Achieving Our Goals

Morning,all.

We all look forward to SALTIRE’s weekly trawl through the archives,and nobody more than MAHE and me. Equally,we are always delighted when one of our members sends us a guest article for publication.

Apart from sharing their opinions,it gives the rest of the readers a day off from having to read what MAHE and I are thinking. Relief all round,I would say!

Also,sometimes I read a comment which encourages an article. Last week,it was one by CFC,this week I have AWENAW to thank for making my life a little easier. I had shamefully forgotten that we signed The Magnificent Seven,Henrik Larsson,25 years ago yesterday. He arrived at Celtic Park largely unknown-though I remembered at the time that he had been in the Sweden team which finished third in World Cup USA,1994. And frankly,I hadn’t beren too impressed then.

It didn’t take Henke long to change my mind,even if his Celtic career had a rather ignominious start. 242 goals in 313 games will have that effect,a strike rate approaching 80% over his seven seasons. And that’s despite having missed most off 1999-2000 due to a serious leg break. Yet I would say that his goal rate improved stratospherically in 1998,with the arrival of Lubo Moravcik. And again from the arrival of Chris Sutton two years later.

It was a sad day for everyone when he left in 2004,joining Barcelona where he won The Champions League almost single-handedly,according to Thierry Henry!He was,of course,voted into our best ever eleven by the fans,and I doubt if any Celtic fan is ever likely to have a bad word said about him.

Celtic have long been associated with strikers of the highest quality though.

Our greatest ever striker was Jimmy McGrory,but I was just a little late to see him play! I was too late too for the likes of Stevie Chalmers and Joe McBride-36goals before Christmas 1966,before a knee injury put paid to his season. I was lucky enough to see over a decade of Bobby Lennox,who scored even more than Henrik,and he wasn’t even a striker! There was Kenny Dalglish and Dixie Deans for a while,before we had the likes of Frank McGarvey,Charlie Nichols and George McCluskey.

David Hay brought us the sublime Brian McClair and the odios Judas,both magnificent strikers for us,and we looked to be in some bother when they left prior to The Centenary Season.

Not at all. Billy McNeill signed Andy Walker and Frank McAvennie,whose goals got us over the line in a pulsating season. The forward line fell fallow for a good few years after that,until Tommy Burns signed Pierre Van Hooijdonk and Jorge Cadete. I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen a better more natural finisher than Jorge-but even he couldn’t prevent a financially doped Rangers pulling off their tainted nine. Then he left,just when we surely needed him most,big Pierre having gone previously.

No. Henrik arrived. Then Chris Sutton and BBJ. Gary Hooper,Moussa Dembele,even Leigh Griffiths and Edouard,who rather spoiled their copybook towards the end. And now we have G-Mak and Kyogo,who both had a healthy goals per game ratio,even if they each missed large chunks of the season.

If I had to choose a favourite from that list of twenty or more,it would be Henrik. Of course it would be. But I didn’t think I would see a better goalscorer than Jorge,and was heartbroken when he left. But I forgot how well we have seemed to do in that area of the field-and long may it continue!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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From Twisty
Morning all

Glorious Goodwood kicks off today

I’d a bit of luck at Ayr yesterday ( wasn’t there as I was watching my grandson) but put a treble on which luckily came up.

Soooooooo

As a wee bit of fun – anyone who wants to – stick a selection up today – from any Goodwood race – and the poster who picks the biggest price winner can have a free tenner bet tomorrow at Goodwood.

Just a wee bit fun as I say. If there is a tie the winner will be drawn out the hat by Bobby .( I assume Bobby is ok with that )

Nowt to do with the Saturday naps. Just a bit of interest.

Gl if you have a go. For obvious reasons the entries close as soon as the 1-50pm jumps off and NO exceptions can be made.

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TWISTY

Well done,young fella! Hope everyone has a go,very generous of you.

Thanks once again.

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I’ll go for Forest Falcon in the 150 please.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends.
Twisty – my pick is in the 4.45 Celtic Champion.

Leggy

Morning all,

Excellent article Bobby and a great reminder of great Celtic strikers that we all have seen over the years. Thanks

Henrik is right up there with Dalglish and Cadete for me.

I remember when I was introduced to the “ First Goalscorer” bet.

Me and my pal always had Jorge, when he played and latterly Henrik !!!

