If you know your history – 23rd Febuary

120 years ago … our favourites had no games 130 years ago ( no league games … again!)

So, we skip on a decade to 1902 month where we played only one other team.

4 games on the bounce against Hearts:

1st February Inter City League Hearts 2 Celtic 1

8th February Scottish Cup Hearts P Celtic P ( played as ‘friendly due to frozen pitch)

15th February Scottish Cup Hearts 1 Celtic 1

22nd February Scottish Cup Celtic 2 Hearts 1

1902-02-22: Celtic 2-1 Heart of Midlothian, Scottish Cup

Scottish Cup 3rd Round replay

This was the month that Celtic played no-one other than Hearts! Celtic lost 1-2 in an Inter City League game on February 1, then the scheduled Scottish Cup game at Tynecastle on February 8 was frozen off and played as a 1-1 friendly.

Hearts best player Bobby Walker was missing because his father had died.

Celtic who had been to Rothesay to train in midweek were by far the better team with “superior stamina” and “the ball went from Celt to Celt”.

This was in spite of the loss of an early goal.

Both McMahon’s goals were first class, the first from a free kick and the second from a fierce drive.

McFarlane; Davidson and Battles; Loney, Russell and Orr; Livingstone, McDermott, Campbell, McMahon and Quinn.

Goalscorers: McMahon 35, 61


McWattie, Hogg and Allan, Key, Buick and Baird; Porteous, Thomson, Lorne, Houston and Bell

Goal: Bell 2

Referee: Mr P Simpson, Aberdeen

Attendance: 27,000

In other news…

Samuel R Gardiner, British historian (Oliver Cromwell), dies at 72

A bargain at only £189…warts ‘n’ all…

70 years ago… 1952 and on this day we welcome Raith Rovers to Paradise on league duty.

1952-02-23: Celtic 0-1 Raith Rovers, League Division A

Alex Rollo was still out and Joe Baillie continued at left back with Jackie Millsop retaining his position at left half. Mike Haughney also came in for Tully at outside left.

Raith were most certainly up for it and began attacking from the start. The Celtic defence were beaten when Colville swung over a cross and Kelly was unmarked and with time to puick his spot. Though Celtic attacked from then to the half time whistle they could not buy a goal! Rovers held out for the second half against an increasingly desperate Celtic attack with even Evans joing the front five.

Tghe loss meant that certainly Celtic were now involved in a relegation scrap. Games in hand were all well and good but they had to be won.

Celtic: Bonnar; Fallon, Baillie; Evans, Stein, Millsopp; Collins, Walsh, McPhail, Peacock, Haughney.

Raith Rovers:
Johnstone; McLure, McNaught; Young, Colville, Leigh; Maule, McEwan, Penman, Kelly, McIntyre.
Scorers: Kelly (21)

Referee: T S Edwards (Portobello)
Attendance: 20,000

Jackie Millsopp born in Cambuslang 1930 died 1952.

Played 26 times for the Bhoys and scored one goal.

A young player taken prematurely (Age 22) from the Celtic family but more importantly from his own personal family and friends.

There is an excellent tribute to him from Sean Fallon:

In other news ….

Bradley “Brad” Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith – “Love In An Elevator”, “Last Child”), born in Winchester, Massachusetts

Brad Whitford cited as a “huge influence” by Slash of Guns & Roses “he had a more direct influence on the way I play than anybody realizes”

10 years ago … 2012 on this day our Bhoys relaxing after hosting Dunfermline.

2012-02-22: Celtic 2-0 Dunfermline, SPL

Celtic go 20pts clear albeit one more game played

Charlie Mulgrew scores a beezer of a long range shot!

Teddies in freefall as administration bites. It’s ice cream and jelly.

(Arsene Parselie of KDS)
A night where we were under no pressure whatsoever

Now that the league is won(!), there was no real tension in the ground at all, and even the “party” songs were muted slightly.

It smacked of the easy league wins of the Larsson years when we just knew we would win even though the opposition tried their damndest to have two banks of 5 at all times in their half.

We were a bit one dimensional at times, trying to play in and around Dunfermline’s area, and this meant there were no real clear cut chances of any note in the first half. The one time we changed the pattern was where Hooper was put through and the keeper got it out for the corner.

After Mulgrew’s howitzer the crowd eased off a little and we went into library mode for the most part.

