Don’t look at the stats, Celtic need a win tonight


I don’t buy into the “Anything better than a 0-3 defeat” talk; we need a win tonight. If you want to be taken seriously as a Champions League team, you have to win occasionally on the road (check), and rack up victories against vulnerable opposition, as Anderlecht are right now.

The victory in Brussels in September was a huge achievement. We needed to start winning games away from home in this competition after so many years of failure. Our single away victory, by Neil Lennon’s team, in Moscow, is most remarkable for its rarity. In truth, we should have beaten 10-man Anderlecht in 2003, and don’t get me started on Aalborg, or several others.

So this Celtic team has already recorded a memorable achievement in this competition, but more needs to be done, not just for Celtic, but for the manager.

Brendan has 17 Champions League group stage games under his belt, but only two wins, that game in Brussels and a victory for Liverpool at home to Bulgarians, Ludogorets Razgrad. It is a record he will be desperate to improve, starting tonight.

Anderlecht are not the team we faced in September. They now have an excellent manager, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who in a single season as manager of Gent, recorded Champions League group stage wins against Zent St Petersburg, Lyon and Valencia, eliminating the latter two in the process.

I’ve been tracking Vanhaezebrouck since his Gent days and have become a bit of a fan boy. Yesterday’s comments from the Celtic Park media room lived up to expectations:

“I can already predict what’s going to happen tomorrow. There will be noise as soon as we come on the pitch. The crowd will be behind them and they will fly like hell!

“The start will be devastating. If we can survive and stay level, then maybe we stand a chance to do something.”

You heard the man, there will be noise and we will fly like hell! Let’s do it.

Jim Craig live on CQN Wednesday evening

Lisbon Lion, Jim Craig, will be live on CQN from 6.30 until around 8.30 tomorrow evening for a Q&A session and to spend time with us. His new book, Right Back to 67, published by CQN, recalls his memories from inside the dressing room during that iconic year.

Let’s hope Jim is reflecting on a great win over Anderlecht.

*JIM CRAIG – RIGHT BACK TO 67, THE LISBON LION DIARY is published this week by CQN Books. You still have time to get a SIGNED copy by ordering at www.cqnbookstore.co.uk and if you would like a personal dedication added to your book by Jim then simply email your massage to david@cqnpublishing.co.uk after ordering and we’ll do the rest!

And if you haven’t done so already, listen to Jim Craig on the CQN Podcast below. You will love it!


Click Here for Comments >

About Author

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4

  1. traditionalist88 on

    !!BADA BING!! on 5TH DECEMBER 2017 3:27 PM



    A pal had a run in with a Celtic player yesterday, very poor behaviour, BR wouldn’t be happy with him






    Latest PP odds are in:



    Evs – Road traffic offence


    2/1 – cheeky to store staff


    8/1 – hitting on his bird


    25/1 – applied for the Sevco job




  2. Trad- evens


    T3- when players sign for Celtic, they represent you and me, they shouldn’t behave like ar$#s and expect it to be acceptable behaviour.

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on 5th December 2017 4:32 pm



    Trad- evens



    T3- when players sign for Celtic, they represent you and me, they shouldn’t behave like ar$#s and expect it to be acceptable behaviour.





    Tom Boyd was rude to me once when he was steamin’ and I’m still ragin’ about it.



    But then, I’m a world champion grudge holder…



    Anyone else got a story about a bad experience with a Celtic player? Someone posted earlier in the year about Dalglish re signing a Celtic top.



    This is a bit like Talk Sport innit?

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    They are human beings. like you and me , with the same faults and virtues.


    If your pal was upset by what he experienced, he should contact the club and report the player, as I presume he would report any supporter who was wearing our clubs’ colours whilst acting the prat.



    Many of us have witnessed players behaving in not the best of lights over the years, but refrain from creating a public source of gossip about it.



    Anyway, to each his own, we have a game to win tonight.




  5. May I please express my gratitude to this incredible Celtic family of ours for all the messages of support I believe,( through the the splendid (Bournesouprecipe), I have been receiving.


    I am humbled by your humanity.



    May our team tonight enjoy as favourable a result as my consultant has just delivered to me. Seems I am almost as InVIncible as our magnificent lads.







  6. Davidopoulos – my dad took me to see Celtic training at Troon Juniors park when Big Jock was in charge. Wee Jinky hit a wayward shot that knocked me off my feet (I was about 7 at the time). He just turned and walked away. Bobby Lennox was straight over to see how I was and got me laughing again.


    Needless to say my Dad never had a good word to say about Jinky again :)

  7. EUROCHAMPS67 on 5TH DECEMBER 2017 4:51 PM


    Well done mate glad you’re on the mend HailHail.

  8. DeniaBhoy



    That made me laugh. Good old West of Scotland grudgeholding – you cannae beat it!

  9. Eurochamps,


    Great to read your post and delighted with positive news.


    Hope it just get’s better and better for you.




    Good to hear you got the result of the surgery you wanted.



    Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!

  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    !!BADA BING!! on 5TH DECEMBER 2017 5:00 PM


    T3- he did.





    Good on him.







    Best result of the day. Listen to the medics and BSR and you will be running about before you know it.

  12. Good evening, friends.



    I’m pretty certain that. so far, all of our results (not scores) have mirrored the Youth Team’s so I was heartened to read of their 3-1 victory earlier today. I was even more heartened by the post from EC67, one of the 1st CQNrs I ever met in the flesh. Very positive post A, the fightback has already stared!



    2hrs 30mins to kick off.


    4hes 55mins till we all need to change our ringtones (till next August)

  13. Eurochamps67…..



    Great to see you on here…..awfy braw …..thoughts and best wishes to you and yours….



    Smiley plumber things…






    Two to one for The Celtic tonight ….




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

    EC67 – great news! Hail Hail from me and wee BGFC :-)))






  15. South Of Tunis on

    Celtic player behaving badly.?



    Standing in the Q to pay at Tower Records in Glasgow. -guy in front of me had a pile of Dreadful poodle haired /spandex trewed /cock rock Cds.It was Paolo Di Canio -fascist tats are one thing -buying poop like that -unforgiveable !

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4