Twas like printing money, I said at the time !!!!

Oh Happy Days !!!

Twisty,

Coltrane in the 3.35. Very generous of you. 👏👏👏

Enjoy your day everyone and HH 🍀🍀🍀

Weet weet weet

Twisty
Nice gesture
Dornoch castle 14-25
Good luck all

GFTB

Twisty

My Silent Song – 5.20pm Goodwood

Cheers

jimthetim53

15.00 Laneqash

Cheers Twisty

Weefra

Good morning all. Lovely day here so far. HH

Twisty

Bobby
Some nice memories. Re the Lions, I’d just started getting taken to the matches in 67/68 , so I did see them play, but as an 8 year old, I didn’t fully appreciate what I was seeing. I just knew I was going to a game at CP most weeks, we’d win, and if drew a sweep ticket on the supporters bus that started with a ‘C’, there was a chance I’d be going home with cash.
Pulling C9 from the bus conveyors bunnet was like a lottery win.

Jorge Cadete. My wife’s first Celtic match was his debut when he came off the bench v the Dons. She’d no real interest in football but for whatever reason I took her to that one. Truth be told I think I dragged her along. To her surprise, she absolutely loved the atmosphere that night. Jorge scoring that night capped it all off.

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From JOBO re Player of the Year

*** PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022-23 ***
**COMPETITION STARTING ON 31 JULY**
I’ve been encouraged to relaunch something that I used to do under the umbrella of CQN – an exercise to determining the Player Of The Year for the forthcoming season in real time. No end of season nominations but instead a game by game voting system.
My idea hasn’t changed and certainly isn’t rocket science – I will simply collate each of your individual opinions on who our best 3 players are on a game by game basis. You don’t need to decide which player was best, next best etc. Instead, just decide which 3 players (in no particular order) impressed you most for any given match. All three of your nominations will then have received a ‘vote’. I then tally up the total votes from everyone who takes part for that match and the player who gets the highest votes gets the Man Of The Match award and earns 5 JOBO POINTS. The runner up will get 4, next gets 3, then 2, then 1.
Of course, you don’t need to worry about the detail. All you have to do is nominate 3 players.
And how do you vote? Simply by sending me an email to SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM . You don’t have to explain your thinking or make specific detailed comments. All I need is an email from you, short and sweet along the lines of “Hi, for the Aberdeen game my 3 picks are Auld, Chalmers and Lennox”. And neither do you have to vote after every single game – just the ones that you actually attend or watch. Your votes remain confidential – unless you decide to mention on the blog or elsewhere who you went for. But there will be no leaks from me, I promise!
For each game voting opens after the final whistle and remains open until 10.00pm the following evening. I’ll do my best to then tally up the votes and post the results on here usually before 10.30pm.
For the first few games I’ll stick out regular reminders on the blog as each game comes around. You don’t need to sign up or commit to anything, and you don’t need to vote on every game (please just do so for those games that you actually see the whole 90 minutes!). Also, there’s absolute zero cost involved although, equally there are no prizes on offer!
Absolutely anyone is welcome to join in, whether you post on here, post elsewhere or just lurk. And feel free to encourage friends, family etc to join in too, whether regularly or just after certain games. Remember everyone’s opinion is equally valid and everyone’s votes carry the very same weight. If anyone wants to mention or promote this on any other sites I’m absolutely fine with that – copy and paste till your heart’s content! The game by game results will only be posted on Sentinel Celts but, again, I’ve no problem if they are then copied elsewhere.
This is really just a wee bit of fun to maybe give us another topic to discuss as the weeks go on. And I think that it gives a much fairer, real time assessment of how players are performing rather than just looking back at the year end. As the competition develops, I expect to notice certain trends – maybe players that didn’t catch the eye early season then developing into regular vote winners and vice versa.
So the competition will cover every competitive first team game during season 2022-23 starting with our Flag Day visit from Aberdeen.
Finally, if anyone has any other thoughts, ideas or just wants to check their email works please feel free to contact me at SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM . You might get an ‘automatic reply’ but I’ll try and send a more personal one over the coming days.
Thanks for reading this far.

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TWISTY

How could she NOT enjoy herself that night!

