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Glasgow arms race failure, thanking Sir David

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KR Reykjavík recorded a 0-2 win in the Icelandic Cup on Sunday and have one more league game, against bottom club Thor on Thursday, before facing Celtic on Champions League duty a week today.

Celtic have a game this evening against LSK Linz before facing a famous name from our past, Dukla Prague, on Friday.  While the world will be coming through a World Cup climb down Celtic will be facing a committed team in the mid-Atlantic.  There is no room for complacency.

Next week’s qualifier has all the potential to cause a fright.  Ronny Deila will by now know all about Gordon Strachan’s competitive start at Celtic, which cast a shadow he never completely shook off, so it is absolutely critical the manager gets us playing the way he wants us tonight.

Ross McCormack’s route from Murray Park reject at 19 eight years ago to a player Fulham have just bid £11m for is worthy of consideration.  It’s easy for us to point to how Rangers ruined young talented footballers but the stark truth is that for well over a decade Celtic had vastly better youth talent that Rangers but failed to graduate anything like as many as we should have.

McCormack had to go to Motherwell, a club well experienced at nurturing talent, to build his career, but he would have fared no better at Celtic.  Having no space for youth is one of the many unhealthy consequences of having two massive clubs engaged in a football arms race.  Our game was destined to destroy talent.

Fortunately, the man who loaned his name to Murray Park ensured that arms race would end in spectacular fashion, when he sold his club’s assets and liabilities to a liquidation specialist for £1.  In a perverse sort of way, Scottish football should thank him.

Thank you to everyone who supported CQN’s efforts for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookie Jar Foundation, especially the reader who paid an incredible £530 for the signed European Cup canvas.  You are all a credit to our club.

Best wishes to Argentina tomorrow, I hope the overcome Netherlands for the memory of the first worldwide football hero they gave the game, Alfredo Di Stefano.

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    Tricoloured Ribbon

     

    18:09 on

     

    8 July, 2014

     

    Atajic, I think,missed that.Awful miss

     

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    Worse than Derks miss the other day?

     

     

    HH

  2. skyisalandfill on

    Great through ball from Pukki accross the front of goal to Atajic who tried to pass it into the net. The goalie had other ideas.

     

    Good play. Poor finishing.

     

     

    HH

  3. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Traditionalist88,

     

    Not just as bad,terrible nonetheless.Played to him on a plate, shot straight at the keeper.

  4. A good shot by LG, but he needs to toughen up, is easily brushed off the ball at times.

  5. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Hindsight is a great thing, but I can honestly say Savile gave me the creeps.

     

     

    However, we were all duped, from the thousands who lined the streets of Leeds for his ” Send off” to the organisers of the Lochabor highland games. Given the sheer scale and longitude of his depravity I cannot believe that he was undetected. Did the estimated £40 m raised for charity make some turn a “blind eye”? Who knows.

     

     

    However it seems unfair to again blame the press.The Sun newspaper tried to bring him to task when he was still alive but Savile immediately started legal actions.

     

     

    This is IMO where the real problems lie. The legal system, where money can buy a very, very powerful weapon. The best Legal Teams.

     

    It should also be remembered that the evil Savile was clever as his membership of Mensa would testify.

     

     

    HH.

  6. wdh

     

     

    Hope you’re well my friend. Long time no see unfortunately.

     

     

    My daughters are going to Barcelona in a fortnight’s time and I said I’d ask you to recommend somewhere to eat. I know you’ve mentioned that you have good friends there who you often recommend but can’t recall the name of the particular restaurant I have in mind.

     

     

    W.y.p. remind me.

     

     

    Thanks.

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Unlucky Celts, great ball over the top and attempted lob well read by keeper

  8. His orange boots make Leigh Griffiths feet look enormous on Celtic TV

     

     

    LeighGriffithsOrangeBoots CSC

  9. @BBCBMcLauchlin: Celtic captain Scott Brown likely to be out for three months with hamstring injury #bbcsportscot

  10. If Broonie is out for that long then it’s time to splash the cash and get Stuart Armstrong signed. Nosebleed time for PL!!!

  11. paolosboots FC before PLC on

    Eldiegobhoy, id recommend les quinze nits in a square just off the ramblas great food, nice restaurant and isnt too pricey. Another is txapella where you can order tapas from the placemat menu again can fully recommend. Hope they enjoy

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