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.

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  1. Greenpinata on 29th September 2015 2:19 pm



    You’re aware that Salmond isn’t the SNP leader anymore aren’t you? So you’ll accept that Nicola Sturgeon may not agree with his 7 yr old quote.

  2. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    Dundee United footballer Paul Paton has appeared in court in Glasgow accused of assaulting former Celtic goalkeeper Lucasz Zaluska.


    The 28-year-old denied repeatedly hitting Mr Zaluska on the head at Ashton Lane and Byres Road on 20 October, 2014.


    Mr Paton’s representative Andy Phillips told the court the midfielder maintains his plea of not guilty.


    The case at Glasgow Sheriff Court was continued for trial next month.


    Mr Paton, of Paisley, joined Dundee United in 2013 after spells at Queen’s Park and Partick Thistle, and has also represented the Northern Ireland national team

  3. Canamalar on 29th September 2015 2:19 pm



    It’s also because for both sides there’s a large degree of ‘what ifs’. At the start of last season it was what if we sign Finbogasson he’s only £5m, look at his record.



    At the start of this season some (perhaps justifiably) state “What if we’d signed Finbogasson, and his record had been the same as at Sociedad?” We’d be an extra £5m in the hole.



    I’m not sure I’m really for, or against the board. I try, where I can, to understand the decisions they make.

  4. BAWSMAN on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 1:12 PM


    “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.



    Did they,aye.Why I really try and steer clear of politics on here.Totally deluded concerning Labour.


    Lets hope JC can restore some pride back into the greatest political party ever.They dont half need it.



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/getting-it-right-at-the-back-against-fenerbahce/#sthash.1T7WfGzO.dpuf

  5. I may have some SBP’s on my person in the BV on Thursday, if anyone is interested – Oldtim67? H H Hebcelt

  6. Kingoh,


    I was one of those who enjoyed the game bar the result, the deeper issue IMO is the refusal to acknowledge the major errors of judgement on a range of decisions made by the board especially relating to the treatment of the support, and the failure to invest in the team, the definitive statement being we aim to exit every transfer window stronger, in 2012 then admits to failing to do that in 2014.


    Lies about lateral movement and on it goes yet when anyone raises these issues they are rounded on by the arse barers, these are issues that only Celtic supporters are concerned about as they suit the hun, for some attacking the board for obvious failures is going too far when in fact it should be our main concern, it’s the same mentality that kept the old board in power long after their sell by date. It’s the exact same attitude that trumpeted the huns out of business. Heads in the sand and blind stupidity does not protect our club, and knowing your place is something many still can’t leave behind.

  7. Weeminger,


    I see finbogasson’s name thrown up quite a lot as a counter argument but I’m no sure why, there is no possible way his what if can be rationalised base on his form when he moved elsewhere its a, if my aunt had baws argument, had we got him for £5M there is nothing or any definitive proof that he would not have turned into the next Henke, nothing there are too many variables so it’s no even an argument as far as I’m concerned just another sop to try and justify lack of ambition.

  8. Turkeybhoy………..Deluded? Naw.



    It does rip ma knitting when people say ‘they’re awe the same” or the SNP try and put themselves across as a ‘left of centre’ party.


    People need to rememeber what it was like after 18 years (SNP instigated) Tory rule.


    Labour made some poor judgements but generally folk stopped dying on waiting lists, kids got a chance at higher education, and wages surged.


    What has 8 years of SNP rule given us?

  9. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Doesn’t really matter how sensible your argument is, you’re inevitably going to be labelled a hun by some on here




  10. Canamalar on 29th September 2015 2:57 pm



    Which is exactly the same argument that is made by those saying spending £Xm won’t guarantee CL football. There’s too many variables.



    I think Finnbogasson was an easy player for those that want more spent to focus on because a) he was within the ballpark that PL claimed he would spend on the right player and b) his record was dynamite.



    Similarly he was easy for those that defend the policy to hysterically shout “Look! Look!” £5m and you get 2 goals!”



    I think the basis of the policy is sound, I think it’s stuck to too rigidly though but if the board are going to state that they have a policy I think overall I’d rather they stuck to it than applied it haphazardly. Everybody know where they are then.

  11. Weeminger,


    I don’t believe anyone on the board should have KPI’s unrelated to the success of the team on the park and that is IMO the main strategic failure of the board, get that right and we have everyone at the club pulling in the same direction.


    Include a more resolute defence of the support and brand and we have a winning combination that will unite the club as one that will bring its own benefits. Treat the support right and put a team on the park and the rest will follow suit.

  12. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on




    Sorry to disappoint :-)). If I was describing my politics, I would say that I’m a moderate who is slightly left of centre. I have an affinity for the weaker members of our society. As I see things, working class people made a lot of progress after WWll but as things stand in the UK, they are being slowly dragged back to the conditions that they had to endure in the early decades of the last century.

