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

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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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An incredible opportunity to play on the hallowed turf at Celtic Park around the end of the current season 2017-18, in Club sponsor Intelligent Car Leasing’s match.

You will be provided with complimentary Celtic kit and receive the full match-day experience including arrival through the front door, access to the dressing room and proudly walking down the tunnel to enter the famous field of play.

Both squads will be managed by a former Celtic player. Date 16 May, 11:00 kick off. All monies raised will be donated to Celtic FC Foundation, a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number SC024648).

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The opportunity to play on Celtic Park is just beyond words.  I did it a few years ago, the memories will live forever, as will the photographs.  The experience of preparing in the dressing room, as so many greats have done before, was fabulous.

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  1. Ivhadtochangemyname if Paul doesn’t keep the history on here, contact follow follow they no where you can buy history.

     

    ???

     

    D. :)

  2. Murray,Whyte,Green,King,Mccoist,The Magic Hat,Pedro,Murty….we telt them.. its not as if they didn’t know.

     

     

    And here comes a guy whose credentials are that hes looked after 14-17 year olds .H makes then wear a shirt n tie to games dont you know.

     

     

    Appoint Jack ross, work to a budget, play with what you can afford, build foundations, run a sustainable business for a few years, establish yourself as a good second best team….nah Eff that Stevie Gee wil sell season tickets, that will see us through till Xmas.

     

     

    the banter years continue…..they get what they deserve.

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Dembele isn’t making it

     

     

    Gordon

     

    Lustig

     

    Ajer

     

    Boyata

     

    Tierney

     

    Brown

     

    Ntcham

     

    Forrest

     

    Rogic

     

    McGregor

     

    Edouard

     

     

    Allegedly…

  4. fairhill bhoy on

    DALLAS DALLAS-my work mates wife works in Dalziel Park and says young junior is a prat when he is in there.He’s a W⚓️ ?

  5. Ivhadtochangemyname,

     

     

    not sure if there’s an archive…..but if you’re looking for something specific….try google detective…..jesting….a google search with a specific search string should do it ;-p

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  6. notthebus,

     

     

    thawt Jack Ross was too smart….to be a hun…..manager?

     

     

    saw it on here, so must be true….with exceptions ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  7. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    Here’s an old farts question.

     

     

    I’ve always said that the iconic Big Billy image of him holding Big Cup has three unique characteristics;

     

     

    1. He isn’t surrounded by team-mates’

     

    2. He is tight-lipped, not shouting Yas or Champions or whatever,

     

    3. He isn’t looking down to the fans – his eyes are glazed almost to eternity,

     

     

    So to the question – aimed especially at the guys who stood there last year – what was Billy looking at? The distant yonder, the expanse of the Atlantic, or is it possible he could see the replica Christ the Redeemer statue across the river Tagus?

  8. PHYLLIS DIETRICHSON on 28TH APRIL 2018 8:45 PM

     

    Here’s an old farts question.

     

     

     

    I’ve always said that the iconic Big Billy image of him holding Big Cup has three unique characteristics;

     

     

     

    1. He isn’t surrounded by team-mates’

     

     

    2. He is tight-lipped, not shouting Yas or Champions or whatever,

     

     

    3. He isn’t looking down to the fans – his eyes are glazed almost to eternity,

     

     

     

    So to the question – aimed especially at the guys who stood there last year – what was Billy looking at? The distant yonder, the expanse of the Atlantic, or is it possible he could see the replica Christ the Redeemer statue across the river Tagus?

     

     

    ———

     

     

    He was thinking.

     

     

    “Whit’s the goalie dain Tam, whit’s the goalie dain?!”

  9. Jack Ross was a guest of Celtic at the 4-0 game a few weeks back, I reckon he will be in with a shout when we are going for eleven in a row, assuming he keeps on the path he is treading and Brendan doesn’t sign on for more that is :-)

  10. As our best big game striker I’m disappointed that Dembele isn’t making it tomorrow. If the rumours are true then I’d prefer to start with Edouard.

