Winning against nearest rivals, Charlie Gallagher, Pablo


I don’t recall having seen us win the league against our direct competitors. Has it happened in the last 49 years? Yesterday’s results at Tynecastle and Pittodrie ensures that a point against Aberdeen on Sunday will be enough to confirm Celtic as 5-in-a-row champions. As it stands, a 17 goal win for Aberdeen would put us under pressure for the last two games of the season…..

This will be the fourth time in Scottish football history 5-in-a-row has been achieved and Celtic’s third. The last time we were here, Hay, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Johnstone, Wallace, Auld and Lennox did a lot of the heavy work, with youngsters like Macari, McGrain and Dalglish on the periphery of the team. It was a team which would soon embark on considerable change, which is at least one thing they have in comment with contemporary Celtic.

Another member of that Celtic team, Charlie Gallagher, left the club exactly 46 years ago today, after an extraordinary decade. Charlie will be on the blog tomorrow evening from around 7pm, to reminisce on that incredible era, answer questions and give an opinion or two. These are always great sessions, tune in and enjoy.

Five years ago today we lost Pablophanque, the first guy who said, “We need to bring Kano home”. Pablo was one of the few who made Celtic Quick News what it became in the early days. He made many friends here, who miss him still, and a profound impact on our community.

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  1. Burnley78 on 2nd May 2016 7:10 pm








    Bloody freezing”.




    Got it in one!




  2. The glorious balance sheet



    Can you confirm then that Celtic did not need a huge cash injection from its shareholders to fund the unsustainable accumulation of debt from the MON period ?



    Don’t take too long then !



    I think you will find the accumulated debt of over £40m was never going to be paid back with anything like the wage bill we had.



    Revenues were already close to max baring a Hail Mary pass to the EPL or similar restructure and limited upside potential. And huge risk in reality.

  3. the glorious balance sheet on

    Weeminger 6.37pm



    How much of those losses were down to profligate spending that predated Martin O’Neill?



    Long running contracts for the likes of dimitri kharine? Selling the likes of berkovic at a big loss, paying up scheidt’s contract etc



    These were all losses and costs that crystallised during Martin o’neill’s time in charge but were nothing to do wit him

  4. the glorious balance sheet on

    Burnley78 7.16pm-



    Celtic’s need to raise funds via share issue owed a great deal to money as wasted pre Martin o’neill’s time – see my response to Weeminger at 7.19pm



    Didn’t wage costs actually go up under Gordon strachan compared to Martin O’Neill?

  5. TerryK



    That was a horrible horrible game. Bitterly cold. Lost one nil. Actually 2 horrible games although we got a big lucky in the first leg in the end winning 3 nil though.



    Still there was Barca in the next round and then Villareal.



    An incredible season in Europe that, I think we actually played 16 games.

  6. The glorious balance sheet.



    The second rights issue was to cover the overspending of the previous regime.



    Raphael Schidt etc and similar.



    The gift of inflated wage bill was giving in full when we had the 3rd issue and the drawbridge was being pulled up in 2004 when Larsson moved off and MON decided to exit.



    That last season under MON was a massive disappointment as the mercenaries showed their colours once the inspiration of Larsson was gone. Sutton and his ilk let us all down without their talisman and with Martin unable to focus on managing due to his wife’s illness.



    The brief for GS was clear. The inflation could not continue, and it was brought back in track by 2006/7 despite the massive global trend in the other direction.



    I come back to my initial point to Tricoloured Ribon. In a small league like ours with such limited upside we need to have a realistic cost base. Packing the stadium will get us so far, hopefully 10 in a row charge will help but in this wee league we have budget accordingly. Not that there is queue of talent waiting to play in our little league regardless of what we might pay.

  7. TERRYK on 2ND MAY 2016 5:04 PM



    So PL “dropped the ball” with his appointment of RD. It was a damned expensive baw he drapped. Two lots of Champions League largesse is wan helluva baw.



    Also, how would you describe his appointment of Tony Mowbray?

  8. angelgabriel on

    Can a fairy tale only be a fairy talel when the odds to win a league are 5,000/1 ? Mon the Spurs. The 90/1 fairy tale.

  9. Martin O’Neill’s legacy was the demise of the Huns!


    That’ll do for me!


    I watched the most abject Celtic surrender at Ibrox, when we were lucky to get away with a 4-0 absolute doing. I then watched mainly the same players win 6-2 at Celtic Park three months later!


    We finished that season before MON, 21 yes that’s 21 points behind them and we won the treble the next season!


    Much as I liked and respect WGS for all that he did, he could never, ever have turned that around the way MON did!




  10. wycombebhoy on

    Ranting that a CEO of a £50 million turnover company can’t earn £500,000 salary with £500,000 bonus but happily wanting the same £50 million company to pay about 11 other employees over £1million salary just doesnt make sense to me.



    MON left us with 57, 000 season tickets holders ? So we were on the slide back then..John Barnes left us with 59, 000 season ticket holders.



    On what evidence is Bitton the teams best passer?


    I covered his stats for first half against Ross County just to see if i was being overly critical.


    Of 9 forward passes only 2 connected with a Celtic player.


    He made 10 backwards and 4 sideways.


    Thats hardly a ringing endorsment.


    An imposter in my opinion.

  12. Is there a Boycott of CQN on. I’m just in from pub blootered so don’t know what’s happening. Think I’ll go to bed & check it out in the morning.