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RACE TO THE TITLE

The post-split fixtures have been announced, and the flights have been booked as we look forward to the last 5 games. It looks like it could go to the wire but as we have seen this season both Celtic and the rangers have dropped points at the weekend and last night with Dundee sharing the points with our arch rivals.

Ross County beating our main title rivals from across the city was a surprise and a joy to watch on TV in Glasgow last Sunday. I always enjoy a Sunday session in Glasgow and as we followed the music around popular Celtic pubs the result seemed to make a dark rainy cold day just that little brighter and warmer. In fact it was a Beautiful Sunday!

Football purists among the Celtic support will be delighted and surprised to have a rare away day at 3pm on April 28 (Not a Saturday but at least it’s a tradition 3pm kick off ) when we travel to Dundee. Let’s hope it’s not raining too heavy in the run up to that game.

Next up Hearts at home again on Saturday at 3pm as it should be! The Edinburgh team have taken 6 points off us this season already so revenge will be sweet if we can turn them over.

The Glasgow derby on Saturday, May 11. Kick off 12:30pm could this be the title decider? The noise will be deafening and the atmosphere electric at Celtic Park ahead of kick off.

The midweek fixture on Wednesday, May 15 will be another one where we will be hoping Celtic can get revenge on that dreaded Rugby Park plastic pitch at Kilmarnock. They knocked us out of the League Cup which paved the way for the rangers to win some silverware. Killie also took 4 points of us in the league.

Will the title race go to the final game of the league campaign ? when St. Mirren come to Celtic Park for another early Saturday kick off on Saturday, May 18.

Oh the excitement.

CELTIC’S LAST 5

  • Dundee v CELTIC , Sunday, April 28 (KO: 3pm)
  • CELTIC v Hearts, Saturday, May 4 (KO: 3pm)
  • CELTICv the rangers, Saturday, May 11 (KO: 12.30pm)
  • Kilmarnock v CELTIC, Wednesday, May 15 (KO: 7.30pm)
  • CELTIC v St Mirren, Saturday, May 18 (KO: 12.30pm)

TRIP TO THAI 3 2025 HOTELS UPDATE

TRIP TO THAI 3 2025 HOTELS UPDATE

Friday 14 – Saturday 22 March

Hua Hin has loads of options for all budgets for accommodation during the festival.

We have decided to book the 4STAR Laksasubha Hua Hin Resort. It is 5 minutes’ walk from the festival bar and venue and is situated on its own private beach.

It has all the facilities we need for a comfortable stay, and it has great reviews. The hotel has 66 bedrooms so booking early is advisable.

We plan to check in on Sunday 16 March & check out on Saturday 22.

Events will run from St. Patrick’s Day 17 March till Friday 21.

We will finalise events once Celtic’s fixtures are out in June. The plan is to kick off in Bangkok on Friday 14 March for 2 nights before moving onto Hua Hin which is 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok.

In Bangkok we are using Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit 33. Again, the hotel is 5 minutes from festival bar and venue We have not secured a special rate with either hotel and we advise you shop around between official hotel websites and third-party hotel booking websites.

Friday 14 – Saturday 22 March

Hua Hin has loads of options for all budgets for accommodation during the festival.

We have decided to book the 4STAR Laksasubha Hua Hin Resort. It is 5 minutes’ walk from the festival bar and venue and is situated on its own private beach.

It has all the facilities we need for a comfortable stay, and it has great reviews. The hotel has 66 bedrooms so booking early is advisable.

We plan to check in on Sunday 16 March & check out on Saturday 22.

Events will run from St. Patrick’s Day 17 March till Friday 21.

We will finalise events once Celtic’s fixtures are out in June. The plan is to kick off in Bangkok on Friday 14 March for 2 nights before moving onto Hua Hin which is 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok.

In Bangkok we are using Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit 33. Again, the hotel is 5 minutes from festival bar and venue We have not secured a special rate with either hotel and we advise you shop around between official hotel websites and third-party hotel booking websites.

