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The Painter & The Player: The Celt who was sketched by Pablo Picasso…

THE PAINTER AND THE PLAYER Frequently, public speakers (or writers) are advised to start off with a joke. Well, here goes: A spate of robberies had been causing concern in the French Riviera but eventually the police made a breakthrough. One of the investigating detectives made his

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Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Who will be Celtic’s first-choice keeper as we head towards 10?

The fixture list has been revealed; all Celtic eyes are focussed on the first weekend of August, and the first steps towards the historic ’10-in-a-row’. The rage from others still rumbles on from the season that was, and that fire will still have embers for months to

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – 1985: The 100th Scottish Cup

In the days, weeks and months that have passed since the footballing world in Scotland was brought to an abrupt stop, broadcasters have had to rethink schedules and repackage old footage to satisfy the demand for a fix for hungry but patient football fans around the country.

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“I am proud to say (The Berserking) is the only Piano Concerto in the history of classical music to be inspired by the away-goals’ rule.” James MacMillan on the Partizan Belgrade game

Paul Elliott was correct in describing his second appearance for Celtic as “memorable”. It was one of the most remarkable matches in Celtic’s history, an astonishingly bitter-sweet occasion. To re-cap: Celtic had lost the first-leg of the European tie against Partizan Belgrade by 2-1 but had hopes

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“The former pavilion had been destroyed by a German bomb during an air-raid… the Luftwaffe should have presented a bill for improvements.” – Tom Campbell’s Junior Football Memories

The St Roch’s podcast revived memories that Junior Football once was a major player in Scotland and I remember attending their cup final at Hampden between Petershill and Irvine Meadow in 1951. A crowd of more than 75,000 was there that day … but my junior team

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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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“I loved Big Billy; he was a great inspiration to me.” – Paul Elliott with A Celtic State of Mind

“It means so much to me, the Celtic people mean so much to me, but if I’m honest with you, not just Celtic supporters but the quality of their human race – their honour, their love, their generosity, their compassion, their empathy. These are great human qualities

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“It was brilliant, especially as a winger, being coached by Jimmy Johnstone and Davie Provan.” – David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

  “You’ve gone from the under 14s, 15s, 16s, then to the Celtic youth team at 17 and 18, we played in the youth league. By that time you’re coached by Davie Provan, Jimmy Johnstone and Bobby Murdoch! Bobby didn’t get involved in the games much but

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Brian & Mark Gillan with A Celtic State of Mind

If you grew up in Govanhill then you will know the Gillan brothers – Brian and Mark. Brian from his football coaching of local teams, and Mark from his decades of involvement with Charlie Kerr’s Boxing Gym. Glasgow has a reputation as being a ‘No Mean City’

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A Moment in Time with A Celtic State of Mind: Craig Gordon drops to his knees as Celtic clinch an invincible treble

“It’s as iconic as Billy McNeill lifting the cup in Lisbon.” Yes. This is the podcast that makes that statement as Paul John Dykes and Colin Watt discuss A Moment in Time: When Celtic clinched the only invincible treble ever… and it created the most-viewed GIF in

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