This guy was the real deal


I had to smile at Simon Donnelly’s comparison of Henrik Larsson to Kenny Dalglish. Until Henrik came along, The New Dalglish was the reference point for any great prospect. And a few not-so-great ones.

Simon himself was one prominent recipient of this title. Back in 1994 Lou Macari’s Celtic were as bad as we’d been since the 50s when the teenage Donnelly burst onto the scene with five goals in the final 12 league games of the season. He was famously hailed as the new Dalglish, a comparison which was shown to be absurd during the barren season which followed.

When Henrik pitched up in Glasgow in 1997 all those comparisons must have crystallised for Simon. This guy was the real deal.

Although some starts shone brighter than others, both of them played their part in the historic title win in 1998. Celtic fans will never know a time like that again. When Simon, Henrik and friends gather for the Foundation game in May, more than a few of us will recall that titanic season.

On the subject of memorable league title wins…….

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    That 1971 title winning, home game v Ayr United was played at Hampden.

  2. Marrakesh Express



    Re the ’68 win.



    “That’s the best result I’ve heard at Hampden,” Stein joked, as journalist Hugh Taylor noted in The Scottish Football Book no.14 (1968).



    Jock was at the Cup final, seeing Dunfermline win the trophy. But it was on being told that Aberdeen had inflicted Rangers’ first defeat of the season on them at Ibrox with a last minute winner in a 3-2 win that Jock made the comment, as it meant Dunfermline would have to win by a barrow load on the Wednesday to deprive us of the title, given our vastly superior goal average over Rangers.

  3. !!Bada Bing!!






    How people like King in life in general seem to continue their shady operations without much censure is incredible.



    Árd Macha

  4. Sorry to be slow here, are the 3 Sevco directors mentioned above still on the board of the holding company? If so, what does it matter?



  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    AM- how Craig Whyte is not in jail for the tax/NI/ vat money is beyond me,£10 mil+

  6. Gordon



    Couldn’t believe the attendance. Only 25,000! Not those old double-clicking turnstiles again!



    It was a Thursday night, right enough, but still.

  7. Bognorbhoy



    I heard that sad news



    apparently his life was full of ups and downs

  8. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Winning captains …. correct, but I don’t want Aberdeen to be losing points

  9. !!Bada Bing!!






    He must have been under severe pressure to finish the season from the Masonic brethren. The only way to do so, was not pay the Tax etc.



    Árd Macha

  10. BEATBHOY @ 3:15…



    I would say 25000 was about right. We had also played on the Tuesday of that week v St Mirren. I recall we thought the title was more or less secured just over a week earlier with a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie.

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Bobby M- my mate’s dad played centre half for Celtic, came through at the same time as Big Billy, John Curran, made a few starts for the first team.

  12. I hope Aberdeen do not win the Title for us on Friday.



    Getting to Tynecastle has been a Military exercise,booking for a Box or Corporate requires the individual in question to pick up the tickets,no doubt for an accent/address check although these days you could be a Hearts fan outwith Edinburgh,this is what I will be, as I take my place among those fine fellows, who could not hold a minutes silence.



    Having see Celtic clinch every title since 1965 I could not allow the combined efforts of our Ticket office plus old Annie Budge to spoil the day so in we go under cover.



    Need to look up the words of away up in Gorgie,so I can blend in.( Hopefully be empty quite quick )

  13. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    I’ve seen the Lisbon Lions in their prime and yip that was the best Celtic team I’ve ever seen – but have to say that Henrik was the best Celtic player I’ve ever seen. No one else really come close imo, maybe JJ, but thats it.

  14. ANDYR53 on 28TH MARCH 2017 12:51 PM


    MurdochauldandHay on 28th March 2017 1:27 am






    Staggering piece of factual, truthfull and honest reporting and journalistic opinion. Author Martin Hanning has a new follower and The NATIONALIST a new reader.






    Visions of ugly, fat huns on the train from Central to Ayr picking up this discarded paper, attempting to make sense of the finer details of the article, then erupting in a fit of rage when it finally sinks in.



    I’ve seen simllar, as that’s the route I take when I’m hame. Always an entertaining ride.

  15. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    From THE NATIONAL newspaper



    SOMETIME in the next few weeks and months, the history of Rangers Football Club may have to be re-written. Dave King, chairman of Rangers International Football Club plc, also faces an agonising fortnight that will define, or perhaps even end, his time at Ibrox.



    Let’s deal with the latter situation first. As has been widely reported, King has been ordered by the Takeover Appeal Board to make an offer of 20p per share for the holdings in Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) that he does not own or control. This is because despite denials all round, he was found to have acted in concert with George Letham, Douglas Park and George Taylor to buy 34.05 per cent of Rangers and take control, removing the then board in March, 2015.


