Murdo

When anyone mentions Murdo, I immediately think of the wonderful goals, he scored for us.
The first 3, I thought about, when I started this article, were all against Rangers. It’s maybe an indication of how important they were, at the time, and how sweetly struck, the goals were.
The first one was, possibly, his most famous, the thunderbolt against Rangers, in the dying seconds to ensure the league title, in a 4.2 victory, the 10 men won the league game in 1979. A game that will never be forgotten.
Murdo himself says it was a 20 yarder, but over time folklore has changed it to a 40 yarder.

 

The next one was in the 2.1 League Cup final in 1982, he scored the second, and what a sweet strike it was, in a game remembered, apart from us winning the cup, for the torrential rain and the absolute soaking the Celtic fans got, in the uncovered terracing at Hampden, that day, I think half of us ended up with pneumonia after that game.

 

The third and my own personal favourite, was the fourth goal, in a 4.4 draw at Ibrox.
This was another game, played in torrential rain, at least this time, we had a roof over us.
This game was played in March 86.
Celtic had gone 2 up, after 29 minutes, however Willie McStay was sent off after 31 mins and Rangers pulled one back before half time.
Early in the second half, Tommy Burns made it 3.1 and all seemed well, Celtic then lost 3 goals in an incredibly disappointing 11 minute spell, to go 4.3 down, it was, then, Murdo who stepped up with 20 minutes left, to rifle an unstoppable shot, into the top corner, if you watch that goal on you tube, you can actually hear the fans screams in anticipation, as soon as the ball leaves Murdo’s foot and when it hits the net, absolute joy and total bedlam.
There was no further scoring and it was one of those rare occasions, for a Celtic/Rangers game, when both sets of players were applauded off, by their fans, at the full time whistle.
The fans appreciating that the players had served up a cracker, under very difficult conditions.

 

Murdo signed for Celtic in November 78, from Dumbarton, there was no transfer window back then, and He made his debut the following day against Motherwell.

 

Murdo was a midfield player of the highest calibre who, as I’ve already written about, had a wonderful knack for scoring spectacular and often important goals, Murdo also, in emergencies played both full back positions for Celtic and never let us down, when playing in those positions.

 

His first goal for us, was a 25 yarder, at Easter Rd, which was a sign of the type of goals, that were to come from him.
Murdo kept some of his best performances for the European arena and scored some more memorable goals, playing for Celtic ,in Europe, Juventus, Real Sociedad and Nottingham Forest, spring to mind.

 

He was another Celt, who had to wait a long time for a cap, there’s definitely a pattern here, it finally came, in May 1985, in a 1-0 win over England at Hampden. He did then become a regular in the Scotland squad until 1990.

 

Borussia Dortmund, who were the sleeping giant of German football, came calling, in 1987and Murdo joined them for a fee of £250,000 which gave Celtic a tidy profit, especially after the great nine seasons of service he had given. It was strongly suggested that Murdo actually wanted to stay with Celtic, but with contract talks not working out and the offer in from the Germans, he took the leap to move on. On this occasion, I don’t think Peter Lawwell can get the blame for that one.
As fate would have it, Celtic were later drawn against Dortmund in the UEFA Cup in September 1987, the Germans narrowly triumphing 3-2 on aggregate. Murdo was given a richly deserved great welcome by the Celtic fans in the home leg at Parkhead.

 

As a Celtic Player, Murdo made 386 appearances and scored 81 goals
Murdo won 4 League titles, 2 Scottish Cups and 1 League Cup.
Of course, Murdo returned to Celtic as Assistant Manager to Wim Jansen in 1997 and played a big part in us winning the league, that season, and, in the course of doing that, had the bonus of preventing Rangers achieving 10 in a row.
It’s no wonder that Murdo is fondly remembered by the Celtic support.

 

Once again, thanks to the wonderful Celtic Wiki, which helped me piece this article together.
Jimmynotpaul

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Oglach

Right I am away to watch every episode of dooms day preppers just to ensure I haven’t forgotten anything.
Dried pasta – check, bottled water – check, copious amounts of luxury quilted toilet rolls – check, M4 5.56 X 45mm assault rifle, spare mags and 2000 rounds of AP ammo? Ahh feck it I knew i’d forget something, typical.

jimthetim53

Roll up bacci, check. White wine, check. Bag of tatties, check. Sorted!

