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  • Celtic View Exclusive: Mogwai guitarist on getting back to Paradise

    Celtic View Exclusive: Mogwai guitarist on getting back to Paradise

    By: Tony Connelly on 18 Dec, 2018 11:01

  • AS 2018 draws to a close, Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite is enjoying some well-deserved time back home in Glasgow.

    That doesn’t mean any rest bite however, the band are in the studio making more music but Braithwaite has managed to squeeze in a pilgrimage or two to Paradise to watch Celtic make history, as he told the Christmas issue of the Celtic View.

    Mogwai have been on the road for much of the year, playing gigs in three different continents and releasing a soundtrack for the film ‘Kin’ during that time. The packed schedule hasn’t prevented Braithwaite from keeping abreast of all things Celtic though and he has enjoyed what has been another special year for the Hoops.

    “I’ve seen most of the games this season,” he said. “There are a lot of games in December so hopefully I can get along to a few of them. We’re in the studio just now working, so we’re quite busy but I was at the Salzburg game and will be at a few of the league ones as well. It’ll be nice to be home for that because we’ve been busy for the last few months.

    “It’s taken a while to get going but they seem to be back on track now. I’ve been really impressed with how most of the players have stepped up. Callum McGregor has really stepped up and Ryan Christie has been amazing over the last couple of months.

    “Sometimes people just need a window to really take their chance. He’s an inspiration to a lot of young players who will be looking to force their way into the team. He went away to a good team in the league and gained experience there. It’s kind of the same with Dedryck Boyata. He wasn’t getting a game and then when he got his chance he really took it.”

    Looking ahead to the remaining games in the first half of the season, Braithwaite is delighted that Scott Brown is back from injury and hopes the Celtic captain will help the Bhoys end the year on a high note.

    “With all these games coming up the manager will need to change things around so it’s great timing to have Scott Brown back,” he said. 

    “You’re looking at a treble-treble potentially. It seems miraculous winning all these trophies because you never know, sometimes the team could have an off day, but that hasn’t happened when it’s mattered domestically. The mentality the have to make sure they don’t have an off day when it really counts is incredible.

    “It would be lovely to win the Scottish Cup again, but the most important thing for me is to keep the league run going. Hopefully we can have a settled team for the Champions League qualifiers next year. That was the problem this year, there was a lot of flux and that maybe cost us.”

    Read the full and exclusive interview with Stuart Braithwaite ONLY in this week’s Christmas issue of the Celtic View, which also includes a giant A2 poster and a 2019 Year Planner. On sale now.

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