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Hall of Fame Shun The ‘Forgotten Lions’….

Hall of Fame Shun The ‘Forgotten Lions’….

On Sunday night, Scottish football’s Hall of Fame became the latest organisation to shun the men who were part of Celtic’s most famous and historic season.

By inducting Bertie Auld, Willie Wallace, Jim Craig and John Clark into the Hall of Fame, they gave an enormous slap in the face to these players colleagues and team mates of the 1966-67 season, namely John Fallon, John Hughes, Charlie Gallagher, Willie O’Neil and Joe McBride.

These five men, now known as ‘the forgotten Lions’, each made a telling contribution to that memorable season, and other seasons when Celtic were conquering all at home an abroad.

The fact they never played in Lisbon on the 25th May 1967 should NEVER take away the part they played that year.

Having spent some time in the company of three of those ex-players, all Celtic through and through, it hurts like hell they don’t receive at least some recognition for their efforts. Without which, Lisbon may never have happened.

You only have to listen to our current manager Brendan Rodgers, when he talks about his team, he ALWAYS refers to it being a COLLECTIVE.  He recognises the part everyone plays in our success.

It’s time for everyone to do the same with the men who helped make Celtic the club they are today, it’s time to remember the ‘Forgotten Lions’….

*The banner featured is on the wall of a Belfast Celtic fan

Is ‘Being Honest’ A Hindrance In Scottish Football Now?

Is ‘Being Honest’ A Hindrance In Scottish Football Now?

For many years now we’ve suspected those that run our game of being shall we say, ‘less than honest’, only for our suspicions to be confirmed with the tax cheating over at Ibrox and the role played by the various administrators.

We’ve had a former CEO of the SFA Campbell Ogilvie, accepting tax free payments from a member club, Rangers at the time, with impunity, then holding shares in another member club, Hearts. His share transfer to his wife was also against the rules as no family member can hold shares in two clubs.

Which coincides with the news this week of Hamilton Accies being subjected to a fraud scam. This brought the spotlight on the Lanarkshire club’s accounts where it emerged Donald Park has a major shareholding. Yip, the same Donald Park who’s soft loans are keeping Sevco afloat.

He may have transferred his shareholding to his son Graeme, but the family rules then applies. Or is ignored in this case.

These revelations shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider the same governing body allowed a convicted criminal to ride roughshod through the rules to take control of the new Ibrox club. Aided and abetted by an equally corrupt media, shysters of all kind have been allowed to ply their trade in Scotland, all with the blessing of the SMSM and SFA.

Seems to me the more honest you are, the less chance you have of succeeding in Scottish Football.

And this week shows there is no limit to anyone’s dishonesty as long as it a) sells papers and b) suits the SFA.

By suggesting the former disgraced England manager Sam Allardyce, as a suitable replacement for Gordon Strachan, tells me there is no place in Scottish football for honesty, as it’s obviously a hindrance. The people in charge prefer crooks..


Winning Ugly Is Still Winning…

Winning Ugly Is Still Winning…

With one eye on the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his Celtic team to take on Dundee at Celtic Park this afternoon.

In came goalkeeper Dorus De Vries, defender Cristian Gamboa and midfielder Koussi Eboue to compliment regulars captain Kieran Tierney, Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths et al.

Having recently thumped Dundee at Dens only a few weeks ago, the Faithful were expecting the Bhoys to win this league match comfortably. That wasn’t to be the case.

Dundee in all fairness didn’t come to Glasgow to park the bus or kick us up and down the Gallowgate, which is unusual, although with the assistance of referee Dallas Jr, they did get away with being a bit more than physical, particularly on Paddy Roberts.

Like his father, Dallas has difficulty applying the rules evenly, choosing a different set for Dundee to Celtic. Some of his decisions were blatant in their bias. More performances like that and I’m sure he’ll be rewarded with a Celtic game where he can make a REAL difference…

As for the rest of the game, Celtic did miss a number of chances, and Scott Bain was in good form. Dundee on the other hand did play well and would have gone up the road with a share of the points but for Dorus de Vries.

The Celtic number two pulled off a couple of great saves to keep the Bhoys in front and continue the amazing 59 unbeaten run. His performance today will go some way erase the nightmare of the Nou Camp and help endear himself to the Faithful.