  13. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    I think if you look at our record in Europe recently then its a definite that we’re on a downhill slide, surely we should have invested a bit more when we were getting into the last 16 regularly ? Now we dont look capable of getting into the group stages. Given the amount of revenue it attracts I think we could have speculated a bit more




  14. oh the iron eh.



    yesterday, i thought i would have some genteel leg pull of my fave 67, the bold tony, while awaiting a response, a bigger fish does bite.



    now i am away to check the dictionar,y i heard they took the work “gullible” out of it.



    me nom me na



    do do do do

  15. My friends in Celtic,



    As per discussion last night , £32 is far too much for non S/T holders to see a group Europa tie. IMO we have shot ourselves in the foot. This is not priced to maximise the crowd and I wonder how this pricing decision was reached ?


    I hope for a large vociferous crowd, but fear our current custodians have missed a trick. Do they not grasp the consequences of live footie and modern technology not to mention the fact that this will be the third home game in just over a week.



    When we call for investment, is this a price the ordinary fan is asked to pay. ?




  16. What we’ve got to remember was all the rhetoric about not gambling with the clubs finances yet that is exactly what prevailed, we gambled down the way, gambling that we would still be good enough to win the title but would need a lot of luck (gamble) that we’d get into Europe. Gambled that the support would be to emotionally involved to walk away, most of the people I know that have walked away have done so because the football is pish not because the huns are dead. Most of those now have other things they’d rather be doing and getting them back is not going to be easy, the huns won’t bring them back. Investment and a team seriously challenging for a place in the EL year on year is a minimum and these guys supported throughout the eighties and nineties.


    There is no question supporters are drifting away and from what I’m listening to the major factor has been the boards strategy on investment and how supporters are treated.


    The board are a political beast who refuse to allow any other political views aired in the stadium yet they force their political agenda on the support and hide behind hypocritical and selective rules.

  17. From today’s Herald.




    A SECOND inquiry into allegations that police officers have lied on the stand in cases involving football fans is under way. Police Scotland has confirmed it is investigating claims an officer within its dedicated football unit committed perjury in a case where two supporters were found guilty of singing offensive songs.



    It followed a complaint lodged with the force by a member of the public accompanied by Labour MSP Paul Martin and centres on allegations the officer was aware evidence given in the conviction of two men that warnings had been issued to fans about certain songs was inaccurate.



    Two other police officers, a chief inspector and sergeant, remain under investigation following perjury allegations in a case where a football fan was acquitted of his role in a notorious incident.



    The pair had given evidence against a youth charged with breach of the peace for his role in the kettling of Celtic fans on Glasgow’s Gallowgate in March 2013.



    The latest case involves Celtic supporters William Donnelly and Martin Walsh, who were charged with engaging in behaviour which was likely or would be likely to incite public disorder by singing a song in support of a proscribed terrorist organisation. The two men were given six-month football banning orders.



    The “Roll of Honour” song commemorates Irish Republican hunger strikers from the Provisional IRA and Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).



    It has been alleged that evidence given by an officer within the Football Coordination Unit Scotland in the initial conviction and cited in the refusal of their appeal was knowingly incorrect.



    During the trial the officer had said Celtic and various supporters’ clubs had warned fans of the undesirability and dangers in singing this particular song and that the pair were therefore aware the song was banned.



    But various documents dispute the claim that fans’ groups ever publicly indicated the song was sectarian or otherwise.



    Celtic did have a meeting with the police where it was indicated fans would face potential arrest if they sang Roll of Honour but this was a month after the game where Mr Walsh and Mr Donnelly committed their offence.



    A letter to Jeanette Findlay, a prominent member of the pressure group Fans Against Criminalisation who made the complaint to Police Scotland, states that an officer with the force’s professional standards unit has been appointed to investigate the complaint.



    The complaint also follows almost seven months of attempts to have the Crown Office’s dedicated unit which examines criminal allegations against the police investigate at the claims, including direct contact between Glasgow MSP Mr Martin and Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland.



    Ms Findlay said she only made the allegation in person to Police Scotland after the Crown Office “failed consistently to respond to me regarding serious allegations”.



    A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “As this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment at the present time.”



    The two men involved in the case, both from Dumbarton, were prosecuted after the incident at Hibs’ Easter Road stadium in October 2013. They later took their case to the appeal court in Edinburgh, claiming their rights under the European Convention of Human Rights had been breached.



    However, the Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, sitting with Lord Bracadale and Lord Boyd of Duncansby, refused the appeal earlier this year.

  18. I hope JeremyCorbyn apologises to the country for the £310 BILLION PFI contracts signed by Andy Burnhan when he was Health Secretary. Labour 13 years in power failed to overturn/ repeal the most draconian Anti Trade Union Laws in Europe. They alsofailed to bring into public ownership the railways which was in the 1997 Labour Manifesto. Oh and how sickening was it to see Gordon Brown welcome General Pinochet’s landlady Margeret Thatcher into 10 Downing Street for tea. Now I can’t understand how Scotland deserted Labour. #Iraq#

  19. CANAMALAR on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 2:27 PM







    Do you think anything will be done by the board to counter this attack on the Celtic brand ?



