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.  Players need to step up, from 45 minutes against a fellow-preseason team, to 90 minutes of competitive action against a team who are already midseason.  Pushing muscles too hard now will be counterproductive; players need a planned gradient of training, rest and games to get them as close to peak condition as possible.  No matter how well this goes, the players will be short of their peak for weeks.

Trying hard not to think or talk about signings but it’s good to see Craig Gordon confirmed.  Fraser Forster is the most committed professional at the club, so he’s not a player who needs to be driven to improve, but we all need fresh incentives to go back to the well again, and the arrival of Craig will give Fraser fresh focus after returning from a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Welcome to Celtic, Craig.

There are around 36 CQNers already out on Aberdour Golf Course in what could be described as ‘fresh’ conditions.  A great night lies ahead.

This year we are raising money for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookiejar Foundation. We have two copies of this magnificent canvas, signed by Billy McNeill, one is available to the highest bidder on ebay here.

The other is available for raffle. Every donor to this JustGiving page gets an entry in the raffle. The minimum donation is £1, which we can all afford to participate in, although you can donate as much as you want. Our thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the image on the canvas and OPG Graphics for creating the work.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    This is just fantastic…..it has EVERYTHING

  2. cannae applaud that goal by sideshow bob



    especially after the way he tried to frame krusty the clown for the kwik e mart robbery



    he should never have been allowed out of prison to go to the world cup in the first place

  3. David Luiz



    Carlos Puyol



    Same player……spooky……



    Argentina will win this tournament ……



    11 world class players win world class competitions

  4. eddieinkirkmichael on




    22:20 on



    Aye right.










  5. Messi the Man……



    Just watch how he usurps Maradonna



    Argentina will be fitba Champs of the World very soon…..next week to be precise.

  6. It would take a brave man to bet against Brazil in this tourney,


    the seem to get most things going from the refs

  7. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    That match was won in the EPL. You Sweaty Socks should know your place. Vote NO!



    Tory toffs rule ok!

  8. Before the first game I predicted an Argentina v Germany final.



    That’s never going to happen, everything will be done to ensure Brazil get there.

  9. Oh well, will need to settle for 7 pts



    And Doc, u got it right, Noah idea :-)



    Hail Hail

  10. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    I agree and have thought that from day one.I’ll stick with my original choice Argentina, but I’ll be very surprised if Brazil don’t win it.

  11. gordybhoy64


    Having grown up with the Pele,Rivelino,Jairzinho Brazil team this present lot are a blot on the footballing landscape.


    They sum up everything thats wrong with the once beautiful game.


    Overpaid,mediocre diving cheats,


    Football is losing its right to be called a sport.


    Corrupt bodies,officials and everything geared towards maximum revenue from tv who care nothing for the sport.

  12. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    You seem to be doing no bad this tourney






    Nice one




  13. 11 Scottish politicians to be be World Class politicians or world class at anything?






    Having a Larffffffffffffff



    Best wee country in the world?……



    My big fat erse

  14. best player in the tournament gets a deserved goal,now for the equaliser and HTs desmond

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