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Artur, Fraser, Craig and Wee Woodsy

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I watched Fraser Forster (29) deny Liverpool on Sunday with a series of impressive saves, one of which from the penalty spot. The big keeper improved enormously in his four years at Celtic. Another FA Premier League ‘keeper, Artur Boruc (37), spent five years at Celtic, a period which was marked with some vagaries in form.

Boruc arrived as the best keeper we had seen in decades, but two seasons in a mooted moved to Bayern Munich (who travelled to Glasgow to see him) were off the agenda. Boruc’s form had dived and he was no longer considered in the elite category.

Craig Gordon (34) was an excellent keeper under Ronny Deila but when Brendan Rodgers arrived a weakness became evident in Craig’s game: he wasn’t comfortable with Brendan’s passing game, which required keepers to be good with their feet.

Craig was dropped and didn’t make the start of the Champions League campaign, but eight months on he looks like he was born to play this way. The transformation in form has been remarkable.

Stevie Woods worked with all three keepers. He was the formative influence on Fraser, he rescued Artur from ignominious decline and with Craig Gordon he took a senior keeper and transformed his game.

We’ll talk later about Brendan Rodger’s striking ability to improve players, but there can scarcely be a goalkeeper coach in Britain with a more impressive track record in this regard than “Wee Woodsy”.

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  1. thetimreaper on

    I’m surprised that nobody picked up on Dave King coming to Scotland last week only to be told he wasn’t going to be called as a witness. I mean, talk about a one way ticket to Perjury City. It would be a case of picking out the truth from the swamp of lies. No wonder Alex Prentice said no thanks.

  2. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Re Phil and the alledged UAE money

     

     

    Just my opinion, and I know many will disagree, but I wouldn’t touch it.

     

     

    Its seductive… where it could take us, but we’re defined by how we deal with temptation.

     

     

    The UAE human rights record is disgusting and not something I want associated with Celtic.

     

     

    There is an argument that all billionare money is dirty – including Desmond. But some challenges are obvious and stark.

     

     

    Be consistent – I don’t want these narrow-minded puffed-up princes anywhere near my club

  3. JIMMYQUINNSBITS,

     

     

    I agree. Why can’t such people follow the Celtic supporters’ example for helping the poor and give a billion or two to help their own area?

     

     

    HH

  4. What is the Stars on

    Does anyone take Phil Mac GhiollaBain seriously ?.

     

    Surely his main job is to keep his blog interesting so people log on.

     

    And it is usually interesting but generally it’s fantasy

     

    Oh and my source in the engine room tells me that it’s very possible that the people up the dignified marble staircase might need an emergency loan to meet the wage bill this month.

     

    Or was that last month or the month before?

  5. “Uttering is a crime involving a person with the intent to defraud that knowingly sells, publishes or passes a forged or counterfeited document. More specifically, forgery creates a falsified document and uttering is the act of knowingly passing on or using the forged document.”

     

     

    Hmmmmm as the great man once said..

  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Setting Free The Bears, so sorry to read about you losing your mum after the tragic recent passing of your brother. That’s just life being so unfair. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your loss and although hundreds have already said it, stay strong.

     

     

    You will never walk alone.

     

     

     

    HH Bruv

  7. WITS, Regarding Phil, Journalists, as with horsey pundits, are reliant on their source of information.

     

    Phil’s sources have been wrong before, and will be again, but they have also been correct.

     

    I haven’t added up his ratio, but he is a source I trust.

     

     

    His sources may lead hm away at times, but seem to have good info most of the time.

     

    Some of Phil’s reporting has been ground breaking, the St Mirren sectarian chanting towards McCarthy.

     

    Hectors involvement at Edmonton Drive.

     

    He doesn’t report gospel, just what sources report.

     

    And he chases down stories, I think he is someone we should be happy to have.

     

     

    so, any winners tomorrow?

     

    :-)

     

     

    Only stuck on winners accepted:-)

     

    Only other sources I have trusted, Paul67 and Paul McConville.

  8. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Just read that that jammy chunt BRTH is in Lisbon already clearing a path for our arrival. Ach well, he’s doing a fine job, getting soaked inside and out.

     

     

    In his absence, I’d like to repost his big swally raffle post. But I’m not going to.

     

     

    Want to win a Single Cask, Cask Strength Glenfarclas bottle number 67 in a fancy box? A top class dram finished in a quality Oloroso sherry cask, at 59.3% ABV.

     

     

    Then get yer finger out of yer arse and buy some raffle tickets here.

     

     

    https://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/big-charity-raffle-156693864.htm

     

     

     

    Sorry BRTH, I thought I’d post my own appeal……………………………:_)

     

     

    Seriously Celtic men and wummin, every ticket will help two worthy charities. One here in Scotland and one in Africa. It’s charity overload at the moment but if you can, pleas help.

