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There’s some fresh enthusiasm in Lanarkshire this morning with the appointment of Englishman Ian Baraclough as Motherwell manager.  Baraclough had a couple of successful years with Sligo Rovers from 2012-14, winning their first title in decades, before things fell apart this year, but his role as a scout for Huddersfield over the last six months is likely to interest Motherwell as much.

Motherwell directors have had a long-term tradition when looking for a manager of saying they want someone ‘plugged into’ the scouting and agent network.  This game is all about the right contacts, you don’t get to acquire a promising Blackburn Rovers reserve (as Motherwell once did), but this particular activity is also very competitive.

The small matter of how to deploy players is, of course, equally important, but if you’re Motherwell, Celtic or Barcelona, that call is a shot in the dark.

I watched newco Rangers for the first time last night, although I ended up watching a lot more Queen of the South than I expected.  The latter, each of them journeymen, were excellent, the former were symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with comfortably well-off footballers.  Newco’s medium-term future, if they have one, will be to spend the next few years building a self-sustaining lower league club, capable of winning promotion and remaining a top-flight football team thereafter.

Get along to Celtic Park early tomorrow, Davie Hay will be signing copies of Caesar & the Assassin in the Superstore.  If you ask him nicely he’s promised to sign your CQN Annual too.  Don’t forget your camera!

Also remember to look out for the Foundation bucketeers as you approach the ground or enter the turnstiles.  My boys and me will be at the North Stand, turnstiles 1-13, say hello if you’re around.

Thanks to everyone who donated to Mary’s Meals yesterday, the response was overwhelming.  Emails went out this morning to winners of the Magners’ tickets.

You can order your CQN Annual here, or get a special Annual-DVD bundle here.

As a special offer, everyone who buys an Annual, or bundle, before Christmas will be entered into a prize draw for a VIP Meal of 4 at a Celtic Park restaurant on a match day. One entry for each Annual bought; pile in.

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  1. stringer bell

     

     

    12:12 on 13 December, 2014

     

    snake plissken

     

     

    11:57 on 13 December, 2014

     

    Italia Bhoy

     

     

    As I say – shame on all those who voted no. I will not let my disgust dissipate.

     

     

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    What a terribly sad statement and a truly sad state of affairs.

     

     

    When did all that wonderful optimism we saw around the ‘festival of democracy’ turn to bitter, angry petulance and nasty sniping.

     

     

    Shame on those who voted no? Shame on you, more like.

     

     

    Bitter and shrill remarks like the one above make me glad there was a no vote.

  2. bournesouprecipe on

    Celtic Games 1891 – St. Mirren

     

     

    Played on Celtic Park.

     

     

    Before 3,000 spectators.

     

     

    The Scotsman – Monday, 9th February 1891,

     

     

    Celtic v St. Mirren – This League match was played at Celtic Park. Both clubs were out in full force. Gaining the wind, the home club had the best of what was going, and Campbell and Dowds each scored ere twenty minutes had gone. The visitors showed smart play at times, and appeared in good condition for the fray. At half-time the score stood :- Celtic, three goals; St Mirren, nil. On resuming the Celts took up the running, but were forced back. The St Mirren took a long time to make any impression; but when Morrison did score they got along much better, Dunlop and Douglas bringing them along finely. Play was fought out most determinedly, Reynolds playing grandly at back. A hard game ended:- Celtic, three goals; St Mirren, two goals.

     

     

    Teams

     

     

    Celtic:-

     

     

    Bell, Reynolds, McKeown, W Maley, P Gallagher, Kelly, Madden, Boyle, Dowds, Dunbar, Campbell.

     

     

    Goals:- Dowds, Campbell, Boyle.

     

     

     

    St Mirren:-

     

     

    Cameron, Tomlinson, A McBain, McCartney, Brown, D McBain, Morrison, McAulay, Wylie, Dunlop, Douglas.

     

     

    Goals:- Morrison 75, Morrison 80.

     

     

    Att:- 3,000.

     

     

    @celticwiki

  3. P67, it’s refreshing that ‘well never went for the predictable ex player type. As far as our team is concerned I’ve no problem with Ronny doing some experimenting like the other night re formations,tactics etc.. We will win the league but what I want is for Celtic to be ready for the CL qualifiers early next season with a settled team,hopefully with also some new recruits in January.

     

     

    HH

  4. Snake Plissken .@ 12 06 .

     

     

    ” or cowards ” .

     

     

    My 95 year old man Voted No . Took part in Rent Strikes and Apprentices strikes in 1930s Glasgow . Was blacklisted for union activities and moved to London to find work . Fought Fascists on the streets of London . Did that Atlantic Convoy / Russian convoy thing . Fought for workers rights all his life .

