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These Football Times · May 14, 2019

How Inverness Caley Thistle slayed John Barnes’ Celtic in one of the great modern football upsets

Led by John Barnes and director Kenny Dalglish, a routine Scottish Cup game against Caley Thistle in 2000 was meant to put Celtic’s season back on track...

These Football Times · Apr 24, 2019

How much is an SPFL goal worth? Analysing the careers of the past ten top scorers

From Kris Boys and Leigh Griffiths to Michael Higdon and Liam Boyce, a familiar trend has emerged in the careers of Scottish football’s top scorers...

These Football Times · Mar 8, 2019

Sean Fallon: the legendary defender who later unearthed some of Celtic’s greatest talents

In the annals of Celtic, few men have given more to the cause that Sean Fallon, the legendary defender who later discovered and trained the Lisbon Lions...

These Football Times · Feb 14, 2019

Willie Maley: the man whose 30 national trophies in 43 years changed the face of Celtic

In setting his records at Celtic, some surely unbreakable, manager Willy Maley changed the face of what success meant at Parkhead...

These Football Times · Feb 4, 2019

The great Battle of Britain: when Jock Stein’s Celtic met Don Revie’s Leeds in the 1970 European Cup semi-final

Football’s original Battle of Britain, when Leeds met Celtic in the 1970 European Cup semi-final, it was a tie that would go down in legend...

These Football Times · Nov 9, 2018

How the devilishly talented Shunsuke Nakamura became a Celtic legend

Despite its relative success, it’s fair to say that Celtic fans don’t look back as fondly on Gordon Strachan’s stint as manager as they do on Martin O’Neill’s five-year tenure.

These Football Times · Oct 9, 2018

Political Football: The culture and politics that shaped Scottish football and what Brexit means

Football in Scotland is the product of a particular history, and the ideologies formed from that past both shape and control some of the major clubs that play there...

These Football Times · Sep 24, 2018

The miner and the migrant: how Jock Stein and Helenio Herrera created a rivalry fit for the ages

Helenio Herrera glanced out of the window across the pitches at Internazionale’s training ground in Appiano Gentile, the picturesque venue located 40km north-west of Milan in Como.

These Football Times · Aug 10, 2018

The evolving world of Celtic FC: a club making history for all the right reasons

Celtic Football Club made history in Scottish football last season, winning the double-treble in an unprecedented display of dominance that shows few signs of subsiding.

These Football Times · Mar 29, 2018

The Battle of Montevideo: Celtic, Racing and the brutal 1967 Intercontinental Cup

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These Football Times · Jan 11, 2018

In celebration of Stiliyan Petrov: the tiger in the grass

SOME MIDFIELDERS USE THEIR POSITION to involve themselves in every aspect of a game, immersing themselves in the centre of the park the way a spider nestles at the heart of a meticulously constructed web...

These Football Times · Oct 13, 2017

What happened to Tony Watt, the Celtic teen who downed Barcelona?

WE LIVE IN A FOOTBALL WORLD WHERE MONEY IS KING, an age in which a vastly wealthy owner can bypass the traditional avenues to success...

These Football Times · Sep 13, 2017

Neil Lennon and the art of survival

FOOTBALL DOESN’T CARE WHERE YOU’VE COME FROM. It doesn’t care how hard you’ve worked, or how much you deserve a break...

These Football Times · Sep 13, 2017

Neil Lennon and the art of survival

FOOTBALL DOESN’T CARE WHERE YOU’VE COME FROM. It doesn’t care how hard you’ve worked, or how much you deserve a break...

These Football Times · Aug 25, 2017

Kenny Dalglish: a reluctant hero of contrasting qualities

Illustration by Federico Manasse Kenny Dalglish is a man of contrasting qualities...

These Football Times · Aug 25, 2017

The colossal impact of Mark Viduka

Illustration by Federico Manasse The abiding memory of Mark Viduka in the Premier League is that of a brooding bulldog forward, lazily monikered with the ‘good touch for a big man’ tag...

These Football Times · Jun 1, 2017

The game that spelled the end of John Barnes’ managerial career at the top

On a cold and wet day in February 2000, Celtic lost 3-2 at Parkhead to Hearts, meaning the Scottish giants had gone three league games without victory...

These Football Times · Feb 13, 2017

Paddy McCourt: the Derry Pelé who could’ve become a legend

You could never accuse the League of Ireland of being world-class, but over the years it has undoubtedly produced some excellent players – most of whom, admittedly, went elsewhere...

These Football Times · Nov 23, 2016

A man of decency and talent: remembering Celtic hero Tommy Burns

For most Scots and fans of poetry around the world, the surname Burns is associated with the famous 18th Century poet, Robert...

These Football Times · Oct 24, 2016

The Big Analysis: Rangers vs Celtic

In the lead up to an O** F*** game there is an adage that suggests form is no longer a factor and the outcome of the game is based solely upon who shows themselves to be most dominant...

These Football Times · Sep 12, 2016

The Big Analysis: Celtic vs Rangers

The anticipation and fanfare that surrounds the O** F*** game creates an allure that football fans around the world find infectious...

These Football Times · Jul 2, 2016

Jimmy Johnstone: celebrating the greatest Celtic player of them all

Two weeks after Celtic had become the first British team to lift the European Cup in 1967, the Bhoys travelled to Spain to play Real Madrid in a testimonial for the legendary Alfredo Di Stéfano...

These Football Times · Jun 11, 2016

The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy...

These Football Times · May 12, 2016

The Bhoys in Seville: Celtic’s march to the 2003 UEFA Cup final

Mista wheeled away in celebration, leaving Rab Douglas disconsolate on the goal line...

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