The joy when great champions lose


There is significant pleasure this morning that Juventus are out of the Serie A Champions League spots.  As prime protagonists in the European Super League fiasco, the definitive poster boys for cheating, as well as claiming titles that are not actually theirs (cough), they deserve all the antagonism coming their way.  More than all this, however, we all like to see a successful club taken down a peg.

Apart from when it is us, of course, there was nothing pleasant about going from 12 trophies in a row to an empty season.  Like Juventus, Celtic looked imperious a year ago on securing nine titles in a row.  I am of the view that fans of most other clubs have a milder form of dislike for Celtic than Newco/Oldco, it is certainly true of Aberdeen, Hibs, Dundee United and I suspect even Hearts fans.  Those of a couple of teams from my native Lanarkshire will forever be the holdouts.  Notwithstanding an occasional fondness for Celtic, every other club and set of fans in Scotland wanted our run to stop.  We became the greatest scalp in Scottish football history.

Success like this was great for Celtic and Juventus, and lousy for all other clubs, but it was also great for competitions in both countries.  Every cup competition in Scotland from 2016 until Ross County knocked us out of the League Cup in November had an intensity the sponsors could not dream about.

Great sport requires great champions but the greatest sport is when the greats lose.  I watched the World Snooker Championship this month and noted the only finals mentioned on TV that involved six-times winner Steve Davis were the two he lost, to Dennis Taylor and Joe Johnson.  The former’s win ranking in the top TV sporting moments of the decade.

Those two Davis loses were a blip, he won the next three at a canter.  Great champions also know how to recover.  I expect no less from Celtic.

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    night Cqn



    wee prayer for patience



    our Desmond,just get it done.Amen






    Hail Hail

  2. AN TEARMANN on 10TH MAY 2021 11:57 PM




    It’s a great listen. Bernadette holds her own alright. As the interview goes on the WASPS gang up against her, she faces them all down with not so much as a blink of an eye,


    Ave Ave

  3. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox on 10th May 2021 2:44 pm



    If Connor McGregor buys Celtic from DD, who is gonna be the first to ask a critical question at an AGM?









    I’d ask him it, but the wee scarey fly things have me Sh!tting it. Its wierd .



    We were in my Middle Big Sis garden 2 weeks ago and the Biggest Bee you will ever see (at that moment) made a move for me and went for ma ear….Buzzzzzing….. they are so scarey, their movements urnae quite there with a housefly Howevaaaah. The rest of the Family just sitting there casual as it is.



    Me making a mad fall and scarred on my Mark McGhee for life after an incredible dive oot the way.



    Its a big overhaul – It shouldnae be but it is what it is.



    We have put in Time Lasting Records but Time is Running Out if its just Digital Orgasms.

  4. petec



    I think it was Paul McStay who said back in the day….


    There’s a buzz about the place…




  5. Welcome to another Celtic No News day.



    The anger has gone.


    It was replaced by frustration.


    Frustration has gone.


    It was replaced by sense of hopelessness.


    It too has gone.



    Apathy rules.

  6. Good morning CQN



    DENIABHOY on 11TH MAY 2021 6:31 AM


    Agree and probably the most damaging of all emotions for Celtic



    The murky world of Unionist politics, by the excellent Peter Geoghegan






    Labour party MP by the Brexit bus with Bojo telling the nation 350 million for the NHS not to mention Kate Hoey and a plethora of red wall Labour MPs supporting the Brexit campaign………………..it wisnae me guv it wis the tories





    No fans at the last home game tomorrow, just as well the atmosphere would be very unpleasant, to say the least as fans make their feelings known, no doubt with at least a few choruses of “why are we waiting”




    NOTTHEBUS on 10TH MAY 2021 8:12 PM



    Straight from Dermotts boy……….no seriously!












    Unless something materially changes Eddie Howe will be unveiled as Celtic manager on Monday and will talk to the fans for the first time. Announcement of the appointment will be before then but no earlier than Thursday. Eddie has been working with a view to next season for weeks.





    That should cheer you up!

  8. PHILBHOY on 11TH MAY 2021 8:05 AM




    So TGD’s son releases market sensitive information on a sock puppet twitter account?



    Well that will reassure all those who have been concerned about the lack of professionalism evident in the running of the club.

  9. I can’t help but notice the cult have started with the political posts already today.



    No doubt the usual suspects will be on to object and complain.

