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Colin Watt with A Celtic State of Mind – Virgil van Dijk’s Journey From Parkhead to Paradise

As the song, to the tune of Dirty Old Town, goes down Anfield way: “He’s our centre-half, he’s our number 4, watch him defend and we watch him score, he’ll pass the ball, calm as you like, he’s Virgil van Dijk, he’s Virgil van Dijk.” Virgil van

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Paul John Dykes with a Celtic State of Mind – When a former Celtic captain nearly bought Liverpool Football Club

THE BILLION DOLLAR BUYER’S CLUB An extract from Hoops, Stars & Stripes – The Andy Lynch Story. “When the piles of gold begin to grow… That’s when the trouble starts.” Howard,‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ (1948) Have you ever wondered what it entails to purchase an

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A Celtic State of Mind – The Only Truth In Uruguay

Tom Campbell, a few weeks ago, wrote about the meeting of two proud men, Billy McNeill and Roberto Perfumo, after “The Battle of Montevideo“. This inspired Kevin Graham to write a bit of prose about this exchange and what both men were thinking at this time. He

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Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1

A Celtic State of Mind have always embraced the club’s love affair with music, and this has resulted in us recording four acoustic sessions over the last two years. All 14 tracks are now available on this week’s ACSOM podcast, ‘Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1’. LIAM MCGRANDLES, who

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – The Croy Express & the 6-in-a-row Trailblazers

Over the years, Celtic have had their fair share of dominant sides in Scottish football. Jock Stein’s side of the ‘60s and ‘70s were consistently involved at the business end of European footballing campaigns, while on their way to securing nine league titles in-a-row. Our current stretch

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Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – Playing for Celtic 2

Looking to your left, you see the Albanian leader, Rudi Vata. The asylum seeker who fled the country of his birth for France while on international duty. This is the figure who signed for Liam Brady’s Celtic and was paraded alongside record signing Stuart Slater in 1992,

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Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – The Shower Of Fiction

I’m surprised that there aren’t more millionaires in this world, as people seem to be able to predict the future with great certainty and in great detail. Of course, opinions are fine, but for anyone to plunge themselves into a wormhole based on opinion, not fact, would

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A Celtic State of Mind’s Cult Hero Manager

Well, after many trials and tribulations, we have now selected A Celtic State of Mind’s Cult Hero XI – a team that would strike fear into the hearts of many a Scottish Premiership defence, even at the age of some of them now!   Here is the

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David Sleight with A Celtic State of Mind – Illusions not solutions … the answer was here all the time

Former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once observed that “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”  His maths might have left something to be desired but the sentiment was clear enough, and Celtic’s players have certainly had to draw upon their collective reserves

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Martin Donaldson with A Celtic State of Mind – Punishment for all for the actions of a few

As floodlit skies are replaced with summer haze, fans and players who invest their heart and soul into Scottish football are taking stock of what has been a typically absorbing 11 months of passion and drama. This season wasn’t solely about the product on the pitch, though.

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