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Virals: Callum McGregor salutes Celtic side that will 'never be matched'

Modern day Celtic captain Callum McGregor has paid tribute to the best side in the club’s history, the Lisbon Lions of 1967, who won the European Cup.

Celtic held a lunch in honour of the 55th anniversary of the Lions’ win over Inter Milan on Wednesday on this week, and McGregor was in attendance to salute the team that every Celtic side has to measure itself against.

Unsurprisingly, McGregor was full of praise for the Celtic legends, and he feels that the team’s achievements will never be matched, and that if the current Celtic side get close to the Lions’ achievements they will be doing well.

These guys are club legends. What they achieved will live forever in the club’s history and quite rightly so. An achievement that will never be matched, and if we get anywhere near that then we’ll be doing alright.

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It was good to see McGregor at the lunch paying tribute to Celtic’s greatest ever team, and it is important that the current day Hoops side get to see just how important the Lisbon Lions are in Celtic history.

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As McGregor says, the current Hoops side would be doing very well if they get anywhere close to emulating the feats of the Celtic side of 1966/67.

Football is very different now than it was back in the 1960s, but the Celtic side of that did do what it looks impossible to do now, and that is win every competition that they entered.

That means that not only did Celtic win the European Cup, but the team won the Hoops’ first ever domestic treble, which is very impressive, and it should be remembered that until the recent burst of four trebles in a row Celtic had only won three in the club’s history.

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Celtic will no doubt always celebrate the achievement of the Lisbon Lions, and rightfully so, as they are the best team in Scottish football history and it could be argued that they are the best team in British football history. 

The fact that they were the first British side to win the European Cup will mean that their achievements will be recognised forever, which is how it should be, and hopefully Celtic will continue to keep honouring the legends of 1967. 

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Source: Read Celtic | 26 May 2022 | 11:30 am UTC

Opinion: Three Celtic players that could team with Hoops icon in England

Former Celtic captain Scott Brown has made his first signing since becoming manager of Fleetwood Town, and it is a player he knows very well from his time in Scotland, St Johnstone right-back Shaun Rooney.

Rooney, who won two domestic cups with St Johnstone, would no doubt have had teams in Scotland interested in him but the pull of working with Brown must have been key to his move to Fleetwood.

The Hoops icon will no doubt look to bring a few players in, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if most of them were from the Scottish Premiership, as Brown will obviously be familiar with those players as he has been involved in the Scottish game for around 20 years.

It does seem inevitable that some Celtic players will be on his radar, most likely on loan deals. Here we look at thee Hoops talents that could benefit from moving to England on a temporary basis and working with a Hoops icon. 

ADAM MONTGOMERY

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The left-back spent the second-half of last season on loan at Aberdeen, as his Celtic first-team chances were denied by the likes of Greg Taylor and Josip Juranovic.

That is still likely to be the case in season 2022/23, first-team opportunities will probably be limited, which is why a loan move for the player to Fleetwood could be goof for Montgomery, to give him some playing time before he returns to Celtic Park.

LUCA CONNELL

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The midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan at Queen’s Park, where he has helped them win two consecutive promotions, which is a very creditable achievement.

The former Bolton talent could benefit from working with a fellow central midfielder in Brown, who seen and done it all in his time at Celtic. That could improve Connell’s game, and perhaps lead to him getting some game time at Celtic Park in the future.

LIAM SHAW

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Another Celtic midfielder that spent last season out on loan, the former Sheffield Wednesday man was at Motherwell in the second-half of the season, but didn’t get regular playing time at Fir Park.

Just like Connell, he is another central midfielder that would only benefit from working with one of the best midfielders that has ever played for the Hoops, and it will be interesting to see if the Hoops would let the player move on loan should Brown approach Celtic, as the move would give the player first-team football which at the moment seems unlikely at Celtic Park.

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Source: Read Celtic | 26 May 2022 | 9:30 am UTC

Warrior attitude and Vincent Kompany mindset; career path of Celtic target sounds promising

We are still in the early days of the 2022 summer transfer window.

However, Celtic look to be making their intentions and targets pretty clear.

So far, Ange Postecoglou’s side has been linked with a host of left-back and central defensive options, the latest being Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

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The young defender has been with the Premier League champions since the age of six and is highly regarded by staff within the club.

Harwood-Bellis also holds loan experience, having spent time with teams such as Blackburn Rovers, Anderlecht and Stoke City.

