Getting it right at the back against Fenerbahce


Jozo Simunovic has had an unusual first month as a Celtic player. His solitary appearance came in the Amsterdam ArenA two weeks ago, injury has kept him side-lined since, but there’s a good chance he’ll face Fenerbahce in two days’ time. It takes a lot for a 21-year-old to make his club, then home, debut in these circumstances.

Getting it right in defence on Thursday will be the most important area of the field for Celtic. The responsibility to attack normally lies with the home team in Europe but Fenerbahce will attack for all they’re worth at Celtic Park. A home defeat to Molde means that even a draw away to Celtic would put the Turks in a good position. They need a win and will have watched some of our defending this season.

Ronny played it perfectly against Ajax and I’d be tempted to do the same again. We can score against anyone at Celtic Park. Defend properly and we’ll do well.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Foundation since our Great Scottish Run appeal went out yesterday. The Foundation are currently working with the British Red Cross, Refugee Crisis Appeal, assisting people fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East and Europe. Money raised from this month’s Jock Stein Anniversary game went to this cause, and, in line with many other clubs, €1 from every ticket sold will go to assisting refugees. There’s a lot more to come on this subject.

The work goes on in other areas, of course, as the Foundation works with those who fall through the cracks in society, and sponsors projects with the sick, or families who need assistance. There are a number of us participating in the Great Scottish Run for the Foundation, you can contribute on any of the pages below:

Click here for my linked donation page.

Here for Steve Gunn’s.

Here for Thomas Eman’s.

Here for Robert Doherty’s.

Here for Stephen Hewitt’s.

Here for Kenny O’Neill’s.

If you are running for the Foundation and would like a shout for your donations page, email me, celticquicknews@gmail.com

And it’s not too late to sign up, get the trainers out, and run it yourself!

Thanks for your support.

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    Congrats on your Dryathon,mate.




    SENGA,occasional poster,serial lurker and full-time lush-!-is doing a sponsored DRYATHON next weekend.




    No bevvy on Friday or Saturday-not sure about Sunday-and all in a good cause.








    Anyone who wants to sponsor her can pop into The Three Judges at Partick X or hand over some cash to me at 10/10. I’ll keep a note of donations and hand it over later in the week.




    Btw,The Three Judges is fully supportive,despite the financial problems this will cause them!




    SENGA,gaun yersel’,doll.

  2. Hi Paul67,



    Totally agree, defence is crucial, if we can replicate the counter attacking performance we produced at the ArenA before Izzy got red carded, we have every chance of securing the points.



    Hail Hail

  3. TinyTim



    Still read your posts with some fascination.



    I think you win the most negative very active Celtic supporter title ahead of ‘the internet negativists’, who post ad nauseum and make scroll by, easy.



    It must be fun sitting beside you at the game, right enough?



    Not many have passed the ole ‘Celtic trial period’ and Carlton Cole certainly didn’t, I’m curious as to where you find out that “he has to be convinced to sign for Celtic’?. The fact that he was considered whilst out of contract , is another matter entirely.



    Nadir Ciftci’s record at Dundee Utd attracted Championship interest, which roughly equates with Celtic level so does his transfer. The same could be said of Leigh Griffiths, both of them will weigh in with SPL goals given the chance, which Ciftci hasn’t really had yet, even though he scored as a sub against Dundee.



    The loss despite the ‘buy cheap sell on’ policy, is presently £4million, I log on in vain most days to see if a supporter has found the solutions.



    This is where we’ve been for some time and you’ll still buy tickets, and turn up,



    Hail Hail

  4. This is what happens when you get involved with crystal Meths. THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 12:29 PM A fair point you make but Scotland will never amount to anything until the Scottish electorate come to their senses and elect a Scottish Conservative government to Holyrood. What we are missing up here are the good old fashioned, reliable Conservative liberal values that made Scotland a great country and the envy of the world with our ship building, coal and iron and steel industries. The decline in Conservatism in this country has mirrored the demise of these great industries. – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/running-past-orange-walk-outperforms-carb-loading/comment-page-9/#comments – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/running-past-orange-walk-outperforms-carb-loading/comment-page-9/#comment-2688107

  5. Defence?



    Ambrose, three consecutive starts at centre half 3 clean sheets.







  6. BSR



    I sometimes have a spare seat next to me as my daughter has no appetite for the fitba ,and the young lad that I take play’s on a Sunday.


    So the next home Sunday fixture please come as my guest.



    I’ll introduce you to our club captains Mum and Dad .


    The sit right next to me.


    They ,like me ,are lovely people.


    Scott’s Mum is very generous and shares her Treacle toffees and Raspberry chocolates with us.



    Hail! Hail!




  7. I don’t think Jozo will start and if he does it will be a risk. If it’s Efe and Boyata, they need to keep it simple and not go dribbling upfield.



    A win sets as up ro qualify with two winnable games against Molde.



    I have we have a big supportive crowd on Th

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    My old man tried that.


    Home win.

