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The RodFather – Celtic Soul with Roddy Collins

Roddy Collins is one of the most colourful characters in Irish Football and he joins More than 90 Minutes Editor, Andrew Milne for a chat about his new book the Rodfather.

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Not many of my guests have survived a session with Oliver Reed Celtic fan Roddy talks about his journey following Celtic, the road to Seville and gives his thoughts on Ange Postecoglou.

Roddy has had plenty of success as a player and a manager both home and abroad and he chats about his playing days, injuries, the highs and the lows before success as a manager in both Ireland and England. Bohs fans will enjoy his recollections of his time at Dalymount.

Boxing fan Andrew could not have Roddy on the pod without talking about growing up in a Boxing mad working class family. Irish Champion after Irish Champion with the name Collins was churned out at the National Stadium.

His brother Steve is the most famous of the Collins Boxing Clan and Roddy recounts tales of his brothers grit and determination that would eventually see him Middleweight and Super Middleweight Champion of the World.

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Match Day Team News & Starting 11

Celtic are in SPFL business today with a trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena in Livingston to take on Livvy.

Livingston at Almondvale has never been an easy game for Celtic, last season we got a win there to break a long period of no wins. In fact we have only won a total of five games out of 12 against the West Lothian side.

With Rangers winning yesterday, the gap at the top is back to one point, we don’t want to give them any encouragement before the league stops for the World Cup, so a win is a must.

Jota and Carl Starfelt are both back in training but it might be a risk to play them on the plastic patch at Livingston.

Livvy left Ibrox last weekend with a point after leading until injury time so should be in confident mood. They sit 8th in the table with 16 points, they have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 5. Their home record is 4 wins and 2 losses.

Ange spoke about the challenge ahead in his pre match presser. “It will be a tough game. It always is particularly at their place. Last year we went there early in the season and didn’t play well and we paid the price.

On our second trip there we performed a lot better and it was a strong performance and we got the result.

“They are a hard-working team and they are really hard to beat particularly at home. That is the challenge that is before us. Our form home and away in the league has been pretty consistent and our results certainly show that. We have got to try and play well and overcome them.”

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When asked on what Livingston bring to the game, Ange said, “I think it is a combination of things. They are a really hard-working side which makes them hard to overcome. I think they have similar traits to us in the respect that we are also hard-working as well. The game tends to be played physically or with the sheer work rate then they provide that.

“Particularly at home with the pitch as well it is something that they are more comfortable with. Those are the challenges that you have to overcome. What is more important is what we can do and what threats we can pose and the football we play. Within that context we know if we play well we will be hard to stop.”

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.

Win or Bust against Shakhtar

Celtic play the last home game in this season’s Champions League when Shakhtar Donetsk visit Glasgow tonight.

With hopes of a Europa League place slim, a win over Shakhtar will keep the door open and also stop a home losing streak in the competition stretching over the last seven home matches. A win over Shakhtar and depending on the result between the Ukrainian’s and Leipzig could see a draw against Real Madrid secure third spot for Celtic and Europa League football. So it’s win or bust against Shakhtar.

Celtic have had several chances in every game played, indeed the first match against Donetsk in Poland, is a fine example of not taking our chances, we dominated that game and should have won.

Shakhtar had no game at the weekend and despite the war in Ukraine they are having a good season, they have played 7 league matches, winning 6 and drawn one. In the Champions League they have beaten Leipzig 4-1 in Germany and drew with Real Madrid  in the last round of matches in Poland. They lost in Spain 2-1. A win for Shakhtar could go a long way to them sealing 2nd place.

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Celtic will still be without Jota, McGregor and Starfelt however David Turnbull could return.

Let’s get behind the bhoys, and roar the team on to a much needed win. If we can get the win and go into the last game with a chance of Europa League football then maybe the football Gods will shine on us and see a famous result in Madrid.

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.

 

 

Celtic Soul with Billy McGuinness Aslan

Billy McGuinness from Aslan joins More than 90 Minutes Editor, Andrew Milne on the Celtic Soul Podcast. Billy gives an update on Christy Dignam and Aslan’s plans. While looking back at the bands highs and lows over the past 40 years.

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Back in 80’s Ireland was a great place for music as record companies searched for the next U2. Unemployment was high as young adults were forced to emigrate these shores and both Billy and Andrew look back with fond memories at the 1980’s Irish Music Scene and iconic venues like the Baggot Inn, Dublin and the Boxing Club in Drogheda.

Aslan’s rise and fall and rise again are discussed and Billy also takes us down memory lane to his young days at school and serving his time as a baker. Its amazing how buns from the bakery played a part in Billy getting into the band.

The band are no strangers to Glasgow having played the famous Barrowlands and the Classic Grand. They attended the Celtic Player of the Year awards after the game v the Rangers last season. They also supported Glasgow’s Gerry Cinnamon in Malahide Castle in the Summer opening up a new audience for the band.

