Biton and the holding position


I was discussing Beram Kayal during the week, specifically how he was keeping Victor Wanyama out of the Celtic team before that ‘tackle’ from Rangers’ McCulloch put him out of action for months.  The player has never recovered his form but has never had a sustained run in the team either.

Nir Biton has made the holding position his own in recent weeks and, as a consequence, we’ve watched his form improve.  News that he picked up an injury when playing for Israel against Slovakia last week, which is likely to disrupt his appearances for weeks, has come at the worst possible time.  If he is to make this position his own, he needs performances between now and the end of the season.

Young players especially need games to reinforce their craft and build confidence, as well as to ensure fitness.

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“”Claire, where is my passport?” I was frantic now as I pleaded with my wife. She must know I thought. Claire, my wife of twelve years, suffers my trips away to support Celtic without a single moan. Not this time though as Claire would not give me her blessing to go on this trip telling me that our bakery was now at critical point, busy and with too many European away days this year they had taken their toll.”

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  1. ‘Was Hitler worse than Cromwell ?’






    ‘Were the Nazis worse than the Black & Tans ?’






    ‘Were the SS more brutal than the state murderers of Bloody Sunday ?’




  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    19:37 on


    13 March, 2014





    De Valera`s govt.expressed their condolences to the German legation in Dublin on the death of Hitler.


    As I said ” eternal shame.”



    You are aware that the I.R.A.attempted to assist a German invasion of N.I.?


    Against the wishes of the Irish govt.



    The point I was making was the distorted view of history based on ideology.


    Brit bashing.Often from people who choose to live there.



    Germany abandoned plans to invade Britain (Op. Sealion) soon after the Battle of Britain.Hitler`s priority was the Soviet Union.Not Britain and certainly not Ireland.

  3. Bhoys and Ghals.



    I have a spare ticket for CQN 10 for tomorrow night .



    On a separate note I also have 2 spare tickets for the match at Killie.



    Any interested parties can get my email from Paul 67.



    I will also look back in here from time to time.




  4. bournesouprecipe on

    Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band


    Mit a bang


    Mit a boom


    Mit a bing-bang bing-bang boom


    Aaah, haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band


    Mit a bang


    Mit a boom


    Mit a bing-bang bing-bang boom


    Russian folksongs und French oo-la-la


    Can’t compare with a German oom-pah-pah!


    Ve’re sayin’…



    Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band


    Mit a zetz, mit a zap, mit a zing…


    Polish polkas, they’re stupid und they’re rotten


    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that


    Schweigen-reigen-schone-schutzen-schmutzen sauerbraten!


    Key change!


    Ve’re sayin’…


    Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band


    Mit a zetz, mit a zap, mit a zing…


    It’s ze only kind of musik


    Zat ve huns und our honeys


    Love to sing!

  5. the unthank road on

    Eric cantona ;-


    arrested for assault. I didn’t think he was still playing.

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    What European nations were “neutral” in W.W.11?



    Sweden…….Democratic,I think.


    Spain ——Fascist






    Switzerland ——pro-German.Hitler`s banker.



    Any others?

  7. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    Really looking forward to tomorrow night will be great catching up with old and new friends!



    Well done all the organisers

  8. Given the choice, I think 6 million Jewish people would have taken the Black and Tans any day.

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    20:03 on


    13 March, 2014




    A variant on:


    ” Can you hear the Rangers sing?”

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon



    20:07 on 13 March, 2014



    Which countries entered the war before they were attacked?

  11. i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again



    never trust a frenchman with a white horse



    i have also said that we will be lucky to get 30,000 for the murrayfield games, in fact i reckon the first game will attract 22,607 fans



    in a stadium that size it wont make a great spectacle



    unlike one half of a great pair of spectacles

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES


    19:48 on


    13 March, 2014






    No German ever invaded the land of my forebears or sold my people into slavery.





    How about the Battenbergs and the House of Saxe Coburg Gothe.


    Victoria`s Albert?


    Huns.Every one.Proper huns.Not the Ibrox variety.



  13. Cheers Hebcelt – really looking forward to the night.



    Final question…can someone put up the table plan?

  14. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    I have said everything I want or need to say about this sad subject.


    I will leave you with a wee song………




    Oh, I’ll tell you a tale of peace and love (Whack fol the diddle o de die do day)


    Of a land that reigns all lands above (Whack fol the diddle o de die do day)



    May peace and plenty be her share


    Who kept our homes from want and care


    Oh, God bless England is our prayer (Whack fol the diddle o the die do day)




    Whack fol the diddle o de die do day


    So we say “hip hooray”


    Come and listen while we pray


    Whack fol the diddle o de die do day



    Now our fathers oft were naughty boys


    For pikes and guns are dangerous toys



    At Ballinahabwee and at Bunker’s hill


    We made poor England cry her fill


    But old Brittania loves us still






    Now, when we were savage, fierce and wild


    She came as a mother to her child



    She gently raised us from the slime


    And kept our hands from hellish crime


    And she sent us to heaven in our own good time (Whack fol the diddle o the die do day)






    Well, now Irish men forget the past


    And think of the day that’s coming fast



    When we shall all be civilized


    Neat and clean and well advised


    Oh, won’t mother England be surprised? (Whack fol the diddle o the die do day)

  15. Sydkev,



    Indeed. We can add Communists, homosexuals, political prisoners, the disabled and gypsies to the list. Comparisons to Irish matters are quite absurd.

