‘Not Even a Defeat to Dunfermline Could Put Me Off’, The Celtic Star’s Fan of the Week

THE Celtic Star’s Fan of The Week is back, last week we had Sean B, this week we have the 90MinCynic’s Rory Price. Rory has spent time at Celtic Park and Lennoxtown quizzing players and managers for the podcast; however, this week it is him that is answering the questions.

If you would like to take part and answer some questions for us please email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk or alternatively tweet @Lubo98.

Here’s Rory’s entry as The Celtic Star’s Fan of the Week:

1. Earliest Celtic memory?

“I can remember being aware of Celtic since I was very young but my first memory of going to Celtic Park itself comes from the 26th of November 2005. Having long pestered my dad to take me to a game he decided that the visit of bottom of the table side Dunfermline would be a good time to introduce me to Celtic and see plenty of goals. Sadly for me the only goal I got to see that day was into the back of Artur Boruc’s net as the Pars stole a famous 1-0 win.”

Dunfermline Celebrate a Famous Parkhead Win in 2005

2. How did you end up supporting the Bhoys?

“My introduction to Celtic was much the same as many fans. With my Dad being a Celtic fan I was raised on the history of the club so by the time I set foot in Paradise I was already so in love with Celtic that not even a defeat to Dunfermline could put me off.”

3. What does a normal match day involve for you?

“Before I went to Uni a normal match day would just involve driving through to Celtic Park with my dad and heading up to our seats in 411. Since I’ve went to university, the car from home has been replaced by the train with some of my pals who now have season tickets too.”

4. Best Celtic memory?

“As a Celtic fan the born at the turn of the century I’ve been blessed with many great memories. My early Celtic years saw many great wins in Europe with Manchester United, AC Milan and Barcelona all being put to the sword at Celtic Park. Whilst the wins against Lazio in recent weeks have also been right up there with the best, I don’t think I can look past Tom Rogic’s last minute winner to seal the invincible treble. It was the perfect end to my favourite season following Celtic and is undoubtedly the most iconic moment in our contemporary history.”

Rogic Scores the Winner in the 2017 Scottish Cup Final

5. Favourite player of all time and why?

“It is difficult to pick a single favourite player when there have been so many great players at Celtic over the years, although I don’t think anyone has captured my heart in the way that Tom Rogic did in the invincible season. Whilst there have certainly been more effective players in a Celtic shirt in recent seasons, Tom Rogic in full flow is a joy to behold. So many great goals, so many joyous touches, so many 60th minute substitutions. God bless ye Tam.”

6. Favourite current player?

“Besides Rogic who is finding himself struggling for minutes this season, Odsonne Edouard is my favourite in the current team. ‘French Eddy’ is a genuinely magnificent talent and one who will no doubt go on to play at the very top level. I’m just trying to savour every minute we have watching him and would love nothing more than seeing him hanging around next season to fire us to the ten.”

7. Best and biggest let-down transfers in your time supporting Celtic?

“The one that instantly comes to mind is signing Robbie Keane in January 2010. I always loved watching him when he was one of the top strikers in England so seeing him on the steps outside Celtic Park on deadline day was very exciting and had me convinced we would go on to win the league…”

“I think Jeremy Toljan is certainly up there as biggest let-down. Last January was a whole month of Celtic fans begging on twitter for a new right back to come in and replace the ageing Mikael Lustig. We all thought that the German u21 international and Borussia Dortmund right back Jeremy Toljan would be the answer but after a few games it quickly became clear that he was absolutely rotten.”

8. You are involved with the 90 Minute Cynic, could you tell us a bit about that?

“For a few years now I have been involved with the Celtic podcast and website ‘90 Minute Cynic’. They have recently made the move full time and produce great Celtic podcasts on a daily basis as an alternative to the mainstream media. I would recommend any Celtic fan to sign up to our Patreon as there’s something there for everyone to enjoy!”

Rory on 90MinCynic Duty

9. Through the 90 minute cynic you have been able to attend plenty of press conferences, how have those been?

“I love getting to the pressers when I can and speaking with the players/ management. Neil Lennon is always great value and certainly isn’t one to mince his words. A lot of the players are good too with Ryan Christie in particular always coming across as a really nice and switched on guy.

“Although I think the coolest experience I’ve ever had at Lennoxtown was walking off of the training pitches and seeing Danny McGrain through the window watching training from upon a spin bike and then a minute later bumping into John Clarke in reception.”

10. Do you think Neil Lennon will deliver 10 in a row?
“I wasn’t happy when the club appointed Lennon after the cup final, but I am more than happy to see him doing well so far. Neil Lennon and John Kennedy know exactly what it takes to get Celtic over the line and with the quality we have on the pitch we will get the job done. I have full faith that Lennon will lead us to the ten and I am not sure there is another man I’d rather see do so.”

FANCY TAKING PART? If you would like to appear as The Celtic Star’s Fan of the Week simply email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk and we’ll send over the questions. If you can send us a few photos of you at a Celtic game that would be awesome.

About Author

Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He plans to be at every game until we get to the Ten ourselves. He's in his Honours Year studying Law and plans to specialise in Sports Law when he graduates. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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