     

     

    Said No to a Nationalist pig in a poke and he is a coward . -so be it

  5. Just came across an artist called Annemarie O’Riordan singing An Irish Blessing on you tube (cannot believe this is the first time I have noticed her)

     

    What a voice, as smooth as a good pint of Guinness and when she recites the blessing her accent makes you heart sing.Something about the Irish when they perform this type of thing lends it an element of humanity and authenticity.Give her a listen, you will not be disappointed.

     

     

    Highland hoy.

  6. Good post Paul67,

     

     

    I know an exceptional young person who Supports Motherwell and gave amazing advice to any Apprentice coming through the Ranks, Don’t go into Management.

     

     

    He gave up a lot of Money as well, the Great thing is, he got well educated by the Company (using his own Time as well)… I didnae polute his mind with Conspiracies, well I left a seed.

     

     

    How Many Seeds are out there.

     

     

    Bassheads

  7. Yesterday evening whilst most of here were preoccupied with what was taking place at Palmerston, I was fortunate to encounter some of the greatest ambassadors for Celtic FC that you would ever wish to meet. Dixie Deans, Evan Williams and Tosh McKinlay were so patient and kind as people flocked to get their autographs. They also had great stories to tell. Thanks, lads.

     

     

    I should also mention that another great Celt, John Paul Taylor ,was also present. It was another great Celtic night. But then you can always anticipate that that will be so when you visit the Greenock Celtic Club.

  8. As a Yes voter. I’m pretty upset to hear others bandying about insults for No voters. It’s destroying all the positive work we did getting folk to vote at all.

     

     

    I feel sorry for anybody that feels duped by the media and wished they’d voted the other way but that’s extent of it.

  9. Back on to record that today is the 90th birthday of a great Celtic Supporter, Michael Mc Gurn who lives in Paisley. Many happy returns, Michael and many more victories to share.

  10. Snake

     

     

    I would move but my family and in particular my wife’s extended family are here and I would take that away from her or my children. So I a, stuck with scotland and scotland is stuck with me. I raise the question because several yes voters, including some on this site, told me they could wait to get rid of the likes of me or looked forward to the day when we left.

     

     

    Now if you want to talk about stupidity then I think that’s a fine example.

     

     

    I also believe, in the fullness of time, of course we would be fine. But in the fullness of time. That 20 or 30 years of start up would be horrific. Scotland is institutionally sectarian and I have provided plenty of evidence of moder day actions in Scotland to back that up. The worst of that would come out during thos early generations. That’s when my children will become adults and make their way in the world. Their chance would be ruined.

     

     

    Fear is our most base emotion, but it’s also the one that protects us (and it can of course hinder us). But we should never ignore it and we should seek answers to control that fear. The yes campaign failed to address those concerns and lost. Yet instead of now addressing those concerns and allaying those fears the yes campaign has chosen to belittle and ignore the majority.

     

     

    After a loss or a setback it’s understandable to be angry but we are at our best when self reflecting on the setback and learning from it. I hope the yes side eventually get to that space but at the moment the self serving bravado remains evident. Belittling your friends, colleagues and others is not a sensible way forward (a lesson I never really seem to learn properly I am sure many are saying reading this).

     

     

    As for those anti irish, anti catholic people in Scotland their sectarianism is also Bourne out of fear. But they have never learned to self reflect.

  11. bournesouprecipe on

    CELTIC return to SPFL duty tomorrow (Sunday) when St Mirren visit Paradise for a Premiership match (KO: 1pm)

     

     

    The Hoops will be aiming to maintain their position at the top of the table with a win, and it’s a day of festive fun in Paradise including Santa’s grotto in the Family Stand, Shunsuke Nakamura making a welcome return to Paradise and Celtic FC Foundation concluding their Christmas Appeal with a bucket collection in and around the ground for the benefit of local families and charities at this special time of year.

     

     

    The Celtic Park Ticket Office will be open from 9.00am this morning (Saturday) until 1pm, and then from 9.30am until 1pm on Sunday to accommodate supporters looking for tickets ahead of the St Mirren match.

     

     

    For Season Ticket holders it’s the chance to bring along a friend thanks to our Christmas giveaway. Each Season ticket holder is entitled to one free ticket for the match on a first come first served basis.

     

     

    Tickets for the match are now on sale priced from £26 for adults, from £17 for concessions and from £10 for Under 13s.

     

     

    Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by calling 0871 226 1888* or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office.

