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. WeefratheTim on




    Pretty sure it’s on telly.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  2. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Hummels was stronger than Varane….if that’s a free kick the game will become a non contact sport

  3. WeefratheTim on




    A wee prayer said. :-)



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  4. Kojo



    We’re doing well thank you. The girls have kept me in check when needed!



    An interesting season lies ahead for sure. You look after yourself and best wishes to your amigos.

  5. mickbhoy1888 on

    Hmmmm top flight Russian club FC Krasnodar ????


    I suppose then that Hamilton and the likes then qualify as top flight scottish clubs

  6. Just over a year from turning 50 and play 6 and 11 a side ( with players quite a bit younger) Cycle a bit and go to the gym… You lot have got me paranoid now…

  7. FC Krasnodar are in the top flight in Russia, aren’t they?



    Hamilton are in the top flight in Scotland, aren’t they?

  8. Thunder Road on



    16:56 on


    4 July, 2014


    thunder road



    sitting here in brace 5 weeks post op


    ruptured quad tendon (during 7′s)


    if i can play again – even in goals – then i will


    49 soon ;-)






    GEEZO :(



    Whit are you lot like?



    Is there anybody fit!?



    spikeysauldman……not even a flinch eh?



    Love your Love for it all.



    1 of the most memorable guys i played with was about 10 years older than me…..heart of a lion and 1 of the guys i wanted in my team every week.


    His knee would invariably pop out of place at some point but he would still be 1 of the most conscientious there…..he absolutely savoured it.



    How much longer do you have the brace on?



    Hope you do get back playing again sometime soon mate.

  9. WeefratheTim on




    Yer no missing much. Pouring in Strathaven, so EK will be just as bad. :-(



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  10. ElDiego Bhoy


    at 17.35



    Thanks fur ye Enquiry.



    Ach Ah am daeing real fine..



    fur a Fellah who hiz jist Celebrated hiz.. 39th. Birthday!( 39th???…Is That ..in Doggie Years?…ed) ( Watchit.. Suckah!.. Your Joab is Hingin’ by a Threed!)



    Nice Chattin’,pally.. as evah..





    Still Laughin’

  11. WeefratheTim on




    Meant to say, hope you all have a brilliant night and have enjoyed yer gowf. :-)



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  12. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    pogmathonyahun aka laird of the smiles



    Following your kind advice last week, family and I are currently watching the game in Killian’s bar in Frauenplatz in Munich.



    Cheers again, and c’mon the Jerries!!





    BGFC & Team :-)

  13. Delaneys Dunky on




    You get yersel doon to the pool tourney neebs. Be great tae meet you. What times mass at St Marie’s on Sunday? Still 11?

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    I have just celebrated my 49th year on terra firma. You write older than me! ;))))

  15. PFayr



    I’ve just seen the incident again on slomo and Varane did have his hands out too.


    Perhaps the ref saw it all and assessed it as both were offending. From the HT rerun Hummels had his hand in the chest of Varane from the start of his run.



    Contact is fine and it will remain in the game as we’ve seen in this WC. But illegal contact even if it’s disguised – is a foul. A hand then a forearm into the chest of an opponent to gain an advantage is illegal contact.



    I just want to see rules enforced consistently in Scotland and in Brazil, and I want to see football with skill and contact.



    Half Time hostility now.



    pieinthesky CSC




  16. Thunder Road on




    speedos are prohibited……i hope.



    Anyway…..aff oot to blow the cobwebs off……not my speedos i hasten to add….my cue arm.



    1st game in 10 years tonight.






    Have a good night folks :)

  17. Geordie Munro on




    Nae idea pal. You’d hear carmina burana if I walked in. Lol



    I take it the high street will be on the cards later on?

  18. Delaney’s Dunky



    You’re … ONLY…. 49.. Kid??



    Geez, Ah hiv. Ties.. that ur Aulder than That!( Ah inherited them.. Fae Ma Faither!..


    Ah hasten tae add!)



    Nice Chattin.. Pal.. Ah like Ye ..aloater.






  19. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on



    Pleasure mate. I hope you and the family have a great time.

  20. Geordie Munro on







    She’s leveled. High street isny great these days.



    Duchess, O’Connells or society prolly best.

  21. Geordie Munro.



    Noo.. You ur Showin’ Aff..Noo!



    How auld Ur Ye?



    Man…Ah stopped Countin’ Ma Years.. when Ah reached… 39




    Ah figgered that that wiz Jist the … jist the Right Age..



    No too Young.. n.. No Too Auld..



    Ah like it so Much..



    That Ah think Ah wull Keep It.. until Ah die..



    Nice Chattin’ Pal






  22. Geordie Munro on




    That’s a braw age;)



    I stopped counting when I hit the age where if yer team signed someone that age ye went ‘ffs he’s past it!’ :)

  23. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    delaneys dunky



    18:11 on 4 July, 2014 GM Is Jackie O still strutting her stuff? :)




    Dunno, but Jackie you know who is working in the Albion Club I hear…:-)

  24. Delaneys Dunky on




    Thanks bro. My baby bhoy was christened in St Marie’s, my older son and older daughter made their first communion there. As a Polish/Irish Glaswegian they loved and welcomed my family into their parish. Good people to revisit.

  25. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    Enjoy yourself tomorrow bud.


    Wish I could be there, not to be this time.