Lessons learned from Friday experiment


After every experimental line-up (such as Friday’s), it’s tempting to ask what the manager learned from the experience.

The partnerships on the left and right wings didn’t look right.  Emilio Izaguirre didn’t overlap as often as usual and Stuart Armstrong was less effective than normal.  A lack of space impacted the James Forrest-Adam Matthews partnership on the right.  Forrest was manhandled until he switched left or got inside the box, when he was able to play unhindered.

Ineffectiveness on the wings led to the same up front.  Anthony Stokes doesn’t get to play centre forward too often and didn’t really get much of a chance on Friday.  Stokes anonymity was the most glaring aspect of the game but I suspect the responsibility lies elsewhere.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on




    Fair play to you for apologising for your insensitive, very badly timed ‘joke’.


    Happy, Holy Easter.

  2. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Great goal from Defoe



    Excellent header from Fletcher



    Route one …what a finish

  3. Stunning volley.



    All of the EPL Goal Of The Season contenders coming in the one weekend.

  4. Great sportsmanship as Krull the Newcastle ‘keeper congratulates Defoe on his goal in the tunnel.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Valencia v Villarreal has been poor. Should I switch to the North East Derby?

  6. My friends in Celtic,



    Freedom of speech is a fundamental principal of democracy, but that freedom carries individual responsibility. As one who espoused the slogan “Je suis Charlie” I think that even badly timed jokes or quotes should be tolerated, even when against my religion.



    However, would the blog be in meltdown if the jibes were aimed at another religion outside the “official” religions of the UK.?




  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    keeping the faith



    14:37 on 5 April, 2015



    PV was gutted you didn’t appear in the bar yesterday, was a magic night only lacked a couple of eijits to start a tune or two

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Matt Haig


    7:00AM BST 05 Apr 2015


    21 years after the death of Kurt Cobain, novelist Matt Haig says the way we glamorise the suicides of famous artists inhibits our understanding of mental illness



    On April 5 1994, 21 very short years ago, Kurt Cobain took his own life. I was a teenager at the time and can remember news of the Nirvana frontman’s death had a devastating impact, but I was also culturally aware enough to know it fit a kind of template.



    Rock stars were troubled. They died young, often at their own hands. In my immaturity, I thought there was something cool about it. Tragic, yes, sure, but I didn’t really feel that tragedy. Rock and roll was youth. It resisted the world of safe compromises that getting old entails. Getting old meant mortgages and proper jobs and marriage and responsibilities. When I was 18, I had no real understanding of the pain Cobain must have been going through to get to that end-point. I just bought into the myth. The troubled-artist-too-pure-for-this-world idea.







    This myth has probably sold a lot of records over the years. It will also, inevitably, help get a lot of people to see the new documentary about Cobain’s life, Montage of Heck, when it hits UK cinemas on April 10. And of course, it is not Cobain’s myth alone. It is Ian Curtis’s and Nick Drake’s and, indeed, those of every troubled musician who died young, from Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse.



    It is not even just music’s myth.



    The tortured rock star is only the most recent incarnation of the troubled artist cliché that has been around for centuries. From troubled painters like Caravaggio and Van Gogh and Rothko to poets and writers like Plath and Sexton and Hemingway. Creative talent and tormented minds, we are told, are sides of the same coin.




    Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (Photo: Redferns)



    I hate this idea. The idea that creativity is the bedfellow of misery. I have also come to hate my own former silent glorifying of Cobain’s death. When I was 24 I nearly took my own life, not because I’d listened to too much Nirvana, but because I was ill.



    From the moment depression and anxiety smashed into me, derailing me completely for a few years, I realised that there was nothing glamorous about mental illness. It was exactly as glamorous as physical illness. Not long before Cobain shot himself he had been hospitalised due to bronchitis. Cobain had suffered from bronchitis. Bronchitis, in almost all our minds, remains as unglamorous as ever, no matter how many rock stars suffer from it.



    I would love it if death-by-depression was seen in exactly the same way as death-by-bronchitis. It should be. Because glamorising suicide is almost as unhealthy as demonising it. It inhibits our understanding.



    So, let’s be clear. Depression is an illness. It is not a ticket to genius. It is not an interesting personality quirk. It is horrible and all-consuming and really hurts. Depression is not the person, it is something that happens to a person. And when that person feels no way out, they sometimes take their life.




    Kurt Cobain: ‘I bought into the myth,’ says Matt Haig (Photo: Rex Features)



    The reason we have to be careful about how we talk about suicide is that, however inevitable depression may be, suicide is preventable. Suicide rates vary and fluctuate all the time, between genders and eras and places. People are dying, daily, from our inability to talk about mental health properly. Partly, this is unavoidable. We simply don’t know enough about how the brain works. Neuroscience is a baby science, a mere century old, and our scientific understanding of the brain is nowhere near where we’d like it to be. We know more about the moons of Jupiter than what is inside of our skulls.



