Celtic 6-0 Livingston

Morning,all.
 
 
Playing against Livingston has not been as easy as it should have been for the last couple of years. They have had a habit of getting right in amongst us in the middle and up front,while stifling us at the back. Their manager clearly takes a certain delight in that,as he should. Even if I can’t help thinking that this approach may not be entirely Livingston-centric. Witness his comments after the match where he recommended John Kennedy for the job!
 
 
Is that right,aye?
 
 
In fairness to the current interim manager,our last two performances have been amongst our best of the season-though that is hardly much to crow about. Neither Falkirk nor Livingston got near enough to even kick us properly,and neither referee bothered with a yellow card for either side. Must be a while since two games in succession went by without a card being issued,though I doubt there will be a hat-trick next weekend if the game even gets the go-ahead.
 
 
But to the match itself. We lined up with a little more familiarity than has been the case too often,with Eddy-who really needs to put his foot through the ball sometimes-spearheading the line and ably supported by Jamesie and Mo in the wider positions. Broonie anchored the middle which allowed DT and CalMac to press forward. Griff was relegated to the bench after his horror show last week,as were Christie and Tam. We started off where we left off the previous week,unrelenting movement and attacking at every opportunity. Yet Livi managed to frustrate us-well,me at least!-for the first half hour till we Jamesie fooled us all with his finish for the opener!
 
 
DT picked it up,played a quick pass to Eddie who flicked it into the box for Jamesie to take on the run. I don’t think the left foot finish quite went the way he planned,but it trundled past the deceived keeper to the bottom corner. We were better than good value for that at the time,yet our second a few minutes later also needed a little brush with Lady Luck. Greg Taylor played a lovely pass inside the defence for Mo to cross from the bye-line to the waiting DT a couple of yards out. His cross deflected off the covering defender,looped over the keeper,fell perfectly to DT,and even the Griff of last week would have put that away! So 2-0 up at half time,hardly undeserved,but the manner of the goals must have pissed our opponents off a tad. Pity,huh?
 
 
Well,we sure took no pity in the second half! We went for the throat,and no messing. The first ten minutes saw us doubling our lead. The first via a corner,which even after multiple replays is inconclusive as to whether Broonie or the under-pressure defender got the last touch. I’ll give it as an og,which will hopefully fire up our captain to make up for this injustice next weekend! The fourth followed a few minutes later-Mo had seen a similar effort saved just earlier by the keeper when a loose ball broke to him on the edge of the area,set up lovely for a curler from his right foot. He didn’t waste any time fannying about with a touch,just duly dispatched it to make it four. Really a delightful finish.
 
 
Which,if anything,he bettered for the fifth ten minutes later. Kris burst forward through the middle and this time Mo stayed right of central. That positioning compared to his first actually summed up his performance on the day-not just unplayable for much of the time,but bliddy difficult to pick up or mark. Kris got to the edge of the area,threaded it inside,Mo took a touch this time-and just like last week-dinked it over the onrushing keeper for probably the goal of the game. Simply delightful stuff,IMO.
 
 
Sometimes I really want this guy to stay,and then I remember some-too many-of his other performances. Maybe he’s a Samaras MkII,and I know how pissed off I was when his contract wasn’t renewed. And I remember how pissed off I could be at so many of his performances too. He’s nowhere near that level yet-except in how much he can frustrate me at times!!! Last I heard,he was available for £6m and at that price,even if only to preserve some continuity in the team after a likely huge summer turnover,I would be inclined to keep him.
 
 
And there’s an article in itself,I suppose…
 
 
The sixth and final goal-which was a very good finish indeed-owed itself to one of those “Efe moments” that we sadly became so familiar with over time. Struggling to do anything from the right side of defence,he passed it along the edge of the box and straight to Christie. He took it in his stride,ran into the box and finished calmly into the corner. I thought it was a really good finish,but he obviously didn’t rate it so highly,judging by his lack of celebration. Cheerio,son. Trust me,none of us will be saying in one year,two,three years or ever that we really miss you.
 
 
I’m not gonna finish this article on such a sour note though. I thought our performance on Saturday was outstanding. Full of running,movement,attacking intent. Hell,we even looked kinda solid at the back on the few occasions that Livi got on the ball. I don’t know whether the last couple of games have been down to coaching,or relief at the former manager no longer being in charge,or simply the paucity of the opposition. Frankly,I don’t care-never look a gift horse in the mouth! Ten goals in two games without reply is a good springboard for our visit to the hounds of hell next week. What’s not to like?
 
