The Foreign Legion


MAHE has kindly come to my rescue by offering today’s article. A friend indeed!


Opening day of the famous 66/67 season saw a native manager field 11 locals. They would go on to conquer all before them in an unprecedented feat.

I’ll forever tip my hat and give maximum respect to them all.

Fast forward 56 years and witness the difference.

This opening day the team shall likely be composed of,,,

An Englishman

An Argentinian

An American

A Swede

A Croatian

A Scot

A man from Japan

An English born Dane

Another Japanese player

A Portuguese 

A Greek

To enter the fray later waits

A Japanese striker

An Israeli winger

A Swiss keeper

A Swiss striker

An Ivory Coast midfielder

Maybe a French defender if still at the club

All prepared by two Australians, welcome to Celtic Harry Kewell.

Wow! You can’t deny that’s some change. Fifthteen nationalities involved with the first team squad, a far cry from that 66 opening day. Traditionalists may not agree, but this gives me an enormous amount of pleasure.

I once heard Billy state “call me old fashioned but I believe the manager of Celtic should be Scottish or Irish”.

Billy, you’re old fashioned.

We know the camaraderie of the Lions carried them through their famous campaign, he would correctly wonder how to build camaraderie with such a diverse collection of players. 

Our Ozzie leader pulled it off while making it look easy.

Collecting such an exotic first team squad tells us a few things.

With one obvious exception, all the associated leagues offer good value for money, more bang for your buck.

And on England, the Big Joe success show could, maybe should,  see the beginning of enticing a few seasoned Englishmen north knowing they already have the swelled coffers, now for silverware and fantastic European nights. 

You know, the real highlights of football which we can offer.

Our transfer strategy has been altered, we will bite at the desired quality with the desired price, no more names or EPL castoffs simply because they are available and sound sexy, yet rarely work out. See Tommy Graveson, Ian Wright, Guidette, and many more.

More exposure to potential supporters needs mentioned, that income stream is more than capable of growing and would one be surprised at more tourists appearing beside you in Paradise? Not me.

From a supporters point of view, it’s very exciting to have a collection of foreigners representing the Hoops thrown together with instructions to play attacking football and win every game.

They can understand that universal language.

They can understand diagrams at this stage.

Score more than them isn’t that hard to put across, surprise surprise they all collectively picked up the instructions.

Regardless of language, creed, beliefs, nationalities, all of which are to be found in abundance.

All comprehend the target,,and that’s what really matters.

Watching them go about achieving that target has been a pleasure, now they must repeat that.

Brendan was a details man, and maybe that’s why he preferred to sign British, the communication aspect.

Ange,, nah mate, tell them they’ve gotta win, they’ll all understand. 

It’s worked so far, touch wood, many more times.

It’s actually a very fitting tribute to a club that is open to all, to find and play “all”.

Our diversity is a pleasure, finding the man himself not the creed, which would make Mr Maley happy. 

I hesitate to say there’s less historical baggage hanging around this particular teams neck, but a part of me thinks it’s true. They can truly treat this solely as their job whereas natives are 24/7 immersed, almost all friends and family emotionally involved thus the player carries the added burden of expectation.

Given our current diversity, I think it’s fair to say most dinner tables won’t be discussing the intricacies of Scottish football day after day.

I don’t want these skillful foreigners to be burdened in any way, I just want them to do the best they can whilst here, while entertaining us.

The less pressure the better, the consummate professional Roy Keane once wrote that organizing extended friends tickets to a cup final threw him off his game. Imagine how many requests the locals get, and worry about fulfilling? For instance a chap in my last CSC would phone Bobby Lennox directly if stuck, old friends and all that, Bobby could rarely help him, Lion or not.

And he last played for the club 50 years ago, yet still gets the requests!

It might be just me, but I envisage the foreign contingent aren’t living a full time Celtic Way of Life, and I think is a good thing.

Our own Foreign Legion prepare for battle.

I’ve faith in the transcontinental Tims.

By Mahe

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June 30, 2022 9:09 am


Saved my bacon!

June 30, 2022 9:35 am

Fair comment.

Professionalism from the top forges team spirit.

We are lucky indeed to have a manager with excellent communication skills allied to an infectious enthusiasm that rubs off onto the players.

In turn, he can trust Calmac and Joe particularly to reinforce his message in the dressing room.

