Ally Livingston
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Ally Livingston is studying a masters degree in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Due to Scottish roots he has always been a keen Celtic fan. His other sporting interests are cricket, rugby union and tennis.

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Should We View the 'Quenelle' as Racist?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (23:50)

A few weeks back, I wrote about how racist incidents on a football pitch can shine a bright light on our of society's ills. This week we have seen France's perpetually escalating social tensions come to the forefront of British sport.

Anelka insists that his quenelle salute was not...

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The Champions League in 2012 and 2013: Parallel Tournaments for Celtic

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (22:38)

This time, last year, I was writing as my beloved Celtic, against all odds, triumphed into the last 16 of the Champions League. This year, the dream is already over by Matchday Five. Yet, my thoughts are not of sorrow but simply that this season's Champions League was not all...

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Discrimination in British Football

(2) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (23:00)

Recently, I boarded a late-night bus in Jerusalem. Unbeknown to me, all of my fellow passengers were 'ultras' of a team called Beitar Jerusalem. In short, they epitomised the very worst of Israeli football. As we drove past Arabs walking in the street, they all chanted 'Ben Zoma' (son of...

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A Jewish Perspective on the Y-Word Debate

(3) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (10:22)

The Y-word debate is once more encompassing the footballing community. To opponents of its usage, it is an abhorrent term that never should have found its way into match-day vocabulary. Contrastingly, advocates of the term contend that language is understood in context, not just one word. As such, chanting 'yid...

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An Israeli View of Celtic's New Signing

(2) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (16:31)

Celtic's signing of Nir Biton has sparked even more Israeli media interest in the bhoys. As a Celtic fan, temporarily residing in Jerusalem, this has been most welcome development, primarily due to the increasing number of games shown on Israeli television channel Sport Chamesh.

But away from selfish indulgences,...

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Fantastic Celtic, Feckless Refereeing but Fair Play to Juventus

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (18:25)

I was hoping to begin this article with the words 'Forza Celtic', followed by a long piece about another fantastic European result. And for 70 minutes I held genuine hope of that being the case. Celtic - scintillating but trailing. 20 minutes later Juventus had all but finished of the...

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The Hoopla About Hooper

(1) Comments | Posted 27 January 2013 | (22:01)

Over the past few weeks I have received many questions regarding Celtic's number 88, Gary Hooper. Ever since his release from Tottenham's youth team, Hooper has steadily rebuilt his career. Slowly he rose through the ranks, impressing at Grays Athletic, Scunthorpe and then earning a move to Celtic. His 58...

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Bhoys on a Tour

(1) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (00:14)

August 21, 20:45. It's half-time in Sweden. Celtic are 1-0 up but have been completely outplayed by a plucky Helsingborg side. It is only because of the heroics of Fraser Forster that Celtic are still in the game (a phrase that would be often repeated in the subsequent months).

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Once Upon a Time, in the East End of Glasgow...

(3) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (11:22)

There are some nights where being a fan of any sport makes no sense. After a significant disappointment, the feeling of complete dejection is very real. Yet when something unexpected and utterly exasperating occurs it has to be savoured. In some cases that feeling can transform into a memory that...

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The Long Overdue Recognition of Fraser Forster

(9) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (22:00)

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has finally been called into the England squad. It is a call that is long overdue, well deserved and incredibly exciting. Ever since his penalty save against Hearts last season, the former Newcastle keeper has been nothing short of sensational. With every game he has gained...

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Scoring Before Half-Time

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2012 | (22:21)

For every young boy or girl interested in the beautiful game, their family is key to their footballing education. Your team, your favourite players, and plethora of other footballing opinions, all are influenced by the viewpoints of you respected elders.

This influence does not just refer your opions on a...

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Challenges Ahead for the Scottish National Team

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (22:00)

Scotland's failure to qualify for an international tournament in the last 14 years is not a national embarrassment. Nonetheless, the Scottish team, continually ridiculed, will find it difficulty to qualify for the World Cup. Euro qualification will become easier with the increased size of that tournament, but the World Cup...

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A Pending Problem for Team GB in 2016 and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted 19 August 2012 | (17:52)

The inclusion of a Team GB football team sparked much interest. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland united, albeit unsuccessfully, under one football banner. Yet due to the qualification requirements for Rio 2016, it seems unlikely that we will see an incarnate of a Team GB football team any time...

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A Re-evaluation of Celtic's European Away Record

(2) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (18:36)

Celtic have won 2 of their last 34 European away games. That statistic will be echoed across every British newspaper on the eve of their critical Champions League clash with Helsingborgs IF. Such a statistic, without proper context, is incredibly misleading.

The losses to Artmedia, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Hapoel Tel Aviv,...

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Diamond, Plato and the Demise of Rangers

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2012 | (21:25)

The LIBOR rigging scandal was the story of the last week, but this tale has some surprising parallels with the demise of Rangers. Of course the original crimes were very different, but both their supporters cited the 'greater good', as arguments for the continuation of the status quo. Why have...

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