Special nights at risk

When the famous Glasgow Celtic walk out the tunnel and take to the park, we all naturally set aside our differences. That’s a lot easier said than done once the final whistle goes though.
There’s many different facets to our support which doesn’t come as a surprise given how far and wide our beloved club reaches, there may be more Tims abroad than at home, wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.


So although a very rare occurrence, I feel this time it’s vital we as a support come together, please allow me to explain why.
Yesterday I opined we have one single world class asset, the support that can produce the globe’s best football atmosphere despite being nowhere near the biggest crowd.
It’s a phenomenon.
And now it’s at risk.


It’s at risk because that very phenomenon requires the vocal to not only pack the park, not only have a decent team to cheer on, but it also requires full emotional commitment and investment from all in attendance.
All three of these are at risk now.
Atrocious business and one hell of a dereliction of duty from all our board or executive members. I really hope this lesson has been heeded by some, but the opposite wouldn’t surprise me at all to be frank.


Expecting a packed park anymore is merely that, an expectation. It’s easy to assume that once 80 percent vaccination levels giving herd immunity has been reached then all will resume as normal pre Covid, however assumption is the mother of all messes.
We don’t know if we will see a packed park anytime soon, I know some folk who think we won’t.
Every vacant seat, justified on health grounds or not, hurts that world renowned passion.
Each individual will differ but I suspect having automatic access to the big matches capable of producing ‘that’ atmosphere would tilt many a scale when it comes to season ticket renewal.
Now those faced with the renewal dilemma, some among us, know the special nights that previously forced their hand won’t be happening most likely, maybe this will help make withholding of funds until satisfied a lot easier for many a wavering Tim.


I already fear for the quality of the team next year, something which heavily impacts the passion from the stands. We need a new team or thereabouts, yet don’t look to have the structure or funding to facilitate such turnover. Those linked are pre contract Bosmans, not a market we can be confident of exploiting seeing as that market usually comes down to wages, and we are trumped by half the English Championship up in that regard.
Looks like we end up average, again.
More than likely this means the bigger games that have the potential to erupt into that famous atmosphere are approached with trepidation or at least some nerves, more than likely we see less swashbuckling football that gets the faithful in attendance on the edge of their seats roaring, more than likely we lose the bigger games to be honest.
A poor team on the park will not produce ‘that’ atmosphere, we need belief for the ‘magic’ to happen.


Finally, the required buy in from the fans.
If the faithful don’t have faith, they aren’t the faithful. The implied faith speaks of believing in the cause, of imparting your passion and will to win to those representing you on the field of play safe in the knowledge that it has worked in that past, we have drove them on to glory.
In those special times, every single person involved buys into the dream, from the smallest to the tallest. Ironically, getting the fans to buy in, just can’t be bought.
Its fair to say few of us are buying into Glasgow Celtic just now. That’s not to say we are incapable of producing those wonderful evenings again, but a packed to the rafters park right now leaving another visiting squad in awe would be merely papering over cracks.
The buy in factor needs restored, the connection reestablished, the love of the club rekindled.
We want and need to be proud of our club again, and when that happens those famous nights will once again rock the footballing world.


Should the fanbase split on attending and season ticket renewal, assuming regular attendance is once again on the cards, those in the park risk a poor spectacle with a poor atmosphere to boot.
The Green Brigade, often the beating heart of the entertainment, are now heavily involved in the current standoff with their Celtic Shared initiative, which will more than likely push their regular supporting activities to one side to focus on the bigger picture.
Now they are in the mix, we can’t expect their famous displays or support on the bigger nights, which only provide a bigger stage to hit out at the PLC.


It should also be said that packing the park with ‘tourists’ rather than the usual fan for the bigger games wont work, the atmosphere will in no way hit the heights.
There’s no quick get out. There’s only one set of fans capable of pulling that out of the hat.


The onus is on the club to ensure they have their famous twelfth man aiding the players, but given the curious statement to the Trust that they currently believe they are modern and respected throughout Europe, our suits may not even envisage their one and only world class asset being in jeopardy.
Hope rests on the younger incoming CEO to inform those involved of the reality of the situation on the ground, whether they want to hear it or not.
Bringing back the thunder may cost some honesty or some painful admissions, it may even cost some pride.
For an atmosphere money can’t buy, that looks like a bargain.


Above by Mahe.

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February 20, 2021 5:39 am
February 20, 2021 5:40 am
February 20, 2021 6:11 am

Morning all.

Ross C v Celtic

Went to check kick off time.

