Football

Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Beware of Rodgers’ return: Oko-Flex & Dembélé must stay

The banner scrawled with the bold proclamation, “10-in-a-row is not a project – Back Rodgers or lose him,” was revealed during a comprehensive league victory over Hamilton Accies with just five days remaining in the January transfer window. The message was clear to the onlooking Celtic board

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Tom Campbell with A Celtic State of Mind – Aitken, Tully, and the lost art of the shy

JUST ANOTHER SHY At Celtic’s 2018 AGM one (somewhat older and disgruntled) fan raised an interesting point: “No player since Roy Aitken has been able to take a shy!” he complained, much to the amusement of all of those in the room. He could have been right!

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Andy Lynch’s perfect penalty

When researching Celtic goals for this series, I try to pick out significant memorable moments from a match – a touch of genius or a collector’s item, like a European goal from Bertie Auld, or a strike from Tom Boyd. For this goal, I’ve looked at it

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – The Importance Of Legacy

When Brendan Rodgers was unveiled that sunny Friday, it was a pivotal moment for the club. It was on par with when Martin O’Neill had addressed the crowds from the front step. The club had managed to employ a top-end manager, one that was on the top

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – John Hughes memories at Cathkin Park

When Celtic made the short journey across the city to play Third Lanark on the afternoon of Saturday, 28 November 1964, it would be their last league visit at the home of their hosts. The second Hampden Park or, as it was known then, Cathkin Park was

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Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind: Happy Birthday, Cesar!

I would like to take the opportunity today to wish Celtic’s greatest ever captain, and my hero, a very happy 79th birthday. Billy McNeill made his Celtic debut on 23 August 1958 in a 2-0 victory over Clyde, with Sammy Wilson and Bertie Auld scoring on the

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Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind: Happy Birthday, Cesar!

I would like to take the opportunity today to wish Celtic’s greatest ever captain, and my hero, a very happy 79th birthday. Billy McNeill made his Celtic debut on 23 August 1958 in a 2-0 victory over Clyde, with Sammy Wilson and Bertie Auld scoring on the

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Into Football: When the Star Sixes came to Glasgow

Into Creative reporter, Declan McConville, attended the first day of the Fansbet Star Sixes at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro last month, and here’s what he thought: With the SPFL taking a few weeks off for the winter break, there was an array of legendary footballing talent on display

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Through The Transfer Window

I must admit to nerves against St Johnstone the other night. Whether we like it or not every point is a prisoner. Every point is required to be worked for, cherished and won. No time for hubris or arrogance just hard work with hopefully a bit of

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Into Football: Football must learn from tennis if it seriously wants to tackle match fixing

Tennis provides a “fertile breeding ground” for breaches of integrity and is engulfed in a “tsunami” of betting-related corruption at some lower levels, due to online gambling. That is the primary lesson to be taken from an independent review of the sport published last year. And it

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