How Stein managed big game weeks


I asked Archie Macpherson to speak about Jock Stein at CQN11, to mark the 50th anniversary of Jock’s appointment as Celtic manager, and then stayed quiet as he spoke.  One of the points he made was that Jock would have a news plan ahead of a big game.

Good news would be held back until a few days before the game, giving fans and players a lift, to ensure maximum impact.  Bad news could break at any time, but it would have to fight for column inches.  As an operator, he is still worth studying.  Celtic should plan to dominate this week’s news accordingly.

Apart from that horrible game away to Legia, Ronny Deila has not been to a sell-out Celtic game in a large stadium, and even that was only 30,000.  It’s possible he’s never even played before a large sell-out crowd, so you can be sure he’ll not be short of people telling him what to expect, and how to prepare for Hampden on Sunday.

There are some obvious pitfalls for him to avoid, in particular to ensure his players are not provoked into retaliation, but taking too much advice would be a mistake (will not stop us offering plenty advice).  He’s spent all season playing and preparing one way, anything which gets in the way of this will only put him off his game.  The manager needs to employ a filter this week, tell everyone he’s got the situation covered and get on with the game.

Loving the way recipients of Rangers EBT loans have been asked about an advert dealing with the consequences of their loans, but are not actually asked about the loans themselves. These guys only agree speak on the understanding they are not asked about their loans, none of which are or will be repaid.

I accept that if the loan recipient is being asked about yesterday’s charity match, or some other football game, there’s no place to ask him about his loan, but these guys are regularly commenting on the consequences of their loans, without ever having to deal with the awkward question.

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  1. Jungle VIP



    Don’t know if it’s deja vu but I watched a game just like the one you anticipate v Ross County last Saturday.



    A referee who awarded the opposition 25 fouls most within launch range of the Celtic box along with your post makes me wonder. Was the ref practising or doing a dry run for a colleague?

  2. Catman



    I would take GMS ASAP and do a deal for Armstrong and get him after their semi with Aberdeen. Jackie seems to be preparing for life without both by doing his business early in the window and rotating his squad the last few games.




  3. herb celt


    put up or shut up.


    my my,you are a nasty little herb,no wonder tims give up on this site.


    ps. had a pint of cabal at the irish club last night.

  4. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    jude2005 is neil lennon \o/



    14:33 on 26 January, 2015


    Emdae got an opinion on Java?? Keeps telling me to update.




    Is that Javthehun.? …:)

  5. The Green Man


    14:52 on


    26 January, 2015


    Does any poster on CQN actually know Alfie Noakes?


    If so….lets hear it then.


    If he is a Celtic supporter…fair enough.






    I’m not sure that one will hold up -)))



    I dont know anyone on CQN personally, and i’m sure i’m not alone.




  6. Burgas Hoops



    It is relatively easy to find out who is who….there are sure to be tims on here who know you, and vice versa.




  7. Bsr @ 1506




    At least she has good taste.



    Look on the brightside of the road.

  8. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Jude 2005



    Your call, but I’m always suspicious of these apps….



    Why download Java?


    Java technology allows you to work and play in a secure computing environment. Upgrading to the latest Java version improves the security of your system, as older versions do not include the latest security updates.



    Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few.

  9. proudbhoy





    14:58 on



    26 January, 2015








    14:52 on 26 January, 2015





    Thanks for that. Be good to get them both asap



    Anything on guidetti or players leaving?





    No movement on Guidetti that I have heard



    As posted yesterday morning we are keeping tabs on Sergio Araujo.



    As always if I hear anything else on the grapevine it will be on here.








    Get yerself over to Belfast on VALENTINESDAY and you will meet plenty,know loads,and remember eff all.



    Just a suggestion…

  11. I can’t help wondering if there’s a fortune to be made at the weekend. Just get yourself a load of people who can draw, teach them one pattern and set them up outside the Celtic end with a load of facepaints.



    “Fiver a tiger”.

  12. Martim1980



    Ah, my old sparring partner…how you doing:)


    Strangely, I have a healthy contempt for all political parties…no party line from me.


    Fortunately, I understand life a bit more clearly, than to give any credence whatsoever, to those who think they are politicians.


    So, there you have it:)




  13. 67heave…,


    It also, makes the tea, cleanse up the hoose and takes the dug a walk, what’s not to like :)

  14. Canamalar


    15:10 on


    26 January, 2015




    If you don’t know anyone, surly that means you are alone ?








    Are you counting my dogs in that mate? -)))





    Hmmm,similar to an uncomfortable punchline,especially the bit about taking the dug for a walk!

  16. timhorton



    13:55 on 26 January, 2015






    god help you if you have different opinions from the clique.






    ‘clique’ = Celtic support.



    ‘different opinions’ = advocates of Rangers 1872, then, Now, and Forever…Bitter.



    15:12 on


    26 January, 2015





    Get yerself over to Belfast on VALENTINESDAY and you will meet plenty,know loads,and remember eff all.



    Just a suggestion…






    I’d need to head to Lurgan my friend if i was to come over. the family would never talk to me again.-)))



    But thanks for the offer all the same. if i did’nt have my dogs and all that goes with them i’d be over there in a shot. -))))

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