7-30 pm on a Sunday night???

Wtf is that all about?

Cosy Corner Bhoy
February 20, 2021 7:27 am

Twisty: Found that out on Wednesday. Furthest point on the map gets a Sunday evening kick off at 7.30 pm! Add in social distancing for travel and we could have about 7 buses or 20 plus cars heading all that way up for a game with no spectators. They should see Glasgow again about 3am.
Some English games have had even crazier ko times but they are getting all games televised…we don’t.
Just coincidence or another ‘ F they Fenians’ moment. The choice is yours.
The CCB trio will be in three separate houses!! Bloody beelin’. Not to mention 7’’ iPad and no shouting from me. Thank God for a couple or more cans whilst watching😁🍺.

February 20, 2021 8:30 am

Absolutely ridiculous. I’d love to hear the logic. Tv? Asking for a Sunday evening ko? Man U v Newcastle is on at same time so I doubt it.

More likely as you suggest. F the F’s. Scottish league decision?

Once again, nothing from Celtic. No questions asked?

I’ll tell you, Mahe was seeking opinion yesterday on the potential numbers Celtic could attract to home games. I appreciate I’m old school, but I’d love to go back to Saturday 3pm kick offs. You buy a season book now, and cannot plan ahead. They move the games to Friday night, Saturday noon. Saturday night. Sunday noon. Sunday afternoon and now Sunday night.

Although I bought my ticket last year , I gave it away. Started following the local junior teams around. Whitburn, Bathgate, Fauldhouse, Armadale. It was refreshing to get Saturday afternoon kick offs. 15 minutes travelling there and back.
When the dark nights started to fall, the kick offs were 2pm. I could leave the house at 1-40pm and be back for 4pm.

When I was going to CP, assume a noon kick off on a Sunday. I was leaving at 9-45am to get parked up a mile from the ground. Post match, game finished at 1-50 ish, walk back to car for 2-10pm. Fight the traffic and with luck, home for 3-30. Almost 6 hours for 90 minutes football. ( 98mins if we were playing Rangers and a goal up)

February 20, 2021 8:39 am

Another thing CCB

No queues for pies at the junior matches. The half time windfall is admittedly rubbish. £1 a raffle ticket and top prize was £25. 😁

Some of the toilet facilities also leave a lot to be desired. Pollock being the worst I saw. Just a 3foot wall in the open air behind that shed area. Not at all becoming of a man of such stature as myself.

No concierge. No fragranced hand wash.

( actually no water either 😂)

February 20, 2021 8:44 am

If any of you Glesga or Ayrshire juniors riff raff need educated on proper amenities, I’ll organise a cultural exchange visit to West Lothian for ye.

Fauldhouse have the Bucky boys. I watched one of them tumble down the steps at Bathgate. Bottle never left his hand. Not a drop spilled. You can’t teach that .

February 20, 2021 8:50 am

Twisty, my 2 horses last night were placed. I got £5.40 back! Paddy paid out on the odds at the time of placing my bet. The finishing odds were lower.

February 20, 2021 8:55 am


That’s a gift,mate. Probably hereditary,handed down from father to son. We guard our possessions jealously in Scotland,especially ones with an alcohol content.

February 20, 2021 8:56 am


Well done,mate-you’re gonna get yourself barred from your online betting account!

(That’s one of my ambitions,btw.)

February 20, 2021 9:00 am

Bobby, I only opened the account last year because of me & packy winning prizes in Twisty’s compo.
I checked my account history a couple of days ago. After dozens of small bets, I’m in front! I have withdrawn £130 🙂

February 20, 2021 9:03 am

I enjoy reading The Guardian,mainly because it’s free! But they also have some excellent writers on there,and even their specialists have a way with words. This one is written by their restaurant critic,but it isn’t about food,not really.

For everyone who has lost someone close to them and hasn’t been able to properly grieve,this is for you.


February 20, 2021 9:06 am


Nice one,bud! Every withdrawal from a bookie hits them like a boot in the baws. I hope you have the steel toecaps on for the next one!

