August 22, 2011
After Sunday's poor showing at Celtic Park which resulted in St.Johnstone not only scoring their first goal of the season but also picking up all three points, fans have once again rounded on the board to put their hands in their pockets dig deep and spend to give Neil Lennon their backing.
With the board's financial astuteness, Celtic's debt was reduced once more to under £1 million, despite little or no European football revenue from the past three seasons.
But after spending a mere £1 million this season, fans are becoming frustrated that the 'auld biscuit tin mentality' has reared its ugly head once more at Celtic Park.
August 18, 2011
Irish Politics has been ingrained in the Scottish game for half a century if not longer, but with Ireland trying to put the past where it belongs, the glorification of the troubles continues in the West of Scotland. Celtic fans sing ditties celebrating not only the Irish War of Independence, but also the troubles in Northern Ireland. They sing about the hunger strikers, particularly Bobby Sands as well as Aiden McAnespie - an Irish Catholic - killed by a British soldier in 1988. Likewise across the city Rangers fans sing The Billy Boys, Build My Gallows High, the racist Famine Song and a few other ditties with add-ons such as F**k the Pope and the IRA. While both sides have fans who march alongside republican and orange marches up and down Scotland's streets.
But in 21st Century Scotland, what have such things go to do with our society let alone Scottish Football?
August 15, 2011
Celtic will face FC Sion on Thursday without English striker Gary Hooper as he has been ruled out for several weeks after suffering a sprained ankle during Saturday's 5-1 win over Dundee United and he could miss Sunday's SPL clash with St.Johnstone also.
A statement on the club's official website confirmed: "Following a scan today, the club can confirm that Gary Hooper has a sprained ankle and could potentially be out for a few weeks.
"The striker was injured during Saturday's 5-1 SPL victory over Dundee United at Celtic Park. And he'll miss the Hoops' Europa League play-off against FC Sion this Thursday."
Celtic secured all three points with a 5-1 win over Dundee United to make it three wins out of three. Irishman Anthony Stokes opened the scoring for Celtic on four minutes, before Johnny Russell equalised for Peter Houston’s side on the half hour mark. But almost immediately Gary Hooper scored to put Celtic in the lead again. And the points were wrapped up in the second half through goals from Ki Sung Yueng, Joe Ledley and James Forrest.
August 10, 2011
55,000 fans turned up for what was essentially a testimonial game for former Celtic player John Kennedy whose career was cut short by injury. While most other professional players take the proceeds from such a testimonial, John Kennedy donated all proceeds to Oxfam's East Africa Appeal.
And so Celtic legends played host to Manchester United's, throwing in a few celebrity fans also. The final score will read 5-2 to Celtic, but the real winners were Oxfam as the Celtic family turned up en masse to see the likes of Henrik Larsson, Martin O'Neill, John Hartson, Packie Bonner and Roy Keane return to Celtic Park.
Celtic secured a vital three points and secured two wins out of two in the SPL, but it proved a costly victory as Emilio Izaguirre was stretchered off injured.
Anthony Stokes scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win at Pittodrie, in what was a dominant performance from Celtic.
With the closure of the transfer window fast approaching, Celtic are still on the lookout for a goalkeeper. Their main target Jagiellonia Bialystok's keeper Grzegorz Sandomierski is keen on a switch to Parkhead but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.
Meanwhile, as I reported on my own website, Islam Feruz has left Celtic for Chelsea. And Celtic bid adieu for now to Josh Thompson and Darren O'Dea as they head out on loan - but is their time at Celtic Park at an end?
August 4, 2011
Irish international Darren O'Dea has left Celtic temporarily once again as he signed for Leeds United on a season-long loan deal. It is just another sign that the Irish defender has no future at Celtic Park, after successive loan spells at Reading and Ipswich Town.
He made the move to Simon Grayson's Championship side as he looks forward to helping the Elland Road side back into the Premier League.