Uefa safety regrets while Scottish football remains blind


Celtic have a healthy record at Tynecastle.  We lost Ange Postecoglou’s first league game there, in July 2021.  Three years before that we lost there in the second game of the season and famously, our record 69 game unbeaten run in domestic football ended there in 2017.  Those games aside, we have won 16 of 17 visits there, a run that goes way back to when Neil Lennon was under pressure from the new Craig Whyte regime across the city.

Still, our games there are usually tight.  In our last six visits we have only won by more than a single goal once (0-2).  Our visit there earlier this season could be described as heroically tight.  The Scottish Cup draw, which sees us away to Hearts next month, could scarcely be tougher.

In our favour, we have them at Celtic Park a few days before the cup tie.  It will be an opportunity to use our football investments to best effect, put them through a strenuous test, making the most of our depth of squad.  They may be able to compete well at Celtic Park, but doing so will take a toll.

In other times we would focus on the league but our glut of trebles still overhangs the consciousness of Scottish football.  Few trophies escape Celtic, making every trophy more valuable, including to Celtic.

It is unlike football to quickly get to the point and accept responsibility, but Uefa did just that in their report into the serious safety failings at the Champions League final last year between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The leaked report laid primary responsibility for the danger on Uefa itself, while the Paris police and French government were also condemned.  If risk to life can still happen when the world’s media are there, broadcasting every second, it can happen anywhere.

Scottish football mostly feels safe, unless you are part of a kettled few hundred, boxed in by horses, or with bottles raining down on you.  Complacency shown on these matters when we visit Ibrox is a disgrace.

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  1. Rintimtim



    I don’t support the SNP but i did like Sturgeon’s ‘cult of personality’ style, like my heroes, Stalin and Putin

  2. Has anyone other than Kyogo scored a cup final goal where no-one watching on TV couldn’t see it?

  3. SCULLYBHOY on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 3:46 PM



    Have you spoken to any woman that were offended by it? I seen women applauding it at the game and my better half, who doesn’t bother much with football, had a laugh and thought it was quite apt.

  4. garygillespieshamstring on

    Isn’t the correct collective noun usage a “bunch of fannies” or “a shower of pricks” ?

  5. Agree with many that the pathetic Douglas Ross banner served few Celtic supporters well.



    I am not sure what the objective was other than to show they are a bunch of attention seeking folks who just want to show they can make the club look stupid whenever they want to.



    For me a reduction of the allocation of away and final tickets giving more to those currently not getting their privileges might make good sense for our custodians.

  6. Scullybhoy – Couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on the banner. It was an embarrassment to our club. The use of the C word was solely to satisfy the attention seekers who put it together.

  7. TONYROME on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 7:38 PM



    Cracking tune.



    Unfortunately it’s not me travelling over, it’s BRRB other Brian mucker.



    I’ve not seen this before, however, magic wee 4mins, the ‘Jungle’s Last Stand’






    Defo, of tae ‘ma cot. :)

  8. The fact that no one will type out the ‘c’ word on here says everything – no swearies- it’s crass and vulgar

  9. I suppose all those that object to the banner could always make their own and unfurl it on Saturday … I suggest ..




    Douglas Ross is not a **** , he’s a very naughty boy





  10. i wont type the c work because the blog doesnt allow it, oneof the few rules to respect.



    my wife, with no political interest at all, when saying the banner said, quite childish, and who even is he ?



    upon watching his comments on tv tonight she regrouped and said “he is isnt he”.

  11. !!BADA BING!! on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 8:07 PM


    Raquel Welch RIP



    no way no way no way, that is gut wrenching.



    we spoke at the club on friday about your heros starting to pass with time not early, and its terrible for me terrry hall , frank mcgarvey, robbie coltrane, pele, now raquel, that fair took the wind out my sails.

  12. The Green Brigade trying to be clever using a word of Germanic root, maybe Old Norse which is why it is so prevalent in Dublin. Don’t think it has Gaelic roots though there is a possible Latin influence. What was wrong with using the local Glasgow vernacular, would have been a whole lot funnier. This is what happens when you follow student leaders!




  13. “UNCLE JIMMY on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 4:45 PM


    No new article today?


    Hope Paul67 hasn’t been banned”



    Excellent :-)))))

  14. `Raquel Welch RIP`



    Many well known people who meant much more to me than Raquel ever did have died but hearing of her death somehow touched me more than the passing of my `local heroes`.

  15. I remember the TV reviewer, Jim Black, in the Evening Times, reviewing a TV special in the 70’s where Racquel Welch was singing, an activity which was not her primary skill. The producer decided to double track her voice to improve the quality.



    Jim’s comment on this was- “what a lovely pair…….of voices she’s got”



    As a young adolescent I thought this was a cracking line. I still do

  16. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Well played today, John Higgins.



    You’re a Celt who deserves to be supported, every match you play, by the idiots who post here.



    Good luck as you continue in the Welsh Open 2023. There will be Celtic fans cheering you tomorrow or Friday, every day you play.