template-all-archive

Bitter sweet accounts

Detail in our annual accounts for the year to 30 June 2014, released yesterday, are bitter sweet.  It was a good year financially but the successes were underpinned by qualification for the Champions League.  This season’s revenue will be lucky to rise much above £50m, from last season’s £64m. I see lots of comment on [...]

FA Prem goes international below Uefa radar

The existence of the Premier League International Cup, a tournament for under-21s, which the FA Premier League launched this is a fascinating development.  It’s a toe in the water for the Premier League who are running a multi-nation tournament out-with the auspices of Uefa.  A consequence of excluding the European governing body is that all [...]

Master-class in subversion, Very successful managers

Surprised at the success our former (very successful) managers, Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan, are having on the international stage?  Perhaps a bit surprised they’ve figures out how to collect points away from home in Europe. Martin O’Neill will always be royalty at Celtic but after a couple of well-financed seasons at Aston Villa his [...]

We might begin looking like a team on Saturday

I’m sure Ronny Deila has used the international break to take in as many scouting games as possible, but he’ll be keen to see his players return to Lennoxtown, fit and available for selection. Adam Matthews spoke to Celtic media on possibly returning for Saturday’s game against Ross County.  Having not played since August he’ll [...]

Lennon a better manager than England appears to believe

I know what you’re thinking.  After the media heavyweights told you, on the day Neil Lennon resigned from Celtic, that he was going because he was unhappy with the amount of money he had to spend, pitching up at Bolton Wanderers is a bit curious.  What you were told that day was nonsense, deliberately headlined [...]

How not to stage a flashmob protest

If you’re going to stage a protest it’s better to make sure that it registers where it counts.  Turning up at a Sports Direct till with a pile of tracksuits, then only offering £1 for their purchase, might echo the transaction Mike Ashley completed for the naming rights of Ibrox, but if the tycoon even [...]

McGregor and managing form of young players

If you’ve not been following the work being done in your name in Malawi this week, do so here.  20 people arrived from Scotland early this week on behalf of the Celtic Foundation to renovate six centres which feed children ages five and under.  They are also building a latrine (pretty sure this is a [...]

Sports retailing and spending what you earn

You get the sense that the Sword of Damocles is hanging over Newco Rangers.  Some wondered about the sense in Mike Ashley controversially renaming Ibrox as the rumoured ‘Sports Direct Outlet Village’ but having bought the rights to do so for £1, he is now able to leverage this detail in his earlier loan. He [...]

La Liga president steps into Catalonia debate

President of La Liga in Spain has stepped into the Catalonian independence referendum debate by saying if Catalonia became independent clubs from that region, notably Barcelona and Espanyol, would have to leave the Spanish league and compete within their new domestic boundaries. This claim is without foundation as multinational ‘domestic’ leagues are authorised by Uefa, [...]

Keane wanted/unwanted

Roy Keane’s “Celtic wanted me but they weren’t showing how much they wanted me” comment in his second autobiography about being courted to replace Neil Lennon as our manager in the summer is no doubt accurate on one level, but inaccurate on another.  Some within Celtic certainly wanted him, but I’m sure the reticence he [...]

Deila, Lennon, Le Guen and George Weah’s many cousins

Back in October 2011 I was for calling an end to the Neil Lennon experiment.  During the previous season he lost the league after a late collapse, while exiting Europe in August after defeats to Braga and Utrecht.  That season Sion’s insistence in not playing by the rules allowed us a backdoor ticket to the [...]

Respect deserved

We’ve seen a few difficult games against Hamilton Accies in recent years, including what proved to be a costly draw after being denied a late winner at New Douglas Park, but we’ve never met them in this form. Hamilton have the longest unbeaten run in Scotland.  They lost their opening league game of the season, [...]

Clear improvement from Celtic

Celtic held the ball for around 60 seconds at the 75 minute mark last night, and, thinking a corner had been turned, I thought “That’s been a difficult half hour since halftime but we’ve come through it”.  Dinamo Zagreb soon claimed back control in the middle of the park and the game reverted to form. [...]

Shut them up, Celtic

Celtic’s season will open up if they can take Dinamo Zagreb down a peg or two tonight.  The Croatian champions have read the stories about the debacle against Legia and subsequent humbling by Maribor, who turned out to be anything but humble, if their draw away to Schalke this week in the Champions League is [...]

European football disinformation

I’m hoping suggestions Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons are struggling for fitness for Thursday is a classic attempt at European football disinformation. Back in July I wrote about Commons “dependence on one creative talent feels like an unnecessary vulnerability”.  We remain (unnecessarily) dependent on our only creative talent, as subsequent games without him have established.  [...]

Defending to win against Zagreb, Sevco roulette

Dinamo Zagreb dropped points for the second time in 10 league games this season on Saturday when they drew a blank against bottom of the table Slaven Koprivnica.  Slaven took only one point from five league games in August, and lost heavily to Zagreb on the opening day of the season, but have tightened up [...]

Dunfermline catches up with former BoS Masterton

Gavin Masterton, who as managing director of Bank of Scotland in the 1990s, was one of the financial lynchpins behind the issuance of credit to some of the leading investors in Scottish football, and was responsible for what was seen as reluctance to extend competitive terms to Celtic AFTER Fergus McCann’s takeover, today issued notice [...]

Consistency needed before talk of trebles

This is the last day to complete our survey into who we, the Celtic community, are, our thoughts, values and where we came from.  It’s a short, anonymous, survey, with questions on the Living Wage, the Offensive Behaviour Act, Resolution 12 and other topics, including your view on last week’s referendum. Thousands of people have [...]

Concerns remain after first clean sheet in 9

Last night’s convincing win was exactly what was needed.  Hearts were subjugated by three goals and an avalanche of chances, John Guidetti got off the mark and we kept a clean sheet after eight games without one. We are a lot more potent up front than we were a month ago and the return of [...]

The Celtic Park theatre

Slightly annoyed at being moved from the Upper North tonight but after experiences of League Cup games at this time of the season against Partick, Falkirk and Morton, it’s probably no bad thing that atmosphere is concentrated up close and personal to the field.  Celtic Park can be an intimidating theatre, but League Cup nights [...]

Hugely important League Cup tie

We have had games which were hugely important to the club, and to our new manager, some which were ‘must win’ games, which were ultimately lost, but tomorrow’s League Cup tie against Hearts is a must win game for different reasons. A year ago we lost in this competition to one of the worst teams [...]

Ronny, this is your starting point

Ronny Deila seems to be more upset at the poor performance yesterday than I was. My expectation on hearing the team matched what we saw. We have taken big steps to turn things around in recent weeks but, Ronny, this is your starting point, and it’s not as high as you might have thought. Hopefully [...]

Textbook away performance, Brand Britain

I was a bit annoyed at BT’s halftime analysis which suggested Celtic were more than fortunate to be level at that stage.  Salzburg had just enjoyed their best 15 minute period of the game, but, from beginning to end, Celtic’s performance was a textbook lesson on how to play away from home in Europe.  We took [...]

The day has come

Celtic’s primary job tonight is to defend properly, something we have singularly failed to do this season to anything like the levels achieved last term.  This is not solely to do with the defence, and has nothing to do with the goalkeeper (who missed the Legia debacle), but is a function of the entire team. [...]

Deila and Hutter bedding into their new teams

There are parallels between Salzburg and Celtic.  After an outstanding season Salzburg lost their coach, Roger Schmidt, in May to Bayer Leverkusen, appointing Adolf Hutter (commentators beware), who previously managed Austrian Bundesliga club Grodig and is largely unknown outside Austria. Unlike Ronny Deila, Hutter has not tried to change Salzburg’s system, but the period of [...]

Defences, views and runs

We can take some comfort in the fact that Salzburg have lost three games on the bounce but they sit in second spot in the Austrian Bundesliga, Celtic are fourth in the Scottish Premiership and have won only one of their previous five games.  The Austrians will see just as much comfort in our form. [...]

Who we are and our values

For some months now, a CQN’er and academic has prepared a project to identify who we, the Celtic support, are in 2014, what our views are, where we come from and how closely our objectives align with the Club. The project takes the form of a questionnaire, which asks some personal questions, like your political [...]

Profitable Celtic accounts last year despite revenue dip

Celtic released their financial results for the year to 30 June 2014 this afternoon.  The club remained profitable to the tune of £11.17m (2013: £9.74m) despite a 14$ drop in revenue to £64.74m.  The net cash position at the end of the year was hardly changed from the previous year at £3.83m. Football and stadium [...]

Riches available for Ronny, now let Imran retire to Charlotte Sq

The point was made several times below yesterday’s article that Ronny Deila needs a full strength team on the park tomorrow, as well as an impressive performance and result, which is hard to argue with. The possibility that Scott Brown could return, as well as potential debuts for Aleks Tonev, Wakaso Mubarak, Stefan Scepovic and [...]

Ronny’s Aberdeen-Salzburg dilemma

Before the second leg against Maribor I went into detail about how important it was for Ronny Deila to rest his players.  He did, we lost to Inverness and players spent the bulk the Maribor game looking like strangers. Since then players’ propensity to look strangers has increased, with the arrival of Stefan Scepovic, John [...]

ECA, Interpol, another day at the office for Scottish football

Pleased to see the Club recognised for CelticLive, the stadium WiFi and content imitative by the European Club Association.  Anything which builds our profile at the ECA is welcome. Today’s Telegraph assures us Newco Rangers chief executive, Graham Wallace, is set to  leave the club with his plans to raise £4m at a pending share [...]

Scots clubs exclusion from UK market ferments disaffection

Amid all the debate about oil, currency, pensions and a million other items, I’m surprised higher questions have not been asked about our cultural identity.  I’ve never said I’m British in my life, I’m Scottish, but the full story is more subtle than that. Despite being a football fan, a Scot and a Gordon Strachan [...]

Anchored by Foundation

The sun shone, McStay’s Maestro’s ‘Celtic’ won from being two goals down and 25,000 people contributed to War Child, Unicef and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.  Yesterday was another defining yardstick on the Celtic journey. Getting the balance of these games right, in order to provide an actual ‘match’, is difficult, but the two sides managed [...]

Warning from Blue Knights comes home to roost

o Newco Rangers have £1.2m in the bank and the courts have just arrested £620k, leaving circa £600k available.  In early September.  Football clubs have their cash high water mark in June, after season ticket money arrives, with the low-point coming the month before, so is liquidation just around the corner?  Not necessarily. The club [...]

Prevailing attitude of hunger

Judging by these quotes, John Guidetti may just be the most excited footballer on the planet right now: “I’m just going to work my socks off…. do my absolute very best…. give 100%. “The one thing I hate more than anything is losing. I can’t stand it. “For 90 minutes I am always giving everything. [...]

There’s only one John Guidetti

I’m beginning to believe some of the ‘Unseen..’ paranoia that goes around town myself.  Absolutely delighted, and a bit surprised, Fifa ratified John Guidetti’s transfer to Celtic.  He’s a player we have tried to buy for three consecutive summer transfer windows; this guy has been watched, courted and pursued by Celtic, Feyenoord, Ajax and no [...]

Long term more important with Guidetti

The most important news concerning John Guidetti is no longer whether Fifa recognise his registration, it’s whether John is keen to remain in Glasgow beyond May next year. The player is not eligible for the Europa League group stage, and it is not critically important he joins for Premiership football in the first half of [...]

The summer 2014 Transfer Window

Last month I wrote about the highly-effective transfer windows culminating with the capture of Mikael Lustig in January 2012.  The list of those who arrived over the next 18 months, culminating in the signature of Teemu Pukki on 31 August 2013, is largely a catalogue of expensive mishap.  If only one of of the strikers [...]

Guidetti awaits Fifa, Scepovic held nerve

Celtic await ratification of Guidetti’s transfer by the SFA.  The player travelled to Glasgow yesterday afternoon and quickly concluded a deal with Celtic, but it took until late in the evening before paperwork arrived from Manchester. Aware of the delay, Celtic applied to the SFA for an extension.  The SFA authorised the extension and subsequently [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Sept 2, 2014

Celtic Land £2.3m Scepovic But Guidetti Loan Deal looks a No-Go. Delayed paperwork at Man City end cited as contributing to late registration. Celts hoping for an SFA appeal to FIFA. (Evening Times) Celtic Sign Stefan Scepovic At The Second Attempt. Celts miss out on Falcao, but land on-off-on again Serbian hitman. (Sky) John Guidetti [...]

Guidetti and Scepovic complete Celtic line-up

Things looked touch and go earlier today but Celtic pulled a late double swoop to sign John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City, and Stefan Scepovic on a four year deal from Sporting Gijon.  Guidetti has been a Celtic transfer rumour since his 20 goals in 23 games stint at Feyenoord as a teenager in [...]

Lessons from Jerry Maguire

News that a striker reneged on a verbal commitment to join the club 24 hours before deadline day should surprise no one.  Think back to that line from Jerry Maguire, when Jerry’s girlfriend hears he had secured a representative deal on a handshake, not an actual contract.  The agent’s reminder of Lesson One in business [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Sept 1, 2014

Blow For Celtic as Stefan Scepovic Deal Collapses. It’s reported that Serb striker has walked away from a 4 year deal with Celtic at the last minute. (Scotsman) Griffiths Scores First Goal Under Ronny Deila. Watch Lee tie up the game against Dundee. (SPFL) Dundee 1-1 Celtic. Match report including interview with the managers. (BBC)

QUICK NEWS Aug 31, 2014

Dundee V Celtic Preview. (Teamtalk) Celtic Need to Show More Humility. More comments from the Chief Exec. and Ronny. (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 30, 2014

Lawwell: Celtic Among Best-Run Clubs in World. Interview with Celtic CEO. (Scotsman) Lawwell Says He Will Fight To Keep Van Dijk and Commons. Celtic want Van Dijk to stay at club. Also they  will open contract extension negotiations with Kris Commons agent on Tuesday. (Herald) Europa League Calendar. Group stage dates and fixtures. (uefa.com) New [...]

Europa door ajar for Celtic

When we drew Maribor I wrote about their performance in last season’s Europa League, when they were eliminated by eventual winners, Sevilla.  Our man, Blaz, in Slovenia, also warned me that this was a settled team who had improved since ending Rangers’ interest in European football three years ago. I watched Red Bull Salzburg destroy [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 29, 2014

Celtic Finalise Deal For Scepovic. Transfer completed for 24 yr old Serbian striker. (Evening Times) Wakaso Mubarak Eager To Show Strengths At Celtic. Winger with a passion to excel joins Celts on season-long loan. (Scotsman)  

Mubarak brings echoes of another adamant player

Occasionally an innocuous comment left here can stay with you for years.  The day following the 2005 defeat in Bratislava someone wrote, “I suspect we’ll find an injury in Nakamura’s fitness test”.  The player was scheduled to sign imminently, but with Champions League income looking unlikely, doubts emerged that Celtic would pay the money. Soon [...]

Unfathomable collapse from Celtic

Surprised?  Well, yes.  This was a no-contest early-on in Maribor last week.  Even though Celtic didn’t come home with the win, the chances, balance of possession and play, were well in their favour.  A defeat last night was never out of the question, but it was the nature of the defeat that was most concerning.  [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 27, 2014

Celtic Boss Ronny Deila: We Deserved to go Out’. Ronny confirms what we all know: ‘We are not good enough for the Champions League’. (Scotsman) Deila Pragmatic After  Exit. Post match interview. (Teamtalk)

Our α and Ω

I’m getting beside myself with annoyance at the emergence of blog and online distractions ahead of the most important game of the season.  Darling-Salmond do not get my heart pounding, Henrik Larsson’s summer conversation with Celtic (he was asked if he was interested, he said he’s not ready, nothing more than that), and despite the [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 26, 2014

Ronny Deila’s £20m Decision for Celtic in UCL. Ronny has major decisions to make in terms of formation, tactics, how aggressive to be, how to balance the team in the crucial Champions League team. (Scotsman) Simundza: Pressure is on Celtic. Maribor coach says the partisan Parkhead crowd will not faze his team. He expects Celtic [...]

Maribor fatigue levels

While Maribor were clearly second best at home to Celtic last week they remain a potent threat to our season.  You can be sure they’ve watched every minute of every game Celtic have played this season and will have dissected each defensive lapse.  Our acknowledged weaknesses – primarily a defence which has yet to find [...]

Celtic player luxury not afforded to Maribor

While Ronny Deila rested 10 players ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League play-off decider, Maribor changed only four players for their 3-0 win over Zavrc, who were three points ahead of them on the Slovenian league.  Wednesday’s goalscorer, Bohar, was replaced midway through the second half, while Tavares came on for the last 10 minutes. Whatever [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 24, 2014

Celtic Youngster Callum McGregor Relishes the Spotlight. 21-year-old midfielder has been a revelation this season and he is loving it. (Daily Express) Ronny Deila Urges Authorities to Look at Scandinavian Model When Scheduling League Calendar. Boss makes a case for summer football. (Telegraph) Callum McGregor is £20m Man for Celtic. Ronny loves players who continuously [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 23, 2014

Celtic Near Stefan Scepovic Transfer As Newcastle Back Off Virgil Van Dijk. Speculation that Celts are in pole position to land Serbian striker. (Daily Express) Jo Inge Berget Boosted By Standard Of Scots Game. Norwegian forward says he is impressed with the football in Scotland so far. Doesn’t know much about the league leaders Inverness, [...]

Emerging talent, Slovenian reaction, footballs morals

Delighted to hear Ronny Deila is planning to rest players ahead of Tuesday’s Cup Final.  There is plenty to be gained from playing the next wave of Callum McGregors at Inverness tomorrow, and little to be lost in the league race. Our unique position in world football, a club who are so massively bigger than [...]

Pass and move Celtic click into gear

Last night’s performance was a vast improvement on the horrible displays against Legia and gave us our second insight (after United) into how Ronny Deila is changing the way Celtic play football. Key to the performance was the movement of his two Norwegians, Stefan Johansen and Jo Inge Berget, Callum McGregor and Beram Kayal.  Johansen, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 21, 2014

Deila: We Deserved A Win. Post match interview with Ronny. (Sky) Gordon Happy With a Draw. Craig comments after the game. (Sky) Ronny Deila Calls on Celtic Fans To Roar His Team into Champions League Group Stages After Draw Against Maribor. With the away goal in hand, the manager believes the fans backing at Paradise [...]

Opportunity to claim a great Celtic reputation

Within a few hours the first leg of our Summer Cup Final will be upon us.  Make no mistake about it, these are the biggest games of our season. The players and manager have learned plenty about European football over the last four weeks to know the scale of the task.  Maribor will be given [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 20, 2014

Anthony Stokes Vows to ‘Move on and Make Amends’. Anthony’s pre-game thoughts. (Scotsman) Champions League: Tough Experience For Celtic – Ronny Deila. Video sound bite of Ronny’s pre-match interview. (BBC) Fergus McCann – Celtic In Good Shape. The Bunnet talks about his view of the current Celtic club and how he’s more interested in how [...]

Hamstrung, Great Irony, Unicef, War Child

On his third appearance back after injury, James Forrest pulled-up in the dying moments of Saturday’s game clutching his hamstring.  The player will be devastated but the mood was no better among those walking away from the stadium minutes later.  Just as James was back and planning for what looked like an important season in [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 19, 2014

Legia Warsaw Fail Champions League Appeal and Boerrigter Accepts a Two-Game Ban for Diving. Legia’s last chance appeal to CAS dismissed. With the CL gift in their hands, its now up to Celtic to grab it or squander it. Derk accepts SFA offer of 2 games out for simulation charge. (Daily Express) Celtic Face Race [...]

Maribor boo boy keeper and star men

Maribor are currently playing monopoly with the Slovenian league, having won four titles in a row, and have a very settled, experienced, team. The season before they eliminated Rangers into oblivion in 2011 they defeated Hibernian home and away, who had Anthony Stokes in their side.  It’s worth noting that Edinburgh police arrested 30 Maribor [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 17, 2014

Rampant Celtic Hit United For Six. Video highlights of the game (SPFL) Deila Wants Squad To Lose Weight, Speed Up. Ronny’s philosophy about fitness. (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 16, 2014

Ronny Deila Reveals Personal Sacrifice in Living Celtic Dream. Ronny talks about living Celtic 24/7, how he’s settling in Glasgow and missing his family. (Telegraph) Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino Made Stars Do Triple Training and Walk Over Hot Coals. His Methods Pay But Players Say… He Works You Like a Dog. The approach of a [...]

Bitterest pill, hilarious, angry, ranting

News that the Maribor game later this month is on the season book has setup a dramatic climax to what will be remembered for decades as a remarkable month in our history.  We didn’t ask for this situation.  As we drifted away from Murrayfield, our thoughts were only of Celtic’s abject display, but nine days [...]

Celtic growing into their skin, more on Maribor

You could see Celtic mature during last night’s game.  They were defensively solid during the first half, and Craig Gordon was assured throughout, but for the best part of an hour we scarcely tested St Johnstone. That changed after the goal, which arrived just as St Johnstone were enjoying their best period of the game.  [...]

Maribor, St Johnstone and resolving Murrayfield

Did you watch the European Super Cup from Cardiff last night?  Europa League champions Sevilla lost out to Real Madrid but the team from Andalucía got there after beating Maribor 4-3 on aggregate.  The Slovenian’s narrow defeat deserves some context: Sevilla also eliminated Real Betis, Porto, Valencia and Benfica. Make no mistake, we’re up against [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 13, 2014

Polish FA Chief Brands Legia Incompetent As It Emerges Ineligible Defender Raised Suspension Issue BEFORE Match That Got Them Axed. Apparently the player questioned suspension with his club before the Celtic game. Boniek and the suspended player have no issue with Celtic. Ronny Deila: Celtic Will Be Careful With Their Money in ‘Tough Market’. Interview [...]

Legia less appealing, Man City under-grad

Surprised we got two in yesterday, as Manchester City under-grad, Jason Denayer, signed for a year-long loan last night.  The 19-year-old has yet to play first team football so is likely to be considered as backup at Celtic, though reports are promising. Not surprised that Legia Warsaw have lodged an appeal to Uefa to be [...]

Tonev arrives after a season long chase

A year after trying and failing to sign him from Lech Poznan, Celtic have secured the services of Aleksandar Tonev from Aston Villa.  Tonev has blistering pace, a right footer who is usually used on the left, he is an archetypal counter-attacking player. The player’s profile blossomed during the first six months of 2013, in [...]

Celtic should appeal to Uefa to change processes, fudge doughnuts

I’m not convinced that any meeting of minds between Celtic and Legia Warsaw to allow the latter to take the place of the former in the Champions League play-off round would be recognised by Uefa.  Having researched as thoroughly as possible, I’ve found no precedent for such an arrangement to be invoked. It would, therefore, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 11, 2014

Celtic Bring In Tonev On Year-Long Loan Deal. Versatile winger Aleksandar Tonev to sign for the Hoops? (Evening Times) Player Profile. Some stats on Tonev. (Transfer Markt).  

Legia frustration spills onto Celtic

In a press conference today, Legia major shareholder, Dariusz Mioduski, has been scathing about Celtic, who benefited from Legia’s mistake last week.  Perhaps his most important comment was, “The football family of Legia are all suffering now.  Their dreams are shattered, it’s against football values”. There can be no doubt that Legia are suffering and [...]

La Gran Muralla, a genuine Celtic hero

Fraser Forster had a daily routine which verged on OCD.  He rose at 6:00, ate his first meal of the day, drove to Lennoxtown (while eating six pancakes, as it happens), then worked-out in the gym.  He stopped for ‘breakfast’ with the rest of the team, his third intake of the day, before training started [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 9, 2014

Southampton Set To Sign Fraser Forster For £10m From Celtic. Adios, La Gran Muralla. (Guardian) Ronny Deila: Celtic Will Grab Second Bite Of Champions League Cherry.  Manager says time to start winning, gelling and defend well. (Daily Express)

Maribor slight favourites

Celtic will face Maribor from Slovenia in the Champions League play-off round.  Maribor, of course, played a critical part in the death of Rangers, when they eliminated Ally MsCoist’s team from Europe a few months after Craig Whyte took over from Sir David Murray.  Having heard the 6-1 aggregate result against Legia, they are already [...]

