Anything beyond Midtjylland would require extraordinary work


The prospect of Midtjylland picking up tomorrow evening where Preston left off is enough to make this morning’s Champions League third qualifying round draw seem less of a priority.  In the event we overcome the Danes, we will face the winners of the PSV Eindhoven – Galatasaray second round tie.

Galatasaray are a month away from the start of the Turkish league, having played only two friendly games since their season closed two months ago.  They finished level on points with 2021 league winners, Beskitas, losing out by a single goal difference.  PSV finished second in the Netherlands, well behind Ajax, and have played four friendlies this month in preparation for facing Galatasaray on Wednesday.

At first glance, Midtjylland are as ill-prepared for the new season as we are, having appointed a manager only a week before Ange Postecoglou arrived at Celtic, and losing their opening league game at home to OB, who finished ninth last term.

Not so PSV and Galatasaray.  We have an extraordinary amount of work to do before meeting sides of that calibre with any confidence.  Beating Midtjylland would guarantee Europa League group stage participation, at the very least, and feels like an achievable objective.  Anything more is not to be included in budget forecasting.


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  1. Shows the desperation that LG is back in the fold.



    His feet shouldn’t have touched the floor.

  2. I await the “If we can get Griff fit, it’ll be like a new signing” comments….

  3. JHB on 19th July 2021 2:03 pm



    SCULLYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 12:38 PM




    To be able to criticize & ridicule our political system & political masters is the sign of a free society. Many countries in the world persecute their population for any hint of dissent – we have a party in Scotland that does the same to members – a written rule no less.



    Celtic has been subject of unfair and skewed political decisions over the years – last season political intervention cost us dearly on two occasions.



    Political comment & satire must be on the agenda in all forums where free-speech is treasured. To attempt to censor is a dangerous practice and could lead us to a situation as was in Romania, where a husband and wife team ran the government and the biggest party……oh haud oan a minute!!!!





    I live in the North of Ireland. I recall, and it still happens, where Sinn Féin were referred to as Sinn FéinIRA. The GAA was referred to as the IRA at play. You are telling me that anyone who votes for the SNP is the member of a cult. You justify this by saying:



    1. It is about free speech.



    2. SNP voters are too stupid and driven by sectarianism to know what they are doing.



    As a Catholic in the North I am often told that the Pope is the antiChrist and that I therefore worship the devil.



    “Words have power, and all things of power are dangerous.”


    ― Ellery Adams, Poisoned Prose



    So, as I said before, let’s all try and respect this forum and not aim to create prejudice through simplistic stereotyping (usually in set percentages?!) by the use of political sound bites. It is a well-worn tactic, eg:



    Make America Great Again



    We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly



    The election was stolen



    Get Brexit Done



    Please forgive me for the following quotation, as it came from Wikipedia;



    ‘Due to its brevity, the sound bite often overshadows the broader context in which it was spoken, and can be misleading or inaccurate. The insertion of sound bites into news broadcasts or documentaries is open to manipulation, leading to conflict over journalistic ethics.’




  4. timmy7_noted on



    If we can get Griffiths fir,


    If we can get rogic fit


    If we can get ntcham fit,


    If we can get mikey Johnson fit,


    Sounds familiar.


    Too familiar.



    I see our resident racist is on asking to be treated with respect, something about necks and a blowtorch applies.

  5. the archaic risk averse board are holding celtic back – they are the reason deals break down, take too long and we end up with 3rd, 4th choice options.



    What happened to Bankers wider lens?

  6. Jinkyredstar on

    Scully – loved the Capri – drove one a few times in 77 ( when I was 19) – it was a3litre job – fantastic.



    Unfortunately it wasn’t mine (the owner was aware😀)



    Still looks great – best colours were Green, white or gold – I wonder why?

  7. ever get the feeling that someone/or persons on the Celtic board actually want us to fail??



    it feels like it – the team is on its knees, desperate for quality signings, especially defensively – yet the board are slow, dithering, unimaginative, and lacking any ambition.



    Its utterly shocking, disgraceful, absolute negligence how they are running this football club.



    Ange has called them out, Rodgers called them out – Lennon pandered for self protection!

  8. SCULLYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 4:07 PM



    The problem you have though is that the SNP, and the independence movement generally, do resemble a cult.



    Unquestioning, intolerant, authoritarian and ready to take offence at the flimsiest imagined slight.

  9. TIMHORTON on 19TH JULY 2021 4:00 PM




    Though I mentioned forward perhaps not. I still like jullien and think he will come back in soon. The swedish lad will add experience in the meantime. Was thinking of immediate needs.



    Dont expect celtic to be completely fluid by OCT/NOV time but with the correct recruitment and coaching I do expect month on month improvements and the picking up of points in our league in the meantime.




  10. STEBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 4:28 PM


    ‘ever get the feeling that someone/or persons on the Celtic board actually want us to fail??’







    They have their own objectives, which if achieved, they will regard as success.



    The club needs new owners.



    Preferably Celtic Supporters. Even better if they had a sense of direction for the Club that’s in line with what the fan base want.

