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After a competitive first half Celtic stepped up a gear in the second to swamp Kilmarnock.  The back four, aided by the protection of Ismaila Soro, contributed to our first clean sheet in nine outings.  David Turnbull picked up where he left off on Thursday with another assist from a corner kick, this time converted by the renewed Shane Duffy.

Celtic’s run of form extends to only two games but if any innocuous effort encapsulated it more it was the run Patryk Klimala made deep into his own half to pick up a throw-in that ultimately led to the second goal.  The movement of Turnbull, Soro and Klimala (when he replaced Odsonne Edouard) has transformed Celtic into a team easy to play against into a solid operation that looks confident.

I never expected our play to right itself by moving Kristofer Ajer to right back and adding Soro and Turnbull to the midfield.  After St Johnstone, I didn’t expect Neil Lennon to find a workable formula so quickly, I doubt he did either.

After demonstrations against Neil, the players and the running of the club (which I assumed was a metaphor for not sacking Neil), the appetite to demonstrate against Neil and the players has dissipated, although I am unsure if the lack of a sacking still counts as a demonstrate-able event.

I did not back Neil Lennon to get the job in 2010 or in 2019 and as recently as a week ago, I didn’t think he had a hope of getting a decent 90 minutes out of this squad.  It would have been easier to have a bloodletting than for the board to tell us their man has the best chance of turning things around.

I still don’t think we will win the league this season, but it would be a Celtic fans with a heart of stone, or at least a tendancy to overreaction, who would campaign to tear our infrastructure asunder right now.  Get results for the next three weeks and see what happens next.

Our Annual General Meeting was held by videoconference this afternoon.  The highlight, not for the first time, was Celtic FC Foundation’s chief exec, Tony Hamilton, who explained that the Christmas Appeal in 2019 was our best ever and that our Football for Good campaing this year now topped the £1m mark.

Peter Lawwell gave a robust defence of strategy.  The year between summer 2019 and summer 2020 saw the largest spend in the club’s history, £35m across the transfer windows.  He affirmed his manager’s credentials and made it clear the board remain committed to the title fight this season.  It is difficult to do rallying calls by recorded AGM videolink, but this was as close as we are likely to see.

Some of us have juices flowing at the prospect of a fourth consecutive treble.  We won the fourth treble in our history in 2017.  Yes, this clearly is pitchfork time.

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  1. CELTICROLLERCOASTER SUPPORTING THE WALK WITH SHAY LEGACY FUND on 14TH DECEMBER 2020 9:49 PM

     

    HAMILTONTIM on 14TH DECEMBER 2020 9:26 PM

     

     

    the pair of you, and with regard to Dan Dan,

     

     

    in the hardest of a time for that bhoy and you HT, your ability to keep on going,

     

     

    keep it lit.

  2. *CQN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020-21*

     

    RESULTS FROM GAME #27 – CELTIC 2 KILMARNOCK 0 (ELYOUNOUSSI, DUFFY)

     

     

    Back to back wins for the first time since 4 October and our first clean sheet since the Scottish Cup semi final meant that it was a more pleasurable Sunday than of late. Delighted that most of the team remained unchanged from the Lille game and many of last Thursday’s stars also shone brightly yesterday.

     

    David Turnbull’s delivery from free kicks and corners has been really pleasing to see. And even though Ryan Christie came on as a 2nd half substitute I was relieved to see that David retained his role as dead ball deliverer.

     

    Again, good performances all over the park made for an interesting plethora of emails. Not quite as many as the Lille game but healthy nonetheless. So, a big thank you to the 65 who voted.

