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Today we remember why Celtic started

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You asked for it, many of you campaigned for it.  All of you debated it, expressed a view on it and now your wish has been granted.  The SPL voted 10-1 against parachuting Sevco into the league next season, with only Sevco itself voting for, and the Loyal Resisters abstaining.

Our fellow SPL clubs have spoken “unequivocally”, as have their fans.  To be fair to fans of former club, Rangers, many of them wanted no part in this shoddy arrangement.

Having won the argument we must now win the future.  As Celtic said in their statement yesterday:

“During Celtic’s long and illustrious 125-year history, there have been periods of difficulty.  At these times, our supporters have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the Club.  We need our supporters to be with us now, more than ever.

“We know our own supporters will be acutely aware of the significant challenges that lie ahead.  We enter next season as Champions of Scotland and look ahead to retaining our title and to making an impact in a European context.  We know how difficult this will be and we call on our supporters to join us in tackling these challenges, to take their place at Celtic Park, to invest in the Club and to continue to give us the kind of support for which they are renowned.”

The call has been made.  Now, more than any time apart from when Fergus issued a similar call in 1994, you need to step forward and buy a season ticket for the champions and only club in Scotland who have played their entire history in top flight football.

The important debate isn’t about Newco anymore, it’s now about Celtic.

I’ve read the doom and scaremongering this morning, some of which is downright inappropriate.  The grassroots fans who raised their voices and brought about this situation now have a responsibility to ensure our common future is successful.

There are many desperate for all or some of the 10 clubs who voted No yesterday to fail.  We have to ensure all succeed.  The forward plan for Celtic has to be a forward plan for Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hibs, Hearts, Motherwell and the rest.

All of these teams need a solution which allows them play competitive football in front of packed stadiums and to retain the talent they develop well into maturity.  Any plan which does not aim for this will fail.

If we achieve this, yesterday’s vote will be the day foundations were laid for a stunning sporting achievement.

More later.

I don’t need to tell any of you about Oscar Knox, the three-year-old who is currently going through chemotherapy.  We have all been touched by his photographs and TV appearance, while his dad has kept us up to date on the blog.

If you think our football club is worth stepping forward for, I make no apologies for asking you to dig deep twice today and remember why the entire Celtic project started.  Take a read at Oscar’s blog and get involved.

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  1. Subterranean on

    In an act of extreme bravado, Dick Byrne once broke a microphone stand as the front man of a band called the Modren Lovers. They were rubbish. Ask anyone who saw them at the Ole Burns Howff.

     

     

    Chris

     

    RadioOnCSC

  2. rodow1 on 5 July, 2012 at 10:52 said:

     

    podium?

     

     

    share on F’book or Twitter

     

     

     

    Beat me to it lol.

  3. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 2

     

     

    Football with become much more family orientated. A cleaner, fresher SPL. A general aura of goodwill will ensue. Laid to rest will be the We-arrapeepul supremacist mantra. Families will attend games with out fear.

  4. philvisreturns on

    Re: the “Marco Negri interview”.

     

     

    It’s a hoax. One of the guys on Celticminded wrote it for lulz a few years ago. (thumbsup)

  5. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 3

     

     

    Our member clubs no longer will feel the need to push the boat out into financially risqué waters. The futures of Scottish football’s honest clubs can look forward to a new dawn of living within their means and long term security.

  6. Hector Avocado on

    Paul67

     

    You are congratulated along with other bampots, who keep the light on the problems we face. Well done.

     

    A wee humble monetary thank you coming your way to help with your running costs.

  7. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 4

     

     

    Referee/match officials will remember why they came into this business. The love of the game. The integrity, the honesty. The opportunity to be an official without looking over your shoulder or being concerned that you are not ‘the right stuff’ for a career at the SFA.

  8. Estadio Nacional on

    Maybe Im missing something but how will Celtic earn significantly less in a league without the defuncters?

     

     

    TV contract the same?

     

     

    Advertising/Sponsorship the same?

