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. I’m so pleased for hibs. But as soon as the fans went onto the pitch the Huns were bound to follow.




  2. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Why don’t the huns just f##k off tae their rat infested


    hovels,yees have been pumped nae f##k aff.

  3. saltires en sevilla on

    Interesting how boys in blue line up horses to face hibees



    When they should clear the 300 chelski fans off the field

  4. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Queen Elizabeth the Second, Kaiser Willhem, King William of Orange, BFDJ, Walter Naesurname, Dave King, Sally McCoist, Kenny MacCaskill……………………………………….



    ………………… Your boys took a helluva beating.



    Hahahahahahahahaha maaaaaaaagic :))))))))))))))))))))

  5. kevinlasvegas on

    All they have is their hate, The bears cupboard is bare.








  6. Neustadt-Braw on

    Laugh….I almost paid my water bill…….



    Gun resorting to their shameful ways……







  7. Snake Plissken on

    Hibs fans on the pitch like Wembley 1977.



    Sevco fans on the park as well – why?



    1980 all over again?



    No way.

  8. AuroraBorealis79 on

    This is what the Scottish authorities deserve for ignoring all the Sectarian chanting for the last 5 years. They are accountable if anyone suffers a serious injury.



    Nice how the BBC cuts away as soon as the Billy Boys begins echoing around the stadium

  9. An Teach Solais on

    Crowds on the pitch. What will poor Nicola do now? Will it be described as a shame game.


    Snivelling Nevin trying to excuse it.

  10. Some Huns are on the pitch – they think it’s all over……………


    ……….. it is now after 114 years!!!

  11. Hibs fans deserve to be on the pitch. 114 years of waiting.



    The Rangers fans have only been waiting 4 years.

  12. SFA Newsflash



    Following Shocking conduct of Hibs fans after game we have decided


    to award cup and european place to the teddy bears


    Well,that just proves that the team in the final today are Rangers.



    Huns,now,huns forever,it dreeeps outa them.

  14. The habit of 114 years broken against the Monkeys who can’t break a habit of 300 years.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    Is that KevJ on the pitch, leading the Hibs fans chasing the huns all over Hampden? :-)


    Sunshine on Leith!

  16. Hope the OBAF act is repealed before all those Hibees are corralled through the courts.



    Griff, where are you?

  17. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    You heard it hear first!?


    Yeehah! Well done the Hibees! Surely their fans can be given a pass for invading the pitch given the 114 year wait.



    I’ll be up in Leith over the weekend visiting my daughter. I think they’ll still be celebrating.

  18. saltires en sevilla on

    Hibees led to victory by a Dublin Celt



    Ooooohhh that will really get it right up thems



    I cannot believe how well Stokesy played today



    Top of his game and looking lean ( ishhh)

  19. Don’t think I could be any happier if Celtic won it. Get it right up ye, Hun C*nts.

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