Applying and coping with pressure


It is a trip to Lavtia to play Riga on Thursday in the penultimate Europa League qualification round.  Riga progressed after a home win over Tre Fiori of San Marino this morning.  Last season they were eliminated from Champions League qualification in the first round by Dundalk on penalties, but they went on to beat Piast Gliwice (Poland) and HJK Helsinki, before losing 3-2 to our eventual eliminators, Copenhagen.

If Celtic cannot overcome Riga in a one-off game we have no right to proceed to the playoff round, never mind the group stage, but they will be far tougher than St Mirren.  There is a lot of work to do.

After our fractious start to the season we get a chance to go top of the table tomorrow at home to Livingston.  Livi are second bottom of the table, above Motherwell on goals scored.  Last term they lost only twice at home, so far this season, they have lost the same number from four games, 1-4 to Hibs and 1-2 to Hamilton.  The only ray of sunshine came when they held Newco to a 0-0.  They are vulnerable and know neither of the teams around them: Motherwell and Kilmarnock are likely to be relegated.

Going top of the table on the same games played, would pass the pressure to Newco ahead of their visit to Easter Road on Sunday.  Leagues are won by applying and coping with pressure, attributes these Celtic players have demonstrated they have in abundance.

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  1. I see that the “Horror,career threatening tackle”on Morelos,was so severe that he managed to play 4 days later,and fully fit for this weekend.I know they say a footballers career is short,but not that short,SHOORLY.

  2. TURKEYBHOY Yup. But sadly it’s true A severe lack of experience



    I know you and me are from opposite ends of the spectrum But our financial clout is not being used



    Cool spring Nite in Sydney Where are you ?

  3. Does Luck come in 3’s.


    This morning won 100 euro in a draw, also had flights booked for a fortnight’s time to Malaga approx cost 400 euro.


    Wasn’t going to go anyway with pandemic and was resigned to losing money paid, just got an email advising Flights cancelled & I’m now entitled to a full refund.


    Should I go out & buy a Lotto ticket.

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Notthebus posted this at 12:27.



    Thought it was quite good and worth reposting.






    So the Huns are slaying all before them with an impenetrable defence.



    Celtic, by contrast, are all over the place with a manager who doesn’t know what he’s doing and yet, a victory tomorrow takes us to the top of the league.



    Funny old game.




    Shhhh,should not be asking me that.”Where am I”.Ernie Lynch might be reading the blog.


    Anyway,its 30 degrees here at the moment.

  6. OBO BALDIE on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 9:14 AM


    *Accessing CQN o n android phone*





    Having had a lot of problems recently with accessing CQN and then staying logged in I have this morning given Duck Duck Go a try and early signs are very positive. I’m not very tech savvy but in case it helps anyone else, here’s what I did on my Samsung phone –





    Into Play Store





    Searched for Duck Duck Go





    Downloaded it then opened it





    Searched for CQN and clicked on latest article then signed in.





    Whilst signed in, clicked on the 3 wee dots at the top right and chose ‘Add to home’s





    Clicked on the cqn icon and ‘OK’.





    Closed it down (didnt sign out)





    Now, on my phone home screen I have a new wee icon, a duck showing ‘cqn’. When I click on it I’m back into CQN no problem.





    Oh and no sign of any adverts and no need to disable java etc.





    Early days (actually,early hoyrs) but fingers crossed.

  7. Coneybhoy



    yir wee ma done you a favour with that tap mate.😊 polloi Inn some place back in day




  8. TURKEYBHOY on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:58 PM



    I’m not sure what you are concerned about.



    I’m quite happy that you’ve chosen to live in Turkey rather than Scotland. I mean, who wouldn’t?



    And if I start telling you what’s best for those of you living there, feel free to tell me to but out.

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

    FRED C. DOBBS on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:55 PM


    Check out the Bold huns on the BBC




    They are a pathetic arse licking bunch a bams.







  10. Thanks for the Lottery reminder Corkcelt. €65m on euros, €5m on Irish



    I’d be happy if i won the €5m and you got the €65m ☘

  11. ST TAMS on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:34 PM



    SYDNEYTIM Your right. If we don’t qualify for the Europa league, the management team need to go



    *According tae the Atlantic DD not only head hunted the only member this nutter wants rid of, Lenny and Jamesie are just a ruse, that’s no going tae happen.

  12. glendalystonsils on

    Jock Stein never asked a player to do something they weren’t capable of doing . I hereby demand my Psychologist fee .

  13. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack”



    Mon the Friday night!




  14. “THE HAND OF GOD on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 5:19 PM


    Interesting Europa draw…we should make it through poor show if we dont.



    TONTINE TIM on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 5:28 PM


    ST TAMS on 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:34 PM


    SYDNEYTIM Your right. If we don’t qualify for the Europa league, the management team need to go”



    Talk about preparing to fail !!!


    Obviously, my fellow Tims can say what they want but I would hope they don`t consider themselves as being amongst The Greatest Supporters in the World.



    Nearly every Celic supporter I have spoken with thinks Celtic are having a poor season and that the Huns are doing really well. Nearly every Sevco fan I have spoken with thinks the same thing ie Celtic bad;Sevco good. Anyone got a view on why that is the case? Is it ALL down to the Ferencvaros result ( result, remember, not performance) ?


    Popping out for an hour. Will reply to any responses later.


    Cheerio for now.

  15. Hot Smoked –



    Huns – settled formation, favourable performances & results (bar only an expected Leverkeusen humping), wobble against Livi, Kent’s improvement and a fawning media.



    Celtic – Unsettled formation, unfavourable performances (high focus on an unexpected Hungarian horror show as an early setback), wobble against Killie and a hostile media.



    Game in October will help tip it either way early doors on perception but I’d like to see us more settled, more fluent and with a system to maximise our superior talent,




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