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Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Diary of a Treble Treble: February 2019

Sunday 3 February 2019 St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic The champions began February with a visit to Perth in what was Brendan Rodgers’ 100th league match in charge of the club. The first-half of the match wasn’t great and the Saints most definitely had the best chance of

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A Celtic State of Mind – The Legend of Luke Kelly set to make Coatbridge St Patrick’s Day Festival appearance

Event: The Legend of Luke Kelly – Dubliner! When: Saturday 14th March 2020 (7pm – 10:30pm) Where: Georgian Hotel, Coatbridge Tickets: £15 (in aid of Lourdes Charity) The Legend of Luke Kelly is set to appear in Coatbridge on 14th March 2020 as part of the St

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Coatbridge’s 18th Annual St Patrick’s Day Festival Line-up Announced

The Coatbridge Irish Heritage Committee has confirmed that the 18th St Patrick’s Day Festival runs from today until 14th March this year: “As usual, we have a mix of events that we hope will suit all tastes, from sport, music, fun and debate, which reflect our heritage,

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Bernie Slaven with A Celtic State of Mind – Not Playing For Celtic (Part 2)

The following is an extract from Paul John Dykes’ interview with Bernie Slaven: MOVING TO ENGLAND When I left for England in 1985, I didn’t want to leave Glasgow because, although I was 24, I was immature. My mother went to the church in Fernhill, where she

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Pre-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – True Perfection Has to be Imperfect

PAUL JOHN DYKES: With a League Cup already in the cabinet; the ninth league title in succession clearly on the horizon; and four trebles in-a-row a distinct possibility, Captain Scott Brown has described his Celtic team as “not perfect” in the lead-up to tonight’s encounter at the

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Bernie Slaven with A Celtic State of Mind – Not Playing For Celtic

The following is an extract from Paul John Dykes’ interview with Bernie Slaven: GROWING UP A CELTIC FAN My abiding memory of going to Celtic Park as a kid was my father taking me to the Rangers end; he never took me to the Celtic end. My

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A Celtic State of Mind: Paul Wilson – From Bangalore to Barrowfield

The Quality Street Gang were mentored by the greatest football team Scotland has ever produced. The result was a group of audacious young prospects who even threatened for a spell to emulate their trailblazing predecessors. The Lisbon Lions cultivated their underlings on the Barrowfield training ground, and

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Post-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – Lennon weathers a perfect storm

PAUL JOHN DYKES: The dreadful home support was matched only by the state of the McDiarmid Park pitch, which cut up badly down Celtic’s left in the first-half. Whether or not the poor surface set the tone for Greg Taylor’s overall performance is another matter for debate,

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Celtic by Numbers Pre-Match with A Celtic State of Mind

The extraordinary 33-match winning cup sequence is once again on the line on a threadbare Perth field. If Celtic had to hand pick their next opponent after the bewilderingly poor performance against Copenhagen, then it might be St Johnstone. There is no team Celtic have found easier

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Pre-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – McDiarmid, Here We Come

After Thursday night, it felt like a few lines from The Smiths’ ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ had summed up the period between 81 and 85 minutes: And in the darkened underpass, I thought, ‘Oh God, my chance has come at last’. (But then

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