ISSUE 132 ON SALE NOW

Issue 132 of the fanzine is now available to buy in print and digital format.

Inside the latest issue

Celtic fans Stateside are getting excited about Celtic’s return to North America, we look ahead to the tour. We are now at the business end of the season and we look at this season’s up and downs.

The 12th Lion, John Fallon reflects on recent games as we race for the title. Former Professional Boxer, Gary Murray is in conversation with Milish. Paddy McMenamin looks back at the previous title races and he also reflects on Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan and their battles with Celtic.

Eoin Coyne writes about the this season’s comings and goings including the departure of Mark Lawell. Adam Idah’s contribution to Celtic in a short time is covered by Rachel Lynch.

Actor Simon Weir appears in the First Time and Robbie Bonfield from Brian Hogan CSC features in our first, worst and leave the best till last.

The Shamrock fanzine give us an update on what they have been up to and we take a walk around Glasgow with Celtic Walking Tours.

The Potter Archives feature a Celtic daft goalkeeper and The king of kings. Plus all the regulars Talking Celtic, Tim Molloy, If you know your history, Since last time and much more.

YNWA Tributes to Alison

Everyone here at More than 90 Minutes would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of fellow St. Margaret’s CSC season book holder, Alison McGoff who tragically died suddenly at Celtic Park on Saturday before Celtic v St. Mirren.

We found out about her sad passing after the final whistle on Saturday.

Tributes have been paid over the last few days on social media from members of the club and her close friends.

Full tribute will appear in Issue 133.

RIP Alison

YNWA

WHEN SATURDAY COMES

 

The dust has settled on last weekend’s game v the rangers at Ibrox. With no ticket allocation for away fans, it was pubs and clubs around the globe that were packed with Celtic fans. Publicans everywhere rubbing their hands with plenty of hangovers to be nursed at work on Monday after overindulging on Sunday.

The Glasgow Derby remains one of the biggest games in club football and these are the fixtures that every Celtic fan looks forward to seeing each season and plan holidays and family occasions around them. Some won’t admit it or say it’s just another game but it’s not.

All eyes now however will be on Celtic Park at 3pm when St Mirren are the visitors. In the most important game on the season.

The game is SOLD OUT and only 3 points will do if we want to keep our title hopes alive. Yes, there will be still 5 games to go after the split, but we must win to keep the dream in our own hands.

Nobody knows what twists and turns lay in store from now until the end of the season. It will be a rollercoaster ride the closest in a while. We have all been there on the last day of the season. Winning a title has to be one of the greatest feeling in the World. Losing is the worst!

Once the final whistle is sounded on Saturday all thoughts will turn to the spilt fixtures and for this Celtic fan once they are finalised it will be straight onto the airline websites to get booked up and hopefully get tickets in the ballot for the remaining away games.

You could be forgiven for turning all your thoughts towards the remaining SPFL games, but we are still competing for the two remaining domestic trophies still up for grabs. The Scottish Cup, another great day out to wrap up the season before the summer holidays.

We dominated the first half at Ibrox last week and showed battling qualities in the second half, but individual errors cost us in the end. The home side celebrated like they won the game at home. While our bhoys as the away team looked like they had lost.

The team looks stronger now than at any point this season. There seems to be a calmness now around the Celtic team as we enter the business end of the season.

Celtic fans will now kick every ball and will go through every emotion during each 90 minutes from now till the end of the season. There will be nerves, foul language and checking scores when our rivals play from now till the end of the season but it’s all to play for and I can’t wait.

Pre-Match pint, check the phone for team line up, who’s on the bench? someone will ask, St. Mirren at home, tradition Saturday 3 o clock kick off, full house, Celtic fans in full voice, Half Time Pie & Bovril, Full time check the coupon and the Paradise Windfall

When Saturday Comes

Bring it on!

Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes & Host of the Celtic Soul Podcast .

