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. corkcelt





    13:49 on



    12 December, 2014


    Should be posted everyday. How boring would it be if we all agreed? People forget that critique on a forum isn’t akin to booing the players off the park. Let the People …debate.

  2. I hope Paul67 does not demean the blog with a new article on that horrible little obnoxious sleekit hun.

  3. Rangers have so far not commented and it is believed that the players have not yet been informed.







  4. Philbhoy,



    Why should Paul 67 not talk about what we are all talking about on here ?




  5. I think he is staying till the end of the season. Maybe he knows they won’t survive till end of season, so announcing his impending departure will take the heat off him at no personal cost.

  6. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    If Butcher gets the gig it will be even more blood and


    snoters fitba fae the hun…….well need a midfield trio


    of Hay, Auld and MacLeod.

  7. Ally walking away!!!!msay it isn’t so. Please.



    In other news there is something genuinely endearing about wee tonydonnelys posts. Their childlike innocence and faux swearing and genuine unawareness and innocence is a joy to behold.



    What a wee sweetie he is.



    13:53 on


    12 December, 2014


    He must have gotten some sort of pay off.







    There’s no way he’s walking out of his contract without a sizeable wedge in his sky rocket. This is a mutually consented job dressed up to look like he’s made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the (new) club.

  9. Philbhoy.



    ok, it is rather funny.



    ps : I would be careful saying “Talk about whatever you want” in case the clique police are about. :-)




  10. starry p



    It’s a strange one, sumtin is in the offing me thinks, getting out before the shit hits the fan, wouldn’t put it past the fat sleekit turd.



    Hopefully >}




  11. Ronny and his team are treading water and I can’t think of one player that has progressed under his tutelage.



    We have some half decent players whose performance would improve immensely if there were playing with better players but it’s extremely unlikely we’re going to recruit any of them in the near future.



    Someone posted last night that we need 8 decent outfield players + goalkeeper to enable the team to carry 2 passengers, he’s absolutely right, unfortunately I’d suggest we’ve the reverse currently.



    I fear we’ll destined for a hammering in Europe in the new year if we continue with Ronny’s shambolic tactical plan, a plan that leaves full backs exposed and a midfield continually outnumbered.

  12. This is what bbc say



    Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as Rangers manager, BBC Scotland understands.


    But, as it stands, he will be in charge for Friday evening’s Scottish Championship fixture against Queen of the South – until told otherwise.


    The 52-year-old has a 12-month rolling contract with the Glasgow club, who have yet to comment officially.


    So either the club pays his salary up in full, comes to a settlement, or keep him in place for the next 12 months.


    It is believed that the players have not yet been informed.


    The squad is due to gather at Rangers’ Murray Park training ground for their normal pre-match meeting at 15:00 GMT.

  13. the glorious balance sheet on

    This could be just another stunt on McCoist’s part like the pay cut that never was. A case of “I’ll resign, but if you accept my resignation my pal Bomber is going to go viral about the deeds”

  14. The Glorious Balance Sheet – Depends how you view progress.



    We have won 2 out of the last 10 games in Europe. Granted.



    Out of the last 5 we have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1.



    Progress? Certainly on paper.



    When you consider that, financially, Red Bull are at least on our level (probably they are financially stronger) then why do you think we should expect to beat them?



    We lost last night to a respectable side, whilst we had a weakened side. Seems to me that was always likely.

  15. So Ally’s dreams of leading his team out against the greatest teams in the world has floundered, unable to overcome the butchers, the bakers, the postmen and the daily grafters of this world he waddles off into inglorious ignominy and as predicted will end his football days propping uptake bars of East Kilbride saying “if only ah hud goat ma ain team on the park ah cud huv dun it” FFS sumbody get Ally a drink!!

  16. m6bhoy



    He could have been made an offer he couldn’t refuse.



    We will prob never find out, but you are right, all he cared about was the cash.




  17. Murdochbhoy now now. You will be upsetting Tony if you point out the glaringly obvious.



    You can’t be upsetting the wee innocent souls like that.

  18. Superb, get in there Paddy



    Paddy Power ‏@paddypower 29s29 seconds ago



    It’s rare to see the word ‘tender’ in a sentence about Ally McCoist without the word ‘chicken’ beside it.

  19. You have to credit Ally…


    He is ensuring he gets paid from the club he ‘loves’ ( no wonder he loves them.. I might feel the same if I had been paid as he has.. Maybe not)




    He knows it’s game over for the club and he is distancing himself….


    Whatever be prepared for ‘ally’s hell inside Ibrox’ expose in the media for the next few weeks…

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