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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.

Raffle to play in an 11-a-side game at Celtic Park, closes 15:00 today, Friday 27th

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).

To enter the raffle, make a minimum donation of £5 to the Foundation at this MyDonate page.  Then send your donation confirmation email to this address: celticquicknews@gmail.com

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.

You can enter for yourself, or gift the prize to someone you know aged 18 or over. Competition closes in just a few hours at 15:00, so enter now!.

Good luck!

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  1. David 66

     

     

    Opposite the Park? His mum is still there but his dad passed away a long time ago. I remember the puggie well.

     

    Wee Wylie was in our year at primary – I went to a different secondary…..

     

     

    Do ye remember Wee Joe Arthur and Mick Heakin???

  2. Mahe the Madman on

    Calibhoy,

     

    The office is still there. Been once wont go back. Dump would put you off drinking.

     

    its gutterkid1 at hotmail dot com. Let me know if you come south and ill do vice versa.

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Quiz has 4 rounds again Jobo .

  3. Fairhill Bhoy

     

    In true Corcaigh fashion no probs bhoyeeee !!

     

    Imagine gettin yer Keech and yer Kerch mixed up yer acting like a Langer now lol !

     

    Hail Hail n NSNO

  4. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Neg, he spends his time hunskelping on twitter I believe.

     

     

    Not seen him in a while but will definitely tell him you were asking after him.

  5. mike in toronto on

    top 3 qualify for Europe?

     

     

    Hibs are 3 behind the zombies…

     

     

    so, do we want Aberdeen to win tonight, hibs win this weekend, and we clinch on sunday by beating the zombies…

     

     

    then hibs beat the zombies and the zombies dont even qualify for europe?

  6. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Looks like a right good atmosphere at the aberdung v wee Huns tonite. Sweetie wrappers are making all the noise.

     

    Wee monkeys got their blue strip on !

  7. Bankiebhoy1 I dont remember any of those names sorry.

     

    I remember seeing wee Gerry Wylie and Gary Colvin later in years, I think my car was off the road and it was one of the only times I have used a bus (about 3/4 years after leaving school) and they were in a bad way with the drugs.

     

     

    I used to love playing St Paul’s primary when I was at Corpus Christie, the big soft red ash park you had was superb, well if my memory serves me right.

     

     

    D. :)

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Btw,how is LIONROARS67?

     

     

    The party canny get going without Billy leading the way. So I hope you’re well on the way back,old son!

     

     

    HH

  9. reading back, heard someone say about steven gerrard being a member of the bootle orange lodge ,bullshit, the bootle orange lodge are the most bigoted of all the lodges in liverpool their church they call the bootle protestant church, with a red hand of ulster flag, absolute bigots.

  10. I was going to say that I remember when wee gerry started on the stuff……..he changed pretty rapid, shame – bright bhoy originally. Remeber Colvin as well – that’s a blast from the past.

     

     

    First proper drink was in Hanlon’s…….

  11. In advance of tonight’s quiz, may I confirm that I’ll be entering as a partnership by asking Mrs Baldie the questions I don’t know the answer to. Whilst watching the football. And drinking Kronenbourg. With Malbec to come…

  12. Mick ya dick! Giving us all the fear!!!!

     

    Good to see you got signed out mate.

     

     

    Wiz it the Russians did it? lol

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ffs, bobby it was so peaceful the last week.lol.

  14. That wee red ash Park was a cracker – it didn’t get heavy usage so was always in great nick……….

  15. Mahe the Madman on

    general knowledge questions

     

     

     

    1,,,Which is the oldest car manufacturing company in the world ?

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band released their debut album called In The City in 1977 ? ?

     

     

     

    3,,,Sri Lanka was formerly called ?

     

     

     

    4,,,Billy Connolly sang the theme tune to this zany cartoon ?

     

     

     

    5,,,Who was often heard to say “ Well heres another fine mess youve got me into ! “ ?

     

     

     

    6,,,In the early 80’s which group “ passed the dutchie from the left hand side “ ?

     

     

     

    7,,,This bird was native to New Zealand and was hunted to extinction around the 1500’s ?

     

     

     

    8,,,Which US President ordered the atomic bombs to be dropped during WW2 ?

     

     

     

    9,,,Which ruler had Daniel cast into the lionpit ?

     

     

     

    10,,,The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ?

     

     

     

    11,,,The Christian name of Michael Corleone’s first wife ?

     

     

     

    12,,, Freetown is the capital city of which country ?

     

     

     

    13,,,Whos enemy was “ The Hooded Claw “ ?

     

     

     

    14,,,In the 80’s which company was famously wanted to Tell Sid ?

     

     

     

    15,,,In the periodic table silver is referred to as,,,?

  16. mike in toronto on

    1. ford

     

    2. Jam

     

    3. Ceylon

     

    4

     

    5 Hardy (or the other one)

     

    6 Musical Youth

     

    8 Truman

     

    9 Darius

     

    10 Earhart

     

    11 Appalonia

     

    12. Sierra Leone

     

    13 Penelope Pitsotp[

     

    14

     

    15 Ag

  17. BMCUWP-great to log on to good news. Don’t scare us like that again.

     

     

    Just booked a trip to Belfast with my son who has secured his first teaching job today, thinking of a trip on June 9-10-anything doing?

     

     

    HeneedsaGearoidtourCSC

  18. fairhill bhoy on

    MARSPAPA-no mate,we are sst,still trying for tickets tho!when does the music start

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    general knowledge questions

     

     

     

     

    1,,,Which is the oldest car manufacturing company in the world ?

