Scottish Cup has historic importance this season


After three weeks catching sunrays and getting some recuperation in, Celtic are back in action tomorrow, in the Scottish Cup against Brechin City. The Angus club are enduring a torrid season, bottom of the Championship with four points from 21 games, so I would not expect them to venture too far from their only penalty area tomorrow.

While Brendan Rodgers will take the game seriously, in the bigger picture, it offers a good opportunity to get the legs stretched before the challenges over the next four weeks in the League and Europa League.

With the League Cup already secured and a commanding grip put on the seventh successive league title, Celtic are five cup ties away from an unprecedented second consecutive treble. There will be more financially rewarding games ahead, but our Scottish Cup ties have an historic importance.


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    48 caps for Scotland,and IIRC,in the days when the huns were steamrollering everyone and being accordingly internationally recognised. I wonder if he ever missed a game he was expecting to play in,or maybe even five games.



    It would have made him Scotland’s highest capped player prior to Denis Law, and the first to 50 caps. Instead that accolade went to George Young.



    *Touching a nerve here, big Corky had already made 54 appearances and announced that the next game would be his last, he was dropped and Bobby replaced him, when Bobby got to 48 caps his Scotland career ended. He does hold the record for Scottish League caps though.

  2. What is the Stars on

    Another week in the salt mines nears an end


    Time for the working man to put on his best tweed cap and join his proletarian comrades for a pint of porter and some Sweet Afton in a cheap tavern to plot the overthrow of the grinding capitalist system.


    The ex propriators must be ex propriated ( as a better man the me once said)



    Meanwhile on the “right said of the tracks” I hope to indulge in some upper class degeneracy ( Beaujolais,Foie Gras and good hand rolled cigars)



    Now where is that dam chauffeur ….

  3. TONTINE TIM on 19TH JANUARY 2018 4:50 PM


    WILLIEFERNIE on 19TH JANUARY 2018 12:19 PM




    Before the real football restarts may I make a few observations on the international appearances of the Lisbon Lions. Unfortunately, John and Willie did not earn any caps and Charlie only played once for Eire.




    *I take it that its John Clark and Willie O’Neil you are referring to. Correct about the latter although he did receive a League cap.




    I thought the John,Willie Fernie was referring to was John Fallon.


    Hail Hail

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    *the Magyars and Portuguese would do the same the following month





    They did indeed and paved the way for the home team to triumph.

  5. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    “Meanwhile on the “right said of the tracks” I hope to indulge in some upper class degeneracy ( Beaujolais,Foie Gras and good hand rolled cigars)”





    I love to read stories of slum kids raising themselves from the mire.


    You are a credit to WM Murphy et al.







    Now where is that dam chauffeur

  6. JIMMYNOTPAUL on 19TH JANUARY 2018 5:08 PM






    I thought the John,Willie Fernie was referring to was John Fallon.



    *never crossed my mind

  7. I hope Celtic bring in 1 or even 2 exciting players – a difficult thing to do when in Scotland.



    I hope to see at least 1 youngster muscle out established players for Thee Celtic Shirt this 2nd half of the Season.



    I know the Bhoys are on the road Again.




  8. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Interesting back story, which I won’t bore the blog with, but it is online somewhere.

  9. thomthethim


    tokaji with foie


    chill the Beaujolais and it will be magic with your Thai




    an awfy braw podium…



    to think I wrote agin ye…..



    smiley we all have to walk the walk thing ….



    dubs rule ok ….big smiley thing




  11. AULDHEID @ 5:00 PM,



     Apologies for the delay in getting back… I was oft oot…






    I have not read “The People of the Lie”, of course Peck touched on this in TRLT… from the reviews I think it’s must read for me, will look out for your slant.





    As far as the lack of Forgiveness goes, the dichotomy in Scottish West Coast Catholics (& by no means unique to us) this trait which is at odds with a fundamental pillar of Christianity.


