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. Priorities :


    1. Thank Heavens MIT didn’t land the podium Treble! The thoughts of it . . .


    2. Great to have BMCUWP back with us. Hope Lionsroar appears with more of the same good news.


    3. Do NOT remove the hose on Sunday until there isn’t a flicker left.


    Hail Hail

  2. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    abba releasing work; imagine bertie said he was he was lacing his boots up again

  3. Disappointed with Paul67s leader conflating our games against Rangers in 1979 and 1999 with our game against sevco on Sunday. There is no correlation between the team we play on Sunday and those previous matches against the liquidated club so why make one unless you want to perpetuate the myth. Hh

  4. FAIRHILL BHOY on 27TH APRIL 2018 6:33 PM


    Just catching up,nothing wrong with a nice cold bud,to many snobs on here?




    I’m probably the biggest beer snob you’ll ever meet. Preferences – draught, bottle and if needs must canned (I can taste the metal). I refuse to drink out of anything other than a glass in a pub and nothing does my head in more than being offered a bottle of German Weißbier without a glass in pubs in the U.K. Beer should always be poured to allow it to breathe. I can’t recall seeing anyone in a bar, in my 17 years in Germany, drinking out of a bottle – always poured. Sure you saw people drinking out of bottles outside but never in a bar.


    My favourite beer is Weißbier followed by Guinness then any German beer. I like real ales and I am guilty of turning my nose up at anything less than 5% abv. I also love Belgian beers and am partial to the old Duvel – better the Duvel you know.


    I also like beers that are presented with a glass that has an etched area on the bottom of the filling surface such as Duvel, Stella and San Miguel as this ensures a constant release of CO2 meaning that your pint has a head on it to the end.


    So don’t get me started ????????

  5. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Re the 4-2 & 0-3 games. Was at both. Only 15 at the time for the 4-2 game. Sheer utter joy at every Celtic goal although that feeling went to fear after the third goal went in. Was in the Celtic end and I swear I could feel the concrete terracing move as the crowd jumped up and down. Said a small prayer that we all get out alive.


    After the game my pal and me were walking down the Gallowgate and the traffic was at a standstill. People were out of their cars due to the gridlock. We got talking to a guy and his son who were going back to paisley and offered us a lift. Brilliant this couldn’t get any better. The four of us were giving it laldy with the rebel songs along the M8 when our driver suggested we take a detour past Castle Greyskull. Off the motorway we duly went and headed up Edminston Drive. Stopped the car outside the main door which unfortunately was shut but if CCTV existed in those days they would have been treated to A Grand Old Team the next morning.


    Back in the car and our gracious driver dropped us off in Causeyside Street where we started to walk up off the road. Very quiet until we reached the junction of Neilston road where four guys with bowling blazers(all the badges) and trousers that were too short and showed off their cheap white socks.


    “What was the score lads” one of the Quartet asked ?


    4-2 to the Celtic we both said.


    Meltdown !


    It’s not often being called a Fenian bastard was so sweet.

  6. What is the Stars on

    As regular readers will know I am not one to repeat myself


    However I feel the need to make an exception today.


    Re Sevco


    Have they not suffered enough ….NO


    Re CQN’s favourite son BMCUWP


    Has he not suffered enough


    A resounding YES

  7. fairhill bhoy on

    POG-I’ll bite,I drink anything cold in the house(whatever Asda deals are),but only drink out a pint glass when out,Birra Moretti,Peroni,Stella and Ines and Gunn.There is one that I canny spell properly called Wiestiener that is the bomb???????

  8. So a draw tonight with the sheep and hertz would mean a win or a draw for us on Sunday would give us 7IAR…



    D. :)

  9. David66



    …the very same!



    sma’ world!



    St Paul’s Guild……….



    Harland St Globetrotter CSC

  10. Steven Gerrard !!!!!


    St Michaels RC ps liverpool


    Cardinal Heenan Rc High School


    Married in the rites of the Holy RC Church


    One of his daughters is named LOURDES


    and was always Celtic daft at School !!!


    Only problem is he played and captained the Red Keech !!


    So he’s got all the credentials your typical zombie racist Secterian Hun Luvin Cretan just loves !!!



  11. Amidst all the hype and hoopla around the Gerrard for Sevco nonsense the bigger story is that Stevie Clarke is now the second Scottish manager to turn down the Ibrox job. Hh

  12. Good evening friends,


    Whilst Aberdeen dropping any points tonight would mean that we only need a draw to secure our SEVENTH title in a row, my preference is for Aberdeen to keep on winning as they battle with Hibs for 2nd place ;-)


    I do love my Friday Night Football.


    Whether I can multi-task with a CQN quiz is another question. Probably depends on how gripping the game is.


    And welcome back Bobbio! We may yet get a full 7-fold coupon on this weekend ;-)

  13. DD / Pog



    Danny had a bigger brother James? )and sister ( Jean?), Stephen was the youngest,


    me and Danny hung about as did Wullie McC………


    also Kevin Boyle and Gerry Ferguson……



    POG – correct re, Danny’s Da’s shop – was a Furriers then became a fashion boutique….



    Back In The Day CSC

  14. DAVID66, only just got in from work, been one of them days when everything that could go wrong went wrong, but heyho we have got a game to win on sunday ,against the biggest bunch of sectarian b/stards the world has ever seen, we are all okay, hope you and cheeko are okay, now here is the big question, having asked joan to get me some tennents she brings home 4 bottles of mcewans champion, which is 7.3 per cent, now does tennents sound like mcewans to you, no i didnt think so.hh.

  15. fairhill bhoy on

    TOFFEETIM-only problem is he played and captained the (red Kerch) to a champions league!Fixed that for you ?

  16. just heard about mick, thanks to the staff at the swindon hospital, he is back to torment us, only kiddin mick, great to see you back.hh.

  17. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Pog, I’m sitting necking a Duvel right now. Fantastic beer. Gets you strangely drunk from the thighs down……:_))



    Wonderful stuff, reminds me of my time in Belgium so many years ago. See you Sunday pal.



    Great news on ma auld winkle picking buddy.





  18. Bobby good to hear you are back posting.



    Like other posters I can’t believer Gerrard is stupid enough to manage the Hun. Makes me wonder.



    As for Paul’s continuity myth posts. Says it all really.

  19. Bankiebhoy1 I am sure Kevin was in my year at St Tams as well. Willie and Danny definitely were and not seen them since leaving school many many moons ago. Funny enough I passed Willie’s Ma and Da’s house yesterday and there was still a car sitting with the WMC number plate. Don’t know if it’s his or Dads. Remember he used to have a puggy in his hall. Do you remember Gerry Wylie that stayed through the back fae Willie?



    D. :)

  20. DAVID66 ha-ha dont rub it in, whats the score with gerrard have you heard anything.hh.

  21. Good to hear that the Swindon malingerer is back on the blog after his enforced absence at the tax payers expense. HH amigo

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