(£130 is about two dozen bottles of wine,just to give you some perspective. Or 40 from my local Asda)

February 20, 2021 9:07 am

The argument that we can’t afford to compete in the transfer market is not true. How many Scots playing in England , and playing well for let’s say over 5 years ,went south for a transfer over $5 Mill? Not many , we are not playing money ball in our own backyard
As an example Right now we do not own a player we would consider a regular right back, we are spending big money on a loan player who will be gone in a couple of months. I would have taken that money and bought McGinn from Hibs. There are others in the League we could buy at affordable prices. Center forward I would take a punt on Shankland he will score for fun and show up fit and ready for the start of the season,he will be better than the last 6 we bought for that position , and a big Center forward to go with him , somebody who can stick his nose in , we always say we have lousy crossers of the ball , that’s because we have nobody attacking the high balls ,the Motherwell CH is going to be picked up on the cheap by an English club ,we can afford him.
Let’s forget the maybes from Europe build a team to win the League and they will rise to the occasion of playing in Europe

February 20, 2021 9:08 am

Well done. Yeah you’ll have got BOG prices. ( best odds guaranteed)

Being ahead is very good. Good luck today.

Drank Buckfast once in my life. Went to Burntisland for a day trip with the punters from the local village. My pal looked 18. ( we were 15)

Went to off licence. 2 bottles of Buckfast. Plan was to drink it and hit the shows . ( that’s the fairground to you posh people)

First part was successfully accomplished. Drank the Buckfast.

Stage two not so. We both fell asleep on the beach. When we woke up, suddenly the idea of the waltzer didn’t appeal so much. 😷

February 20, 2021 9:13 am

Which reminds me,when I visits Chez Saltcoats I usually take a bottle of a decent malt for us to get cracked into. I also try to remember a bottle of vino collapso for Mrs S. I think she gets battered into it once I go home-as a wee reward for putting up with me!

Back in August,I sheepishly handed over a bottle,with the following explanation…

“I wouldn’t normally bring you a bottle of the cheap stuff-honest!-but I’ll admit that this is £4.50 from Home Bargains. Hungarian slop-except that it isn’t,it’s bloody terrific!”

I’d bought two bottles of it,and after the first I knew it was too good to waste on the likes of me! I think they were a bit sceptical at first-then they uncorked it,and scoured the local branches for more…

Naw,I’ve not seen it since either,but if I do I’ll be ordering a couple of cases of it.

February 20, 2021 9:15 am

Bobby, that’s a good article in the Guardian, I can identify with some of it. The main difference – in my neck of the woods the after funeral food was always steak pie! I believe it was called a funeral breakfast. Back in the day Catholics had to fast from midnight before receiving holy communion at Mass the next morning. it was then reduced to 3 hours then after Vatican2 it went down to one hour of a fast. But the tradition of steak pie remained! Not for us nibbly snacks LOL 🙂

This is the roots of the word break-fast. It’s a very popular word now. My protestant friends and family use it too! 🙂

February 20, 2021 9:25 am


Correct,mate-no target men up front to fire the ammo into. That needs to change,central defenders get a weekend off against us.

As for Shankland,he scores some amount of goals. But I watched him against the huns and he didn’t break sweat. Never looked for the ball once. Totally unprofessional. If he wants a move,might be an idea to perform well in games that people watch-especially against his boyhood heroes!

February 20, 2021 9:58 am

Repost from overnight…

I’ve had a suggestion about tickets in the last day or two,that we should try and buy a couple between us on the blog. If people can give what they can,see if we can get to about £1350 for two tickets,and they can be available for members who can’t make the games regularly or simply can’t afford the ST price. Maybe a donation back from them-no compunction to do so though-which would make it easier for the next season.

What do you think? I’m in favour,I think it’s a great idea in principle.

February 20, 2021 1:43 am

February 20, 2021 10:01 am

So Roberts of Airdrie being looked at?
Project Prospect still going strong it seems.
Back to the Future CSC

February 20, 2021 10:08 am

Love that Guardian story.

February 20, 2021 10:10 am

Bobby @ 9.58
count me in.

February 20, 2021 10:20 am

I think you’ll get enough fivers or tenners in donations to cover it.

Would I qualify for a shot of those tickets?

I’ve got a stomach hernia ? I also get terrible heartburn? Ma knee gives me gip now and again too? Piles?

February 20, 2021 10:24 am

A guy who could teach Lawwell how to do his job.

February 20, 2021 10:25 am


No questions asked re eligibility,mate. We simply apply “My word is my bond” to all recipients. Otherwise it would be like means-testing!

February 20, 2021 10:26 am


Just updated the Naps table,and judging by your current score I reckon this could be your lucky day!

February 20, 2021 10:56 am

FAN-A-TIC 1024

Fella clearly knows his stuff. Pity Lawwell won’t even know who he is-or what he does.

February 20, 2021 11:07 am

I think that a good idea, I will contribute, too.

