Dutch travel sickness


Can we purge all negative overtones today, make sure we start tomorrow with a clean sheet?  Injuries and suspensions are part of the game, we accept them and plan how to win important games.

Celtic are at their best when they are up against it, when everyone knows that nothing short of a herculean effort is required.  This is the case tomorrow.  The requirement is straightforward enough: win your personal battle, inhibit one of the best teams we will play this season, take control of midfield and find spaces in the Ajax defence to exploit.

We have more than enough players bursting to set about this task.

Ajax had a taxing game on Saturday, scoring late to secure a draw away to top of the table Twente.  Although fourth, they are one of six teams no more than two points off the pace in what is currently one of Europe’s tightest leagues, but there is a fragility about Ajax.

The game against Twente was their first away match after a run of four home games, three of which were won comfortably, while they were denied a win against Milan by a ridiculous penalty in added time.  Their away form, however, has been less than impressive; they are still waiting for their first win away from the Amsterdam ArenA this season.  As a result, they travel to Celtic Park with the same trepidation they travelled to Groningen, Heerenveen, Twente, AZ, Barca and PSV, a series of games which returned three draws and three defeats.

Dutch media have also been reminding them of a quirky record to maintain.  While Celtic eliminated Ajax the last twice the teams met in European Cup/Champions League duty, the Dutch avoided defeat on both games at Celtic Park.  For us, this is a meaningless fact, but it is an added burden of expectation on Ajax.
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  1. Bada Bing…. How dare you even begin to imply that the pre-1994 custodians of CP were anything other than fine upstanding, honest as the day is long citizens ? Jings, crivvens and help ma boab…… :)

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    With respect,I doubt our pie-stall staff are on a forty hour week.

  3. BSR





    I’d missed NFL’s prognosis………



    …..was hopeful it was just a ‘knock’…….



    Yikes CSC

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on







    In actual fact,he only counted The Jungle!

  5. Richie #TeamOscar on

    As I said on here before, the main entertainment companies in Glasgow, they know who they are, all pay minimum wage to their catering and bar staff.



    Not Living wage….Minimum wage, currently 6.19 per hour



    Check with BB’s tomorrow and if he’s not paying living wage, don’t drink there. I think you will struggle to find a single bar in Glasgow that does. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

  6. It’s never simple, is it. So, in effect, you can end up arguing for people to be paid less money. That’s not right. And it can’t be used as justification for paying low wages. What’s the justification in paying people very large amounts of money for doing their job? No-one is unique enough to be entitled to thousands of pounds a week.



    As far as I know Celtic FC haven’t given the benefits/housing trade off as the reason for opposing the resolution. They just oppose it.



    Realistically, I doubt whether they know the personal circumstances of their employees or of sub-contracted staff who work on their behalf or unfortunately have even thought this issue through fully.

  7. BB………If Desmond White was alive today he would be getting a phone call from snake mountain to become their next revolving-chair man or CEO or guy that makes stuff up……….

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    A lot of priests getting in for nothing in those days.

  9. Richie #TeamOscar on



    14:06 on


    21 October, 2013





    With respect,I doubt our pie-stall staff are on a forty hour week.






    Too right. Almost certainly they are working for the catering company who has the contract, and may even be further subcontracted through an agency and may work at other venues.



    It may be possible for Celtic to insist their rates are Living Wage while at CP.

  10. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    How long is Commons out if it’s a tweak?




  11. I am truly astounded of forehead that any Celtic supporter woud not be critical of the club for not paying the living wage, especially since it would cost only circa £120,000 pa to do so. It is even more galling when one of the highlights of the AGM will be how fantastically well we have done financially.


    Sorry to harp on about this, but I believe so strongly that we are a special club with an ethos of fairness in all things. Paying poverty wages isn’t fair.

  12. Richie #TeamOscar on

    Dharma Bam \o/ stands up for Neil Lennon


    14:17 on


    21 October, 2013


    Richie #Team Oscar



    “Everyone else is doing, so why can’t we?”



    You’re not meaning to use that as justification, are you?








    In fact, I’m nowhere near the ‘big boys’ league but refuse to pay the minimum wage and always will. I set the rates based on a few factors, but that its not one of them.



    In some ways, the minimum wage has back-fired and is now the go-to rate for many.

  13. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I’m reading the [very good] biography of the late Robert Enke.



    Frank de Boer doesn’t come out of it very well.



    They were team mates at Barcelona.

  14. BMCUWP



    Then a restriction of 10,000 was put on the jungle, i think only those between the pillars were counted.






    The 29,000 total for Aberdeen games really messed with my head .


    Ten thousand in the stand and ten in the jungle and at least nine in the partick thistle end meant that the Celtic didnt count for those games

  15. Richie #TeamOscar



    13:52 on 21 October, 2013





    ‘Good points. I employee people who cannot earn over a certain threshold or they lose tax credits. Another would have housing benefit cut.



    There is a lot of debate on here without knowing all the facts about the subcontracts etc.’









