August 25th – If you know your history

130 years ago – and on this day (Tuesday) in 1891, the players are recovering from a fantastic league victory over current ( sic) league champions (joint) Rangers. The press reports point out the significance of that victory, especially as the other League Champions (joint) Dumbarton rattled and whipped Abercorn 8-1 at Boghead.


Celtic:- Duff, Reynolds, Doyle, Gallagher, Kelly, Dowds, Madden, Brady, Coleman, Campbell, McMahon.

Goals:- McMahon, Madden, Campbell.

Haddow, Hodge, Scott, Marshall, McIntyre, Mitchell, Cullen, Henderson, Neil Kerr, A McCreadie, McPherson.

Att:- 12,000.

Ref:- Mr John Marshall (3rd Lanark)

The Scotsman – Monday, 24th August 1891, page 4

Celtic v Rangers – Celtic Park was opened with this League match. There was a great gathering of spectators, every available part of the field being taken advantage of. The opening stages of the game were very even, and some splendid play was shown. As the game progressed the Celtic had slightly the better of it. Haddow played a great game in goal for the Rangers. Half-time, a draw – no goals. On resuming, the Celtic had hard lines in not scoring on one or two occasions, as they had the best of the play. Mitchell played a great game for the Rangers. Haddow again distinguished himself, his play being magnificent. McMahon scored with a line shot, and Madden scored a second; while Campbell headed a third. The Rangers were now completely out of it. Result :- Celtic, three goals; Rangers, nil.


Saturday was again a busy day with the League teams, and though the Leith Athletic sustained defeat by three goals to two from Renton at Bank Park, Leith, this was atoned for, from an Eastern point of view, by the splendid victory of the Heart of Midlothian over the St Mirren at Paisley by five goals to two. The principal match in Edinburgh was the Alliance fixture between St Bernards and East Stirlingshire, victory in which fell to the Edinburgh team by four goals to one.

70 years ago … 1951 a League Cup tie played at Cathkin. It’s interesting to note that Gil Heron is playing at Centre Forward, having signed earlier in the month. The team would be hopeful of a good run having having already secured The Saint Mungo Cup earlier in the month. Thereafter, resulted in a complaint by Celtic that the trophy wasn’t new and clearly ‘second hand’. The Glasgow Lord Provost declared that Mr Desmond Kelly was “at liberty to buy a new trophy…”


1951-08-25: Third Lanark 0-1 Celtic, League Cup


Jock Weir (returning from injury) and Heron were given run outs on the 23rd against Hibernian in a Reserve match.
This game at Cathkin Park was played in continuous rain and was uninspired. Remarks in the Press were made about the state of Thir Lanark’s ground and in particular there mediocre stand. Third Lanark had a goal disallowed from Gibson for a goal line infringement which only the referee saw! (UFH?…)


Third Lanark:
Petrie; Balunas, Harrower; Mooney, Samuel, Aitken; Henderson, Gibson, Currie, Dick, McCall.

Celtic: Bonnar; Fallon, Rollo; Evans, Mallon, Baillie; Collins, Walsh, Heron, Peacock, Tully.
Scorers: Walsh (40)

Referee: R M Main (SJ…) (Glasgow)
Attendance: 35,000

Gilbert Saint Elmo Heron

In other news….

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Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest – Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England

50 years ago …1971 The ‘new’ stand is opened for the first time costing £350,000 to build ( hardly peanuts…) as Morton field 15 year old Charlie Brown in a League Cup group match at Paradise. King (Pig Pen) Kenny misses a penalty…

1971-08-25: Celtic 0-1 Morton, League Cup An unchanged side for Celtic play in Peppermint Paddy style strip: yellow tops, green shorts and green/gold socks.

