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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.

To win, contribute to this MyDonate page.  Suggest a minimum of £5 donation, but donate less if you cannot afford that.  Your money does straight to the Foundation as they prepare for the difficult winter period ahead.

Then, please forward your confirmation email to celticquicknews@gmail.com with the words “Central defender” in the SUBJECT line. Competition closes at 11.00 Saturday.  Winner will be informed on Saturday afternoon – so include a phone number if there’s any chance of missing your email (it’s happened).

Good luck, and remember: Central defender.

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  1. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

     

    is a twamp

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

    ???

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

     

    dunno

     

     

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

     

     

    Aberdeen

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

     

     

    Venezuela

     

     

     

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

    Pound

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

     

    ?

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

    Sonny & Cher

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

    Crap

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

     

    WW

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

     

     

    Krypton

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1666

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

     

     

    ooooooh ehhhh emmmm

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

     

    ?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    John Wayne

  2. The board love the old firm. Who knows why they won’t strengthen. Same board when we didn’t strengthen in Strachan era let the Huns win the league. What do they have on Pedro. Also heard mcginn didn’t want to signfor celtic. He wanted to go 2 England. From his cousin. Who knows who 2 believe. We r being strung along.

  3. I appreciate this is hypothetical, but by same token only a bit of fun.

     

     

    But as we drew with Suduva… do you think this Celtic team would?

     

     

    Under Nei Lennon :

     

     

    F.Foster

     

    M.Wilson. K.Wilson Mulgrew. Izzy

     

     

    Kayal. Ki. Wanyama. Ledley

     

     

    —————————Samaras

     

     

    —————Hooper———————-

  4. MAHE THE MADMAN on 24TH AUGUST 2018 8:00 PM

     

    General Knowledge Questions

     

     

    1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

     

    loves her garden

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

     

    bon jovi

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

     

    grand theft aldi

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

     

    in his trousers ?

     

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

     

    maracas

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

     

    dates or raisens

     

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

    alvin starbucks

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

     

    sonny on his chair

     

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

     

    elephants

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

     

    ian paisley

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

     

    earth, he lived here after migrating

     

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

     

     

    the kitchen, about 16;45

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

     

    the dec mobile

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

     

    am too scared to tell you,

     

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

     

    the oldest yin.

     

     

     

     

    Elvis

     

     

     

     

    John Wayne

     

     

     

     

    Steve Mc Queen

     

     

     

     

    Clint Eastwood

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    General Knowledge Questions

     

     

     

     

    1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

     

    Loves… Milk Tray

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

     

    Joy Division

     

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

     

     

    Tower of London

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

     

    Venezuela

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

     

    Pound

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

    Fish

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

     

     

    Sonny and Cher

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

     

    Crab

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

     

    Willy Wonka

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

     

    Krypton

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

     

     

     

    1666

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

     

     

    Metallica

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

     

     

    John Wayne

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    POGMATHONYAHUN AKA LAIRD OF THE SMILES on 24TH AUGUST 2018 8:07 PM

     

    FU,

     

     

     

     

    He was on £70k pw at Villa

     

     

    he is a year older and not earning YET.

  7. Obviously with no real evidence….

     

     

    But my inclination would be…. would they fck !

     

     

    And i say that in full knowledge that Lennon overseen some terrible cup results i.e Morton

     

     

    But as Euro qualifier with Further european particpation at stake. That Lennon team im sure would of wiped the floor with Suduva

  8. 1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

     

     

    Loves Milk Tray

     

     

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

     

     

     

    Joy Division

     

     

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

     

     

    What’s a video game?

     

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

     

     

    In William Wallace’s sheath.

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

     

     

    Venezuela

     

     

     

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

     

    pound

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

     

    Cat Stevens

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

     

     

     

    Sonny & Cher

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

     

    dk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

     

    Willy Wonka

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

     

     

    Krypton

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1666

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

     

     

    DK

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

     

    Metallica

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    John Wayne

  9. 1 Loves milk tray

     

    2

     

    3 Pacman

     

    4 Edinburgh Castle

     

    5 Venezuela

     

    6 Pound

     

    7

     

    8 Bob dylan

     

    9

     

    10 Willy Wonka

     

    12 1666

     

    13 Bullet proof band

     

    14 Metallica

     

    15 John Wayne

  10. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    this even beats fish

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

     

    Cat Stevens

     

     

     

    luvvin it!

