Not your usual weekend

Regular readers will know the Monday Mantra by now,,,both Glasgow giants won and there was officiating controversy.
That certainly wasn’t the case for these latest fixtures.
The Hoops failed to shine on Saturday, sharing the points with Motherwell, while the blues went down by a couple of goals at Pittodrie, extending our lead at the top by a point and setting up a potential Coronation weekend on Coronation weekend.
While it’s never nice to see your team lose, we didn’t, yet the draw drew some boos from the home crowd.
That’s a very harsh reminder of the high expectations at Glasgow Celtic, expectations Ange himself helped set, but is not immune to. Sharing the points was a lesson that every victory must be fought hard for, that simply showing up with bigger names and better paid players guarantees you nothing in football. As the blues found out.
It would be natural to begin theorizing our MVP in waiting Reo Hatate makes us tick, but there’s not enough evidence to confirm that yet. It is puzzling the late burst every Ange team is known for is proving elusive, concerning perhaps, but there’s still time. A proper assessment is due when all’s said and done.
If the occasion wasn’t all joyous, it was one for learning lessons. We’re clearly still capable of having off-days, identifying the root cause(s) is the gaffers problem, and I don’t envy him. The online calls for major surgery via the transfer market might just come true.
There’s a lot of players who are vulnerable.
Hart, Bain, Abada, Welsh, Turnbull, Hacksabanovic, Mooy, Forrest, O’Riley, any or all could be cashed out for positional upgrades.
In the short term, an ‘on the beach’ performance in the next game must be avoided.
Ange must use all his wisdom and tricks of the trade to coax a performance of Champions from the bunch. Letting him down on the big stage at crunch time could end their Celtic career, and if I know that the players know that.
Not showing up is not an option, yet just turning on the tap has proven a bridge too far in recent weeks.
Something’s gotta give come the weekend, both sides’ result has added extra intrigue to an already huge fixture.
Also an ex-Celt has added much more intrigue to next season. Barry Robson has been a revelation in that dugout, and now the world knows his team will challenge every opponent out on the park, and it’s only the beginning of his reign.
The battle for second looks set to begin in earnest next season, the blues should be fearful but then they have the whistlers to help keep the gap. Even still, a resurgent Aberdeen can only enhance the top flight, hopefully Hearts appoint someone of quality to supplement the upgrade.
It was a weekend for others to celebrate. I’m fine with that now and in the league, but I’ve no wish to type those same words next Monday.
By Mahe

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April 24, 2023 5:33 am

There are 3 more maybe also the one at ibrox, must win games. If Ange wins those games the record book years from now will show we were treble champions. Win those three games as a player you will live on it in Celtic History forever. Nothing can be taken for granted when you are playing against pros who are playing for their families future. Its been a long season , i have enjoyed it the work rate of the team has been fantastic. It will be a nice summer if we can get that treble
I am also happy for Barry Robson it wasn’t that long ago he was here playing in Vancouver for the Whitecaps(. they get their name from the white foam on top of the Pacific Ocean waves) that lap up on our beaches)

April 24, 2023 7:29 am

I realise what they say about self praise, but my Saturday night comments are appropriate 😀

“A lot of how both sides feel about next Sunday depends on what happens tomorrow at Pittodrie, not what happened today.

Aberdeen have a huge incentive to turn up and perform. As there is no love lost between the teams I hope the Dons are suitably motivated.”

“Barry was an unexpected but welcome hunskelper back in the day.

Hope he’s kept that light burning.”

We will play at Pittodrie after the split, if they are as motivated as they were yesterday that’ll be a cracking game. They’ll have to go without MoM Scales though!

