Energising offensively


I’ve spoken to many Celtic fans over the last couple of days but I’ve not met one who would have preferred Roy Keane to be our manager instead of Ronny Deila.  Despite some impeccable references, Ronny is a largely unknown character, but there is an appreciation among the support that we need to come up with a plan to enable the club to over-achieve in Europe.

The man’s performance at the media conference was faultless.  It’s not important to quick-witted but his use of words like “energise” and “offensive” is promising.  Football is in the entertainment business and Ronny appears to appreciate the link between the way his team perform, not just their results, and the ultimate satisfaction supporters’ leave the ground with.

Our thanks to the Greenock Celtic Supporters Club for hosting last night’s CQN Lions fundraiser for the Celtic FC Foundation.  We were fortunate to be entertained by Willie Wallace, John Hughes and Bertie Auld, it was a fantastic night, full of laughs.

Special thanks to those who attended and helped raise over £2000 for the Foundation, and to those who promised to get involved with the Foundation.  The club is in good hands with supporters like those in Greenock last night.  Big shout to Joe and Mick for bringing a familiar old friend along.

Visit the CQN Bookstore to get Tommy Gemmell to sign your personal copy of his tome, All the Best.

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  1. Last post on precious thread……



    Big horse day on the dry, bright, sunny and pleasant Easter seaboard.


    California Chrome is favored to become the first horse in 36 years to complete the Triple Crown.


    The horse faces a strong field this afternoon in the Belmont Stakes.


    If you have access to a TV then I’d recommend taking an opportunity to watch, of only to see how awesome the weather is this weekend.

  2. Delaneys Dunky on

    Ronny over Roy anyday for me!


    Quietly excited about our future.


    Hail Hail

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Caught your post on the last thread.



    I don’t know who will be “home” at that time, but give me a text around the time and you and I can have a pint and discuss where these young Turks are getting it wrong!

  4. normanstreet49 on

    Went for a few e/w in derby. Can’t see past the favourite. Kingston hill might run strong. Also Geoffrey Chaucer and Orchestra def e/w. What I know about betting can be written in large print on the back of a postage stamp.

  5. Calling football part of the entertainment business has got me slaughtered on here more than once over the years. Glad you think so too Paul.

  6. GG



    My Pal.. Nutsy says



    “Cali Chrome, wullnae Mak it…!



    Belmont, is a Track too Faur… fur Him.”



    Interesting.. Eh?



    If Nutsy, says No.. Then.. Ah wid be Stoopid tael Hiv a Go!



    Ah wull sit this wan oot..






  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Talk is cheap but i was very impressed listening to Ronie yesterday. Steely look about him with humility and charisma. Big on team spirit,which is needed to win anything. I think he will “get us” very quickly

  8. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on




    Would love to see California Grome win the triple


    crown,American racing baldly needs a pick up.



    Meanwhile over the pond,I need Australia to win


    the Derby…got some of that 5/2 this morning.

  9. cowiebhoy



    14:49 on 7 June, 2014



    Why not just promote Stevie Frail and John Kennedy? If Ronny likes to develop youth then those two know everything there is to know about who is coming through at Celtic and the rest of Scottish football.

  10. Paul67: I don’t know what the future holds, I do know all about our history. I’d have taken Keane.

  11. I am extremely excited with Ronny’s appointment.


    Most of the other candidates underwhelmed me.


    If we can bring our promising youth academy into the first team ranks then we can compete on the European stage.


    A coaches remit should be the first team a priority but encompassing the youth structure to compete in an evolving football landscape.


    The integration of all football departments is key and i would like to see Jim McGuiness in an expanded role as the proper mindset is hugely important in modern sports.


    And perhaps a new fitness and sports science coach is needed.


    Was very worrying last season that coaches of clubs we lent players to questioned their fitness.


    Looking forward to an uptempo playing style this season.

  12. Kojo


    I’m not a horse racing fan.


    But this horse seems to have caught everyone’s imagination.


    Conditions today are perfect, sunny and calm.


    Expect a large crowd today and of course every TV set in every bar tuned into the race.

