The new second force, 3 school kitchens paid for, CQteN Dream Team


I had some difficulty explaining to my boys why I wanted Aberdeen to win the League Cup yesterday, the desirability of having an even-stronger Aberdeen was lost on them after last month’s chastening experiences.

There are those who will tell you Scottish football, and Celtic in particular, need a strong Sevco.  That argument is incorrect and ultimately futile, there isn’t going to be a strong Sevco, not in this decade, anyway.  What Celtic would benefit most from is if those 40,000 Aberdeen fans fortify their club, which subsequently transforms into an increased football budget.  They will hopefully land their own version of the treble this season, two cups and the Best of the Rest title.

If that helps them to shift 20,000 season tickets this summer, their status as the second force in the land will be cemented.

Kilmarnock fans will, almost to a man, be delighted to hear Michael Johnston is stepping down as chairman, although he will remain on the board.  The corresponding clearing of their £9.4m debt in a deal with new investor, Billy Bowie, means there is one less financial basket case in Scotland.

Still buzzing after CQteN.  I’ll announced the confirmed figure raised for Mary’s Meals Malawi appeal later in the week but I can confirm that on top of the school kitchen at the Kholoni Primary School (pictured below), we have money in to build a kitchen at St Joseph’s Boys School, Kasungu, and Chiphaso Boys School, also in Kasungu.

Yet again your generosity went above and beyond the call.  Thank you.  If you were not involved earlier you can change that here.

Thanks to Paddybhoy1888, who did a fantastic job with the beanies, more on this soon.  The Academy Award goes BJmac, for his outstanding video of the CQteN Dream Team.  The video featured every player to represent Celtic in the 10 years of the blog, which the 11 members of the Dream Team, with manager and subs, selected by you.  You’ll enjoy it:

We still have some raffle prizes to announce and distribute, so check the blog for the rest of the week as winners will be notified.

Seville, the Celtic Movement, was launched on Friday, to some pretty decent reviews.

“I watched Sean dance animatedly with sheer delight on his face. At that moment any regrets I still had about not actually getting to Seville vanished. I would not have wanted to have missed the chance to celebrate with my own, as well as, the Celtic family.”

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  1. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    Bjmac the dream team vid man! The quiet unassuming one exposed.



    Well done Paul67







  2. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    John O’N



    No worries I’ll see you up the Sav this weekend (smiley without the punctuation).

  3. Was at a doo and Harry Hood was one of the guests, fantastic night, loves the Celts and hates the hun. Great company all the best with your health issues Harry and get back to fitness as soon as! Hail, hail!

  4. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Doc / HT



    Wouldn’t recommend that wine. Caused a bit of strife in my life once when a bottle of the dry white was poured over me after a tiff with the ex.



    To this day I say I was Chablis treated …

  5. Stephebhoy1


    21:03 on


    17 March, 2014


    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young


    “We are not watching Barcelona yet, but we are looking at a much-improved Rangers, who have had more chances than they did in the first game at Ibrox. Rovers have done well, but they are going to have do something different to get back into this game. However, no doubt about it, they will get some chances in the second half.”



    Chick with his extensive knowledge of the game.






    He knows less about football than me.


    He has a contact book.


    He buys a round.


    He is a parasite.


    He is Chic.

  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Did you get your tractor home ok on Friday?!



    High six :-)

  7. oldtim67 was right. True story there and I’m trying to get to reality after that wonderful time in Glasgow. For those who missed my short thank you yesterday, one more time huge respect. Good to see so many faces. Good to have chats with so many good people.

  8. Cowiebhoy supporting the Celtic to 3 in a row on

    Late on to hope you have all enjoyed a Glorious St Patrick’s Day



    I have, Oscar the Wee Warrior posted on CQN :-)



    Hail Hail

  9. HT


    A weegie , but Hamilton for a while now , first drink was in the buccaneer , Bertie Auld had it and wee mrs mcglaughlin was manageress in the barleycorn years ago

  10. Cowiebhoy supporting the Celtic to 3 in a row on

    Here’s a wee question,



    Who is the most famous Patrick to have played for the world famous Glasgow Celtic ?

  11. tommytwiststommyturns on

    CRC – hawd yer weesht, the week is young!



    Sanna – don’t you start on me….don’t think I didn’t notice that mid-life crisis single earing on Friday! :-)



    T3 – you were thinking of Louis Theroux earlier, c’mon fess up!




  12. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    Mr Z



    Great to see you. When you first said hello, I did not realise who you were and politely replied. It was only after a minute that it sunk in.







  13. Did not watch their game tonite result no surprise.Jackie will need to make sure his team plays without fear and they will get the desired result

  14. The Token Tim on




    The ML1/2 Jolly Bhoys bus was just the business.



    Ended up back at PF Ayr’s bro’s house for a couple more beers before a 20 minute walk home just before 3am.



    Top notch :-)






  15. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    Patrick ” Georgis” Samaras







  16. The Token Tim on

    On a separate note, had issues with phone and its been sent back to be repaired/thrown oot. Was certain i had backed up all contacts…turns out i hadnt. Can those of you who are of a mind and wish to remain one of my “contacts”, please text me.











    PS – still on same number.

  17. The Token Tim on




    only those who were existing ones…..new ones need not reply :-)






  18. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    If it’s another CQNer night then I will make every effort to be there on the 10th May. Take it something will be posted here. Fitting end to the season.

  19. Porto’s league challenge is collapsing much like, well much like a Porto player collapses.



    Meanwhile, former Porto man AVB may be going to Zenit. This one could be a riot. Quite literally. He isn’t wanted. Zenit fans ain’t impressed with his record. Good old AVB. Reminds me of bankers who keep getting bonuses despite inept performances.

  20. Cowiebhoy supporting the Celtic to 3 in a row on

    CRC nice



    Did he make the dream team :-)



    Hail Hail

  21. craggy island gaa on

    Absolutely brilliant from Jackie Mac on SS3…



    Tanner trying to open an old wound by asking Jackie if he played in the Cup Semi against Rangers in 1998, and how “Rangers won that one didn’t they?”



    Jackie said No he didn’t, and that that was very different Rangers to the one now, but went further to say that “we went on to win the league that year and that was more important, to stop 10 in a row”



    A loaded question from Tanner that effed up in his face!!!!



    Nice one Jackie!!!!





    Lads and lassies.



    Normal service ie the Celtic Quiz will resume at 9PM this Friday.



    BMCUW……..any further forward with the NTV’s ?

  23. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots




    You mean, I managed to say Hello without Polish accent :-)

  24. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    St Patricks Day dream team about to be announced. :-)







  25. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I barred myself when a guy walked in with a goat one day.






    I Chianti believe you said that!

  26. T4,



    hahaha I’d forgotten about Sanna’s new piece of jewellery :-)



    As for t’other, mais non, mon ami. I know my Sartre from my Descartes…..






  27. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I drank in The Bucaneer once or twice, it’s now a nursery!



    Was that Margaret McGlaughlin?

  28. I am on Jamesons ………some say it has …..The nose … full and floral with a smooth sweetness. Marmalade and fudge, Madeira and a little cut grass note(Ajax). The palate is thick and of good body with notes of orchard fruits, both fresh and cooked with a little vanilla cream. The finish is of medium-length with spice and honey.(and squer is there)



    braw says …its awfy braw


    points for all the gangs that can spot the braw bits ….:)