International break gives Brendan valuable scouting opportunity


Remember when Celtic couldn’t keep a clean sheet? Saturday’s 3-0 win against Inverness was our sixth domestic shut out since Craig Gordon returned to the team after Dorus de Vries injured himself attempting to stop that incredible goal Kilmarnock scored on 24 September.

To put that into some kind of perspective, it took the 20 domestic games before that run started to collate six clean sheets, stretching back to Morton’s visit on 6 March. The longest domestic clean sheet run we achieved last season was three games. Say what you like about the goals from Moussa and Scott Sinclair – and we’ve been spectacularly impressive in attack – but this is a runaway championship because of Celtic’s defensive record.

And what a runaway it is. Remember when we were told we needed the competition we’d see this season? Aberdeen started with a poor five games and we discover there’s not competition at all. There is no competition worthy of the name, just scintillating football, and the stands are fuller than they’ve been in years. We’ll take a look at the rest of the league later in the week.

Brendan Rodgers will spend the international break scouting footballers, his team isn’t finished by a long shot. Usual caveats apply, January is a difficult month, etc., no guarantees targets will want to come, or be available, in January or the summer, but a lot of plans are underway right now for next season’s Champions League.  There are absolutely no detectable plans for dealing with the domestic challenge.

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in November, winter is upon us and for many, a time of crisis looms. Watch this message from Brendan and the players – they are speaking to you and me.

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  1. Lustig’s injury is thankfully not as bad as was intended, out for 7-10 days, from a Celtic point of view, a wee rest will do him good, he has been exceptional this season IMO.

  2. Just noticed we have Man City away on Tuesday 6 Dec, then away to Thistle on the Friday night, why would the Club agree to this? The game was moved to Friday, after we knew CL fixtures.

  3. Evening champions….


    Did you we that wee Iguana getting done in by those Racer snakes?



    Westminster or Washington…..snakes everywhere…..


    As the Welsh Wallace surmised first…..things are not always braw….but the show goes on….




  4. I thought 3 or 4 other ICT players should have seen red. The MIB let them huckle Armstrong at the very start and they just continued to hack at will. The “tackle” on Lustig was disgraceful.

  5. Yeah Bada, Heard it from my seat. Big man crumbled. Horrible team who can play a bit. I said on Sat if they played like that every week they would be second. ;)




  6. Vigors in first min on Brown was studs up as well. Shoulder barge on Sinclair as well in second half, no intention of going for the ball. Best of it is, Their hard men hid behind the wee bun with the whistle, I know who’s side I would be on in a straight fight. lol





  7. saltires en sevilla on




    I’m sure the Dublin part will be the best end to the week too!



    I was hoping to finish up with a café Crême at the New Café Paradise



    Alas, a bowl of broth and some scofa washed down with Porter, in the Oval Bar, will have to suffice!



    For the time being…







  8. Jason Holt of Sevco. How to compound blatant cheating by claiming memory loss !


    He has now claimed in an interview that he “anticipated” contact against Caley in Sundays game, when going face down, arms and legs spread eagled in Caleys penalty area.


    Asked if there was contact ? ” I can’t remember, I just got on with the game” ??????????


    Now since his manager is always spouting about being respectful, is it too much to ask that Warbo ensures that this blatant, lying cheat face a fine from his club for being Feckin disrespectful to his opponents, the officials and bringing his club and the game into disrepute ?


    I won’t be holding my breath on that one !



  9. Big Jimmy


    Sound like your a supporter of my era!


    Liked your post this afternoon on our Boatd leadership. Thought it was balanced and reflected a fairly objective view of where life is like in the real world of football!


    Well done.



  10. Gooooood evening CQN



    Not sure if I’m being pedantic or pernickety here


    I got an email from CQN books today, no issue with this




    See this King Kenny of the Celtic book


    Is that the same


    King Kenny of Liverpool and Scotland as was being advertised on radio to promote his new column in the Sunday Post only 2 weeks ago


    Only asking as I heard nothing about him being of Celtic to promote this ?




    Why is he happy to promote this column with no reference to his Celtic career ?



