Incentives all fall to Celtic for a change


After three rounds of games where everyone apart from Celtic had something to play for, the league table seems set ahead of the final weekend of the season.  Conversely, one week ahead of the Scottish Cup Final, Celtic players alone have an incentive.  This is why we can expect as close to a full-strength team as Ange Postecoglou can muster, which should mean the return of Joe Hart, Greg Taylor, Alistair Johnston, Jota and Kyogo to the starting line-up.

Results on Wednesday meant Aberdeen secured third spot and European group stage football, which will be a massive benefit to the club, fans and finances.  The turnaround since Barry Robson took over in February has been incredible.  Five years ago, as we ended our second 8-in-a-row season, we lost at home to Aberdeen on the final day of the season.  The Dons needed a win to ensure a second place finish in the table, which few of us grudged them.

Aberdeen are not in control of what happens tomorrow, that honour is Celtic’s.  We will return to form, win, and have an encouraging warm-up for the cup final.

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  1. All quiet on CQN, reminded me of U2´s classic . . .




    All is quiet on Treble Day


    A world in green & white gets underway


    I want to be with you


    with you night and day




    Nothing changes on Treble Day



    On Treble Day



    I will be with you again



    I will be with you again




    Under a blood red sky


    A crowd has gathered in green and white


    Arms entwined, the chosen few


    The newspaper says, says


    Say it’s true, it’s true


    And we can break through


    Though torn in two



    We can be one



    I…I will begin again


    I…I will begin again





    Maybe the time is right


    Oh…maybe tonight


    I will be with you again


    I will be with you again



    And so we’re told this is the golden age


    And trophies are the reason for the wars we wage


    Though I want to be with you


    Be with you night and day


    Nothing changes


    On Treble Day


    On Treble Day



    On Treble Day

  2. bournesouprecipe on

    Alot depends on window number five.



    Only Celtic could win a league title in a transitional year, the same year they mocked Ange the nobody, he wiped the floor with them. Now in year two he’s already been awarded favourite status by every board room in England. He’s won every time it mattered in a country they’ll do anything but mention the treble, it’s now an exclusively Celtic thing.



    Our club at least a decade, if not one lifetime ahead of a fundamentally flawed rival with its unique shoot in the foot support. They are aided and abetted by some masons mostly in red and some in the black, Sevco confined on the stairway to hell.



    Winning as declared by SMSM the closed season every year, sets them up for the knockout punch previously delivered to Rainjurz. Hyped players, given regular salary rises, but Ibrox stench scared away prudent buyers, despite cheer leading by every news portal in Scotland.



    Meanwhile the revolving door in Parkhead is another thing, that never stops. There aren’t any stars in the making out on loan, and some fringe players won’t step up and will move on to other clubs. Celtic need to flex muscle and spend some of our advantage wisely in the short summer



    As ever CSC

  3. I’m guessing that Hibs and Hearts might both have an incentive to finish fourth in the SPL. No?

  4. CELTIC MAC @ 12:24 PM,



    Yes, huge game for them both.



    The most meaningful Edinburgh Derby in league terms for a long time.



    And since the end of the old firm derbies, this most historical fixture on the Scottish football calendar will have a real bite to it with two good teams.



    Remember if ICT get a European spot, the fifth placed team in the league will be out of Europe



    For me that’s a big IF but neither Edinburgh manager can afford to take that risk.



    Hail Hail

  5. Paul 67,



    I remember in 2018 we played the Sheepies on the last day of the season.


    We lost 0-1 , but I remember it more for that bampot Shay Logan running about like a headless chicken, trying ( but failing ) to intimidate anyone in sight



    It was sunshine, it dented Brendan,s record, but it was party time.



    I hope Ange continues with his experiments if he sees fit.


    We all want to win, but the result will not really matter in the big picture.


    We want to enjoy, learn, make preparations for the cup final / Europe and thank the players.



    HH the journey continues.

  6. CELTIC MAC on 26TH MAY 2023 12:49 PM




    “Do ICT qualify for Europe regardless of the result in the final?”



    Used to be the way, but, was changed some time ago to give the place to the League placing, por cierto

  7. por cierto



    Thanks for that for sure. Got a distant memory that Gretna might have went into Europe…..


    Before they went into liquidation that is…

  8. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    I assumed an ICT Scottish Cup win guaranteed them the 3rd Euro slot (group stage guarantee) ahead of 3rd place team in the league?



    PS – Connaire’s story on last thread about actually holding the European Cup in 1967 just added him to my “I’m envious of that CQNer” list.



    BRRB was the first name for obvious reasons.

  9. CELTIC MAC @ 12:49,



    Apologies just got back on, see Por Cierto has answered you.



