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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. Celtic FC News ‏@celticfcnews

     

     

    BBC to show Celtic’s opening Euro tie

     

     

    The first leg of the second qualifying round tie with KR Reykjavik kicks off at 20:00 BST on 15 July.

  2. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    yorkbhoy

     

     

    17:40 on 4 July, 2014

     

     

    You’re a youngster by comparison to some of the CQN dudes that play 5s on a Thursday and a Saturday! :-)

     

     

    We played 7s for a change last Saturday at Toryglen, and the pitch was that long I swear I saw a few get their bus pass out to travel the length :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  3. EDB….

     

     

    Genuine question…..

     

     

    Have an even more genuine reason for asking it, but your monosyllabic thoughts wouldn’t comprehend.

     

     

    Nite nite …..aff oot

  4. The Following Tells the Tale..

     

     

    Ronnie Dee, is gonna be a Great Manager… Ah Hiv Nae the Slightest Doot.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Findlay relishing Ronny Deila regime

     

     

     

    By: Mark Henderson in Austria on 04 Jul, 2014 17:5

     

     

     

     

    STUART Findlay says he and the rest of Celtic’s young guns are thriving under the regime of new manager Ronny Deila.

     

     

    The defender starred in the Hoops’ 3-1 victory over FK Krasnodar last night (Thursday) which was the Norwegian’s first match in charge of the side and also the opening match of the pre-season tour of Austria.

     

     

    Findlay came on at the interval along with a number of his Celtic Youth Academy colleagues and helped the Bhoys keep a clean sheet during the second 45 minutes to seal the win.

     

     

    Pleased to play his part in the triumph, the 19-year-old told the official website of how much he was enjoying the methods and approach of the new Hoops boss.

     

     

    “I really enjoyed it and it was good to get another 45 minutes under my belt which was a good bit of experience for me,” he said.

     

     

    “After working and training for the last week, to implement what he has been doing in training into the games, it was good to see it gave off good results.

     

     

    “So far, I have found it brilliant. I love how he has got his own specific style of play and he knows what he wants to do.

     

     

    “He knows what he wants from everyone of his players, so I can go into a game and know exactly what my job is which is always a good thing – you know exactly where you stand with him.

     

     

    “To put on so many of last season’s U20 squad in his first-ever game shows he has no fear of putting in the youth and that bodes well for us – if we do well, we know he will give us a chance, and hopefully we can push on.

     

     

    “Last season, certain boys did well and they are still doing well. But because we have a new manager in, people like myself who went out on loan have been given a chance, and hopefully I can show him what I can do and push into the team at some point in the future.

     

     

    “There is a a very European stance on things now. It’s a lot stricter with our diet and all-round discipline, but it isn’t a bad thing. No one is unhappy about it and so far it’s paying off as all the boys are looking sharp, and I think it’s down to how we have prepared.”

     

     

    Anthony Stokes and Stefan Johansen put the Scottish champions into a 2-1 lead at the break against the Russian outfit.

     

     

    Despite all the changes at the break, Celtic extended their advantage through a goal from Findlay’s room-mate Callum McGregor and a young backline held firm at the other end to get the Ronny Deila era off to a positive start.

     

     

    “The team we played last were a good side, and the boy they had up front played for Spartak Moscow a few years ago,” said Findlay.

     

     

    “The starting XI did well to win their half but it was even better for the younger boys to come on in the second half and put in a performance and get a 1-0 victory.

     

     

    “For a defender, a clean sheet is always a bonus as well, so it was a good exercise for us all. Eoghan (O’Connell) and I are both 18 along with Calum (Waters), and there was Leo in goals as well. It was basically our U20 back-four from last season.

     

     

    “They hit the bar in the few minutes but after that, we settled down and they never looked that dangerous as I felt we nullified what they can do.

     

     

    “We got a lot of help from Beram and Hendo in the middle but as a group we worked well collectively, were very hard to break down and were very good on the counter.

     

     

    “The manager said to us before the game exactly what he wanted from us and we gave him what he wanted so he just gave us a quick well done because I don’t think he had to say much more.

