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. “Aiden’s ‘crime’ was his country


    of choice. This was acknowledged


    by veteran sportswriter Hugh


    Keevins of the Daily Record who


    opined on a radio phone-in last


    season that had Aiden McGeady’s


    grandmother come from Cardiff


    then it would not have been a


    problem had her grandson


    donned the red of Wales.”



    This is from Phil Mac years ago. So, was there a time when Keevins was OK as a journalist?

  2. ST TAMS


    I have never believed we were a well run club, a well run PLC for sure, but not a well run club, the difference sure is showing now.


    There will be all the Pedro groupies banging on about the quadruple trebles et all, with respect throw a few bob at it and the silver baubles were always coming home, as soon as a serious contender emerges………



  3. Anyways, that’s me done, the heat is too much, hit 52 today, and trust me when I say that is hot, it was 40 at ten this morning and kept getting hotter and hotter, even the dugs canny handle it, well one daft one can, it’s still 36 and it won’t get any cooler, all the fans do is circulate hot air :)

  4. onenightinlisbon on

    The issue is that we have people who run our club who could not give one iota about the fans. This was clearly shown last season with their pathetic level of communication.



    Let’s face it, they hid behind covid, no fans in the stadium and got away with it on that basis.



    Lennon and his cronies would never have lasted as long as they did.



    With the supporters back, hopefully, they will at least have to listen to us.

  5. How many other clubs have all their business conducted by mid-July?



    Pretty much nobody. Relatively speaking, things haven’t been going too badly since Ange was appointed and if we get Starfelt over the line, it’d put a very different complexion on things.



    The reason for the panic is because we need such a huge rebuild but that’s on last season’s regime – not this.



    We knew the CL was always going to come too early and without the champions’ route was going to be almost mission impossible.



    Beat Midtjylland to give ourselves the best possible chance of group stage European football (even if it’s Europa League) and let’s see how our business looks when the window closes.

  6. !!BADA BING!! on 19TH JULY 2021 7:38 PM


    ANGE POSTECOGLOU has admitted Celtic have ‘hesitated’ in their transfer business and that it hasn’t helped the club.


    The Hoops boss hasn’t hid the fact that he wanted several new signings ahead of a massive season.


    He said: “We probably hesitated a couple of times and could have moved faster on some things.


    “That hasn’t helped us. In normal circumstances these processes are fairly straightforward.


    “Get a player, sign him, take him on a plane, take a photo and away he goes. That process is now taking two to three weeks.


    “That’s where we’ve got to move a little bit more precisely, understand there’s going to be lag time and move a bit quicker.



    Lawwell obviously hasn’t left the building…




    Bada and the wider blog on one hand Ifind this astonishing on the other we all knew we are dragging our heels over signings.



    A complete disgrace and the big man isn’t standing for it.



    Our board are a disgrace to every working class supporter.



    D :)

  7. Just afore I go.


    Paul a few years back mentioned that as a club we should be, and will be planing for the CL-Europe in the Jan window, now as most on here and elsewhere will attest to he has a tad more insight than most when it come to our transfer and forward planning dealings.




    I suppose it’s all the fault of the support again so it is.

  8. Thanks for the kind comments lhads, just after I posted it I came across an article on the Celtic Star about Charlie Gallagher, more than mirrored what I said about the “years in the wilderness”.



    Charlie joined us in September 1958 just as the 7-1 side was disintegrating so he was there through what Tim Horton called “the good, the bad and the ugly”.



    This article went deeper than I did lambasting Sir Bob for his autocrat style and bullying oul Jimmy, a real Celtic legend.



    The author mentions several games in it which I attended as a wee loddie including Bobby Murdoch’s debut. That game in particular Charlie replaced John Divers just prior to ko as seemingly John had left his boots in the hoose.



    My da never bought that and felt there was more tae it than that. Unfortunately Celtic never told the whole story. John had played for the Glasgow Select midweek against manure, he scored as well and took his boots home after the game tae clean them.



    Now my da’s claim at the time was players had more than one set of boots, true but what if Johnny had taken a couple of pair tae hunden tae try out which ones he needed.



    Nevertheless he about turned his car and went back tae Clydebank for them arriving at Parkheid well in time tae play but still late so the dictator punished him. Fortunately for us Charlie scored in that game.



    Bob never let the fans know the true story, he and he alone decided the son of a Celtic legend and nephew of another wisnae playing as it suited his Franco like autocracy.



    He also mentioned Paddy’s last game at hades, although he did hint that he had been looking for a move for a while, Charlie in recent years echoed this saying he was interested in moving tae Old Trafford for a while so it is interesting looking back how quickly the move went through, broke this wee loddie’s heart at the time.



    The Cup Final replay later that year which I also mentioned confirmed how humiliated we were. As I have always said, history and the Big Mhan have been kind tae Bob.



    He also talks about a game up at Tannadice where honest mistakes came tae the fore, at that time we just grinned and bared it other than the slow hand clap, Jock changed that for us.



    As I said an excellent article worth reading of a dark period in our lives.



    As for the hun supporters on here being the same person with multiple monikers, nae kiddin, they seem tae reply and complement each other. You can spot them a mile away.

