justify a ticket? Hmm maybes no but does a season ticket holder deserve as many as they could get this year?



    My rant is based in fact this year has been a mare personally for me and I really wanted to get to all three games this season, it doesn’t make me any more deserving, just a bit upset really and quite gutted to have to accept that something I thought was a real possibility is now not.



    I now resign myself to hoping to buy tickets from others, which I must add has always been amazing. It seems Celtic fans don’t really do the tout thing, and in fact they go above and beyond to help fellow hoops fans. Here’s hoping there’s some more of those this season!