     

     

    “But obviously in training over the next few days he will show the things we need to work on and what we did we did well.”

     

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Findlay relishing Ronny Deila regime

     

     

     

    By: Mark Henderson in Austria on 04 Jul, 2014 17:52

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    STUART Findlay says he and the rest of Celtic’s young guns are thriving under the regime of new manager Ronny Deila.

     

     

    The defender starred in the Hoops’ 3-1 victory over FK Krasnodar last night (Thursday) which was the Norwegian’s first match in charge of the side and also the opening match of the pre-season tour of Austria.

     

     

    Findlay came on at the interval along with a number of his Celtic Youth Academy colleagues and helped the Bhoys keep a clean sheet during the second 45 minutes to seal the win.

     

     

    Pleased to play his part in the triumph, the 19-year-old told the official website of how much he was enjoying the methods and approach of the new Hoops boss.

     

     

    “I really enjoyed it and it was good to get another 45 minutes under my belt which was a good bit of experience for me,” he said.

     

     

    “After working and training for the last week, to implement what he has been doing in training into the games, it was good to see it gave off good results.

     

     

    “So far, I have found it brilliant. I love how he has got his own specific style of play and he knows what he wants to do.

     

     

    “He knows what he wants from everyone of his players, so I can go into a game and know exactly what my job is which is always a good thing – you know exactly where you stand with him.

     

     

    “To put on so many of last season’s U20 squad in his first-ever game shows he has no fear of putting in the youth and that bodes well for us – if we do well, we know he will give us a chance, and hopefully we can push on.

     

     

    “Last season, certain boys did well and they are still doing well. But because we have a new manager in, people like myself who went out on loan have been given a chance, and hopefully I can show him what I can do and push into the team at some point in the future.

     

     

    “There is a a very European stance on things now. It’s a lot stricter with our diet and all-round discipline, but it isn’t a bad thing. No one is unhappy about it and so far it’s paying off as all the boys are looking sharp, and I think it’s down to how we have prepared.”

     

     

    Anthony Stokes and Stefan Johansen put the Scottish champions into a 2-1 lead at the break against the Russian outfit.

     

     

    Despite all the changes at the break, Celtic extended their advantage through a goal from Findlay’s room-mate Callum McGregor and a young backline held firm at the other end to get the Ronny Deila era off to a positive start.

     

     

    “The team we played last were a good side, and the boy they had up front played for Spartak Moscow a few years ago,” said Findlay.

     

     

    “The starting XI did well to win their half but it was even better for the younger boys to come on in the second half and put in a performance and get a 1-0 victory.

     

     

    “For a defender, a clean sheet is always a bonus as well, so it was a good exercise for us all. Eoghan (O’Connell) and I are both 18 along with Calum (Waters), and there was Leo in goals as well. It was basically our U20 back-four from last season.

     

     

    “They hit the bar in the few minutes but after that, we settled down and they never looked that dangerous as I felt we nullified what they can do.

     

     

    “We got a lot of help from Beram and Hendo in the middle but as a group we worked well collectively, were very hard to break down and were very good on the counter.

     

     

    “The manager said to us before the game exactly what he wanted from us and we gave him what he wanted so he just gave us a quick well done because I don’t think he had to say much more.

     

     

    “But obviously in training over the next few days he will show the things we need to work on and what we did well.”

     

     

     

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    Findlay relishing Ronny Deila regime

     

     

     

    By: Mark Henderson in Austria on 04 Jul, 2014 17:52

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    STUART Findlay says he and the rest of Celtic’s young guns are thriving under the regime of new manager Ronny Deila.

     

     

    The defender starred in the Hoops’ 3-1 victory over FK Krasnodar last night (Thursday) which was the Norwegian’s first match in charge of the side and also the opening match of the pre-season tour of Austria.

     

     

    Findlay came on at the interval along with a number of his Celtic Youth Academy colleagues and helped the Bhoys keep a clean sheet during the second 45 minutes to seal the win.

     

     

    Pleased to play his part in the triumph, the 19-year-old told the official website of how much he was enjoying the methods and approach of the new Hoops boss.

