If you are anything like me, you will have a nervous disposition ahead of tonight’s game against Paris Saint Germain. Both Champions League games against them three years ago were competitive, Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani competed to score the most goals. We gave PSG their biggest win in the Champions League while recording our heaviest European defeats.
At the time, there was a pragmatism among many in our support, acknowledging that we could not compete with PSG, but while that may be true, that otherwise great Celtic team did not have the ability to shut up shop the way Neil Lennon’s side from earlier in the decade did.
With little over a week until our first league game, this is another important opportunity to get some energy into the legs, so Neil can be forgiven if he does not defend his 18-yard line, time for that will come soon enough.
The Celtic FC Foundation today announced its spend on pandemic-related matters has topped £600k. This astonishing figure has helped low-income familes, socially-isolated people, the elderly and unemployed, the homeless and refugees, as well as NHS staff. Projects across Scotland, England, Ireland and New York have benefited.
All of this took place while the Foundation’s usual income generating activities were stopped. Without things happening on the park there would be no Celtic, but the Foundation is the best of us. Through it, you and me achieve things that we would never be able to do otherwise. It also links us all the way back to the impoverished streets of Glasgow in the late 1880s, when Br Walfrid first suggested a football club be formed to raise money for The Poor Children’s Dinner Tables.
As long as the need is there and the money exists, the work of the Foundation will continue. Since the start of lockdown I have donated nothing but that will change today. There is an article on the club site with details of how to donate via Paypal, text, Facebook or online. I would also like to do something soon for the Foundation on CQN’s name. As a community, we know the drill when others are in need.