Celtic Diary Tuesday May 19: Whaddaya Know ? It’s Nine In A Row

At around noon yesterday, the news broke that we’d all been waiting for.

 

Celtic champions, Hearts relegated and Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen in Europe as SPFL end Premiership season early

 

 

Of course, most people were delighted, thise that matter anyway, and most neutrals would agree it was inevitable that Celtic would win the league, but there were some people who were hurting….

 

More to be pitied than scorned.

 

It’s been a strange season, one that ended not with the usual elation of a winning goal, or a stunning on the field performance, or even a dodgy nervous one for that matter.

 

This time around, the praise goes to manager Neil Lennon, for his message to the support after the announcement was made….

 

 

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you to thank you for all you have done in bringing home 9 in a row!

Thank you for everything.

The passion, commitment and energy you bring to Celtic always gives us strength and it is these qualities which have been crucial in once again allowing us to deliver when it mattered. You are the best around and once again you, along with my players, my backroom team, indeed everyone at the club… have been the difference.

Together we have shown that we are a powerful force and once again the best team in the country.

It has also been an honour to work with such a special group of players, a squad crammed with talent, spirit, strength and resilience. I love these players – players who do their talking on the pitch and pride themselves in their professionalism. Led by a captain of the highest quality, these players are relentless in achieving their objectives – and they do it all for you, our great supporters.

As manager of this great club it has been an honour to deliver your 9th successive title win. I could not have done this without John Kennedy and Damien Duff and thank both of them for their support.

I returned to Celtic to win. In the tradition of our club I wanted to bring you positive, exciting football, to give you goals, an attacking, dynamic style of play which produced results. As a group we like to think we achieved that already and in this season in particular.

We would have loved to play out the season in front of you, it is what we all wanted. We were desperate to continue the blistering form we were in when the season was suspended. However, do not in any way let this detract from our achievement. While many will seek to challenge us, the title is ours and we deserve it. We are indeed champions for a reason.

Scottish football, like society in general has gone through a tough time in recent months. We have stayed strong as a club, remaining focused, acting professionally and with thought at all times for others.

Of course, life has become very different and while we congratulate each other as supporters and celebrate our achievement, we can’t help but think of those people who continue to experience difficulty.

Many of you will have had families directly affected by this crisis, many of you will be key workers, striving on a daily basis to keep us safe and many of you will have experienced challenges around employment and family life.

So as everyone at the Club rightly celebrates our achievement, we also pay tribute to you all and remember the difficulties which so many people continue to face.

Thank you once again for all your brilliant support.

You will forever be part of 9 in a row.

Love and best wishes to you and your family

Neil Lennon 
Football Manager    

 

 

It’s a wonderful message, full of warmth and humility, and Lennon deserves praise not only for showing his feelings but for not signing off with “fuck the huns “, as he would no doubt have been tempted to.

 

Well, I would have been.

 

It’s not so long since he stepped into the shoes of that bloke who went to Leicester and from that moment on we knew at least we had a man who had Celtic running through his veins, and a heart to make sure it flowed strongly.

He has clearly matured since his first time as boss, and has come back a better man, a better manager and instead of stamping his authority from day one, he has made subtle and effective changes to the way the players go about their business.

 

Some people are lucky enough to find the job that is made for them, Lennon is one of those fortunate few.

 

There are still challenging times ahead, but we can feel confident that the right man is at the helm, and we can therefore face them with confidence.

 

It must also be said that a good manager needs a good captain.

 

We got lucky there as well.

 

Scott Brown , who signed thirteen years ago from Hibernian has proved to be one of those who may not have had Celtic as a first love, but we can be assured it will be his last.

 

Written off on a regular basis by many supporters, his endurance and drive have pushed Celtic to the title in a season where the pressure would have been quite overwhelming at times.

In the mould of Roy Aitken rather than Billy McNeill, he has become of the few Celts who can be described as a legend, and again there is probably still more to come from him.

 

Yesterday, he spoke to Celtic TV…

 

“It’s incredible, to be perfectly honest,” 

“We obviously wanted to play every single game but, due to the circumstances, we’ve not been able to. I think the league has done the right thing having crowned us champions, because it was only a matter of time anyway.