Lady luck, £5m decision, HMRC

Sion had their elimination coming, totally banged to rights.  Legia made a stupid mistake which came to light after two of the most impressive and important victories in their recent history.  Football can be a cruel game.  I’m genuinely gutted for them. Notwithstanding that, after we read the rules and found precedents the outcome was [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 8, 2014

Celtic Could Be Back In Champions League. Never a dull moment with the Bhoys, who could know their fate this morning. (Daily Express) Poor Squad And Manager’s Experience Cost Celtic. Difficult time for Celtic caused by multiple factors. (Scotsman)

Decline goes back to January 2012

It feels like rock bottom this morning and, as far as Europe is concerned, it probably is.  The ties against Legia were our worst performances in Europe.  Neuchâtel has a horrible 90 minutes, Artmedia was a 20 minute collapse, and we beat Utrecht comfortably at home, but this was abject over two games. There are [...]

Celtic have enough in the tank

The most important aspect about team plan for tonight will be the balancing act between aggression and discipline.  Celtic need to get in about Legia without losing discipline.  Legia roped us in perfectly last week.  A buoyant home crowd fed off meaty challenges but when the red mist rose, they adopted choir boy looks.  We [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 6, 2014

Duda: St. Patrick’s Better Than Celtic. Legia midfielder doesn’t rate Celtic. (Herald) Ronny Deila Believes Celtic Can Beat Legia Warsaw. Pre-match video interview with Ronny. (TV3 NZ) Premier League Planning European Under-21 Tournament For New Season. Celts invited by EPL to participate with a select group of clubs in newly proposed competition. (Guardian)

Performing with an edge, naked opportunism

If you were a professional football player, you would love to be in the Celtic dressing room tomorrow evening.  You would have the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself; put in a big, meaningful performance.  Record a bit of history and create a uniquely memorable victory. There are some players who are fraught with anxiety on [...]

Turning under-performance into awesomeness

I’m reliably informed Legia will not ‘park the bus’ on Wednesday.  Instead, with a three goal lead, they have enough legroom to play their normal game, attempt to compete in the middle of the park, and expose holes at the back, as they did last week.  What’s more, they’re unsure they would be able to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 3, 2014

Celtic V Legia Warsaw: First-Leg Flak Deserved. While it was all-change in the football management side, a  huge mistake was not to play safe and go with limited team change and away tactics in Warsaw, to avoid a predictable banana skin. (Scotsman) Goalkeepers ‘Gamblers’ Fallacy” Impacts Penalty Shoot-outs. Interesting research into goalkeeper tendencies at penalties. [...]

Time to pair Lustig and VVD in central defence

This afternoon’s friendly against Tottenham Hotspur gives Ronny Deila a dilemma.  Last weekend he played a second string against St Pauli, but with things going so wrong in Warsaw on Wednesday, the pressure is on to pull a game plan together which will work at Murrayfield. Our other concern is that the squad, without Ambrose, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Aug 2, 2014

John Collins: Celtic Won’t Make Panic Buys Despite Defeat In Poland. Asst. Manager speaks to press before team leaves Glasgow airport. (STV) Ronny Deila Will Recover From Poor Start As Boss Of Celtic, Says Assistant John Collins.  Ronny is resilient and will get over the Legia result. He stayed in Scotland to take the first [...]

Parallels with Artmedia offer hope to Ronny Deila

On the road this week so today’s blog is by author Stephen O’Donnell: Pick the bones out of that! I didn’t see Legia against St. Patrick’s Athletic in the previous qualifying round, but by all accounts they were fairly unimpressive, even in winning 5 – 0 in Dublin. I was even tempted to have a [...]

Defensive and tactical failure

This was a defensive and tactical failure.  Efe Ambrose was slow to follow his man for the first goal (Fraser was the beaten easily, though redeemed himself later).  Efe was also brushed off the ball at the second goal.  Strength in the six yard box is imperative for a central defender. Mikael Lustig was caught [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update July 3, 2014

Celtic Lose 4-1 To Legia Warsaw In Champions League. Video of the goals from last’s night game (Channel 3, NZ)) Ronny Deila Fumes After Celtic Are Thrashed 4-1 By Legia Warsaw In Champions League Qualifier. Manager lays blame on himself and players after disastrous performance. (Daily Mail)

Tensions and preparations ahead of first big test

As Ronny Deila chose to leave first team players to their training duties, instead taking a fringe squad for Saturday’s friendly against St Pauli, Norwegian compatriot, Henning Berg, had a league game in Cracow, which Legia won comfortably. Playing games is the best way to improve fitness but two games per week comes at a [...]

A number 10

A journalist friend in Norway tells me Jo Inge Berget is a traditional no. 10, not a striker. We need both. Kris Commons fills the creative roll almost exclusively, we need someone to share the burden, but we still need a strong, penalty box striker, who can stand up to the pressures of Champions League [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 29, 2014

Jo Inge Berget Profile. Stats on the new Bhoy. (Transfer Markt) Celtic Boss Deila Appoints Lunov As First-Team Coach. Haakon joins Ronny and John Collins on the bench, as the new manager continues to bring his modern approach to the team. (Evening Times)

Jo Inge Berget in ahead of Legia

As always, it’s important to get the players you want, not end up with fourth or fifth choice, so on that measure, I’m happy Ronny Deila has secured a player he knows well. Jo Inge Berget is a wide attacking player, who will fit into the manager’s high-tempo, pressing, style of play. The deal, a [...]

Standard Watt

Two years ago, Tony Watt was putting a light under our fire. The debut goals at Motherwell, the point rescued at Dingwall, then came THAT goal, his future looked secure, but it’s been downhill since. Tony has the athletic abilities to be a firm favourite, but Neil Lennon shipped him out a year ago, amid [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 28, 2014

Celtic Agree Fee Of £1.2m With Standard Liege For Striker Tony Watt. Belgian club who have been tracking Tony are reported to have landed him. (Daily Mail) Deila Views Legia As Huge Obstacle For Celtic. Manager speaks respectfully of next round opponents. (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 5am Update July 27, 2014

‘I’m Not The New Broony’, Says Stefan Johansen. Stefan talks about his midfield role, what he needs to improve, and Ronny. (Scotsman) Henning Berg: Celtic Are The Better Side. Legia Warsaw manager thinks the Polish league is better than the SPFL, but Celtic are a step above his own team. (Daily Express)

St Pauli 1-0 Celtic

By Alex Gordon. A DREADFUL penalty-kick miss by Bahrudin Atajic condemned Ronny Deila to his first defeat as Celtic manager. The Bosnian striker had the ideal opportunity to level the scores four minutes from time after substitute Paul McMullan had been downed in the box. Unfortunately, Atajic blazed his spot-kick over the bar into the [...]

Scottish football on solid ground

Any away win by a Scottish club in the Netherlands is noteworthy but Aberdeen’s win last night is even more significant. It is a sign that a recovery is underway in one of Scottish football’s perennial underachievers. St Johnstone’s result is more of the same after last year’s achievements. Motherwell’s sorry exit is a lesson [...]

Legia looming

Celtic have played four games against Polish opposition, losing to Legia Warsaw and Wisla Crakow in 2006 friendlies, drawing thanks to a very late Kenny Dalglish goal against Wislaw, before losing the return game. We’re going to need to break new ground if we’re to reach the Champions League play-off round. As I predicted, you [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 23, 2014

Things Get Freaky In Auld Reekie As Celtic Visit. It wasn’t Paradise, it was different alright,  but Celtic and their fans had fun in the capital. (Scotsman) Virgil Van Dijk And Teemu Pukki Strike Twice For Bhoys As Ronny Deila’s Side Secure Place In Third Round Of Champions League Qualifying. Game summary and pics of [...]

Festival day for Celtic

There’s going to be a Festival atmosphere as Celtic make their home in Edinburgh for the first time tonight. With the away win already secured, and the opposition little more than tourists, we’ll see little of what Ronny Deila has in store for us this season. Get through early, car pool, or take bus or [...]

Jetsam, flotsam and aggregated insight

Great to see so many names from years ago back on the blog yesterday.  As well as the jetsam and flotsam of life at Celtic, there have been times when the blog has had real value to the few, and occasionally, to the many.  Once or twice, we’ve made a real difference to our club. [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 21, 2014

Celtic’s Kris Commons Named In Europe’s Top 25. Kris keeps top company in UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award. (Scotsman) Celtic Will Find Murrayfield Pitch Perfect. Scotland rugby player says the Bhoys will be happy with the new hybrid pitch laid at Murrayfield. (Scotsman)

Celtic yesterday, today, forever

The changes over the last decade have been so profound, and are now so established, it’s difficult to recall how different the balance of power was back then.  In 2004, a small handful of people had complete control over the Celtic media narrative. Was Martin O’Neill going to Leeds United?  He was, you were told [...]

Better have Dresden expose some weaknesses

Technically we’re not preseason anymore, but today’s friendly away to Dynamo Dresden is an important step.  There are six weeks before the end of August, with five Champions League qualifier match days in that time. Tuesday’s gentle introduction to competitive challenges was probably a good place to start for Celtic, this week’s run-out at Murrayfield [...]

Anywhere but Warsaw

My thought on looking at our potential opponents this morning was ‘Anywhere but Warsaw’.  Our man Zbyszek tells me Legia were awful in the first leg in Warsaw against St Pat’s, where they drew 1-1 courtesy of a late goal, but we’ve been there.  Henrik Larsson & Co. drew 0-0 against St Pat’s at Celtic [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 18, 2014

Efe Ambrose Says He’s Always Raring to Go. “Because He’s Efe”, Celts centre back’s perpetual motion capacity and can-do attitude means that no matter if he’s playing in the World Cup or against a relatively unknown team, he is always switched on. (Scotsman) Efe Ambrose. Back from the World Cup, Efe speaks to the media [...]

Changing the World, one game at a time

We have a combined book review/Mary’s Meals promotion today.  Celtic fan and politician, Jim Murphy, has written an excellent book, The 10 Football Matches That Changed The World.  It’s in my top three books on the game (as opposed to a player), and gives insight into the deadly intimidation which sparked the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry, [...]

More cunning than Tiger Woods at a cocktail bar

I’ve been meaning to speak to you about this for a while; thought I would wait until the new season, see if anything changed, maybe we could avoid having the chat. There are different ways of watching football games.  There’s the way we watch World Cup games, as unpartisan observers, which is completely different to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 16, 2014

Celtic Beat KR Reykjavik With Late Goal From Debutant Callum McGregor. Match report. (Guardian) Callum McGregor Celebrates ‘Biggest Goal Of His Career’ To Give Celtic Victory Against KR Reykjavik In Champions League Qualifier. Dream debut for 21 year old. (Daily Mail)

Champions League day is here!

Champions League day is here!!  Our season has never before started in a stadium in Reykjavik which holds less than 3,000 people but, on paper, it is the perfect venue.  Should Celtic qualify for the group stages, there will be greater challenges, and when they come, we will be grateful for these competitive games. Cameras [...]

QUICK NEWS July 15, 2014

Kris Commons Insists Progress In Europe Is Critical. Pre-game media interview. (BBC) Manchester United and Adidas In £750m Deal Over 10 Years. Despite a poor season United win world record-breaking sponsorship deal  of £75m per year. Adidas to pay 3 times what Nike paid. (BBC) Dempsey and Yedlin Bring World Cup Momentum Back To Surging [...]

Our major events venue, Adidas backfire, KR nerves

Despite their mid-season status, KR Reykjavik should offer little genuine challenge to Celtic’s squad of Champions League experienced professionals.  Still, the nerves tingle a little seeing a new management team lead the squad out of Glasgow Airport this morning. Hopefully we have six qualifying games ahead.  Where we sit right now, chances of qualification are [...]

Leo lots to do to match Diego

Netherlands thumping Spain 5-1 seems like a season ago.  We’ve had 24 different World Cup-match days since then, during which time most of us have watched close to a season’s worth of football.  The dethroning of Spain, in such dramatic fashion, was an early portent of what we were in store for.  Brazil’s humiliation at [...]

QUICK NEWS July 13, 2014

Celtic Boss Ronny Deila Insists Champions League Progression Is His Top Priority As Bhoys Prepare For Reykjavik Clash. Ronny will play safe for the qualifying round by not rushing his plans to change the team’s style. He wants the players to feel confident in their approach to the game by relying on the strengths they [...]

Dukla, the tragedy and opportunity of the east

Celtic went into the home first leg of their European Cup semi-final against Dukla Prague at 1-1.  Two second half goals from Willie Wallace added to Jimmy Johnstone’s opener were enough to ensure a British team would eventually reach the final of Europe’s premier tournament.  The return leg finished goalless. The clubs met 14 years [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 11, 2014

Kris Commons Set For Contract Talks As Celtic Keen To Tie Goal Machine To New Deal. Ronny recognizes the importance of extending Kris’ contract. Meanwhile the boss steps up the pace in new signings front (Daily Mail) Emilio Aiming Higher For New Campaign. As Emilio Izaguirre enters his 5th year at the cub, with new [...]

Killing Rangers was an inside job

The Upper Tier Tribunal (UTT) sitting on HMRC v Murray International Holdings (MIH) has ordered HMRC’s demand for unpaid tax to be reduced substantially.  Claims Sir David Murray Employee Benefit Trust should be taxed were dismissed, but the UTT was not prepared to endorse that guaranteed bonus payments paid to Rangers players should not be [...]

Chill your jets, excuse to fail

Chill your jets.  Far better to win and score five goals in a preseason friendly than to lose, but these games are all about improving fitness, the score is the least important aspect. Notwithstanding that, I’m pleased Teemu Pukki showed some form in front of goal. I don’t think Celtic would stand in his way [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 9, 2014

Celtic Captain Scott Brown Ruled Out For Up To Three Months After Tearing Hamstring. Broonie to miss the Champions League qualifiers. (Daily Mail) Lask Linz 2 – 5 Celtic: Teemu Pukki Grabs A Hat Trick. Match report. (Scotsman)

Glasgow arms race failure, thanking Sir David

KR Reykjavík recorded a 0-2 win in the Icelandic Cup on Sunday and have one more league game, against bottom club Thor on Thursday, before facing Celtic on Champions League duty a week today. Celtic have a game this evening against LSK Linz before facing a famous name from our past, Dukla Prague, on Friday.  [...]

Ronny introduces an edge on Celtic languid style

Ronny Deila introduced an interesting edge following yesterday’s preseason friendly against Rapid Vienna, saying his players’ “body language wasn’t good.  I can accept not playing well but the most important thing has to be the attitude and that was lacking”. Noting a “lack of energy and that players “looked tired” is par for the course [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 7, 2014

Rapid Vienna 1-1: Pukki Saves The Day. Match report. (Scotsman) Did Holland’s Goalkeeper Tim Krul  Go Too Far With His Intimidation Tactics? Whatever you think of the goalie’s behaviour, it was successful. (Guardian)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 6, 2014

Celtic Manager Rony Deila Open To Possibility of Re-Signing Greek Forward Georgios Samaras. Ronny says mibee aye, mibee naw. (Daily Mail) Celtic Unveil New White Third Kit. Celtic to play in new kit in friendly game. (Scotsman) Celtic FC Release A White 2014/2015 Nike Third Kit. More pics of the new strip. (footballfashion.org)

10-in-a-row, McGarvey, Murray and more

The 10-in-a-Row CQN Charity Golf Day at Aberdour was a great success yesterday.  The irrepressible Frank McGarvey spoke about his formative years in Easterhouse and beyond, with special mentions of his legendary first and last games for Celtic. Len Murray returned six years after his previous appearance, and spoke with humour and authority, but most [...]

11 short days before CL duty

Work ahead of the new season is underway in earnest after Celtic came through a game in Austria against top flight Russian club FC Krasnodar in Austria yesterday afternoon.  Every hour has to be carefully planned from now on. Ronny Deila has only 11 days before taking to an Icelandic field on Champions League duty.  [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 4, 2014

Delighted Ronny Deila Sees Room For Improvement After First Win. Boss overall is pleased with the performance and the team’s progress. Game allowed him to see where improvements can be made. (Celticfc.net) Gordon Grateful For Celtic Chance. New goalkeeper signing says he will work his hardest to meet the football expectations of him; says its [...]

Dougie Dougie and SFA cover-up

As a consequence of items relating to lies told by former referee Dougie McDonald’s no longer being found by searches through Google’s UK portal, while reaming available on the US portal, a suspicion arose that McDonald has used recent EU ruling to have these items expunged from the search engine. During a Dundee United-Celtic game [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 3, 2014

James Forrest May Miss Celtic’s Champions League Qualifiers As New Boss Ronny Deila Refuses To Rush Winger. Ronny recognises the exceptional talent of James but his latest injury, in a long line of injuries, leads the boss to get his injury problems sorted out permanently. (Daily Mail) Ronny Deila Answers Fans’ Questions On Google+. Watch [...]

Tarnished football brands, Europe recovers, Craig Gordon

Lots of credit to the USA and Switzerland, who bowed out of the World Cup in dramatic fashion yesterday, leaving four European and four Latin American teams fighting out for the spoils.  Europe has recovered from its shaky group stage performance, keeping the door open a little longer for smaller European nations. While plaudits for [...]

Federate with England or lose your talented teens

Celtic players’ participation in the World Cup ended yesterday as Efe Ambrose’ Nigeria were eventually overpowered by France.  Baring injury, Efe will be in Champions League duty in Iceland two weeks from today, which leaves the player little scope to rest weary limbs for the season ahead. The fitness management of Efe and Emilio Izaguirre [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update July 1, 2014

Celtic’s Nir Biton Determined To Make Amends. Celts Israeli midfielder is looking forward to the club making inroads in the Champions League. (Daily Express) Celtic Hand Trial To Young Benfica Frontman Sancidino Silva Amid Interest From Olympiakos and Besiktas. Prospect on trial with the Bhoys.(Daily Mail)

European performance, clean skin Blin

It’s not been a good World Cup for Europe, so far. Only six from 13 teams progressed from the group stage.  Those of us with aspirations of seeing Scotland (or Ireland, Wales or another small nation, if that’s your preference) again compete at a World Cup are served by European nations doing well. Past performance [...]

Stunning endeavours on the Ben

Absolutely stunning tales of endeavour from those who climbed the tallest peak on these isles yesterday for the Ben Nevis Huddle to raise funds for Celtic FC Foundation.  The Foundation anchors our club to its founding principles, working locally and worldwide towards four goals: Improve Health Promote Equality Encourage Learning Tackle Poverty It survives because [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 28, 2014

Charlie Mulgrew Hoping For A Settled Position Under Ronny Deila. Charlie is A-ok with continuing to be a utility player for the new manager, although his preference is settling into a single position. (STV) Boy Forced To Turn Down Samaras World Cup Trip. Greek fans have joined Georgios in taking young Jay Beatty to their [...]

Competing with the crazies

News that Hull City had a £6m bid for Robert Snodgrass accepted took the wind out of my sails this morning.  Snodgrass was one of the outstanding performers for clubs in the bottom half of the English Premier League last season, so it’s easy to understand his ticket price, despite only having a year left [...]

Champions League pitfalls

Having the first leg of our Champions League qualifier against KR in Iceland instead of Scotland, as initially drawn, ticks boxes for both clubs.  Without being disrespectful (well, maybe a bit), if the first leg was in Scotland KR could find themselves trying to sell a dead rubber second leg to TV companies.  With their [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 26, 2014

Celtic’s Financial Windfall From 2013/2014 Euro Matches Revealed. Celtic earned £14.1M from last year’s Champions League participation and because of that it also earned £1.5M for Scottish football. (STV) Celtic Will Be First Beneficiaries Of New Murrayfield Worm-Free Pitch When They Play Champions Lague Qualifier At Home Of Scotland’s Rugby Team. Phew, Celtic breathe sigh [...]

Greek tragedy, angry man narrative concludes

The world likes nothing more than an idiot to make us all feel better about ourselves.  The World Cup has duly delivered.  An otherwise intelligent, multi-lingual, footballer, has debased the game, and himself, despite twice before facing the world’s censure. I feel for Italy, who should have seen an opponent sent off before they conceded [...]

Jingoistic lunatics grabbing the stage

Football has been tribal and jingoistic for over a century. Where it succeed in penetrating beyond the scope of a mere sport, it is inherently primitive. This can be a healthy way for people to remain in contact with all that is important in life but it’s often not. Writing in today’s Sun, former Celtic [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 24, 2014

All You Need To Know About Celtic’s Champions League Opponents KR Reykjavik. (STV) Ronny Deila Ready For Champions League Bow With Celtic After Scaring Atletico Madrid. Ronny’s Norwegians gave Atletico a real game of it back in 2011. (Daily Mail) No New Celtic Players Before KR Tie, Says Deila. New manager’s short term focus is [...]

Iceland calls

Celtic will play KR Reykjavik in the Champions League second qualifying round with the first leg taking place on either 15or 16 July.  Celtic are provisionally at home for the first let – but don’t book your flights until arrangements have been confirmed. KR beat Glentoran 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s Europa League qualifying [...]

Tournament of the underdogs

Spain were cut low by Chile, England by Uruguay, Italy by Costa Rica.  Argentina were pushed to the last gasp by Iran, Germany had to come from behind to match Ghana.  Add to this the merit badges earned by Croatia against Brazil, Bosnia against Argentina and the Aussies against the Dutch, and we have a [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 22, 2014

John Collins Energised By Prospect of Europe. Assistant Manager looks forward to the first competitive Euro game in mid July and is excited regardless of who we get in Monday’s draw. (Scotsman) Costa Rica Stand Tall As The Little Team That Grew Up Fast. Costa Rica show that a nation with a smaller population than [...]

Filling the need for an alpha-male role model

We’re close enough to the English psyche to intimately understand their hopes and fears ahead of a tournament like the World Cup, but the M74 provides enough space for those of us based within a short distance of Celtic Park to have the kind of perspective that’s not possible for most fans immersed in the [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 20, 2014

Collins Shares Deila Football Philosophy. John is fully aware, as is Ronny, that the demands at Celtic are to win trophies and play exciting, entertaining football. (Scotsman) Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round. With the draw just days away, here are the potential teams Celtic could face -assuming some of them clear the 1st round. (Bert [...]

White shirted fitness freaks arrive at Training Centre

Fixtures are out and the management team are in-situ at Bobbylennoxtown; the air of anticipation for a new chapter in a 126-year-old story lies heavy over Celtic supporters.  I wish we were starting tomorrow. If you are a Celtic player, what would your overbearing sentiment be today?  If it was me, looking at photos of [...]

Collins arrival means new type of management team at Celtic

Two years ago, current Inverness manager, John Hughes, was guest of honour at the CQN Golf Day.  For around two hours during the meal he spoke privately to me about John Collins. Hughes worked alongside Collins at Livingston and regarded our new assistant manager as the most insightful, tactically aware and innovative person he’d met [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 18, 2014

John Collins Can Make His Mark On His Return After Becoming Ronny Deila’s First Signing. While John will have some adapting to do as he has never been an Assistant Manager before, his credentials are perfect for the job and aligned with his new boss. (Daily Mail) Celtic Assistant Role Thrills John  Collins. John is [...]

Efe and Izzie getting hard time on TV

I was slightly miffed at Neil Lennon’s TV comments on Efe Ambrose yesterday, “He can’t cross”, but on reflection, better Neil points out the player’s flaws to the nation than gives him a ringing endorsement.  I’d a similar sentiment after Emilio Izaguirre’s dangerous looking forward step against France, which was never in danger of making [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 17, 2014

Celtic’s Champions’ Hurdle. A look through the squad to weigh up who might be ready for the first Champions League games in July, and who might fill Samaras striker’s boots. (Evening Times) Exclusive: Interview With Celtic Striker Tony Watt. (Scotzine)

Charlie is back, did he ever go away?

