Maribor fatigue levels


While Maribor were clearly second best at home to Celtic last week they remain a potent threat to our season.  You can be sure they’ve watched every minute of every game Celtic have played this season and will have dissected each defensive lapse.  Our acknowledged weaknesses – primarily a defence which has yet to find cohesion – will be well-known to each of them.

The vast acreage of Celtic Park should suit the mobile, pressing, game Ronny Deila has brought to our play.  It will be difficult for Maribor to cover all defensive zones, so with Celtic certain to play without a target-man, I expect the visitors to concede territory on the wings, defend their penalty area and force Celtic to play through them.

We will inevitably leave space at the back, in particular down the wings.  How attentive we deal with this risk could determine the outcome of the tie.

Maribor’s schedule since facing Celtic on Wednesday suggests their biggest challenge will be to maintain energy levels late in the game.  Thursday will have been a rest day, only light training would have taken place Friday and the bulk of the first team had a league game on Saturday evening.  Yesterday would be another rest day, and they will travel today before a light job on Celtic Park this evening.

By contrast, the bulk of those who will start for Celtic tomorrow will have had normal preparatory training Friday, Saturday, Sunday, with some light work tomorrow.  Those who made substitute appearances on Saturday will not have made a significant debit on energy levels.

We need to keep the ball moving early on, curtail rest times and have Maribor accessing their reserve tanks as early as possible.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    12:03 on 25 August, 2014



    Now THATs a possibility ….. think that’s why we brought in Raynier …… be a real bonus if we end up with VVV, Efe AND Raynier for CL / EL…..

  2. Maribor are/will be more match fit, therefore, better prepared for tomorrow.



    We mada a mistake not playing our 1st team on Saturday.

  3. Kevjungle



    That’s not what I asked you. I was talking about Keevins’ so-called ‘best’ solution.



    Who would have paid back the 140 million after Rangers entered liquidation, a process which, once begun, cannot be reversed?

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Happy birdie to you, happy birdie to you


    Haaaaapppy birdie, dear bawsman, haaaapppy birdie toooo yoooooou..



    Hoop hoop, hoorah……


    Hoop hoop, hoorah……


    Hoop hoop, hoorah……

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    12:23 on 25 August, 2014



    Wasting your time there, Bhoy …. Hahhahahahahahahahahahaha

  6. ziggydoc1





    12:20 on



    25 August, 2014





    Anyone know if it’s possible to watch the game whilst abroad, live on itv.com?



    “Watch the game live here on ITV.com or on ITV4.”




    Unless you have a VPN (which I use when travelling) or can access a proxy server it will block you outside of the UK.



    I have no idea how to access a proxy server so if you need this service maybe Google can help.

  7. ziggydoc1



    You still in Oz?



    If so it’s live on SBS1 & SBS HD which is on free to air TV




  8. Davidopoulos


    12:23 on


    25 August, 2014



    Simply responding/disagree to the blog line that resting was a good idea, is that not the idea of blogging?

  9. Bawsman, I’m off work today…….do you think it will affect my performance tomorrow? Or will I be more rested and ready to go? :-)



    Happy birthday ya merchant of doom!!! :-):):):):)

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    See we’re getting another player too …. VVV …. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  11. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon ….The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors


    12:24 on


    25 August, 2014





    Ta muchly mate……………..Sitting in work bored silly as everyone is off doon here in the Fylde Riviera. Family descending tonight and we’ll be piella and red wined oot………day aff ramorra :-)

  12. 67heaven



    Never a waste of time to chat to fellow Celtic supporters, whether they agree or disagree.



    Can be frustrating at times, but I waste my time in much worse ways than this!



    How you doin’, anyway?

  13. Art of War


    12:27 on


    25 August, 2014





    Too early in the season, too important a game, not to be match fit and schooled in teamwork.



    Later in the season I can buy resting players mate, not now.

  14. Respond, disagree, do what you like.



    However, repeating the same thing ad nauseam for the third day in a row has become tiresome.



    Carry on, as is your right.

  15. eternaloptimist on




    If you have an iPad or iPhone download VPN express, I travel all over for work and for a few pounds every few months this has been a godsend (you can watch TV blocked in the uk while in the uk as well and American Netflix)

  16. Ziggydoc



    There is an extension for chrome called Hola Unblocker.



    It makes you look like you are in uk, usa etc.



    I use it to get the american version of netflix.



    Real simple to work, and works well.



    This should do the job for ya.

  17. Bawsman, having spoken to those who do the tests at Lennoxtown, glycerol levels return to 100% if a player has one game per week but never reaches that if he has two games per week. In short, if you want a player to to operate with 100% energy levels, he needs more than three or four days to recover from 90 minutes play.



    This is a well-documented phenomenon. Getting players fit but not tired involves controlled training and rest.

  18. lymmbhoy



    12:26 on 25 August, 2014





    You still in Oz?



    If so it’s live on SBS1 & SBS HD which is on free to air TV







    Yes. In Melbourne and heading to Sydney on Wednesday.



    I just checked the hotel channels and it has SBS1. Brilliant !!



    I don’t think the missus will appreciate a 4:45 alarm call though :)



    Thanks a lot.

  19. Go tell the Spartim on

    Im at a loss as to why we got Tonev on loan so soon if he isnt fit to participate, its not like he got injured in training, as he hasnt done any.



