Champions!!!

Morning,all.

That’s how to wrap up a championship in style! Away at one of our more difficult venues,a place where the manager had previously lost four of his last five games. Where we had already lost twice this season. And against a manager who has no time for us whatsoever. Playing on a surface which has been a disgrace for years,and which thankfully is being replaced a year from now-which can’t come soon enough. We only needed a point going into the match,but the pre-match jitters were on display and with good reason. This,after all,may have been a title-winning season,but it has hardly been a vintage one.

In truth,it has too often been a struggle. The transfer business over the last two years has played a huge part in that,but last night was not about recriminations for the policy decisions that made this an uphill task from the start,last night was all about how good we can be when we just click. How much the players wanted it. They had done the hard work during the season,now was the time to take the plaudits and add their names to the glorious ledger of successful Celtic sides,all 54 title-winning squads. And with luck they can go on to win the double in ten days too. 

How many times during this stressful season did I caution against celebrating too early? To wait until the fat lady was warbling away in the wings? Certainly more than I care to remember! Well,she’s singing like a lintie noo. And so were the fans-all night,in fact. 

The evening started with one of the best tifos that I’ve seen for quite some time,paying due homage and respect to the late Tommy Burns who left us in 2008. It was a beautiful piece of work,and credit is certainly due. It continued long after the final whistle,and the crowd kept up the noise for the entire 90 minutes. The players did their bit too by scoring early and scoring often. Five in all,with a rare clean sheet thrown in. 

BR decided against starting with Kyogo on the night,pushing Idah up front instead. It was a tactic that certainly worked,paying off almost immediately as he bundled in the first after only four minutes. He was more than a handful for the Killie defence all night,and when he was replaced by Kyogo the home defenders must have breathed a collective sigh of relief-even though trying to stop Kyogo is no picnic either. The second goal came shortly afterwards courtesy of Maeda,into double figures again for the season. Jamesie,starting four matches in a row for the first time in four years,got the third to send us in for the halftime oranges with huge cheesy grins on our faces,celebrations already underway. That the three goals came from cutbacks into the six yard box was a bonus,and one we have been missing too often this season. Nobody has missed that playas much as Kyogo,who thrives on such service.

The second half wasn’t exactly an anti-climax. More of a procession. A coronation parade,destined to end with us being crowned champions. Matt O’Riley was the man who took the headlines in the second 45 with two composed finishes. One a thunderous shot into the roof of the net from twenty yards,the other from around ten yards out and calmly stroked beyond the keeper. He is a delightful player to watch and a pleasure to watch playing for us. Well worthy of his individual awards for the season,I hope we can continue to watch him for a couple of years yet. We will know more about that by the start of September. Till then,prepare to repel boarders,hands off our Matt!

Last night was a potential banana skin for us,there is no doubt about that. Had we lost,the nerves,the tension,the angst at home to St Mirren would have been overwhelming. But there was to be no slip up and the early goal provided the fans inside the ground or inside the pubs or our own homes with just the nerve tonic we needed,and at just the right time. The rest of the night was so relaxed and so joyous,as befitted the occasion. Saturday,as we receive the trophy for a long hard season,can now be a day of celebration by everyone,and a day where the players and the manager can rightly take their place in the sun.  

If ever there was a title where everything was set against us,it is this one. From pissing our larger than usual transfer budget up against a wall by signing unproven and inexperienced projects and prospects,doing so as we were outspent (!) by our rivals,to wondering about how much R2ngers truly had invested into the title this season because of the £60m on offer. Wondering no more as we saw the efforts being made on their behalf by their own not-so-Secret Service MIBs. Was it my imagination or did the MIBs rein it in a bit after BR’s appearance in front of the beaks? 

No matter,this is not the time for recriminations. That can wait till later,though I sincerely hope that recent failures have already been addressed within the club,and steps taken to ensure it never happens again. This is a time for celebration,and if you enjoyed it last night,I think there will be a lot more to come on Saturday. 

And who knows,maybe even the Saturday after that. Bring it on.

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 16, 2024 5:48 am

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Craig 76
May 16, 2024 6:16 am

Good morning Champions

Craig 76
May 16, 2024 6:23 am

Magua
May 16, 2024 6:44 am

A fine, upbeat leader, BMCUW.

