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Alan Morrison with A Celtic State of Mind – The Celtic by Numbers pre-match

Celtic continue their December odyssey with no signs of the persistence and efficiency deserting them. It is probably hyper critical but nevertheless a valid viewpoint to say that the performances have lacked the sparkle of earlier in the season. Never-ending injury lists and a game every 3

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The 500 Club with A Celtic State of Mind – Martin Donaldson’s Tribute to Celtic’s Icicle, Alec McNair

The wonderful and timeless quote from Willie Maley, “It’s not the creed nor his nationality that counts. It’s the man himself,” could be used to show the open signing policy displayed by Celtic from its humble, but outward-thinking beginnings. Over the years, a number of players who

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Pre-match with A Celtic State of Mind – Under the Floodlights at Toxic Tynecastle

PAUL JOHN DYKES: By the time the New Year’s resolutions are being well and truly obliterated within the first week of 2020, Celtic will have dealt with an energy-sapping and wallet-hammering run of nine December matches. This sequence has already yielded the club its first silverware of

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The 500 Club with A Celtic State of Mind – Martin Donaldson’s Tribute to Celtic’s Napoleon, Jimmy McMenemy

In over 130 years of footballing excellence, a number of Celtic players had been tagged with legendary status. These powerhouses of the club have written their names into the history books as great goalscorers, skilful wingers, commanding defenders or natural leaders. There are a select few who

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The 500 Club with A Celtic State of Mind – Kevin Graham’s poetic tribute to Roy Aitken

Feed the Bear The mass of bodies swell and roll like a tidal sea as a lone voice shouts “Feed the Bear.”   Then another. Then another.   As more join in the three words speed, like a train picking up pace, reaching a high-pitched climax from

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Pre-match with A Celtic State of Mind – A reacquaintance of the Pretty Greens

PAUL JOHN DYKES: Neil Lennon has managed the threat of a European hangover well for the visit of Hibs by playing a shadow side against Cluj on Thursday night. When the squad departs Glasgow Airport on Wednesday afternoon and arrives back in the early hours of Friday

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Europa League Post-Match with A Celtic State of Mind – Player-by-Player Ratings from Transylvania

Craig Gordon A first-choice when Brendan Rodgers was at the helm, Craig Gordon has found opportunities under Neil Lennon few and far between. Since returning as manager 10 months ago, Lennon has selected the experienced Scottish cap only fleetingly. With Fraser Forster being rested for the trip

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Andrew Rafferty with A Celtic State of Mind – Europa League Preview

Following the rollercoaster of emotions that was the Scottish League Cup final, Celtic travel to Cluj for the second time this season to play the final match in our 2019/20 European winter campaign. A draw or win will leave us undefeated and top of the group, a

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The 500 Club with A Celtic State of Mind – Kevin Graham’s poetic tribute to an iconic #1 – ‘Big Packie’

We stumble and cut through the red light smoke, celebrating on Amsterdam’s cobbles, the air horns blare now as distant, as the thought of European Cup defeat.   We dance a jig to Charlie and George, praise the pinstriped Bhoys, raise a toast to the velvet smooth

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Jimmy Johnstone’s Legacy Can Be Found at Cathkin Park

Walking through the trees, catching a glimpse of the pitch with the lush green grass. A few steps more and what’s left of the steps of the old terracing come into view. Cathkin Park was not a ground I had been to before, with Third Lanark going

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