So Charlie’s back.  Did he ever really go away? I suspect not.  Sevco Scotland/The Rangers FC/Rangers International is Charles Green’s project.  He was the guy who picked the pieces up from the Rangers liquidator. He was the guy, through liberal use of words like ‘bigotry’, ‘No surrender’ and ‘Dallas Cowboys’ managed to convince thousands of [...]

Brilliant Oranje, notorious Franz

Absolutely delighted the Dutch injected some swagger into the World Cup last night.  Diego Costa continued the pattern this week of Brazilian born players profiting from a tumble inside the box, gifting Spain an early lead from the penalty spot, but the Dutch were irresistible. Exactly how they managed to improve their performance against Spain, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 14, 2014

Celtic’s Teemu Pukki Hoping To Shine Under Deila.  After finishing the season on a strong note, Finnish striker is excited to play under  the new manager who has an attacking philosophy. (Scotsman) Who Is Ronny Deila And What Can Celtic Fans Expect From Their New Manager. (Bleacher Report)

Financial fundamentals, credit where due at Ibrox

Credit where it’s due, season ticket sales at Ibrox near 17,000, with so many people trying to force the club into the gutter, is an achievement, and ignore anyone who doubts this figure.  Respect to those fans who have remained ‘loyal’.  The information was released to the stock market, so sales will definitely be north [...]

The Greatest Show on Earth

PT Barnum may have been right 150 years ago, but The Greatest Show on Earth these days gets underway this afternoon, despite the shameful corruption displayed by Fifa.  By comparison, the Olympics is a sideshow.  My first experience of the World Cup was watching Scotland play Zaire in 1974.  For 20-odd years the tournament had [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 12, 2014

Celtic’s Plans To Install Safe Standing Areas Are Delayed But Club Hopeful Of Progress. The Safety Advisory Group want more information from the club before reaching a conclusion. (Daily Mail) FIFA ‘Like Mafia Family’, Says Former FA Boss, Triesman. Former Chairman of the English FA pulls no punches saying that Don Corleone would admire its [...]

So-called spivs only ones to cough up again

It appears that the so-called spivs are once again the only people likely to put their hands in their pockets to fund the coming season’s shortfall at Newco Rangers.  There has been a campaign for much of this year to drive the club into the gutter, although on this occasion no one has accused Celtic [...]

Blatter Ad hominem, Hampden, Thompson

Rumours circulated last week that is was Sepp Blatter who leaked the million or so emails to The Sunday Times, allowing them to uncover previously hidden payments between Fifa delegates at the time of the Qatar 2022 vote.  That looks fanciful in the face of Blatters tub-thumping, that criticism of the voting process is motivated [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 10, 2014

New Celtic Manager Ronny Deila Bids Farewell to Stromsgodset Fans. Watch Norwegian fans pay tribute to Ronny. (STV) John Kennedy Joins Collins As Possible Celtic No 2. Ronny’s assistant not named yet, as Celtic’s youth coach is rumoured to be one of the candidates. (Scotsman) Sepp Blatter Hits out At ‘Racist’ British Media And Plot [...]

Fergus returns to the debate

On many fronts I’m delighted Fergus McCann feels confident enough to get back involved with Celtic, some 15 years after departing the scene.  It wasn’t always this way.  We reached our first European final in 33 years largely as a result of the groundwork he put in place, but he didn’t feel comfortable making the [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 8, 2014

Tony Watt Keen To Grab Second Chance At Celtic Under New Boss Ronny Deila. Celts young striker, back from Belgium loan, is out to impress the new boss and break into the first team. (Daily Mail) Virgil Van Dijk Urged to Stay At Celtic One More Year. With a successful first season under his belt, [...]

Energising offensively

I’ve spoken to many Celtic fans over the last couple of days but I’ve not met one who would have preferred Roy Keane to be our manager instead of Ronny Deila.  Despite some impeccable references, Ronny is a largely unknown character, but there is an appreciation among the support that we need to come up [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update, June 7, 2014

Ronny Deila Admits He Was Swayed By Parkhead Atmosphere To Take Celtic Job. Ronny attended the Barcelona game at Celtic Park last November and was amazed with the fans. (Telegraph) Norwegian Deila Appointed Celtic Coach. Deila treasures the moment and commits to give it his all. (thelocal.no) I’ll Be Ron The Ball At Celtic. Ronny [...]

Deila-Day

The Art of Winning an Unfair Game After Neil Lennon resigned we discussed how Celtic have recently appointed managers to address the most glaring deficiency of the previous boss.  Gordon Strachan bought in value markets, whereas Martin O’Neill pretty much bought players who appeared on Match of the Day or Sportscene. Despite his success, Gordon [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 6, 2014

Celtic On The Verge Of Appointing Stromsgodset Coach Ronny Deila as New Manager. Could we see a Ronny and Collins combo at Celtic Park? (Telegraph) Ronny Deila arrives in Scotland Ahead Of Unveiling As Celtic Boss. New manager appointment looks imminent. (STV) Craig Gordon In Signing Talks With Scottish Champions. Former Scotland goalkeeper may be [...]

Moneyball student of the game

The extent of Celtic’s pursuit of Ronny Deila can be seen from the fact that Peter Lawwell established a false identity before setting up a Norwegian football blog in early 2012 to allow him to pen this article titled, The Awesomeness of Ronny Deila.  There is a chance the blog wasn’t written by our CEO, [...]

Some background on Ronny Deila

Some perspective first.  Ronny Deila, manager of Norwegian champions Stromsgodset, is not about to be appointed Celtic manager.  He does, meet the criteria, unlike the various one-season wonders cast aside from the English Premier League.  I believe there are two other strong candidates, Ronny has no pre-eminence at this stage, but unlike the various ‘favourites’ [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 4, 2014

Tom Rogic Opens Up About World Cup Heartache And A Shattered Childhood Dream. Celtic’s Aussie midfielder’s sadness about missing out on the World Cup due to a lost fitness battle. (theage.com.au) Michel Platini Insists Qatar Bid Was Not Mentioned In Bin Hammam Meeting. Foggy mess continues to swirl around FIFA. (Guardian)

Keane would have been unacceptable risk to Celtic

What a lot of nonsense we’re been through since last week.  My information was that we were interested in Roy Keane but no deal had been concluded.  Martin O’Neill helpfully (cough) poured fuel on the fire by confirming he gave Roy permission to speak to Celtic, but despite several newspapers running the story that he [...]

Keane asks not to be considered

Reports out of Ireland that Roy Keane is no longer in the running for the Celtic job are correct.  The former Sunderland and Ipswich boss asked not to be considered as Celtic have tightened their shortlist over the past few days. The overwhelming majority of opinion on the blog and elsewhere is that Celtic would [...]

Fifa corruption

Don’t want to divert attention from the imminent coronation at Celtic Park but a bit of respect is due to the (old media) Sunday Times for their opus yesterday on the corruption at Fifa surrounding the World Cup 2022 bids. Work like this can only be undertaken by a well-resourced publication, which remains the exclusive [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update June 2, 2014

Martin O’Neill Expects Swift Decision. Martin is hoping for a decision on Roy Keane’s Celtic  candidacy by Wednesday. (BBC) Qatar World Cup: Bin Hammam ‘Acted Like Head Of Crime Organisation’. Corruption spotlight is on the Qatari construction magnate who wielded influence within the executive committee of FIFA. (Guardian)

The curious significant of 1 June

There’s something I’ve never been able to figure out for the last nine years.  When Gordon Strachan was announced as Celtic manager, on 1st June 2014, he apologised to the media for bumping their calls the previous week, as he was due to takeover on that date, and the announcement was embargoed until then. No [...]

Building mainstays, lessons from yesterday

Great news that Mikael Lustig and Emilio Izaguirre have extended their contracts until 2017.  Footballers’ careers flow on a few distinct tracks.  Some are too hot for their clubs to retain, Victor Wanyama, who declined a contract renewal with almost 3 years of his initial deal remaining, fell into this category.  Some, like Georgios Samaras, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 30, 2014

Seedings in The Champions League. Latest list of potential opponents in the 2nd Qualifying Round. (Bert Kassies) ‘Nearly 1 in 3 Scots Footballers’ Bet on Games. Surprising number of players admit to breaking rules. (Scotsman)  

No one offered Celtic job yet

Roy Keane is due at a press conference in Dublin this afternoon and he is sure to be asked about Daily Mail reports this afternoon that he is set to be appointed Celtic manager as early as tomorrow. It’s pretty clear Celtic have spoken to Keane but NO ONE HAS THE JOB YET, the Club [...]

Bookies, taxi drivers and Best of the Rest

I know we’ve touched on this recently but it’s worth repeating.  Celtic will meet with and speak to many candidates for the manager’s job.  Some will be genuine ‘targets’, some will be applicants, who the club meet out of courtesy, some will be more general fishing exercises. Agents, taxi drivers, hotel staff and grannies will [...]

Lessons for picking a manager

Back in January we discussed Mauricio Pochettino, who yesterday left Southampton to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur.  He is without question the hottest management property in the most bloated league in football. He was also an unemployed flop a little over a year ago. In reality, Pochettino is a good manager but he is also [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update May 28, 2014

Scott Brown Pays Tribute To Former Celtic Boss Neil Lennon As The Search For A New Manager Continues. After playing a secondary role in Tony Mowbray’s team, Scott was re-energized under Neil’s leadership and he credits the boss with getting the best out of him. (Daily Mail) Lions Leave Their Mark Again In Lisbon. The [...]

Unique historical job in season ahead

Congratulations to who originally penned: “We shall not be move, not by the Hearts, the Hibs or The Rangers, erm, we’ll not be moved, OK?”  Celtic stand alone, our historic rivals, those who half a century ago denied our grandparents, are gone.  Do we have a perfect season ahead?  Maybe not, but it will be [...]

Back pages filled with empty nonsense

My inbox today was full of angst at the latest series of ‘favourites’ for the manager’s job.  There are upwards of 20 journalists working on this story right now, each of whom need to push the story on every day. No information?  Tough, write something.  Not found a single person Peter Lawwell has spoken to?  [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update May 26, 2014

Lions Watch Real Madrid Make History. Celtic’s Lisbon Lions roar one more time. (Celticfc.net) World Cup 2014: The 100 Greatest Moments in the Tournament’s History – Part 1. (The Independent)

Neil Lennon as a mirror on Scotland

When I checked my phone this morning it was full of emails and texts about Kevin McKenna’s seminal article in the Observer on the treatment, or lack of it, Neil Lennon experienced during his years in Scotland. It placed a mirror in front of the former Celtic manager, for Scotland to look at its reflection. [...]

Write your own headlines as Celtic work below radar

Peter Lawwell told Sky Sports he’ll not be rushed into making an appointment.  Football goes on holiday for the next few weeks as players, managers and (under normal circumstances) CEOs kick back before minds turn to preseason and transfers.  Even if Celtic appoint a manager tomorrow, his plans for next season will progress little in [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 24, 2014

Celtic Yet To Begin Search For Neil Lennon’s Successor. Chief exec says process is in the early stages of drawing up a shortlist. (Sky) Bobby Lennox Hopes Real Madrid Roar to Glory. The Buzzbomb has a soft spot for Real as he recalls the time when Celtic put them to the sword. (Scotsman) Oscar Garcia [...]

Where to now for Celtic

How well do we handle succession?  Mostly very well.  Back in the 90s Celtic stumbled from one manager to another, picking up whoever was available and prepared to pick up the inevitable poisoned chalice, without any perceivable strategy. Wim Jansen came from nowhere, or Japan, to be geographically accurate, and was a success, but despite [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 23, 2014

Neil Lennon Says Leaving Celtic ‘Was Toughest Decision of my Life’. Neil says time to go is now, even though he has nothing else lined up. (STV) Garcia High on Celtic’s Shortlist of Candidates to Replace  Lennon. Let the rumour mill games begin. (Herald) Neil Lennon’s Celtic Departure Should Leave No One With Any Regrets. [...]

Neil Lennon era ends

Neil Lennon ‘got’ Celtic.  He was a rookie appointment, and the early weeks were far from comfortable, a Hampden defeat to Ross County looked like an ominous early sign, but from the start of his first preseason he didn’t look back. He was a hugely successful Celtic manager in Scotland and in Europe.  The Barcelona [...]

Celtic values and supporter interactions

Pleased to see this morning’s initiative by Celtic to provide people with a more visible and accessible complaints procedure, including an “Our commitment to you” section.  I know it’s almost blasphemous to use the word ‘customer’ in a football context, but when it comes to levels of service, it is useful to benchmark the ‘customer [...]

All the Best, review by SFTB

The latest football book from the ever expanding CQN publishing stable is a long awaited blast from one of the many world class players who were part of the Lisbon Lions of 1967. Celtic’s best ever left back has collaborated with Alex Gordon, a vastly experienced sports writer, to produce a rollicking tale from a [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 20, 2014

Emilio Izaguirre Is Set On Staying At Celtic. Left back has eyes only for Celtic and country. (Scotsman) Fraser Forster Believes That England Can Challenge At This Summer’s World Cup. La Gran Muralla defied the odds of getting into the England squad, now he believes that his national team can defy the odds too at [...]

Admin less likely in short term

Robbed of the ability to accept credit cards, or roll-over Standing Order fans’ payments, by all accounts season ticket renewals at Newco Rangers has been considerably less than those of fellow lower league club Hearts. Notwithstanding all of this, the Ibrox club’s remarkable PR people this morning published an article titled “Season ticket waiting list”!  [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 18, 2014

Academy Confirm Young Players To Exit Paradise. This year’s list of young players leaving Celtic. (Celticfc.net) Manchester City Shed Five English Players Despite UEFA’s Squad Restriction. Found guilty under FFP rules, Manchester club going ahead with reducing squad of 5 home-grown players even though they face a foreign player limitation in the Champions League. (Independent)

FFP hits the mark, Atletico-Hearts of 86

It remains a possibility that Atletico Madrid will lose today’s league decider against Barcelona and next week’s Champions League final against Real Madrid (vernacular: ‘do a Hearts), but I hope not.  The fact that they have pushed the two most celebrated football clubs on the planet to the limit, across two tournaments, is already remarkable.  [...]

Tommy Gemmell on CQN this afternoon

We have Tommy Gemmell on the blog from 13:00 this afternoon.  He will introduce himself in the comments section and be available for a ‘chat’ and questions. Pat Woods, one of Celtic’s finest historians, sent me this excerpt from his book, Celtic, Pride and Passion: “Although there was no formal award at the time to [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update May 16, 2014

Club’s Best Wishes To Danny McGrain. Celtic coach recovering in hospital and due to be released on Friday. (Celticfc.net) Celtic To Face Tottenham In Finland Friendly. Game lined up for Aug 2 in Helsinki. (Scotsman)

Look the other way: fixed and floating charges

Yesterday Graham Wallace, Norman Crighton and Sandy Easdale offered to giving a legal undertaking be security would not be given over Ibrox and Murray Park in return for a loan. Security over a property asset is only one way for lenders securing that asset, it is not the most popular, or even necessary, for the [...]

Media fast and loose with Neil Lennon comments

The annual raft of idle speculation unsettling Celtic’s playing and managerial resources is well underway.  One newspaper headline today proclaimed, “Celtic boss wants Canaries to approach him”, based on Neil Lennon when talking about moving to England saying, “There has been no offer, there has been no concrete phone call or anything like that, so [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 14, 2014

Fraser Forster Reaps Reward For Staying At Celtic. Pat Bonner, chuffed that Fraser Forster  made it into England’s squad for Brazil, says that Fraser playing for Celtic gave him the opportunity to showcase his talents and would not have been the same if he had been playing for a bottom half club in the EPL. [...]

Graft and dedication behind Forster meteoric rise

Every Celtic fan will be delighted Fraser Forster was included in the England World Cup squad.  Fraser joined Celtic on loan four years ago, becoming a permanent member of staff in 2012.  His transformation over that period has been remarkable, which is no fluke. He is the most dedicated footballer at the club.  First in [...]

From Jinky to Georgios

Usually we head straight home, but that day we stood around the front door of Hampden Park, waiting to see the players emerge with the trophy.  It was big Billy’s last game, it also provided an enduring memory of Paul Wilson, but it was the unused Jimmy Johnstone who engaged the fans most.  In the [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 12, 2014

Lennon Hails ‘Special’ Third Title Win. Neil savours the moment, will soon have a vacation and then back into full swing prepping for the pre-season in late June. (Scotsman) Celtic Win On Premiership Trophy Day. Video highlights of Celtic V Dundee Utd. (SPFL Youtube)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 11, 2014

Kris Commons Voted Writers’ Player of the Year. Kris will pick up his second award on Sunday night. He reflects on his 3 seasons with the club, how he has adapted to a number 10 role, how the team has adjusted formations and tactics, and how they work around having  relatively small forwards (Scotsman) Richard [...]

Doing lots right at Youth level

Delighted for the Celtic Youths, who won the Under-20 league for the fifth successive season.  Youth football is not skewed in favour of the wealthier clubs in the way first team football is.  Celtic will be able to afford better coaches and scouts, but wage levels at this age are broadly consistent across the board, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update May 10, 2014

Scott Brown Focused To The Last Whistle As Celtic Captain Completes Most Satisfying Season Yet With Premiership Coronation. With injuries behind him, Broonie’s chuffed with his most consistent season yet. (Daily Mail) Celtic V Dundee Utd: Lennon Happy To Lift Trophy. Last year Celtic won the league with 79 points. This year they are on [...]

Wee Oscar

It’s two and a half years since Oscar’s dad, Stephen ‘Knoxy’ shared the news he’d just received that his three-year-old son had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an apparently rare form of childhood cancer.  All the pains and fears of that day, and the years since, came to the fore over the last eight weeks as [...]

Those moving on in the summer

I’ve always cautioned against judging a player who has been out for an extended period but being hooked at halftime last night looks like an ominous sign for Derk Boerrigter, who sparkled for 30 minutes on his debut against Ross County earlier in the season but has come nowhere close to that form since. Injuries [...]

Spivs in for the long haul, relegate Hibs

Rangers International adopted a firm position in their court hearing against former director, Imran Ahmed, in Edinburgh yesterday.  Directors and major shareholders know they have a cash shortfall for next season, even if season ticket sales are as higher than anticipated.  Therefore, they know they will need to facilitate a loan, cough up for more [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 7, 2014

Lennon’s European Dreams Will Keep Him At Celtic. Neil has unfinished  business in European competitions, something that few clubs can provide him and Celtic can. His main priority right now is to find a proven goal scorer in Europe. (Scotsman) Gary Hooper A Target For Celtic As Neil Lennon Admits Interest In Norwich Striker. Neil’s [...]

Radical change needed to UK football

It’s kicking off in all directions today but keep an eye on the English Football Association proposals to introduce a series of changes to lower league football.  One option on the table is for Premier and Championship sides’ “B teams” to compete in a new structure with League Two and Conference teams. The FA are [...]

UnCommons Moneyball gem

Someone made the point to me over the weekend, 30 goals, and counting, from midfield, rivals 53 from Henrik Larsson as a central striker.  It is an unnecessary burden to compare Kris Commons to Celtic’s greatest player in four decades, even Henrik couldn’t compare to the memory of Henrik, but the history books will show [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update May 4, 2014

Extended Highlights As Celts Hit Five Past Dons. Match report in video. (SPFL youtube) Johansen Hails Celtic’s Captain Fantastic. One Celtic midfielder praises another. (Celticfc.net) Celtic Manager Praises Club’s Leading Goalscorer Kris Commons. Neil gushes over 30 goal scorer’s performance this year and reveals that the formation has been fashioned around Kris to get the [...]

Small investors in football clubs cannot overpay

Really delighted at the flow of sentiment towards Billy McNeill and the launch of the new frontage of Celtic Park tomorrow.  The place is beginning to look like a 21st Century venue, now we need the shops, restaurants and bars to bring the match-day experience alive. Were you one of the fans who put £620 [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update May 2, 2014

Welsh International Defender Adam Mathews Says He Has No Plans To Follow Joe Ledley From Celtic To The Premier league. 22 year old Adam Mathews is happy that his friend has done well at Crystal Palace, but with 2 years left on his own contract he is focused only on Celtic, the Champions League and [...]

Fill your boots at Month of Lions

I never met Jimmy McGrory, who died an elderly man when I was 15.  I don’t if he was around Celtic Park much in the years immediately beforehand, but I never even saw him.  We have many genuine greats but he is one of a handful of those who could put a claim on being [...]

Judge King plan by those who father it

I’ve no affection for Real Madrid but was delighted for them, and Carlo Ancelotti in particular, last night.  It’s getting to the stage that it’s impossible to figure out who the best team in Europe actually is. Bayern Munich’s season has been historic.  They swept aside German competitors with record-breaking ease on their way to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 30, 2014

Robert Snodgrass Flattered By links To Celtic and an offer Would present a Dilemma but his Sole Focus is Norwich’s Survival Scrap. A Celtic fan, but his career focus has been the EPL and currently doing his bit to help Norwich avoid the drop. One day perhaps he will don the hoops. (Daily Mail) Mikael [...]

Traynor and King sitting in a tree

I hear legendary Sevconian statement issuer, Jim “Rangers are dead” Traynor, is now firmly established in the Dave King camp.  You may have found recent statements familiar, including last night’s, which focusses more on interrupting Celtic’s period of domination than building a well-run and sustainable football club. Or it could be that Dave King is [...]

Insolvency, how they got here, what next

I’ve been trying to think if there are circumstances where a company has appointed an administrator when they have been paying all debts when due.  Newco Rangers are, to the best of our knowledge, paying creditors when due and have enough cash to continue to do so until the anticipated arrival of cash receipts from [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 28, 2014

Celtic 6 – 0 Inverness. Match report with Neils’ interview. (BBC) After Bagging 28 Goals and The Scottish Title, Celtic’s Kris Commons Caps Fine Season With Player Of The Year Award. Kris wins PFA award. (Daily Mail) Lennon Has High Hopes For Stokes And Griffiths. Neil sees potential in this partnership. (Scotsman) Bayern Need Pace [...]

Century of Vanity hid truth

It’s not like we didn’t warn them.  Charles Green, with his ‘blame it on bigotry’ and ‘Rangersitis’ nonsense was an even more transparent charlatan than wee Craig Whyte.  Green moved in, fed them the nonsense they were oh so willing to swallow, and made off with their millions.  All carried out in broad daylight. The [...]

Hail Mary, full of grace……

A statement to the stock market by Rangers International today confirmed that they are not a sustainable business, have no bank credit facilities and are unable to accept debit or credit cards for season ticket purchases. These revelations contravene SFA licence requirements, which would need to be met if the club wanted to participate in [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 25, 2014

Tommy Burns Saw Hint Of Greatness In Liverpool Manager  Brendan Rogers When He Took Him Under His Wing At Reading. The great Tommy Burns was one of the first to see managerial potential in Brendan when he gave him an opportunity to join his Reading backroom team . (Daily Mail) Sandy Easdale Warns That Rangers [...]

At least one club will be supported through and through

I can’t tell you how many statements I’ve read from those trying to bring down Newco Rangers (bonne chance) but not one comes near to approaching the key question: what can they offer the the men and women who own shares in Newco to convince them to accommodate their future aspirations? Threats, intimidation and blackmail [...]

