Why Morgan was bought now instead of on a pre-contract


What’s the difference between Celtic signing Lewis Morgan now, then loaning him back to St Mirren, or simply signing him on a pre-contract agreement to join the club on 1 June? Primarily, it is about the player’s training regime.

Celtic are paying St Mirren for the privilege of telling them how Lewis should train, what dietary rules he should follow and what developmental objectives to prioritise. He will train, rest, eat and sleep according to guidelines Celtic set out.

The cumulative effect of sports science is difficult to quantify, but it forms the basis of much of what the technical staff do at Lennoxtown.

NEW! The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP28) with former Celtic director Tom Grant

A Celtic State of Mind presents its 29th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.

Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic’s ex-director, Tom Grant, who offers a fascinating insight into the running of the club in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tom Grant explains exactly why Celtic refused to complete the Mo Johnston transfer in 1989, and lifts the lid on audacious efforts by Billy McNeill to recruit Peter Beardsley and Steve Bruce.

Tom Grant also dissects his relationship with Fergus McCann, and the impact of the ‘Celts For Change’ movement in overturning the ‘family dynasty’ board in 1994.


Jim Craig made two of the three goals in the 1967 European Cup Final. There’s a great wee video below for you to enjoy. Get Jim’s new Lisbon Lion Diary – Right Back to 67 from CQNBookstore.co.uk and you will receive a signed copy from the man himself plus a FREE copy of That Season in Paradise – Ten Months of Celtic Heaven signed by fellow Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld! Simply order Jim Craig – Right Back to 67 and the second book will be sent automatically.

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  1. Spiritual war.



    Belief in the LORD is INCREDIBLE.




    You have a Bad Time when noone else is about…….. jibber jabber / Pray and Say that you Believe Jesus Died to take away All my/your sins.





  2. I wish I’d seen a Barn Owl with my Dad. I’ve seen 2 in the CAR – Both just off Erskine Bridge. SouthSide. They dinnae count.

  3. CELTIC will only compete @ CL with HOMEGROWN dudes.



    @ Neg……. If those running Celtic deceptively. I Would not want to be any one of em – I reckon they are Good.



    We are All Eternal Beings – Don’t EVER forget THAT.

  4. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day (now we know what afflicts SMSM)



    deuteranopia /ˌdjuːtərəˈnəʊpɪə/





    1. a defect of vision in which the retina fails to respond to the colour green.


    2. a form of colour blindness in which there is a tendency to confuse blues and greens, and greens and reds, and in which sensitivity to green is reduced



    Derived Forms


    deuteranopic (ˌdjuːtərəˈnɒpɪk) adjective



    Word Origin


    C20: New Latin, from deutero- (referring to the theory in which green is the second primary colour) + an- + Greek -ops eye





  5. ” 1. a defect of vision in which the retina fails to respond to the colour green.”



    Researchers are still awaiting discovery of a Scottish referee who suffers from this condition.




  6. Goooooood Morning CQN




    FtSFA, how on earth are some of them still there ????







    Very best today Stephen, as you take on this battle, 100% behind you S



    Hail Hail


    Good luck today to MURDOCHAULDANDHAY,and also to EUROCHAMPS67 as he continues his recovery.




  8. 50 shades of green on






    Good luck today mate, hope all goes well.





  9. 50 shades of green on







    What were two barn owls doing in the car?








    Maybe they were going to one of your HOOTS Bobby. :-)




  10. 1965-66.The Year I Got Celtic.


    We enter January ’66 as League Cup winners, top of the League and in the 1/4 Finals of the ECWC.Celtic absolutely destroys their rivals in the traditional New Year derby with a Stevie Chalmers hat trick and a young George Connelly plays ‘keepy uppy’ in front of 64 000 before a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.The juggernaut rolled on unabated After a shock at Annfield a long unbeaten run takes us to April when we will meet Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final and Liverpool await in Europe.I have my own European adventures in April; a school cruise on the Dunera to Madeira, Lisbon and Vigo.And,yes ,our party visited Estadio Nacional where one year later…….


    In a week we lost controversially at Anfield and the Cup after a replay.But the League title was still to be won after twelve long years.At Fir Park in the final minute of the final game wee Bobby scores a screamer from two yards and the title is ours.A grown man,crying,asks why I don’t have a scarf and promptly wraps his around my neck.I still have it to this day.A great way to end Season 1965-66.The Year I Got Celtic! HH.





    Your reminiscences are marvellous. To see the end of The Famine Years-and to KNOW that it wasn’t a flash in the pan,must have been wonderful.



    I fortunately missed The Famine Years II in the 90s and returned in time to see the end of them. At the time,I could only hope it wasn’t a flash in the pan.



    When we got Martin O’Neill,it was like The Second Coming. I knew. We all knew.



    We were back!!!







    I was on the Dunera 2 years earlier.



    Tangiers,Lisbon and Vigo!



    Great memories!

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    As the team’s energy levels dropped towards the end of the year, so too did our onfield movement.



    More time was spent on the ball, between defence and midfield.



    In essence, we reverted to being a Ronnie team.


    Hopefully our Dubai excursion wil refuel the jets and bring us back up to Brendan pace and movement.

  14. BMCUWP



    I remember the cruise cost my folks £29 -10s, the Glasgow Corpie paying about a tenner on top of that.



    I left home home a boy and came back a man!



    Hope you are well !




    April 1964, sailed from Greenock.



    2 weeks.






    Only downside was that MTK BUDAPEST beat us 4-0 in the Fairs Cup semi while we were away.







    Thanks for posting the article about the Dunera!



    I knew nothing of it’s history, except it had been a troop ship.



    We slept in dormitories with bunk beds and your own locker.


    No other furniture.



    When yer 15 it was fine!

  17. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Oz tims, peninsula rebels, and any visitors who hold Celtic


    in their heart.


    On Sat 27 th Jan. the Dick Whittington Tavern in St Kilda are


    hosting a … Songs Of The Irish Brigade night with special guest


    ballad singer Eimhear Ni Ghlacain and Gerry from the Irish




    Tickets are limited and are $25 with a free pint on arrival, come


    and singalong to songs including Roll Of Honour, Ambush At


    Clonoe, Farewell To Bellaghy and many more.


    For tickets or information contact.




    Meanwhile our Celtic Academy at Easter is creating a lot of


    interest, with enquiries from all over the state, this is what it means


    to be a Celtic fan, as a legend said ” there always here with us and


    they always will be ”


    H.H Mick

  18. The closest I got to a cruise with the school was trip doon the water to Dunoon. I made up for it in secondary school mind you with a trip in 68 to Belgium, it was supposed to be France but was moved last minute due to the student riots, and Spain in 69. We were taken to a bullfight in Spain – definitely would not be allowed these days.





    Your post about the young lad wi the Barca top made me smile,gladdened my heart!



    Did you know you were gonna be a missionary when you emigrated?

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