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. Eyes Wide Open on

    bournesouprecipe says:


    1 November, 2011 at 15:38



    yeah you are right – he knew the brief when he accepted the job.



    i hoped in time he would start to exert a wee bit of his own.



    hasnt happened.



    the opposite in fact, because in public hes delighted with how the last transfer window went and told us all fraser forster was his 1st choice – instantaneously putting scutiny onto himself (we had seen a year of fraser and didnt need to know or see what may or may not happen in training, the guy aint good enough) because on the face of what he said – if thats as far as his aspirations go, then fans and management for the first time werent singing from the same hymn sheet.



    Even as recently as the weekend he was bumming the very people up who surely he will know are responsible for the tripe he is having to work with.



    Ahh well.



    Am out for a walk with the baby while the suns out.

  2. Er,


    Do we really have to endure people revelling in Naismiths injury. Fine, any loss of first team players at Rangers suits us, and we’ve had more than our fair share of bad luck with fitness, but that little sporting bonus aside, it’s pretty disgusting to read some of the comments on here.


    He’s not the most likeable lad, doubley so because he’s their most effective player, but his career is in serious jeopardy, and it’s not a good thing if you’re a football fan. I can honestly say I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing him fit again – he clearly has a passion for football and that puts a lot on CQN to shame…. those whose passions are not so obviously football related.



    Once again certain CQNers define themselves as members of a Celtic orientated clique rather than fans of Celtic Football Club. If you’re a football fan you would never revel in a player getting injured. Ever.



    How ironic that we chase hunfiltrators off here every day and recoil in mock outrage when one of them lashes out in an unpleasant way… and that was just this morning.

  3. fan-a-tic 15.39



    As always your analysis of team tactics and formation is on the button.



    You could well have added that, with regard to the players, their workrate is shocking.

  4. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    My 2 cb’s for the Rennes game would be Foster and Samaras.



    With Commons at left back.



    Well, I didny start it!!!!

  5. BontyBhoy says:


    1 November, 2011 at 15:48



    “Do we really have to endure people revelling in Naismiths injury.”







  6. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    Sion file UEFA complaint



    October 31, 2011


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    Sion have announced they have filed a complaint against UEFA with the European Commission after the club was thrown out of the Europa League when they were found guilty of fielding ineligible players.



    The Swiss club were excluded on September 2 with SPL side Celtic taking their place in the group stages despite having lost the play-offs between the two teams.



    UEFA have since rejected numerous attempts by the club to regain their place via the Swiss civil court in the canton of Vaud, insisting the Court of Arbitration for Sport is the only authority with jurisdiction over the matter with the hearing set for November 24.



    Sion’s complaint, which was filed jointly with some of its players, claims UEFA contravened rules including the “right of access to an independent and impartial judge”, unjustified restriction of competition and the free movement of workers under the EU-Swiss treaty.



    Sion president Christian Constantin said in a statement on the club’s website: “Two Swiss courts have already ruled in our favour but UEFA continue to openly violate both court decisions and insist that the CAS have the final word.



    “Therefore, as others before us, we were compelled to bring this matter before EU justice.”



    Sion are calling for UEFA to be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover for “a flagrant and deliberate violation of formal commitments entered into in 2001”.



    They will be represented by Jean Louis Dupont who previously acted for Belgian Jean-Marc Bosman after his club FC Liege had refused his transfer to Dunkirk.



    The European Community’s court found in Bosman’s favour as it ruled UEFA’s rules contradicted an EU treaty on the free movement of people.



    Sion’s action comes days after UEFA invited the club to a consultation meeting to consider their possible re-integration into the Europa League.



    UEFA have already held talks with Celtic and the other teams in Group I over the effects on fixtures should the Swiss club be reinstated. UEFA had already made contingency plans for Sion’s readmission.



    The first option would annul the group fixtures already played between Celtic, Udinese, Atletico Madrid and Rennes and start a new five-team group with teams playing each other once.



    The second option would see Sion join Group I as it stands and play each team home and away.