His first taste of first-team experience came at Blackburn, under a familiar face to Celtic supporters; former player and manager at Parkhead, Tony Mowbray.

Speaking in April 2021, Mowbray was full of praise for the Manchester City youngster, as he provided a bit of insight into what Harwood-Bellis could offer the Celtic defence should he join this summer.

He said [LancsLive]: “Taylor has a defensive instinct, a warrior attitude, and he’s someone who wants to win headers and tackles.

“He wants to engage; he’s composed on the ball and has a lot of really good attributes.”

Harwood-Bellis also had a spell out on loan at Anderlecht under the guidance of legendary City defender Vincent Kompany.

The youngster spoke fondly of his time there earlier this year, suggesting he learned a lot from the Belgian legend.

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He told the Manchester Evening News: “I have learned a lot playing under him and the standards he set. They are impeccable. He comes in every day and does everything he can to make himself and everyone better and he is a winner in the way he behaves and speaks.

“I feel I am on the right track to get on the right track to have the mindset he has. He made everyone around him get that boost with his stature. I noticed that massively when I played for him.”

Taylor Harwood-Bellis is a promising Celtic target

Coming through the Manchester City academy, there is no doubt that Harwood-Bellis will possess top-class technical ability on the ball. Celtic value ball security from their defenders and the youngster has that.

However, going off what Mowbray had to say about the England U21 captain, it sounds like he also has the attributes needed as a defender in a tough, physical league like the Scottish Premiership.

These attributes also match the descriptions of players who were part of the Celtic backline last season, such as Cameron Carter-Vickers, who has come through a similar development path at Tottenham Hostpur.

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Clearly, he also has ambitions to become an elite player, looking to follow in the footsteps of a player such as Kompany.

Celtic’s connections to Manchester City could give Ange Postecoglou’s side an edge in the race to sign the defender, as there is no doubt there will be interest from elsewhere.

Of course, we are still in the early days of his links to Celtic.

However, Harwood-Bellis sounds like he’s been on the right path to make a step up to the Bhoys and compete for trophies, as well as in Europe.

In other news, Israeli Report: Celtic hero Liel Abada set for big international boost tomorrow.

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Source: 67 Hail Hail | 26 May 2022 | 9:10 am UTC

Report: Celtic want red hot title winning talent with 30 direct goal contributions

Celtic are showing interest in Ferencvaros striker Ryan Mmaee ahead of the summer transfer window, The Daily Record has reported.

The paper say extensive data analysis has been undertaken while scouting the 24-year-old, who scored 19 goals and created 11 assists for the Hungarian champions this season. [Transfermarkt]

Mmaee will certainly be known to the coaching staff at Celtic.

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He played against the Bhoys twice in the Europa League group stages, albeit on the end of two defeats. The forward assisted Myrto Azuni’s late effort in Celtic’s 3-2 win in Hungary, though that was more of a long-range solo special.

Mmaee has also been crucial to Morocco’s World Cup qualification hopes, scoring four and assisting four on their way to Qatar 2022.

It comes as Ange Postecoglou looks to bolster his striking options ahead of a busy Celtic campaign across four competitions, including the elite UEFA Champions League.

Ryan Mmaae could be the third striker Celtic need

Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis have been used extensively by the manager and that’s unlikely to change. However, beyond that duo, there’s a lack of viable striking depth.

Daizen Maeda can fill in at a pinch but is far more effective on the left flank.

Albian Ajeti looks destined for an exit, while youngsters such as Johnny Kenny and Joey Dawson have yet to make a sustained breakthrough.

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Mmaee’s scoring record for club and country over the last 12 months suggests he can be that man to help out Kyogo and Giakoumakis over the course of a season.

If Celtic are destined to play 60+ games, as is the hope, then a third striker trusted by the boss will be useful.

If not him, then at least expect Postecoglou to add another attacker to the Celtic fold this summer.

In other news, Report: Celtic Lowland League link-up on brink of collapse.

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Source: 67 Hail Hail | 26 May 2022 | 8:16 am UTC

Celtic Diary Thursday May 26: Do You Want To Know A Secret ?