  16. bournesouprecipe on




    Round about now the Celtic Floodlights being switched on to guide the ole Luftwaffe usually gets a mention.

  17. Maybe a lesson for some younger readers that anti Semitism equated with pro Catholicism…..Wish I had a quid for every time somebody told me this years ago….



    After it failed to seize control of the Bavarian state in 1923, the nascent Nazi Party, by that time sharing the Bavarian bishops’ view about the incompatibility of National Socialism and Christianity, no longer wanted to court Catholics.[10]


    Hitler wanted to broaden its base. The Party leadership became anti-Catholic (especially attacking the bishops) and its inherent anti-Semitism became more virulent. To counter this, the bishops adopted a conditional ban or prohibition in regard to Catholic membership in the Party, which later (as Nazism spread throughout Germany) varied from diocese to diocese.[11]




    Signing of the Reichskonkordat on 20 July 1933. From left to right: German prelate Ludwig Kaas, German Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen, representing Germany, Monsignor Giuseppe Pizzardo, Cardinal Pacelli, Monsignor Alfredo Ottaviani, German ambassador Rudolf Buttmann.


    Pius XI was eager to negotiate concordats with any country that was willing to do so, thinking that written treaties were the best way to protect the Church’s rights against governments increasingly inclined to interfere in such matters. Twelve concordats were signed during his reign with various types of governments, including some German state governments. When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 and asked for a concordat, Pius XI accepted. Negotiations were conducted on his behalf by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII (1939–1958). The Reichskonkordat was signed by Pacelli and by the German government in June 1933, and included guarantees of liberty for the Church, independence for Catholic organisations and youth groups, and religious teaching in schools.[12] The German bishops wanted the concordat, and its swift passage gave the new Nazi regime a considerable degree of legitimacy for its good behaving in foreign policy despite its long history of violent rhetoric. Kent says, “Without a doubt, the concordat was a diplomatic victory for Hitler. It was his first major success in the field of foreign policy, and it indicated to the world that the German Chancellor was politically reliable and trustworthy.”[13] Within a few weeks, however, serious friction arose over Nazi threats to the status of the Church. In particular there were issues of the oppression of Catholics of Jewish descent, dismissal of Catholics from the civil service, freedom of expression for Catholic newspapers, pressure on Catholic schools and organizations, sterilization laws, and persecution of nuns and priests.[14]

  18. minx1888 praying for wee oscar



    20:07 on 13 March, 2014


    Really looking forward to tomorrow night will be great catching up with old and new friends!




    Something happening tomorrow night minxy?


    Ps if ye type in minxy on my mobi, predictive text says “money” that can’t be right can it, I think HT should be warned :>)


    Anyway back to my original question, is it a clique event? Can ordinary non cqn cliquers attend?



  19. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    hoopy doo



    There is only one alternative to Murrayfield for a crowd of over 22,000 – surely you’re not suggesting we play there …. ??

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    20:21 on


    13 March, 2014


    Maybe a lesson for some younger readers that anti Semitism equated with pro Catholicism…..Wish I had a quid for every time somebody told me this years ago…




    Perhaps untrue,but grounds for wondering.




  21. The Nazis were no friends of the Catholic Church.



    A myth some people have.



    It really is the ultimate in revisionism for some Huns.



    Oh,and Celtic used to put the floodlights on to guide the Luftwaffe bombers,too.



    Amazing that there were no floodlights before 1950s,but the Scummy Huns still like to spread their shoite to anyone daft enough to believe them.

  22. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5 on

    I have more or less decided to leave CQN but still enjoy a lurk. Saw macjay’s effort, and realise how little I have in common with him and his ilk. There are many good souls on here that I would be proud to call comrades but there are others that I don’t want to be associated with. Just thought I’d quote a bit from Dev’s speech in response to Churchill.




    “Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain’s stand alone, after France had fallen and before America entered the War.



    Could he not find in his heart the generosity to acknowledge that there is a small nation that stood alone not for one year or two, but for several hundred years against aggression; that endured spoliation’s, famines, massacres in endless succession; that was clubbed many times into insensibility, but that each time on returning consciousness took up the fight anew; a small nation that could never be got to accept defeat and has never surrendered her soul. “

  23. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    Vmhan sssh don’t tell him although I think he would tell you I cost him plenty!



    As for the CQN non clique attending I hope so that’s my clique :-)

  24. For all those who are thoroughly enjoying the WW2 debate, there are some I’m sure……… Fill yir boots on the Yesterdsy channel right now, the Nazis a warning from history!



    4-0 tae the Celts ra morra!




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