Halloween in July


At the end of last month, looking ahead to the Miydjitlland tie, I predicted, “a Halloween movie awaits”.  Home and away, Miydjitlland created few chances until late in normal time, when Celtic tired.  They were unable to sustain periods of pressure and will surely not lay a glove on PSV Eindhoven in the next round.  Still, we endure Halloween in July.

The young and inexperienced defenders performed well, this one was not on them.  As did Scott Bain, whose confidence to drop the shoulder before playing a 30-yard forward pass, created our best chance of the game.  He also made two fine saves, which makes me wonder what could have been had we never embarked on our Greek Odyssey.

Callum McGregor’s goal was sublime; he placed rather than blasted his shot, one of the few occasions we tested a keeper who never convinced.  Anthony Ralston reminded us why we had such high hopes for him a few years back, while Stephen Welsh and Dane Murray outperformed expectations.

James Forrest should have put the tie beyond the Danes shortly after coming on but poked his shot wide.  Within seconds, Miydjitlland were level.

Like Celtic, Miydjitlland were short of reinforcements, but started extra time with four substitutes on the field, including an 18-year-old debutant, Victor Lind.  The teenager repeatedly mishit the ball whenever he got near it, but he and the other subs managed to provide what proved to be crucial energy.  Celtic made only the one change, Forrest for Liel Abada, until after they went a goal down in the 94th minute.  When energy sapped from ever-busy Ryan Christie and David Turnbull, the writing was on the wall.

Even though Celtic closed the game unable to pass out of their half, Ange Postecoglou stuck to his game plan.  Teams on their way out of a cup invariably go Route One in the final minutes, not so this time.

I am sure none of us had Champions League expectations; we are not at PSV Eindhoven level, but Europa League group stage qualification is crucial for financial, competitive, coefficient and recruitment reasons.  That would have been achieved with a win last night.  Two qualification rounds now have to be negotiated, you have more fraught evenings ahead.

I remain hopeful the squad we have on 1 September will be significantly better that that available last night.  Whether that will be sufficient to take the Champions League bounty available to this season’s Premiership winners is another story.

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  1. SAINT STIVS on 30TH JULY 2021 10:42 AM


    ‘I dont think a man who has amassed a 2 billion euro fortune will lose sleep over being “ridiculed” by blog participants.’






    Amassing a fortune doesn’t make anyone immune to ridicule. Quite the reverse.



    Have a look at the history of Private Eye.



    But to be effective it would have to be more public than a football forum.



    A football ground for instance, or a race track or a golf course.

  2. EKBHOY on 30TH JULY 2021 11:38 AM



    You’re fooling no one. Not even yourself.



    What are you afraid of?

  3. Madmitch – what evidence are you offering to back your claim that Celtic are not structurally sound? If there’s evidence of that I haven’t seen it. But I will accept your point if there is evidence.

  4. ERNIE LYNCH on 30TH JULY 2021 9:53 AM


    “For us, it’s disappointing that they’re not there,” Desmond told BBC Sport.




    “But that was a decision by the various clubs, a decision by the various leagues and we accept those decisions.”





    “Rangers is a great football club, it has a great history and it’s unfortunate that they have been relegated,” said the Irish businessman.




    “We would certainly like to contest with them every week – we believe we’ve got a better team and a better management structure.




    “Rangers is a fantastic football club, it is one of the greatest football clubs in Great Britain, we’ve got to acknowledge that.”









    True Celtic supporter?






    It’s not the continuation lie that Desmond promotes with his nonsense about them being relegated that’s the worst thing about this statement.



    It’s the fact that when he said it, EBTs, improperly registered players and years of cheating were established fact and he never called any of it out. Instead spouting pish about the institution and their relegation.

  5. Tom McLaughlin on

    It seems that Celtic ran a TEST ballot for the Dundee game but didn’t realise the results would show up in supporters’ accounts as “successful” although they remembered to suppress the issuing of emails.



    The LIVE ballot has yet to take place.



    Holy crap.

  6. Dermot Desmond is involved with Celtic for the exact same reason as Lindsell are – he’s taking a low risk punt on a football restructure that opens up new TV deals with a corresponding increases in our share price.



    The idea he’ll do a Douglas Park and put his own money on the table to finance a squad rebuild is laughable.

  7. Melbourne Mick on




    If you can’t see it, then I despair.


    Please pay attention.


    H.H. Mick

  8. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Even Stephen McGowan having a pop now. Of course Lawwell’s mum will have a pop before his pet poodles on here.



    Face facts. The quad treble was entirely down to Rodgers. Once the giant ego of Lawwell resumed control it all went to sheeeeittt! Slowly at first and then all at once.



    Them’s the facts. Time to face them poodles.



    Down boy!

  9. Even the mega rich talk pish at times,I give you,


    Dermot Desmond


    ,Gerald Ratner,


    Donald Trump,( Alot more than most )


    Boris Johnston ( rival for Trump )


    Countless,Hooray Henry’s,and Chinless wonders.


    ,featuring,Rees Mogg,Micheal Gove.Nigel Farage.


    It’s a big list

  10. TGD’s plan was, and mostly likely remains, to get Celtic into the EPL as part of The Old Firm.



    The problem with the plan is that it gives the huns an awful lot of leverage.

  11. THE EXILED TIM on 30TH JULY 2021 10:10 AM




    Good post, saved having to respond to some of strange hun accusation posts appearing lately.



    CQN is down to about 30 posters these days, some on here would be happier if it’s was down to just 5 or 6 of their online pals

  12. glendalystonsils on

    TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 30TH JULY 2021 11:53 AM



    Finding new ways to be incompetent .



