As big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season


I like the noises coming out of Ross County at the moment. Plucky optimism accompanied by comments about our Scottish Cup semi-final in 2010, when they fully deserved their 2-0 win. They are the proverbial team with nothing to lose, and make no mistake, they’ll fancy it.

They scored 2 against Motherwell, Aberdeen (in a defeat), Dunfermline and St Johnstone, 3 against Accies and Kilmarnock, and 5 against Dundee since last month. Hampden’s open spaces will see Celtic’s defence stretched wide.

After a disappointing summer and autumn we have a bit of form and focus but that goes on the line on Sunday. It’s as big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season, bigger than Wednesday’s visit to Pittodrie.

I’m reassured by thoughts of Leigh Griffiths, and others, including Kris Commons, who enjoys trips to Hampden more than any player we’ve known, but this is a day when we’ll need to win a lot of individual battles.  It’s not a game I’d bet on.

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  1. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Keeping the faith



    Just logged on for a wee gander, not saw you on for a good while, you must be working too hard !



    drop Clogher/Almore an email and they will keep you up to date, they both post the link regularly

  2. garygillespieshamstring on

    Going to Dublin at Easter with my sons. Is there a web site where events are collated so that we can see what is on? Got tones tickets one of the nights but want to do the historical stuff as well as the bevvy.

  3. What is the Stars on



    I am not aware of a website that correlates all the various events for easter 16,


    Pubs are closed good Friday so that could be the day to visit kilmainham and/ or glasnevin cemetery etc

  4. LENNON’S PASSION on 28TH JANUARY 2016 10:13 PM


    Colin kazim Richards



    30 odd goals in 300 games over 12 years for 11 teams. And a nutter.

  5. KTF



    Saturday night is the CQN do. Live music from Celtic Storm. Contact Almore or Clogher Celt for tickets. See you there pal. :)

  6. Keeping The Faith on

    Cheers Gerry I will drop the guys an email cos I don’t want to be wandering about if there’s something happening 2 streets away. Sure it’ll be a rare oul time indeed

  7. Paddy G



    Shows how closed their tiny minds are, when a shit player who canny get a game for Hertz, excites them. The player disnae excite them cause he’s rotten. His name in reverse excites them. As my wee mammy said earlier,”Don’t mock them. Pity them.”

  8. prestonpans bhoys on




    On my jack jones tomorrow so I will down that efe bottle and see if your recommendation is true :0)

  9. Paddy Gallagher on

    DELANEYS DUNKY on 28TH JANUARY 2016 10:40 PM


    Paddy G







    Shows how closed their tiny minds are, when a shit player who canny get a game for Hertz, excites them. The player disnae excite them cause he’s rotten. His name in reverse excites them. As my wee mammy said earlier,”Don’t mock them. Pity them.”



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/as-big-a-game-as-well-have-for-the-rest-of-the-season/comment-page-7/#comment-2763062



    You have to wonder if his parents named him or his agent?

  10. Hi there bhoys and girls. I’ll begin with an apology. I haven’t posted on here for many months, but I’m doing so for someone close to my heart who needs our help. My inspiring friend and colleague, Asia is also an incredible mother and single parent to Adam, a lovely wee seven year-old boy.



    Asia is a Polish social worker who has worked tirelessly for many years with Scottish and Polish families in Edinburgh to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their parents. Several years ago her experience lead her to the conclusion that mainstream services were failing Polish families in Edinburgh. She and a mutual colleague discussed this with me, when I was acting Project Manager of Safer Families Edinburgh (SaFE), a domestic abuse project, and I was so impressed by her commitment, vision and passion that I submitted a funding application to the Scottish Government to establish a similar project for Polish families in Edinburgh. The bid was successful and Asia was successful in applying for the job of Women’s Worker in the project, which we called Respekt, which is Polish for… Yup, you got it!



    For the past two and a half years she and other Polish speaking social workers have built an amazing, award-winning and widely acclaimed service that has improved the lives of many Polish families in Edinburgh. I am in no doubt that this service would not exist without Asia’s gutsy determination, drive and willingness to shake things up, even occasionally put people’s noses out of joint!



    Sadly Asia has been very ill with pancreatitis for much of the last year, but doctors in Edinburgh and Poland were unable to diagnose the underlying causes. Asia travelled to Poland with Adam in late November of last year to recuperate following a horrendous time in hospital with raging jaundice that the doctors were unable to treat effectively for two months. They had never seen anything like it. Unfortunately Asia became very ill again shortly before she and Adam were due to fly back to Scotland and just before Christmas she received the devastating news that she had pancreatic cancer. A complicated and dangerous operation (Whipple procedure, for those interested) was scheduled for early January. It was expected to last 6 or seven hours, but she was back in her bed within an hour; the cancer was too advanced for them to operate on and had spread to her liver.



