Teach them how to win the league with style and within budget


I wasn’t at the 4-2 game against Oldco on 21 May 1979, when “10 men won the league, tra-la-la-la-la.”  Martin42 is still dealing with the consequences of going without me, but I endured the 0-3 defeat 20 years later that saw the title go to Ibrox.

In the intervening 19 years the authorities in Scotland have done their best to ensure we do not have a potential league winning game between Celtic and either of the Rangers group of clubs, but here we are.  There may never be another opportunity.

That Celtic team in season 1998-99 started poorly with new manager, Jo Venglos, working among one or two strong personalities in the dressing room, but by the springtime we were flowing and a title challenge was on.  When we met Newco on 2 May, a win would only give us an outside chance of the title.

Then came the news that we would play with a rookie, Scott Marshall.  The result wasn’t Scott’s fault, but the chance added a pressure to a defence which already had Stephane Mahe, for some of the game, anyway.  We could not handle the pressure.  Oldco stuck to task and won comfortably.

This was a time when titles in Scotland were decided by sheer brute force.  David Murray’s Rangers’ aggregate income for the four seasons which followed Celtic’s title win in 1998 was £180m – but they spent £282m, an average loss per season over four years of £25m.

The Rangers way of doing business was working.  It delivered titles and denied you and me football success.  There were many reasons to dislike how they did business.  Liquidation would take another 13 years, but the consequences of financial irresponsibility were always inevitable.

Newco will walk into Celtic Park on Sunday with their own version of Scott Marshall, Jak Alnwick, who has made just two senior appearances (no clean sheets) since arriving in Glasgow 18 months ago.  We need to make sure he endures a torrid afternoon.

After watching Graeme Murty earn two draws at Celtic Park I have a bit of respect for what he can do there.  He should not be underestimated, few managers arrive for their third visit undefeated, but the man is so embattled right now, his ability to prepare a team must be significantly impaired.

By contrast, Brendan Rodgers gave a tactical masterclass in the recent games at Ibrox and Hampden, costing Murty any chance of securing the Newco manager’s job long term.  For Brendan, Sunday is all about getting the job done as early as possible, before preparing the squad for the cup final, which is only three weeks away.

I know it’s greedy to ask for too much when we are within touching distance of a second successive treble, considering we only won two in 48 years before last season, but I really want this one.  Let’s do it for everyone who was at Celtic Park on 2 May 1999, or who lived through the years when David Murray and Dave King sat on an Oldco board which lost £35.3m with a turnover of only £44.8m.  Contemporary times show that some lessons cannot be taught too often to those who refuse to learn.

The same people are strutting around our game with the same sense of entitlement.  Show them how to win the league with style and within budget, Celtic.

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  1. glendalystonsils on

    GARNGAD TO CROY on 27TH APRIL 2018 12:28 PM


    My abiding memory from that game is watching Neil McCann orchestrating the Rangers players in a huddle on the centre circle of Paradise. I also remember the absolute carnage in Glasgow City Centre by the rampaging Rangers fans celebrating their win.



    Funny, it takes a certain kind of person to express their happiness by causing misery to others.

  2. Just watched Murthinio’s press conference, dear oh dear. This poor guy has not even had the courtesy of being notified that he is not getting the job, he is still saying that if he does well in the last four games he hopes to get the position”you never know” he replied to a journo.


    Paul67 is right we need to put this team under pressure on Sunday , between Murtinhio Being undermined and a goalie that hasn’t kept a clean sheet this year, we should be looking to score a few on Sunday … IMO



    D. :)

  3. How many stolen trophies has the Compliance Officer stripped the day then ?


    Once a mug, always a mug!


    Stevie Gerrard says…..


    ….”The Rangers must be some team, even so called Celtic supporters are paying £49 to see the Rangers FC vs Celtic FC gemmes, god bless Fergus.”


    The government finally release their bung money to the DUP, and then, suddenly, shock, horror, the Rangers have got the dough for Stevie G ?


    Looks like there’s a fair few who came the Clyde on a bike, when thee oul Parkheid Jungle wiz flattened!


    Guid luck to all CQN sicknotes.



  4. Spoke to BMCUW this morning briefly.



    He sounded great and more like his old self!



    Delighted to hear he is being discharged tomorrow.



    HH Mick!!!

  5. The Token Tim on

    Forget ’99. That, like them, is deid and in the history books (unfortunately that wee rat mccann is not, however…).


    This is all about us on Sunday.


    Go out there and obliterate them. Do what we did to them in the semi. But this time, no taking the foot off the pedal and off their throats. Destroy them. Let them know exactly where they stand. Put them firmly in their place.



    Give them a doing they wont forget in a hurry and give us multiple reasons to celebrate!



