Dembele, Tierney, Resting players, keep an eye on Barry Ferguson


Yesterday’s draw after an intense period of games may have been predictable, and predicted elsewhere, but not for the reasons it happened. This was a high-tempo performance from Celtic, who created as many chances as they have in weeks, but they faced a typically robust Highland defence, and whereas shots hit the post and went in last weekend, this time three shots rebounded off the frame of the goal.

Them’s the breaks.

After running amok the previous week Moussa Dembele must have wondered what was going on. He didn’t get a yard of space all afternoon as the Inverness defenders stuck to him like glue throughout.

There have been suggestions that Kieran Tierney needed a rest, After a stunning first season and intense opening to the new season, Kieran was one of several overwhelmed at the Camp Nou. His showing in the Highlands put paid to that notion. We got the first goal from a Kieran cross, the player then forced Fon Williams into the best of his miraculous saves, and struck the crossbar with another thunderous shot.

After two low-key (if eventful) games against Lincoln Red Imps, eight of Celtic’s next 10 games were incredibly intense occasions, culminating in the drubbing at the Camp Nou. The latter half of last week was the first time since the players trooped of that field in Gibraltar that there wasn’t a crunch game looming.

It was also the first time this season a first team mainstay was rested (Kolo Toure was left out of the squad). The evidence was there that the players put the work into the game, but as the final minutes approached, with Inverness still in touch, you sensed the Celtic tank was empty.

Brendan Rodgers will take a look over Alloa’s impressive form this season and wonder if he should rest more on Wednesday. He should. We need to show trust to those on the fringe of the squad, and rest those who have league and Champions League games coming up in the following week.

I see some comment that extending a player’s ban for a shouting match to four weeks looks like constructive dismissal. It looks a bit like that, but there’s another interpretation for Joey Barton’s extended leave. Three weeks from now Newco may well have another manager, making any disagreement he had with Warburton moot.

Warburton is new to top flight football and has never dealt with a character like Barton before. Nor has anyone on the Newco board. They are all feeling their way in the business of football. That’s hard enough when you’re winning games but you’ve no chance when performances are evidently not good enough.

From a personal perspective I hope they patch up their differences and both stick around for a long time.

If Warburton fails to deliver in the coming weeks, keep your eye on Barry Ferguson. He has Clyde second top of League Two having lost only one game this season, and has enough credit in the tank to buy Newco time to settle into the top flight.  He also has the big time experience to handle a player like Barton.


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  1. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Oh aye – give them wee Barry. All they Real Rainjurz men are still lodged in the footballing dark ages – a new club keeping old traditions – he’s perfect for them.






  2. Barry Ferguson? They do need a real Rangers* man to see them through the next administration process.



    Just don’t ask awkward questions about EBTs. I mean, really, it’s no funny…

  3. Barry Bawbag as Hun Kommandant?



    That’s a dream come true. Christmas come early if we get that comedy gold in October.



    What a laugh this season could be.

  4. If I was B F I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. If he’s serious about a career in management, it’s not as if the ever played for them.

  5. Wee Bazza gets a Paul Le Guen from Joseph Anthony. If you believe in karma, that would certainly be it!



    FAC the Act




  6. Jum Shyte: So Barry, my old friend, can you analyse Rrrrangersss first perfromance under your illustrious stewardship:



    Bawbag: ‘Ah hink they dis wisnae dae hing tae fingmy ‘nat, man – an Ah canny see fur tae pit ‘at fing anna baw fur shootin’ an sortay said hey, too true, man. Cellic, ‘an ‘at, aye.’



    Shyte: ‘Gee, Barry, that’s straight talking right there…’

  7. Wee Bawwy an’ ra Bommur……………………..






    Top thum up wi’ Wiggy………… an’ boooooooom……



    …………It’s wur fyootchur!




    Make it happen Davy!

  8. Bummer Broon as head of PR?



    Or head of catering?



    “Youse buy the pies! Ten furra pound!”




  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Sevco are fortunate that they can leave out the greatest player to ever grace Scottish football.


    Fair play to them for being so principled.

  10. Their pressers would need sumdy to the side


    signin’ for the neds…….




    Still Game would write itsel’……….

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Seems to be a bit of pressure on old Warbs. Often in these situations you will see the assistant manager come out and back the manager.


    Strangely quiet from old Davie…..?




    Let me help you out there.



    Does Bawwy still buy a Celtic season book for his father in law?

  13. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Afternoon.



    In the year 2012 the offical number of people recorded as homeless in Scotland came to 40,000 which is more or less the entire population of Glenrothes in Fife.



    Not all of these people made individual applications for housing and by 2015-16 the number of actual homeless applications made to local authorities numbered 34,662.



    It is a sad fact that this figure will rise for 2016-17.



    Of those who are de facto homeless 46% are single males, 21% single females, 4% famale with children, 4% males with children and the remainder are made up of whole families and people who are caring for a relative or a dependent who is not a child.



    Many of those who are homeless in Scotland do not sleep rough but are placed in temporary accommodation such as hostels, bed and breakfasts, down market hotels or end up living with relatives or friends in cramped conditions.



    As at 31/3/16 (latest figures) 10,555 households & 5224 dependent children were in “temporary” Accommodation in Scotland and the average length of stay in temporary accommodation was for 23 weeks or almost 6 months.



    During that period, a family may well be housed far away from their neighborhood and from friends and family. Kids go to local schools on a temporary basis and very often they then move to another school. There are many instances of children attending 3 separate schools in the one school year.



    This is incredibly disruptive and causes real problems for children and parents.



    However, these are the lucky ones.