     

     

    Tickets are also available in the following Celtic stores; Argyle St, Clydebank, Coatbridge or East Kilbride.

     

     

    Don’t forget that Half Season Tickets are also available to buy now and they make the perfect Christmas gift starting from £190 for adults and from £25 for kids from our Ticket Office, online at http://www.celticfc.net/tickets, by phone on 0141 230 1967 or at selected Celtic stores in Argyle Street, Coatbridge, Clydebank or East Kilbride.

     

     

    @CelticFC

  12. HighlandBhoy, AnneMarie O’Riordan is from Duhallow in Co. Cork. Lovely voice, well worth a listen, she has a bit of stuff on You Tube. I think we will hear a lot more of her in the years ahead.

  13. Ah wee Tony donnelly is on calling everyone Huns and using that wee language he made up all on his own.

     

     

    Bless.

  14. weeminger

     

    12:29 on

     

    13 December, 2014

     

    As a Yes voter. I’m pretty upset to hear others bandying about insults for No voters. It’s destroying all the positive work we did getting folk to vote at all.

     

     

    I feel sorry for anybody that feels duped by the media and wished they’d voted the other way but that’s extent of it.

     

     

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    as a fellow yes voter I totally agree,just hope the No voters are comfortable with being Unionists.

     

     

    HH

  15. I dinnae ken if Sammi would fit into the Ronny D quick passing and moving.

     

     

    Sammi is a Leader by his actions, exactly like KC.

     

     

    Celtic Men neither were before they joined.

     

     

    BIG TIME Celts now and all their Family Members, No doubt.

  16. weeminger

     

     

    12:29 on 13 December, 2014

     

     

    As a Yes voter. I’m pretty upset to hear others bandying about insults for No voters. It’s destroying all the positive work we did getting folk to vote at all.

     

     

    I feel sorry for anybody that feels duped by the media and wished they’d voted the other way but that’s extent of it.

     

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    Your comments are always well worth reading.

     

    pure.csc

  17. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    petec. I think as much as I liked Sammi he wouldnt have fitted into Ronys style of play Sammi liked to run with the ball and often ran into a dead end.Rony wants a passing game and a pressing game in my opinion hat isnt Sammi. H.H.

  18. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    12:21 on 13 December, 2014

     

     

    Wonder what the boycott was ????

     

     

    Was lawwell about then or did the Huns die back then aswell ????

  19. Joe Filippis Haircut

     

     

    12:41 on 13 December, 2014

     

     

    petec. I think as much as I liked Sammi he wouldnt have fitted into Ronys style of play Sammi liked to run with the ball and often ran into a dead end.Rony wants a passing game and a pressing game in my opinion hat isnt Sammi. H.H.

     

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    You are mos def right.

     

     

    Ronny D, is growing on me.

     

    He, IMO, is looking Long Term, admirable for such a young Manager.

  20. hun skelper

     

     

    12:47 on 13 December, 2014

     

     

    Wow, still talking about yes/no who cares it’s over let it go, btw the good guys lost :-) HH

     

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    The good guys lost but did they Win?

     

     

    Celtic is the main reason all are on here.

     

     

    Win, Lose or Draw.

     

     

    Thankfully Celtic supercedes politics.

  21. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

    Took the grand son camping last week no wi.fi and no iPads

     

    just sun, sand, and bliddy mozzies the size off sparras my

     

    erse is like a dart board just as well i had some scotch just

     

    for medicinal purposes you understand.

     

    Well, our bhoys scored three away from home but still got beat,

     

    after watching it today i’m back to wondering are we improving

     

    or not, juries out but k.t .f .

     

    And then there’s Sally, my goodness what can you say about

     

    that shyster, what i can’t understand is why he is not a great

     

    manager because his masterful tactical moves throughout this

     

    whole situation with the darkside has been absolutely brilliant,

     

    and it seems to me that the chess pieces are being moved into

     

    place for the emergence of the third rankers.

     

    But what do i know?

     

    And just to keep you all updated on our new wee club on the

     

    Morninington Peninsula, new ghuys turning up each week and

     

    we have our cracking t/shirts with our social Celts logo on it, so

     

    if i can master this copy and paste lark hope to show you all a

     

    few pics so toodleoothenoo.

     

    H.H Mick

  22. Folks, I’ve just finished reading back, stopped mid morning, out of frustration. Until then the blog had been positive, having a laugh and discussing our club’s progress on and off the park.

     

     

    Then the Saturday morning politics was re-introduced. It’s the same boring repeated stuff, by the same condescending, manic and insulting trolls.

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