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We had a plan, we had Fergus, we had McStay, Collins, Boyd, they have 10 goal Miller

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My brother made the point to me on Saturday, even during our mid-table era in the 90s, we had players like McStay, Collins and Boyd, who would get into any team in the country. We usually had a striker who could boast a better return than 10 goals in all competitions by this stage of the season (the mark Newco’s PotY Kenny Miller has reached), and the Celtic manager would send his team onto the field with some battle in their bellies.

What’s more, Celtic fans had a plan. We had Fergus, he had money, or at least access to money, and the inch of personality he possessed was enough to convince 10,000 to buy shares and put us on the way to several dozen in a row.  Some of us also knew David Murray’s speculate to accumulate strategy would inevitably crash.  So despite the dark decade between Big Billy and Wim the Tim, the forward path was clear.

The Great Anniversary

We are now in May and three weeks away from the Great Anniversary.  Hundreds will travel to Lisbon, thousands will gather at The Hydro.  Television documentaries will air and we will all drink-in the experience.  I truly believe that without Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions catapulting Celtic from four decades of mediocrity to international fame, very little of what we have achieved since would be possible.  Our modern club was built on their shoulders.

Stein and the Lions stood on the land worked on by volunteers, who 70-odd years earlier leveled ground to create a football field, so that funds could be raised to feed the city’s poorest children.  Without that unique creation story, the Lions would never have happened.

Two weeks ago I decided I would run the Stirling Marathon on 21st of this month, in aid of the Celtic Foundation.  I’ve done ‘the half’ twice before but never gone beyond that.  I suspect the decision was part midlife crisis (story for another day), but I needed to mark one of the biggest influences in all our lives with a  significant act.  This is it.  It will put me in touch with why I’m a Celtic supporter, why I started this blog and mark a turn in my life.

Use this Great Anniversary to get in touch with lots of things we take for granted.  We will never have another opportunity like it.  And if you can’t run a marathon, you can support the Foundation at the page I’ve setup for this purpose, as well as putting some bounce in my shoes on the day.

Thank you.

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  1. Armstrong, Dembele, Sinclair and Jonny Hayes are the nominees for player of the year.

     

     

    Jonny Hayes? Eh?

     

     

    An insult that it isn’t 4 Celtic players.

  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    BSR

     

     

    Done Stuart Armstrong, slipped the entire length of the pitch right into the dressing room and straight into that sharp pinstripe suit he wears on a saturday night, when he is oot fighting bams wi his wife:)

     

     

    HH

  3. The Green Jedi on

    Jonny Hayes? jesus wept

     

     

    for Young Player of The Year have Sevco given up the ghost of getting £6m for the wonder kidd Barrie McKay, seems so as he certainly didn’t feature against us in the last two games that’s for sure!!

  4. 67 European Cup Winners on

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 2ND MAY 2017 2:59 PM

     

    Slow Tuesdays

     

     

    Please don’t feel that you need a slow news day to post such Works of Art

     

    I for one will read all your posts

     

    Delicious

     

     

     

    67ECW

  5. ernie lynch on

    CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 2ND MAY 2017 3:11 PM

     

    Ernie..,

     

     

    Whyte was doing his due diligence at the time so documents would have been available unless witheld

     

     

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    This stuff will have been uncovered by Whyte’s solicitors as part of their trial preparation. Nothing to do with Whyte’s clandestine use of his Boys Own Espionage Kit.

  6. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Davidopoulous

     

     

    Total liberty.

     

    Johnny Hayes…couldnae cross the road withoot falling on his a***

     

    Insult indeed.

     

     

    HH

  7. BABASONICOS71 on

    So POTY nominees are Celtic players and an Irishman.Good TIMes. ;)

     

     

    SILVERLININGScsc

  8. TGM

     

     

    The ‘Gers captain” player manager by Christmas – whatta guy…………… “he’s even got two mobile phones”

     

     

    The Daily Record CSC

  9. The Green Jedi on 2nd May 2017 3:19 pm

     

     

    Jonny Hayes? jesus wept

     

     

     

    for Young Player of The Year have Sevco given up the ghost of getting £6m for the wonder kidd Barrie McKay, seems so as he certainly didn’t feature against us in the last two games that’s for sure!!