    In 2014, 334 people in Glasgow were officially recorded as sleeping rough immediately after being advised by the appropriate authorities that there was no accommodation of any kind whatsoever available for them. This was the first experience these people had of being homeless and given that these are “official” figures where people admitted to sleeping rough unexpectedly, it is anticipated that the true number of people actually sleeping rough for the first time during that period is far far more.



    Increasingly, those who do sleep rough are being subjected to assaults, abuse and considerable physical violence. Places like the Simon centre, the Seaman ‘s mission and other charities do their best to cope with an increasing and recurring problem.



    The Celtic Charity Foundation started an initiative a few years ago to help the homeless. Homeless people have been fed en masse in the Kerrydale Suite and financial assistance has been given to the appropriate charities to boost their resources and to provide food, clothing, blankets and most of all some emotional and social comfort.



    Last year, for the first time, the foundation organised a “sleep out” where people like me would try and raise some money to help.



    By this time, you will all know that I and other CQN’ers are doing the sleep out again on 12th November.



    Can I please please ask that you give this project and any one of us some financial support if you possibly can?



    It is an absolute disgrace that on a yearly basis we tolerate a society where the equivalent of a whole vibrant town are without a home and face a bleak and uncertain future.



    We cannot cure the problem, as that is the job of Government, but we can make a difference and bring some comfort and cheer over the winter months where crisis, depression, loneliness and the cold do their worst.



    Please help and if you can donate below.



    Thanks for reading and HH










    That’s what happens when you sell off Council houses.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUTH OF TUNIS on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2016 11:08 AM


    Cognitive dissonance .




    Octogenarian Inter fanatic from down the valley heavily conflicted this morning — delighted that Inter beat Rube but miffed that the consequence of that victory is Franciscus De Boer continuing to be manager of Inter






    Have been meaning to say for a while how much I enjoy the opinions of the Italiano vecchio you share with us.


    Is he aware that you share his insights with us ?

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on 19th September 2016 12:54 pm



    I’ve just ponied up!



    FAC the Act




  17. ernie lynch on 19th September 2016 12:56 pm






    That’s what happens when you sell off Council houses.




    Spot on Ernie; still reaping the “benefits” of Thatcherism. As Jim Royle would say “property owning democracy, my arse!”



    More like “up tae yer eyes in debt to the bank democracy”.



    FAC the Act




  18. So what punishment does Halliday get ?



    Oh aye. He has to keep playing for ‘them’.


    Maybe Joey got the better deal.

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SANDMAN on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2016 12:53 PM



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    I`ve been hanging out to hear this from my new media hero.


    Chris Sutton.




    On the field and off.

  20. BRTH My other half worked for many years in a hostel for the homeless here in Englandshire. At the end of 2014, after losing their funding, the place was closed down, austerity cuts was the excuse. It wasn’t the only place to close. It is a national disgrace were are back to the days like cardboard city. Only Mother Theresa shamed Thatcher that place would have been around a lot longer. Someone needs to shame this government.


    You and your fellow volunteers are doing a fantastic job, more power to your elbow, Hail Hail.

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    It’s with a Light Heart that I Announce the Passing of the Dreaded ✖️ just when I was about to ask The Red Cross to Save me the Dreaded ✖️ is Gone.. Solid Gone.. And so are the Pop Up Ads.. Solid Gone..



    I would like to thank my Family.. My Mineger.. The Director.. Producer of the dreaded ✖️ and All the CQN Editors who Offered Help far too many to remember especially as I don’t even remember one username..【ツ】



    Last but Not least I would like to thank the Bet365 Pop up Admaker.. Yea You got me to bite after 6 Years of Boring Non Punting but I gave You one Hell of a Beating this last 14 months.. One Hell of a Beating.. Told You Karma was on my side for the First time since Boy George first uttered the Now immortal words ‘Gambling is Worse than Smack’ You can only ‘Smack that B1tch’ so many Times..



    Wouldn’t it be Ironic.. Don’t Cha Think if my Last Winning Bet before going back into My Punting Retirement Village was Wee Joey getting sent off against the Hoops this Season.. As I was a Tad disappointed My Predicted Joey Walk Off was 48 hrs to Late.. 【ツ】










  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    All these stupid renters who converted to home ownership.



    Sadly in those days , they didn`t have the combined force of socialist CQN who could have done them a favour by condemning them to unremitting never ending renting.



    A tragedy for the working and renting class.


    They`ll be distraught at their decision.




    Won`t they ?



    And now , sob , those who voted for Thatcher with their home purchases rather than at the ballot box are crying all the way to the bank.



    Wonder how many of the anti capitalists on CQN have bank accounts , own shares , own property , discuss the


    profits and losses of Celtic FC. , bemoan the lack of funding in the SPL. and the comparative price of footballers.



    CQN hypocrisy rules.

  23. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    I totally agree.



    Now that the right to buy has ended in Scotland there is some evidence that Housing Associations are starting up new capital projects and that there will be an increase in Social Amenity Housing as it is now called.



    Further, there are some progressive moves afoot with the style nd nature of housing projects. I know of one new block of houses which were designed and reserved exclusively for people who are over the age of 55 and others which are specifically designed with the elderly and those who have failing health in mind.



    But there is an awful long way to go and a huge housing gap to be filled.

  24. Re wee Barry, you’s are all forgetting something….



    How they gonna pay off Warbs?



    Doddie Weir is next in line.

  25. Allyhuntersgloves on

    Working in Inverness today, went to Tesco’s to buy some lunch, 4 of the Inverness players huddled round the newspaper stand reading the report of the game in the Record, had a laugh at it, put it down and walked away, even they won’t buy that rag !

  26. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    vfr800a8 on 19th September 2016 12:59 pm



    Cheers and Thanks

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