Celtic craft needed against frugal Aberdeen


It will not have escaped your attention, that in the last week in October, the Celtic machine is purring away magnificently, but Aberdeen sit aside them at the top of the league table. The form of Aberdeen is the great untold story of this season; so far. That untold element will change tonight if they extend their unbeaten run, against Celtic.

There are clues as to the pattern of play we can expect. The Dons have conceded just one goal in their last five league games, they will give us lots of the ball, but deny us space in and around their box. They do this well.

Celtic will need two weapons to combat this: Patrick Roberts’ cunning in tight spaces, and Tom Rogic’s ability to ping shots in from the edge of the area. I would like to see us pass the ball more than we did for long spells on Saturday, but our usual arc of possession around the opposition box is unlikely to create space. We’ll need to take shooting opportunities and hope Patrick’s on form.

Incidentally, have you seen the Celtic players pay tribute to the greatest fans in the world yet?

Meanwhile there’s a new CQN Podcast out where we look at how Celtic reached the final in the 4-2 win over Hibs.

Kevin Graham hosts our match day podcast from Hampden on Saturday and this features some of FIFA’s Best Supporters in the World.

This week’s Matchday Special saw Brendan Rodgers’ side carry a 59-match undefeated domestic run into the League Cup semi final against Neil Lennon’s Hibs.

Kevin provides pre and post-match discussion as well as in-match analysis in what will be a regular Celtic State of Mind feature.


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  1. While you are all on here ,with your rank rotten puns,you will be pleased to know that over on Monkey Media,another statement has been officially released.Thats what happens if you take your eye of the Hun statement front for even a minute.Forget the Sheep themed trivia,and keep alert for whats important.These poor deluded souls are not churning out these statements for the good of their health.


    Best Fans In The World,indeed.Suit you all better to get writing statements.Thats what gets you noticed in the football world.

  2. Should we win tonight and Killie even scrape a draw, Pedro will be mutualled before the end of the week.

  3. BGFC,


    can’t believe Ewe’s are still looking for a tickets – they must be very hard to ‘come by’




  4. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. HAS ANYBODY GOT SPARES!!!!!!!!!!







    KINGLUBO 1048



    Very much so,mate. It was humbling,and my Dad and I-as well as all the others on what was a bad day indeed-are very grateful.



    As for using the site as a platform for charitable donations,I doubt there are many better.




  6. TURKEYBHOY on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 11:14 AM



    I think it’s a Union Bears, rather than an official Club, statement.



    It’s better written and almost coherent, complaining about police behaviour.



    The site’s swear filter seems to have been ditched. Probably collapsed under the strain.

  7. Hi Bhoys



    looking for a little advice mini me travelling to US for honeymoon and since having her cancer removed is finding difficulty getting travel insurance under £500 any advice Thanks





  8. Dena 29


    If you have a TSB or Lloyds current account, one of the perks you probably have is free travel insurance


    I would imagine some other banks offer the same ?


    Might be worth checking out, but don’t forget to read any ‘small print’





    Curry,is it.



    I come to biryani Caesar,not to paratha him!



    I miss a good curry,got a week off in mid-December so I think I’ll get fired into a few. Mibbe see if any of the troops fancy a wee curry night when I’m up the road shortly too.



    I make a smashing curry-IMO!-but it’s not fair on my host at the minute. When he’s had a few,he’ll dip into the pot-and last time he did that,it damn near blew his head off!

  10. Bateen Bhoy on 25th October 2017 11:34 am




    Cheers ………..don’t have either ….. and hers doesn’t have those sort of perks :-))

  11. To all Cqnrs who have lost loved ones, and in particular in recent days



    Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we love.



    Where there is deep grief, there was great love.



    Eternal rest grant unto to them all.

  12. Dena 29 .



    The US of A health system ( and it’s travel / health business ) absolutely loves people with pre existing health issues. . Mrs S of T broke her left knee @ 8 years ago – the consequence of that is that she pays big bucks to have her left leg insured each time we visit our daughters in the US of A .. She uses an Insurance company called Atlas America

  13. Dena


    I phoned Swinton and they do cover for pre existing and other health conditions, they might be able to help, they also do annual policies if the person goes away a few times a year.

  14. South Of Tunis on 25th October 2017 11:52 am



    Cheers I’ll try them ……….




    dessybhoy on 25th October 2017 11:58 am




    cheers ………………I’ll try them as well :-))









    That file I was going to give you a link to refers to the Scribd account that no longer holds the documents but if you e mail me via Paul67 I’ll let you have another file that refers to originals.

  16. Was it not v Aberdeen that Celtic lost a long running sequence of minutes without conceding a goal? A Hayes rocket as I recall.



    Have not seen a lot of Aberdeen but when they lost to Motherwell their CBs were all over the shop against Moult.



    Might give Dembele the edge if same CBs tonight.

  17. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I would expect the team against Aberdeen to be very similar to the one that finished the game on Saturday. Rogic has a great record against them. McGregor alongside Brown – get the counter-attacks going a bit quicker.


