Rumble Down Under


I know some of you couldn’t give a XXXX about Australia and the people who live there,but I’ve long had a soft spot for them. Even though I’m no great fan of their beer,it still can bring a smile to my face when I recall my hun mate Jimmy declaring a fondness for Fosters,as he raised a can to his lips. 

His premise was based on the colours red white and blue in its design. I simply pointed out the legend printed around the rim-“brewing beer since 1888”,or words to that effect-and told him every sip was him kissing that hallowed year!

And who can forget the outrageous hilarity of Paul Hogan on Channel 4 when it started forty years ago? Cultural icon? You bet!

Additionally,of course,in my family we have our own Aussie,my brother in law. He’s a really top bloke,as those of you who have met him can testify. And very patient and tolerant with it,as those of you who have met me and/or my family,will agree! So what has this got to do with Celtic,you might ask?

Well,the site has been at pains to congratulate our new CEO Michael Nicholson for his efforts in his new role in the last six months,even if those efforts have been carried out quietly and behind the scenes. That works for me,an invisible hand doing the work,rather than overt displays in the public eye masking the ineptitude of the previous incumbent. But while I am happy for MN to allow AP to be the public face of the club,I am not at all keen on that process masking any failings of the board.

And so it is with our apparent deal to play the huns in Sydney in November. I say apparent,as the club have not officially revealed who else will participate in The Sydney Cup,but the line up has been revealed by the organisers. 

Why the silence,the omertà,on the subject? Are they unaware of the feelings of the fans,the anger that this recognition by proxy of our foe malign incites amongst us? This fixture is not a contractual obligation imposed by others as part of the membership requirements,as is our membership of the SPFL and UEFA-though our unwillingness to complain vociferously about their bloody membership of those organisations raises its own questions. This is a voluntary decision to take part in an invitation-only tournament,and it serves only to validate their existence. And to further distance the board from the fans. 

And who is the public face of the club in the barrage of publicity and media questioning that has arisen since the brief announcement on Tuesday? Well,it isn’t the invisible man,the CEO who would have been responsible for agreeing to our signing up to this shitshow. It has been left to our manager,himself an Aussie. 

Ange has enough on his plate as head chef and bottle washer on the playing side. He has to do the coaching and the team selection.  Act as Chief Scout. Motivational expert. Medical advisor and therapist. He is NOT our Public Relations Officer-though he is a vast improvement on previous holders of that position. And he should not be hung out to dry,answering questions about a future event which the club are as yet too shamefaced to admit to. 

Celtic HAVE to face the huns in the domestic game,simply because both clubs are members of the SPFL/SFA. And should they ever be drawn against each other in Europe,our membership of UEFA demands that we participate in those matches. There is no need for us to validate their existence by travelling halfway around the world to play against them by invitation. 

But there is every need for the club to realise their grave misjudgement on this issue,and announce that they will no longer participate. Get out while you can,Celtic. A strategic withdrawal makes sense. We have nothing to gain and plenty to lose by playing this game,and the board are supposed to be smart enough to know better.


Above article by BMCUWP

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March 4, 2022 7:06 am

Celtic still haven’t officially stated who the other teams are,AFAIK. Maybe they are a bit shy..,

March 4, 2022 7:37 am


Scott McDonald seems very excited about the prospect so that’s fine then.

Much rather we played a couple of exhibition matches in Japan. That would be a real money spinner and brand generator.
And Hun Free.

March 4, 2022 8:04 am

Morning all,

Hope everyone is fit and well this bright morning 👍

That scoundrel, BRBB has cajoled me into joining him for a couple of libations this afternoon. He really is very persuasive, offering a free packet of crisps with my first pint !!!!!

If anyone else wants to join us we are starting in Crystal Palace at 12.00 and moving to The Old Shipbank.

Thereafter, it’s anyone’s guess ???

Feel free to join in the fun 😜😜😜

Stay safe 👍👍

March 4, 2022 8:15 am

Its Friday the 4th. of March 2022, Here is the news…..

