Celtic’s perils on show again


So are we surprised at last nights’ defeat?  There’s some surprise that we scored three goals away from home, which if we count Moscow, is becoming a habit, if an incredibly lax one, but I’m less surprised we shipped four, again.    Even at full strength, we are several players short of being able to play Ronny Deila’s high-energy pressing game, so when the squad is further depleted by rest, injury and the like, we cannot expect to play an expansive game and come away with a result.

Fortunately the outcome didn’t matter, but it will next time out in this competition.  I’m very supportive of Ronny and think we have not even begun to see the real benefits of his work, but he got it wrong when he opened up a game which did matter in Warsaw.  We’ll need to see if he decides to play this way, with many of these players, in the Round of 32.  For then we either need to add appropriate players or change tactics.

There’s been a bit of chat on how attendance figures are reported.  Football clubs report paid seat sales, which baselines attendance at season ticket sales, but the ‘bums on seats’ figure is usually far lower.

The showbiz side of the game will always want to report the higher figure: see – our fans are faithful through and through, and all that.  Only Manchester United and Arsenal report higher average league attendance figures than Celtic in British football.  This claim maybe reliant on ticket sales, but it is an important indicator of the size, and therefore potential of our club in the right environment.  Not to mention the efforts many thousands go to in order to financially support the club, in sunshine or in shadow.

It was still somewhat refreshing to hear the new newco director inform the media that his club attracted less than 16,000 people for a recent home game.  The cynic would point out that if newco fall into insolvency, the excuses are already established – fans are not as loyal as they claim, blame then, not their unfortunate execs.

Many thanks for all the feedback on the 2015 CQN Annual.  You can order yours here, or get a special Annual-DVD bundle here.

As a special offer, everyone who buys an Annual, or bundle, before Christmas will be entered into a prize draw for a VIP Meal of 4 at a Celtic Park restaurant on a match day.  One entry for each Annual bought; pile in.

Our friends Magners, who I increasingly think get what this club is all about, have offered us another pair of Premium Tickets for the Jock Stein Stand on Sunday.  It’s a great way to watch football, especially on a winter’s day.  To enter the competition, email me celticquicknews@gmail.com with the name of the team Celtic play on Sunday in the subject line of your message.  Competition closes at 22:00 tonight, winners will be informed by email tomorrow, so check your inbox!

The deal I have with Magners is that when we make this offer, we ask you to consider making a £1 (or more) donation to our Mary’s Meals Appeal.  We are working towards building a kitchen at Chibwata Priimary School in Dowa, Malawi, which has 909 pupils and does not have food preparation facilities.

With a kitchen – and Mary’s Meals providing food – they will be able to provide primary school kids with what is often their only square meal of the day.  This work cuts infant mortality, improves school attendance by an average of 30%, and increases life chances exponentially.

No matter what you do today, this £1 will do things you cannot imagine.  It will make your day worthwhile.

I’ll be out with my boys on the bucket collection for the Foundation before kick off on Sunday.  If I’ve not coaxed your last £1 out of you, bring another one along to the game.  The spirit of Celtic needs to take care of those in our own community, as well as in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Sorry for all the calls to action todaym in summary:

The Annual, with a VIP Meal for 4 competition.
The Magners’ competition, email celticquicknews@gmail.com
The Mary’s Meals £1.
See you at the bucket collection on Sunday!

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  1. It’s like the transcript involving the captain of the Concordia and the coastguard.



    Get back on the ship Swally!




  2. So has he gone, is he going or is he going to go?



    You could not write this if you were trying.



    The fun will sooth the pain of last night but it in no way should distract.



    There is a job to be done at the club we support and by all means laugh at that lot in the meantime but don’t lose sight of what is really important.

  3. HamiltonTim



    I think you are on the right track re RD.



    Legia is what happens when a new guy takes over.



    Ask Gordon Strachan who with the perspective of history turned out to be a relatively successful Celtic manager and has proved by his management of Scotland to know a bit more about football than bloggers. Ask GS about Artmedia.



    RD does not have GS experience pedigree so is having to learn more, but give me a man with some vision and give me the patience to see if it is achievable.



    Losing to Zagreb means zilch in the scheme of things.



    Learning the lessons means everything.



    Next class v St Mirren.



    Enjoy the lessons everyone.

  4. 16 roads - Craig Whyte is innocent. on




    15:56 on 12 December, 2014






    Ronny has the final say.



