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Billy McNeill - My One Position
My one position, almost without exception, since I bowed my way into the Celtic first team around ten years ago has been centre-half.

My one position, almost without exception, since I bowed my way into the Celtic first team around ten years ago has been centre-half.

It’s the position where simply you are there to stop goals being scored, not to get your own name on the scoresheet.

That's why every time I look at a list of scorers and see the name McNeill I still wonder a bit about it all.

When I started in First Division football everyone was liable to think a centre-half had gone out of his mind if he put a foot over the half-way line.

The start of the change for me came one March afternoon in 1961. It was completely unrehearsed, a move which sprang from a halftime chat in the dressing-room.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 19:02:24 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Craig - I Am A Part Time Full-Timer
I'm the odd man out at Celtic!

I'm the odd man out at Celtic! For my life in football is dfferent from the rest of the first-team pool . . . I am a part-time full-timer.

Let me explain just what that means. I combine my job as a footballet with a career as a dentist.

The old idea of a part-time player who trained twice a week in sessions which he managed to squeeze in after his work has no place in modem football.

I train with the rest of the first-team every morning, I am available for any extra sessions and any foreign competitive matches which we play. However if the team are going perhaps for a golf outing, or a few days relaxation at their coast headquarters, then I am excused attending it.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 15:48:34 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Councillor To Pay James McClean £63,000 Court Settlement
A former Belfast councillor who falsely referred to footballer James McClean as a "super Provo" is to pay out £63,000, a court has heard.

A former Belfast councillor who falsely referred to footballer James McClean as a "super Provo" is to pay out £63,000, a court has heard.

The settlement covers damages and legal costs of the Derry-born player's defamation action against Chris McGimpsey.

A High Court judge was told that Mr McGimpsey, a former Ulster Unionist Party representative, will make the payment in two instalments.

He has already issued an unreserved apology for unfounded comments made "in the heat of the moment" during a radio programme debate.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 14:05:40 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
THE RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
The following is from an anonymous Celtic fan.

The following is from an anonymous Celtic fan. It is a must read for Celtic fans as it chronicles one Celtic fan's very personal experiences on the night history was made – Tuesday 21st November 2006, CELTIC 1 Manchester United 0.

From the start of the season I've felt that something special might happen this campaign. The reason is a mixture of personal circumstances and the fact that Champions League football has returned to Paradise. Remarkably this season looks like following another special year in my lifetime. It's seems that the fortunes of Celtic are inextricably linked with highs in my life away from football. For that reason I was optimistic about this season.

I'll say from the outset that previously I was not great fan of Strachan. After the disaster in Artmedia, Strachan had me in utter despair. I'm no tourist Tim - you're more likely to find me in the Dundee Social club and such places on domestic duty than in the Espalades of European places (or whatever the f*ck they are called).



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 13:21:12 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Van Hooijdonk Believes Hoops Striker Will Have Big Career
Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk believes Hoops striker Odsonne Edouard will have a big career if he stays focused and does not become distracted.

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk believes Hoops striker Odsonne Edouard will have a big career if he stays focused and does not become distracted.

The 21-year-old Frenchman was named Scottish Premiership Player of the Month for August on Tuesday, having scored three goals and provided two assists from his four league appearances for Celtic.  
Edouard's third goal of the season came against the Bhoys' arch-rivals , finding the back of the net in 32nd minute of the Glasgow derby to give his side the lead.

Van Hooijdonk, who played as a striker for Celtic between 1995 and 1997, was impressed with the former Paris Saint-Germain man's performance against the Gers and is glad that the Scottish champions have quality youngsters in their ranks.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 12:56:12 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Grant - It Was A Privilege To Go Back But I Didn't Enjoy One Minute
Celtic legend Peter Grant has opened up on the moment he and Tony Mowbray received 'dog's abuse' after their side were mauled 4-0 by St Mirren in Paisley.

Celtic legend Peter Grant has opened up on the moment he and Tony Mowbray received 'dog's abuse' after their side were mauled 4-0 by St Mirren in Paisley.

The Hoops were dismantled by Gus MacPherson's Buddies on that fateful night in 2010 that cost Mogga and Grant their jobs.

Steven Thomson and Andy Dorman both bagged braces as Celts crumbled and Grant recalled the moment he faced furious Celtic supporters outside the Parkhead gates when the team bus returned home.



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Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 17 September 2019 - 20:42:45 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Celtic FC Foundation Has Teamed Up With Glasgow Foodbanks
A Foodbank collection will be held at the Celtic Park on Sunday ahead of the club's game against Kilmarnock.


A Foodbank collection will be held at the Celtic Park on Sunday ahead of the club's game against Kilmarnock.

Charity Celtic FC Foundation has teamed up with three Glasgow foodbanks and partner Glasgow NE foodbank for the collection.

Supporters attending the match are being asked to donate items including tinned vegetables, tinned fish, tinned rice, tinned fruit, packet custard, pasta, pasta sauce, tea bags, UHT milk, juice, and biscuits.



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Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 17 September 2019 - 09:40:02 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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