The world has stopped spinning and began to reverse taking us back to the 1930s-40s.
A cloned Russian Stalin has re-emerged called Putin, the people of the Ukraine are his first target.
Russia has been cancelled.
In sport Rangers are dead, how the peepul mourned.
The Celtic board and owner has been applying CPR. try as he might, its impossible to raise the dead club.
The whole Scottish press have been arrested for spreading false information, they have been sent on a diet to rid themselves of the toxin called succulent lamb.
The Celtic manager has been asked to quote: “Fair Dinkum mate, i’m returning to the gold fields of Kargoolie, to see if I can find another Celtic golden nugget, how can you play a team called Rangers if they do not exist”?
Michael Nicholson, son of Peter Lawwell when asked for a quote said “No Comment”.
The foreign exchanges are quoting £50 GBP for one lie. Thirty pieces of silver for a betrayal.
That’s all folks.

Prestonpans bhoys
March 4, 2022 8:28 am

I think there’s more chance of the other side pulling out of Australia than us. Their board are more receptive/afraid of that orc audience and if you view hun media it shows very strong comments against it.

March 4, 2022 9:19 am

Crisps ffs? Don’t remember that. 🤔

Big Audio Dynamite
March 4, 2022 9:27 am

Travelling in a fried-out combi,
On a hippy trail, head full of zombie.

Playing in the land down under.

March 4, 2022 9:41 am

Morning all. Can’t see CFC pulling out Bobby much as it grates with many/most(?) of us.

Bawheid: spot on 👏


March 4, 2022 9:42 am


Fine words written by a Kilwinning born Scot.
Think he favoured the other side though.

Colour Blind Bhoy
March 4, 2022 9:51 am

BMCUW, I’m currently in an ambivalent state of mind about the trip down under.

Yes, I’d sooner we didn’t get involved in any extra curricular activities with them beyond our duties in the league and cup but I’m kind of enjoying how apoplectic their fans are about how this is being promoted.

Imagine us being invited to Holland for an event branded as ‘Gio’s Homecoming’ and all that would entail.

Not impressed by the idea but glad it’s all about the land of Oz and not the land of orange.

Let’s see how it plays out but for now, the bigger priority is 3 points on Sunday.

Saltires en Sevilla
March 4, 2022 10:03 am


CPR on thems …

Literally laughed and will be sharing

10 years of chest compressions and Mouth to Mouth – gotta take its toll..🤹‍♀️

Prestonpans bhoys
March 4, 2022 10:39 am


I’m of a similar mind. Never thought about the Orange analogy, brilliant👍👏😂

March 4, 2022 10:51 am


Tell LEGGY my Uncle Jim is joining you. LEGGY won’t dare order a packet of crisps in a pub with him around.

My Uncle Jim isn’t too keen on the concept. “It’s a f…..g pub,no’ a bloody cafe!!!”

My Uncle Billy tried it once. Never again,lucky to get out alive.

March 4, 2022 11:10 am


It was actually Scampi fries !!!!!

Now there’s 2 things that taste like …………

Nah, don’t think I’ll continue 😜😜😜

Too early for that nonsense.

Big Audio Dynamite
March 4, 2022 11:19 am

CFC, great band, mate 👍

March 4, 2022 11:22 am

Leggy…those two things that smell like…Scampi Fries are one of my favourites, the other is…too early for that, just had my brekkie!! 🐟🙀

Big Audio Dynamite
March 4, 2022 11:24 am

What’s that, Skippy, the Rangers died??

Are you not just obsessed, Skippy?! 😜

Big Audio Dynamite
March 4, 2022 11:39 am

If we are determined not to be seen as one cheek from the same ass, we are going the wrong way about it!
This has BAD IDEA written all over it. One bottle thrown and it becomes a PR disaster for us.
In 2012, the board gambled that enough of us wanted them for competition.
On the evidence of the last decade, they were bang on!
Those of us who genuinely want NO association with thum, have just been left in limbo.
Old Firm is the past ..the present .. and the future, What a charade.
It’s f@cking depressing.

