The international precious commodities


The first reaction to the international break is never positive: “How many players do we have away and what condition will we get them back in?” The team which stopped the ten had more representatives at the 1998 World Cup than any other side (a remarkable achievement), but we caught a cold from these exploits the following season.

Leigh Griffiths would no doubt be delighted to start for Scotland this week. Representing your country is one of the things footballers look back on in their later years, so for his own sake, I hope Leigh gets the call, but for Celtic’s I’d be quite happy for him to have a quiet couple of weeks.

Griffiths, Scott Brown and Nir Bitton are precious commodities to Celtic right now, we can’t afford international mishaps for any of them. There’s better cover for the others who will be on international duty, but Stefan Johansen in particular looks like could do with a break.

You’ll know Packie Bonner’s autobiography, The Last Line, launches this month. Packie has a night at Walkabout in Glasgow on 29th October, where the big man will speak about his career, and many other things, past and contemporary. Tickets are available here.

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  1. Morning all.



    Not so dreich as yesterday today. Not so great, right enough. Well, we did have the best part of the week recently of lovely weather. Looks like that was our lot.



    When do the adverts change? I’ve had to endure the same one from Netflix for weeks now. Rubbish.

  2. DBBIA



    Long lent this year doc!



    How’s you been?




    BMCUWP just been pulling your Unionist Lambeg. :)



    It’s gonna keep happening until you pick one of the 26 free weekends I have every year to hold your Hootenany rather than one of the 26 weekends I don’t have free. :)



    MWD said AYE

  3. In fibaw news the day


    Sevcos commander and chief


    Brother Warburton


    The greatest manager ever to have sat in a dugout and climbed a marble staircase is set to mastermind a coaching revolution in anointing a chosen messiah to oversee all of football’s young starlets and jet them in to super murray park so the can see for themselves what it takes to become the greatest athletes in the universe while at the same time himself been a sought after commodity after it emerged that real Madrid and a.c. Milan are running the rule over the sevco supremo to elevate them to be a European powerhouse like sevco


    In other news Virgil van dijk says I learned nuffin a Celtic

  4. As far as I’m concerned big VVD has left and moved on, and the best of luck to him, I think he is more or less saying he has more of a defending job down there than there is up here.


    Let’s face it 90% of the teams hardly cross the halfway line at Celtic Park every other weekend, unless it’s the 40th minute of the first half, or the 85 th minute if there is a goal in the game behind, they won’t open up till then to go for a point as by then they have nothing to loss except maybe another goal against, but the score is kept down, as surviving teams in that league know that goals scored against them by Celtic could be the difference between staying up, or going down. IMO.


    Lurking Huns GIRFUYs.

  5. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Morning Folks.







    Not long after I went to University in 1979 I was introduced to the first piece of British legislation which defined “homelessness” and what it meant to be homeless. My study of the 1977 Homeless Persons Act and how it came into being was a real eye opener for a privately educated schoolboy from the West end of Glasgow.



    It took years of campaigning by organisations like the Simon Community and Shelter to force the Government into introducing legislation which at least attempted to insure that every man, woman and child had a right to a roof over their heads.



    Unfortunately, the legislation was abused and many people who were homeless were forced to live in truly dreadful bed and breakfast like conditions in poor hotels with poor facilities. What was officially classed as licensed bed and breakfast accommodation was in truth overcrowded squalor!



    In Glasgow, may of these places were to be found along Suachuehall Street towards Kelvingrove, On Great Western Road, Queens Drive in Langside and in various other locales.



    Many were overcrowded and simply unfit for any human habitation – yet they were official licensed residences. Entire families lived like this and if you didn’t accept what was on offer your benefits were cut and you were out on the street with nowhere to stay.



    Many politicians were obsessed with the notion that many people chose to be deliberately homeless in order to gain benefits and to live in accommodation such as that described above which was paid for by the state.



    Nothing could have been further from the truth.



    The biggest single cause of homelessness is the break down of a relationship resulting in one or more people leaving a home and finding themselves on the street, sleeping rough in all weathers and facing the dangers of a night on the streets.



    Some people had an alcohol problem, by the 80’s there were many with drug problems; some were just alone, frightened and on occasion to proud to turn to friends or family for help.



    So they stayed on the street.



    Some only intended to sleep rough for a few nights at first, but bit by bit they slid off the social radar, were missed by the benefits agencies and the social work department, and simply became permanently homeless using station washrooms etc whenever possible or necessary.



    Once you are off the soical radar, for whatever reason, it is very hard to get back on track and regrettably almost 40 years after the 1977 act, Government has still never fully tackled the problem.



    By 1982, supplementary benefit had reached the heady heights of £14.90 per week and it was estimated that the number of homeless in Britain had edged towards the 100,000 mark.



    There were certainly plenty in evidence around George Square and Queen Street station where I started work.



    Shortly after I started my legal trainseeship, I started working with the late Willie Blaney and his alcohol refuges in Clydebank and Albert Drive, and the Drug Problem Resource Group he had set up in the former St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. In my formative legal years, there was not a week that went by without me being introduced to at least one new homeless person.