This season has often reminded me of the 1997-98 season. Uncomfortably so. Back then, the refs did all they could to gift the Huns TIAR. All we remember now, is that Wim’s Tims won an historic league title. All we will remember in years to come, is that this league was won. In the dark days between January and April could we have imagined a day such as yesterday? With the amount of cheating going on by the Lanarkshire Fraternity, I honestly did not believe that we would be allowed to win this league…given that the Huns are in the shoite and desperately needed the money that automatic CL qualification would have given them. Would that have been a game changer? Thankfully, we’ll never know. Hopefully, BR has won his battle with the board, and the team will be strengthened by some quality additions, in order to compete in the new look CL. Sometimes, it only takes one or two additions to a team to make a difference, as long as the quality is there.

Enjoy your day, fellow Tims.

Hail Hail.

San Luis
May 16, 2024 6:57 am

Good morning fellow Celts.

Tremendous viewing last night and a great read to start my day. No alcohol till Saturday ( tbf I drank enough Sagres and Super Bock last week in Lisbon), but celebrate this Title, I will. It was hard a watch and a hard fought victory and every barrier was placed in our way by both those of a Celtic mind and those not.

However, the job is done and a Double is on the cards. Europe and 55 can wait for now…..

Dharma Bam
May 16, 2024 7:09 am

Yes!
A sweet, sweet league win and one I also seriously doubted we would ever achieve. Never believed we would be able to, as in allowed to, win this league.
But Brendan has proven his character and his abilities as a manager both on and off the field again. Not to mention the injuries we have had.

Thank you Brendan, all the players and all the members of the club who have worked for this victory to happen.

DarnTheHairWeCareNow!

Dharma Bam
May 16, 2024 7:11 am

Its great to be a Celtic supporter!

16 roads
May 16, 2024 7:36 am

I’ve been guilty of being overly critical of Brendan Rodgers on more than a few occasions throughout the season.

Looking back the criticism was totally unjust, considering the exceptionally difficult circumstances our manager has had to contend with.

Idah was the only starter in that team last night who wasn’t there when Ange Postecoglou was at the helm,a player on loan from an English Championship club!

Given the fact that we’d lost first team regulars like Jota,Starfelt,Mooy and Abada plus the horrendous injury count throughout the season – it’s nothing short of miraculous that Brendan secured the title.

Not to mention the shambolic recruitment and wild VARmibbery.

I can’t recall us starting the same eleven players in two consecutive games?

Lastly, the magnificent Celtic support – they never cease to amaze.

Unbelievable Celtic.

🍀🏆🍀🏆🍀🏆

Leggy
May 16, 2024 8:03 am

Morning all,

Congratulations to Everyone connected with Celtic Football Club.👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

A fine performance last night and my 3 for Jobo are

Idah
O’RILEY
Maeda

Hope everyone on this fine site enjoys their day 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

CHAMPIONS AGAIN 💚💚💚💚

HH 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

Jobo Baldie
May 16, 2024 8:42 am

Goooooooooooood morning, friends and isn’t it great to wake up as Champions. Again.
A very special title win when there was so much at stake. And over these last 6 to 8 games in particular Brendan has played an absolute blinder both in the selections of Forrest and, last night Idah, but moreso in the psychological war with various foes.

Auldheid
May 16, 2024 9:18 am

Last night “we’ll see” became ” we saw”.

In spite of that, as sure as guns are iron “we’ll see” will make a come back.

C’est La Vie.

Champignons !!

McCaff
May 16, 2024 9:25 am
SteveNaive
May 16, 2024 9:26 am

Good old Celtic.
As good for you today as they’ve always been.

McCaff
May 16, 2024 9:30 am

…and this, too…

Auldheid
May 16, 2024 9:32 am

Playing Idah was a masterstroke.

In previous games v Killie I thought Kyogo was missing simply due to his physique compared to Kille defenders and the surface did not help. So we effectively played with 10 men.

However I did not expect for the change to work so quickly.

It stopped Killie’s hard press and gave our defenders the time to keep the ball.

There were other games where other players did not physically, technically or intelligently turn up, like Palma, Yang, Oh and Khun.

BR’s other masterstroke was recognising the talent that James Forrest has technically and game intelligence.

Maeda was a shoo in (is that Japanese for something?) for the other wing to complete the transformation.

The football played on plastic was a joy to watch.

Welcome back BR, all is forgiven.

Jimbo67
May 16, 2024 9:32 am

Morning all

Hope all are well after last night.