  11. Mahe,

     

    1. Loves milk tray

     

    2. Sex Pistols

     

    3. GTA

     

    4. Wallace Monument

     

    5. Venezuela

     

    6. Pound

     

    7. Beef Burger

     

    8. sonny and Cher

     

    9. Crab

     

    10. Willy Wonka

     

    11. krypton

     

    12. London. 1666

     

    13. The something

     

    14. Metallica

     

    15 john Wayne

  12. Delaneys Dunky on

    1 Loves Milk Tray

     

    2 Joy Division

     

    3

     

    4 Wallace monument Stirling

     

    5 Venezuela

     

    6 Pound

     

    7 Meatloaf

     

    8 Sonny and Cher

     

    9 Seal

     

    10 Willy Wonka

     

    11 Krypton

     

    12 1666

     

    13 Chugaboom

     

    14 Metallica

     

    15 John Wayne

  13. Guiseppe67 on 24th August 2018 8:05 pm

     

     

    The board love the old firm. Who knows why they won’t strengthen. Same board when we didn’t strengthen in Strachan era let the Huns win the league. What do they have on Pedro. Also heard mcginn didn’t want to signfor celtic. He wanted to go 2 England. From his cousin. Who knows who 2 believe. We r being strung along.

     

    ==

     

    Another source close to McGinn states that BR and J McG had a gentleman’s agreement about signing for Celtic in so far as they meet and discussed things informally. The said source also goes on to claim that McGinn got so pissed off with Celtic’s penny pinching and using the oul ‘ your a Celtic supporter’ card hoping to land him for feck all that he decided to listen to other offers. Who to believe? One thing I do know is that If the board really wanted to sign him rather than trying to be ‘cute hoors’ he would have been a Celtic player now. If that would have any bearing on our current lack of form I do not know.

  14. Trevor Francis was the first UK Million pound transfer when he moved from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest in 1979.

     

     

    Question is – where did he play his first game for Nottingham Forest and against who/whom? Some expat Scots in the car manufacturing industry will know.

  15. OGLACH

     

     

    I was told by a friend close to the Hibs board that they would not have sold McGinn to Celtic full stop.

     

     

    Emdy else got a story to tell?

  16. glendalystonsils on

    OGLACH

     

    Re McGinn

     

     

    If that would have any bearing on our current lack of form I do not know.

     

     

    Too wee to play CB…..so naw.

     

     

    Too wee to play in goals…..so naw.

  17. T Francis continued.

     

     

    And why did they play there?

     

     

    And which manager had the connections?

  18. Mahe the Madman on

    General Knowledge Answers

     

     

     

    1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

    Answer,,,Loves Milk Tray

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

    Answer,,,Joy Division

     

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

    Answer,,,Pacman

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

    Answer,,,Stirling

     

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

    Answer ,,, Venezuela

     

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

    Answer,,,the Pound

     

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

    Answer,,,Meatloaf

     

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

    Answer,,,Sonny and Cher

     

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

    Answer,,,Bat

     

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

    Answer,,,Willy Wonka

     

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

    Answer,,,Krypton

     

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

    1553

     

    1666

     

    1591

     

    1741

     

    Answer,,,1666

     

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

    Answer,,,Chugga Boom

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

    Answer,,,Metallica

     

     

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

    Elvis

     

    John Wayne

     

    Steve Mc Queen

     

    Paul Newman

     

    Answer,,,John Wayne

  19. Mahe the Madman on

    You scored,

     

    Ivehadto,,,7

     

    Bmcuwp,,,,,10

     

    Sftb,,,10

     

    Celticmac,,,8

     

    Bateen bhoy,,,10

     

    DD,,,,,13

     

    St. Stivs ,,,. ;)

  20. Mahe the Madman on

    General Sports Questions,,,

     

     

     

    1,,,He presented World of Sport from 68 to 85 ?

     

     

     

    2,,,Where did the 1988 Olympics take place ?

     

     

     

    3,,,Donald Trump drew the away teams in the then Rumbelows Cup live on ITV in 1992 ,,,true or false ?

     

     

     

    4,,,Which boxer is known as “ The Golden Boy “ ?

     

     

     

    5,,,Which sport has varieties called Bocce and Duckpin ?

     

     

     

    6,,,an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN ?

     

     

     

    7,,,Jimmie Johnson was ranked No. 1 on Forbes.com’s list of “Most Influential Athletes” for two consecutive years (2011, 2012) but which sport is he associated with ?

     

     

     

    8,,,Arsenal Fc’ s owner also owns which NFL franchise ?

     

     

     

    9,,,Which snooker player is known as “ The Merlin of Milton “ ?

     

     

     

    10,,,Which British boxer said “ no black man will take my title “ and got stopped in the third by “ Marvelous “ Marvin Hagler ?

     

     

     

    11,,The Empire Pool was the original name for which venue ?

     

     

     

    12,,,Which teams home ground was Ninian Park ?

     

     

     

    13,,,First man to run the 4 minute mile ?

     

     

     

    14,,,The now deceased boxing coach credited with discovering and mentoring Mike Tyson to a world title ?

     

     

     

    15,,,The last English Manager to win English footballs top flight ?

