The Final Countdown…


Aye,I know. Neither as snappy a headline nor as good a choon as MATTYBHOY yesterday-I don’t know whether to sack my sub editor or my DJ-but heyho. It works for this article.

We are now in the final stages of the season,with five league games remaining to gather the few points necessary to complete our eighth successive title campaign,leading into the cup final on the 52nd Anniversary of Lisbon.

A day where we can be heroes-(wrong song-ed)-and achieve a magnificent Treble Treble.

Another Nine In A Row,if you like. And all of them won legitimately,without recourse to illegal payment methods and registration of players,and without sending distress signals to friends in the ludj.

I expect Neil Lennon to focus on each game in hand,but with an eye on the big picture. Which players might benefit from a short break,who needs game time to get back to match fitness? Who is nearing a suspension threshold? These are all questions he will have to consider as he mentally finalises who he would ideally like to face Hearts in the final.

Another thing he might be advised to consider for that match is who we play the previous week. We could certainly do without having a catalogue of injuries to deal with from that game,so it doesn’t help that our opponents that day are the same Hearts team we will face in the final. That day will be one for strong men,players who will refuse to be kicked up and down the park.

Players of that ilk are coming more to the fore under Neil than they did when BR was in charge. He’s been there himself,he never lay down to thuggery as a player. I think he has made it plain to his squad that he will back them up in such circumstances. I’m not advocating that Celtic stoop to the depths of our opponents,rather that I’m delighted to see us giving some back.

We won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated,that’s for sure.

During the run-in,I expect to see a token late sub appearance from Leigh Griffiths,probably against Hearts. (He can lead the singing!) He needs one more appearance for a medal,and I think he has earned it over the years. Next year,I hope to see the old Leigh back,the one who can get the adrenaline going whenever he gets the ball inside the opponents half.

He’d be like a new signing!

I also hope that there is room on the bench on Cup Final Day for Ryan Christie. This is a young man many of us had written off a year ago,despite his stellar form while on loan at Aberdeen. We were delighted that he couldn’t play for them against us,yet he would never be good enough to make a Celtic jersey his own? I could understand both arguments at the time,but to hear people expressing both opinions at the same time left me baffled.

He’s either good enough or he isn’t,make your mind up. He’s a football player,not a subatomic particle,and this season has shown that there’s plenty of life in Ryan Christie. He had bulked up in the right places,and he appeared frequently in the right places on the pitch to earn us the points as he made a starting place his own.

All through hard work and merit.

This,of course,made him a target for the bootboys of the SPL,the hammer-throwers who have never gone away. I always find it ironic that the only foreign player to speak out about this-Jan Baartram-played in the same side as Graham Roberts and Terry Hurlock. Must have been a hoot in training every day! Anyway,Ryan was no sooner back from injury when he was taken out with an act of brutality which would have led to a six match ban in most countries. We won’t see him until next season,and of course he has our best wishes for his recovery.

I hope Neil can find a place on the bench for him on Cup Final Day.

He deserves it.


Cup Final Day. The 25th of May. I’ve got a couple of tops with that day embroidered into them,as it is in all our hearts. What a day to be in Glasgow,we will throng the bars and we will fill that disgrace of a national stadium

Except,we won’t. We can’t.

The Boolin Club Committee on the top floors have decreed a 50-50 split in the ticket allocation,so we will be lucky to get 20,000 to be balloted for tickets on the day. No heed paid to the respective semi final attendances of 21,000 and 47,000. 50-50,deal with it.

No matter. We can hold a beamback at Paradise. It’s bigger,more fun,better atmosphere. And the crowd inside can later join the crowds lining The Glasgow Celtic Way as we welcome our heroes back on an open top bus to our spiritual home,Paradise.

Except,we won’t. We can’t.

You see,The Scottish Cup Final isn’t the only big Final happening that day in Glasgow. And there’s a good chance it won’t even host the highest attendance. For only a few overhit corners away is The Grand Final of The Guinness Pro-14 Rugby Tournament. That’s a big deal in the rugby calendar,an equivalent of The Champions League in football.

See if you can guess where and when the final is being held this year?


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April 20, 2019 5:21 am

Monday should see a match review as the main article. If you would like to offer your thoughts on the game,mail it to us and we will include them.

The more of us do so,the more my theory about ten Celtic fans in a pub and eleven opinions stands up!


April 20, 2019 5:26 am

Tomorrow should see a guest article on a topic befitting Easter Sunday,and events on that occasion in 1916.

“A faraway land of which we know nothing” to quote Chamberlain in 1938-they clearly knew nor cared much about their occupied neighbours either.

April 20, 2019 5:40 am

My condolences to the family of DELANEYSDUNKY who posts on here as GARRY. In the last few days,he has lost both his Mum and her sister-his Godmother.

I’ve met Garry loads of times,most times when I go home. Great bloke in every way. I only met Molly and Eileen once,a few years ago in Cheltenham,a family day at Eileen’s house.

