Jock left us Billy.
Billy left us Choccy.
Tommy left us Jackie.
Dr. Jo left us Lubo.
Wim left us Henke.
John left us Stilian.
Martin left us Bobo.
Gordon left us Scott.
And then Kris was Ronnie’s legacy player.


As finds go, he’s up there. Couple hundred grand development fee was turned into four and a bit years of service followed by one of our highest ever fees paid, fantastic business no matter what way you look at it. I could automatically state a few Ajers in that price group who gave more to the club in terms of goals and charisma, but the sizable return makes him almost the stereotypical kissed frog who turned into a prince, our board’s dream come true.
All boards’ dreams come true in fairness.


I never rated Mr. Deila much, with a middle of Brown and Bitton there wasn’t going to much entertainment value, but the funds incoming for his bargain find couldn’t be more welcome. It’s frustrating we refused to close the deal for another until the contract was signed, surely we knew he was going so could release a portion of the funds in anticipation, but the player he just ‘bought’ and shall be replaced by looks like an upgrade, and that’s only a third of the fee spent.


It’s fair to say Kris could fund three quality players in total delivering the spine of the new look side for years to come,,vital players to Ange and that team.
Has a manager ever delivered a better future nestegg?
Moussa may have brought in a bit more wedge but Kris delivered double the league titles than him, he wins that battle in these eyes.
Aiden and Kieran were sold for more but can’t be filed under any particular managers budget having already been at the club.


Kris is now our benchmark.
Young players from fringe countries can once again see a visible pathway from Scottish giant to English league which can only help our cause, even if we hate our stepping stone label.
Ronnie Deila, thanks a million for the unexpected and now long lasting legacy.


I say long lasting but the reality is Ronnie’s legacy may be felt for around a decade, which is nothing compared to some legacies, why it was this very week we laid to rest a fellow who was part of a legacy that will never die.
There’s two Lions pictures on my wall, one of the starting eleven and Jock which is signed on the back. But across the way sits the fifteen man squad with McBride, O’Neill, Hughes and Gallagher alongside those famous starters.


I had never met the man, knew precious little about him if anything, yet here hangs his picture on a California wall, hung by a man not even from his native land, that collection of men as always a source of immense pride despite the passing of time.


I wonder did Charlie have any inkling his picture would be hung across the globe?
Do his children realize that grown men admire their fathers image and deeds everywhere?
Call me old fashioned but when strangers are hanging up your image to celebrate your achievement, you’ve lived a life less ordinary.
Those who gave us that star above the crest are immortal, it’s that simple.


The challenge for every man and woman employed by the club in any capacity is to make an imprint for the better, to progress the operation in their own way.
This week saw two very different men from different times leave the club their own legacy, just as Ange, Furuhashi, and Starfelt begin the building of theirs.
The cycle continues, as always.
All we can do is offer the platform, it’s up to the man himself what he leaves behind.


Rest in Peace Charlie, You’ll Never Walk Alone,
By Mahe

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July 23, 2021 3:13 am

Can anyone else notice the anomaly in the picture?

The Real McCoy
July 23, 2021 4:18 am

Morning Mahe.
Wee bit of pillow talk before I retire 😂
Charlie is erroneously called Hugh Gallagher on the print.
Another anomaly is the omission of The OHG ,
Big John Fallon 💚

July 23, 2021 7:02 am

Well written leader great player great man family and Celtic fans are proud of him

saltires en Sevilla
July 23, 2021 8:16 am


Hugh Gallagher?

Jobo Baldie
July 23, 2021 8:18 am

Good morning, friends and a Big Happy Friday from a warm and clammy East Kilbride.
Thanks for the article Mahe. I liked big Kris despite his uncanny ability to become shorter when he jumped. If the reported fee of £13M is accurate it’s a good piece of business – but only good for the fans if that fee is quickly turned into another player or two, rather than just be siting in the bank.
Good luck to all that are attending the Aberdour Golf Day today. I’m missing this year’s event which became a victim of conflicting priorities. It was al;ways a fantastic day/night both on and off the course and despite the season we’ve just had I’m sure this year’s event will be enjoyed by all in attendance.
Roll on next year 😉

July 23, 2021 8:33 am


Great tribute to a wonderful footballer-who was best pals with the man missing from the photo.

John Fallon was “The Twelfth Lion” as back then,teams were allowed a substitute goalkeeper. Thankfully,the others finally were awarded a medal by UEFA a few years ago.