On a night of Celtic pressure Morton break away to record a notable win. Rangers now top the League Cup group. (Ayr Utd 0 – 4 Rangers)

Celtic: Williams; McGrain, Hay, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Lennox, Dalglish, Callaghan, Hughes. substitute: Macari


Sorenson, Hayes,McDermott, Lumsden, Anderson, Laughton, Charlie Brown (Brand), Mason, Osborne, Murphy, Lavelle
Scorer: Osborne (74)

Referee: E Thomson (Edinburgh)
Attendance: 27,000

In other news… ( a wee bit of licence on dates here/squeezing in for obvious reasons…)

The Son of Celtic Striker Gil Heron … conjures up this absolute classic, written in 1970 when he was 21. In 1971 Gil Scott-Heron and musical partner Brian Jackson re-arranged the song. Jackson jammed on the flute while warm, jazzy rhythms added depth to the previously sparse track. These elements, when added to Gil Scott-Heron’s calm and intelligent vocal delivery, earned the song radio airplay across the US. This second version is the most famous and is now known all over the world.

General stuff….

1609 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers

1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans is founded.

1768 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean

1894 Japanese scientist Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet

1944 General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation

1960 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys

1990 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq

Note: The excellent Celtic Wiki site is the font of all knowledge on things Celtic. Most of the Celtic stuff above is from that site. The guys who set it up and painstakingly keep it updated, deserve no end of credit, praise and thanks. A treasure trove for Celtic fans young and old – and new- and free to view.

Respect Bhoys!

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Big Audio Dynamite

Brill again, Saltires! 🙂 Attendance at Glasgow derby: 12,000? 😯

Btw, when did the Zombies start saying -MORE THAN A CLUB- Cheeky barstewards!


Good morning all from Govanhill. Hun players have booked a table at Blane Valley on Saturday since they won’t be playing on Sunday. Could get feisty. 😂



I love a good story where we hammer the huns! And throwing the genius of GSH into the mix has given us a perfect start to the day…

Great stuff again.


Been up in Glasgow on Monday with GARRY,on a scouting trip for the Hootenanny on Saturday.

Just as well that we did,places are having difficulty getting back up to speed regards staff and stock,plus there are shortages in supply of beer and gas.

Upshot is that The Blane Valley are cool with around a dozen or so more than usual around lunchtime and McChuills are confident they can cope with around fifty or so in the afternoon.

Not that they’ll be counting,of course!

Since I won’t be mailing people as I did in the past,I think their worst case might be optimistic!

Hope one and all can make it. Usual rules apply-just have fun!!!

big packy

MORNING ALL and JIM, saltires brilliant stuff once again, i was at that morton game, actually liked that strip,👍

Saltires en Sevilla

Cheers lads – it gives me a wee chuckle. Let me know if there are other ‘features’ or interests we could add on.

Packy – I loved that strip, very Celtic! Was definitely at the game too but forgot Kenny missed a pen.
Also, probably the first time I’d been in Rangers End as the Old South enclosure was effectively gone due to ‘new stand’

Big Audio Dynamite

Werder drop their interest in Giakoumakis?

Garry Postecoglou

Great wee historical read as per usual. Excellent 👍🍀💚

Hot Smoked

“…… people are more than well aware of what’s right and wrong – just be a decent human being and treat people with respect.”
Ange Postecoglou



Excellent again 👏👏👏


Went to Lonsdale which was ok. Also visited Number 47, McKay’s, Anchorage and my favourite, The Harbour Bar.

Nice wee trip 👍👍👍



Given Australia’s historical treatment of Indigenous people and more recent anti Asian and Muslim hate crimes, AP will be well aware of the racist mindset sadly prevalent in sections of society.
He will hear plenty of it on Sunday.
He will no doubt require an explanation for “ Taig / Fenian b…..d” etc on Sunday. 50,000 voices.
Some of it emanating from the opposition bench and Directors Box.

Sol Kitts

Sevco’s first real encounter with Covid could prove fatal to the club. They couldn’t afford to miss out on the Champions league place, but did. Can they afford to miss out on the much lower amounts paid for Europa league groups?
Will the even lower payments for the Conference league be enough to keep the wolf from the door? How will they be able to punt any players by the end of the window if they’re quarantined and can’t attend a medical at their prospective new club?
So many questions, so few easy answers for Sevco.


