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I lost count the number of times I heard “Worst Dundee United team I’ve ever seen” on the way out of Celtic Park yesterday. They were guileless, unable to do any more than stand in Celtic’s way, and they didn’t even do that very effectively, as Leigh Griffiths demonstrated.  I hope Mixu gets a grip on things soon as I’ve seen a better United team than that relegated.

For Celtic it was an important win on the back of a week to forget. Martin O’Neill was fond of saying the most important thing after a defeat is to avoid another one, when confidence slips it can often do so for a while.

Kieran Tierney won the free kick which led to the second goal and the penalty for the third. His energy levels were high and he looked every inch a Celtic player. Ronny knows teenage talent needs to be developed at a comfortable pace but the stage is Kieran’s right now he might just make the position his own.

Delighted to see Jozo Simunovic after a long and, for some, worrying absence. This was a difficult game to judge central defenders, as Celtic did so little defending, but what was asked of him was carried out well. He also showed a decent change of pace and sent a rasping shot on target from 30 yards.

While last week will take a while to leave the system, the next five days are enormously important: Heats in the League Cup on Wednesday before Aberdeen on Saturday. We can speculate on what’s destroyed Aberdeen, but whatever it is, there will be clear decks for the visit to Glasgow on Saturday, but before then we have one of our biggest domestic challenges of the season at Tynecastle.  Need to get it right for both.

My first reaction when I saw the Green Brigade banner yesterday was they some poor sod was likely to get huckled for this entirely peaceful and appropriate protest against a ridiculous law and ever-conspiratorial government and police. Such is the nature of the Offensive Behaviour Act that you can’t really complain about the Scottish Government confident that you are free to do so.

The Scottish Government-Police Scotland pact is set in stone. No amount of ridicule from courts to stadiums seem to affect it.  I remain appalled and alarmed.

Brendan Sweeney, legend from Celts for Change and more recently Celtic Graves, is launching his book, Celtic: The Early Years, at the Jock Stein Lounge this Thursday, 29 October. I’ve had a preview, it’s an incredible work. If you’d like to attend the launch, to catch up with the author on some of the most incredible times in our club’s history, email him to book your seat, brendan67@ymail.com

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  1. The future is bright. Jozo, Tierney, Christie, Henderson, Armstrong, Griffith’s, Biton, Forrest, GMS, Boyata, Nesbitt etc etc.

     

     

    The young team will prevail. Give Ronny time.

  2. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Went to the Blane Valley yesterday and not a CQNer to be seen ( although one customer was aware of CQN). I then noticed that every screen in the place had RangersTV on. Is Old Tim a closet Hun? Where was the usual crowd yesterday?

     

     

    JJ

  3. lennon's passion on

    THETIMREAPER on 26TH OCTOBER 2015 12:02 PM

     

     

    The sad fact is you have to win games to get time. Tierney was superb yesterday hope he gets the nod for Tynecastle

     

     

    Can anyone confirm Wednesday game on Celtic tv.

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MICKBHOY

     

     

    You’re joooost raging that you didnae get a hardware replacement for Brewers Droop when you were ‘on the job’

     

     

    Never mind,think of the pleasure you get from all those lovely CDs that you play in your cab,but hate to hear at Celtic Park.

  5. wait like tony d sees this –

     

     

    My first reaction when I saw the Green Brigade banner yesterday was they some poor sod was likely to get huckled for this entirely peaceful and appropriate protest against a ridiculous law and ever-conspiratorial government and police. Such is the nature of the Offensive Behaviour Act that you can’t really complain about the Scottish Government confident that you are free to do so.

     

     

    i think P67 is actually the Brigadier General.

  6. On Celtic TV yes, but for overseas viewers only.

     

     

    Tierney was great yesterday. He looks like he has good aggression in his game so a start on Wednesday should not faze him.

  7. The reason for Aberdeen’s fall from favour is obvious.

     

    Scotland’s Manager of the Month has lost the dressing room.

     

    Well isn’t that the first theory advanced when Celtic make a slip up?

     

     

    Celtic were excellent yesterday with not a weakness in the starting XI.

     

    United set up very defensively and hoped to frustrate us and grab a goal on the break.

     

    Fortunately their very few breaks foundered on the rock in midfield which goes by the name of Brown.

     

    His late dribble along the lines was Jinky like.

     

    Is there a better player in Scotland today?

     

    If anyone answers “Yes” they will be subjected to the BROONIE.

  8. minx1888 praying to Wee Oscar on

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Much appreciated…. BUT best of all I get to spend it with HT and no iron in sight … Yet :-)

  9. Minx 1888

     

    Happy Birthday and I’m really disappointed you didn’t get the iron you wanted.

     

    You need to have a wee word with your inferior half.

  10. Happy BIrthday, Minx. Hope you have a great day.

     

     

    Great article Paul. Sadly some on here find it difficult to believe what some of our supporters have to put up with from Police Scotland. Worse still it is almost impossible to get a sensible reply from any Government member on the OB Act. In the past two years I have written to the First Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, the Minister for Justice, the local MSP, but it appears they are totally unreasonable on this issue. I suspect it no longer has anything to do with justice and more to do with saving face. They appear to be able to wash their hands quicker than Pontius Pilate.

  11. Minx

     

     

    His thousand pound pressie (Sipsini) may look like an ironing board under all that wrapping paper.

     

     

    It’s actually a surfboard. Cos you’re going to Hawaii on a romantic break for 2!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  12. All you ghuys and ghals with Hearts tickets better make sure you get them exchanged for them Heats one’s before they are sold out.