Talk from the Terrace Frank’s Emotional Return to Celtic Park, Celtic 6 Hibs 1 & Motherwell Preview

Alternative View Editor, Matt McGlone joins More than 90 Minutes Editor, Andrew Milne for their regular chat to look back at Celtic’s 6-1 v Hibs. The Emotional Return of Frank McGarvey to the Celtic Park Turf. The Bhoys also look ahead Celtic visit to Motherwell in the League Cup Quarter Final. Referees and Racism also get discussed on the pod.

James Forest writes another chapter in the famous history of Celtic Football Club

Making his first start of the season, James Forrest was the star of the show at a sold out Celtic Park. Celtic’s Senior Bhoy was on form as he cut inside from the wing causing the visitors Hibs all kinds of problems.

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He was rewarded with the match ball after banging in 3 goals to give Ange Postecoglou food for thought ahead of a packed schedule of games from now till the World Cup break.

Those 3 goals means Forest joins the elite group of Celtic centurions who have scored 100 goals for the Hoops. A true professional in both attitude and performance. Having been dropped down the pecking order for a regular start he grabbed his chance to remind the fans at a sold out Celtic Park that he still has a lot to offer in the green and white.

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Buzzing after the game James said

“Last season everyone was talking about it but I don’t like thinking about it. It’s better once you’ve done it and you can speak about it then.

“It’s incredible and I just want to keep working hard and score more goals. It’s a great achievement and a great feeling.”

Celtic manager, Ange speaking after the game had this to say about James

“Obviously a special shout-out to James Forest who has now scored 100 goals for this football club and it’s an outstanding achievement.”

Forest opened his goal scoring account for Celtic way back in May 2010 against Motherwell. Hopefully he can repeat it if he plays against them on Wednesday when we visit them for our League Cup Quarter Final encounter.

James Forest take a bow you have wrote another chapter in the famous history of Celtic Football Club.

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Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com.He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast on Celtic Fanzine TV.He has hosted the live show Celtic AM in Thailand, USA, Ireland and Scotland and follows Celtic Home & Away.He is the man behind the Thailand Celtic Supporters Festival and the official merchandise designer and supplier for the NAFCSC Las Vegas Convention.He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.

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Celtic Return to League Action

Celtic return to league action with the visit of Hibs to Celtic Park this afternoon.

With Celtic needing a miracle to qualify for the Europa League after midweek defeat at home to RB Leipzig, focus has to return to league matters.

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There is no doubt we are going through a sticky patch at the moment, injuries mounting up and players out of form. The early season form that seen us hammer Dundee United and Rangers seems a distant memory as the team struggle to convert the many chances. The positive being that they have still been creating chances in most games.

A win over Hibs will apply a bit of pressure on Rangers, who don’t play until Sunday, and who suffered a heavy defeat against Liverpool. Anything short of a win will see Van Bronckhorst under severe scrutiny.

Hibs come to Glasgow in good form after a poor start to the season. They now sit third in the table and had won four games in a row until a 1-0 defeat away to Dundee United on Tuesday. Lee Johnson seems to be turning it around at Easter Road. They have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3, with 17 goals scored and 12 against.

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed Jota will miss the game, however it looks like he will be back soon enough. David Turnbull and Stephen Welsh will also miss out.

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Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.

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John Hartson on his Gambling Addiction

Former Celtic Striker John Hartson joins More than 90 Minutes Editor, Andrew Milne on the Celtic Soul Podcast. John in and open and honest interview chats about his Gambling Addiction and how he overcame it. John has not had a bet in 11 years and continues to attend his GA meeting.

As a proud Welsh man John is looking forward to his media pundit gig at the World Cup covering Wales and Celtic’s Japanese bhoys on international duty and shares his thoughts on Wales and Celtic’s performances both in Scotland and in the Champions League.

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Talk from the Terrace Frank McGarvey, Hibs Preview, Celtic v RB Leipzig / St. Johnstone Home & Away

Alternative View Editor, Matt McGlone joins More than 90 Minutes Editor, Andrew Milne for their regular chat to look back at Celtic’s midweek games home and away in Germany against RB Leipzig.

The Bhoys also look back at Celtic’s late winner on the road in Perth v St. Johnstone and preview Saturday’s visit of Hibs to Celtic Park.

Matt also chats about his friend and former Celtic goal scoring hero Frank McGarvey who has been diagnosed with cancer. Frank was a regular with Andrew when he hosted the pre-match Celtic AM show in Glasgow before home games.

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Celtic Park Paradise Under Lights

Celtic Park Paradise Under Light. Celtic Football Club welcomed RB Leipzig for a crucial Champions League group stage game on Tuesday night.

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Before the game Celtic FC Fans were in full voice singing You’ll Never Walk Alone before both sets of players took to the field before observing a minutes silence for the 10 people tragically killed in the Donegal explosion.

On the field it was another frustrating night in Europe for the Celtic fans. Celtic were denied a penalty when the game was at 0-1 after missing a number of good chances to open the scoring. The game finished 0-2.

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