Morning all & Packy.

So BBC Scotland, who are not allowed into Ibrox, are going to the expense of covering the huns game live, on TV, in far off Albania!
I’m sure it would have been a bit cheaper to hop over to Holland and cover the Celtic game!
There’s gratitude for ye.

bada bing1
Juranovic speaks better English than some of his team mates…😁

St tams

Hun players with covid.
Both keepers. Tav pen, Helander, Wright and Sakala ( whoever he is )

bada bing1


All not on the passenger list (neither are Lundstrum or Roofe but they’re suspended)

Not sure of source….

The Real McCoy

Great Leader SES 👏
Always love the Music and Celtic Connection.
Especially The Black Arrow / Gil Scott Heron .

Flight of the Heron …..

When Duke was in the Lebanon
Groovin’ for the human race
Gil flew high in the western sky
On a mission full of style and grace
From Jamaica to the Kingston Bridge
He was inclined to roam
Drawn to the flame of the beautiful game
Here was a brother who would not stay home

Higher, raise the bar higher
He made his way across the sea
So that all men could brothers be

When Miles was on the jukebox
And Monk was on the air
Gil crossed the ocean to the other side
To play for Celtic with a noble stride
The arrow flew, he’s flying yet
His aim is true so we don’t forget
What it means when his name we hear
The hopes and dreams of every pioneer

Higher, raise the bar higher
He made his way across the sea
So that all men could brothers be

Written by Michael Marra.

© Tob Records 2012.

Garry will like this….
Michael Marra & The Hazey Janes

The Real McCoy

Some clever ‘subtle’ references to CovidGate on Video Celts page this morning.

“UEFA testing is carried out by SYNLAB who don’t have any VIP testing facilities in East Belfast.” 😱

“This morning as they choose their squad for the flight to Yerevan Gerrard and the hierarchy will have to decide who they can risk sending into a UEFA test and who has to be left out with a slight knock before making a full recovery to face Celtic at noon on Sunday.” 😂

Steve Clarke was informed their goalie had a
‘little issue’

“The Ibrox squad fly out from Glasgow Airport at lunchtime today, the flight list will reveal who else have little issues.”

Video Celts page …

Saltires en Sevilla

The Real McCoy
Appreciated buddy – that is some lyric – absolutely love it. Thanks

bada bing1

Seems Barasic is refusing to play, Roma have offered £5 million, Sevco want £8 million

The Real McCoy

Morning Jim , and Big Packy 👋🏻
Packy, Mrs McCoy had similar symptoms as Joan. Fortunately not heart related. Probably stress. Doctors orders to me – complete rest and plenty TLC for Mrs McCoy. Worked a treat. 👍🏻
Give Joan my regards 💚.

The Real McCoy

Jim ,
I commented recently about BBC being ostracised from over there and then arranging to travel 7000 miles to cover their European game in Asia 🤬 ( Yerevan in Armenia)
Mind you it would have been fun to see
President Meta greet them aff the plane in Albania wearing his hoops 😂

‘ 7000 miles on Easyjet’ ✈️😂

The Real McCoy

Wee treat for Jim the Tim

Glass of Champagne 🥂

Laters 👋🏻


The Real McCoy, brilliant!, cheers.

bada bing1

A wee update on the Westwood Sevco bus,who were caught out at the weekend, seems they are only barred from receiving tickets for away games, but still welcome at Ibrox……I’m sure the Laptop Loyal will be all over this…



GARRY said on Monday that the reason he would like to see us in Europa Conference is because it is being played in Tirana,and because of the Albanian President.

I hadn’t thought of that!


Bobby, It certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing to be the first winners of the Europa Conference. Esp. in Albania! I’d happily settle for that. LOL 🙂 🙂

The Real McCoy

Europa League Final 2022 – Sevilla ( May 26)
Europa Conference Final 2022 – Tirana (May 25)

bada bing1

Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin as well as skipper James Tavernier and winger Ryan Kent.Gerrard and Beale,according to SMSM


Excellent article – really interesting. Loving the positivity right now (even from me!)