The defence had such an easy time that they switched off at the two Dunfermline corners to the back post which resulted in decent on target headers.
Forster never touched the ball with his hands until about 20 mins in.

Ki ran the show, ably assisted by the other midfielders, and Hooper although he missed one close in, had a decent game as he linked up play well, and chased down and won a couple off their defenders and put in a great cross for Forrest’s goal.

Stokes back to his frustrating worst. Always tries the fancy through ball even though a simpler pass would be more constructive, the Sebo miss and the one where he cracked up at someone (Ki?) for not leaving it for him, followed up by him giving up the chase to turn round, to glare at his team mate.
The thing that annoys me most about him is that he has the ability but his attitude is to fling his hands up in a petulant strop if something is not to his liking instead of facing the ball and chasing it.
He wasn’t offside too much though, which was nice.

Samaras was back to his comedic best. I’ve not fallen for the mood change that sees him being lauded as a different player. He is exactly the same.
Frustrating, annoying, head down, won’t pass at the right time. Then just to be contrary he”ll ldo something astounding.
Most of the time though the astounding is followed by a sclaff or him falling on his arse, like the one near the end. All of our section were pishing ourselves at that one. I just don’t think he’s got the brain to be anything other than a law unto himself.
We know he has qualities which if he showed more consistently would seem him playing elsewhere. I just don’t think he’s reliable enough.

Overall, an easy, unexciting stroll against a team struggling to avoid a humping and this could be what it’s like in future seasons for most games if we are 20 odd points ahead by Christmas and the huns aren’t around to laugh at or challenge.

If we get what we wish for it might get boring.


01 Forster, Izaguirre (Forrest – 67′ ), 06 Wilson, 11 Cha Du-Ri, 21 Mulgrew,

08 Brown (Brozek – 77′ ), 16 Ledley, 18 Ki Sung-Yeung, 10 Stokes (Samaras – 67′ )

15 Commons, 88 Hooper


24 Zaluska, 05 Majstorovic, 02 Matthews, 46 McGeouch, 09 Samaras, 17 Brozek,

49 Forrest


Mulgrew 32′, Forrest 75′


20 Smith 05 Rutkiewicz (McCann – 46′ ) 06 Keddie 13 Boyle 15 Dowie

07 Cardle (Willis – 60′ ) 17 Burns 23 Thomson Booked 24 Hutton 11 Graham

19 Buchanan (Hardie – 67′ )

Substitutes 30 Goodfellow 03 McCann 04 Mason 08 Hardie

22 Willis 34 Byrne 12 McDougall

Ref: O’Reilly

Att: 45,000

Pawel Brozak 38 Caps & 9 goals (Poland); 2 games & 0 goals (Celtic).

In other news…

303 Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his policy of persecuting Christians, razing the church at Nicomedia

1455 Johannesburg Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)

1689 Dutch prince William III proclaimed King of England

1782 Engineer James Watt’s patent for a rotary motion for the steam engine (his sun-and-planet gear) is granted

1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

1898 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

1910 George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance” premieres in London

1997 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”

Spontaneous applause at Pittodrie …

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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February 23, 2022 6:44 am


An education as always. I didn’t know about Jackie Millsop,another tragedy involving one of our young players. Complications following a burst appendix,apparently.

Saltires en Sevilla
February 23, 2022 7:14 am


You up early buddy, or just back from shift?

Aye, Jackie collapsed at training and never recovered. Tragic.

Sean Fallon talks about his funeral, it was on the morning of a Rangers game … when players from both teams attended the funeral and then turned out to play later that day.

February 23, 2022 7:30 am


Back in first Swindon office,about to head to second one via refuel. Should be heading home in thirty.

Wonderful gesture by both sets of players to attend,especially as they were playing each other later.

Prestonpans bhoys
February 23, 2022 7:43 am

Good interesting article, I like this bit, so true😱

Samaras was back to his comedic best. I’ve not fallen for the mood change that sees him being lauded as a different player. He is exactly the same.
Frustrating, annoying, head down, won’t pass at the right time. Then just to be contrary he”ll ldo something astounding.

Jobo Baldie
February 23, 2022 8:34 am

Good morning, friends and thanks for another interesting read, SES.
That report on the game from 10 years ago ended (in relation to Rangers, as they were then known) “If we get what we wish for it might get boring”. Well, it didn’t for me and I’d gladly take the next 10 years without a Sevco around.