“We do our talking on the park, and we’ve shown over the last nine seasons with how consistent we’ve been. We wanted to continue that, we wanted to show how dominant we’ve been with the leagues as well.

“I feel for the lads because we’re not able to get the trophy, we’re not able to have Trophy Day with the fans and with our families as well. It’s hard for the lads that way, but I’m sure we’ll get a Zoom call and we’ll all celebrate that way!”

 “When we got eight-in-a-row, we were extremely focused to make sure we got the nine. We know how hard we’ve worked over the years. To get eight, and then not get over the line to get nine, that fantastic record, would have been extremely harsh on us, especially with what we’ve done over the years.

“We knew that after December, we had to focus in order to make sure we were on our game every single week and that we pushed each other. We’ve done that since then and we’ve worked extremely hard. For us, these seven weeks have been our recovery. Now, whenever training is ready to go, we’ll be ready to start.

“It’ll be amazing to get everyone back to Celtic Park, to see everyone’s faces, and to see us lift the trophy as well. We can’t wait to get back to winning ways, and we need to make sure that we push and work as hard as we possibly can to get 10, and I’m sure all the fans will be backing us all the way.”

 

 

It’s not only nine in a row where titles are concerned, it’s eleven consecutive trophies domestically, a feat which perhaps we are taking for granted, and it will only be in years to come when the contributions of this squad, manager and coaches will be truly appreciated.

 

Ally McCoist, who led new club “rangers ” through their infant years to eventually become the closest challengers to Celtic, offered his thoughts yesterday as well, which usually don’t amount to much.

 

This time was no exception as the man now employed, somewhat fittingly, by Talkshite Radio , said;

 

“As well as offering congratulations to Celtic – you have to have a degree of sympathy as well. 

“I’ve gone on record as saying, and I stand by it, if you’re a Celtic player or a Celtic supporter, anyone involved with Celtic, you would have wanted to see the season finished. As did everybody else, because that’s the only fair way to do it.

“It’s through no fault of their own, absolutely through no fault of their own, that the season has finished early and they have been awarded the title in this manner.

“Listen, you have got to say Celtic have been the best team in the league this season by a considerable margin. That’s the facts of the matter.

“They’re 13 points clear, Rangers have got a game in hand. Could Rangers have caught them? Absolutely. Was it likely? No, not at all, and probably highly unlikely that Rangers caught them

“The fact of the matter is they still could have caught them. The unfortunate thing for all the teams is the league campaign hasn’t been given the opportunity to finish.”

 

“They will have an asterisk next to it, of course they will,”

“Because you’re not going to tell me you’re not going to look back on this season and say they were awarded the title, they were awarded promotion. Of course thy were.

“There is a massive difference between the use of the words ‘asterisk’ and ‘tainted’. The title and the promotions aren’t tainted because it’s through no fault of their own, but you can’t argue there will not be an asterisk.

“The asterisk will say, through no fault of their own, this season has been different.”  

 

Just like all those seasons were when the original Rangers fielded inelligible players, ”  he forgot to add.

  Lennon, now wishing he had added “fuck the huns ” to his message, retorted;

“I have no sympathy for Rangers at all,” 

 “I doubt very much any right-minded person would have envisaged Rangers catching us.

“Not only were we 13 points clear but we were 25 (ahead) in goal difference as well. So you could easily say we were 14 points clear.

“The only sympathy I have is for my own players, that they never got the chance to play out the season. We were also in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and going for a fourth treble.

“In terms of the league championship, it was only going, in our minds, to one place.   

 

 

As supporters, we could have had some real, lifelong memories over the last few weeks.

Thats not going to happen now, but what we do have is something to look forward to, perhaps much more than usual, and thats when the trophy is presented, hopefully before a packed stadium lacking in dry eyes as we move into an phase of the clubs history that is uncertain on one hand, with the possibility of irreversible changes brought on by the pandemic, but also safe in the knowledge that those in charge of the club both on and off the field may just have everyone’s best interests at heart.

 

The board , don’t forget, as it’s not been in the papers to the extent it deserves, have handed out nearly half a million pounds in aid to those who need it.

