Lessons for Celtic defence, great auction for Foundation


It was a hard shift for Gordon Strachan’s Scotland last night. Germany are on a different level, possibly from all other teams, at the moment, but Gordon’s been through similar tests as Celtic manager. What I liked about the display was that German were afforded few genuine chances, while the goals they scored, a deflection and two which hit the post before crossing the line, gave David Marshall no chance.

Scotland failed to collect a point as they found it impossible to concentrate at the level required for the entire 90 minutes. We’ve seen Celtic teams do this successfully in the past – and not just against Barcelona. We took Milan to a 0-0 after 90 minutes in the San Siro, while teams from Manchester and Munich, and lesser locations, chased the oxygen out of Celtic players’ lungs but could not find the space required to turn Celtic over.

During the previous two seasons Celtic recorded impressive domestic defensive records, but this was not due to imperious levels of concentration, we were simply better than the opposition by a sufficient margin. When that wasn’t the case, in Europe, we often didn’t display the levels of concentration which was on show, even from Scotland last night.

Great players can score wonder goals against you at any point, but don’t dive into tackles, watch what’s going on off the ball, make the right choices on how to press the ball, and even the greats will struggle to make an opening.

The biggest challenge we have ahead of the Europa League campaign is incorporating this season’s defensive arrivals into a coherent defensive strategy. It’s a concern that Craig Gordon looks like a better goalkeeper playing for Celtic in Europe than David Marshall did playing for Scotland against Germany. Marshall is a good enough keeper, but his defence didn’t expose him too often. Craig is called upon too often in Europe.
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With all that’s going on in the world at the moment, in particular with the Foundation, Celtic sponsor, Intelligent Car Leasing, have offered us a fantastic auction prize: Corporate Hospitality at Celtic v Dundee, on 20 September, lunch and drinks in the Walfrid with great seats in the Directors’ Box for three people.

This is a very rare opportunity to enjoy a money-can’t-buy experience. All proceeds to raise funds for Celtic FC Foundation’s fantastic work to improve Health, promote Equality, encourage Learning and tackle Poverty.  Get bidding and keep an eye on the auction here on ebay.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    TONYG on 8th September 2015 11:25 pm





    Chemistry teacher.Nice guy.


    His room.End of the corridor.Overlooking the pitch.


    `60 or so.


    Afore your time.

  2. Well catching up on today’s posts…



    Looks like there are a few tasty posts on new media platforms for watching the fitbaw. Should have time to read them tomorrow.



    As for the techie debate…



    Interesting stuff on servers, copper networks, fibre networks, ISPs etc



    It really comes down to one simple thing…






    Take beer drinking for example…



    Now, the yard of ale, you get one of those chaps that seem to be able to open their throats and a yard.



    Take a yard long glass with a bulb on the end and you can see 2.5 pints of been guzzled in less than thirty seconds.



    Quite impressive.



    Now what if you give the guy a straw, albeit a yard and six inches long. And tell him he must sup through that.



    A much slower quaff doncha think.



    So as Adi_dasler says, the throughput depends on the slowest part of the network. Simples.



    Hail Hail

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ONYG on 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015 11:32 PM







    Tell me it wasnt Jessie the Maths teacher who used to get ripped ever time he took a class,he eventually had a breakdown.







    Sound intriguing,though.And sad.


    Discipline went to pot after I left.


    Bring back the ferula.

  4. NatKnow on 8th September 2015 11:45 pm




    AULDHEID on 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015 11:36 PM




    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/lessons-for-celtic-defence-great-auction-for-foundation/comment-page-7/#comment-2673889



    If it was just neurones or C fibres and electric pulses then when the brain dies so too would our personality.



    I quite like mine and I hope it is independent of the brain .




    There is a great line from one of JPs books. It says



    What we are is God’s gift to us. What a shame it would be to return the gift unopened.



    I find gratitude a helpful attitude.

  5. It’s 1am in the morning nearly here in Lucca in Tuscany.



    I am sat trying tow work out 3 things :



    Where to go near Sienna to watch the aberdeen game on Saturday ?



