When we were kings


Our now-annual defeat against St Johnstone yesterday was a timely reminder of how close to defeat any team can be if they are even slightly off their game.  Despite fighting the urge not to be disrespectful to yesterdays’ victors, they are a poor team, previously without a win, bottom of the league and they had to cancel training during the week due to illness in their small squad.

But, they deservedly beat Celtic.

Kris Commons was a bright light among the largely disorganised looking team structure.  Tony Watt also did well, even if he is still beating himself up for passing up the best chance of the game in the dying seconds, but defensively we were turned over, the midfield singularly failed to control the ball and Gary Hooper looked miles away from scoring his first league goal of the season.

Did we need a sharp reminder of the level of performance required against Benfica on Wednesday?  It looks like it.

When we were kings

Don’t worry too much, a team with Fallon, Gemmell, McNeill, Murdoch, Auld, Johnstone and Wallace were turned over 0-2 at home by Hearts in 1969.  A few days later Eusebio and Benfica, who lost the 1968 European Cup final after extra-time, a year after Celtic won the tournament, walked off Celtic Park having lost 3-0.

Artur Jorge played for Benfica that night.  Apparently he still lurks in the corridors.

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  1. Bloke109:



    Don’t forget Kano.



    Regards Ed, the only person I saw giving him a hard time was supersammy under one of his various guises.

  2. According to Paddy we beat the Swedish team Helensburgh to qualify for the Champions League. Gotta love the big fella.



    Nice header from one-time Celtic target Colin Nish. I’ll tell you the story if you don’t know it.

  3. Mickbhoy



    Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.



    With apologies to Francois Villon




    Tell me where, in what country,


    Is Jinky the beautiful Viewparkian,


    Gemmell or Connelly


    Who was first cousin to Beckenbauer once,


    Murdoch who speaks without a sound


    On a pitch or a stadium


    Whose skills were more than human?


    But where are the snows of yesteryear?


    Where is the leamed McGrain


    Whom they castrated for Jardine


    And made him a Hall of famer at Hampden,


    For his love he took this pain,


    Likewise where is the Maestro


    Who commanded that SonsOfDan


    Got Greig the sack and turned him insane?


    But where are the snows of yesteryear?



    The King of Kings black as a Dahlia


    Who mesmerised with a siren’s voice,


    Big-footed Konterman, Amoruso, Ricksen,


    and ex-Hamburg man Albertz


    And Sutton the good man of Notts,


    Whom the English bumt out at Chelsea, where,


    Where are they, sovereign Mickbhoy?


    But where are the snows of yesteryear?



    Mick, don’t ask me in a week


    or in a year what place they are;


    I can only give you this refrain:


    Where are the snows of yesteryear?

  4. RRC,



    If memory serves, we didn’t actually dog school that day,just nipped off early and went to the game in the old OLHS blazers,which were a lovely shade of blue.

  5. While i do criticise the Board for lack of quality, playing 4-2-4 anywhere, especially away in spl hands the midfield to our opponents.



    i thought neil would have learnt his lessson


    what also makes it hard is to have to strikers who tend to do disapearing act in games more often than not ( just goggle miku, he does it all the time) and we know hoops scores but vanishes on a large number of occassions.



    Scott brown on the right is a revelation, great for our team


    in the middle he is a much use as a chocolate fire place


    make him only one of a 2 man midfield and its not rocket science to work out what will go wrong




  6. mickbhoy



    There was no expert analysis of the Benfica squad from me.



    I made the same cheap point as yourself that no-one would equate either the current Celtic or the current Benfica with their golden era teams. And pointed out that Paul had NOT made the cheap point you attacked him for.



    As for the team of 9 years ago, I doubt you’ll get far with your Tory campaigning in Glasgow if you are going to advocate that level of spending again :-)

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Im really concerned abt our C H. He gives me the jitters. Big guys like Higdon &co will boss him out of the game.

  8. ST,



    Totaly agree.



    In mitigation yesterday was the lack of fit midfield players to have a three manmidfield



    Either Joe or Beram would have given us that option with Forrest or Commons on the bench.

  9. There’s nobody cries like a brave man


    and nobody laughs like a coward


    there’s nobody right like an arrogant shite


    and nobody’s wrong in a crowd


    when the angels are taking the money


    and devils are pissed at the crime


    there’s nobody guilty and nobody free


    oh lord won’t you give me a sign


    oh lord won’t you give me


    a sign




  10. I know lots of decent guys who supported that dead club. They like Edward Ursus are not Huns.


    Unfortunately there are a large element of Huns who have switched their “support” to Sevco.

