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. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Just passed Murray Park. Seems like some media activity. Big van parked outside and cameras being set up. Some cars too. Have I missed something? Been out all day and just logged on.

  2. We Won It First 1967 ‏@liamt67 39 mins39 minutes ago


    BREAKING NEWS!! Ally McCoist has ate his resignation letter

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family



    Collymore blocked me after he was slating Celtic one night and I went to town with him. Has backed us ever since though. Job done!




  4. livibhoy



    very true.as you say naughty this coming out without no official S.E





  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Eyes Wide Open 14:34


    Pretty fair summary. Good times ahead, but will be bumps along the road. Maybe scope for a bit more pragmatism.

  6. an tearmann



    That journalist will be getting death threats as a write for daring to tell the truth, I particularly liked the reference to “the rangers”

  7. All those quotes Swally made.



    Not walking away until he was in the top league etc.



    Dearie me. If he has tendered his resignation then I expect gardening leave. If I were in charge no way would he be boarding that bus to Dumfries.




  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    In the Compendium of Virtuous Resignations, doing so in protest at the cancellation of the Christmas party is not in the top 100.

  9. Wow. Ally has offered to resign.



    The”no Christmas party” decision must have been the deal breaker.

  10. I’ve heard of a 12 month rolling contract, but has sleekit signed a 12 month resignation contract?



    Please dont go!




  11. McCoist, a rat sleekit bassa, someone told me once he meat him and it was like shaking hands with a fish, his sly digs at others, the way he played the orcs he was made for the spivs, he was manna from heaven, and he is another one of this new era walking away with plenty, and the HUNS know it, it was not UNTILL near the end they caught on to him and that’s because they are a gullible shower of battery lickers and deserve all they get, he caused more damage than anyone could imagine, he won’t get another job in coaching not a chance, as all he was there for was to be used by the gangsters and he is of no use to them now.


    Lurking and Ally GIRFUYs

  12. Eyes Wide Open 14:34



    Yep that’s fair but most will recall that MON got players in that fitted his 3-5-2 but when he tried to switch them to a 4-4-2 in Europe it just didn’t really work. Especially the first few times.

  13. Last year after 38 League Games we had 102 goals for 25 against & 99pts. So far this season after 15 League Games we have 29 goals for 9 against & 35 pts.



    Goals scored per game 2014= 2.68 2015 = 1.93 Down .71 goals per game


    Goals against per game 2014= .65 2015 = .6 Down .05 goals per game.


    Points per game 2014=2.60 2015 = 2.33 Down .27 pts per game



    On League performance we are still behind 2014 but in recent weeks the gap has been closing. We are doing OK in the domestic Cups, overall no major improvement or dis-improvement on last year.

  14. guernica




    14:32 on 12 December, 2014




    Yes but weren’t we seeded against both Maribor and Legia?



    Can you find a league result as poor as Hamilton at home from last season? I certainly can’t think of one.



    The first half performance away to Maribor was proclaimed as being very good. It wasn’t.



    They sat back and watched us for 45 minutes and closed the play down as soon as we looked threatening. For the rest of the tie they pretty much took control, away and at Parkhead.



    You clearly buy into Ronny’s ‘Strategy’, that’s fine.



    I’ll tell you whether I buy into it once I know what it is.

  15. McCoist offers resignation thinking they won’t accept and knowing they can’t afford his pay off.


    Ronnie & Reggie accept resignation and put Sevco into administration citing McCoist’s massive pay off as the reason.


    Ashley tightens his grip.

  16. S o T



    Gattuso is my tip for the job.



    Currently on his third/fourth(?) coaching role and making an erse of it – as he did the others.



    Perfect for the huns.




  17. Ah Tom I believe you posted yesterday to say that I had been, ahem ” found out”.



    Care to elaborate?

  18. Hahaha I made it onto the BBC



    Patrick :- Gutted that McCoist is walking away. Thanks for the memories

  19. So what’s going on?



    No comment from Ibrox suggests they have been taken aback by this (also, no announcement to the stock market… very naughty).



    If Ally wants out, all he has to do is quit. Walk away. But he hasn’t. This is a “resignation…but…” So what’s his game?



    Is he still negotiating? Have they tried to force him out and he is getting his retaliation in first?



    This is starting to resemble everything else connected to this car-crash of a club: a total shambles.

  20. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    O.K. Reading back it looks as if it’s a Hokey Kokey resignation. Ally’s in, out, in, out, shake it all about.



    Personally I think Sleekit McCoist should stay to the bitter end and finish the job he started.