The Celtic Network – First season – Chapter 6 January.

Celtic’s first game of the new year was against Dunfermline  on the 2nd of January at east end Park. Sitting at the top of the league Celtic comfortably won the game 0 – 3 with goals from Stokes, Wanyama, and a screamer from Charlie Mulgrew. On January 4th we ran an article on one of our partner sites ‘Maley’s Bhoys’ wonderful result of a fund raising appeal they had ran for The KANO Foundation . Our next game was a Scottish cup visit to Peterhead. These games are a nightmare as Celtic are on a hiding to nothing. If they win they were expected if they loose or draw it’s open season in the press. However there were no such worries Celtic turned in a professional performance and won  0 – 3 thanks to three goals from Anthony Stokes. So that was us through to the next round and for the first time people were beginning to utter the word treble.
On the 10th of January we ran a story which would eventually engulf the whole of Scottish football and eventually go national. RFC were in big trouble financially and the chances were and still are in danger of being liquidated. Paul Brennan had previously introduced the word Newco in an article on CQN the previous October. This was the first time it was mentioned on TCN that an RFC Newco may not be allowed in the SPL .
Our next game was a home game on the 14th of January on SPL duty against Dundee Utd who are probably the 2nd best ‘football’ playing team in the SPL. Once again another must win game. It turned out to be a cracking game which Celtic won 2 – 1 with goals from Hooper and Victor Wanyama. The domestic run of wins which had now been running since November was still rolling on. Around this time we had the saga of anti Catholic bigot Jeff Winter spewing out his anti Catholic filth on his web site. Winters was proving to be your typical Rangers fan a totally ignorant moron. Complaints from the support and the club lead to his hate site being closed down for a period. Ignorant Winter used the well worn ‘It wisnae me’ excuse.
On the 18th of January Celtic had announced the signing of promising youngster Nigerian Rabiu Ibrahim and the pre contract signing of Polish defender Jaroslaw Fojut who would join the club in the summer. Unfortunately due to a bad injury the Fojut deal is now on hold so we wont be seeing him this season afterall.
On the 19th of January TCN ran an article pointing to the Rangers* supports obsession with making fun of child abuse as a way to score points against Celtic and our support a sick problem which still sadly exists.
On the 21st of January we faced St Mirren away from home in the SPL. Celtic huffed and puffed that day but eventually came away with a 0 – 2 win with goals from Forrest and Brown. On the 29th of January it was time for a trip to the worst football stadium in Scotland for watching football (Hampden Park) for Scottish Communities cup semi final against Falkirk. On paper the game should have been a formality however it never worked out that way. Falkirk put in a fantastic performance that day and actually threatened to put Celtic to the sword. Celtic took the lead only for Falkirk to equalise. Lennon introduced Ki to the game in the second half and once again he turned the game. Celtic ran out 3 – 1 winners thanks to goals from Stokes (2) and Captain Brown. The treble was on but most importantly Celtic had now won every domestic game played since October the 29th with a domestic unbeaten run stretching back to that day at Kilmarnock on October 15th. Confidence within the team and the support was now high. The only question was how long would this continue.

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