 

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JimmynotPaul

https://www.racingpost.com/news/grand-national/i-thought-i-could-win-the-national-but-in-five-strides-it-all-went-up-in-smoke/484226

If any of you, even have a little interest, in horse racing, not gambling, this is an outstanding piece from Patrick Mullins, very insightful.

JimmynotPaul

Magua 5.34.
I’m guessing, that unlike Jobo, you are not still with the girl, 35 years, later.
That’s amazing though, both of you at Pittodrie, that day and both with new girls, on the go.

JimmynotPaul

Noel. 5.47.
Thanks for that, information, appreciated.

Twisty

JNP
Brilliant insight into the race from the jockeys saddle eh! Tremendous.
Can just imagine the disappointment as the tank emptied so quickly.

Noel Skytrot

Auldheid,
your absolutely right regarding any dilemma when it comes to supporting Celtic, we shouldn’t have to go through any emotional toil, apart from the on the field drama, not one iota. As for the piece about listening in an active sense, I do this every time i’m at work, due to the nature of my work environment and the trauma people disclose too me. I think i’ll write that piece on a whiteboard for those I work with it might be beneficial too them.

Twisty

Sunday 1-30 kick off

JimmynotPaul

Twisty. 6.40.
Has it changed, again?
BBC reporting 3.00 k.o. on Sunday.

Mike in Toronto

Auldheid

I had never come across that piece by coy Parsley, but that is a definite keeper. Thanks for sharing that.

JNP

That is indeed the case…we simply drifted apart. Or to put it another way, my priority was my first love…Celtic.

Hail Hail.

emusanorpan

Mike in Toronto April 12, 2021 4:49 pm

What a wonderful and touching post.

“At this point in time, Celtic seem to be in bed with anti-Irish and anti-Catholic bigots. Supporting Celtic is, in effect, supporting Rangers….. and that is something I cannot do.

Honestly, I think that by getting into bed with Rangers, Celtic shame the memory of our parents, and grandparents who were treated as second class citizens.”

Sadly so true! The sacrifice of our parents to give us a better chance in life is being trampled on for the Hun pound. Unforgivable!

DannyMac23

JnP

3PM Sunday I think

Frank and discerning viewpoint from Patrick Mullins.

Difficult to explain to people that may not know about horse racing about how a horse suddenly hits the wall.

It’s why breeding of horses is the reason for horses racing apart from the prize money.The big money as you know is in stud fees.Lineage.When Frankel covers a mare its £125,000 a time.It may have changed since I read that if it has please correct me.I think too every time a jockey rides a horse on the flat I think its £115 a ride.If you are a decent jockey 6 rides a day £690 for a days work is not too shabby.Also jockeys retained by a trainer are guaranteed an annual salary and do they still receive 10% of the winning purse?Dont get me wrong getting up at 4 am to ride work then travel to the racecourse of your trainers choice cant be fun but the rewards are there.Rewards and risk,there is not too many jockeys riding that have not broken bones.

Back to Patrick Mullins the horse emptied but he nursed it home.Jockeys and trainers and stable lads do look after horses.There is a duty of care there.Gordon Elliot will regret forever doing what he did,still unforgivable none the less.

Danny

Twisty

Oh 3pm?

Apologies. One of my kids messaged me otherwise.

Fairhill bhoy

Great wee read back 👏👏👏

Twisty

Just checked

He says “ I meant 1-30pm tv coverage starts” 🤔

Rebus67

If I try to answer my own question, I am sure that I shall fail. Perhaps the important aspect is not the answer but the fact that you ask the question. Asking the question may provide an answer on whether you will renew or not.

In my case, being a proddy, I started off going to Rangers games during the Alex Scott, Willie Henderson, Millar/Brand era. Throw in slim Jim as a big bonus. The hate on the terraces was the turning point, forcing me to look more closely at the club. I saw the non Catholic policy, the bigotry, more specifically the institutional bigotry through the Masons. All of that culture drove me away from that club. I watched P. Thistle for a while but the atmoshere at Parkhead was hard to beat. Yes, there was also prejudice amongst some fans but it was not institutionalised in the club. Prods and Catholics played in the team. Murdoch and Gallagher(Charlie) were a treat to watch, especially when Bobby moved back to midfield. At the Celtic I could watch an exciting team in a more tolerant society. It became my football home. Absolutely no influence from my father at all.

Frankly, it is decades since I was inside Parkhead but the memories of the joy in seeing my heroes perform well will never leave me. The feeling of being at one with thousands of others is a powerful drug to which you can become addicted. Unfortunately, that addiction can and is being exploited. The exploitation is not a recent phenom. It probably started about five years after the founding of the club when crowds reached 5000. Here was a ready market for some of the entrepreneurs who helped establish the club. This is very much the case nowadays as well.

