Cautionary tale from Denmark


Midtjylland play their second league game of the season away to AaB Aalborg tomorrow evening, hoping to win their first points.  Aab finished seventh last term, so it is a game Midtjylland will feel they have to win to get their domestic campaign on track.

Celtic are free of competitive pressures this weekend, facing West Ham at home tomorrow, where we can give players still working on their fitness an hour, then rest them for the trip to Denmark.

There is plenty of confidence ahead of the second leg against Midtjylland after a solid performance on Tuesday night but the name Aalborg will cause many of us to flinch.  The then Danish champions travelled to Celtic Park in the 2008 Champions League group stage.  It is fair to say they could be the weakest team we faced at that level, but indecisive finishing, for some of the game against 10 men, and a missed Barry Robson penalty, meant the game finished 0-0.

Celtic bossed the return leg at Aab’s tiny stadium and Robson atoned for his penalty miss by giving the visitors a second half lead.

Here’s the thing about football.  You can think you are safe, then a deflected shot flies in from nowhere and a deflected cross hits a defender and allows a semi-professional outfit to beat Celtic to the Uefa Cup spot.

I hope we use every moment of our preparatory time tomorrow wisely.  Nothing can be taken for granted.

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  1. Thanks for your excellent reply. I agree with a number of your points. I’m Ok at the moment and enjoying reasonably good health BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 23RD JULY 2021 9:01 PM


    TOSB @ 6.08




    Thanks for your excellent reply. I agree with a number of your points. I’m Ok at the moment and enjoying reasonably good health. Thanks for asking. I hope everything’s well too.



    Like everyone else on here I love Celtic with every fibre of my being. I don’t think Celtic have been performing to the best of their ability for decades. I blame successive Celtic Boards for incompetence and lack of ambition. I was fortunate enough to follow Celtic all over the country in 1967 and turned 16 a month or so before Lisbon. We reached the final again in 1970 and, although the results tell us differently, I believe that we were the best team in Europe between those those two finals.



    Since then, we went on a downward spiral until we were saved by Fergus. Since Seville there has been a shocking lack of ambition as far as doing well in Europe is concerned. Since Seville, we have only reached the last 16 of the Champions League on three occasions which is poor for a club our size, with such a large support. We have done particularly well domestically (29 trophies during Lawell’s reign) but success in Scotland means very little to those living outside Scotland. It is only a means to an end. That end is qualifying for Europe. Scythe SPL is widely regarded as being a weak league by an ever increasing number of countries.



    While I love what Brendan Rodgers did for Celtic, I, too, share a distaste for the way he left us. However, there is no doubt that our players improved in every aspect of the game under his tutelage. His biggest failing for me was his lack of pragmatism in Europe. The thrashings against PSG and Barcelona were unacceptable. However, he did improve our players in every aspect of the game. Our Board behaved disgracefully in appointing the cheapest option when they had £9m from Leicester to help them find and fund a more progressive coach with tactical awareness. Those of us who were opposed to Neil Lennon’s appointment were proved right. We are now in a total mess. Our maxim has been take Europe seriously and domestic success will look after itself. Our Board adopt a boom and bust approach to Europe. We have some success, they take the credit, become complacent, hit a downward spiral and the panic when the brown stuff collides with the fan.



    We need to aim to do well in Europe every season and put a ream on the park that has a chance of making progress out of the group stages. We also need a manager whose team can play brilliant attacking football domestically like Rodgers but has Strachan’s pragmatism for European games. I think Ange will give us the lift we need from last season and I will give him my total support. I wish him well. However, if I was Dom McKay I would be scouring the UK and Europe for a manager who has the combined qualities of Rodgers and Strachan just in case.

  2. THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY, there’s always a “just in case” ffs. As far a s your thoughtful advice to McKay goes – “a cross between Brendan Rodgers and Gordan Strachan please”.


    Jesus wept, Next time you’re privileged enough to be at Celtic Park make an actual contribution and work on the rhythm of your clapping.







    you gave me a very unlike you comment the other day. had me wondering if your all ok.

  4. Sionnagh.



    You ok mate?


    seem to be needlessly lashing out there,and to good Celtic men like yourself too.Tosb tonight and BadaBing last night.Anyway said in peace




  5. Sionnaigh….am no sure you understand the phrase *open to all* Celtic….;-))




  6. SIONNAIGH on 23RD JULY 2021 11:38 PM


    You’ll no go far in Cambridge with repetitive mistakes. Sharpen up yer act.





    Mistakes were due to WiFi problems and the iPad actually showing what I typed about 25 seconds after I’d typed it. I also lost what I’d typed twice so I count myself lucky that I managed to cobble together some sort of response even if it had a lot of flaws. At my age I harbour no ambitions to go far in Cambridge, academically speaking and have no problem admitting that I never had the intellectual capacity to achieve anything at that level.



    You take care of yourself.

  7. mad mitch



    I doubt if anyone has ever actually carried out a comparative study


    of the East End of Glasgow and East Berlin in 1989


    And…..until they do


    You will have to rely on me…


    To keep you right




  8. SAINT STIVS on 23RD JULY 2021 11:37 PM










    you gave me a very unlike you comment the other day. had me wondering if your all ok.





    I’m OK, thank you. I enjoy a lot of your posts. I can’t help myself but it rips my knitting when you make sarcastic remarks about Celtic fans who have a dissenting view and challenge those who run the club when they don’t do the best they can for Celtic.



    SAINT STIVS on 23RD JULY 2021 11:37 PM











    got it.



    however, I find it very hard not to comment on a constant stream of negative comments that get personal to individuals Celtic managers, coaches, etc etc etc.



    it is the insults that get me going.



    looking forward now to 3 or 4 monicas popping up.



    yourself, i always liked your inputs.

  10. Sionnaigh



    keep posting your links to Vatican News, there’s nothing there that should upset


    anyone on a Celtic blog.Your critic must have been fuming listening to all the


    Celtic fans at the Laztio game in Rome chanting the Pope’s name


    keep well

  11. Gerry123…I would effin hope yer talking pish…are we predominately Celtic….or religious

  12. Melbourne Mick on



    Just catching up now this lovely morn in Oz.



    How could I forget Tommy Craig, I played with him and his


    brother down ye olde plots ( Plantation Park. )


    H.H. Mick

  13. quadrophenian on

    Ange gives an exclusive interview to Sky’s website and they write:


    ‘New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou admits he has been left frustrated by delays in the club’s recruitment policy due to coronavirus.’



    This is a sly and bullshit line. Cos Ange never said anything about delays in our recruitment policy.



    Still, it plants the seed that AP is unhappy, yet what he does say is “we’re chipping away…” “making more progress than it looks…” “we have two of three A choice targets for every position…”



    Ange remember the Blog Interview when the 1st guy told you ‘they were not your friends etc…’ It’s true.



    Despite meeja and blog snarking, a very impressive start from our Greek god.



    MICK – stay warm and maybe just a wee walk along the sheltered Balcombe Creek walkway today!!

  14. Melbourne Mick on

    G’day LURKIN TIM



    I just caught up on BREENY’s post on here about Tommy Craig.


    Page 2 I think, he’s posted before, a few times.


    How are you anyway mhate, feeling positive about big Ange?


    H.H. Mick

  15. Melbourne Mick on




    Lovely bit of sun here early morn, brisk, but now very dull.


    Maybe a wee jaunt up the hill/ bush at the back for me.


    You’re correct about MSM, complete sleekits.


    H.H. Mick

  16. lurking guy



    i don’t need advice from your kind the mo Johnston’s



    of this world