Football

A Celtic State of Mind: George Connelly’s return to Paradise

It had been eight years since I last spoke to George Connelly. Referred to as “Scotland’s answer to Beckenbauer” in his prime, George was the elegant figure who astounded onlookers at a packed Celtic Park as a 16-year-old by performing his keepie-uppie routine right around the vast

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A Celtic State of Mind: The McCann Takeover – Rebellion in Paradise

The McCann Takeover Part 1: How photocopied fanzines and fan power led to rebellion in Paradise It took just ten minutes to sell 500 copies of the photocopied first edition of Celtic fanzine, Not The View, before the first Old Firm game of Celtic’s centenary season. Just

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Into Football: The Quality Street Gang – The Greatest Celtic Team That Never Was

As the ink dried on his Anfield contract in August 1977 and another record-breaking cheque was inevitably cashed by the Parkhead powerbrokers, the departure of Kenny Dalglish signalled the end of a golden era at Celtic Park. Only ten years earlier, his green and white hooped predecessors

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Celtic Are In A Successful Spell In Europe

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Celtic author, Tom Campbell, when he was over from Canada. Tom had kindly agreed to appear on A Celtic State of Mind Podcast to discuss, well, his Celtic State of Mind, and share the stories of his Celtic

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A Celtic State Of Mind On Talksport 2

  The podcast was invited onto Saturday Sportsday on Talksport 2 to discuss the season so far and this weekends semi-final against Hearts. Listen below.    

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Dedryck Boyata Made In Glasgow

You would have been a brave man to predict that a recall (only due to suspension), to play in a Scottish Cup tie against Albion Rovers at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium would lead to six trophies and a third place finish at a World Cup. It did for

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The Dogma Of Tradition

In a previous life I fancied myself as a bit of a fan activist and decided to dip my toe into those murky waters of ideals and reality. I decided that TV was the enemy and it was my goal to bring them down. We would all

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Why football remains the most unpredictable game, even for the experts

Whether in the stands, as a scout or in a previous life working for newspapers, I’ve regularly been asked the question: ‘How come TV football pundits, even good football pundits, regularly get their pre match analysis of a game totally wrong?’ It is a great and difficult

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Are Red Bulls Really Only Elephants?

We need to deal with the elephant in the room. Uefa have dealt with it. Though, they dealt with it in their own nefarious way. Last year, the Red Bull Cousins, Leipzig and Salzburg, were on course to both compete in the Champions League (sic). This would

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Scouts Honour: When Scottish Scouts Ruled England

The years when every top English side had a nucleus of world-class Scottish players is due in no small part to two ‘super scouts’. At Leeds and Man United, John Barr and Jimmy Dickie were rivals competing for talent north of the border but their friendship and

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