This is the 34th time Celtic has won the league in my lifetime – I’ve hazy memories of the first 2 of those but have pretty clear memories of all of the other 32. Love them all but the wins of 68, 79, 86, 98 and 2008 will probably rank above the others as we did not look like winning the thing until late on in the campaign . This has been more like those of 71, and 73 when it looked as though we might blow it at various stages but instead held our nerve and found a bit of form whilst our rivals blinked before we did. Maybe not a vintage campaign overall but as with those nervy campaigns more than 50 years ago we prevailed because we had the best team in the country.

I do think I thought those games with Kilmarnock ( home and away) , Motherwell at home and the second trip to Ibrox where we let in late goals in and which cost us 7 points would come back to bite us but that’s not turned out to be the case and I also thought that almost harrowing second trip to Tynecastle would have dismal repercussions for us and I was wrong there too and if anything, that day invigorated the manager who’d seemed to be a bit distracted beforehand. No longer on a smiling charmer he could be tetchy and less diplomatic than usual. No More Mr Nice Guy worked and in the league at least Celtic has played really well since Tyney.

I obviously hope we win the cup and equally obviously hope the manager is able to bring in the players he wants over the summer. We cannot keep having an overall strategy that sees merely being better than Rangers as the only objective. But today I am happy and am looking forward to going to work. I may even buy a cigar to smoke whilst I sip on a large Highland Park this evening

Jimbo

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 9:38 am

That feeling only CHAMPIONS wake up with.

Hoop hoop hooray
May 16, 2024 9:43 am

A very good champion style morning to you all.
Oh ma heid!

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 9:53 am

I thought big Adam looked like he would be a real bargain at around £5m. I lost count the number of times he allowed us to get up the pitch with his great hold-up play. I really think bringing him in was key to winning this title.

Would we have won it with just Kyogo and Oh? I just can’t see it.

Hopefully Brendan has been assured he will get proper backing to take us to the next level.

St tams
May 16, 2024 10:19 am

As someone who has never doubted Brendan , I am absolutely delighted for him and the players.
What they have achieved winning this league, has been fantastic.
🍀🍀

Magua
May 16, 2024 10:33 am

Jimbo67

A big cigar and a Highland Park is it? Don’t forget the smoking jacket. Great post.

Hail Hail.

Magua
May 16, 2024 10:42 am

Jobo

Totally agree re Idah and Jamesie. The re-introduction of Maeda has made some difference to the energy levels of the whole team. The wide open spaces of Hampden should suit him. While I fervently hope that we win the Cup-we are the record winners of the oldest trophy in World football after all-I won’t be too despondent if we don’t. Given the importance of the league this season, that was the one that mattered.

BAD

I trust you enjoyed last night. What a performance. I only saw the highlights, but twas a real joy to watch.

Hail Hail.

Madmitch
May 16, 2024 10:44 am

BMCUW

You are right — this season has not been vintage for many reasons.
But a bit of a contrast with last season — this time we are on the up / getting better.
The manager is becoming more involved with the club and the players are noticing.

AI — spoiler alert / not his biggest fan — made a huge difference with his general pay and giving us the confidence to go long.
Plus we really seemed up for the game — playing on the front foot and fully engaged.
Highlighted by the team reaction when RH got clogged — we actually fought back.
The change in attitude would appear to have made it to the dug-out as well.

BR’s comments — both pre match press conference / post match — point to lots going on behind the scenes.
And by his tone — nothing positive seems to have been involved and it would appear that the squad were affected.

Main point — things are improving with BR and he seems up for the fight.
Rightmove CSC — no more gossip in play and they expect BR to be firing on all cylinders for next season.
With the moons aligning then there can be more excuses regarding power and pace.

Looking like huge changes for next season.
I just hope the club finds a / any growth agenda and starts planning for the future.
The club cannot keep rinsing the support — far too much of our revenue comes direct from the support.
The execs need to get up off their erses and starting building a business to support the club.
Our current set up is just a badly run bowling club full of local worthies.

Field of Dreams CSC.
If you build it they will come.
Kevin Costner — can he play LB?

ernie lynch
May 16, 2024 10:51 am

A performance like that on the 25th would be fun.

Huge credit to BR for taking what he inherited from AP (who is more of an auteur than a manager or coach) and eventually moulding it into something he could work with.

It’s now all about the transfer window.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”

Auldbhoy67
May 16, 2024 11:11 am

Last nights Tifo to remember Tommy Burns was nothing short of magnificent. If ever a man deserved to be remembered like this it was him. A true gentleman. Interesting to see Brendan saying he died 16 years ago when 51yrs old so he would have been 67 today. That magic number along with 25th May will see us winning the double.
Its written in fate….

