February 3, 2012
FINALLY! Celtic have now a presence on both Facebook and Twitter, and it's been a long time coming. Celtic have had their facebook page for a while now and they are sitting pretty on 144,249 likes, however this pales in comparison to the likes of Manchester City who sit at 1,733,219, Liverpool at 8,052,963 and Manchester United on 22,047,580.
Celtic finally launched their twitter account, in my opinion at least a year behind when they should have really delved into the social network site. With 12532 twitter followers currently, they sit far behind the likes of Barcelona who have 3,013,583 for example.
Now it is fully understandable that Celtic will be far behind given the start the other clubs have on such social network sites, coupled with the worldwide appeal that such clubs have given the leagues that they play in and the marketing they employ.
But they should at least equal if not surpass that of rivals Rangers, who sit at 28,638 followers on twitter and 229,355 likes on Facebook.
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."
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.
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.
July 4, 2011
Celtic Legend Willie Fernie sadly passed away at the age of 82 after fighting Alzheimer's for more than 10 years.
The word Legend is banded about the game of football far too easily nowadays, however the generation at Celtic Park in the 1950s, 60s and 70s were true Legends, none more so than those Celtic players who beat Rangers 7-1 at Hampden Park to win the League Cup. A victory that coined the song, 'Oh Hampden in the Sun'.