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You and I have seen some special Celtic teams. For me, the double winning team in 1977, the Centenary team and, of course, the Martin O’Neill team, were without doubt above anything we’ve had since the 60s.

I am in no way disparaging Gordon Strachan’s remarkable achievement of twice reaching the knock out stages of the Champions League. This was down to Gordon’s superior ability as a manager; the wee man didn’t have a squad to compare to the others on the list.

By contrast, this team, in its embryonic state, finished fourth in the Champions League group, but that was then. Now, they are within touching distance of winning an undefeated treble. This is the finest Celtic team I’ve seen.

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The ’77 team wasn’t so much a team as a support act for Kenny Dalglish. A season later, without King Kenny, they finished fifth, without even a Uefa Cup spot as compensation.

It was sheer force of Billy McNeill’s personality which drove the Centenary team on, but they returned for preseason without their elixir.

It was like going to school watching Martin O’Neill’s team. We learned so much about the game that we’d never seen at Celtic. This was a guy who knew how to get results. But without another King, we discovered that team too was built on a single foundation.

There are no Kings in this Celtic team. They are a team in the true sense of the word. Last night, without Dembele, Armstrong, Tierney, Lustig, Simunovic and Sinclair they rolled around the Firhill surface like a machine from the 22nd century.

It was breathtaking. This is the greatest Celtic team since the one which walked off the Hampden pitch in front of 136,000 fans in 1970.

I saw a preview of the BBC documentary film, Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions, which airs across the UK on Wednesday 24th May. It was heartfelt, entertaining and inspiring. I intended to review it today, but I was so annoyed at the coverage some in the media gave it, I thought I better step back to do the job justice.

They had some of the Lions, of course, and some wives too, but they sat a microphone in front of a few of our more experienced CQN’ers Some of the best things you have read on this site come to life on the screen. We’ll talk about it again next week.

Stunned and humbled at the support for the marathon, which takes place on Sunday morning, to benefit the Celtic Foundation. I just don’t know what to say. There are spectacular donations (here) there – a simple thank you does not seem appropriate, but I know every donation, large or small, means someone has taken the trouble to spend hard earned money.

It is appreciated, thank you.

If you’d like to get an historic week off to a unique start I hear there’s a projector screening of the original live broadcast and whole 90 minutes from Lisbon in a Govan warehouse tonight (Friday, 19th), it’ll run from around 6.30 till 9. If interested drop an email to cqnopen@gmail.com

 

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  1. rpmcelticfan on

    CELTIC DREAMS COME TRUE ( Any dream will do , Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ) I closed my eyes , and wished for Rodgers , to show tax dodgers , Glasgow’s green not blue , And now today , all the Huns are crying , cos the Celts are flying , Celtic dreams come true . X2 Dembeles goals and Rogics grace Patricks skills and Sinclairs pace and at the heart of all our success Scott Brown stands alone………. , I closed my eyes , and wished for Rodgers , to show tax dodgers , Glasgow’s green not blue , And now today , all the Huns are crying , cos the Celts are flying , Celtic dreams come true……

  2. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Still not well enough to make the game so staying at home.

     

     

    Folk going to Lisbon should hopefully have received some e-mails this morning with some details.

     

     

    Hope everyone has a great day.

     

     

    Oldest son has just messaged me from Rome telling me about his holiday in Italy etc and casually reminds me to leave out the cup final tickets for him before heading to Lisbon.

     

     

    Love kids — even the grown up ones lol.

     

     

    Brendan Rodgers here for ten in a row — ten in a row.

     

     

    BRTH

  3. JOBO BALDIE on 21ST MAY 2017 10:48 AM

     

    About to head off nice and early for the last visit to Celtic Park for 2016-17. Hope to see as many of you as possible at the ole CQN Corner. Hopefully some of the ole Original Gazebo Gang might drift to the left a bit too.

     

     

     

    Hail Hail and, for ths last time this season, it’s Doors to Automatic…..

     

     

    Jobo,

     

     

    Just about to leave (a rather wet) EK myself, but think the last urge should be to ” ……… set phasers to malky!”

