Tag: Celtic

The Return of the Old Firm Match? No Thanks

“Over the past few years some people have said they haven’t missed the Old Firm game. Frankly they’ve been lying through their teeth,” gurned Sky Sports presenter David Tanner at half-time in last April’s Celtic/Rangers Scottish Cup semi-final. “F**k off, f**king calling me a liar. You don’t even f**king know me,” I said. And it was more insulting to fans of other Scottish clubs, who will have missed Celtic/Rangers as much as, say, fans of any London club “missed” the Manchester derby when pre-oil money Manchester City toured England’s second and third tiers. As Dundee United fan Stuart Milne...

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Celtic Flying The (Palestinian) Flag

Those insisting sport and politics shouldn’t mix are hopelessly naïve. Sport is too popular worldwide for it not to be used by those with well-tuned political senses. The fight against Apartheid was as much about South Africa’s sporting isolation as students declaring “until Barclays Bank disassociates itself from the Apartheid regime I shall take my overdraft elsewhere.” Of course, a few hundred protestors at a sporting event only impact significantly as part of a multi-faceted, on-going movement which picks their sporting event wisely. Protests at one rugby tour in 1969 didn’t bring down Apartheid. But it was part of...

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Celtic’s Champions League Qualifying Party

On Wednesday night I was introduced, three times in four minutes, to the concept of “ear-splitting.” And what I thought was a metaphor for extremely high volume seemed very nearly real. When Celtic’s Moussa Dembele netted the stoppage-time penalty which advanced the Scottish champions to the final Champions League qualifying round, 52,000 people went various forms of nuts, loudly, all at once. They did so two minutes earlier, when Dembele tripped over FC Astana defender Igor Shitov seventeen yards from goal to win that penalty. And did so again, two minutes later, when the game finished. Celtic Park on...

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Video of the Day: Celtic vs Motherwell, November 1982

It isn’t only the English Premier League that is sending today, of course. Celtic have already Scottish league championship, and this afternoon the Scottish Premiership plays its final round of fixtures, with Celtic hosting Motherwell at Celtic Park. Five points behind fourth placed St Johnston and five points above sixth placed Ross County, Motherwell are to finish this season in fifth place in the league table, but this is an enormous thirty-three points behind the champions. This morning’s video comes from a slightly more difficult period in the club’s history. Under threat from a resurgent Aberdeen and Dundee United,...

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EPL International Cup Fever – The Cure

Premier League International Cup (PLIC) fever briefly gripped Aldershot last Friday night. Mark Murphy caught it. Again. But quickly found an antidote. Two British champion clubs. Two under-21 representative sides. Two entirely separate footballing worlds. After 23 minutes of the teams’ PLIC Group A game, vital in terms of both sides’ competition future, Chelsea led Celtic 4-0. And at some stage during this goal frenzy (forgive the tear-stained memory failure here), a middle-aged Chelsea fan behind me spoke approvingly of the future prospects of a number of the junior-ish Blues. Mukhtar Ali, Kasey Palmer and Charly Musonola had been...

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