The Huns looked bereft of ideas yesterday.
Desperate stuff from them. The pressure of playing catch up for once?
Bringing Goldson and Kent back in are hardly the sort of changes to have an impact on us.
Have said it before, they lack leadership on and off the pitch.
They have to laud the likes of Tavpen, because of his artificially inflated goal scoring, as that is now one of the only positives they can cling to.
Problem with them right there is that he is so limited as a defender and Captain, it is an issue and they can’t/ won’t see it.
The longer the likes of him, Goldson, Barisic etc stink the place out, the longer they’ll wait to progress.
A huge amount of work required over there.
I see another gamble on player recruitment in the summer, FSR or not.
Happy days.

And yes Mm, that may make me a “ Bronski” but we deal with what is in front of us domestically before turning our minds and hopes to Euro competition.
Plus it’s fun watching Hun Distress😉

April 24, 2023 8:12 am

24th April 1937, Celtic beat Aberdeen 2:1 to win the Scottish Cup in front of a world record attendance: 147,365 fans.

Jobo Baldie
April 24, 2023 8:17 am

Good morning, friends.
Billy Bhoy last night at 10.31, you are quite correct, schoolboy error on my part. Domestically this season we have now played 40, winning 37, drawing 2 and losing 1.

April 24, 2023 8:18 am

Bellamy booked for falling on to his knees, in celebration.
24th April 2005, Rangers 1:2 Celtic.

Petrov and Bellamy. @StanPetrov19

April 24, 2023 8:19 am

20 years ago today!!!!!!, Celtic beat Boavista 1:0 away to reach the Uefa Cup Final.

Larsson with the winner.

April 24, 2023 8:23 am

24th April 1954, Celtic beat Aberdeen 2:1 in the Scottish Cup Final.

Sean Fallon with the winner. @SeanFallonCelt

April 24, 2023 8:37 am

Pathe News

Love the Cholmondley- Warner commentary.
Only thing missing was ball glued to their feet.

Harry Enfield style.

April 24, 2023 8:47 am

24th April 1965, Celtic beat Dunfermline 3:2 to win the Scottish Cup.

Bertie Auld double and a Billy McNeill winner to give Jock Stein his first success as Celtic boss.

April 24, 2023 9:02 am

24th April 1982, Partick Thistle 0:3 Celtic.

Dannie Crainie hattrick.

April 24, 2023 9:23 am

Boos were for the referee’s performance.
Many, recognised the effort given and applauded.
The Late, Late Oh nearly, but just not quite.

April 24, 2023 9:29 am

Morning all


I am sure many of us were at that Firhill match will still be wondering why Danny Crainie never amounted to much even before he suffered a series of injuries. Around about that time he looked as bright a prospect as Nicholas and Paul McStay but his career never took off and by the time he went to Wolves 18 months later he was written off and/or forgotten about. Strange how youngsters’ careers fizzle out.

Odd in the highlights to have the collector’s piece of Dom Sullivan having one of his dynamic days. He lacked pace and possibly a bit of heart at times but he was not without talent as is demonstrated at the first two goals. Overall he sometimes shows up better in these snippets from games than he actually usually was.

And I am sure many of us who were at Firhill that day will not have forgotten the half-time entertainment.


April 24, 2023 9:50 am




IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN : In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades in arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.
Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.
We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline, and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government,

April 24, 2023 9:59 am

JNP @ 9.02

Thanks for that — DC — part of Kiltoon sporting history.
He managed to get a goal against our fiends in Govan as well.
Plus he brought a certain sockless wonder to the Broch on occasion.
The Taste Police were alerted but they managed to evade capture.

The joys of 40 plus years ago.

April 24, 2023 10:03 am

OG @ 9.50

OMG — self ID was alive and well 107 years ago.

All that effort and for what — to steal bread out of the mouths of poor American children?
Dancing in the streets of Silicon Valley — so they were.

Hoop hoop hooray
April 24, 2023 10:03 am

Three things I noticed from yesterdays sheep game.
Firstly sheep were denied two pens that huns have been getting all season. Going down when touched and tripping over trailing legs.
Secondly, their keeper made two saves I doubt Hart would have made. If we are to have a chance of competing in CL next year this is our first priority. A boruc or forster that will get to those they have no right to get to.
Thirdly, I seem to remember they lost the league cup final because David Brent didnt pick rascal and cantplay. Well he picked them both yesterday along with their soon to be £5m signing milkman and they were anonymous.