Charlie and John were still regulars at the games prior to Covid,and Charlie’s stock reply to-Are you Charlie Gallagher?-was a self effacing-“Well,I used to be”

Charlie was also the first Scots-born player to play for Ireland,something that Jock was strangely proud of. So maybe that photo so proudly displayed wasn’t actually hung by “a man not even from his native land” after all.

Johnny Giles and Charlie Gallagher in the same midfield,bloody hell..

saltires en Sevilla
July 23, 2021 8:33 am


Great tribute to Charlie Gallagher.

Recall a wee nite in a sooside hostelry, when another Charlie was singing a song about the Lions and he added a verse about Charlie Gall being a Lisbon Lion

The Singer then looked up towards the end of the bar and there was the very man himself, smiling with a twinkle in his eye … quietly raised his glass in acknowledgement, as we all cheered. We hadn’t realised he was in the bar.

No fuss, quietly humble.

🎵That’s why Charlie is a Lisbon Lion…,🎶🎵

I’m not sure they make proper heroes like that any more.

July 23, 2021 8:45 am


I’ve still got an Aberdour t-shirt. And an “open” invitation,if you’ll pardon the pun. Not entirely sure that still stands,right enough…

OLDTIM and BLANTYRETIME will be giving it plenty in their own particular bunkers today,as the hacks slog their way around in the blazing heat. Madmen,the lot of them!

saltires en Sevilla
July 23, 2021 8:47 am


Your point on Kris Ajer.

Agree his achievements are to be treasured. Loved his attitude storming forward.

Still can’t help thinking we mugged that +£13m., as he was a competent defender at best. Spent far too much time on his backside and caught ball watching at almost every angled cross into our box.

Never a central defender and Brentford is probably his true level. Although, I could see him forming a back three partnership at a higher level surrounded by 2 other guys who can heedie and stay on their feet.

His attitude is his biggest asset.

Best of luck big man!

St tams
July 23, 2021 8:57 am

Fantastic article this morning Mahe

St tams
July 23, 2021 9:03 am

I wish big Kris all the best.
£13.5m for a centre half who couldn’t head the ball or use his left foot is a great bit of business. Pity we never had his replacement in weeks ago.

July 23, 2021 9:10 am

Morning all…this wee Glasgow band will surely wake you up this morning…

bada Bing
July 23, 2021 9:16 am

Good luck to Kris, never hid in a Celtic jersey,he will get another move with the exposure he will be getting now

July 23, 2021 9:24 am

I think that had circumstances not required Kris to play either CB or RB his presence in midfield would have offset the decline due to age of Scott Brown.

Imagine Kris picking the ball up in opponents half midfield and going on a run. Only the net would stop him.

Hope he flourishes in England.

Billy Bhoy
July 23, 2021 9:58 am

Great article Mahe.

I met Charlie at CQTEN a few years back. Now, I’ve met several Lions and they all had a lovely humility about them – except big Tommy who still thought he was the best ful! back ever 🙂 – but Charlie took the biscuit. He tried to correct me when I said it was great to meet another Lion. I said” Charlie, if it wasn’t for your deliveries the phrase Lisbon Lion would still! be waiting to be formed” . He quite liked that.

I also told him that my Da called Beckham a poor mans Charlie Gallagher. He had a wee chuckle at that.

On a separate note I’ve been trying since yesterday to sign up to the SPFL predictor – without success. Is the link broken?

July 23, 2021 10:06 am

Morning all & Packy.

Talking about BP, I notice he hasn’t been on all week, very unusual for him, hope he’s OK. Maybe he’s soaking up the sun. If so, remember to have plenty Calamine Lotion on hand. That was my mother’s remedy when I was a kid! Sun Tan Lotion hadn’t been invented. (Couldn’t have afforded it either!) 🙂

July 23, 2021 10:23 am

Two articles in today’s papers lay bare the astonishing absurdity of the money pit that is English football. And these,hard on the heels of reports that Barca might not be able to register Messi-their own player!-because of their accumulated debt!!

The first is that Man City are on the brink of signing Harry Kane for £160m. That’s an outstanding striker,a scorer and provider,who has been the top of the charts since his breakthrough season six years ago.

And happens to pick up a serious knee or ankle injury every season.

The deal will cost City the thick end of,wait for it,£250m,when contracted wages,fees and taxes are taken into account.

Or just a fraction short of a Newcastle United!

The other one is the perennial Pogba conundrum,on the other side of town. Alright,Salford,if you must! Five years of under-achieving after his world record transfer,five years of being a disruptive influence. And Man Utd are apparently faced with “a dilemma” around keeping him for one last season and seeing him leave for free next year,persuading him to sign a new contract,or selling now for €50m-or half of what they paid for him.