I don’t think my Mum has ever been to a Celtic match,just not her scene. But my sisters and my Dad took her along to The Tommy Burns Story the other week-and she thoroughly enjoyed it. So my Dad asked her if she fancied coming to the occasional game this season. Huge sigh of relief from him when she politely declined.

Actually,she said-I didn’t enjoy it THAT much!

Twisty

Bobby
Yer dad was taking a big chance there😁

I never took M back to a match. Very like your mum, she enjoyed her night and as I said, the atmosphere, but not enough that she ever asked to go back.
Mind you – a couple seasons back you may well remember I was very close to taking out the corporate hospitality package. Ultimately I saw sense and decided at £25k for 2 seats and double that for 4, there were better things I could use the money on.

The missus though? Her eyes lit up when she seen the package. She definitely fancied going back then!

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW.
Fab article, really enjoyed thinking of some of the goals, the players you listed, have scored for us.
I’m delighted you mentioned George McCluskey, for someone who scored so many, and indeed, so many important goals, for us, he is often overlooked.
He’s Celtic to the core and an all round good guy, too.
What’s not to like. 💚

JimmynotPaul

Twisty.
1.50 G.
Caradoc.

Weefra

BMCUW

Brilliant article Mick, keep up the good work. HH

Call me Gerry

Twisty – great idea, and gesture 👏

Brilliant Light – 1:50

All in good fun 👍

HH

junglegerry

TWISTY very generous of you again for putting up the tipping competition today.
I will go for 3.35..GOODWOOD. COLTRANE. (again),
TY and H.H.
JG.

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JIMMYNOTPAUL

I’m a big admirer of George,and thought he was treated unfairly by Celtic. No way was he being left out!

I left out a few others though,who in fairness should probably have got a mention. Dziekanowski,for instance. But he only did it for us for a year-though he was doing it for a lot longer than that with the ladies! Still viewed as a legend by Bristol City fans,btw.

I could have added Scott McDonald,but I never thought that he should have been near a Celtic jersey.

So you get the drift. There are a lot of others too.

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TWISTY

Hmmmm,lucky escape! You would have needed a few trebles at Ayr to pay for that…

In fact,when you got the bill,you would have been reaching for a treble Bacardi. Straight. And a few more too.

McCaff

Good article, Bobby but expected to see Tommy Coyne on the list. I did a wee wiki search and was surprised to see he played just over a hundred games for us, 105 to be exact. Although he did score 45, a slightly better record than Choccy’s 1 in 3 games over 145 games. Coyne was also top scorer in the League at three different clubs, is that unique?

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MCCAFF

McClair scored 126 in 204 for us. Pretty sure he was top scorer every year.

By the way,he never scored a goal while playing for the manager who bought AND sold him. There’s a teaser for you.

McCaff

Bobby…where did those stats come from, Wiki and Celtic Wiki have him at 99/145?

McCaff
McCaff

Never mind me…I’m away back to bed for an hour! I’ll read the article and replies when I get back up!! 🙄
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_McClair

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WIKIPEDIA has him at the stats I gave. Even yours are much better than the 1 in 3 you originally quoted!

McCaff

Refer to my 10.53 comment! 😂😂😂

McCaff

…and the teaser has to be Hay at Motherwell and Celtic

bada bing1

Etonian 1.50 Goodwood

Cheers Twists

A thing of beauty

Bmcuwp,
Tut tut. Surely you have not forgotten that the day when CCB and the future Mrs CCB got engaged he took her to the game at Celtic Park to celebrate. She never even made it to half time as I recall.
Twists,
Great gesture.
As for Henrik, I never appreciated him at the time and always preferred the evil genius, Chris Sutton.

Awe Naw

Auldheid,

That´s a yes to you but a no to your clients 🙂

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

Ah,yes. I did indeed forget. Celtic for her was like the Bond movies. Tried it-naw!

In my defence,it was a couple of years before I was born…

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MCCAFF

Billy McNeill.

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Galway Festival kicks off tomorrow too. I’ll be going for The Shunter in the feature race,but how hard depends on how well I do today!

As they say,bet wisely.

Leggy

I remember working beside someone who’s Dad was a very famous Celtic player in the 1950’s and we were discussing Tommy Coyne.

The aforementioned person said “ It’s a no from me, all he can do is score goals !!!!!”.

I was astounded and said to him” I know it’s rubbish ain’t it, should be selling the pies at halftime and washing the cars after the match, also. !!!!!! “.

