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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!.

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  1. 1,,,Danny Wallace, Ray, Rodney

     

     

     

    2,,,Newton Heath

     

     

     

     

    3,,,Fencing….not gardening.

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Gretzky – actually wearing a Canuks top with ..ahem..Miller on the back.

     

     

    5,,Haystacks?

     

     

     

     

    6,,,Shearer

     

     

     

     

    7,,,The pele of boxing – Mohammed A

     

     

     

     

    8,,,BOLT

     

     

     

    9,,,@

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Basketball

     

     

     

    11,,,Barca

     

     

     

     

    12,,,wark

     

     

     

     

    13,,,Hendry

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Dunlop

     

     

     

     

    15,,,John Mc Enroe

  2. Just after watching the highlights of the awards night. Credit where credit is due, in the past couple of seasons the marketing team at Celtic have been excellent. It’s on a completely different level to what it used to be. Be it the Christmas adverts, promoting the new shirt, advertising around the stadium etc. It all is very professional. Don’t know if it’s is coincidental but it seems to have moved up a gear since Brendan arrived. Anyone else noticed this? Well done Celtic.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    1 Rod, Danny and Jimmy

     

     

    2 Newton Heath

     

     

    3 Fencing

     

     

    4 John Smith

     

     

    5 Nessie

     

     

    6 Dwight Yorke

     

     

    7 Ali

     

     

    8 Bolt

     

     

    9 Joky Scott

     

     

    10 Squash

     

     

    11 Legia Warsaw holy goalie

     

     

    12 John Wark fae Scotstoun

     

     

    13 Hendry

     

     

    14 Roche

     

     

    15 Agassi

  4. mike in toronto on

    1. Wallace

     

    2. Nuneaton Heath

     

    3. Fencing

     

    4. Gretsky (cant argue with a Canajun on hockey)

     

    5 Shearer

     

    6

     

    7. clay/Ali (trick question?)

     

    8 bolt

     

    9. clarke

     

    10 darts

     

    11

     

    12. Wark

     

    13 hendry

     

    14

     

    15 McEnroe

     

     

    Appeal on the first round …. Ford was the first motor company … incorporated 30 years before Mercedes

  5. Alasdair MacLean on

    Second half about to kick off and ols sleekit ali says:

     

    “The Hearts fans who travelled all the way up here DESERVE BETTER.”

     

     

    BMCUW,

     

    Logged on there and saw your name posting…Gave me a right lift!

     

    Well done son.

  6. Delaneys Dunky on

    BMCUW

     

     

    My Ryan and my mammy Molly send their love to you. Me too Mick. See you soon bro

     

    HH

  7. Mahe the Madman on

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Rod, Ray , Danny (Wallace)

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Newton Heath

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Fencing

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Wayne Gretzky

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Giant Haystacks

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Kevin Phillips

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Ali

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,,Usain Bolt

     

     

     

    9,,,Former Scottish international who managed the New Zealand international team and coached soccer at Notre Dame university for 16 years and retired in 2017 ?

     

     

     

    Answer,,,,Bobby Clark

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Basketball

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,, Cracovia Cracow. Krakow is fine.

     

     

     

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

     

    Answer,,,John Wark

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Stephen Henry

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Answer,,,Joey Dunlop

     

     

     

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

     

    Pat Cash

     

    John Mc Enroe

     

    Andy Murray

     

    Andre Agassi

     

     

     

    Answer,,,John ( the ball was in ) Mc Enroe

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ALASDAIRMACLEAN

     

     

    I was working my way through replies to mails earlier when I remembered the quiz.

     

     

    Your mail reply will be forthcoming,but it’s a long list which I’m trying to answer individually. After all,they were sent individually so deserve no less.

     

     

    HH and Mon the County!!!

  9. mike in toronto on

    Mahe … just checked on the Ford/Mercedes thing…. learn something new every day!

     

     

    (I obviously need a better lawyer)

     

     

    And I really let myself down on the JP2 question … my old mentor, who was friends with him, will be haunting me tonight.

     

     

    :)

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Never mind The Louisville Lip,there’s a four-way fight on wi the CQN Sluggers.

  11. Can’t believe I didn’t get Oliver Hardy,,,,, Abbot and Costello just jumped into my heid!

  12. Mahe the Madman on

    CELTIC QUESTIONS

     

     

     

    1,,,Who did Billy Mc Neill say was the epitome of a true Celt in Ipswich before a friendly game ?

     

     

     

    2,,,MON sold this goalkeeper to Wigan for a reported 300k ?

     

     

     

    3,,,LIam Brady signed this centre half who would go on to score 6 goals for the club over four seasons ?

     

     

     

    4,,,Big John Kennedy made his European debut against which club ?

     

     

     

    5,,,This former striker also counts Oldham , Middlesbrough and Norwich among his former clubs ?

