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. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Our reality is their nightmare :-) :-)



    Cracking post to wake up too



    Again I will apologise (especially to MIT) why not let the punters in the blog enjoy humping the Sevs for me it’s still the same HUN supporters so I’m my my mind we are “hopefully” beating 1872, 1873 & 2012 today



    Enjoy your day fellow Celts I know I will



    Weebawbabbity & KevJ enjoy your day fellow Celts ☘️?☘️?☘️?☘️

  2. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    keep the head, let them run the adrenaline off, keep giving boyata and cg options for the pass, look out for then going wide this time

  3. Matt –


    A fantastic cornflake read there this morning. You do have a way with words. Another hour till I start the engines. CQN Corner around 11.00. North Curve at 11.40. Very excited about the SEVEN.

  4. The most important thing today is that everyone who goes out, also gets home safe following a game of football.


    Of course, a win to confirm Celtic as 7 in a row Champions is also important. Any win will do, and would make me happy, but preferred result would be a large winning margin and a commanding performance. Humiliation ( again ) for the new team would be fun too. These are great days to be a Bhoy.



    Stay safe everyone, enjoy the day, and the celebrations, hopefully.



  5. Fair weather forecast for today.


    Celebratory expectation from a maximum capacity Gazebo.


    The obligatory ole 5-0 win for the Champions desired.




  6. Good Luck today to The Champions.


    Can someone please confirm the best email address to get Paul on.





  7. Oh aye, Matt Stewart,


    I think you need to pay more attention to which mushrooms you have with your bacon and eggs in the morning. ?


    That said, enjoyable and amusing statrt to the day ?

  8. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Firstly, Happy 16th Birthday to Deccyrollercoaster.



    Secondly, lets wrap up the league title in our normal hun/zombie skelping day this day, 29th April.







  9. fairhill bhoy on

    Getting picked up at 11,my nephew has got me a ticket next to him in hospitality ?Mon the hoops champions again as you know ?????

  10. Very hooooooopy birthday Declan


    Enjoy your day ooot ( and not your dad’s carry ooot)



    Medtim – paul@ celticquicknews.co.uk should work



    Right mass time



    Hail hail.

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy



    My nephew (self employed) can’t make “normal” games has managed to acquire a ticket today to watch the hooos with my great niece (16 who never misses a home game) she called him a part timer this morning even though it’s his hard earned cash that pays for her ticket :-) took him to his first game in the main stand at age of 8, he still talks about it, I must be getting old as our Niamh is heading to the Eagle with her Da to get the supporters bus to the game



    Where did the time go ???,



    Monthhoops ???????

  12. I’ll only believe Dembele isn’t playing when I see the team running out without him, watching the Sevco humpings and he’s the key. Edouard and Griffiths are different, and if Moussa doesn’t start prey for his fitness for the cup





    This is the only game you don’t go to Celtic Park on foot travelling in the city becomes dangerous for 24 hours, and the no go areas are well known, no trains


    make it more difficult for some, who should always stay in groups.



    SMSM have gotten their retaliation in first with the Steven Gerard story and its almost as if they’ve conceded the title, the headlines in Monday morning sports pages are already written, the next campaign is in full flow with two youth coaches in place.



    This game has no resemblance to 1999 when Ranjurz won with an EBT filled side, and brought Hugh Dallas just in case Celtic’s ragamuffin side came close, we didn’t stand a chance and their support still caused mayhem in the city.



    Welcome to the level playing fields of Paradise see how Sevco like it, this club is not a tribute act it’s a sentence for Rainjurz cheating.



    Hail Hail




    “let’s be careful out there”



    Hail Hail



    I never thought we would see seven in a row again in our lifetimes..

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Happy birthday young Declan your dad is a very special Bhoy



    M enjoy the game with Declan & Caitlin, still remember to this day your wee tale about your good lady telling you “why don’t you do something then”



    WeeOscar CSC

  15. 50 shades of green on

    So who will be first aff the day, Andy Halliday or the Zombie fans that actually turn up….






    Release the #7 on the left today Brendan, c’mon you know it makes sense.




    First BUD opened ???????

  16. weebobbycollins on

    Anyone else thinking about moving to Broxburn?


    After today’s celebrations, of course…

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy 9.47am



    No need for reminders :-)



    I was that ugly the burdz fae the Ton knocked me back :-)



    Had to get back to the burger van in the Brig before I got a lumber :-)



    Enjoy your Da mucker and give your Da a big hug fae ML5 ??☘️☘️???

  18. Possibly the earliest that I’ve ever headed off for a home game (well, when driving anyway). There’s an atmosphere to be soaked up! Here we goooooo…….SEVEN in a rowwwwwww…….

  19. The Battered Bunnet on

    Disaster in the duodenal department!



    The bhoy’s come down with a nasty stomach bug, meaning I’ve got a sperr for the game. I’ll be at the gazebo at 11.30 if emdy wants it. Only downside is you’ll need to sit beside me. Hey ho.

  20. Is it just my thinking or does the so called wonder left back for Sevco, John Declan, Declan john or whatever the pish players name is and the big thug Portuguese centre back always seem injured when it comes to playing the big bhoys??


    The phrase shitebags come to terms or mibees they are thinking feck this Sevco malarky cause they are shite, and if they play against the Hoops they will be dragged down to other sevvie players level,thus not attracting teams to take them away from the bigotdome???



    Whichever 11 players are on that park for us today better wear that jersey with pride.


    Play football the way it is meant to be played ” the Glasgow Celtic Way” and we will get our rewards.



    Ps free the Coias 10



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  21. Pog, yer a fraud – I clicked on that emoji expecting a proper video or screenshot. pmsl HH

  22. Well, fellow Tims, this is it, the day we’ve all been waiting for and what better way is there to win the League than to stuff the “berz”. Can’t think of a better scenario.


    My big worry is that we all know how much hate and venom there is toward us and Broony in particular, we know Broony will be antagonised for the entire game in an attempt to get him sent off. We know that, Broony knows that. A hun friend ( I know , I know) thinkks of Celtic as a snake with Broony at the head, so his reckoning is, cut off the head and the snake will die. I’m sure Brendan will have all the bhoyz ready and we will put in a good professional performance and ram it it right up them.



    Hail Hail and all that


    See you all on the other side when we are Champions again, waaaaaah