    It is worth noting that the Appeal Board’s judgment showed that King’s acquisition of shares was done through a British Virgin Islands shell company New Oasis Asset Limited which is wholly owned by King’s Sovereign Trust International Limited, set up by King in Gibraltar in 1992, and which is trustee of Glencoe Investments, the King family trust he established in Guernsey in 1996.



    The Takeover Appeal Board has ruled that King has a deadline of April 12 to make an offer to the other 65 per cent of shareholders at a price of 20p per share. King says he has not decided what to do.



    He would have to pay himself for a Judicial Review of the decision, proceedings which haven’t happened for many years, and the courts have made it clear they won’t entertain such requests – a non-starter, then.



    King must make the offer within a fortnight and at 20p per share that could cost him north of £10m including the arrangement cost. Even then it would need 50 per cent acceptance.



    As of yesterday, shares in RIFC were trading on the JP Jenkins platform – Rangers can’t list on the Stock Exchange as they have no Nominated Advisor – at 27.5p per share. Why would anyone accept King’s offer when it would mean they would lose a third of their potential income if they sold their shares today?



    Nor for various reasons will Mike Ashley of Sports Direct – still fighting King and Rangers in court – or the Easdale brothers or numerous other investors sell to King, and that would stop the offer dead.



    The third choice is this – King could sell his shares to someone else, probably at a profit, and walk away from Rangers. He’s come too far to do that, so the bet has to be that he will make the 20p per share offer and it will be refused, but it’s still a huge gamble for him. It’s complicated by the fact that while he has plenty of money in South Africa – his Micromega Holdings made a profit of more than £40m last year – he seems unable to extricate it.



    Either way it’s not good news for King. Much more importantly for Rangers, however, the decision on the Big Tax Case will soon be given by the UK Supreme Court (UKSC). You’ll recall the oldco’s use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) to pay players and staff has already been declared unlawful by the Scottish courts.



    It will end at the UKSC, hopefully, and if the taxman wins, the implications are horrendous for Rangers.



    For a start club legends as well as the man who brought in the EBTs, former owner Sir David Murray, could face demands to repay the multi-million pound ‘loans’ they were given under the scheme which oldco Rangers operated between 2001 and 2011 despite being told by HMRC as early as 2004 that the EBTs, which cost the taxman £72m including interest, were highly questionable.



    The big tax case does not financially concern the current ownership of Rangers, but there are implications for the club and its history. For if the taxman finally wins the case, three things must happen or Rangers and Scottish football will be forever shamed.



    First, it must be acknowledged that Rangers gained a massive financial and thus competitive advantage they were not legally entitled to, certainly after 2004.



    The current ownership has already acknowledged that by eventually paying, with reluctance, the £250,000 fine imposed on it in 2013 by Lord Nimmo Smith’s Commission that investigated the EBT scheme and the ‘side letters’ which were blatantly against football rules.



    Secondly, that Nimmo Smith Commission must be recalled. The Commission acted “on the basis that the EBT arrangements were lawful”, in its own words, but if HMRC wins, they won’t be lawful.



    After the HMRC warning on EBTs in 2004 up to 2011, a heavily-indebted Rangers won four SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and four Scottish League Cups with players and staff they couldn’t otherwise have afforded.



    If the taxman wins, the Nimmo Smith Commission must think again and, yes, take those titles and cups away from Rangers’ history because the club cheated.



    Thirdly, for operating an unlawful tax scheme for years inside Rangers and other companies, Sir David Murray should be stripped of his honour.



    If HMRC wins the case, these three things at least will be necessary to assure everyone else in Scottish football, and a considerable number of Rangers fans, plus the taxpaying public, that justice eventually gets done

  16. The Battered Bunnet on

    Lots of confused chat on the three guys resigning from TRFC board. TRFC is a wholly owned subsidiary of RIFC.



    At face value, there’s no story to it. The influence is all at RIFC, and it’s RIFC that has the trouble as regards forward funding and King’s Takeover Panel problems. (Althugh granted RIFC only has a funding problem because TRFC needs RIFC to fund its cash shortfall).



    The issue with the Takeover Panel has been anticipated for 2 years, and known about since the first decision came down last summer. It would take an unsually obtuse individual not to have anticipated the appeal board reaffirming the original decision. Thicker yet if there was no plan in place to deal with it, given the 9 months they’ve had. Resigning from TRFC serves no immediate purpose in this regard.



    I can’t directly link the TRFC board appointments – which are little more than sinecures – with anything meaningful at RIFC. It could be an attempt to resolve a looming (but hitherto unrevealed) conflict of interest, but there’s nothing else to suggest such.



    Talk of the three of them “doing walking away” is wholly unrepresentative of the reality. Whatever the reality is, until/unless they resign from RIFC, the three of them are very much still there.