     

     

     

    6,,,In the 98 – 99 season he was the number 11 and was integral to stopping the 10 with his performances earning an international recall ,,,?

     

     

     

    7,,,Upon leaving which club did JIm Brogan join ?

     

     

     

    8,,,In a European Cup Winners match in 1980 against Romania’s Politechnica Timisoara which two Celtic players were ordered off ?

     

     

     

    9,,,Which Brazilian club did Celtic play to celebrate the start of their centenary season in August 1997 ?

     

     

     

    10,,,In 1986 which team that also plays in hoops did we face in the first round of the European Cup ?

     

     

     

    11,,,Which of these players made the most appearances for the club ?

     

    Paul Elliott

     

    Regi Blinker

     

    Rudi Vata

     

    Thomas Rogne

     

     

     

    12,,,Which of these players scored the most goals for the club ?

     

    Tommy Boyd

     

    Darren Jackson

     

    Paul Elliott

     

    Paul Telfer

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,,At what age was Paul “ The Maestro “ forced to retire due to injury ?

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Top scorer during the 94-95 season ?

     

     

     

    15,,,Which club was Bobo Balde signed from ?

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Ffs,I might be no bad at these quizzes,but I can count eff all.

     

     

    Five way fight,wi DD biding his time,conserving his energy,just like a certain Joe Farrell last week.

  14. BMCUW

     

     

    Glad you are out and on the mend, good to see you back on posting,

     

    Take care bud, catch up soon hopefully.

  15. BMCUWP

     

     

    You sound like you’ve never been away! Good!

     

     

    Great to see you posting again.

     

     

    Take it easy and take care!

  16. Avh, brains are frazzled!

     

    Let’s have guesses at the following –

     

    1. Mick McCarthy

     

    3. Gary Gillespie

     

    5. Chris Sutton

     

    9. Trick question – the game was in 1987, 10 years earleir

     

    10. Sporting Lisbon

     

    11. Paul Elliot

     

    12. Paul Elliot (one of these 2 will be right!)

     

    13. 32

     

    14. Simon Donnely

     

    15. Toulousse

  17. 1,,,Who did Billy Mc Neill say was the epitome of a true Celt in Ipswich before a friendly game ?

     

     

    Mick McCarthy

     

     

    2,,,MON sold this goalkeeper to Wigan for a reported 300k ?

     

     

    Stewart Kerr

     

     

    3,,,LIam Brady signed this centre half who would go on to score 6 goals for the club over four seasons ?

     

     

    Gary Gillespie

     

     

    4,,,Big John Kennedy made his European debut against which club ?

     

     

    Barcelona

     

     

    5,,,This former striker also counts Oldham , Middlesbrough and Norwich among his former clubs ?

     

     

    Wayne Biggins

     

     

    6,,,In the 98 – 99 season he was the number 11 and was integral to stopping the 10 with his performances earning an international recall ,,,?

     

     

    Morten Weighorst

     

     

    7,,,Upon leaving which club did JIm Brogan join ?

     

     

    Coventry

     

     

    8,,,In a European Cup Winners match in 1980 against Romania’s Politechnica Timisoara which two Celtic players were ordered off ?

     

     

    McGarvey, McDonald

     

     

    9,,,Which Brazilian club did Celtic play to celebrate the start of their centenary season in August 1997 ?

     

     

    Cruzero

     

     

    10,,,In 1986 which team that also plays in hoops did we face in the first round of the European Cup ?

     

     

    Shamrock Rovers

     

     

    11,,,Which of these players made the most appearances for the club ?

     

     

    Paul Elliott

     

     

    Regi Blinker

     

     

    Rudi Vata

     

     

    Thomas Rogne

     

     

    Rogne

     

     

    12,,,Which of these players scored the most goals for the club ?

     

     

    Tommy Boyd

     

     

    Darren Jackson

     

     

    Paul Elliott

     

     

    Paul Teller

     

     

    Jackson

     

     

    13,,,,At what age was Paul “ The Maestro “ forced to retire due to injury ?

     

     

    32

     

     

     

    14,,,Top scorer during the 94-95 season ?

     

     

    Falconer

     

     

    15,,,Which club was Bobo Balde signed from ?

     

     

    Toulouse

  18. Mahe the Madman on

    jOBO that a typo and thanks for pointing it out ,,it should read 87 and take another shot . Sorry again.

     

    Competitors ignore the 97 bit its actually 87

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CELTIC QUESTIONS

     

     

     

     

    1,,,Who did Billy Mc Neill say was the epitome of a true Celt in Ipswich before a friendly game ?

     

     

    Alan Brazil

     

     

    2,,,MON sold this goalkeeper to Wigan for a reported 300k ?

     

     

     

     

    3,,,LIam Brady signed this centre half who would go on to score 6 goals for the club over four seasons ?

     

     

    Gary Gillespie

     

     

    4,,,Big John Kennedy made his European debut against which club ?