Of course,I wasn’t family,and was reluctant to attend for that reason. I’ve always been grateful that I did. I think I got adopted that day!

Garry’s extended family couldn’t have been better company,but the few hours I spent with those two elderly ladies were and are a very happy memory.

R I P Molly and Eileen.

April 20, 2019 6:22 am

Lovely tribute Mick to my Mammy and Aunt. They both loved your company and would always ask after Mick fae that Kilwinning.
My heart is broken, but both were devout Catholics and both were suffering. No more pain where they believed they were heading to see their husbands again. All 4 will be up there cheering Celtic to 8 in a row.
Thank you bro.

The Gombeen Man
April 20, 2019 7:24 am

Morning All,

A great article BMCUWPS, I’ll come back to it later, heading out here.

I’m very sorry to hear of Garry’s loss of his Mammy and Aunt. I followed Garry’s courage on the other channel a few months ago and I know that the strength he was able to show helped a lot of folk.

Easter is always a special time. A new beginning and in old fashioned language a time of resurrection. It was always a time of great significance to my Mam too and paradoxically 15 years after her passing I’m closer to her now than ever.

Give it time Garry and you too will get that gift too.

They’re not too far away.

I’ll say a few prayers for Molly, Eileen and the family today.


Noel Skytrot
April 20, 2019 7:29 am

how long can a piece on the Easter Rising be?

big packy
April 20, 2019 8:13 am

GARRY,,sincere condolences mate, to lose one is bad enough but to lose two is truly heartbraking, rest in peace molly and Eileen.

big packy
April 20, 2019 8:18 am

BOBBY good post as usual, would love to see ryan get a medal he deserves one, yes bring the griff back he will be chomping at the bit, just googled the rugby final, yes your right biggest crowd, hh.

April 20, 2019 8:29 am

Garry, Sorry to hear of your sad loss. R.I.P. Take care.

April 20, 2019 8:45 am

Garry-really sorry to hear of your loss

April 20, 2019 9:41 am


Like any article or post,as long as the author considers to be appropriate. Tomorrow’s guest article isn’t directly about The Rising,but about a few types with the same attitude that led to it.

If that makes sense! Tomorrow seems like the right day for posting it anyway.

Of course,an article about those events doesn’t need an anniversary to be relevant and welcome on here! Get those fingertips a-tapping,Noel.


Awe Naw
April 20, 2019 9:51 am

Sorry for your losses mate. Stay strong that’s what they would have wanted. You’ll never walk alone don’t forget it.

Noel Skytrot
April 20, 2019 9:58 am


I’m halfway through penning an article, I’ll send it asap.

A thing of beauty
April 20, 2019 11:30 am

So sorry to hear about your mum and aunt. I’m well aware of the close relationship you had with them both. It will be tough for a while I’m sure but the lovely words you said about them being out of pain and reunited wth loved ones was beautiful. Stay strong pal.

Margaret McGill
April 20, 2019 12:12 pm

Good Article BMCUWP
Sorry for your loss my friend.
It was a real pleasure meeting you in Lisbon.

Bada Bing
April 20, 2019 12:13 pm

Beaton starts for Sevco

April 20, 2019 12:28 pm

Hello there!

Serial lurker and refugee from CQN checking in!

Cheerio the noo!


The Exiled Tim
April 20, 2019 12:32 pm

Sad news Garry.
Stay strong for your family mi amigo

A thing of beauty
April 20, 2019 12:36 pm

I seehearts are putting in their usual performance against the Huns. Jeezo when we play them it’s like a cross between rugby and ufc. I’ve tuned in today and hearts are strolling about like it’s an Easter picnic. Levein really is a disgrace

Sol Kitts
April 20, 2019 1:09 pm

Garry, sorry for your loss. Sad days.
ATOB, I also tuned in to Hertz v Sevco. Told Mrs Kitts I would endure it till Sevco went 2-0 up, on the off chance that Hertz wouldn’t do their customary lying down act. Didn’t have long to wait. Now in my garden with a cold beer, enjoying the sunshine, safe in the knowledge that when we wrap up the league it will be down to our own efforts, without needing dubious refereeing decisions, or helpful opponents. Makes it all the sweeter in my book.

April 20, 2019 1:43 pm

Garry very very sorry for your loss. Time is a great healer and she’s at peace now rest assured. Really look forward to meeting you. Take care in these troubling times.
Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
April 20, 2019 1:52 pm

Sol kitts you are so right. We shouldn’t want favours from anyone else but I just wish hearts played against them the way they do against us. The difference is so stark it’s disgusting. When we played at tynecastle early in the season ichpeuzu steamed into the box for a cross with jack hendry covering. He was about 8 feet away from the ball when he launched himself and headered jack in the back of the head. He could’ve killed him. Straight out assault, again with the ball miles away. Today, playing like pussy cats. It disgusts me.

