Fans expensive travel awaits fixtures


Having strained a hamstring against St Johnstone on Saturday, it is not credible to expect Giorgos Giakoumakis to play any part in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final. We have surely learned from recent experiences that strained hamstrings require proper rest, to prevent a more serious injury.

Kyogo’s return to action was a joy but too brief for him to be considered as starter anytime soon. He will be fit to torment defenders in small doses only for a while. That leaves us without our MVP in recent months and our MVP from the first half of the season in a hugely important cup tie.

There are reasons not to be too concerned. Celtic have scored nine from eight different players since the last goal they conceded, Matt O’Riley is the only one to have broken the sequence by contributing more than once. This team contribute goals from all over the park.  Maybe Hampden will see Greg Taylor get in on the act!

The post-split fixtures are likely to see us go to Ross County and Dundee United, with Newco, Hearts and Motherwell at home. Hopefully the game at County’s tiny Dingwall stadium is not material to the title race.  The SPFL have known the scenario for two days now, so let’s hope the fixtures come out this afternoon.  When you live in a Scottish bubble it is easy to forget many people have difficult and expensive travel arrangements to book just to see their team play football.  At the very least they deserve as much notice as possible.

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  1. Agreed Paul 67, as well as that clarity on kick offs, to suit Sky with no regard for fans, never mind those on planes, trains, boats etc.

  2. We could play Joe Hart as CF and Duracell Maeda as goalie and still beat the old firm


    In Ange We Trust




    I can see our fixtures being thus:



    *Rangers (h)


    Ross Co (a)


    Hearts (h)


    Dundee Utd (a)


    Motherwell (h)



    Not easy by any means – win the first and we can ‘clinch the cinch’ in the second. But lose the first and it could be difficult in the Highlands.



    Plenty of football left to play!!! HH

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  5. Very confident we’ll win the games we have to win. GG is a blow but not one which will hole us below the water line.

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Great to hear Ange saying he has no interest in what other clubs are doing and is only concerned about making Celtic the best it can be. Music to the ears.



    Yeah, he says that quite a lot.


    It would be good if we on CQN followed his example and simply ignored posters we have issues with rather than resort to cheap point-scoring jibes. Some bordering on obsession imo.


    Just enjoy the wonder of Ange and his incredible footballing philosophy.



  8. have we let thems know yet that they are not welcome and not getting any tickets for the next derby ?

  9. Are the old firm not down a couple of CHs? And with a hard game for them on Thurs, there is the possibility of 1-2 more being injured.



    Regardless of what Paul says, I think Kyogo will be more than a bit-part player on Sunday. Saying that, Jota, Maeda and Abada are more than good enough if Kyogo can only be risked for 20 mins.

  10. We should always play our best starting eleven, but maybe Kyogo is not in that eleven yet due to match fitness concerns, though he will be in the squad and therefore on the bench come Sunday, por cierto

  11. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Maeda’s form and approach should be a big plus on Sunday, further unsettling an already unsettled Old Firm defence.



    As for the scheduling predicament …



    …. clearly too much for the SPFL to have undertaken what if scenario planning before week 33



    … then simply plug in and publish the outcome from the matching scenario.



    Whaddayamean – you’d like two weeks notice?



    We’re Scottish football.



    You’re only the customer.

  12. Dateline…this coming week in Celtic’s history


    By Joe Sullivan






    We trawl through the club’s record books to find out what was happening in the Celtic world throughout this week in the past…



    APRIL 10


    The image of Jimmy Johnstone covered in cuts and bruises will be a long lasting memory from the night Atletico Madrid came to Celtic Park. The Spanish side took the pitch for what seemed like a battle more than a football game in the aggressive European Cup clash in 1974 and continued off the pitch in a full-time tunnel bust up. Atletico ended the match with eight men, were then fined £14,000 for their behaviour and went into the second leg with six players banned. Celtic lost that match 2-0 despite calls for it to never have been played.



    Johnstone Atletico.jfif


    APRIL 11


    Patsy Gallacher stole the show in Celtic’s Scottish Cup final victory over Dundee in 1925. His spectacular goal cancelled out Dundee’s first-half strike when he skipped past countless defenders, was fouled in the process and then somersaulted into the net with the ball between his feet. Celtic did well to fight back in a classic game of two halves and looked to have been going to a replay before Jimmy McGrory popped up to head in a late winner.



    APRIL 12


    Celtic played the first leg of the 1967 European Cup final when Czech side, Dukla Prague visited Glasgow. A 75,000 crowd roared on the Celts and before half-an-hour was up, Jimmy Johnstone had put the Hoops ahead. Then, at the worst possible moment, just before half-time, Stanislav Strunc equalised for the visitors. However, goals from Willie Wallace in the 59th and 65th minutes to give the Celts a vital 3-1 lead to take to Prague. Jock Stein said: “We are within striking distance of a great day for Celtic – entry to the final of the European Cup, a distinction which has eluded every British club. How fine it will be if Celtic, who have created a great deal of football history, add another page to the story.’ In the European Cup-Winners’ Cup semi-final of season 1963/64 the Celts travelled to MTK Budapest ‘protecting’ a 3-0 lead but contrived to lose 4-0 over there. In Jock Stein’s eyes, the risk was too great and Celtic adopted damage limitations policy which had previously been alien to the club and its supporters – but it worked, the Celts drew 0-0, won 3-1 on aggregate and were in the European Cup final at the first time of asking. The following month, history was made in Lisbon.