Coneybhoy

Self quarantine – Leith style

https://youtu.be/WprMPkKscwo

bada bing1

Harvey Weinstein 23 years jail

McCaff

Oglach

At the game on Saturday the players exited the stadium into a fenced off pathway straight to the car park. There was no opportunity for them to make contact with the fans. I assume the latest info must mean when they’re away from CP going about their own everyday stuff!
A young couple I know were in Rome last weekend, Friday to Monday. They were put out of their hotel on Saturday and told to leave. They just had to go straight to the airport and book a flight home…everywhere in Rome had closed to new arrivals. They have now self isolated for 7 days on medical advice!

bada bing1

UEFA in talks to cancel all tomorrow’s Europa League games…..would be fun trying to see the huns give refunds…

Awe Naw

The Spanish will not let the Romans fly in.
Eintracht game is behind closed doors.

Big Audio Dynamite

Jim, you are hopeless at panic buying! ?

Margaret McGill

People are making these Doomsday jokes like there was no tomorrow

Margaret McGill

Apparently all the morphine and IVs are sold out too. It’s going to be a shit doomsday for old times sake.

Big Audio Dynamite

Mags 4.00 ?

Big Audio Dynamite
ASWGL

Great article JNP i always liked Murdo, i remember being at the 10men won the league game, public transport was aff, and we got chased almost from Parkhead to George square (bad losers those huns). I remember Murdo saying after the game that he had honestly dreamed the night before he had scored the winning goal to give us the league.

I used to be taken aback at Murdo when watching him from the Jungle, shouting at players on the pitch, he always used Sunday names, like if he was shouting for a pass from Dom Sullivan, he would shout “Dominic” and “Daniel” to Danny Mc Grain, I had never heard anyone being so proper on a footbal pitch probably coz i came from the rough part of Maryhill, where the weans run aboot biting the dogs.

HH

Puff puff

Win wan soon … coffee every flookenn tablet new chair , poor we cat
Grow up for God sake .

Great leader JNP, always liked Murdo the player.
HH
………………………..
Was at the Doc’s today, she didn’t see what all the fuss was about, then went to town, there are three bigish supermarkets there, two were normal but one of the Spanish ones had a severe shortage of meat, Lidl and the other one had shelves stacked to the gunnels, all minus hand wash right enough.

big packy

EVENING ALL, just back from Cheltenham it was closed, im blaming sol kitts and jimthetim, its a conspiracy a tell ye?

jimthetim53

Packy did you walk it?

big packy

the wife is in a quandry over this virus she has got a cold ,her mother is 89 years old housebound and on a breathing machine 24/7 ,so she phoned the health centre for advice, and asked if she could be tested, in fear of going to visit her mum and passing the virus on, sorry you don’t fit the criteria she was told, what the feck is the criteria,, now her mother is on her own with no visitors.

big packy

JIM, no tandem,,me and joan?

A thing of beauty

JNP,
Cracking article. Murdo was a powerhouse of a midfielder but also had a bit of finesse. He also played a crucial role in stopping the ten so a great Celt in my book.
I’ve not had time to read back but when I came in from work I wanted to check the league table around an idea of how I think we might fit in the games should we shut down for two weeks. The table on the bbc website has us 10 points ahead with sevco having a game in hand. So we are really only 7 points ahead with 8 games to go. That’s not right is it? I checked sky and they have the Huns on 67 points. Now it’s no surprise to me that the type of person employed by bbc Scotland sports department would want their team to be closer to the top but ye cannae just make shit up!!
Right away to read back now after dinner. To all the successful Cheltenham punters, more power to you. No such luck for me today but tomorrow is another day.

ASWGL

ATOB

It’s not right at all as you say, we are on 80 points 13 ahead of thems who have 67 and a game in hand

Even IF and it’s a big IF the league is suspended, it won’t stop us doing 9 & 10, it may well suspend it, but it sure won’t stop it, all the foaming at the mouth from the bigots won’t make a jot of difference, unless someone else wins the league that is, fools.

ASWGL

Texting the boys to tell them you have a case of Corona, just won’t bring the same response this year.

jimthetim53

I have texted the error into Sportsound. Let’s see if they mention it and get it corrected. 80295 if you want to do likewise.

JimmynotPaul

ATOB.
Thank you and not like the BBC?
Of course, you have to be a liquidation denier to keep your employment there.

jimthetim53

Packy left you a message on the naps page. 🙂

ASWGL

BBC also show the huns with 47 GD when it should be only 45, and they stole some from us too showing 67 when we should be 70.
Stoopid bar stewards

big packy

JIM,cheers just seen the message, cant believe ive got nil points?