     

    The votes cast for each player (with my own choices asterisked) are as follows –

     

    Hazard: 2

     

    Ajer*: 58

     

    Jullien: 3

     

    Duffy*: 27

     

    Taylor: 12

     

    Frimpong: 0

     

    Soro: 35

     

    Turnbull*: 45

     

    McGregor: 6

     

    Elyounoussi: 6

     

    Edouard: 0

     

    Christie: 0

     

    Klimala: 0

     

    Laxalt: 1

     

    Rogic: 0

     

    Johnston: 0

     

     

    So, the players receiving points for the Kilmarnock game are –

     

    Ajer – 5 points [his first Man Of The Match award of this season]

     

    Turnbull – 4 points

     

    Soro – 3 points

     

    Duffy – 2 points

     

    Taylor – 1 point

     

     

    And the overall table is now –

     

    1st – Laxalt – 49 points

     

    2nd – Christie – 44 points

     

    3rd – McGregor – 42 points

     

    4th – Frimpong – 35 points

     

    5th – Ajer – 32 points

     

    6th – Brown – 25 points

     

    7th – Elyounoussi – 23 points

     

    8th – Rogic – 19 points

     

    9th – Duffy – 17 points

     

    10th – Ntcham – 16 points

     

    11th – Bitton and Griffiths – 12 points

     

    13th – Edouard and Turnbull – 13 points

     

    14th – Taylor – 11 points

     

    15th – Barkas – 9 points

     

    17th – Ajeti – 8 points

     

    18th – Elhamed and Soro – 7 points

     

    19th – Klimala – 6 points

     

    20th – Forrest and Jullien – 5 points

     

    22nd – Bain and Welsh – 4 points

     

    25th – Bolingoli, Dembele, Hazard and Henderson – 0 points

     

     

    And so, we now arrive at a potentially very special point in our club’s history. On Sunday 20 December at 2,15pm we kick off against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final where a victory would see us crowned QUADROFENIANS!! Make it happen, Celtic.

     

    Hail Hail!

  3. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Can finally get my typing fingers working again, tried a post

     

    last night when I arrived home from the rebel peninsula.

     

    Ffs, they were dancing all over the place, getting too old trying

     

    to outdrink those bhoys and ghirls.

     

    Reading back now, and a tear in my eye at DANDAN’s post.

     

    RIP Daniel.

     

    Great work by Marc/Norrie that’s the Celtic family I know and

     

    love.

     

    H.H. Mick

     

    P.S BIG JIMMY hope your better, Paddymac sends best wishes.

  4. CRC

     

     

    Thank you ma pal, an absolutely horrendous weekend but I am getting there, slowly!

     

     

    I pray that you’re all well.

  5. DanDan

     

     

    Good to see you posting.

     

     

    Look after yourself and your family.

     

     

    God bless.

     

     

    Sid

  6. DanDan

     

     

    I don’t have a clue whether I’ll be able to help, grief is such a personal and individual experience, however, having gone through my own recent loss, please, please don’t hesitate to get in touch pal if you think there’s the slightest thing I can do. Most importantly DO NOT feel that you need to contact me, it can be completely overwhelming at times but you you feel out of decency that you must reply. Don’t!

     

     

    hamiltontim88@yahoo.co.uk

  7. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on

    A very happy birthday Hot Smoked!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  8. HOT SMOKED

     

     

    Don’t know if your birthday was today or yesterday, in fact I hardly

     

    know what day it is.

     

    But Happy Birthday anyway..8-))

     

    H.H. Mick

  9. BURNLEY78 on 14TH DECEMBER 2020 2:43 PM

     

     

    If our board or leadership structure were changed dramatically, or indeed if our CEO decided he had had enough of the crap that is thrown at him by the fan base then the loudest cheer would come from the supporters of our rivals for sure.

     

    They have spent 16 years claiming Peter Lawwell and Celtic controlled Scottish football. The past 10 they have realised the structure and professional management he had in place at Celtic was miles ahead of anything else in the game in Scotland. Their slow progress in catching up is something I have first hand experience of. Few know the terrain like our leadership team. Rangers are still playing catch up.

     

    ……………….

     

     

    I agree with you on one point only – the other side would cheer if our CEO left – just as we did every time their board changed or CEOs left, because we saw these things as more evidence of their internal problems & continued strife. The fact that their knuckle draggers think that our CEO has been controlling Scottish football is irrelevant but it feeds their need to find someone else to blame for their liquidation other than Murray etc. They haven’t a clue about their own club & are basement dwelling, tinfoil hat wearing, conspiracy fetishists. Ironically, as their pond dwellers have been ranting about Lawwell’s svengali like control over Scottish football, we’ve been simultaneously complaining about his ineffectiveness in representing Celtic’s genuine interests with the SFA & the SPFL. Senior football management departures in the middle of a season are almost always a sign of disarray, disunity & disagreement behind the scenes.

