Celtic Diary Tuesday September 25

New strikers Lassad Niouiou and Miku have already accepted one of the traditions of the club. Both are injured for tonights League cup game against Raith Rovers. Mikael Lustig is also crocked, and Scott Brown looks like he’ll be rested for this one. there is better news though, with talismanic Welshman Joe Ledley set to return, and Israeli Beram Kayal also ready for his annual appearance.

Lennon is wary of the first division side, claiming

“All these early games are loaded with potential upsets and I don’t want to be one of them. It is a game we are not taking lightly and I can’t imagine I will be making too many changes if I can avoid it. I will put a strong team out. I would like to get to the final of the competition again and go one better.” he added, referring to the defeats in the last two finals against the now defunct Rangers and Kilmarnock.

On Brown, the manager said

“We feel it is an opportunity to give him a free week. We should have enough cover. There are a lot of games coming up and he needs a rest after three games in a week.We will try to base his programme around playing for us, obviously and making sure he is fit for Scotland as well. we don’t discourage players playing for their country.” Despite the damage it does to their reputation, presumably.

Well, as far as the diary is concerned, you can’t have a treble without a League Cup, and it is, like every other tournament entered, there to be won.

On October 2, Celtic will launch another new strip, (not that theres a shortage) to celebrate 125 years of history, and it is a replica of the strip worn in the very first match against Rangers, who of course , are not around for an anniversary fixture, way back on 28 May 1888.

CEO Peter Lawwell said, Once again we are delighted with the fantastic design Nike has developed.” Yeah, must have taken months.

Victor Wanyama, pictured above, said he is happy to commit long term to the club.

“Do I see my future at Celtic” he said “Yes, I do” He will continue to do so right up until he sees the contract on offer, of course. Hopefully, he doesn’t speak to Thomas Rogne when he’s looking for advice. Big Vic , the Kenyan Fenian was immense against Benfica, and will be much needed for the remaining five games in europe. If he continues to develope at the same rate, then we actually have a serious shot at being involved on the continent after Santa has done his rounds .

Celtic face Motherwell in a top of the table clash on saturday, and Willie Collum, pictured above at an SFA lunch (at least, thats what i think he’s doing) will be the referee, in an attempt to make the game er, more interesting.

Motherwell, of course, face the new, modern, updated version of  Rangers in the League Cup tomorrow, and Charles Green, the owner has been in North America trying desperately to flog his shares in the new club, rumoured to be priced somewhat optimistically at £500 a throw. Here, a group of local businessmen have arranged a meeting with the

yorkshireman to discuss sponsorship.

The EBT discussions continue , and it seems the Rangers fans have had enough. They have started a petition to highlight the way they are being harangued, punished and ridiculed for their cheating past, saying enough is enough.

Called “The People Together.its worth a look, and see if you can spot the genuine signatories, and isolate them from the timposters. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-people-together

Yesterdays teaser was correctly guessed by Pat Smith, when he stated that Frank MacAvennie was the first player to leave Celtic for a seven figure sum when he went back to West Ham for £1.25m in 1989.

Today, which goalkeeper went six games before conceding a goal after making his debut, which is still a record for a debutant?

Speaking of goalkeepers, Gedbhoy has sent us in a classic, about the Prince of Goalkeepers.



There lies a grave in Cardenden
A hero’s home for years
A man who kept the Celtic goal
A legend bred from tears
That day in Fife in ’31
They laid John’s body down
They’d dug a lair up on the hill
Made holy Celtic ground

John Thomson’s time had come so quick
His race had run too soon
His life snuffed out by fortune cruel
One fateful afternoon

The blameless Sam had run the ball
And bore down on our John
A clash like many ‘fore or since
And Celtic’s bhoy was gone

The crowd was hushed, the doctors rushed
To help him in his hour
But John had gone where humankind
Had neither realm nor power

So many miles the legions walked
To say goodbye to John
The roads were thronged the trains were full
Of broken hearts in Celtic song

An Autumn day of deep despair
But misery that morn
Gave way to hope for all who saw
A timeless story born

They shall not die – they shall not die
The verse they carved was true
The words they scribed upon the cross
Made light of death anew

John Thomson lives in all the hearts
Of those he left behind
His memory will never die
When Celtic comes to mind

There on a hill in Fife he lies
A stone wall backs his cross
The years go by and dim our pain
The agony of loss

The Kingdom came to take John home
The Dear Green Place was blessed
From Paradise John Thomson went
To his eternal rest


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Run Sammy Run

Peter, Peter ‘Give us a wave’ Latchford.

Actually I don’t think it was him, but he was the keeper when ah was a wee boy and one of my favs, so he deserves to be the answer.

Gerry McDevitt

Was it Ally Hunter?

Jim O'Donnell

Carl Muggleton

Run Sammy Run

The legendary Carl Muggleton

the lurgan tiger

I’ll go for Stewart Kerr.

Just because

“Called “The People Together.its worth a look, and see if you can spot the genuine signatories, and isolate them from the timposters” Did the duplicate signatories declare their dual signings. If not they could be in trouble with Lord Nimmo Smith for undeclared duplication. On the other hand Mr. Traynor would declare it to be simply an administrative error. Enjoyable read again, Ralph. Nice one GedBhoy. I loved the “There on a hill in Fife he lies; A stone wall backs his cross”. Perfectly describes the vision of his grave, kind of simple and protected yet up there for all… Read more »

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