Harry Kewell seems another full of positivity.

The chain of command looks solid, fostering genuine team spirit.

Bada Bing
June 30, 2022 9:43 am
June 30, 2022 9:50 am

Argentinian left-back, Alexandro Bernabei today signed a five-year deal with the champions to become the third signing of the summer, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old signs after an impressive spell with Lanus in his homeland’s top division, after breaking through their youth academy.

Formerly capped at Argentina Under-23 level, the new No.25 penned a five-year deal to play in Glasgow and he says he can’t wait to experience life as a Celtic player and in the Champions League.

Speaking to Celtic TV, he said: “I’m very happy to be here and I feel grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity.

“I feel proud to be playing in Europe because it was one of my dreams and I’m excited to train with and play with my new team-mates.

“The stadium is just incredible. The people, the club, team-mates, and the coaching staff are all incredible.”

June 30, 2022 10:23 am


Delighted that the board have found the cheque book,after someone left it behind in that London. As for Jota,the will he,won’t he bored the tits off me in soap operas. Get it done,or move on.

June 30, 2022 10:24 am

Fair to say our centre back Julien would never have made the cut for the French foreign legion.
Guess Ange was turned off not by his ability but more his preponderance to be a big girl’s blouse.
Sure Ange saw his performance against the utterly crap Dyke where he choose to whine like a little baby rather than man up and give it it back.
His subsequent injury lengthy lay off also would have been noted as it seemed something was not right mentally.
A very good footballer when he concentrated on his game but too mentally fragile for what Ange needs.

June 30, 2022 10:27 am

I think Big Shuggie was the first “foreigner” I saw playing for Celtic.Certainly on a regular basis. In those days,even an English goalie-we had a couple in Jock Stein’s days-was a talking point.Nowadays,it’s like a game of Spot The Scot.

(Clue-he’s usually the one getting abuse from the stands for a minor error. The other players can’t understand a word-just ask our Japanese Bhoys!)

June 30, 2022 10:30 am


I’ve stated my very brief thoughts about Jullien in tomorrow’s article. Yours are more complimentary! I think he is very lucky to have landed on his feet,given the last eighteen months.

I hope for his sake that landing on his feet doesn’t stress his knee too much…

Bada Bing
June 30, 2022 10:57 am

Jota in Glasgow

June 30, 2022 10:59 am

Morning all. HH

June 30, 2022 10:59 am

BadaBingBadaBoom! I’ve been informed the mobile phone is in Spanish not Portuguese, so we’ll need to wait for that call!! Nice use of social media by Celtic’s Twitter guy!! 😁

June 30, 2022 10:59 am


Excellent,if true. Though I’ll have to make a minor edit to that article.

Not as many as I did on Tuesday’s one,though!

June 30, 2022 11:01 am

Jota signing will make this a good window although so far no signings have addressed the main negatives of last season, defensive mid and centre back cover. Still some work to do, Celtic!

Bada Bing
June 30, 2022 11:02 am

Celtic’s first Argentinian player?

June 30, 2022 11:10 am


Yer timing’s rubbish-I’m hitting my cot!

How’s trix?

Prestonpans bhoys
June 30, 2022 11:23 am

The ritual of a yearly renewal season ticket for the standing area continues. At least the card is green, one year it was blue, someone at Celtic Park must have a sense of humour😱

June 30, 2022 11:33 am

Morning all,

Here’s hoping Jota signs tomorrow.

But as McCaff says, we definitely need a defensive midfielder and probably a Centre Back also.

Not sure what happened to the Julienne deal but looks like it has fallen through but, I for one, wouldn’t want him back.

Welcome Alexandro to Paradise. Strap yourself in. 🍀🍀🍀

June 30, 2022 11:58 am

But as McCaff says, we definitely need a defensive midfielder and probably a Centre Back also.
Leggy, definitely need at least 1 centre back. I’d like Starfelt to have a couple of games in his proper position to see what he’s really like. We need more bodies to allow that to happen

June 30, 2022 1:22 pm

Rumor Julien tripped on carpet in Schalke board room as he was about to sign.
His subsequent Oscar worthy antics plus copious tears gave Schalke pause for thought.
They backed off as his usefulness in a contact sport was put in serious doubt.

June 30, 2022 1:23 pm

Morning all
Wee Fra – Can you do that everyday please? I mean you enter the room and Bobby goes oot the back door!

