Well, that’s us back at More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine HQ after our summer break as we get ready for another season following Celtic FC. We will be without our friend and Euro’s Away Days contributor, Scott Crystal who sadly passed away recently and we also lost Gary “Bomber” Murphy who was one of the original St. Margaret’s CSC members when the club was formed back in 1998. I spent many hours travelling with the Bomber over land and sea following Celtic. RIP to both, they will be missed.
After the success of last season, we can now look forward to the Champions League Group Stages and automatic qualification has allowed Ange to bring in some new players and tie up last season loan signings on permanent deals. Jota, Maeda, and Carter Vickers all signed on and have been joined by Ben Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei to bolster up the squad while Ange has also recruited Harry Kane to his backroom team while Stephen McManus moves from the first team to work with the Celtic B team.
Lockdown outcast Boli Bolingoli has finally left the club permanently moving to Belgian club, Mechelen. Some young players have also left the club for pastures new including Ross Doohan, Karamoko Dembele, Barry Coffey, Luca Connell, Brody Paterson, Jonathon Afolabi, Ryan Mullen, and Frankie Deane and you would expect a few more senior fringe players to move on.
Pre-Season is now well under way and Celtic have a win and draw under their belt as preparations continue ahead of the defense of the SPFL trophy which now sits all shined up along with the league cup in the Celtic Park trophy room. Celtic continue pre-season this evening in the Czech Republic against Banik Ostrava and the game is live on Celtic TV.
Australian based fans are looking forward to the Sydney Super Cup during the World Cup Winter shut down when Celtic return to Oz to play Everton and Sydney FC while those based closer to Celtic Park will be looking forward to the Champions League draw, 3 big nights under the disco lights at Celtic Park and 3 away days around Europe.
This summer saw everyone getting back to normality after two rough summers under restrictions with festivals and gigs to enjoy once again. The musical highlight for me was Paul Heaton in Dublin, while I’m hearing great reports about Celtic fan favorites Gerry Cinnamon, Liam Gallagher, and Lewis Capaldi and before the summer is out, I will get the chance to see Paulo Nutini once again.
Big shout out to the NAFCSC for the invite to design and produce the official merchandise for the weeklong party in Las Vegas which I had the pleasure of attending with the Bhoys. It was a great week as always in the sunshine and great to catch up with so many familiar faces.
It’s going to be a busy season for us with plenty to look forward to following Celtic and, we are returning to Thailand for the Celtic Festival in March for 10 days in Bangkok and Pattaya from Friday 10 to Monday 20 of March.
I have also been invited to host a number Celtic supporters’ functions throughout the season around Ireland and I am looking forward to working with former Celtic players including John Hartson and Alan Thompson again.
In the short term it’s time to knuckle down and get the first More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine of the season out (issue 122), get the website updated with news and articles and kick off the Celtic Soul podcast once again after the extended summer break. Keep an eye out for t-shirts, badges, and merchandise at the online shop.
Well folks’ thanks for the continued support throughout the summer and I’ll see you on our travels this season following the bhoys. HH
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 & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’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.