     

     

    “I really enjoyed it and it was good to get another 45 minutes under my belt which was a good bit of experience for me,” he said.

     

     

    “After working and training for the last week, to implement what he has been doing in training into the games, it was good to see it gave off good results.

     

     

    “So far, I have found it brilliant. I love how he has got his own specific style of play and he knows what he wants to do.

     

     

    “He knows what he wants from everyone of his players, so I can go into a game and know exactly what my job is which is always a good thing – you know exactly where you stand with him.

     

     

    “To put on so many of last season’s U20 squad in his first-ever game shows he has no fear of putting in the youth and that bodes well for us – if we do well, we know he will give us a chance, and hopefully we can push on.

     

     

    “Last season, certain boys did well and they are still doing well. But because we have a new manager in, people like myself who went out on loan have been given a chance, and hopefully I can show him what I can do and push into the team at some point in the future.

     

     

    “There is a a very European stance on things now. It’s a lot stricter with our diet and all-round discipline, but it isn’t a bad thing. No one is unhappy about it and so far it’s paying off as all the boys are looking sharp, and I think it’s down to how we have prepared.”

     

     

    Anthony Stokes and Stefan Johansen put the Scottish champions into a 2-1 lead at the break against the Russian outfit.

     

     

    Despite all the changes at the break, Celtic extended their advantage through a goal from Findlay’s room-mate Callum McGregor and a young backline held firm at the other end to get the Ronny Deila era off to a positive start.

     

     

    “The team we played last were a good side, and the boy they had up front played for Spartak Moscow a few years ago,” said Findlay.

     

     

    “The starting XI did well to win their half but it was even better for the younger boys to come on in the second half and put in a performance and get a 1-0 victory.

     

     

    “For a defender, a clean sheet is always a bonus as well, so it was a good exercise for us all. Eoghan (O’Connell) and I are both 18 along with Calum (Waters), and there was Leo in goals as well. It was basically our U20 back-four from last season.

     

     

    “They hit the bar in the few minutes but after that, we settled down and they never looked that dangerous as I felt we nullified what they can do.

     

     

    “We got a lot of help from Beram and Hendo in the middle but as a group we worked well collectively, were very hard to break down and were very good on the counter.

     

     

    “The manager said to us before the game exactly what he wanted from us and we gave him what he wanted so he just gave us a quick well done because I don’t think he had to say much more.

     

     

    “But obviously in training over the next few days he will show the things we need to work on and what we did well.”

     

     

     

    Most Read

     

    Ronny Deila gets off to a winning start

     

    Ronny Deila gets off to a winning start

     

     

     

    Craig Gordon signs for Celtic

     

    Craig Gordon signs for Celtic

     

     

     

    Brian Duffy leaves Celtic

     

    Brian Duffy leaves Celtic

     

     

     

    Celtic team to play FK Krasnodar

     

    Celtic team to play FK Krasnodar

     

     

     

    McGregor: I’m a more complete player

     

    McGregor: I’m a more complete player

  5. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    Happy hols to Jeez_ I_ thought_Blinker_was_pants who is off to Lanzarote tomorrow. I will hopefully see you out there when I arrive end of next week, but nae 5s mind, unless that is the amount of beers we have at the same time :-)

     

     

    I believe this can be categorised as the 2nd CQN Lanzarote Convention :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  6. Sir Kojo…

     

     

    Dinnae Forget Your Fair-Heided Boy..Denny Johnston….

     

     

    His Projected Move Tae Dundee Utd Oan A Bosman….

     

     

    Fell Through…..

     

     

    Because The Tangerines Did Not Want To Pay Compensation…

     

     

    Does He Still Have A Future….

     

     

    In The Hoops..?

     

     

    Down With Obummer…!

     

     

    The Worst President….

     

     

    Since They Had Presidents….

  7. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    “Three each at Selhurst Park …..Liverpool have caved in”……Martin Tyler…quote of the 2013/14 season

  8. My dear,dear,dear,friend… The Singing Detective..

     

     

    Noo the cat is oota the Sack..