March 4, 2022 11:44 am

Mick G he’s just rolled in. Nae scampi fries, I’m feeling a bit rough. Eegads.

Son Of Gabriel
March 4, 2022 12:04 pm

Cash wears the crown… and our board won’t turn it down.
Right or wrong… this game will go ahead whether we like it or not.

March 4, 2022 12:28 pm

Saltires: Not so much ‘hot lips’ more like chaffed lips, they have compressed their chests so hard, they are in danger of breaking their chest-bones, perhaps that’s their cunning plan. I’m just back from the nurse, blood letting and my yearly injection of the anti viral drug “Rangers Are Deid”. Is Bigrailroadblues a Honky Tonk man, or Amtrak’s answer to the Flying Scotsman?
Friersdorfer- Yer a fine figure of a man ;)-
Skippy FFS, Scores the goal that lost us a Title.
BAD: 60,000 sang, ‘Could you hear the thunder.’
Hypocrisy reigns and lives in the Celtic boardroom, on the one hand they tell us that we are “One Club Since 1888” on the other hand – They continually shackle us to them, they cannot have it both ways. Hypocrisy – or as its called in the real world – Liar’s.

Margaret McGill
March 4, 2022 12:46 pm

Oz tour?
whats next?
The Old Firm Kamikaze Kids tour?

March 4, 2022 1:26 pm

Bawheid ffs hahahaha 😂 🤣

The Real McCoy
March 4, 2022 2:00 pm

BRRB, Leggy et al….
Enjoy your day oot 🍺🍺🍺
Give my regards to all partaking 💚
I’ll get the crisps 👍🏻

P.S. Wee Skippy is a Celtic fanatic 🍀
Regularly in touch for updates from
The Land Down Under 👍🏻

Bada Bing
March 4, 2022 2:34 pm

Shane Warne RIP 😳

March 4, 2022 2:39 pm

Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) Tweeted: 🗣️ “We are delighted again to receive this award, but once again we receive it as a group. It is something which reflects our real collective effort in delivering positive performances and results for our fans.”

More from the #cinchPrem Manager of the Month, Ange Postecoglou ⤵️

Sol Kitts
March 4, 2022 2:43 pm

Shocking news about Shane Warne dying aged only 52. The best and most entertaining bowler I have ever seen, will be remembered for his Ashes exploits and in particular for THAT ball.
A real cricketing legend.
Jeez, just seen that Rodney Marsh has also died.
What a sad day for sport in general and Aussie sport in particular

March 4, 2022 3:14 pm


In the Shipbank, BRRB at the bar and Gerry Cinammon on the juke box !!!!

What’s not to like 💚

She’s a belter 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍀🍀🍀🍀

March 4, 2022 3:15 pm


Don’t forget those crisps. !!!!!!!


March 4, 2022 4:28 pm


Great leader. Fair play to ye for bringing back memories of the Paul Hogan show. 😀 In our teens, we all used to rush back from the boozer to catch the show…a large cargo was the order of the day back then. As for playing the Huns in Sydney? I personally cannot see this happening. Will the local authorities sanction such a game, given the penchant for the Huns of rioting at friendly games? To be fair to fans of both Ibrox clubs, they have also rioted at league games, cup games and in Europe. So at least they are consistent in their fine and moral upstanding behaviour. Two things may count against the Huns participating in this tournament:

1. If anything the Huns are even more raging about this game than our own faithful are. You’ll have probably heard that Honest Dave is back on the scene at Ibrox. With his support, traditional methods of persuasion, cough, cough, will be used against the Ibrox board by the lunatic element amongst the Ibrox support…by no means a small number, as we all know.

2. I would have thought that Aussie based Celts, have or will be, flooding the authorities in Sydney with evidence of the unique behaviour of the Ibrox support. Do the poor people of Sydney really need this? Answers on a postcard to Ian Bankier at Celtic Park.


Feckin’ brilliant.

