Celtic growing into their skin, more on Maribor


You could see Celtic mature during last night’s game.  They were defensively solid during the first half, and Craig Gordon was assured throughout, but for the best part of an hour we scarcely tested St Johnstone.

That changed after the goal, which arrived just as St Johnstone were enjoying their best period of the game.  Kris Commons didn’t have his most productive night but it was his pressing which led to the break through.

During the second half Ronny Deila replaced Commons, Stokes and the tiring Forrest with Boerrigter, Inge Berget and Kayal.  Even before the home team were reduced to 10 men moments after the final substitution, Celtic were clearly in a more comfortable shape.  Players were finding space which didn’t exist earlier.

Maribor made seven changes for last night’s Slovenian Super Cup Final, which they won comfortably against opponents who are pointless in the league after four games.  Celtic’s scouts are unlikely to have learned too much useful information ahead of next weeks’ game.

What is clear about Maribor is their aerial threat.  Five of their 12 goals this season have been headers, which may influence Ronny’s team selection.  They also break quickly down the flanks, so maybe a 4-5-1, offering protection to our full backs, is the way to go.  Hopefully we’ve learned we’re not quite ready for 4-3-3 away from home in Europe.

The Slovenian media are dismissive of Celtic’s chances, encouraged, it seems, but continuing celebrations from Maribor that they pulled an “easy” draw.  I suspect they’ve yet to see the Celtic who will take the field on Wednesday.

Fancy winning a pair of tickets in the padded seats of the Jock Stein Stand for flag day on Saturday – and helping Mary’s Meals?  Magners have kindly offered a pair of tickets, which you can win, if you donate £1 to Mary’s Meals.  You can, of course, give as much you like, but £1 is the minimum donation.
You also need to answer the question: Which team will Celtic play this Saturday, shortly after the League Flag flies?  To enter, forward your MyDonate confirmation email to celticquicknews@gmail.com, with your answer.  Competition closes at noon tomorrow (Friday), winner will be notified by email, so check you inbox.

It’ll cost you £1, you could win premium seats to the premium event, enter here.  Cheers to Magners.

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  1. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Havent seen McCanns performance but heard he was spitting blood. His auld man was on our bus in the early 90s, Mullens in Partick, and he must have been gutted when he signed for them. He’s a disgrace, its one thing having signed in the first place, people will make arguments for him doing that, but given his family history he should show a bit more respect I think

  2. joe filippis haircut



    11:51 on 15 August, 2014


    Rumour Southampton about to put a bid in for Virgil maybe that is why we have brought on loan the young lad from Man.City.Celtic become Southampton feeder club. H.H.






    And Man City’s nursery?



    Maybe that’s the way of the new CFC world. Other SPL managers work on this basis all the time. Maybe RD had been in to do it at a more rarefied level?



    HH jamesgang

  3. geordie munro



    Actually when you look at Peter Houstens interview on tonight’s game against thems, and Humphy arses interview, you have to wonder how that rat got the Clyde job? Then again, cough cough.

  4. Legia missed a golden chance to have their appeal upheld. I’m amazed that no one pointed them in the direction of Sandy Bryson….he would have put those pesky UEFA guys in place…..who are these people,


    who do they think they are, do they know who I am?


    Applying punishments for breaking the rules, I think not. m,

  5. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    Great ill givr the bunnet a little applause bot not much more he did not stop the filth winnning 9 in a row and i cannot forgive that



  6. King Torus16:15 doncaster



    Seen the female trainers interview when it won 2 races ago and she was as honest as I have heard when asked if she fancied it to win:)))



    A resounding yes was her reply.


    Good luck all and fleagle thank you for your efforts




  7. Som mes que un club on

    Thanks and regards to Fleagle1888 once again for facilitating the CQN Naps.



    I shall opt for:






    Chester 1435



    Best of luck.

  8. Lads,



    it looks like we will have another great competition again this year, so far I’ve had responses from the following :





    green T




    Nye Beavans rebel soldier (nee Valentines Day)




    Cosy Corner Bhoy








    Bada Bing














    Gweedore Celt


    Twists n turns


    Som mes que un club






    Hopefully PF ayr will also be around to defend his crown !



    Cheers, and may the best horse whisperer win…




  9. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Camborne 2:40 Newbury….good luck everyone,


    and a big thanks to fleagle for all his hard work.