  10. squire danaher on

    PHILBHOY on 11TH MAY 2021 8:05 AM



    The Gonzaga/Crown Prince Desmondo Twitter account has been posting cryptic and ultimately unfounded garbage about Celtic for months.



    You can only Google references to it as the account is private and only lets approved users access their tweets.



    I am with Deniabhoy – completely apathetic about whole process.

  11. 1980 Cup Final v Huns, I was there with Two mates, and we just stood in the Celtic End watching the chaos unfolding. We were aged around 24/25 at the time…far too mature to get involved LOL. We had Wives and Mortgages to consider…LOL


    At the end of the game, IF I remember correctly there was about 2 dozen young Celtic supporters ( Wee Bhoys), who were on the Pitch at the half way line, jumping and dancing about waving their Celtic scarfs…and once the Huns had seen that….They ( Including GROWN MEN), raced onto the Pitch to get at the young Celtic Bhoys….The young Celtic Bhoys ran for their life…and on seeing that ” UNFAIR FIGHT”…hundreds of older Celtic supporters then also entered into it.



    Okay, the young Celtic Bhoys shouldnt have been on the Pitch……but as usual the ADULT Huns who ran on to get at those youngsters was just typical of the Huns, who showed once again that they simply could NOT take getting BEAT !



  12. The Celtic supporters also went NUTS…when the ADULT Huns raced onto the Pitch…The Polis on Horses started chasing the young Celtic Bhoys….Typical of the Polis.

  13. Young Michael Conroys BEST game for Celtic…Aided and Abetted by Rot Aitken, in the centre of Celtics back four. Big Roy talked young Michael throughout the game to stiffle The Hun Chump Derek Johnstone.


    I think Johnstone only managed ONE Free header at Celtics goal that day.


    We were VERY concerned in the build up to the game because we were missing Tom MacAdam and Roddie MacDonald thru injury and/or suspension ?


    The Huns were super confident before the game, and in all honestly we were worried that the Hun Johnstone would be too good in the Air for our inexperienced Centre Halves…but Roy and young Michael were superb that day.



  14. timmy7_noted on

    ernie lynch on 11th May 2021 8:28 am



    So now you support vote rigging? WOW. Nolongerademocrat CSC.

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    GTTS – Lol.



    How could I have forgotten ITV4 ?



    Easily is the answer !



    Based on their output I genuinely can’t tell these channels apart.




  16. I c & p a post to cheer up a fellow blogger.



    If it turns out to be dross, no ma fault.



    Good day!

  17. TIMMY7_NOTED on 11TH MAY 2021 9:05 AM







    Yes, I’ve got hold of the cult’s online operating manual.

  18. timmy7_noted on

    Ernie the truth teller in whom we should trust turns out to be Ernie the big fibber.

  19. THELURKINTIM on 11TH MAY 2021 9:31 AM


    Who rembers Oltim67s flounce ;-))







    Was it so he could spend more time in his greenhouse?

  20. THELURKINTIM on 11TH MAY 2021 9:31 AM


    Who rembers Oltim67s flounce ;-))






    Delivered with panache, humour and humility. We miss you, Davie

  21. TheLurkinTim on

    If I never hav to read any of yer political voews again.,,,it’ll b too soon ;-))




  22. 67 European Cup Winners on

    DENIABHOY on 11TH MAY 2021 6:31 AM


    Same page !!



    But in an attempt to to lift you from apathy (and me too)



    The press rumblings on who Celtic are looking to hire as next Manager has gone dead


    In my opinion this means Celtic are not looking



    There can only be one reason why we are not looking


    Someone has been found



    All the noise says Eddie Howe (brilliant if true)



    Why no announcement ??


    I have no idea – Contract/Legal/out with old season-in with the new/Bournemouth playoffs/Backroom staff/



    But I take the view DD has a deal done and all will be revealed when Celtic want/or are allowed



    So relax enjoy the summer (stay out of Benidorm you will get in trouble)


    and trust in our Club (BTW I need to practice what I preach)






    PS if all above is rubbish we are fu–ed

  23. Apologies for a political post, I kept off CQN during the post-election stooshie, but although not a supporter of the SNP, credit to Nicola Sturgeon for her statement in support of the Palestinians. I won ‘t hold my breath for a similar statement from Labour’s knight of the realm.


    Any football news? No, thought not.

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