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. SIPSINI-it getting to a point where we don’t want a corner or shy,cos we only give it back.Would love a pint,B is a gentleman ?

  2. 16 roads - Protect the 8th. on

    TINYTIM on 28TH APRIL 2018 10:33 PM






    No worries TT.



    This could well be the last roll of dice, so I wouldn’t rule anything out.



    Like a cornered animal they are becoming increasingly desperate, and with desperation comes danger.



    The closer we get to the 10, the more demented they become.



    However, I’m confident that the Celtic Football Club are prepared and capable enough to counter their pathetic attempts to stop us.



    Good to see you posting again mo chara.



    HH Legend.

  3. Jobo….



    I’m not a punter just like yourself but I’m putting a few quid on 5, 6, 7 -0 tomorrow.



    The huns can fantasize about a billionaire savior coming in and stopping ten in a row


    So I’m allowed to dream aswel.



    More likely mines will come to fruition than theres though.??????

  4. SIPSINI –



    i feel the same, but not sure whether to jinx them. Anyway, pillow calling…..

  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy 11,45pm



    Give your old man a big hug fae ML5



    You take care :- )

  6. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Dougie Breslin






    Weet Weet Weet



    Never fae from our thoughts amigo




  7. Up like a bird on

    Against the Grain



    I want them to get into europa league, by hook or by crook, doesnt matter to me…i



    they will be playing the same amount of games as us through out the season, “God willing” we get into the group stages



    then we will give them a hammering of bayern , man city proportions , be careful for what you wish for

  8. Am I the only 1 who’s still wondering what a considered Bankiebhoy1 curry tastes like….seen a chicken, a cow, a lamb….hell even a roadkill currie….?



    MIT….naw not Lectorish……;-))







  9. Celtic Squad v The Rangers (2012)


    10 Games 6 Shut Outs Craig Gordon


    01 Games 0 Shut Outs Scott Bain


    01 Games 0 Shut Outs Dorus De Vries


    12 Games 0 Goals Scott Brown


    11 Games 1 Goals Mikael Lustig


    11 Games 0 Goals James Forrest


    10 Games 3 Goals Callum McGregor


    10 Games 0 Goals Kieran Tierney


    09 Games 7 Goals Moussa Dembele


    09 Games 4 Goals Scott Sinclair


    09 Games 3 Goals Leigh Griffiths


    09 Games 2 Goals Stuart Armstrong


    08 Games 4 Goals Tom Rogic


    08 Games 1 Goals Dedryck Boyata


    08 Games 0 Goals Patrick Roberts


    06 Games 0 Goals Nir Bitton


    06 Games 0 Goals Jozo Simunovic


    05 Games 1 Goals Erik Sviatchenko


    03 Games 1 Goals Olivier Ntcham


    03 Games 0 Goals Kristoffer Ajer


    01 Games 1 Goals Odsonne Edouard


    01 Games 0 Goals Kouassi Eboue


    01 Games 0 Goals Cristian Gamboa


    01 Games 0 Goals Jack Hendry


    Dedryck Boyata


    99 Games for Celtic


    98 Starts


    01 Sub


    13 Goals .

  10. weebawbabitty on

    GFTB, calm doon ma friend, you and MIT are good blog friends, leave the daft argument for another day ??champions coming soon ????Kevj your a LEGEND my ol scrapping friend . DD love your Knightswood fighting stories, reckon you would have got a dead heat with the Blantyre JUNGLE rebels ? but on a serious note good to see you back in work, BMCUW HAIL HAIL to you and your family ??

