Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again. Hearts four (that’s 4, as Ceefax would reinforce) Celtic nil.  Read it.  Let it sink in. Move on. It’s been a while since Celtic last endured a domestic defeat.  585 days to be exact, during which time Celtic broke their own British record … Continue reading Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

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Celtic versus Anderlecht: European Progression in Our Hands

Tonight’s the night and the script, should Celtic chose to follow it, could not be simpler; avoid defeat by more than 3 goals and European football post-Christmas is secured for the first time since the 2014/15 season when the Hoops narrowly lost out to Inter Milan in the last 32 of the Europa League. Back … Continue reading Celtic versus Anderlecht: European Progression in Our Hands

4 out of 4 for Brendan and the Bhoys

Celtic, thanks to goals from James Forrest and Moussa Dembele, claimed their 4th successive domestic honour today with a victory over Motherwell in the BetFred Cup Final at Hampden Park. With the majority of the pre-match build-up focused on how Celtic would react to their midweek thrashing at the hands of PSG and how Motherwell’s … Continue reading 4 out of 4 for Brendan and the Bhoys

Celtic v Motherwell: League Cup Final Preview

On Sunday afternoon Hampden Park will be awash with the green and white of Celtic and claret and amber of Motherwell as both sides go head to head for the season’s first piece of silverware. Favourites Celtic will be looking to extend their incredible 64 games unbeaten domestic run by claiming their 4th successive domestic … Continue reading Celtic v Motherwell: League Cup Final Preview

The Bhoys They Couldn’t Beat

On Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Ronnie Deila led his Celtic team out for the final time before his two-year tenure at Celtic Park came to an end.  Deila's reign at Celtic promised much but due to several unfortunate incidents, including that potentially Treble stopping handball against Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final, and a lost … Continue reading The Bhoys They Couldn’t Beat

Going Toe-to-Toe with Bayern Munich: A Tale of Progress and Hard Luck

In my pre-game post I spoke of tonight’s clash with Bayern Munich as representing something of an Acid Test for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic; another opportunity to test themselves against one of Europe’s top clubs, albeit this time one slightly weakened by injuries.  Despite missing the likes of Lewandowski, Muller, Ribery, Neuer, and Bernat, Bayern Munich … Continue reading Going Toe-to-Toe with Bayern Munich: A Tale of Progress and Hard Luck

The Acid Test: Celtic vs. Bayern Munich

So far Celtic’s Champions League campaign has gone pretty much according to script and expectation.  A Match Day One thumping at home to PSG was not a wholly unexpected outcome given the vast wealth and talent available to the Parisian outfit.  Match Day Two saw Celtic exceed expectation with an uncharacteristically comfortable away win against … Continue reading The Acid Test: Celtic vs. Bayern Munich

Life Expectancy of a Scottish Football Manager

There is an old saying in football that you have got to be mad to be a goalkeeper.  The same must surely be true of managers; or at very least you must be mad to think that going into management will lead to secure long-term employment. The departure of Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager after … Continue reading Life Expectancy of a Scottish Football Manager

Scotland: Two games from history or Oblivion

After a thoroughly disappointing start to the qualifying campaign, in which Scotland mustered only four points from their opening four games – including a sub-standard 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania, with the point salvaged in the dying embers of the game - Scotland find themselves in the surprising position of holding their destiny in … Continue reading Scotland: Two games from history or Oblivion

Celtic Summer Transfer Window 2017

Improving on last season’s Invincible Treble winning squad within the strict confines of the Celtic transfer budget was always going to prove to be a difficult task for Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team.  Faced with overcoming Celtic’s famously frugal board, it was highly unlikely that any high profile or high value transfers in to … Continue reading Celtic Summer Transfer Window 2017