Europe in July, heavy legs and waning concentration


After losing the second leg against Salzburg in last season’s Champions League 3rd qualifying round, Qarabag eliminated Twente Enschede on away goals before having a good Europa League group stage.

Draws home and away to Saint Etienne, a home draw against Inter after a two goal defeat in the San Siro, and a win and a loss against Dnipro is enough form to suggest Celtic have a match on their hands.

On the positive side, Qarabag are also preseason, play on grass and Baku, their home city, is four hours ahead of Glasgow, so they will have a small jetlag adjustment to make for Wednesday’s game.  The final whistle will go after 1:30 in the morning Baku time.  Players find the latter part of any big game tiring, more so early in the season, so we have to push hard late in this game.  Qarabag will be vulnerable as concentration wanes and legs get heavy.

This tie feels very much like the Shakhter Karagandy play-off tie two years ago.  Shakhter arrived with a solid two goal lead, but an impassioned Celtic Park pushed us over the line.  A similar intensity will be required on and off the field on Wednesday.

What’s our chances?  Not sure, but we’ve a serious challenge on our hands.

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  1. Bawsman,


    Great spot on the short passing, I thought his passing just improved because he was relaxing into the game but your observation makes a lot of sense.

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    every day is a school day #2-



    One of the pioneers of the temperance movement in the UK had a stammer.



    He stood up at a meeting in Preston to say ‘ for the past year I’ve been t-t-totally abstinent’



    -and from his speech impediment we get the word ‘teetotal’.

  3. themelvingael on

    North Cyprus Bhoy



    Thanks.told her she wouldn’t be able to wear shorts but getting the impression its like khazakstan, Muslim but really relaxed.Arrive very early hours Tuesday ,away Thursday night so hopinlg to see a bit of the place.


    Kidding her on that if you don’t know the supreme leaders name then its instant arrest.

  4. Just having a quiet lunchtime muse about the team for this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if (when) VVD heads down the M6 Ronny considers moving Lustig into CB and playing Janko at RB.



    Just a wee thought. Carry on.








    No problem,mate. That’s what the site is really good at-offering introductions. Oh,and a guid day oot talking Celtic and whatever else springs to mind!



    Open to all,despite what others may say.

  6. tommie20



    12:21 on 27 July, 2015


    Paul. please help how to i get C.Q.N.badge.





    Email me at doccqten@gmail.com



    I’ll sort you out for a badge. Green one(beautiful and sought after) or the tardy black copy one, both available for a small charitable donation.



    If you are going to the game on Wednesday





    CRC will most likely be at CQN corner.



    There will be a couple of new versions available in the not too distant future.

  7. BMCUW,


    if you are still about,


    whats this drinking session you speak of,


    and is it available to anyone





    Is there a teeblootered movement?





    I tried to mail you the other day about something but couldn’t find your addy.



    Sure I had it,so a wee concern that I’ve lost more details than just yours.



    10/10,usual rules. Probably same place too. International fortnight so no proper football to distract us.



    Mail me on






    and I’ll give you the details



    Btw,had a smashing time wi yer Bankie bud on Saturday. And the extended family.





    Must be. I invite you.



    How’s life? You nipping over the water to Baku?

  11. As I said on Saturday, the MIB was very lenient to VvD at the beginning of the match. Imo, he looked poor at the beginning of the game in Iceland. Let’s hope he starts on Wednesday like he finished the game in Iceland.



    I think our manager has seen that every team has spotted the weakness of Izzie being too easily caught out. That’s why Charlie Mulgrew was playing in Iceland and started on Saturday. I’m not keen on him as a LB but he would be my choice before Izzie, if he’s fit.



    Bitton is class but his passing was poor at the start on Saturday. Hopefully, he’ll not make some of the mistakes he made then on Wednesday. As has been said, we can’t afford any passengers then.

  12. dettolandblackash



    12:37 on 27 July, 2015


    Like the way Ronnie is using media to drum up attendance for Wednesday’s game -reminiscent of how Stein manipulated the press in the 60/70s





    Why dont we get Ronny to do a photo-call for the DR, and they can plug our game on Wednesday!!



    They feckin’ do it for Sevco!!




  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    The Battered Bunnet 13:23


    It’s amazing how many goals are scored in this way. When one of the full-backs is forward and the attack breaks down, the other one has to come in off the flank and cover the central area.


    Ashley Cole was excellent in his hey-day. Jackie Mac wasn’t too shabby.


    Should be something that could be worked on.

  14. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Just catching up on previous blogs as usual and see a lot


    of discussion about the wearing of the hoops for older men


    well i’ve managed to reach the grand old age of 67 yes that


    magical No. and i wear them with pride, and i love it when


    in company ( especially stickies ) and anyone asks my age,


    67 i say, you know, the year Celtic won the big cup.