     

     

     

    HH Celtic men and wummin

  9. What is the Stars on

    Doc

     

    Eadoins Pet in the 815 at Dundalk is said to be well handicapped and at current price of 12/ 1 is worth an each way bet

  10. Good Morning CQN

     

    15 days to go.

     

     

    The weather forecast for Lisbon today is mainly cloudy, with a high temperature of ’67 degrees. If you’re out and about in the City today, be warned that Thunderstorms are forecast, so be prepared to run for cover.

     

    :-)

  11. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    IZAGUIRRE REVEALS CELTIC HAVE EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT MICHAEL OLIVER @MichaelOIiver

     

     

    There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about Emilio Izaguirre leaving the club in the summer, but now he’s confirmed he may not be just yet.

     

     

    Celtic activated a one-year extension clause in Emilio Izaguirre’s contract which will see him stay at the club until the end of next season.

     

     

    Speaking to Honduran outlet Diez about the situation, he said:

     

     

    I have one more year at Celtic and they do not want me to leave. I have been here for seven years and won 10 trophies, it could be 11 by the end of the season.

     

     

    The coach (Brendan Rodgers) tells me he wants to me stay and I will keep working hard.

     

     

    If I get the chance, I will give it my all. Is there any possibility I could leave this summer? It’s complicated because they want me to continue and everyone treats me well.

     

     

    The Honduran defender has spent the last seven seasons at Parkhead following a £620,000 move from CD Motagua in August 2010 and was set to leave the club in the summer.

     

     

    Fellow Central American side Deportiva Alajuelense were interested in signing the 30-year-old on a free transfer in the summer but Celtic have ensured that he sticks around for at least one more year.

     

     

    Izaguirre has made 251 appearances for Celtic since joining, scoring seven goals and recording 47 assists but has fallen behind Kieran Tierney in the pecking order since the teenager emerged as a first-team starter, making just nine SPFL starts this season.

     

     

    As far a back ups go, Izaguirre is very competent and showed that when Kieran Tierney was out injured and required double surgery.

     

     

    It also means Celtic don’t have to find a replacement in the transfer market and could allow a youth player to develop into the role under Izaguirre’s guidance, as Tierney did previously.

  12. Good morning friends from a dry, bright, broken clouded and calm East Kilbride.

  13. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    starry plough on 9th May 2017 11:53 pm

     

     

    “Uttering is a crime involving a person with the intent to defraud that knowingly sells, publishes or passes a forged or counterfeited document. More specifically, forgery creates a falsified document and uttering is the act of knowingly passing on or using the forged document.”

     

     

    Hmmmmm as the great man once said..

     

     

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    Starry,

     

     

    I have been too busy to follow the court events of the last few days but am intrigued by your introduction of the crime of “uttering”.

     

     

    Can I ask why you brought it up?

  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Good Morning One and All from a blue-skyed but slightly cloudy Lisbon.

     

     

    Lisbon trip stuff later but first thanks to ACGR and his reminder about the big Charity raffle.

     

     

    We are trying to raise some money for the restoration of St Mary’s Calton and to feed 265 kids at the VOA 1 Academy in Nigeria.

     

     

    St Mary’s is part of our History and the kids? …….. well you just never know, maybe they will be part of our future whether as a player, a doctor, nurse, teacher or whatever.

     

     

    What is for sure is that they should be part of someone’s future.

     

     

    However, there is a food crisis in Africa and so I need to raise about £1500 to get this wee appeal over the line before moving on to something much bigger.

     

     

    So, if you fancy winning one of Mick’s stunning whisky’s, one of the world’s most spectacular vodkas (and I really mean spectacular in every way as even the bottle and case are works of art) or a brilliant vintage Port,

     

    then buy a few £5 raffle tickets here:

     

     

    https://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/big-charity-raffle-156693864.htm

     

     

    You will be making a difference to a place that is very dear to the heart of Celtic fans and to the future of a group of kids who will in future make a difference to others —- given the chance.

     

     

    We are Celtic ……..

     

     

    Thanks

     

     

    BRTH

  15. Izzy staying.

     

     

    Ryan going maybe.

     

     

    Revolving door installed at lennoxtown

  16. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day(FTSFA …….)

     

     

    malfeasance /mælˈfiːzəns/ 

     

     

    noun, Law.

     

    1. the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust). 

     

    Compare misfeasance (def 2), nonfeasance.

     

     

    Derived Forms 

     

    malfeasant, noun, adjective

     

     

    Word Origin and History for malfeasanceExpand

     

    n.

     

    1690s, from French malfaisance “wrongdoing,” from malfaisant, from mal-“badly” (see mal-) + faisant, present participle of faire “to do,” from Latin facere “to do” (see factitious). Malfeasor “wrong-doer” is attested from early 14c. Related: Malfeasant.

