Lessons learned in bad times


Celtic are arguably better off for players for the No. 10 role than any other position.  David Turnbull is the current preferred occupant, but Ryan Christie was the man in possession before he was moved to the right, while Tom Rogic got the nod on Monday and Olivier Ntcham has played there before.  This almost certainly explains why we have seen so little of Ewan Henderson, a player who has never let us down and provided a memorable start to the second Neil Lennon era at Tynecastle two years ago.

One of the truisms in football is that you learn more from bad times than good.  This season’s big lesson was delivered during a dead rubber Europa League game, moving David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro from the stand to the pitch transformed Celtic.

Ewan is no more a right sided midfielder than David Turnbull, but his substation into the action on Monday, allowed David to move into the middle, where he created and converted the chance Celtic scored from.  Both must start against Livingston.

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  1. No negativity or moaning on here.



    Our club and team are in great shape, if you believed some on here.

  2. If the fact that the whole population being locked up , unable to visit relatives, unable to go to funerals of friends and families is not enough for you in a moral sense and your only interested in football then the fact we have 13 players unavailable tells you the decision was a car crash that even our failing CEO has had to apologise for. Yet despite all that you think theirs no issue. If I was that stupid I wouldn’t come on a blog and show e everyone my stupidity.



    Looks like I might be a Loonie too. Look at me !!



    A Loonie who will question any of our gov decisions and a loonie who will question any of those lining up to have a go at the Tic before I turn on them.



    Candygram for Mongo !

  3. !!BADA BING!!



    ST TAMS……. When are our stars out of isolation and how many do you think we’ll hang onto ??



    Hooefully PL has tge ducks all lined up for replacements.





    Ralston, Welsh, Hjelde, Taylor….

  4. Marspapa- I would sell everyone and anyone who wants to go now,the rest and a few youth players to get us to the end of the season. I wouldn’t let Lawwell squander any more money, wait until whenever he’s out,and we have a new manager, and start again. HH

  5. !!BADA BING!!



    Sorry, got papped oot there.



    I dont see the sense in spending money now…… Though that could sacrifice 2nd place.



    No-one could have predicted just how bad this season has gone.

  6. borgo67



    Not from a space where I would have known your Brother personally but of course I knew of him and the contribution made to Scotland by those of Italian Descent and Family, and not just within the Catholic Community but far wider than that. But, to have become Archbishop of Glasgow is not just a Tribute to the man himself but to the Family from which he came, and to those many many others who shared a Common Path, then and now.


    Requiescat In Pace Philip

  7. Borgo67


    My sincere condolences on the loss of your brother.I have been on nodding terms with him for many years,as he was located a few seats away in the Main Stand



    It was a real.shock when I read the news,and I will be sure to include him in my prayers.


    May he rest in peace.

  8. Evening all from a clear skied Kentucky. Was going to get the scope out and see if I could catch some new marvel in the skies. Walked about, below freezing, poured a Stagg Jr instead and opened up that internet machine thing ended up in a few of my favourite places.



    Anyone that knows this Croftfoot/Cumbernauld/Shettleston bhoy knows I don’t do Politics so here’s a good piece I read on Slate tonight. Similarities again with some things that happened during eh, well, you’ll get it. 



    “and you dare to call me a ………”



    On a side note, I did get a few nice gifts from a place in Bethlehem for Christmas but that is for another night.






    Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans



    The same lawmakers who obsessed over Benghazi are downplaying the attack on the Capitol.



    By WILLIAM SALETAN for Slate



    Nine years ago, terrorists attacked U.S. diplomats and contractors in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died, and Republicans spent years investigating why. Those investigations found no wrongdoing by President Barack Obama or then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but they succeeded in painting Clinton as soft on terrorism, thereby damaging her 2016 presidential campaign. Now the same Republicans who decried Benghazi are downplaying President Donald Trump’s culpability—and their own—in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.



    The Republican frenzy over Benghazi spanned two presidential elections. In October 2012, Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, opened hearings on the Obama administration’s “security failures.” In a letter issued two weeks before that year’s presidential election, Issa and a fellow Republican lawmaker accused the administration of “endangering American lives” by ignoring the “escalating violence” that had preceded the attack. The letter also criticized Obama’s team for blaming the attack, erroneously, on unrelated protests over an anti-Muslim video.