    How to get tickets for the big Puccini gig here tomorrow ?



    How to not upset Mrs Burnley whilst getting to go see Fiorentina v Genoa on Sunday ?



    So I log into CQN for inspiration and folk are talking about Ronnie Fraser, a chemistry teacher who scarred me for life



    Nasty vindictive chap in my opinion …. But he maybe never liked me much either.



    Earlier in the week I niticed some one mention a Timothy Teague from school years. I recall that guy. All my time at school I never thought of what a belter of a name that was. I do recall young Teague running on the park at Murrayfield to john the All Blacks doing the Haka. For which I think he was suspended from school for a period.



    For going through a Jesuit education with that name the guy should have given a papal knighthood of some description.



    Wee Ronnie was also a vindictive wee shite with the belt if you ever had to cash a bill back then too.



    Anyway Ad majora natus sum from Tuscany.

  6. AULDHEID on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2015 12:00 AM


    NatKnow on 8th September 2015 11:45 pm









    AULDHEID on 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015 11:36 PM









    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/lessons-for-celtic-defence-great-auction-for-foundation/comment-page-7/#comment-2673889







    If it was just neurones or C fibres and electric pulses then when the brain dies so too would our personality.



    I quite like mine and I hope it is independent of the brain .



    There is a great line from one of JPs books. It says



    What we are is God’s gift to us. What a shame it would be to return the gift unopened.



    I find gratitude a helpful attitude.




    Well the old mind/brain debate is ongoing….



    I like that quote. The unexamined life is indeed not worth living.



    Night dude..

  7. TONYG on 8th September 2015 11:12 pm



    Sorry to butt in, Ronnie Fraser had a yellow TR7 when i was there. he did used to walk round it three times though. Nice to know a theory why. Other chemistry teacher was Sammy Irvine, bless him. Always remember the huge cheer from the class and his smile of surprise when he completed the bell jar experiment successfully.




  8. paisley bhoy on 8th September 2015 8:33 pm




    Auldheid on 8th September 2015 6:58 pm


    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/lessons-for-celtic-defence-great-auction-for-foundation/comment-page-4/#comments



    There are tactical steps that can be taken to improve income and advertising is one of them. Why not have adverts before at half time and full time at live games and on video? Why not during the other televised programmes?



    Perhaps the number of subscribers is not big enough to attract businesses to advertise and perhaps Sky who broadcast games don’t want advertisers going to Celtic knowing that their product will be seen by non paying Sky customers using streams?



    My main point is a rethink of the business model that is a) gate/attendance money reliant b) front loaded for payment.



    Both are legacies from cash days and geography/location dictating numbers who can attend.



    Neither apply today and it will be even more so with the ability to individually pay for only what you want to watch.



    The change has to come from a strategic level first, embracing technical, licensing, and attitudinal aspects.

  9. Fair Play to Bundoran and Rollecoster,



    If you are interested in selling badges etc at Dublin 2016, you are more than welcome.



    There is a big demand for tickets here, we are holding off to make sure all CQNers have a chance.



    Anyone interested in Dublin 2016, please e mail me at dublin2016@ mail.com.




  10. AULDHEID on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2015 12:49 AM


    One of the things I would like to see is Celtic investing more in digital media, reaching out not only to committed Celtic fans but also to new markets worldwide.


    Tweet links to the goals to MLS fans who are attending games across America.


    Feature Tom Rogic in YouTube clips to Aussies who are headed to a Sunday summer BBQ.


    Get permission for broadcasting clips from the Thai Tims and aim them at the Asian markets.


    India, the Far East are ripe markets.


    Insert very short ads in small messages from sponsors.


    I’m sure Winning Captain and Paul’s CQN blog developers could provide insights on what has made our current abode successful.

  11. The digital discussion in the 8 o’clock hour was extremely entertaining as was the Xhinese explanation of the Callan-Symanzik equation.


    Instead of looking it up just remember shit happens.

