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. PHCS


    It is from “Macbeth ” and, just like Sevco, he realises all his cheating has been for nothing (and he killed a King!) and he concludes that:



    ” Life is a tale told by an idiot.


    Full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.”








    You lurking this morning?



    Did you get a hold of JIMBO about the NTV’s ?

  3. Jobo,


    Apart from giving us a weather update, you also give me a morning starting point on CQN. Usually, the Moonhowlers have been discussing music, politics and aspects of religion so I see your post as the Celtic posts starting point.


    I wonder if others do the same?




  4. glasgowdave


    I hope, in the fashion of the MSSM, you have edited out any he scored against us 0:-)








    I did,mate. I was waiting for you to come on.



    He says he still has them,and thanks you for the offer.



    Sorry if I’ve delayed your efforts to find them a suitable home.



    Right,who fancies Issues 1-20 of the classic fanzine NOT THE VIEW?

  6. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    Allegations in the papers today that some folks got paid money for voting for Qatar to hold the world cup



    And this is news? Really?


    of course they did! why else?





    Earlier this morning,I replied to an e-mail request via LINKEDIN



    Now,there’s a reason why I refrain from social media sites.






    As a result of my reply,that site seems to have spammed a lot of my contacts.



    To those who I have inadvertently annoyed this morning,please accept my humble apologies.



    And to those who replied,grateful thanks.

  8. Dick Byrne



    19:52 on 17 March, 2014



    “……… I’m surprised you omitted the Ashton Lane Gang’s ultimately doomed attempt to flood Castlemilk with Umberto Eco novels.”



    Well, each Eco novel is just a pale imitation of its predecessor.

  9. Jungle Jim


    The wee Genius , should be watched in full.


    I’ll leave it to our friends in the Sou-Side to edit the facts :-)

  10. Morning, all – quite amusing from today’s Herald:



    INEVITABLY the trials and tribulations of Rangers were mentioned by Duncan at the St Paddy’s breakfast. “A Celtic fan with a green and white scarf was stopped at the Ibrox turnstyle last week and asked why he was attending a Rangers game. ‘I’ve given up football for Lent,’ he replied,” said Duncan.

  11. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers ………fc not plc



    No problem mate



    Just deleted it without opening




  12. Billy Bhoy 05 on

    Real sad story in DR. The ghuy who was killed at the weekend whilst walking on the M73 was a Tim from Clydebank. Paul McDermott.

  13. maestro-number8 on

    Big cup winners….



    If you’ve not got any takers yet, I’ll happily take them?








    Wise man!



    Again,Apols to all.

  15. Admittedly, I haven`t heard a lot of talk of late of who we `need` to buy but with this team and bench, do we really need to buy anyone? Titles and Cups won by our youth teams suggest we have excellence in reserve as well should injuries take their normal toll.




    Lustig Ambrose van Djik izaguirre


    Forrest Brown Biton Johansen


    Commons Griffiths


    Subs: Mulgrew; Henderson;Stokes;Kayal;Pukki;Boerigter;matthews.




  16. Just signed my bhoy and me up for the Pedal for Scotland 47 Mile Glasgow to Edinburgh challenge taking place on the 7th of September 2014.



    If any of the ole CQN cycle crew would like to join me I have selected the 8:00 to 8:30 kick off time. It’s £26 to enter now.



    Undecided on personal sponsorship as yet as it is still a wee way off. Will decide closer to the time.




  17. JJ



    That’s not a bad team, and a strong bench too, if we can hold on to that squad for a couple of seasons the future looks bright, and as you say, not much strengthening needed there.

  18. Jungle Jim,



    Thanks for blowing away the cobwebs. I last read the Scottish play about 1964. Who would you say played the lady Macbeth role down Govan way? Green, Whyte or Murray or some other shadowy figure? Wasn’t she the Iago to Macbeth’s Othello?

  19. TD


    …..and I am confident there are as yet undiscovered ( by me anyway!) gems sprinkled throughout our Club. Hopefully, we will see some make appearances fairly soon.


