Celtic 8 – Astana 4: It was Never in Doubt (honest)

Give me 8-4 before kick off last week and I would have bitten your hand off, now, somehow it seems like an anti-climactic qualification; one where from a position of great power we are now happy to have crawled over the finish line. For long spells tonight Celtic were simply not at the races in … Continue reading Celtic 8 – Astana 4: It was Never in Doubt (honest)


Celtic Vs. Rosenborg: First Leg Fall Out

While last night’s result and performance was far from ideal from a Celtic perspective, the tie is still alive and finely balanced at the halfway stage; all is not lost nor as bad as it could have been if Rosenborg had taken their chances. The build up to last night’s match was hardly ideal with … Continue reading Celtic Vs. Rosenborg: First Leg Fall Out

The Armstrong Dilemma

Stuart Armstrong is the latest in a long and ever increasing line of Celtic players to be linked with a big money move down south to the riches and glamour of the English Premiership; in his case the talented midfielder has been associated with a potential transfer to the likes of Southampton (which Celt hasn’t … Continue reading The Armstrong Dilemma

Leigh Griffiths: More than the sum of two freekicks

It’s amazing what scoring two incredible freekicks in the space of 4 minutes in the powder keg atmosphere of a Scotland vs. England match can do for your reputation.  Derided pre-match in certain quarters as not being International class or for only scoring goals in a ‘tin-pot league’, Leigh Griffiths has since been catapulted to … Continue reading Leigh Griffiths: More than the sum of two freekicks

Honved vs Videoton: Busting my Magyar Foci Cherry

It’s been almost three months now since I moved out to Budapest and posed myself the question of which Budapest team I should follow now that I am here.  Choosing a football team to follow is not a decision to be taken lightly, especially for a foreigner living in a new city. Upon moving to … Continue reading Honved vs Videoton: Busting my Magyar Foci Cherry

The Lions of Lisbon

 “And the whistle is going, and Celtic have won the European Cup.” Kenneth Wolsthenhome, Lisbon, Thursday 25th May, 1967. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7ON3mMMFSs I’ve laboured and debated over writing a piece on the Lisbon Lions for the past few weeks now, going back and forth about how I was going to approach it, editing and deleting countless introductions … Continue reading The Lions of Lisbon

My Budapest Team

Instead of returning to Hungary the club embarked on a ‘World Tour’ playing fundraising matches in Italy, Spain and Portugal (organised by the iconic manager Bela Guttmann).  They were offered political asylum and the opportunity to play in the Mexican Championship, an offer they declined in order to compete in a tournament in Brazil.  The … Continue reading My Budapest Team

Old Firm Memories

Larsson and a young Mark Burchill had other ideas and my first Old Firm / Glasgow Derby finished in 5-1 route for Celtic.  “Fuck you Rangers we’re gonna win the League” I chanted deliriously as we left the ground. We didn’t.  Dr. Doom was right, we’d only gone and made them mad.  Rangers ran away … Continue reading Old Firm Memories

Celtic Vs. St. Johnstone: Match Preview

The Scottish Premiership resumes tomorrow night (Wednesday) with runaway League leaders Celtic hosting fifth placed St. Johnstone at Celtic Park.  The Hoops dominated League proceedings pre-winter break and little has happened so far during the January transfer window to suggest that things will change in the second period of the season. The Hoops have managed … Continue reading Celtic Vs. St. Johnstone: Match Preview

Moussa Dembele: Scottish Football’s First £20 million Man?

Over the years Celtic Park has played host to some of the most prolific goal scorers in Scottish football history; the likes of Larsson, Dalglish, McClair and McGrory having all etched their names into Celtic folklore thanks to their goal scoring exploits.  However, since Larsson’s departure in 2004 Celtic have struggled to fill the void … Continue reading Moussa Dembele: Scottish Football’s First £20 million Man?