     

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    It’s funny that Pedro hasn’t selected Barrie the superstar. It’s almost as if European style managers expect their wingers to create goals and occassionally score a few…

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Ernie..,

     

    nothing clandestine about due diligence

  11. ernie lynch on

    CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 2ND MAY 2017 3:26 PM

     

    Ernie..,

     

     

    nothing clandestine about due diligence

     

     

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    This stuff was unearthed by the defence solicitors, nothing to do with due diligence.

  12. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    BSR

     

     

    The Wolf of Wall St…er Ibrox:)

     

    I expect the BBC to give him his own show.

     

    Jonathon Ross type chat show….you can imagine the guests.

     

    KM: A warm welcome ladies and gentleman for the one and only, ra bomber himsel….john broon:)

     

     

    HH

  13. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 2ND MAY 2017 3:16 PM

     

     

    NAT

     

     

    Need a statto but SMSM are still busy with ‘biggest ever win against Rangers away’ myth.

     

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    :-)))))

     

     

    In Ye Olden Days songs were often used as a way of transmitting historical events…

  14. I’m looking for a link to the coverage of the whole game, grateful if anyone can help. I was away for the weekend and although I saw most of the game between two bars, one in Newtonmore and one in Kingussie, like many others I usually replay the game several times during the week, keeps my perma smile intact.

     

     

    HH

  15. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Davidopoulos

     

     

    He is posted missing that often, that half the time they dont notice, that he isnt on the park,… he is still tucked up in bed snoring:)

     

    Especially against sevco:)

     

     

     

    HH

  16. ernie lynch on

    CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 2ND MAY 2017 3:30 PM

     

    Ernie..,

     

     

    you know that how ?

     

     

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    Because due diligence does not allow one access to an email exchange between two employees of Lloyds Bank.

  17. Johnny hay , is a fair wee player . ( just not good enough for the hoops ) but he gets the celtic . He wouldn’t be adverse to pulling on the hoops . But we should be setting our sights on IMPROVING our team for a longer run in Europe . We have been super this season . Swept all before us up here , but as we know ended up bottom of the pile in our CL section , I hope this doesn’t sound ungrateful with what we have watched this season , as who wouldn’t want an outfit like ours . But always room for improvement . In Brendan we trust .

  18. DAVIDOPOULOS on 2ND MAY 2017 3:32 PM

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    Did I just hear someone strum a lute?

     

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    Are you near AyeBrokes? Most likely a banjo…

     

     

    :-))))

  19. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Ernie..,

     

    was one of those employees on the rangers board ? employed by rangers ?

  20. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 2ND MAY 2017 3:35 PM

     

     

    The Blue Knights that say Ni…………

     

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    Ni?? Naw! Shirley?

  21. Prioirities for the summer:

     

     

    1. A new deal for Stuart Armstrong

     

    2. A new deal for Jozo

     

    3. Permanent signing of Paddy Roberts

     

     

    I’d be delighted with that and the promotion of Calvin Miller to the first team squad as a back up to both Sinclair and Tierney.

  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 27s28 seconds ago

     

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    Findlay: “The image conscious Lloyd’s bank”

     

    Shankd” “All about managing our exposure to the club”

     

    Findlay “It always comes down to that”

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 3m3 minutes ago

     

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    Shanks agrees Murray knew there was no guarantee on spending.

     

    Findlay “No-one cared because it was just going to fall on him.”

     

    0 replies . 7 retweets 5 likes

     

    Reply Retweet 7

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 4m4 minutes ago

     

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    Findlay “All the wotsit would fall on his [Whyte’s] head not the banks. Murray knew there were no guarantees”

     

    Shanks “Correct”

     

    0 replies . 12 retweets 10 likes

     

    Reply Retweet 12

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 7m7 minutes ago

     

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    Email “If Craig does not put in the cash he will be hounded by the fans, not Murray”

     

    Findlay “what does that have to do with the bank?”

