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This season has taught us several things and confirmed the age old adage of ‘Football’s a funny old game.’ For going on 5 years we have been used to and all have taken part in singing the 10 in a Row song. Arrogance. That’s the first lesson we need to learn from. Our own big fat arrogance that led us to believe we were only prophesying what lay ahead in the future. We were lording it up in the best way only football fans can. We were brash, elitist, self assured and unrepentant in glorifying and dancing on the grave of our biggest rivals whose demise was rightfully seen as justified and wholly deserving for their cheating and their own arrogance.

We as a fan base and more importantly, as a club, did not plan properly for a defence of the ultimate title goal of 10 in a Row. We sat back and basked in the sunshine believing the new entity of the rivals across the city would not, could not, possibly win a title because they were only a nine year old club....
This football year can't come to an end soon enough. To get back to a sense of normality in both life and support of the club, is something I can't wait for.

The disaster that was this season, means that a rebuild of epic proportions is needed to give us a chance to get back to where we belong - the top of the tree in Scottish football. Missing out on 10 in a row is a blow, but we regroup and start again, and that change starts in the boardroom.

Dominic McKay has taken over as CEO from Peter Lawell, who in recent years, has allowed us to decline at an alarming rate. The backing of Lennon when it was clear that he was incapable of turning round a terrible start to the season, was a decision he would never recover from, and he should be joined by the Chairman Ian Bankier.

A new Director of Football will come in and I still believe that Eddie Howe will take on the role of Head Coach. The longer it takes for that appointment to be made, the less confident I become, but I do think...
Celtic 0-0 Livingston

SPFL

Celtic Park

Saturday 16th January 2021

Depleted Celtic welcomed a Livingston team on an eight game winning streak to the East End of Glasgow looking to secure our first win in 2021. The Hoops still without 13 first team regulars and the manager after the disastrous trip to Dubai that saw Jullien test positive for Covid and in turn an isolation period for anyone with close contact to the Frenchman. That has presented last ditch opportunities to fringe players and youth and it is safe to say it is harsh for these Bhoys to be put under the microscope in this manner. Take a bow Mr Lawell and your apologies are like hollow echoes in the wind at this stage and considering you had the perfect opportunity to remedy the glaring issues as far back as September last year.

There are so many factors and problems that have surfaced in a season that should have been so prestigious for Celtic Football Club and the fans alike. We have...
SPFL

Celtic 3-0 Dundee United


Scorers: Soro (22) Turnbull (39) Edouard (75)

30th December 2020

K.O. 3pm. Celtic Park


Visitors Dundee United arrived at Celtic Park still fresh from the loss of one of the club’s greatest servants, ex manager Jim McLean. Wee Jim was a tough cookie in his heyday when he delivered the Arabs the League title in 1983 and drove them on to the Semi Finals of the European Cup where they lost narrowly 3-2 to Roma on their debut in the competition. McLean was offered the manager position at Rangers around this time but famously turned them down because he found their policy of not signing Catholic’s ridiculous. The two teams lined up to a minute silence in respect of McLeans passing.

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Neil Lennon made three changes to his team who had a good away win to Hamilton on Saturday with Barkas, Jullien and Laxalt starting in place of Hazard, Bitton and Greg Taylor. Celtic were chomping at the bit and 2 mins in Soro...
Celtic face Dundee United in the week where former legendary Dundee United manager Jim McClean sadly passed away. I am of a vintage to remember his managerial career, and I can say that he really was superb in putting together great teams and bringing through lots of good young Scottish talent.

Only one team in the history of world football have faced Barcelona 4 times in competitive games, and won every one of them. Jim McLean's team did just that, and he had them competing on every front in Scotland and Europe at that time. He wasn't without his flaws and had a miserable demeanour and a very short temper, but I can honestly say that he was a legend and deserving of all the plaudits that have come his way this week.

A minutes silence was observed before the game in honour of the great man, and may he rest in peace!!

The team had three changes from the weekend fixture against Hamilton, with the reintroduction of Christopher Jullien at Centre Half...