Joking of course Bobby 😁

Good read. I’m forever bemoaning our lack of European progress. Undoubtedly, Celtic’s feat of winning the top prize with local bhoys will never be repeated. I’d say that pretty much applies to every country in Europe. Given I don’t think 11 Spaniards, or Italians will win the CL, or at least very unlikely, I’d say it’s pretty much nailed on 11 Scot’s won’t do it.

For progress we not only need to dip into the European and indeed other continental markets, it’s critical to add quality regardless of where it comes from.

This coming season will tell us a lot on respect of how much progress he’s made . I mean to be honest, it couldn’t get much worse than it’s been for a few seasons. so I’m looking forward to seeing how we play in the CL.
Realistically we won’t be winning a group, but it’ll be nice to see us being at least competitive on the big stage. Perhaps at least still in fighting for the second spot with a couple games to go.
If we could make it out of the group stage it would be magnificent, but realistically, 3rd spot will be our target. In actual fact I’ve no problem with finishing fourth in the group if we’ve been competitive, and not conceded a load of goals.

Not sure our young Argentinian full back will be ready so it’s important whoever plays IS ready and capable of contributing positively.

With no qualifiers this year, the pressure is off for Ange in the sense he won’t need to try and get the new bhoys up to speed whilst under enormous pressure.

Looking forward to the draw.

June 30, 2022 4:07 pm


Sorry mick, by the time I read your post it was 1430. Really busy. Speak later. HH

June 30, 2022 5:29 pm


Thanks for the leader.

SES’s as usual tremendously detailed look back at the history highlighted how the 66 tour of America was quite possibly the making of our trophy laden 67 season.

Communication in terms of Jocks tactics prior to the game or in game shouts of yer no dane whit I telt you might be lost on someone not brought up in the West of Scotland.

Easier to bond or fall out with your footballing mate when you come from the same area but thankfully these guys looked after each other on the park when it mattered.

The modern football manager faces difficult circumstances in terms of communication when players dont speak their native tongue of the country they ply their trade in,but football language as Mahe says is universal to an extent.Defenders no longer just defend,forwards no longer just attack and for the most part midfielders are expected to be in both boxes.

Spoke of Henke the other night.Centre forward who was the first line of defence.Athleticism desire commitment and durability,stamina if you like are key now in the modern game.There is a reason why the best players and the best teams are consistently successful..
Money!!!Will get that in first but the individuals they employ have to show they have the abilities to play at the highest level.If you possess natural ability and technique you are there.

On Julienne,sorry the move never happened for him as it leaves him in a bit of a no mans land if it was a medical issue.If its personal terms then someone will pick him up.

Scottish football was may be a bad choice for the big guy.
Some wee players have a heart of a lion and some big players have a heart of a pussycat.As outwith the football world.That said a guy who collides into a post to prevent a goal should be admired.

Billy Bhoy from previous

Relayed the Murdo/George incident re JC.Brilliant.

Thank you

June 30, 2022 6:08 pm

Jullien staying? Please,tell me it ain’t so. And please,tell me we didn’t activate his contract extension before we had the Schalke deal finalised.

June 30, 2022 6:47 pm

Two bullets would be sufficient.

big packy
June 30, 2022 7:10 pm

EVENING ALL and JIM and MAGUA and SOL KITTS, JIM will be back, ill make sure he does.👍 and that is a true story👍

June 30, 2022 7:13 pm


Tbh buddy- part of me lived in
Hope that 11 lads from these shores can be Champions of Europe ( once again)

We’ve bought folk in since the great Dreadnought race started by Murray on 1986 (edit)

One club almost collapsed in ‘94

Murray’s club dissolved on 2012

Buying mercenary players who couldn’t give two damns( exception rules can apply )

Now we are chasing more if the same

Why ?

We have to go to Argentina to find a left back

We can’t find a CDM

Or left sided CH

June 30, 2022 7:22 pm


Globalisation is the reason.
It also matters in corporate finance terms, by way of attempting to exploit untapped or under nurtured markets.

We are bottom feeders( no laughing at the back) and need to maximise revenues in every market area.

big packy
June 30, 2022 7:23 pm

SALTIRES, we should be so proud ,11 players who lived within 30 miles of parkhead, became the kings of europe, that will never ever be done again, god bless the famous glasgow celtic 👍

Billy Bhoy
June 30, 2022 7:49 pm

Bada Bing

I can exclusively reveal that Jota is NOT in Glasgow.

