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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. FAIRHILL BHOY

     

     

    its Friday , its 5 to 5 its MTM’s quuz …i dont enter but enjoy trying to answer the questions .

     

     

    ROY CROPPIE is back on the aul dukebox , he has much better taste , love checking out his tunes .

  2. Roy Croppie

     

     

    Yir bhoy’s too good looking to be wasting his time teaching….get him tae fekn Hollywood :O)

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MARSPAPA

     

     

    Haw,save your comments about a dukebox till HM The Queen’s husband dies…

  4. Just in, too late for the quiz?

     

     

    Would have gone for

     

     

    1. Ford

     

    2. The Jam

     

    3. Ceylon

     

    4. Supergran

     

    5. Oliver Hardy

     

    6. Musical Youth

     

    7. Kiwi

     

    8. Truman

     

    9.

     

    10. Emilia Earhart

     

    11. Mary

     

    12. Sierra Leonne

     

    13.

     

    14. British Gas

     

    15. Ag

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    VOGUEPUNTER

     

     

    Sod that,get him over to Belfast first. Sounds like a fanny magnet!

  6. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    BOBBYM,

     

     

    Here’s to a full recovery, but take it slow.

     

     

    I was smote with bronchial pneumonia last October and still not fully over it.

     

     

    Then again, you are much, much younger than I!

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    1 Ford

     

     

    2 The Jam

     

     

    3 Ceylon

     

     

    4 Supergran

     

     

    5 Oliver Hardy

     

     

    6 Musical Youth

     

     

    7 Dodo

     

     

    8 Eisenhower

     

     

    9 Herod

     

     

    10 Emily Eardhart

     

     

    11 Appolliana

     

     

    12 Sierra Leon

     

     

    13 Penelope Pitstop

     

     

    14 Scottish Power

     

     

    15 Ag

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ROYCROPPIE

     

     

    PE is a given on a hoot. The race to get to the bar,the balance,technique and strength required to get to the front of the queue,the same to carry the prizes back to the troops.

     

     

    Telling you,these things should be marketed for what they are. A learning experience!!!

  9. BMCUWP’s

     

     

    Back on form so soon lol.

     

     

    ROY CROPPIE

     

    So glad your back on , Fridays were never the same without your input add to that MTM and his quiz ……if Carlsberg ….??

  10. Mahe the Madman on

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Mercedes Benz

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,The Jam

     

     

     

    3,,,Sri Lanka was formerly called ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Ceylon

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,,Supergran

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Oliver Hardy

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Musical Youth

     

     

     

    7,,,This bird was native to New Zealand and was hunted to extinction around the 1400’s ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Moa

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Harry S Truman

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Darius

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,,Amelia Earhart

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Apollonia

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Answer,,,Sierra Leone

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Penelope Pitstop

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,British Gas

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,,Ag

  11. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    On the subject of Gordon Marshall junior, he is the Aberdeen goalkeeping coach. Just saw his coupon on the Aberdeen bench.

     

     

    I was on a training course in Edinburgh years ago. Gordon senior had a newsagent near Haymarket , Gordon Junior had a barber’s in the basement of his dad’s shop.

     

     

    He gave me an awful haircut but that may be due to the fact I was slagging off Falkirk , who he played for at the time, for being the dirtiest team in the league.

  12. Mahe the Madman on

    The Baldies,,5

     

    MIT 11

     

    BMCUWP 12

     

    AOW 11

     

    SFTB 12

     

    GARY67 10

     

    DD 10

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    THOMTHETHIM

     

     

    Scared the bejaysus outa me,mate. I’m on go-slow for some time to come.

     

     

    Thanks for the advice,btw. Scary,the recovery period.

  14. Mahe the Madman on

    GENERAL SPORTS QUESTIONS

     

     

     

     

     

    1,,,What are the first names of the three brothers who played for Southampton early 80’s ?

     

     

     

    2,,,Man Utds original name was ,,,?

     

     

     

    3,,,In which sport would one find a foil and an epee ?

     

     

     

    4,,,This ice hockey player is widely considered the greatest player of all time ?

     

     

     

    5,,,Martin Austin Ruane was called the Loch Ness Monster at one stage though he is better known by which wrestling nickname ?

     

     

     

    6,,,Who was the EPL top scorer in season 1999 – 2000 ?

     

     

     

    7,,,Which boxer was also known as “ The Louisville Lip “ ?

     

     

     

    8,,,He holds the world record for the fastest 100 meter sprint ?

     

     

     

    9,,,Former Scottish international who managed the New Zealand international team and also was head coach of soccer at Notre Dame university for 16 years until he retired in 2017 ?

     

     

     

    10,,,In which sport might a player hope to make a triple double ?

     

     

     

    11,,,Pope John Paul the 2nd’s favourite footie team ?

     

     

     

    12,,,Scottish footballer who appeared in Escape to Victory ?

     

     

     

    13,,,The youngest ever world snooker champion was who ?

     

     

     

    14,,,The greatest ever motorcyclist from the north of Ireland ?