Ultimately, you can’t play well and win easy in every game. Winning ugly gets the same three points as winning well, and that’s what counts…

Time To Get Back To Winning Ways At Paradise…

Time To Get Back To Winning Ways At Paradise…

Celtic go into tomorrow’s Premiership game on the back of an amazing 58 domestic game unbeaten run. The consistency of Brendan Rodgers’ team over the last 15 months has been nothing short of remarkable. Record breaking in fact!

And when you consider the amount of European games we’ve played, coupled with players away on international duty, there’s not enough words to express how wonderfully the Bhoys have performed.

This season though, we’ve had a wee bit of a blip at Celtic Park.

We all know teams come to sit in, with the exception of Neil Lennon’s Hibs a fortnight ago, so sometimes it can be difficult breaking our opponents down.

Teams depend on riding their luck and the possibility of Celtic not firing on all cylinders, both having contributed to St Johnstone and Hibs taking points away from Paradise. (Although Willie Collum did have a hand in the Edinburgh side’s good fortune.)

However, having hammered Dundee, despite what their turncoat manager said, a couple of weeks ago in the BetFred Cup, I would hope to see the Bhoys get back to winning ways at Celtic Park tomorrow afternoon.

With captain Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong still missing, I’d expect to see the on form Callum McGregor get a starting birth in the middle of the park. Who partners him is anyone’s guess, but I doubt we’ll see Tom Rogic there after his week of traveling.

So it’s three points a must, and then on to the magical sixty…

The Long And The Short of International Success..

The Long And The Short of International Success..

There’s been much debate about ‘genetics’ since Scotland manager Gordon Strachan mentioned them in his post match press conference following the 2-2 draw with Slovenia in Ljubljana.

The draw meant Scotland had gone on an undefeated run of six games but also resulted in the country failing to secure a play-off place for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.

Whether WGS deliberately mentioned we’re ‘too small genetically’ to take away from the fact Scotland failed to qualify or not, he succeeded. He’s now the focus, mostly of ridicule, with his statement. But f you think back, Sunday was NOT the first time he commented on the size of players we produce.

I remember him using the same analogy when Shaun Maloney was playing, in fact I’m sure it was after the European qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland. So, it’s obvious, rightly or wrongly, he believes he’s right.

Like Gordon himself, there are many contradictions to the validity of the genetic argument, namely the fact most of the best players in the world are on the small side, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi aren’t exactly giants, but to be fair, with their ability, size isn’t too much of an issue.

Scotland simply don’t have players with that ability, or even near that ability.

I do get the physicality argument, bigger, stronger players tend to be more athletic, but to blame it on genetics is a bit of a no-no, in my opinion.There are way too many connotations as to how you win a football match.

If Scotland’s ‘taller’ players, Charlie Mulgrew, Christoph Berra and Darren Fletcher had dealt with the two set pieces better, then wee Leigh Griffiths goal might have been enough..

The Catch 22 of An International Break…

The Catch 22 of An International Break…

There’s always a dilemma when the internationals come around. Yes it’s nice to see players get a call up to their respective countries national set up, in recognition of their club form, but for us fans, and no doubt our manager, it’s a worrying time.

As much as we’d like to see the Bhoys do well and hopefully win the games they take part in, pf course it’s great for their confidence, the most important thing as far as Celtic are concerned is players returning to Glasgow without any injuries.

We’ve seen in the past, players coming back from international duty with a niggle here and a niggle there, and the next thing you know we’ve lost key members of the team for weeks on end.

In this particular break we’ve seen what only turned out to be scare with Sweden’s Mikael Lustig, he appears to be fit enough for tonight’s match against Luxembourg, and the withdrawal from Bosnia’s squad of Jozo Simunovic, although the latter appears to be injured beforehand.

With five Celts, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor on duty for Scotland, Tom Rogic away with Australia, Dedryck Boyata, Belguim, Jonny Hayes, Republic of Ireland, Cristian Gamboa, Costa Rica, Nir Bitton Israel and seven Bhoys, including Moussa and Olivier with France, away on under 21duty, we’re all in for a squeaky bum time until the games are over and the lads get back to Lennoxtown.

We’ve a lot of important games coming up…

*hopefully Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong will make a full recovery following their rest period.