     

     

     

    KTF

  17. Hi, and good morning, I noticed Commons rumours that he will/may be making a cameo appearance in the last game at Celtic Park against Hearts if it’s a reasonable score for us when he comes on, personally I hope it’s just a goal in it for us and he rides the pines not to get on, I hope he gets frustrated at it and upsets him, like the way he did it wearing a Celtic jersey and the way I felt about him when he was going about doing it

     

    Effe got pelters on here for trying his hardest, but one thing I’ll say about the big man, not once did he ever hide or let the jersey down by not giving 100% Commons did that and wouldent burst his balls for RD and in the process of doing that found out he couldent do it for BR no matter how much he tried, he had switched off and paid the price for that.

     

    I’ll be at the last game but far more deserving young guns who have been bursting they’r balls to get an opportunity to play in that game should also be getting a run out that’s our future, when you stop taking pride in the jersey I’m done with you, he could have been a legend but when you think your bigger than the club? Well! What’s happening to him now is in my opinion what should happen to him, forgive? I can do that sure no problem, but not when it’s intentional.

  18. TONYDONNELLY67 on 10TH MAY 2017 8:22 AM

     

     

    ‘forgive? I can do that sure no problem, but not when it’s intentional.’

     

     

     

    ##

     

     

    That doesn’t make sense.

     

     

    Forgiveness is only possible if an action is intentional.

  19. RPMCELTICFAN on 9TH MAY 2017 9:48 PM

     

     

    A belated wonderful, beautiful magical welcome to you.

     

     

    Pick you’re cliques carefully.

     

     

    HH.

  20. thetimreaper on

    There is absolutely no chance Kris Commons will take any part in the match against Hearts. He may well take the field in some capacity at half time or after the match, but he will not be playing.

  21. Ernie

     

     

     

    That doesn’t make sense.

     

     

     

    Forgiveness is only possible if an action is intentional.

     

     

     

    I’m basing it on a mistake, like Charlie Mulgrew did by following him, no big deal only my opinion.

  22. THETIMREAPER on 10TH MAY 2017 8:42 AM

     

    There is absolutely no chance Kris Commons will take any part in the match against Hearts. He may well take the field in some capacity at half time or after the match, but he will not be playing.

     

     

    As it should be, IMO.

  23. BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN

     

     

    Winning Captains had mentioned the word again and Paul had mentioned way back, so I thought I would seek out the definition of the crime involved and being the eternal optimist I am hoping that this proves to be the downfall of a certain Sir as tax was to Al Capone:))

     

     

    HH

  24. Haven’t taken my tablets yet but I agree with Ernie,

     

    Re the Izzy story that has a familiar ring about it, if my memory serves me correctly he was due to go last year but Celtic triggered the extension clause then.

     

    Then again as I said at the start haven’t taken the tablets yet.

     

    Kris & Linda are Celtic legends, they proved their inherent goodness with their support & friendship of the Knox family. Kris’s goal statistics speak for themselves. He will always be a hero & fondly remembered in this Celtic household.

  25. Hrvatski Jim on

    Scottish Schools Curriculum Exams – English Higher – Exclusive Leak of Exam Paper.

     

     

    Tomorrow is English Higher Exam day. The SQA has decided to scrap the normal format of the English Exam . It is replaced by the following:

     

     

    “You are required to compose an essay containing as many Words of the Day as posted by VFR800 IS NOW A MONSTER 821 on the blog CQN in the past year” 365 Marks

  26. starry plough on 10th May 2017 8:50 am

     

     

    BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN

     

     

    Winning Captains had mentioned the word again and Paul had mentioned way back, so I thought I would seek out the definition of the crime involved and being the eternal optimist I am hoping that this proves to be the downfall of a certain Sir as tax was to Al Capone:))

     

     

    HH

     

    —————————————————————

     

    Could be. However, maybe Winning Captains was referring to some documents given to a governing body of some sort to justify a licence of some sort for some sort company/club/basket of arses…I mean assets.

     

     

    Who knows? Not me. And I won’t speculate. Nope, not ever.

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s totally that….

  27. Fingers crossed for hoping that a Celtic hero of mines plays some part in the hearts game so I can pay homage and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

     

     

    Brendan says he is not over sentimental but Kris deserves that for his service to Celtic. If Brendan says it that’s good enough for me.

     

     

    97 goals. Some hunskelpers. A season or 3 as our best player.

     

     

    That outweighs one petulant night.

     

     

    Coybig

  28. CORKCELT

     

    Very kind words for Commons and his family but I’m talking about when he threw the towel in , nothing to do with his family, I’m sure they are all very nice people.