Celtic hire The System


It was (honestly) a complete coincidence that at the start of last week I wrote that football clubs need “people who can say to the manager, “A club in Romania is doing something really clever, we should try it”, without being frog-marched off the premises”, a few days before Celtic employed a GAA coach as a performance consultant.

Organisations who succeed actively look for development ideas from unusual sources.  If you are fishing in the same pond as everyone else, you’ll not find a strategy that will allow you to over-perform.  Jim McGuinness, coach at Donegal GAA, will work with Neil Lennon’s technical team two days per week.

McGuinness had transformed Gaelic football, since taking control of unfancied Donegal they have been described as “virtually unbeatable”, provoking astonishment and some hostility from those close to the game as a result of his tactical revolution, known as ‘The System’. For his sport, he has found the ‘Moneyball code’ and the metaphorical answer to ‘Why England lose’, which we have discussed here for a number of years.

In short, Jim McGuinness sees things that others don’t and Celtic know the value of new ideas. I’m pleased at both.

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  1. 79caps


    13:57 on


    12 November, 2012



    The other 3 teams in Celtic’s CL group all won at the weekend. All 3 German teams in the CL won at the weekend. Two of the four English teams won, the other two drew. All of them played against much better teams than St Johnstone. Ajax and Anderlecht both won.




    None of them played in Europe against a better team than Barcelona.


    Your comparison is flawed in so many ways.

  2. Watched Rio Ave 0 —— Benfica 1 .



    Benfica huffed and puffed …



    Their Manager wasn’t happy ..



    Fans websites suggest that their fans aren’t happy

  3. Ten Men Won The League





    Thousands of free tickets are still being handed out for every home game



    I can assure you of that




    This is total nonsense all this shyte about thousands of freebie’s being handed out.


    Can you point me to evidence of this happening ? (not a scanned pic of of a brief that says 0:00 on it ) proof of the thousands would be cool.





    Thanks,bud. I should have the precise dates shortly-three weeks this time,carried over from the hols I was unable to have this year.



    Desperately hoping to tie them in with TBM,whose arrangements are a tad (!) more difficult.



    On top of that,one of the preferred dates of arrival-12 Jan-is my Dad’s birthday…………



    Oh,what the hell,I’ll invite hin anaw. Then deal with the fallout from my Mum later!



    PS-if my sisters are reading this,someone has hijacked my log-in jooooooost to get me into bother.



    Probably AWE NAW,you know what he’s like.

  5. thetimrieper



    14:29 on 12 November, 2012



    Ten Men Won The League



    Talksport also seem to be their cheerleaders. Today they mentioned


    that 49,000? turned up to see the armed services, not the football.



    If they are so desperate to see the army maybe they should


    enlist and get to see them daily.







    Chuck Green was also on Talkspurt for about 20 mins talking about the return of the man with no surname!


    I think the station itself isn’t that bothered with them, but Keys and Gay definitely have an agenda to promote the Zombies at every turn.


    Gay wasn’t in today and Peter Reid was standing in but even he a Celt thru and thru was singing their praises.



    Makes you fecking sick!





    /Bishop B

  6. Ten Men Won The League




    Why copy a part of my reply ?



    Do you have evidence of THOUSANDS of tickets being “handed out” FREE ?

  7. Auldheid 14:14 on 12 November, 2012



    The Onlooker 13:21 on 12 November, 2012



    Not for the first time – been advocating getting a Mobile Network as the Team sponsor on the jersey!



    I would go for a company looking to break into a new market in Europe.



    I give you: TIM the Italian Mobile Phone Network!!

  8. henryclarkson



    Do you have evidence of THOUSANDS of tickets being “handed out” FREE ?



    Evidence? Is this an episode of Homeland? Why the capitals? Do you think i won’t understand your point if its in lower case?



    As it happens i know somebody very well who works within their ticket office

  9. Len Brennan



    They do seem to have an agenda ,Chuckles is beginning


    to become a regular on the programme.



    Well, when it all goes t*ts up , I`ll be interested in their reaction


    to being used by a shyster.



    Peter Reid said the other day that the two best players


    he saw where Jinky and Lennox






    14:33 on 12 November, 2012







    It’s here if anyone wants to see it, oranges poppies n all.



    It really is puke inducing stuff.


    ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~



    Couldnae believe that,mate.



    The sight of them wearing their orange scarves was bad enough,but when I saw the orange poppy you referred to-7’16 in-I was totally disgusted.



    I hope a fair few of them are victims of the next military downsizing-and I rarely wish unemployment on anyone.



    They deserve it,though-that wasn’t about supporting a team.

  11. Ten Men Won The League


    14:49 on


    12 November, 2012





    Do you have evidence of THOUSANDS of tickets being “handed out” FREE ?



