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Highland trips shadow final Champions League round

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This time next week Celtic will have played two competitive games, both at home, and we will have a chance to properly assess preseason preparations.  Even if victories are achieved against HJK Helsinki and Aberdeen the challenges for the remainder of the month, with at least four and possibly five games away from Celtic Park, with the possibility of only one home game, in the final Champions League qualifying round, will ensure Celtic are tested to their limit.

Two trips to the Highlands ahead of the Champions League qualifiers would be an unwelcome distraction.  Maybe an occasion for the youth and fringe players.

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  1. Funny while it lasted. They are dire and are going to get worse. It’s going to take a lot more than league reconstruction to save this sorry lot.

     

     

    Love seeing McCoist doing his “pretend to be a manager” act – furrowed brow, arms crossed, eyes darting left and right, as if he is studying the game…

     

     

    Seen Ferguson do it, so he thinks he should too. What a loser.

  2. Lennybhoy

     

    you will enjoy the dark knight rises more if you have seen the earlier parts of the trilogy especially Batman Begins which was the first part.

     

     

    If possible go to the IMAX version. Definitely worth the extra money. It a long film 2.5 hours plus but flies in. Excellent entertainment.

     

     

     

  3. Rotherham’s summer spending spree is set to come to an end with boss Steve Evans looking to bring in just one more player.

     

     

    The Millers completed their 11th signing of the summer on Friday when striker Kieran Agard agreed to join the club, subject to a medical, but Evans has been rebuffed in his bid to bring in Tony Watt.

     

    When asked how many more new players fans can expect, Evans told the club’s official website: “At the very most, one. My attempts to sign young Glasgow Celtic striker Tony Watt either on loan, or on a permanent basis have at this time come to nothing.

     

    “I’ve spoken to (Celtic manager) Neil Lennon and he’s told me the lad is part of his plans and we must respect that. Neil has been very honest and genuine with me since we first spoke earlier in the summer and I accept his decision fully.

     

    “There are other players that we’re considering, but we’ll only move for them if they’re better than we have.

     

    “The chairman was prepared to spend good money on Tony Watt and before that Matt Tubbs, but they’re not for sale and we respect the decisions of the clubs involved.”

  4. eddieinkirkmichael on

    So the season of Armageddon is almost upon us, fans are deserting the game in their droves. The quality of football on show will be the worst ever witnessed by Scottish football fans according to the prophets Provan and Burley.

     

    The Grim Reaper has sharpened his scythe and is waiting patiently to swing it in the direction of several clubs in the SPL. We know this because it was foretold by an old Soothsayer named Doncaster, whose words were carved in stone by the Oracle of Hampden, Regan.

     

     

    The only problem with the statements and allegations made by the aforementioned is that there is no evidence to support their ramblings. There is no doomsday scenario being played out at the moment. Sky and ESPN are committed to the Scottish game. ESPN are already advertising that they will be showing games this season and Sky have on several occasions through twitter announced their continued support of our game.

     

     

    Will the product on display in the SPL be less attractive than last year? An educated guess would say no as there is more at stake for the majority of clubs. With the demise of RFC(IL) another Euro spot opens up for those competing in the SPL. Also with the prospect of league reconstruction now firmly on the table then there should be less pressure on the bottom clubs as they know they will not be relegated as the SPL is likely to increase in size. Hopefully we will also see more teams adopt the approach of Kilmarnock and St Mirren and play a passing, possession based game, creating more exciting football for the paying customer.

     

     

    There is much to be excited about this season for Celtic fans, not least the reasonable expectation of Champions’ League group stages. We will have difficult games in the qualifying rounds but I for one think we have the quality to negotiate our way through both rounds. For me the key to both ties will be our form at home and it is hoped that a good crowd shows up for these games. We all know how special Celtic Park can be on these European occasions and if significant numbers turn up then they can play their part in spurring the team on to success.

     

     

    I have some great memories of European nights at Celtic Park, one in particular sticks in my mind. Not because we won, we didn’t, we were beat 0-1 by Ajax, when Martin O’Neil was in charge. Dispite the result we celebrated as if we’d won, as in our mind we had won, as we had qualified for the group stages of Champs’ league for the first time.

     

    I attended this game in the company of my uncle Martin. Martin had spent most of his adult life working in England and seldom made the journey back “up the road”. He did however continue to support Celtic and when due to family circumstances he found himself unemployed, he decided he’d be as well being unemployed in Scotland as in the South of England.

