February 21, 2011
"I think we have better players than Celtic and, with lots of confidence, we can win this championship,they play good football. But still, I think we are the better team."
Those were the words that came back to haunt Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic on the morning of the Glasgow Derby. A few hours later his side were getting booed off the field by their own supporters as Celtic celebrated a 3-0 demolition of their arch rivals. Thanks to two goals from Gary Hooper and another goal from Kris Commons.
The result leaves Rangers eight points behind Celtic, and even with their two games in hand Celtic are still top of the table. It was also Celtic's 14th league win in a row and their 17th in all competitions.
The better side, as Jelavic called them, were posted missing throughout. There was no guts, no battling, no heart in the Rangers side. Oh how the blue hordes were hurting.
Celtic, though, made Jelavic eat his own words and showed who was the better side. There were no HONEST mistakes, there was no controversial decisions, it was a pure game conducted by a Celtic side resurgent under manager Neil Lennon in his first full season as Celtic manager.
February 20, 2011
Celtic and Rangers will lock horns SEVEN times this season, and we are only into Clash Four. So is it getting tedious yet? Can an Old Firm game ever become tedious?
The battle lines are drawn and Rangers will cross the frontier that splits Glasgow down the middle to try to break down the doors of Parkhead trying to secure all three points at the home of their greatest rivals, once more.
February 19, 2011
Celtic not so long ago were slammed by many in Scottish Football, including elements within Rangers Football Club, before the Glasgow derby for putting pressure on the officials. Now it seems that Rangers are resorting to their own dirty tricks by brown-nosing the officials in their bid to get more of the same in favourable decisions handed to them.
Sir Walter - oops not after Thursday night it's back to Walter again or GTF Walter - accused Celtic of deliberately stoking claims that there was a culture of bias against the Parkhead side.
His comments come after a week-long EXCLUSIVE with former Celtic and failed Middlesborough manager Gordon Strachan who rubbished such claims.
And all this coming just days before an all-important Glasgow Derby between Celtic and Rangers - conveniently.
February 14, 2011
Celtic announced their Interim results for the six months up to the 31st December 2010, and it painted a bleak picture financially for the Parkhead side. Debt owed to the bank increased by around £6 million to £9.1 million, while turnover was down by over 20% to £28.39 million.
Club Chairman John Reid blamed the club's early exit from Europe, the effects of the adverse weather conditions and the continued financial crisis in the country for the figures. However Celtic have also spent around £9 million this season on players and development in a bid to wrestle the SPL trophy from the clutches of arch rivals Rangers.
February 10, 2011
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February 9, 2011
Well this is probably the first thing that I have written on here that the majority will agree with. This will be my last post on as ESPN’s Celtic correspondent. When I applied for the role I really thought I wanted to write about Celtic and what was going on at the club and I could move away from writing about the SPL on my site, turns out there was a reason I don’t write about it on my site…the desire has gone.
February 8, 2011
With the fifth round action in the Scottish Cup obviously the game of the round came at Ibrox, if you’re counting on your Old Firm bingo cards, this was game number three, with three or possibly four to go. This game had it all, a superb long range effort from Jamie Ness after only three minutes. It should have been two when Steven Davis crashed Nikica Jelavic’s cross against the underside of the bar.
February 4, 2011
So big game this weekend, chance to knock our biggest rivals out of a competition. I’m sure you can cut the excitement in Glasgow with a knife. Not with me though, I actually couldn’t care less.
What is this Old Firm game number three for the season, think I’ve actually lost count. By the end of February Celtic will have played Aberdeen and Rangers three times each, sorry if the magic is somehow lost on me but I quite like variety.