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. Hamiltontim.



    A wee incident happened on the Saturday after I got home, someone rattled my door so I had to go and see who it was, half way down the stairs I slipped and fell the rest of the way. Quickest I’ve moved for a while, the reason I wasn’t on the blog before today.

  2. Paul 67 etal.



    Just been reading back the previous blog and I’m inclined to agree with Blantyretim, A representation of a few Celtic players could have come to Celtic Park before they proceeded to the Corinthian Casino for they’re aftergame drinks, I blame Celtic for that, not the organisers of the CQ10N, Someone at Celtic Park should have sent a deputation to meet the 450 at the dinner after they came back from they’re win that night, as I said above they go to the Corinthian after a game, why not a wee diversion to the Kerrydale Suite for an hour or so.



    The people who run Celtic for us, the supporters, at least one could have thought that it would have been a good Idea, with a bit of forethought it would have been a decision that would have pleased the bhoys that were at the dinner, but no, no forthought, no consideration, for us the punters,another nail in my disillusion of Celtic that is become more pronouced as the weeks go on.



    While I’m about it, I’d like to pass a comment on Celtic, regarding this defunked team that’s rumoured to be going into the Premier League in a couple of seasons from now, surely that can’t proceed without a comment from Celtic, If there is work, and discussions going on behind the scenes regarding Celtic and the SFA, or what ever name they have changed to, (probably another scam to assist the dead team before bringing them back to life) surely we’re entitled to know about it, surely the official Celtic FC web site could, and should be used to enlighten us, most of the business that went before was done by the SFA, now that they have decided to change their name, they are equally as dead as the dead team, so they can’t be punished for their misdeeds that happened in the not so distant past.



    Celtic should make movies of all bad decisions that go against celtic, perpetrated by Referees, and in a minor way the men who run the line. I wonder why the BBC, and STV, won’t show bad decisions, they seem to gloss over them, as if the didn’t happen. After Celtic have made their Movie they should head for Hampden Park, home of the now defunked SFA and submit their compendium of scenes that Celtic should ask the questions, Why are these mistakes allowed to go unpunished, it’s happening so frequently I wonder why Celtic haven’t move on them.There will be plenty to show.



    I’d also like to say, If Celtic don’t make a move to get these decisions being made regarding the dead team made public to the Celtic Support, we deserve to know what is going on regarding the club, it’s not right that Celtic are being complicit in these underhand moves being made to keep a dead team in the League, or are they working behind the scenes, WE SHOULD KNOW.

  3. Geordie Munro on





    “If VVD MUST be sold then I would say this…..he is a better centre half at the same age than Rio Ferdinand was and he went to Leeds first for 18M then MUFC nearly 30M ….and that was 12 years ago.


    Anything less is commercial incompetence really…….?”




    Commercial incompetence by who? Groningen??

  4. Moonbeams.



    I’m okay.just a bit sore in the butt while I’m sitting at the computer.

  5. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I take it from your postings today that there’s been no lasting damage???

  6. jimbob71 is praying for wee Oscar on

    First chance to post since Friday night.



    I had an absolute ball on Friday at CQTEN.



    Met some fantastic people and had a great laugh with them too.



    Thanks SwanseaBhoy for arranging tickets and great to meet Red Ger, Glasgow Dave and AndyR at our table, 48.



    Great moment when AndyR won a signed Celtic jersey in the raffle, he was so happy he bought the whole table a drink! Great moment!

  7. BRTH


    I posted just before the new article went up so I’m posting again in case you missed it.


    As requested,your excellent post is now on there and already the donations are coming in.



  8. Good to hear no lasting damage OldTim.



    Should also have given credit to BRTH for writing the post BMCUWP’s won the podium with. Well done to you both.

  9. Richie #TeamOscar on




    The locality of your injury would surely indicate a risk of concussion? :-)

  10. Looking for a wee bit of help folks.


    I’ve just found out that an old friend of mine Gerry Deeney has passed away.