  12. Twice IOS fell over when I was creating a long post.


    IOS less reliable than Celtic TV.


    I’ve subscribed to CTV going back to John Cole, Jim Craig and Bertie Auld.


    I have even watched a game using the controllable webcam that used to be mounted in the main stand.


    I enjoyed the back and forth between Auldheid and Canamalar in the 8 o’clock period.


    As an IT person going back to 1965, I was pleasantly surprised by Auldheid’s revelTion that he is An IT Manager. Surprised because usually IT Managers are usually not as articulate. :-)


    This from someone whose final job was for a Software Development Company in marketing.


    The old expression “Those who can, do. Those who can’t teach or sell.”


    To conclude.


    Celtic TV has been great for us US fans. My fellow east coast subscribers’ experience is akin to my own.


    Big pipe, 55Mbps, no buffering, jitteriness or jarring interruptions.


    Proper fibre optic infrastructure rules YA Bass.


    I couldn’t resist the YA BASS as it reminded me of my North Lanarkshire youth.


    Good night. Pax vobiscum

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ‘GG on 9th September 2015 5:03 am



    Et cum spiritu tuo.












    Ya bass.

  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Morning All.



    Burnley 78



    Paul — You will find the Celtic game in Florence being shown in Finnegan’s Pub – website here http://www.finneganpub.com/ – for anyone in Rome there is a similarly named boozer from the same chain and they will show the game too.



    We should have signed Puccini years ago! You can always get tickets for the Puccini festival in Lucca – again see the website for the festival here http://www.puccinielasualucca.com/en/ticketspoint.asp



    By the way if you are anywhere near Barga you will find the local CSC in the pub of Paulo Gas and they show all the games too.



    Hopefully that helps.



    You are on yer own with the missus though!



    Now as for Timothy Teague — jeez there is a name i had forgotten and which brings an instant smile to my face.



    As barking mad as a box of frogs on acid. I wonder what he is doing now? I didn’t know him at all well but loved the way he was completely bonkers at times.



    He also reminds me of the well known doctor’s son who ran away to the boating pond in Queens Park and who later broke his wrists jumping off a balcony playing at James Bond.



    The Chemistry world of Ronnie “Wee B@@@@@D features” Fraser and Wee Sammy Irvine Ha! Sammy was followed by “wee” Babs Callaghan – why was every one of the Chemistry teachers always known as “Wee” someone.



    Ronnie was a B@@@@@@D and i remember his custard yellow TR7.



    Talk about a car beinga “Fanny magnate” – well it sure attracted a fanny all right!



    Sammy was hopeless and could never get things right. However a couple of years after I left school he saw me hobbling along the road on crutches and very kindly stopped his car and drove me into Strathclyde University. He was a lousy teacher but a nice enough wee man – though I can think of one pupil he hated and blamed for everything which was unfair.



    Wee Babs – God love her – came to the school straight from working in the Archdiocese office.



    She once lost the rag at myself and a reprobate friend called Davie Morrow in the chemistry lab and got all flustered because she believed that he and I were – well boyfriends!! – and told us to keep our “affection” for one another for outside the classroom!



    We just couldn’t stop laughing which made things worse and then she blew her top because Davie had no books, no jotter, no pen, and spent most of his time waving out the window at the girls in the art school across the road which totally confused her.



    Matters got worse when, in a fit of temper, she asked him to explain a huge big diagram she had on the wall – somthing to do with Carbons – and the bould Davie started to explain it perfectly until he reached a bit and announced ” That bit there is wrong! You’ve got that wrong, Miss!”



    If anything she got even angrier when he produced a tiny bit of paper from his pocket and unfolded it, and unfolded it and unfolded it until it became a similar huge diagram and he pointed out where her’s was wrong and his was right.



    “Where did you get that, and why is it in your pocket all folded up?” She screamed



    “Well” says the bould Davie ” I study Chemistry three nights a week at Langside College – and this is my homework!”



    I near had a heart attack laughing – might have one now at the memory!

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Great tale.