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    16roads 8.35pm

     

     

    I for one treat them as a new Klub but I am a hypocrite as no new Klub would get under my skin …. it’s still the same hun entitled bigoted everything !

     

     

    Let others moan about the bored. challenging the cheating, LNS, stripping titles and £49 tickets, which in my life Bhoys who love Celtic would pay far much more to watch Celtic especially against any team that those same flies follow …. I love this place but sometimes the posters who protest so much just love protesting, us winning tomorrow is not a formality but hopefully the Celtic fans who don’t enjoy following Celtic leave it the Celtic fans who like Celtic good times or bad

  12. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    David 66, shug Dallas’ boys’ rise to infamy must surely rankle other match officials who surely can not be as bad as he is.

     

     

    Fairhill Bhoy, like father like son has never been more appropriate

  13. HT,

     

     

    Catman called it earlier….am sure BR has Odsonne out left….Thumb up top ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  14. Phyllis D By the serious look on Cesar’s face i reckon he’s thinking to himself ‘who is going to tell big Fallon that he canny keep his medal’. HH.

  15. When Moussa is fit and interested he is a far better player than Griffiths imo. Griff is a better goalscorer than Edouard but young Eddie is one hell of an all round player in the making. I prefer him just off the main striker, i really think Brendan is missing a trick not playing him and Moussa together more often. They would annihilate this league if given a run of games together.

  16. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Going by Catman’s very accurate posts over the years, I’m taking it Moussa will only be on the bench , at best.

  17. Have to say, I would play Odsonne ahead of Griffiths tomorrow as well

     

    Griff has had a relatively poor season from what I’ve been watching

     

    Plays to often for himself and not the team

     

    Still like the Bhoy though, and hope he can come on and surprise us ?

  18. TET,

     

     

    by all accounts….he’s got St Midden promoted by playing decent attacking football….helped in no small measure by our Lewis Morgan….3 years continuity planning by our board….mibbe ?

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  19. Only going on what I’ve read on social media regarding Dembele. Grif has been great with us but he’s not in Dembele’s class which is why I’d prefer him to start.

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    David 17 9.07pm

     

     

    Reading that post do you think Moussa Dembelle isn’t always interested ?

     

     

    I just thought he wasn’t at full fitness

  21. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Leftclicktic 9.11pm

     

     

    Or your new manlier “frankel” hope you all had a great day with maybe another good day the morra

     

     

    Hail Hail

  22. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    GFTB – Never seen Celtic play thon eldritch zombie club I never will.

     

     

    They are mildly amusing though, and it’s perfectly understandable that the magnificent Celtic support go to mock and laugh at them.

     

     

    HH.

  23. GERRYFAETHEBRIG on 28TH APRIL 2018 9:13 PM

     

    David 17 9.07pm

     

     

     

    Reading that post do you think Moussa Dembelle isn’t always interested ?

     

     

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    For example, watched him against Hamilton three weeks ago and to me it looked like the game wasn’t doing anything for him. Watched him a week later at Hampden and he ran riot, totally different player with a totally different attitude and mentality. .

  24. GORDON64 on 28TH APRIL 2018 9:13 PM

     

    Griff and Edouard to start for me. Hh

     

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    Agree,however everyone focusing on Griff,or Moussa ,or Edouard,their effectiveness depends on supply,and that is where we have been less effective with JF and Sinclair being poor.

     

    Roberts should start, Forrest should not,if the reason that Dembele always plays vs the huns is due to his effectiveness,then that same criteria must exclude Forrest.

  25. Gerryfaethebrig on

    16roads 9.18pm

     

     

    My young nephew (now 35) is going to the game tomorrow with his wee daughter Niamh who is now 16, when he was a wee Bhoy about 14 he got into the Fountain boozer with all of my pals, he has a wee tear the night Lsudrop broke away and the tax cheats beat us 1-0 (uncle do we ever beat them) I reminded him of this tonight ….. enjoy these good times

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    And God bless Tommy Burns