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“I have the utmost admiration for Big Billy… He had been a colossus of a centre-back… A marvellous man!” – Paul Elliott on Billy McNeill

In this ACSOM podcast with Paul John Dykes the former Celtic centre-half Paul Elliott comes across as a very positive character (despite suffering vicious racial abuse throughout his football career in England, Italy and Scotland). He was unstinting in his praise for Celtic supporters, midfielder Paul McStay

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic and Adidas: A match made in Paradise

For anyone who sat pressing F5 on their computer or pulled the screen down on their mobile device to refresh the page every couple of minutes on Friday morning, the wait was almost over. In scenes similar to Cup final tickets being released, Celtic fans across the

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Fergus McCann’s Homecoming

If you happened to be looking through the results of Celtic’s 1994/95 season, this 1-0 home defeat against Motherwell would hardly jump out as one of the most momentous results of modern-day Celtic. More likely it would appear to be yet another dismal defeat in a dismal

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Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – A Very Different Paradise (Part 2)

During the six years of World War II organised football in Scotland was ‘unofficial’. Most clubs utilised the services of guest players, usually footballers in Scotland on military service. One such man was Matt Busby, a Scottish internationalist and a Liverpool player; born in Lanarkshire, he volunteered

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – The Story Of The Jersey: Bobby Lennox v Fiorentina 1970

On Monday 16th March 1970, Celtic flew from Prestwick to historic Pisa with the aim of reaching their second European Cup semi-final within three years. To do so they would need to become the first British side to beat an Italian side over two legs in European

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Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – The season-ticket renewal dilemma

Yep, it’s that time of year again: no, the calendars aren’t lying, and no the big jolly fat man isn’t looking for you to leave milk and cookies out for him … it’s the final week for season-ticket renewals. For some, it’s the most difficult time of

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Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – A Very Different Paradise (Part 1)

During the six years of World War II organised football in Scotland was ‘unofficial’. Most clubs utilised the services of guest players, usually footballers in Scotland on military service. One such man was Matt Busby, a Scottish internationalist and a Liverpool player; born in Lanarkshire, he volunteered

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Mark McGinley with A Celtic State of Mind – Fan engagement is key to playing behind closed doors

I decided not to go with this topic too early and tried to let the dust settle and see if, in time, Celtic would come out with something that would offer some satisfaction regarding the season ticket renewals. I like to think of myself as being reasonable,

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What’s on ACSOM’s Stereo? Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

A guitar crashes through an office window and off we go. There is no long-winded intro here. If you are lonely they are there for you, but you’ll need to keep up with them. It’s January 2004 and Franz Ferdinand have announced themselves on to the scene

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Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – What if Celtic had signed Ronaldinho instead of Scheidt?

What if? It’s the most-used question in football. What if the referee didn’t give England the third goal in the 1966 World Cup final? What if the handball against Inverness Caley Thistle was seen by one of the three officials within touching distance of it? What if?

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