  11. Reading back to the debate today,I am surprised by our lack of sharpness and fitness this early in the season.

  12. garygillespieshamstring on

    Ed u sorely missed imo. Last time i commented to him, he said he still read now and then but didnt post much as he eas busy doing other things.



    Also not seen much of soal or nafos for a while. Is jinkysbhoy posting with a new nom de blog?



  13. Steinreignedsupreme on

    !!Bada Bing!! 22:54 on 16 September, 2012



    “Reading back to the debate today,I am surprised by our lack of sharpness and fitness this early in the season.”



    We didn’t look particularly sluggish in the European matches.



    Celtic were a bit off the pace in Sweden, which had more to do with them being 20 games into their season – making them a bit sharper. But I don’t think fitness is a problem at all.

  14. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    big georges fan club



    22:45 on 16 September, 2012



    Sumdae else did ……. Na na na na na na….. LOL



    I remember saying to him at one point that I would not wish to discuss anything with a bhun ……. Night all…..

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Unhappy times for the bitter ones.


    Reports that Kate and Wills attended Mass in Honiara,Solomon Islands.


    Not an insignificant decision.


    From memory,Charles and Diana were forbidden to attend a Mass.



  16. Steinreignedsupreme-I disagree my friend,there has been a lack of pace all over the pitch for me.Albeit our best performances have been in Europe strangely enough,hope it continues on Wednesday.I would take a draw just now.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    !!bada bing!!



    22:54 on 16 September, 2012



    Think the 4-3 Athletico result tonight tells the story of what can happen when a team doesn’t maintain (or start with, Celtic) 100% focus / commitment in any game…….

  18. Alasdair MacLean



    07:36 on 16 September, 2012



    “There is also a spiritual 5th column that is worrying me more than anything else.



    We have a support that broadly believes in God and Christianity the way it really is mean’t to be. This support is absolutely massive, and ripe for the picking by the dark sides Finest exponents.”



    Two points.



    1) Please don’t ask me to believe the “only way” is through the Roman Catholic Church.



    2) Please don’t assume that everyone who is not a Roman Catholic is “from the dark side”.







    Alasdair MacLean,



    Can you please clarify both your questions?



    I will only say that I believe that Both Catholic and Protestants, as long as they believe in Christianity and in it’s true form, and that is the belief in Jesus being God and dying and being resurrected to save Mankind.



    I have read through the discourse and I don’t understand where both your questions come from. I am indeed Christianed a Catholic but I wouldn’t class myself a Catholic now. I am a Bible believing Christian and that should resonate with you but I just don’t get the questions and where they came from.



    I see Catholic and Protestant being Christianity, recognising Christianity correctly is the big challenge. The battle is big and not for the faint hearted or those that just like to conform.

  19. garygillespieshamstring on

    Jude2005 centre half has been a concern for me most seasons since pat stanton retiring led to roddy mcdonald being exposed then mcadam, munro, garner et al appeared on the scene.

  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    macjay1 for neil lennon



    23:01 on 16 September, 2012



    ‘TOP’ story that …….I’ll get my coat…….

  21. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    He just doesnt look he knows what he’s supposed to do. He will need to start throwing his weight abt.

  22. garygillespieshamstring on




    yes, we need a hard guy who will attack the ball and not allow himself to be bullied out of the game.




  23. jude



    A couple of transfer windows ago, someone claims that they were in the Superstore and saw a boy getting a new top printed with ‘Nish, 9’ on the back. The rumour then grows – Colin Nish is coming to Celtic, with opinion split between ‘a big boy who would give us what we lack’ to the more popular ‘never, not what we need’. It then transpires that the boy getting it printed was in fact called ‘Nish’ and the player later signed for the altogether more-at-his–level Hartlepool.

  24. setting free the bears



    22:43 on


    16 September, 2012


    It’s a matter of opinion what Paul was trying to convey but once again I admire your expertise in interpreting the message he was trying to get across


    I am quite sure that Paul is big fat and able enough to defend himself and chastise me for making so called cheap points


    You should really lighten up regarding posts on blogs because really,they are populated by folks tickling their keyboards when they really should be tickling something else or they are so pratted they can’t afford to go to the pub me included

  25. Steinreignedsupreme on

    !!Bada Bing!! 23:01 on 16 September, 2012



    I think we’ll win on Wednesday. I reckon Wednesday’s match was the reason we played so poorly yesterday.



    This is a young squad and they will have to learn they can’t pick the games they want to compete in, but I’m confident they will be in no doubt after yesterday.



    It’s early in the season and we haven’t got into a rhythm yet, but it will come.