    Lets do this Celtic!!






  6. The Token Tim on

    On another note, delighted to hear that BMCUWP is on the mend and ready to go home.


    Great news.



    All the best Mick!






  7. Philbhoy on 27th April 2018 12:49 pm



    I played golf with Gordon Marshall, the goalie who played for us, and he was great company and a lovely golfer.



    He played off 4 at the time.



    Strange thing about that 4 ball is that 2 of the guys were called Gordon Marshall.



    There ye go!






    This strange phenomenon also occurs when Andy Goram goes out for a round by himself.

  8. Apart from the obvious pain of losing that game in “99 my everlasting memory is the complete and utter cheating performed by that scumbag dallas. Nothing new before then and even up to now about hun refs but that rat took it to a new level that day. Was reading on line this morning the daily ranger match report which even they said dallas gave several strange decisions against celtic, says it all really.




  9. The Token Tim –



    Posting on a Blog? My goodness, you’ll be sending emails next ;-)




  10. I Have always been very curious as to the missing names on the EBT list of recipients or payment in kind.

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    That will be the same Gordon Marshall, who wasted as much time as he could for Killie, when Dunfermline lay down to the huns….

  12. May 02/99 – Hugh Dallas’ finest performance in a Rangers strip. Horrible day, horrible bastard got everything coming to him. Sending off Mahe – a disgraceful juxtaposed piece of refereeing; McCann was the one needing carded – was the signal to his paymaster Murray that nothign was getting in the way of ra peepil that day.



    The EBT Hun select performed their huddle right in front of me. And now, karma dictates that I relish in every single smidgen of their contemporary misery to address the gravitational imbalance caused by the weight of their corruption that afternoon.



    The universe is arighting itself, slowly and painfully for them. May Sunday apply another hook to their agonized flesh a la Hellraiser Cenobites treatement of the seeker, Frank. May their torment endure some more before they are finally torn apart and sucked into the bowels of Hades.



    Bitter? No.



    An exponent of the Teutonic art of Scadenfreude? You betcha.




    If Sunday goes the way we want it to, we’re going to need a bigger Schadenfreude, either that or I give up my life long devotion to ripping rivers of fish out of the huns:))



    Bring on the Sevco…

  14. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Sorry i broke the blog for you ghuys last night, i thought


    you all went out to look for those Tennents lager cans with


    the gorgeous models on them, either that or my posts sent


    you all to bed.


    I blame MAHE THE MADMAN for starting the discussion 8-))


    JOHN 51


    What a great vid that was you posted of Colin Hay and Men


    At Work never seen that before so will be looking for more




    H.H Mick

  15. mike in toronto on

    Iniesta confirms that he is leaving Barca at the end of the season ….



    rumors are he is going to China, but it is not confirmed. However, he says that he will never play against Barca…



    since Sevco wont be near the CL any time soon, how long til he is linked with the zombies?

  16. mike in toronto on

    am I the only one who thinks that Brendan should invite Gerrard to be Celtic’s guest for the game this weekend?

  17. Was at both 4-2 game and 0-3 games



    Remember we all thought thinking Johnny Doyle was very hard done by


    getting a red card.



    Recently saw grainy black n white footage on YOU tube






    Wee Johnny booting McDonald (i think) as he lay on the ground



    Highlights or at least some of them are out there somewhere

  18. Who signed the numpty, Scott Marshall, who played ch in the title decider vs the huns and, by playing SM at ch, managed to make the rat Neil McCann look like Willie Wallace ?


    So, who signed the numpty Scott Marshall ?


    Was it, the numpty puppet manager, Dr Jo ?


    Was it Celtic CEO, Jock Brown ? Was he on an ebt ? Hmmm ?


    Was it frugal Fergus ? Was he on an ebt ? Why is he strangely quiet on the subject ?


    Was it the planted spy assistant manager, Eric Black, given his dubious hmrc background ?


    Was / is there a rat in Celtic’s kitchen ?



  19. Like a few others I was at both games.



    The 4-2 game is in my top 5 best games ever.



    Hunskelper for Sunday………………



    Odsonne Edouard




  20. Scott Marshall on loan from Arsenal was he not Gordon Marshall’s



    Wee brother.



    Both were pants

  21. South Of Tunis on




    Scott Marshall was signed on loan .. The loan was not extended . After gracing the Hoops he headed for the likes of Brentford and Wycombe

  22. CCB – Great news regarding Mick. I’ll be home May 12 and hanging around the general vicinity of Dundonald; just sayin;)



    WDH – If yer lurking, is our number 1 spot in Barca still top notch? I have a couple of friends, and my daughter going in August. I’d like for them to go see Jordi and Amelia.





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