Wind of change set to blow through Lennoxtown

There appears to be nothing more than a desire to move-on behind Johan Mjallby’s decision to leave Celtic at the end of the season but it leaves the original four man coaching team of Neil Lennon, Alan Thompson, Mjallby and Garry Parker reduced down to two.  The management team needs to be rebuilt. Assistants do [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 23, 2014

Mjallby Set To Quit Hoops For Stockholm Challenge. Celtic Assistant Manager announces he is leaving the Hoops for a fresh challenge. Naturally speculation looms about possibly returning to AIK. (Daily Express) Moyes ‘Given Less Time Due To Debt’. Such is the pressure of the EPL, money or lack of it, leads to a short fuse [...]

Haphazard and Wasteful football management

Appointing a manager is an incredible gamble but the risks can be mitigated, especially at a club which is successful or even pointing in the right direction.  In this case, clubs should look to build upon whatever platform they have.  Bringing in a new guy with a team development strategy which is completely different from [...]

Time up for SFA bowling club committee

Yesterday’s Sunday Mail exposé on attempts by the SPFL to change the balance of power within the SFA in favour of the professional clubs, while changing their bowling club committee-approach to running the game, was worthy of some merit but clearly the result of an SFA leak designed to undermine the proposed changes. Any organisation [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 21, 2014

Motherwell’s Style Leaves Stefan Johansen Cold. Midfielder reflects on weekend game: not turning up for the first half; the rocket at half time; Motherwell’s style, but acknowledges they are one of the best teams in the league. (Scotsman) Lennon Lining Up New Signings. The hunt is on for player additions for the new season. Manager [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 20, 2014

Six-Goal Thriller at Fir Park. Match report with sound bite from Neil. (Teamtalk) Did Anthony Stokes Mean To Score This Cracker in Celtic’s 3-3 Draw With Motherwell? Video of Stokes chipping the goalie. (Irish Independent) Daughter of World Cup Official Had £2m Put Into Account. Former FIFA executive committee member under investigation as 10 year [...]

Sunshine getting through

The sun is shining on Celtic Park as the Easter weekend gets underway, while Celtic face Motherwell tomorrow, who look like they have discovered the limits of Stuart McCall’s managerial abilities this spring. After some difficult news this week, here’s a ‘Happy Birthday CQN’ message from Wee Oscar, which he recorded last month; an even [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 18, 2014

Celtic’s Kris Commons: We Should Have Won The Treble. With the treble only been won twice in the past by Celtic teams, Kris would have dearly loved to emulate that this season. (Telegraph) Kris Commons in ‘No Rush’ to Extend Celtic Deal. Candidate for Player of the Year, and with one more year left on [...]

Yogi Hughes on Jock Stein

Our enormous thanks to John Hughes for spending time on the blog this morning.  He was at Celtic throughout a very special time, making his anecdotes and stories all the more valuable. Here’s an extract from his book, Yogi Bare, which is due out soon: “Jock Stein and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye. I recall [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 17, 2014

Liverpool Tie On The Cards For Celtic. Celts touted to play friendly on the island of Mauritius on May 18. (Scotsman) Manchester City Salary Charts With Stars Raking in Average of  £100,000  per player per week…..As Five Premier League Sides Make The Top 20 of Global Sports Teams. The Haves and Have-nots of football. (Daily [...]

Relief and despair at Hearts CVA success

There is a degree of relief (in some quarters) mixed with surprise that Hearts creditors have agreed to a CVA, allowing the club to exit administration.  Although administration seems to be a natural state for many in Scottish football, remarkably few have subsequently gone to the wall in the last 100 years. Third Lanark perished [...]

This is a dead multi-club football franchise

Thoroughly enjoying yesterday’s coordinated effort by Newco fans who have rushed to the coattails of Dave King.  To be fair to the fans, the time for them to act was years ago, before Sir David Murray set Oldco on a path to destruction, there is little positive that can be done now.  Still, that’s no [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 15, 2014

Eoghan O’Connell Says Patience Is The Key For Celtic Youth Players. Interview with up- and- coming young centre back. (STV) Andrea Pirlo: The Night Pep Guardiolo Tried To Sign Me For Barcelona. Excerpt from autobiography of one of the best midfielders in the game. (Guardian) Manchester City To Be Made To Pay High Price For [...]

Prism of failure gives King chance to bring Newco down

After the failure to launch season ticket renewals at Ibrox in the wake of the Ramsdens Cup final last week, by Friday morning marketing staff, PR people, web designers and printers would all have been primed to press the button this morning, after the anticipated humbling of Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Things [...]

Easy and important acts

The events of this week will be scant consolation to the bereaved of Hillsborough, but it is nonetheless important that football paid appropriate respects, as fans and clubs across England did this weekend. When Celtic offered to host Liverpool for their first game after the tragedy they took a step to demonstrate solidarity with the [...]

Untrue, disgraceful and hearing what you want to hear

People hear what they want to hear.  When Neil Lennon was asked at a media conference if he was able to spend £6m on one player, as he was last year, he gave the honest answer; “Yes”.  He was able to make this type of signing, but that’s not to say he would regard this [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 12, 2014

Celtic Size Up Bid For Snodgrass. If Norwich get relegated, Celtic target may become a viable option within Celtic’s budget. (Evening Times) Dave King Releases a Thunderbolt From The Blue. Internecine warfare breaks out among Sevconians. (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 5am Update April 11, 2014

YNWA Against Celtic (1989). The anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster nears and the poignant rendition of YNWA is played again. (Liverpool FC) Barcelona Lined Up For Glamour Aviva Summer Clash With Celtic. Celts may play  Spanish rivals in Dublin in August. (Irish Independent) Losses at Ibrox Climb to £18.1m. Skint Sevco. (Daily Express)

Magic from Madrid, share scams in 2012

Atletico Madrid, happy for them?  Not an easy one.  I remember listening to the radio commentary the night we lost to them in the European Cup semi-final of 1974.  They, and Rapid Vienna a decade later, represented very unworthy competitors in European competition. Both teams returned to Celtic Park in recent seasons.  Rapid picked up [...]

Words are easy, so are actions

After yesterday’s discussion on values, what we’re all about and where we’re going, today’s announcement by the Foundation that they will have a badge day at the Dundee United game on 11 May is something that requires us to step forward and do something about. “Volunteers will be in place at all turnstile areas and [...]

Commercial consequences of Ramsden

The commercial consequences of Sunday’s Ramsdens’ Cup Final result didn’t occur to me until Celtic released season ticket news yesterday.  Over the years, when possible, Celtic and Rangers released season ticket renewal notices on the back of a favourable result. As well as a party at Ibrox on Sunday night, the wheels would have been [...]

Education, health, equality, poverty, our values

I’m fortunate to have met many of our greats socially; all of the Lions, many from before their era and lots since.  I’ll never say or write a bad word about them, but Celtic players are no different from others in the societies they hail (hail) from.  God help them if camera-phone opportunists combine with [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 8, 2014

Scott Brown Backs Neil Lennon To Stay At Celtic. Captain says it would take a lot for Neil to leave the Celtic job. (Telegraph) Ally McCoist’s Track Record of Failure Continues. He is tops in consistency. (BBC)

Payback for Turnbull Hutton

You all think you’re so smart, smugly laughing at the outcome of a game in a tournament you didn’t even know existed until recently.  Let me tell you, yesterday’s defeat of Newco Rangers was nothing short of calamitous for the road I hoped the club would take. Ally McCoist is crucial to all the things [...]

Quick News 6am Update April 6, 2014

Hoops Continue Dominance With Win At Tannadice. Match highlights. (SPFL youtube) Manager Neil Lennon Impressed By ‘Wonderful Celtic’. Post match interview with the manager. (BBC)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 5, 2014

Celtic Former Players Association. Support network for former players is launched. (thecsa.co.uk) Dundee Utd V Celtic: Ciftci and Robertson Return for United. Who’s fit, who’s not. (STV) Lennon Praises Teen Midfielder Henderson. (Scotsman) Neil Lennon Annoyed Over Recent Actions Of Griffiths and Kayal. Gaffer speaks about players’ verbal antics. (Sky)

Need to find edge to match United

Dundee United and Celtic will both have their minds on longer term outcomes than tomorrow’s Premiership game at Tannadice.  For Neil Lennon, it will surely be another opportunity to expose some of his development players to the rigors of first team action.  For Jackie McNamara this is a test before arguably their biggest game of [...]

Languishing in Paris

When watching Real Mardrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich it is easy to be discouraged at the gap between where we are and the quarter finals of the Champions League, but despite the many hundreds of millions spent on both Paris St Germain and Chelsea, the standard of passing and decision making throughout their game last [...]

Ethics, Fifa, support for Beram

Remember when Barcelona were regarded as the model of an ethical football club?    I don’t know if it’s just every time I see Tumbling Neymar that I feel a little less affinity with brand Barca but that image has proven to be a mirage. The clubs tax affairs, specifically over compensation to Lionel Messi, brought [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 2, 2014

Celtic to Challenge SFA Charge After Striker Griffiths Filmed Mocking Hearts In Pub Song. Leigh singled out by SFA (Daily Mail) Beram Kayal Looking to Quit Celtic. In Israeli interview, midfielder apparently says he is unhappy with: Scottish football as the style has contributed to his injuries, Lee McCulloch who crocked him and was rude [...]

Players grounded in their community

It is quite incredible that the European Cup/Champions League final has not been held in Lisbon, one of Europe’s major football cities, since 25 May 1967.  Lisbon is the home of one of the early giants of the tournament, and has had imposing cathedral-stadiums ever since, all but one of which was brought up to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update April 1, 2014

Lisbon Lions To Return In Style As Legends Receive Champions League Final Invite. Come on you old Bhoys in green! (Daily Mail) Impressive Celtic Win Under-20 Derby. Young guns in stroll over Sevco. (Celticfc.net) Southampton: New Board Says Financial Situation Difficult. EPL club in the red. (BBC)

Shopping in Brazil

During the game on Saturday we had a conversation (it was that kind of game) about defenders in general, and left backs in particular, available for selection in the CQteN Dream Team (have played since July 2004).  Consensus was that Izaguirre, van Dijk, Ambrose, Matthews and Lustig should feature high on the list. The real [...]

Seville review by SFTB

Our very own Setting Free The Bears has kindly written a review of Seville – The Celtic Movement, which I hear has already sold out in some WH Smith stores.  SFTBs contributed a chapter to the book, which he didn’t cover in his submitted review, but which has been added in context below.  Here it [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 30, 2014

Celtic 1 – 1 Ross County. Match report. (Sporting Life) Lennon Turns Attention To Champions League Campaign After Title Stroll. Manager making preparations to strengthen squad before World Cup begins. (Daily Mail) Bayern Munich: “Too Dominant, Regal, Relaxed, Elegant and Cool For The Rest”. Winning their domestic league in a canter, Bayern Munich’s goal now [...]

Spinning for trouble by Sky

I try to avoid those who really should be avoided but I caught the report of Peter Lawwell’s Sky TV interview on their website yesterday.  The “No summer sales” headline was misleading in itself as our chief exec actually said “there is no real necessity to sell players now”. We are a solvent and well-run [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 28, 2014

Peter Lawwell – Extended Interview. Celtic Chief talks after Bhoys win the league. (Sky) Celtic’s League Form Shouldn’t Be Underestimated Says Anthony Stokes. Irish forward says it’s not easy for Celts young squad to win so many league games. (STV) Campbell Ogilvie To Fight For FIFA Role. Ex-Rangers (IL) director being put forward by SFA [...]

Champions comparable only to team of 2004, bury bad news

History will record that season 2012-13 was more successful for Celtic than season 2013-14 but the champions’ league performances this season have been comparable only to those of season 2003-04, when the club completed a 25 game winning streak. With seven games to go we have already collected five points more than the team which [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update March, 28, 2014

Partick Thistle 1 – 5 Celtic: Bhoys Rout Seals Title For Lennon And Jubilant Traveling Army. Match report. (Daily Mail) 3-in-a-Row Allows Neil Lennon To Join Celt Greats. Take a bow Neil, Celtic legend. (Scotsman)  

Precious celebrations

Celtic won the league four times in the 1890s and then completed six-in-a-row between 1905 and 1910.  The league continued during the First World War and we won five out of six titles between 1914 and 1919. By then, Queens Park had well and truly been supplanted as Scotland’s top team, but there was a [...]

QUICK NEWS March 26, 2014

Neil Lennon Celebrates 4 Years  in Charge At Celtic. The manager reflects on the last 4 years and 219 games as the Gaffer. (Scotsman) Gabriel Piccolo: Our Crowd Don’t Want to Host Celtic Title Party. Thistle’s Mexican defender doesn’t want title decided in derby game in their back yard. (STV) FIFA Ethics Investigator Survives Inside [...]

King, the Pied Piper of Govan

You would be forgiven for thinking Honest Dave King is a bit preoccupied by the C word.  Every time he extrapolates where the club he supports (through an accomplished undermining strategy) is heading, the subject returns to knocking Celtic off their lofted perch. This task could take £30m-£50, King estimates, a burden he is willing [...]

Crimean clubs crossing, Bayern banner ban

We’ve been trailing the Ukraine-Russia Joint League plans, which was due to commence early next year, since they were first mooted in 2012.  Political will, met commercial money, and a football desire to put the merger of two large national leagues into the schedule. Needless to say, these plans are off the agenda, although it’s [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Mar 23, 2014

Celtic 3 – 0 St. Mirren. Match report, with Neil’s interview. (BBC) Lennon Admits Title Should Be Four In A Row. As Celtic edge closer to the league title finish line and Neil will join other 3-in- a row managers (Stein, Maley and Strachan), he regrets not winning the league in season 2010 -11. (Scotsman)

We stand alone

If you live long enough you get to hear or read just about everything. Today some in the old media are telling us Celtic and Rangers (sic) are both chasing a soon-to-be out of contract Manchester United player. The way it used to work is an agent would fly into Glasgow to see Celtic or [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 21, 2014

Celtic Park to Become “Window on The Commonwealth” During Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony. Biggest screen in Europe set for Paradise, 100 metres wide  x 11 metres high. (insidethegames.biz) Muddy Murrayfield Set To Be Ripped Up As SRU Promise Celtic The New Surface Will Be Ready For Champions League Campaign. Rugby association promises Celtic that Murrayfield [...]

Time to call Fifa to account

The Fifa Executive Committee meet in Zurich today and tomorrow but it is unclear if the allegations of corruption concerning the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar will be on the agenda.  The world body are no strangers to allegations of corruption, it seems to be an internal part of the fabric [...]

Getting ready for our summer panic

We have a curious end of season coming up.  Out of the Scottish Cup and a matter of weeks away from securing the league, the last six weeks of the season will hold no competitive challenge for Celtic.  Neil Lennon has suggested he will, as last season, rest players with next season’s Champions League qualifiers [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 19, 2014

Neil Lennon May Rest Some Of His Celtic Players Once The Title Is Secured. Just like last season, the gaffer will likely rotate the squad with the Champions League qualifiers in mind. (Sky) Henderson Can Be A Celtic Star Insists Mathews After Youngster’s Full Debut. Celtic right back raves about 17 year old Liam and [...]

Blood on the pitch

The decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar didn’t bother me in particular, for me, World Cups are a chance to watch great footballers playing for teams I don’t have a vested interest in.  That changed when reports of hundreds of deaths of foreign migrants, allowed in to build the infrastructure required to [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 18, 2014

Commons Stays True To Word Over International Exile. With his explosive form this season, Kris hears the call to reconsider his international availability, but he’s not for changing his mind. (Scotsman) Premier League Struggles to Punch Its Weight Among European Elite. Is the EPL the best league in Europe or the best brand? Evidence points [...]

The new second force, 3 school kitchens paid for, CQteN Dream Team

I had some difficulty explaining to my boys why I wanted Aberdeen to win the League Cup yesterday, the desirability of having an even-stronger Aberdeen was lost on them after last month’s chastening experiences. There are those who will tell you Scottish football, and Celtic in particular, need a strong Sevco.  That argument is incorrect [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 16, 2014

Celtic’s Kris Commons Went All Out For Hat-Trick. Celtic’s top scorer couldn’t resist going for it. (Scotsman) Celtic Captain Reckons Liam Henderson Is On Road To Becoming Parkhead Driving Force. Scott says the 17 year-old midfielder is the real deal. (Herald)

That. Was. Incredible.

Just a short blog today.  I found the notes for my speech this morning.  A lot of positive things should have been said about Tony (one of the nicest CQN’ers I’ve met, and I’ve lots of great CQN’ers), Jim (more committed to the welfare of others than he would be comfortable you knowing), and David [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 15, 2014

Kilmarnock 0 – 3 Celtic. Match report. (BBC) Lennon Hails Celtic Response. Neil wasn’t happy with the first half performance and after a ‘pep talk’ at half time the team upped the tempo and blew Kilmarnock away. (Football365) Spare us This Embarassing Wengering: Arsenal And City Were Well Beaten And There’s No-One Else To Blame. [...]

What your money did

In recent weeks hundreds of you have contributed to our Mary’s Meals project to build a school kitchen in Malawi for the 1221 pupils who are enrolled at the Kholoni Primary School in Mchinii, and then for the 746 pupils at St Joseph’s Primary in Kasungu. The £7000 required for the first school reached Mary’s [...]

Biton and the holding position

I was discussing Beram Kayal during the week, specifically how he was keeping Victor Wanyama out of the Celtic team before that ‘tackle’ from Rangers’ McCulloch put him out of action for months.  The player has never recovered his form but has never had a sustained run in the team either. Nir Biton has made [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 13, 2014

Biton and Forrest Face Long Haul To Fitness. While Nir and James are out injured, Mouyokolo and Lustig are getting closer to being fit again. (Scotsman) Breaking The Law: Take Injury-Time Out Of Football Referees Hands. Referees have enough on their hands: appoint another official with a stop watch to more accurately record injury time. [...]

Questions are always the same, just the answers change

Is the club safe with Sir David, Dave King and Paul Murray?  Is Craig Whyte a worthy successor?  Is Charles Green trustworthy?  Is Ally McCoist a great manager?  For the PR hired hands at Ibrox, the questions were always the same, it was just the answers that changed. Few have the gall to deliver the [...]

Virgil is in a different place than Victor and Gary were

Virgil van Dijk looks like a level-headed footballer, so I don’t think his game will be upset by his agent’s loose lips.  He has enjoyed a remarkably successful first season at Celtic Park but any attempt by his representatives to create an earner this summer is likely to be inhibited by the three years remaining [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 11, 2014

Leigh Griffiths Will Face ‘Big Test’ Next Term. Striker’s always dreamed of playing in the Champions League and he can’t wait to test himself on that stage. (Scotsman) Leigh Griffiths Counting Down To Double Title Triumph with Celtic and Wolves. Leigh could end this season with 2 league winners medals. (Telgraph) Virgil Ban Accepted. Celtic [...]

Free weekends just not right

There’s something not right about a free weekend in early March; we should still have been in the Cup.  Congratulations are therefore due to the five managers who remain in the competition, who have each shown remarkable abilities and are truly invaluable resources to their respective clubs – worth contract extensions all round. Congratulations are [...]

Six days out and a mountain to climb

Over the last few days we have worked with Mary’s Meals to identify a second school without basic facilities in one of the most deprived areas of the world.  We have confirmed St Josephs’ Primary School in Kasungu, Malawi (the 17th poorest country in the world), which has a roll of 746 pupils and no [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update March 8, 2014

Celtic Sign 13-year-old Hamilton Goalkeeper Joshua Rae. Celtic redefine meaning of  Young Guns. (BBC) Emilio: Deal Me In Bhoys. Izzy would love to be a long-term Celt – he has another year left on his contract. (Daily Express) Why RB Leipzig Are Sending Shockwaves Through German Football. New club raises more than eyebrows as they [...]

Jock, Martin, Gordon and Neil

You remember Celtic manager, Gordon Stachan, third manager in our history to win three-in-a-row?  Took us to the Champions League knock out stages for the first time, did much of this while comparative economics were moving against us, remember him?  Is he the same Gordon Strachan who has transformed the Scotland national team’s results? Gordon [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update March 7, 2014

Internet Argument Resolved. There’s hope for CQNers….the secret is to continue to search the internet for evidence to back your beliefs, even if it takes years! (Daily Mash) Desmond: Despite The Lack Of TV Money, Celtic Are The Best Performing Club in Britain. We are Simply the Best, Better Than all The Rest. (Daily Mail) [...]

1200 hungry weans, ill-conceived Act

Apologies for absence yesterday, the day got away from me.  The blog would have said something like, “really pleased Celtic pushed back so vocally against the illiberal and ill-conceived Offensive Behaviour Act”, but with less brevity. Shortly before Christmas we launched the campaign to fund the construction of a school kitchen in Malawi through Mary’s [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 6, 2014

Poland 0 – 1 Scotland. Celtic captain scores winning goal for national team. (BBC) Celtic Still Ranked 5th Best British Club Team. Celts would have ranked higher if they had progressed further in Europe and not lost 2 SPFL games. (Sports Witness)

The economic miracle which beggars belief

I wasn’t engaged in Celtic politics 20 years ago, never attended the Celts for Change meetings and I wasn’t there to hear ‘The rebels have won!’ in person, but it was clear the Celtic Movement had achieved a remarkable revolution. The old board’s biggest failing was its lack of strategy.  20 years on Fergus McCann [...]

Admin only one option being considered

Not for the first time around Ibrox, we’re deep into denial territory than an insolvency incident is imminent.  A whole load of irrelevant questions have been answered; they will not go into administration on ‘Sash Wednesday’, nor will a board meeting be convened today, but the pertinent question, whether club consultant Philip Nash, and director [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update March 2, 2014

Celtic Boss Lennon Impressed With Leigh Griffiths Goals. Manager delighted with team’s performance, especially new striker’s deadly touch. Wants to win league title soonest and start to integrate developing players into team. (BBC) Hat-Trick Hero Griffiths Gets Late Scotland Call. After Gordon Strachan  watched the Celtic game, he included Leigh in the Scotland squad for [...]

My bet is on Kris

It’s ‘get back on the horse’ time for Celtic tomorrow when they face Inverness at Celtic Park.  The Highlanders will arrive with a different type of momentum about them from the home team.  On their last outing Celtic conceded a league goal and lost a league game for the first time since before Jock Stein’s [...]

QUICK NEWS 5m Update Feb 28, 2014

Celtic Ace Insists Fergus McCann Deserves Praise For Contribution To The Club. Charlie Mulgrew applauds saviour Fergus, 20 years on. (STV) Fraser Forster Makes England Squad To Play Denmark. Bodes well for Brazil, as Fraser ‘s in squad for next week’s friendly. (Scotsman) Celtic Appeal Van Dijk Dismissal. Virgil will be eligible to play against [...]

Marching Newco into the Sea one insolvency at a time

‘Starve your club of money until I get what I want’ is just about the measure of Glib and Shameless’ statement yesterday.  No one at the SFA, SPFL, the Glasgow City Council, the Co-op/Vatican Bank or Celtic could do as much damage to the Fledgling Rangers as Dave King’s pronouncement. These people have taken so [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 27, 2014

Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic: Lennon Defiant On and Off The Park After Defeat. Tactical analysis of the game. (tictactic.co.uk) Jonny Hayes: Not a Case of Sour Grapes From Celtic. Man who broke the record has sympathy for the Celtic manager. (Scotsman) Scottish Mainstream Media Ignores Rangers Tax Tribunal. The 3 monkeys syndrome is alive and well in [...]