    After the election, Republicans launched more investigations. They created a House committee on Benghazi, which—as Issa and others would later admit—aimed to tarnish Clinton and cripple her candidacy. In hours of public interrogation and in the committee’s final report, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said Clinton had neglected warning signs before the attack and had played up the protests to avoid acknowledging the terrorism. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Sen. Marco Rubio alleged that Clinton had “turned her back on the fallen heroes in Benghazi.” Sen. Ted Cruz, taking Clinton’s words out of context, accused her of shrugging off “the death of Americans at Benghazi.”


    Five years later, at least five people are dead after last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. That’s more than the number of Americans killed in Benghazi. But this attack wasn’t inspired by radical Islamists. It was inspired by Republicans. For weeks leading up to the storming of the Capitol, Cruz told his followers that Democrats were trying to “steal the election.” Issa pledged to challenge the “amazing discrepancies” in state ballots counts, and Jordan constantly promoted allegations of fraud. The night before the attack, Fox News host Lou Dobbs asked Jordan, “Are you absolutely convinced … that there was fraud and an effort to steal this election on the part of the radical Dems?” The congressman replied, “Certainly fraud. Over 200 affidavits and declarations.”



    Even after the Jan. 6 assault, these lawmakers continued to spread the propaganda that had provoked it. Rubio said state officials had “mutilated election integrity laws to help the Democrats.” Cruz noted that millions of Americans “believe the election was rigged,” and he scoffed that Democrats who “dismiss those claims” did so because “they like the outcome.” When an interviewer pointed out that other lawmakers had found no evidence of significant fraud, Cruz retorted, “Voter fraud has been a persistent problem in our elections. We have seen it over and over again.” And when colleagues challenged Jordan to concede that “the election was not rigged or stolen,” he ducked, saying only that the results had been officially certified.




    During the Benghazi hearings, Republicans lambasted Clinton for suggesting, even tangentially, that understandable grievances might have played a role in the Libyan attack. Now those Republicans are suggesting that legitimate grievances were behind the attack on Congress. Issa says the Americans who assembled to march on the Capitol were just “people who passionately believe that there was an injustice” in the election. Rubio says “99 percent of the people who came here [to Washington] had nothing to do with that mob, nothing.” The senator blames media bias for causing a “crisis of confidence” in elections, which in turn helped “create an environment that lead[s] to this,” meaning the attack. Such “blatant bias” from the media, according to Rubio, is “one of the reasons why so many Americans have sought political shelter in divisive political movements.”



    The same Republicans who blamed Islamic clerics for inspiring Islamic terrorism refuse to hold Trump responsible for inspiring the attack on the Capitol. Cruz says proposals to impeach the president or remove him through the 25th Amendment are just “vindictiveness” and “partisan spite” from people who “hate Donald Trump.” Jordan says impeachment would be a slap at the “75 million Americans who supported the president.” Issa brushes off Trump’s incendiary rhetoric as a “misstep,” and he argues that impeachment would be “kicking him when he’s down.” When an interviewer asked Issa whether Trump bore any responsibility for the violence at the Capitol, the congressman pleaded, “I don’t make it my practice to judge anything other than the outcome.”



    Meanwhile, Jordan—who hounded Obama administration officials mercilessly for revising their story about Benghazi (initially they thought protests had driven the attack on the consulate; later they retracted that theory)—is now trying to whitewash his own record. In October, he tweeted, “Democrats are trying to steal the election.” A day before the attack, he blamed Trump’s loss on “fraud,” and he warned that “60 million Americans think the election was stolen.” But at a House hearing on Tuesday, the congressman piously insisted, “I’ve never said that this election was stolen.”



    The response of these Trump apologists to last week’s insurrection makes a mockery of their hysteria over Benghazi. They’re doing exactly what they previously denounced: changing their story, rationalizing the motives behind the attack, and excusing the demagogue who inspired it. After four years of inquisitions into the deaths of four Americans in Libya, they’re accusing Democrats, in Issa’s words, of “overplaying a lot of things, including the death of these people on Capitol Hill.”



    Republicans stand firmly against terrorism, it seems, until the terrorists are Republicans.

  9. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    AIPPLE on 14TH JANUARY 2021 1:45 AM



    Another insightful article ~ my thanks again for sharing




  10. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    In case you didn’t know (I had to look it up!):





    Highly-rated left-sided centre back Leo Hjelde signed a professional contract with Celtic at just 15. After moving to Glasgow from Norwegian side Rosenborg in June 2019, Leo went straight into the Hoops’ Reserve squad.



    Still very young, but playing him would allow Welsh to play right back, which he says is his preferred position.


