Celtic Diary Thursday April 25: Showing Our Appreciation

Celtic Diary Thursday April 25: Showing Our Appreciation

The funeral of Billy McNeill will take place on Friday , May 3.

 

Since his passing on Monday night, tributes have been made to the man from all over the world, a sign of the regard he was held in by the footballing community.

Indeed, from outside the game as well.

But for supporters, there was only really one way to show what we thought of him..

As Celtic supporters we maybe underestimate what the club achieved under his leadership on and off the field, and it takes articles such as this one to perhaps fully appreciate it..

 

Meanwhile, on the new BBC Scotland channel tonight, there’s an opportunity to watch the Glasgow cup final, featuring the reserve sides of Celtic and “rangers “.

Trouble at the 2014 final means that there are no tickets available to the public for this one, and it will be eerie watching a cavernous Hampden in the background.

However, thanks to pioneering technology used in the English Premier League, that might not matter..

After Manchester City suffered heartbreak for failing to make it to Champions League semi-finals, a video has emerged on social media which shows City allegedly testing crowd noise on their speakers at their home ground Etihad Stadium.

Man City were reportedly testing crowd noise played through speakers earlier today. Man City are planning to create an atmosphere using speakers during the Champions League game tonight, according to reports. 

It really has stopped being a sport if the supporters of arguably the best team in England can;t be arsed going to watch them. Its just another tv show…

This article, by Roger Mitchell in albachiara plots the change from sport to specatacle for what was once the working man’s game..and it’s worth a look.

Back at the ranch, and Celtic players will wear the number 5 on their shorts at the Scottish Cup final in memory of Billy McNeill, and there is growing support for New Balance to issue a special top for the day, based in the orginal design worn in Lisbon exactly fifty two years prior to the Hampden game.
 All profits from the strip could be given to alzheimer or dementia charities, which would help to make life a little more bearable for sufferers and their families.
 The sort of thing Billy McNeill would like, one feels.
The game this weekend, against Kilmarnock will be the first chance for the support to voice its thanks to McNeill and that promises to be an emotional occasion.

CELTIC meet Kilmarnock at Celtic Park this Saturday, April 27, and the match will form a special celebration of the club’s greatest ever captain, Billy McNeill, one of world football’s great icons, who sadly passed away on Monday, April 22 at the age of 79.

Prior to the kick-off, at 11am, the Celtic first-team will lay a wreath on the Celtic Way in honour of the Hoops legend, a footballing giant who devoted his life to his beloved Celtic.

Members of Billy’s family have been invited to the match and before kick-off there will also be special video tributes within the stadium to the great man, for supporters to enjoy and remember Cesar.

The Celtic first team will wear a special black armband in memory of Billy on Saturday, bearing the Number 5 to recognise Billy’s iconic number that he always wore with pride. 

At the request of the McNeill family, a minute’s applause will then take place just prior to the 12.30pm kick-off. The McNeill Family said: “We do not believe football stadiums were ever built to be to be silent. Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment.

“Football was his life and Celtic Park was a very large part of that. So please celebrate his life with a moment of cheers, songs and applause because that would make him feel at home again.”

Billy will also be honoured and celebrated further at Celtic’s last fixture of the season, the Scottish Cup final against Hearts, which takes place at Hampden on the poignant date of Saturday, May 25. All the Celtic first team will wear Billy’s famous Number 5 on the Celtic shorts in tribute to a man who gave so much to Celtic and to Scottish football. 

Note the request from his family..

 “We do not believe football stadiums were ever built to be to be silent. Our father would not have wanted that. They should be places of noise, passion and enjoyment.

“Football was his life and Celtic Park was a very large part of that. So please celebrate his life with a moment of cheers, songs and applause because that would make him feel at home again.

I think we could do that.
He made us feel proud, now its our turn to return the favour.
Stefan Baumgart, manager of German side Paderborn is the latest name to be linked with the Celtic manager job.
Neil Lennon, though, has all but signed on the dotted line, and thats that.
All that remains to be agreed is how much money he’ll get to freshen up the squad, and the appointment will be confirmed to avoid any further disruption to the attempt to secure another treble.
There was perhaps a more shocking story in the Record..

Bloke born in England decides to play for England

 

Except this is the Record, and somehow this is a story…

Celtic prodigy Karamoko Dembele delivers Scotland blow as he makes England declaration

Hoops youngster is in the middle of an international tug-of-war. 

The only concern I have with this is that he will be around players who are already earning as much as the top players at Celtic, and it will take an enormous amount of character to avoid the temptations and offers that will be “informally ” put to him.

It’s how these things work with youngsters who have talent. Everybody wants to be their friend, right up until they aren’t worth any money anymore…

Dembele may well be shocked by the difference in wages and bonuses available, but hopefully he’s wise enough to know that the money will come one day, and if he learns his trade properly it will last a lot longer.

Nothing lasts forever, all things will indeed change, , and we hear the the Orange Order have been further dismayed by yet another court ruling that hasn’t gone in their favour, forcing yet another change to their plans….

 Does anyone know if you can play a version of “Duelling Banjoes “, the tune from the movie “Deliverance ” , on a flute ?

Now, what could this guy be texting ?