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. Swally retains his dignity to the last.




    I will resign. Geez my cash or keep me on till my contract runs out. By the way I am gutted for the staff who won;t get a Christmas party.



    Who will he sell all those shares to?



    Major unrest at the bigot dome. Roll up roll up get your semi final T-shirts before they are collectors items.




  2. I understand Ally has been offered a top coaching role in La Liga and will be glad to get out of the goldfish bowl which is Govan.

  3. the glorious balance sheet on




    I didn’t say I expected or demanded us to beat Salzburg. But I certainly don’t expect us to ship 3 goals at home to them. The first 30 minutes of that game was more shambolic than Warsaw.



    No divine right to win games but we do not make ourselves hard to beat, Warsaw Zagreb and Salzburg have all netted at least 3 times in a single game v us and in all those games it could have been more due to a combination of missed penalties and disallowed goals.

  4. 50 shades of green on

    Smelt a rat when butcher pulled out of the running for the mwell gig.



    Anyhoo bye ya sleekit fat coward of a man.



    Snyde job awaits you.

  5. tonydonnelly67



    14:05 on 12 December, 2014



    ‘So the way I read it is, he will walk if the £ is right?’








    That’s what it looks like.



    He’ll go if they pay him every thin dime he’s legally entitled to.

  6. BBC doing their bit to show how important Rangers are.



    While we wait for confirmation of the situation at Rangers, the Old Firm match between Celtic and the Gers has won our vote with 42.8%. Manchester United against Liverpool is second with 15.4% and River Plate against Boca Juniors third on 15.1%.



    Bless them




  7. get ready for the SMSM getting ripped into the sevco board, and if they need any tips on how to go about it, pop in here the odd day we have a few journeymen that could be a big help to them in that department, and no smily face after that statement.

  8. 50 shades of green



    Swally will get a job at the SFA. He has coached and nurtered a teenager worth £200k with one first team sub appearance to his name.



    He has a list of all the players who gamble in Scottish football.



    He is a stickler for the rule book.



    He knows how to earn a big salary for little return.



    He is media friendly.



    He is a Hun.




  9. …..”perils” before swine?



    In some cases, yes.










    AwayToGetBlootered CSC

  10. I’ll miss Ally. His press conferences were downright hilarious. Few “Proudly British” orrators have committed greater crimes against the Queen’s English.



    Nah, I’ll really miss seeing his face when we put ten past the zombies in the League Cup Semi.



    Next best thing will ole Tel Butcher. Given his incredible impact at Hibs last season (mid table mediocrity to relegation in one simple step) I feel he’s perfectly qualified to carry on Ally’s “great adventure”.

  11. the glorious balance sheet on

    Mike Ashley placeman Joe Kinnear for the bigotdome? That’ll go down well with the Zombies

  12. Neganon,



    Just as well I didn’t go on a rant about the idiot Celtic supporter with the flare in the full glare of a BBC photograph (see what I did there ?)

  13. Aggregate scores in Europe this season.



    Reykjavik (5-0)



    Legia (1-6)



    Maribor (1-2)



    Salzburg (3-5)



    Zagreb (4-4)



    Astra (3-2)



    In our 6 European ties this season we’ve lost the second leg in 5 of them. I wouldn’t call that learning and improving.



    We played Salzburg near the beginning of the season and managed a creditable 2-2 draw away from home. I looked forward to the return game at Parkhead as it would be a good measure of how much both teams had progressed.



    Result Celtic 1 Salzburg 3.

  14. Will this be the first instance of an employee asking his employer to sign a confidentiality agreement ?

  15. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Sleekit is a self serving rat b#stard of a man,his resignation


    is about self preservation and eff all to do with the club he is


    supposed to love.

  16. Rec’d the CQN annual this morning and made the roll of honour – woo hoo.


    Articles look quality.



    Shame Sally is leaving, they might get some-one in who can get that mob organised in 7 weeks – plenty of half decent guys out there who would take the gig.



    Butcher, Davies, McInnes etc would jump at the chance and for a fraction of the fee they are currently paying El Greco

  17. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Supercoisty walkin’ away rather than run the risk of bein’ thumped by the Pride of Shangri La?




  18. Gutted Sally’s away.


    They may get somebody gid!!!


    Guardiolka and Mourinho must be on the short list

  19. Nye Bevans’ rebel soldier



    14:17 on 12 December, 2014



    ‘Sleekit is a self serving rat b#stard of a man,his resignation


    is about self preservation and eff all to do with the club he is


    supposed to love.’








    ‘Yet each man kills the thing he loves……’

  20. It’s all in the language isn’t it? You will see on the BBC website about once a week “Manager X resigns from club Y following disasterous run of results”.



    But with the hun it’s: “Ally McCoist OFFERS resignation”. Which to me paints the picture of him walking into Lambias’ office waving a white envelope under his nose going “There you go. All yours, if you want it. And all it’ll cost you is a cool million quid and a life supply of Greggs pastries.”

  21. 50 shades of green on




    Not if Turnbell Hutton has anything to do with it. ☺



    However you could be correct. The fat one will have something up his sleeves of that i have no doubt.



    My hope is he just disappears but when your that rotund its not so easy.

  22. Came home from work one day to be greeted by Mrs. TT “your mother called today” “Oh aye whit’s up” “oh it’s good news…john greig got fired”…”that’s no good news hen”….and that’s how I feel today.



    Wonder if Lenny will now reveal what mcsleekit whispered in his ear.

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