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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    Re lack of pace..



    I think McGeady underwent a conditioning program to strengthen specific muscles to improve his sprinting a few years back.


    It certainly looked to give him a wee speed boost.I’m sure BR/coaching team are all over it.



    TBH I don’t think pace is as important in the No10 role for Tom,not when the big mans touch and skill are so good.



    The wonder from down under!




  2. Dbhoy



    Yeah you are right, pace probably isnt as much of an issue in there and his touch and ability are what matters most.


    I think his size helps too…..not many will be able to out muscle him!


    All in all considering the way he came into football to establishing himself in our side, he has had quite a story so far……heres hoping he can go on to do a lot more of what he has shown so far!



    Work beckons……have a good day everyone :)

  3. WINNING CAPTAINS on 29TH MARCH 2017 9:15 AM



    Might be an idea to get some kind of Twitter link to spread the word about that.

  4. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Morning Bhoys from an overcast Central Region I am looking forward to the match on Sunday it would be great to win the title at Tynecastle. H.H.

  5. South Of Tunis on

    A sunny 22 degrees -way down south .



    Too good not to share –



    Oot n aboot in Caltanissetta – bus party of English Saga pensioners from Taormina en route to Agrigento and The Valley of The Temples .



    In a bar — tv news on – up pops a beaming Nigel Le Farage celebrating Brexit letter day —



    Saga Pensioner # 1 – ” Oh look – it’s the slime ball love child of Alf Garnett and Hyacinth Bucket ” .



    Saga Pensioner # 2 — ” Mustn’t laugh too much -by the time we get back to Melton Mowbray it’ll probably be compulsory to watch endless re runs of It Aint Half Hot Mum and The -°°°°°°°° Antiques Roadshow . “.



    Choons of the day -way down south –



    12 “-Gregory Isaacs — Rock on Murder Observer Style ( Observer 12 “)


    7 ” -The Wrigglers — Get Right ( I’ll Try ) -(Musik City )

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    DBHOY on 29TH MARCH 2017 8:10 AM






    I think the main difference between the two was , Chaplin whole heartedly believed in it ( support for Russia ).




    Churchill IMO was being ‘ diplomatic ‘ and I don’t believe anything came of that promised ‘ full support of the soviet union’ in the end or did I miss that? :-)








    You know Chaplin and I know Churchill .


    We agree that Charlie was treated abominably.


    I must find out more.



    Re. Churchill and Stalin.


    Stalin made a pact with Hitler.


    Churchill was right to have ” misgivings ” about him.


    Re. assistance.


    Put it this way.


    Many gallant seamen died on the convoys to Murmansk.

  7. @ 09.31


    Gerry Devlin


    Martyn leaves Staines at 12 noon today heading for Swansea.




    I’m in Staines (P H Marina)


    Is he leaving by train?


    Sorry but you’re not the only hoop in the village.




  8. Know what Robinson Crusoe felt when he found the footprint….


    Another Hoop in Staines……

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    You make nasty accusations about fellow bloggers based on this exchange.







    THE DONALD on 28TH MARCH 2017 11:13 PM






    Down With The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan…!



    Off Oot…







    Had to google that , Donald.




    Almost wish I hadn`t.









    On the basis of that gentle little exchange , you write this manufactured outrage .






    “Down With The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan”




    Gotta love the alt-right rubber room nut job conspiracies. This one is right up there with the Frankfurt School.




    Here are pieces from one of their own sites:-




    “Few people(apart from the enlightened writer obviously) know that one of the main instigators of the process of European integration, was a man who also conceivedConceived it, did he? Unlike your own hero, adolf, who nearly managed it the genocide of the peoples of Europe. He was a sinister individual whose existence is unknown to the masses of our(sic) people, but the political elitesThey do? Do they? consider him as the founder of the European Union.”




    “Coudenhove-Kalergi was able to work unseen, away from the glare of publicity, and he managed to engage the co-operation of the most influential heads of state for his plan, making them supporters and collaborators for his “project of European integration”.aye, but you guys in the know cottoned on to the importance of this non-entity, thanks to your superior breeding probably, eh?




    “In 1922 he founded the “Pan-European” movement in Vienna, which aimed to create a New World Order, based on a federation of nations led by the United States.”Erm, I think it’s hardly European then, if it’s US led. You ever heard of the idea of keeping your argument internally consistent?




    “With the rise of Fascism in Europe during the 1930s, the project of European integration was abandoned and the “Pan-European” movement was forced to dissolve.”Thenk feck for the Nazis, eh?