    But there are things we can do right now to save lives. One is to talk about mental illness in exactly the same way as we talk about physical illness, without either demonising or glamorising. Sure, depressed people are often drawn to creative areas, as an outlet. By externalising internal feelings we make them more bearable. But we must be wary of any kind of us/them situation.



    “The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die,” said the American novelist David Foster Wallace, who did indeed end up killing himself in 2008.



    David Foster Wallace in 1997


    David Foster Wallace in 1997 (Photo: Getty Images)



    All I wanted to be when I was ill, more than anything, was to be normal. And in a way, I was very normal. A quarter of us experience serious mental health problems. One in five experience depression. I can remember though, that feeling of otherness, as profoundly negative as any stigma – indeed, a kind of stigma in itself – was very dangerous.



    So yes, let’s do away with the ‘tortured artist’ cliché. Let’s stop glamorising suicide, or to ever see it as part of an inevitable narrative of doomed youth, because depression loves you to believe such things. But depression lies. Depression told me I wouldn’t live to see my 25th birthday, and yet this year I will see my 40th birthday, and I am very looking forward to it. I believed, in my intense young male brain, that everything was going to get worse. But very little gets worse than the time in which you contemplate taking your life.



    You don’t have to be a creative maverick to have a troubled mind. You just have to be human. There is no us and them. No-one is one hundred per cent healthy, physically or mentally. And let’s glamorise the good stuff, the sheer wonder of life itself, which depression may take for a while but never steal completely.



    Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is published by Canongate Books and available in hardback for £9.99

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Advice from down under.



    If you intend wiping your arse with a koala bear, make sure to remove it’s teeth using strong plyers first.

  10. ciarans dad 2 on

    Just back from Easter Sunday mass in Texas. Father Drew comments in his sermon ” we will never walk alone” . Both Ciaran and I smile at each other. Hail hail

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

    Football matches ( especially in Scotland ) are often won by the team with the greatest desire .



    I think sevco might win every match until the play offs then it’s all down to how much Motherwell players want to stay in the top tier against how much the zombies want into it .



    IMHO .. The zombies will play their first season in the spfl in 2015

  12. Dallas, dallas,



    I have known McNee since he was about 14 (around the time Charlie took those corners). I never heard him say Charlie was his cousin. Could it be his wife, Roisin(?) who is the cousin?

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




    Better to wipe with a teddy bear

  14. northbhoy ... \o/ on



    Who are you supporting later


    MARSEILLE or PSG or the Mattress !




  15. Freedom of speech and of belief is sacrosanct. Good manners are optional.Gordon J and anybody else are fully entitled to hold any views they like and he is not alone in his belief that certain Christian beliefs are myths.


    However, Gordon J knows full well that there are a number of committed Christians who post on the site. He also knows that today is the most sacred day in the Christian calender. Yet he chose this day to mock our beliefs.


    In my opinion he was grossly insensitive and bad mannered to fellow Celtic Supporters.

  16. Hard to believe that the removal of teeth with plyers isn’t the worst experience a creature might have in the one day.

  17. Joe Filippis Haircut


    16:02 on


    5 April, 2015


    Well unless the Rangers go bust which is unlikely as now they have been taken out of the glare of the markets they must have a better than good chance of joining us next season in the SPL’ Hibernian have no staying power and Motherwell will lie down as for Falkirk and Queen of the South I dont fancy either of them for promotion.The only good thing for Celtic will be the extra revenue from playing them at least 4 times I think they may do better in the SPL than many of us think and unpalatable as it is they may well challenge for a European spot.H.H.




    It has taken its time in coming, but a last a bit of reality regarding THEM and the future.

  18. Burgas Hoops on

    happy Easter Sunday one and all.



    Heavenly Father and God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life.



    From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us.



    Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you.



    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

  19. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    In addition to the recent resurgence of political caterwauling from the pompous, blowhard politicos as we move toward another election, it would seem that we have now stirred the ‘religion’ hornets’ nest.



    Just as we can assume that not all CQNers have the same politics, it is safe to assume that not all CQNers have the same religious beliefs if indeed any at all.



    To some, this is a special day in their lives and their faith; to others it’s just Sunday.



    Some quote the bible and assume it the word of god; some accept the book as a much mistranslated, censored and politicised apocryphal document.



    Just as political beliefs are subjective, so are religious ones. Perhaps this blog would be a much less contentious forum if we left these two subjects off the agenda. Their subjective nature means there is no definitive right or wrong, just divisive opinion.



