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When the news comes, remember the struggles of getting here

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John Greig said his biggest regret in football was being handed the European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in a dressing room and not in front of fans.  What should have been an iconic moment, with images forever displayed on walls, was little more than an afterthought.

Chances are, at some point today, you, me, Neil Lennon, Scott Brown and the rest of the players will receive a text message, “9 in a row, official”, we will do our best to celebrate the moment, but it should not have been like this.  The occasion had the making of our most endearing memories as Celtic supporters, and for that, there is regret, we missed out.  For once only, Scott Brown will know how John Greig felt.

Nine-in-a-row has been filled with fabulous memories created by some of the greatest ever Celtic teams.  For me, it started as we followed the live within our means strategy I always held dear, while ominously acknowledging the threat of four-in-a-row from the spendaholics.

When we were three goals down at Rugby Park in October 2011 that threat felt all too real.  Without a double from Anthony Stokes and a third from Charlie Mulgrew, or even Paul Heffernan’s open goal chance to win the game for the home side on 88 minutes, so much of what followed could have been different.

It took over eight years for that feeling of doom to return.  Our domination was never in threat, but history was.  29 December 2019 will remain in Celtic fans’ memory for longer than it probably deserves.  That was the date a feeling that we might be in trouble returned.  We have every chance of winning our fourth consecutive treble and you would not be against us doing the same again next season, but although we didn’t know it at the time, the title destiny was out of our hands after the players left Celtic Park on the end of a 1-2 defeat.

A lot of CQN’ers who were here for the start of this run are no longer with us.  I made an offhand comment to one of that number in 2012, saying, ‘Celtic will never lose another league title in your lifetime’.  I regretted this, as it was meant as a flippant take on our comparative position in Scottish football, not on our own mortality.  But here we are, growing older with Celtic’s dominance, if anything, more secure than ever.  That flippant comment remains valid for an untold number of us.

You, your parents or your grandparents may have celebrated a European Cup win and nine-in-a-row first time around, but Celtic’s position in 1974, when we first won nine, was significantly weaker than it is today.  Today, it feels like we are ready to kick on to another level.

When the news comes, remember the struggles of getting here, not just the hard years during the 90s, but the years of loss under ‘prudent’ [solvent]spending plans.  As a Celtic supporter, you suffered the defeats, the lost trophies and their divisive consequences.  You deserve your chance to celebrate nine-in-a-row and a crack at 10 next season.

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  1. Hopefully the lifetime of those who might never see us lose another title will be long, healthy and happy if that comes to pass.

  2. Monday 18th May 2020

     

    LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP AND SPFL SEASON 2019/20 CURTAILED

     

    PREMIERSHIP CLUBS REACH UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT THAT TOP FLIGHT CANNOT BE FINISHED

     

    The SPFL has today announced that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the Board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Ladbrokes Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect.

     

    As with the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two competitions, final season placings have been determined by points per game in league matches played to 13 March 2020 by each club.

     

    The decision means that Celtic are crowned 2019/20 champions and Hearts have been relegated to the Ladbrokes Championship.

  3. SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: “Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation.

     

    “We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters. This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the Board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.

     

    “Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on sporting competitions around the world and the repercussions will be felt for a long time. Scottish Government restrictions and deep concerns for both player and spectator safety left the SPFL with no realistic option but to call the Ladbrokes Premiership now and we thank the Premiership clubs for their support on this decision.”

     

    SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “On Friday, Ladbrokes Premiership clubs expressed their clear and unanimous view that there was no realistic prospect of completing the outstanding fixtures from Season 2019/20. The SPFL Board met this morning and in line with the express agreement of member clubs in April, the Board determined that League Season 2019/20 and the Ladbrokes Premiership be brought to an end.

     

    “This decision now enables us to pay out around £7 million in fees to help clubs stay afloat during this incredibly difficult time. We will begin processing these payments immediately.

     

    “The focus of all those involved in the game will now turn to how we get football up and running again safely as soon as possible. Next season’s Betfred Cup first round group stage is scheduled to begin in mid-July, with coverage from Premier Sports. The 2020/21 League Season in all four of our Divisions is due to commence on 1 August, which coincides with the start of our new and exclusive five-year broadcasting deal with Sky Sports.

     

    “Nobody should be under any illusion as to how complicated and difficult a challenge it will be to return Scottish football to normality. We will be liaising with Government on the best way forward and working to ensure that all of our 42 clubs are playing football again as soon as humanly possible.”

  4. Can’t agree that the destiny of the title was out of our players hands on 29 December.

     

    I believed then, that if the players performed as they were capable of doing, then no-one else could stop us. Not even the Media darlings in Govan.

  5. Great stuff Paul67…

     

     

    Of course we would have preferred a 20+ gap and a packed Celtic Park but no less deserved…they were on the ropes, Gerrard moved from icon to Dud (he’s now back to icon again after their medication) and we’d broken them…

     

     

    As the song goes everyone….”we don’t care what the animals say, what the hell do we care”?….and let it be so. You’re arguing with morons who dont claim previous titles because they weren’t there, even the year they couldn’t get promoted!

     

     

    Now HWG10IAR !!!!

     

     

    A special wee prayer and thought to all those from the site who haven’t made it to this moment since the site kicked off.

  6. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Theres something that the Bhoys want you to knowwwwwwwww……..

     

     

    HH!

  7. Told Yeez lol lol lol !!

     

    THATS THEM TELT !!!!

     

     

    HWG 10IAR. HWG.10IAR. 🍀🍀🍀

     

     

    BYE BYE SEVCO

     

    WE WERE FIRST TO GET THE NINE

     

    WEVE DONE AGAIN AND ITS SO FINE

     

    BYE BYE SEVCO !!

     

     

    HWG 10IAR. HWG 10IAR 🍀🍀🍀

  8. greengray1967 on

    First post in a couple of years and what a day to come back. Too young to have understood let alone celebrate the first 9iar, today will be remembered for a long long time. A bottle of Hennessy XO is finally going to get opened shortly after 2 years in storage in anticipation of today. Enjoy today everyone and Greengray is back!!!!

     

    Hail Hail

  9. Congratulations to the players management and backroom teams for another 9 in a row, took Sky ages to put it up as breaking news and no comment for the Norn Irish newsreader, their pain is palpable.

     

    Hope the fans have a great time celebrating this achievement.

  10. Time for an investigation into

     

    How Sevco got or are getting a licence to play in Europe

     

    No accounts, and not meeting FFP rules

  11. Get on yer bikes and sticker Scotland !!

     

    That’s how we’re gonnae celebrate !

     

    A champions 9IAR Sticker will be appearing near you SOON !!

     

     

    HWG 10IAR. HWG. 10IAR. 🍀🍀🍀

  12. Broonie & Lenny

     

     

    9 in a row LEGENDS

     

     

    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 * 2

  13. leftclicktic on

    Tell all the Huns you know it’s a unanimous 9in a row.

     

     

    Thinking of my late father & uncle john.

     

     

    To any Tim sitting alone at this time always remember that .Y.N.W.A.

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