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News that the Maribor game later this month is on the season book has setup a dramatic climax to what will be remembered for decades as a remarkable month in our history.  We didn’t ask for this situation.  As we drifted away from Murrayfield, our thoughts were only of Celtic’s abject display, but nine days and two Uefa Disciplinary hearings later, we’re through to the Champions League play-off round next week.

For Legia Warsaw, the pill is unbearably bitter.  So much so, they had to appeal to Uefa, and on to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite scant cause.  CAS who will eventually be asked to determine if Uefa’s rules were interpreted correctly.  Which they were.  The consequences for Legia are so abrupt their reactions are understandable.

Football affects us in ways which are not always beneficial.  There was nothing Legia fans could do to remove their distress this past week, but reading comments, by fans of another Scottish club on this subject, has given a glimpse into the human condition.

The emotional investment by some Scottish football fans in Legia’s forlorn cause has evidently resulted in untold misery.  Celtic fell into the Clyde and came out holding a winning Euromillions ticket.  It was unplanned for, random and undeserved, but it happened and, right now, Celtic are the luckiest team in the world.

At a time when their phoenix club is falling apart before their eyes, our unearned good fortune has caused volumes of hilarious, angry, ranting.  Efforts to explain it as a consequence of immoral plots (as well as running the Celtic, the SFA, the SPFL, Glasgow City Council and The Commonwealth, Peter Lawwell also manipulates Uefa’s Disciplinary Body) demonstrate classic evidence of our old friend, Cognitive Dissonance.

We were blind lucky, accept that, or continue to give the rest of the world new and innovative ways to enjoy their football.  It’s not worth the dissonance.

It’s been an interesting week in the media.  Neil McCann’s excitable misinterpretation of the rules on Wednesday was a highlight, but the paper which brought you ‘news’ that Celtic wanted Dan Pertrescu to be manager, who declined as he was warned the club have problems by Neil Lennon, subsequently got a second story when they ran a properly sourced article denying ‘reports’ Neil spoke to Pertrescu.

I’m also loving reading those who in the media were spinning anti-Celtic nonsense that Neil left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget, now suggesting he could take over Crystal Palace, after Tony Pulis left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget.

Nonsense like this is never random, it has a purpose………..

On a related subject, I’m gutted for Palace, their fans, and for Pulis. The economics of the entire English league structure doesn’t work. Well-run clubs with good managers will be weeded out and relegated, as crazy debt-junkies inflate the bubble a little longer. Scottish football may be poor, but there are only two of our 42 clubs in any sort of financial danger.

Flag Day tomorrow, get along early, give Fergus a warm welcome back, and bring some change for The Kano Foundation bucket collection on the way in. Remember to join Fergus, Jim Craig and others from the Celtic Graves Society for the Jimmy Quinn event at Kilsyth Cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Mary’s Meals by entering our competition for tickets in the comfy seats tomorrow.  I’m proud of every one of you.  My thanks also to Magners for helping out.  The competition is now closed, winners will be informed by email shortly, so check your inbox!

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  1. Can we please have less football and politics on Cricket Quick News?!?

     

     

    Auldheid. No joke when I say I see ‘stab in the back ‘ narrative being used to fuel extremist football hate in Scotland over coming decade in similar way to rise of the right in 30s Germany. Some may think it facile to use the comparison but the rewriting of history, propaganda and race it will be all too similar.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  2. MWD,

     

     

    Aye The Tim contingent here were slagging them off over that ditty. You hear the sheep singing it walking past random pubs in town.

     

     

    Gash.

  3. Afternoon Timland from a seriously hot hun free mountain valley.

     

     

    While we all bitch and moan about the medja in scotland, they have served us well.

     

     

    Had they done their jobs properly, the original hun would IMO still be around.

     

     

    So in a perverse sort of way, they have done a grand job.

     

     

    We have been on the receiving end of their lies and hate for as long as I can remember, nothing new there then.

     

     

    I just wish our suits would grow a pair and defend the club on occasion.

     

     

    HH

  4. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    JFH….I hate watching them if they are winning,but

     

    seem to be able to hang on in there when their toiling.

     

     

    jamesgang……smiley face thing.

  5. Wickettttttttttttttttttttttttttt

     

     

    India………………36 for 5…………………………..

     

     

    Indiacouldbealloutfor100odd

  6. James Forrest is praying for The Unconquerable Oscar Knox on

    myboysnowatim:

     

     

    Much appreciated mate.

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Nice wee magnets in Clydebank. Easier to get a beer than find mass at 12…

     

     

    St Marys then St Stephens. Ole BT gets about.

     

     

    Hail hail.

  8. Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan.

     

    12:56 on

     

    15 August, 2014

     

    So Bawsman.

     

     

    Is Irish Nationalism OK?

     

     

    I’m pretty much in favour of a process/a movement which removes borders………..I’m sure you’ll agree with that?

  9. HamiltonTim

     

    Read wi interest bout your 87 holiday , pipped you by a couple o years.

