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. Delaneys Dunky on




    Scott Marshall was the brother of Gordon. Both the sons of ex Celt Gordon Marshall. Three duds.

  2. South Of Tunis on

    Scott Marshall was a loan from Southampton . .. He scored an OG in his first game for Southampton . He scored an OG in his second game for Southampton .

  3. Was Gordon Marshall not a ‘hairdresser’ as well as a shite goalie?!







  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    Your word of the day Aquiesce is the title of one of my favourite Oasis tunes. Live at Balloch Park was mind blowing. Some might say. Noel was awesome on guitar that night. Gas Panic was immense, and still as relevant today.


    Gallagher Mancs were good for a change.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Yes. So was Celtic legend Billy McPhail. My mammy cleaned his house in Broomhill.

  6. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    ” numpty puppet manager, Dr Jo”……………………….FFS

  7. Having watched that presser from BR it was all about Gerrard and what as a young manager BR did, about 10 seconds about Armstrong and another who I did not pick up his name who are being assessed for the weekends game. I assume the other is Moussa

  8. mike in toronto on

    BSR ….



    good conference from BR… except he repeatedly refers to them as “Rangers”….

  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    Dr Jo gave us one of my favourite ever Celtic players. The gift from God, Lubo Moravcik.


    Slovak genius.

  10. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on




    Considering all the factors lined up against him………(The Press, Euro Bonus Row, Viduka going AWOL, Replacing Wim, Jock Brown, the MIBs, Injury to Moravcik at the business end of the Season…etc…etc) he done a fine job. Bought some great players.



    Kev makes some good points occasionally…..he crossed a line with this one.

  11. MIT @ 3.39



    Tad overly polite with SMSM IMHO, should straight bat Sevco questions nearly three minutes on Steven Gerard was way too much, that said its a style question and he knows the score regarding Sevco or Rainjurs, no doubt. Takes the Celtic media lead never to use ‘Old Firm’ often says derby instead, and is clearly here for 10 in a row ♫♬ ?

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    I agree too. KevJ is a good guy. Sometimes I agree with him. Sometimes I don’t. Concerning Dr Jo, I think he is wrong.



  13. bournesouprecipe on 27th April 2018 1:23 pm



    Celtic in Bruno Alves groin injury blow.




    :)))))))) Belter sir

  14. Paul67






    Henry Ajer Boyata Tierney



    Ntcham Brown MacGregor






    Forrest Dembele



    Henry for Lustig the only change from the semi final humping, Roberts and


    Griffiths for laters. Dembele may not be 100% fit but he’s played before when


    less than fit, and we need his physique and goal threat, I think the Edouard rumour, is just that,



    I don’t subscribe to the Brendan masterclass in tactics, our system doesn’t change much and believe 8 wins and two draws more likely proves we have better players than the new club regardless of how we win.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on




    Brendan is as wide as the Clyde and Mersey combined. I went to school with his older cousins from Scotstoun and Knightswood. They were high IQ Tims. Obviously runs in the Rodgers family. Magic.

  16. “Listen” said Morelos to his agent, “You will never believe just how bad my luck can be. There the ball was, not six inches from the goal line…I smiled in that confident Columbian necktie way, I stopped the ball on the line, turned round to take in the cheers and adulation of my fans and was just about to swing my foot in triumph when…….”






    Hail Hail




  17. Pog, glad you posted that clarification on the proper Bud (var) beer ‘ which is a fine drink, unlike that other gnats p…. ! HH

  18. !!Bada Bing!! on

    9 years for killing 2 kids, whilst driving drugged up is ridiculous, he only had 30 previous driving convictions….

  19. Delaneys Dunky on




    Earl Street Tims the Rodgers family.


    Intelligent and his cousin Bernadette was a fine looking girl. ????????

  20. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    you have to have an open mind to be taught owt paulus.



    Anyway, one is having a Hophouse Guinness lager – lovely – not nearly as nice as the one you can get in O’Neills in York , where you may be lucky enough to bump into favunncle & yorkbhoy – a lovely swally

  21. Sunday’s Team of Honourable Hunskelpers.






    Lustig Jozo Ajer KT










    Give them the three titans in the middle who nullified Zenit and slapped Herts back into their bigot lunchbox. See if they can cope with not only being dominated in the midfield but ragdolled like rabid mongrel puppies bouncing off angry grizzly bears.



    Then throw in Paddy, Edouard and Sincy to run them ragged second-half and… make. them. cry.



    Obliterate their hope. Then, now, and forever.

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