Apart from the comradeship amongst the fans, the game reflects many aspects of life. Competition, struggle, unfairness, poor decision making , triumph and failure are all part of the physical action that takes place in the sporting arena before your eyes. Triumph of the underdog is possible so that there is always hope. Berwick can beat Rangers and Caley can beat Celtic, as Celtic can beat Barcelona. How many times have you triumphed against the odds during your lifetime? Each time you see your team you get to be the manager, the DoF…..you can critique the selection and incoming/outgoing transfers. You get to play the boss in your head.

It is the ultimate entertainment experience but so much more because, but for a few unfortunate breaks, it could have been you out there drawing the applause!

More could be said but I leave that to you.

Rebus

DannyMac23

Rebus67

Great read.

Danny

A thing of beauty

Rebus,
As regards why we support Celtic I think Danny sums it up perfectly for me. It’s about family, friends and belonging. Some of us are lucky enough to be born into it. CCB was heavily involved I the Ardrossan Garryowen when I was around 5. I clearly remember going straight to the club from mass and wondering how Father Kelly always got there before the rest of us. No matter, there was juice and crisps, music and pals and I loved it. I loved football too but not till around 8 /9 years old and as a girl that was a tough gig. I needed to be pretty good not to get laughed at and my dad always encouraged me. BMCUWP toughened me up by kicking the shit out me!! I played a lot with my cousin who was a year older and he was Celtic daft. At around 11 Aberdeen were coming to the fore and after they won the league I said I was going to change to support them. He was raging. Told me in no uncertain terms Celtic is our team and you stick with them. I’m still sticking with them 39 years later. Yes I get annoyed, yes I understand why others don’t go but the Garryowen is now the Crown Creighton and those precious times with my dad, sister and brother and daughter when they can manage cannot be replicated without the conduit of our club. Are we being exploited? I would say no. I am not going to look back in times to come and say I’m glad I missed all that time with my dad so I could let Dermot Desmond know I’m not happy with how he runs the club. We are clever enough to know that the board are at it and it’s our choice. CCB told me that long ago and it was confirmed by another old gent I was talking to today. Now this man has lived at the bottom of my parents street for 20 plus years but we only got talking recently through a common love of Celtic. He talked today about his youth travelling to games on the bus from the Gorbals and how the excitement of the day was all that mattered. He doesn’t go to games anymore but he loves watching the game in the local club and we had a great craic for quarter of an hour today on council time. That’s Celtic, that’s why I love them and that’s why I support them.
I should add that I have even more admiration for those like JNP and Sol Kitts who find their own way to Celtic. I love to hear their stories.

ATOB@19.36

Had a seat for years in block 406. 4 or 5 of the Ardrossan Garryowen members sat directly in front of me. A nicer bunch you could not hope to meet.

Hail Hail.

craig76
Twisty

Geez I could probably fill a top 10 from just today’s entries. Quality reading today.

Paddy’s Maw

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the top 20 yesterday. A huge effort but well worth it and much appreciated

Mike in Toronto

Your post at 4.49 summed up up why we all follow the Celtic, and why we always want change for the better. Hope you dont mind but we have put some of it in a tweet, with a reference to the blog. If you object please let us know.

A thing of beauty

Magua 751
If they were old guys CCB will know them. Anyone under 70, no chance 😂😂

Mike in Toronto

CFC2021

I think the quotes taken out of context may be a bit misleading.