I can however also confirm that he and Ange have just passed my son in Kirky heading for the Lennoxtown Academy! 😉

Woo Hoo!!!

June 30, 2022 7:50 pm

From Lisbon Lion, on Twitter. Nearly 10 years ago, now.
The arrival of the teams at Celtic Park in November 2012, that night will live long in the memory, Barcelona were a magnificent side then and Celtic showed true grit to defeat them on the club’s 125th anniversary.

June 30, 2022 7:52 pm

Maybe it’s about time we should attempt to be defined by something more relevant than local heroes. All 12, including big Jock.
Admirable as it was, and still is, it is parochialism.

Mired in a Sixties time warp is not progressive.
Celebrate it, of course, but don’t let it define you.

We will never disregard our history, but need to look forward to achieve further success.

We live in a very different world.

June 30, 2022 7:56 pm

If you’re lurking, sending good vibes, to you. 💚💚
Here’s Pavarotti, Ave Maria.

June 30, 2022 7:59 pm

Don’t forget John Fallon, the 12th man, born in Cambuslang.

June 30, 2022 8:02 pm

Billy Bhoy.
Excellent news.
Twitter was full of it, last weekend, that the signing would be confirmed on Friday ( tomorrow )
Portuguese transfer window opens, tomorrow.
Now whether, that was/is the reason I’ve no idea, but it will be great news when it happens.

Billy Bhoy
June 30, 2022 8:03 pm


I’ve been thinking about the group stages. I get a strong feeling that we’re going to Madrid for the first time since 1980.
I can just see the headline now:
Bernabie Stuns Bernabau

Watch the SMSM nick this now! 🙄

June 30, 2022 8:04 pm


Agreed. 13th man. Blantyre?

big packy
June 30, 2022 8:06 pm

JNP, yes john fallon the blantyre tim 👍

June 30, 2022 8:10 pm

I know he’s in Blantyre now,
Celtic Wiki says he was born in Cambuslang.

June 30, 2022 8:15 pm

Good enough.
Me too, went to St Brides.

June 30, 2022 8:20 pm

Billy Bhoy.
Would love Madrid.
I reckon we will get them, my in laws live there and are all season ticket holders.
I’ve said to Paddy for many years now, we will go, if we get them.
Paddys’s wife due in September, so book your flights for Madrid around about then, as he won’t be allowed to go.😂😂
My health not up to it, either. Believe it or not, altitude is on list, that causes me anaphylaxis.
Of course, Eintracht would be amazing, with the Awe Naw, connection and it would be a very welcoming, place to visit.

June 30, 2022 8:23 pm

I know he’s in Blantyre now,
Celtic Wiki says he was born in Cambuslang.

June 30, 2022 8:10 pm
Cambuslang like Rutherglen not Glasgow…..Bobby & Big John both Lanarkshire Mhen .hh

June 30, 2022 8:27 pm

V.P. 8.23.
Thanks for that, buddy.
I’ve corrected post at 7.59 to read Cambuslang, instead of Glasgow.

June 30, 2022 8:29 pm

Evening all.

I’ve just asked Mr Plod to send out an APB.

MAGUA was last seen at the Shipbank hostelry earlier this evening with BRRB, both have free bus passes and could be anywhere,

My concern that that rascal BRRB may lead the innocent MAGUA into a dark underworld of iniquity.

Please keep your eyes peeled.

I’m only jealous I could not attend. 🙂


June 30, 2022 8:35 pm


Good Mhan.hh

June 30, 2022 8:35 pm

Belmont Brian.
Is this them?😂

June 30, 2022 8:35 pm

Billy Bhoy

You may well be correct. We always get the tough draws, but tbh, it’s inevitable we will be in another belter.

John Fallon – left local junior side ( local to me) Fauldhouse to sign for the hoops the year I was born.

The Real McCoy
June 30, 2022 8:44 pm

Belmont Brian 😂
Calling all cars Calling all cars 🚓 🚔

Sending out an APB – The Blossoms

June 30, 2022 8:44 pm

Belmont Brian.
Is this them?😂



You may well be right.

One from Govanhill and one from Govan.

That looks like Queens Park just off Shawlands Road.

Off to dial 111. 🙂