  9. Summa of Sammi.



    I note that you have given me your telephone nr,I don’t carry my phone about, 75% of the time I’ll miss the call, not intentionally but I do miss a lot of calls from friends, (no doubt you will get conformation from some of the gang), I’ll have my phone in my pocket on thursday and answer any call I get. I’ll be in town around 2.10pm and will drop of my bag at the hotel first then head for the Blane Valley,I may have a couple of bottles of Wine and if you fancy a glass or two, you will be welcome to sup up, nice to meet you again it’s quite a while since we last met, Jurys Inn I believe,and had a few bevvies that night. Looking forward to meeting you again.


    HAMILTONTIM 1214,previous.



    Proud of you,mate. And of every person putting in the effort.



    Btw,why were they denied the right to appeal to ECHR?



    I didn’t think anyone could deny that,hence the reason for its existence.





    If you know your history,sadly.



    Close to your heart for multiple reasons since the ANZAC forces took the brunt. But obviously they weren’t alone.



    Lions led by donkeys wasn’t only on The Western Front.

  12. Hunderbirds are Gone on




    Our last SPFL game offers evidence to negate the claim that “we can score against anyone at Celtic Park”. Here’s hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice.

  13. 4-1-4-1



    The Cat



    Mick Boyata Jozo Izzy






    Forrest Broon Biton Commons




  14. Bournesouprecipe.



    TinyTim Still read your posts with some fascination. I think you win the most negative very active Celtic supporter title ahead of ‘the internet negativists’, who post ad nauseum and make scroll by, easy. It must be fun sitting beside you at the game, right enough?



    BSR, He is a bit of a moaner but he’s a very nice guy. And one thing I can vouch for he’s Celtic through and through, not like some who come on here and profess to be Celtic minded but are just Huns in disguise. You would enjoy his company, and a true Celtic man,see you on Thursday TT.

  15. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Tony Donnelly 67



    Crystal meths – don’t knock it till you’ve tried it :-)) I come on here day after day and it seems as if almost everyone is on some form of chemical enhancement.

  16. BSR



    It is possible to be supportive of the team and every player wearing the hoops during any 90 mins. That does not mean they are as a team or individually worthy of wearing that top. If you can’t criticise on a forum for Celtic supporters anything to do with the club, team or players then what the heck is the point of this place.



    Strap line says it all – NOT LAZY JOURNALISM.



    This ain’t the Celtic View. It’s the fans view or at least a small section of the fans view.



    Before blogs I stood many a time in pubs and on supporters buses listening to happy clappy, mineshafters, fence sitters and some with a foot in all camps as per how the wind blew.



    I do worry about those who cannot see past Celtic to the point that criticism is unacceptable.



    But each to their own.



    It’s the 90 minute booooo bhoys who pee me off rather than those who come on here to criticise. Booooooing bhoys are green huns every last one.



    MWD said AYE

  17. “The blinding success of the previous Labour Governments under Blair and Brown”



    I agree:



    Complete overhaul of the NHS, buildings and personnel. From a delapidated and derelict start Labour put £19 Billion above base every year, for 10 years, into the NHS. Nearly every town now has state of the art walk in/doctor surgeries/medical facilities.


    Every schoolin the country refurbed or rebuilt – (until SNP stopped it in Scotland).


    From 4% of youth getting access to uni upped to 40%+


    Every university town benefitting from massive rebuilding of town facilities to cater for upsurge in students


    Sure Start


    Minimum Wage


    FOI act

  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 29th September 2015 1:00 pm


    and S.F.T.B.



    My old man was there.



    The plan was good.The intention was good.


    The execution was bad.



    Churchill did his penance by going to the trenches for…..erm….. a while.



  19. Philbhoy



    You hit the nail in the head .


    From what I’ve seen of him I would be uncomfortable playing Blacket at Left back, CH looks more his position.


    If Jozo is fit I would play him and Boyata, with Lustig and Tierney as full backs.


    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Efe at LB though!!

  20. Boyata and Ambrose will be central defensive pairing on Thursday. Simunovic will return v Hamilton at the weekend when Efe is suspended.


    The question is who plays left back. The inexperienced Man Utd central defender or our own inexperience left back? For me it should be play the player in their natural position, so Tierney should start.

  21. Tinytim unless I’m mistaken it’s Scott’s mum and stepdad, met them both and a very nice couple they are. Thanks everyonje for the medical hints and names. Moonbeamswd Anna Potter got in touch and I’ve got an appointment for Thursdqay afternoon, so should be fighting fit for some shenanigans in the BV prematch. Thanks once again. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  22. Tinytim



    Ha – nicely done.



    A Celtic supporter that even invites guest Celtic supporters



    I’ll take you up on that if not sooner rather than later, bearing in mind my own seat can be difficult to ‘give away’ these days.






    Thanks for that reply, I knew he was.



    I agree, that there are non supporting bordering on hunnish posts on CQN, most of the time, we can ignore it.



    Hail Hail

  23. The Battered Bunnet on

    I don’t think Tiny Tim is characteristically negative. I think he just feels the ripples from the Dark Side more keenly than many of us.



    More alarmed than antipathetic.



    And a lovely chap.

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