     

     

    Since Fergus’s takeover Celtic have had 10 managers including NFL twice.

     

    Five have left or been sacked during a season (Burns, Barnes, Mowbray, Lennon1, Rodgers).

     

    A further two lasting just one season before deciding to leave (Jansen & Venglos).

     

    The remaining three, O’Neill, Strachan & Deila, each had their own views on how to manage footballers & how their teams would play. But it’s also fair to say that they too had had enough, but had the good grace to agree to wait until the season’s end to leave.

     

    Deila was driven nuts by the lack of support from the board for his attempts to reform the footballing culture at the club. Towards the end he looked ill & it seemed like he was mutualled.

     

    Strachan’s last season saw us playing our worst football – up to that point – and after losing out on the league it seemed that he too was mutualled.

     

    O’Neill left ostensibly to care for his wife but it’s no secret that after the Seville season when the club posted a loss of 30 million (ask Paul67 how this site started) he was told by the board that his methods couldn’t be sustained. It was an open secret on here before Christmas 2004 that he would leave at the end of the season. Celtic could no longer afford to buy players for millions (Sutton, Hartson, Lennon, Thompson) with little of no sell on value.

     

     

    Nothing in that record suggests excellence or professionalism in the corporate management of Celtic FC.

     

    For me it shows very clearly that our policy in the recruitment of managers bounces around according to whatever perceived priority of the time holds sway within the board. Normally it’s one of only two priorities: recruit cheaply because we’ve overspent OR recruit the best we can find with no expense spared, because Desmond’s vanity is hurt over failures to win trophies or to spite another clubs directors after a defeat in a cup semi final at Hampden.

     

     

    Recruiting and then having to sack or lose 5 managers out of 10 – all in the middle of your season – is no testament to professionalism in either recruitment, problem solving or cohesive corporate communication.

     

    Recruiting cheap options (Venglos, Strachan, Mowbray, Lennon, Deila, Lennon 2) as a reaction to what you consider to be the profligate style of a predecessor that you yourself appointed is again absolutely no testament to professionalism.

     

    Recruiting managers with a clear understanding by them as to what support they could expect to receive from the board & then causing them to leave because that support was withdrawn or never materialised (O’Neill & Rodgers) does not indicate a level of professionalism in honest recruitment or staff retention.

     

     

    There is no vision or over arching philosophy at Celtic to avoid this managerial & football style oscillation.

     

    In short, the Celtic board still operate the way successful clubs in other countries AND England rejected 20 years ago. Professional footballing continuity at Celtic is almost unknown, but ironically trying to secure continuity was likely one of the reasons the board appointed NFL the second time round. It hasn’t worked. Had the board conducted honest due diligence they would have known that NFL left his previous three clubs under questionable circumstances – Celtic, Bolton & Hibs. Funnily enough, I was on the fence when he was permanently appointed, but looking back, I see that that appointment too was unprofessional in principle & in execution.

     

     

    Actually, your own piece suggests some of what I mean when you wrote…

     

    “In common with everyone else, including the CEO I imagine, appointing Neil without a ‘beyond 10’ strategy was folly ”

     

     

    HH

  10. HAMILTONTIM on 14TH DECEMBER 2020 10:10 PM

     

    Stivs

     

     

    You’re still one of the best on here amigo. God Bless you!

     

     

    —————-

     

     

    get to meet you someday. your life story , way back in the day, was quite exepional. for sharing those stories.

     

     

    god bless the minx.

  11. Paul67

     

     

    There’s so much I disagree with in your article that I don’t know where to start. Probably over a beer would be better.

     

     

    You spoke regarding GOD, a generation of domination. Nine years isn’t a generation Paul. It’s being brought to a premature end by a Plc board who sought the Hun pound, elected for a cheap managerial appointment when we needed quality and have failed to act decisively at the most crucial point when it was clear he was failing.