    I’ve lost my contact details for his family and wondered if any of you good folks knew him and could pass me contact details so I can pay my respects.


    Gerry was an outstanding human being and a very big Celtic man.He came from Port Glasgow but lived in Greenock for some time.


    He had his own box at Celtic Park and I was lucky enough to share some great experiences with him there.My wife and I lost touch a bit after moving to Cyprus


    A larger than life character and big charity fundraiser I would be surprised if he wasn’t known to a few on here.


    Thanks for any help.


    RIP old friend



  11. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    The issue of Newco SevcoFA is not going to go away. It needs to be addressed. I hope Celtic are aware of the impact it is having on the support and prevent even more Celtic fans from giving up. The dignified silence is not an option anymore. Prove to the support that The Old Firm died when Rangers did. Prove that we do stand alone. The club will be judged on the actions it takes and the statements coming from it, and the lack of. I’m sick of only hearing Celtic men talk of missing ‘them’. I need proof that Celtic are not complicit.

  12. skyisalandfill c'mon wee Oscar on



    Tried phoning you yesterday to see if you were better. Hope no lasting damage.

  13. Sannabhoy and 2000 kids say Hail Hail to Pablo’s family



    15:44 on 17 March, 2014



    “medtim , GL2 or Vmhan might be able to help”



    St Stiv’s is from the Port. He might well know your friend. Condolences to you and to his family.



    The only Deeneys that I am aware of are from Gourock.

  14. Afternoon all.



    Just watched the highlights of the weekend games. Wouldn’t fancy Dundee United to beat anybody at the moment. They were very lucky against St Mirren. Scored an offside goal to get bac into the game and then the winner came from a mistake by the St Mirren goalie. If they have to play the deid team in Govan, bearing in mind the mib, they will have their work cut out, imo.

  15. jimbob71 is praying for wee Oscar on

    Just thinking back to when AndyR bought our table a drink after winning the signed jersey.



    I had just left the bar after The Token Tim had bought me a pint when AndyR’s round arrived.



    Anyone else want to buy me a Guinness?!




  16. For anyone who hasn’t read the wee programme for CQTEN here is a link for you to enjoy:






    We will be posting out printed copies with Seville – The Celtic Movement book orders (order below Paul’s blog).



    Virtual ticket holders for CQTEN – we are gathering all the items together, more than we thought! – and these will be posted later in the week.



    I posted earlier this morning canvassing opinion on whether an event like CQTEN should be a one off, an annual event or maybe bi-annual. Thoughts?

  17. cadizzy,


    Gerry did stay in Gourock as well.


    He was a successful businessman (Senit Associates and Senit Solutions in Greenock).


    As I said previously he was a larger than life character (for example,The Lisbon Lions had a green Lisbon Lions jacket made for him!!)


    He would probably be best known for his charity work and set up his own charitable foundation


    I’m sure I’ll track someone down who can supply contact details.





  18. normanstreet49 on

    Blog has had some utterly fantastic posts today, serious, hearfelt and hilarious.


    I wasn’t sure how the blog could top the posts from CQTeN.


    Yet again, the blog has surpassed itself.


    I feel very humbled to post once and a while and maybe share a small thought with some friends.


    Very privileged to be a CQN’r



  19. Paul67



    “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. ”



    Paul, what if Sevco got shot of the oldest rookie manager around and replaced him with a talented tactically aware coach with an affiliation to a former clumpany? Say for example McInnes. Third Rangers would probably be able to offer better terms than the sheep, even allowing for genuine income tax and NI deductions. They could cream off decent Scottish talent on Bosmans and with the support of their advisers at the SFA, become strong challengers.


    I worry about the combined impact of honest mistakes and the removal of the fat whisperer.

  20. Rangers boss Ally McCoist insists Gers will be firing on all cylinders in bid to turn Albion Rovers over in Scottish Cup Replay



    Ally McCoist





    DR tee hee heee

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