Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – Celtic songs lost to the depths of time

From the early 1950s, Jimmy Butler travelled the length and breadth of the country from his home in Falkirk to watch his beloved Celtic. Supporting the Glasgow side was Jimmy’s birthright, and like many of a Celtic persuasion, his ancestry can be traced back to 1840s Ireland.

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Poet’s Corner: The Stands

I watch on as the cameras film. I read thousands of printed press lies. I hear countless meaningless words spoken, that continue to demonize us. The ones who keep the game alive, the reason it’s all commercialised. Filming our banners, filming our celebrations, filming our smoke to

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Pre-match with A Celtic State of Mind – Europa League: Home versus CFR Cluj

DECLAN MCCONVILLE: Celtic will head into the game against Cluj looking to get revenge over the team which dumped them out of the UEFA Champions League in August. Since then, the Scottish champions have gone unbeaten in 10 games, scoring 24 goals in the process. The side

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Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Diary of a Treble Treble

Sunday, 2 September 2018   Celtic 1-0 Rangers   As always, there was a lot of hype going into this first derby game of the season. Celtic’s domination of the fixture continued and, without some fantastic saves from Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, the scoreline could have been

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Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Remembering Jimmy Johnstone: Born on this Day

After a fantastic tribute at the weekend for Hibernian legend Pat Stanton, it is also key to note that today would have been the 75th birthday of the late Jimmy Johnstone. Both men were outstanding players for their respective teams and went up against each other in

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Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – The night George Connelly became the King of Keepie-Uppies

The first signs that Jock Stein had a mélange of youthful prospects brimming under the surface at Barrowfield perhaps came to light before the European Cup-Winners’ Cup third round first-leg tie against Soviet Union side Dynamo Kyiv on 12 January 1966. AGF Aarhus goalkeeper, Bent Martin, had

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Hibs post-match reactions with A Celtic State of Mind

PAUL JOHN DYKES: The outpouring of frustration on social media will subside, whilst the disappointment of dropping our first points of this season will be temporary. Meanwhile, delusional news ramblings of our south side rivals’ brilliance… their resurgence… their irreproachable Anfield apprentice manager… will perpetually reign supreme

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Pre-match with A Celtic State of Mind – Hibs at Easter Road

KEVIN GRAHAM: It’s fair to say that Easter Road hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us in the last few years. Brendan Rodgers never managed a victory there. Leith has been a graveyard of dropped points in forgettable away kits. Both clubs are now in completely

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Sliding Doors: Lennon & Christie or Rodgers & McGinn?

It’s strange to say that the first time an opposition player left an impression on you was during a 5-0 defeat. The date was 24 May 2015, and Celtic were playing Inverness Caley Thistle on the last day of the 2014/15 season.   The Inverness number 22

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Happy Birthday, St Roch’s

St Roch’s Football Club were founded in 1920 when Canon Lawton, a local priest at St Roch’s Roman Catholic Church, assembled a team to play in an inter-parish football tournament. The hastily pulled-together squad of players not only entered the competition, they won the tournament outright. That

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