Why this is the finest Celtic team in 47 years


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.


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. weebawbabitty on

    Good afternoon, just to add to the Ryan Christie debate , I don’t think mcwhinless would want him in the dressing room just in case he reveals what sneaky underhand tactics he gets up to . Just saying like

  2. Why this is the finest Celtic team in 47 years!!!!! – opinions opinions – everyone has one but far too early to say that. Mr O’Neils team still eclipses the current squad imho. Remember MO’Ns team were facing a Rangers 1872 (IL) team full of multi million pound players bought by usuing other peoples money. Of course lets not forget they also gave us Seville.


    There are a lot of very talented individuals in our current squad but i do wonder if any outwith Scott B, Criag G, Mousa D and Paddy R would even get a place on MO’N team’s bench. Hopefully this bunch of youngsters will go on to really become the best Celtic team since the Lions – gonna need a Henke and Lubo to do that though :-)


    Tallybhoy love the way you put Pmcstay into the best ever Celtic team rather than just mcstay


    That would stop people wondering was it him or Willie

  4. Also, this team has to go through 3 games just to get into the groups of the CL, the others waltzed straight in.


    Great to hear Brendan has spanked The Griff and it’s over :-)

  5. It’s a great debate but there can be no definitive answer. Best to just enjoy what we have while we have it and then celebrate it when it’s over- hopefully not for several years to come!


    Brendan Rodgers has so far exceeded my expectations that it’s unreal. He has turned guys who I would happily have hunted this time last year in to players who look capable of playing at the highest level. I have also been impressed by the way that he has kept the team rolling long after the title was won. Last night was a joy to watch to see the team and system function as smoothly as it did with a number of first choices not playing.


    Brendan has brought back the joy in watching our team and that is like winning another trophy for this bear!




  6. BFDJ demonstrating how deranged and out of touch the rotten mobs are !!


    BFDJ ” Pedro getting 13 million for players”


    GM ” no Derek 10 million is for existing wages”


    BFDJ ” that’s not how I saw it ”


    GM ” who pays the players wages then ”


    BFDJ ” the three bears and soft loans ”


    SILENCE !!!!!!!


    Hun believible !!!!!


    Deluded Delusional Zombies !!!

  7. 50 shades of green on

    50 yrs from now the huns will be going on a pilgrimage to Maryhill……fact.






    Seen the lions and every team ever since to grace the hoops.



    The 69/70 team would be my favs outwith the 50yrs ago team , however IF Brendans Bhoys become treble winning invincibles, I might have a change of heart.




  8. For the attention of Ruglonians wee Bertie in Chapman’s as part of a tribute night to the Lions. Hh

  9. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Out walking at the moment, Fholks, and just wondering if the Dundee United game is on TV tonight ???? HH

  10. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    GHOOD MHAN …. heading home now HH

  11. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    oh the celtic is great


    oh the celtic is great


    oh the lennie was great

  12. cathedral view on

    Have I missed this years media demands for a league reconstruction to 16 or 18 teams.



    Scottish football needs a strong Dundee United

  13. TheLurkinTim on

    CRC give it to BRT&H……Joe…….above & beyond….busy ;-))










  14. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    Call out the instigators


    Because there’s something in the air


    We’ve got to get together sooner or later

  15. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    i’vehadtochangemyname on 19th May 2017 8:46 pm


    Call out the instigators



    Tom Petty version




  16. TheLurkinTim on









    Those that wer there…those that wisherd we were….auld bastards ;-))

  17. Thindimebhoy on

    Pedro looking for plus points



    Defending his team as the best newcomers ever to get to a Europa League spot after 5 years starting from the bottom



    Realistically that’s is some achievement



    Mind you there must be other teams that got there quicker



    Otherwise we would have been told about Pedros record breakers



    Chris Sutton go on my son csc




  18. TheLurkinTim on 19th May 2017 8:52 pm







    Those that wer there…those that wisherd we were….auld bastards ;-))




    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – I Need Never Get Old



  19. No alcohol has been taken by the typist. FFS ( fat finger syndrome )


    * reasonably * obviously :-(

  20. Evening all, just back from Lisbon. Had a great time, enjoyed the company of some great Celtic fans, saw the sights , travelled to Cascais, ate and drank well and yes we did the stadium also.


    Can I be a nuisance and pass on some travel tips for any of the gang heading out there next week?


    Lisbon is lovely but very hilly, be warned! It will be very warm next week


    The Castello is a magnificent trip.


    The Metro is good but does not go everywhere


    The trams go all over but are mobbed, very hot and full of pickpockets.


    Taxis are great , cheap and driven by mentalists.


    Hennesey’s Irish Bar did not show our game last night preferring Spurs v Leicester?


    The area around Cais de Sodro station is where the Irish bars that BRTH spoke of


    On the green line or blue line on Metro , get off at Baixa Chaido and visit Cafe de Brasilerio, it’s a bit touristy but there is a great cigar store next door, good bars around and a lovely chapel about 20 yards away.


    Food and drink is cheap, the Time Out market across the road from Cais de Sodro is a great .place for food and quality wine.


    The stadium is a great place, obviously. Delighted to be there in good company, Dennis, John and Tom. Even enjoyed the company of Dennis and John watching the game last night: all good Celtic men. Hope your journey home was safe.


    Enjoy yourself everyone. HH

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