  21. Philbhoy on 24th August 2018 8:25 pm

     

     

     

    OGLACH

     

     

    I was told by a friend close to the Hibs board that they would not have sold McGinn to Celtic full stop.

     

     

    Emdy else got a story to tell?

     

    ===

     

    So if Celtic offered the circa £3 mill made cash plus a loan player or 2 for a season Hibs would have knocked in back? Highly unlikely given that he went for 2.5 mill ( give or take a couple of hundred grand dependant on which source you believe)

  22. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Thanks Mahe: I’ll take a 7 – score draw but like the old cqn Friday nights.

  23. Haudoanaminute…..

     

    Meat Loaf ? British ?

     

    And where is Willie Wallaces big wepaon kept…..Stirling ? Castle or Wallace Monument ?

     

    ???

  24. Philbhoy on 24th August 2018 8:25 pm

     

     

    OGLACH

     

    I was told by a friend close to the Hibs board that they would not have sold McGinn to Celtic full stop.

     

    Emdy else got a story to tell?

     

    ————–

     

    We’ve also now had BR met with McGinn, to go with PL meeting him in his house no less :O)

  25. 1,,,He presented World of Sport from 68 to 85 ?

     

     

     

    Dickie Davies

     

     

     

     

     

    2,,,Where did the 1988 Olympics take place ?

     

     

     

    Seoul

     

     

     

     

     

    3,,,Donald Trump drew the away teams in the then Rumbelows Cup live on ITV in 1992 ,,,true or false ?

     

     

     

     

    True

     

     

     

     

    4,,,Which boxer is known as “ The Golden Boy “ ?

     

     

    DK

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5,,,Which sport has varieties called Bocce and Duckpin ?

     

     

    10 pin bowling

     

     

     

     

     

     

    6,,,an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN ?

     

     

    DK

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Jimmie Johnson was ranked No. 1 on Forbes.com’s list of “Most Influential Athletes” for two consecutive years (2011, 2012) but which sport is he associated with ?

     

     

    Nascar

     

     

     

     

     

     

    8,,,Arsenal Fc’ s owner also owns which NFL franchise ?

     

     

    LA Rams

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9,,,Which snooker player is known as “ The Merlin of Milton “ ?

     

     

     

    DK

     

     

     

     

     

    10,,,Which British boxer said “ no black man will take my title “ and got stopped in the third by “ Marvelous “ Marvin Hagler ?

     

     

    Minter?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11,,The Empire Pool was the original name for which venue ?

     

     

     

    Presumably Swimming

     

     

     

     

     

    12,,,Which teams home ground was Ninian Park ?

     

     

    Cardiff

     

     

     

     

     

     

    13,,,First man to run the 4 minute mile ?

     

     

    Rog Bannister

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14,,,The now deceased boxing coach credited with discovering and mentoring Mike Tyson to a world title ?

     

     

    Gus D’Amato

     

     

     

     

     

     

    15,,,The last English Manager to win English footballs top flight ?

     

     

    Howard Wilkinson

  26. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    General Sports Questions,,,

     

     

     

     

    1,,,He presented World of Sport from 68 to 85 ?

     

     

    Dickie Davis

     

     

    2,,,Where did the 1988 Olympics take place ?

     

     

    Seoul

     

     

    3,,,Donald Trump drew the away teams in the then Rumbelows Cup live on ITV in 1992 ,,,true or false ?

     

     

    True

     

     

    4,,,Which boxer is known as “ The Golden Boy “ ?

     

     

    Sugar Ray Leonard

     

     

    5,,,Which sport has varieties called Bocce and Duckpin ?

     

     

    Ten pin bowling

     

     

    6,,,an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN ?

     

     

     

     

    7,,,Jimmie Johnson was ranked No. 1 on Forbes.com’s list of “Most Influential Athletes” for two consecutive years (2011, 2012) but which sport is he associated with ?

     

     

     

    Stock cars

     

    8,,,Arsenal Fc’ s owner also owns which NFL franchise ?

     

     

    LA Rams

     

     

    9,,,Which snooker player is known as “ The Merlin of Milton “ ?

     

     

    Stephen Maguire

     

     

    10,,,Which British boxer said “ no black man will take my title “ and got stopped in the third by “ Marvelous “ Marvin Hagler ?

     

    Alan Minter

     

     

     

    11,,The Empire Pool was the original name for which venue ?

     

     

    Wembley Stadium

     

     

    12,,,Which teams home ground was Ninian Park ?

     

     

     

    Cardiff City

     

    13,,,First man to run the 4 minute mile ?

     

     

    Roger Bannister

     

     

    14,,,The now deceased boxing coach credited with discovering and mentoring Mike Tyson to a world title ?

     

     

    Cus d’Amato

     

     

     

     

    15,,,The last English Manager to win English footballs top flight

     

     

    Howard Wilkinson