That’s £43m apparently. Straight into the bank. Add in his wages plus any loyalty bonuses for seeing out his contract,Man Utd will be around €60m or more better off by selling him. No brainer,in my eyes. The only reason I would be sad to see a player like that leave my club-which Man Utd isn’t!-would be because my foot was still stuck up his arse from the last kicking I gave him.

So sixty million for one season,from a player who has treated you with utter contempt for five years. Four times that for a top quality striker,but one who is sadly succumbing to injury just that wee bit too much.

Combined,that comes to more than the new annual salary cap imposed by La Liga on Barcelona.

The Beautiful Game,as wonderfully depicted-thanks,ASWGL-on our backdrop,great times when lads fae the schemes and the tenements were just grateful to play football for a living. And the fans were grateful to watch guys they grew up with.

The Root Of All Evil,indeed.

July 23, 2021 10:42 am


Young fella in the pub on Monday,burnt tae f..k. I said to him,what happened-family barbecue and you were the main course?

Seems he’d been out the backdoor,beers to hand,fell asleep!

I told him-no lie!-you need to get some Calamine Lotion on that,mate.

My mate Paul burst out laughing,the young fella had never heard of it,none of us knows if it even exists anymore!

July 23, 2021 10:54 am

Bobby, LOL 🙂 I remember in the early sixties during a hot spell, it was not unusual to see kids going about with arms and necks covered in pink!

Angel Gabriel
July 23, 2021 11:11 am

Mahe .
Top notch article , lovely appropriate words.

July 23, 2021 11:21 am

In fairness to Pogba he was signed based on his standing in the game with Juventus without enough thought for his role in the Man U team.
Mourinho and his system was more about positioning and work rate over creativity.
Too often the buying of players is on a singular thought process.
For some strange reason the transfer process which is a huge part of clubs expenditure is not well thought out?
Ibrahimovic at Barca was a classic example.
Great player but completely wrong choice for style of a then great team.
A more scientific and cohesive approach needs to be used in buying players.
Too often it’s like the toss of a coin.

July 23, 2021 11:23 am
July 23, 2021 11:36 am

Last reminder on the Superbru Predictions comp to fundraise for Sean’s trust, until I return on Sunday evening.

All entries from good Celts and bad Celts will be welcomed.

The Star Above The Crest
July 23, 2021 12:14 pm

I seem to remember Ronny D talking a lot about development at Celtic. He always seemed put the long term interests of Celtic above his own. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons he only lasted two seasons. I’d love to see him as head of the entire Academy system. With his ability to spot a player and his record with developing youth players coupled with Ange’s preference for giving the younger guys a chance it could be a real success for us.

A thing of beauty
July 23, 2021 1:14 pm

I agree with SES and others that getting £13m for Ajer is great business. As I’m sure none of you will be surprised to hear I am delighted. I look forward to his replacement being an upgrade in that he can header the ball, kick with his left foot and can read the game well enough that he is not sliding about on his arse repeatedly. Oh and not shitting his shorts when a hun shoots straight at him will also help our new guy. Kris ajer is a great player inside kris ajer’s big heid and if he goes higher than Brentford or a club of that ilk I will be astonished.

July 23, 2021 1:17 pm


Nail on head. Ajer should have been Brown’s successor, both as player and captain. Circumstances and lack of vision twisted his future. Watch what happens in 1-2 years in England.

Seems like one of my ipads is blocked from this site. I get a google chrome message saying some other computer is sending message or malicious software is….so the machine is blocked. Anyone experienced this?


A thing of beauty
July 23, 2021 1:24 pm

It’s all about opinions on here. 😂😂

July 23, 2021 1:31 pm


Yes, I agree! Each view is equally valid. Time will reveal some truth.


The Real McCoy
July 23, 2021 1:37 pm

Gonna need an ocean
Of Calomine Lotion 😂


July 23, 2021 1:43 pm


Shouldn’t be a problem from this end,mate. Sounds like you have some malware on your iPad. Best bet is to hard reset then reinstall latest software. Should clear it. Failing that,clear browsing/cookie history.

A pop-up ad warning you that your computer is infected and instructing you to click on the offered antivirus is usually itself the source of the malware. DON’T GO THERE!