February 23, 2022 9:24 am

Morning all…Sol, sincere condolences on you loss, these are sad times, indeed. God bless your bro and his kids. For most people the loss of their Mum is the saddest , most reflective time of their life. RIP 🙏

February 23, 2022 9:57 am

SES…great stuff as usual! Future quiz question…”Who the f*** is Pawel Brozak!” 🤔🤣
I would never have remembered that name in a million years!!

February 23, 2022 10:09 am

Saltires en sevilla
Excellent as always 👌
I had to Google Brozak,turns out he wasn’t a big fan of Lennon

Loan to CelticEdit

On 29 January 2012, Brożek agreed terms to join Scottish Premier League outfit Celtic on loan from Trabzonspor until the end of the season, subject to a medical.[19] The following day, he signed a contract with Celtic after passing the medical exams. He was given the number 17 shirt.[20] On 8 February 2012, he made his debut in the 4–0 win over Heart of Midlothian in a Scottish Premier League match, coming on as a second-half substitute for Scott Brown.[21] He made three appearances in total for the eventual league champions, failing to score in any of them.[22] At the end of his loan spell at Celtic, Brożek criticised Neil Lennon, stating that the Celtic manager “…promised me something and then another thing happened afterwards. I did not get many opportunities from him and I was left dry of games.”[23]

St tams
February 23, 2022 10:48 am

Excellent as always.
Brozak was right about something.

February 23, 2022 11:28 am

Lisbon Lion (@tirnaog_09) Tweeted: Celtic destroying Rangers in the 1969 cup final. 132,000 fans watched Celtic thump their rivals 4-0. George Connelly must have enjoyed that moment, rounding the keeper at the Celtic end & slotting it home. Every Bhoys dream. Have a great day HH https://t.co/rAoOHoxjw1 https://twitter.com/tirnaog_09/status/1496384695742967810?s=20&t=8VIgrV1mRIqd4I46Aqwjdw

February 23, 2022 11:44 am

great stuff as usual! Future quiz question…”Who the f*** is Pawel Brozak!”
Thought it was just me 😁

February 23, 2022 12:30 pm

I am hoping for an historical event tomorrow in Norway but my head says we shall do well to avoid a walloping.

I suspect that what we saw from Bodo at Parkhead is exactly what we shall get when they are the home team. I hope our defence is up to the task, especially the left side. Further, CCV looked below par versus Dundee. Have negotiations to keep him proved disappointing? We need him to be on song.

Bodo had our number and I do not see that changing for their home tie. Remember they dismantled Roma by 6-1. Even allowing for Mourinho underestimating them, that is still an impressive score. I think we also underestimated them but we shall not do that again. However, we shall play exactly the same way and that is exactly what Bodo expect and are prepared for.

Ange will go for it, and he may succeed but the prize is still the league. A 4-0 humbling is not what we need plus the tiredness of travel, before facing Hibs.

Ange’s approach in this game will be very revealing. Can he focus on the long term? Glad I do not have his job!


February 23, 2022 12:30 pm

Fully expect Celtic to get the blame for launching the 1st strike at Russia 🇷🇺 🤣🤣🤣

Russian Premier Liga (@premierliga_en) Tweeted: FC Ufa loaned defender Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo from Celtic 🟣

#RPL https://t.co/96AhE6Pk2f https://twitter.com/premierliga_en/status/1496129865560563718?s=20&t=7SYqcex6pocK7lHWdvHL2g

February 23, 2022 1:08 pm

Hi Rebus, you’re probably right and (edit) that we’ll play exactly the same way against Bodø tomorrow (too) but I doubt if we’ll set up the same way/with the same players unless Ange has decided the Competition is not worth being in. They had a 4-3-3 and used the counter perfectly whilst maintaining their shape rigidly. We had very poor movement from middle to front which made their defensive duties a whole load easier. I think tomorrow Ange’s instructions will be like it was against The Rangers – win the game in the first 20. Of course, we need to want it and be on it from kickoff…and therein lies the conundrum!

February 23, 2022 1:08 pm

SeS, Bonnar in goal 23/2/52 ? I didn’t know Packy was that old! LOL 🙂

February 23, 2022 1:10 pm

I see that truck convoys are on their way to Washington with the intent “to do an Ottawa “there. I shall resist the temptation to write a political piece here since it is a Celtic blog. I make one observation. Ask yourselves which defines a democracy, trucker politics or the ballot box?

