Mark Nicholas

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Mark Nicholas · Jan 5

The Derby Defeat: A Travesty or an Opportunity to Rise?

Despite the old cliché “You can’t win them all!

Mark Nicholas · Aug 27, 2019

Major European clubs that Celtic has not played

Celtic has a long and illustrious history of playing in European club competitions.

Mark Nicholas · Aug 16, 2019

Celtic’s Best Academy XI Since 2000

From the 1950s until the mid-80s, Celtic had a conveyor belt of outstanding young talents that graduated to its first team.

Mark Nicholas · Aug 14, 2019

Celtic bounced back after Artmedia! It will bounce back after Cluj! It’s what we do!

After one of the worst results in Celtic’s recent history, it is hard to find any cause for optimism following our Champions League elimination to Romanian champions, CFR Cluj...

Mark Nicholas · Aug 10, 2019

Kristoffer Ajer: How Celtic can get the best out of him in midfield

As fans mourn the loss of Kieran Tierney’s departure to Arsenal, Kristoffer Ajer is emerging as the new star at Celtic.

Mark Nicholas · Aug 8, 2019

From Dalglish to Tierney: Celtic departures that hurt fans the most

Fans are in a state of mourning as boyhood Celtic fan, Kieran Tierney finally completed his long speculated move to Arsenal.

Mark Nicholas · Aug 5, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic: Series Finale

About the Series Over the past few weeks, some of the key events in Celtic’s history have been analysed.

Mark Nicholas · Aug 3, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 13): What if Celtic had won the 2016 Scottish Cup Semi-Final?

A Catalyst for Change In Part 10 of An Alternate History of Celtic series, the humiliating defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in February 2000, was highlighted as an important catalyst for change...

Mark Nicholas · Aug 1, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 12): What if John Kennedy had not got injured whilst playing for Scotland?

The greatest captain Celtic never had!

Mark Nicholas · Jul 31, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 11): What if John Hartson had passed his Ibrox medical?

As Celtic’s fourth highest all-time leading goal scorer that has built an incredible bond with the fans, John Hartson is one of the most iconic players to represent the club since the turn of the millennium...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 21, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 10): What if Larsson hadn’t got injured against Lyon in 1999?

The Dream Team The summer of 1999 was a very exciting time for Celtic as club legend, Kenny Dalglish made his long awaited return to the club as Director of Football Operations...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 20, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 9): What if Fergus McCann had not saved the club in 1994?

This is the biggest ‘What if?’ scenario of the modern era.

Mark Nicholas · Jul 16, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 8): What if Mo Johnston had actually signed for Celtic in 1989?

On 10th July 1989, life long Celtic fan and former player, Mo Johnstone stunned the footballing world when he signed for bitter rivals, Rangers.

Mark Nicholas · Jul 15, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 7): What if ‘Bottle-gate’ had been avoided?

Celtic v Rapid Vienna (1984) The most infamous event in Celtic’s European history occurred on October 24th 1984 against Austrians, Rapid Vienna...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 6): What if the Quality Street Gang had stayed together?

In the late 1960s/early 70s, Celtic had some of the best young footballers in Europe, including Kenny Dalglish, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Paul Wilson, Davie Hay, Vic Davidson and George Connelly...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 5): What if the 1970 European Cup Final had gone to a replay?

“The one that got away!

Mark Nicholas · Jul 13, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 4): What if Jock Stein had not been appointed in 1965?

The most important managerial appointment in Celtic’s history was that of Jock Stein in March 1965.

Mark Nicholas · Jul 12, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 3): How great would John Thompson have gone on to become?

The saddest day in the history of Celtic Football Club was the death of young goalkeeper, John Thompson on September 5th 1931.

Mark Nicholas · Jul 11, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 2): What if Willie Maley never managed Celtic?

Here is the second part of the series – An Alternate History of Celtic...

Mark Nicholas · Jul 11, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 1): What if Brother Walfrid had never formed the club?

Series Introduction Celtic is one of the most iconic, traditional and historic clubs in world football...

Mark Nicholas · Jun 30, 2019

If Tierney goes to Arsenal: Don’t sell him! Loan him!

In recent years, a number of Celtic’s star players have left the club to join the star-studded mega rich English Premier League (EPL), including Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster, Virgil Van Dijk and Stuart Armstrong...

Mark Nicholas · May 6, 2019

‘Era-Fying’ the Greatest of All Time Debate

Preface This article explores the differences between previous eras with the modern game.

Mark Nicholas · Apr 16, 2019

Five years to become ‘The World’s most successful club’ (according to Govan Theory)

Ever since Rangers Football Club was liquidated in 2012, Celtic fans have been singing about winning ten-in-a-row.

Mark Nicholas · Mar 30, 2019

How to Make European Football Great Again!

This week, Celtic’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell met with his European Club Association (ECA) counterparts to discuss the future of European football...

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