Henrikschip

Rebus67

Why support a football team? It is first and foremost about sport. Sport creates opportunities for emotional highs and lows that few other things in life can match.By supporting a particular team you develop a sense of belonging and identity. In supporting the famous Glasgow Celtic you become aware of our history and what the club stands for and that relationship develops over time. It can become obsessive and overpowering but it brings enormous pleasure also. I played football from a very young age at primary school then onto secondary and then amateur. Like many others my Dad took me to my first game, v Third Lanark at Cathkin. I remember seeing a sea of legs as I peered over the wall with my eyes at pitch level. My recollection is hazy but Celtic won and I was happy. He took me to the ‘65 Cup Final and I managed to get a clear view of Big Billy climbing above everyone to head the winner, again happy days. Although Celtic were my team I was not ever present in Paradise. I used to play football and I also followed St Mirren Boys Club. Their best player and main reason I went to their matches was to watch Davie Hay. He was hard as nails even then and a very good footballer. It was obvious he was destined for the professional game. St Mirren BC also played in green and white.
In the Lisbon year I was playing for Glasgow Amateurs who were the amateur feeder club for Celtic before Celtic Boys Club. Celtic Boys Club existed but had no official connection to Celtic. We trained at Barrowfield once a week. We went through the front doors and into the Home dressing room, we got changed and than we jogged up to Barrowfield. John Higgins trained us and occasionally, if Barrowfield was out of action we trained on the track in Paradise and then had a game on the Hallowed turf. Running out the tunnel onto the park, although a bit like now, empty, filled me with pride.
My blog handle could have been Bobby Murdoch’s No 4 Shorts, as one week after a big thug playing for Harmony Row nearly broke my leg, playing on the black ash of the 50 pitches, Cardonald. I still have 2 stud marks at the bottom of my leg to this day. I went along to our weekly training in Paradise but without my kit as I was still injured. John Higgins found out about my injury and said he would set up the heat lamp in the treatment room. As I had no kit, he went into the first team kit room. He emerged and said there’s a pair of Bobby’s shorts, put them on and lie on the treatment table. It was a pair of the great man’s No 4 shorts! What an honour.
As I said it was the Lisbon year and the big Cup was already won. After training one night we were waiting for someone in the lobby of Celtic Park when big Jock walked through. He stopped and asked us if we wanted to see the Cup. He took us into the trophy room and the Cup was sitting on a table. He allowed us to put our hands on the large handles. Unfortunately, there were no smartphones then to immortalize the moment.
Celtic was and is a big part of my life and my love of Celtic is almost spiritual. It certainly transcends those who wear the Hoops, who manages the team and who sits in the boardroom.

ATOB

I’d guess they were in their 30s at the time…or maybe younger. The years do play tricks on the mind. What I do remember, is that the 6-2 game was one massive jump-around, from start to finish.

And then the party continued for a month. In my case, it’s still going…unlike the Rangers team we played that day..who are feckin’ well deid. Deceased. No more.Liquidated. An ex-parrot.

Hail Hail

Henrikschip

Just wanted to say it has been great to read others Celtic journeys today, in response to Rebus’s question.

JimmynotPaul

Henrikschip 8.30
A most enjoyable read, thanks for sharing.

Mike in Toronto

CFC2021

For a few reasons, I decided not to get involved with CFC2021. I chat on here, but otherwise have been disengaging from Celtic, and dont really want to get pulled back into it. So, with the greatest of respect, I would ask you to remove the post. Thanks.

Paddy’s Maw

Jimmy Not Paul.
Lovely story about you blagging a lift on the supporters bus at 8 with your pal. Our children don’t have a clue how much freedom we had.
When I was 8 my pal and I would get on a bus and go two towns over on our own to go swimming. We couldn’t actually swim though but that was ok. We just played in the wee pool!
Another classic is when I was in Primary 7 and in a class of 35 the teacher told us all to bring our swimming costumes as we were going swimming at the beach. There was no discussion about who could swim and who couldn’t. We were just trusted to swim if we could and paddle if we couldn’t. No way would that happen in today’s schools – one teacher and 35 children.
I was still picking up my son at seventeen from the Disco at two o’clock because I didn’t want him getting a taxi! Loved listening to the chat of him and his pals though when they’d had a few drinks – always something that made me laugh

JimmynotPaul

Paddys Maw. 8.47.
Thank you.
It’s so true, it truly is a different world, now.
He he, loving the story about the beach, can you imagine, today, it would be front page in the papers.
When I was younger, there was loads of farms near where I stayed, in the summer, the only rule was, be home before dark, that was it.
You would shove a sandwich in your pocket and hope to blag some fruit from the farmers field.
If An Tearmann is lurking, he would know all about it. Although it was harder for him to hide from the farmers. 😂😂
Now if a parent/carer said that, go away all day and come home before dark, the social services would be chapping your door.

fan-a-tic

Twisty

I’m not gonna name anyone because I’ll inadvertently miss someone out, but just to say, the posts on here today have been absolutely brilliant. Truly . Sheer quality.
Prompted by Rebus’ searching question.

Bobby, Twists,
Best blog by a mile. What a read today. I doff my cap.
Cheers everyone

Mike in Toronto
We have removed it, still a great post.

Paddy’s Maw

It’s all about the flags! They are obsessed
https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamLynch27/status/1381649439706779654
PS – hope the link works

Mike in Toronto

CFC2021

Cheers pal.

I enjoy the people and the chat on here, but have otherwise given up on Celtic blogs, and indeed, Celtic itself. I know my views are not always popular, So I don’t want to be starting arguments elsewhere that I don’t have time to finish (or even know about).

Having said that, I just looked at your site. I was Quite impressed. You guys have done a great job in a short period of time. If my situation changes, and I think I have something to contribute, I will definitely reach out.

