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. BMCW


    From what I witnessed today Vale will struggle next season – absolutely dire stuff – the strange thing is that Carlisle mutually agreeing to part with Keith Curl .





    The Lord Almighty could take that job for all the chance there is of success,not wi that mob in charge.





    Mad,backing Swindon this season is the quick way to the nuthouse.

  4. Brendan’s selection tomorrow is pretty certain with only the injury to Moussa Dembele and possibly Mikael Lustig which would alter the cup semi side starting the game.



    James Forrest’s form has shaded but I think his pace will keep Patrick Roberts on the bench for later in the game when hopefully the damage to Sevco will already have been done.



    The power of Celtic’s reserve with Edouard, Roberts , Griffiths and Sinclair is a symbol of the gap between us and them, but I’d like Moussa to start as our talisman with a remarkable scoring record and still the only Celtic player ever to have notched a hat trick against them.



    We expect that Brown and Ntcham both fully fit unlike last weekend along with Tom and Callum will control the middle against their bosmans, loanees and other ragamuffins.



    Sunday mornings – What larks CSC

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BMCUW- I blame you, you posted a few weeks ago they were good away but not at home…☹ good to see you back, take it easy M.HH

  6. BobbyM


    I keep reading about the gap, from where I am sitting it’s no that big, they have crap players, they are a shambles from top to bottom, yet we are not that far in front of them points wise.


    A coach with a bit of savy, one who has a name, one who can attract decent players, one who will probably command respect, aided and abetted by a corrupt governing body and cheating officials, the gap won’t be insurmountable imo.


    For all that Brendan is a top manager, his dealings in the transfer market haven’t given us the bang for the buck imo, a fair few bob has been wasted, not a slight on the man, just my opinion.






    Win tomorrow for us puts them 3rd.





    They’re already 3rd mate – they need to beat us tomorrow to go into 2nd place – if they lose or draw they’re still 3st! :-)))))

  8. THEEXILEDTIM, hi pal did you mean the nice cardinal heenan ex pupil .lol. how is the dugs.hh.

  9. Just noticed Cliftonville beat Linfield 2.1 today.


    They were 8/1 with Bet 365. Hopefully some of you were on at that price.


    Hail Hail



    Catman posted yesterday that Edouard will be the hunskelper tomorrow.


    Hail Hail

  11. Does Dermot Desmond have a role on the Celtic board otherwise then being described as majority shareholder ? Having bought those shares hasn’t he put any more money in ?

  12. Big Packy


    I have no clue who Cardinal Heenan is :-)


    All are good, one is getting his leg amputated in the week, the super vet wisny as super as we were told, in saying that had the dog been taken to him when his injury happened he might have managed to save his leg, we got the dog too late to help him as it has turned out.



  13. THE EXILED TIM, so sorry to hear that, the one thing i can say to you is, we have a few dogs that come into the salon with only 3 legs, and to be honest you wouldnt notice, unlike us mamby pamby humans dogs cope.ktf.

  14. GENE on 28TH APRIL 2018 6:06 PM





    From what I witnessed today Vale will struggle next season – absolutely dire stuff – the strange thing is that Carlisle mutually agreeing to part with Keith Curl .




    Have to wonder about the general standard of football at this level. Earlier this week my eldest son informed me that one of his youth team team-mates is now playing regularly for Blackpool. The lad in question was nothing special at the time but has obviously made giants steps to be now playing in the professional game. Just goes to show you that clubs should not discount players at 14 plus years old which many tell their coaches to do. Good luck to the lad – he’s done well for himself.



    BMCUW – Was hospital food that bad you discharged yourself early and came straight onto this mad-house? :-)

  15. Big Packy


    Aye I know, problem is it’s his front leg and he is huge, it’s causing his spine to twist, but he will get a couple more years and a good life, the Mrs has put all the info about him on the FB page.



  16. Delaneys Dunky on




    Met Jim McKell and Andy Mullen in Esquire today. The Temple Scurvy Tims are magic.



  17. THE EXILED TIM im not on facebook but joan the missus has just asked the name of your facebook page.hh.





    If we win 7-0……………they’ll go 4th


    Allegedly CSC



    Sadly not so, they have a better goal difference of 13 compared to Hibs.


    Sevco plus 30. Hibs plus 17.


    Hail Hail

  19. I think the 1st tax scam that was used at Ibrox was started in 1999.



    So if the titles are stripped (100% should be) and awarded to the runners-up (debatable) then Celtic should win our 20th league in a row tomorrow.



























    Le Skelper



    An easy 2-0




  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    Great meeting you today in my home pitch.


    Breakfast a Coias soon.


    7 in a row after.



  21. funny story one of our apprentices, now when i tell you her name your gonna say pull the other one ,her name is molly malone seriously, anyway she goes to the shop on her lunchbreak, asks for a bottle of coke, and the shop manager asks for i.d., she was furious she is 17 and apparently you need to be over 16 to purchase sugary drinks.

  22. GENE to be honest, it might not have been coke, but definately a sugary drink, hope you are well.hh.

  23. TET


    My wifes friend lost her big mastiff due to illness a few months ago, she decided to take in a spanish street dog,comes to her in June.

  24. Delaneys Dunky on

    Molly is a magic name


    My mammy is Molly Delaney. 83 last week.


    She loves Celtic.



  25. DELANEYS DUNKY, ill tell our molly she shares a name with delaneys dunky,s lovely 83 yer old mum.hh.

  26. BP


    Good thanks – will be dog sitting in a couple of weeks for a fortnight for my daughter’s cockapoo Jenson



    Might even try and post a pic with his Celtic collar and leash

  27. Lefty


    Good on her, I hope she gets a good dog, we send ours all over europe, a fair few to britland and even sent one to the States, most are mastins, but we have had lurchers, labs and a mix really.



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