    We have all been devastated by this news and I visited Asia in Warsaw with one of my Polish colleagues shortly after the aborted operation. We had collected some money to help her pay for basic medical supplies, but also pain relief medication that she would need when discharged from hospital. Once back in Edinburgh we created a Just Giving page, with the modest aim of raising £500 for medical supplies. Astonishingly the target was exceeded within a day! Following further conversations with Asia it became clear that she wants to fight for her life and to be with her son and is pursuing further specialist treatment, which isn’t cheap. Adam is safe and well cared for by Asia and her parents in Poznan. He is fluent in Polish and settled there, making friends with his new school mates. We would like to raise more money to give Asia a chance, whether of extended life, or even more, with her son and to help her parents care for the grandson they so obviously love so we have amended our target to £5,000. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. You can donate anonymously, but if you use your. CQN user name I will try to work out the total CQNers have given and let you, and Asia know. Thanks for taking the time to read this post from a prodigal son (in terms of posting; I remain an avid lurker!)


    Here’s the link:






  11. garygillespieshamstring on

    Starting to look like there will be no swooping or jetting in at the bigotdome until next armed forces day.

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Keeping the Faith



    For a wee while I thought we were going but work and other factors were against us, plus PVs better half has a big birthday 19th March so not allowed to miss that, maybe Cuecard wins the gold cup or I get a wee Cheltenham jackpot up I might just fly over masked and find out what street you are wandering about



    By the way if you can get to the Saturday night session you will be in good company



    There’s only one Billy King and that’s McNeill ….. Good night and God bless

  13. Just logged in, Great to see the chat going on re dublin2016, I haven’t read back yet. Anyone who would like to attend our night on Saturday the 26th of March at Craobh Chiarain GAA Club, Parnell Park, Dublin 5. Please drop me an mail at dublin2016@mail.com. Music by Celtic Storm. Tickets 10euro, to cover costs. Any money raised will go to the Kano Foundation.


    Thanks to the the lads for passing on the info etc earlier.



    Any questions please mail us.




  14. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    I’m just thinking I suppose there’s always some kind of racket at ibrox so she’ll fit right in!

  15. Classic behaviour by the Spiv huns this week.



    Try and Fail to get O’Hallaran and boy who went to Leeds.



    Create a diversion by picking on Spiers who they know all the daft bears hate.



    Score a victory by getting Herald to apologise for printing the uncomfortable truth and get Spiers off the paper – reduced as they say to publishing his views on a free blog. The shame eh?



    Sign a Hearts player on a four month loan – remember they don’t pay summer wages/ holiday pay. His name is just perfect for a feel good factor.



    King’s outlay on King (Billy) – the guts of fifty grand rather than the million that uncomfortably isn’t there.



    Remember when we used to call Craig Whyte a “thousandaire” – That looks like King’s limit too.

  16. garygillespieshamstring on



    Spot on.


    I think that rather than a war chest, they actually are shopping in the penny arcade.

  17. up_over_goal on 28th January 2016 10:21 pm



    prestonpans bhoys



    That sounds glorious, but I keep missing those offers.



    The wine I’m having tonight is especially good as no one else in my family seems to want any – they fail to appreciate the depths of its greatness.



    I’m dubbing it ‘Efe – 2013′.





    Ronny, IMO, is going to get the very best out of Efe Ambrose. The guy is Supreme and supremely Humble.



    A vintage 10 would be Sparkling.

  18. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    So I take it none of the tourists are going to the Aviva on Dry Good Friday night then.

  19. Paddy Gallagher on

    When we bought Hooper, I thought brilliant, that will look fantastic and sell lots of tops.


    I wonder if that big fella from Newcastle will be thinking the same about Billy King?

  20. Giggsy



    Guilty as charged.



    I put it up as ‘GG had posted a quote from their Wiki page which mentioned the ‘L’ word in reference to Rangers (1872-2012).



    Getting tangled up in their web of deceit, it would seem.

  21. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    If ever we needed evidence as to what we are up against, it is manifested in the herald ‘apology’ …… an absolutely disgusting disgrace…..Graham Spiers will be beyond shocked …. I am Graham Spiers, …. one of the few ‘free’ journalists left in Scottish Football media …… a black day for journalism, but perhaps it will make the politicians, law lords and judges ‘sit up and pay attention’ at the infestation of Scottish Society by this ‘evil’….

  22. tomthetim for Oscar,



    I’m not sure if any of the lads are going to the game. I think quite a number are travelling on the Saturday. There are a few suggestions for the Friday night. I will remind everyone about the match. I am sure it will be a great option for some of the lads. Thanks for the post.


    Are you going to the game?

  23. Great tune Petec, I’m going to see The Wolfetones in Dublin on Easter Monday!


    Off to my bed now. Thanks again.




  24. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Celtic ban fans over Turkey flares”



    On the B.B.C. website since Dec. 17


    A slow news 6 weeks.

  25. Go



    The first Catholic President of the USA was going to change the World for the better.



    And he was Determined to do so, despite…………..



    He was the Leader of the US the free…..



    Glasgow/Belfast Celtic






    oh and feck this SNP – they are hardcore leftists.