    APRIL 13


    Queen’s Park played against a five-goal Celtic side on this day in 1914 when the sides met on league duty. The Hampden side visited Celtic Park and a 14,000 crowd saw the Hoops edge on their way to the first of another four-in-a-row league titles. Jimmy McColl struck twice while the other goals came from Patsy Gallacher, Jimmy McMenemy and Andy McAtee in the 5-0 win.



    APRIL 14


    Villarreal, known as the Yellow Submarine, sank Celtic in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup campaign on April 14. The dream of reaching Gothenburg for the second consecutive final ended at the quarter-final stage, losing 2-0 in Spain and 3-1 on aggregate. Fans were optimistic after dumping Barcelona out of the cup in the fourth round, but Celtic were outplayed by Villarreal and greatly missed the injured Chris Sutton. Sonny Anderson was too much for Celtic to handle, and got on the scoresheet after just five minutes. Roger Garcia’s second half strike sealed the win for the Spanish side.



    APRIL 15


    Celtic played two matches on the one day in 1916 due to fixture congestion. The afternoon match saw Raith Rovers thrashed 6-0 thanks to a Patsy Gallacher hat-trick, a Joe O’Kane brace and one from Joe Dodds. Only one change was made for the evening game against Motherwell, with Joe Cassidy coming in for O’Kane. Celtic won 3-1 with goals coming from Jimmy McMenemy, John Browning and a Dodds penalty. The two games were the fourth and fifth final matches of a season which Celtic won by 11 points.



    APRIL 16


    Jimmy Quinn scored a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers in 1904 as Celtic won 3-2 at Hampden – wearing the Hoops in the final for the first time. The three goals added to the two Quinn got in earlier rounds when Celtic knocked out St Bernard’s, Dundee (at the third attempt) and then Third Lanark in the semi-final. The cup victory was Celtic’s fourth win and it would be another 68 years before a player matched Quinn’s Scottish Cup final record when Dixie Deans scored three for Celtic in a 6-1 thrashing of Hibernian in 1972.

  13. If the first post split game is the home game against them, is it due to be played Sun 24th?

  14. It would be good for the old firm to prepare to play against us without Gia up front and then for them to find that he plays…..



    KeepThemGuessingCSC 🍀

  15. NOTTHEBUS on 11TH APRIL 2022 12:26 PM


    Love this “old firm” patter..massive own goal by…well the old firm.






    Agree wish we would all use it instead of mentioning them at all .

  16. JIMTIM on 11TH APRIL 2022 1:33 PM


    “Agree wish we would all use it instead of mentioning them at all .”



    Agreed, I’m going to be using it continually from this day forth!!! :))) por cierto.

  17. I’m on the top of the World lookin’ down on the old firm


    and the only explanation I can find,


    It’s because they went bust, while they were chasing us,


    that’s put us at the top of the World!



    por cierto

  18. POR CIERTO on 11TH APRIL 2022 1:41 PM


    I’m on the top of the World lookin’ down on the old firm



    and the only explanation I can find,



    It’s because they went bust, while they were chasing us,



    that’s put us at the top of the World!




    por cierto






    Quality pal

  19. prestonpans bhoys on

    I was looking through the media for any confirmation of the league game against the hun.


    Then read a Jackson bit were he made up a story that we will get all the CL riches on the back of their work. As videocelts pointed out up to 20/21 the accumulated amounts are:



    Celtic – 34.000


    The Old Firm team – 31.250

  20. Just checked the MLS in wiki.



    Flippin’ heck – and I thought our split was unnecessarily complex

  21. follow , follow , we shall follow old firm



    anywhere, everywhere we shall follow on



    lower leagues, in a hedge and back again



    if they go to alloa we will follow on



    for theres not a team like the glasgow oldfirm



    More than One, already more than One

  22. This new found fad of calling the Ibrox team the ‘Old Firm’ will result in the term’s use increasing exponentially on here. The prevailing trend on CQN for years has been to disown the label and to disparage and traduce anyone who uses it – so to me the logic of this volte-face is bizarre.



    *Rangers sudden ubiquitous display of the ‘Old Firm’ logo on archways, placards & flags is of course designed only to lend credence to their defence to pull out of the Sydney contract, where it wasn’t being used. It is crass, transparent, opportunistic, expedient, and risible. If the brand wasn’t already tainted, it certainly is now!



    Why then would anyone connected to Celtic want to revive and use it for any purpose?

  23. JHB on 11TH APRIL 2022 2:38 PM



    It would seem you are missing the point.


    The MSSM are very fond of using the Old Firm tag as part of their strategy of pretending that Rangers never died. Sevco, whom it suits to use the ` brand`, then used it extensively at Ibrox for the game against us. It would seem that was a step too far for many Celtic supporters so many of us are now using the term humorously .If this catches on and the vast majority of Celtic supporters use the term to describe Sevco, it creates a problem for the MSSM and for Sevco if they continue to use it as , by association, it will make them look foolish.

  24. the long wait is over on

    JHB/ Hot Smoked,



    If thems have decided to call themselves “the Old Firm” , for whatever unfathomable barking mad reasons , then wouldn’t logic dictate we should call them ( I stress, them, and not us and them collectively) “the New Firm”?



    After all, they really haven’t been around all that long…

  25. Weebobbycollins on

    When one doesn’t have a sense of humour it hard to see it when it materialises.


    Sad sack sitting on a block of stone…




  26. onenightinlisbon on

    Calling Sevco the “Old Firm” simply adds to the banter years.



    Keep them coming….

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