Just walked the dog along beach with my 4 leaf clover hat on. Aye me no the dog. Not many 32 red tops on show for some reason.
Well of to Spain tomorrow with couple of mates and wives so trophy day in the sun it is.

Rebus67
May 16, 2024 11:40 am

The lead article and the comments have expressed my feelings regarding the season. I am really pleased for the fans, players and the manager….it is quite an achievement. Everyone should celebrate now and the hard work can start later but not too much later.

I did in a lovely bottle of rioja, Vina Olabarri last night in celebration. 🤪

Rebus

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 11:42 am

Magua,

This one has been so special for me, mate.
It really is right up there with my fav Tic memories.
We both know why 😉
You actually crossed my mind during the game.
I hope listening on the radio didn’t detract much from what was a vintage Celtic night.
We overcame everything to emerge as CHAMPIONS again! 👍🏆
God bless Brendan!! 💚

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 11:48 am

I never felt that the refs ever reigned it in …
I just thought Sevco failed to keep up their end of the deal.
If they had, they would have won it.
Fortunately for us they are absolutely rank rotten at football.
If this is all big Phillipe flop has – long balls constantly – they will be absolutely no threat to us going forward.
Hoopy days!!

4
5
6
7
8
9
10iar ……🏆

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 11:52 am

16roads,

Some very relevant points there that are worth remembering 👍

Especially Brendan being unable to field a settled line-up.

He really has been brilliant this season.

Proved again that he is a top, top coach.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 16, 2024 11:56 am

REBUS67

It’s been a struggle,something we need to learn from and ensure that there is no repeat. But if anything,that has made it so much more enjoyable. Though not,I suspect,as enjoyable as your bottle of Rioja last night.

Mind you,you’ll be breaking out the hard stuff if we win on the 25th.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 11:57 am

I’d love Brendan to be here for years to come.

If I was a gambling man, that’s exactly what I’d place my money on.

The future’s bright, it’s green and white! 💚

Magua
May 16, 2024 12:02 pm

BAD

I usually have the room door at the ward wide open, as it is boiling in here most days. Listening to the game though, I had to have the door closed…in case a few wee sweary words slipped out. Didn’t want to disturb the other-saner-patients. The early goals were just what the doctor ordered. We can now relax, as to our CL fate, while the Huns face the sheer hell of the qualifiers. It’s a wee shame so it is. Who their manager will be by that time is anybody’s guess. No doubt the new Gerry Quarry will be built up by the media, while BR simply concentrates on the job at hand, like the true professional he is. Enjoy the game on Saturday. Thank feck we’re not heading into a last day scenario. I would not have handled that well at all. Champs for the 54th time. Onwards and upwards to 55 and 56. Real wans, that is. 😁

Hail Hail.

Just Sayin’
May 16, 2024 12:08 pm

Over the season we overcame our own shortcomings to master a dogged and, at times, a transparently assisted challenge from what has always been a limited opponent lacking leadership, character, pace and power in every area of their team. Psychologically fragile and no match for the ultra professional BR approach.

My own view, expressed regularly on here !, is and was Celtic are the better of two average teams and will win the league, and so it has proved.

It was obvious from December onwards just how poor they were. They were helped along by a couple of troughs in our own season – mid December and February/ early March which could have derailed us. We stayed in touch.
We didn’t buckle, they inevitably did as I thought they would.

Can only hope they retain their serial losers although sadly it looks like Lundstrum is checking out.

No matter, the positive vibes from the manager (some could take lessons on the vitality of that approach) regarding the summer ahead augurs well.

Adding to the fizz in our play that is obviously there, as last night showed, with quality recruits is critical for the proper football challenges in the 8 CL matches next season.

League success will then take care of itself.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 12:12 pm

Magua,

I said yesterday your night would be much more relaxed if we took control early.
We have been tremendous in the run in to the finish line.
Wait till the Huns realise that the man is here for the long haul 😉
Surely this is the summer to kick on, eh?
We now have so much to look forward to.
Credit to the manager and the bhoys for making your hospital stay a bit more bearable 💚
I meant to ask – where exactly are you?

