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. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Kevj……..this morning you said that the sleekit one was


    acting smug,you were right, probably counting his pay-off,


    well done Kevin ahead of the game so you are.

  2. I would personally like to thank Alistair for giving me some of the funniest moments ever laughing at the huns in my 54 years on Planet Celtic..



    Chins Up Ally you walk away a millionaire at the expense of your loyal follow followers even I could not have scripted how you have shafted your own!

  3. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Butcher surprisingly withdraws from the Murderwell interview one day and Sally resigns the next day.




  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    Unrelatedly, Motherwell were surprised earlier this week, following his strong presentation at interview last Friday, when Terry Butcher withdrew his interest in the manager’s position at Fir Park.

  5. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    A black day for Celtic fan’s every where,history will not be


    kind to that wretched man.

  6. Gregg’s shares down 8p (-1.21%) on the news that the wee fat obnoxious orange b has done walkin’ away.

  7. Sad that Ally has gone. Surely one of the worst football managers’ in Scottish history?



    More pertinently, can there now be any doubt that Ashley doesn’t call the shots at Ibrox? Can we expect our intrepid football authorities to start asking some questions?

  8. Its healthy that we discuss, tactics, team set up, team selection, Manager/Player performance etc. We are football fans, Celtic is our passion, this is one of the best football blogs in the world, what’s the point of coming on here if we don’t welcome & embrace discussion. We all want to be right and have our views endorsed by fellow fans and when that doesn’t happen there is a tendency to get tetchy and throw an insult at the fellow fan who has had the temerity to proffer an alternative opinion. Or better still throw a general insult such as Huns or Roasters at a group who are endorsing a contrary view. There is a modicum of sense in most posts, and if we read with an open mind we will be better football educated and better fans. There are plenty here who are far better judges of football than me, I love that and I love learning from them. It still won’t stop me from putting in my tuppence worth of course, and that is how it should be.

  9. Nye Bevans’ rebel soldier



    13:44 on 12 December, 2014



    Kevj……..this morning you said that the sleekit one was


    acting smug,you were right, probably counting his pay-off,


    well done Kevin ahead of the game so you are.







    Thanks Oh’ Ghreat Whan.


    Ye know, ye shouldny say such things oan here – the clock is ticking on the day the ‘clique’ turn on you – thats what they do.


    Take care enjoy yer day & night – Hail Hail


    Bye, this time.

  10. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Walked away?


    No compen?


    No paid up contract?



    Was he made an offer he couldn’t refuse?



    So many questions.


    Did his two side kicks also take the hike, or will Durranty resume his patchy managerial career?



    Running out of “?” On my iPad.

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    See when “BBC understands”…



    …it means they saw it on Sky Sports or something.

  12. Gordon



    I’d sign up ahahah



    The question really is, will question of sport take him back?




  13. the glorious balance sheet on

    Guernica 1257-



    I don’t think the concern being voiced on here is about a single defeat in Zagreb. The concern is based on the broader European experience this season, of 2 wins in the last 10 v middling opposition, the concession of 4 goals away from home for the 2nd time this season, hot on the heels of shipping 3 at home to Salzburg. A Salzburg side who failed to net in Malmo in their CL qualifier. Malmo who in turn got 3 points in their CL group.



    In that context I see very little sign of progress, of improvement and of learning from mistakes.



    Not a knee jerk reaction but a concern at the overall evidence from 10 games played over the course of 4 months.

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