    So perhaps Celtic are paying poverty wages out of consideration for their employees?



    I must admit that hadn’t occurred to me.



    I’m feeling a bit silly now.

  16. The Spirit Of Arthur Lee




    14:22 on 21 October, 2013







    “I will name that crowd in 5”



    At Cappielow I once named the 5 in that crowd

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    I’ve seen in Swindon how Employment Agencies can destroy the living standards of an entire town,previously a high-wage one.



    With the employment situation as it is now in the UK in general,and the squeeze on benefits,employers are largely happy to pay someone else to find staff for them,as it removes the need to offer them a contract of employment. And people have to take what is on offer.



    No comeback when they get paid off at the drop of a hat,little chance of union protection. Disgraceful state of affairs,we are really back in a 1980’s scenario when your boss would literally tell you you were lucky to have a job.



    Heyho. You lot had better pray I don’t lose mine,or I’m up the road quickstyle!

  18. World Cup Play Offs


    Portugal v Sweden


    Ukraine v France


    Greece v Romania


    Iceland v Croatia


    Good draw for Sammi,Mick Lustig to mark Ronaldo out the game for a place in Rio.

  19. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Burnley78 13:08 on 21 October, 2013



    You are correct when you point out Celtic are not alone with these employment practces. These working conditions have been slowly introduced in the UK over the past couple of decades, with little or no opposition from a largely lethargic public.



    You are wrong when you say ‘this does not make Celtic a bad employer’. Celtic and every other employer who exploit their workforce are very much ‘bad employers’.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on

    RICHIE 1420



    “In some ways, the minimum wage has back-fired and is now the go-to rate for many.”



    Yep,canny disagree wi that. Except possibly that many employers would love to pay less (and frequently do)

  21. Richie #TeamOscar on




    What do you mean “now” :-)



    “So perhaps Celtic are paying poverty wages out of consideration for their employees?”



    That’s not in any way what I meant, but hey-ho

  22. If a few lads & lassies are being brought in for match days and are more or less on a nixer, working on pie stalls etc, I don’t think its a huge moral issue if they are on a minimum wage. However anybody who works for The Club and whose wages from that work constitutes their main income should at least get the higher minimum living wage.

  23. Richie, I had many heated arguments with many socialist friends at the time that the minimum wage was brought in. I didn’t think it was a good idea then and don’t now.



    Can someone tell me how every worker should get the “living wage”, but for those who are unemployed they will receive less than the “minimum wage”.



    In times of high unemployment and global economic recession I think people need to choose which fight they want.



    The living wage is not one of mine.



    If 10 employees receive the “living wage” rather than the “minimum wage” maybe some companies will employ one less person, is this really what people want?

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Great to see you back on here over the last coupla days,bud.



    How you keeping?

  25. Are we talking about minimum legal wage or somebodies perceived living wage?



    A persons labour is worth exactly what a potential employer is prepared to pay for it on a given day which is determined by supply and demand. Nothing else.



    Your overheads become too great then eventually you will go out of business…its easy. Do it with jam jars or do it on spreadsheets but the result is the same.



    This whole concept of charitable causes etc has been hi-jacked by certain elements for their own agenda’s it seems.



    What was started as a desperately needed charitable excersize by Brother Walfrid became a commercial venture soon after. He never made any recorded utterances about this development that I am aware of?



    We are different in as much as we were started to feed desperate people while everyone else was doing it for the popular entertainment profit….just like the cinema but we need to realise we are commercial enterprise too.



    The same people who want unskilled manual labour to be paid 12 pounds per hour no doubt want season books for 250 or less and CL trophy winning team I imagine?



    Where is the money coming from? You can’t reduce your incoming revenue while simultaneously increasing your overheads. If it won’t work for a sole trader with his own van


    then why do certain people think it will work at Celtic where we need something like 30M per annum just to stand still?



    The football……2-1 to Celtic……Puuki to be on the score sheet.

  26. Richard Wilson in The Herald tells us that Dave King should be O’K with the SFA and AIM regulators to take up a directorship with Sevco as he has only “41 breaches of the Income Tax act in South Africa that King was fined for earlier in the year.”



    Harold Fredrick Shipman (14 January 1946 – 13 January 2004) was a British doctor whose patients had a very alarmingly low mortality rate Dr Shipman had 250 breaches of the Right to Life Act (UK) attributed to him.



    Old Harold sounds quite harmless when you give him the Richard Wilson/Herald treatment doesn’t he and would sound even better if comparing the respective jail sentences both parties were given.



    Dave King was given a sentence of EIGHTY TWO years in prison (41 x 24 months), while Doctor Harold Fredrick Shipman was given THIRTY years in prison (maximum for life).



    Talking of Masons there are now only NINE days left including today to sign the Scottish Parliament public petition calling for judges/jurors to register membership of secret societies such as the freemasons. Support signatures from all countries are welcome here:






    If we don’t complain they will think that we are happy with things the way they are.

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