The miraculous 34 game run


When I heard of Liverpool’s freak 3-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday, their first in the league this season, it portended to how Celtic are vulnerable to a cup upset.  Football is not a sport where winning all the time is possible.

Even great teams score with a small percentage of their chances and sometimes will miss all chances in a game.  Conversely, underdogs will sometimes score with their only chance(s) in a game; cup upsets are a statistical certainty.

As a consequence, this impossibly long run of domestic cup success simply has to end sometime and Perth on Sunday had all the hallmarks of the classic upset.  St Johnstone are on form, the pitch was rutted and sodden; the weather, inclement.  St Johnstone players were watching television on Thursday, while Celtic’s were exhausting limbs in a failed attempt to remain in Europe.

You will have noted that the only time any of our 33 previous cup games finished level after 90 minutes was at home to Dunfermline this season – immediately after our Champions League qualification defeat to Cluj.  That European result hovered ominously over the domestic cup game; players are only human, full of human emotions.  Perhaps that Dunfermline game put steel in the legs yesterday.

It takes more than good form, a horrible pitch, a sore European defeat and awful weather to knock this Celtic team out of a cup.  The sheer determination to win, which was evident at Hampden in December’s League Cup Final, decided the outcome of yesterday’s Scottish Cup quarterfinal.

We are watching a dressing room united and with common purpose, unlike others I could mention.  34 consecutive cup wins is nothing short of miraculous, but the more miracles you perform, the more real estate you occupy in the minds of your opponents.  Does anyone really expect to knock Celtic out of a cup these days?

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  1. My team for tomorrow would be(If all fit)





    Bitton Jullienne Ajer


    Christie McGregor


    Forrest Rogic Taylor


    Edouard Griffiths


    3-0 easy

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Lest anyone believe the fake news from the supporter of the Venezuelan tyrant and now the Beijing tyrant who is responsible for collaborating in exporting their latest gift to the world …… VIZ. CORONAVIRUS .



    Just fast forward to the petrified, distraught and tragic victims ……


    OR , if you prefer , listen to the anecdotal evidence of precisely ONE .



  3. Canamalar


    I know I shouldn’t as I have to dash but my expression means


    To engage in a struggle with an opponent that benefits from the struggle even without winning it. Nothing to do with getting mucky


    Not sure about your reference to dirt under the shoe – but don’t bother explaining.



    Be back Wednesday for updates



    Night all

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Unfortunately I have worse concerns all stemming from a US senator accusing the Chinese of developing the virus. My fear is that when I watch US politicians such as Pompeo declaring to the world who is to blame while describing American characteristics and projecting them on their latest victim or new proposed antagonist.


    I simply swap the name of the victim with the US and all their rhetoric makes sense, so on that vein a US politician blaming China for deliberately developing biological weapons then I apply my rule and again it all makes sense. Who benefits

  5. Canamalar



    Yup, Iran seems to be getting hit hard as well, I thought that was rather odd.



    Regardless of where it came from, it’s the COBRA recommendations I’m worrying about….

  6. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Why am I no surprised he can smell red herrings. Reality escapes some people.

  7. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Oi can be sure we won’t know the half of it.

  8. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    As for Wednesday I’d like to see the Calmac, Rogic, Christie midfield triumvirate with Eddie and the Griff, I expect they’d be most suitable for carpet football

  9. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    He he he he, say the supporter of Australian concentration camps.

  10. Good to see the diametrically opposite opinions are sorted 😎



    PS illegal capitalism caused the virus; the best at containing are authoritarian regimes



    Italy was always going to be a hotspot as they can’t do either



    Google in Dublin just said everyone work from home cos someone sniffed



    Thank god I told everyone to take IT kit home in Friday cos this will cause a stampede in Dublin

  11. fairhill bhoy on

    So plastic fields are still better than stj 🤔


    Taylor looked feked after ten mins,and yet he kept showing and he kept getting the ball.The bhoy hasn’t got a trick so it’s usually back the way or hits first man😉Give boli a go in the same set up

  12. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Reading French Eddie is on the brink of signing a bumper new




    Really hope thats true, what a boost for everybody connected


    to us if he loved the club and the fans enough to stay for another


    few years and become a legend.


    Maybe some young Glesga ghal will set his heart racing and keep


    him at Paradise for always.


    I can always dream.


    H.H . Mick

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Only a mug would be fooled by the sad attempt at deflection and obfuscation.


    Back to the personal . His ( I presume ) only recourse in the face of overwhelming evidence .


    Meanwhile the world is battening down the hatches.

  14. How good is Welsh? There has been a spot up for grabs in that back 3.



    He hasn’t had too much of a look in since a decent showing vs Hamilton



    To maintain that there is little difference between western democracies and dictatorships may sound pretty cool and urbane but it is a lie and a pretty dangerous one at that.



    This country accepts the unacceptable in terms of inequality and racism. It is also quite possible that well placed people in this country have dreams of tyranny.


    But the thing is, here you can fight back. Lawyers fought to free the Guildford Four. MPs like Chris Mullins moved heaven and earth to get the Birmingham Six released. Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil slowly and politely eviscerate the powerful on TV. In America, the Senate and journalists forced Nixon out. Nothing like that that can ever happen in China or Russia.


    If you can, watch the film, ‘Mr Jones’. Jones reported on a man-made famine in 1930s Ukraine when Stalin starved 2 million people to death. Western papers weren’t interested in the story. Some editors then were like you now – they thought the story was just anti-Soviet propaganda.

  16. weebobbycollins on

    Just been informed they are welding the doors closed at hampden…


    Bankiebhoy will be pleased…

  17. Fritzong


    Here you can fight back….


    How did that go do with the convictions ‘re the banking crisis?


    Just a thought



  18. Wonder how many killed due to political system using austerity to pay for banking crisis.




  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    FRITZSONG on 2ND MARCH 2020 8:48 PM



    Thank God.



    This issue is so serious that obfuscation and denial require to be countered every time they raise their head .



    Ignoring the facts will result in an inevitable recurrence .



    Anyone for pangolin / bat stew ?

  20. If you look at world politics and believe that the Chinese or Russians are capable of anything then good for you.



    Once you start figuring out that the US (and Britain by extension are) then your on to something

  21. I thought the BBC site had made a mistake which would , by now, have been corrected but, no, St Johnstone really did have 77% possession against us. That is truly remarkable and certainly a record by a Scottish team in recent years.