Culpable defence, but that’s not all


The most pleasing aspect about last night was the manager’s reaction afterwards: “Yet another soft goal”. “We don’t defend a basic ball into the box”.  But, before Cristian Gamboa and Craig Gordon pick up the tab for a bad night in Lithuania, more went wrong.  Much more.

Goals change games and you can be sure games will change when Celtic are defending the way they are right now.  Gamboa losing his man for the goal was in keeping with what we should expect.  Cristian is good going forward but is not the most diligent at the back.  We need a backup, backup, right back.  Right?

Despite all that’s going wrong in defence, I am just as concerned about how the midfield is operating.  Our passing was again poor.  Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring after two minutes and opened the Suduva defence late in the game for Moussa Dembele to shoot wide, but for the rest of the game his passing was as inaccurate as it was against AEK and Rosenborg away.

Callum McGregor, so often a key to unlock packed defences, was ineffective.  I would like to see him play the deep lying playmaker roll over our next three games.  There he can dictate the pace and accuracy of our passing, leaving space for Rogic to play in front of him.

Moussa Dembele is our best striker, but the shape of the team left him isolated and looking just as out of sorts as Odsonne Edouard did at home to AEK.  We have potent strikers who see little of the ball.

On the positive side, Suduva were as poor a team as I can remember playing in recent seasons – and I include the Gibraltareños (as they will be known after March) in that.  We will reach the Europa League group stage.  How effectively we compete there will be determined by the arrivals over the next seven days.

Dinner for four at the Walfrid at Hamilton game on Sunday!

Courtesy of Intelligent Car Leasing, we are raffling a table for four at Sunday’s game against Hamilton Accies in aid of your Foundation.  If like me, you watch football in the bitter cold and wind, even in July and August, this will be a fantastic day our for you and three friends!

It’s a free bar.  And you get the chance to support the Celtic FC Foundation.

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Good luck, and remember: Central defender.

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  1. Splits in the dressing room,Brendan leaving,Dembele offski,Ntcham,offski,no confidence,PL,offski.This one is rubbish.That one is rubbish.


    Some of the quotes today from on here.Some a lot more regular than others.SMSM Quick News.Who needs enemies.





    Most memorable part of that day was getting the scorecast up-and in the company of my hun mate!



    Which was nice…

  3. Conspiracies????











    1998 (Mmmm?)






    2008 (Ask HT, I explained how we would win the League after the Motherwell defeat at CP)


    Then The Cheating Years till they went belly up, or did they? ….



    Can you see what it is next????



    But, getting pished on away trips was worth it, so it was…




  4. Turkeybhoy @ 11:02 pm,



    I thought it was an interesting and imformative debate today and for the most part fairly civil…



    Goes to showw I guess.



    Hail Hail





    Scunnered is a word I’m hearing more often from Celtic supporters. Little wonder,either.




    M, I’m not scunnered I know how it works.



    I thought after LIQUIDATION we, well we did, let other teams win baubles, FFS we’d be on 7/8 Trebles in a row if we hadn’t. Good for they teams winning something. They knew what we were up to but, support from them when it mattered, ZILCH, so F’ them especially Inverness & Kilmarnock who we let win….?????

  7. succulentlambstinks on

    Do not sell BoyRATa.


    Forget 9mill.. Itl only go in the biscuit tin.


    Forget even 4/5mill… still biscuit tin bound.


    So f@ck the biscuit tin.


    Send that greedy selfish bombscare BoyRATa to train with the kids till next May.


    Send a message out to other would be BoyRATa’s.


    Played 3 games at a World Cup and thinks he’s a star.


    Bastar’ that’s all he is.


    Rant over.