    Today, the number of homeless people on Britain’s streets is once again increasing steadily. The Simon community, Shelter and many organisations which should no longer be needed are still giving many many people a helping hand, a blanket, a sleeping bag, a cup of soup and so on.



    A couple of years ago, a long long standing friend of mine who some will know from twitter as @dermot56 was so taken aback by the current homeless situation that he started his own wee charity called “The Invisibles” as it would appear that once again homelessness and the homeless are invisible to the Government and many in society.



    His efforts did not go unnoticed by the Simon community, and various other charities including, i’m glad to say, The Celtic Charity Foundation.



    So, working with and through the Celtic FC Charity Foundation, a group of us are attempting to raise money to help the homeless in Glasgow this Christmas and over the winter period. We will sleep out in the grounds of Celtic Park on the night of 14th November in the hope that we can raise some funds and raise awareness of a problem which should be an affront to any sensible and compassionate society.



    We will only be homeless for a single night and by choice.



    Many people do not have that choice.



    Recently big branded supermarkets and other property owners started to place spikes round their premises so that homeless people could not sleep near or in the shadow of their shops, or shelter comfortably – or as comfortably as possible – out of the rain, underneath their awnings etc.



    The message was clear – ” You will not be homeless on our turf – move on!”



    It is an all too common attitude.



    So this is my attempt to do my wee bit for the homless and for those who offer them a helping hand.



    If you can afford a donation then please support me in sleeping out for the homeless. It would be greatly appreciated by me and hopefully in due course by others.



    I have posted a link to my “My donate” page below.



    Thanks for reading and cheers for any donations.



    Hail Hail






    The inaugural ‘Celtic Sleep Out’ fundraising event will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Celtic Park and is an integral element of our 2015 Christmas Appeal. Participants will spend the night – from 10.00pm to 6.00am sleeping on the track in front of the main stand without cover.




  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Thanks for the plug and the review of the book on Amazon..



    Hail Hail





    Bloody hell,mate-that’s a talent and a half. You had me scouring my replies to see where I’d gone over the top!



    Not many can trigger my guilt complex like that…



    Next time,I’ll consult you first-promise. I can shift it back or forward a week no bother.



    It should also confound THETOKENTIM,have him flicking through the Big Token Book of Get-out Clauses as he tries to get out of another one!

  8. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Blantyre Tim



    I have been doing quite a lot of work re Amazon recently.



    You should complain that the review is not a genuine review and encourage as many people as possible to properly review the book so that it is removed from the front page or at least moved well down the list.



    That review is trolling of the worst order and is designed to both hurt and have an adverse financial impact.



    I haven’t read the book yet – been to busy to read or write hee haw on here or anywhere else – but your dad’s account of his time at Celtic Park at a fascinating and brilliant time for all Celtic suporters should be a must read for all fans of the club and the history of the club.





    Well done,mate. Good spot-and an excellent review.



    I’ve not done a review on it but I’ve done the next best thing-I’ve given BJK a thumbs-down. Nice way to start the day,and highly recommended to all.

  10. TD67 fair comment about the reality but there are many ways of expressing it that don’t include dissing the hoops. Plenty of legends moved to higher leagues without feeling to need to bag Celtic. Hope it’s just paper talk even if he wasn’t with us long enough to become one of us.

  11. Sleeping on the track from 10pm till 6am in the middle of November, in Scotland ?


    Best of luck, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, not a chance I’v done stuff for the homeless, I couldent do that no way.


    Anyway knowing my luck I’d probably get billeted beside The Green Man, ffs! Ad ever get a kip :)

  12. Morning all.



    International week.









    I have instructed Miss Tally to purchase the TOHG book as one of my Xmas presents.



    Should be an interesting read.




  13. Taurangabhoy


    Big VVD doesent mention Celtic once in that interview, looks like another Level5 make up.



    Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed the pace of Premier League football is much faster than Scottish football.



    Since his deadline day move to Southampton, Virgil van Dijk has dealt well with the steep learning curve under Ronald Koeman.



    Given the talent the 24-year-old possesses, it wasn’t going to take him long to adapt to the English game. The Dutchman spent two years at Celtic having joined from FC Groningen for around £2.6 million.



    Celtic fans were drawn to him instantly as a defender who was comfortable on the ball, powerful in the air and even had the ability to score from thirty yards. Like his current manager Koeman, he could also strike a stunning free-kick from distance.



    Van Dijk has made five appearances so far already, scoring against Swansea and helping Southampton beat Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1. It was the Portuguese’s second ever home defeat as Chelsea manager.



    Speaking to NU Sport van Dijk says the English game is far superior to the Scottish game.



    I’ve been in five games at Southampton learned and have much more than in the previous years, so I’m definitely going forward as a football player.



    The game is much faster in England than in Scotland.



    The midfield is sometimes like pinball, I had to get used to it.