     

     

    Hail Hail to all – maybe see some of you in Babbity’s after the game.

  4. 1966-67

     

     

    Domestically, excluding Glasgow Cup,

     

     

    Played 50, won 41, drew 7, lost 2.

     

     

    Pretty close.

  5. rpmcelticfan on

    Logging off , and off to Paradise , these are the best of times , Hail Hail to Celts worldwide , one love , one passion , one team .

  6. Off to enjoy the celebration- and a wee quie word for Philbhoy- I now, at last, fully believe that we will be invincible domestically.

     

     

    I still think my scpepticism half-way through the season was justified but….. this team has proven to be even better than I thought it was.

  7. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Hope everybody has a great enjoyable and memorable day today. I also hope the weather plays its part and adds to the outpouring of happiness.

     

     

    I can’t ever remember such a feel good factor for a seasons end. I am sooooooo jealous of all going to Paradise today.

     

    If the Celtic Facing Book sites are a barometer of interest in this game,then ( to coin a phrase ) interest is off the Radar.

     

     

    Hail Hail to all and to the sucessful conclusion of this particular journey. COYBIG.

  8. 2000-01, domestically.

     

     

    Played 48, won 40, drew 5, lost 3.

     

     

    Pretty close.

  9. Emeraldbee

     

     

    Dundee United, I was at the second defeat, my second game of that season, so I managed to see us lose 50% of the games I attended in ’66-’67. First was 6-1 v St. Johnstone.

     

     

    Another remarkable achievement!

  10. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    There is a steward in the North stand who will be wearing a huge smile today.

     

     

    If I recall correctly, he took the somewhat hasty decision months ago to bet that Celtic would remain unbeaten throughout the entire domestic league season.

     

     

    I can’t remember the odds he got (200-1) springs to mind but I hope I am wrong and that the odds were greater, that Celtic score a bucket load today and that the fella had a right few quid on this.

     

     

    Love to hear when someone gets a wee windfall like that.

     

     

    Just brilliant.

  11. To be fair, the great jinx that was my late father, took me to the DU match.

     

     

    In retrospect, we had no chance!

  12. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN:

     

     

    You would be doing well to get 12/1 after the first game of the season.

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    Why this is the finest Celtic team in 47 years 738

     

    BY PAUL67 ON 19TH MAY 2017 CQN BLOG & COMMENTS

     

    You and I have seen some special Celtic teams. For me, the double winning team in 1977, the Centenary team and, of course, the Martin O’Neill team, were without doubt above anything we’ve had since the 60s.

     

     

    I am in no way disparaging Gordon Strachan’s remarkable achievement of twice reaching the knock out stages of the Champions League. This was down to Gordon’s superior ability as a manager; the wee man didn’t have a squad to compare to the others on the list.

     

     

    By contrast, this team, in its embryonic state, finished fourth in the Champions League group, but that was then. Now, they are within touching distance of winning an undefeated treble. This is the finest Celtic team I’ve seen.

     

     

    SPFL_PTFC_CELTIC_0456_1

     

     

    The ’77 team wasn’t so much a team as a support act for Kenny Dalglish. A season later, without King Kenny, they finished fifth, without even a Uefa Cup spot as compensation.

     

     

    It was sheer force of Billy McNeill’s personality which drove the Centenary team on, but they returned for preseason without their elixir.

     

     

    It was like going to school watching Martin O’Neill’s team. We learned so much about the game that we’d never seen at Celtic. This was a guy who knew how to get results. But without another King, we discovered that team too was built on a single foundation.

     

     

    There are no Kings in this Celtic team. They are a team in the true sense of the word. Last night, without Dembele, Armstrong, Tierney, Lustig, Simunovic and Sinclair they rolled around the Firhill surface like a machine from the 22nd century.

     

     

    It was breathtaking. This is the greatest Celtic team since the one which walked off the Hampden pitch in front of 136,000 fans in 1970.