  8. Sun 08th April 2018


    Celtic Squad v Hamilton Accies


    10 Games 5 Shut Outs Craig Gordon


    01 Games 0 Shut Outs Scott Bain


    17 Games 0 Goals Scott Brown


    10 Games 8 Goals Leigh Griffiths


    09 Games 2 Goals James Forrest


    09 Games 1 Goals Nir Bitton


    08 Games 2 Goals Stuart Armstrong


    08 Games 2 Goals Callum McGregor


    06 Games 1 Goals Mikael Lustig


    05 Games 3 Goals Scott Sinclair


    05 Games 1 Goals Dedryck Boyata


    04 Games 3 Goals Moussa Dembele


    04 Games 0 Goals Patrick Roberts


    04 Games 0 Goals Jozo Simunovic


    04 Games 0 Goals Erik Sviatchenko


    04 Games 0 Goals Kieran Tierney


    03 Games 1 Goals Odsonne Edouard


    03 Games 1 Goals Olivier Ntcham


    03 Games 1 Goals Tom Rogic


    02 Games 0 Goals Kristoffer Ajer


    02 Games 0 Goals Scott Allan


    02 Games 0 Goals Cristian Gamboa


    02 Games 0 Goals Jonny Hayes


    01 Games 0 Goals Ryan Christie


    01 Games 0 Goals Jack Hendry


    01 Games 0 Goals Charly Musonda


    No Celtic App v Hamilton Accies


    Jack Aitchison


    Kundai Benyu


    Nadir Ciftci


    Marvin Compper


    Dorus De Vries


    Kouassi Eboue


    Michael Johnston


    Jamie McCart


    Calvin Miller


    Anthony Ralston


    Joe Thomson .

  9. oh how i wish all those who forecast 6-0 etc would give it a bye wishful fantasy thinking i presume .

  10. why would you be thinking of resting players we have to get the mentality go constant winning matches and a consistency of selection , pick the best 11 every week.

  11. ron67 on 26th August 2018 12:31 am



    oh how i wish all those who forecast 6-0 etc would give it a bye wishful fantasy thinking i presume .




    The bigger the predicted Win the bigger the Tim everyone knows that ;O)

  12. THE_HUDDLE on 26TH AUGUST 2018 12:46


    The bigger the predicted Win the bigger the Tim everyone knows that ;O)



    oh is that how it works .

  13. ron67 on 26th August 2018 12:54 am


    The bigger the predicted Win the bigger the Tim everyone knows that ;O)




    oh is that how it works .




    In the good ol days of MON you’d have the 10 nil predications, it will happen this week :O)



    Shows how far we’ve fallen with only 6 nil win prediction (love how it’s always nil, and with our defence)

  14. THE_HUDDLE on 26TH AUGUST 2018 1:00 AM



    oh how times have changed , we can all but hope.



  15. The Downpatrick rave is about to start.



    What a place. Wonderful.



    The hun is coming with bigger players. Celtic have the new pitch and I know if we click next week and have the 3 French lads starting. Then they are in for a seriously rude awakening.

  16. Evening gents.


    I hate losing.


    I have been highly critical this week.




    As my old Grandads schooled me – we are Celtic – come hail, rain or shine.


    Let this moment linger.


    Up Celtic, Up Brendan an Up the Boys

  17. Morning All… Definitely cooler in the chillederns… Even a slight Autumnal feel…



    It was good to hear French Eddie will be back early next week.



    In a bizarre summer injuries to Mousse and Odsonne have been very damaging.



    If we can have those two together, even for part of the game I’m sure we can win against Suduva and Steven Gerrard’s Sevco Rangers.



    As for today – tuff team selection…



    We really need to rest Broonie but don’t have a replacement, I’m sure Kouassi will do a good job but him and Ntcham together seem inexperienced – The Accies will get the decisions that’s for sure.



    Wonder if Brendan will give Mikey Johnston another start.



    Hope Leigh starts banging them in again…






    Hail Hail

  18. COYBIG.



    Winning is a confidence booster. Entertainment would be a most welcome bonus.




  19. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I think it was Ron Bacardi who mentioned that only 400 voted on a Billy McNeill vote re Cesar/Ceaser



    If like me others find CQN so hard to navigate they won’t read anything other than Paul’s latest post and the comments below



    Adblocker does a great job of blocking the annoying pop ups on Cqn..

  20. BT, Ron,



    I never saw the vote. I would bet the majority on CQN did not see it either.



    A more accurate reflection on CQN numbers would be the good causes it has contributed to.



    HH. KTF.

  21. Good morning CQN from a damp Garngad


    4-0 to the good ghuys today.






    D. :)

  22. Raining in Sunny Aberdeen. Had to wash off my wellies ?


    On the bus about to depart for Paradise.


    9-0 to the Hoops ?

  23. Three home games, three wins, three new players. A week’s a long time in football. Support the team on the park. They need us. We need us.