McInnes proves point with second win over Celtic

The clean sheet record had to go eventually, so I’m pleased it went to a good goal, not an error by Fraser, which would have been harsh on the big keeper.  Having already recorded Celtic’s, then Scotland’s league clean sheet record, the British and European records were within touching distance, but that is now a [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 26, 2014

 Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Blames Ref For Pittodrie Defeat. Neil praises players but points to ref decisions that changed the outcome of the game. (BBC) Hoops Suffer First League Loss As Dons Strike Again. Match report. (The Independent)

Central-mid quandary for Celtic

We know what to expect from Aberdeen tonight.  They will flood (pardon the pun) central midfield, defend deeply and, let’s be clear, they will score any time we allow them the kind of space they exploited at Celtic Park this month. Question is, what will Celtic do about it?  If Stefan Johansen’s ankle knock keeps [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 25, 2014

Celtic Bid To Turn Tables On ‘Steely’ Aberdeen. Lennon’s thinking “Game-on”. (Scotsman) Shut-Out King Fraser Has Got What It Takes. Roy Hodgson has praise  for Celtic goalkeeper. (Daily Express) Aberdeen Can Challenge Celtic Over 90 Minutes, Not a Season. Aberdeen manager says the 3 games against Celtic this season have been close and the Dons [...]

Robbing Billy to pay Laxey

30% interest!  Nice one, Newco Rangers, you’ve got yourself a deal there.  Suggestions that your business plan has been, and remains, unsustainable and extravagant are patently absurd when you can borrow at the kind of rates a Zimbabwean pimp would get at the height of the ZWD’s recent hyper-inflation episode, although it’s probably worth noting [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 24, 2014

Nir Biton Enjoying ‘Big Honour’ of Fortser Record. Celtic’s holding midfielder is proud that the goalkeeper and the whole team broke the clean-sheet record. (Scotsman) Fraser Forster Sets His Sights On Breaking Edwin van der Sar’s UK Shutout Record. La Gran Muralla has the finish line in sight for the UK record. (Telegraph) The Ten [...]

Hearts v Celtic, Live updates

Live updates will appear below after 12:45. CQteN St Patrick’s Dinner on Friday 14 March at the Kerrydale Suite will be showing the Kilmarnock-Celtic game on big screens and TVs during the meal. Dancing, singing and merriment after the full time whistle.

Break record but don’t leave pointless

At around 13:16 tomorrow afternoon Fraser Forster will hopefully break the 40-year record of Aberdeen’s Bobby Clark for not conceding a goal in Scottish league football.  Clark’s record is next up for the Celtic keeper but the British and European records are not too far away. Apart from Celtic Park itself there would be no [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 21, 2014

Efe Ambrose Declares That Virgil van Dijk ‘Has Been Like a Brother To Me’. Centre back sings his partner’s praises and talks about how close they have become. (STV) Organised Hearts Will Be Match for Celtic – Locke. Hearts manager says bring it on, regarding Saturday’s game at Tynecaste. (Scotsman)  

When directors and creditors are one and the same

Thanks to everyone who contributed questions for the Forum last night.  It was an open, frank and productive meeting.  Draft minutes will be distributed to attendees to be checked for accuracy before being formalised, after which the meeting’s outcomes will be made public through various outlets. One thing which is evident, and goes largely unacknowledged, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 20, 2014

Georgios Samaras Turns Down Rubin Kazan Move. Money alone does not motivate Sami. (Scotsman) Lennon “Flattered” By Norwich Link But Is Focused On Job At Celtic. Deja Vu as the media links  Neil with another struggling EPL club. (Daily Mail) Celtic Make New Scouting Trip, This Time A Different Target. Who are Celtic watching in [...]

Celtic Forum

Is that the time?  Many thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the Club to answer at the Forum this evening.  CQN submitted six pages of questions along with many other groups, from which an agenda has been prepared (below): Stadium Atmosphere and Matchday Policy: What is the current position in respect of the Green [...]

Stokes, Griffiths, desolation and competition

Anthony Stokes started the season with a flurry, scoring four goals in the first three league games of the season, but he managed just another three goals before the arrival of Leigh Griffiths two weeks ago.  He has since scored against Aberdeen in the Cup as well as Sunday’s hat-trick against St Johnstone. Three goals [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 18, 2014

Just a Shame He Is Not a Don… But Clark Will Salute Celtic’s Forster if Stopper Surpasses His Landmark Against Hearts Legendary Aberdeen goalie is rooting for Fraser. (Daily Mail) Should We Have ‘Safe Standing’ At Football Matches? An argument for and against safe standing, as Bristol City becomes the first club in England to test [...]

A kind of transubstantiation

Bobby Clark was the first Aberdeen goalkeeper I knew.  He was thought of highly, until Jim Leighton and colleagues stepped the performance levels up a pace at Aberdeen.  He has two places in the history books, one for the longest period not to concede a goal in Scottish league football, which when established in 1971 [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 17, 2014

Fresh Faces Hint At Next Campaign But Stokes Decides Match. Tactical analysis of formation and key players in St.Johnstone game. (tictactic.co.uk) Forster Confident He Can Be On The Plane To Brazil After Breaking Clean-Sheet Record. While some in England don’t put much value on a Celtic goalkeeper’s heroics, Fraser keeps his fingers crossed that he [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 15, 2014

Celtic’s Early Cup Exits Dont Make Season a Failure. Charlie says dont discount the season, remember the good run in the Champions League and excellent run in the league. (Irish Independent) McCoist: Rangers May Need £30m to Return to Top. McCoist’s pie is in the sky. (Scotsman) Sacked! Fulham Appoint German Coach Magath to Replace [...]

Reality is a different country

I was asked a cracking question last night: ‘Everyone knows Rangers went into administration on 14 February 2012, but do you know what date they came out of administration?’ Can anyone guess? This is the material Cognitive Dissonance is made of. Duff and Phelps did an incredible job. Had they stuck to Whyte’s plan, put [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 14, 2014

Neil Lennon is No Jekyll and Hyde. – The Real Personality Split is Way He Has Been Treated in England and Scotland. Funny how Neil played in England for 14 years without any trouble….but in Scotland it’s a different story. (Telegraph) Neil Lennon: ‘One Bad Game’ Won’t Deter Celtic From Unbeaten Ambition. Manager says team [...]

Fulfilling potential after a move

One of the things you hope for when a player leaves for a richer league is that they perform well.  It reflects on whatever value you will get the next time someone leaves.  Joe Ledley has gotten off to a flier with Crystal Palace, although there is still a long way to go there, but [...]

Guest blog by Tommy Gemmell

Today, we have the small matter of a guest blog by Lisbon Lion, right back, left back, dominator of play, years ahead of his time, scorer of two of our three most important goals, a truly modern player and one of Europe’s finest…….. Tommy Gemmell. Tommy has spent the last few years ‘getting it all [...]

Midfield isolation

I have a semi-regular correspondent, Raymie, who, over some considerable time now, has expressed concerns when Celtic play two central midfielders with two attack-minded players in the wide berths. Intuitively, we should be attack minded against all Scottish opposition, especially at home, but football parks are big open spaces which requires a lot of industry [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 11, 2014

Football Club World Rankings. Celtic ranked number 19 in top 200 clubs worldwide. (www.iffhs.de) Fraser Forster Told To Quit Celtic For England. Ex England goalkeeping legend urges Fraser to get more game action down south. (Scotsman) Leigh Griffiths is the New  999. A breakdown of what Leigh has delivered as a striker. (tictactic.co.uk)

Defence need to play-up for their keeper

First the treble then the double slipped through the net leaving Celtic absolute certainties for the inaugural Scottish Premiership title, but with only a couple of higher aspirations to aim for.  Fraser Forster is closing in on Bobby Clark’s Aberdeen league shut out record, which if he keeps a clean sheet at home to St [...]

Celtic spend afternoon asking same question of resolute Aberdeen

This time last year the league was in the bag, as it is today, but we had Champions League football to look forward to in the coming days, and would ultimately go on to win the Scottish Cup.  The Champions League is always going to be a hard place to measure progress for a club [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 9, 2014

Celtic ‘Played Like Strangers’, Says Lennon. Manager hardly recognized his team: the Celtic DNA was missing. Team has only won 2 cups out of seven in Neil’s time as manager. (Scotsman) Neil Lennon Says Celtic Were Second Best in Scottish Cup Defeat. Celtic knocked out of cup. (STV)  

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 8, 2014

Neil Lennon: I’ve Done Nothing to Deserve the Abuse I Receive. Interview with Neil about  the personal abuse he continues to get in Scotland. (STV) Celtic “Better Than Ever”, in Posting £21.3m Profit. Celtic’s latest financial report written in black ink. (Herald)

Celtic interim accounts out, ups and downs

Celtic’s revenue for the interim six months to 31 December 2013 fell 11% to £44.8m (2012: £50.1m), while operational expenses also fell, by 7%, to £34.3m.  The club had £5.7m cash in the bank, £5.6m more than a year earlier. A few factors behind the figures: We played fewer home games, 16 as opposed to [...]

Fergus for flag day* and Tommy Gemmell

You can imagine the scene, deep inside Celtic Park.  “Let’s invite Fergus over to raise the flag on the opening day of the season.  Would be great to get him back 20 years after his critical role in saving the club, especially after that nonsense in ’98. “Wait a minute, probably best not to mention [...]

Adrian Sproat and shutout records

An article on STV this week brought an old memory to mind.  Days before Rangers’ goalkeeper, Chris Woods, was set to break a Scottish shut-out record across all competitions he gave a media interview when he said, “I just hope when we do lose a goal it is not an important one”. Woods duly broke [...]

Co-op awards Celtic the League Cup Final

Really pleased the Scottish Professional Football League have awarded the League Cup Final to Scotland’s largest football stadium, Celtic Park.  We are now hosting the League and Scottish Cup finals, as well as the head of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. So with the Commonwealth and Scottish [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 5, 2014

Van Dijk Talks Up Record Run. Virgil knows how tough it is to set records in Scotland, despite what some in Holland say.(Sporting Life) Neil Lennon Has Unfinished Business at Celtic Before he Considers Move to England, Says Owen Coyle. Could an improved run in the Champions League or winning the treble keep boss motivated at [...]

Silk from financial sow’s ear

World Soccer Magazine published a fascinating table at the bottom of an article on the respective financial might of Chelsea and Manchester City yesterday, detailing player spend and sales for current English Premier League clubs over the last 10 seasons. Liverpool have an average net spend of £18.1m as they chase former glories while Manchester [...]

When clubs go bad

Keep an eye on what’s happening at Leeds United.  The club is under offer from ‘colourful’ Italian, Massimo Cellino, who will become owner if the Football League decide that his conviction for defrauding Italian tax authorities is not sufficient to make him an inappropriate person to control a football club. If Cellino is declared unsuitable [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Feb 3, 2014

Celtic Set Clean Sheet Record With 1 – 0 Win Over St. Mirren. Club breaks 92 year old record with Fraser Forster’s 11 game shut-out run. (STV) That Neil Lennon Needs a Bodyguard is a Grotesque Reflection on Scottish Football. A primitive state of affairs. (Herald) Neil Lennon May Quit Scouting Trips After Abuse At [...]

They want to get rid of him

‘They’ want to get rid of him.  Not all of them, by any measure, I’ve seen Neil Lennon welcomed as an old friend by some whose allegiances lie a long way from Celtic Park, but to some he represents an opportunity to indulge in the kind of prejudice which was once widely accepted in Scotland. [...]

Best to Ledley, Goals Griffiths and Perpetual Movement Stefan

I read some discourse heading in the direction of Joe Ledley last night, which I can’t quite figure.  Joe had initially seemed keen to sign the contract which had been in his hands for several months.  Celtic wanted to get the deal done but it became clear this week that it wasn’t going to happen, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Feb 1, 2014

Wolves Striker Joins Celtic. Leigh Griffiths joins “biggest club in Scotland”. (BBC) Crystal Palace Confirm The Capture of Celtic Midfielder Joe Ledley. Celtic do well to cash-in on Joe. (STV) Griffiths Puts Pen to Paper on Four-Year Deal at Celtic as Lennon finally Gets his £1m Man. Neil Lennon talks about the new signing and [...]

Business complete after Griffiths

With Leigh Griffiths set to sign in the next few moments our business for the January transfer window is complete.  As well as Leigh, we added 20-year-old Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjobsson, and 23-year-old Norwegian left-midfielder, Stefan Johansen. I expect Johansen and Griffiths to be holding down a starting place no later than next month.  Johansen’s [...]

Little surprise in Ledley moving on

I remember the early days of Joe Ledley’s time at Celtic, in particular for defending him with pleas to ‘give him time to settle’.  He did settle into an accomplished midfield player but there should be no surprise he is moving on now. Joe has managed his career well.  He allowed his Cardiff City contract [...]

Celtic get the ball rolling with Griffiths

So Leigh Griffiths is set to be a Celtic player today.  I bet we could all guess a few topics covered at induction.  He is in because he scored 23 SPL goals for Hibs last season, more than anyone at Celtic achieved, and is currently Wolves top scorer with 12 goals. Despite appearing to predictably [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 31, 2014

Celtic Midfielder Ledley Close to Crystal Palace Switch After Hoops Accept £700k Bid. It’s now up to the player. (Daily Mail) Trabzonspor Make Fresh Offer for Celtic Striker Georgios Samaras. Turkish club would like Sami in this window. (STV) Dylan McGeouch: Coventry Sign Celtic Midfielder on Loan. Dylan looking forward to more game time. (BBC) [...]

When exceptional becomes the norm

As this clean sheet run has continued, every time Fraser Forster has made a good save, I’ve found myself suggesting that the defence is not playing as tightly as it used to.  We quickly regard exceptional performance as the norm. Fraser has, of course, been exceptional, again, this season.  Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Jan 30, 2014

Celtic 4 -0 Kilmarnock. Match report (BBC) Manager: A Fantastic Achievement for Fraser. Take a bow, Gran Muralla. (Celticfc.net) Wolves Want £1m For Celtic Target Leigh Griffiths. Typical transfer window haggling underway. (Scotsman) English Clubs Are Biggest Spenders on Overseas Players, Says FIFA Report. £550m spent in 2013, up 51% from 2012. (Guardian)

Shutouts, 900k and getting a grip

During the Gordon Strachan era I dreaded home games against Kilmarnock.  Gordon was permanently under pressure and someone would always lob the “Do you know it’s been 53/54/55 years since Celtic have lost at home to Kilmarnock?’ question in his direction.  The last thing the guy needed was a historical record for his many begrudgers [...]

Neither club has imperative to do Griffiths deal

When an unexpected name flies into the frame from left field there’s always a concern about what you’ve written about him before.  I still remember the day we signed Kenny Miller, and an earlier blog with my assessment of the player (subsequently found to be on the money).  While it’s important to be fair when [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Jan 28, 2014

Celtic’s Neil Lennon Still Hoping to Sign Leigh Griffiths. Neil’s hopefull of getting striker, but he won’t leave it util the last minute. (Scotsman) Kris Commons Takes Top Spot After Easter Road Double. Kris leads the Power Rankings. (STV)

Glut of strikers but budget remains intact

We seem to have a lot of forwards.  Stokes, Pukki, Balde, new recruit Fridjonsson, and on-loan, Atajic and Watt, while Georgios may yet stay beyond the summer.  That’s six under contract for the Champions League qualifiers, not counting Sweden’s ‘next Henrik Larsson’, who is likely to move on soon. Quantity is one thing but cost [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Jan 26, 2014

Lennon Admits Staying Undefeated For The Season Would be His Greatest Achievement. Manager targets an almost impossible record of going through the domestic campaign undefeated; not looking too good on the Samaras contract; heavy going on the transfer front. (Daily Mail) Butcher: Neil Lennon In No Rush To Go To England. Terry believes his Celtic [...]

Playing with an eye on your next gig, bold use of Latin

I don’t like playing games when players have transfer or contract business swirling around the dressing room.  Give a team an excuse to underperform and they tend to grab it, so I expect a difficult challenge at Easter Road tomorrow.  If we want to maintain our unbeaten run and two month old clean sheet record [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 25, 2014

Lennon Hints at Celtic Move for £1.25m Griffiths. The boss himself says the club is finding it tough to get the strker at the top of his list. Rumours say he is increasing his interest in Leigh Griffiths. (Scotsman) Lennon: There’s No Comparison. Neil ‘s not in the slightest interested in drawing new Rangers in [...]

Spectre of Celtic and wincing at financial realities

I winced slightly reading that Deliotte’s suggested Celtic were a ‘top 40’ club in terms of turnover.  The days we featured in their annual Top 20 report are long gone, lost in the raft of TV deals which flooded into England, France and elsewhere. This is a problem for Celtic but at least we have [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 24, 2014

Adam Mathews Out Injured for Up to Three Weeks With Calf Injury. Right back’s injury opens up opportunity for Darnell Fisher. (STV) Celtic Make Enquiry For Wolves Striker Griffiths As Lennon Looks to Bolster Attack. Celts rumoured to be in contact with Wolves. (Daily Mail) Premier League Plans Crackdown on Illegal Foreign Pub Screenings. EPL [...]

Jack-of-all-trades

I was initially surprised to hear we’re tracking a Jack-of-all-trades defensive midfielder-cum-central defender.  Neil Lennon’s clear preference in central defence is Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk, both of whom have been in excellent form this season, but he has backup in the form of Charlie Mulgrew, or even Mikael Lustig, who has played there [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 22, 2014

An Uncommon Problem. A tactical look at how Celtic use Kris Commons and why they need back-up. (tictactic.co.uk) Benfica Says There Has Been No Bid from Celtic for Filip Djuricic. Portugal club says all quiet with the Bhoys, who are rumoured to like Boro defender. (Sky)  

Withering in the vine, sin and orange

At 21-years-old Tom Rogic should be strongly staking his claim for a central midfield berth at Celtic.  The fact that he’s not is a disappointment to the player, and apparently the nation of Australia.  It’s also a disappointment to you and me.  He has the physique and the passing ability but after some tentatively positive [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 21, 2014

Melbourne Victory Signing Tom Rogic Says He is Better Than Ever. Celts midfielder says he has improved as a player at Celtic and is complimentary about the club and fans. (Canberra Times) Orange Cards Proposed By FIFA Candidate Jerome Champagne. French candidate for Blatter’s job in 2015 proposes sin-bin concept. (BBC)

Getting your edge. Re-writing Newco history

I didn’t realise until watching TV last night it was Keith Lasley that Anthony Stokes ‘did’ on Saturday, the player who put Adam Matthews out of the game for a couple of months.  It’s a physical game, and I’m not going to concede violent behaviour is acceptable, but it would be super-human to not be [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 19, 2014

Celtic 3 – 0 Motherwell. Match report. (BBC) Stefan Johansen Believes he can Thrive at Celtic. New bhoy’s looking forward to the physical side of Scottish football. It could improve his overall game, as it has done for many foreigners before him. (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 18, 2014

Kris Commons Wants to be at Celtic for Life. Celtic’s star player this year would love an extended contract with the Hoops. (Daily Express) Celtic to Pay Cost of Amsterdam Police Complaints. Club offers to pay Dutch lawyer’s complaints process costs. (Scotsman) Celtic Duo Scoop Awards. Manager and player of the month for December. (Football365) [...]

Paltry 15% cut cannot be main story

Got into a brief conversation last night about whether administration and liquidation were likely at Newco Rangers. The club’s creditors will be few and of comparatively low value, nothing like their predecessor club’s £100m debts.  They will owe HMRC vat and PAYE money, utilities and other trade creditors will be owed no more than a [...]

Ballsy innovation comes crashing

Yesterday, Southampton’s chairman Nicola Cortese resigned.  Depending on how long you have been trailing this story, he is either being tempted to take up the chef exec job at struggling Milan, or has found working under owner Katharine Liebharr too much.  It’s also possible that Ms Liebharr has insisted on a return on her family’s [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 16, 2014

Johansen: I Told my Mother we Needed to Move House When I was 14 to Make it as a Professional and I Couldn’t Turn Down Celtic. Stefan has come a very long way to play for the Hoops. (Daily Mail) Wallace Must Shake Up Rangers. Graham Wallace inherited a ‘steaming financial mess’ at Ibrox, made [...]

Johansen becomes second Celtic addition

I’ve seen nothing of Stefan Johansen but I’m delighted we have signed a central midfield player.  Deficiencies up front are glaring, especially in the Premiership, but in Europe, the critical area is central mid, where we need to control more than we did this season. Central midfield protects your defence and provides the foundations strikers [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 15, 2014

Stefan Johansen Looks Forward to Celtic Move After Chat With Thomas Rogne. Midfielder inches closer to signing. (STV) Johansen Move Edges Closer as Classy Norwegian Passes Celtic Medical. Stefan passes medical (Daily Mail)  

Signing players on and off strategy

Bobby Collins left Celtic in 1958 after nine years’ service.  He’d won the Cup, the Double, the Coronation Cup, and, of course, the 1957 League Cup Final – Hampden in the Sun, Celtic 7, Rangers 1. He went on to have a great career at Everton and to make a transformational contribution to Leeds United, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 14, 2014

Celtic Target Stefan Johansen Arrives in Glasgow for Signing Talks. One step closer with first signing of the window. (STV) Bobby Collins: Former Celtic, Everton and Leeds Player Dies, Aged 82. RIP “wee barra”. (BBC)  

Pay the piper or pay the consequences

Humiliate your rivals in the Cup Final by putting five goals past them and, if you don’t pay the piper, you pay the consequences.  Winning trophies while running up debts you cannot afford to pay is not a viable strategy.  The consequences, if you are fortunate enough to survive, has to be painful, otherwise football [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 12, 2014

Stefan Johansen Coy on Celtic Transfer Talk. Norwegian midfielder diplomatic about the rumour mill. (Scotsman) Lennon Says Two Week Winter Break Would Do The World Of Good For English Clubs. Neil’s grateful that the SPFL gave Scottish clubs the option of a winter break; believes it should be an annual event and the clubs south [...]

Tactically aware athlete needed

I don’t know anything about Stefan Johansen, who is one of several central midfield players Celtic are tracking, but I’m pleased we’re scouting for this area.  There’s no question we are missing a penalty box predator but you could make a case that the sense of calm and control exerted by Victor Wanyama in the [...]

Jock and Fergie, by Archie Macpherson

Today we have a guest writer, Archie Macpherson, Scotland’s most celebrated broadcaster.  Archie started broadcasting for the BBC in the 1960s and was the authoritative voice of football commentaries, and comment, for decades thereafter.  He was co-commentator for our first European Cup win and remains a regular newspaper columnist and TV contributor. I had a [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 10, 2014

Trabzonspor 1 Celtic 3: A Turkey Shoot For New Bhoys as Pukki and Balde Rise to the Challenge. Mach report (Daily Mal) Stromsgodset Confirm Celtic Interest In Midfielder Stefan Johansen. Celtic said to be interested in Norwegian prospect. (STV) Chelsea’s Full Accounts Reveal They Have Tumbled Into The Red Again. EPL club, who have been [...]

Celtic long term land dividends

As we reported yesterday, Celtic have been busy buying up land around the periphery of the stadium for many years. The club managed to get the deal to buy land behind the Jock Stein Stand done before the mineral seam running below it was discovered. I hear the excavation rights are estimated to be worth [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 9, 2013

Fraser Forster Eyes Records For Celtic. Goalie’s hoping for more silverware; grateful to Lenny. (Scotsman) Celtic Set The Record Straight With BBC Scotland. Celtic football club  dismisses mischief making. (Video Celts)

Don’t limp home, omni-shamble contagion

There’s always a bit of trepidation before Celtic play a meaningless game, like they will do in Turkey tomorrow, the propensity to pick up injuries feels higher, although this is possibly not borne out by statistics. Before Sunday the team look like they needed a break but no injuries, please. It’s been a long time [...]

Oft-triangulated Georgios

It’s good to be back.  A power outage at our datacentre on Saturday caused servers to crash and subsequent database problems.  Our thanks to Andrew in Belfast for his invaluable help, again… Trying hard to ignore speculation of various players coming our way, plenty of time for that later in the month, although I will [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Jan 7, 2014

Flight Cancellation Puts Back Celtic’s Winter  Trip to Turkey. Bhoys head out on Tuesday. (STV) Eusebio Profle: Portugal Legend ‘A Great Player and Terrific Man’. Remembering a true football great. (BBC) By Georgios, He’ll Be Missed: He May Be An Enigma, But Lennon Puts High Value On Gifted Greek Who Loves Being A Celt. Seven [...]