    UEFA also raised the possibility of Sion moving directly into the last 32 following an undefined play-off.

  7. Kojo 14:09



    Sorry Kojo, but you are completely wrong on this one.



    You say that because we gave Motherwell a good smack last time around, we should do the same this time. Only one slight flaw in that. We beat Hibs 4-1 middle of last week. and yet on Saturday……..



    A good team would gub Motherwell, but we are currently not a good team. Oh, we have our moments, but they are far too few and far between. There has been so many ocassions this season where we have been simply inconsistent, and our defensive frailties are well documented.



    You also say that Neil Lennon has been backed by the board. Oh really? I don’t beleive he has. That’s not to say Neil lennon is beyond critisism, but we all know he was very keen on Shane Long. So just who scuppered that one then? Mr Lawwell please step forward.



    Peter Lawwell has become the Wormtoungue of Celtic Park. He is so short sighted that instead of investing enough to insure we won the league, look how many millions have we lost in Champions League revenue?



    We could be so much better off that we currently are. What is disappointing is that there are supporters who seem so blinkered to the actual level we have sunk too. And just who is responsible for us being in this siuation. Remember the slide started long before Neil Lennon hoved into view, and also before Tony Mobray. Instead of investing in quality players, and managers, Peter Lawwell is culpable of introducing mediocrity at all levels. Sorry, but he can’t duck out of that.



    Hail Hail

  8. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    I think most of the guys meant what goes around comes around.



    He might be a good footballer, he might be a great footballer.



    He is a fouling, whinging, cheating, diving, obnoxious little er, person.



    He is not and will never be the footballing role model for any of mine.



    I hope his rehabilitation goes well.

  9. Ard Macha



    I agree, Wanyama’s exclusion is wrong and down to team formation in which NL doesn’t accommodate him, due to rigidity in style and number of midfielders.



    Efeffectively, at the moment he’d require to drop Ki, Kayal, Ledley, or Forrest, – NL only does five midfielders in Europe, and hey ho we got a draw because of it in France.



    He should go five, and one up front even at Motherwell let alone v Rennes IMHO.

  10. We have the players to beat any team in the SPL. We proved that last season and at times this season. So, why isn’t it working now?



    Possibly the other teams have worked out how we play and can counter it, while we struggle to find a successful plan B as well as being hindered by a long injury list.



    Or, could there have been a reduction/removal of win bonuses explaining the lacklustre play?

  11. Ten Men Won The League on




    We now have so called Celtic supporters sticking up for a player who dives and cheats on a weekly basis, and who has been guilty of many shocking challenges in the past year on opposition players. As a consequence of him trying to ‘do’ an Aberdeen player, he now finds himself out of the game for 9 months



    Perhaps during his convalescence he will think to himself that maybe it’s time to start playing the game in the spirit its intended, rather than trying to deceive on a weekly basis

  12. BontyBhoy



    I mentioned Steven Naismith and hope my genuine question related to Ragers wasn’t included in your observation.



    Steven Naismith nearly makes Nacho Novo’s memory bearable, but especially having had ligament damage myself I


    wish him no ill will.




  13. Bontyboy



    I think the sympathy-well for any modern footballer is fairly shallow, given the amount of money already earned by the likes of Naismith. Also, his absence is an opportunity for another player further down the “pyramid”.



    Add the fact he’s a Hun.



    Add the fact he has regularly tries to injure fellow-pros.



    Add the fact he’s a Hun.



    Add the fact he CHEATS fellow-pros out of win-bonuses on a regular basis.



    Add the fact he’s a Hun.



    Add his recent celebrations against us.



    Did I mention he’s a Hun?



    Only the most stoney-hearted could see his injury and not laugh…

  14. ‘If you’re a football fan you would never revel in a player getting injured. Ever. ‘



    – well that depends on the player and the injury , doesn’t it.



    I would not shed a tear if El Bhag Douche never kicked a ball again, or Lee Bowyer, or Joey Barton.