     

     

    Game to be played in HeatofMiddleOven.

     

     

    Happy Birthday Minx.

     

     

    So disappointed for the Twits who wished us defeat yesterday.

     

     

    MWD said AYE

  13. Happy Birthday Minx!

     

     

    Im sure HT will spoil ye rotten. After all, he’s not a bad lad. No a good one, but not bad ;-)

     

     

    Good victory yesterday that was much needed.

     

    However i doubt it will be anywhere near so easy on Wed night or indeed Sat.

     

    Good strong solid performances required in both games. But im sure The Bhoys will deliver on both occasions!

     

     

    COYBIG!!

     

     

    HAIL! HAlL!

     

    Token

  14. lennon's passion on

    THETIMREAPER on 26TH OCTOBER 2015 12:24 PM

     

    On Celtic TV yes, but for overseas viewers only.

     

     

    Not strictly true mate have correct equipment and you can watch just about anything. Still have a 50% chance of a ticket just covering all options.

  15. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Happy hoopy birthday Minx

     

     

    You share a birthday with a very nice lady I have as a Face book pal and by coincidence her other half is a really nice guy too :)

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CONNAIRE12 1241

     

     

    Sadly,the SNP seem to have a total(itarian) hatred of dissent. Toe the party line,remember who got you the megabucks job and profile,sod yer constituents cos the party is foremost.

     

     

    I’m starting to understand where Police Scotland got their ideas from.

     

     

    Still,people voted for them in numbers. I didn’t have that vote. I ended up wi two Tory MPs in my town,ffs.

     

     

    Proof as always that you canny ejikate pork

  17. BMCUW

     

     

    Was that a timely reminder to return the Paddy Reilly and Daniel O’Deedlydeedidumdum CD’s you left in the cab along with your Betamax copy of the Quiet Mhan

     

    Anyway my brewers droop was always cured by a wee look at the Nolan sisters in their Celtic strips photo that I carried everywhere with me

  18. coolmore mafia on

    Missed this:

     

     

     

     

    Hoops examine franchise club options

     

     

    CELTIC are looking into the possibility of creating a franchise club in the USA and Asia, according to reports.

     

     

    The Hoops, who are looking to grow their global reach, have held preliminary talks with the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of US football.

     

     

    The NASL is planning to expand to 20 teams from the current 11 by 2018, with Celtic reportedly keen on getting involved. (BBC Sport Scotland)

  19. I’m not commenting on my own views on the devolution debate, but am throwing my hat in the ring with those who feel that these matters should be voiced and displayed in a separate forum. Celtic Park is not the place for such banners, banners which neither support the team nor the views of all the fans. – FROM LOST BHOYS AND TONY DONNELLY. so just exactly where do you think CELTIC SUPPORTERS should protest about the TREATMENT they receive. – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/celtic-v-dundee-united-live-updates/comment-page-20/#comments

     

     

    I’d say at a good guess a big office building in Edinburgh, would be a start no/yes?

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MICKBHOY

     

     

    I seriously doubt I would leave anything in your cab that you would want to pick up,so kindly stop fabricating nonsense.

     

     

    Or telling big porkies.

     

     

    Oooops,there’s an expression not to use in your company…

  21. Majority Nationalist government arm and empower their police to subjugate a minority group………..Who would EVER believe that that would happen?

     

     

    Some of us even voted Aye……..Hopefully they are rueing that now but the warning signs were already there.

  22. BMCUW

     

     

    Aye ok you win buddy

     

    So it’s Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra from me the noo

     

     

    Oink Oink

  23. I disagree with Paul67, if he thinks it’s alright for people to rais political banners that’s up to him, it’s his blog.

     

    But if a fine comes up for it it’s taken out of the pension money I save up weekly for my season ticket every year, then I’m afraid it’s not on, he may not care, they obviously don’t care, but you see the thing here is I do, it’s my money, it’s enough hurt that part of it goes to the SFA already without giving them more.

     

    The mob in the north east end of the stadium don’t,and never will speak for me, period.

  24. connaire12 on 26th October 2015 12:41 pm

     

     

     

    ‘Worse still it is almost impossible to get a sensible reply from any Government member on the OB Act. In the past two years I have written to the First Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, the Minister for Justice, the local MSP, but it appears they are totally unreasonable on this issue’

     

     

     

    #####

     

     

     

    Not one elected representative or party official of the SNP has voiced any criticism of the legislation or the way plod is enforcing it.

     

     

    That’s sinister.

     

     

    They are more like a cult that a political party.

  25. Margaret McGill on

    A Celtic franchise both in North America and Asia?????…… Come on!

     

    How many players can Dundee Utd possibly provide?

  26. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Bobby

     

     

    I saw minx and bt getting their photos taken together at cqn corner pre match

     

     

    Now if that photo appears on my Facebook I will not be surprised

  27. Coolmore

     

    Saw that and posted it yesterday. Global hoops are us

     

    Happy Birthday Minx. First thing you need to iron is his face.

     

    HH Tims

  28. Margaret McGill on

    Celtic supporters getting political?

     

    Who’d a thunk it!

     

    Banners? Come on! Let’s keep it to religious bigotry and PL driveway resurfacing ads!

  29. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Obviously I meant ht not bt

     

     

    If it’s minx and bt in the photo there may be trouble ahead; )

  30. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    I’d say at a good guess a big office building in Edinburgh, would be a start no/yes? –

     

     

    ok ANTHONY and pray remind me what happened the last time some CELTIC SUPPORTERS decided to take their protest there.

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