    I think and hope there is a lot more to come from Stephen Welsh.

  11. Good morning cqn from a still freezing and slightly snowing Garngad



    Borgo67 – sorry to hear of your loss and that was a lovely post you put up of your brother.



    So PL was forced to do an interview and what amazing foresight he has in saying “maybe the Dubai trip wasnt a good idea” astounded doesn’t even cover it, in the last 2 weeks as a family we have lost 2 family members at very young ages and…….


    Auch forget it the guy should be sacked along with our management team who have brought us to this point.




    Bring on Livvy and their 7foot striker.



    D :)

  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Sincere condolences to your Brother Philip , archbishop of our great city,



    I loved his homilies , his sincere love of god and family always shone through in them and he had such a soothing voice


    I always spoke about him with Stephen from the Dolphin in Partick who helped out at his services




  13. Borgo67



    A lovely piece in memory of your brother. Thanks for sharing.



    Keep it Lit.




  14. BORGO67



    A lovely tribute to your dear brother Philip.



    May he rest in peace.



    Prayers said for you and your family.



    Stay strong.

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Are our U/18’s paying the price for the cost of Dubia by being placed on Furlough .. ?

  16. Can I just thank everyone again for their condolences, kind words, prayers and anecdotes about my brother Philip. I’ve read them all and will pass on these messages to my family. Most likely I won’t be able to reply to anyone today , the response on here and the wider social media has been overwhelming and a tremendous comfort. Thanks to you all and God Bless.

  17. Borgo67


    Apologies I missed this yesterday


    Heartfelt sympathy to all the family


    May Philip rest in Peace


    And Let Perpetual Light Shine upon him

  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    My dad told me the story of a couple of years ago at Perth


    We where drawing with a few minutes to go and people where panicking as usual , he laughed at Philip as he told him to keep the faith they had a wee laugh about it



    This was in with the fans and not in the posh seats with the directors etc ..

  19. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Re furlough scheme


    I think we are correct taking advantage of Furlough scheme as Scottish government have basically cancelled all matches they would be involved in



    Just think timing is all wrong and it will be used as another stick to beat us with



    Anyway , I can start calling my clients after 9 so take care bhoys and ghirls

  20. Having watched the Peter Lawwell video message, that was emailed to me by Celtic PLC, I thought to myself that the art of propaganda has not died.


    Whether there is a 90% / 10% split in fan opinion I do not know but I definitely know from speaking to those Celtic fans I converse with outwith forums like CQN, etc they are to a person agreed that there was no true contrition from PL or anybody else at Celtic PLC.


    Squirrels often get a mention on here but whether it is a red one or a grey one there is no bigger squirrel than when the PLC and PL trot out facts and figures about the Celtic Foundation – most of this money comes from the fans and is not all generated by Celtic PLC.


    There are one or two on here that support PL and Celtic PLC because of business ties and can’t/won’t be seen to criticise them in public there are others who believe that the last four seasons absolve the PLC from any blame whatsoever and I can understand both points of view but this is not just about success on the field it’s about the heart and soul of the Club.


    If you believe we are ‘A Club like no other’ then you cannot justify the team travelling to Dubai during this period of time when those who are the most vulnerable in society have had to put up with greater hardships than usual.


    Yes we acted like no other Club on this continent by using the term Elite Sportsmen to justify a trip to the sun, a trip that 99.999…….% of the population could only dream of in these dark days.


    As regards the future of PL and NFL those who know me also know my opinion about them and this post is not about them it is about the direction OUR Club has taken in recent times.

  21. DAVID66….


    So sad to read that you as a family have lost TWO members of your family in the last couple of weeks. I was already aware of Andrea’s passing, but on reading your Post this morning, I am further saddened and shocked.


    What awful times for you and your family, my Heart goes out to you all.


    Let me know if I can help with anything ?



    YNWA Mate.

  22. TONYROME on 13TH JANUARY 2021 6:25 PM





    Thx mate, I enjoyed the Video.


    My Heart rate is okay…for now.




    HH Mate.

  23. BORGO67,



    Heartfelt condolences for your loss. From everything I have read including today’s London Times piece the fact he was a big Celtic supporter comes across very early. It’s almost as if the Archbishop role was just a day job and he had more important things on his mind — like picking the team, tactics and seeking divine intervention if needed.



    I also feel very sad that you and your family will not be able to have a funeral where the people of Glasgow can come and celebrate his life reflecting on all the good he brought to all creeds.



    May he rest in peace.

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