    “However, after the Second World War, and thanks to frantic and tireless activity and the support of Winston Churchill, the Jewish Masonic Lodge B’nai B’rith and major newspapers like the New York Times, Kalergi managed to gain acceptance for his plan by the United States Government and later the CIA became involved in driving the plan towards completion.”Kind of suspected there would be a Jew implicated somewhere, and that Winston bassa, he was a kind of anti-nazi too, wasn’t he?




    “Kalergi explains that the citizens of the future “United States of Europe” will not be the people of the Old Continent, but a new mixed breedcos the old lot were so homogenously Caucasian despite our common African origin, the influence of the Golden Horde, the various tribes of Celts, Jutes, Saxons etc; among the 87 distinct peoples of Europe the products of thorough and widespread miscegenation. He states that the peoples of Europe should interbreed with Asians and other non-White races, to create a multiracial population, with not (sic) clear sense of tradition or identity and therefore easily controlled by the ruling elite.” But, if the ruling elite were not interbreeding too, would they not end up easily controlled or do it not work like that, Donald?




    Although no textbook mentions Kalergi, his ideas are the guiding principles of the European Union.Thanks for bringing this forgotten important figure back into the light. How many other important guys managed to escape the spotlight of the historic fame they were actually due?




    And the aim of the website where all this unreadable and illogical nonsense came from. I’ll let their own words speak for them :-




    “Western Spring is not just a website. We are a community of people dedicated to achieving the Six Prerequisites and thereby acquiring the wherewithal needed to win political power and through that secure the future survival, proliferation and advancement of the British people and other White peoples of European descent, wherever they may live.”




    And this is the kind of pro-Adolf nonsense that gets peddled on CQN.




    There is no shame large enough






    The shame is yours , SFTB.

  10. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 29TH MARCH 2017 10:18 AM


    Nothing more from me on it.



    I’ll give you the last say on this one…:-)

  11. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 29TH MARCH 2017 10:18 AM



    ‘Re. Churchill and Stalin.



    Stalin made a pact with Hitler.



    Churchill was right to have ” misgivings ” about him.’






    And Stalin had misgivings about the west’s commitment to fight fascism (due to their refusal to help the elected Government in the Spanish Civil War), and their acceptance of his country’s right to govern itself (due to their involvement in the Russian Civil war).

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    DBHOY on 29TH MARCH 2017 10:55 AM



    No disagreement from me, sir.


    I really enjoyed the inspiring Charlie Chaplin speech.


    That was really the point.

  13. saltires en sevilla on

    i know John James is persona non grata here – undertstandable given some of his more outrageous claims.



    However, if there is any truth in his latest, today. It might explain why Club 1872 are losing directors as fast as Warbo shipped points…



    “However even someone as bent as King must realise that his conveyancing consigliere is somewhat compromised.



    In his role (representing King) Blair knew that King had been advised to buy shares at 20p per share on June 16. With this knowledge aforethought Blair allowed Club 1872 to buy shares in RIFC (of whom he is a director and secretary) at 27.5p. It is evident that Blair did not discharge his fiduciary duties in the best interests of Club 1872 when advising as a director of the Community Interest Club that they pay a 37.5% premium per share.



    What’s the world coming to when one cannot trust a conflicted conveyancing consigliere?



    Will Jackson be called upon to scotch the rumour that Edmiston House has been parcelled off to a tavern where the licensees are so staunch that they are up to their knees in it. Surely Blair did not set up a CIC to facilitate a land grab of this nature? Perish the very thought!”




    If the supporters group were paying above the odds for shares, with full knowledge of King and co.



    Some might say ‘hell mend thems’

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 29TH MARCH 2017 10:57 AM



    At the end of the day , the govts. of the West got it right.


    No ?


    A plague on both their houses.

  15. Winning captains / Gerry Devlin



    Re 60/60 charity thing.



    I’m in Staines now, where is he leaving from?


    Got the hoops on and clutching a donation.



    winning captains


    Hope you’re efforts to assist a hoop with a charity fundraiser doesn’t get lost in all the nonsense being posted.. does my head in.





  16. A man is sitting waiting to take off aboard a plane in Rome when the captain announces that the Pope is joining their flight as his plane has a fault. Theres only one seat available and its next to him. The Pope sits down next to the man and after take off he starts doing a crossword. After a while the Pope turns to him and says,”do you know a 4 letter word referring to a woman ending in “unt”. The man panics and thinks I cant say that, there must be another word. Suddenly it comes to him and he says “yes holy father, its Aunt”. The Pope looks at his crossword again then says,” have you got an eraser?”