    Meanwhile it is safe to assume that, trolls excluded, we are all Celtic supporters, and despite our differences about players, managers and tactics (and the odd pop tune), we are all on this blog with a shared purpose. Let’s stick to that …

  20. Gordon_J,



    From my experience here, you are the last person I would expect of being a bigot in any shape or form. I think what your attempt at humour with the phoenix reference shows up is that one person’s “tongue in cheek” remark, a defence that has been used rather frequently on CQN recently, is hurtful to many others. We all need to be a lot more careful in what we say.



    A happy Easter to you and yours.

  21. gerryfaethebrig



    Thanks for a great night, good luck to you and C. She now knows you don’t talk to strange men on the Internet…:)



    Enjoy Santa Ponsa.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  22. The huns are a funny bunch, if only the season didn’t start 9 month a go they would have walked it hahaha McCall manager of the year, it’s only a matter of time before our ‘ friends ‘ in the media bring it up haha

  23. South Of Tunis on

    Delightful people.



    Roma v Napoli yesterday.



    Some Roma Ultras spent the game unveiling a succession of striscione mocking and insulting the Napoli fan ( and his mother ) who was shot to death by a Roma Ultra last year , whilst en route to a game in Rome.

  24. Sitting here on a snowy and cauld Easter Sunday where the country like Good Friday has shut down. This is a country that was founded by French Catholics and Scottish Presbies, 67.3% of Canadians identify as Christian; of these, Catholics make up the largest group, accounting for 38.7% of the population. As such the Christian traditions still continue.



    In relation to the concern over football being played on Good Friday it was mentioned on here that the Catholic Church has moved on. I fully concur with this statement but not so far as the Holy Season of Lent is concerned. Scotland has become more secular and IMHO more anti-Catholic.



    Since our first SPL game this season on Wednesday August 13 until the Cup Final there will have been 42 Fridays, so why are we being asked to play on that particular one.



    Why not yesterday Holy Saturday when we have played many games including a cup semi in which the Bear ran amock, or today Easter Sunday, why us and not heathen FC who played today the holiest day of the Christian calendar.



    Why not tomorrow which unlike GF is a statutory holiday. There is only one other significant game on that is being televised and that is Palace v Man City.



    I can only recall one Easter Monday game in which we played and that was against Motherwell in the early 70s in which a healthy crowd attended. We won 3-0 having tied the Arabs at home 1-1 two days earlier. It’s a no brainer to play that day, full house and lots of concessions sold.



    Maybe I’m paranoid but I firmly believe that the trooser lifters did this on purpose.

  25. leftclicktic on





    17:35 on 5 April, 2015







    Thanks for a great night, good luck to you and C. She now knows you don’t talk to strange men on the Internet…:)




  26. Regarding the simulation discussion ongoing earlier my two cents for what it’s worth (which is probably two cents), straight red no questions, it is cheating of the highest order. Once these actors see that it will leave their team a man down they will soon learn.



    But it should not stop there, it should be a ride on the bench for the next game and fine all courtesy of their club, end of






  27. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

  28. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    It’s not about being catholic,protestant or whatever religion or none.



    Science doesn’t dispell that which is believed in terms of faith.



    Remember watching a Richard Hammond programme about the evolution of the earth,he basically said there was far too many things that happened during evolution that were long shots in order for the earth to create life,personally I don’t think it’s coincidence and there was a series of them.



    I suppose if you’re brought up with a faith it’s easy to accept so I can see why some don’t,it’s an education just like anything else you get educated in.



    Hope no offence is taken and it is Easter ;)




  29. Parkheadcumsalford





    17:20 on



    5 April, 2015





    Dallas, dallas,



    I have known McNee since he was about 14 (around the time Charlie took those corners).



    *I doubt he was 14 then, I believe he’s older than me and I was 17 at the Par’s game and 19 at the Vojvodina one.

  30. Ok, techies out there. When someone posts a youtube link or similar and I click on it, it takes me to the site and it has an exclamation point with a circle around where the video is supposed to play, any help would be appreciated






  31. archdeaconsbench on

    Just a quick question, why would anyone of faith be so readily offended and hurt by Gordon J’s comments earlier?



    Surely the fundamental core values of christianity (love, forgiveness, turning the other cheek) would have seen you less quick to judge?



    ‘I think that joke was in bad taste….’ I love that one as well. Anyone know any jokes in good taste? Who are these people of such strong faith, that they are ‘hurt’ by a throwaway comment as stated earlier….?



    Wind yer necks in.

  32. lennon n mc….mjallby



    17:49 on 5 April, 2015




    Ah education or lack of not offensive at all

  33. greensideup-gbwo



    17:56 on 5 April, 2015




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