  17. prestonpans bhoys on




    Been in their end while rejoicing a Celtic goal…and survived to tell the tale :0)

  18. Marrakesh Express on




    I stand corrected. I was at Hampden that night so should have remembered that.


    Therefore we didn’t win any of the 9 at Celtic Park after all.

  19. A bus full of ugly people had a head on collision with a truck. When they died, God granted all of them one wish. The first person said, “I want to be gorgeous.” God snapped his fingers and it happened. The second person said the same thing and God did the same thing. This want on and on throughout the group. God noticed the last man in line was laughing hysterically. By the time God got to the last ten people, the last man was laughing and rolling on the ground. When the man’s turn came, he laughed and said, “I wish they were all ugly again.”

  20. Marrakesh Express on




    I remember coming out the deidco end at Hampden after 68 Cup final and somebody Shouted the huns had lost to Aberdeen. Loud cheers from many Tims who were there supporting the triumphant Pars. I think that was thems only defeat that season.

  21. What’s the Benefit of the 3 Directors resigning from the football club Board? This only leaves the executives as Board members. Is it a conflict of interest? if there was a future dispute between TRFC and RIFC then maybe.



    Could this be a precursor to an insolvency event which could debar the 3 directors?



    JohnJamessite (I know!) suggests it is a sign that King has gone. Can’t follow this myself.

  22. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 28TH MARCH 2017 4:16 PM



    Thanks, that was my understanding of the release. They will all still be blazered and brogued up next week, why are a lot of people getting excited? Must be this international break that weakens us

  23. Was at Methil in 1972, and I recall an old bhoy presented Big Jock with a bottle of 7UP. Great day.

  24. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Sin City Bhoy



    Stole my thunder there, Bhoy …….hahahahahahaha

  25. BMCUW,


    Thanks, your right, it was a friendly,


    Soooooo, does that mean the SFA would be liable ?


    Wonder how that worked out. They probably invoked a statute of limitations on how soon after the career ended following the career-ending injury.

  26. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Possibly to protect the three of them from litigation when the …hits the fan ….. !!??

  27. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Sorry, my post above was in response to Big Bhoy … :)

  28. 67 Heaven



    It could well be.



    I feel there is more to it.



    I think it must have something to do with the UEFA license and allowing the SFA to rush it through.



    It might be also to do with the Takeover Board decision and the possible fall-out from that

  29. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar…… Ipox belongs to the creditors on 28th March 2017 1:04 pm



    This lays some more stark allegations at GASL door:





    As far as the story about the 3 directors “stepping down” James Forrest has written s decent piece on it on the Celtic Blog:









  30. Sorry Bhoys and Ghirls, completely off the theme but………



    Former bra tycoon Michelle Mone says she is ‘tempted’ to run for the role of First Minister.



    The 43-year-old made the comment as she responded to a tweet from a fan who suggested she should take on Scotland’s top job.



    Irena Tuga posted: “Lady Mone for Scotland 1st minister. If Trump can do it I am sure she can.”



    Mone responded: “I’m tempted Irene.”


    My then wife used to work for this heartless Tory bitch over 10 years ago. When Mone threatened my then wife with the sack ( My wife was off sick for about 2 feckin weeks), while under doctors orders to refrain from work, I phoned Mone at her office, and told her in no uncertain terms what I thought of her.


    My wife could hear everything, and was in tears laughing, as she told me that ” Big Jimmy, everyone in that office would have heard you telling her off, no one speaks to her that way, not even her husband” !


    She is a TOERAG, pure and simple, and she also had my wife working for over 16 hours one Saturday for NO PAY , at one of her fashion shows, which Rod Stewart and Penny attended. This was before Rod and Penny told her where to go . My wife was just “star struck” to meet Rod, me ?…..I was feckin raging !


    Mone as First Minister ?……we are all doomed.

  31. Margaret McGill on

    Awe you guys always overlook the prime bigot buck directive


    TRFC, RFC, SFA, Sevco, Newco, Rangers etc doesnt matter.


    The Lying Lazarus Loyal will always prevail helped by a few green Judases

  32. MARRAKESH EXPRESS on 28TH MARCH 2017 4:30 PM






    I remember coming out the deidco end at Hampden after 68 Cup final and somebody Shouted the huns had lost to Aberdeen. Loud cheers from many Tims who were there supporting the triumphant Pars. I think that was thems only defeat that season.





    Yes, it was their only League defeat that season and much was made of it by the media. However, IIRC, Celtic also lost only one league game that season …….. to Thems.

  33. Marrakesh Express



    Yeah, they were unbeaten in the League until that final game, though the title was still not in their hands. They had drawn 6 games, including one against us, winning all the rest.



    It goes to show the real competition we had winning that 9 in a row.