  10. Never touch the nags but I’m in!



    So first ever selection is from the 3.55 at Newmarket – WINTER THUNDER




  11. morning folks,


    fleagle thanks for your efforts with this comp



    nag of the day for me is syrian pearl 220 newmarket


    best of luck everyone


    GOLD FUTURES 550 Perth.



    Thanks due to FLEAGLE88 for the time-consuming offer to look after us all again this year.






    We promise not to run to the CAS when we lose!

  13. Morning Lhads, I’m going for ‘SOMEWHAT’ 2.40 Newbury..a winning start for sure which will carry me on to win NAPSCOMP 2014/15.


    Good luck fholks and cheers Fleags.HH

  14. Firstly, thanks to fleagle1888 for organising another installment of the CQN Naps Competition.



    Evening Rain @1.00 Newbury



    Good luck and Hail Hail!

  15. Jobo Baldie


    08:11 on


    16 August, 2014


    Never touch the nags but I’m in!



    So first ever selection is from the 3.55 at Newmarket – WINTER THUNDER




    Jobo with the ole ‘I don’t play pool….much ye want to play for?’ trick.

  16. Che


    If you pop back on bud drop me a text with your name on it so I can save your number. New phone, lost my contacts. Only got a few more to get and I’m back on track.



    Memo to self….save contacts to sim or back up contacts :-(

  17. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Seal of Approval ….2-40 newb



    Fleagle….once again thanks for your efforts …



    I’ve sent you a mail …should have read your post properly

  18. Twists



    ive done the exact same thing when the iphone went belly up!


    BMCUW/BT could you pass my details on to Mr Turns?




  19. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Fleagle – thanks again mate.


    Clear Spring in the 3:30 at Ripon for me please….won the consolation race this time last year and that’s a good pointer.



    Stan Petrov on Soccer AM….looking good! :-)




  20. What is the Stars on



    Sorry I never emailed but please count me in


    Thanks for your efforts


    Clondaw Warrior 6.55 Tramore for me

  21. Cheers Fleagle.



    1st time participant on anything CQN.



    Have followed this horse for years and got to say it has been unlucky last few times out.



    Baby Strange 2.20 Newmarket

  22. Haven’t been tipping since 2 years ago.Couldn’t back a book,but there have been improvements since then. So—Another Wise Kid, 3.30, Redcar.

  23. As ever Fleagle, thanks due to your good self…….



    NOTARISED in the 5:30 Chester.



    Regards & Hail Hail



  24. Good Luck as always bhoys :-).



    I think i’ll go for something at my local track today so here goes, Never Never 16:05 Perth







    CQN Saturday Naps



    Lads, for all the mug-punters out there… the CQN Naps competition resumes again this Saturday, and hopefully PF ayr will be around to defend his crown.



    In order to confirm your entry, please send me an e-mail stating your CQN username to : fleagle29 at ymail.com



    After that, the RULES are relatively simple :



    a) each Saturday log onto the last page of the previous CQN article.



    b) post only ONE ‘nap’ selection from any major Saturday horserace meeting (e.g. UK, Ireland, Dubai)



    c) if your selection is a Non-Runner, you may select an alternative – as long as it also runs on the Saturday.



    d) if your nap wins, you will “win” the hypothetical profit from a £1 stake @ Starting Prices (S.P.)


    e.g. selection wins at 9/4, your hypothetical profit is +£2.25


    e.g. selection wins at 5/1, your hypothetical profit is +£5.00



    e) if your nap loses or if you fail to post a selection, you will “lose” your £1 hypothetical stake (-£1)



    f) if you want to join the competition late (e.g. in Week 3) you will be allocated 2 losers, and will start the competition from (-£2)



    g) Our winner and CQN Naps Champion Tipster will be the CQN punter who shows the greatest overall profit during the season.



    Last season the competition lasted for 40 weeks, and PF Ayr was the champion tipster, with +£12.60 profit



    Happy punting everyone…





    Cheers, fleagle1888

  26. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Fleagle, many thanks



    Colonel Mak 3:30 Ripon







  27. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Fleagle – Sorry I forgot to email chief.



    14:40 @ Newbury – Willing Foe – NAP!



    Good luck everybody & thank you Fleagle.