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Oppos Viewpoint – Celtic

A bit about you:

Name: My name is Joe Di Paola I have the honour to be the Chair of the Celtic Trust

Current home town: I live in Bishopbriggs a town just to the North of Glasgow.

How long have you supported your team? I am 64 years old and have been a Celtic supporter all my life I was born a Celtic supporter !  I was fortunate to grow up into the era of the best Celtic team in our unbroken 129 year history The Lisbon Lions. The first British club to win the European Cup.

My wife Eleanor, daughter Joanna and son Martin are also diehard Celts.

Celtic is a club like no other.  We were founded in 1887 by an Irish cleric. Brother Walfrid to feed the poor of the East end of Glasgow and to provide a focus for the Irish immigrant community in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Our Celtic Foundation today continues the work and the ethos of our founders in Its community work.

We are and always have been an inclusive club open to all. We have supporters from all over the world and welcome all to our home Celtic Park  That welcome will be extended  to you and your fellow Foxes fans on Saturday

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: My favourite thing about Celtic Park is the atmosphere when the ground is full particularly on nights when we have a visit from the great teams of Europe.

Favourite match played by your team & why: My favourite match of all time has to be the game against Inter Milan 25th May 1967 in Lisbon. As a fifteen year old I watched my team win the European Cup. Nothing in football will ever beat that night.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My favourite Celtic player of all time is difficult. From the Lisbon Lions I would pick Bobby Murdoch whom was the complete mid fielder and more recently the King of Kings the great Henrik Larsson.

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Champions show class to see off Oxford

Oxford 1 City 2

Report by Colin Hall

Goals from Demarai Gray and Jeffrey Schlupp proved enough to give Leicester City a 2-1 victory at League One side Oxford in the side's first pre-season friendly of 2016.

In a competitive match, played in sweltering conditions, the Premier League champions were able to make quality count after falling behind early on. Although more chances went begging than Claudio Ranieri or many in the away contingent might have liked, in overall terms both the result and performance was satisfactory.

Before the game Foxes legend Gary Lineker, Oxford's guest of honour for the evening, paraded the Premier League trophy to general acclaim from all three populated sides of the Kassam Stadium. The venue remains uncompleted after 15 years of operation, in part because the infrastructure around it is apparently not sufficiently developed to cater for a stand at the west end.

City kicked off towards the car park end with several of the regulars from last season - Fuchs, King, Albrighton and Vardy - unavailable, while academy product Hamza Choudhury was given the unenviable task of covering for the departed Kante.

Nevertheless, the visitors began the match at a high tempo, forcing the hosts into several desperate last-ditch challenges. Mahrez and Gray were particularly prominent on the flanks and looked eager to resume from where they left off at the end of the title-winning campaign.

Traffic issues around the stadium meant that fans were still making their way from the car park when Oxford took an unexpected lead after 14 minutes. Morgan mistimed a challenge on Taylor on the edge of the City box and Maguire duly punished the visitors by curling an excellent free-kick around the wall to beat Schmeichel.

City remained composed and resilient in the face of this setback, with Choudhury and Drinkwater linking well in central midfield, and Chilwell making several surging runs down the left. The Foxes stepped up the pressure and eventually forced the equaliser when Okazaki and Ulloa combined to tee up Gray, whose low shot beat home keeper Eastwood and found the net via a post.

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Going to Celtic ?

Celtic  G40 3RE

Saturday July 23rd 5.30pm kick off

By car  305 mls, 5 hours 15 mins

The ground is on the East side of Glasgow on the A74 (London Road).

From The South:
Leave the M74 at Junction 2A (signposted A74 Tollcross/Rutherglen). At the bottom of the slip road at the roundabout turn right towards Tollcross A74. You will then reach a set of traffic lights (with a McDonalds on the right hand side) where you bear left onto the A74 towards Glasgow City Centre. After just under two miles you will reach Celtic Park on your right hand side.

From The North and East:
Leave the M8 at Junction 8 and follow the M73 South towards Carlisle. At the end of the M73 join the M74 northbound towards Glasgow. Leave the M74 at Junction 2A then from as South above.

There is plenty of street parking to be had, especially in the side streets off the London Road going down towards the A74. Parking is available at the front of the stadium when entering from Janefield Street and following the stadium around in an anti-clockwise direction.

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End of Season Review Part Four

Staring a new week with the fourth in our series of articles from our 2015/6 match reporting team with their thoughts on our season to remember and starting to look at next season.

Today, we get the views of Colin Hall

At the start of the season, what would you have regarded as a successful season? I felt that provided we could overcome the loss of Esteban Cambiasso and Matty James (the entire central midfield unit from the previous campaign), there was scope for improvement for us. The promoted sides did not appear to be much of a threat and there were a number of other teams that seemed within our reach. I never imagined, though, they would all turn out to be within our reach!

How far had your expectations been raised by Christmas? We knew that relegation was no longer a possibility – which was a welcome contrast to our previous three top-flight seasons. There was a doubt whether the team's form could continue, but a top six finish looked quite feasible at that stage.

After which game did you start to think, we could win this? The win at Tottenham – at a time when our form was actually starting to perhaps unravel a little bit, started to give us real hope that the title could be within our grasp. When it was followed a few weeks later by a 3-1 win at Manchester City – as good an away performance as I have ever witnessed from City – the confidence and self-belief rose significantly among players and fans alike.

It seems generally agreed across our fan base, that several factors contributed to our success, if you had to choose the most significant factor, what would it be? A management team that was able to bring everything out of each and every member of the squad.

Focusing on Claudio Ranieri, what do you think his main contribution was to turn us into title winners ? Sorting the defence out. In the opening games of the season, as for much of the previous one, it looked a real weakness.  However the changes in tactics and personnel that the manager introduced following the home defeat to Arsenal ensured that it became a notable asset.

What was your personal highlight of the season? There were a number of goals of exceptional quality during the season. Riyad Mahrez's goal against Chelsea and Jamie Vardy's incredible effort against Liverpool spring readily to mind.

But the biggest highlight of the season was undoubtedly the final whistle of the Chelsea-Tottenham game when our status of league champions for the first time in history was finally confirmed. That is a moment I and many other Foxes will cherish for the rest of our days.

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End Of Season Review 2015-16 Part Three

Staring a new week with the third in our series of articles from our 2015/6 match reporting team with their views on our season to remember and starting to look at next season.

Today, Eddie Blount provides his thoughts..

At the start of the season, what would you have regarded as a successful season ? A mid-table finish, based on the end of last season and optimism re signings

How far had your expectations been raised by Christmas ? Significantly! It would have taken a complete turn- around for us not to have achieved at least a Europa league place

After which game did you start to think, we could win this ? Man City away! It was probably the best performance of the season and showed that we could live with the big boys

It seems generally agreed across our fan base, that several factors contributed to our success, if you had to choose the most significant factor, what would it be? Club spirit, i.e. the combination of team spirit and fantastic crowd support (a clever way of getting two reasons disguised as one)

Focusing on Claudio Ranieri, what do you think his main contribution was to turn us into title winners ? Tactical nous, particularly showing us how to defend when faced with low possession stats.

What was your personal highlight of the season? Vardy’s thunderous volley against Liverpool.

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