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John Clarke

Sabotaging since 6 Jun 2012

John Clarke is a media lecturer and freelance journalist who has written for bbc.co.uk, The Herald, Evening Times, Scotsman, The Big Issue, Popjustice, The Fly, Broadband Now and many others. He also presented the BT Broadband New Music Chart on Radio Magnetic and co-authored a book, The Greatest Rock & Pop Miscellany Ever, for Sanctuary Publishing. He is a musical zealot, self-confessed loudmouth, and proudly inflammatory football fan. One day he will write a novel, but his sixteen different first chapters have as yet not amounted to anything. Twitter - @johnclarke1.

My Articles

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Music

The Real Pioneers: 5 Acts That Don’t Get The Respect They Deserve

We all know about Elvis. Dylan and The Beatles, but which influential bands has history not smiled on kindly enough?

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Football

Celtic: Van Dijk’s Class But Signing A Striker Is Crucial & Lennon Might’ve Peaked

Not replacing Hooper was a mistake and we’ve had terrible disappointments in Europe but there’s still reason to be cheerful and an unbeaten season would restore respect…

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Music

I Just Don’t Get…The Smiths

They are the darlings of a million indie fans across the land, but I despise the ground the fauning miserabilsts swan down. Here’s why…

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Books

Paradise Road, The Definitive Old Firm Novel

Stephen O Donnell’s revealing and honest account of life as a Celtic fan is something all football fans will relate to.

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Football

Celtic: Season Saved, But Without A New Striker We’ll Be In Trouble

After nearly throwing it away in the first leg, we managed to salvage our season but the fact is that our squad still isn’t strong enough to compete with the big boys…

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Lists

The 5 Creepiest Love Songs

Thought ‘Someone Like You’ was just a paen to the bittersweet aftertaste of lost love? Think again…

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Football

England V Scotland Post Match: A Rare Chance Missed To Stick It To The English

Despite its ‘friendly’ status, last night’s game was more than just a bit of a kick around for the old rivals. 2-1 up against a mediocre England side, here’s why Scotland missed a perfect opportunity to stick one to the auld enemy…

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Football

Celtic: Germany Was Embarrassing, And We Need Finnbogason If We’re Going For The Treble

While there’s no serious competition in the SPL any more, if Celtic are to push on in Europe and aim for the domestic treble, we need to spend some money.

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Football

Gary Hooper: A Celtic Fan Tells Norwich Supporters All They Need To Know

Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25, has passed a medical ahead of a £5m move to Norwich. Here’s why he’s a cracking buy…

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Football

Victor Wanyama: Celtic Fan On Liverpool’s Next Great Holding Midfielder

This season, Victor Wanyama has proved he can cut it with the world’s best. Now Liverpool are said to be readying a bid…

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Football

How To Save The SPL From Drowning In Its Own Monotony

The SPL is in desperate need of reform to rebuild its beleaguered brand but all hope is not lost if proposals for next season go through.

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Football

Why Celtic’s SPL Title Isn’t Devalued By Rangers’ Absence

Despite one half of the Old Firm missing, the SPL has grown this year and Celtic haven’t had it all of their own way…

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Football

Kelvin Wilson: Celtic Fan On Why The BFG Isn’t Ready For Newcastle

Despite some highly impressive turn in Europe and signs of increased consistency, the big fella would be better with anothe season at Celtic under his belt before returning south…

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Football

Strachan Has The Right Plan, But Has To Go Ancestry Hunting To Implement It

Strach has had stick already from the press, but his commitment to playing football after the hell of Levein is commendable, now we just need to find some players who can do it…

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Music

Franz Ferdinand Live At Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Glasgow

Franz Ferdinand excite a sold out crowd with mix of classics and new material at spontaneous hometown show.

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Football

Efe Ambrose: Everything Liverpool Fans Need To Know About Their Next Centre-Back

The Africa Cup of Nations-winning centre-back is a divisive figure at Celtic Park, but he’ll eventually be perfect for Brendan Rodgers’ tiki-taka at Anfield…

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Football

Pride & Passion At Pittodrie: What We Learned From Strachan’s First Scotland Game

After the hell of the Levein era the green shoots of recovery started last night. If only we had a decent centre-half…

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Football

Victor Wanyama: Why Celtic’s Powerhouse Can Solve Arsenal’s “Timid” Approach

The Celtic powerhouse has recently been linked to a move to Arsenal. Here’s my lowdown on the man to bring the fight back to Arsenal’s midfield.

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Football

Will Both Factions Of Scotland Fans Take To Gordan Strachan?

Gordon Strachan has finally been unveiled as the new Scotland coach. In an unusual turn of events, it would seem the SFA has actually listened to what the majority of fans want and installed the people’s choice.

