Thanks to everybody for reading, listening and watching over the past week across all our platforms. The last week has seen the club stumble from one PR disaster to another while managing to divide the Celtic Support further and increase the gap between those charged with running the club and the supporters who are the lifeblood of the club.
Read: The Long Read with David Potter
The bus home was uproarious and happy with songs about volunteers approaching border towns, a young man giving his young life high upon the gallows tree, another being gunned down on his way to the Gaelic ground mingled with ten in a row and he’s oh, so wonderful as well as the repetitive but compelling champions again oh, eh, oh, eh. We talked about Patrick Roberts and how it was worth breaking the bank to sign him. The inevitably brought up the subject of money, but one fan in a memorable anti-materialistic, anti-capitalist aphorism, jerked his thumb back in the direction of Glasgow and Hampden and said “Money! Money! Money couldna buy a day like that!”.
Listen: Celtic Soul podcast with Hugo Straney Belfast Bhoy
A story of Emigration, Entertainment and Growing Up in the Divis Flats in Belfast. After emigrating to Canada and the culture shock that awaited Hugo soon settled into life across the Atlantic. In 1981 his homecoming was a sad one, when he returned to Belfast for his cousins funeral, Joe McDonnell died on Hunger strike in the Maze Prison at a very dark period in Ireland’s history.
Watch: Talk from the Terrace with Eddie Toner
Eddie’s family are steeped in the history of Celtic, his grandfather was the Celtic Park groundsman and he spent many a day in and around the old ground meeting the likes of Jock Stein and Billy McNeill as he played around the stadium. Match day is a family affair where generations gather in the Main Stand where he sits in between his Mam and Sister. With what we have witnessed this week from those who are running the club, Eddie like so many is at a season book cross road.