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Celtic Diary Friday September 14


Scott Brown, that little bundle of energy and inspiration has revealed he may not need hip surgery after all. Celtics captain says he merely neede a rest to settle some “inflammation around the bones” which has to be good news if true, and if its not then he’d better make sure his insurance is up to date and he knows where to get one of those motability scooters.

He may even make an appearance this weekend as the club travel up to Perth for a league game, which again is featured on the telly.

Perth, which is known as the Fair city, has an important place in early Scottish history, largely due to the presence of Scone Abbey, where Scottish Kings used to be crowned, and henceforth it became a Royal burgh. Early trade with Europe meant the town prospered and grew rapidly, but now its little more than a shopping centre. but the views on the way there are okay. Lots to see, but little to do would be a fair assessment, but seeing as how most travelling supporters only try to find a bar, it won’t be a problem.

Three points and a convincing performance are required to keep the pressure on league leaders Motherwell, and St. johnstone shouldn’t really stand in the way. but i’ve been wrong before.

Meanwhile, an explanation for the rantings of Charles Green may well have surfaced. Various tweets, posts and newspaper lines hint that the FTT decision is at hand, and he really needs to start selling shares before it does, because even the dimmest Rangers fan will keep his hands in his pocket if the full implications come out.

Just a short piece today due to other commitments.

Yesterdays puzzle has rolled over, anbd remember to think about what we did first.


Right, better do some work.


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the lurgan tiger
10 years ago

3 and 4 is the answer.

We were first to win 2, 5,6,7,8 and 9 in a row.

Of course when the spl get around to it, you can include 10, 11, 12,………..

10 years ago

Not fair! I never got a chance to try the teaser while fully awake. Mind you, I would not have got it even if I’d died and gone to heaven! The diary was short but ever so sweet, Ralph, if that is appropriate for a piece of writing. I was in Perth for the first time in many years at Easter-time and it looked a bit run down compared to the old days. My best memory of the football there was being first in the ground with my father for a game at the old Muirton Park. It was on the road heading out to Inverness but nearer the town centre than McDiarmid Park is now. The ice rink was next to it and it was pretty well known in those days. The A9 bypass did not exist then and you actually had to drive right through the main road in the town. If you were to head into Perth from the roundabout at the end of the bypass i.e. turn right, then you would pass the location of the old ground on the left hand side about a mile or so along, though I doubt there is any sign of it now. The ice rink could still be there of course. By the way, did you know that St.Johnstone were named after the old name for Perth, St. John’s Toon? Anyway, back to the day, I think we arrived at about 12 for the kick off at 3. The gates were not even open and we wandered about watching players and other staff doing their thing before going in. When we finally got in there was not a soul to be seen, not even the groundsmen, for at least a good half hour. That particular afternoon was a beautiful sunny day, exceptional for that area at the best of times. I remember we basked in the glorious sunshine laid out on the grass covered ash bank at the west end. Slag banks were far from unusual terracing formations in those days. It was heaven simply because added to the peace and quiet was the conviction that another TWO points were easily in the bag. I wish I could be as confident about tomorrow – today rather. Na, I am. Happy days!


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