Frodshambhoy
May 16, 2024 12:14 pm

What a performance last night.
Looking at these pre game stats the score was a coupon buster. It certainly burst Kris Boyd’s coupon. 😁😁

* Including the curtailed 2019-20 season, Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their final home game in each of their last five Scottish Premiership seasons (W3 D2) since a 1-2 defeat to Ross County in 2016-17.
* Celtic haven’t won their final away league game (incl. curtailed 2019-20 season) in any of their last five seasons (D3 L2) since a 3-1 win at Hearts in 2017-18.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 12:16 pm

Just saying’

You were certainly very consistent, buddy 👍

The refs gave it all they had to get them that CL money.

We just have a really professional coach and manager.

And a built-in winning mentality!

Magua
May 16, 2024 12:23 pm

BAD

Orthopaedics dept. at the Southern General. Top floor. Some views across the city. All the staff are brilliant, and 4 meals a day are provided. All in all, not too shabby. Will probably be in for another week or so. Hoping to be out in time for the Cup Final. Choking for a few 🍺s.

Hail Hail.

SFTB
May 16, 2024 12:40 pm

This is a headline from the Herald today

“Derek McInnes and Danny Armstrong
Never mind CQN disaster – it’s time for Killie to right those wrongs in Europe”

It apparently refers to a European defeat by Connah’s Quay, and it was lifted from a Killie fanzine

Just Sayin’
May 16, 2024 12:43 pm

B A D

Cannot say I wasn’t concerned when we hit our mini slumps but the main factor for me was always the vulnerability of the Hun. Totally confident we had the beating of them when it mattered.

Any decent team( us, Benfica) or one limited but willing to attack them ( Motherwell, RC ) would take goals off them.

Assistance aside and a less craven Hearts should have seen them fighting for second.

Magua
May 16, 2024 12:55 pm

Just Sayin’

Without the help of The Brotherhood, the Huns would be a mid-table team…at best. Perhaps it’s for the best that they came close…but no cigar. It’s the hope that kills them.

Hail Hail.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
May 16, 2024 12:58 pm

JUSTSAYIN

I’ve long said that they are poor and brittle,and that any side which comes out to take them on will put the frighteners on them. Problem is,that also applies to us too often.

Just Sayin’
May 16, 2024 1:03 pm

Magua

Not wishing to argue with a man in recovery😀- hope it goes well btw- but they’d have to drop 30/40 points to get to that level.

Pushing them into third would do me! Hopefully we see resurgent Aberdeen and Hibs to overtake those empty shirts at Hearts. A horrible club.

I say that as someone who suffers the impostors in Edinburgh.

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 1:42 pm

Magua,

I thought you were just up at the royal infirmary.
I could have given you a Still Game type visit with 6 ice cold tinnies in a Poly bag! 😂
Hopefully you’ll be able to get a nice cold one in a week’s time 👍

Big Audio Dynamite
May 16, 2024 1:47 pm

Just sayin’

You deserve credit for keeping faith with the team 👍
The refs had me totally convinced we were getting cheated out of this title.
On a level playing field, Sevco would be nowhere near us.
I just hope Brendan gets most of what he wants for the team.
If he gets the quality he’s been demanding, there will be very little to fear.
We are in safe hands!

Just Sayin’
May 16, 2024 2:28 pm

I, too, hope we have Brendan for at least a couple more seasons.

He’s come into his own since the Hearts debacle in early March. I think the lessons learned in his Liverpool experience particularly have been crucial. He talks of the psychological side and taking emotion out of the equation. But is always focused and positive.

Some genuine quality and let’s see where we get to.

Magua
May 16, 2024 3:01 pm

Just Sayin’

Cheers for the reply. I wouldn’t hold out much hope that Hibs can achieve anything. As for Hearts? Perennial losers. Albert Kidd screwed them big time, for generations to come. I’d like to see the Dons or Motherwell mount some kind of challenge to the Huns.

BAD

I’m slavering like a poacher’s dug, thinking about that first pint. 😀

Hail Hail.

Bada Bing
May 16, 2024 3:13 pm

Brendan Rodgers won this League, a lesser manager would have crumbled under the pressure. A threadbare squad,thanks to a couple of embarrassing Transfer Windows. Brendan discarded the new signings,and had a lot of struggles behind the scenes, which he alluded to the other day.He kept the squad to about 15 or 16 guys he could trust,and mould into his team system.A top manager, who we must support properly now.

Bada Bing
May 16, 2024 3:16 pm

Idah done his chances no harm at all last night, start him again on Saturday, and in the cup final against whatever back 4 they can cobble together, he could be the match winner.