July 23, 2021 1:49 pm


Beats me how they got that past the censors!

bada Bing
July 23, 2021 3:10 pm


Straight talk from AP,this guy won’t get fkd about

July 23, 2021 3:10 pm


It has cleared! I think the problem was connected to tubitv and an account I had there. Supposedly free TV but nothing is free on the Interweb. I deleted my account and lo, I can access SC from my machine.

Have a nice weekend.


July 23, 2021 3:20 pm

I liked that – he is totally involved in recruitment. He takes the responsibility. Bye bye Lawwell.
(Just hope he’s good at it!).

July 23, 2021 3:25 pm


I like Ange more after each interview. He talks sense and appears to have a calming influence. However, the proof will be when he faces a disaster or calamity. How will he deal with it?


July 23, 2021 3:28 pm

Rebus, that’s the sign of a good manager in any field. How he rights – wrongs! How to stop bad things repeating. How and when to change things. We will have a good idea of him before January I reckon.

July 23, 2021 3:39 pm


Wonderful leader about a fabulous talent

Billy Bhoy

My favourite story about Big TG, concerns the time he and Big Jim Craig, were interviewed together. Henrik’s name came up during the conversation, which went something like this:

Interviewer: So would Larsson have been good enough to be a Lisbon Lion?

TG: Most certainly

Interviewer: So who would he replace?

TG: My new Lisbon lions team would be:

Simpson, Larsson, Gemmell etc.

By all accounts, Big Craig was lost for words. Game, set and match to Big Tam.

Hail Hail.

July 23, 2021 3:59 pm

Morning troops, hope all are well.
God bless all those with health issues and the less fortunate than ourselves.

Aye, for some reason Charlie is put down as Hugh in that picture. 47 years to spot a mistake that’s been staring you in the face says a lot!
Mags says maybe it’s his middle name but then the fact every other name is correct males it strange.
I would love to know the story there, I wonder if any of that clan go online?

Another day in paradise
Hail Hail

July 23, 2021 4:07 pm

Thanks for the Legacies lead. I was fortunate enough to be be at the ‘65 Cup Final and the Vojvodina games when Charlie made 2 of his most famous crosses, met of course by Big Billy and the rest is history. If Kris Ajer could jump and head a ball like Big Billy, he really could have been a top defender. Although ATOB points out some of his other frailties. His goal up at Pittodrie last year and the winning penalty in the Cup Final against Hearts are great memories. You can’t fault his commitment. We will miss him, hopefully not for too long, with Starfelt on board and Jullien due to come back at some time. It was a serious injury and only time will tell if it has had a negative effect on him. Even before the injury he was never 100% convincing.


Overinflated prices for overrated players with overinflated egos is part of what is wrong with football.

July 23, 2021 4:18 pm

Henrikschip, two games I dearly wish I was at.

I’ve missed out a few managers,,for instance did Davie Hay, Brady or Macari leave a legacy signing anyone?

July 23, 2021 4:49 pm

Odsonne can do one. Jim will drive him to the airport 😉

July 23, 2021 4:57 pm

Fly the plane too! 🙂

July 23, 2021 5:00 pm

Snap their hand off for 25m.

July 23, 2021 5:01 pm

Who will Jobo be supporting tomorrow, East Kilbride or Celtic B ?

July 23, 2021 5:06 pm

Is the Colts game televised anyone?

July 23, 2021 6:12 pm

Always Celtic for Jobo,


Anyone think Jobo should revive the MOTM awards.

Loved voting whilst I lurked last year on the other channel, and fascinating how so many different views were given.

#BringitonJoboCSC 👍🍀🍀

July 23, 2021 6:18 pm

That’s true, there were about four different MOTMs on here the other night.
I have a feeling Furuhashi will be our POTY.

Looking at a Ford. Dad liked them, I’m not that keen but for what I’m looking for it has the best ratings. Any opinions on Ford’s welcome. Fix Or Repair Daily?

bada Bing
July 23, 2021 6:38 pm

Leggy- a lot of tickets in Spam folders….

Squire Danaher
July 23, 2021 6:43 pm

Henrikschip, two games I dearly wish I was at.

I’ve missed out a few managers,,for instance did Davie Hay, Brady or Macari leave a legacy signing anyone?


Don’t like to be unnecessarily harsh but

D Hay – My abiding memory is the signing of J Melrose following the departures of G McCluskey and C Nicholas. The Celtic Wiki tribute is more generous than mine would be.

L Brady – T Cascarino. No more questions, M’Lud.

L Macari – admittedly constrained by circumstances; hard to get away from Biggins and Muggleton, but G Holt was signed from The British Army and is not even mentioned in The Celtic Wiki.