    It’s most likely that Celtic will win the Cup and that both Edinburgh clubs will qualify for Europe but the possibility of an upset means there are more than bragging rights to play for at Tynecastle



    Hail Hail




    Yes, only if Celtic win do they both qualify.



    One for the Europa and one for the conference so still a bit to play for.



    Hail Hail

  11. The returnof weeron on

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 26TH MAY 2023 12:24 PM



    Fair points.



    However, I don’t think that we are THAT far ahead of the other mob. I believe that we are one dumb move away from being back in the ditch with them. One rush of blood, one ego driven stupid move, one visit to the dressing room in search of a coach to hire….



    My guess is that Ange will leave next year – or maybe even next month – and our ‘leaders’ will think that we’ve had enough success for now…..



    Just my admittedly paranoid thoughts….






  12. !!BADA BING!! @ 1:40 PM,



    See whatcha mean…



    The treble will be a great achievement as he says and if he goes, he goes.



    As soon as our new Chairman took position, my expectation for Celtic to show true ambition and strive for excellence was put back on ice



    Hail Hail

  13. Ange comes across as a pretty intelligent guy, i very much doubt he’s daft enough to take the Spurs job should he be offered it (which is a big if, with a couple ahead of him in the queue).

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    With Leicester/Southampton, it was- ive worked all my life to get to a Club like Celtic……- I’ll be here as long as the Club wants me….

  15. bournesouprecipe on




    It’s all white noise in ‘Treble’ week at the moment



    The Internet is queuing up to blame Celtic, when ultimately it’s Ange that will decide.



    At least he’s not left us in the middle of the night. Filling the club with Asian players then leaving breaks a chain of dynasty that he himself just created, salary shouldn’t be a factor and hopefully that’s why Dermot was in town.



    I thought we were building beyond the two year type man.

  16. I know it won’t happen but wouldn’t it be nice if Ange said something similar to what Slot said this week:



    “I have heard a lot about the interest of other clubs in me.



    “I am grateful for the appreciation that this expresses, but my wish is to stay with Feyenoord and continue to build on the foundations that have been laid over the past two seasons.



    “There are no transfer talks going on and there have been none and yesterday’s discussion was solely about a possible extension.


    “All conversations with Feyenoord are only aimed at that. I look forward to the new season at Feyenoord.”

  17. Ange’s interview wasn’t very comforting. He’s either off or in negotiations for a better contract. I suppose it’s similar to the players who come here hoping for a big money move down south. It’s disappointing for us but you can’t blame them for wanting to make the big stage (yes, debatable) and huge wages.




    Who left us in the middle of the night?



    Remember Ange came to Celtic in the middle of the Japanese league



    This is what Ange never said…



    Although I am thankful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.



    “There is not – and there has not been – transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension. All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”

  19. Apologies Deniabhoy, hadn’t read your comment when I posted…



    Hail Hail

  20. CHAIRBHOY – When.I read Slot’s statement yesterday I thought it would have been perfect if Ange would come out and say something similar having been given reassurance from DD on his contract and transfer budget for the summer.



    The fact he doesn’t means nothing either. No point in saying that unless you are 100% committed as it overplays your own negotiation hand.



    I await the dreaded statement from Spurs saying they have asked for permission to speak to him.



    Meanwhile hoping Brendan gets the Spurs gig, think he would be up for it .

  21. DENIABHOY @ 3:14 PM,



    Yes, with DD in town and John Kennedy taking the press conference you feel there was something brewing



    It was never likely to be an open cheque book on signings



    But a new “bumper” contract and backing to enhance the team over the summer would have been nice.



    My guess, with Celtic having a couple of important occasions in the next week and Spurs at the end of their season nothing will happen for a week or two.



    Like you, I think Brendan would be a good fit at Spurs, Hooe he gets it



    Hail Hail

  22. had a quick look at the Spurs squad; only 25 (a few on loan) and pretty pish in my view. A big splurge required unless they have youngsters to come through

  23. Tom McLaughlin on

    Can’t believe the panic merchants on here. Ange didn’t say this. Ange didn’t say that. Then quoting the Feyenoord manager fur fox ache.



    Take up knitting. It’s much less stressful and more suited to your psyche.

  24. Tom – ah, you’ve outed me. I’m knitting you a hat and scarf as we speak.

  25. TOM MCLAUGHLIN @ 3:47 PM,



    With all due respect Tom, you sound more stressed out than I…



    Compared to Ange’s preparation for other transfer windows he’s been very muted or even dismissive.



    It isn’t asking too much from Ange to show some commitment



    Hail Hail



    Hail Hail

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