So we are in for a golden fortnight. Their forums are in meltdown. We can add a title on their coronation weekend just as we won their coronation cup and their empire cup.

And if thats not enough they are in court again today over some other unpaid bill.

Jelly and Ice cream anyone!

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:05 am

David Brent 😂😂


April 24, 2023 10:11 am

As for Green Huns? I make no excuse for using that term btw, and there are a few that claim to be Celtic supporters yet they attempt to belittle the sacrifice of those that have striven for Irish freedom by happily regurgitating the very worst right wing British /unionist rhetoric about those who have fought for a united Ireland at any given opportunity. I wonder would they be so openly vocal in their condemnation and attempts at belittling Irish republican revolutionaries sitting in a bar full of Celtic supporters, think we all know the answer to that. Now to clarify i am not saying every Celtic fan, or indeed any, has to hold the same political ideals i hold but there is a line between political disagreement/ discourse and deliberate trolling. I’ll end by adding a wee snippet from one of TGMs more recent posts (btw – nail on the head a chara)
‘’No matter the lies, the trolls, the cheating, or violence.They just don’t get what it is to be Irish. They hate that.’’

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:12 am

As Mick is now finding out, if you are unable to keep up with the Celtic juggernaut, the horde quickly turn on you like rabid dogs.

An almost impossible task. 😉

April 24, 2023 10:14 am

OG @ 10.11

Stick to the clarifications — they make more sense.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:15 am

Oglach, as you can see on here, you can say what you like about people, safe in the knowledge you will never need to face them in real life.

Utter cowards.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:17 am

See what I mean?

April 24, 2023 10:17 am


Likes to contrive controversy with his withering epithets and besmirching tone , does Mm.

Keyboard narcissist. Shunned elsewhere, so goes looking for attention where he can find it.

April 24, 2023 10:20 am

OG @ 10.11

Irish ??!!??

There is a town in the 26 counties with my name on it.
Ploughmen of some repute so they were.

Complex world out there.
You might want to engage with it.
Slogans only get you so far.

April 24, 2023 10:27 am

H h h

Love what Joe has brought to our club, but his is one of three/four key positions we need an upgrade in.

Gk, Lb, creative mid, and possibly CF back up to challenge and push Oh.

As for Wernham Hogg Paper Company on the Southside, they are a shambles – Brent quality leadership, where their biggest product line is share confetti.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:32 am

CFC, the funniest thing is, they think their position is temporary 😂😂

They really don’t know their history.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:33 am

Sevco fans would give anything to be Bronski’s 😕


April 24, 2023 10:41 am


Yip. That’s what generational delusion does to you !

Bronski’s- ye Cannae Beat it.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 10:47 am


It’s not funny what our complete domination is doing to the minds of some.

You could almost feel sorry for them …almost!

April 24, 2023 10:47 am

A year ago today, Ross County 0:2 Celtic.

Kyogo and Jota. @Kyogo_Furuhashi

April 24, 2023 10:50 am


Wasn’t a complaint from Danny Crainie’s family the reason that NTV discontinued They Embarrassed The Hoops?

I thought he was a terrific young player,but he failed to develop with us. A lot of competition for a place n the team,in fairness.

April 24, 2023 10:50 am


Loving these clips,mate. Thanks.

April 24, 2023 10:54 am


Stop insulting people. Whether they are contributors here or to history.

April 24, 2023 10:55 am

Amazing comment from Barry Robson!

