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 interesting that the BBC are reporting that Sevco are “refusing to comment at present”.



    Trouble at mill?

  2. Alistair resigns from a club that asks a question of our sport..



    an old club who cheated and brought our game into disrepute.


    a new club who adapt the same failure system.


    a fraud overseen and rubber stamped by the common link


    Campbell Ogilvie.




  3. My fondest memory of the man was seeing him , Gazza and Jimmy Belly that swept the ground buying a Sunday afternoon carry out in Bridge of Weir.. The perfect ostensive definition of Hun.

  4. South Of Tunis



    13:23 on 12 December, 2014



    Oot and aboot in a sunny Caltanasetta earlier .



    Walked past the bookies ——-



    Europa League -To Win Odds –



    Celtic 60/1 . 27th favourites..



    SOT, that is interesting info. The bookies don’t often miss by much and it pretty much agrees with where I think we are in EL rankings at the moment. We will be sure to improve but it would be interesting to know who they feel are weaker than us at 28-32.







  5. Ach well, dont suppose it’s all bad news. Big Tel will hopefully get the gig, a failure at every club he’s been at so far, (apart from Caley Fissul).




  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Just imagine the physical strain involved in unfoldin’ his arms long enough to compose his adieu.

  7. Panto time at Ibrokes.



    Swally is away…..oh no he isn’t. Do the fans cheer or boo him tonight?




  8. thomthethim for Oscar OK on







    Butcher was candid enough to admit having bought into the hun ethos, until his wife put him straight.



    Was it not she who was advised not to come back to Ibrox, wearing green shoes?



    It will be interesting if they replace him from the outside or promote from within.



    If the latter, then it is about his salary, coupled with the fact that his usefulness in conning Bears into buying STs, has evaporated.



    Tim(e) will tell.

  9. HamiltonTim – Aggregate score is irrelevant in the group stages. However, if you want to look at it that way then we would have beaten Zagreb and Astra on that basis which reflects the seedings.



    Last season we lost 2-0 in Karagandy. We lost in Milan to a side who were in crisis at the time. We lost in Ajax to a side which were beaten that same year 6-1 on aggregate by Red Bull. Barca? Best forgotten.



    I’d argue Red Bull are better than Ajax and Zagreb are better than Karagandy.



    Our domestic results are better than last year to on the whole.

  10. Marrakesh Express on

    Sky showing film of sleekit 2 1/2 years ago at the start of ‘the adventure’.


    Then now…he’s aged 10 years in the period.


    Look out for ‘quit due to health reasons’ headline.


    Llambias will snigger, knowing he’s got the overpaid dud off the books with an envelope and a confidentiality clause.



    I informed my Sevco mate..


    ‘Santas come early’ he replied

  11. First and foremost I am still a Ronny fan and when he is able to bring in an entire new team of players capable of playing his style of football I think we will be significantly better than we have been ever since the MO’N years.



    There was one thing about WGS which is irrefutable – he could get results out of the tools at his disposal, he could work with the panel of players in front of him and put them out in the CL under instruction and with a tactic that would be relatively more successful than he should have.



    The unfortunate thing for WGS was that he thought McManus, Caldwell and Telfer were good enough – I vehemently disagreed.



    What Ronny has now done on numerous occasions is put a team out to play his preferred tactics – irrespective of available personnel, irrespective of venue, irrespecitve of the opponents and irrespective of what tactics and independent threats the opponents possessed.



    Unless you are a Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Cliftonville or Bayern Munich you can not do that.



    He is entirely wrong and he is not learning or is incapable of seeing anything other than “Plan A”.



    So the time between now and when he has an entire new panel of players does more than worry me, it concerns me to the point I am unsure as to whether he will get to that point or not.




  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    thomthethim- I don’t think it was Mrs Butcher who broke the colour bar at the Death Star.



    She did take their young daughter to the game in green trainers; which were both very smart and not inexpensive.



    As you can imagine Mrs B was less than impressed when the kit man produced the domestos to scrub every trace from the ole marble halls.

  13. Remember McCoist from my days in the jungle when we played the liquidated mob, sleekit then sleekit now, sly finger gestures even when they had financially doped their way to having the team they had, scum bag of a guy and terrible manager

  14. After lecturing Stephen Thompson on the rules major shareholder and Sevco manager breaks the rules by leaking his resignation before players and the stock exchange are informed.



    Oh Swally you are a cheeky chappy.




  15. dessybhoy



    I remember the day he dived after Bonner dived at his feet for the ball whilst running away from goal and winked at the Jungle before the referee had even blown his whistle for the spot kick.




  16. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Wouldn’t it be REALLY convenient if a potential replacement had recently left his job so a cash-strapped club wouldn’t have to pay compensation…..?


    Meanwhile prepare for an SMSM assault on Phil Tufnell and how he just hasn’t quite got it…..

  17. andy gray on talk sport



    ……ally had to oversee a newco being formed,a new club being formed’

  18. Looks a lot like Che Guevara on

    So the Sally supporting Media report that the cheeky chap has offered hus resignation. Could it be that Sevco board has had a word with Sally along the lines of- We don’t want to tell our loyal supporters your actual salary Sally. We don’t want to tell our loyal supporters that there was no reduction simply a deferment and we certainly dont want to tell them how many shares you’ve actually got or any details of your personal life Sal so please sign this and we will say you’ve resigned? What do you think? :)

  19. 50 shades of green on

    Quick question.



    Has he resigned from the Club or the Clumpany?



    We demand to know the answer.

  20. They were all at it -I remember BFDJ cupping his (not imaginary breast) and jiggling it at the jungle after they scored once.

  21. I think Gennaro Gattuso would be a great choice . A bit of continental sophistication and a look- we are not prejudiced – opportunity . .

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Collymore getting severe abuse from orcs after he tweeted we dont do walking away.


    the worst coming from female sevco fan…

  23. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Gordon J -and the text coverage consists mainly of rehashing his achievements as a player



    ..no mention of the world record number of pounds spent on failin’ to win the ole Ramsden’s.

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