For me, a Number 9 scores goals and I loved Tommy Coyne for doing so 💚

Different opinions obviously, but I did think it was a strange comment at the time.

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LEGGY

That has been said about quite a few players over the years. It’s nonsense,if a striker is active for three seconds in a match,he has a hat trick.

Danny McGrain didn’t score many-but it wasn’t his job. Neither did Artur Boruc,mind-but he took a great penalty!

Unlike Frank Haffey…

Leggy

Bobby,

A favourite moment for me was “Doing the McAvennie”conga round Dziekanowski in a “Disco” in Dubrovnik 1989 after Celtic lost 2-1 to Partisan Belgrade.
We were there for 1 weeks holiday and all the players arrived at the Disco.

Everyone wanted to see Jackie.

. I went to the bar and a certain Mike Galloway was standing himself.
I started talking to him and he said “ I bloody scored today and nobody is talking to me ??”.

“Great goal Mickey, but you’ll have to excuse me, I’ve got a Conga to attend “ I replied.

He just laughed at a pissed Celtic fan .

Great times.

Brilliant night.

The return leg when Jackie scored 4 and we were put out will always scunner me. 🤔🤔🤔

The Real McCoy

Twisty, glad you got a turn yesterday 👏
My turn today 😂🫢
I’m not greedy, ITV7 will suffice 🙏🏻
Anyway I’ll plump for Soto Sizzler in the 1:50
Good Luck everyone 🤞

Chalmersbhoy

Goodwood 1.50
West end charmer.
Cheers twisty.well done yesterday.

Twisty

Looks like a dozen entrants with an hour 20 mins to the off.

Bobby – Forest Falcon 1-50
Jobo – Celtic Champion 4-45
Leggy – Coltraine 3-35
Weet Weet Weet – Dornoch Castle 2-25
GFTB – My silent song 5-20
JTT – Laneqash – 3-00
JNP – Caradoc – 1-50
Call me Gerry – Brilliant light 1-50
Jungle Gerry – Coltraine 3-35
Bada – Etonian 1-50pm Goodwood
The Real McCoy -Soto Sizzler 1-50
Chalmersbhoy- West end charmer 1-50

Angel Gabriel

Twisty.
Lovely gesture.
Bell Rock in the 13.50 . HH

Cosy corner bhoy

Night on Earth for Twisty’s competition

Cosy corner bhoy

Night on Earth

Cosy corner bhoy

1610 Goodwood

Twisty

I’m not included in the prize obviously but I’ll select

Etonian

1-50pm.

Twisty

Bobby – Forest Falcon 1-50
Jobo – Celtic Champion 4-45
Leggy – Coltraine 3-35
Weet Weet Weet – Dornoch Castle 2-25
GFTB – My silent song 5-20
JTT – Laneqash – 3-00
JNP – Caradoc – 1-50
Call me Gerry – Brilliant light 1-50
Jungle Gerry – Coltraine 3-35
Bada – Etonian 1-50pm Goodwood
The Real McCoy -Soto Sizzler 1-50
Chalmersbhoy- West end charmer 1-50
Angel Gabriel – Bell Rock – 1-50
Cost Corner Bhoy – Night on Earth 4-10
*Twisty- Etonian – 1-50.

*not included in prize.

Twisty

20 minutes to off .

Chalmersbhoy

7 different picks in the first race ,from 8 entrants,Bada and twists are on etonion,surely one of us has picked the winner!!

Twisty

Bobby – Forest Falcon 1-50
Call me Gerry – Brilliant light 1-50
JNP – Caradoc – 1-50
Bada – Etonian 1-50pm Goodwood
The Real McCoy -Soto Sizzler 1-50
*Twisty- Etonian – 1-50.
Chalmersbhoy- West end charmer 1-50
Angel Gabriel – Bell Rock – 1-50

Weet Weet Weet – Dornoch Castle 2-25

JTT – Laneqash – 3-00

Leggy – Coltraine 3-35
Jungle Gerry – Coltraine 3-35

Cosy Corner Bhoy – Night on Earth 4-10

Jobo – Celtic Champion 4-45

GFTB – My silent song 5-20

*not included in prize.

Twisty

Chalmersbhoy

Popular race!

Perfect example of why the bookies never lose eh! 😁

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