    Maybe that’s what Dom means by ‘modernisation’! ;-)))

  13. Larne knocked out a Danish team.


    Doesn’t reflect well on the current state of Danish football.


    Doesn’t reflect well on the current state of our club.

  14. Melbourne Mick on 30th July 2021 11:56 am



    As I posted happy to be educated, otherwise it’s just a sweety wife blether I’m afraid.



    Call it out.

  15. Delaneys Dunky on



    Luke Shaw is a Man United player.


    Liam Shaw is a Celtic player.


    Greg Taylor’s position.


    Do you still rate Greg Taylor?


    The worst Celtic left back since Brian Whittaker imo.

  16. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    GARNGAD TO CROY on 30TH JULY 2021 10:50 AM


    Has anyone been lucky enough to get a ticket for any of the games yet ? So far I have not but my mate has been selected for 2 out of the 3 games. Seems an unfair system, are all games and all names in every ballot ? It looks like I have paid the best part of £500 for a raffle ticket !





    Me and WeeBGFC got tickets for West Ham.



    Don’t know about Dundee yet. However – we re-arranged our first family trip in 18 months just so me and WeeBGFC could get to the Dundee game if we are lucky with tickets.



    At some expense (and to the ire of Mrs BGFC), we changed our initial plans – which were to leave on Saturday 7th – to new arrangements with us leaving on the morning of Sunday 8th.



    Defeat to the Danes means we now play Dundee on Sunday 8th so we’ll miss it anyway!!




    HHHHHAAAAAA – just as I type this, my email’s just pinged to tell us we have been successful in the Dundee ballot!!! Bliddy typical.



    Anyway – Wee BGFC’s Auntie Maureen, and his wee cousin, will be happy with the tickets.



    I’m away to tell him….






  17. AN Dun,



    Think you will find he has.Underwriting Share Issue.


    Only way possible,as we see at the Huns confetti factory.

  18. glendalystonsils on




    Taylor is an honest trier . I would keep him in the squad but not as first pick . We need more in that position than Greg can offer us .


    Of course this applies to others too .

  19. Melbourne Mick on 30th July 2021 11:56 am



    Also rather than having a go at me wouldn’t it have been easier just to answer the question?

  20. Melbourne Mick on

    TIMMY 7



    I refer to my post on the last blog when I named them all.


    If you were paying attention you would have noticed, or do you


    just post when things are getting too Celtic cuddly.


    H.H. Mick

  21. TURKEYBHOY on 30TH JULY 2021 12:06 PM


    AN Dun,




    Think you will find he has.Underwriting Share Issue.



    Only way possible,as we see at the Huns confetti factory.






    He under writ a share issue over 15 years ago and has done very well out of it with his preferential dividends and share price increases.



    He could tomorrow advance Celtic an interest free long term loan to get the hotel and museum built, redevelope the main stand and put Celtic out of sight.



    But he won’t because he doesn’t see a return while we play in Scotland.

  22. squire danaher on 30th July 2021 12:10 pm



    Not as much of a hun as you…………………….

  23. DD,


    It’s all the initials that confuse me.I was going to write Leopold Shaw.


    Taylor ?We can get better,if we pay the money,but I love his effort.Never hides,and is far better than the 10 million rated Laxalt we had.Far better than the 10 million rated Kenny.Thats my problem.We have had so many FBs that have been honking.He is better than any of them.Like a Lucky Bag,never know what you will get for your money.


    Had to try the impossible,and fill in for KT.Big problem.Deserves a chance in a settled defence.



  24. Melbourne Mick on 30th July 2021 12:11 pm



    So you make assumptions about someone you’ve never met and have the arrogance to assume everyone religiously reads all of your posts? Great debate.



    I’ll leave it there.

  25. Martin told the scottish footballing public that the huns were the benchmark while privately schooling the team in how to beat them – he was doubtless helped by the reinforcemnets he brought to the cause – but he said one thing in public while actively pursuing another strategy with the team.



    I suspect the majority shareholder was at the same thing.



    Would I have said it, naw. I’d have evaded the question.

  26. squire danaher on 30th July 2021 12:16 pm



    I knew it!!! Admit it, you’re a multi moniker poster also?


    I’ve been honing my internet sixth sense.

  27. squire danaher on

    Whats always amused me over the years on her – as a general rule of thumb – is the correlation between Happy Clapperism and geographical distance from Celtic Park.

  28. squire danaher on

    BANKIEBHOY1 on 30TH JULY 2021 12:17 PM



    With all respect, you can’t say D Desmond didn’t mean what he said.



    You can say you hope so.



    But that would be straw clutching.

  29. AN DUN,


    Not really up to what can be” given”,in Celtics structure.Really don’t think it’s possible just to give money.But,I think,could be wrong.Sure someone knows.

  30. BANKIEBHOY1 on 30TH JULY 2021 12:17 PM








    ‘I suspect the majority shareholder was at the same thing.’








    You suspect no such thing. You’d just like it to be true because it’s comforting.

  31. The amateur fortune teller gang on here are definitely losing their mojo.


    I’ve now been accused of the following by people I’ve never met:



    Only posting when it’s about politics.


    Only posting to defend the SNP.


    Only posting when it gets too Celtic cuddly.


    Hoping that Celtic lose.


    Being a hun.



    Next I guess I’ll be a multi moniker super villain.



    I’m a conundrum wrapped in an enigma.

  32. In the glimpses I saw last season,of Joe Hart and Ben Foster,Foster looked as good as ever.


    I know who I would go for.

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