    It is expounded throughout the Gospels and Jesus on the sermon on the mount reinforces it’s importance.



    In every major religion and philosophy that concerns wellbeing, Forgiveness is key.



    Hail Hail





    Indeed I’m sure it crosses the Christian landscape but given most social interaction is with Tims that is where I observe it.



    Its’s no wonder Jesus wept. I’ve an idea how he must have felt.



    I even wrote a story about it. Called it Divorced from Reality.



    Email me if you want to read.

  12. Evening all



    Bus home.



    Cafes? Tarraglia’s on Kirkie Road in the Briggs had fantastic Ice Cream- won an award in London which they were fond of telling passing strangers about. Tortolano’s up the street was good but the son of the family was an enemy of my wee sister so we boycotted it.



    Tontine Tim may confirm this but was Stevie Chalmers not the 12th man the day Scotland beat England in 1967?




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    HOT SMOKED on19TH JANUARY 2018 7:54 AM



    Auldheid and Chairbhoy



    I would be interested in your views on some of these comments:





    I don`t want to clutter the blog so: [email protected] would be better should you reply.



    Cheerio for now,






    PS I have not read the book .






    I had a look at some comments and they are but a reflection of where the reader of the book is on their personal life journey.



    I read it just at the right time in mine and it proved a stepping stone.



    Contact me via Paul if you want to hear more.

  14. WITS



    ‘Now where is that dam chauffeur ….’






    I had thought in Dublin one time……



    And lo and behold you appeared as if by magic!!






    HH jamesgang

  15. thomthethim for Oscar OK on








    tokaji with foie





    chill the Beaujolais and it will be magic with your Thai





    I am far away culinary and geographically from Farang.


    My interest lies in the fact that the chef’s second in command, is that the sous chef (?), is my daughter’s boyfriend.


    They started doing street food and markets,etc., then a premises in Highbury, formerly the San Danielle Italian restaurant became available.


    They took out a six months lease, as a pop up, to test the market. They extended it to a twelve month lease and this month, have taken a ten year lease on the place.



    It still resembles an Italian restuarant at the moment, which may be part of it’s charm, although in a confusing sort of a way.


    However, they will restructure it to a more authentic decor as time goes on.



    It seems to be getting glowing reviews, so I was wondering if you had come across it in your travels.

  16. Hi Bhoys



    Re cafe’s I have passed COIAS on DUKE STREET twice a day everyday this week.



    It’s CLOSED !!!!!!! Another refurb by the look of it.



    I have seen a few of you bhoys on here go there pre game so maybe give them a phone before the game tomorrow if it was in your plans.




  17. The CQN Podcast – A Celtic State of Mind – will have its third edition of 2018 out on Sunday evening and will feature a Lisbon Lion as the special guest.



    We started the year with an exclusive interview with former Celtic Director Tom Grant and the current podcast features Tommy Sheridan, assisted by Frank McGarvey. Both are great listens and have achieved really impressive audience numbers.



    On Sunday night John Fallon is the special guest and he tells the story about what really happened to the medal he won in Lisbon.



    If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet you will find it below Paul’s blog every day and it is also available on all the usual podcast platforms.

  18. thomthethim


    good luck to them, very tough year ahead for the trade


    If they need somebody to fit it or do their sevices get in touch with me

  19. STV really excelling itself. One of the first Jacobites to rally to Bonnie Prince Charlie being described as notorious. Not to me he isn’t. I think one of his direct descendants started the SAS.




    Sorry if i’m being nosey but is there any news on your sister.




  21. Hi bhoys


    Not been on for awhile,ffs whits happened a know there’s nae fitba the noo but C’mon we are tims


    Volunteered down at the wayside centre over Christmas,what an eye opener.Lovely volunteers helping the less fortunate,everybody I met was a gem n I mean everybody,good to see a smile on their faces.


    If u can keep them in your prayers.


    Big J


    You made me a few bucks half to wayside centre. Keep posting love your style.




    Season about to start again.





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