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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    Morally,they should have done more.



    Realistically,they could not.



    Wars are rarely won on moral grounds,unfortunately.





    Nae bother,bud.



    Hope you al had a smashing-ha!-time yesterday,and that the hangovers have been of a pleasant variety.

  3. I should clarify one point. Of course they would have eventually taken over anyway but the West indulged them too much and inadvertently assisted the unpopular Marxists. Regards to you Bobby.

  4. TD.67……..some good toones there………widnae work here……just a thought will Jackie macs united get a share of the gate when they play them……think they missed out the last time……money up front would be my first thoughts…….

  5. I also recieved a spam email this morning from a Swindon based Ayrshire Tim.



    Michael somebody or other!



    Nae idea who he is!




  6. Mike Mc Curry must have filled his pockets on his last visit to ibrox……a wee gift from them would be heart warming to any mib.


    Maestro no8



    great, they are your’s. I’m at work just now, will be on tonight and can discuss pick up then, if that’s ok.

  8. Wasn’t McCurry the MIB who booked nine Celts in one derby game? I don’t yearn for those games. Have a good day.

  9. JungleJim


    Agree with you, the squad looks good but I still feel we should be looking for a Luboesque midfielder, creative. Maybe we have a hidden gem in our midst but Commons is the most creative player we have, IMO.


    on the forthcoming game of the hunbigots versus Dundee United, I really can’t see anything other than a win for “thems”. How can United hope of winning against a team of 14 when they are down to 8 or 9 men and had numerous penalties against them awarded!! Not that I’m paranoid or anything, much.



  10. As if ive not enough on my plate without some balloon sending me spam emails.



    Now if just knew who that eejit was…..






  11. topkat



    11:21 on 18 March, 2014


    TD.67……..some good toones there………widnae work here……just a thought will Jackie macs united get a share of the gate when they play them……think they missed out the last time……money up front would be my first thoughts…….




    I think Dundee Untd. Should stick to the, ” what allocation would Celtic have got if they where playing thems in the semi” question, and see what the answer is? They are making a mockery of this cup, just for the advantage of one team, honestly the game up here is F-@&?d

  12. Spam is the new skwerr.



    A bit like a double-ended sword being the new double-edged sword.



    …and the Shettleston cucumber as the new weapon of choice?!




  13. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    The Nicola fund has broken through the 5 grand mark.





    Well done all but so much more needs to be done.



    Did you know you can also donate by text message? Please text NCMC87 and your amount between £1 – 10 to 70070 a maximum of 3 text donations can be made in anyone day up to to the maximum amount of £30.00 thank you.



    Till later all

  14. Kinglubo


    I never saw Lubo but if reports on here are accurate, then that look will be long .


    In the meantime, Biton can be very creative , I have high hopes for Henderson and I haven`t written of Tom Rogic (who seems not to have had much of a chance).




  15. On paper United should pass that mob off the park, but unfortunately up here, it’s all on the officials honest mistakes, remember, that’s how they got the replay with Albion Rovers and they know it.

  16. Interesting development in the Herald story this morning re one man’s terrorism/sectarianism/racism is another man’s “no case to answer.”



    Would be nice to get a comment from FOCUS on this:-







    “A man who was arrested outside the Scottish Conservatives Party’s annual conference for singing a song telling “English Tories” to go home has called the police over-zealous after he was cleared of racism.


    ALAN SMART: Sang songs outside Scottish Tories’ conference.


    ALAN SMART: Sang songs outside Scottish Tories’ conference.



    Campaigner Alan Smart, 54, was recorded singing the lyric to the song which ends “have no got a home of your own?” as he held a placard against the UK Government’s welfare reforms outside the event in Stirling last June.



    There was a heavy police presence at the event, which Prime Minister David Cameron had attended.



    But Mr Smart, a former head of current affairs at STV and who has also run broadcasting at the Scottish Parliament, was told yesterday by Stirling Sheriff Wyllie Robertson he had no case to answer.



    Outside court, he said: “If the police had just asked me to stop I would have done. If they had told me it had made people feel uncomfortable I would have stopped.



    “A few of the Tories who came out heard us, and they weren’t offended. I think they even liked it as it was different to them being shouted at.



    “In my opinion this was all about Stirling police. This was their big day with the Prime Minister up. They had all these controls in place and we turned up and did something they didn’t expect.”



    He added that local officers from Police Scotland had to be seen to be “doing something.” He added: “They arrested me 10 minutes before the conference was about to break, even though I had been there all morning. I don’t know whose interests they were protecting.”



    The court had heard from a number of witnesses to the incident, which happened outside the Albert Halls in Stirling last June 7.



    Mr Smart, 54, of Dollar, Clackmannanshire, who writes and sings under the name Citizen Smart, was recorded singing the lyric, “Go on home English Tories go on home, Have no got a home of your own?”, to the tune of Irish rebel song Go On Home British Soldiers.



    With the help of about 12 fellow protesters and an amplifier he went on: “For 300 years, We’ve fought you without fear. And we’ll fight you for 300 more.”



    The court heard the song was sung numerous times over 30 minutes, causing Tory delegate Mark McIlfatrick and Stirling Council employee Christabel Wandless to speak to the police.



    Mr Smart was arrested and charged with acting in a racially aggravated manner that caused or was intended to cause alarm and distress to the complainants and other people present.



    It was also alleged his remarks would encourage others to do the same.



    Giving evidence, Mrs Wandless, said: “It was uncomfortable. I’m English, I have lived in Scotland for 13 years.



    “I have no problem with political opinions but I felt uncomfortable as a song like this makes it feel as though this is somewhere English people shouldn’t be.”



    Mr McIlfatrick, an oil executive, told the court: “If you used any other race, say telling Polish to go back to Poland, or Indians go back to India, then you can’t make those comments and this is also unacceptable.”



    Sheriff Robertson told Mr Smart: “I’m satisfied that in law there is no case to answer. A line has been crossed, you’re acquitted.”

  17. BMCUW,



    Lost quite a few contact nos – yours included – when phone sent to be repaired/replaced.


    Can you drop me a text plz mate?



    But can you do so without any spam numbers too if possible….






  18. SFTB,



    Hmmmmm, as a certain denizen of these parts has been known to comment.






  19. First opportunity I’ve had to ‘What a Fantastic Night on Friday in the Kerrydale at the CQteN event’. First gathering I’ve been to, and despite supporting my Club for more years I can remember and all the charities it supports, I was gobsmacked at being among so many genuine, heart warming and honest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of mixing with.


    Well done to everyone.. and just to set the record straight, I had something in my eye when listening to the speakers talk about the work our fantastic Club does.


    So proud to be a part of the Celtic Family.

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon


    04:54 on


    18 March, 2014


    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie


    00:29 on


    18 March, 2014





    Nice to talk to you and to respond to your comments.


    However,I do not really wish to reopen the whole subject,as I`m well aware that it is controversial.



    Frank Ryan’s Whiskey


    07:40 on


    18 March, 2014



    You seem desperate to wrap yourself in the union flag and bash the Irish neutrality during WW2 at every opportunity .

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