    If ‘enjoying’ Scottish football depends on the continuing health of the likes of Stephen Naismith or Kyle Lafferty then the game really is on the morticain’s slab.

  15. Meant to ask what is the significance of Naismiths hand gesture when he score?? Lafferty did it when he scored! Anything sinister behind this goal celebration?

  16. Pujol @ 16.01



    “Only the most stoney-hearted could see his injury and not laugh”.



    Brilliant. Did you get that from Oscar Wilde?

  17. Philvis



    When I was at St Patricks (gracing both the football and rugby teams as it happens) Columba was called St Mary’s.



    It was in the days of the control exam (11 plus to some) and like Top Gun – best of the best and the motto of the School was ‘To Advance in Wisdom and Grace’. I am of course a walking talking realisation of that principle!!



    Anyway, just how good was St Pat’s – have a gander



    You can stick yer Eton



    Hail hail




  18. MWD



    You have my sincerest apologies with regards to my earlier post today


    And may I commend the work of your surgeon be he Billy or Tim


    However my retort was in response to you cheap lobotomy joke on the blog yesterday you fired in my diection regarding my current hospitalisation



    Anyway I phoned the number you supplied me with last night however I couldn’t get through due to the fact it was jammed with bloggers being in a tizzy about Hunfiltrators invading their blog

  19. Bournesouprecipe -I’m sure you would not have ‘done’ your ligament trying to injure another player.



    Perhaps you were demonstrating a particularly intricate piece of choreography to the ole Glee Club?

  20. Philbhoy,



    Hope so. And he is all you say, but then I imagine fans of other clubs think the same of Scott Brown or Lennon… you could go on.


    When we cut through the childish crap Old Firm fans spend their lives on, we are just talking about football. I think if we allow ourselves to indulge this we’re reducing ourselves to the standards we abhor, and we’re being astonishingly hypocritical.


    What would the reaction be if such comments were to appear on other blogs regarding a celebrated Celtic player whose career was under threat.



    Hiding behind the keyboard it’s easy to pretend this is normal. But when Davie Cooper died the gates of Ibrox were swathed in the scarves of both Glasgow clubs and fans from other clubs. That’s a far better reflection of the real ties that bind and the true nature of football as a unifying force rather than a dividing one.


    Our club will be better off when the fans put the football side of things first, and leave the rest to special interest forums and societies or whatever dark recesses will accomodate them.

  21. “If you’re a football fan you would never revel in a player getting injured. Ever. ”



    If you’re a genuine football fan it is natural to find a certain amount of poetic justice in a player trying to cause serious injury to a fellow, and far lower paid professional, and coming away with second prize. The only regrettable part of the incident is that Naismith wasn’t red-carded for violent conduct on his way off.



    This guy routinely attempts to injure his opponents and feigns injury. He personifies everything a football lover hates.

  22. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    I have absolutely no sympathy for cheats suffering through their misdeeds, naismith tried to end the career of an aberdeen player, but came out injured.


    Anyone trying to defend him does not have football at heart. Stinking hun most likely.

  23. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    i watched naisy trying to injure a dons player and it seem to backfire on him



    a bit like gazza did at spurs in fact



    i offer him the same sympathy that he offered the dons player that he tackled

  24. Bournesouprecipe,



    I’m all for a 5 in midfield, but if Neil wants to drop any of the current set-up, it would have to be Kayal. Victor provides a physical presence and on Saturday looked very composed, providing the team with a platform and directing play to attack Hibs.



    It was late and to no avail, but he ceratinly improved things. The 2nd half against Kilmarnock and away to Rennes also showed what impact he has on the team.



    Árd Macha

  25. Canamalar,



    I have always felt sorry for Naismith. Why should I change my opinion cause he destroyed his own career. The list of huns that have done what he has done is long but nobody remembers them. Dumb ass cannon fodder.




  26. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Ard M…,


    that will leave only 10 me on the park if he swaps kayal

  27. Philvis – Columba? Seriously! That would make youe the second Tory in the schools history!



    Estadio – St Pats a great school, and a great option for the guys who couldny fight!