Game time for first 11, Craig Whyte and David Murray reruns


Despite a cast of thousands on the bench against Hamilton Accies yesterday and the points comfortably secured, Neil Lennon made only one substitution before the 86th minute, replacing Mohamed Elyounoussi with Olivier Ntcham with 20 minutes remaining.

There will be occasions when it is more beneficial to make early use of the five substitutions available, but for now, the manager’s principle objective is to get his starting 11 as fit as possible, and that takes game time.  Champions League qualification starts in two weeks, we have three games to prepare for a 90 minute knockout fixture.  While the points are important, these early Premiership games are crucial for building muscles for our series of summer cup finals.

Breaking down packed defences can be difficult so it was great to see how varied Celtic’s play was yesterday.  Elyounoussi, James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard’s movement made it difficult for defenders to know how to match up.

A possible consequence of this variety and the high positions of Greg Taylor and Jeremie Frimpong was the number of chances Accies created.  Their goal, from an unnecessarily conceded set-piece, came from one of several good chances.

I had to smile this morning when I saw we were back reading about Oldco Rangers’ old chairmen.  Craig Whyte has been exposed by the Daily Record for allegedly trading under his father’s name in a business designed to do pretty much what he did to Oldco Rangers back in 2012.

I wonder if we will ever see Sir David Murray’s reruns given the same treatment?  No investigative journalism is needed, just read Sir David’s company, Murray Capital Group’s most recent financial statement on a challenge by HMRC “regarding the tax treatment of payments made under the Group’s Share Based Payment Scheme”.

No provision was made in earlier accounts, as “management considered it unlikely that additional tax would be payable to HMRC.” However, “following further legal consultation….. and communication from HMRC… it was now more likely than not that a future cash outflow would be required.”

Never mind, we should let David discretely get on with being David.  Share Based Payment Scheme!  Honestly!  The company also extended it’s year end from 31 December 2019 to 30 June 2020; always a good sign.

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  1. kevinlasvegas on

    Thought moyo looked handy yesterday, rangey, aggressive and full of running.




  2. My first time to watch Celtic this season and both sides have to be commended for giving us an enjoyable match. Some great combination play by the Hoops and a good scoring start to the season. Patryk Klimala’s goal was probably the pick of the bunch as he had to slot home from a very difficult angle and great to see him on the scoresheet again and a boost to the confidence he needs at his new club.



    James Forrest was well policed in the opening half which gave young Frimpong the space needed to get into attacking areas of the pitch and excel with the extra latitude. The long layoff due to the pandemic has been a benefit to players carrying injuries and it’s great to see El Hammed back in the squad – a fine footballer whom we have seen too little of in the past.



    Let’s hope Neill Lennon finds a way to manage Scott Brown and the amount of football he plays this season. We need a fit Broony. Perhaps there is too much emphasis on a sportsman’s age in this part of the world in comparison to America where the likes of Tom Brady is still a star in the NFL despite the physical demands of his sport.

  3. opposition attackers shouldn’t be allowed free headers in our box goal or no goal period when it is down to poor defending as a defensive unit.

  4. I wonder if Leverkusen will use the huns game like a pre-season fixture or if they will go for the kill. Here’s hoping they are at full strength and show no mercy. Gerard’s one saving grace has been impressive European results, a tanking would be most welcome. He was in serious trouble just before the lockdown and when they lost 1-3 to Bayern it looked to me like a couple of more defeats and he would have gone.


    If they had been tanked in the return leg and lost to us at Ibrox the hordes would have called for him to go.

  5. as yourself why is it that average forward rangey, aggressive and full of running opposition strikers look better than they are and have our multi million pound valued defensive centre backs players struggling when it comes to defending set pieces.

  6. Good afternoon from a sunny but windy North Staffs


    We need a perfect centre half pairing – nothing less will do

  7. I am looking at all our lost goals last season, cant find the ones that were lost to “free headers”.



    In fact I dont see many “free headers”. except alfie, and he misses them all,



    I do see our defenders getting outjumped or out manouvered. or left standing for a few.



    the big powerful strikers at livvy, hearts, hamilton, they just bring their physical game, thats all.



    i dont lose any sleep over it.

