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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  1. Never like it when teams score so early. Confuses initial tactics. Hopefully they are pressing for a second.


    Useless Hun ref,he’ll be barred fae the ludj if he disnae get his finger out.



    My 1987 type bet is running!

  3. CultsBhoy - likes Lawwell back in his box on

    Ridiculous free kick given on edge of Hibs box.. Mib following orders

  4. Hopefully, in years fae noo


    The SCF 2016 will be known


    as the Stokes hunskelping day.


    Please let it be so.

  5. CultsBhoy - likes Lawwell back in his box on

    Would love stokes to win and reveal a Celtic top underneath his Hibs shirt

  6. hankray on 21st May 2016 3:06 pm



    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.




    It’s often forgotten that we won that game 3-2 should’ve been by 3 or 4 goals. 1 goal made all the difference.

  7. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I know who it was nooooooooo…………. :)))))



    LOGAN ate all the pies!!!!!!





    Hahahaha :))))


    Now, that would bring the animals onto the pitch :)



  9. AuroraBorealis79 on



    Would love stokes to win and reveal a Celtic top underneath his Hibs shirt











    I would prefer Hibs to win & the Cranberries, Zombie to belt out over the Tannoy

  10. AURORABOREALIS79 on 21ST MAY 2016 3:24 PM




    LOL :))))


    With wee Dolores O’Riordan presenting the cup :))



  11. Anthony Stokes strikes the post from 25 yards. Best player on the park so far is our Anthony.

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Just turned on the telly to see them score :-( no honest mistakes yet?

  13. Neganon2. 21.5.16



    I can understand to a certain degree about your feelings on the hierarchy at CP. My late Grandfather a wonderful man and my great uncle flax(James Flaherty rest his soul) who used to own the pitch at queen street station selling papers. Both where great celtic men flax even collected the wages for the great Jock Stein rip down at the trongate bank every friday for the players .(flax,grandfather and Jock where good friends).each agreed the politics at CP made them sick,in fact I often heard them say it was orangemen who ran the club hehe. Thats how much they hated it through the70s and 80s yet through all the crap whatever the issues flax, grandfather, and jock continued to take their children and grandchildren to watch the grand old team Celtic. And what a joy it was. My advice if I can humbly offer it in the kindest manner. Take your daughter along to CP and allow her to watch the Celtic, the team the supporters the stadium the occasion wonderful. Im glad I was there. Leave the frustration of politics to them upstairs cos it’ll never change.support the football of the greatest club on earth. That is Celtic. 1986bhoy.

  14. CultsBhoy - likes Lawwell back in his box on

    Stokes playing his way in to Brendan’s thoughts…



    Cummings is like a lot of natural footballers – not as good when he has time to weigh up options much better operating on instinct…

  15. AuroraBorealis79 on

    The Daily Rager must be desperate for Fenian hits as the headlined article “Brendan Rodgers: All the latest from day 2 of the former Liverpool boss landing the Celtic job” has new appeared twice as a new article.



    I guess nobody is biting.

  16. Half Time One All. Hibs could & should be ahead but will probably end up losing again.

  17. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Not a bad game,if Hibs go for broke in the 2nd half


    they might just win,their goalie looks and is a liability


    and the hun defence is there for the taking.

  18. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I just don’t have the words to sufficiently describe my dislike of Kenny Miller.

  19. Hunderbirds are Gone on 21st May 2016 3:49 pm



    I just don’t have the words to sufficiently describe my dislike of Kenny Miller.




    He’s brown and white he’s ……………….. :O)

  20. Snake Plissken on

    Hi folks,



    Not been on for a while, been busy.



    Delighted about Brendan Rodgers. Done a good job elsewhere and the team need someone like him. I think he has a real chance to go far with Celtic.



    As for the game today – still don’t hold out hope for Hibs because they are Hibs but from what I have seen Stokesy is putting on a performance to say he wants to stay with Celtic. He is clearly the best man on the park and can have a future next year.



    International Whisky day today – think I will have a few if Hibs actually win.

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    KevJ Ar La



    Stoksie Clearly Tryin’ Tae Catch The Eye Of Claudio Ranieri..?









    That’s A Keeper !






    With A Face Like His…



    Waghorn Wiz Always Destined Tae Play Fer Sevco….









    C’Mon The Hibbees Hunskelpers…



    Demolition Saturday, Please..




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