JimmynotPaul

Hey B.P.
Join the club, me and you both.

big packy

another true story, it was 1971 I was 18, remember looking in the mirror at my long dark brown curly hair, I hated it, I wanted straight hair so I could get a feather cut like rod stewart and Ronnie wood, just looked in the mirror a minute ago, oh how I wish I had dark brown curly hair???

big packy

JIMMYNOTPAUL, im in good company then??

jimthetim53

packy, I’ve still got a head of hair but it’s pure white/grey now. I could dye it but it would be a bit obvious to everyone who knows me 🙂

big packy

JIM, at least you have got hair?baldys..com.lol,

JimmynotPaul

Jim 7.52.
That reminds of one of the best come back lines, I’ve heard.
Guy in previous work, clearly dyed his hair.
He tried to be smart and take the mickey out of one of the women, big mistake, Fiona was from Barra and had razor sharp wit.
He mocked her appearance, and she replied, at least I don’t dye my hair.
He was indignant and said I do not!!!
Her comeback line was, you bloody well do and I will even tell you the shade, you use, it’s Autumn Gold, the same as my old Granny uses. ???
Cue much hilarity and one suitably chastised smartalec.

jimthetim53

That’s the Table sorted on BBC. I followed up my contact with Sportsound with a text to their complaints department.

jimthetim53

I had a go at dyeing my hair years ago when I still had about 70% colour. But after a couple of weeks the grey roots start to show. A female friend mentioned quietly ‘time to touch up your roots Jim’. Too much bother! I gave up. Women put so much effort into their appearance, I don’t envy them.

big packy

another true story, its the 26th of may 1967, im 14, we had just become champions of Europe, at school st augustines in Coatbridge it feels like the day you break up for the summer holidays, no lessons just fun in the classroom, im in the science class, mr gogarty big portly guy in his late forties early fifties, was smoking in class such was the relaxation, next thing the headmaster walks in, mr gogarty puts his lit fag in his pocket, trying to stub it out, suddenly his pocket catches fire, I kid you not the whole class was in stitches.??

jimthetim53

Never saw a teacher as bold as that Packy but there was a couple who dissapeared into the big walk in storeroom at the front of the classroom for a smoke.

big packy

JIM ,I still laugh at it even now, 53 years later, probably mr gogarty has gone to the happy hunting ground, or maybe not, he would probably be a hundred years old now, mr gogarty if you are still here, god bless you, you gave me one of the biggest laughs of my life?

fan-a-tic

Not only Scottish commentators who act as cheerleaders for their team.
English commentators at Liverpool game are cringeworthy with their myopia.
Alexander Arnold thigh high studs on opponent, nothing in that says idiot.
Ref has been lenient with some of Liverpool challenges.
HT -1-0 Liverpool.

big packy

FAN ,as you know im a 25 minute drive from anfield, would not watch them if they were playing in my back garden, jealousy is it feckin you bet it is, if we had the money the EPL get, we would be winning the champions league as well, it does not help when your mrs rubs it in?

A thing of beauty

JTT,
Good work sir. Get them told.
BP,
Couple of really funny stories there. The one with the teacher smoking is something that I’m sure comes back to you at odd times and you have a good chuckle. I love stuff like that.

big packy

A THING OF BEAUTY, cheers,,true story by the way???

fan-a-tic

Playing in stadiums with no fans in attendance?
Watched a little of PSG-Dortmund but it was a dull experience.
For the tv viewer it is a hard watch as it seems sterile and soulless.
Crowd reaction is important and adds an emotional aspect.
People often think the EPL is superb but the reality is a lot of that is due to the vast array of technology employed.
Varying camera angles to make it seem more competitive and sound enhancements to create excitement that is not really there.
With the young and relatively new international audience being fickle a prolonged period of games in empty stadiums may cause a long term decline in audience and revenue that it might not be so easy to get back as these fans find something new to hold their attention.

bada bing1

https://twitter.com/gffn/status/1237830057726484480?s=12

The stadium ban having a big effect in Paris…

fan-a-tic

Andy Robertson having a good game.
Aggressive with tenacious tackling, good running and involved in attacking play.
He is bringing back memories of KT under Deila.

jimthetim53

St Mirren beat the minis 1-0

The best league in the world shown up for what it is tonight, efin AM, had BTTS for a few bob, but redeemed it with them scoring the next goal, AM a master class tonight, fair play to them.

fan-a-tic

Athletico win 3-2
Commentators describe it as a smash and grab.
They blame the keeper though Simeone outcoached Klopp and better team won.

Margaret McGill

Liverpool were unlucky
I hate Atletico Madrid and Simeone
I hope they get fucked in the quarter finals as should all Celtic supporters. If you know your history beyond the Huns that is,