    Another bewildering occurence in the merrygoround that is Celtic’s transfer dealings.

  20. Paul67


    An excellent piece of information. Those who accept factual information will have been educated ( always a good thing) and those who are simply interested in arguing for the sake of it will dismiss your `fact` as meaningless. Life, eh?




  21. Good morning Paul.


    Why do they allow tennis players to play sometimes 3-4-5 hour matches in successive days then?


    If you are fit enough you can recover a lot quicker.


    Roberto Induran’s powers of recovery are legend, mainly due to outstanding CORE fitness.


    The more football I played, the fitter I got, the more football I wanted/could play.

  22. Programme on BBC Radio Scotland due to start at 1332 entitled “Helping Maxine decide”.



    It’s about the independence referendum.



    Maxine is Mrs Tallybhoy.




  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Interesting from VIDEO CELTS….




    HMRC set the record straight


    Date: 23rd August 2014 at 10:11 am


    Written by: Joe McHugh | Comments (13)


    A letter from an HMRC official has spelled out the realities of the liquidation of Rangers and the on-going big tax case.



    While the SFA, BBC and others attempt to whitewash the shameful final years of the old club allowing the easily led to latch onto a grand conspiracy theory the reality is somewhat different.



    Rangers (IL) owed HMRC around £6m from the Discount Option Scheme, initiated by Campbell Ogilvie, when they were sold to Craig Whyte for £1 and given an SFA licence to compete in the 2011/12 Champions League qualifiers.



    While owning HMRC that money the club signed Lee Wallace, Juan Ortiz, Gorin Doian and others in an attempt to beat Malmo to reach the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. New contracts were given to Allan McGregor, Steve Davis and Steven Whittaker.



    For whatever reason Rangers decided not to pay National Insurance and Income Tax during the 2011/12 year. For reasons unknown Her Majesties Revenue and Custom Service allowed this to continue for several months before applying to bring in their own administrators but the club succeeded in appointing Duff & Phelps ten months into the tax year.



    Separate to that HMRC are patiently going through the local stages of the appeal process before the big tax case gets out of Scotland to be heard at the House of Lords, they know that a verdict in their favour will never be delivered within 100 miles of the Edinburgh establishment that propped up the massive debts of the Murray Group with Rangers the flagship organisation.



    Amid the spin that has allowed Ally McCoist, Dave Murray and others to criticise HMRC without any sort of balance, or base in reality, fans of the Ibrox club have been led to believe that their club has been the victim of a witch hunt.



    Various blogs and messageboards have fueled the delusions of supporters who looked for sugar daddies as their club imploded prompting different campaigns including letters and emails to politicians about the great crime committed against their club.



    Setting the record straight, from the relative safety and sanity of Nottingham, one official of HMRC has delivered some home truths to the deluded.



    Signing off a letter the official states: “I think it would also be helpful to clarify that the recent tax case is categorically not the reason why the club was put into liquidation.



    “It is a matter of public record that Rangers was placed in administration by its principal shareholder and director because it was unable to pay its creditors, including HMRC. At the time of liquidation, published court papers showed that the undisputed tax that was owed by the company was approximately £21 million.



    “This is an entirely separate issue from the amount in dispute due to the former owner of the club’s use of the EBT scheme.



    “You mentioned concerns that confidential information was leaked about the case. These matters were investigated by the Police Service of Scotland in conjunction with HMRC and the Police Force West of Scotland. No evidence was found that there was any leak of information from HMRC.”



    Earlier on the official had explained why their persistence wasn’t part of some grand conspiracy against the club that went into liquidation two years ago.



    The letter stated: “We are committed to tacking tax avoidance wherever we see it, investigating and closing down schemes that we believe do not work. Tax avoidance is about bending the tax rules to gain an advantage never intended by Parliament.



    “Avoidance often involves contrived, artificial transactions that serve little or no purpose other than to reduce the amount of tax someone pays. Those who use avoidance schemes put additional burdens on the vast majority who pay the right amount of tax. We have been consistent in our approach to dealing with EBT schemes, and have not singled out Rangers.



    “If avoidance scheme users refuse to accept our position that their scheme does not work and take the case to litigation, we will continue to challenge them. We are very successful in tackling avoidance cases litigated by taxpayers, winning around 80% of cases in the tribunal and courts. In 2013-14 alone our 30 wins protected around £2.7 billion of tax.”



    One letter is unlikely to change the mindset of those that promote the idea of a witch hunt, a grand conspiracy while they soak up stories about a ‘liquidation crisis’ and tales of relegation/demotion to sooth their pain.



    With the new club following the same path as the old club, without the backing of the old Edinburgh financial network it seems highly unlikely that the sympathy shown by the government authorities to Rangers will be repeated for Sevco as they race towards oblivion.



    Turning a blind eye to a phoenix Sevco club won’t be an option.



    According to the BBC Alex McLeish, Barry Ferguson, Graeme Souness, Stefan Klos, Alex Rae, Neil McCann, Andrew Dickson (Sevco’s head of football administration), Billy Dodds, Campbell Ogilvie, Dick Advocaat, Fernando Ricksen, George Adams, John Greig, John McClelland, Kris Boyd, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Novo, Paul le Guen, Martin Bain, Ronald de Boer, Steven Smith, Steve Davis and others all benefited from EBT’s.

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