April 20, 2019 2:05 pm

I think Hertz can say goodbye to a shot in Europe now. With a half hearted display like today they don’t deserve to be in Europe. I wonder when Ms. Budge will waken up to Levein.

A thing of beauty
April 20, 2019 3:01 pm

Jim the tim2.05pm “ I wonder when mrs budge will wake up to Levein”
Probably tomorrow morning when she asks him how he likes his eggs. I can see no other reason why he is still in a job.

April 20, 2019 3:22 pm


April 20, 2019 3:26 pm

MiT , can you vet ATOBs latest slander/comment pls?
Sounds like Jealousy to me:)
Hopefully the Craig Leven Cup Final ( copyright) is the end of the dinosaur.
Hail Hail

April 20, 2019 3:42 pm

Title party on hold until next Saturday at CP which was always the plan.

April 20, 2019 4:00 pm

A wee bit of information from James Forrest I wasn’t aware of.

“In fact, the Ibrox club has won a mere six league matches against top six teams this season; four of them have been against Hearts.”

Tells you everything.

April 20, 2019 4:14 pm Knocking on Dave’s door is worth a watch Hh

April 20, 2019 4:25 pm

ATOB-funny ?

April 20, 2019 4:31 pm

JTT53-12from12 against the mini mob,surely even mini me’s must wonder at that stat

Mike in Toronto
April 20, 2019 4:36 pm


Just logged on and saw your sad news. Condolences my friend.

Mike in Toronto
April 20, 2019 4:38 pm


I haven’t had the chance to read back, but I am pretty certain that I will always find in favour of ATOB (Mick’s sister, yes?), over one of you ruffians?

April 20, 2019 4:43 pm

JTT I’m surprised anybody is surprised by that stat. Levein is a poor football manager who can’t hide his dislike of Celtic. The minis deserve him. Hh

Mike in Toronto
April 20, 2019 4:47 pm

Okay … just read back …truth, no matter how offensive, is a defence to libel …. besides, between the two, I’m not sure which one should be more offended, so not sure which one has a claim?

April 20, 2019 4:50 pm

Gordon, agreed, I’ve never liked him. I hope we hammer them in the cup final. They will be as dirty as sin mind you. I pray our players come away from it unscathed.

April 20, 2019 4:58 pm

I laughed at the semi final at Hampden, some folk were saying the grass looked on the longish side. Remember when that was Levein’s tactics against Celtic at Tynecastle?

Bada Bing
April 20, 2019 5:11 pm

Levein has never won anything as a player or a manager, an easy cup run to Hampden, he will move back upstairs in the summer, a loser.

Bada Bing
April 20, 2019 5:20 pm

Owen Hargreaves? Why?

April 20, 2019 5:23 pm

Feel awfy sorry for Michael Georgiou at the Crucible. He’s waited 10 years to play there and was bursting with joy for the chance. He’s the first player to represent Cyprus. He’s getting hammered by Neil Robertson who is at the top of his game. Michael was unlucky to draw Neil for his first ever game there. Poor wee soul. I hope he can get at least one frame.

April 20, 2019 5:23 pm


April 20, 2019 5:41 pm


High time you got on here,oul son

Missed you for long enough.

Listening to Stormbringer by a former acquaintance of your better half. He can sing better than he can fight!

Don’t be a stranger,and get a wee article compiled about Greenock and St Micks!


April 20, 2019 6:04 pm

So DOB’S beat DOB’S today.
Shocked i’m not.
Huns been softened up for cheap sale of the worlds best striker as in absence an old man has become such.
Sure the Hearts fans celebrated by singing their racist and sectarian songs with their kin.
Lets stuff another set of hammer throwers tomorrow and put title firmly in our grasp

Awe Naw
April 20, 2019 6:21 pm

I can see tomorrow being a draw. Has Heckingbottom lost in the league yet. In the cup game Hibs although conceding two in second half were much better. Christie’s injury probably means a place for Ntcham, Rogic or Sinclair who haven’t offered much recently. We are also far more shot shy without Christie. Might be a game for Burke to play. Will also be interesting to see what Lenny has learned about Hibs under Higginbottom. Forrest first name on the teamsheet
Lustig, Ajer. Simunovic, Tierney
Forrest, Brown, McGregor, Rogic,Hayes
Subs: Burke, Sinclair, Ntcham, Tolljan, Benkovic

April 20, 2019 6:43 pm

Awe naw- don’t be giving the team away ?
Not allowed anymore ?

Bada Bing
April 20, 2019 6:45 pm


Lustig Jozo Ajer Tierney

Forrest Calmac Broony Hayes



Holy moley…

April 20, 2019 6:48 pm

BADA- is holy moley a project ?

Bada Bing
April 20, 2019 6:52 pm

FB- a sub mate….?

April 20, 2019 6:54 pm

Many thanks for the kind words, support and prayers offered for my family, at this sad and difficult time for us. Very much appreciated.

Awe Naw
April 20, 2019 6:56 pm

Peter Lawwell texted me the line up. A new service for 99p a week