Extra week training in July has huge impact


I was concerned about a trip to Estonia after hearing Hearts struggle in their home leg against Estonian opponents last week, so news that Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps beat Flora Tallinn was welcome, although the concern was tempered as news arrived that Hearts were three goals up in the away leg.

The lesson here is that in July, one more week’s training has a huge impact on performance.

Brendan Rodgers will be happy with how training has progressed thus far, but it’s only when players put multiple 90 minutes under their belts that they are ready for competitive action. There’s not necessarily a great deal of work to do to overcome Red Imps (no offence intended), but qualifiers come thick and fast thereafter. Despite beating Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana yesterday, I expect Celtic will be more motivated for Saturday’s game against Maribor.

It gets serious from now onwards.



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  1. How many chances have Germany has this game?


    It’s like they are us, playing against Rangers in the 1990s

  2. JOBO BALDIE on 7TH JULY 2016 9:36 PM



    Cheers – been coming here since young KB was born and love it. See you soon.

  3. 50 shades of green on



    This one is for Battiston?






    Was thinking the same myself there

  4. Neustadt-Braw on



    I won,t be buying a beer doon the local ever again…….a serious amount of bets won..



    Life is Braw…..awfy Braw




  5. Well done France.



    One of the few, if not the only team to play with 2 strikers!



    Great game.

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Cracking game. Well done France.


    Reckon the final will be pretty turgid though. Just hope France win it.


    Germany? Six consecutive semi-finals. They must be doing something right!

  7. I fancy Portrugal now, this was the final,for France, how’s that for a predictable cliche? To be honest France look very physically strong and have the form striker, but. Portrugal have Cristiano!


    Hopefully it will be a good game and will be decided in 90 minutes.

  8. i wonder how many penalties that Italian referee has awarded in Italian football . Has he ever refereed a Juventus game ?




  9. Som mes que un club on

    Thanks everyone.



    Most likely be Blantyre as reasonably accessible from motorway.




  10. So that’s numbers 1 and 2 of my pre-tournament 3 preferences, Anyone and But, through to le grand finale on Sunday. Number 3 did me proud too!

  11. Jobo: I was in section 111 a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Admittedly, I was knackered after it:-).

  12. angelgabriel on

    Enjoyed the match. Germany seemed to lack conviction and belief after losing both goals, while France visibly displayed more confidence.


    Goals change games CSC.

  13. Allez Les Bleus. On est en finale!!!!



    Tomorrow evening at 6pm CQN Magazine will publish an update on Resolution 12, and quite an update it is too.



    James Forrest, of this parish, will get advance notice, so that he can compose his thoughts and deliver his narrative.



    We will have a Res 12 Q&A from 7pm and have arranged for the chap I met earlier in the week to be on here to talk to CQN’ers.



    Make no mistake these four guys are absolute heroes. Some of them have had to endure sickening online attacks and threats which is one reason why we have been more in the fore ground in recent times.



    Some of you contributed to the recent advertising campaign for Res 12. Thank you for that. As you know I got the money – around £5000, back from The Guardian.



    It is our intention to use some of this to find what is coming next. This will be included within the feature tomorrow. There is no need to provide advance warning to those who would see us fail.



    When we are done every penny left over goes to Mary’s Meals.



    We also have the last 50 tshirts arriving tomorrow and you can get yours if you haven’t done so already from Cqnbookstore.com







  14. Som mes que un club on

    Thanks JC2.



    Hoping Saturday night won’t be so bad, but appreciate your advice.

  15. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Well, over 12 hours in Lisbon Airport now.



    Been guaranteed (Ha) 12.30pm flight tomorrow. Now in baggage reclaim for the last half hour waiting on luggage but rather worryingly it has not appeared yet.



    If it does we are getting bussed to a hotel on the outskirts.



    As Rowley Birkin QC would say, “I may be vewy vewy dwunk”

  16. WeefratheTim on

    Evening all



    I see the man who invented predictive text has, sadly, passed away. His funfair is next monkey. HH and night night.

  17. WC


    Thanks for the notification and my continued gratitude to the leaders of Res 12, I look forward to the update tomorrow.

  18. WC


    Thanks for that information. I look forward to the update.


    Those four guys deserve an award.





  19. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Liverpool accept £15 million for Jordan Ibe from Bournemouth……..yeah had to Google him too…..the longer the summer goes the signing of Dembele will be seen as daylight robbery

  20. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Winning Captain ……great news / progress …..look forward to tomorrow’s update

  21. Time for the United Nations to put sanctions on the USA.


    Police force have a licence to kill Black citizens.

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