    The centre-back made 76 appearances for the Hoops over his two-year stint at the club, scoring nine goals.

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    For any CQN lurkers or late comers to the hootenanny on Saturday


    TOHG is doing a book signing at 3pm in Waterstones EK

  15. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Good Morning to all Celtic supporters wherever you are 16 Roads would you please mind not using the Lords name in vain thank you. H.H.

  16. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Did Aberdeen play Ross County last night ? if they did what was the score ? I cant see it anywhere. H.H.





    16,not 6 October,mate. Next Friday.

  18. saltires en sevilla on

    Good ,orning fellow Celts



    Just in to thank the folk I missed for their messages of support . i apologise for not being able to metion everyone individually.



    Gavin – i saw your post just last night and it seems our oul’ felas will be clinking a few glasses as they settle down to watch the hoops from the highest vantage point. My very sincere condolences to you and yours.



    BT – i am sure there will be a few reviews added when we pick up our copies on Saturday. My dad’s Lisbon ’67 programme is missing a few notable signatures including TOHG. Do you think he would mind if I asked him, don’t want to impose or anything.thanks.



    See everyone at The Hootenany and thanks again so much for the wonderful words of support. It has been a very welcome comfort.


    tonydonnelly67 on 7th October 2015 9:08 am




    ffs tony the original holy goalie.LISBON LION and helena sorterouter.!!!!!!!!

  20. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    BOBBY MURDOCHS CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS. Thanks for that fella thats why I couldnt find it any where. H.H.

  21. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I wasn’t planning on bringing any books as CRC, Jobo and bundoranbhoy will be selling badges and cufflinks for wee and was hoping bhoys and ghirls would help them out….

  22. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on 7th October 2015 8:59 am For any CQN lurkers or late comers to the hootenanny on Saturday




    TOHG is doing a book signing at 3pm in Waterstones EK






    Not going to make that! :-(



    Appreciate that TOHG may have other plans for the day, but can there not be an lateafternoon/ early evening book signing at the Hootennanny. I am sure a Lisbon Lion would go down well







  23. TONYDONNELLY67 on 7TH OCTOBER 2015 9:27 AM


    Cough cough







    On the banner, kids haven’t a clue, AGAIN, no leaders, just stick the kids in, leaders as usual!







    Nowhere to be found, shocking.







    Just to be clear, are you referring to the GB or Plod?



    Speaking of whom, I just hope the SNP’s national police force will be investigating mortgage fraud as assiduously as they investigate supposed breaches of the nats Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

  24. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I went to the dentists this week and found my dentist has retired last week I have a new coloured dentist with a broad Irish accent . So why would that interest CQN well my dentist was that famous Lisbon Lion Jim Craig. H.H.

  25. JFH



    Who incidentally made his debut for Celtic 50yrs ago today.



    @celticfc: It was #onthisday in 1965, Celtic legend Jim Craig made his debut for the Bhoys (NM) http://t.co/ZqjoIfGAg4




  26. ernie lynch o



    Like the gallowgate three years ago?


    These kids where hung out to dry, it’s grooming at its worst, the people leaders, who ever they are should be ashamed of themselves getting kids to do there political agenda, Lethe kids support Celtic ffs, leave them alone and let them enjoy themselves ffs, and don’t pull the PC plod, or SNP card either, let our kids grow up to be Celtic Supporters and stick your politics right up yer arse.


    Lurking Huns GIRFUYs

  27. Cheers TD67 thought it might be that and good to hear. Faith restored in the big fella will be cheering him and Wanyama on in the EPL

  28. Tony D



    I disagree. Completely.



    If we as a society and supporters tolerate a situation where young fans can’t take a (very mild) political banner to a public event then WE’RE hanging them out to dry.



    HH jamesgang

  29. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    BRTH – What I meant is that some of them can be a wee bit gruff and abrupt at times.



    Country people can be like that occasionally.



    Anyway I had just paid nearly £17 for Packie’s new book when I typed that, so I’m hopeful that he will forgive me for the slight.




  30. Jamesgang,



    I think the point TD67 was making was that they were being used by others for their own political ends. Imo, that is wrong. As TD67 says, let them support the team, first and last.

  31. jamesgang



    I don’t know what was on the banner, if it was offensive or not, all I’m saying is those kids didn’t know there rights, and where giving the cops details they didn’t need too, to me that’s not right, whoever made the banner should have been there, and answering the questions, AND questioning the cops as well, my point is, it’s done that way to get the attention to suit there agenda and it’s not right, the kids are being used, if you can’t see that, then that’s fine by me.

  32. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    16 Roads



    Cheers for that.



    I have never met Packie so can’t comment on him as a person to be honest.



    My concern was that Donegalers were being branded as being a bit off. I can only speak from my own perspective – obviously being of Donegal stock – and say that is not my own experience.



    I hope you enjoy the book though.



    I was in Letterkenny Square when he was the guest of honour at the Letterkenny festival after Italia 90.



    Jaysus he was the best goalkeeper in the world for a night at least!

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