February 20, 2021 11:25 am


I would contribute but would suggest that tickets be reserved primarily for families of Tims who are in need of a day out with the kids due to illness, unemployment, or full-time carers etc. Not means-tested or simply classed as a charity but reflecting the ideals of our founding fathers, and hopefully most of us that post here – helping our own. Not overly keen on the idea of it being limited to SC posters (If that Is what you meant?)


Bada Bing
February 20, 2021 11:34 am

Gotcha M😁

Bada Bing
February 20, 2021 11:41 am

BMCUW- an idea for STs ,could be a monthly direct debit into an account from contributors on here,whatever amount guys feel comfortable with, any leftovers could go to worthy causes that crop up from time to time. I know the Naps and Score Predictions are free to enter, but say a £5 per competition, twice a season, x amount to the winner, x amount to the SC Charity Fund? Just a thought…

February 20, 2021 11:41 am


Ideally,that would be how the tickets are used,to those who need them most. But as I said,we would have to take people’s word on that. And it won’t always be possible to find a couple of deserving causes.

February 20, 2021 12:00 pm


it’s a tremendous idea in principle but the hows and whys of policing it fairly, especially for the games with the highest demand, may well prove to be very problematic. Still think posters should be excluded from taking a ticket but should be encouraged to nominate acquaintances/family.

February 20, 2021 12:10 pm

Afternoon all!
Oglach and Bobby, I think we need to be careful about how we make decisions on who gets a shot of the tickets. We are rightly ignorant of peoples’ circumstances and how they appear online may differ from their real story, the persona presented may be a shield for a completely different story. I think if you put too many t’s and c’s on it it either becomes unworkable or people become judgemental about recipients.
I’m happy to help with a donation to the cost of it and if you needed help with the distribution I’d hopefully be able to get involved with that too!
Be aware though that in the last 10 years or so I’ve struggled to give my tickets away when they’ve not been getting used!

February 20, 2021 12:30 pm

I think that ideally the tickets could be donated to a care home. A couple of tickets made available to a care home resident and their carer, to attend a match at Celtic Park.

February 20, 2021 12:40 pm

Reg.seson ticket..
Good idea Bobby..
I will offer a free£5 charity bet every week on score predictor who gains most.points but not using their joker..from next week..
Any winnings will be forwarded to an account of your choosing..
Let me know..your thoughts

February 20, 2021 1:30 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/19/neil-lennon-accuses-nicola-sturgeon-celtic-covid Neil Lennon accuses Nicola Sturgeon of ‘different tack’ over Celtic and Covid ‘We as a club have been treated differently’

February 20, 2021 1:45 pm
February 20, 2021 1:58 pm

Celtic using 5 buses for the trip to Dingwall tomorrow.
A nice earner for Douglas Park. 😠grrrrr.

February 20, 2021 2:03 pm

G Absolutely ridiculous KO time in Dingwall. And yet our club says SFA 🙊

February 20, 2021 2:21 pm

Lennybhoy just sent me a picture of us when we were in Copenhagen which was exactly a year ago today 😱 Hard to believe the last time we were in Celtic Park 🍀 was on 7th March 2020 ! 😢

February 20, 2021 2:22 pm

I am not happy.
Start work at 6pm tomorrow.
Would have seen the match if it was 3pm kick off.

February 20, 2021 2:31 pm

I recall a time in the distant past when Sunday night KOs @ 6.00pm for SKY were not uncommon. As were a few missed Monday shifts 😜

February 20, 2021 2:35 pm

Was at a game at Fir Park on a snowy wintry Sunday night.
Henke scored 4 goals in a 7-1 win. 👍🍀💚

February 20, 2021 2:40 pm

G I was also at that game HH https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Gw42vv_n8 Motherwell 1 Celtic 7 🍀

February 20, 2021 2:42 pm

Wonder what that dodgy Motherwell goalie is up to these days? 😜😂

February 20, 2021 2:44 pm

Awe Naws Eintracht Eagles go 1-0 up against Bayern

February 20, 2021 2:49 pm

G Well spotted mate. By all accounts Stevie Woods is a decent coach HH

February 20, 2021 2:51 pm

Howdy folks.
Happy day of Saturn.

I’m boycotting and therefore cannae help regarding season tickets sorry.

I see its left to Lenny to speak up again. Them EPL wages to the CEO arent looking so well spent.

Seeking volunteers to join the podcast at around 8pm pls

Hail Hail

February 20, 2021 2:56 pm

Mahe Already on my third beer 🍺 so by 8pm should be as loquacious as Bmcuwp 😜

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