“IN THE HEAT OF LISBON”

CELTIC QUICK NEWS (CQN), has announced a spectacular *Special Package* to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Celtic’s ‘landmark’ European Cup win in Lisbon on 25th May 1967. The package consists of a “Double/Double”combination of a new book, “IN THE HEAT OF LISBON” and a reproduction of the iconic handwritten ‘Jock Stein’ T-Shirt first spotted on a…

“Gallus Tam” … The Showman ‘Lion’

TOMMY GEMMELL’S death on Thursday 2nd March 2017 further depleted the ranks of the mighty Celtic squad that swept all before it in Season 1966/67 en route to football immortality in Lisbon on 25th May 1967. But nothing can diminish the glorious memory of one of the game’s most swashbuckling characters – arguably the finest…

Billy “Caesar … sorry, Cesar” McNeill – A Man For All Seasons

WELL, not sorry at all, actually – albeit ‘Cesar’ is historically correct, it seems to me altogether more appropriate to align the Lisbon Lions figurehead with an all-conquering Roman Emperor than a bit-part, Hollywood Rat Pack chauffeur: “Caesar” First among equals, for class unsurpassed; the true stuff of legend, in sculpt bronze now cast.  …

The Big Man

TRIBUTES will be many and fulsome today, as the Celtic-minded in particular remember a true legend and giant of our beloved club. It is well-nigh impossible to say anything new and meaningful about Jock Stein. Thousands upon thousands of eloquent words have been written extolling his abilities, charisma and achievements, both as player-captain in the…

THE ANCIENT AXIS OF DIASPORA

THE ACQUISITION this weekend of Scott Allan triggered the notion in my fevered brain that the current Celtic first-team squad is arguably now more reflective of Scottish football’s historical indebtedness to Irish immigration than it has ever been. The nineteenth-century exodus from the Emerald Isle sparked by An Gorta Mor sowed the seeds of Irish re-settlement…

NAC BREDA HIT-MEN …

THE RECENT and ongoing speculation surrounding the possible signing by Celtic of former NAC Breda hit-man, Nadir Ciftci, has had me reminiscing about our acquisition twenty years ago of another striker from that unfashionable Dutch club. Forget the controversy that dogged big Pierre van Hooijdonk’s brief and sometimes turbulent career in the Hoops … focus…

ON YER MARK, DAVIE!

NO-ONE who witnessed panelist David Wierd’s shell-shocked visage and wildly OTT comments during and after the recent Scottish Championship play-off final second leg at Fir Park will be surprised at the unveiling today of the latest Sevco management team – or, in the “wake” of the stunning outcome of that encounter … in another way,…