    Evidence? Is this an episode of Homeland? Why the capitals? Do you think i won’t understand your point if its in lower case?



    As it happens i know somebody very well who works within their ticket office.




    So sorry the Cap’s upset you ?



    Let’s hear it then, tell us all about the thousands of freebie’s.



    The reason i ask is: it’s never appeared anywhere else than on here and KDS.

  12. Paul,


    I am totally with you on the need for new, different, out of the box ideas.



    Football has become the domain of the grumpy, traditionalist bully. Sergeant major coaches who ‘know’ what they are doing, but won’t (or can’t) explain it to anyone. They pretend that it is an ‘art’ that only they understand – and that if you haven’t played the game (at a professional level) then you have nothing to offer.



    Look at the number of coaches (well, managers, really) who move from job to job bringing the same back room staff with them. They have no interest in new ideas. They aren’t interested in optimising or maximising anything. They know that they can get an initial ‘bounce’ just by being the new coach. They’ll keep that going for a 2nd season by bringing in a couple of players they ‘trust’.



    Then in year 3, they continue their troll through the bottom 3rd of whatever league they are in. Jim Jeffries? Alex McLeish? Mick McCarthy?



    So good for Neil. If all he knows, is that he doesn’t know everything, he’ll be a great manager.



    And Scotland? What are the sfa doing for a national coach. Advertising world wide? Looking for the best young, creative mind who will bring us something completely different?



    Or bring in ‘one of the boys’?

  13. The Exiled Tim @ 14 33 .



    Haven’t watched it . Won’t watch it .



    Shame that Moonbeams wasn’t there to illustrate how charitable they are to the disabled.






    14:57 on 12 November, 2012




    Ten Men Won The League


    14:49 on


    12 November, 2012





    Do you have evidence of THOUSANDS of tickets being “handed out” FREE ?



    Evidence? Is this an episode of Homeland? Why the capitals? Do you think i won’t understand your point if its in lower case?



    As it happens i know somebody very well who works within their ticket office.



    So sorry the Cap’s upset you ?



    Let’s hear it then, tell us all about the thousands of freebie’s.



    The reason i ask is: it’s never appeared anywhere else than on here and KDS.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~



    Erm,it’s not gone mainstream,so therefore it cannae be true?



    Send me a postcard,mate.



    My address is PLANET EARTH,dunno which one you’re on.

  15. henryclarkson 14:57 on 12 November, 2012



    Yes but there was also no stories about 10k unsold 3-match packages the year they had Man U in the CL Group stages and we were in it too.



    There were stories about the farce on the public sale days but any follow ups were concluded that the remaining tickets were sold ok. Except they weren’t. I was working there at the time and personally arranged 7 packages for a Rangers supporting friend at no cost.



    When the first stories with evidence that Craig Whyte was a shyster were only appearing here and on KDS were they any less true?

  16. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Please do not let the hun crowds become a debate/argument on Celtic Quick News.



    Agree to disagree, shake hands and move on.

  17. I’m not sure that the people who flog the poppies will be happy with their symbol being associated with a sectarian organisation like the Orange Order.



    Nor, for that matter, will the Army be happy to see soldiers behaving like that.



    I can only hope that no one draws these events to their attention.

  18. BobbyM



    There is really no words to describe it.








    I honestly don’t know why I watched it, I really wish I hadn’t, it’s that bad.

  19. The Battered Bunnet on

    Stirring scenes from half time at Ibrox on Saturday, what with the Royal Marines doing the Bouncy and what not. Sincerity replaced with Crassness, in turn transformed to Parody.



    It is a little over 2 weeks since Rangers’ Adminstrators Duff and Phelps confirmed the total amount owing to HMRC as some £94 Million.



    At current prices, it would take Poppy Scotland 40 years to raise as much.



    Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:


    Britons never will be paid.



    Lest we forget.

  20. The discipline that you would expect to see from armed forces on parade …… all out the window.


    If you look at 2:39 only one soldier still marching, eyes front , arms swinging … the rest a rabble.



    Not sure if the colour filter is shot (or it really was an orange poppy )


    Either way , the appeal is still to the lowest common denominator.


    Appreciating the irony of lauding the troops whilst withholding the taxes that pay for them is beyond them .



    I suppose it keeps them off the streets.



    The Onlooker

  21. I don’t know for sure that the huns are giving away free tickets, but what I do know, is the Broomloan stand is full for all their home games, it wasn’t full before, and the scanned ticket I have seen was for the aforementioned stand.

  22. Len Brennan 14:44 on 12 November, 2012



    Heard the Spivco Exec being interviewed this morning – waxing lyrically about being in London for 5 days to present an astounding investment opportunity in the forthcoming shares issue…….. blah!…………blah!



