Football

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – The Celt who’s made the biggest impact since Lenny’s return

The quest for the Holy Grail of Scottish football is still well in sight for Celtic, and the man who has been the constant leader and true hero throughout this run is our iconic, invincible, irreplaceable captain – Scott Brown. As I have grown up and gone

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Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – Scott Brown: Still Scottish football’s lynchpin

There will be no changing of the guard any time soon. No removal of Scottish football’s lynchpin from his hundred mile-high pedestal. Pretenders to his throne haven’t even earned the position of clown prince – they will have to earn the right to lace his boots before

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Ajer at Twenty

There was a Twitter thread the other day about the players with the biggest potential currently signed up with Celtic. What was most heartening was the number of different names being mentioned. Calum McGregor, Ewan Henderson, Karamoko Dembele, Mikey Johnston and Kieran Tierney. But in amongst those

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Mike Jackson with A Celtic State of Mind – ’If anybody deserves a statue at Celtic Park, it’s Billy McNeill’

Few people know Billy McNeill better than Mike Jackson, who played alongside Billy with Celtic in the late 1950s, and who has been close friends with him ever since. Mike spoke to Tom Campbell on 29 November 2018, one day after he had visited Billy…   Q.)

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Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – Billy McNeill’s jersey will never shrink to fit another

Billy McNeill was a fierce competitor but, despite that, remained a true sportsman… as this excerpt suggests. It comes from Eric Weill’s match report on the flawed World Club Championship series in 1967. Eric Weill was the principal football writer for The Buenos Aires Herald (an English-language

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Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – Big Rambo knew about Rodgers’ departure in January. Why didn’t Celtic fans?

“To tell the truth, not just to be first.” According to multi-Oscar-winning actor, Denzel Washington, this should be the raison d’être of the media. The Hollywood A-lister should know, having been a leading light in the notoriously ruthless movie business for over 40 years. Washington was at

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Can Neil Lennon Solve Our Travel Sickness?

I never noticed Neil Lennon running the length of the touchline to celebrate Odsonne Edouard’s winner against Dundee. I was too busy enjoying the dopamine rush of a late important goal. Football evokes emotions and such joyous ones should never be mocked. We have gotten used to

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Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – Was Robert Kelly knighted for Jock Stein’s services to football?

The Queen’s Honours List, published at the start of 1969 contained one major surprise. Bob Kelly, chairman of Celtic, had been knighted ‘for services to football’. He had been chairman at Parkhead since 1947 (his father had also been chairman several years before him) and had served

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Fergus McCann’s Rebels have won: 25 years on

Six years on from their memorable centenary celebrations, Celtic found themselves in a footballing wilderness. The families that had been associated with Celtic since their inception still continued to control the destiny of the club, but the difficulty the custodians faced was that a modern version of

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State Of Mind: A Homecoming Or A Home Truth?

It felt like the start and not the business end of the season. There was optimism in the air and a sense of unknowing excitement. The sunshine added to the start of season feel but the biting wind was a reminder that we were still blinking out

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