    Do any CQNers go to our youth games and do we have any outstanding prospects?




  20. Iago was a sneaky little bugger so that role goe to Sleekit. Lady Mac was not as strong as she thought and ended up losing the plot so Charlie Boy seems most fitted for that one 0:-) Macbeth himself, would be played by Ogilvie ie someone not fit for purpose in a position he has achieved through unscrupulous acts .




  21. Jungle Jim


    Of that pool of player the one enigma for me is Boerigter.


    What did NL and our coaching staff see, that we have not ?


    Could he come good, like some others, after a year of settling in ?


    I would like to think so, but won’t hold my breath.



  22. glasgowdave


    I am with you on Boerigter but will remain in hope that he will come good. I have noticed hints of a footballer in there. Time will tell and we are, fortunately ( or through good planning?) in a position to take the risk.




  23. glasgowdave


    10:11 on


    18 March, 2014



    After his first appearance most were pretty positive, he was on for 20 or so minutes and got 5 or 6 crosses in, all to exactly the right and combined that with direct running. Then he got knocked.



    He’s had one other similar appearance since then but I think his confidence is low but I think there’s definitely a talent in there. A bit more strength and confidence and he could be a great find.



    It’s 50:50 though.

  24. weeminger / Jungle Jim


    I hope you are both right, With our Greek god about to leave the building, we could do with a presence on the left.


    Let’s hope this flying Dutchman can pick up a head of steam.




    Derk will come good once he gets the confidence back to beat a man,and the steel to kick him back.



    Sadly in Scotland the latter is more important.

  26. Frank Ryan,



    Comparisons between British actions in Ireland and the SS are quite inappropriate. The Nazis were intent, and almost succeeded, in wiping out an entire race of people.



    Churchill and the allies were fighting one of the most vile regimes in history. Had they not won, Ireland would be in one hell of a mess. You should be grateful to the allies.



    The allies’ crime was to later serve Eastern Europe on a plate to the Marxist regimes.

  27. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I am not as certain as some others on CQN that Dundee Utd will wipe the floor with Newco for me it depends on the day what Dundee Utd turn up.On a good day they look a force to be sure but on a bad day which they have many they can look very poor indeed.I think it is 50/50 between the teams but Newco have one big advantage over Utd and that is the referee and we all know how he can assist them. H.H.





    With respect,the Western Allies had no stomach for a continuing war.



    The prospect of having to do what Hitler had failed to do-defeat Russia-was all the more daunting since Russia was fighting this time from a position of strength and with many hundreds of miles of conquered land to buffer it.



    We were war-weary,they were still spoiling for it. Circumstances dictated what followed,not criminal acts.








    What eejit would do a thing like that?



    Ffs,don’t reply to it. Or you will also be feeling like a choob.

  30. I hear your argument Bobby. Of course they couldn’t have launched a war against the Marxists but they could have regulated the various bodies which were set up postwar.They failed to. IInstead they trusted the Marxists. Hence, the Marxists infiltrated various officiql groups and took over. The result was enslavement in a horrific set of regimes. They could have done more. They didn’t.

  31. From Seville – The Celtic Movement out now on CQN Books. This passage from the excellent SFTBs…



    Time has no meaning after a goal has been scored by your team. You enter the realms of celebration madness. Henrik leads the charge to madness and the corner flag. He passes Celtic’s number 39 (cosmologically significant as this was Henrik’s 40th strike of that season), Jamie Smith, who has no compass bearings for such a moment and is unlikely ever to face them again unless Colorado Rapids benefits from a rich owner. This pair are joined by Chris Sutton in a hug celebration which, though joyous, seems understated when you see what the fans are doing. On the sidelines, Martin O’Neill relives his GAA career by leaping even higher than his personal best. The sidelines are a shambling mix of aimless direction change and roaring. Boavista players hurriedly retrieve the ball from the net, Ricardo seems close to tears. He is far from the first or last keeper to have been or be Larssoned!