Episode 46 – with Natasha Meikle

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by Natasha Meikle, a regular contributor to the A Celtic State Of Mind Podcast, to discuss her experiences in the world of football media, as well as to chat about all things Celtic FC, from Scott Brown’s impending departure to Natasha’s thoughts on being denied their 10th SPFL title in a row by bitter rivals Rangers… and the group even play some Celtic trivia too!

Icebreaker:

Pre-COVID, Natasha enjoyed travelling to support Celtic and the great nights out that came along with that. Inspired by a picture on Natasha’s Twitter of her at an Irish pub in Copenhagen, Denmark, the group name the least authentic meals that they’ve each had.

On Natasha Meikle’s Love for Celtic:

Natasha talks about being essentially born a Celtic fan; when it comes to football in Scotland it typically runs in the family and her dad was a proud Celtic fan. Both Natasha and her twin sister caught the Bhoys bug at an early age and haven’t looked back since. When it comes to what being a Celtic fan means to Natasha on a personal level however, she sums it up by quoting club legend, the late Tommy Burns, who said “When you pull on that jersey, you’re not just playing for a football club. You’re playing for a people and a cause.”

On Football Media and A Celtic State Of Mind Podcast:

Natasha explains why the award winning A Celtic State of Mind Podcast’s success and shares some memorable moments from her various football media appearances. On her podcast’s success, with over 1 million downloads each month so far this year, Natasha says that the candid and passionate discussion on the pod is what drives its listenership… and to be fair, misery does love company and so the more recent downturn in Celtic’s fortunes on the pitch ironically haven’t hurt the podcast in some ways.

As for Natasha’s football media bucket list, she’s appeared on segments for the likes of shows such as Sky Sports News and the BBC but beyond these cameos, Natasha harbors ambitions of a more central role within the world of football punditry.

Who Are Ya?!:

The group plays “Who Are Ya?!”, the guessing game where a mystery player is revealed based on clues. In this edition the players are all linked to Celtic.

1. This Scottish striker failed to live up to the hype at Celtic after bursting onto the scene with a memorable European goal. He’s since made his way back to Scottish football by way of England, Wales, Belgium and Bulgaria. Who is he?

2. This prolific Dutch forward’s short spell with the club was sweet for him in front of goal but relatively barren for a Celtic side when it came to silverware during the late 90s. Who is he?

3. These 2 footballers have played for Celtic and also had stints in mainland Europe, as well as North America and Asia. Who are they?

On Celtic’s Recent Fortunes and Next Steps:

Natasha gives her opinion on what’s gone wrong for Celtic this season in a campaign during which the club should have made history and claimed a 10th successive league title. She also shares how it feels to have been denied by Rangers in particular. On the prospective next Celtic manager, would like to see Eddie Howe take charge and whilst she thinks that he will need to hang on to some key assets, it’s not likely that whoever takes the hot seat will end up losing the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard.

21st Century Celtic XI:

The group draft a starting eleven comprised of the best players to have played for Celtic since the year 2000.

GK: Artur Boruc
RB: Jackie McNamara
CB: Virgil van Dijk
CB: Johan Mjällby
LB: Kieran Tierney
RM: Shunsuke Nakamura
CM: Scott Brown
CM: Stiliyan Petrov
LM: Alan Thompson
ST: Henrik Larsson
ST: Chris Sutton

*Honorable mentions: Rab Douglas, Mikael Lustig, Daniel Majstorović, Dedryck Boyata, Emilio Izaguirre, Paul Lambert, Paddy McCourt, Aiden McGeady and Moussa Dembélé.

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