  17. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 29TH MARCH 2017 11:01 AM


    ERNIE LYNCH on 29TH MARCH 2017 10:57 AM




    At the end of the day , the govts. of the West got it right.



    No ?












    ‘We have made a mistake, you have been right all along’ Roosevelt’s response to Claude Bowers on being informed that Franco had won.



    ‘Of all our blind isolationist policies, our most disastrous was our attitude on the Spanish Civil War’…’in the long history of the foreign policy of the Roosevelt Administration, there has been, I think no more cardinal error than the policy adopted during the civil war in Spain.’


    Summer Welles, assistant Secretary of State speaking in 1944.

  18. ——



    Mighty Macjay..



    Dear, Oh Dear..!



    Some Folk Have An Exceedingly Weak Grasp Of History…



    It Was Only AFTER The Soviet Union Was Invaded By Germany In June 1941…



    That It Became A Potential Ally Of These Mystic Sceptred Isles…



    BEFORE That, The Soviet Union Was Regarded As A HOSTILE Power.



    In August 1939, Germany And The Soviet Union Treacherously Signed The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact….





    Under The Secret Protocols Of This Pact, Germany Would Invade The Western Half Of Poland…



    Leaving The Soviet Union To Invade The Eastern Half Of Poland…



    In Addition,The Soviet Union Was Given The Green Light To Invade And Brutally Occupy, Neutral Lithuania,Latvia,Estonia, And Parts Of Finland….



    As France And Britain Were Guarantors Of Polish Sovereignty…



    The Soviet Union Was Technically An Enemy State…



    (Though The Allies Did Not Declare War On The Soviet Union)



    The Evil Soviets Purged Poland, Rounding Up And Executing More Than 20,000 Of The Brightest And Most Able Poles,The Cream Of Society..



    As Well As Executing 2,000 Polish Officers…



    And Burying Them In Katyn Wood.



    Many Thousands Of Poles Were Also Interned In Concentration Camps In Poland, And In Siberia..



    Some Polish Scientists Fled To Britain With Their Code-Breaking Knowledge,Which Helped Us To Develop The Enigma Machine For Breaking German Military Codes…



    Which,Along With Delaneys Dunky’s Grandfather Who Shot Down “Hauf The Luftwaffe”, Prevented Us From Defeat, Before The US Finally Entered The War.



    When Britain And France Occupied Northern Norway (Narvik) In 1940,The Intention Was For Allied Forces To Cross Neutral Sweden To Finland…



    To Aid Them In Their Struggle Against The Soviet Union.



    At That Time, The Soviets Had Allowed The Germans To Operate Their U-Boats From A Base In Northern Russia,Near Murmansk….



    To Sink The Atlantic Convoys.






    Usual Lies And Smears From The “Foghorn Of Cambuslang”….



    We Did Not Link ANY Articles Regarding The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan….



    Which Formed The Blueprint For The Marxist-Globalist European Union…



    SFTB…In His Usual Deceitful Manner..



    Looked For A Reference To Coudenhove Kalergi Plan….



    In The Most EXTREME Ultra Right Web-Site He Could Find….



    Depriving Himself Of (Much-Needed) Beauty Sleep….



    Why Not Just Like A Wikipedia Article On The Coudenhove Kalergi Plan…!



    Anyways..We Are LEAVING TODAY….!!!!






    Throw Those Fedoras Skywards…






    By The Way…..SFTB






    Well, We Didn’t Need The W*shington Post To Inform Us….



    Even Ernie KNEW…! ;-)








    Very good.



    Glad to know The Pope didnae have a rubber on him,mind…


    Murmansk,to target Atlantic convoys?



    Helluva long way for a shortcut.

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    Pouring with rain here in Bowness on Windermere, so a day on the boats and every boat has a bar :0)

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THE DONALD on 29TH MARCH 2017 11:43 AM



    Thanks for that , Donald.


    Wasn`t aware of the U boat link to Murmansk.



    My Tim antennae for rank distortion of fact still rankle ( Mixed metaphor :-) )


    Cannae , as they say , hack it.



    Two mins to Brexit.


    May God bless her and all who sail in her.

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Wilhelmshaven was heavily chaperoned.


    They never used it though,did they?



    It was totally unsuitable,and Germany and Russia knew that.



    Early case of gesture politics,right up your street.

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