     

     

    Right good chance of Champions League football.

     

     

    Possibility of two less full houses next season the only negative I can see.

     

     

     

    I liked what Peter Lawwell said last night but stop faffing about, get Riquelme and a big heid the baw striker in pronto.

  9. Excellent article Paul67

     

     

    and perfectly timed aswell, can we sense a much better HOPE at least, for a brighter future for ALL of scottish football??

     

     

    I certainly think so and am delighted now more than ever that I have my season ticket for paradise Jock Stein lower (all be it a shared one) for this coming season

     

     

    Also well done with the continual advertising of the ‘Wee Oscar’ appeal, our jar at home is filling nicely, especially as my 9 year old Bhoy has already emptied his piggy bank in and taken up the mantle of telling anybody willing to listen what the money in the jar is going towards

     

     

    Hail Hail and bring on the Stone Roses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 5

     

     

     

    That sickening feeling when Celtic have dropped points will not be so bad

  11. Great article Paul. We must all focus on Celtic now. I also think we are in a far better position now to change leagues as I fear that Scottish football will never recover from the Hun scandal. We will win the SPL by around 30 points this season and probably will do so for the forseeable future. Such a scenario makes the league facile in the extreme . There can be no other league in the world where this pertains and even in the short term is not viable. Can there be any competition of any sort in the world where the odds of the favourite is 33/1 on before the competition begins. Scottish football has been destroyed by the Huns -we have to get out asap. Surely in these circumsatnces UEFA would consider our transfer to play in the English leagues.

  12. jungle jam67 on

    back to the future………

     

     

    17 weeks since 2 contract investigation started..take your time doncaster

     

     

    24 weeks since FTT case investigation finished….take your time hector

     

     

    in this time ra gers will have been in administration and liquidation

     

    hope the 2 contract investigation is complete before they are liquidated…!!!

     

     

    can just hear doncaster now …..ahhhhhhhhh

     

     

    no punishement as club has been liquidated and no other documents are availible to complete investigation

     

     

    watch this space…..

     

     

    jam67

  13. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 5

     

     

    A new era of Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (restructuring). A surge of respect between us and supporters of other spl clubs. Certainly from us towards others. Perhaps the tired old paranoias and worn out accusations of hunnism directed at any supporter who does not support Celtic can be retired.

     

    The ‘Scotland is the huns’ propaganda eagerly flung around with gay abandon can be retired. (not pointing any elbows KevJungle) Fans throughout Scotland have demonstrated their integrity.

  14. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Nice one Peatthebeat – feel free to add

     

     

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 6

     

     

    A new era of Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (restructuring). A surge of respect between us and supporters of other spl clubs. Certainly from us towards others. Perhaps the tired old paranoias and worn out accusations of hunnism directed at any supporter who does not support Celtic can be retired.

     

    The ‘Scotland is the huns’ propaganda eagerly flung around with gay abandon can be retired. (not pointing any elbows KevJungle) Fans throughout Scotland have demonstrated their integrity.

  15. Is there not more on the inappropriate statement from Regan that Newco will not be allowed to enter div 3 and that if the FL clubs do not let them enter Div1 then SPL2 will definitely be set up. This is from the head of SFA and he says it is their responsibility to do this for the greater good of the Scottish game! If the SFA are in cahoots with the SPL to protect the SPL (and lets be straight that’s all they would be protecting as the income loss to the lower teams would be a negligible ratio in comparison to the SPL teams) then what chance has sporting integrity. I am surprised this is not getting more attention than Mr Doncaster trying to shoehorn Sevco into the SPL (at least he was doing his job right in trying to protect the income of the SPL) as this to me is a total dereliction of duty towards the rest of the football league clubs and their wishes for the game.

     

     

    Can someone please fill me in on why this is not the biggest story since Rangers Admins sold the assets for only 5.5m?