You join us at a good time-there was precious little positivity here last season!

bada bing1

Steven Gerrard will MISS Rangers’ trip to Armenia for the second leg of their Europa League play-off against Alashkert with his squad also decimated by Covid.

Gerrard failed to show at Glasgow Airport for the Light Blues lunchtime flight to Western Asia for their crunch clash.

Skipper James Tavernier, Calvin Bassey, Scott Wright and Ryan Kent were also absent along with first and second choice goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin in what is a massive blow in a huge week.

Coach Michael Beale was also nowhere to be seen with Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister set to take the team.


Don’t you just feel there’s a bit of Karma about this covid outbreak at ibrox?

The Real McCoy

Little Lies, tell me sweet little lies . Oh Aye 🤔

Harry Videcci

Hi gang, been very busy and only briefly read the SC but the positivity now is great, on the pages and on the park!

This cohesion and speed of our play now is a joy to witness, an incredibly unexpected turn of events even less than a month ago.

Great also to see the Sevvies decimated by the covid at last, sure took them long enough! 😀

Anyway, just a quick hullo from me as your collective warm welcome from a weeks back was very much appreciated.

Here’s to 2 victories in a row for the Bhoys in Hoops and 2 crushings in a row for the tribute act who love pretending to be Rangers! 😂😀😂


Well said Harry! 🙂

bada bing1

The SMSM are always telling us they have 2 teams that can win the league, shouldn’t be a problem for them




Harry Videcci

Thanks, Jim The Tim, hope you’re keeping well! 👍🏻

And best wishes to your good pal Big Packy and his wife Wee Joan.

Send Joan our best regards from all The Celtic Family, Packy, she’s as much of a legend on here as you are yourself.

Hail Hail! 🇮🇪 🇮🇪 🇮🇪

Harry Videcci

Bada Bing, 🤣🤣🤣

Harry Videcci

Rumours swirling around Glasgow that it’s NOT Coronavirus that’s taken the Sevvies out at all but a new form of NovoVirus involving 2 upcoming football matches that has the shit running down their legs!

bada bing1

SPFL confirm if Sunday’s game is cancelled, Celtic will be awarded a 3-1 victory which includes a statutory penalty to Rangers.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and jim, harry videcci cheers pal, and the real mcoy thanks for that post from this morning👍 jim@10.19 it was only a lovers tiff, the bbc and the famous glesga rainjurs love each other, you heard it here first😍😍

Paddy’s Maw

Harry Vedicci
Love the post about the secco outbreak!


On your earlier note on the Hoot; i’ve been back in Scotland twice recently (and got the West Ham and Dundee games!) and was in the pub on 2 occasions so would offer my experience

Babbity Bowsters were set up 100% outdoor with floor staff taking orders. Mask on to go to the toilet. They had extra wee stools to make sure most could get a seat

I was in All Bar One (not likely to be on your list) and they had QR code ordering from the table. Didn’t work so we ended up at the bar anyway.

I had a couple in Horseshoe (deffo not on your list) but the set up there was same as it ever was with us all leaning on the bar

A real mixed bag

PS Drover’s on Gallowgate had a great set up with tables outside which was a great uptick in the pre-game routine with the nice weather

Harry Videcci

Thanks, Paddy’s Maw, but I suspect it’s more than just rumour 😜

Garry Postecoglou

You were correct. I did love the Gil Heron song.
Thanks for posting it. 👍🍀💚🇯🇲

A thing of beauty

Maybe we need to rein in a bit on our delight at sevco finally getting some positive COVID tests. Karma will be waiting to get us next I’m sure. But maybe that’s just me, my glass is always half full.

Squire Danaher


Drovers is a great wee pub which sells as lovely pint a Guinness as you will get in Glasgow.

Our resident contrarian pitched up one day pre-game and asked for a red wine.

He was given a miniature bottle marked ‘Produce of More than one EU country’.

Stick to the Guinness…..

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