    Only asking :-)

  11. mike in toronto on

    Cowiebhoy…..I”m with you on this one …. Loved King Kenny as a player, but I dont get the sense that he has the same love for us …. he was here, learned his trade, did a job, was paid for it, and moved on when he felt he had outgrown us …. and fair play to him ……



    I just always thought that his blood was blue (govan) and red (mersey) rather than green and white …. that’s just my sense.

  12. Alan Rough played a handful of games for us.



    The cover of his book had a picture of him in his keepers jersey with the Celtic crest




  13. MIT


    Just read your email, will respond in a day or 2


    Now you being in Toronto, will not have heard the radio promoting his new newspaper column


    ( I only listen to this on way home from work)


    Not a mention in this promotion of his time with Celtic – I was just wondering if it was the same player :-))



    Anyway my favourite was always Daniel Fergus McGrain



    Hail Hail

  14. Don’t love Dalglish as a former Celt.



    Felt for him as Liverpool manager after the deaths of the 96.



    His eventual return to our club as golfer in chief pissed me off.

  15. mike in toronto on

    WWW(GBWO) ….. as cowiebhoy says, I dont have the same TV etc., as you guys, so I could be mistaken …. but I seem to recall Alan Rough doing TV commentary wearing a celtic scarf and being very complimentary about Celtic ….



    So, I have always liked him since then! :)



    I could be wrong, but I generally try to give people the benefit of the doubt (which means assuming they are tims, until I know otherwise!) :)



    Cowie …. as Rod the Mod sang, ‘there have been many affairs, and many times …’ and I have made my mistakes ….. (I loved Charlie Nicholas for a while … and, gasp, even Pat Nevin) …. and Choccy McClair … but my best ever Celt … Tommy Burns.

  16. tomtheleedstim on

    Not been in in a while as the site seems more difficult to enjoy these days but I was told to have a look at Kitalba’s montage from earlier. It was worth the visit. Great stuff.


    Hope all is well with CQN’s fine Tims!!

  17. After the tragedy liverpools first game was the Celtic friendly at the end of the game Dalglish was handed a Celtic scarf he never put it round his neck he held it in his hand by his side He was a great player but never a Celtic fan

  18. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    gardening leave




    an employee’s suspension from work on full pay for the duration of a notice period, typically to prevent them from having any further influence on the organization or from accessing confidential information.



    ahhh the good ole days

  19. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    last night I proved there is a bias in the injury time awarded to new ranjurs in games they are losing or drawing. Next one’s going to be – is there a bias in the data between number of frees awarded to the warbers when they are winning compared to when they are losing/drawing?

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    AndyR53, further to your post last night about the feelgood factor we have currently have. I really enjoyed reading it.



    I have always looked forward going to Celtic Park for our games and now can’t wait for each home game we play.



    We played good stuff on Saturday despite the ‘enthusiasm’ of the Caley players in trying to stop us ably supported, our second goal apart, by the ref. The only correct thing he did during the game.



    I’m pleased you also mentioned the amount of credit due to the Green Brigade and others involved in the food bank collection. The Evening Shark Jump (copyright the Clumpany) even printed an article about it today. The comments section of the artice shows the bitterness of some sevs.



    I am friendly with one Green Brigade member in my work. He was really chuffed with the amount of donations made to food bank drive and is hoping last year’s total is surpassed and was extremely grateful to those donated and assisted.

  21. vfr800@girfuy.co.uk on

    BIG JIMMY, LMCBHOY, I suspect you are slightly older than me but I remember the mibbery from the likes of Tiny Wharton, Davidson, McVicar et al. They could teach this current lot a few things about helping out the establishment club!



    The cheaters and liars have been at it since well before I started going in the mid ’60’s. I suppose that’s why I maybe don’t get as animated about it as some on here do. We will always have it in our game. So, for me, the best thing is to hammer them despite all the cheating.



    ROBERT TRESSEL that’s why I want to turn up on 31st December with 55 points and a 20 gap over them!




  22. watching southport v fleetwood -ex celt Josh Thompson (remember him) playing for the non league team

  23. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    King Kenny was a fantastic player for our club but he left us


    when we needed him the most and like a spurned lover i don’t


    think I’ve ever really forgiven him, i must have bought every


    book written by or about Celtic players and the club but nothing


    by Dalglish, sad really but as an auld Govan man i know where


    his allegiance lay.


    H.H Mick.