 

The players and staff have taken pay cuts to help offset the economic problems at the club caused by the health crisis, not a deferral, but an actual cut.

 

For most of us, Celtic is the one constant in life.

 

We move house, we begin and end personal relationships, we move jobs and careers, and friends come and go, sometimes not quickly enough, but they do come and go.

 

Celtic has been there since day one, whether a short walk away or a long haul flight.

 

The success of the club is our success as well, and like any long term love affair, there will be disagreements.

 

But today, and maybe even all through the summer, we can raise a glass to a little piece of history.

 

Now I know exactly what the temptation for Neil Lennon to sign off “fuck the huns ” feels like…..

 

 

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alzyerpal
7 months ago

Hail Hail! Fuck the huns, and fuck every useless, cheating, racist, bigoted incarnation of Clubs they send out to meet us.

Cartvale88
7 months ago

EBT deniers, Allistair being one of the cheerleaders, of ‘wee didnae do anything wrong’.
There team is past it’s deid, the resemblance of the latest incarnation is a team that will be built up into a monolith by the journos, covering every statement of diarrohea from the hordes and zombies.
He should go and take his Castore Oil and have a good clean out, as his buddies Boyd, Thomson, Rae et all.

It must rankle that’s Lenny is the manager as they loathe him, now is the time to drive a stake through their heart Lawwell and Desmond must strengthen even in these hard times

Anthony Brannan
7 months ago

Aye the huns certainly have The Gaul to suggest such a thing considering the many titles they obtained dishonestly during the cheating years.

TAMBHOY
7 months ago

I FEEL THEIR PAIN AND IT’S NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE 2ND 9 IAR GIRFUT HH 9×2

Man in Denial
7 months ago

Heh wee RyaninUlster: we are indeed celebrating, again -thanks for paying attention. Also, thanks for not getting it – you never will.

PS if only you could bottle your delicious zombie tears you would make a fortune.

7 months ago

https://twitter.com/i/status/1262658867290349569
The flag flies over Ibrokes
God left me a fuckin chair 🙂
Brilliant

7 months ago

We had a title race on our hands when we lost to sevco at paradise.
The defeat along with the way we had played at hampden on cup final day we went into the break deflated I know I was.
Lenny had blown it as far as I was concerned.
His tactics against them shocking. But something inside so strong happens.
Back from Dubai and a fit again Griff back to 352 out went the worst left back I have seen in a Celtic jersey even worse than joe fillipi,I never thought I would say that, and the team went into a better shape.
The football flowed and only a poor performance at livvy saved by Big Tom was the only blip.
We were going to ibrokes on a high they were broken.
Having lost to Hearts and Hamilton being saved by an og at ross county and of course making livvy play 24 hours after the original game being called off showed how desperate they were just for money to stay afloat.
We would have wiped the floor with them. The league would have been over and Celtic today would have been celebrating a quadruple treble.
We will soon surpass their old clubs 54 we will soon be the worlds record breakers of domestic trophies won with our history intact.
Be afraid sevco be very afraid.

Monti
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

GOD BLESS THE POPE OF ROME!

Tim Buffy
7 months ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Glad someone agrees with my opinion of Bolingoli.

Monti
7 months ago

FUCK THE HUNS!
I’ll be honest enough to admit that i was not sure about Scott Brown in the early years, in fact he was on my ‘ not bothered if he was sold ‘ list back then.
That was then.
This man has grown into a fine player, a leader & a true gentleman.
He has graced the shirt, year after year he brings the silverware home, all of it.
Take a bow Scott Brown!

Hail Hail!

Puggy67
7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Needs a hair cut though he looks like David Banner when he was half way to the Hulk.

Monti
7 months ago

Can we have Getafix or Obelix instead?
Asterix got all the credit.

7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti … and not a word about Nobalix

Monti
7 months ago

Gaul

7 months ago
Reply to  Monti

Les GaulliBillies.

Monti
7 months ago

This^

Morto
7 months ago

In amongst all our celebrations did it slip past that the headline includes the *rangers will be in Europe next season. So much for audited accounts then.

7 months ago
Reply to  Morto

Morto . Brother Walfrieds birthday was also missed…God rest him

portpower
7 months ago

Is it true he stumbled across the secretive new investment?
The sevco silkworm farm.