Craig76 and fan

Thanks for those links lads.

BRB and Leggy

Enjoy your day Bhoys.

Hail Hail

Bada Bing
March 4, 2022 5:23 pm

Shane Warne, who Ange is friendly with RIP

March 4, 2022 5:52 pm

Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) Tweeted: Getting ready for Glasgow!

We’re preparing stock for our Glasgow Pop-Up and here is some of the Celtic shirts you can expect to see!

What’s the greatest Celtic shirt of all time? 🤔

We will be at @SneakersER 73-77 Trongate, Glasgow from the 16th-27th March!

March 4, 2022 6:20 pm


Straight choice. Either The Centenary Season or the one we wore in Lisbon.

March 4, 2022 6:22 pm

The 1st top I ever owned

Eddy Grady (@EddyGrady) Tweeted: @classicshirts @paolodilamio @SneakersER

Bada Bing
March 4, 2022 7:19 pm

Not too clever to have the Wummans team playing at Celtic Park on the 26th, the pitch isn’t great just now….

March 4, 2022 7:31 pm

Doves – Kingdom Of Rust / DovesVEVO

March 4, 2022 7:35 pm

Simple Minds – Waterfront / SimpleMindsVEVO

Sol Kitts
March 4, 2022 7:38 pm

Alex Harvey at his best, Zal’s guitar is incredible.

March 4, 2022 7:57 pm


I’ve probably told you this before, but during the Centenary Season, I managed to obtain an actual team-quality jersey, long-sleeved, embroidered badge etc. Wore it for years and then gave it away to the son of a workmate who was Celtic-daft. The last official Celtic top that I bought, was the green and black striped effort in 1993.

My favourite Celtic jersey of all time, has got to be the plain hoops as worn in Estoril. No maker’s logo and certainly no feckin’ sponsorship.

Other classic favourites of mine include:

The 1950s rugby-style hoops.

The 50s and 60s away shirt. White, with green collar and cuffs and a large shamrock-not four-leaf Clover mind-on the left breast.

The original Celtic shirt, supplied by Pat Welsh and Co. drapers. White shirt with green collar, and the Celtic Cross on the left breast.

Personally, I have always preferred the Celtic Cross on the jersey, over the four-leaf Clover. As an aside, I believe that the Celtic badge was first worn on the home jersey in the 1978-79 season. The badge consisted of the four-leaf Clover, surrounded by the immortal inscription:

‘Celtic Football and Athletic Co. Ltd. 1888.’ The badge was initially worn on the centre of the jersey, but was later moved to the left breast, where a slightly different emblem remains to this day.

The ‘Athletic’ in the original badge-which dates from the very origins of the club-refers to the fact that from the opening of the new/second Celtic Park, the club was able to host world-renowned cycling and Athletic events. One of the most famous runners to take part in athletic events in Paradise, was a certain Eric Liddell, 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 400 metres event. Liddell, of course, did not take part in the blue-ribbon 100 metres event, due to his deeply held beliefs. The heats for the 100 metres event were held on a Sunday…and Liddell refused to run on the Sabbath. The eventual winner of the 100 metres event was Cambridge University athlete, Harold Abrahams. The story of both men, was immortalised in the multi-oscar winning, 1981 film, “Chariots of Fire.”

Hail Hail.

March 4, 2022 8:06 pm

Four Leaf Clover with lyrics / Rebel Lyrics

March 4, 2022 8:21 pm

Evening all.

Hope this works, love this strip an what a player.



March 4, 2022 8:24 pm

This might be a better link.


March 4, 2022 8:27 pm

Moussa Dembele, scores an a lovely goal for Lyon just now.


Prestonpans bhoys
March 4, 2022 8:27 pm


The all green strip, late 1960,s ???

March 4, 2022 8:30 pm

Prestonpans bhoys

I would think so, I’ll do a bit of digging.


March 4, 2022 8:37 pm

“when bobby murdoch plays, the lions play” – jock stein.

Aye, and Mr Stein was not kidding.