     

    I remember meeting him in the Imperial Hotel, Helensburgh, for a couple of pints before the we caught the Harp bus to the game. He was almost beside himself with excitement, my brother had pulled out of going at the last minute and Martin had taken possession of his ticket. This would be his first visit to the new Celtic Park and he constantly reminded me that it wouldn’t be a patch on the old ground. I tried to explain that he was wrong, Fergus had built us a fine arena that appears to amplify the noise I told him. Anyway there was no moving Martin in his beliefs. He recounted numerous stories of the Jungle encouraging the team to victory when they had been facing defeat. Nothing he assured me could rival the noise from the jungle.

     

     

    I have to admit during the first half of the game I along with the crowd exhibited a degree of nervousness that seemed to have affected the teams performance. As the second half progressed the crowd became more and more animated, realising that even in defeat we were still going through to the group stages. As the finale whistle went the relief was palpable, defeat was greeted as victory and we all dared to dream.

     

    For a period of about 5mins the noise was incredible, Martin was hugging complete strangers and generally having a ball singing the odd verse from the Celtic song. I laughed then joined in as we made our way back to the bus, Martin holding aloft his scarf as we walked, the pride on his face made me realise how much this club means to so many people.

     

    Here was a man down on his luck, unemployed in his early sixties yet for a few hours nothing mattered except his love of Celtic.

     

    That was the first and last time I ever attended a game with my uncle Martin. He died a couple of years later. He still maintained that nothing could beat the atmosphere of the old Celtic Park and who am I to argue. I’m sure however that he may have changed his mind if he was at the Milan game or the Man Utd game.

     

     

    As we kick off against Helsinki I’ll spend a minute remembering Martin and that one night we shared together at Celtic Park, memories are wonderful things, I look forward to those I have yet to expierence.

  5. That Hun team are rank ……even with seven internationalists and paying wages they can’t afford

     

     

    Their youngsters are poor and offered nothing

     

     

    They’ll be burst before Christmas

  6. Steinreignedsupreme on

    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie on 29 July, 2012 at 17:34:

     

     

    Jings ! Crivvens ! Help Ma Boab !

     

     

    Paw Broon ,Daphne ,Hen ,Horace ,The Twins ,Soapy Soutar…and Pc.Murdoch..

     

     

    Your Boys Took One Hell Of A Beating..!!

     

     

    (The Hon Man,reporting exclusively fae Glebe Park…tae the Big Braw World.)

     

     

    —————

     

     

    Seven Hard Day with Francis Gay squeezed into 120 minutes.

  7. leftclicktic on

    “Two trips to the Highlands ahead of the Champions League qualifiers would be an unwelcome distraction. Maybe an occasion for the youth and fringe players.”

     

    OUUUUUUUCHHHHH :)))))

     

    Keep it up PAUL

     

    HAIL HAIL

  8. Wonder if the @OFFICIAL_SFL will bring that Sevco club to task for their fans sectarian bile today. New club, same issues.

     

    Let’s hope they had a match advisor there, who wasn’t wearing “bearphones”

  9. Paul

     

     

    Makes you wonder the wisdom of travelling across the Atlantic to play a friendly in the middle of a busy kick off to the season.

  10. I am so hacked off with The SS and its circus of horrors,sleekit Bawface,and Scottish football governance once again in the process (‘league reconstruction’) of stitching up the game for the benefit of one so-called ‘club’,and one ‘club’ only.

     

    So….my missus has gently reminded me that The SS are gone,gone,gone, and that my business is with Celtic F.C.,the football club and community I love…and that is exactly what Paul67 is doing with this latest article.

     

    HH!

  11. leftclicktic on

    SSN breaking news

     

    ‘Newco Rangers beat Brechin City 2-1 in their first competitive game’

  12. Paul67

     

     

    The stupidity of the club agreeing a pointless friendly game in Philadelphia prior to what hopefully will be a final CL qualifier beggars belief

     

     

    We will be contracted to play a first XI in the States whereby if it had been a league game we could have rested our better players

     

     

    £15m sure beats £350k in my book

  13. Paul67

     

     

    Two early trips to the Highlands is not where we should be blooding our young Bhoys.

     

    Get first team out and get games won. Let’s give the others in the

     

    SPL no room for confidence. We will have plenty of time to try our young Bhoys out later this season.