  11. ERNIE LYNCH on 19TH JULY 2021 4:29 PM


    SCULLYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 4:07 PM



    The problem you have though is that the SNP, and the independence movement generally, do resemble a cult.



    Unquestioning, intolerant, authoritarian and ready to take offence at the flimsiest imagined slight.






    You just described every political party 😬

  12. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Lenny’s ‘market value’ will be confirmed by his next job. That’ll tell us his worth in the eyes of the hard-nosed football community. I’ll wager he’ll never get an offer from the English Championship, which is the level of football Lawwell and Desmond benchmark us against.



    The huns aim higher, which is why they have overtaken us by some distance. They will dominate the next 10 years. The Lawwell lovers on here want to judge him only on the years there were no huns to speak of. I say let’s judge his record on the full historical plane.



    PS 53K season book sales doesn’t vindicate or excuse the catastrophe delivered by Lawwell and Lennon.



    PPS I’ll never accept the neocon concept that football clubs are the property of mega-capitalists like Desmond and fans are just customers who should accept crumbs from their better‘s table. Bit of a betrayal of the club like no other’s (heavily milked btw) values, no?

  13. Tom McLaughlin on

    I recently read Pat Nevin’s book. He writes about being contacted by travel tycoon John Boyle with an invitation to join him in a business venture involving the purchase of a Scottish Football club. As I read I assumed he was talking about Motherwell FC but no. This was years earlier and the club he wanted was Celtic, with Nevin as CEO.



    Nevin said no and obviously, for whatever reason, the buy-out never happened.



    Strange times.

  14. IniquitousIV on

    SAINTSTIVS @ 4:35


    Amazing picture, looks colourized from the original. Certainly looks like Fallon. Check out the difference in footwear, with the Irish featuring high side ankle protection, compared with the opposition’s (Italy?) more streamlined boots.

  15. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I see big Ange already losing faith with Celtic’s glacial way of getting business done (eventually). This Board increasingly resembles their timeworn predecessors. Group-think mediocrities.

  16. “They will dominate the next 10 years”



    So you think they will do 10 in a row? por cierto

  17. squire danaher on

    SAINT STIVS on 19TH JULY 2021 4:35 PM



    I would say the guy you identify is Sean Fallon.



    I wondered if the opposition was France. The venue looks like a very busy Dalymount Park, Dublin, which would suggest a World Cup Qualifier.



    Ireland played France in 1954 qualifying but checking the team selection for that game indicates SF did not play.



    I will do a bit more digging.

  18. “The huns aim higher, which is why they have overtaken us by some distance. They will dominate the next 10 years.”



    St. Johnstone won more trophies than they did last year, so St Johnstone, ” they have overtaken us by some distance” as well, by your reckoning? por cierto

  19. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 19TH JULY 2021 4:44 PM



    Nevin was on Off the Ball couple of months ago and talked about this event.


    He said something along the lines of I had to explain to JB how much a buyout would cost and how much to run the club, and he said fine we can do that.



    Given their track record at Motherwell I thought each was as bad as each other, Nevin is not a business operator inspite of his education. Couldnt run a bath as they say.



    The Ireland team photo says vs France, Dalymount Park 1952

  20. Yes, it’s Sean Fallon, Score 1-1


    Referee Albert Alsteen


    Competition International Friendly


    Venue Dalymount Park, Dublin


    Attendance 40,000

  21. Former England striker Andy Carroll is looking for a new club after leaving Newcastle, boss Steve Bruce says.



    Bruce added that Carroll, 32, needs to “go and play somewhere” after his contract expired at the end of June, but said his exit was “amicable”.

  22. Tom McLaughlin on

    Saint Stivs –



    Thanks for that. He didn’t go into detail in the book but I agree we certainly dodged a bullet.

  23. ernie lynch on 19th July 2021 4:29 pm



    SCULLYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 4:07 PM



    The problem you have though is that the SNP, and the independence movement generally, do resemble a cult.



    Unquestioning, intolerant, authoritarian and ready to take offence at the flimsiest imagined slight.





    You like making rather big assumptions and prejudge people all the time. I have never once said that I support the SNP(?!) after all I live in the North of Ireland. Furthermore, I caution you that the same mantra that you and JHB chant is used of Sinn Féin. Now I am not overly political in my views, but I have seen the dangerous use of political sound bites at first hand. Two local Sinn Féin councillors were murdered (BTW I think all murder is wrong).



    So, as you once mockingly pointed out – don’t make assumptions about people you have never met – I think it is called prejudice?






    BTW my poor mother was persuaded to buy a Capri in the early 70’s by my elder teenage brother – she ended up having to park it in the street as she couldn’t get it into our driveway as the car had a very long bonnet.

  24. onenightinlisbon on

    The fact that Griffiths remains with us speaks volumes of how far we have descended.



    Imagine big Jock allowing him to get away with half of the things the present board have?



    I want Ange to succeed and be given the time and money to do so but if he has meekly accepted the return of Griffiths then I am seriously concerned for the season and beyond…

  25. SCULLYBHOY on 19TH JULY 2021 5:00 PM




    As I said the Scottish independence movement DOES resemble a cult.



    Not sure why you would take this personally.