You did this in 2018


I spoke to one of the volunteers after the Celtic FC Foundation bucket collection two weeks ago, the first time she had been at Celtic Park, who said, “There’s a positive vibe about this place.  Lots of good people.”

That was despite all 50-something-thousand of us being wet to the core and shivering.  It’s good for someone to point out what we have grown overly familiar with.  At least four generations turn up at Celtic Park and the oldest of those attended as kids, when the very first Celtic fans were still around.

The football team is enjoying a generation of domination that is likely to become the longest in our history, but that is nothing more than an historical oddity.  The spirit of the Celtic Movement is far more significant and has seldom been in better fettle.

The Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal raised a record £240k this year.  As a result, 466 families in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ireland received a significant Christmas gift.  50 vulnerable pensioners in Glasgow received a voucher to help them through the period.

The Simon Community were able to provide 120 homeless with a dinner at Celtic Park.  £10,000 was given to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital to assist those in over the festive period.

The Scottish Refuge Council and Refuweegee were supported in their work with welcome packs for every refugee who arrives in the city.  Gift and outings were provided for families supported by Glasgow East Women’s Aid.

A dinner was provided for the 120 aided by Glasgow City Mission, who assist homeless and socially isolated members of our community.  Support was also give to Loaves & Fishes, The Invisibles and The Wayside Club, both of who also assist the homeless.

Glasgow Night Shelter, who aid homeless men who cannot access conventional homeless services due to their immigration status benefited, as did the Elpis Centre, who provide similar assistance to young women.

The list goes on and includes similar organisations in Edinburgh, Fife, London, across Ireland and in Canada.

God help anyone who needed assistance from Celtic FC Foundation this Christmas.  Their struggles with be significant and there will be few joys in their lives, but whether it’s a welcome pack, a meal, clothing, shelter or a toy, you reached out to them.  And that’s more important than any treble.

Well done.  It is great to be part of such a community.

Have a great Christmas.

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  1. Hi there CORKCELT, that was a shameless attempt at no1 on the


    podium by me.


    I’ll get it sumday lol.


    H.H Mick

  2. “That was despite all 50-something-thousand of us being wet to the core and shivering.”




    Haud on! If there’s 30,000 missing seats, we must have an 80,000 seat stadium.



    Congrats on all our charity work!



    I hope we can move towards a society wherein such efforts become less necessary because we can pledge our duties as individuals to take care of others at a community level.

  3. Turkeybhoy from previous article cheers hope you & yours have a lovely Christmas



    Corkcelt …



    Well that’s 8 @ row scuppered the SFA will hit us with a points deduction for an improper registration with young Karomoko

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Paul….have a braw braw festive season one and all…



    smiley thing ….






    How’s it going pal I wish E and I were back in sunny Melbourne it’s bloody freezing here today !! Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year !! HH !

  6. Is young Karamoko actually older than CORKCELT reckons? If he is in a position to sign a professional contract, and he has done so, that is an early Christmas present to each and every Celtic supporter.

  7. Wiki is saying 16 on the 22nd February and all references to him up to this mentions February.


    Maybe he can sign a contract but it can’t be registered until 22nd Feb.

  8. James McCarthy played for Hamilton at 15 so there’s probably rules that can tie a player to club around 15/16

  9. Karamoko was born in London on February 22, 2003.



    Section 4.2 of the SFA rules relating to registration states that, “A Player who has not attained School Leaving Age shall not be a Professional Player and shall not be registered at the Scottish FA as a Professional Player upon the Registration Form.”



    I believe that, in Scotland, If you turn 16 between 1 October and the end of February you can leave at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.




  10. MIT



    I believe that it is true that schools were dishing out leaver’s forms at the end of term last week.



    Anyways a contrct signing has been announced on the club’s website, which is a bit more official than with the Mo Johnston situation, where we did our PR before our lodging of papers.

  11. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Its such a pity Daniel Arzani is injured, otherwise we could have cancelled the Ibrox match and put the baw on the slates.




  12. Merry Christmas to all on the blog.



    I see we have Collum for Pittodrie and Beaton for the Death Star, Beaton will be accompanied by Red Card Red Card as a linesman and Madden as 4th official who will no doubt enjoy the sing song .

  13. Warning! Animal related story. Scroll by if not interested.


    As some of you know, we run a small, family based charity rescuing donkeys, especially older donkeys. Last Tuesday one of our donkeys. Bertie, who has never had a day’s illness in his life, was struggling to get up and had stopped eating.


    4 vet visits over the next 3 days showed no improvement. By now the worry was that Bertie was going into hyperlipemia, a condition that very few donkeys ever recover from. Fatal, usually.


    As a last throw of the dice, Mrs S phoned an old vet acquaintance, now residing in Lanzarote, who had specialised in donkeys. The only hope she could offer was to fill Bertie with ReadyBreak, mixed with glucose. One desperate run to Tesco, later, my Lisbon daughter and I syringed a whole box of ReayBreak into Bertie. Same again the next morning and once more in the evening. By Saturday morning Bertie was looking much brighter and, more importantly, eating independently. By yesterday he was back in the field with his friends and, hopefully, back to normal. Not quite a Miracle on 34th Street, but a remarkable recovery!


    Now, I know this pales into insignificance compared with the trials and tribulations that MAH and many others on here are going through, but during this period I often reflected on the prayers and thoughts asked for and received here on CQN for loved ones and the optimism and comfort these bring. I no longer do prayers, but my thoughts are always with everyone who posts these requests on here. After all, what are prayers, if not thoughts.


    Now for the Celtic link….Mrs S thinks that Bertie is named after Bertie Wooster of PGW fame, when actually he’s named after our very own 10:30. You see, when Bertie first arrived some 15 years ago he was a bit of a wide bhoy, a bit of a thug when he wanted to be, but always a proper character. A donkey bhoy with attitude, just like our own Mr Auld.


    Merry Xmas everyone!

  14. That was a humbling and gratifying lead article Paul67.


    The generosity of all connected to our wonderful club never ceases to amaze me.



    That is indeed “what it feels like to be Celtic”






    D. :)

  15. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    All this MoreLoss “not for sale” stuff is getting hilarious. So “not for sale” that it keeps getting mentioned. Every shortbread news bulletin, all the – ahem – bids they have turned down, number of goals scored, blah blah. Just the sort of stuff you would be putting out if you were trying to sell him!


    If he wasn’t for sale wouldn’t you just say nothing?

  16. Very proud of our Foundation which does tremendous work without any fanfare



    Glasgow Celtic who started with nothing & wound up with it all



    Merry Christmas every poster & Lurker

  17. MAH – Merry Christmas to you mate. I know you have your challenges health wise so stay strong and enjoy this wonderful time of the year. You’re in my prayers each morning so St Jude knows all about you (not just from me no doubt). As an aside I think you reside in Johnston so I’m wondering if you know the gentleman that does his house up with all the Christmas lights? I know two of his sons who reside over here in Toronto; John and Wullie Reid.




    Allmore – Big TAL has you on his tracker; similar to the Santa tracker; what a comeback by the Packers yesterday. Awfy Braw!!!!







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