     

     

    Did Ye read whit… Joan Rivers.. said aboot..

     

     

    Barack n Moochelle??

     

     

    Man.. Ah am surprised..

     

     

     

    Wull she get away wi with she said?

     

     

    Probably.

     

     

    Nice chatting,pally.. as alwiz

     

     

    Kojo

     

    still,Laughin’

  9. Ma auld granda’s dug used to tell me things aboot the Galla’ gate………

     

    he loved the Celtic……………..an’ dug biscuits.

     

     

    Loved them.

     

     

    Loved the Galla ‘gate. Only ever chased blue caurs.

     

    Blue caurs.

     

     

    As long as that dug had biscuits ,the Celtic an’ blue caurs – he was happy.

     

     

    Happy.

     

     

    Ah love Celtic – no too fond a dug biscuits mind.

  10. Geordie Munro on

    Tricoloured,

     

     

    The result certainly was.

     

     

    Couponandpredictorbuster csc

  11. Delaneys Dunky on

    TCR

     

     

    Your info is correct. Just off the phone to my daughter, Clarence the zombie has started in the Albion club. Day aff tomorrow, she has a long walk fae Yoker tae Blantyre. ;))

  12. Goldstar – apparently speed restrictions on the Forth road bridge… Doesn’t bode well for low scoring at Aberdour!

  13. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. The Singing Detective

     

     

     

    Yes, Ah saw that.. Denny is no leavin’ us.. next season, as wiz reported.

     

     

    Young Denny J..is a Real Talented Kid.

     

     

    n… He has the Stature n the Strength tae Mak it in the Biggies..

     

     

     

    He is as Well endowed as.. Young Tony W. who ,as ye know..

     

     

    Is A well Built Kid..

     

     

     

    Ah like Ma Strikers tae Carrya Bitta Heft..

     

     

     

    Althought, Lee…is a bit of a Light Weight… he has the Grit n the Get up n Go that

     

    makes up fur his Lack of Upper Body..or.. even.. Lower Boady Strength.

     

     

    So Ah kin Live wi Him..

     

     

    But,, tae get back tae Denny..

     

     

    Ah see a Loat o’ .. Chris Sutton in the Kid..

     

     

    Funny , enuff.. Ah don’t see .. Any of Chris.. In His Younger Brother..

     

     

     

    Dae Ye think ,mebbe, There wiz a Mix up at the Viccy.. in the Kiddie Creche?

     

     

    Yep..

     

     

    Denny,,is a Real Up n Comer…

     

     

    Noo that Ronny is Here..

     

     

    He may get an Honest Crack at the Peerie…

     

     

    N..who Knows… Denny n Tony Could Mak quite a Torrid Twosome…

     

     

    Leading the Line..

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’

  14. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Tiny Tim, was Tunbull Hutton given an invite to the pool tournet tomorrow lol.

     

     

    Those at Aberdour I hope the rain has gone off as it has here in East Kilbride. Have a great night & enjoy Len Murray’s speech tonight. I have been in his company on a number of occasions, a very funny man who is very much a Celtic man to the core.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on

    TSD

     

     

    There will a few Tims dancin’ on the streets o’ Raith efter ra pool ramorra. Petec can pick you up if you fancy joining us?

  16. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

     

    19:02 on 4 July, 2014

     

     

    You did win, but were you really the older team?

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  17. SFTB/ABZ- aye just saw the butchers apron on yon new carrier at Rosyth flapping madly, must be some big numbers on the cards at Aberdour.

  18. I think Paul67 described conditions as ‘fresh’ earlier…. It’s probably escalated to ‘bracing’.

     

     

    Is suspect most players have now taken shelter, seeking sustenance and refreshment.

  19. Dallas Dallas etc,

     

    Hopefully,was a great pub at one time,just a midden now

  20. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Dallas, dallas,

     

    Ach, I don’t know what the story is mate.

     

    It was supposed to be going a while back but it’s still limping on.

     

    A bit like the Zombies..

     

    I’ll need to get on the phone to the brother for the latest tomorrow.

     

    He’s in it every night of the week ffs!!

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