The exceptional Celtic Movement


When this publishes, I should be a few kilometres into the Great Scottish Run.  These events can be humbling.  You see people there with messages on their shirts.  ‘The big C’ gets a lot of mentions, in many of its forms, as does heart disease and conditions most of us will, fortunately, be less familiar with.  Some simply have a loved one’s smiling photograph on their back.  Their former feeling of helplessness matured into purposeful action.

I’m running for Celtic Charity’s 1254125 campaign.  This is not something controlled or even organised by the club, but it is fundamental to what Celtic Football Club is.  The Celtic Movement was called together in a church hall in November 1887 to alleviate the distress of poverty in those unable to feed themselves.  It is different from other clubs because it started differently and has since walked unfamiliar roads.

The spirit to help others has been increasingly self-evident in recent years but I am sure the commitment has become more embedded as a result of 1254125.  It is now part of our routine, what we know to expect from ourselves.

We will only stay different if you and I continue to insist we walk (or run) unfamiliar roads.  We all worry about where our club is going.  There is little we can do about many potential dangers but we can make sure Celtic remains anchored to the spirit which founded it.  You can support 1254125 through the MyDonate page I setup to convince me I shouldn’t give up halfway through this run.  Your support is appreciated.

Yesterday we lost Cllr George Ryan, or St John Doyle, as he was known on these pages.  George touched the lives of hundreds of people but unless you were in direct contact, you would not know what he did for the people of Glasgow, for Celtic supporters in difficulty, or even for the Thai Tims.  He was an exceptional Celtic man who lived the way exceptional Celtic people have ever since that meeting in St Mary’s Hall.
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  1. charles kickham on

    good luck to all the runners today



    if you are unable to participate – why not make a modest donation instead

  2. St.John Doyle



    From BBC A Labour councillor has called for an inquiry into policing at a unauthorised march by the Green Brigade group of Celtic fans in Glasgow at the weekend.



    George Ryan said tactics used by the Strathclyde force, at the gathering in the city’s Gallowgate area, were “totally disproportionate”.



    It said almost 200 officers were needed to deal with a “confrontational and aggressive crowd” with 13 arrests made.



    The arrests were for alleged public order offences during the incident.



    Prior to the march, the Green Brigade had posted on its website that it would be holding a “corteo to Celtic Park to raise awareness and show support for the growing list of Celtic supporters receiving and facing bans” from both the Scottish Premier League football club and the procurator fiscal.



    Strathclyde Police deployed almost 200 officers, including mounted officers, to the gathering, outside the Chrystal Bell pub in Gallowgate.



    I have real and genuine concerns about criminality but surely there are other crimes more worthy of such police resources”



    Mr Ryan, who represents Glasgow’s Shettleston ward, said he had written to First Minister Alex Salmond asking for an inquiry into how Strathclyde Police had handled the incident.



    He told BBC Scotland that the police presence was “over-the-top” for what appeared to be a “relatively peaceful gathering”.



    He also criticised the police for using a tactic known as “kettling” to surround people at the protest.



    Mr Ryan said this was “not acceptable” and “totally disproportionate”.



    Thoughts and prayers to all friends and his family R.I.P George Ryan you may not have known him, but he knew us

  3. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Good luck to all those taking part in the running event today and I hope you all make plenty for your worthy causes.

  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    Sad to hear of the passing of St John Doyle. Thoughts today with his family and friends.

  5. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    RIP George. Way too young for that to happen.



    Did Jobo win the 10K…?!




  6. Sally says here on October the 4th http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24395665



    “There was a contract put down which I can tell you in all honesty was not negotiated at all”



    Sally says here on October the 6th http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/spfl-lower-divisions/mccoist-will-return-to-full-pay-if-rangers-rejoin-elite-1-3128381



    “When we signed our contracts, they were effectively put down in front of us by Martin Bain. I can also tell you, hand on heart, there was very little discussion or negotiation”




    So Sally says there was negotiation although it was just a wee bit on his super sally salary of 850 grand



    In all honesty hand on heart Sally is big fibber

  7. kevinlasvegas Supporting Wee Oscar Knox on

    Good Morning table toppers, Hail Hail and Good luck today Bhoys and Ghirls, take care and Good Luck.



    Another Good soldier down, St John Doyle RIP. he like today is an Inspiration to us all and reminds us, its more than a football team we all have in our hearts.



    Be quiet on here today as well i’d imagine.




  8. first of the gang to die on

    tommy the clowns from greenock.gave my granddaughter a lollipop yesterday.does a lot for charity.

  9. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    It would appear that our own Jobo Balde was first home with a time of 42 minutes.



    If so what a fantastic achievement well done Joe!!!

  10. Stairheedrammy on

    Sad news about George Ryan, I didnt know him but from what I read he was obviously an important and hard working member of the Celtic community. My thoughts go out to his family and those who knew him.



  11. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Turned on bbc2



    Run not started yet …how can sone folk be finished




    Was the first a ten k or something ??

  12. RIP St John Doyle ,



    we were chatting at the game yesterday and he was regretting not being able to attend the recent cqn soiree and promised to make the next one .



    Well George , if it’s you , Pablophanque , Miki67 and others , it’ll be a cracker .



    Glass raised to you . HH




  13. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    Sanna – well said mate.



    PF – some maniacs use the 10K as a warm up for the half marathon…!




  14. Billy Bhoy supports wee Oscar on

    Wow! Well done Jobo! What a run.



    There’s a couple of Ethiopians still in George Square!

  15. 51 years old omg He seemed to be a guy who stood up for us



    Good luck to the bhoys on the charity run today



    Seems a shame now that our club publishes Balances sheets results as if it matter to the fans


    In my young days supporting the hoops it as strikers that we went to see

























    Now ?? A team with no top goal scorers. Money in the bank and millions upon millions Wasted by scouts on players upfront on trying to find bargains against the managers wishes. Indeed our club has changed

  16. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    OMG that looked like Challs Green running past Greggs there….! :-)




  17. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    They’re running up St Vincent St hill….not sure I could walk up that without taking a break

  18. tomtheleedstim on

    Paul67 – lovely leader today.



    Jobo et al – well done to you all. 42 mins – bloody hell!

  19. Lenny not blaming Lasley for the tackle on Matthews. FFS! No wonder our team has a soft centre.



    This team desperately needs to start protecting each other. Lasley should have been sorted out in the 2nd half by 2 or 3 different players.

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