Celtic’s fitness deficit


With a little over two weeks until the league campaign is underway and, more importantly, five weeks until Champions League qualification starts, Celtic’s three games in France in the coming week take on an importance beyond results.

Many of the teams we could face in the early qualification rounds have been back playing football for a month and will be at peak fitness for the European qualifiers.  Celtic normally face this fitness deficit in the qualifiers only against Scandinavian opposition but there is a high probability we will face teams five weeks ahead of Celtic in match fitness.

This autumn, European football will split into the haves and the have nots.  Celtic could be a team in the Champions League, picking up talent at a price not seen for a decade, or we could lose more money than at any time in our history.  Champions League qualification is up there alongside winning the league as the most important objective for the club, even this season, when 10 is on the horizon.

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  1. On the plus side Paul our players have had a proper closed season rest so they should be raring to go.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Think the fitness plan is sound enough.



    3 games in five days against Ligue 1 (uh-n) will involve lots of running.



    Then home for a week, then Accies, then more games.



    Hopefully the silver lining to the Covid-19 cloud will be the extended rest given to fatigued players who’ve produced the goods incessantly over four years.

  3. To suggest winning 10 in a row is as important (“up there alongside”) as this season’s qualification of Champions League group stages in absolute nonsense in the eyes of any fan. In might be as important to those who count the money but not to supporters of what happens on the park.



    Give up a once in a lifetime experience for a a Few Dollars More? No. The mere suggestion is what is wrong with football. I remember MON with Aston Villa sacrificed the opportunity to win Uefa Cup to attempt to qualify for Champions League with Team selections focused on finishing top four in EPL. Sacrificing success on the field for cash in hand was wrong then and it’s wrong now.

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  5. Raquel Welch


    Interesting to read about her two voices. I believe she also had two big beautiful eyes? Being 5ft6″ I never got that high could someone please confirm and what colour where they?


    Thanks in advance

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  7. FAVOURITE UNCLE on 14TH JULY 2020 11:56 AM


    BIG JIMMY on 14TH JULY 2020 11:41 AM







    Is it possible to get yir fotie took with the other 2 and post on here.





    No need for any Photo as I look like Brad Pitt, DAVID66 is like Big Johan/Dolph….and BIGRAILROADBLUES apparently looks like a young Robert Redford ???




    Maybe the other Bhoys will take a Photo etc and post it on here…I wouldnt know how to do that.



  8. Our fitness will be fine.



    Getting the transfer business done early is of far greater importance.

  9. Raquels eyes are Dark Brown and she was born in Chicago in September 1940…so she will be 80 years young this September.


    She was a Stunner !



  10. Can I travel by train to Blackpool at this time from Glasgow and then back again a week later as I am unsure about the Virus Rules/Restrictions.


    I dont plan on booking a Hotel right now…but maybe in 3 or 4 weeks ?



  11. 10 In a Row….is everything to me…just my feelings and opinion. Europe can take care of itself, especially with this COVID still on the go etc ?



  12. FESS19 on 14TH JULY 2020 1:13 PM


    Big Jimmy





    You must have googled that,no way you looked at her eyes before




    the last time I spoke to Raquel I asked her ” Hi Darlin… Have you ever had your eyes CHECKED ” ?


    She replied..” Naw Big Man…they have always been Dark Brown” !



  13. The Onlooker on



    ….”MON with Aston Villa sacrificed the opportunity to win Uefa Cup to attempt to qualify for Champions League”





    Man Utd were into the latter stages of Champions League late 90’s.


    In a radio interview Gary Neville was asked if winning the Champions League was more important than the League campaign.



    ” Finishing in the top 4 in the league league is more important , because it gets you into the Champions League”



    I think there was a few seconds of ‘dead air’, as the interviewer contemplated asking Gary if he wanted to think his answer over and have another try.



    The Onlooker

  14. Hrvatski Jim on

    Companies with a Sense of Humour Award 2020



    Number 1 award goes to Virgin Media for repeatedly playing a song with the line “What are you waiting for, what are you waiting for” whilst I am waiting for a long time for them to answer me.

  15. Big Jimmy


    There are no restrictions on you traveling to Blackpool. Hotels are open – but if you’re not going yet just keep an eye on the situation.

  16. Afternoon CQNers,



    A wee update on SOUTH OF TUNIS.



    Because of the concerns ‘voiced’ on the blog about SOT’s lack of activity, Paul attempted to contact him using his original email address. That bounced back, unfortunately. Paul then made further enquiries and was able to get another contact email SOT was using, but this time, though the email wasn’t bounced back, there has been no answer from SOT at all, though the email was forwarded about two weeks ago now.



    Worrying situation. Hope this information is helpful.



    Ave Ave

  17. SFtBs on 13TH JULY @ 6:37 PM



    Now for the inappropriately monikered Glassthreequartersfull @ 1.02



    Weee bit harsh, he obviously feels Celtic could be doing better, as do I…



    I’m not at all sure why fholk with ambitions are regarded as pessimists and doom and gloom merchants… the opposite I’d have thought.



    Good post n’er the less.



    In fact I know the lady that runs accounts at Wycombe Wanderers.



    I’m inspired to write to her and ask her to have a serious word with the delusionalist that does their risk benefit analysis;)






    Hail Hail

  18. I wouldn’t say that qualifying for CL is more important than 10IAR.


    But qualification for the CL, allows us to give players like Forrest, McGregor and Christie better contracts.

  19. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 14TH JULY 2020 1:29 PM


    Afternoon CQNers,



    A wee update on SOUTH OF TUNIS.




    I do not know SoT personally but I always appreciated his tales of local life in Sicily and his music knowledge.



    Very worrying indeed. Do we know his family name or relatives or what region of Sicily he lived in?

  20. 21-5-79 🍀 on

    Forrest, McGregor & Christie couldn’t get us past the mighty Copenhagen, f@ck Europe, there is only one show in town this year and that is 10IAR.

  21. UEFA have confirmed the draw dates for Champions League qualifiers …


    09/08/2020: First qualifying round draw


    10/08/2020: Second qualifying round draw


    31/08/2020: Third qualifying round draw


    01/09/2020: Play-off draw


    01/10/2020: Group stage draw


    Also the transfer window confirmed as closing at midnight Monday 5th October

  22. An Terman – Its only the beer garden thats open until tomorrow then full pub is open.




    D :)

  23. Sorry An Tearman not Terman



    Guys I have not got a clue how to post a photo on here.



    D :)

  24. Raquel Welch



    A godess , didn’t know about the two voices but saw her in a tv special from Vegas a good few years back and thought she was great.( off course).

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