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The stats tell an enticing story, Milan have played thirteen competitive games since beating Celtic and won only two, but you can forget about them right now.  Celtic are good enough to take three points tomorrow but it will require a perfect match plan if they are to do so.

This fixture will hold no fears for Celtic, who have been over similar ground many times before, but they face players vastly more experienced at playing the intensity of football which will be on display tomorrow evening.  If we are to get anything from the game, we will have to subvert a team who will enjoy the majority of possession and territorial advantage, with impeccable defending and expert finishing.

We got it spectacularly wrong against Italian opposition last season, who were considerably weaker than the Spanish opponents who left Celtic Park empty handed, overwhelmingly as a consequence of diverging from the game plan which left Barcelona scrambling for a consolation goal. This is football at a remarkably unforgiving level, as Juventus let us know; you’re not in the SPFL now, Dorothy.

Did you get to speak to the CQN Girls handing out Annuals at the Superstore on Saturday?  We’ve got budget to bring them along for one last time ahead of the Milan game tomorrow.  See the video below for a glimpse of what we were up to on Saturday and thanks to everyone who has bought an Annual!

CQN Book launch – Celtic Park from Partickular Films on Vimeo.

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  1. The Comfortable Collective on

    I believe Champions League games are banned from being played on a Monday evening as Scottish lower league tripe takes precedence.

  2. TET-Southend 21/10 v Portsmouth tomorrow night ,Southend on the up Pompey lost 4 on the trot,bagged their manager today.

  3. TeT

     

     

    Nae news fae Holm Park? I know the Yoker Bhuns fancy their chances against the Govan Bhuns. :)

  4. In days gone by there was a preseason game between the first team and reserves and that gave us a look who was coming forward for the new season. Also there was a cachet to the reserve league then and some games drew big crowds which was great experience for the younger and the not so younger players

  5. As we prepare for the #UCL tomorrow night, I ask all fans to remember. We signed Wayne Biggin’s 20 years ago today. How far, we have came.

  6. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5 on

    Well ghuys, I’m heading off to the leaba, on the road at 8 in the morning.

     

     

    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,

     

    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,

     

    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,

     

    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.#

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic that’s the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.

     

     

    Hail Hail see some of ye the morra

  7. Agree with TBB’s assessment on Gauld (posted thoughts on it on previous blog).

     

     

    Too often a young Scots player puts a meteoric string of games together and there is an immediate clamour to sign him – lost count of the 100’s we’ve been linked with these past 50 years!

     

     

    Remember Stevie May – October’s flavour of the month? League 2! side Rotherham offered £300K for him – St. Johnstone wanted £800K for a boy that’s been banging in goals in the lower Scottish Leagues these past 2 seasons.

     

     

    Compare and contrast – we’ve had a dabble with 2 (Balde & Mo) @ circa £2M combined (off-set by loan period wages) – CFC will not part with circa £2M on a Scottish 17 year-old project when we have an Academy full of so-called prospects.

     

     

    Pan the river long enough – and we might just find a nugget!

  8. DD

     

     

    The sun was out today, but it never got above 10 deg, outside just now it’s -4, will hit -8 in a few hours, still inside the cave haven’t lit the wood stove as yet, round about 18 deg.

     

     

    When the rains come I will light it then, just to keep the dampness out of the air, in about a month or so.

     

     

    HH

  9. The Battered Bunnet @ 21:14,

     

     

    “The Honest Mistake

     

     

    No offence taken of course, but is it possible, merely possible, that the arrogance lies elsewhere?

     

     

    Chairbhoy

     

     

    I don’t know where you get your info from, but it is consistently wrong. In the latest case, reference the SPL share. As with the SFA membership, it was not Rangers’/D&P’s to sell. It could only be transferred by the board of the SPL. The SPL Board elected not to transfer it to Sevco.

     

     

    I get my info from various places including CQN, I also get my disinformation from various places, most of my posts are aimed at trying to clarify/understand… This particular information came from a chhap called Paul McConville, now of course I didn’t articulate it as well as he…

     

     

    What I wrote…

     

     

    And I’m not sure how the technicalities work but NewCo were sold RFC(ia)’s share in the SPL, why they can sell this I’m not sure, but apparently they can.

     

     

    Suffice to say with share in hand, if NewCo were the same Club, I can see no grounds why they would have to apply to be part of the League, as you say their expulsion must have been due to the Liquidation of Rangers.”

     

     

    What Mr McConville said…

     

     

    “What is the present position with the SPL share?

     

     

    It was part of the parcel of assets and rights sold by Duff + Phelps to Sevco Scotland Ltd for £5.5 million. It was sold at the price of £1, as required by the Articles. However, the transfer of that share from Rangers Football Club PLC (RFC PLC) to Sevco Scotland was refused. Therefore RFC PLC remained the owner of the share although it had sold off the football team which entitled it to be a shareholder.”

     

     

    Now of course I didn’t articulate it as well as Mr McConville but it’s hardly grounds for stating I’m consistently wrong, for me there is far to much arrogance on this forum these days.

     

     

    NonetoocliqueCSC

  10. Praecepta

     

     

    Paul George and Calum McGregor play the game like Ryan Gauld. The difference is RG is getting a game in the SPFL like our former Bhoy Andrew Robertson. Hope Jackie Mac can develop these talents, and keep them for a couple of years.