     

    3 replies . 20 retweets 10 likes

     

    Reply 3 Retweet 20

     

    Like 10

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 9m9 minutes ago

     

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    Replying to @jamesdoleman

     

    Findlay “This was the mess Mr Whyte was going into

     

    2/2

     

    7 replies . 17 retweets 13 likes

     

    Reply 7 Retweet 17

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 9m9 minutes ago

     

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    Findlay “The bank was going to the media to protect its image”?

     

    Shanks “We didn’t trust the Rangers board”

     

    1/2

     

    5 replies . 27 retweets 13 likes

     

    Reply 5 Retweet 27

     

    Like 13

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 11m11 minutes ago

     

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    Email continues “Been in contact with a few selected journalists yesterday.. attention turned away from BMG board”

     

    2 replies . 15 retweets 10 likes

     

    Reply 2 Retweet 15

     

    Like 10

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 12m12 minutes ago

     

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    Email continues on Martin Bain;

     

    “I’m sure the Rangers fans would be interested in what he’d been up to when club in financial difficulties ”

     

    7 replies . 21 retweets 16 likes

     

    Reply 7 Retweet 21

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 14m14 minutes ago

     

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    Email “Martin Bain has sent letter to board asking for £1m to go” adds “we believe contract is invalid as never ratified by board”

     

    1 reply . 17 retweets 7 likes

     

    Reply 1 Retweet 17

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 15m15 minutes ago

     

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    Findlay compares Rangers board as “Turkeys voting for Christmas”

     

    “Yes, Shanks replies’

     

    8 replies . 25 retweets 17 likes

     

    Reply 8 Retweet 25

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 18m18 minutes ago

     

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    Shanks says a threat to withdraw banking facilities if Craig Whyte deal not done “was leverage’

     

    1 reply . 13 retweets 6 likes

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 22m22 minutes ago

     

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    Findlay “You didn’t want the bad publicity”

     

    Shanks “There was bad publicity around this all the time”

     

    #WhyteTrial

     

    5 replies . 9 retweets 7 likes

     

    Reply 5 Retweet 9

     

    Like 7

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 23m23 minutes ago

     

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    Email continues, if “Craig” pulled out of deal it would “leave us in very exposed position…. administration as a very real possibility”

     

    5 replies . 34 retweets 23 likes

     

    Reply 5 Retweet 34

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 26m26 minutes ago

     

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    Shanks says bank would have considered an EGM to replace “characters” on the board

     

    1 reply . 11 retweets 9 likes

     

    Reply 1 Retweet 11

     

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    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 27m27 minutes ago

     

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    Replying to @jamesdoleman

     

    Adds the PR consequences would be negative “particularly in Scotland” mentions board changes

     

    Shanks “characters on board becoming difficult

     

    0 replies . 11 retweets 5 likes

     

    Reply Retweet 11

     

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  23. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    This hun case is a bit like this.

     

     

    ” and you know absolutely nothing about these financial problems, is that correct?

     

     

    “Yes, thats correct, i know absolutely nothing about these financial problems:)

     

     

    HH

  24. ernie lynch on

    CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 2ND MAY 2017 3:38 PM

     

    Ernie..,

     

     

    was one of those employees on the rangers board ? employed by rangers ?

     

     

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    No.

  25. DAVIDOPOULOS on 2ND MAY 2017 3:40 PM

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    Even the banjo requires a level of dexterity that would be too much for their scraped knuckles

     

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    Fair point. Thumping tubs seems to be their level

  26. ernie lynch on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 6m6 minutes ago

     

    More

     

    Findlay “None of you gave a thought to the institution that was Rangers Football Club, nobody cared.”

     

     

     

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    Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.

  27. ‘Two Canadian soldiers knocked on the front door of Ibrox late one evening. The door was opened by The Rangers manager Bill Struth who was told by the soldiers that they were going off to war and asked if they could have a blade of grass from their beloved Ibrox as a keepsake. The Great man Struth is said to have told them to make sure and bring it back safely although sadly they never returned.’

     

     

    Tales from the Crypt CSC

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