     

     

    Barcelona

     

     

     

     

    5,,,This former striker also counts Oldham , Middlesbrough and Norwich among his former clubs ?

     

     

    Andy Payton

     

     

    6,,,In the 98 – 99 season he was the number 11 and was integral to stopping the 10 with his performances earning an international recall ,,,?

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Upon leaving which club did JIm Brogan join ?

     

     

    Coventry City

     

     

    8,,,In a European Cup Winners match in 1980 against Romania’s Politechnica Timisoara which two Celtic players were ordered off ?

     

     

    Conroy Aitken

     

     

    9,,,Which Brazilian club did Celtic play to celebrate the start of their centenary season in August 1997 ?

     

     

    Cruzeiros

     

     

    10,,,In 1986 which team that also plays in hoops did we face in the first round of the European Cup ?

     

     

    Shamrock Rovers

     

     

    11,,,Which of these players made the most appearances for the club ?

     

     

    Paul Elliott

     

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,,Which of these players scored the most goals for the club ?

     

     

    Tommy Boyd

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,,At what age was Paul “ The Maestro “ forced to retire due to injury ?

     

     

     

    32

     

     

    14,,,Top scorer during the 94-95 season ?

     

     

    Collins

     

     

    15,,,Which club was Bobo Balde signed from ?

     

    Toulouse

  20. 1,,,Who did Billy Mc Neill say was the epitome of a true Celt in Ipswich before a friendly game ?

     

     

     

     

    2,,,KERR

     

     

     

     

    3,,,GILLESPIE

     

     

     

     

    4,,,BARCA – 2ND TIME IVE SAID THAT

     

     

     

     

    5,,,SLATER

     

     

     

     

    6,,,BIG MORTON

     

     

     

     

    7,,,@

     

     

     

     

    8,,,’

     

     

    9,,’

     

     

     

     

    10,,,aTHLETICO

     

     

     

     

    11,,,Which of these players made the most appearances for the club ?

     

     

     

     

     

    Thomas Rogne

     

     

     

     

    12,,,Which of these players scored the most goals for the club ?

     

     

     

    Darren Jackson

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,,At what age was Paul “ The Maestro “ forced to retire due to injury ?

     

     

    31

     

     

     

    14,,TOMMY COYNE

     

     

     

     

    15,,,TOULOUSE

     

     

    WOW THAT WAS TOUGH!

  21. BMCUWP,

     

     

    Great to see you on here and top form as usual. I share the sentiments of many on here, you had us worried ya mad bassa! All the best to you and your family. Take care Mick x

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Mahe, was that when we played Ipswich in 1981 for Alan Hunter’s testimonial ?

  23. 1,,,Who did Billy Mc Neill say was the epitome of a true Celt in Ipswich before a friendly game ?

     

     

    Alan Brazil??

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2,,,MON sold this goalkeeper to Wigan for a reported 300k ?

     

     

    Stuart Kerr?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3,,,LIam Brady signed this centre half who would go on to score 6 goals for the club over four seasons ?

     

     

     

    Gary Gillespie

     

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Big John Kennedy made his European debut against which club ?

     

     

    Barca

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,This former striker also counts Oldham , Middlesbrough and Norwich among his former clubs ?

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6,,,In the 98 – 99 season he was the number 11 and was integral to stopping the 10 with his performances earning an international recall ,,,?

     

     

    Big Morten

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Upon leaving which club did JIm Brogan join ?

     

     

     

    We sent him to Coventry

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,In a European Cup Winners match in 1980 against Romania’s Politechnica Timisoara which two Celtic players were ordered off ?

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Which Brazilian club did Celtic play to celebrate the start of their centenary season in August 1997 ?

     

     

    Santos ?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,In 1986 which team that also plays in hoops did we face in the first round of the European Cup ?

     

     

    Shamrock Rovers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,,Which of these players made the most appearances for the club ?

     

     

     

     

    Paul Elliott

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,,Which of these players scored the most goals for the club ?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Darren Jackson

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,,At what age was Paul “ The Maestro “ forced to retire due to injury ?

     

     

     

    33?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Top scorer during the 94-95 season ?

     

     

     

    Pat McGinlay

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,Which club was Bobo Balde signed from ?

     

     

    Toulouse

  24. weebobbycollins on

    BMCUW…glad to see you are coming through your ordeal, good man! Worrying, yes? I’ll bet your dad was more worried than you were…get well soon sir! Good to see your moniker again…

  25. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    KOLNCELT,PHILBHOY,SENGA

     

     

    Philvis-style Thumbs-up. Missed yeez,I can tell you. Anyone who says the site isnae what it was should just try the option I was stuck wi for a week(!)

  26. Mahe the Madman on

    Dallas,, No it wasnt not on this occasion anyway.

     

    Will clarify when done.

     

    Hail Hail

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