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…….

We have a short-run raffle for two Celtic end tickets for Tynecastle on Sunday, courtesy Celtic sponsor, Intelligent Car Leasing. You can enter here for a minimum donation of £5. Please email me, with the word “Party” in the subject line to confirm your donation and entry. And include as many contact details as you think prudent to ensure you hear about your win. Competition ends tomorrow, so get in quick.

You also need to be available to collect your tickets in Glasgow on Friday.  Thanks to those who entered yesterday.


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  1. Marrakesh Express/ TOSB



    The crowd at Ibrox that day was only 35,000, suggesting they still didn’t think they’d win the league even with a victory.



    We had to achieve a post-war points record, 63, to win it that year, and, as TOSB says, our only defeat was 0-1 to them, the other match being 2-2 at Celtic Park.




    We were delighted when 117 of you very kindly supported and participated in Goals For Shay. Most of the feedback was positive and we’ve only made 1 small change to our forthcoming competition – a separate prize for the entrant who scores best when just looking at the final 3 weeks. We hope this will keep everyone even more interested right to the end of the competition. And there might even be a ‘Cup Final Day play off’ too. So how could you possibly want to miss out??



    Still time to enter – we’re accepting entries up until 11:59:59 (that’s am!) on Saturday 1st April. No joke!



    ****Goals For Shay 2 – your invitation!****



    Welcome to the launch of our brand new competition, “Goals For Shay 2” which will commence on Friday 31 March (although we’re accepting all entries sent before noon on Saturday 1st April).



    Same rules as the original Goals For Shay except that this time the top prize will be roughly 90% of the total prizepot. There’ll be a separate prize of the oterh 10%-ish which will go to the entrant who does best over the final 3 rounds. So everyone should get a good run for their money.



    The cost of entry is the same as before, £10 and an additional £5 if you want a 2nd joker. The prizepot will consist of 50% of the entry free. The other 50% plus all of the 2nd joker monies go to support Walk With Shay,



    So, if interested just drop the briefest of emails to . remember to tell us your monike / nickname. And we should get back to you within 24 hours with the full rules, details of how to pay and the all important first fixtures.



    Please feel free to pass this email on, tell your family and friends, share on Facebook, involve your work colleagues, etc. We are a competition Open to All. A few folk are thinking of organising their own wee ‘competition within a competition’ to see who is best out of their own circle of friends.



    Thank you for Walking With Shay



    Celticrollercoaster and Jobo

  3. In the last league title before the 9-in-a-row, 1953-54, the title was also clinched away from home, at Easter Road, as was the first one after the 9, in season ’76-77, at the same venue.



    So the 4-2 game was the first title clinched at Celtic Park since ??

  4. Oops, meant to say we already have 105 in the ole GFS2 clique but loads and loads of room left… ;-)

  5. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    VFR800 ….. yep, saw that, thanks …..all good stuff …. !!!!



    Bib Bhoy …… the truth will always out ……!!!!

  6. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Bourne..”. Good MHAN …!!!!!!!

  7. By: Newsroom Staff on 28 Mar, 2017 10:44



    FOLLOWING the international break, the Bhoys are back in SPFL action on Sunday, April 2 when they face Hearts at Tynecastle in a 12:30pm kick-off.


    As the Champions travel to Edinburgh, supporters are invited to cheer the Hoops on to victory from Celtic Park with a LIVE beam-back for fans in the Kerrydale Bar.


    It’s a crucial match as the Bhoys look to secure yet more silverware this season with a sixth consecutive SPFL title up for grabs and, we’ll ensure you won’t miss a moment in the Kerrydale Bar with places available to book now for only £5 per person.


    The Kerrydale Bar will open to supporters from 11am on Sunday, April 2 ahead of kick-off at 12:30pm. A cash bar will be available with half-time snacks for all supporters too before the lounge closes at 6pm.


    Don’t miss the chance to cheer the Bhoys on from Paradise! Places must be booked in advance and you can secure yours now by calling 0141 551 4288 or email

  8. The Olde fella he goes to see his Family in Switzerland in May now usually. Migration time for the Birds apparently. ;))



    Wonderful scenery just outside Geneva, just up a Hill compared to getting to the Ski Resort. That is a Mountain.



    Isle of Jura – KLF.CSC.



    Jura Mountains anyone know the History?



    I mean the links?

  9. Tell me Sky are not involved with Scottish Fitba next Season. I think they might be.



    It is the poorest ever producer.



    Now if you listen to the Producer




    I appreciate this is only Available to those that Have Time.





    I Believe iBn Theresa May.



    I think she is Truthful as POSSIBLE.

  10. Good to see a persistence beats resistance t shirt in Antalya airport today, wonder who it was

  11. Not hugely interested in tonight’s friendly – I gave my ticket away. Most Ireland friendliest of late have been quite boring. However,







  12. the_huddle on 28th March 2017 7:57 pm



    The Spanish national anthem sounds like the Blackadder theme tune :O)




    EU and me maybe Right.



    First of the Gang….



    OHLOL @ the SNP.

  13. Legsit, not the best of choices.



    I’d always take Theresa over Nicola.



    Can you BELIEVE a SEMI-tabloid took criticism for commenting with some Rudi Vata?




  14. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    If you are missing your live football fix – Lowland League experimental live coverage tonight (Derek Riordan playing for Edinburgh City)



    Embramike‏ @Embramike 6m6 minutes ago



    Live coverage of EoS Cup semi final @spartansfc v @EdinburghCityFC



  15. What is the Stars on 28th March 2017 8:16 pm



    Theresa May is the devil’s daughter. .FACT






    Nicola get out of here. WITS has rumbled yer My Lover.



    you left a trail?

  16. LMCBhoy on 28th March 2017 8:19 pm



    Does the National constitute MSM :)))??




    I’d never heard of the National before, is it a blog or a newspaper?

  17. What is the Stars on



    Good photos by the way. Best of luck with it.




    You are a gas man!


    That’s a compliment by the way

  18. The Huddle 8.22.


    It’s a daily newspaper, I believe.


    I’m pretty sure it’s part of The Herald Group.


    I’ve never read it so that’s about all I can tell you.


    Hail Hail.