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. Top 10 “laugh out loud” Ally moments









    Raith in the Ramsdens


    “Who are these people?”


    “We don’t do walking away”


    “I think we all know who set fire to wur new bus!”


    Backing Whytie


    Backing Greenie


    Losing to those US college kids in the summer.

  2. Any comment from Walter yet?



    He must be odds on to ride to the rescue on a white charger.




  3. A seat on the BT Sport couch beckons,and a column in The Sun to tell us where we are all going wrong….

  4. guernica




    15:16 on 12 December, 2014




    Ronny has continually contradicted himself since taking up his position that’s why I’m not buying into the ‘strategy’, I don’t know what it is.



    I asked you to give me league performance that was as poor as Hamilton, name one. I certainly can’t recall any.



    Legia was the worst I’ve ever seen in Europe, even worse than Xamax.



    Let’s get something straight here, I’m desperate for him to succeed, I just doubt that he’s good enough for the job.

  5. Ah, now here’s an interesting development… BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist’s letter of resignation. Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned.




  6. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Fae BBC



    Rangers to reject McCoist resignation Posted at 15:38


    BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist’s letter of resignation. Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned. Keep up to date with the continuing saga in a special BBC Scotland live text.

  7. No mention of anything being liquidated in that BBC statement.


    “Don’t sack Mc Coist, Alloa Mc Moist, I just don’t…?continue ad infinitum

  8. 16 roads - Craig Whyte is innocent. on




    15:37 on 12 December, 2014






    I’m not disagreeing with you entirely, I haven’t got a notion as to what is going on at the moment.



    We are top of the league.



    Ronny has surrounded himself with intelligent and knowledgeable people.



    Collins, Kennedy and McGuinness.



    It’s too early to say.




  9. dj67ynwasupportstheresignartionoflawellanddesmondthesecrethuns



    15:24 on 12 December, 2014


    I know it took some time but, patience is a virtue. I today present you with an opportunity to sign a petition (via change.org) to show your full support for Mr Allister McCoist which will bring to the attention of the The Rangers Board Of Director’s our dismay at the potential resignation of the Sevco Manager.



    Please share this petition around to all your friends & family & make a wish come true this Christmas for the entire Celtic Family.











    Petition signed. Good luck, although, I see you only require 100 signatures.



    Why? Do we get a prize at the end?




  10. Appols if already posted..



    Serving notice on Sevco


    Leave a reply


    This morning Alistair Murdoch McCoist knew what January was going to be like for him.



    Yesterday the RIFC board presented the Sevco manager with a list of players.



    For the avoidance of doubt it was not a pantheon of galacticos to be brought to Murray Park from Serie A and the Bundesliga for McCoist to coach into an unbeatable unit.



    Rather it was a list of players that would be leaving the Holding Company Vehicle in the upcoming window as well as those who would not be given a new contract in the summer.



    With this in mind the tendering of his resignation, as reported in the mainstream, with a notice period of twelve months does make some sense.



    However I understand that the players only heard about this through the media.



    One thing the cheeky chappie is very good at is negotiating.



    When it comes down to those numbers it can never be said that he is tactically naïve.



    Your move Mr Llambias.

  11. So Sevco can’t afford to accept Sally’s resignation



    Sally is looking for a quick getaway me thinks, before the second ship sinks

  12. Yup Phil could be right, the fat man is working his ticket before the semi with us, clever, never thought of that, but now that I so, ohhhhhh ez a sleekit wee bassa.

  13. Waste of time debating with the anti Ronnie faction.Their opinions are set in stone.Nothing he does will change their minds.


    They all seem to think that teams like Salzburg,Basel,etc,all became what they are now overnight.Hardly heard a whimper of them the past 4 years when the “Rubbish”teams that RD is being slated for beating,were knocking us out of nearly every cup.He is continually slated for playing 1 up front,totally disregarding that all the top teams now play this system,some actually with no recognised striker.


    Dont know any pro RD fans that think he is wonderful.What we can see is a vision about how we move on from the bog we were sinking in,while the rest of Europe left us behind.


    I hope to God he does succeed because failure will be devastating for our club.Unless,that is of course,we want to return to the “Old days”when it was just us against them.


    We say he needs time.Lenny got 4 years and left us no better off.

  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    THey deserve some credit.



    Every time you think there’s no chuckles left in the ole chuckle bag they produce another nugget.

  15. “Legia was the worst I’ve ever seen in Europe, even worse than Xamax.”






    More recently… Utrecht and artmedia were a bit yuk imo.

  16. the long wait is over on

    lennon’s passion





    15:36 on



    12 December, 2014





    There’s bad blood between sleekit and collymore. When collymore assaulted Ultima Johnson it was Sleekit she was out drinking with.





    For once you’ve got to side with McCoist on that one…

  17. 16 roads - Craig Whyte is innocent. on

    McCoist looks like he has swallowed a sandbag.







  18. Fat Sally has been sacked, but to preserve the ‘front’ he has been allowed to offer to go – ie so he’s not seen to be walking away – pish.

  19. Bad news about Sally going.



    Good news, word is the vacant Santa position in Hamleys now filled.





    So,Sally was responsible for the dross on the pitch because without him,there wouldn’t even have been dross?



    Oh,this is too good. The fans want rid of McCoist,they get their wish,they see what wishing gets you.



    A Carlsberg Friday,cheers!

  21. The last defeat always feels like the worst ever. Its a trait of the football fan.



    I’d say Legia was in the same ball park as Utrecht and Bratislava, Sion was not far away.



    It happens. A new manager, players out injured and a sending off can do that.



    As for last season, St Johnstone at home, St Mirren at home and i’m sure we drew with Ross County.



    Against Hamilton we were all over them. We failed to score and they got a breakaway goal. Again, it can happen. Especially when you are playing every midweek in Europe.

  22. playfusbal4dguilders on

    16 roads – Craig Whyte is innocent.



    If he’s relying on the opinion of other rather than leading them I’m even more concerned than before !!!!!




  23. Paul67 et al



    Picture the scene, last ever team talk by legendary fitba manager, Ali mcCoist.



    “Get stuck intae they sausage rolls lads!”

  24. “GM



    In my opinion, Legia was much worse..



    Right I’m off shopping.”







    Best place for ye;)



    Hopeitsnotoobusy csc

  25. Celtic to offer all unemployed fans a free ticket for the Ross County game.



    Well done Celtic FC.




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