    Can’t keep his big mouth shut – then goes on to talk about another club in a financial mess (minis – not mentioned by name) and to emphasise that up to 6 other clubs are in danger of going to the wall – great sales pitch!



    Keys final question to him about his declaration about not joining the SPL (should they eventually work their way up): how can you then suggest when you are playing in the CL as part of your plans for the club?



    Bluff & Bluster: there will be some form of reconstruction – invite to a higher table and a reference to our efforts v Barcelona!



    Whilst Keys might give him a platform to spout his Lillian Gish – the one thing you can’t fault him for is the ability to ask a searching question. Problem is that the are insufficient within the MSM prepared to ask one pertinent question on his share issue.



    IMO – anyone (apart from fellow spivs) will run a mile from his investment package.

  23. Mike in Toronto on

    Good morning/afternoon lads



    I’m going to throw my two cents worth in on the post euro hangover.. and am fully prepared/expecting to be shot down… but, hey, that’s what a blog is for, right?



    I dont think it is a post euro hangover, or fatigue… I think it is a limitation in NFL’s coaching repetoire..



    I would want him at CFC for ever ..obviously, has a ridiculously good eye for talent, and can motivate players for the big games … and, as aperson, and for what he represents, have the utmost respect for the man… and if I ever had the chance to buy him a beer, and tell him that, nothing would please me more…



    However… his teams play the way he played…



    He was one of the greatest readers of the game that I have seen … never seemed to have to hurry to get there, because he could see where the other team’s play was developing, and where it was going, so a lot of the time, he was there and waiting for the ball even before the other team knew where they were going to play it!….



    but, as superb as he was defensively, he was poor going forward… how many goals did he score? Hell, how many forward passes did he hit in his career? He was great at breaking up the other team’s play (and his current side can do the same… as we saw on Wednesday)



    But, he also slowed down our play too much… rather than having pace and movement, he held on to the ball, or passed it sideways, which allowed the other teams to get everyone back, so that by the time the ball was moved forward, we were facing 8 defenders around the 18 yard line…



    And the team he coaches plays exactly the same way… slow plodding football, which allows teams to get back, and then we count on individuals (or moments of individual skill) to break down defences and win games… which is why he favours players like Forrest or Samaras, who have the speed and skill to take a player on…



    But, so far, NFL’s team plays too much like he played… that is, defence first.. (and against teams like Barca… it has had success)… but, when we are in the position of being dominant (as in most SPL games) we struggle to create chances…



    NFL needs to bring in a coach with an attacking sensibility to assist him… if he does, this team could go on to GREAT things.



    As I said, I’m open to discussinon.




  24. Tigertim @ 14.36



    I accept that playing against Barca is a huge test. But I think you can still compare. Dortmund played away to Real Madrid and battled to the last minute for a 2-2 draw. They then had an away match in their domestic league, which they won. Schalke played Arsenal. Ajax played away against Man City. All these teams then had much tougher opponents in their domestic leagues than St Johnstone.


    I think it’s partly a problem of attitude with the Celtic players and also the fact that we play the same teams too often.

  25. Ten Men Won The League





    If it appeared in the DR would you believe it then?



    I know my information is solid.If you choose not to believe it then that’s entirely your prerogative




    All i was asking for was evidence, seems there is none, as yet.



    The DR, is it delivered or sold in the Balkans ?

  26. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    I see that the sevconians seem to have adopted the British army as their charity of choice and photos of British soldiers decked out in red white and blue cheering on the newly formed club adorn the red tops.



    In the past when the old deid Rangers supported the poppy day to such an extent , I concluded (rightly or wrongly) that the Orange mobs where cheering on the soldiers who were involved in keeping Ulster British and that the poppy day was the perfect excuse for them to do so. A bit Like their orange fitba strips, just another bigoted stunt, that the MSM were only too happy to go along with.



    I can’t help but think that the Armed forces themselves only reinforce this viewpoint and may ostracise support from parts of the community when they only partake in displays at one stadium only, (particularly when patrons of this stadium have long held sectarian beliefs involving the Army.)



    For example why weren’t similar displays held at Man Utd or Liverpool or Aberdeen or Dunfermline games or even Aldershot and hereford games at the weekend? Why was it only at Ibrox?



    However following Rangers recent decision to rob HMRC of a hundred million quid, it seems a wee tiny tad hypocritical to make the armed forces the guests of honour when in fact the sick and wounded (ie the recipients of the poppy day benefits) could be better served if the Rangers had paid their taxes. If we all stopped paying our taxes, places like Erskine wouldn’t exist. So Sevco, if you really want to help the sick and the injured, pay your taxes like everyone else does and stop lowering your new club to the depths of the old club.



    What next, Sevco wont sign catholics to get more bigots to buy shares?

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