     

    Special place :-)

     

    HH

  10. Silver City 1888 on

    myboysnowatim

     

    Aw naw, not another 1980’s anthem being belted from the terraces.

     

    Personally I’d like to see the other Scots teams kept as strong as possible. Wouldn’t want to see a Premiership team struggling against a lower league club in one of the cups. I also like the idea that on any given Saturday any team has a chance of beating us, as long as we win the League in the end.

  11. The Exiled Tim,

     

     

    “I just wish our suits would grow a pair and defend the club on occasion”

     

     

    Was thinking the exact same thing the other night, when shortbread had a rep. from Legia on giving their side of things.

     

     

    Needed someone from Celtic to supply ‘balance’.

  12. Celtic: Legia Champions League appeal suffers fast-track blow

     

    By Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

     

    Legia Warsaw say Uefa has refused to back their fast-track application to earn a Champions League reprieve.

     

    The Poles had hoped the governing body would speed their case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

     

    Uefa rejected Legia’s appeal against the punishment that led to Celtic’s reinstatement in the competition.

     

    And Legia Warsaw chairman Dariusz Mioduski told BBC Scotland on Friday that their prospects of success appear bleak.

     

    The fielding of a suspended player against Celtic cost Legia their place.

     

    The Polish outfit had hoped a fast-track appeal process can be instigated to deliver a ruling before Celtic play NK Maribor in the play-off round

     

     

    HowUnfortunarte

  13. big joe

     

     

    12:49 on 15 August, 2014

     

    Wicketttttttttttttttttttttt

     

     

    Big Chris Jordon…………………….

     

     

    India now 28 for 4………………………………

     

     

    Thecolapsismonumental

     

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    Big Joe, dae us a favour mate. Stoap it! I want to watch the highlights the night oan Channel 5.

     

    It’s just not cricket, neither it is! Nae mair googlies or you may find an inswinger heading for your middle wicket!

     

     

    HH bud

  14. Moonbeams. I see that the wee blue book is produced by wings over Scotland.

     

     

    Do you know much about wings over Scotland?

  15. Bawsman

     

     

    At what juncture in my initial post was I pushing my point on anyone. I have my view and said the link was a good read for the undecided.

     

     

    You have went mentalist.

     

     

    I imagine you have been part of CQN for a while. Have you never noted before that at times current affairs are debate.

     

     

    Take for example Israel/Palestine. Have you been so outspoken about that in your detest of single issues or is it just Scottish Independence that gets your pecker standing?

     

     

    If you have an issue please feel free to complain to the boss. Until such time as this blog is not free to air all views and discuss all issues then just scroll by. It’s simple. In your case probably SIMPLY THD BEST!

     

     

    MWD says AYE

     

     

    http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/WeeBlueBookMobileEdition.pdf

  16. See if CAS is the ultimate/supreme arbiter and interpreter of all sporting regulations, why dont UEFA and all other sporting associations,just send CAS their rules and reg’s, for their approval, and let them decide what is and isn’t acceptable, and determine what punishment/ sanctions should be meted out to offenders?

     

     

    Just cut out the middlemen, and let CAS be the overarching authority on all things sporting!

     

    Too simple?

     

     

    HH

     

     

    End London rule.YES

  17. myboysnowatim

     

     

    13:05 on 15 August, 2014

     

    The Exiled Tim,

     

     

    “I just wish our suits would grow a pair and defend the club on occasion”

     

     

    Was thinking the exact same thing the other night, when shortbread had a rep. from Legia on giving their side of things.

     

     

    Needed someone from Celtic to supply ‘balance’.

     

     

    Celtic had to stay out of it mate. It was between Legia and UEFA. Bet they didn’t get anyone from UEFA on to clarify the rules. That would have meant them having to tell the truth and the end of their made up story about ineligible players etc.

     

     

    HH

  18. Silver City 1888,

     

     

    Yeah I get your point, we have to have competition. Weakening it means that the huge step up, to compete in Europe, increases.

     

     

    Ach – work beckons.

  19. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    bt,

     

    You be a good lad in Clydebank noo fella.

     

    I have my spies everywhere.

     

    Enjoy your day son.

  20. traditionalist88 on

    Well-run clubs with good managers will be weeded out and relegated, as crazy debt-junkies inflate the bubble a little longer

     

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    Do we think there is an end in sight?

     

     

    Reading Brian Cloughs autobiography and he couldn’t believe the level the salaries were at after he left the game, Beckham at Man U being on 100k a week was one he referenced. He was sure it was going to end in tears and bankruptcies. He made a number of other predictions in his book which were scarily accurate.

     

     

    I hope he is right on this one.

     

     

    Whilst it will be painful for some surely the current state of affairs is unsustainable.

     

     

    BTW who are Scotlands two clubs in financial danger…Sevco obviously and…Hearts, until the handover process is complete?

     

     

    HH

  21. neganon2

     

     

    I do. But on this occasion the document in question is referenced at every juncture and backed up by links to official docs whether they are, facts, figures, quotes, reference material.

