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. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    14:30 on


    30 November, 2012



    ……back into your cupboard, shun…..

  2. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    St Andrews day.



    Just seen some eejit driving on Southside Glasgow with a Union Jack on his car..



    Had to swerve towards him like a magnet…




  3. DBBIA


    Don`t use up good blog space with that kind of comment. If you have anything to say, send me a message in a bottle.




  4. From a Scottish-Places site:



    “The Great Western Road extends from St. George’s Cross in the east to Anniesland Cross in the west, a distance of over 3 miles (5 km). It is Glasgow’s longest and straightest road”

  5. DBBIA ——–






    Didn’t know about the Van connection. Don’t know much about Van . Tupelo Honey is the vaguely country LP with choons for Mrs Van ?

  6. Paul


    I am sure Sports Direct will survive without my spend however I walk past their local shop on Baker Street most days and it reminds me that I need to pick up a pair of stout walking shoes.Then I remember who they are and who they give sustenance to.I’d rather go around in my leaking old pair than give them a penny.

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    “She’s an atheist”


    There are far more sinister old boys clubs she should be going after, which would suit her ‘nothing religous’ claim.


    IMO her claim is disingenious.

  8. Damo Lennon @ 14.45


    Unbelievable stuff from a mob we would be well rid off.


    However, I like the part about writing to their MP”s, Cameron and even auld lizzie – Send it first class and do it now!….Obviously forgetting who the postman is:)


    They really should stop chasing Lions – It could lead to a whole lot of trouble for them – Oh wait!


    Teuchter ár lá

  9. garcia lorca


    15:33 on


    30 November, 2012



    If you have a TK Maxx nearby they’re very good for a stout walking shoe.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    bournesouprecipe 15:02 on 30 November, 2012



    The ole Canadian sojurs – the fictional duo came as close to action in the war as anyone at Ibrox did … lest we forget…

  11. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Sofa- Van is one of thoe artists capable of producing a string of good records- Astral Weeks, Moondance,St Dominic’s Preview.



    I’m surprised you’re not an afficionado.

  12. Canmalar,


    If you were genuinely interested, I found this:


    “They also built the Military Way, a road that ran parallel to the south of the wall. They built the aforementioned fort at the intersection of the Military Way, and the north-south road from Glasgow to Loch Lomond. In 164 AD, after only 20 years, the Romans withdrew to Hadrian’s Wall.”


    Great Western Road could be on the same line .

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire


    15:34 on


    30 November, 2012



    You can think that if you like. You don’t know her. I do and have done for years. Her husband for even longer. Trust me, if she had a religious bone in her body, I’d know and they wouldn’t be married.



    That’s not to say her motives may not be hijacked if this gets as far as a parliamentary debate. It probably never even crossed her mind that those who seek to attack religion as a whole might use the petition as a spring board.



    Anyway enough of that.



    What about songs eh? They’ve got to be stopped. *sits in silence*




  14. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Jonathan Mardukas was known as ‘The Duke’ and so was Edward Ellington, but neither were related to the Grand Old Duke of York as far as I know.

  15. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    just pulling your leg,


    we all know the Great Western Road was one of the great examples ot the Protestant work ethic, long before the Romans even got here.


    I know they brought rabbits but.


    and in the last EDL flyer I seen they are demanding deportation for all rabbits on the grounds they are illegal immigrants who have been infiltrating every nook and cranny of Britiain infection our way of life.


    Down with this sort of thing

  16. TBB



    “The Groucho”



    Has anyone noticed the English FA have tried to out racism and anti semitism as soon as these occurred in the last few weeks…..still waiting on the SFA mentioning anything regarding the Saville incident and ongoing sectarian singing by Sevco.




  17. DBBIA @ 15 38



    I have none of his solo work . I have the first 4 Them singles and a Them EP . I used to have the Angry Young Them LP [ sold in the first cash in days of Ebay].



    His singing on How Long Baby is real good

  18. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    ah the songs :oD))


    easy peasy


    generally most Catholics of Irish descent dont have a problem but have a problem with the minutes silence.


    most non Catholics without Irish heritage have a problem with the songs but not the minutes silence.


    There are many exceptions but I think if you had a survrey this would be true.


    Being open to all brings its own issues, but they are good issues, how to acknowledge and respect each others point of view takes time, and we’ve got time :o)

  19. Steinreignedsupreme on

    kikinthenakas 15:47 on 30 November, 2012



    Why are you remotely bothered about a guy dressed as Jimmy Saville?



    He had nothing to do with Celtic.

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