With virtually no one at Celtic saying anything publicly about movement in or out of players, the air is rife with whispers and wonderings about…

Source: eTims | 26 May 2022 | 4:19 am UTC

LEGENDS IN LISBON: WEE BERTIE’S STORY

TODAY is the 55th anniversary of Cetic becoming the first British club to conquer Europe. Jock Stein’s team made the spectacular breakthrough in the Portuguese capital when Tommy Gemmell and Stevie Chalmers scored the goals that brought the European Cup to Parkhead. One of the main protagonists in the historic triumph was midfield mastermind Bertie [...]

Source: Celtic – Scotzine | 25 May 2022 | 4:30 am UTC

Celtic Diary Wednesday May 25: It’s A Mystery

Daezen Maeda is the first player to sign for Celtic this summer.   Although there was little doubt he would commit, and the club haven’t…

Source: eTims | 25 May 2022 | 3:59 am UTC

ANGE WILL IGNORE EURO ADVICE

ANGE POSTECOGLOU has promised he will not adopt safety-first tactics as he prepares for the assault on the Champions League group stages in the new season. The Hoops boss saw his side concede THIRTEEN goals in four Europa League encounters with Bayer Leverkusen, 0-4 at home and 2-3 away, and Real Betis, 3-4 away and [...]

Source: Celtic – Scotzine | 23 May 2022 | 10:35 am UTC

End of an era - duo to leave Celtic

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We’ll start off with the good news at least before you get emotional I suppose.

GIGPOD 114 - CHAMPIONS EDITION is out now, and you can catch it below.

So yes, it was indeed confirmed by the club that Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton will be departing Celtic at the end of the season, with snippets of interviews posted shortly afterwards.

Two big characters who have played a huge part in us becoming champions of Scotland, and we wish them nothing but further success elsewhere.

In fact, GIGPOD will have a Tom Rogic special podcast out after the Motherwell game, and we’ll give you more information on our Instagram page.

The team held a meeting before training today, the last session of the season.

Tomorrow is almost certain to be an emotional, but joyous one, at Celtic Park.

Remember to catch the latest 67HailHail video and subscribe to the channel for reaction to the party outside the stadium if you can’t be there for news and information on how the match and more importantly, the celebrations went!

Source: The Jersey Doesn't Shrink - All Posts | 13 May 2022 | 1:08 pm UTC

Celtic - Champions again

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We’ve known it since early April, and it’s felt like an eternity to be able to say it, but we can now officially state that Celtic are the CHAMPIONS of Scotland once again!

Ange Postecoglou’s men only required a point in Dundee to seal the title and it was professionally done with a much changed attacking three with Maeda, Jota and Kyogo all rested from the weekend.

Here’s how much it meant to the manager

I won’t even bother posting the goals, instead, here’s all the best reactions from last night and yes I’ll use my photo from outside the stadium to kick things off as it seems to have went down well!

There was a live 67HH reaction last night as well. We’ll be back today for a special one outside the stadium but check out Hamish and Asim below immediately after the match at Tannadice;

Source: The Jersey Doesn't Shrink - All Posts | 12 May 2022 | 10:54 am UTC

A HIGHLY EMOTIONAL SEASON

So, it’s all over bar the shouting. One more point at Tannadice on Wednesday will give Celtic the league title. Something which looked a far off possibility back in early autumn when the team struggled to get results and fit into Ange Postecoglou’s new system.

In my 50 years of watching the Celts, this one has been one of the most remarkable seasons ever. Probably comparable with Billy McNeill’s unlikely 1979 league title win when, similar to this season, not much was expected of the team with a new manager taking over in hugely difficult circumstances after a highly painful season, when they probably over achieved in the process.

Bear with me for a couple of minutes and read some personal memories of a very highly emotional season.

29 August Rangers 1-0 Celtic

In the days preceding the game I contracted Covid. Had it pretty bad too. Splitting sore head (something I never get), fever symptoms and suffering from general fatigue. I isolated myself in the living room to protect the rest of the family. It didn’t work. The night before this game I passed out in the bathroom and woke up on the floor. All was not well. This game didn’t make me feel any better. Edouard went through the motions with his head (and heart) now clearly elsewhere and although Celtic mounted a late flurry, it was all in vain with a 1-0 defeat for their new manager, Ange Postecoglou. After the game, lying in miserable darkness, it was clear that new faces were required. The phone began to beep with rumours which eventually were found to be true. Jota on loan from Benfica. Never heard of him. Cameron Carter-Vickers, another loan, from Tottenham. Uninspiring, although his links with Catholic United proved to be highly amusing on social media. Georgios Giakoumakis, from a second tier side in Holland. All very unexciting. Clearly, this was going to be a long and arduous season.