That’s the first time I’ve heard the referee come over and say ‘can you tell the ball boys to hurry up'”

Barry Robson left bemused after referee Nick Walsh took issue with ball boys during Rangers win

April 24, 2023 10:59 am


I don’t know about that- Crainie was never a subject of an article and I thought NTV dropped it because the board would not accept the bust of Jock Stein the mag had had done because three players signed by Jock – Munro, McWilliams and Dowie had been in that hall of infamy.
The person who wrote most of the articles for TETH is very well known to me as you know and he would admit that the feature may have reached its end anway and that 33 years on from the series ending has mixed feelings about it except for the Paddy Turner article which is still funny.


April 24, 2023 11:01 am

That comment and the 8 minutes of time added 😀

Desperate and embarrassing stuff trying to keep the Huns relevant.

April 24, 2023 11:07 am


There was a rather large crowd of us went over to Dublin seven years ago,for the obvious reasons. I was largely the Social Convenor,go-between guy with the mail addys etc to keep people informed.

THEGOMBEENMAN and (a friend who rarely posts here,so it would be unfair to name him) a Dubliner organised the events. Including one helluva night in a GAA club on the Saturday. They did a wonderful job.

Some week,that.

A personal highlight was my Dad and I strolling past “the” GPO building,taking photos on my phone.

“Don’t forget Nelson’s Monument,take a photo of that.” Eh,I couldnae even see it!

“Oh aye,I forgot the IRA blew it up on the 50th Anniversary!”

Better was to follow very shortly afterwards,in a certain pub. Different story though.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:10 am

The mask slipped with wee Nicky yesterday.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:13 am

CFC, think where they’d be without the weekly assistance.

Hopefully Aberdeen push them further down the table next year 😆

April 24, 2023 11:14 am

Morning all!
CFC… Robson’s comment in isolation carries little weight, especially if we look objectively and appreciate the ref was trying to cut out the time wasting and keep play going. But, of course we know that is absolutely not the case! Walsh is just another cheatin’ wee bassa trying to keep his side of the deal from Saturday with Cheatin’ Beaton. Well done Barry Robson for highlighting it! 😁

April 24, 2023 11:15 am

BAD…what mask? His agenda is in full view.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:16 am

The smarter Huns have realised Mick is just a blawhard.

All talk and no substance.

April 24, 2023 11:16 am

Found this 🤣🤣🤣…

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:18 am

McCaff, he was BEALEing yesterday, no doubt!

I’ve never seen a manager get so much help.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:19 am

McCaff, I’ve got the album 😂

April 24, 2023 11:20 am


They were all very funny,very well written. And for every punchline,there’s a fall guy. No problem with that,IMO. But…

Every player who pulled on our jersey lived our dream-and theirs,mainly. Of course,not every player grew up dreaming our dream. But they lived it.

One person who DEFINITELY earned his place in that series was Jim Melrose. (Shudders…)

To this day,I still call him Jim Plumrose. I’ll bet I’m not alone! Let yer pal know please that it was all worth it.

April 24, 2023 11:21 am


I have not insulted anyone this morning.

I have however passed comment on a statement that has — to me anyway — not stood the test of time.
Self ID is big news at the moment and the statement has the look and feel of self ID but on a slightly bigger stage.

Then we have the comment about DC and his exploits for us — a footballing hero of mine due to his exploits in the Paddock games during lunchtime at St P’s — starting games with people still in school dinners was the height of gamesmanship that was the norm of the 7A/7B combined team. In contrast DC and 7C played it straight .

Plus highlighting the small world nature of the sport — DC played with AP in Aus at South Melbourne back in the day.

Full circle in fact as the NTV column was brought into the discussion and that would appear to be a bit “insulting” for many who found their way to P/head usually under difficult circumstances.

April 24, 2023 11:21 am

BAD…the game was on in the pub yesterday but as always in the boozer you don’t really watch it, just snippets and goals. One wee barfly had a look of total disgust when I, and only me, let out a cheer when the 2nd goal went in!! 😁😁

Bada Bing
April 24, 2023 11:22 am
Big Audio Dynamite
April 24, 2023 11:27 am

McCaff, I honestly don’t watch them, but I take great pleasure in every facet of their pain 😉

Long may it continue!