By the way, part of the Ottawa protest has moved to my town, 70 kms from the centre of Ottawa. It is not over here or in the States.


February 23, 2022 1:20 pm


Tx for reading my ramblings. I think there is a problem with the team at the moment. We are not creating as many chances as our possession suggests and we are not converting as many chances as we should. Add to that the weaknesses that have been present in the defence from early season…..namely dealing with set plays like corners and free kicks.

The games versus Bodo and Dundee are illustrative of the problem. More generally, the inability to finish teams off early, shows the effects of the problem.

Not sure what the causes are, tho.


February 23, 2022 1:20 pm

The Age of Big Packy is one of life’s great mysteries, we can guess but nobody knows for sure 😀😀🤣

February 23, 2022 1:35 pm

Even if I was unemployed/retired I would not waste my life doing this, this guy needs to get out meet people (not peeepul) 😀

Ankaragucu_Iskocya (@Kankagroup) Tweeted: Spent the last few days on wyscout watching every SPL game. This would be the table if VAR was in play

Rangers 78
Hearts 65
Dundee Utd 60
Celtic 56
Motherwell 55
Livingston 50

Really is incredible the level of incompetence in Scottish refereeing https://twitter.com/Kankagroup/status/1496456974061473792?s=20&t=hyZRv1w0-t6nmqVgm-eD5A

February 23, 2022 1:40 pm

Craig 👍😆

Billy Bhoy
February 23, 2022 2:16 pm

Rangers “Ace” Aaron Ramsay OUT for Dortmund tie….

“Ace” doing a lot of heavy lifting there!

How WILL they manage to “replace” him?


Prestonpans bhoys
February 23, 2022 2:17 pm

That tweet from Ankaragucu_Iskocya must be someone at it. Is he/she trying to indicate that VAR would have greatly benefited the huns and moreover to the detriment of Celtic.

Complete bollocks😵

February 23, 2022 2:19 pm

😁 didn’t see any analysis of the decisions on that link.
Assuming the guy knows his stuff and has carried out a fair, impartial review we really are crap. I’m sure he has as he is very confident in posting the results of his mammoth piece of research.
We all laughed at the jurnos who said we would finish 3rd. Now looks like we are even worse than they said we were. 🤣🤣

February 23, 2022 2:26 pm

The last time I saw the results of the review of decisions by the English ref on Celtic By Numbers the Huns we’re gaining points on incorrect calls.
I do think the ref on there calls it impartially. He often agrees with what I think are bad decisions against us or favourable decisions for the Huns. Despite that they are still ahead of us on points gained.
In all of this stuff we seem to forget that goals change games. If a team scores a dodgy goal against us on 20 minutes to go one up it doesn’t mean they will win. The rest of the match will play out differently.

February 23, 2022 2:43 pm

Pitiful nonsense.
Like the idiot whose analysis was based on results over 80 mins, this is desperate stuff.

As FB states, every action has an opposite reaction, who knows how games would play out after a VAR decision?
It Only has impact if it is the definitive point in each and every game, eg a last seconds winner or goal ruled out.

February 23, 2022 3:16 pm

Ffs I’ve seen some desperate clutching of straws in my time but that ‘analysis’ takes some beating.
If this was any other country there would be no team playing out of Ibrox, AND, if VAR had been in operation throughout the existence of the original RFC, they would’ve went bust on around 30 odd titles and not the 54 that they had when they died.

February 23, 2022 3:20 pm

Lest we forget even their 54 includes a shared Title with Dumbarton!

big packy
February 23, 2022 3:34 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, saltires once again you have given us a masterpiece,,now dont tell jim but its even better than my true stories , as you know jim writes my true stories i only post them😎 dont worry jim wont be on ,he calls the bingo on a wednesday at the larkhall loyal😎

big packy
February 23, 2022 3:43 pm

JIM and CRAIG76, i wasnt even born in 1952, no, 20 years later 1972,,did you know a japanese soldier,Shoichi Yokoi,was found in guam in1972 in the jungle, he had been there for 28 years he didnt know the war was over, another true story😎