  12. BURNLEY78 @ 2:43 PM,

     

     

    The old saying that

     

     

    ‘the enemy of your enemy is your friend’ Clearly doesn’t apply where most rod the Celtic fan base is concerned.

     

     

    So a couple of things. Firstly, could someone explain what that means? Of cousre I get the enemy of your enemy stuff at a very basic level.

     

     

    The fact is that is a very narrow naunced argument.

     

     

    For instance in WWII!? Right!!

     

     

    But that doesn’t fit here at all as far as I can see, if Burnley78 or anybody else could explain that to me I’d appreciate it… bet you can’t, you know why!? It’s nonsense.

     

     

    Yet when Burnley78 and others stand up for their associates that’s their perogative.

     

     

    And let’s make it clear, I have no problem with that, loyalty is a trait, no doubts.

     

     

    The thing is, on several occasions I’ve asked…

     

     

    …OK, Big Pedro gets £1,000,000.00 + bonus + expenses, he has made a huge fortune out of Celtic.

     

     

    When he took over at Celtic, they were a very successful football club, had successful merchandising and season ticket sales based on the Fergus McCann model, they had a very solid financially and due diligence base thanks to Brian Quinn and others, they were developing a top class football academy with some great potential inspired by Tommy Burns.

     

     

    Since there has been hyper-inflation in European football and Celtic have totally reversed in every aspect of the Club.

     

     

    So his tenure is indefensible…

     

     

    If that’s not true please defend him and tell me why!?

     

     

    If you are going to use excuses please explain why someone recompensed to the level of our CEO needs excuses for failure.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  13. Good evening CQN, can I ask all of you to keep one of our own in your prayers.

     

    Aldo, known to some of you is in desperate need of our prayers. Aldo messaged me this evening to let me know his news. His prognosis is not good, from what he tells me. He’s not on the blog at all these days, to quote from his message “…I’m too busy fighting…and hinging aff a fence at parkheid “.

     

    I checked with Aldo to make sure he was okay with me posting.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  14. DANDAN on 14TH DECEMBER 2020 7:21 PM

     

     

    Just saw your post.

     

    This place can be such an uplifting experience.

     

    Peace brother.

  15. Thank you Bhoys, I don’t often post these days but Aldo was a big part of CQN back in the day.

     

    I’m logging off for the night for those that may post after this thank you as well.

     

    Until we meet again…

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  16. Go tell the Spartim on

    To anyone who needs them or don’t mind me adding them to my prayers

     

     

    Bless you all and to quote Dave Allen

     

    May your god go with you

  17. Hot Smokie…………….

     

     

    HH and Keep It Lit, bhoy!

     

    A CQN stalwart of good sense and positivity.

     

    HH.

  18. CQN is taking a brave stand in defence of the indefensible.

     

     

    Hopefully our team has turned a corner and we win the 10 and the quadruple treble. I sense that the change agenda among the support is now mainstream. The genie is out of the bottle

  19. Burnley Celt

     

     

    Couldn’t disagree more my friend.

     

     

    Peter Lawwell is a liar! An under achieving and overpaid one at that.

     

     

    He and the board are typical of their type, with an over inflated sense of worth and importance.

     

     

    Well I for one am out I’m afraid.

     

     

    I still hope and pray that we get the 10 but going forward I’d rather watch amateur football or find something else to do than sustain a bent game that’s run by and for a shower of bigoted cnuts who hate us and everything we stand for. It’s an absolute disgrace that our so called custodians value them more than they do sporting integrity or doing right by their own fans or our much heralded values. Totally and utterly sickened by the contempt they have for us and pretty sickened by P67’s blog today tbh, sneering at those who dare criticise or protest, really?

     

     

    I’m sure that like most of you, Celtic have been the one constant passion in my life from boy to man, a way of life. Never thought I could walk away from them yet what’s the choice, continue to pay into a corrupt and artificial competition or try and effect real change by no longer supporting the charade? Oh that it should come to this and in this of all years, feck the feckin lot of them!

     

     

    Right, away to lie down in a cold, dark room, rant over, aff oot!

     

     

    HH

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