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. googybhoy ♥ we are all Neil Lennon.



    Is that Walker who is summarizing along with the commentator, the reason I can’t watch it,

  2. setting free the bears supports res. 12 & oscar knox



    20:03 on 17 March, 2014


    Dick Byrne



    Umberto Eco??



    Castlemilkers will have Foucault to do with him.



    What’s Umberto Eco?




  3. GourockEmeraldBhoy on




    20:00 on 17 March, 2014


    connaire12,jamiebaby,Saint Stivs



    Thanks to each of you for helping me get in touch with the Deeneys.


    I’ve asked Paul67 for Saint Stivs email and will go that route if that’s ok as it may be possible to contact them directly that way,hopefully.


    I only found out today about Gerry.I knew had had been unwell for some time but my wife and I lost touch a bit when we moved to Cyprus (although he did try to persuade us to set up a recruitment company here to recruit engineers to go to Libya….typical Gerry)



    Thanks again guys.Much appreciated.





    Hi medtim, hopefully you will get sorted with the information you require. If you have any problems I could maybe try my pal who worked along side Gerry with the fundraising for the Senit foundation, just give me a shout if so, I lurk most days.




  4. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    All this talk of the Ashton Lane Gang and the other West End outfits ignores the real Heavyweight mobs that used to be around.



    The Chancellor Street Chanty Wrastlers were a particularly fearsome bunch with Mad Wullie ” Big Baws ” McGurk at the head.



    Similarly, the slightly further west Fordyce Street Fanny Slappers were a somewhat forward mob with a degree of teenage promiscuity that was severely warned against in both the school and the church.



    However they were all scared shitless of the Hyndland Street Heidbanging Alterboys from St Peter’s who took the view that swinging the Thurible was just a practice run for wreaking havoc with any type of heavy chain or Iron bar type device.



    Their head man — Pious Paddy Patterson — would later spend copious amounts of time in Barlinnie for delivering a severe Malkying to unsuspecting sinners whilst reciting three Hail Mary’s and a Glory be.



    If someone was due a really severe beating then Pious Paddy wouldn’t stop until he had completed the five sorrowful mysteries — and occasionally he got right out of order with a rather large altar candle which he would light in the most unusual way!



    Things changed a little with the opening of the Rock Bar where previous crappers like


    ” Shitey Shuggy Sheridan” — who had been known to run a mile from any kind of altercation — suddenly became the reincarnation of Sonny Liston after a couple of pints of Dry Blackthorne Cider.



    However, they all ran a mile if confronted by the likes of Big Knockers Nancy McPake and her rather voluptuous frontage, and rumour has it that she lay down in the grass one day in the wee park at Highburgh Road and that her profile was the inspiration for the skate boarding area that was eventually built at Kelvingrove Park.

  5. Neustadt-Braw on

    BRTH …….are you following me pal ? ….clydebank and noo wee Cushendall….braw …..ahknowyoucfc ….

  6. Haw!………………..BRTH



    …..did Big Joaby Lobber no run aboot wi’ the


    Chancelor Street Chanty Wrastlers ?


  8. Thanks Token Tim. Wonderful memories rekindled. More Mael and less Mao… In a perfect world anyway.

  9. Craigellachie10 on

    A few wee extracts from the BBC text commentary.




    20:29 Ian Black somehow gets away with taking out Liam Cusack from behind after the Rovers midfielder had released the ball. Cusack, apparently, is playing through the pain barrier of a broken foot. Being sent sprawling on the artificial turf will not have helped – but maybe that is Rangers midfielder Black’s ploy.





    Rangers midfielder Ian Black doesn’t have the most sensible head – or the best disciplinary record. This time he has a wee fly kick out at the ball as it is in goalkeeper Neil Parry’s hands. He escaped with a wee quiet word from the referee – this time at least.





    The referee, incidentally, is the same as the first game at Ibrox. John Beaton remember handed Rangers a controversial equaliser when the Wee Rovers thought they ought to have had a foul as Bilel Mohsni challenged goalkeeper Neil Parry on the line as they rose to meet a high ball.

  10. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SFTB – “Castlemilkers will have Foucault to do with him.”


    I think the Ashton Lane chaps would snigger into their Frappuccinos and say “that was ashoka!”



    BRTH – I watched the Liverpool game in the Rock yesterday, but it was spoiled by the shrieking noises coming from Kevin Bridges “entourage”, as they tried to out-funny each other. He’s a funny lad, but they were a complete and utter pain (Winston excluded of course)!




  11. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    I thought it was rassler ……



    Wrastler looks better tho …..must be right

  12. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Dick Bryne



    Good to see you on Friday



    Even better that your on the blog again



    Take care

  13. .



    Had a Great Day/Night/Morning at the CQTWO..



    Smashin Bunch O’Bhoys that Smashie Runs with took them on a Impromptu or was that a Unintentional tour of Melbourne Aided and Abetted by Our Indian taxi Driver but we got there in the End..



    The Highlight of the Day for Me was in The Jock Stein CSC when Who walks in as if He was Walking on Cloud 9..a Georgious Samaras tribute Act..And l have The Photie to Prove it.. God knows what he thought of All these Grown Men in Celtic tops asking to get a Selfie with Him..;-)





    Summa of ShamNoNineCSC

  14. tommytwiststommyturns on

    PF – old mate called at short notice, how could I refuse?!


    Her indoors wisnae impressed and the thaw hasn’t started yet…! :-)


    Was bloody ruff in work today mind!




  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    …and very nice to meet you on Friday night, pfayr

  16. The Token Tim on

    John O’Neill,



    I cant take any credit. It was all down to 2 of the CQN Luminaries and intellectual heavyweights, DB and SFTB.



    I merely Thoreau’d my tuppence worth in…..






  17. The Token Tim on




    ya jakey bassa!



    It’ll be you who’s hangin wit da Ashton Lane Maseev…..






  18. tommytwiststommyturns on

    TTT/PF – stuck a tenner on the draw at 9’s. You never know…!




  19. GourockEmeraldBhoy,


    Thanks for that.


    Will get in touch if other avenues prove fruitless.

  20. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on




    The battle of the linguistic heavyweights ..



    LOL … Keep it up lads … CQNs answer to “Still Game”

  21. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    jude2005 is neil lennon \o/



    20:51 on 17 March, 2014


    Emdae saw the Seville show in the Pavilion ?



    Mrs booked it for my birthday in April



    Lookin forward tae it




  22. Evening all, thanks for the birthday wishes for my son. Still thinking fondly of Friday, really great night and the company didn’t disappoint. Anyone going out this Friday afternoon…?



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  23. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Not TTTT at it as well !!



    Do you have to have 4 letter abbreviated nom de blog to play?



    The ‘Pendulum’ swinging in BRTH’s favour methinks :-)