We are Celtic, ambition


On Thursday I wrote Brendan Rodgers ‘will be a remarkable signing’.  One day after the event, it feels very remarkable.  Some found it so remarkable they have attempted a smile for the first time since Artmedia took the lead.  I’ve even spoken to Newco fans who were engaged by the appointment.  The aphorism, a rising tide lifts all boats, feels apt.

Some weeks ago I heard Peter Lawwell talk about the difficulty of landing a top tier manager in our current environment, however, he finished with a positive “But we are Celtic”.  People want to come here; managers, players, even tourists.  For all the Scottish game’s limits, we are Celtic, let’s not forget.

We’ve used some of that cachet to bring people to the game.  There will be more cameras, more reporters, more international media, more TV viewers and many more glutes on seats next season.  This will reflect on all.

Our media rights are worth more today than they were a week ago.  Consider for a moment how Dafabet and Magners view yesterday’s news?  For all they knew when they signed their shirt deals, we could have had Owen Coyle in charge next season, unless his auntie told them otherwise [an old CQN in-joke].

I’m pleased to hear so many comments that this is a sign of ambition, although ambition is always more nuanced than it appears.  Ambition every year is to win the league and qualify for the Champions League, that’s always the plan, whether it happens, or if it’s only half achieved.  Hopefully the ambition is loaded with a little authority this summer.

Sannabhoy asked me to pass on these comments on behalf of the Kano Foundation to the CQN community:

“To round the season off the Kano Foundation had a visit from Almore to present us with a donation from the Dublin 1916 CQN gathering on Sunday for the sum of £580.

“As you know, this event, to commemorate the Easter rising of 1916, was organised by CQNers Almore and ClogherCelt, and featured 30 CQN members among the 70 scots who travelled over to join the 120 locals at the festivities.  A brilliant time was had by all (just to rub it in to the absentees).

“Brian Ainslie, trustee, is pictured here receiving the cheque from Almore and Delaney’s Dunky.
Kano cheque
“On behalf of The Kano Foundation it gives us great pride and pleasure to accept this fantastic donation.  We appreciate the numerous good causes that are out there and to be beneficiaries of this, and the historically significant events it commemorates, is humbling and makes the efforts of the patrons, ambassadors, volunteers and trustees worthwhile.

“To Martin Connor and Alan Curran, who organised it, we’d just like to say, on behalf of the almost 5000 kids we have taken to Celtic Park, thank you very much.  Without support like yours we couldn’t continue to do this. Hail Hail.

“On that note, I’m away for a kip until next season – I’ll need it – we can take 2000 kids next year . HELP!!”

What a stunning community you are.  Well done.

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    The young fella in PP was under pressure as I asked him for that price.



    Couldnae find it but said he would trust me,up to me to prove it was available.



    Bittia q behind me,so happy to argue wi PP.




  2. Potentially there are around a dozen or more first team players who can be moved on. Freeing up a significant amount of wages for Brendan to attract the 3 or 4 quality players needed.



    Blackett, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Boyata, Ambrose, Forrest, Johanssen, Mackay Steven, Scepovic, Cifti, and Cole all seem the most obvious of choices to depart the club, they have either had their time at the club or are just not good enough to take us forward.



    Moving these players on would leave us with a young, hungry squad with the exceptions of Commons, Lustig, Brown & Bitton.



    Add 3 or 4 real quality signings to the squad that remains and under Brendan we could turn into a formidable outfit.

  3. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on



    I’m going to go against all current thinking and against my own usual instincts and predict that the men from Leith will prevail by 3-1 today.





  4. Catman


    You’re not wrong. Definitely a dream team if he can persuade him.


    Keep them coming



  5. !!Bada Bing!! on 21st May 2016 2:35 pm



    Are Hibs that good,that they can leave Henderson on the bench?




    I was in Hamburg watched the Hearts v Hibs cup game and all the Hibees there weren’t very complementary to Henderson. And these guys are season ticket holders.



    Henderson has talent, but if honest I can’t see him making the top level


    Ooooops,above for SALTIRESINSEVILLA.




    The perils of posting as you jostle at the bar.

  7. saltires en sevilla on




    Hope yours comes in buddy



    Btw Did you get txt I sent during the week… My new number?

  8. leftclicktic on



    Ya multi tasker ye :)))))))))))))))


    I can see yon s+++e McClean doing whatever it takes ,


    cant see Hibs finishing with 11 men


    hope im wrorng though as I have been often before.

  9. leftclicktic on

    Till later all


    what channel is the Man U game on later as my tell is aff tae after 5

  10. Burgas Hoops on

    Surely……………………………..the flag take’erdooners are due a win at hampdump???????



    probably no !!!

  11. saltires en sevilla on

    You’re not ranger anymore’ rings out from Hampden



    Sevco can look forward to that chant . a lot








    You might have sent it to my old number!






    Ask PEDROCARAVANACHO67 to pass it on,please.

  13. I’m about to watch the Scottish Cup Final. I think I’ve watched every Scottish Cup Final since they were first televised live (1976?). I have decided that for this year’s final I shall be supporting Hibs. I will keep you all updated on the score. I may also comment on any otehr particularly notable events.



    Alan Stubbs’ tie is very bright!

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Your long suffering fans deserve better.



    Today`s the day.



    Just dae it.



    `Mon the HIbees.

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Catman on 21st May 2016 1:40 pm


    Im hearing that Brendan is trying to persuade Stevie Clarke to come as his assistant.




    Could be a good move if it’s true.


    Been hearing various names bandied about – mostly guys with a similar philosophy to BR. Think it might be better to get someone a bit different. Steve Clarke would be better on the defensive side.

  16. Our new boss will get the men in he needs to make a team . I only hope one or two of them are hardmen , to protect our good young kids . Don’t know if you can get a bet on a Hun penalty today . But if it’s allowed , they will get one , so you punters fill your boots

  17. Just thinking Ronny had a very good pre-season and everything was going screamingly well in the Champions League and was looking good particularly after a great performance in that tricky away fixture against Quarabag a team who had taken some big scalps and played in scorching heat. Celtic looked to be on the way to the group stages of the CL until we conceded that fatal second goal against Malmo at Celtic Park and the dreadful performance in the away leg everything went downhill for Ronny after that.

  18. “We will pullout all the stops to end 114 years of hurt and stop The Rangers from winning the first Scottish Cup in their history”




    A. Stokes





    Remember my text,mate. Look at yer Wee Sean sleeping and dreaming.



    Dreaming of what Brendan can bring us.



    Remember what it was like when Jock,our era and our hero,brought us the world.



    Back The Man,he can take us to new places,just like we’ve been before(!)



    Back The Man,he can take us back to where we should always have been.

  20. saltires en sevilla on




    Bmcuw – your chances of a penalty miss just went up’



    I’ll ask BT don’t have Pedros number








    July7 next year I think



    Keep yer diary free



    They fancy your place for the honeymoon.

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