  9. * I heard it was a current bbc commentator who is a paisano of Shay.





    You what?

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Terry Venables documentary on Sky is really good, players loved playing for him, doesn’t have the CV to back it up,a real Del Boy off the park, I met a couple of Portsmouth fans on holiday a few years ago, they were wanting to kill him,he done a Charles Green there,I think he asset stripped them,and owned the stadium

  11. garygillespieshamstring on

    If you get a chance, have a look at the full media conference. It is an interesting watch.



    Funnily enough, Ange’s comments on fitness and transfers do not resemble the way in which the MSM have painted them.



    Ange handled the hundits well, particularly the guy who was trying to stoke the fire around the Griffiths situation.

  12. Hope this will inspire re tomorrow, first I’ve seen this footage.


    Oh how we could do with him now.



    A question however, and I’m sure there was reason, why when we where playing at home, we wore an all white strip? (A tribute to Di Stefano’s testimonial?)







  13. Bada Bing – Think you mean Crystal Palace? They had just been bought by an entrepreneur who had no business experience in football. He thought he had some new ideas, hired Venables and put him on a contract where he controlled all transfers and took a cut of any transfer profit. Venables instantly stripped the squad of any valuable players, replacing them with cheap Aussies where he had just been managing. Think the entrepreneur declared bankruptcy soon after.

  14. Go tell the Spartim on

    Turn the cameras on the SMSM or ask them to say their name and employer before the question, it’s a lot cheaper than £25k per annum

  15. BelmontBrian on 19th July 2021 10:02 pm





    Here’s the link










    Brilliant! So many childhood memories. Don’t know why they played in white. Thank you.

  16. Tom McLaughlin on




    I was there that night v St Etienne. I was at front of the Rangers end where the 3 second-half goals went in. A great European night.



    The reason we wore all white was because St Etienne wore green jerseys.



    It was a one-off. I have never known Celtic to wear all white since that night but am happy to stand corrected.

  17. GEEBEE1978 @ 8:21.


    Remember that the EPL and the English Championship usually start 2/3 weeks after we do. Hibs have signed 7 players, so they have been busy, as have Aberdeen and St, Mirren, to name some examples. There is just no viable excuse for us not being ready for tomorrow. The procrastination is an annual event with Celtic, and it is maddeningly frustrating. How long have we been haggling about Starfelt, Hickey, and the 2 French full backs? We could have avoided being gazumped by Liverpool for a centre half last season, but for Lawwell’s penny pinching. Two or three years ago, Barisic was the star player in two games against the orcs. 4 days later, he was at the Bigotdome, the antithesis of dithering. How long has it been since the Ange and Dom laugh in when we were promised urgency?



    Ange is on a hiding to nothing. By the time the cavalry arrive, the orcs may have a lead that is unassailable. And we better sign an enforcer to protect our new Japanese striker. He looks the real deal, which means every hammer thrower in Scotland will be allowed a gratis kick at him, courtesy of the MIB. We need to nip that in the bud right away, getting in the ref’s and opposition faces with multiple players. It has been scandalous over the past seasons seeing the grievous bodily harm administered to the the likes of Tierney and Frimpong without one single word of outrage ( apart from possibly Ajer ). SAINTSTIVS – Does this make me a pillock? Asking for a friend.😊

  18. garygillespieshamstring on

    In those days, the home team changed strips in the event of a colour clash. Vodjvodina, St Mirren and Queens Park games at Celtic Park in 66-67 were examples where we changed at home.



    I think we might have worn white against Morton in a semi at Hampden as well.

  19. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Just watched the Jock Stein documentary on BBC Alba, probably the best football docu I have seen.

  20. squire danaher on

    TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 19TH JULY 2021 10:37 PM





    I also remember the all white strip being worn v Morton in 1969 SCSF



    I used to save the colour wraparounds that came with the Saturday Evening Citizen and remember pictures of us wearing it.

  21. squire danaher on

    All white v St Etienne h) obviously cos they wore green as TMcL says



    All green v Vojvodina h).

  22. Calm the feck down peoples



    July is not over and we are out for blood



    Early days in the Ange revolution

  23. garygillespieshamstring on

    Squire D



    Also used to collect them. First one I got was a colour picture of Stevie Chalmers.

  24. !!BADA BING!! on 19TH JULY 2021 11:31 PM


    Just watched the Jock Stein documentary on BBC Alba, probably the best football docu I have seen.



    its brilliant.



    i dont think his scotland manager results are appreciated enough.

  25. Sláinte Ange on

    TONTINE TIM on 19TH JULY 2021 5:57 PM



    Thanks for your reply and the info provided therein.


    Canada not such an easy market as I had thought!



  26. Scullybhoy, I was led tae believe it was a contemporary of Shay that advised wee Skip tae ma Lou tae bin him.

  27. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    ” Can you imagine Big Jock letting Jinky away with that ”


    I can assure you Big Jock let Jinky and a few others away with more than that lol.


    Yes he ruled with a fist of iron, but he knew the value of world class players.


    H.H. Mick

  28. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Every day is precious because there’s so much to do.



    Quite the damning observation on the dumplings that have run our club into the ground.