2 December Celtic 1-0 Hearts

Things began to improve by early winter. But more Covid unpleasantness for me. Given the booster jag on the morning of the game, together with the flu jag, I felt unwell on the way to Parkhead that night. Really bad, so much so that I just couldn’t get a heat in me despite having several layers of warm clothes. Kyogo gave Celtic the lead. A second goal would clinch the points and allow me to happily leave early. However, that goal wouldn’t come. It became something of an endurance test. The Celts were out there giving their all so I should be able to stick it out and play my part for the Celtic cause. Fans are always concerned with superstitions. I had it in my head that if I left, Hearts would equalise. They didn’t. I stuck it out and Celtic prevailed.

15 December Ross County 1-2 Celtic

Kyogo and Jota, fast becoming the talismen of Ange’s new side were missing. Yet it all started so well with Abada giving the Celts a 1-0 half time lead. County equalised, then a clearly rattled Starfelt was ordered off with 12 minutes to go. The ten men drive on but a winning goal looks a forlorn hope during injury time. Then, in the 97th minute, with all looking lost, the most unlikely of heroes comes to the fore. Anthony Ralston rises gloriously at the back post to score the important winning goal in the most dramatic of circumstances. Celtic fans invade the pitch in gleeful celebration, as carnage is witnessed in living rooms across the country. That feeling of disbelief as the ball hit the net, one of those games you just know you will tell the grandkids about in years to come. Where were you when Tony Ralston scored in Dingwall?  The good ship Ange remained on course. But only just.

19 December Celtic 2-1 Hibernian

The first major final of the season and Hibs score first. Just before despair could set in, through the thick man-made pyro-mist, McGregor feeds Kyogo with the most delightful of passes, and it’s one each. Then, with inspiration desperately needed, Kyogo scores the winner with the most delightful of lobs you will ever see, the ball seeming to hang in the air for an eternity before dropping into the net. A class finish, worthy of winning any cup final from a player who is fast approaching Henrik-like adulation from the supporters. Perhaps Celtic, and big Ange, are on to something special after all.

3 February Celtic 3-0 Rangers

THE crunch game of the season. The recent poor record against our city rivals is one which was fast approaching the psychological as well as the physical. New recruits had been added from the land of the rising sun. New names to contend with – Hatate, Maeda, Ideguchi. The game was arguably won before a ball was kicked. The ‘disco lights’, often maligned, never looked better. With no away fans the noise inside the stadium was even more deafening than usual. As the huddle took place, the Celtic players looked glorious, bathed in the bright glow of green lights as the opposition stood in total darkness listening to the banshee cries of 60,000 Celtic fans. Send them back to hell Bhoys! Be in no doubt, it fazed them. By half time the Celts had a 3-0 advantage. The second half was uneventful and irrelevant. What really counted was that Celtic went top of the table for the first time. Question is; could they stay there?

11 May Dundee United v Celtic

The Celts stayed on top through to May on the back of an incredible 30 game unbeaten run. Something which seemed unimageable after the miserable 1-0 defeat at Livingston in late September. Six points clear and a huge advantage in goal difference, one meagre point will now see Celtic as league champions and kick of the celebrations which will be long and loud. A quite remarkable turnaround from the misery of last season when so much went wrong in such a short time. All a distant memory now, time’s a healer. The big Australian who joined Celtic in their time of need and was ridiculed during those difficult early days, will now have the last laugh. The manager’s proclamation during that difficult autumn period proved to be prophetic – league tables are not decided in October. The hope is that Ange Postecoglou, and Celtic supporters, will be laughing for a long time to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Celtic Underground | 8 May 2022 | 7:45 pm UTC

Good to be back, to be back…GOOD!

THE Celtic Podcast

 

The podcast is back (again) after a midseason break

Now where were we….ah that’s right, we’re on track for a treble!

Sorry it’s been so long but you know how it is, life, work, IT issues – they all get in the way of creating the latest episode of the world’s longest running football fans podcast.  Anyway, the IT issues have been resolved (like most I’m not sure about volume of hours in work) but we’re ready to go.

This should have been out a week earlier but the aforementioned IT issues prevented.  Anyway – it’s Saint & me discussing the recent victory at Ibrox, just prior to the 7 goal victory over St Johnstone.

Source: The Celtic Underground | 15 Apr 2022 | 3:21 pm UTC