Indisputable mood to bring in the New

If you were lucky enough, like me, to enjoy a long Christmas holiday, I hope you had a good one.  I’m sure few of us are delighted to be back at it today but there’s an indisputable mood on the blog for bringing in the New.  A fresh start is needed and fortunately we’re at [...]

QUIC NEWS 5am Update Jan 3, 2014

Celtic May be Priced Out Of A Move for Finnbogason As Heerenveen Value Striker At £8m. Signing rumours. (Daily Mail) Scott Brown Happy If Joe Ledley Opts For Celtic. Captain keeping his fingers crossed. (Scotsman)  

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Jan 1, 2014

Hoops Will Hand Out a Hiding. Neil says one of these days a flood of goals will come. (Scottish Daily Express) Spanish Giants Atletico Madrid Make First Move for Celtic Striker Samaras. Spaniards, Hull and Lazio said to be interested in Georgios. (Daily Mail) Bolton Wanderers’ Debts Hit £163.8m as Cost of Relegation Bites. Club [...]

State of the Club Report, year-end 2013

On practically all measures the club has had a less successful 2013 than 2012 but I’m going to give you a positive State of the Club Report today.  2013 gave us one critical achievement, qualification for the group stage of the Champions League.  Winning the league title is, of course, critical for most ambitious clubs, [...]

Celtic will prevail, no matter which scenario plays out

The Scotsman did an interesting article today on the fact that recent attendances at Celtic Park have fallen well short of the circa 46,000 paid for tickets, the majority of which are season tickets.  It touches on several issues. Suggestions that a league in which Celtic inevitably process to the title is less attractive to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 30, 2013

Inverness 0 -1 Celtic. Match report with Manager’s interview. (BBC) Lennon: ‘Give  Unbeaten Celtic Some Credit’. Neil is disappointed that not enough credit is given to Celtic’s record this year. (Scotsman)  

Summer madness bites at Cardiff

By all accounts Malky MacKay is a good guy.  He is certainly a good motivator and tactician, and an excellent communicator, unburdened by the airs and graces normally associated by managers in the self-appointed Greatest Show on Earth.  None of this saved him from the sack, though, accused of running riot with the cheque book [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 28, 2013

Lennon – Unbeaten Celtic Season ‘Near Impossible’. Manager’s not counting on setting a record; Watt will stay on loan for the whole season. (Scotsman) Safe Standing Could Make Permanent Return to Football League. Momentum gaining in English Football League. (Guardian)

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 27, 2013

St. Johnstone 0 – 1 Celtic. Match report, including interview with Neil. (BBC) Celtic Boss Hails His Dutch Master. Virgil gets ribbed on the training ground for his wayward shooting efforts, but after his mazy run and goal he has the last laugh. (Daily Express)

You did this in 2013

Yet again during 2013 we asked you to put your hand in your pocket and you responded as only Celtic fans do.  You raised £6000 before and during the focus of our summer fundraising activity, the annual golf day.  £4500 of this went towards the 1254125 Appeal, which during the year did an enormous amount [...]

Flag ban feels provocative

It all seems a bit cloak and dagger to suggest that pyrotechnics are smuggled into football grounds inside flags and banners.  I’d always assumed the ‘stick it up your jumper’ technique would have been the delivery mechanism, not that I’ve any experience of the subject. Flares have been an increasing menace at football games across [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Dec 23, 2013

Darnell Fisher Seeks to Fill Mikael Lustig’s Boots. With Mikael Lustig out for four months, Celtic’s promising young full back hopes to get more game time to continue his development. (Scotsman) Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Sets Sights on Invincible Premiership Season. While Neil tries to motivate his team for the rest of the season, he [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 22, 2013

Kris Commons Strike Breaks Resilient Hearts as Celtic Claim Victory. Match report. (Guardian) Mjallby Reveals Celtic Target. Target to reach 20 SPFL games unbeaten. (Teamtalk)  

Solid CL performers, realisation dawns at Ibrox

I remember some disparaging comment from sections of the Scottish sporting media regarding Mikael Lustig’s performances for Sweden at Euro 2012.  Mikael had only recently joined Celtic and was still finding his feet in Scotland.  In short, we didn’t have enough information to make an informed judgement before the Euros.  We do now. His energy [...]

Some consistency from Uefa, please

Of all the supporter-related offenses Uefa are disciplining football clubs on at the moment the use of lasers annoys me most (with the appropriate caveat for health and safety matters). Racism, health and safety violations, violence flares are all appropriate reasons to sanction a club but it’s always bothered me that Uefa seem to let [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 19, 2013

Lennon Lands In Holland To Scout Finnbogason …and Fellow Striker  Johannsson Impresses With Double Strike. Manager takes in Dutch game, presumably looking at strikers. (Daily Mail) Fridjonsson: No Pressure After Big-Money Failures. Celtic’s new signing, who cost Celtic only a modest sum, will not have the same pressure on him as some of the previous [...]

Horrible damage inflicted by requisitioners

The actions of the Sevco Requisitioners in undermining Newco Rangers made no sense.   They invoked an almighty schism, one which will forevermore deny the emerging club from a potentially rich seam of support.  An act of such potential vandalism would surely not be undertaken unless they had a plan to deliver the necessary votes? Turns [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Dec 18, 2013

Celtic Could Face Ajax in January Tournament. Celts to play in 4 team tournament in Turkey between January 8 to 12. (Scotsman) Hull and Cardiff City Protests Show Fans Refuse to be Taken for Granted. These days clubs and fans are drifting apart,  for various reasons. Not a healthy development for the game. (Guardian) Hiroki [...]

Narco-football ruining clubs

Spurs have dispensed with the man once thought Europe’s hottest guru manager (don’t believe in guru managers).  Villas Boas was a failure as manager but he was a mere symptom of their problems.  Splurging circa £100m on vagrant misfits should be enough to disguise the fact that you don’t have a sustainable strategy.  For a [...]

Stunning work by Celtic supporters

Five years ago when CQN’er Kano was confined to hospital with a debilitating illness Pablophanque was first to issue the call, “We need to raise the money to bring Kano home”.  In the weeks which followed the Bring Martin Home campaign launched.  The campaign succeeded and then some; the Kano Foundation is its lasting legacy. [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 15, 2013

Neil Lennon Backs Teemu Pukki to Add to Celtic Goals Tally. Manager believes that Celtic’s Finn is on the ascendancy. (BBC) Celtic 1 -0 Hibernian: Hoops Brush Away Barca Blues with Tentative Display. In awful conditions Celtic maintain their unbeaten SPFL record. (STV) Celtic Champions League Exit: 5 Things we Learned. 1. If you draw [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Dec 14, 2013

No Room for Softie Celtic in Europe.  ’The Champions League is the playground of hard cases, with no room for easily-bullied softies’. (Scotsman) Celtic Will Remain European ‘Lightweights” Claims Lennon. Manager accepts that the Scottish game’s financial reality will always make Celtic a minnow in the top league in Europe. (BBC) Lennon ‘Not Thinking about [...]

CQteN St Pats, 1200 hungry kids

Celtic Quick News will be 10 years old next year and to mark the occasion, through Mary’s Meals, we’re going to construct a kitchen and shelter facility at the Kholoni Primary School in Mchinji, Central Malawi, which currently has no food preparation facilities. A brick-built building, the kitchen will consist of one main cooking area [...]

Vanity tactics

Efe Ambrose looked a tad nervous at the start of last night’s game.  He wasn’t the only one.   Adam Matthews was pressed into an early return from injury, a forced change, but Celtic’s decision to deploy a more adventurous line-up than in previous encounters with Barcelona was by choice. The result was 36% possession, heady [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 12, 2013

Barcelona 6 – 1 Celtic. Match report (Uefa.com) Celtic Hit for Six by Rampant Barcelona. Celtic taught a football lesson…and  given a thrashing. (sky sports) Men V Bhoys: Lennon Left Livid as Blundering Celtic Are Hit for Six at Nou Camp. Manager is unhappy with players effort and performance. (Daily Mail)

128 seems impossibly indiscriminate

Banning 128 fans seems impossibly indiscriminate.  I don’t know how it was decided but it sounds like “those eight columns and sixteen rows” – painting with a very broad brush.  If so, the Club must meet with those in the affected area as soon as possible to allow fans who have had nothing whatsoever to [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 10, 2013

Operation Celtic. Barcelona aim to convincingly beat Celtic after Ajax loss. (La Marca) Celtic Suspend Fans After Damage to Motherwell’s Fir Park. Club takes action on fans and SPFL lining up to take action on the club. (BBC) Celtic Ban 128 Fans, Close Green Brigade Section. Celtic have been fined 6 times in the last 7 [...]

Strong message from Supporters Association

Running late today……. The Celtic Supporters Association are in their seventh decade so have seen it all before, albeit the matters the felt necessary to comment on today are uncommon in modern times.  After their AGM yesterday they issued the following statement: “We do not condone in any circumstances the letting off of smoke devices [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Dec 9, 2013

Fans Condemn Fir Park Trouble. Just say NO to non-Celtic behaviour. (Teamtalk) Nou Camp Visit Perfect Way to Cap Week for Efe Ambrose. Celtic’s somersaulting centre back had his second child on the same day as he was scoring for his team. Now he wants to round off the week with a victory in Spain. [...]

Echoes of great Celtic teams

I thought it was the emerging influence of Nir Biton as a central midfield influence who transformed Celtic against Hearts on Sunday; he looked that good.  If anything, Celtic were better in his absence last night, more fluid, more incisive, against a better team. It’s all about shape.  The correct shape gives players time on [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 7, 2013

Motherwell o – 5 Celtic. Match report (BBC) Commons at the Double. Rampant Celts annihilate Motherwell. (Scotsman) Efe Ambrose Goal Tops Off Perfect Day in Celtic Rout of Motherwell. It’s somersault time. (Guardian)

7 goals count for squat once whistle goes

I haven’t checked my facts here, so I could be wrong, but I reckon the last time we scored seven goals (against St Mirren) we lost the very next game (against the same opposition).  If we can deduce anything from this two point observation it is that teams rebounding from an embarrassing defeat are more [...]

We spoil the league

Illustrating the very high regard the business community and people of Barcelona hold Celtic fans, one of the city’s top restaurants, Cinc Sentis have donated lunch for two towards our annual charity causes. I am assured by our resident food critic (WDH), Cinc Sentis is a fabulous dining experience.  The auction has just gone live [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 5, 2013

Virgil van Dijk: Premiership Matches Dutch League. Virgil’s hoping his form with Celtic will get noticed at the national team level and doesn’t see playing in the SPFL as a detriment. (Scotsman) The 125 Scottish Premiership Players out of Contract in the Summer. STV Artur Boruc – The Gallery. A light hearted dig at the [...]

England, or Israel, or Sweden, or Iceland, striker search goes on

It’s probably rash to suggest Neil Lennon dismisses the inflated English market when trying to sign a striker in preference for the Continent.  Europe has plenty of quality leagues, and gifted players, but it also has plenty of scouts. The tops leagues enjoy blanket analysis, which has consequences.  Our experience of Lassad and Miku suggests [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 4, 2013

Neil Lennon Still on Striker Hunt for Celtic. Neil’s scouting players in England to fill the striker role. (Evening Times) Celtic Must Cough up to Land James Vaughan. Celts interested in on-form English Championship striker, but can they afford him? (Daily Express)

Ashely hates conflict

We’ve often talked about the only real danger to a football club: internecine strife: Internecine, def: pertaining to conflict within a group, mutually destructive. In football, your enemies can’t inflict permanent harm, that can only come from within.  This morning’s media cover threats from Sevconians to boycott (clearly in homage to Irish tradition) club/company products.  [...]

Biton influence on central mid

It wasn’t just the result, which was enormously satisfying, but the manner of Celtic’s performance yesterday was equally gratifying.  We passed with speed and precision, creating space between what was often two blocks of five defenders.  Hearts were in a sorry state but despite enduring the consequences of being unable to pay their dues, they [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Dec 2, 2013

Hearts 0 – 7 Celtic. Match report including post game interview with Neil. (BBC) Lennon Plans to Buy British. Gaffer will have a close look at British talent in the January sales. (Teamtalk)  

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Dec 1, 2013

Milan Expose Flaws in Celtic’s Zonal Defending. An education in how Zonal Marking is supposed to work and how Celtic failed to execute it properly. (tictactic.co.uk) They Love me at Tynecastle, Honestly. Broonie relishes the verbal abuse dished out at the Hearts ground. (Scotsman) Scott Brown Set to End his Career at Parkhead. Captain wants [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Nov 30, 2013

‘There is Money Available’: Lennon Targets Strikers For Celtic During January Sales. Manager wants to have proven striker(s) acquired in the next transfer window, to be sufficiently bedded in before next year’s Champions league qualifiers in the summer. (Daily Mail) Neil Lennon Out of Patience With Green Brigade. Manager feels let down by Tuesday night’s [...]

Attitude for Tynecastle

I watched Hearts batter Pat Fenlon’s Hibs into submission at Easter Road last month.  They are not a good team but they have elbows and commitment, often the key resources in a football game.  With our interest in the League Cup and Europe curtailed, and the league title a sure thing, it is enormously important [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 29, 2013

A Hardcore of Fans Out of Control and a Board at a Loss What to do… the Green Brigade have Landed  Celtic in Hot Water. Ultras and football clubs make odd bedfellows where you take the good with the bad, most of the time. In Celtic’s case its decision time on what to do with their [...]

The chanting/banner slow train wreck

Apologies to all who, like me, tired of the circular ‘songs debate’ on CQN many years ago.  Back in 2011, when Celtic had a similar action from Uefa to defend as they now face, I predicted a slow train wreck: “The Debating societies will be exercised on the freedom of some to sing racially-hostile God [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 28, 2013

Celtic Fans Urged to Leave Politics at Home As UEFA Acts Over ‘Political’ Banners.  Celtic in trouble with UEFA again, and fans group in trouble with the club. (Guardian) Celtic Toiled With Lesser Squad and Tougher Group. Some say that a weakened Celtic team did alright considering; Forster looks at the glass half full. (Scotsman) [...]

Taken to school, Paul McConville

Celtic’s valiant capitulation last night had a familiar feel to it.  We took the game to Milan, bossed them in many areas while the tie was still close enough to be called a contest, created chances but had no cutting edge and lost heavily, at home, to what is clearly the weakest of four Milan [...]

Celtic-Milan, the history

Celtic first faced Milan on a late season tour of North America, drawing 1-1 in Jersey before winning 2-0 in Toronto.  The Italians would be more than compensated 10 months later when they recorded a 0-1 win at Celtic Park in the quarter final of the European Cup after a 0-0 draw in the San [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 26, 2013

Celtic Ready to Inflict More Pain on Wounded Milan. “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain”, says Neil. (uefa.com) Lennon to Give Boerrigter a Start. The pace of the Flying Dutchman on the left wing likely part of Celtic’s multi-pronged attack force. (Scotsman) I Would Rather Run the Gauntlet in Milan Than be [...]

Ignore vulnerable Milan nonsense

The stats tell an enticing story, Milan have played thirteen competitive games since beating Celtic and won only two, but you can forget about them right now.  Celtic are good enough to take three points tomorrow but it will require a perfect match plan if they are to do so. This fixture will hold no [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Nov 25, 2013

Commons Keen To Banish Amsterdam Anguish. Kris says the team owes the fans a top performance against Milan, after the poor show in the Arena. (Scotsman) Derk Boerrigter Believes That Celtic Have Enough Quality to Beat AC Milan. Celtic’s Flying Dutchman aims to keep the Bhoys Paradise record intact. (STV)  

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Nov 24, 2013

Celtic 3 – 1 Aberdeen. Match report. (BBC Derk Boerrigter Goal Gives Him Euro Chance. Dutchman hopes his scoring touch sets him up for the Milan game. (Daily Express) Misery for AC Milan Ahead of Celtic Clash. Pressure continues to mount on Milan as they could only draw at home to 10 man team. (Scotsman)

Cocky Dutch

I’m older than Virgil van Dijk and I’ve seen more football scenarios than he has, so in this respect it is forgivable for him to be talking about Celtic going through the entire league programme undefeated, but Virgil was in the Celtic team who lost at home to Morton less than two months ago, so [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Nov 22, 2013

Commons More Mature at Celtic. Kris has only been at Celtic since January 2011, but the domestic and Champions League  experience he has gained has advanced his own development and now he feels it’s right for him to help the younger players. (Teamtalk) Mulgrew: We Just Want to Keep Winning. Charlie recalls the last game [...]

Six Celtic fans

As six Celtic fans face the prospect of months in a Dutch jail if police evidence is preferred, take a look at this CCTV video from the Euro Pub in Dam Square: This is no more than the strong bullying the vulnerable.  It is shocking and affected more than just Celtic fans, other innocent bystanders [...]

Amazonians, the Window of Opportunity

“It’s just a dream come true”, the words of 20-year-old Holmbert Fridjonsson, who today signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic and will join the club on 1 January.  5’ 9” manager, Neil Lennon, told Celticfc.net that the 6’3” striker is “a good size”, perhaps giving a glimpse into the innermost thoughts guiding Celtic’s recruitment policy, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 20, 2013

Celtic Set to Complete Signing of Holmbert Fridjonsson on Three-Year Deal.  Young striker prospect all but signed up. (STV) Celtic Enter Last-Chance Saloon Against Milan. Next week’s crucial Champions League match could end with Celtic in second place or bottom. Bhoys record at Celtic Park is remarkable and could ensure another special night. (uefa.com) Premier [...]

Lustig, Samaras and problems after World Cup 98

We’ll all be supporting Mikael Lustig and Georgios Samaras as Sweden and Greece attempt to qualify for the World Cup tonight but the prospect of Lustig, Samaras, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Forster and possibly van Dijk not having a break until July, days before the Champions League bandwagon starts rolling again, is unappetising. Celtic contributed more players [...]

Joe Baker, Hargreaves, Fraser, playing to the galleries

Neil Lennon’s suggestion that fostering Fraser Forster from a lower-league loaner to an England international is “one of the best things [he’s] been involved with as a manager” is difficult to dispute, despite his various trophies and Champions League exploits. Owen Hargreaves earned an England cap before he made an appearance in either of England’s [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Nov 17, 2013

Charlie Mulgrew Feels Midfield Partnership With Scott Brown is Developing. Charlie’s enjoying the midfield role in national team. (STV) Arsenal, Everton and Celtic on Red Alert as Ibrahim is Told he is Free to Leave Man City Following Loan Spell in Norway. Clubs lining up for free transfer of midfielder. (Daily Mail)  

Dear SFA, a joke hurt our feelings

Can you imagine how a formal complaint about the comment ‘Rory Bremner can pretend to be Tony Blair’ would be composed? ‘Dear SFA, a rude man’s joke hurt our feelings.  Tell him straight, no more jokes!’ I clicked onto the NEW club’s site to confirm their reaction.  As well as complaining about a joke [it [...]

AGM report, Living Wage, Rory Bremner, show us the deeds

Celtic’s Annual General Meeting, held at Celtic Park today, was a livelier event than usual.  The board received a hostile response to their refusal to back a resolution to provide all staff with at least the Living Wage.  Several impassioned points were made from the floor, which convinced chairman, Ian Bankier, to dispense with his [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 15, 2013

Forster’s Rise From Newcastle Reject to England Goalkeeper is a Real Tall Story. He comes from a family of 6 footers; played rugby at school; has never played a single EPL game: the ‘Great Wall’ finally made it as a Celtic man. (Daily Mail) Fraser Forster May Get Chance As Joe Hart Sits. Celtic goalkeeper [...]

Agility in the football market

When you’re shopping in a sellers’ market, agility is the only way to survive.  You need contacts, sufficient coverage to trawl outlying corners of the bazar, and enough experience to ensure you don’t get burned. If you’re trying to buy Champions League-calibre players for £100k you’re shopping in a serious sellers’ market but there is [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 14, 2013

Holmbert Fridjonnson Transfer Fee ‘Agreed’. Icelandic club’s chairman claims that a deal for striker is agreed; now up to the player to agree terms. (Scotsman) Adam Mathews Hopes Celtic Pull out Stops to Keep ‘Consistent’ Ledley. Right back is hoping that his fellow Welshman will  extend contract with Celtic. (STV) Is Jerome Champagne the Man Fifa [...]

It’s you, it’s all you, CQN Magazine and Annual out now!

It’s all go here, the latest edition of CQN Magazine went live online late last night.  There is a whole section on the goings-on in Amsterdam, together with ‘Dam’-ing video evidence of police assaults on Celtic supporters.  There are a full 26 articles by some of the most talented writers from the Celtic community. As [...]

CQN Magazine out now! Amsterdam and more

Here we go, the new edition of CQN Magazine is here for your delectation, consumption, inch-by-inch absorption and maybe even reading.  The last week we’ve been busy pulling content together on the Amsterdam police assault Celtic fans.  The story: Amsterdam, battle for the truth, is here from page 34, including video evidence. If you were [...]

Boys in blue turn to Ibrox

Its seven months since the Worthington Group, who represent the interests of Craig Whyte, reported Charles Green and Imran Ahmed to the Serious Fraud Office over the ownership of Sevco 5088 Ltd. Sevco 5088 Ltd bought and paid for irrevocable rights to buy the assets, including Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park, of Rangers Football Club [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update 12 Nov, 2013

Celtic Close In On Striker Holmbert Fridjonsson. Young prospect on the radar screen. (Scotsman) Martin O’Neill Attacks His Sunderland Successor as a ‘Managerial Charlatan’. Martin doesn’t hold back on what he thinks of Di Canio. (Telegraph)

BSkyB suffering after taxing fans for years

BT’s successful £897m bid for UK Champions League and Europa League rights is one of the most significant commercial developments for Celtic in years – if we continue to qualify for the Champions League group stage. This money, £299m per season, more than double the current deal, is paid directly to Uefa.  What participating teams [...]

Covering Emilio, Ledley returns

Delighted Joe Ledley got on the score sheet twice yesterday.  As well as missing the influence of Wanyama, and Scott Brown on Champions League duty, Joe’s absence through injury has been felt.  He has been back a few weeks now but Neil Lennon has used him sparingly, putting a lot of responsibility on the shoulders [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 10, 2013

Ross County 1 – 4 Celtic. Match report. (BBC) Lennon Uses Head to Freshen Things Up. Tactical analysis of the Ross County game. (tictactic.co.uk) Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: I do Not Intend to Change Roy Keane. MON in fine vocal form as he talks about his new role and new assistant. (Guardian)

Dysfunctional Amsterdam

Three weeks ago there was little argument against the observation that Ajax had the worst European travelling support we have seen at Celtic Park – half a century of history.  Attacks on Celtic fans by a roaming gang on Tuesday night was not a surprise.  The banner, which Uefa are trying to ignore, but will [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update 8 Nov, 2013

Celtic Lack Serious European Quality. Celtic are at a crossroads in terms of their European progression as a team, and it doesn’t look good. (Scotsman) Neil Lennon Was Let Down By His Big Name Players in Celtic’s Champions League Clash with Ajax. There are some who will have to look in the mirror. (Telegraph) Celtic [...]

de Boer reads script on predictable Celtic

It’s probably easier to start with what went right last night, than what went wrong.  Efe Ambrose was the epitome of composure, trying to retain possession whenever possible, his transformation since Juventus has been remarkable.  van Dijk, Lustig and Izaguirre each did well.  Fraser Forster had a few saves to make, but this was one [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 7, 2013

Ajax 1 – 0 Celtic. Match report; “flat and insipid” says Neil. (BBC) Ajax 1 – 0 Celtic. ’Poorest Celtic performance under Neil Lennon’. (Telegraph) Hoops Go Down in Amsterdam. ‘Too many moments of their own wretched carelessness’. (Scotsman)

Ajax v Celtic, Live updates

Live updates will appear below after 19:45. Sean Fallon, Celtic’s Iron Man: Select Delivery Option Uk only £19.99 GBP Ireland & Europe £24.99 GBP R.O.W. £29.99 GBP

Champions League lessons from Turin

For years we’ve analysed Celtic performances, wins and losses, in the rarefied Champions League environment with a recurring theme: more often than not at this level, mistakes, not great play, determines the outcome. Last night’s top match, Juventus v Real Madrid, was no different.  Real lost two goals, one from a penalty after a reckless [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 6, 2013

Ajax V Celtic: Neil Lennon’s Side Confident Ahead Of Champions League Clash. Neil acknowledges Ajax’s strengths but is confident that his own team has the ability to take the points;winning the  central midfield will make the difference. (Telegraph) Ajax V Celtic: Kris Commons is Key, Says Lennon. Getting a point would be the minimum the [...]