  8. GARNGAD TO CROY on 3RD AUGUST 2020 2:34 PM


    It was interesting to read in Craig Whyte’s book , that the biggest mistake he said that he made was not being in the Mason’s even although most people assumed he was including, the top man at the daily record (at the time) who promised him good press in the paper, one of Scotlands highest judges who promised to sort out any legal requirements he had, Scotlands 1st Minister who invited him for a private lunch and tour of Holyrood and the leading DUP man who offered to get the ‘bhoys’ round to sort out any problems that he encountered.




    Hi mate.your bias in missing out the noo Laboury Labour


    Brian Donohue Labour and unionist party campaigned as chair of the parliamentary rfc supporters club.


    Gordon and Alisdair would also be in full knowledge of Sur Pockles tax policies.they knew and had power but in true Lanarkshire labouri Labour party it’ll be swept away




  9. Jocks Immortal Lions on

    Afternoon all,



    Well played the champions yesterday and a good game to watch.


    Like some on here a bit concerned about the amount of headers lost in our own box but training ground and new keeper should help.



    Always amazed how Sevco fans never seem to criticise DM yet everyone else in their demise gets pelters.!

  10. hamilton scored from an inswinging corner on the 4th february, number 9 got in front of julien, and powered it in, good goal actually.



    celtic replied with 4 goals.

  11. watching that game, julien then scored for us with a near post run and side foot finish that was excellent.

  12. The quality of Hamilton’s corners were good and as other posters are saying they did manage to get a lot of free headers in the Celtic box. Needs to be sorted.

  13. Hamiltin had 8 corners , I would think that is a lot for a visiting team.



    from these ONE HEADER went over the bar.



    Their other header was in open play, And Moya met an excellent cross



    That was it,

  14. Very pleased with our performance yesterday, with a good few stand out displays. Thought Hamilton were a tad agricultural but at least they tried to make a game of it.


    Dead chuffed to see the league table with The Papes in first place and The Tame Papes in second!!!! Let’s hope it stays that way.



  15. Saint Stivs,



    Nice try fella. Facts will not get in the way of the prevailing narrative for some that our 2 CHs are ‘being driven to the airport’ for this supposed failing yesterday.



    All we need is Sydney Tim on soon and the whole band will be together….




  16. !!Bada Bing!! on



    Transfer News Live – Latest moves in the SPFL, EPL and Europe


    Transfer News Live – Latest moves in the SPFL, EPL and Europe – summer transfer window ahead of 2020/21 season


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    Football was back on our screens at the weekend and it finally feels like we’re getting close to normality again.



    And what’s more normal than transfer rumours and getting that excitement feeling of being linked with a player you’d never heard of but being certain he’ll be a superstar?



    We’ll start at Celtic and it’s claimed they are interested in Hadjuk Split left back David Colina. Neil Lennon fired a warning about Odsonne Edouard with Arsenal and Leicester interested.



    He’s looking for a striker himself with Ivan Toney the main man in demand after a bid was rejected for him. A move for Albian Ajeti looks unlikely though.



    Over at Rangers, Steven Gerrard swiftly shut down talk of Alfredo Morelos leaving the club after his side beat Aberdeen.



    The striker is a target for Lille but the situation appears to have come to a standstill, at least for the time being.



    Regardless, Gerrard wants more options up top and has been linked with Lyle Taylor, Kemar Roofe, Mirko Maric and Lyndon Dykes.



    Midfielder Bongani Zungu looks set to join from Amiens.



    The sweet familiarity of Premiership football guided us through the weeked, but if you’re feeling the Monday blues – never fear.



    Our transfer blog will keep you ticking over with all the latest from the SPFL and beyond.



    Elsewhere, Aberdeen added Ryan Edmondson and Tommie Hoban on Friday and outside of Scotland, Manchester United’s bid for Jadon Sancho is the biggest talking point.



    You can follow the transfer talk in our LIVE blog below.





    Posh boss wants quick Toney decision




    Keith Jackson on Edouard




    Lennon in Edouard warning







    Barca ‘reject’ Premier League offer



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    Barcelona have turned down making a profit of nearly €30million on Francisco Trincao after they rejected a bid from an unnamed Premier League club.



    According to Sport, the Catalan club have knocked back an offer worth €60million from an English top flight side.



    That’s despite the Portuguese winger having never played for the Nou Camp club.



    Trincao was bought from Braga for €31million in January but was allowed to return to the club on loan for the rest of the season.



    He featured in the side’s 3-2 aggregate defeat to Rangers in the Europa League last 32.