  11. what scummy souness forgot to say was he was allowed to cheat and as of now has got away with it thats were money came from if legal and genuine sevco cannot get that sort of money they need there are no sugar daddys for them and the last one they thought they had killed them

  12. weebawbabitty on

    Fairhill boy , am more of a lurker, keeps me oot a trouble enjoy your input! Hope your sister is well! Was in KEVJ s BIL company recently a diamond of a guy, think you may have been st school with him , he was pally with Steven and chick Dempsey PD is his anitials

  13. fairhill bhoy on

    WEEBAWBABITTY-ped is older than me,but I do know him,but canny remember last time a seen him,only know him because of my big cousin B.my Sis is still waiting on a date for her opp should’ve been mid April.Thanks for asking

  14. weebawbabitty on

    FAIRHILL BHOY, glad you are back posting mate, I know we all have stupid arguments but we are all tims , ps I worked in stone house bar Hamilton 1982-86 ! if you ever drank there

  15. balornock bhoy on

    So before the last home game against the tribute act i posted looking for a spare to enable my 16 year old to attend this fixture for the first time, 16 was my own self imposed age restriction to prevent him from hearing their bile.


    Well his uncle has come up with the goods for tomorrow and he will attend this fixture for the first time,


    Pretty good timing and reward for him as on Friday he will lead out his school at Hampden in the Schools Scottish Cup Final, The only Celtic supporter in the team no less,


    My only regret is that I wont be taking him to his first one, so if anyone hears of any spares please let me know,



    Lets enjoy 7 in a row!! Hail Hail

  16. Garngad to Croy on

    I just watched the fantastic coverage on the Outer Hebridies Broadcasting Network aka BBC Alba of the Hibs v Kilmarnock game. If we don’t manage to secure Paddy Roberts from Man City I would love to see Brandon Barker from Hibs in the Hoops.



    I also think it is testament to how much the Huns have became an irrelevance I am actually beginging to like Chris Boyd and I think he has a fighting chance at the Player of the year award.



    A goodnight from me and a wee song from the finest Balladeer that ever walked this Earth.




  17. If SG is seriously contemplating taking on the Sevco job he must be totally deranged.


    His whole life will become a living nightmare.


    I had him down as a bit more intelligent than that.



    It’s a bit like all these specialty shops in shopping centres.


    Over a period of time you see the shops populated solely by some poor teenage girl (usually), standing there bored out of her tiny little mind, just wishing a customer would drop by so that she could have someone to talk to.


    After a while the closing down sale signs go up and a short time later some new outlet appears.


    And so the cycle continues….


    What on earth makes the new retailer think they can make a go of it better than the last tenant?



    In this case, what makes SG think he will succeed where so many others have failed.


    If he believes DCK is going to fund purchases of star players etc… he deserves all the nightmares he will get.



    SG, I advise you, learn your trade first. Then use your kudos to pick up a decent job.


    If you take on the Sevco job the first thing that will happen is that your kudos will get flushed down the pan. No-one will remember your great career. All they will recall is a guy who totally failed at being a manager. You will also have the full wrath of the Sevco ‘faithful’ poured out upon you and your family.



    You’ve got a brain. Use it.

  18. CATHEDRAL VIEW on 28TH APRIL 2018 3:48 PM






    Yes, banned in the late 80’s. None of these guys took a pay cut to come to Scotland to follow their “dreams” of European glory.




    Rangers were paying more than the top flight English and some top European sides to sign the England captain, goalie etc…..




    They signed a guy from the tax haven of Monaco.




    Nobody really knows when the undeclared payments to players started, certainly by the late 90’s rules were being broken. Then there’s the unusual case of their goalkeeper up for drink driving in the mid 90s stating his contact was for £1k per week which is a surprisingly low figure given the circumstances.




    I digress, the point is if it wasn’t for the money on offer none of these guys would have crossed the border. For Cosgrove to maintain the reason they were here was for European football is just nonsense.









    I agree the lure of European football wasn’t the sole/main factor but it did make it more appealing for Butcher,Woods n co imo.Not sticking up for Cosgrove BTW.



    Anyway I’m hoping for more lashings of karmic revenge today. If MD isn’t starting I’m hoping LG gets the nod .Would love to see PR7 tear them a new one. Foderingham will be a miss for them as Alnwick looks very undercooked for today’s main course.


    As always I trust our manager,he seems to know what he’s doing in these fixtures ;)))




  19. I agree with the consensus on here that Stevie G would be radio rental to take the job of managing the Govan galacticos.