Fastest, fittest, Celtic, what Ashley has left


A little over two months ago Celtic lost at Tannadice and dropped two points at home to Ross County.  After our disastrous August, and home defeat to Hamilton in October, this December blow put Celtic on the canvas one more time.  I was getting calls from Norway “Are you still backing Ronny?” The transformation since has been enormous.

For much of the first half yesterday Celtic were disjointed, not untypical of a team returning from a European disappointment, but despite this, the support knew – actually knew – not to be too concerned.  Things would come together, and even if they didn’t yesterday, they would next time out, and for the rest of the season.

We have purpose and direction.  The first goal arrived courtesy of Aberdeen’s adherence to the oft-discredited man-for-man marking system, but thereafter, the goals, in fact, pretty much all attacks, came courtesy of the fastest, fittest, Celtic team you have ever seen.

Who do you want standing behind an opponent? One of the wealthiest people in the land, or a “glib and shameless liar”? I’d rather the latter, thank you.

As well as being a tax convict, Dave King sat on the Rangers board for a decade as it spiraled towards liquidation. He sat on the board which failed to make provisions for the HMRC tax case – and it was this specific failure, not the tax case, which led to the club being sold to a liquidation specialist for £1.

He campaigned relentlessly against newco, oft repeating his vision of ‘competing with Celtic’, while many of us considered the club should prioritise paying its bills and living within its means.

It seems certain that at some point between now and Friday he will be in de facto control, although his eligibility as a director appears doomed, should rules be applied.

Some will celebrate whenever Mike Ashley’s men depart the scene, but this is in keeping with their many earlier celebrations. Here’s a prediction for you: go back and read what the LibDems said after their people got into cabinet. ‘Once we saw what was under the bonnet, it became clear we couldn’t do what we wanted to do’. I reckon you’re going to hear a version of that in the months to come. Even today, Dave King has no idea what Mike Ashley has left him. All we really know is that the representatives of one very wealthy man are about to leave the scene.

Thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket to the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner at the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13th March. If you would like details, let me know, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. Big Billy’s Cup Final goal in 1965 started the greatest stretch (yet) in Celtic’s history. I was at the game and all of us knew at that time, that a team with potential had now become a great team. Thank you Billy McNeil.


    I strongly feel that we have the potential for another great and entertaining team.

  2. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon,



    I’m not sure it’s a commonly held view or if it might have specific resonance here.



    Árd Macha.

  3. Jonny the Tim




    One of the older drivers in QSS has recently retired.Worked North Han side although non radio. Y reg TX1. Will get more info as to what the score is re- plate



  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Tojo- 13:25


    MA has had a months notice to put in place some very profitable onerous contracts e.g a percentage kick back of season books sold for next year and farther.




    He can’t lose. If King gets in the bears will buy season books and merchandise like never before. And MA will get a favourable slice of it all.

  5. Fingers crossed big MASH walks away from the Huns with his retail contracts still in place and leaves the Zombies to indulge their increasingly disturbing homo-erotic attraction to Dave King.



    Hope too that the Scoddish fidba authorities turn a blind eye to the GSL’s history and suitability and throw their knickers at him along with the SMSM.



    King will be in there thinking he can recoup some of the lost laundry money him and Minty had scammed through and the first thing to be sold off with cliched excuses will be Murray park after the initial honeymoon.



    After that it’ll be popcorn addiction time as the house of cards begins to tumble and the Huns devour each other.



    Can’t wait. ‘Mon the Dave…



    “Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. “

  6. Just checked the CelticFC website.


    There are still tickets available for ST holders for the LC Final.




  7. Dave King, another hun blawhard i tent on using someone else’s money to put Timmy in his place and still the follow followers lap it up:))



    Where’s you financial plan Dave, oh ye hivnae gaot wan, well bring it oan, signed the SFA…



    By the Dave to be competing with Celtic again you’re going to need a bigger rocket than the wee moonbeams yer flying on noo:))



    Long live The King:))

  8. CELTIC’S Development Squad take on league leaders, Aberdeen, this afternoon at Cappielow (2pm), aiming to reduce the deficit at the top of the table.



    Derk Boerrigter starts again as he continues his comeback from injury.