    “Waving at the girls in the art school”



    Better in my day when you could perve at the models posing for “life art.”


    True story.


    Big Fr. Forrester totally unaware.

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    Big Willie Forrester was unaware of most things.



    When i moved out to the country I was amazed to find that he was the local Parish Priest.



    He knew the aforementioned Davie as he was very pally with his old man who lived in Barrhead.



    When i started to make the arrangements for the Christening of my oldest son I had to give Willie the names of the God parents.



    I explained that Fiona was the God mother and added that she was not a catholic.



    “OK” says Willie ” As long as the Godfather is a catholic”



    ” Oh he is” Says I ” In fact it is someone you know – Davie Morrow!”



    ” God Almighty!” exclaims Willie ” He is barely a catholic!”



    Big Willie was a nice man but a lousy PP – he often asked people with crying children to go and stand outside the church which put people off – and of course he looked like Christopher Lee!

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Big Drac.


    Prefect of Studies for a short spell.


    His nephew is a pal of mine and a high achiever in the medical world.


    There`s a bunch of us still in contact………………


    The other association……


    Saturday morning amateur league………….under the name of “Steamboats”…….a nautical allusion,of course.

  18. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Negatoni ….Hahahahaha……and there’s nothing wrong with Celtic TV…… really good also for overseas supporters….

  19. Good morning CQNers,



    Recently I’ve been taking the opportunity to view again some episodes of Till Death Us Do Part and revel in it’s political incorrectness (in many,many ways) , if you’ve a free half hour you may care to have a laugh at this, I did.






    It is also of interest from a sociology perspective in the way thinking has shifted so far away from the Scouse Git’s perspective towards that of Alf in today’s world.

  20. Morning all.






    Enjoying the stories.



    Here’s one of mine for what it’s worth.



    My late mother was a devout woman who for years insisted that every year, just before Easter, me and my father go to confession to repent our sins. Initially we went a few times, but after a while we decided that we would go to the pub instead.



    She always wondered why we had taken so long, and we would tell her that it had been “very busy!”



    Those ‘Extra strong mints’ always came in handy.



    May God forgive me!



    KTF n HH!!

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Marvellous satirical programmes.


    `73, so well into the series.


    Warren Mitchell , Jewish guy………..the absolute opposite of the part he played.


    The Scouse git,father of the wife of Tony Blair.

  22. Good morning CQN. Our idiot of an office hun has just pinged me a copy of an article in today’s (now disgraced) Herald which has to be one of the most jaw droppingly innacurate pieces of sevco propaganda I’ve ever has the misfortune to read.



    I won’t embarass the ‘writer’ by publishing his name here, but the Level 5 fluff piece is about how Sleekit is a great guy who resigned (?!?!?) took a pay cut, took on the spivs and generally was the huns salvation!! He is being further deified for ‘agreeing’ to make an early settlement with the Lying King.



    Also, liquidation didn’t happen.






    Needless to say the world’s most gullible dullards are lapping it up.



    I won’t encourage clicks on their site by putting up the link, however it is an astonishing read.



    Comical Ali is alive and well and writing drivel in Glasgow.



    noamericansoldiersinbaghdad csc

  23. Parkheadcumsalford: Top of the morning to you.




    Interesting the connections. I also played for Steamboats when TC ran team. Strange mix of guys who were top athletes, boxers and good footballers.






  24. Top of the morning to you too, Cathach.



    Your brother is probably reading this. He reckons he should be using your nom de plume. Maybe you could suggest one for him and get him to move from lurking to posting……….Hmmmmmmmmmmm, as used to be said on here. Have to go.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CATHACH on 9TH SEPTEMBER 2015 8:51 AM



    Think that may well have been after my time.


    The Dunns ran oor mob.



    T.C.? Doubt if it`s the T.C. who played for us.

  26. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Morning Bhoys a grey old morning here so Broonie is still feeling his hamstring and may well be rested for the dons game.If this is correct Celtic should have a strong word with him the team Captain playing two International games while nursing an injury and not fit for a big game against Aberdeen. H.H.