     

     

     

    15,,,15,,,Who has won Wimbledon the most times out of the following

     

    Pat Cash

     

    John Mc Enroe

     

    Andy Murray

     

    Andre Agassi

  15. 1,,,What are the first names of the three brothers who played for Southampton early 80’s ?

     

     

     

    Wallace

     

     

     

     

     

    2,,,Man Utds original name was ,,,?

     

     

     

    Newton Heath

     

     

     

     

     

    3,,,In which sport would one find a foil and an epee ?

     

     

     

    Fencing

     

     

     

     

     

    4,,,This ice hockey player is widely considered the greatest player of all time ?

     

     

     

    Wayne Gretzky

     

     

    though my wife says Darryl somebody was good too

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,Martin Austin Ruane was called the Loch Ness Monster at one stage though he is better known by which wrestling nickname ?

     

     

     

    The Scottish Fantasist

     

     

     

     

     

    6,,,Who was the EPL top scorer in season 1999 – 2000 ?

     

     

     

    Andy Cole

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Which boxer was also known as “ The Louisville Lip “ ?

     

     

     

    Muhammed Ali

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,He holds the world record for the fastest 100 meter sprint ?

     

     

     

     

    Usain Bolt

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Former Scottish international who managed the New Zealand international team and also was head coach of soccer at Notre Dame university for 16 years until he retired in 2017 ?

     

     

    Bobby Clark- the dons keeper

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,In which sport might a player hope to make a triple double ?

     

     

     

    Darts?

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,,Pope John Paul the 2nd’s favourite footie team ?

     

     

     

    Wisla Krakow

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,,Scottish footballer who appeared in Escape to Victory ?

     

     

    John Wark

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,The youngest ever world snooker champion was who ?

     

     

     

     

    Steohen Hendry

     

     

     

     

    14,,,The greatest ever motorcyclist from the north of Ireland ?

     

     

    Joey Dunlop

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,15,,,Who has won Wimbledon the most times out of the following

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Andre Agassi

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GENERAL SPORTS QUESTIONS

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1,,,What are the first names of the three brothers who played for Southampton early 80’s ?

     

     

    Rodney Raymond Daniel

     

     

    2,,,Man Utds original name was ,,,?

     

     

    Newton Heath. Though that might have been City

     

     

    3,,,In which sport would one find a foil and an epee ?

     

     

    Fencing

     

     

    4,,,This ice hockey player is widely considered the greatest player of all time ?

     

     

    Wayne Gretski?

     

     

    5,,,Martin Austin Ruane was called the Loch Ness Monster at one stage though he is better known by which wrestling nickname ?

     

     

     

     

    6,,,Who was the EPL top scorer in season 1999 – 2000 ?

     

     

    Kevin Philips

     

     

    7,,,Which boxer was also known as “ The Louisville Lip “ ?

     

     

    Ali

     

     

    8,,,He holds the world record for the fastest 100 meter sprint ?

     

     

    Usain Bolt

     

     

    9,,,Former Scottish international who managed the New Zealand international team and also was head coach of soccer at Notre Dame university for 16 years until he retired in 2017 ?

     

     

     

     

    10,,,In which sport might a player hope to make a triple double ?

     

     

    Ice skating

     

     

    11,,,Pope John Paul the 2nd’s favourite footie team ?

     

     

    Legia Warsaw

     

     

    12,,,Scottish footballer who appeared in Escape to Victory ?

     

     

    John Wark

     

     

    13,,,The youngest ever world snooker champion was who ?

     

     

    Ronnie O’Sullivan

     

     

    14,,,The greatest ever motorcyclist from the north of Ireland ?

     

     

     

     

    15,,,15,,,Who has won Wimbledon the most times out of the following

     

     

     

     

    John Mc Enroe

  17. Round 2 for Mr and Mrs B –

     

    Questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 14 – no idea!

     

    3. Fencing

     

    6. Shearer

     

    7. Joe Louis

     

    8. Usain Bolt

     

    10. Darts

     

    12. John Wark

     

    13. Steve Davis

     

    15. John McEnroe

  18. 1. Rod, Ray and Danny

     

    2. Newton Heath

     

    3. Fencing

     

    4. Wayne Gretzky

     

    5. Giant Haystack

     

    6. Kevin Phillips

     

    7. Cassius Clay

     

    8. Usain Bolt

     

    9. Bobby Clark

     

    10. Darts

     

    11. Legit Warsaw

     

    12. John Wark

     

    13. Stephen Hendry

     

    14. Joey Dunlop

     

    15. McEnroe

  19. offeeTim on 27th April 2018 7:16 pm

     

    Steven Gerrard !!!!!

     

     

    St Michaels RC ps Liverpool

     

     

    I’m not sure Gerrard is actually a catholic as in baptised, confirmed etc. He went to St Michaels C of E primary and I was told by someone who knows the family that he went to Cardinal Heenan because a) he lived only a mile away in Huyton and b) because of his sporting prowess. Not disputing that he’s a confirmed Celt but just not sure about the religion bit, not that it matters to me but it will to that lot!