  11. For me tomorrow night is what I live for, Tims on the park, and Tims in the crowed giving there all, to me it doesent matter who crosses that line to go on the park donning the hoops, like it or lump it that’s who the manager picks to fight our battles and we have to back them 90+ mins. We will ohhhhh and aweeeee most of that time , shout an awe Ffs , jump out of our seat and cheer, or Bury our head in our hands, and when it’s over we go home or back to the local watering hole and dissect the game, and in reality thank god we are not traveling back home from Arbroath, ohhhhh it’s great being a Tim ;)

  12. To all the bhoys and the Grey Brigade heading out tomorrow for the day out, craic and the game, have a great time, I’ll be watching the under 19s and then the big game tomorrow night cheering on the bhoys from the couch as unfortunately I have failed a late fitness test!

     

    These games are what it’s all about for us….so go and enjoy and cheer our players from the rafters…give the bhoys our backing and they won’t let us down….Hail Hail

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  13. On young Ryan Gauld, imho he is the real deal. Worth a million of our pounds any day, unfortunately that’s small change to lower table epl side.

  14. TET

     

     

    Getting better everyday so hopefully be up and about shortly, the under 19s game is on Eurosport tomorrow at 2.45. At least made one of my pals very happy with a freebie for the game. Hope you are well and resolving your missus laptop issues.

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    McCarthy – we elected not to buy him, decent player as discussed. Shame.

     

     

    McArthur – now 26 years old, currently playing for Wigan in the Championship

     

     

    Snodgrass – now 26, late developer. Went on loan from Livi to Stirling Albion in 2007 age 20. Following year went to League 1 Leeds Utd. We elected not to take him. 4 years later emerged as a Norwich City player.

     

     

    Craig Gordon – we went with young David Marshall. Hearts got a big chunk of money for Craig Gordon. Marshall got the career. We went with Forster when Gordon was available last year. Gordon gets the sympathy vote.

     

     

    Dorrans – per Snodgrass. Decent player. Like Snodgrass, signed by Tony Mowbray for WBA from Livi for training compo aged 21. BTM elected not to bring him to Celtic when he joined us as manager the following year. 5 years later Dorrans is still there, and is a decent player. Respect.

     

     

    Naismith – decent player. We weren’t interested at the money quoted. Rangers paid £2M for him aged 20. Peripheral player at Everton now aged 27.

     

     

    Scott Brown – we bought him 6 years ago. He’s done pretty well since.

     

     

    Fletcher – Darren, went to Man Utd aged 14, and has stayed there to wonderful effect for 15 years, as discussed.

     

     

    Fletcher – Steven, we elected not to buy him, went to Wolves, and is now, aged 26, playing in EPL with bottom placed Sunderland, this years Wigan/Reading/Blackpool delete as appropriate.

     

     

    Point being, you’ve effectively listed the ‘top’ current Scottish international players developed in Scotland over the past 10 years who weren’t recruited by Celtic (Brown apart). And that’s pretty much the sum of the talent over the past decade, none of whom (D Fletcher was missed in the previous decade) have done much at all beyond earn a decent career, Scott Brown excepted.

     

     

    The facts that speak are that there is a relatively small population of Scottish boys who want to play football, a handful who are capable of it, a few who make a decent career, and just a pinch of top talent.

     

     

    None of the above (D Fletcher apart) are top talent as we would consider their predecessors in the Scotland team.

     

     

    On balance, we tend to get the ones we want, and our judgement isn’t too bad.

     

     

    Which of the above would you want in the Celtic XI tomorrow night, and who would you bump to make room?

  16. On epl keepers, as well as our old boys ex splrs McGregor, Speroni, Ruddy, and Krul appearing regularly.

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Nakas

     

    There will be more to come..

     

    Ktf buddy..

     

    Watching a programme about Jewish families who lived in a couple of caves in Ukraine during second world war hiding from nazis.

     

    Incredible.

  18. Delaneys Dunky

     

     

    Don’t get me wrong – I would love a scheme where we could hive-out 6-8 of our young lads like Paul George for 3-6 month periods (even in pairs abroad) to get first team game time (even in lower leagues).

     

     

    We have a problem (always subject to debate) where we have to play a nucleus of ‘top’ first team players that constantly need to be refined/ manipulated thanks to CL aspirations – leaves little room for ‘debut’ game-time. If we qualify for Europe (after Christmas) – even less time.

     

     

    Hopefully this year – if we continue our current unbeaten league form, there might just be a few more opportunities! Young Fisher is a ‘prime’ example (so far) – another 2-3 youngsters getting that type of run and I would delighted.

  19. BT

     

    Cheers have a great day tomorrow….

     

    Saw the programme advertised earlier but forgot it was on.

     

    Keep an eye on the auld yin and tell him to take his meds!

     

    Kikinthenakas

  20. Anyone not bought the CQN annual?

     

    I bought 3 books and got last years 3 annuals free from Calton books. 6 books for 45 quid. Great Christmas stocking fillers. :)

  21. TBB

     

    About to hit my kip.

     

    But in response, for tomorrow’s game, I would take

     

    McCarthy

     

    Snodgrass

     

    S Fletcher

     

    In preference to …take your pick from Kayal, Ledley, Commons , Stokes, Boerrighter, ….all decent players, and all cost either straight cash or significant signing on fees.

     

     

    Enjoy the game tomorrow