Give me someone with a point to prove


This ‘Dundee United period’ of our history will be remembered for years, but despite Sunday’s Cup Final win, the fondness of the memory is yet to be established.  If we drop the ball tonight, the League Cup will look like little more than the consolation prize.

It’s been a while since we’ve had to play an important game without Stefan Johansen.  Add this to the fact that we are also without our two recent recruits from United and you have the makings of an experimental midfield.  Given a choice, I’d prefer to have a player with a point to prove than someone marking time.

Billy Beane has appointed official adviser at AZ Alkmaar. Former Oakland Atheltics’ (baseball team) general manager who was the inspiration for Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, will be cutting his teeth in Dutch football. Like the Oakland A’s, Alkmaar have to figure out a way to compete against teams with greater resources.

The lesson from Moneyball is seldom understood. It’s not about buying low and selling high, or imposing some-or-other financial prudence, it’s about measuring things which are really important in the game but not yet being measured.

Moneyball tactics from three years ago are not Moneyball tactics anymore, perpetual innovation is the lesson. Good luck to AZ.

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  1. a good few pints and a blether with BMCUW, Jimbo67, Senga, DD,McTall BT, and the 2 who dont post but need a push,it was good having the haver about Celtic.Enjoyable night augmented by the laughter at the final score at chaos central :-)



    A solid professional display tonight Celtic


    go to work.




  2. mike in toronto on

    winning captains



    some good photos …. looks like a lot of fun….. I really am going to have go make it over for one of these nights.

  3. Sorry to say,on match days it can become really tedious on here.Many putting forward their preferred team line ups,their tactics,who RD should play,who they would never pick,who should never be played together. !!!!!!!!1.Honestly,what does it actually achieve?.


    Does any of the “Managers”think that RD is intently waiting on one or two gems of football wisdom to emerge from CQN,to help him pick his team?.


    I should not complain,if it rocks your boat,carry on.I only say this because I really hate scrolling by anyones posts.

  4. Rock tree Bhoy



    I understand your point about how the huns would have went flat out for a humiliation if the situatiion had been reversed.



    However, the difference is that they would have been ALLOWED to do so.



    That game was not refereed. It was managed.



    The referee was very obviously under instructions to ‘keep it down’ as the consequences of a right good doing for the huns had the authorities worried about their usual reaction to such an event.



    Think LG clean through on the hun keeper and being pulled back for a nothing foul on the halfway line.



    Think elbows assaults on various players and nothing happened.



    If you ever see it again, watch it with a mindset of ‘this game is being managed as a damage limitation exercise’.




  5. winning captains



    Enjoyed flicking through the photos from CQN11.



    Took me a while to recognise ‘wee’ Joe Miller though.



    …and that RICHIE is a suave debonaire dude!




  6. Geordie Munro


    15:10 on


    18 March, 2015





    Have you seen the state of the turnstile queues some nights?



    Some canny touch a card against a pad never mind chip and pin.



    The idea has legs bit would have to be a designated area, not every turnstile








  7. an tearmann




    Good man. Might do that at Easter or wait until Summer. I’m a lazy sod when I get down to Donegal.



    Far too easily led astray.



    Teach Phaidi Oig Barfly CSC.



    Àrd Macha

  8. Anybody else get fed up of the clickbait in their newsnow feed? HITC are particularly bad for it.



    “31-year-old Celtic star makes statement that will excite Bhoys supporters”



    I bet it’s a nothing statement

  9. squire danaher on




    No problem for me scrolling by various people, you should try it :D



    For my part, I responded to what I see as especially brainless suggestions regarding our chosen 11 tonight, and made comment why I thought as much.



    FWIW I think Mr Deila is no more likely to read CQN and take my advice as he is to take the advice of any other poster. I would hope he has better things to do on a matchday 4 hours before KO than read the chatter on here!!!



    It is a Celtic blog for God’s sake. What would you have us talk about??



    What TV channel the game is on?


    The General Election?


    Roasted or toasted cheese?

  10. squire danaher on

    agent green – post of the day, 110% KAAAARECT



    Timaloy 29 – probably Commons being quoted how much he misses the O** F***

  11. Timaloy29



    Agreed. HITC are murder. They are also very much an O** F*** shop.



    I click on the word HITC then hit ‘Hide publication’ link.. Et voila….gone.



    Do the same with The DR too.




  12. mike in toronto on




    its a blog about celtic … where friends talk about the game, the team …. what do you expect us to talk about?



    what does it achieve? It is fun. And it lets me ‘meet’ some new people who also like to talk about Celtic …



    do I (or I expect anyone else) expect RD to be reading this and making his plans based on my posts? Of course not…. but for those of us far away, who cant chat with our pals about the game in person, this serves the same function ….



    Not trying to be cheeky, but what would you have us talk about on match day, if not the match?



    some on here object if someone mentions sevco, others object if someone mentions religion, others get upset if someone speaks in a foreign language …. it is going to be a very lonely football blog if we dont discuss football!



    Personally, I enjoy the diversity of issues and opinions (except for those (*^&*^%*&^ (*&(*&^(* ers who dont see that KC slows down our play too much …. hate them!!!! … just joking!) …. I dont always agree with everything, and there are a few posters who I scroll by (like, I assume, some scroll by mine), but, as long as someone isn’t rude or abusive, what’s the harm?



