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. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    down to morrisong for the Christmass shopping, the weans are getting an orange each, thinking traditional this year :oD))


    bah humbug CSC

  2. Ma Team ..fur The Morrow.. No Necessarily ..Neil’s






    Matthews Izzy



    Wilson Rogne



    McGeough, Kayal, Ibrahim, Mulgrew



    Tony, Lassad.





    Still, Laughin’

  3. Steinreignedsupreme on

    kikinthenakas 15:57 on 30 November 2012



    “He was at an SPL game in a Celtic strip”



    I know he was.



    But that says more about the mentality of the guy who went to the bother of dressing up like that that it does about anything else.



    Jimmy Saville had no association with Celtic, so why let it upset you?



    Seriously, it’s not worth it.

  4. A SON OF DAN Were have they spent the millions on the main stand ,they certainly haven,t spent it on the front stand thats for sure.the toilets and the catering there are a disgrace,and all that steel were the press box is ,is filthy like a few other things around that area hasnt been touched since the bunnet left, and that wasnt yesterday,




    Who do you think first raised the Hola murders in Parliament? That would be Enoch Powell.

  6. BMCUW,sorry for the slow reply had to work.



    Yip the twin cities are the coldest place I have ever been,even from the hotel to the car park can be a challenge.Breath freezes on your hair as soon as you step outside……….scary.

  7. Paul67 et al



    I know for a fact that Montrose won on the road, at Kilsyth back in 1645, but not sure so


    much of Arbroath’s away form.

  8. Looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Hopefully we’ll see McGeouch and Ibrahim start, as well as Watt and maybe Twardzyk. Big Vic should start as he’s got a night off on Wednesday, Lenny should make him captain for the day. Would only expect to see 2 or 3 of Wednesday’s team at most.

  9. Steinreignedsupreme



    My original comment was that it wasn’t/won’t be mentioned or tackled by the SFA along with he continual sectarian singing at Sevco games and the difference in response by the English FA attempts to tackle anti semitism and racial abuse by responding quickly in the last two weeks.


    I was highlighting the difference in approach between the two governing bodies.

  10. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Ernesto -and of course Van may have recognised its uniqueness, and never tried to record a similar sounding album.



    But he did record ‘TSMFW’ with the ole Chieftains.

  11. Bada Bing!!


    16:09 on


    30 November, 2012


    My old man played for Montrose.




    Shoooooooooooorly no the guy who also played for the zombies :O(

  12. I used to work with Ronnie Wilson in Glasgow years ago. Ronnie was Montrose`s goalie at the time.

  13. ernie lynch @ 16 07 .



    I wouldn’t have Astral Weeks in my 500 best LPs list — but — hey -each to their own .



    Astral Weeks is the one with the choon about Cyprus Avenue —– home of the Reverend Paisley ?

  14. Steinreignedsupreme on

    kikinthenakas 16:17 on 30 November, 2012



    I appreciate that.



    You make valid points regarding the approach to sectarianism and racism by the respective bodies. So long as there is a Masonic cabal running Scottish Football that situation will never change.



    The media and the politicians have no interest in dealing with these issues either – which speaks volumes for Scotland as a country.



    But I’m not sure what you would expect them to say about the idiot at Tynecastle. Laugh at him – not with him – that’s all he deserves.

  15. My wife said “what are you doing on that computer now”


    I replied “ I am looking for cheap flights “


    She immediately threw her arms around me kissed me


    and said “ you are the most adorable husband in the world “


    I was amazed I didn’t even know she was the slightest bit


    interested in Darts

  16. South Of Tunis



    16:28 on 30 November, 2012



    ‘ernie lynch @ 16 07 .



    I wouldn’t have Astral Weeks in my 500 best LPs list — but — hey -each to their own .



    Astral Weeks is the one with the choon about Cyprus Avenue —– home of the Reverend Paisley ?’




    That’s the one.



    “Van Morrison was twenty-two or twenty-three—years old when he made this record; there are lifetimes behind it. What Astral Weeks deals in are not facts but truths. Astral Weeks, insofar as it can be pinned down, is a record about people stunned by life, completely overwhelmed, stalled in their skins, their ages and selves, paralyzed by the enormity of what in one moment of vision they can comprehend.”


    Lester Bangs

  17. Steinreignedsupreme



    It annoyed me more than anything given the surveillance that goes on at CP and was reported to be similar at Tynecasle that this idiot was not ejected.



    The English FA have its faults but their approach is something the SFA could learn but you are correct about the Masonic cabal, this is Scotland after all!

  18. From Wikipedia



    ‘Music critic Greil Marcus said that Martin Scorsese told him, in 1978, that the first fifteen minutes of his movie Taxi Driver was based on Astral Weeks’





    I remember the first time I saw Apocalypse Now, and all the way through was thinking, Heart of Darkness.



    The start of Taxi Driver always called something to mind, and now I know what it was. It’s something in the ethereal, nebulous atmosphere that’s common to the LP and the movie.

  19. Dessybhoy



    A hearts supporter dressed up as Jimmy Saville in a Celtic top at Tynecastle on Wednesday, some posters gave a link to his FB page earlier and he is using this as his profile photo.

  20. Why dont you see programmes about pygmies on TV any more?


    When I was growing up in the 60’s there was at least one pygmie show on a week usually fronted by a german a guy with a beard.

  21. ernie lynch –



    Thanks .



    I was very fond of Lester’s stuff [ Rolling Stone / Creem etc ] When he died a Human League LP was on his turntable.

  22. Steinreignedsupreme on

    kikinthenakas 16:40 on 30 November, 2012



    I think ignoring him is the best policy. Can you eject someone for making an arse of themself?

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