  13. Delaneys Dunky on




    JK and SF as first team coaches, would be my ideal scenario.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    Ronny Deila looks like a good bit of business by Celtic, and we look forward to watching it play out in the coming seasons.



    Success over the long term is based on sustaining good practices, but in the short term much of it turns on luck.



    I don’t doubt Celtic will win the league this season, irrespective of how convincingly the team performs, but it’s in Europe where Ronny will get the first and most serious test of his credentials, and luck will play a part.



    Consider Lenny: Having been papped out of both the Champions League and Europa League in the first qualifying rounds in season 1, he lost out to Sion in his second season only to be reinstated following a UEFA enquiry into the validity of the registrations of a number of Sion’s players.



    That break ultimately allowed Lenny and his squad to learn the European game, and was instrumental in my view in his tenure being successful. Without Sion’s obtuseness, Lenny’s career would be entirely different.



    The following year he delivered some remarkable results in the Champions League, the win over Barca being epochal in his career.



    Equally, we often overlook how luck played a part in MON’s 2002/03 season. Having done highly creditably in his first Champions League campaign the previous season, his team went out to Basle in the qualifiers the following, Chris Sutton curling a chance marginally the wrong side of the post in the final minute.



    Had Sutton scored, Seville would never have happened, and MON’s time at Celtic would be viewed through a different lens.



    And let’s not forget the penalty we didn’t get v Milan in the closing minutes of the 2nd leg of the last 16 tie. Legitimate claim, clear foul, no award. Had the decision gone the other way, wee Gordon’s team would likely have qualified into the quarter finals, and we would all love him unconditionally.



    Rambling way to say…



    Ronny Deila: Good appointment long term. Short term, he’s going to need his lucky penny, his rabbit foot and a posy of white heather.

  15. A reaction – nice :-)



    Mind that horse I gave you all earlier, my mhate says it has a really good chance (I’ve no idea, but he should know)


    Love Marmalade at Musselburgh 4.30 :-)



    Hail Hail

  16. Deniabhoy


    I have been banging that drum for 3 years now.


    Our hopes are about to be realized.


    Hail Hail

  17. Sir Paul



    Ronny Dee is an Experienced Campaigner..



    He has worked wi Kids.. Fur Years..



    He knows whit Fargo knows..






    “Yoof ,is the Light n the Wey”



    Neil, wiz Intelligent.. No Question..



    But Neil, Nevah Learned fae his Mistakes.



    He didnae Mak Aloata Mistakes..







    He Jist Nevah Learned.. fae Them…n .. that’s not whit MISTAKES ur Fur..



    Making Mistakes, ur Part n Parcel of the Learning Process..



    That is Whit They ur Fur!



    Na.. Neil, jist hisnae Goat it..



    Ah wull Be surprised if he Diz Well as a Manager , wi anither Team..



    Ah am looking forward tae Seein’ whit Mr. Dee Diz with the Charges that he hiz inherited.



    Ah expect he wull Not be too Pleased with a Few of them..



    No Names.. No Pack Drill.



    We wull see..won’t we.






  18. DontPatmadug on

    Stefan Johansen ‏@stefanjohansen 28m


    A lot of question about Ronny Deila have been asked here. Great person and a great manager and im looking forward to work with him again.

  19. My friends in Celtic,



    Our No2 haven’t got a clue. Once bitten and all that.



    If I was to hazard a guess I would reckon it would be someone with knowledge of the Scottish and possibly wider British game.



    But its possible that’s completely wrong and PL ( Ronie ) will completely hoodwink us and the media again.



    HH to all.

  20. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    A coach who eagerly endorses his club’s policy is a recipe for success.



    Sometimes a candidate for a job will, in good faith, talk positively about the job, but, after a while in the job, those club policies get in the way of his own personal ambitions.




    This leads to disenchantment and frustration and the end of the relationship.



    All normal.



    If Ronny and the club continue to be in sync, then we can look forward to the progression of our talented youngsters, exciting football, big crowds and a healthy bank balance.



    I’m sure the fans will do their bit and allow the time for the tree to bear fruit.


    I’m looking forward to an era where once again the atmosphere in the stadium is generated in response to what is happening on the pitch and not faked by a version of the Green and White Minstrels from the Stands.

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