Simply the bestest material.

7 months ago

He didn’t break in m8 according to police no reports of break in at ibrokes. So funny though
God left me a fuckin chair brilliant. 🙂

SteveNaive
7 months ago

Player of the Year ?
McGregor
The Wall
Brown.
An all round team performance though.

bgbhoy
7 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Edouard by a mile

alzyerpal
7 months ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Agreed, but….If Ryan Christie hadn’t been injured, I think he would have been challenging. The best of him is yet to come. HH

7 months ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Eddy different class.

the real Anton Rogan
7 months ago

Hail Hail

Puggy67
7 months ago

SFA to hell with you. A classless act and no we cannot be bought. The 9 was won fair and square. Shameful decision and the timing of cowards.

Rob O'Keeffe
7 months ago

McCoist? We’ll put an asterisk next to the league win this season when you a.Admit your favourites are a new club/company and have been trading whilst insolvent and b.Your old favourites must have every title and cup illegally “won” during financial doping/EBT/side letters years,stripped from the record books and given to the rightful winners…..Deal or No Deal you tosser…..you couldn’t even get the guy who was banging your wife dealt with because he was a loyalist…..Soooonnesss was right about you,you were a fat,wee poacher….how many free kicks did you score from,em,any distance?*********

Whitearra
7 months ago

Q. What’s the collective name for a group of cowards?

A. An SFA Board.

7 months ago
Reply to  Whitearra

Yes they may be innocent of the 2011/12 scam but they’ve just done it again. SFA have just given them the Green light to compete in Europe next Season based on the usual interim accounts that still have not been published.Stiffed their own fans over refunds and next years Season Tickets. Money banked. Kerching.
Corrupt.

7 months ago

Move along timmy nothing to see here.

SFA rule Rangers being awarded a Euro licence in 2011/12.

‘Following consideration of the implications …. including legal opinion, it was the board’s unanimous position that this matter should not be referred to CAS. The SFA now considers the matter closed.
“Consideration of the implications” is the key here.
Looks to me like they know it was wrong but want to move along.
Remember Peter what Sevco have tried to do over the past few weeks fire the fuckin gun.

Puggy67
7 months ago

Let’s set aside the SFA decision that has been made and analyse what the timing says.
1. The SPFL did you a favour yesterday Celtic so shut it.
2. We are loyal to the team that plays out of Ibrox and will come to its aid when the SPFL won’t (Doncaster’s coming).
3. We are antagonistic to Celtic and will manipulate the timing of announcements around this agenda.
4. We are a shower of Masonic arsewipes.

Lawwell earn your wages. To hell with SPFL reform get into this shower now. Doncaster’s playing us are you?

7 months ago

Me Too. Time this was settled.

7 months ago

If the trade off was 9 in a row for the res 12 not to see light of day they can have it fuckin back.

portpower
7 months ago

Speech is silver, but silence is golden.

This is not how the SFA should operate.

portpower
7 months ago

I lost the lid:
Well thats The Shinobu 10y/o malt raised and finished to all The Celts.

SFA,were comin` to get you.

This is Just the Beginning.

portpower
7 months ago

The Players player of the year shall be interesting.

Here we go XIAR.

portpower
7 months ago

Is it `cause the crop on his heid or has Broony had work aroond his eyes?

If I had chosen Reading I would probably be fighting a relegation battle next season and then maybe disappearing into the Championship.

In two years’ time people would have been saying, ‘Remember that lad Scott Brown – whatever happened to him?

Scott Brown(Captain).

portpower
7 months ago

9IAR: Neil Francis Lennon brought it on himself.

Quod nocet, saepe docet.

por cierto
7 months ago

:))))))))))))))))))) por cierto!

portpower
7 months ago

Though there is manipulation and misrepresentation…

Silence.
noun: silence; plural noun: silences.

Id est,there`s complete absence of sick note,Tom English.

sullybhoy
7 months ago

To the tune of This is LA – The Briggs

This is Glas-gow
Our city , our home
We are Celtic
We never walk alone
The huns are shite ,
Glagsow’s green & white
And now that’s twice we’ve done 9 in a row

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