February 23, 2022 3:53 pm

76 – Trombones in the big parade
71 – Bang on the drum

February 23, 2022 3:55 pm

oops had to edit it there, it wasn’t 78 trombones! LOL 🙂

big packy
February 23, 2022 3:56 pm

JIM i presume that was aimed at me,😎

February 23, 2022 3:58 pm

Don’t be so paranoid! Why would I aim that at you? You are only 69 – any way you look at it. 🙂

big packy
February 23, 2022 4:07 pm

JIM true story, andy our keyboard player when we didnt have much work, he would play in a working mens club AKA wheeltappers😎 he told me this night there was a vocalist on, who gave him the music and he said to the drummer, poor guy, probably a taxi driver or a plumber during the day, now this is in 16s will you be okay, listen he said ill get in as many beats as i can😎 another true story

February 23, 2022 4:40 pm

Packy, 😆👍

February 23, 2022 4:48 pm


Another wonderful trip down memory lane. Thank you. I see that Oliver Cromwell has once again cropped up in your leader. Thankfully you did not include a portrait of the old bastard on this occasion…once was enough, thank you very much. I also found it interesting that King Billy was crowned King of England on this day in 1689. Rather than this being a ‘Glorious Revolution’, this was in fact a coup against the established order. A Dutch takeover, if you will. It is well known, that many supporters of Sevco have basic problems with English and arithmetic…an inability to understand the meaning of the word ‘liquidation’ and 1=55 etc. Perhaps we can add history to that honourable list. King William of Orange was so named, because his family seat was based in the town of Orange in southern France. His name has absolutely nothing to do with the colour orange. It appears that those loveable scamps that like to go for long walks of a July day-dressed in their Halloween costumes-have a few historical inaccuracies in their worldview. I have often been tempted to point out these inaccuracies on running into an Orange Walk…but decided against doing so for health reasons. 😀


Celtic keeper Johnny Bonnar does not really get the credit he deserves in the club’s illustrious history. In the Coronation Cup final against Hibs in May 1953, Neilly Mochan scored an absolute screamer in the 28th minute. In the 2nd half, Hibs threw wave after wave of attacks at the Celtic defence but could not get the ball in the net. With 3 minutes to go, Jimmy Walsh made it 2-0 to the Celts. Years later, on the after dinner circuit, Willie Ormand ofen told of his dismay that:

“We couldn’t get passed that bugger Bonnar in 1953.”

Though knowing Mr Ormand, the language would have been a bit fruitier than that. It is probably just as well for us, that the Huns did not win the Coronation Cup. If they had, they would have probably went overboard about the whole thing, and had a song commissioned for the occasion. Oh, wait…😀

Big Packy

What was unusual about Neilly Mochan’s early Celtic career?

Hail Hail

big packy
February 23, 2022 4:51 pm

MAGUA havent a clue😎

February 23, 2022 5:00 pm

Magua, yes I looked up Johnny Bonnar – I couldn’t remember anything about him. His Coronation Cup performance is legendary I found out! 🙂

big packy
February 23, 2022 5:04 pm

MAGUA, dont believe a word jim says, he thnks im 69, FFS dont tell wee joan 😎 😎

February 23, 2022 5:07 pm


big packy
February 23, 2022 5:20 pm

JIM just taking the dugs oot will be back shortly, over and out😎 😎

February 23, 2022 5:22 pm

Big Packy

Neilly Mochan already had two winners medals for Celtic, before taking the field at Parkhead.

Glasgow Charity Cup v Queen’s Park, and of course, Coronation Cup v Hibs. Both cup finals were played at Hampden.

Hail Hail

February 23, 2022 5:33 pm

Magua, that must be a one-off surely?

big packy
February 23, 2022 5:58 pm

MAGUA , you are a fountain of knowledge😎 oh hampden in the sun celtic 7 the rangers 1,oh happy memories,,BTW was not a the game ,JIM was and he told me all about it😎

February 23, 2022 6:30 pm


I certainly can’t think of any other Celtic who has achieved this feat.

Big Packy


Hail Hail.

big packy
February 23, 2022 6:45 pm

MAGUA, right back at ya,😎

February 23, 2022 7:07 pm


That analysis puts the huns on a 100% record. Even if I reffed every Celtic game,I couldn’t put our team on 100%.

Wouldn’t be for lack of trying,right enough…

February 23, 2022 7:11 pm


Yes,and they wouldhave celebrated it as part of their own 80th anniversary.

1872,my arse.

February 23, 2022 7:21 pm

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