    KIck-off at Cappielow is 2pm an there will be live updates on the club’s official Twitter feed, @celticfc



    CELTIC (4-2-3-1): Fasan; Fisher, Kelleher, McCart, Waters; Lindsay, Thomson; Duffy, McGregor, Boerrigter; McGrath.



    Subs: Hart; McIlduff, Miller, Lafferty, Wardrop, Hill, Breslin

  9. Thunder Road on




    Inter deployed those tactics against us.


    They pressed 2 players forward right onto Denayer and Virgil to stop them starting our moves.



    McInnes would have been watching and saw the how it worked.



    We may well see others adopting this tactic.

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Happy Birthday Big Billy,a True Celt.Nobody IMO,has ever represented our Club better.

  11. Like no other on

    BBC lunchtime news—




    “Police in Aberdeen are investigating “offensive comments” made about a young boy with Down’s Syndrome who won the Scottish Professional Football League Goal of the Month award.


    Celtic fan Jay Beatty, 11, of Lurgan, County Armagh, lifted the award for January with 97% of the vote.


    Abusive comments about him were posted on social media following Sundays match between Celtic and Aberdeen.


    A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the comments were being investigated.


    She said: “We have received a complaint about offensive comments being made online following the SPL match between Celtic and Aberdeen and inquiries continue.”


    An Aberdeen FC spokesman said the club was co-operating with police.”




    What a bunch of low lifes amongst the Aberdeen support




  12. Árd Macha



    13:44 on 2 March, 2015



    Apropos of nothing.



    I hate that phrase ‘Roman Catholic’. I’m no more from Rome than the man in the moon, although I was married there; complete with a papal audience!!



    Only those Unionists in Ireland and others from the reformed faiths use that term.



    NeverEverUseIt CSC.



    Árd Macha





    Catholic means universal and the PROTEST-ants do not believe that the Catholic Church is the universal (ie true) Church of Christianity. The term Roman Catholic is therefore a barbed term that is meant to insult and many of the Protestant denominations in the North of Ireland do not see Catholics as valid Christians at all. Indeed The Westminster Confession of Faith states clearly that Pope is the anti-Christ and the Mass is satanic in nature. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Confession_of_Faith)



    Sorry for the lecture but analysing words can expose the thinking that leads to violent sectarianism.

  13. JonnyRambo67 on

    Efe was solid yesterday, at least after Hayes went off, but more games at left back? Mulgrew instead of Izzy? Really strange how people see things.



    If I was compiling a list for our player of the year, my top 5 would be



    1. Joe Hansen


    2. VVD


    3. Izzy


    4. Gordon


    5. Brown



    Both full backs bomb forward because they provide the natural width in a side where RD likes the wide players to cut inside on to their natural foot, and make diagonal runs in behind. Aberdeen’s full backs tracked those runs well yesterday, but many teams don’t.



    When our full backs overlap they have 4 to 6 players in the box to pick out. If it was GMS wide left and Forrest wide right playing as wingers, they would have 2 players in the box to try and pick out. Tough to do against packed defences.



    Izzy may not be the greatest defender, his crossing at times is hit and miss, but he is absolutely pivotal to this team and one of the key reasons why we have been playing so well.

  14. can i have raspberry on that champions league ice cream



    13:35 on 2 March, 2015



    Why can’t they issue a adult ticket in place of the kids one and charge you the difference ???

  15. I think the only squad players that will possibly leave us in the Summer are Stokes and Guidetti, and JG only because RD decides to offload him. Virgil is under contract and is going nowhere. Denayer will not be wanted back at Man City, as they will spend 30mil on a new centre half. I want us to sell a few fringe players and bring in a new centre forward. This current squad are going to get better next season. The future is bright.

  16. scullybhoy,



    Thanks for that.



    I knew they used the term pejoratively, but didn’t have the detail as to why.



    Árd Macha

  17. like no other


    14:10 on 2 March



    What a bunch of low lifes amongst the Aberdeen support




    Not just Aberdeen, unfortunately.

  18. mncelt


    14:21 on


    2 March, 2015


    Virgil is under contract and is going nowhere




    Don’t think Celtic would want him to run down his contract though not sure how many years are left. If he doesn’t renew soon think Celtic will cash in.

  19. Árd Macha



    14:25 on 2 March, 2015






    Thanks for that.



    I knew they used the term pejoratively, but didn’t have the detail as to why.’







