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Tom Boyd with A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic should retire the number five jersey in memory of our greatest ever captain

When we clinched the league title on the last day of the season at Celtic Park on 9 May 1998, it was a hugely emotional day because it was the first time we had won the league in ten years. All the players were caught up in

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A Celtic State of Mind – The Celtic Trust join The Bhoys in supporting the Twenty’s Plenty campaign.

Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind Earlier this month, I wrote an article highlighting the issues that Celtic fans have faced in the month of January in relation to ticket costs. On Saturday, the fans group ‘Bhoys’ displayed another fantastic banner, highlighting the fact that,

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A Celtic State of Mind – The reinforcements required to secure nine-in-a-row

Celtic are 10 points better off than at this stage last season. Their goal difference is superior by eight. Last season’s closest challengers were three points behind; this season it’s five (albeit with a game in hand). But whilst these basic stats imply that results have improved,

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Post-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – Edouard’s five minute masterclass

PAUL JOHN DYKES: “The introduction of Odsonne gave us a real spark.” Neil Lennon knows that his French striker is a class apart. It took the introduction of Edouard to breathe life into a Celtic side who looked bereft of ideas and worryingly vulnerable to Ross County

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A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic & Politics, Part 4: The Shamrock

The shamrock… The shamrock is generally regarded world-wide as a harmless symbol, but it has occasionally been looked upon with some distaste in parts of Scotland. For much of Celtic’s history no adornment appeared on the famous hooped jerseys, and for much of that period there was

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A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic & Politics, Part 3: The tricolour

The troublesome behaviour by some fans at the traditional New Year’s Day encounter in 1952 between Celtic and Rangers resulted in fighting, bottle-throwing and pitch invasions. If the result wasn’t bad enough (Celtic lost 4-1), the aftermath had the potential to be even more damaging. Included in

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Post-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – Concern for Frimpong as Celts ease past Killie

KEVIN GRAHAM Can we ask for much more? It was functional, fearless and occasionally fresh-thinking. We had a set-play threat all night and deservedly got a goal from one of the many great deliveries, which sometimes went unrewarded.  Odsonne had no right to score that goal. His

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Pre-match with A Celtic State of Mind – ACSOM looks ahead to Killie at Rugby Park

KEVIN GRAHAM The talk is of previous years. That everything was all right on the night after Dubai. The break made us stronger and refreshed. That was then and this is now. While I’m confident that we can push on, I’m also comfortable with the fact that

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A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic & Politics: Part 2

In recent years, many of Celtic’s players have faced severe opposition as a result of the club’s heritage and their own religion or ethnicity: Neil Lennon received a death threat whilst on international duty for Northern Ireland in 2002, which led to him deciding to retire from

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A Celtic State of Mind – The deeper meaning behind Celtic’s 1967 win in Lisbon for the Irish diaspora in Scotland

On the 25th May 1967 in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, Celtic Football Club defeated Internazionale from Milan 2-1 to become the first club from Britain and from northern Europe to win the European Cup. By 2019 barely twenty-two clubs had managed to win this most prestigious football

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