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. medtim


    15:43 on


    17 March, 2014


    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.





    get my email please from Paul67.



    I knew Gerry, and your right, an outstanding man, and Celtic to the core, in words and deeds.




  2. someone was throwing snowballs at my screen, chapping the door and running away,



    i bet its that wee terror Oscar.

  3. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    Sipsini thoughts and prayers for your uncle Jimmy and your young workmate.










  4. Haud the bus…


    Every day really is a school day.


    I may lurk more than post but given the time I spend in The Chip why am I only now finding out about The Ashton Lane posse?

  5. back to the hill for the night,


    mighty tim great meeting you on Satuday hope all works out for your lad,old tim i hope your well great seeing you in fine form


    enjoyed the ‘walk on’ at the end,



    hail hal Celts one and all

  6. HT – I’m still getting over the shock of you asking me to “pay for” that round so you could go up & dance with the lovely Minx.

  7. The Ashton Lane Gang have a long history of terror within the West End of Glasgow.



    Many of their rivals have been reduced to withering wrecks by the devastating application of an Oscar Wilde epigram.



    Their chief rivals, The Byres Road Speccies, were wiped out overnight by the regular application of Occam’s Razor to their wooly-headed rhetoric and muddled reasoning. Accompanied by the cry of “Stitch That! Socrates!”, the Young, Young BRS were forced to reform as a knitting circle.



    The Ashton Lane gang entered the numbers racket by developing advanced algorithms.



    They broke into the illegal hooch market by cornering the market in cheeky Sancerres.



    They brought visual terror to the Art School Posse by scarring their eyeballs with Landseer prints and pictures of dogs playing billiards.



    The Southpark Avenue Samurai were decimated with a few high kicks and some superior Haikus.



    An onslaught of Blank Verse put paid to the Byres Road Balladeers and the Young, Young Iambic Pentameters.



    Their position was firmly established when the Hyndland Hyperrealists were informed that Photorealism was a bogus movement on which to establish an Art School.



    With the West End firmly in their grasp, only the attentions of a doughty figure from the BHI (Brazen Head Investigations), Elliot Donnelly, who was busy forming an elite counter group, The Unteachables, to fight this new menace, stood between them and dominance of the other 3 boroughs of Glasgow.



    A quote from one of Elliot’s trusty lieutenants, spelled out their challenge:-



    “If they send one of ours through a Standard Grade Exam, we’ll put one of theirs through a HND.”



    The battle continues.

  8. eddieinkirkmichael on




    17:43 on



    I have the pleasure of knowing your uncle Eamon and his lovely wife Eileen, 2 of the nicest people I know.

  9. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Evening Oscar and


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    To you to.Love to izzy

  10. Ginger 13:59



    Although you have stopped posting, I hope you are still reading. Many years ago I worked in the children’s special needs unit at Gogarburn and it was away ahead of it’s time.


    They introduced a simple but very successful behavior modification scheme.



    Any good behavior or no problems over a set period of time which passed without problems was rewarded by awarding the child with a yellow token and this was displayed on their wall. Very important to have this visual statement. Once a certain number of yellows were shown in a column then they breached the reward line and a reward was given and the tokens removed. You decide on the number of tokens to result in a reward- I would suggest 5 or 6 to start.



    However if there was inappropriate behavior then a red token was given to the child and they took this to their wall and this meant 2 or 3 yellow tokens were removed and discarded into a box where they could not be recovered.



    Anyway this is just how things were done then and perhaps ideas have changed and better systems brought in. I am sure things will settle down with your special bhoy.

  11. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Sorry for the unbroken lines but I know who caused it :))))



    From The Nicola donations page


    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.

  12. Just had a wee read back.


    Winning Captains, I’d do that again next week, but give it a couple of weeks, see how the general mood is..



    And I will not be involved in any way with the design, manufacture or selling of CQN budgie smugglers!:-)



    Off for a wee curry.


    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox



    very good but will he get it????????

  14. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    If anyone is interested


    “The glib shameless liars” full statement has just been released.

  15. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Your post highlights a worrying problem, lurking amongst the beer mats of suburban Glasgow






    There is only one L in Eliot.







    I know, I know, it makes an L of a difference.

  16. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    How far up King’s backside is Wilson?


    He is totally taken in with his guff.


    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox



    donation on its way .good luck.

  18. I am proud to be a Catholic, I am proud to be Irish, and I am proud to be a Celtic supporter, these are the things that define who I am!



    HAIL HAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Winning Captains


    Getting on well with the Seville book but keep stopping to show people my Name in print :))).



    Till later all


    I will stick to a wee wager on McGuigan to score for the wee rovers anytime in 90 mins.



    Expect Mib help for Sevco tonight as their shame knows no bounds.


    Knoxy a cyber hug for Nicola fae ML5.

  20. BRTH



    I’ve been moved to tears a few times on this sainted blog by some contributions and got tae say mate your submission earlier today was in that category.


    For me , the power of this blog is encapsulated in your call to arms.



    All the best to Nicola and all those suffering from that cursed disease .



    You sir , and Paul 67 and others on here are a credit to our club.






    Pleasure to meet u & Skyislandfill on Friday night , enjoyed our blether outside Paradise . I know I enjoyed it but ain’t got a clue what was said.


    Damn drink!!

  21. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    Sounds like an excellent script outline for “West End Story “, premiering at the next CQN gathering :)


    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox



    message was for you re. donation.

  23. Congratulations to all regarding the fund raising , Amazing stuff !!



    Wee Rovers tonight i think they’re chance has gone , sadly …



    Can someone post updates of the game plz .

  24. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    SFTB – the real story of the Ashton Lane Gang is known only to those who are in with the in crowd – but you are remarkably close :-)

  25. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Wee Oscar, great to see you’re more eloquent than yer da :-)



    If a strange man appears on here later and pulls you up for your spelling and saying it’s all the fault of those pesky leftie teachers……ignore him!! :-)

  26. South Of Tunis on

    The absurdity ———–



    AC Milan and the Curva Sud.



    Outraged by the piss poor state of AC Milan, the Curva Sud organized this for the home game v Parma—



    Meet and greet the team bus by throwing fruit at the bus and hurling abuse at the players.



    Demonstrations in the stadium against the owners , the Directors and the players..



    Spend 90 minutes chanting –YOU ARE SHIT



    Demonstrations after the game against the owners, the Directors and the players .



    That done – demand and get a meeting with a Director, the Manager and 4 of the players..



    For the record –Milan lost 4-2 . Now 11th in Serie A

  27. mighty tim supporting wee oscar



    18:03 on 17 March, 2014,




    Cheers mate, it was a great night and what great company your family and yourself are. HH

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