Shift in perception, winter solstice of 54-65


Don’t give me your ‘slump’ mockery. Just think for a minute, what if this IS our slump? Five league games in 17 days, four of which were won by a single goal is as bad as it’s been since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager.

We have, of course, shuffled the pack. With a hefty nine games this month, Brendan is correct to rest the weary legs which concluded our Champions League group only two weeks ago. He also has a full programme over the festive period to prepare for.

With 20 wins in 21 domestic games this season we’ve won the first trophy, scoring 11 and without conceding. Win our remaining games this month and we’ll be at least 17 clear “and it’s not New Year”. With a game in hand.

Scottish football has never had such a dominant champion, even during the two nine-in-a-row eras. It’s been achieved with largely the same squad as last season, while we were the only team participating in European group competition – and with a sustainable financial model.

I know talk of “slump” is ridiculous, but I bet you’ve already picked up a shift in perception of what is normal for Celtic. Most of us have been around long enough to remember the dark days. Some of us have been around to remember the winter solstice, which lasted from 1954 to 1965, but we’re all susceptible to recent-experience bias.

The collapse of Aberdeen this season robbed us of what competition we had but in compensation, we’re watching a great Celtic team come together. Team development does not happen on a linear plane. It requires risks to be taken and mistakes to be made, but no one is in any doubt about Celtic’s direction of travel.


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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 21st December 2016 2:57 pm



    Old Firm PLC not FC ….. scoddish fitba remember … distinct difference ( see who is in position 2 in the SPL)



    shareholders having a wee skirmish that´s awe








    You can use that in court,mate. Free of charge. Success guaranteed.



    Only a week’s accommodation in recompense next time I visit your grand country. And since I’ll need a lottery win,yer fairly safe…

  3. HOT SMOKED on 21ST DECEMBER 2016 1:19 PM


    How tall is Calvin Miller?




    5 foot 9 inches.


    5 foot 7 inches when he slumps.

  4. After qualifying as a dentist from Glesga Yooni, future Lisbon Lion legend Jim Craig fairly got his teeth into the right back role!








    It won’t pass application to CAS then.



    Financial problem,not sporting.








    Wasn’t there a bright ray of Hampdeninthesun-shine during that solstice?




    There was indeed. See my post at 10a.m. This morn

  7. BMCUW



    A failed attempt at a visual joke after your spellcheck question about Wayne Gityereyestested!



    Since my recent brush with authority on here, I’ve been trying to keep them clean.



    And the jokes!

  8. Ole Albert Camus was a goalkeeper.



    When he was forced to stop playing for health reasons he remained very philosophical about it all.




  9. Just in and caught up with your response Mullet and Co2. I am old enough to have watched, Charlie Tully, Bertie Peacock, Willie Fernie, etc. I also was at Lisbon for the greatest Celtic show ever. But I have also witnessed poor days as well. In regard to your response, may I just remind you of the Big Mhan’s philosophy that if we score one more than the opposition we will always come out on top. I think we are in a period of transition and Brendan is using our points lead to blend in young ones to his way of thinking and at the same time giving those who have played since the month of July a period of rest to build up strength for important games to come.

  10. NFL fans love getting dressed up for the occasion.



    On the highlights programme, just saw someone dressed as Santa holding up a placard saying “Believe”.

  11. Marrakesh Express on

    I’m told big TG is now in a Cathcart nursing home. Hope and pray he sees the 50th anniversary of the day he scored the greatest goal in Celtic’s history, the one that broke Inter. HH big man, and that goes for our greatest ever Captain too.



  12. Margaret McGill on

    Resolution 12 was conceived on Celtic Quick News which was set up by Paul67 12 years ago and has since then consistently championed issues supportive of Celtic Football Club. Anyone who thinks that CQN isn’t working tirelessly for the benefit of Celtic Football Club hasn’t been paying attention.

  13. BEATBHOY on 21ST DECEMBER 2016 3:18 PM


    NFL fans love getting dressed up for the occasion.



    On the highlights programme, just saw someone dressed as Santa holding up a placard saying “Believe”.








    I’ve always been a fan of the Packers cheeseheads

  14. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Margaret McGill on 21st December 2016 3:27 pm



    Well said Mags!





  15. Timaloy29



    Nothing to do with the green and gold they wear, eh?



    Did the cheesehead stuff start from an insult from fans of the Chicago Bears, which their fans embraced, thus removing the sting from it?



    I’ve been watching a fly-on -the-wall documentary about the Arizona Cardinals, “All or Nothing, a Season with the Arizona Cardinals”.



    A great watch!

  16. Regarding my earlier post on players leaving on free contracts.



    I can envisage Celtic offering Izzy, Lustig and Toure new deals but it depends on what they are after. If they are fit, healthy and willing to sign a 1 year deal then I can see it.



    If they are looking for a 2 to 3 year deal I can only see Lustig getting one.



    O’Connell? I don’t see the point in wasting the boys time…

  17. Margaret McGill on

    VFR800 IS NOW A MONSTER 821 on 21ST DECEMBER 2016 3:34 PM



    I didn’t say it. CQN did on March 18th 2016. Just wondering if there has been a shift in perception

  18. Margaret McGill on

    Do you think Celtic PLC’s distaste for res 12 is just a crying over spilled milk kinda thing and being the scum that they are don’t see any money in it? Or is it something more sinister?

  19. BEATBHOY on 21ST DECEMBER 2016 3:41 PM



    Haha, I think you are right. Pretty sure it was an insult to begin with.



    I watched that show and it was pretty great. David Johnson the rookie running back came across as the squarest guy in the world during that show. However, after his excellent rookie season he is absolutely tearing it up this year! Maybe it’s a good thing to be boring.



    I like the Packers because of the colours of course. I also respect that they are the only non-profit sports team in the USA and are owned by their own fans. It’s nice to be supporting a team that has stayed in its original town and hasn’t moved. You don’t have to feel guilty about cheering some billionaire like Stan Kroenke!

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