    Bayo ‘close’ to French move



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    Celtic misfit Vakoun Bayo is close to a move to Toulouse, according to a French report.



    The Ivorian joined the Hoops in the summer of 2018 but has managed just eight Premiership appearances, scoring twice.



    St Mirren have been linked with a loan move for him but Toulouse-based newspaper La Depeche du Midi reports he’s close to a move to France.



    Christopher Jullien’s old club were relegated when the Ligue 1 season ended early, and are looking for more attacking options.



    The newspaper states that Toulouse are close to an agreement with Celtic.

  17. ART OF WAR on 2ND AUGUST 2020 9:42 AM



    A wee video of a cycle I took along the River Leven to Balloch.



    *Bit late with the response but cheers for this AOW, you tugged at the heart strings there.



    Your starting point caught me by surprise until I saw the train crossing the Leven fae Dalreoch to Dumbarton Central. Mrs TT’s da used tae live in the high flats there.



    I have often walked the Renton Road but only the route you took once and that was over 50 year ago. It wasn’t as clear and involved lots of long grass and weeds, walked back the main road.



    On that stretch though are the remains of Robert the Bruce’s Palace, a 1362 charter states that Robert the Bruce resided between Kings Park of Cardross and the lands of Pillanflatt, bounding the lands of Dalquhurn.



    The buildings on the Pillanflatt, which means “pavilion of the great hero” and is said to stretch from Dalquhurn to Dalreoch, are believed to include the king’s manor house, which had a 100ft grand hall, a queen’s quarter and a chapel.



    Robert the Bruce is known to have lived in Renton, which came under the Parish of Cardross, from 1326 until his death in 1329. His organs were buried in Levengrove Park in Dumbarton again the Parish of Cardross. Until Dumbarton Bridge was built those 2 parts of Dumbarton wurnae connected.



    You passed a wee housing estate beside the Vale of Leven Juniors Park, on a very historical day, May 25 1967; I left 7:00 am mass at St Martin of Tours in the Renton and walked that same tow path to that very estate that was getting built.



    Further on past Bonhill Bridge on the left is Our Lady and St Marks where I was Baptised, made my First Holy Communion and Confirmed. Past that are the remaining buildings of the old Calico Printing and Dye works that turned the Vale of Leven from a rural agricultural area of approximately 340 inhabitants to a population of over 20,000, the initial migrants came from the highlands and islands as well as that land beyond the sea.



    Balloch itself is steeped in history although growing up you would never know that, the authorities would rather teach you about 1066, the Magna Carta and other colonial scheitd. Oh I forgot we also learned about Flodden and Culloden.



    Many great kings, including the Bruce, queens and warriors are known to have made their way up the Leven to the original Balloch Castle which was granted to the Lennox family in 1072 by King Malcolm III.



    Close by off the shore of Luss is the island of Inchlonaig, scattered across the island are yew trees. History tells us that Robert the Bruce planted yew trees there and used this supply to make bows for Bannockburn. The island was thus of great value and the trees maintained with the utmost care.



    The current Balloch Castle is actually just a big hoose, the remains of the original castle you would have passed, it’s between the Balloch Hotel and the Leven.




    Oh and that tow path was originally built as an extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, the advent of the railway put an end to that however it changed the demographics of the area as the Irish weren’t that prominent in Dumbarton at that time.



    The construction of the line from Dalreoch to Helensburgh required blasting through the volcanic rock beneath Cardross Road. Irishmen living in Duntocher who had been involved in the construction of the Great Western Road which also involved blasting through the rock came down turning the once orange town into a place that now has annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations.



    Anyway once again thanks for that and it is really safe even through, or should I say especially through, the holy village of the Renton.

  18. Have the bbc really just posted a fans video, attempting to troll Celtic fans. Obsessed is the new paranoid obviously.



    The national broadcaster? Aye right, its morphed into a collection of hun apologists




  19. agree on Moyo – he looked quick and easily outjumped our defense – a more mobile Bayo. mo mo super moyo

  20. Go tell the Spartim on

    Uncle Jimmy



    This is just the start from the BBC wait till we’re really firing.

  21. agree – one for watching as he’s young and developing. Celtic have enough projects on the books

  22. Moyo is a soon-to-be 26 year old journeyman who has recently been playing on park pitches in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.



    File under nonsense.