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Football

Celtic Half-Term Report: Let’s Grab A Centre-Half And Dream Of European Glory

Celtic’s season has been a rollercoaster ride so far, with poor league performances punctuated by great wins in Europe. If The Bhoys can sure up domestically then the road will be paved for Champions League dreamland…

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Football

The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw: Henrik’s Humiliating Chip Vs Rangers

I was there when Henrik Larrsson tore apart Rangers’ expensively assembled defence and signalled a new era of dominance for the Celts…

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Football

Celtic Are Through, Now The Sky Is The Limit For Lennon’s Bhoys

Neil Lennon’s boys dramatically made it through the group stages thanks to a late winner. They defied the odds to make it to this stage, who knows how far they can now go…

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Football

Celtic Always Respond To Criticism: Spartak Will Feel The Wrath Of A Wounded Animal

Celtic have performed best this season when they’ve come under attack from the media. After all, the legendary defeat of Barcelona followed bad press for dropping points at Dundee United…

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Football

Aiden McGeady: A Natural Successor To Damien Duff At Fulham

At Celtic, his bag of tricks tore SPL defences to shreds and he now looks a more mature player since his move to Russia. Here’s why McGeady would be a great signing for Fulham.

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Football

Celtic: Beating Barca Changed Nothing, We’re Still Vulnerable To Quick Passing Teams

The win over Barca was a great result. A fantastic result in fact, and one that means Celtic still have a decent chance of qualifying. But it wasn’t the dawning of a new era. We still aren’t European big-hitters…

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Football

How Scottish Football’s “Armageddon” Has Signalled European Joy For Celtic

Rangers’ demotion to the lower leagues was meant to signal the end of Scottish football, but instead it has allowed Celtic to focus on the Champions League and hang with the big boys…

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Football

Bring The Passion Back & 4 Things The New Scotland Boss Must Do Better Than Craig Levein

Craig Levein is gone and has left a lot of work for whoever his successor may be. Losing the fear, bringing back the passion and playing the youngsters are all essential…

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Football

Celtic: Let’s Turn The Fairy Tale Into Legend

With a young team, Celtic beat one of the world’s best sides. Quite an achievement for a manager whose career began with a brawl…

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Football

Celtic: We Can Beat Defensively Wobbly Barcelona On The Counter Attack

Celtic’s performance in the Camp Nou cauldron was heroic, but ultimately resulted in no points for the Celts’ Champions League cause. Here’s 5 lessons things we learnt from the galling defeat that can help us in Celtic Park…

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Football

Owen Coyle & 5 More Candidates To Be Scotland’s Next Manager

Defeat at home to Wales last weekend has all but sealed Levein’s fate, and speculation is rife as to who his successor will be. Here’s a rundown of the best candidates….

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Football

Fraser Forster: A Celtic Fan On Why The Geordie Giant Deserves His England Chance

In a few short years England new boy Fraser Forster has risen from being Newcastle’s third choice keeper to a goalie more than holding his own in the Champions League…

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Football

Celtic: Hail Hail The Celts Are Back, Now Bring On Barca

It was a proud night for Hoops fans everywhere, and while they are keeping their feet on the ground the win has opened Group G right up…

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Football

Celtic Must Call On The Martin O’Neill Spirit To Fight Through The Group

With Lennon showing signs of a growing tactical flexibility and a team spirit forged from some humiliating defeats, Celtic arrive back on the big stage of European football this evening against Benfica. But can they get out of a group featuring Barca?

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Football

Scotland 1-1 Macedonia: The Prosecution Against Craig Levein Rests

Craig Levein screams mediocrity. Following Scotland’s abject draw against Macedonia, it’s become clear that things have to change. The Scotland manager has to go.

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Football

Champions’ League: The Only True Test Of Celtic This Season

With the SPL title looking nailed on this season, here’s why a good European campaign is a must for Celtic to have anything other than a boring year…

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Football

Celtic Fans’ Season Preview: European Failure Will Break Our Hearts

They turned round a 15-point deficit last season and don’t have to worry about their main rivals this term, so surely they need to crack on in the Champion’s League to consider this season a success…

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Football

Why Celtic’s Beram Kayal Is Out Of Southampton’s League

Great vision, a composed passer and an effective ball-winner – with respect to Southampton, Celtic’s Beram Kayal should be plying his trade at Old Trafford, not St Mary’s.

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Football

Rangers Killed Scottish Football In The 80s And Have To Be Relegated

Some say if Rangers aren’t allowed back into the SPL the league will fail. Here’s why they shouldn’t be allowed back in for the good of Scottish football.

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