    I doubt it,if they do ,it will be the first time since Reid’s ‘back of the bus’ line,look how that turned out.HH

  20. TINYTIM on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 12:51 PM









    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!












    Could you maybe ask her to pass the toffees a wee bit further along the row next time?…Thanks and HH

  21. Tierney for me at left back on Thursday night.



    Jock Stein spoke about not asking players to do the things they couldn’t do. Playing in an ‘unnatural’ position comes into that category for me. Play players in their favoured positions.

  22. Sad innit, the richest and most powerful club in the land, yet it’s board allow its brand and supporters reputation to be dragged through the mud. Meanwhile spout rhetoric about more than a club.

  23. Greenpinata on 29th September 2015 3:33 pm



    You make a great point, as does Canamalar right after you.



    I have walked away (last year) after having 2 SB’s for donkeys years. 6 hour round trip, at one point £70 a game for diesel alone, 3 games a week at times is a crippler.


    I think it was FOUR season book games on a Saturday 3.00 KO last season, I’ve saved a fortune not buying the SB’s and binning Sky.


    The club (twice in fan surveys) asked me what would stop me renewing. Moving games from 3 on a Saturday to suit TV was my response.


    The club made the decision that it preferred TV money to my money, their choice.

  24. Greenpinata.



    I reckon £22 for a S/T holder is a fair price for the EL, and that £32 is a shade too high, even though it would have been much higher had we qualified for the CL.



    Having said that I don’t think it’ll affect the crowd much, the PLC gamble on ST holders taking up their allocation, and take whatever they get in the public sale.



    A crowd of around 40,000 will see us as amongst the highest of the night, given Ajax sold forty something, in the Amsterdam arena aagainst us, you just can’t fool all of the people, all of the time.

  25. canamalar


    I agree the standard of football is part of the declining attendances, I will send you an e-mail if you dont mind would you reply to it.

  26. Bawsman



    I understand the dilemma you faced and the decision you came to, however, a number of games were moved, not because of TV money, but because of playing EL games on a Thursday.

  27. Good afternoon Celts



    good to catch up with several cqnrs on saturday,Gearoid1998 some scarf ma mhan,Skyeisalandfill hope the ‘Che’ t-shirt fits if you want another just shout :-).Thunder Road good to put a face to the name and along with the other mob:-) enjoyed your company after in the BV.



    joinin in the Tiny Tim good ghuy group,it was a pleasure meeting you on Saturday,i only wish i had been introduced to Broonys ma ‘n da, if only for a sweety as the half time pie didnt go down to well.You should speak to Paddybhoy too, as you do a natty line in bunnets:-)



    onwards to thurs.lookin forward to it.




  28. I think the pricing for non season ticket holders might be to encourage buying the more reasonably priced 3 match package.



    Still not cheap for some mind ya.




  29. Hamiltontim on 29th September 2015 3:52 pm ………………….Some were moved for overseas jaunts at the start of the season (nice weather) and played on a Tuesday/Weds evening in winter.



    I also argue that it’s chicken and egg.



    We are in Europa League (Thurs/Sun) because we don’t fill the ground (make enough money) on home gates to buy the players good enough to get Weds Sat games.


    Dancing to the TV tune is economically pants for Celtic and I know the contract situation but I reckon a game shifted from Sat 3.00 loses 8-10k off the gate, my humble opinion only and I accept the clubs decision to prefer the TV money to mine.


    SOMEONE needs to fight the fans corner, else many more will can it.

  30. AULD BERTIE on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 3:41 PM



    ‘ I can’t understand how Scotland deserted Labour. #Iraq#’






    But what have they deserted to?



    Nationalism FFS.



    For a bunch of chancers and snake oil salesmen like Michelle Thomson (btw I’d be interested to hear TinyTim’s thoughts on that particular individual).







  31. Protecting the Brand??



    Misleading Headline:



    POLICE are hunting nearly 50 football fans who swore and shouted at train passengers on their way to a Celtic clash…………….



    Article goes on to say:



    They said up to 10 Hearts supporters, who had been drinking, boarded the 10.30am Edinburgh Waverley service to Queen Street and “shouted and swore continually” on their way to last Saturday’s match…………………



    Article continues:



    Later in the day, around 35 Hearts supporters got on a train from Haymarket at 1.15pm and were reported to have been shouting, swearing and using religiously offensive language.



    I wonder when Ms. Budge will be issuing a statement?

  32. “Some were moved for overseas jaunts at the start of the season”







    But they weren’t though. one was shifted due to commonwealth games.

  33. BAWSMAN on 29TH SEPTEMBER 2015 4:06 PM



    Nothing I’d disagree with in your post. I will say though it was because of fans’ pressure that meant no foreign jolly at the start of the season.

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