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. Selective memories on here…a year to the date we were humiliated by an under strength shadow Barca side who were also missing the Argentine lewis mcleod…..our defence included the Wall…Lustig…Efe….WVD….. Matthews……Broonie…Bitton…..Joe Deadley and Sammi also played…….what does that tell us about our much esteemed manager.



    Last night reminded me of Celtic pre MON and NFL….we were adventurous and that’s the Celtic I grew up with……going 4 up at Tannadice before half time and eventually struggling to win 5-4…..going 3 up at home to the Hi Hi before struggling to tie 4-4….finally gubbin them 4-0 in the replay….there were others like that



    Then Jock came back and gave us some stability…..but his initial results were dreadful and only a Scottish Cup win restored our pride…..however with a wee move here and a wee move there he had us playing 4-2-4….in his first season he signed Joe McBride the following year it was Wispy……..the players who he probably signed were already there and had played for him in the reserves……..he also knew how to beat us and proof is in the pudding with the Pars cup win……sentiment went oot the widnae when fans favourites John Divers and Jim Kennedy were allowed to leave.



    MON turned us into Leicester O’Celtic….sure we enjoyed it as we were starving for success but along the way we lost our soul….I know some will point out to great performances under MON but I reckon the best we played since Jock’s days were under the oul Dr……when we scored for fun.



    I have faith in Da Doo Ron as he tries to take us into the 21st century….and 4-2-3-1 is the only way to go.

  2. The negative drama queens still here I see,relentless boring and predictable, I can’t imagine standing in a pub wi some of this mob, I’d be awe here mate, a need to go you talk some sheet,, anything nice to say about the Club?Team? Board? Manager? Naw…right am off c YA, honestly I would have to walk away from that it would do MA nut in, non fekin stop, and it’s the same auld sheet, day after day after day, when was the last time you’s enjoyed a Celtic team playing,…you know what don’t answer that, top of the league, Europen football after Christmas, semi finals of the LC, still in the SC, £100 off your season ticket, bar opened at Celtic Park before home games, one of the few teams in the world who are not in debt, state of the art stadium, training facilities second to none, Celtic games beamed live all over the world, I could go on but you know what, the moaners your right, this has to be fixed someone needs to gat us back to where we should be.


    Lurking HUNS GIRFUYs

  3. Oot and aboot in a sunny Caltanasetta earlier .



    Walked past the bookies ——-



    Europa League -To Win Odds –



    Celtic 60/1 . 27th favourites..

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Had a wee flap from a moon howler (fm) last night who was (seriously) accusing the Board of being Freemasons, and got the answer he deserved….where do these guys come from, with their mediocre agendas ?…… The Dark Side ?

  5. I see no improvement or progress in Ronnie’s tactics or the team.



    As usual, the beatings handed out to SPFL dross (Motherwell, 2nd last year, put out by Icelandic part time team) will buy him time, then we will be embarrassed in the next round of Europe. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, then we will beat SPFL dross and we will have forgotten how poor we are.



    We are stuck with him for a year or two so we will have to endure more like last night, no CL qualification…. Would he be kept if he loses to the worst Sevco side ever in their 2 year history?

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    13:06 on 12 December, 2014



    Naw …..he’s just not the full shilling………hahahahahahaha

  7. When was the last time that ‘you’ seen Celtic playing good?


    Top of a one horse league – and?


    European humiliation awaits after Christmas – check


    LCSFinalists my guess – mibberyied oot


    Still in the SC – check


    £100 off yer SB coz – the parks hauf empty -imho


    Bar opened but – yer no allowed to sing once ye enter the stadium


    No debt coz – the CL money disappears up a lumb – no oan the pitch


    State of the art stadium that needs a Scotland game to fill it


    Training facilities – ‘3’ CELTIC players in 30 years Nicholas McStay McGeady Forrest?


    Celtic games beamed all over the world – how embarrassing


    I could go on but…..lifes too short – Breathing Space CSC

  8. coolmore mafia



    If I was as pissed off as you sound I would take up a hobby.



    Forget about the Celtic mate.



    And smile!

  9. Our defence is poor, far too slow and naive.



    Our midfield without Broon is powderpuff. Dinamo simply ran through us unchallenged at times last night.



    Up front, there is hope. I thought Scepovic’s goal was brilliant, a real poacher’s effort, and Stokes looked good when he came on.



    But up against a decent team (Spurs? Everton? a CL drop out?) we will be hammered if we play like that.



    New players needed urgently in January.

  10. Now there yi go just as I predicted, another battery. Licker,……. What will happen to RD if he gets beat by SEVCO a team with only two years history?…………..where do you get tha from, why would you ask a question, are you sitting there hoping we get fecked by the HUNS? Jesus Christ almighty I hones don’t know where we get them fro in here.

  11. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    coolmore mafia



    13:28 on 12 December, 2014




  12. I enjoyed the game last night, we played some good stuff as did Zagreb. We should have a look at our transitional play if we smooth that area out I think teams will be less likely to try to overload our defence, that seems to be where we struggle. Playing domestic opposition they rarely release more than three players when being offensive against us, our defence is more than comfortable with that but when we play against teams in Europe who love to throw four or five at us (Zagreb, Salzberg, Legia) our team loses the plot. Work on our transitions.



    Hail Hail.

  13. ItaliaBhoy



    Half our first picks were missing last night!!!!!!



    Oh, and Spurs are decent? 10th in the league. Everton, 12th.



    I would take either of them in the round of 32.



    So I would!

  14. I know -every euro game is like a shock to the system, though it’s getting more expected now. maybe he will turn it around. We are in transition and we (I am) are frustrated.



    If he loses to the huns its not the end of the world, but bearing in mind how crap they are, to lose to them would surely be a nail in the coffin, on top of the Legia, Maribor, Red Bull , Zagreb debacles.

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