Football the morning after the night before


We should commission a study into what happens to football teams immediately after a big game when they need to play a less illustrious opponent.  This week Kilmarnock got a better result against Celtic than Barcelona, and unlike the Catalans, Kilmarnock were away from home.

Cast your memory back five years for a better example.  Celtic beat Champions League holders, Milan, remarkably the only time the club have recorded a win against reigning champions, and met Gretna the following weekend, at Fir Park, Motherwell.  Gretna were promoted that summer but had cutbacks forced on them, as the financial gamble to promote them to the top flight.  Still, a James Grady free kick caught Artur Boruc on his heels.  It took goals from Chris Killen (remember him?) and Scott McDonald in the final three minutes to save face for Celtic.  Gretna failed towards the end of that season and were subsequently liquidated.

Celtic got the better of both Spartak Moscow and Benfica that season.

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  1. Thats what happens when you keep your eye one the ball :))


    Kenny shields was talking about it yesterday NOt physiclly tired but emotionally effected by being caught up in the Barca euphoria,


    My mate said he was mental I idisagreed :))

  2. anditsthepoleagain on

    We will live to fight another day, you also learn a lot more from mistakes – i hope

  3. Just about every home league game this season has been an anti climax after a European game.:-(


    It`s a bit daft because Celtic can win the league but no doubt the players gain more from the European games.


    I`m a bit fed up about the situation. I`d like to see my team playing well!

  4. I think it’s important to point out that all the Govanites have left is their hatred.



    There’s a line from Burns that sticks in my memory and seems written for them.



    ‘Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.’



    It is simply all they have left, that and mimicking exuberance as they score against a third division team…



    Just remember, just before they pop off to sleep at night, they have to embrace the harsh reality of 3 years of crap park, poor catering and rank conditions.



    And they have to play away games too.




  5. tommytwiststommyturns on

    leftclicktic – Shiels was playing mind games in the run up to the game, but I heard that radio interview on the way home and he was spot on.




  6. Off topic but I’m sure one of the clever cqn ers can answer this.


    There is a jimmy savile video from 1976 TOTP where he is wearing a half Celtic/oldco shirt.


    What would have been his reason for wearing that?

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    No study needed, players and coaching staff become arrogant, throw some jerseys on the park that should be enough to beat diddys in the spl.

  8. Miku would have been better employed vs Barca than Killie.


    Tony Watt should have played from start,that said Hooper,Watt and Ledley bad misses.



    I think the team thought all they had to do was appear,hence the motivation and desire fell short.



    These are the same guys who could hardly acknowledge the travelling support in Barcelona,of course they were dis-appointed but so were the folk like me who forked out approx £300 per head to be there.



    I hope NL has a quiet word.

  9. Thoughts and prayers, shocking that extremists target places of worship. That goes for the mosque explosion in Afghanistan yesterday as well.



    At least seven people have been killed and dozens hurt in a suicide attack at a Catholic church in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.

  10. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Algarvian – there was a shirt like that done for Lizzies silver anniversary. Think there was a match at Hampden with Hoops/Huns select?


    Could be wrong.




  11. It’s the psychological adjustment required in stepping down from the CL to the SPL that’s the problem.



    The solution is simple.



    After a big European away game rest the players involved for the next domestic game, pick others from the squad, and let the whole squad know in advance that’s what you’re going to do.

  12. Gene's a Bhoys name on



    14:07 on 28 October, 2012



    Naisy scores and a guy in the crowd with a Tri-colour goes wild with celebrations






    when Alfie Con joined us and scored – I was as pleased as if any other Celt had scored – what does that make me?




  13. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Naismith celebrating towards the fans, and up pops a big Irish Tricolour ….. Must have confused him……LOL



    Incidentally, that dive from wee Stirling was the most blatant EVER…….. Provan’s eyes are painted oan……!!!!!!!!

  14. tommytwiststommyturns


    14:09 on


    28 October, 2012


    Algarvian – there was a shirt like that done for Lizzies silver anniversary. Think there was a match at Hampden with Hoops/Huns select?


    Could be wrong.






    No, it wasn’t that one, that was green and blue striped with wee bits for the other Glasgow clubs, I just googled to find that out, so still perplexed.


    This is just the normal hoops/ oldco blue halfed down the middle, puzzling.

  15. Dont know Gene, just thought it was a bit ironic to see Naismith & The tricolour celebrating and mentioned it, not casting aspersions on anyone.

  16. •-:¦:-•** -:¦:- sparkleghirl :¦:-.•**• -:¦:-• on

    Re the Savile shirt, the date of that TOTP IIRC was Nov 26th.



    Celtic had played Rangers on 24th, though that may be just coincidence.

  17. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I go the other way, if they can’t be bothered to turn up for the bread and butter games in front of the home support, then they shouldn’t be getting games against the cream in front of the glory hunters :o)

  18. I traveled to Celtic park yesterday knowing i would have to leave the game


    @4.30pm due to previous commitment.



    I felt guilty with this new experience but held little hope in the belief


    we would overturn or equal the 2 goal deficit.



    Why were Commons & Forrest continually coming inside ?


    McCourt likewise when he came on.No point in having wide players


    who don,t hog the touchline and when they receive the ball take the


    option of coming inside their marker.



    How many times did we hit the byeline & put a cross in ?



    No offence meant but yesterday Celtic resembled the team under


    Gordon Strachan where often possesion was paramount.




  19. South Of Tunis on

    Gordon J @14 00



    The Great Panjandrum is very fond of utterly baseless assertions .



    Compare his hot air with this from – The President of the European Commission



    ” A new state, if it wants to join the European Union , has to apply to become a member , like any other new state.”

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