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. Melbourne Mick on

    Liel Abada I feel will be a massive hit at Celtic, he looks strong


    direct and committed, and can cross a fine ball.


    Can see him playing in a false No 9 role if/ when Eddie leaves.


    Somebody said he looked like Marc Crossas, ditto.


    H.H. Mick

  2. celticforever on

    I like that Ange is coming across as street wise in his dealings


    with the hun media



    He does not suffer fools gladly



    Take note some of our players not pulling their weight

  3. Melbourne Mick on




    Got told that by ex players of his, they can expect hair dryer treatment.


    Sir Swalex hasn’t got a look in to this ghuy. LOL.


    h.h. mICK

  4. Melbourne Mick on

    He’s a very lucky bhoy, but better players than him got


    last chances at Celtic.


    Lets hope he takes his and repays the club and more


    importantly the fans.


    H.H. Mick

  5. Petec




    blah blah not a Rangers supporter … blah blah blah



    I respect anyones/everyones opinion to believe whatever they want.


    I dont mind what you think about me, its none of my business what you think.



    ‘Hun’ isnt a word I use. But if i was a 5th centaury Asiatic nomad, I would like to think I was bald and spent my life living under a tree begging for food.



    I believe in Kamma. Only a Bhudda understands Kamma. But “IF” a person is a rabbid frothing at the mouth Celtic supporter in this life. it means if you werent a rabbid frothing at the mouth rangers supporter in the last life you will be in the next one. lol.



    (you did call me a hun twice.)



    I will take your advice, I will F#ck off. thank you for the advice/command. peace.



    I said last season I wouldnt post again, I will try to do better this time.



    I was wrong, i knew the bile on here would getto me, thought I would have lasted more than one game. lol



    I hope Celtic do well, I hope Ange does really well. Its a really big thing down here. an ozzie coaching a giant european football team oi oi oi

  6. MAJESTIC HARTSON on 23RD JULY 2021 9:16 PM


    I hope the golfers and non players are having a rare old time in Aberdour.







    Big Jimmy,







    I was playing 5s the last 2 weeks with Eddie who works in the Shipbank. I mentioned your name and the get together last week and he knew exactly who I was talking about.







    I hope you’re well.




    Eddies a good Pal of mine. He sometimes comes in to the Pub on a Day Off, and we enjoy a wee Bevvy togther.




    This heat is doing me in.



  7. Melbourne Mick on

    Morning bhoys, Big Jimmy ” This heat is doing me in ”


    Never thought I’d hear that from Scotland lol.


    Cold shower and down to the pub.


    Works for me.


    H.H. Mick

  8. Sat in the sun Doon the Green yesterday, just along from the People’s Palace. The city tour bus, C1, comes past and then every 10 minutes thereafter, hadn’t realised it ran so frequently, por cierto

  9. GERRY123 on 24TH JULY 2021 12:16 AM






    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





    I’m the critic. Man up and mention me by name. I had a good laugh when the fans sang their acclaim to Papa Francesco. I was going around singing it for days afterwards. It’s a catchy song. However, Celtic are a club open to all and are followed by fans from different religions and none at all. I don’t think it’s very welcoming by posting constant references to Catholicism.

  10. MELBOURNE MICK on 24TH JULY 2021 8:07 AM


    Morning bhoys, Big Jimmy ” This heat is doing me in ”





    Never thought I’d hear that from Scotland lol.




    NAE Kidding mate !


    I walked the 20 yards or so to the Shipbank pub on Wednesday from my Hoose.


    The sweat was running outta me BEFORE I got to the Pub, and the Owners wife asked me ” are you okay etc”.


    She then had TWO Electric fans next to my seat ON Full Blast, in an effort to cool me doon, but for the first 3 hours I was still sweating….but for the next 3 Hours I had cooled doon eventually… with the help of around 10/12 pints of lovely Beer.


    Ive still been sweating in the hoose since then, and that is why i havent went out since last Wednesday, as its not very nice to be seen in Public dripping in sweat…Ive got my ” Street Cred” to think aboot !




    HH Mate.

  11. MAJESTIC HARTSON on 23RD JULY 2021 9:16 PM




    Big Eddie from the SHIPBANK would visit me whenever I was in hospital in the last 20 months or so, and bring LARGE Bars of CHOCOLATE for me to scoff.


    I never gave Eddie ANY of my chocolate…cos it was MINE !


    I would eat it all mysel.




    HH Mate.



    I usually only sweat like that when I see a Sexy Burd….or when its my turn to buy a round !




    HH Mate.

  13. Any news on a new right back we’ve known for over half year just like centre back when Big Julian smacked his knee of the post last December!


    Key areas with two quality players required one for team one for back up.


    Rumours were are now potentially taking City players on loan again were as this could surely have been done prior to CL ties.

  14. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Chris Sutton is puzzled that Celtic are yer again entering into ECL qualifying deliberately short of players in key positions; eg he asks why Starfelt was only signed after Ajer left.



    It;s not a puzzle. Celtic is run in the interests of shareholder return. In the trade-off between that and football interests there is no trade-off.

  15. Melbourne Mick on




    Street cred is very important, told PADDTMACOZ you were asking


    after him, he sends his regards.


    He’s got us Peninsula rebels all scratching our heads, he’s running a wee


    competition for our club members who are all in lockdown, to keep us


    occupied, the winners get a free meal for two plus drinks in the Dubliner


    Mornington when we open up again.


    All we have to do is, pick the best eleven and 3 subs since the Lisbon Lions.


    Easy eh?


    I reckon I’ve only got 3 certainty’s Artur Boruc, Danny McGrain,Henke.


    Who do I pair beside Virgil, Paul Elliot or Marc Reiper?


    Left back, big Joos or Wee Tosh who I loved.


    Right wing Provan or Agathe?


    Midfield, Lubo Naka, Lambo, Thompson, Broonie,Paul McStay, Roy Aitken.


    And who partners Henke, big Sutty, Big Bad John, McAvennie.




    It’s not as easy as it sounds and I’ve probably missed a few, but you know


    what? I’m a lucky aul sod to have witnessed so many class acts play for the




    H.H. Mick

  16. squire danaher on

    Melbourne Mick



    Off the top of my head with little preparation, Dalglish as a #10, and Sutton’s adaptability taken into account. Also disregarding one-season wonders and ratbags like Nicholas and Judas.



    And in the modern 3412/532;





    VVD Elliott Connelly


    McGrain McStay Collins Tierney




    Larsson Sutton



    Subs Forster, Reiper, Hooper

  17. Big Jimmy,



    10 or 12 pints in 3 hours! I didn’t realise it was still Lent. 🥴



    Aye, Eddie mentioned he visited you in hospital. He didn’t mention the chocolate though, it’s maybe still a sore point 😀



    He’s still a decent footballer, he doesn’t give the ball away very often.

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