    Maybe mix it up a wee bit v Kilmarnock.

  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Father? How would one heat up ein chickenschnitsel?

  19. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Also, DOES ANYONE HAVE SPARES FOR ABERDEEN??????????


    Wee BGFC



    Microwave on low to medium-time for you to start practicing for being a student!

  21. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on



    Wee BGFC




    Microwave on low to medium-time for you to start practicing for being a student!




    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Thank you very much. I expect the Father is in a meeting. :) I shall do that!





    Incompetent WEE BGFC

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on 25th October 2017 12:25 pm



    Thanks BT have been ringing them ………….left message waiting on them getting back




  23. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day (Brother Pedro)



    addlebrained [ad-l-breynd]





    1. having a muddled or confused mind


    2. foolish, silly, or illogical.



    Origin of addlebrained


    First recorded in 1865-70; addle + brain + -ed3





  24. Oh Dear.


    Their delusion is mindboggling, feck them.





    Written by: The Ref


    Wednesday, 25th October 2017


    I’ve been involved in football for over 40 years. I’ve played, watched, coached, and I’ve worked for the FA, as an assistant referee, referee, referees tutor, mentor, and assessor. Never have I seen such a poor display from a set of match officials, as I witnessed on Sunday in the Betfred League Cup semi-final. Let’s not deflect from another poor performance from Rangers, in a match which Motherwell took their chances, but let’s also not ignore the performance of the match officials.


    In a week where it was widely reported that Motherwell players were looking to be very physical on Rangers players; wouldn’t you think that match officials would be at the top of their game? Sadly no. Rangers players were assaulted, and the match officials did nothing. By letting the first elbow on Morelos go unpunished; the referee sent out the message that physical assault on Rangers players was acceptable.


    Things didn’t improve, and it ended up with one Rangers player suffering a broken nose, after an assault which would earn you a night in a cell if you committed it on the street. Later in the match, both Bruno Alves and Louis Moult should both have been dismissed for stupidly kicking out at each other, and yet the SFA compliance officer has deemed that only Alves should merit retrospective punishment.


    Are the SFA now so corrupt that they no longer hide their persecution of Rangers? Are the SFA now so corrupt that assaults on Rangers players are now deemed acceptable?


    After the Scottish Cup Final where Hibs supporters invaded the pitch after the final whistle and assaulted Rangers players and officials, it was whitewashed by the Scottish media, and turned into some kind of ‘six of one/half a dozen of the other scenario’, where Rangers supporters were apportioned half of the blame and Hibs supporters were excused their disgusting behaviour, and given the excuse that it was simply ‘over-exuberance’. Its clear that there is an agenda against Rangers in Scottish football.


    But it’s not just Rangers who are suffering. The Scottish national team is also suffering, because for as long as assaults on players are acceptable in the Scottish game; the Scottish game will suffer. Some media correspondents like to harken back to the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and the days where players could kick out at players, and they still think that it’s acceptable. It’s not! It hasn’t been for a long time, and whether they like it or not: it has no place in modern football.


    Football has moved on, almost everywhere except in Scotland.


    When more technically gifted players are assaulted and nothing is done about those thugs who carry out those assaults, then what kind of message does that send out? You may wonder why the Scottish national team hasn’t qualified for a major tournament for decades, but I don’t.


    Scottish football is nothing more than a backwater, occupied by dinosaurs who are still trapped in the past.


    Now that the SFA has shown just how corrupt it is, by focusing on Alves while ignoring Bowman and Mould, and allowing assaults on Rangers players, then it is clear that Rangers are playing in the wrong country.


    Rangers are not welcome in Scottish football. Despite having been illegally punished, and having earned the right to play in the top league in this country again: it is clear that the hatred which consumes supporters and officials of some clubs in Scotland, will not see them rest until our club is destroyed.


    It is clear to me that Rangers Football Club is trapped in a country which does not want it. Scottish football needs the money generated by our supporters, but it doesn’t want our club. For that reason; we should be boycotting every away match, while looking for avenues to escape from this country which hates us so much.


    I’m not even bothered where we find a league which would take us, because I’ve been to Annan Athletic, Alloa, and every lower league club in Scotland, and I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with loyal supporters who have seen us start at the bottom and work our way back to the top.


    Regardless of where we would have to start off: we would rise to the top, and we would break more records along the way, because we are the most loyal supporters in the world.


    We are trapped here in Scotland, and we will be held back for as long as it takes us to find a way out.

  25. mike in toronto on

    It seems the zombies are raging at Mike Ashley … his shops have released a new plush toy .. a stuffed bear named ‘Timmy Bear’ …



    The zombies are apoplectic…



    or they would be if they could spell it… so they will settle for pure raging, so they are.

  26. mike in toronto on




    but before you microwave the chicken, you have to get it cross the road first




  27. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Can’t microwave it until it gets to the other side you know :) On another note, is Hamiltontim about?


    THE EXILED TIM on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM


    Oh Dear.



    Their delusion is mindboggling, feck them.







    Written by: The Ref



    Wednesday, 25th October 2017



    awe naw shirley.

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