    So …. on that note, what would be your team for today? Come on … its fun! Give it a go!



    Hail hail

  13. This is an interesting development giving supporters the right to but their clubs.





    It seems SFA and SPFL not so keen. Now there is a surprise.



    Note that the vehicle will be via club trusts and whilst it is unlikely to affect Celtic at present, there will come a time when DD will move on and someone else takes over.



    Given what happened at Ibrox there surely has to be some say in who takes over? Some mechanism for assuring supporters?



    Folk looking ahead might want to attend the CST AGM on Saturday at the Celtic Supports Club in London Rd. 11.00 to 12.30.

  14. Celtic Mac


    14:57 on


    18 March, 2015


    Paul67 et al



    The Ides of March have come, and gone, and Caeser lives. A star of heaven comes back to earth and lights up Loch Ness. The Aurora Borealis turns the sky over Lewis gold and the sky over the Slemish Mountain green, on St Patrick’s Day. And the only time we will be eclipsed will not be tonight, but on Friday morning, after which the sun will shine again. This is no ordinary week, this is a special week, this is an Astral Week!




    I like it – well done! :-)))

  15. mike in toronto on

    tobagostreet …. that’s it! You are now added to the *&(*^*^%*& list (along with people who cant see that KC slows down our play too much!)



    JudeanPeople’sFront (or is it People’s Front of Judea?) CSC

  16. The Battered Bunnet on




    I think we need to amend the articles of association to prohibit any individual from owning more than perhaps 15% of the club.



    DD’s shareholding would be the only one (currently) affected, and can be ‘grandfathered’ for the time being.



    When ownership of his shares transfers, no single entity will be permitted to increase their shareholding beyond the given threshold.



    BTW This might very well impact on the value of DDs shareholding itself, given that his 38% provides a huge influence on decision making and therefore is more valuable.



    Nevertheless, it’s important that we plan for a time when DD cuts out, and now’s as good a time as any to start the process.

  17. @AgentGreen



    Thanks for the tip! I will be doing that.



    @squire danaher



    Was disappointed to see that. Why do our players constantly get asked questions by about them?

  18. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on




    15:20 on 18 March, 2015






    It is a well known fact that Lenny used to read CQN, when he was manager of the club.



    Not suggesting for a second that he was noting or paying attention to team selection or tactics that were posted on here – however I posted a few suggestions for possible line ups, tactics, and a few of these were implemented.



    Uncanny, that’s all I am saying.




  19. mike in toronto on

    tobago …



    it doesn’t matter how many times I see Holy Grail or Life of Brian …. or someone just references them …. they still make me laugh every time!



    I’m going for a close 3-1 this afternoon for the good guys ( a late goal for us to finish it off ) … then, I think we are going to crush them on the weekend!



    Hail hail

  20. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    an tearmann,



    I first visited Doon Well in 1969, when I took my mother-in- law to be, out from Annagry.



    I was bemused to see old ladies walking bare foot around a hole in the ground, whilst praying.



    However, I soon joined them in their devotion, out of a feeling of solidarity, but more so because that many old women couldn’t be wrong!



    Many years later, after I emigrated to Ireland, the O’Donnell Clan had a gathering there, with a Mass.


    Our church choir was invited to provide the music, which for Recession was a hearty rendition of O’Donnell Abhu.


    Afterwards, we all repaired to the Lagoon for ” refreshments”.


    Good day had by all.

  21. Geordie Munro on

    Paul 67 or anyone who can help…



    Can you send me Thunder roads email address or pass mines to him.







  22. thomthethim for Oscar OK on



    The aforementioned hole in the ground was the actual Well and I was soon co- opted to get down in my knees and fill the Holy Water bottles.



    Like Lourdes, there is/was a wall festooned with various discarded surgical appliances, presumably from cured pilgrims.


    Who said Donegal wasn’t exciting.


    Wait till you visit Kerrytown!……….and that’s before you attend the CQN Donegal Branch AGM, the original and best out of town gathering. Attendance by references only!!!

  23. winning captains



    14:53 on 18 March, 2015



    CQN 11 highlights here, watch the video for all the images. I didn’t add sound as it can be annoying. I also added most of the images below – please feel free to grab. If you want a higher quality image let me know and I will send it over.








    Sheesh, that was some casting call for Lord of the Rings – medal to be struck for Stuart Armstrong for smiling like a good ‘un in the face of some scary characters….



    Brilliant KC autographed portrait from the Hun goal celebrations, good to see Tommy Coyne still looking like Tommy Coyne ‘the hammer of the Hearts’ , but when did Joe Miller start to double up for ‘Bender’ from ‘The Breakfast Club’?

  24. bournesouprecipe on

    With Celtic chasing the treble it’s now to be known as ‘the domestic treble’

  25. NatKnow



    There was a great story published a few years back, not sure if it was copied on here, it is certainly in a book I have got somewhere, the premise of which was a son driving through the rains of Glasgow to the Eastern Necroplis after which he fired a rocket into the night sky, the contents turning to stars, over Paradise. It followed his father’s funeral, and that was his Dad up there, a bone fide shooting star. That star is still shining!