Development strategies

Booking £20m from TV rights in China over 10 years is a remarkable deal for the SPFL, it shows a lot of faith from broadcaster, PPLive, who have the responsibility to foster the league in the world’s most populous country.  The cash will be beer money to Celtic but represents a substantial income for most [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 5, 2013

Gordon Strachan Offers Celtic Dutch Courage for Crucial Ajax Trip. National team manager backs Celtic to win; acknowledges that Celtic’s European experienced players have helped the Scottish team. (Guardian) Celtic to ‘Be Positive’ Against Ajax, Says Neil Lennon. Manager knows that his players will create chances in Amsterdam: but they must make them count. (Scotsman) [...]

The gift of focus for Ajax

The last minute goal fell Celtic’s way at the weekend but Wednesday’s opponents, Ajax, were on the receiving end of the sucker punch, losing to a last minute goal at home to Vitesse, just a week after a goalless draw at home to joint bottom Waalwijk.  The Dutch champion’s only win in their last five [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 3, 2013

Celtic 1 – 1 Dundee Utd. Match report, including interview with Neil. (BBC) Efe Ambrose Says the Pressure is on Ajax. Centre back knows the bhoys will have  to treat each remaining Champions League game as a cup final, starting in Amsterdam. (Scotsman) Neil Lennon Seeks Lift-Of as Celtic Crave Champions League Success. Celtic manager [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Nov 2, 2013

Celtic V Dundee United: How Will Celtic Cope Without Georgios Samaras? Team news for next game. (STV) Anthony Stokes Says Sunderland Dressing Room was a ‘Nightmare’. With an extended contract in hand, Stokes says one of the reasons he wants to stay at Celtic is the great harmony among the Celtic players. (Telegraph) Communications Chief Jim [...]

Missing Organ Grinder

It took a late goal from Anthony Stokes to secure Celtic’s win at Tannadice in August.  That led to a five match unbeaten run for Dundee United, which ended two weeks ago at Pittodrie before Inverness knocked 10-man United out of the League Cup on Tuesday with a 120th minute goal. Jackie McNamara has stabilised [...]

The Mahatma Gandhi question

It was curious that Peter Lawwell was quizzed on potentially having a conflict of interest in deciding if a recent multiple-convict would be regarded by the SFA as Fit and Proper to direct a football club.  The club in question are not even in our league; conflict exists only in the heads of those who [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 31, 2013

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell’s  Extended Interview. (STV) Celtic Look at Murrayfield and Dublin for Euro games. With Celtic Park unavailable next July due to the Commonwealth Games, the club is looking at venue options for the first couple of Qualifying matches. (Scotsman)  

Stokes for the McCluskey role

Anthony Stokes is in the best form of his Celtic career at the moment, arguably the best form of his life if you overlook his stunning cameo at Falkirk.  It’s hard to know if this is related to no longer being in the shadow of a more favoured son, or if Anthony has just got [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 30, 2013

Anthony Stokes Signs New Three -Year Deal to Remain with Celtic. Striker with a record of 52 goals in 121 games for Celtic extends contract. (STV) Amido Balde Vows To Turn ‘Baby’ Steps Into Strides. Wrapped in cotton wool to aid his transition into Scottish football, Amido is developing well and could start to see [...]

Safe hands

There is something curious about the England national team.  While pretty much every other country around England’s calibre select players, on merit, from clubs large and small, for decades England appear caught emperor role, seldom selecting players outside a top clutch of clubs. This made Southampton striker Rickie Lambert’s recent selection memorable, despite the fact [...]

QUICK NEWS 4am Update Oct 29, 2013

Forster Won’t Be Fazed by England Duty…….After Hart’s Howlers, He’s The No. 1 Candidate.  Celtic goalkeeper is sure to get his first cap in one of the upcoming friendlies. (Daily Mail) Lennon: Forrest Not For Sale. As the  rumour mill constantly swirls about Celtic’s exciting players, the manager puts up his “Not for Sale” sign. [...]

Celtic League of Nations

It is worth more than a passing observation that in yesterday’s game Celtic had players from 11 different countries in the starting line-up: England, Sweden, Honduras, Scotland, Nigeria, Netherlands, Finland, Israel, Ireland, Greece and Wales. Recruitment came from clubs in 7 different league structures: England (3) and Wales, Scotland, Norway, Honduras, Israel (2), Netherlands and [...]

QUICK NEWS 4am Update Oct 27, 2013

Lennon Reveals Commons Coaching Offer Plans. The manager would love to keep Kris at Celtic beyond his playing days; club is at risk of losing Joe Ledley to a Bosman. (Scotsman) Derby Daze As Celtic Head to Firhill. Looking back at some big Glasgow derby games. (Celticfc.net)

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 26, 2013

Celtic Punching Above Weight In Elite League. Celtic continue to outplay their ranking in the CL, as one of the big fish in the small pond clubs. (Scotsman) Beram Kayal is Pivotal To Celtic’s Champions League Fortunes, Says Neil Lennon. Kayal’s confidence gets a boost; his ascendancy timing is critical as Celtic are short of midfielders [...]

Nir Biton, preparations for the ArenA

There will have been tired limbs at Lennonxtown when the players resumed full training yesterday after their exertions on Tuesday night but they will still be desperate to take to the field at Firhill on Sunday.  This game is a necessary preparation ahead of the Amsterdam AreanA in 12 days. We have an advantage for [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 24, 2013

No Practice Is Perfect For James Forrest. James says he doesn’t practice penalties and will be more than happy to take more of them, but he expects Commons to resume the designated player role once back from injury. (Scotsman) Celtic Churn Out Mature Champions League Win Over Ajax. Consensus is that it wasn’t their best [...]

Tactical victory for Lennon over The Bore

Celtic were overflowing with fine performances last night but mostly this was a tactical victory.  Ajax dominated possession against Milan and enjoyed lots at the Camp Nou, so Neil Lennon knew what to expect. Despite playing at home against our lowest-ranked opponent, we never chased the game, allowed Ajax time on the ball, and waited [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 23, 2013

Celtic 2 – 1 Ajax. Match report (BBC) Possession Counts For Nothing As Solid Celtic Take Win. Tactical analysis of the big game. (tictactic.co.uk) Lennon Lauds Fantastic Win. Neil savours precious 3 points. (Teamtalk) Midfield Hero Beram Kayal Eyes Hoops Qualification. Post game comments from Beram and Fraser. (Daily Express)  

Energy in abundance but discipline key

If you cast your mind back 50 weeks to the visit of Barcelona to Celtic Park you may remember we took to the field with a so-called skeleton squad.  Captain, Scott Brown, was missing, as was Hooper, Stokes and Izaguirre.  Of those outfield players on the bench, only Paddy McCourt had made a dozen appearances [...]

Dutch travel sickness

Can we purge all negative overtones today, make sure we start tomorrow with a clean sheet?  Injuries and suspensions are part of the game, we accept them and plan how to win important games. Celtic are at their best when they are up against it, when everyone knows that nothing short of a herculean effort [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 21, 2013

Forrest: Celtic Will ‘Go All Out’ For Win Over Ajax. Winger says the Bhoys are going for it. (Scotsman) Virgil Van Dijk in Line for Netherlands Call-Up as Louis Van Gaal Plans to Watch Celtic Take on Ajax. National team manager will be scouting Dutch prospects, including our own centre back. (Telegraph) Manchester United To [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 20, 2013

Hibernian 1 -1 Celtic. Match report, with Neil interview. (BBC) Celtic V Ajax: Celtic Must Find Way To Bridge Gaps. With key players out through injury and suspension, Neil will need to rally the squad to deliver at least a point in the crucial game with the Dutch. (Scotsman) Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal, Aesthetics and a [...]

Bet your novelty duck there are lessons to be learned

Celtic probably anticipated the three match suspension Uefa imposed on Scott Brown following his red card for an off the ball incident against Barcelona, if they didn’t, they should have.  That’s not to say the decision is not “harsh”, as the club described it, as far as off the ball incidents go, this was a [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 18, 2013

Scott Brown: Celtic Vow To Appeal ‘Excessive’ Ban. Celtic captain severely dealt with. Club will appeal. (Scotsman) Manager Looking Forward To Domestic Return. With the players back from international duty, the manager ponders his injuries, formation options and tactics for the upcoming games. (Celticfc.net) Croatia Sack Igor Stimac And Name Niko Kovac To Be Coach [...]

Snout in trough required, Champions League frustrations

The frustration at the news Derk Boerrigter is injured, again, and will miss another important Champions League game, is enormous.  Derk was a big part of our summer signing strategy but he came with a caveat concerning his propensity to suffer injury. We have seen only flashes of him since he joined from Ajax in [...]

Standards required by AIM. Oops.

The resignation of Craig Mather and Bryan Smart from the board of Rangers International PLC, in the wake of a damaging court defeat and a fiasco over the weekend, when inappropriate statements were issued on the club’s web site which did not adhere to stock market rules, leaves the company in a remarkable situation, indicated [...]

Show Your Hand

When I grew up everyone knew about Thalidomide, a drug given to prevent morning sickness in expectant mothers, which caused severe limb abnormalities in the child.  The drug was used for only a short period, so those suffering from the condition are all of a certain age. The condition is both very recognisable and rare, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 15, 2013

International Bhoys On The Brink Of World Cup Glory. Lustig, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Samaras and Forster inch forward to a ticket to Brazil. (Celticfc.net) Bundesliga Lands Worldwide Television Deal. German league moves to increase its global coverage. (BBC) Scotland’s Gordon Strachan Laments Bygone Days Before Croatia Match. As Gordon sets out to find a winning system [...]

This is the world Celtic has to operate in

There was a fascinating and completely unfounded angle to the Daily Record’s story today about Celtic’s forthcoming AGM, “Celtic’s directors insist Rangers (sic) were dealt with fairly”. Oh no they don’t.  This is an incredible dose of poison to inject into the Celtic family. The matter in question is a resolution before the AGM urging [...]

Chasing Celtic will bankrupt the Tribute Act

The man who wants to be chairman of Rangers International, Dave King, said over the weekend: “In particular I see a present need to utilise the time we have over the next few seasons to be prepared, both financially and on the pitch, to compete with our Glasgow neighbours when we get back (sic) to the top League.” [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 13, 2013

Warning For Celtic Over Ajax Clash From Alderweireld. Ex Ajax player reckons its 50-50 who will win the  Celtic/Ajax games, although he rates de Boer as one of the best coaches in the world. (Scotsman) Artful Artur Boruc Dodges Clown Comparison. He’s having an outstanding season in the EPL, but he’s had some odd times too. [...]

Glib, shameless, fit and proper

Before digesting news reports that Dave King is set to return to Scottish football as a director of Newco Rangers, it’s probably worth a caveat.  Today’s ‘news’ has the same heritage as pretty much every false steer emanating from Ibrox over the past decade.  Honest Dave King may well hope to take over at Ibrox [...]

Axing the Act one vote at a time

I was at primary school during the 1979 devolution referendum.  It’s fair to say many in the Celtic community were suspicious of the SNP due to the hostile attitudes some of the party leadership had to the Irish diaspora in their midst. Fresh blood brought change to the SNP in the 1980s, there were even [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 10, 2013

Danny McGrain Hopes Amido Balde’s Eagerness to Learn Will Lead to Goals. Danny’s coaching coupled with Amido’s desire to develop will pay off. (STV) Walter Smith Not Blameless At Rangers. Sir Walter’s not made of teflon after all. (Scotsman)

A victory for ugly men everywhere

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has managed to register his image rights on the off-shore tax-efficient territory of Guernsey.  Income received there for use of his rights everywhere else will not attract the kind of tax mere mortals pay in their daily lives. Pellegrini, 60, developed a genial personality to combat profound ugliness, an affliction [...]

One man’s cloud

Adam Matthews has been on top form this season, his pace and partnership with Mikael Lustig have been unfailing for Celtic, so Neil Lennon will clearly feel robbed at a top players injury-enforced absence for three months. It could be worse. An injury to Forster, Ambrose, van Dijk or Izaguirre would be difficult to accommodate [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 8, 2013

Celtic’s Adam Mathews Faces Three Month Injury-Layoff. Unlucky Adam scheduled for surgery. (BBC) We’re Ready To Lift Alcohol Ban In Scottish Grounds, Says SFA President Ogilvie. There’s movement to open up alcohol sales again at Scottish football games. (Daily Mail)  

Healthy SPFL, you know it’s over when the enablers bale

It took until 5th October but Celtic are top of the Scottish Premiership for the first time.  The valiant stand by the Highlanders went the way of Culloden but whereas the competition for first place us over for the season, the league has a promising look to it. The SPL suffered for many years not [...]

The exceptional Celtic Movement

When this publishes, I should be a few kilometres into the Great Scottish Run.  These events can be humbling.  You see people there with messages on their shirts.  ‘The big C’ gets a lot of mentions, in many of its forms, as does heart disease and conditions most of us will, fortunately, be less familiar [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 6, 2013

Celtic 2 – 0 Motherwell. Match report including Neil’s post game interview. (BBC) Anthony Stokes Comes of Age to Put Celtic on Top of the Table After 2 – 0 Win Over Motherwell. Neil lauds Stokes maturity as the forward seizes his opportunity. (Telegraph) Stokes Warns Celtic Over Contract Negotiations. Patient Anthony lets Celtic know [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 5, 2013

Forster is No Ordinary Joe! Celtic’s ‘Great Wall’ is Building Quite a Reputation and Eyeing Hart’s England Jersey after his Heroics against Barcelona. Some background to Fraser Forster’s meteoric rise. (Daily Mail) New Georgios Samaras Deal Next on Wish List. With Sammi’s contract due to run out at the end of the season, Celtic hope [...]

Time for expensive signings, the 1254125 10k

Motherwell travel to Celtic Park tomorrow on a mission.  A win would see them draw level with Celtic, and after a physically and mentally draining Champions League midweek game, they will fancy their chances.  Inverness remain top of the league on goal difference, but this is the third consecutive season Motherwell have tucked in below [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Oct 4, 2013

Neymar ‘Has a Lot to Improve’. Young Brazilian has his admirers, but he has a lot of development to do. (Herald) Fraser Forster Lauded But Hart Keeps England Place. Fraser makes England squad but Hodgson sticks with Hart. (Scotsman)  

Split Fifa grounds to withdraw 2022 award

Sep Blatter hoped that Fifa would today ratify moving the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in Qatar, to the (i.e. Europe’s) winter months, however, that looks unlikely to happen.  Fifa are split on the matter while Uefa president, Michel Platini, is keener to focus today’s meeting on the working conditions of migrant workers [...]

It’s all about Ajax

Two honourable defeats, away to Milan and at home to Barcelona, confirm that Celtic can compete at this level, but the two points which only just eluded us could prove crucial in determining qualification for the knock out stage.  Barcelona and Milan are in the driving seat. Two home wins, against Ajax and Milan, could [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 2, 2013

Fabregas Helps Barcelona Break Celtic’s Resolve. Match report. (uefa.com) Lennon: “I Don’t Need To Apologise To Neymar Or Justify My Defence Of My Captain”. Celtic manager speaks out on harsh red card  decision. (Herald) Charlie Mulgrew Disappointed To Have Lost Late Goal To Barcelona. Midfielder interview. (STV)

Celtic point to prove, burying bad news

Neil Lennon took his players to the vast open spaces of the Camp Nou last year, took the lead and held onto a point until the fourth minute of added time.  It was an enormous and disciplined achievement.  I feared we would suffer a backlash when Barcelona visited Glasgow. What we experienced instead was more [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Oct 1, 2013

Celtic V Barcelona: Lennon ‘Dares to Dream’ of Win. At odds of 8 to 1 against, why not dream big? (Scotsman) Martino: ‘If We Lose Messi’s Absence Will Be No Excuse”. Barcelona manager looks to squad to deliver the win. (La Marca) Fabregas Warns That Neymar Will Come Out From Absent Messi’s Shadow Against Celtic. [...]

Barca will be no better prepared, how the news works

I don’t subscribe to the ‘Would rather face them with Messi’ world view.  I’ve seen Lionel Messi a couple of times, it’s a bit like standing atop the Eiffel Tower, a breath-taking experience, but I don’t need to visit Paris every month to reinforce the view.  Tomorrow will be an almighty challenge against one of [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 29, 2013

Kilmarnock 2-5 Celtic: Goals Galore as Georgios Samaras Scores a Hat-Trick. Red hot Sammi leads the way – Match report. (STV) Celtic V Barcelona: Neil Lennon Wary of ‘Spanking’. Boss knows that Barca are out for revenge and he believes they are a stronger team than last season. (Scotsman) Lennon: Samaras  World Class. Neil’s over [...]

Kilmarnock v Celtic, Live updates

Live updates will appear below after 12:45. There will be a mat on the Rugby Park pitch ahead of kick off today to draw attention to the fact that 70% of road deaths in Scotland occur on country roads. The death rate is falling, from 124 in 2010, to 93 in 2011, to 87 in [...]

Russia and Ukraine on track for 2015 Joint Championship

The organising committee of the proposed Joint Russian and Ukrainian championship have confirmed that the Russian Premier League have voted in favour of the proposal.  The matter will now go to the Russian Association and the corresponding authorities in Ukraine. Valery Gazzaev, president of Russian club, Alania Vladikavkaz, told reporters, “Innovation is never easy, even [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 27, 2013

Celtic’s Tony Watt Hits Back At Lierse Fat Jibes. On loan celtic striker gets motivated and has scored 2 goals in 2 games. (Scotsman) ‘There It Was The Severed Head Of A Pig Sent Sailing Luis Figo’s Way’. Extract from Book Discussing Barcelona – Real Madrid Rivalry. (Guardian)

Look under the bonnet at Killie

There is no outrage louder than moral outrage, so I ignored this week’s stupidity by Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston, adding volume seemed moot, but if you look below the bonnet of this decision you’re likely to find the real story.  Kilmarnock FC is in a critical condition. They need your money this week, probably even [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 26, 2013

Kris Commons On Barcelona In This Week’s View. Kris says heat is on Barcelona. (celticfc.net) Champions League Boost for Celtic as Mascherano Joins Barcelona’s Mounting Injury List. Spaniards dip into squad to bolster defence. (Daily Mail) It’s Dutch and Go as Celtic Chase Kolbeinn Sgthorsson. The transfer window doesn’t open for months but that doesn’t [...]

Lack of consistency haunts Celtic again

Celtic have been completely dominant in Scottish football on many occasions but only once did this result in a domestic treble (the treble was won another two occasions when Celtic were only marginally ahead of the competition but were ruthlessly focussed). At all other times we have had a morning like this, tossed out of [...]

Read ‘em and weep, Armageddon-merchants

Commenting on following on from his predecessor Dr John Reid, chairman Ian Bankier, told a Celtic AGM he was not a man to deliver an insightful one-liner but Celtic’s Preliminary Results, released yesterday, are best summarised by the chairman delivering exactly, that, “This year demonstrated above all, the impact that football success brings to Celtic [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 24, 2013

Peter Lawwell Says  Lennon a Great Asset for Celtic. Chief Executive full of praise for the manager. (Scotsman) Teemu Pukki Shows Celtic the Way Forward. While Miku and Lassad were signings of opportunity, the Finnish striker was on the radar for a long time as a Celtic target. (Telegraph) Neil Lennon Hopes Tony Watt Can [...]

Back to black for Celtic

19 years after last having money in the bank, all we needed was ‘Armageddon’ to allow Celtic to return to the black. Despite a drop in income from domestic football turnover increased an incredible 47.7% to £75.82m thanks to participation in the Champions League, leaving a balance of £3.76m in the bank (after season ticket [...]

Successful managers are an incredibly rare breed

I think it pained us all to see the inglorious departure Martin O’Neill made at Sunderland.  He will always remain a hero at Celtic, where he transformed us from a sleeping giant into a Champions League team, but his subsequent record is mixed.  He earned a fair return for his spend at Villa but was [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update 22 Sept 2013

Celtic 2 – 1 St. Johnstone. Match report, including interview with Neil. (BBC) Neil Lennon Says Celtic’s Game Plan Will Change Against Barcelona After Seeing St. Johnstone Swept Aside. Celtic manager is not interested in being gallant losers. He acknowledges its a big ask to get anything out of the next Euro game with Barca, [...]

Pot 4, decline of the Spanish empire

A cursory look at our fellow pot 4 Champions League teams shows the extent of the challenge.  Six of the eight teams lost: Steaua Bucharest (3-0), Austrian Vienna (0-1), Celtic (2-0), Real Sociedad (0-2), Plzen (0-3), Anderlecht (2-0). Copenhagen got one of the better results of the night, a 1-1 draw at home to Italian [...]

Clues of Celtic plans are not hard to find

Celtic passed the ball well throughout last night’s game.  The players were confident enough to take a touch under pressure, which was key to the performance and a step beyond the more rudimentary show in the Camp Nou last season.  In this respect, it was a better performance than the win in Moscow, and was [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 19, 2013

AC Milan 2 – 0 Celtic. Match report, including interview with Neil. (BBC) Celtic Performance Not Matched By Result in Milan. The Champions League can be unforgiving. A great Celtic performance earned zero points.(Scotsman) Allegri: “Milan Always Believed”. Milan manager says they were fortunate with the first goal. (Football Italia)

Formidable but achievable task

No one said management was easy.  Neil Lennon has spent the best part of a year preparing for this game.  The scouts were told to go out and find pace up front which would allow us to defend in numbers but break effectively when possible. That plan brought Derk Boerrigter and Teemu Pukki to the [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 18, 2013

Milan V Celtic: Neil Lennon’s Striking Dilemma. Celtic have a variety of forward/striker options and the tactics for the game will determine who will be selected to start. (Scotsman) AC Milan V Celtic: Neil Lennon Warns Injury-Plagued Italians Will Still Be “Immense”. Gaffer says let’s not kid ourselves that reaching into the squad for Milan [...]

Scott Brown, Great Scottish Runner

You seldom hear football people speak as unguardedly as Peter Grant did to The Herald yesterday about Scott Brown.  “If somebody had offered us £4m (in 2010)?  I would have driven him down the road myself”.  The tone of Peter’s piece was supportive, though.  Our former assistant manager affirms Scott is a vastly improved performer [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Sep 17, 2013

Celtic Eye Chance Against Injury-Stricken AC Milan. Celtic take confidence from last season’s performances, while Milan count the walking wounded. (Telegraph) AC Milan V Celtic: Lustig Aware Of Balotelli Danger. Mikael pinpoints super Mario as the danger man. (Scotsman) Rangers Given No Title-Stripping Guarantee in Secret SPL Deal. Secret side deal to the 5-way agreement revealed. [...]

