Europe a sideshow to league duty at Fir Park


A Europa League tie against Rennes on Thursday would normally set midweek pulses racing but when Celtic have such a crucial game ahead in the fight for second place Neil Lennon has a major decision to make, does he rest players for the Motherwell game?

Sunday’s game at Fir Park is set to become one of the most important games of the season for Celtic and I’m sure Neil would prefer a clear midweek to prepare for it, but resting players, with the inherent increased chance of defeat, could further damage fragile morale.

Celtic need a confidence boosting win but they need heads focussed on beating Motherwell even more. The consequences of defeat on Thursday are unpleasant, but the consequences of defeat on Sunday are incalculable.

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  1. Moonbeams WD. \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. C’mon the hoops. – The movie is called: Cop this Hacked Off Tim.



    Terrible title.



    I have some better ideas:



    * Hundercover Brother



    * Huns On The Run



    * James Bond: Midden-raker



    * Taxi Driver 2: The Legend Of Bickle’s Gold




  2. Roll up, Roll up



    Roll up, Roll up and buy a bhoy,


    Take your pick a Christmas toy,


    The media on their usual derail,


    As they put our players up for sale.



    Roll up, Roll up and read the news,


    Made up nonsense and twisted views,


    Fish bowl of numbers for them to pick,


    A random player for their slapstick.



    Roll up, Roll up and have a laugh,


    Read between the lines, spot the gaffe,


    Any player you might want to buy,


    The honest truth and that’s no lie!

  3. For the tough games ahead over the winter period we must look to dominate teams the way we used to under mon. My starting line up subject to injures would be,





    Matthews K Wilson Mulgrew Izaguirre


    Brown Wanyama Kayal Ledley


    Stokes Hooper



    This midfield, if played regurlary, will allow us to impose our authority over the opposition and get a lead in games. This then gives us a platform to unleash the likes of forest, commons, mccourt and ki to unlock already tired defences and ultimately kill off games.



    At the moment we are, and more impoartantly, are seen to be, a soft touch. For us to even begin to think about closing the gap on the fod then this must stop NOW.



    Neil has to show authority but he also has to show trust. It’s time to pick a starting 11 and go with them. We know we have the better player it time to show the rest.



    Btw as this is my first post then obviously i am a h** ;-)

  4. Neil's Taxi's Here ! on




    I’m licensed to carry 4 passengers. Not as many as you carry but still enough room for those 3 “slackers” that sit behind you.



    C’mon now. Meter’s running ………………unlike yer front two !

  5. Agree paul67 play the under 19s losing on thursday who cares lose on sunday and lenny and our league campiagn are finished



    Sad that it has come to a stage where we are so poor europe is a sideshow as we cling to 3rd place.



    Hail Hail

  6. paul 67



    we need to stay behind the team



    the thunder off the stands maybe will help the thunder on the park.



    i want thunder!



    tictalker talking tic.

  7. Philvis- Don’t know the last player but Jim Brogan had a zapata belter in the ’71 LCF, as recently re-shown on TV.



    He spent the following few weeks hiding behind a false beard.

  8. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    philvisreturns 1 November, 2011 at 12:20:


    Howsabout for the aftermath?



    “Dude where’s my club?”

  9. AFTER the runaway success of the inaugural Mahindra Youth Football Challenge (MYFC) in India, the capital city of New Delhi will have the honour of kicking off the second year’s footballing action from November 3, 2011.



    The first Intra-City round of this unique Under-14 Schools Football Tournament/Talent Hunt will see 32 leading football-playing schools from Delhi competing for the honour of being crowned the ‘Champion School’ of Delhi.



    The Delhi champions will then face five other champion schools from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala to decide the winner of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge.



    MYFC is the Mahindra Group’s commitment to promote football at the grassroots level.



    The company has partnered with Celtic Football Club, who will take on the responsibility of training and developing young talent identified through the initiative.



    The second year of the MYFC will continue to be played out in six cities, including popular football destinations – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala, casting a wide net to identify the most talented junior football players in the country. 



    The MYFC initiative is being promoted and executed by leading sports management company, Procam International.



    Mufaddal Choonia, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Strategy of Mahindra & Mahindra, said: “We are very proud to bring back the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge for its second year. We were humbled by the response we received for the tournament.



    “With the talent that we identified at the end of the first year, I am glad to say that we more than achieved the objectives that we had set for the league, which was to identify and nurture talent at the grassroots level. We hope to continue this in the second year as well.”



    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell, said: “Celtic Football Club has been delighted with the progress made during the first year of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge.



