What might have been …

There was a wee fella called Fergus – he saw off Jim Farry with ease.
If he’d been around when the cheating was found, they’d’ve probably rued EBTs.

A WORD ABOUT PENALTIES …

PENALTIES, apart from the rare, genuinely indisputable “stonewaller”, are ALWAYS contentious.  Those who welcome the award tend to defend it to the hilt, while those who resent it, are outraged and tend to condemn it out-of-hand, often even when it is fairly conclusive.  It’s in the nature of things.  Just like legitimate “banter”, it is…

On Your Marks …

HERE we go again – and from the off, despite a pre-season that was consistent only in its disappointment and a less-than-totally-convincing launch of the quest for renewed European glory, we’re being told what a walkover it’s going to be for Celtic domestically. The dire state of Scottish football and all that. How our season’s…

A Day for Heroes

Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Tommy Burns, Calton bhoy, iconic Celtic hero and erstwhile player and manager of Kilmarnock Football Club. How fitting it would be if today’s representatives of his former clubs were to honour his memory by way of performances that deliver the League title that so tantalisingly eluded…

The Three Bears

Once upon a time, there were three “Bears” … Now, let’s make one thing clear from the outset – this story has nothing at all to do with cuddly bedtime storybook bears and bowls of porridge; and even less with the followers of a certain south side club, who sometimes like to style themselves as…

Jimmy Johnstone, 1944-2006 (An Epitaph)

Jimmy Johnstone, by official acclamation Celtic’s “Greatest Ever Player” and undoubtedly high on any Celtic supporter’s list of “All-time Greats”, died five years ago today (RIP). In homage to our “Lord of the Wing”, we are proud to re-publish our lyrical tribute to the wee man with the big, big heart: “Heart of a Lion”…

Thunder (Lenny’s Pledge)

Lenny promised to bring back the thunder, to restore something precious we’d lost. Critics tried to imply something sinister … why? … – ’cos they dreaded the thought of being bossed. When the Celtic are focused and flying, there’s a spark that ignites the old ground – like the Jungle of old, today’s stands, big…

The Big Man (A Celtic Giant)

Has any other figure in the game so comprehensively defined an age and writ his name as large upon the page as big Jock Stein – to many minds the greatest single Celt there’s ever been? The Big Man, ostracised by kith and kin because he wouldn’t toe the bigot line, in time embodied everything…

Big Jock is and always will be, immortal.

A statue of Jock Stein, to many minds the greatest single Celt there’s ever been, will be unveiled outside Celtic Park before the game against Hamilton tomorrow. A visionary, a man before his time, big Jock replaced the eight-year vale of tears that followed on from our historic “7-1” triumph, with a dominance unknown for…

Colossus

A colossus is a giant … you’ll have heard of the one at Rhodes. Well, Celtic had our own, back when, o’er our famous ground he strode. Although not thirty metres high he would dominate any foe … and to his sweet, compelling tune, every game would ebb and flow. Great performances orchestral, be it…