CELTIC FC EASTER 1916

 

The approach of Easter in 1916 probably did not mean much to the average Celtic supporter in Glasgow. The only real difference was that Easter Monday (April 24) would be a Holiday (a rare event in wartime Britain) and that Celtic would be playing Third Lanark, after they had played Hearts on the Saturday. Not that it really mattered of course, for Celtic, thanks to their heroics the week before against Raith Rovers and Motherwell (two victories on the one day!), were now League Champions for the third year in a row!

While this was going on in Glasgow, other more significant events were taking place in Dublin. St Stephen’s Green and the GPO were seized by Sinn Feiners of the Citizen Army and the Republican Brotherhood. Oddly enough, (well, maybe not, given wartime censorship) these events were not mentioned in the Scottish Press on the Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s Courier and Glasgow Herald contain mentions of Roger Casement’s arrest for gun running, but nothing about the actual rebellion. That had to wait until Wednesday! Clearly, the British Government had been hoping that it would all go away. But “go away” it didn’t, and the “terrible beauty” was born.

Most Celtic supporters probably didn’t realise the significance of the Easter rebellion until years later. They were convinced however that their team in 1916 was virtually unbeatable!

From David Potter’s Archives (RIP)

BRING ON THE RANGERS

 

Celtic fans were in fine voice after the 3-0 win on the road earlier today. It could have been more if Celtic had been awarded a penalty for a foul on Kyogo. Once again we are talking about a referee getting it wrong this time the culprit is Don Robertson and who ever was asleep on VAR.

Reo Hatate returned to the starting 11 after his latest injury lay off. He got an hour under his belt and will surly now start against the rangers alongside our captain Callum McGregor who was not risked on the plastic pitch.

Livingston now look doomed to relegation and we won’t miss their plastic pitch but we will miss their generous away ticket allocation at a time when other SPFL club’s are cutting ticket allocations  for Celtic fans.

Brendan Rodgers served his 1 match ban from the dugout and took his seat in the stand but will be happy with a dominant performance from his team who were coached from the side-line by John Kennedy.

The Tony Macaroni Stadium was bouncing with Celtic fans taking over 3 of the 4 stands and they paid tribute to the heroes of Easter 1916 with a display.

Celtic scored 3 second half goals to complete a clean sweep against the home side this season in the league and Scottish Cup.

Next stop Ibrox! Bring on the rangers

Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine & host of the Celtic Soul Podcast 

 

Celtic v Livi Preview

I spent the international break watching Ireland v Belgium and Switzerland. Both Mikey Johnstone and Adam Idah took part in both matches in Dublin. But now all our thoughts turn to Livingston away on Easter Sunday.

On a week when we found out Celtic fans will be allocated tickets for Ibrox next season and likewise their fans will return to Celtic Park.

It is worth mentioning that Livi are one of the only teams who cash in on the demand for tickets from Celtic fans and it gives a lot of fans an opportunity to enjoy an away day in a full stadium who don’t normally have access to away tickets.

Rodgers will not be looking beyond this game with Ibrox on the horizon. Although we have beaten them 3 times this season. Livi made us work hard for the recent cup quarter final victory and this time it’s on their dreaded plastic pitch

At the pre-match press conference the manager gave an update on injuries and it was music to our ears and every Celtic fan will now be looking forward to the return of Reo Hatate who is back in the squad after a lengthy lay off with injury.

CCV is fit, Yang has come back from international duty a little tight and will be assessed ahead of team selection. The game comes too early for Luis Palma and Callum McGregor will not be risked ahead of the trip to Ibrox.

Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes & Host of the Celtic Soul Podcast 

 

Celtic to appeal red card issued to Hyunjun Yang

 

Celtic Football Club have confirmed that it will be appealing the red card issued to Hyunjun Yang during Sunday’s match against Hearts at Tynecastle.

They have also written to the SFA to raise our serious concerns regarding the use of VAR and the decisions made within the match.

As they have said before, for some time Celtic has sought to work with the footballing authorities with the aim of improving standards associated with refereeing and the use of VAR in Scotland, something which is clearly in the wider interests of everyone within the game.