Milan, the incredible Paul Murray, Tyneside No 1

I never like to hear Celtic fans talk about weaknesses in opponents like Milan. They may be weaker than they were a decade ago but Milan have never been weak. The one thing Celtic have in their favour is the element of surprise, despite last season’s epic achievements. Milan will have read the screaming headlines, [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 15, 2013

Hearts 1 – 3 Celtic. Match report, including interview with Neil. (BBC) Hearts 1 – 3 Celtic: Commons and Stokes the Difference. Tactical analysis of the match. (tictactic.co.uk) How Yellow Boots Won as a Boy in Africa Helped  Rise Of Victor Wanyama. An insight into number 67. (Guardian) AC Milan V Celtic: Pace Key For [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 14, 2013

Hearts V Celtic: Lennon Gives Squad Milan Warning. Manager tells his Bhoys to get their game face on for games in the SPFL, otherwise they jeopardise getting picked for the Euro games. (Scotsman) It Would Be Difficult To Pick A Man Who Bet Against His Own Team! Lennon Wades Into Black Controversy. Neil makes it [...]

TRFC submit incomplete Annual Return

Companies House published the long overdue Annual Return for The Rangers Football Club Ltd (previously Sevco Scotland Ltd) today.  Although only received by Companies House yesterday (12 Sep 13) it was dated 29th May 2013, however, the submission was incomplete. A company is required to detail all their shareholders since their previous Annual Return (or [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 13, 2013

Celt Faces Year in Sidelines. Steven Mouyokolo to get surgery for achilles tendon. (Daily Express) Stokes Wants To Sort Deal. Striker, who is in his last contract year, is anxious to seal a new contract with Celtic. (Teamtalk)  

Strachan lessons as Milan looms

Neil Lennon will begin to get his players back at Lennoxtown tomorrow after, what for most of the first team, has been a two week international break.  For many of the established players, he’ll be hoping for a clean bill of health, but with trips to Tynecastle and Milan ahead, the manager will be keen [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 11, 2013

Celtic Hit With UEFA Fine For Use of Fireworks By Fans. Club fined 5,000 euros. (BBC) Full-Back Worries for Milan. AC threadbare at the back for Celtic tie. (Teamtalk) Jim Spence and the BBC’s Lack of Support for Him. Will state broadcaster hang their journalist out to dry, for calling the liquidated club one that [...]

Hibs Armageddon dividend, gift the young will never know

Well done to Hibernian fans for turning up in sufficient numbers to increase turnover to £8.0m from £6.9m the previous season, allowing the club to turn a profit in Armageddon season, despite some mediocre performances on the field.  The challenge for chairman Rod Petrie is to ensure the elevated income level results in the club [...]

Avoiding Bobo, Crown Office, Keyser Soze

Well done to Tony Hamilton and his team at Celtic Charity as well as the 60,000 participants for a memorable weekend which confirmed the spirit and heritage of the club.  It was great to see Martin O’Neill and Kenny Dalglish revel in, as well as so many of our more recent heroes, some of whom [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 9, 2013

Stiliyan Petrov Charity Match Raises Thousands. A unique match report. (Scotsman) Emotional Scenes at Celtic Park as Petrov is Overwhelmed by Support at Charity Game alongside Berbatov, Dalglish, Larsson, Terry, Lambert and the Rest. Saluting the great number 19, while charities win the game. (Daily Mail)

BBC need to fortify or shut the doors

It doesn’t really matter to me how other people write their own history.  If Queens Park claim to be the same Club as the Queen of Clubs, they are welcome to, as long as they respectfully allow me to express scepticism.  Fortunately, Queens Park’s business model is not dependent on making such an outlandish claim. [...]

From a green jumper to a season ticket

It’s one of those obscure football facts which appears more likely to be an urban myth, but when he jogs out onto Celtic Park on Sunday the proof will be there for all to see: Chelsea captain John Terry is a Celtic fan.  I’ve heard many wide ranging reasons why people become attached to the [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 6, 2013

Stiliyan Petrov Ready For Emotional Return. Stan looks back on his time at Celtic and looks forward to Sunday’s game, hoping that emotion wil not overcome him. (Scotsman) Forrest Fired Up For Euro Nights At Paradise. James can’t wait to test himself against the best in Europe. (Celticfc.net)

Milanese mistakes, Sevco Annual Return

Milan’s mistake with their Champions League squad – they inadvertently included Stephan El Shaarawy in their restricted A List of players, instead of the B List, denying a place in either list for M’Baye Niang, is welcome news. Their squad is strong, with or without Niang, but the oversight lends credence to the notion that [...]

Change underway at SFA, Irish Voice launch

Some of the reaction to Peter Lawwell’s promotion to the top table of the bowling club yesterday was thoroughly entertaining, including some from our own side.  As a rule, I’m happy to germinate nonsense which distracts potential opponents from applying logical analysis to their world, so now THE EVIDENCE is all there!! The SFA badly [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 4, 2013

Derk Boerrigter The Key Man In Celtic’s Ajax Plan. Former Ajax player, now with Celtic, is ready to give the lowdown on his former club. (Scotsman) Champions League: Celtic To Play At Murrayfield. Celtic Park will be in use for the 2014 Commonwealth games during the CL qualifierss timeframe and Celtic will have to find [...]

Making money out of England and Amsterdamers troubles

Over the last few days of the European transfer window I was keen to find out what business Ajax would be able to complete (what Milan and Barca did is of scant interest).  Between Friday and yesterday Ajax lost two players, Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen moved to Tottenham, and yesterday, Belgian defender, Toby Alderweireld joined [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Sep 3, 2013

Manager: Players Are Learning. Neil says last year the team would have dropped points coming off of a tough European game. (Celticfc.net) Scout Report: Teemu Pukki –  a Shot At Glory. In-depth review of Celtic’s new striker. (tictactic.co.uk) Premier League Clubs Splash Cash On Imports With All-Time High £445m In Fees Going Overseas. English football’s [...]

Naughty footballers, financial transparency

After Celtic’s reversal in Astana I pinned the decision to allow Kelvin Wilson to leave after the Elfsborg tie as critical.  It left us playing an unaccustomed central defensive partnership against Shakhter while generating only £2.5m. Before Saturday’s game with Dundee United Neil Lennon suggested the player and his agent had been “naughty”, which might [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Sept 2, 2013

Celtic’s Van Dijk Finally Getting Into The Groove. Virgil’s starting to show his talent and it looks like he could stake his claim to a starting spot centre back position. (Scotsman) Celtic Suffer Transfer Frustration But Stay On Song In Premiership With Win Over Dundee United. Stokes continues to be the main man while Virgil [...]

Transfer window assessment

For Celtic, summertime business is every bit as important as the more traditional cup finals and league deciders held later in the season.  We face qualifers for Champions League or Europa League group stage, which define our financial health and desirability as a potential employer. The most important achievement was recorded on Wednesday when we [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 31, 2013

Nir Biton: Joining Celtic Was An Easy Decision. Promising young holding midfielder signs on for four years. (Celticfc.net) Lennon Determined To Keep Fraser Forster. Celtic upset with one club who are not playing fairly in the transfer market. (Scotsman) Michel Platini Warns European Clubs He Will Take Them To Court To Force Through Financial Fair [...]

Unequivocally difficult and the SFA

Champions League sections are never easy so we are as well having one which is unequivocally difficult on paper.  Despite finishing second from pot 4 in their group last season (a remarkable achievement), Celtic spent the vast majority of their time in the tournament under pressure.  They had possession less than their opponents in all [...]

Celtic in Group of Champions

Celtic join Barcelona, Milan and Ajax in the Champions League’s only group of former champions. We beat Barcelona and Milan the last time we played each of them, and eliminated Ajax from the same competition last time we met 12 years ago. This is an incredibly difficult group, but it is the job we wanted [...]

Successful, sustainable, strategy best in football

Back in 2011 a campaign was launched by Craig Whyte (subsequently adopted by others) to convince Scottish Premier League clubs that Rangers were necessary for their survival, and in the event of a liquidation event, the league should invite a phoenix club into the top flight. The people at Celtic became aware of this and [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 29, 2013

Forrest Strikes At The Death To Send Hoops Through To The Champions League Group Stages. Match report. (Daily Mail) Neil Lennon: “Karagandy Win The Greatest Night Of My Footballing Life”. Neil says “it’s a huge feeling of relief and pride”. (STV) Much Improved Attack Seizes Champions League Place. Tactical analysis of the big game. (tictactic.co.uk) [...]

What Celtic need to do to win

James Forrest has been carrying an injury for 10 months, which has affected the player’s effectiveness, so, irrespective of the outcome of his neurologist visit last week, I’m working on the assumption Celtic will play Adam Matthews in front of Michael Lustig on the right.  This pair have speed, enormous energy, can cross and can [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 28, 2013

Lennon: Celtic Can Overcome Shakhter Lead. Neil believes. (uefa.com) Celtic Out For Pride And Progress Against Shakhter. Sammy believes. (Scotsman)

Kazaks disparage Neil, Celtic preparations. Charlotte Fakes

Shakhter seem convinced they will eliminate Celtic tomorrow.  Their friendly journalist explained why to Kazak readers today: “Despite winning comfortably enough in the capital last Tuesday, Celtic remain confident of overturning the deficit in Albion (sic).  Getting to the group stage is not a forbidden dream for Shakhter, it is their right as a result [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 27, 2013

Joe Ledley: ‘Champions League Play-off One Of The Biggest Games Of My Life’. Midfielder is well aware how huge this game is to the team, club and fans. (STV) Efe Ambrose Helps In Celtic’s Nir Biton Pursuit. Efe’s pal from the Israeli league would love to be the new Wanyama. (Daily Express)

Shakhter sounding bolshy on Celtic

I hear the modest noises which Shakhter manager Viktor Kumykov made after their win over Celtic last week have been replaced by more robust predictions.  Kumykov told the most senior local apparatchik, Baurzhan Abdishev, that Shakhter will score a few goals in Glasgow and progress into the Champions League group stage. I always like to [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 26, 2013

Scott Brown Keen To Keep Celtic At Europe Top Table. Scott Brown’s thoughts on the Shakhter game. (Scotsman) Celtic Must Wait Until After Schalke’s Champions League Qualifier Before Tying Up A Deal For Striker Pukki. Celtic edge closer to a striker deal. (Daily Mail) Celtic’s Champions League Opponents Rest 10 Players. Shakhter plays their reserve [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 24, 2013

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Signs New Contract. Neil reveals that the football side motivates him more than money. (Scotsman) Celtic’s Champions League Route. How Celtic gained some seeding advantage through the newly created Champions route and some of the deficiencies of the current crop of players. (Scotsman) Neil Lennon: Celtic Haven’t Gambled On Reaching The [...]

Celtic pay the Penalty, supporter relations

I received an email from John Paul Taylor, Celtic’s recently appointed Supporter Relations’ Manager, asking for some help getting the message of his appointment out to the support, and explaining what he is there to do.  This, for a guy whose inbox will never be empty, was a refreshingly proactive approach. Here are the questions [...]

Historic Kazak win, view from Russia

Celtic were not the only seeds to get a bloody nose in this week’s Champions League play-off round first leg games.  Lyon and Real Sociedad looked well matched before the game but Lyon’s 0-2 home defeat suggests the seeds were outclassed. Austria Vienna were the team I wanted this round but despite indifferent domestic form [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 22, 2013

Innocent Emeghara A Celts Target. Another striker  linked with the Bhoys. (Daily Express) ‘The Scots Expected To Win…..And Paid The Price For Thinking Like That’. Chairman of the Kazakhstan League rubs Celtic’s nose in it. (Herald) Mulgrew Tells Celtic To Believe In Shakhter Rematch. Charlie’s not having any excuses as he issues rallying call. (Scotsman)

Unprepared Celtic

Shakhter Karagandy covered 5k more ground than Celtic last night, 500m per outfield player.  That’s 5.5m per minute, per player, or an extra meter every 10 seconds or so.  That kind of advantage means that when the ball breaks loose in and around the danger area, the more active team are in space – which [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 21, 2013

Shakhter 2 – 0 Celtic. Match report, including post match interview with Neil. (BBC) Celtic’s Troubles At Back Return. After doing so well in Europe in recent years, it’s back to the drawing board for a Celtic team unable to shut the door away in Europe and will they have the firepower in the return [...]

Amsterdam to Astana

Do you remember who we played this round last season, Helsinki or Helsingborg?  The ones you win often blend into the background noise.  Not so in 2007.  The defeat of Spartak Moscow on penalty kicks will live long in the memory. The last Champions League qualifying round reversal was THAT game eight years ago.  Gordon [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 20, 2013

Celtic’s Neil Lennon Wary Of Shakter Threat. Celtic manager  shows respect to the Kazahkstan champions. (BBC) Celtic Experience Is A Comfort At ‘Nerve Wracking Time’ For Neil Lennon. With the final hurdle to overcome in order to reach the group stages, Celtic manager knows that recent years experience in Europe is an anchor that settles [...]

Manager happy with preparations ahead of tomorrow

Half the battle when it comes to PR is not to score an own goal, which Neil Lennon managed to do in his pre-match press conference today when asked about the local ‘tradition’ of ritualistic animal slaughter before the game.  “You have to respect the traditions in Kazakhstan, they have a different culture.  We have [...]

Shakhter boss fears Samaras, will defend

Shakhter Karagandy manager, Viktor Kumykov, spoke to the media yesterday, and again this morning, ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League play-off first leg game against Celtic. “Some of the players who played on Friday night will not make the starting line-up against Celtic but we have a limited squad so I cannot rotate too much. “Celtic [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 18, 2013

Celtic Manager Happy About Hard-Fought Win. Post match interview with Neil. (BBC) Aberdeen 0 – 2 Celtic: Champions Sink 10-Man Dons. Match report (Scotsman)

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 17, 2013

Schalke 04 Considering Second Bid From Celtic For Striker Teemu Pikku. If Celts land Finnish hitman, he won’t be eligible to play in the CL until the second leg.(STV) Celtic Begin Marathon Journey From Glasgow to Kazakhstan, Via Aberdeen. Neil talks about life in the fast lane for his players. (Telegraph) NBC Bets Big On [...]

Agents talk to the media when they are not talking to Celtic

One of the problems of doing your business discretely is that if and when agents or selling clubs publicise your interest in their player, media attention has a tendency to attribute too much focus on the most recent name revealed.  Teemu Pukki is a player Celtic have been trailing for some months but the fact [...]

Sale and leaseback, Ibrox, Murray Park, Albion

You’ll remember in October last year I told you I was in receipt of a Heads of Terms for the sale and leaseback of Ibrox, Murray Park and the Albion Car Park.  The internet has been full of chatter around this subject for the last week but I didn’t have an update on the subject [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 15, 2013

A Third of Championship and League  One Clubs May Go On Sale This Season. New study paints grim picture of health of clubs in lower leagues in England  and raises question of ‘what next’. (Guardian) At Least We Fans Of Scottish Clubs Know We Are Rubbish. What’s The Excuse In England? A Hibs fan who [...]

Astana, Hedge Funds, Longmuir to Newco

After full time on Saturday Celtic fly east to play Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan, which is five hours ahead of UK time, but fortunately kick off on Tuesday is 9pm local time, 4pm in the UK, so the team will not have to adjust body clocks.  Such a long flight immediately after a game is [...]

Magic money, Longmuir, Ahmad

BDO’s survey of British football clubs suggests control, if not complete sanity, has descended on Scottish football.  Most Premiership clubs surveyed predicted they would return to profitability over the next year. On the back of Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s article on former Scottish Football League chief exec David Longmuir’s bonuses, which are no longer payable, [...]

State of the Club Report, transfer, financial strategy

I read one highly unlikely article yesterday suggesting we were going to sign Alfred Finnbogason AND were still bidding big money for Kevin Doyle ahead of an 11pm tonight signing deadline.  It’s hard to be so wrong in so few words, but this one hit the mark. Alfred is a target but, and this is [...]

Amido, Dave King-gap too big to bridge

A meaningless win is always better than a meaningless defeat, but in the larger scheme of things, yesterday’s game against Liverpool is no more significant than last month’s games in Germany.  They are about building fitness and, if necessary, trying new things. Amido Balde was the winner yesterday.  Some were already writing the player off, [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 11, 2013

Liverpool 0 Celtic 1: Balde Serves A Notice Of Intent. Amido’s strong play serves to remind the manager that he has already signed a striker. (Herald) Hoops Dominate Liverpool In Dublin Decider. Match report. (Celticfc.net) Reds Lack Suarez Spark In Aviva Defeat To Celtic. Match report. (Irish Independent) Celtic Win Leaves Liverpool With More Questions [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 10, 2013

We Won’t Sell Anyone Else This Summer, Admits Lennon. After Wanyama, Hooper and Wilson depart, the manager shuts the door on any more exits, and he is working hard to bring in new recruits. (Herald) A Guide To Shakhtyor Karagandy, Celtic’s Champions League Opponents.(STV) The Long Haul! The Kazakstan Trip Is A ‘Nightmare’ Says Celtic [...]

Karagandy manager on Celtic and his own players

Shakhtar Karagandy Russian manager, Viktor Kumykov, gave an interview after their elimination of the Albanian champions in the last Champions League qualifier.  He talked about his team, which, unlike some in former Soviet countries, does not have an oligarch benefactor or rich sponsor. Kumykov thought four of his potential opponents were of equal standing, although [...]

Kazakhstan CL ticket for Celtic

Celtic will play Shakhtyor Karaganda from Kazakhstan in the Champions League play-off round.  Shakhtyor are 22 games into their league season but are 12 points off the pace, so are unlikely to add to their two Kazak titles. They lost 3-2 away to Skënderbeu Korçë of Albania after a 3-0 home win to reach this [...]

Rundown of possible opponents

Austria Wien have played three league games this season, won one, drew one, lost one.  Scored six conceded eight.  Stuffed 5-1 by Salzburg two weeks ago.  They have only had to play one round of Champions League qualifiers so far, which they won 1-0 on aggregate against the Icelandic champions-cum-day-job-professionals. Send them over, please, Uefa. [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 8, 2013

Celtic Boss Neil Lennon To Step Up Player Search. Post match interview with Neil. (BBC) One Step Closer But No Less Anxious For Lennon. The Champions League group stage may only  be 180 minutes away for Celtic, but there’s tons of anxiety to overcome, and getting a proven goalscorer would go along way to easing [...]

Mather, Green, precontracts, Swedish record

I know I’m not the only one worried about tonight’s game.  A few bombscare moments is all it takes to crash out of Europe, think Big Dan in Sion (we don’t get to play a joker every year).  We now have four games under our belts but there are still lots of cobwebs to blow [...]

Turning Ibrox to dust. Section 111

Despite Walter Smith urging “Rangers fans to get fully behind the resolutions which last week were presented to the Board and shareholders”, which include sacking chief executive, Craig Mather, he added, “Craig Mather, as I have said before is doing a good job. It is unfortunate that this has happened but when change does come [...]

QUICK NEWS 6am Update Aug 6 2013

Brown Vows Not To Let Elfsborg Push Samaras Around. Captain says if the Swedes want to have another physical game on Wednesday, then the Bhoys will give as good as they get. (Scotsman) Celtic Close ‘Green Brigade’ Stadium Section. Celtic close section 111, due to safety issues. (BBC) Jury Remains Out On Michel Platini’s Financial Fair [...]

Principled resignations, ASA withdraw adjudication

I cannot fathom why someone would leak their intentions to quit as chairman of a football club.  Either Walter Smith is sufficiently alarmed by the conduct of his club to resign, or he should be busy working to resolve matters.  Leaking that he intends to resign will surely only add to the nonsense that surrounds [...]

Juxtaposition of Keane with wannabes elsewhere

Worst Rangers [sic] team in history? Check. Worst Rangers [sic] chief executive in history? Check. Worst Rangers [sic] fans in history? Oh, please.  They have played their part to perfection. Worst Rangers [sic] manager in history? Who, Ally the Great Enabler?  No way. Charles Green would not have any authority at Ibrox if Ally McCoist [...]

QUICK NEWS 7am Update Aug 4, 2013

Celtic Deserved Win, Says  Manager Neil Lennon. Post match comments by the manager. (BBC) Lennon To Sign Improved  Deal To Stay As Celtic Manager. Neil’s contract reward for team performances will be sealed in the next 48 hours. (Herald)  

Green, Murray and transubstantiation

You couldn’t script that lot.  Charles-this is probably the worst Rangers team you have ever seen-Green is back, like a dose of something you never wanted first time around, appointed late on the day Rangers International receive a request for an Emergency General Meeting from rebel (hmm) shareholders.  The reason given to the Stock Market [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 3, 2013

Happy Hoops Boss Sees Red: Lennon Expects Aberdeen To Offer Biggest Challenge. With the new Scottish season about to kick-off, Celtic manager muses about which teams will be the most competitive for the title. (Daily Mail) Neil Lennon Demands Improvement In Celtic’s League Form This Season. Neil looks back at last season’s 7 league losses [...]

Celtic poisoning Scottish football

I looked into the world of Scottish football betting yesterday.  Betting on Celtic to win the Scottish Premiership is less rewarding than putting your money in an interest bearing account, which, I suspect, is an approximation of what bookmakers will do with any such bets.  In short, our league is not so much a sport [...]

Last season’s Celtic edge over the line

Shortly after Elfsborg cracked one against the crossbar last night I quickly scanned the Celtic team and had a thought.  For the second season in a row we are taking on the Swedish champions but we’re missing two of last season’s big performers and none of this season’s new signings were ready for action.  In [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update Aug 1, 2013

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon Content With Narrow Win. Post-match interview with the boss. (BBC) Celtic Dig Deep To Earn Elfsborg Advantage. Match report (uefa.com)  

Samaras and Commons guile preferred to Boerrigter tonight

You and I both like to see new signings introduced but it would be an enormous gamble to throw Derk Boerrigter into the fray tonight.  The player is unlikely to have trained with his new teammates, will know little about Celtic’s systems, and while Neil Lennon will have watched Derk many times, the real discovery [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update July 31, 2013

Celtic’s Neil Lennon Challenges Squad After Wanyama and Hooper Exits. Neil asks who is going to make their mark now. (Telegraph) Celtic Pick Up Boerrigter on Four-Year Deal. Left-sided, tall and powerful Dutchman joins the bhoys. (uefa.com)    

Transfer strategy, where we are

If anyone tells you we are about to bid €7m on a guy who scored fewer league goals than Billy McKay last season, and who was signed for €500k last summer, don’t listen to them.  Nonsense like this is 180 degrees away from strategy.  Where would such a player’s sell-on value increase to?  It’s just [...]

1254125 Great Scottish Run

Have you signed up for 1254125 yet? 125 years after the start of Celtic Football Club fans and people at Celtic Charity want to bring our founding cause to the fore. Each Celtic fan is asked to raise £125 for charity on our 125th anniversary year. It you own a pair of training shoes, you [...]

Wishful transfer thinking, broken Hearts

Celtic have been linked with a whole barrage of players over the last 24 hours, strongly linked in some instances.  While it is more fun to drool over players coming in than fret as existing players leave the club, I’m very sure that some of the reports floating around right now are the product of [...]

QUICK NEWS 5am Update July 29, 2013

Derk Boerrigter Expected For Celtic Medical Ahead Of Switch From Ajax. 6 ft 2in Dutch forward expected to undertake medical on Monday (includes video of his pre-season hat trick). (STV) Elfsborg Ignore Celtic Pleas to Drop Bangura. So far Celts Champions League opponents aren’t budging on playing the on-loan player, but admit he wouldn’t be [...]

Hooper best since Larsson?

Neil Lennon suggested Gary Hooper, unquestionably his favourite son, was Celtic’s best striker since Henrik Larsson.  It’s an interesting question. The list is long: Chris Sutton, John Hartson, Henri Camara, Craig Bellamy, Dion Dublin, Scott McDonald, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Chris Killen, Maciej Zurawski, Kenny Miller, Derek Riordan, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Georgios Samaras, Robbie Keane, Diomansy [...]