That’s us back at HQ after International Duty with Ireland and the news that Celtic Away Days are back on the Agenda after we travel to Glasgow this weekend for another Sold Out game against Ross County at Celtic Park and traditional football fans favorite time of the week, 3’ O Clock on a Saturday afternoon.
The International break gave us time to lick our wounds after the rangers defeat at Ibrox and to digest all the new signings at the club after the transfer window finally shut and we can now look forward to seeing the new bhoys in action as competition for starting places heats up. The transfer window also seen players leave after a long drawn out debate and conversations among many Celtic fans. For some on social media it was Good Luck for others it was Good Riddance!
Ireland fans finally returned to Dublin in the Green after the late drama and disappointment of Portugal away. Shane Duffy looks to be back to his best after his poor season on loan at Celtic but Ireland are still without a win under manager, Stephen Kenny after two home draws with Azerbaijan and Serbia.
The emergence of former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu as Ireland No. 1 has us all scratching our heads as to how when he was on trial at Celtic that we didn’t manage to sign him? While another Shamrock Rover and Celtic new bhoy, Liam Scales was an unused sub for Ireland on Tuesday night.
I had hoped to kick off our Pre-Match show, Celtic AM in Glasgow this Saturday at a new venue, Murphy’s in the Merchant City but we have had to postpone it while we wait for the venue to get the Green Light for opening in the next week or so.
I will however be in McChuills in the High Street after the Ross County game from 8 p.m. spinning the tunes at Alternative Saturday Sounds so I hope to see some familiar faces enjoying the music and the after-match conversation.
The big news however is Celtic Away Days are back, I can’t tell you how excited I was yesterday when I heard the news that Celtic fans would be getting tickets for Betis away and a return to Seville. This comes on the back of the news that Celtic fans will also be on the road again for Livingston away. I have never seen or heard such joy and excitement at the thought of going to Livingston Away!
Elsewhere last night Celtic’s young B team got back to winning ways in the Lowland League with a 2-0 win over Gala Fairydean Rovers with goals from Dickson and Brooks in each half.
Yesterday we also had the Neil Lennon non-story making headlines. If you want to go to a speaker’s lunch with Lennon and Paul Lambert in Glasgow for £30/ £40 or not it’s up to each individual so can we move on now as we have more important things to talk about like Saturday, Away Days travel arrangements, tickets and that all our players on international duty return fit and ready to go as we wait on news on Kyogo who limped off while playing for Japan.
Finally, thanks to Paul Heaton for sporting our 3 Stripe T-Shirt on stage at a festival the weekend, the power of Pop has seen the T-Shirt almost sold out now and him pictured in the shirt has also upset some of our neighbors from across the city. A great result all round.
Andrew Milne is Edittor 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 & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. 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.