     

     

    Daimler-Benz

     

     

    2,,,Which band released their debut album called In The City in 1977 ? ?

     

     

    The Jam

     

     

    3,,,Sri Lanka was formerly called ?

     

     

    Ceylon

     

     

    4,,,Billy Connolly sang the theme tune to this zany cartoon ?

     

     

    Supergran

     

     

    5,,,Who was often heard to say “ Well heres another fine mess youve got me into ! “ ?

     

     

    Oliver Hardy

     

     

    6,,,In the early 80’s which group “ passed the dutchie from the left hand side “ ?

     

     

    Musical Youth. Dreadful song.

     

     

    7,,,This bird was native to New Zealand and was hunted to extinction around the 1500’s ?

     

     

    Dodo

     

     

    8,,,Which US President ordered the atomic bombs to be dropped during WW2 ?

     

     

    Harry S Truman.

     

     

    9,,,Which ruler had Daniel cast into the lionpit ?

     

     

     

     

    10,,,The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ?

     

     

    Amelia Earheart

     

     

    11,,,The Christian name of Michael Corleone’s first wife ?

     

     

    Apollonia(sp)

     

     

    12,,, Freetown is the capital city of which country ?

     

     

    Sierra Leone

     

     

    13,,,Whos enemy was “ The Hooded Claw “ ?

     

     

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood,I’m sure it’s in one of their lyrics!!!

     

     

    14,,,In the 80’s which company was famously wanted to Tell Sid ?

     

     

    British Gas

     

     

    15,,,In the periodic table silver is referred to as,,,?

     

     

    Ag

  20. Jobo………

     

     

    Mr Malbec, an excellent companion for any occasion.

     

     

    Cheers!

  21. 1,,,FORD

     

     

     

     

    2,,,EAGLES

     

     

     

     

    3,,,CEYLON

     

     

     

     

    4,,,SUPERGRAN???

     

     

     

    5,,,lOU aBBOTT

     

     

     

     

    6,,,Musical Youth

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Dodo

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Harry S T

     

     

     

    9,,,SOLOMON

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Earhart

     

     

     

     

    11,,,The beautiful Apolliana

     

     

     

     

    12,,, Sierra Leone

     

     

     

     

    13,,,Penelope Pitstop

     

     

     

     

    14,,,BT

     

     

     

     

    15,,Ag

  22. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Goal for aberdung by O’Connor who was slagging their own support for being rotten !

  23. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bobby, great news you are on the mend .

     

     

    Is it true Guinness are wondering why there has been a drastic reduction in Guinness sales in the Swindon area over the past week.

     

     

    Marvelllous to have you back. .

     

     

    This Dons Hearts game s dire . Only one flash of skill so far and that’s been from Gary Mackay-Steven.

  24. 1,,,Which is the oldest car manufacturing company in the world ?

     

     

     

     

    Morgan

     

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band released their debut album called In The City in 1977 ? ?

     

     

    Don’t know

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3,,,Sri Lanka was formerly called ?

     

     

     

    Ceylon

     

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Billy Connolly sang the theme tune to this zany cartoon ?

     

     

     

    Supergran

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,Who was often heard to say “ Well heres another fine mess youve got me into ! “ ?

     

     

     

     

    Oliver Hardy

     

     

     

     

    6,,,In the early 80’s which group “ passed the dutchie from the left hand side “ ?

     

     

     

    Musical Yout’

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,This bird was native to New Zealand and was hunted to extinction around the 1500’s ?

     

     

     

     

    Moa

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Which US President ordered the atomic bombs to be dropped during WW2 ?

     

     

    Truman

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Which ruler had Daniel cast into the lionpit ?

     

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ?

     

     

     

    Amelia Earhart

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,,The Christian name of Michael Corleone’s first wife ?

     

     

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

    12,,, Freetown is the capital city of which country ?

     

     

     

    Sierra Leone

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,Whos enemy was “ The Hooded Claw “ ?

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,In the 80’s which company was famously wanted to Tell Sid ?

     

     

     

    British Gas

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,In the periodic table silver is referred to as,,,?

     

     

    Ag

  25. Myself & my wee bro will be in the Merchant City area tomorrow night around 8.30 if you anyone is up for a Belgian beer or ten.

  26. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ROY CROPPIE.

     

     

    Hey,I only had a wee lung infection. I seem to recall your health scare being on a different level.

     

     

    Great news about your lad. I’ve no idea what he will be teaching,but there is a small cultural event planned for the time you mention. It will encompass an eclectic range of subjects,such as Geography,History,Social Sciences,Music,Chemistry and Maths. I get a feeling he may enjoy it!

  27. Mr and Mrs Baldie’s answers (all mine, actually!)

     

    1. Ford

     

    2. The Jam

     

    3. Ceylon

     

    4.

     

    5. Oliver Hardy

     

    6. Musical Youth

     

    7. Kiwi

     

    8. Eisenhower

     

    9. King David

     

    10.

     

    11.

     

    12. Jamaica

     

    13.

     

    14. British Gas

     

    15.

  28. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BIG PACKIE

     

     

    I’m on a peace and joy few weeks while I get myself back to normal. Enjoy the brief interlude of sanity,old bean-it won’t last(!)

  29. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Wowzers, what’s with the crowd, or lack thereof at Pittodrie? It’s a big game for them.

     

     

    Surely their fans haven’t resigned themselves to finishing behind ‘Rangers’?

     

     

    I mean, apart from a manager and Chairman who seem happy to be cannon fodder for them, why would you not turn up?

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