     

     

    I saw a preview of the BBC documentary film, Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions, which airs across the UK on Wednesday 24th May. It was heartfelt, entertaining and inspiring. I intended to review it today, but I was so annoyed at the coverage some in the media gave it, I thought I better step back to do the job justice.

     

     

    They had some of the Lions, of course, and some wives too, but they sat a microphone in front of a few of our more experienced CQN’ers Some of the best things you have read on this site come to life on the screen. We’ll talk about it again next week.

     

     

    Stunned and humbled at the support for the marathon, which takes place on Sunday morning, to benefit the Celtic Foundation. I just don’t know what to say. There are spectacular donations (here) there – a simple thank you does not seem appropriate, but I know every donation, large or small, means someone has taken the trouble to spend hard earned money.

     

     

    It is appreciated, thank you.

     

     

    If you’d like to get an historic week off to a unique start I hear there’s a projector screening of the original live broadcast and whole 90 minutes from Lisbon in a Govan warehouse tonight (Friday, 19th), it’ll run from around 6.30 till 9. If interested drop an email to [email protected]

     

     

     

     

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    RPMCELTICFAN on 21ST MAY 2017 10:51 AM

     

    CELTIC DREAMS COME TRUE ( Any dream will do , Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ) I closed my eyes , and wished for Rodgers , to show tax dodgers , Glasgow’s green not blue , And now today , all the Huns are crying , cos the Celts are flying , Celtic dreams come true . X2 Dembeles goals and Rogics grace Patricks skills and Sinclairs pace and at the heart of all our success Scott Brown stands alone………. , I closed my eyes , and wished for Rodgers , to show tax dodgers , Glasgow’s green not blue , And now today , all the Huns are crying , cos the Celts are flying , Celtic dreams come true……

     

    DIXIEDEANS on 21ST MAY 2017 10:52 AM

     

    Mon The Celtiiiiiiic.

     

     

    HH all.

     

    DOC on 21ST MAY 2017 10:54 AM

     

    Here we go again, we’re on the road again………..

     

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 21ST MAY 2017 10:56 AM

     

    Just leaving to collect The Buttered Barnet

     

     

     

    Then home to watch it recorded on SKY with BOB

     

    BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN on 21ST MAY 2017 10:57 AM

     

    Still not well enough to make the game so staying at home.

     

     

     

    Folk going to Lisbon should hopefully have received some e-mails this morning with some details.

     

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    Sorry to hear about your illness over the last few days. Haven’t received an email re. Lisbon for a while now. Should I, and youngest daughter, be concerned? Really hope you make a quick recovery and you’re fighting fit for Tuesday after all the hard work you’ve put in.

     

    Steward waiting for his wager to come good will have the whole crowd roaring him on….. plus all us internet bampots, of course.

  14. Shit, don’t know what happened there. Only meant to reply to BRTH’s post

     

    mustdobettercsc

  15. What is the Stars on

    Mrs Cork Celt, have a great birthday

     

    God love you but probably had a hard life being married to a cork man. To think if you had only jumped on the train to Dublin you could have married a Dubliner who would have taught you how to speak the Queens English properly.

     

    All joking aside, have a great day and get that old man of yours back to Glasgow for a match as soon as possible.

     

    Up The Rebels

  16. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. AWRITE TROOPS!! Me, Da and SISTER BGFC – shocking – on the way to the last game of this historic campaign! Me and Da were talking this morning and we agreed that it has been a historical season looking at the TIC and it has been a histerical season looking at the THE RANGURZ international football group of clumpanys – definetely the same club unfairly relegated due to financial difficulties, punished harshly by Lawells fenian SFA. Anyway, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS. “Unstoppable” – Kris ‘monster munch’ Boyd (and hes a hun!). Just so everyone knows I am going to start up predictions next season but not the now because i dont want to change anything i’ve been doing this year.

     

     

    10INAROWCSC

     

    6INAROW4TAEGO

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  17. BRTH

     

    Get well, you deserve to after making all these arrangements.

     

    Coybig! Two to play, let’s do it

     

    HH