    “The three players who visited the club’s Academy in Scotland, Bishal Harizan, Jayanta Mondal and Mani Maran, were a credit to all involved with the tournament and acquitted themselves excellently.




    “We are looking further to developing this relationship further over the next 12 months and hope to play a substantial role in developing young football players across the country and ensuring a positive experience is had by all.”



    And Sankaran, Director–Operations of Procam International, said, “It is indeed a pleasure to be associated with a project that involves such reputed entities as Mahindra and Celtic FC.



    “Procam International is committed to giving India’s junior footballers a professional playing experience, enabling them to focus completely on the task on hand, which is to play good football.”



    India’s No.1 FM station, 92.7 BIG FM continues to be the official Radio Partner for the MYFC.



    The winning schools from the six cities and their coaches will benefit from a four-day coaching camp to be conducted by a panel of visiting coaches from the Celtic Football Club before the Inter-City Challenge.




    This same panel will then shortlist 16 players from the Inter-City Challenge who will further undergo an intensive five-day long coaching clinic where two to four of the best players will be picked to travel to Scotland for further intensive training with Celtic.



    Three footballers, Bishal Harizan and Jayanta Mondal from Kolkata and Mani Maran R. from Bangalore, were selected from the inaugural Mahindra Youth Football Challenge. After intense football action across six cities, involving 32 schools from each city, these three were picked after the Inter-City Challenge and got an opportunity of a 10-day intensive coaching camp in Glasgow with Celtic.

  10. Paul67 et al



    Au contraire! Ever heard the phrase about playing one game at a time? Jock Stein said that. No, we should put as much effort into the next game as we can, try and play as well as we can and get the best result we can. Then, and only then should we look to the Motherwell game, not before.

  11. The Pantaloon Duck on

    I don’t think I have ever been less enthused about a Euro game.



    I think I’m more excited by the thought of ole DBBIA’s tache.

  12. Can’t agree that a European tie should be secondary to a league game with Motherwell. Motherwell shouldn’t even enter our thoughts until Friday morning at Lennoxtown. I remember in the not too distant past that we would rest players in games against the likes of Motherwell ahead of European games. If our current group of players are incapable of going out and beating Rennes at home in europe then beating Motherwell away 3 days later then they shouldn’t be wearing a Celtic strip. Play as strong a team as possible, a team the manager thinks will win, in both games.


    Beat Rennes, we are back in with a chance of qualifying.


    Lose to Motherwell and fall 6 points behind then and a clear out from top to bottom is required, board, management, players, the lot.

  13. The thing is we may well scrape by on Sunday but the inherent problem is that it won’t be too far round the corner until we falter again


    Major surgery is required througout the club before a cure can be found or the problem is going to become terminal

  14. Henriks Sombrero on

    Europe was once the Holy Grail for us, our benchmark as to how well we were doing in the game. Now it’s been reduced to a hindrance while we cling onto SECOND place in a two horse league.



    I hope our ‘custodians’ are pleased with their bonus and salaries while we continue down the road to oblivion.



    In any other business (apart from banking), they would have been sacked a long time ago.

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    Philvis used to be a satirical and humourous poster.



    Now he’s just a podium slapper.



    Shocking decline.

  16. mickbhoy1888 says:


    1 November, 2011 at 12:37



    We are in remission.



    Paul67 mentions a phrase “but the consequences of defeat on Sunday are incalculable”



    When the next defeat is the end sadly you are already at the end.



    Lenny should have been given the backing he deserved in the summer.



    Sadly our director of football knew best and prospects and a healthy balance sheet are more important than success on the field. Some might say he was just follwing the orders of our absentee landlord but does dermot even give a fig now that tiger is back playing golf?



    Lawell should have been chased after the lies at the roadshows.



    Lenny should not be anyones patsy we owe him so much and i hope he does what is best for himself and no one else.



    Hail Hail

  17. merseycelt dumps sadsally on

    mickbhoy1888 says:


    1 November, 2011 at 12:37



    Major surgery is required througout the club before a cure can be found or the problem is going to become terminal





    You’re obviously a clever chappie but let’s not become hysterical!



    In what way is the current crisis likely to be terminal?



    You’re discussing the wrong club in those terms, pal!



    A little bit of perspective would assist us all!




  18. merseycelt dumps sadsally on




    Concur totally with your comment.



    Mickybhoy crossed over the line with that reference to you and owes you an apology!




  19. philvisreturns says:


    1 November, 2011 at 12:47



    Don’t let them shame you, what you have done is a worthy deed ,be proud ,be VEWWY PWOUD.

  20. philvisreturns says:


    1 November, 2011 at 12:20



    The Curious Case of William Wilton.



    The Ugly, The Ugly, and The Ugly.

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