    Obviously over here in Oz it’s different as you don’t have that


    underlying fear that me or my bhoys will be harmed in any


    way just for wearing your teams colours.


    any way how can me and the wee mhan make any converts


    if we don’t show them off ourselves.


    And honestly if i thought i could get a new Celtic supporter i


    would wear Cowiebhoys onesie to the dancing, if he would only


    part with it.


    H.H Mick

  15. CQN turns into a pile of xxxxbags as we tremble at the thought of playing against Qarabag



    Im glad the standards/expectations and ambitions at Celtic haven’t fallen over the years then eh? Ghod help us!



    If we cant see our way past teams like this in the qualifying stages we genuinely don’t deserve a CL spot.

  16. Paul67 et al



    Jetlag? Also known as ‘Circadian Rythm Disorder’.



    Which sounds to me at least like a Canadian folk band.

  17. Marrakesh Express on




    Enjoyed that 65 film Tony. It was my first final, great view from the North stand with my da. Fifty years on, I’m taking him to the game now. Magic memory.

  18. BMCUW,


    Was thinking of going on the DohaCSC bus but they tweeted no smoking, you can bring all the bevy you want but nae snout, bloody cheek :oD)) belter :)


    £100 a visa,that’ll be right, out of order but is suppose they need to pay the airport staff something.

  19. mike in toronto on

    I’m definitely in the ‘wear the hoops around’ gang …. I do get some grief from my neice, but, it doesn’t hurt anyone else, and makes me happy…. and, as I have said before, I”ve had some great experiences when traveling meeting people who saw the shirt


    … even recently, KT and I were down at the harbourfront for Canada day, and I had my shirt on …. several people shouted hail, or stopped us and chatted …. and, as a result of experiencing even that small bit of camraderie, I think KT is starting to get the sense of community that exists, and the passion (she thought that perhaps I was just a loonie….which I suppose I might be… but, if so, I am in good company here) …



    and she is now starting to get quite excited about seeing the game in September at Celtic Park ..



    I could be well on my way to converting her! That has to be a sure fire ticket to heaven, no?

  20. Really tough game. In saying that we really need to be beating teams like this if we are to compete in the group stages of UCL.



    Just me trying my best not to be nervous, but come kick-off time I’ll be a wreck.



    Árd Macha

  21. Tamrabam



    14:03 on 27 July, 2015



    CQN turns into a pile of xxxxbags as we tremble at the thought of playing against Qarabag



    Im glad the standards/expectations and ambitions at Celtic haven’t fallen over the years then eh? Ghod help us!



    If we cant see our way past teams like this in the qualifying stages we genuinely don’t deserve a CL spot.







    Teams like Legia Warsaw, you mean?



    Times have changed. Coaching has changed. Methodology allows even ‘poor’ sides to have chances to make an impact – Stjarman squandered three good chances at CP in the space of 10 minutes – their only flurry/threat but had they taken one the psychology of the tie could have wobbled us.



    Yes, Celtic should take Quarabag, but they will be reliant on taking the chances they will get to pop the balloon before it’s way too high to reach. Very rare to find ultra-crappy wee teams in europe any more. Far-flung teams with hungry players who have already been tested against big sides are to be treated with utmost caution and 100% focus.



    We need a couple of goals early then pile it on. Like I said, crush their hopes quickly, and before the return leg.

  22. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    To keep the valium consumption down to reasonable levels we’ll need to take a 3-0 lead to the Tofik Bahramov.

  23. leftclicktic on

    Celtic Football Club










    Celtic’s assistant manager has arrived and says the Bhoys are prepared for Qarabag. (KM) pic.twitter.com/HxpSaSIv8w




    JC: “We’ve watched lots of videos and lots of footage. You’ve got to make sure you know everything about your opponent.”




    JC: “I would say Qarabag are a #UCL standard team and it is a massive step up.They like to pass the ball, with good movement.”




    JC: “We’re in good shape. I’m happy to play the first game at Celtic Park as the players love playing in front of our fans.”




    JC: “The atmosphere drives players on. Sometimes it can spook the opponents and it is up to us to get the fans excited.”

  24. On paper Quarabag shouldn’t be able to beat Celtic.



    On paper Celtic shouldn’t really have beaten Barcelona.



    The game isn’t played on paper though.

  25. Sandman


    Me personally I wouldnt have put qarabag in the same level as legia.



    And if times have changed and coaching has changed, then surely our new coach should be able to see off the boys from Azerbijan?



    Or is it only other teams who have improved and not us?

  26. leftclicktic on

    JC: “We need competition for places all over the pitch and the boys will be desperate to play. It is going to be tough. ”



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