Paddy’s Maw

How true your post rings. At 5 years old, me and the mates had to cross
Carntyne Rd., Edinburgh Rd. and Cumbernauld Rd. in order to get to school. We looked upon it as an adventure…and if there were a few battles along the way, then so much the better. Great days. The sun always shone…
especially if the Bhoys had done the biz of a Saturday.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

TWISTY 636

I can-I backed it to win,with Minella in the forecast!

Twisty

Bobby
That’s unfortunate. Would’ve been a nice 1-2

Friesdorfer

Twisty
Great news on the health front – very glad to hear it.

Have to agree with everyone, the posts today have been superb.
HH

DannyMac23

Twisty

Rebus67 set the tone or raised the bar today but I know self praise is no honour but the lead stories from BMCUWP and Mahe provides a platform that enables us posters to comment on and Twisty you are obviously a huge part of it.

Although I have only been posting recently I have to agree the quality on show has been excellent.Rebus made us think of why we support the hoops and many posts have taken us back to our childhood.All the memories I have Celtic are always there,win lose or draw.Our Celtic team will break your heart more than any woman could but we keep going back for more.Granted the stewardship of our club has been disgraceful and as fans we have been disregarded but as good and great footballers come and go so will the members of this board.Celtic is in our DNA and will go to the grave with me.Through all the ups and downs life throws at you there is always the hoops and when I think of it the hoops have been pivotal in my ups and downs but we know we are better people.

Just a gratitude to the guys that run the site.Thank you for the opportunity to talk drivel.

Danny.

Paddy’s Maw

Magus / Jimmy not Paul.
Great childhood stories. We were the same. Away on our bikes and back for tea or back before the street lights came on – that was for not having a watch. I remember pieces of butter and sugar and diluting orange juice in a Tupperware container.
PS. The diluting juice by the way was NEVER Robinsons and we were strangers to Curries or Barr’s but did get the occasional Alpine!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

So I post this earlier today as a thank you to you all..
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Folks,that’s a really lovely way to start off the week. Thank you,truly humbled.

I hope I don’t sound patronising by reiterating that the site is only as good as its posters,and I reckon we have the best around! In fact,The TWISTY Chart Show yesterday proved that.

Take a bow,y’all…
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and you all go into overdrive!

Some team. There’s posts in there that could be articles in themselves,and should be and might well be.

Thanks,folks. Been a marvellous read back.

Paddy’s Maw

We must have been posh feckers, doncha know? It was always Robinson’s for us.

DannyMac

Very early in my career as a Tim, I was given some very wise advice:

If you decide to follow Celtic Football Club, then it is all, or nothing. There is no such thing as a lukewarm Celtic fan. You’re all in, or else you cash out your chips. They will break your heart time after time, but they will give you some of the greatest moments that you will ever experience in your life. Treasure every moment that you can, and pass on that knowledge to future generations. Even in the bad times, remember with gratitude this great gift.

Thanks da.

Hail Hail.

Raymac

Ah,the Chookie. Well I remember having a Belfast bap in Windsor Great Park. All of a sudden I felt a massive pain in my hole. It was the Chookie. Showing his great sense of humour, he allowed me to lick his boot clean and to keep the massively impacted piece of Eartha Kitt. I still have it on my mantle piece. I call it Auld Reekie because he was the Chookie Embra. What a guy!

Twisty

Raymac
Nice to see you. Watch out for a mail this week re yer prize

Applies to all prize winners actually.

DannyMac23

Magua

Superb mate.Great advice.

A learned friend once told me measure twice cut once took that on board but also shit happens it’s how you deal with it.

Lessons in life mate.

Danny

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

PADDY’S MAW

You were never overly-protective of Paddy,unlike so many of that era. Quite happy to let him have his head. But even you would have balked at the very thought of him doing the stuff that we did,say,25 years earlier.

Riding/carrying a bike up the bliddy huge hill to the farm on the horizon just so we could have the thrill of the freewheel on the long way down at about 40 mph,hell knows what would have happened if the farmer had been out on his tractor that day! Jumping on a bus/train to a different town for the day because I couldnae go to the football in the summer just to see what it was like ,even going fishing down one of the deepest harbours in Europe despite the fact that I couldn’t,and still can’t,swim! Etc,etc,etc.

The riskiest thing Paddy-even though you “allowed him his head”-ever did was when you asked me to babysit for him!

Actually,I’m surprised he turned out so well when I think about that last point. And there’s a particular episode of South Park which will live with me forever!!!

Twisty

Bobby
I know just how proud you are of your nephew. Youve told me on many occasions. I’m pretty sure he will feel the same about you.