    I don’t think that’s the full story though.



    The term Anglo Catholic is used to describe the smells and bells wing of the Anglican Church, and in that context the use of the term Roman Catholic is used to avoid confusion rather than to cause offence.



    Not that it matters to me. They’re just varieties of Proddies and every one of them is going to hell for all eternity.



    Sorry, but them’s the rules.

  20. Just sobering up from a Saturday/Sunday session.Fantastic day on Sunday.Pub packed with Irish in for the Rugby.Celtic and Ireland double.


    The fittest Celtic team I have ever seen.To last out 90 minutes ,playing at that pace in the second half,after not getting back from Milan until the early hours of Friday morning,is nothing short of miraculous.Remember all the slagging Ronnie was getting for his diet/fitness regime?.Should be a lot of fat Celtic fans out there stuffed with humble pie.


    LIKE NO OTHER 1410



    I got a text about that. Thoroughly disgusted.



    In fairness,I expect the vast majority of Aberdeen fans feel the same way.



    No excuse,his problems are widely known.



    Hail Hail,Wee Jay. A credit to yourself,your club,your family. One wee lad who will never walk alone.

  22. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Stan and Stefan 13:35


    Fully agree with all that – had been thinking the same myself! Loved the pass too btw. Also makes the same runs beyond the strikers – defenders hate that!

  23. kevinlasvegas on

    Rantings of madmen on the ff lift. Nutball conspiracy theories. Priest tells them who to vote for. Nearly swallowed my tongue when I read that. Tuned to the moon.







    Been on the Aberdeen forum and can confirm they are.


    There was also a kid skelped with a full cup of juice yesterday when Celtic scored. The majority of their fans are not happy with their fans song choices or their behaviour yesterday.


    You have to question the family section being so close to the away support. I think the club need to change that.




  25. When is Lustig due back from injury?



    Hopefully for the final



    Play him at right back and Adam in place of GMS



    Hopefully Adam is really getting back to form – its been a case of 1 good game and 3 bad ones since he came back





    Some people on here doubted Ronny Deila,and with good reason. Others placed their faith in him,and faith is without reason by definition.



    No-one ever wanted him to fail.



    We are all delighted as Celtic supporters at the way things have panned out. Why can’t you and others like you just be happy to be justified in your faith,rather than take cheap shots at those who had genuine concerns?



    Btw,I’ll bet that Ronny at one stage had genuine concerns that his way was the way forward.

  27. mike in toronto on




    Howya doing?



    I know it was reported in the press, but I dont think there is any chance that OM are offering JG that sort of money. OM are having money trouble, and are already in disputes with several of their top players because they are wanting the players to play for less money than they are on currently.



    think it is just an agent stirring up stuff, or MSM doing it.



    Cant imagine that anyone would pay him that at the moment… once he has proved his fitness and scored a few more, I’m sure someone somewhere will … but cant see it at the moment.




    I don;t think Ronny ever had any doubts. I have noted with interest watching the last 2 games on TV how heavily involved John Kennedy is though. Pleasing to see. Hope the big man has a great coaching career ahead of him.








    That is a topic which BLANTYRETIM has raised often on here. And he is right.



    I wonder,though. Is it a deliberate policy from the club,as there is less likely to be a reaction from the kids’ section?

  30. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I agree with Parkheadcum……, that the fitness levels of the team, with Armstrong and GMS added are a major factor in the team’s improvement.



    The two new boys not only had their individual qualities but also they contribute more to the general energy level of the team, in a way that, e.g. Stokes and Commons don’t.



    This means that other players, e.g. Brown, Johansen and Griffiths don’t have to compensate for the relative immobility of the afore mentioned examples.


    However, the main man in the team is, for me, Bitton.


    He is the fulcrum of the side and dictates the play.


    He is always to be found close to the ball, ready to take it off a team mate and keep a momentum.


    He, more than anything, is responsible for Brown’s high levels of performance and consistancy.


    Scott no longer has to scurry across the midfield firefighting.



    Nir will be the player that the big clubs will be sniffing around, as I reckon he can play in any team that plays good, modern football.

  31. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I didn’t see any representation from Hamilton Accies,during wee Jay’s HT award? Maybe CFC asked and nobody came forward? If it wasn’t for the Accies,it would never have happened.

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