    There is nothing wrong with seeking councel or advice from his lieutenants.



    Jimmy Greaves himself once said about football – “It’s a funny old game.”



    Never a truer word spoken.




  5. Like many of you I was at the Hamilton game. We didn’t play well but we created several good chances against the leagues form team at the time. Our finishing was woeful. It became clear that it was one of those days when a clearance bounced back off their forwards foot and into our net. I was at the Morton game last season. That was far worse. We created almost nothing against probably the worst team in Scotland at the time.

  6. With their love of a statement, you would have thought Sevco would have released one in response to their manager tendering his resignation.

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Beeb saying it is not known if McCoist was on the team bus.


    Was it leaning to one side?


    If Sally offered his resignation,and the board rejected it,does that mean they told him-



    “Bugger off! Yer staying!”



    Just wondering where one of the board brothers might have picked up such an expression,or similar.




  9. For heaven’s sake! I leave for a few hours to take some customers out for Christmas lunch and I come back to discover that McCoist has only gone and resigned!!! My Friday is ruined!

  10. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    Ok has he waddled away


    Or is he going to stay ?



    Ally wants some answers . He demands to know the names


    Of whoever rejected his resignation

  11. Turkeybhoy



    “We say he needs time.Lenny got 4 years and left us no better off.”



    Are you serious ? No better off than Mowbray? Financially we have never been better off.

  12. Patrick Sweeny: “Well done Ally McCoist, surprised you stuck it out this long. Rangers loss will be the Nations gain, cant wait to see you on the TV again as a football pundit and please dont ever lose your sense of humour as you are a true Glaswegian Gem! Your loyalty to Rangers was second to none and they should hold their heads in shame once again. You are a footballing legend and deserved better but you will always be a True son of Glasgow. King Kenny, King Ally.”







  13. Sally has gazumped th board. He is offering to hang about for 12 months if they don’t pay him up.



    I wonder if he will rot in the reserves?

  14. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Goram saying on ssn that sleekit has handed in his notice


    and is entitled to work it,now I know Goram’s a fcukwit but


    maybe he knows the sleekit one’s plan, and there is a plan.

  15. Ally wants to walk and the board are saying no



    What is going on



    I thought it was everyone’s democratic right to walk the Queens highway




  16. So, what are we to make of our understanding that the Rangers board will reject Ally McCoist’s offer to resign? It would seem, on the face of it, that such a response would be based on Rangers’ limited finances, that they could not afford to pay him a year’s salary as a pay-off? He is believed to be earning more than £400,000 per annum and is on a 12-month rolling contract.



    Or is it the case that the board want him to stay and the reason is not financial? Perhaps they see McCoist as the rallying figure for the support, whose numbers at Ibrox are beginning to dwindle after two years of phenomenal backing in the third and fourth tiers of Scottish football?



    £400k a year. The BBC really are on the ball.




  17. In the sports departments of all the world’s leading newspapers and television companies there are journalists being dispatched to cover the massive news of The Rangers’ first ever manager’s maybe resignation.



    Just as soon as they Google “Queen Of The South” to find out just where the hell they play.

  18. Losing to Zagreb means zilch in the scheme of things.



    Learning the lessons means everything.



    Next class v St Mirren.



    Enjoy the lessons everyone.




    We are not allowed to loose, what would the negative battery lickers do, if Celtic kept on winning, can’t be having that for gods sake man, we keep winning and lifting trophies then there will be no Celtic Trust, and thas not on ;))

  19. I think a lot of us knew something was about to blow when all the anti-Celtic stuff was being pushed out.



    I get the feeling that this is just the start of it.



    Fridays are always such great fun.

  20. Ah, now here’s an interesting development… BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist’s letter of resignation. Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned.



    It just occured to me that the board are probably having their Christmas party.








    Maybe the hun board reckon he’s been tapped up for the Motherwell job,and want due compensation for him.

  22. starry plough




    16:11 on 12 December, 2014







    Oh no he hasn’t…








    Funnily enough McSleekit sounds like a good panto villain name…


    Maybe that will be his gig next year?




    I reckon he whacked £10k on McCall and then handed in his notice.




  24. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Supercoisty demands to know the names of those who have refused to accept his resignation.

  25. The ole broadband has been down for a couple of hours. Am I right in thinking after a wee swatch back that ole Ally is still manager of the undead? If so, the prayers have worked…..

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