     

     

    On a personal level I do not like the gentleman in question but neither do I like Alex Salmond or the SNP.

     

     

    Thanks for asking though.

     

     

    MWD says AYE

     

     

    http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/WeeBlueBookMobileEdition.pdf

  22. MWD. Ok. Regardless of the person who runs wings over Scotland I have an aversion both to their tactics (bullying, demeaning, spreading misinformation etc) but there is something about their iconography which makes me incredibly uneasy.

  23. 67 European Cup Winners on

    I am a self confessed PL fan – if I was to be critical I would like to see a little more ambition a bit more creativity – but deep down he is good for Celtic IMHO

     

    However enough if my view – the best measurement is taken from the dead clubs opinion – I always think if they hate someone at Celtic then they must be good for Celtic

     

    The Huns hate PL

     

    That’s good enough for me

     

    Hail Hail Peter

     

     

    67ECW

  24. Hey, no need ever to close that top tier !

     

     

    “The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean professional baseball team, became famous recently not so much for their wins but because they filled three rows of a stadium with robots they named Fanbots.

     

     

    Their fans can request for their faces to be projected on each Fanbot’s facial screen and their messages sent via SMS can be projected in real time by the LED placards held by these robots.

     

     

    So basically, the robots are designed to ‘cheer’ on behalf of the fans who could not be physically present in the stadium to watch the game in action…….”

     

     

    http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/08/15/meet-fans-tomorrow-today-worlds-first-cheering-robots/

  25. Bawsman

     

     

    Obfuscation! Can you answer the question honestly?

     

     

    Are you a supporter of Irish Nationalism?

     

     

    To answer your question. No. I am not in favour of less borders. I am actually in favour of an Independent Scotland with more federalism within it’s own border to allow local communities and councils to make the best decisions for themselves and spend their money wisely for their communities. The idea of a border less Europe or World is just stupid. Stupidity of the highest order were cultures, people, languages, needs are so different across countries never mind continents.

     

     

     

    MWD says AYE

     

     

    http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/WeeBlueBookMobileEdition.pdf

  26. ayrshirtim

     

     

     

    13:11 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

     

    myboysnowatim

     

     

    13:05 on 15 August, 2014

     

    The Exiled Tim,

     

     

    “I just wish our suits would grow a pair and defend the club on occasion”

     

     

    Was thinking the exact same thing the other night, when shortbread had a rep. from Legia on giving their side of things.

     

     

    Needed someone from Celtic to supply ‘balance’.

     

     

    Celtic had to stay out of it mate. It was between Legia and UEFA. Bet they didn’t get anyone from UEFA on to clarify the rules. That would have meant them having to tell the truth and the end of their made up story about ineligible players etc.

     

     

    HH

     

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    I think you are right that Celtic had to stay out of it until the (UEFA) process was complete. They will issue a statement at the appropriate point in time. I’m not sure if that will be soon or whether they will wait for the outcome of the (impotent) CAS ruling. I hope they don’t miss and hit the wall. Some of the media coverage has been disgraceful. I felt like I was listening to Radio Warsaw last night when BBC Sportsound was on. You would have thought that, as a Scottish station, the angle of the story would have been about the impact of Legia’s protracted argument with UEFA on Celtic. However it was not – the programme was a platform for the Legia rep to spout his nonsense unhindered and without a single challenge being thrown his way. Shocking.

  27. FFin’ jurists explain the rules:

     

     

    “[C]an someone tell me what Legia’s appeal is based on? I haven’t read deep details, but from what I can see, they broke the rule and the UEFA played by the book?”

     

    ——

     

    “I suspect it will be that the rule as drawn is wrong. For example, we could have a law in this country that everyone who crossed a pelican crossing when the man is red goes to jail for 10 years with no exceptions.

     

     

    You can say up to 10 years in case in doing so someone causes a crash with multiple fatalities. In most cases however while a technical offence it would have no consequence.

     

     

    It would very soon be subject to challenge and I suspect everyone convicted of it released from prison.”

     

    ——

     

    “The Rules are really stupid, If the ineligible player had scored in the 4 minutes he was on the park the goal would have stood and the [Celtic] were out.”

  28. James Forrest

     

    Like JFH I’m glad to see you are still posting as well.

     

    ThemorethemerrierCSC

  29. I’ve just been on the Belfast telegraph’s website, hardly a nationalist rag and even they just report our CL luck objectively, mind you they do have a headline ‘Rangers can rise above the critics, says Ally McCoist’ !

  30. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    How much does a Zadoc ringtone cost? A fiver if your dumb enough to buy one. I’ve got 60 million to give away free of charge.

     

     

    Get it right roon the zombie twerp in your life and get one on yer moby. Why wouldn’t you? It’s the way to get through to the undead.

     

     

     

    acgr@hotmail.co.uk

  31. Monagha1900

     

     

    That could have been penned by our esteemed journalist, Mr Spiers.

     

     

    It’s certainly up there with his recent best.

     

     

    Bless.

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