Emenike, Ashley and only Montrose


I suppose we should start by heading the warning from Sevconian under-performer, Ian Black, who suggested that the Third Division is harder than the SPL.  By this logic, Second Division Arbroath will terrify the life out of the Celtic defence ahead of their Scottish Cup tie tomorrow, they did, after all, put three goals past Inverurie Locos in the Third Round tie, and again in the replay.

Only Montrose

Having previously experienced the delights of Brechin, Forfar and the Dundee clubs, after tomorrow, the only Tayside club I will not have seen will be Montrose.  These opportunities don’t come around often enough!

In all seriousness, Second and Third Division football is not difficult, it is essentially Keep Fit on the cheap.  Celtic must deal with the sincere endeavour of their opponents while giving an opportunity for several fringe players to grace Celtic Park.

With our midfield already stretched by injury and suspension ahead of the Spartak game, Neil Lennon will want to guard this area of the team in particular.  Spartak play their last game before heading to Glasgow tonight, at home to Zenit, who sit five points about them after 17 games.  This is a huge game for Spartak and interim manager Valery Karpin, who will either succeed as interim, and be made permanent boss, or to fail and to also lose his general manager position.

Unusually for the Champions League, they have five days to recover before facing Celtic, a game Karpin is keen to win.  Celtic will technically only have four days rest but the bulk of players likely to play in midweek will surely be rested tomorrow.

Spartak will be without striker Welliton, who travelled to Germany for an operation this week.  Emmanuel Emenike, who scored twice against Celtic last month, is likely to lead the line.  Emenike is a penalty box striker who is more than capable of exploiting gaps in the Celtic box.  Karpin may instead opt to play target-man Artyom Dzuba as a sole striker.  Dzuba is not a prodigious goal-scorer but he is able to hold play up and bring others into the game.

I loved media suggestions today that Sports Direct have a fight on their hands from other firms if they want their brand used to rename Ibrox.  You have to admire the intellectual endeavour that goes into news coverage in this country.  Sports Direct area THE key business partner for The Rangers.  The only issue open to question is how much skin they are in the game for and what they get in return.  Remember this when you’re buying sports kit for Christmas!

Unlike the CQN Annual, the perfect Christmas present, available here and not found in any Sports Direct store.

Lower league clubs will all surely be quaking in their boots at the news The Rangers will not only bring in well over £20m in a share issue, but could also earn countless riches from stadium naming rights.  The leaked IPO PowerPoint presentation suggested the Offer for Subscription would commence on Monday. I am sure it is on-plan.

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  1. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    I think the MIB thot it was sevco re the ITC collar thats why he gave the extra 1min. Big hun!!

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    2nd ITC goel off side


    There was only one team allowed a result today

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on





    Experimental line up, about time :o)


    Hail Hail

  4. Celtic Team.. No Ma PIck.. But, Neil’s



    Cool Haun



    Matthews Rogne Ambrose.. CHALMER



    McGeough, Brown, Wanyama, IBRAHIM,



    Watt, Miku.



    Subs..Forster,Izzy, Lassad,Kayal , Hooper.




    Ah like it.



    Ibrahim And Chalmers.. hiv Earned a Start



    Young Chalmers ,is a Wonderful.. Crosser o’ the Fitba



    Ah am excited that he Is being given Shot at the big Leaugues..




    Ibrahim, may be the Missing.. “Guiler in the Biler”.. whom we hiv bin wishing fur.. since.. oor last wan.. Lubo..left Parkheid oan the Clyde.






    Still, Laughin

  5. fanadpatriot



    What no Paddy




    Take a wild stab in the dark why he’s not in the squad.

  6. South Of Tunis on

    Celtic First ———–



    I have seen your post .— I don’t have time to respond — I will do so tomorrow morning ..



    Briefly – The Battered Bunnet is bang on —it is a tomato thing . The woman from Padova is of the opinion that you can’t buy a tomato worthy of the name in the UK.



    Not sure re a biography of Aldo Moro but will check . There are lots of good ones re his murder .



    A domani

  7. Ten men won the league


    Cole certainly climbed but Ivanovic backed into him first.


    I think the ref got it right as Ivanovic was wrong side of Cole and backed in to try and regain position.


    Great to see Chalmers and Ibrahim get their chance to shine today

  8. I think Paddy is injured. Now that I’ve read the team, I would just love to watch the game, my kingdom for a sausage.

  9. channelislandcelt on




    Yeah , Jersey has moved out of the dark ages (slightly). Oh how we danced long


    into the sunday night of our last ever meeting wid the huns :0)).



    Not gonna see match today due to family business so can all keep the updates


    coming HH.

  10. fanadpatriot



    Burgas hoops


    Being saved for the big match or injured.




    PMSL with your 1st choice -)))

  11. The Singing Detective..



    Hiya, Palomine.



    Yep.. Ibrahim ,is worth his Salt.



    As you know.. Ah am a Big, Big, Critic of The MAKE-UP of oor PRESENT MID-FIELD.



    Not, the Members of , Therin..



    But.. The GENERAL MAKE -UP..



    We hiv Too many Neil- Look – Sorta-Likes in It..



    We desperately..and Ah mean.. Desperately.. need…



    At least ONE… Engineer.. in it..



    Oor Biler Room..which is Ma Term.. Fur the Mid-Field..



    His Too Many STOKERS.. and No Wan.. Engineer.. in Charge..



    Ah am glad the Neil is Beginning tae Realize that..



    Ibrahim, may no be the Answer..






    Ah fully expect that Neil ..A Hunting He wull Go… Fur a Lubo Type .. in The Jan Sales..






    Still, Laughin’

  12. Hey, Fellahs..



    Meanwhile, In anither Part of the Forrest…………



    The Hooper Talks.. are Draggin’









    Ma Crest is Fallen.. and Ma Spirits..












    Still, Laughin… though.

  13. West ham winning with minutes to go. Is Benitez going to be the shortest appointment at the London Huns yet?

  14. Ten Men Won The League


    Of course i’d view it differently if it went against us.


    I admit to absolute bias when it comes to Celtic.


    But i watched 3 replays as a neutral who does not like either team and on every one Ivanovic backed in first as he got caught wrong side of Cole.


    If they had both been in same area and Cole did as i saw then it would have been a clear foul.

  15. In Today’s Game



    Wull the Smokies.. fae Arbroath..



    Gie us a Game?



    Ah hope so.



    But.. Ah Doot it..









    Still, Laughin’