Legia less appealing, Man City under-grad


Surprised we got two in yesterday, as Manchester City under-grad, Jason Denayer, signed for a year-long loan last night.  The 19-year-old has yet to play first team football so is likely to be considered as backup at Celtic, though reports are promising.

Not surprised that Legia Warsaw have lodged an appeal to Uefa to be re-instated into the Champions League, they have to try everything possible.  It has not been confirmed what ground Legia have appealed on, however, at the weekend, Polish FA chief exec, Zbigniew Boniek, suggested an appeal would be made on two grounds:

That only one member of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body was at the hearing to made the decision, and

That Legia were not given the chance to make a submission to the Body.

There are 10 members of the Disciplinary Body and rules state that decisions require the attendance of at least three, unless the case is “urgent”, when a decision can be taken by one member.  To defend their process, Uefa need to insist that the circumstances were urgent, probably citing the Champions League play-off draw, which was due to take place two hours later.

While the Disciplinary Body allow submissions to be made prior to a hearing, Article 34 authorises the Body to undertake a hearing without submissions and “in the absence of one or all of the parties”.

In the unlikely event Legia won an appeal on procedural grounds, a subsequent hearing, perhaps with more Disciplinary Body members in attendance, would take place, and would inevitably reach the same conclusion.

Article 21, paragraph 2, of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations state, “A match is declared forfeit if a player who has been suspended following a disciplinary decision participates in the match.”  There is no ambiguity or lateral for the Disciplinary Body to exercise a different reprimand.

Legia’s appeals can carry on all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but Celtic will not be involved in any future issues.  NK Maribor represent a vastly, vastly, greater risk to their Champions League aspirations.

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  1. squire danaher on




    You want RD sacked if he loses 2-leg tie v Maribor.



    You will change your view if he has good EL run.



    How does that work then if he gets sacked in a fortnight ??

  2. Livibhoy


    I like Ambrose too. He is an international for a good international team and was one of Nigeria better performers in the WC. We got him before he became an international and couldn’t afford him now.



    Strangely though after years of lumpen defenders, I think we might have just a bit too much flair in our back line. Both VVD and Ambrose are players, whereas I would prefer to have one of them at CB plus a Ron Vlaar (Roncrete) type as partner.



    we have talent at the back but it needs tweaking – plus better cover in front of it.

  3. tell me, all you fine happy clappers fullahs


    when you come back from the game on the supporters bus and invariably you all start to discuss the good and the bad, do you all agree that every celtic player was magnificent or do some folk on the bus think differently from you. ie have their own opinions



    i always like Anton for his commitment probably more than his ability, others didnt always feel the same. It didn’t mean that the others were huns. Same applies on this blog.


    Not everyone thinks everything is rosy, it doesn’t mean that they are huns, it only means that they would like to see some things done differently.



    there is very little in life that is black and white, there are generally a few grey areas….



    (by the way how come there are 50 shades of grey and only 40 shades of green? ah blame the MSM)

  4. LB,



    Ambrose played there in his debut and yes it was only raith rovers, but imo he was outstanding.

  5. Re Izzy ……. met him in a Glasgow A&E last week with his wife and two kids , he was nursing the younger of the two and without going into detail it would seem the wee one is giving cause for concern of late but thankfully had rallied by the time I was leaving ……. that chance meeting left me feeling guilty because we as supporters think little or nothing of players family life and it did strike me that they too have their trials and tribulations to deal with the same as the rest of us .

  6. hun skelper



    I wouldn’t bet against that.






    Ace! You made me smile; nice thought.

  7. Tamrabam,



    Speaking for myself, I moan like fek after a bad performance. Quite often nobody agrees.



    We get stuff off our chest then go for a few jars and when we meet the next day or next week we’ve always moved on.



    Anybody who hasn’t is usually told ;)

  8. Livibhoy



    ps … when Ambrose played RB for Nigeria in WC he was really very cautious, he got a few good crosses in but seemed under strict orders not too risk taking his man on if it might leave his team exposed. played it back quite a lot.



    So maybe he can be coached.

  9. Geordie Munro



    I just can’t see that Ambrose is as bad as people are saying. He was a stop gap at CB. In my opinion VVD needs an experienced centre back to help him out. Guide him through the game. A Roy Aitken type figure. The defence needs organised better. Maybe Craig Gordon will prove to be more experienced and vocal than Forster. Maybe that will help the defence? I’m not crticising Forster who I hold in high regard. I am just speculating that maybe with Craig Gordon’s experience he may be able to lend more to the organising of the defence. Ambrose will deputise in goal when Gordon goes up for our corners. I expect 3 goals a season.




  10. traditionalist88 on

    Geordie Munro


    12:11 on


    13 August, 2014





    Ambrose played there in his debut and yes it was only raith rovers, but imo he was outstanding.





    I remember that well, absolutely strolled through that game cool as you like. I think it was near the end he lost concentration and gave the ball away and that was the only foot he put wrong the entire game, but perhaps a sign of things to come! I like him at RB also as he has a few too many conentration lapses to play in the middle for me but he has fantastic natural ability,




  11. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    getting a bit pissed off with this, seems like youre the only true supporter on the site.


    I was a member of the John Doyle CSC for seven years, played for the team in the Sunday League in Possil, was also a member of Lisbon Lions, still run by Paul I believe. I attended St Josephs Primary in Garscube rd and then St Columba of Iona further up the road. My three kids have attended Our Lady of Lourdes in EK and subsequently St Andrews &St Brides.I will gladly chat with you about anything Celtic as I’m quite well up on my history.


    Thanks for making me attempt to prove my credentials (and bore everyone) as a Celtic supporter.




  12. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine



    In fact, we lost four games that I know of in 66-67. Two against Dundee United, one against Vojvodina, and a friendly against Dynamo Zagreb (http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/1967-02-07%3A+Celtic+0-1+Dinamo+Zagreb,+Friendly+-+Pictures ) where Jock played a “new formation”, which was probably a little bit little total football, except that although there was a lot of movement, no-one seemed to understand where to play (so maybe it was a vision of the future).



    And yes, 66-67 made just about everything afterwards seem an anti-climax. But of course, I wouldn’t have changed anything!

  13. Hello again Squire


    its very simple really my friend in Celtic


    If we get beaten over two ties against the might maribor, i would conclude that RD isnt competent for the job and doesnt deserve to be in that job



    however in life i dont always get what i want and i reckon that with the support from Folks like you and the board members too, he will carry on in that job, regardless of my opinion.



    Therefore in my way of thinking, I will continue to assess him and his progress


    If he goes onto do well in EL i will be forced to change my opinion


    if he flops again at the first hurdle probably my current thoughts about his competency would harden



    is that not how most folk would arrive at an opinion or would we just keep saying he is marvellous regardless of how he performs



    like i say he arrived here as a complete unknown


    many enthused about his appointment despite knowing nothing about him


    I sat on the fence for a while until i watched his teams. So far they have been poor, so at this time I have doubts over his capability, mainly because he inherited a side with a bit of CL experience but that same side flopped against Legia.



    I will be more than happy to change my opinion is RD goes onto do well in Europe. ie my opinion will be based on how he performs. What is your opinion of RD based on?



    I guess that you initially supported BTM and then your opinion evolved week by week as we failed to progress and at some point you might have reckoned he wasnt up to scratch.


    Opinions should evolve based on what we see.



    A certain Henrik fullah didn’t set the heather on fire against the Hibees in his competitive debut, but got better and better until he was Ghod almighty himself.

  14. Tamrabam thanks ,its just a young bhoy I know from Livingston ,when back to Australia the other day,again many thanks.

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