     

     

     

    HH Dino

  16. Henriks Sombrero on

    ha ha ha ha

     

     

    pedroblue

     

    FF Squad Member Join Date: 17-01-2007

     

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    Re: Pre-Season in Germany Cancelled

     

     

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    get a tour of northern ireland sorted asap

  17. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon on 5 July, 2012 at 11:16 said:

     

    There must be a few Celtic youngsters who would benefit from some SPL game time this season. Could we see a few loan deals completed soon?

     

     

    Or better still SFL1 if what the SFA hope to happen comes to pass. Would be good to see a de-facto Celtic youth side hammer some further nails into the coffin of Sevco.

     

     

    Mort

  18. Paul

     

     

    Regan is making a one man attempt to ruin what is left of our game. Who is going to invest, other than the fans, when Rev IM Jolly thinks we are doomed?

  19. jock steins celtic on

    on the back of ‘fan power’ preventing NewCoHun entering the SPL it would be good to see some sort of ‘support your team’ initiative across the whole of Scotland and across all leagues.

  20. Morning from a hun and newco free SPL.

     

    This may have already been asked.

     

    Now that newco has applied to the SFL.

     

    Im assuming this is also open to any other team who wants to apply.

     

    So can Spartans, Linlithgow Rose, Cove Rangers or any other club who wishes now apply also.

     

    Or have newco been invited to apply so in reality its a closed application.

     

     

    Down With the Gates!!

  21. Henriks Sombrero on

    Get used to it huns…

     

     

    supergers07

     

    W.A.T.P Join Date: 18-06-2007

     

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    Re: The Ramsdens Cup

     

     

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    I think they’ll expect us to play it.

     

     

    and I think Ally would as well. We need all the income and sponsorship we can get.

     

     

    Brechin away I think?? (should dundee go up)

  22. emusanorphan on

    I will be quite happy if we don’t sign anymore players. Even sell one or two. Go with what we’ve got. Give the young players who have performed so admirably, their opportunities. McGeoch, Watt, Stewart, Chalmers and hopefully by the New Year, a fit again Paul George. Let’s face it, we all love seeing one of our own make the breakthrough.” All we are saying, is give youth a chance”! Altogether now……

  23. Would the SFA not be better doing what they are paid to do which is run Scottish Football rather than spend all their time and energy trying to save a team which has already died owing millions and millions..

     

     

    Reganomics will not help Scottish Football one bit…

     

     

    Can anyone jog my memory and remind me what the Crown Prosecutions Office set in motion last week, Strathclyde Police to investigate??

     

     

    Stewart you should have stuck with the winners, the well run clubs who understand the nature of the problems facing the game up here instead you choose and choose badly time after time following a broken model set up by Campbell ogilvie and his cronies.

     

     

    Good luck in your next job..

  24. Hector Avocado on

    emusanorphan on 5 July, 2012 at 11:24 said:

     

     

    I agree, but with the caveat of re-signing players who can be with us for at least 4 years or so.

  25. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Good things about rfc(il) not being in the spl. No. 6

     

     

    A chance for new rivalries to manifest. The only good thing about the 80s (imo) was the competitiveness of Scottish Football. I remember raring on Dundee Utd on the euro travels, Beating barca home and away will live with me as a football memory forever. I remember the excitement and pride at Aberdeen as they put the likes of Bayern munich and real Madrid to the sword. The way we took Hearts seriously. The way we rejoiced as henry dropped the ball (again) as we came from behind to win the semi at Hampden. The Dundee derbys, packed grounds. The New Firm derbies, packed grounds. With a bit of luck and a fair wind this could happen again, with rfc(il) in the SPL

  26. Just logged in so don’t know if this has been flagged up, but after the discussions on here earlier this week about Celtic not coming out with a pre-meeting statement about their position on NewCo, today’s headline right at the top of the front page of the Herald underscores the views of everyone who said Celtic would be blasted by the MSM if they dared to publish their view:

     

     

    CELTIC: WHY WE VOTED RANGERS OUT

     

     

    And they wonder why we’re paranoid?

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