  23. Gene 5.13pm



    That phrase always makes me smile back in late August 2000 when we pumped the Huns 6-2 one of the bosses in my old work was pretty loud and his comment the following week



    “One swallow doesn’t make a summer”



    so anytime I read or hear that phrase it reminds me of the 6-2 game :-)

  24. If anyone thought our end of league season strange, the situation tonight in Romania is bizarre !


    Because of Covid fixture cancellations and UEFA deadlines, the Craiova v Cluj (remember them?) title deciding league game tonight will be played using cup tie rules !


    In case of a draw after 90 minutes, there will be extra time, then penalties to decide the Romanian champions (and a possible qualifying opponent) !

  25. Celtic boss Neil Lennon held further discussions with Albian Ajeti’s representatives at the weekend.



    Ajeti is still keen on the move, but wants more time to consider all his options.



    He’s not in a rush to make a decision and is currently holidaying in Sardinia.



    More on #SSN

  26. HH



    Celtic of Quicknews.



    I couldnae get to use ma virtual season ticket Yesterday so I had to watch the BBC highlights this morning on catchup.



    Odsonne is one of the Hottest forwards in Europe right here, Right Now.



    Teamplayer above Everything else.



    That was something else by the Polish Paddy. A Wonderful goal.



    Lenny go get the 10 and a Euro Trophy… I ain’t fussy -either.



    I know you can do it Neil.



    i think care has to be taken with comparisons with American football and the respective tolls on Broony and Tom Brady. As you know, the American version is 60 minutes long, in 4 quarters. Statisticians have worked out that the ball is only in the air, thrown by the 2 quarterbacks, for an average of 8 minutes per game. If we assume an even game, Brady is passing ( and under the maximum threat of bodily injury ) for only 4 minutes. For the instances where he hands off to the running back, he is generally safe. And throughout his career, he has released the ball quickly, and has been protected by an outstanding front line. He is also standing on the sideline for an average of 30 minutes ( half the game ) while the opposition have the ball. This has indubitably prolonged his career. Broony is risking injury for many minutes longer per game.



    I am in the camp of using our substitutes to the maximum. At 4-1 yesterday, I would have taken Eddie off, encased him in cotton wool, and also taken off Broony. If we have even a modicum of success in Europe, it is going to be a long season for both of them.

  28. 67 European Cup Winners on

    First time back on since lock down


    It’s good to be back watching Celtic – albeit in an empty stadium



    We looked very good (I would like to see Neil smile – but as Teachers say – don’t smile till Christmas)



    Anyway as good as we looked it’s foolish not to keep your eye on the competition



    Slippy made a comment that did not surprise me


    He said something like “we need to focus for 38 games”


    Now as bad as The Huns are they will play more that 38 games this season


    BUT they will only play 38 League games


    The Hun has a plan – they are playing to not concede they feel they will score every game


    They are only playing for the league


    Everything else will be treated like a pre season game



    It’s no surprise but their only objective is to stop the Ten




  29. In the 19th century Murray would have found himself in a Debtors Prison.


    In the 21st century he was given a knighthood by Pa Broon.

  30. Hot Smoked



    “Incidentally, has SFTB been on here since or even during the game?”



    I watched the match on the Sky platform provided by Virgin TV, rather than on my Celtic fc Pass on my computer, becuse the Celtic coverage is 1 minute behind Sky’s i.e. it is not “live”.



    Because of this I did not comment on the CQN blog but was on the What’s App Group instead.



    I enjoyed the game and agreed with all comments that said we were very good going forward and a little suspect at the back. We were further on in preparation than we have been in previous seasons, despite only having the 3 friendlies.



    My only word of caution is that Sevco’s result at Pittodrie is as good as ours yesterday. Our performance was superior, though, but there’s a long way to go in this race.



    I felt Odsonne got unduly criticised for being lazy, unfocused, and “diinterested” (sic) in the pre-season friendly. We always tend to attribute deliberate conscious lack of effort to a porr performance by a player.



    I thought Eddy was trying too hard to impress his French mates and got too frustrated with his team mates and the way the match was going and that this affected his performance by making him more selfish in his dribbles and less of a team player than he usually is.



    He was, unsurprisingly, back to his best yesterday and delivered a perfect response to Frank MacAvennie, who also gave out the “not trying” angle in his analysis of pre-season. Frank was a wonderful player in 87/88- the best advert ever for cocaine as a performance enhancing drug- but as a pundit he is best ignored as he steals a wage from whoever is employing him.

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