  14. ….PFayr on 29 July, 2012 at 17:19:

     

     

    Palacio67 on 29 July, 2012 at 17:19:

     

     

    GingerElvis on 29 July, 2012 at 17:21:

     

     

    Cheers Bhoys, 19:00 showing at Showcase I think for me and Junior.

     

     

    Patrick27 on 29 July, 2012 at 17:21:

     

     

    Hope you see it soon mate…

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  15. It would be great to draw them in a cup competition. I think any SPL team would give them a hiding, and that’s without the loss of any further ‘talent’.

     

     

    I would suggest that we need to start using more of the youth players and use the opportunity to bring through 5 or 6 players that have potential.

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    The Ramsden cup projected income streams survive as part of Fridays presentation. Phew !

     

     

    HH

  17. if green and his followers were willing to accept that they have no history there would be no need to negotiate with anyone. sevco are a new business and club, end off. sevco can wear the oldco badge, strip and sing the same songs, but that means nothing to me. if i go watch an elvis or john lennon tributes, they will also sign the same songs and wear the same clothes etc… but they are not the said persons. its a good thing oldco fans are daft as fuck, their stupidity is breathtaking. oh how they make me laugh.

     

     

    as an aside i dislike that david proven i dont care how good a player he was he talks wet

  18. TMWTL

     

     

    I hadn’t thought of that

     

     

    In any event we’ll have an EL qualifier which would still be very important

  19. Transit van cam:

     

     

    Bawface: “well played rerr the day rads, we knew that was gonny be a to…hey durranty thats ma yum yum geez it…eh aye a tough wan,

     

    Broadfoot:

     

    “so gaffa eh is that us in the champions league ren or the uefa?”

     

    Durranty:

     

    “see u bentfoot do you no read the papers? dae ye no? ffs thats only round wan we need to win the next round furra champions league”

     

    Bawface:

     

    right rads, theres eh 36 ae us in this 16 seater mini bus, the diesel is err haud oan, 360 quid so thats eh…

     

    Charlie green: 100 quid each lads and ill take the cash please no cheques, just pop it in there thats the spirit,

     

    Jimmy the kitman: err mister green any sign of they towels yet?

  20. Fantasma is Neil Lennon on

    SSN reporting “Newco rangers beat Brechin 2- 1 in their first competitive match”

     

    So there. Their FIRST competitive match. They’ve never played a competitive match before today, ergo, they’ve never won a single trophy.

     

    On the upside for them, they haven’t ever lost a game either.

     

    Didn’t watch it, as I’ve got little or no interest in games from the lower divisions between wee teams.

     

     

    Looking forward to The Champions on Wednesday and Saturday.

  21. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Stephbhoy

     

     

    Langauge

     

    Deary me on a Sunday too !!

     

     

    HH

  22. ulysses mcghee on 29 July, 2012 at 17:22 :

     

     

    Saw the first two mate, second one in the iMax.

     

     

    leftclicktic on 29 July, 2012 at 17:35:

     

     

    Thanks mate, need to catchup in the Big Tree during the season.

     

     

    aldersyde avenue on 29 July, 2012 at 17:39:

     

     

    Cheers mate, Junior champing at the bit so I need to take him tonight, might go later to see it in the iMax.

     

     

    Until we meet again…

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  23. theglasgowcelticway on

    Eddiekirkmichael

     

    Great post.There are plenty out there who are desperate for this season to be a failure.This will be the first season in years that I’ve had a season ticket,having to give the old one up due to work commitments.I remember ht got me a ticket for the Hearts semi final last season.Walking back from the game to the car I experienced feelings of disgust at being cheated and happiness at having seen a Celtic game again,believe me the radio is no substitute.I for one am buzzing with excitement for the new season.

  24. Senor Pablo Diablo on

    Sevco 5088 using the jerseys, crest and name of Rangers FC (In administration).

     

     

    Various media sources referring to Sevco 5088 as “Rangers”.

     

     

    I’m confused and unsure how to differentiate between these supposedly different entities. Is this worth an enquiry/complaint to the Trading Standards Institute?

  25. according to KDS, press reports from hungary saying that we are about to sign Tamas Kadar, 22 year old hungarian international centre half, who was released by Newcastle last month.

  26. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    wonder where Livi and Spartans are with their legal proceedings

  27. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    Two bible thumpers came to my door earlier.Here in the heart of Derry.Not Mormons or Jehovahs Witnesses I might add.When I asked what religion they had or who they were they told me that God was here to save us.When I asked was Henrik Larsson in the car they beat a hasty retreat.People annoy you when you are struggling with a hangover..

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