Maribor, St Johnstone and resolving Murrayfield


Did you watch the European Super Cup from Cardiff last night?  Europa League champions Sevilla lost out to Real Madrid but the team from Andalucía got there after beating Maribor 4-3 on aggregate.  The Slovenian’s narrow defeat deserves some context: Sevilla also eliminated Real Betis, Porto, Valencia and Benfica.

Make no mistake, we’re up against a decent European team.  More on them later in the week.

Tonight it’s St Johnstone, who, like Celtic, have sharpened their wits with European football in recent weeks, and well as enjoying an opening day win in Dingwall at the weekend.  They have lost their talisman, Stevie May, which is a pity, as I would like to see the Celtic defence stretched as much as possible this week, but they will be as ready as any domestic opponent we could face at the moment.

Ronny Deila has two short games to sort out game plan, shape, partnerships and team spirit, before travelling to Slovenia.  It doesn’t need to be right for tonight, but signs of considerable progress on the Murrayfield debacle is needed.

The Kano Foundation are one of the greatest initiatives from any group of football fans I’ve heard about.  They bring the Celtic experience to childrens’ charities and groups, truly phenomenal work.  The Foundation was founded in the wake of the Bring Martin Home campaign, which brought our very own Kano home from life in a hospital bed.

You’ll see the volunteers outside Celtic Park before kick-off on Saturday with buckets, so make sure you bring something for them.

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  1. Just Another Tim on

    Want to show Ronny Deila how it should be done? Think your better than Stein? Do you have the luck of Celtic or the administration talents of Legia? Then here is the invite code to the CQN Championship Fantasy Football League, we are now approaching 130 teams entered.






    You only have 3 days left to register your team & join the league.





    As an added incentive I’ve decided to offer some prizes for the top 3 come the end of the season. The winners will each receive items of their choosing from the Official Celtic Webstore to the tune of



    1st £100


    2nd £75


    3rd £50



    Or alternatively, winners can choose to donate any winnings to a Celtic charity of their choice.



    Also if by some miracle I end up in the top 3, the winnings will be passed onto the next placed team.




  2. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Sooner or later the football authorities in Europe will have to address the super rich clubs in Europe it might be they should have there own Tournement and the lesser clubs in terms of finance should have there own.There are probably at guess only maybe 10 or so clubs who can win the CL the remainder are only making up the numbers and when there fans get bored and start to stay away something will have to be done.I also think it can only be a matter of time before some clubs start to go bust trying to keep up with transfer fees and wages becoming silly currently they exist in a bubble but that bubble can burst. H.H.





    I’m reliably informed that a certain Mr McGinley of this parish is very competitive on repairs and MOTs.

  4. bhoylo83



    12:51 on 13 August, 2014



    That’ll be a big fat NO then lol


    I’m out can’t be arsed with the negativity HH

  5. Sannabhoy and 2000 kids say Hail Hail to Pablo’s family



    22:12 on 8 August, 2014



    The Kano Foundation Bucket Collection 2014



    Folks as you may remember , we set out an ambition/hope to try to minimise the amount we imposed on the fans while maximising the return . For that reason , we try to only reach out with the begging bowl a couple of times a year – well next Sunday is one of those times .



    For the 2nd year in a row , we’ve obtained the collecting licence for the environs around Celtic Park for the flag raising day . As a result , we need to ask for help for volunteers to help with the collection on Saturday 16/8.



    Because of the early kick-off, we need to ask for volunteers/helpers from 10:00 am .. If you can help ,either with the collection or with the counting afterwards [after the game obv ], please drop a line to including your name , address , dob and whether you can do before the game or help with the count afterwards.



    As an added incentive , you’ll get a kano t-shirt and free entry into the Kano Karaoke we are holding in Arena from 7pm after the game.



    Anyone else is welcome to attend (5gbp entry fee).



    For anyone attending the game , please bring along your loose change – we averaged 10p per fan last year – a repeat of that would be great .



    Hail Hail




  6. Above post for Eurochamps67 and anyone who can manage to help weans get the chance to see the Hoops they may not have got..

  7. Talk on deid team sites of Lee Wallace and a bid accepted from Brighton


    for 600,000 to 800,000.



    Doubt he would come directly but what about Winter or next summer when he is home sick.



    If he plays for Brighton would 3 teams in a season rule out Winter ?





    Hopefully see you in October.







  9. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Malone bhoy



    We have produced Forrest, Henderson, McGregor, Fisher and Marcus Fraser who have all done well. We need to slot them into the team more thoughtfully in order to help them develop.



    Take last season for instance. We had the League won about seven games before the end of the season. This was an ideal, God given opportunity to play 5 or 6 youngsters for 45 minutes to an hour of each of the remaining games but what did Neil Lennon do? He chose to chase meaningless records in terms of points and goals. The League was already won. That decision of his as well as his team choice against Aberdeen in the cup game and his failure to shut up shop in Milan when it was 0-0 with 10 minutes to go exposed his limitations. There are opportunities for us to ensure that our young players are ready but we must choose the games wisely.

  10. Malone Bhoy


    i agree that Celtic should have a team in the lower scottish divisions, that would help our youngsters get more game time experience vs journeyman professionals



    I think some out of the box thinking is needed to aid our progress


    This is one of the steps


    perhaps a standing area would be another



    Right now we may be the best under 19s in the country, but the step from playing against other under 19s and then into the first team (perhaps even in a Euro tie) is too much



    Frankly if a team of under 19s cant win/ or compete well, in the 3rd or 4th tier in scotland then they probably dont have a future at Celtic. I know sevco are bumming about winning these titles, but we all know the standard they won against was part time and youth teams, almost junior level. If our under 19s are the best in the country then we should be able to put on a show. (no promotion however, so that the current smaller sides are not handicapped either)



    When Clydebank went out of existence, I suggested that they should have been the team we took over, near to Glasgow and full of jungle jims too.


    More recently we should have bought the assets of the deid co and gave our youth team a chance, (changed the deidco strips to green, white and gold of course!)

  11. mullet and co 2 on

    The EPL is only one league. I haven’t looked at the stats but I would imagine its the highest spending on transfer fees in Europe. Maybe has been for a few years. Even though the EPL sides buy talent in abundance it doesn’t guarantee them European success. How many times has an EPL side win the European Cup in the last 10 years and out of those 10 has there been any comparison with the highest spending league?


    I don’t think we should take any cognisance of the EPL at all other than to take our players away at inflated cost.


    We should be comparing ourselves with other nations such as Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, Greece.


    What are their wages to turnover ratios, what are their wage caps and how successful are their teams?


    We will soon be saying how come Maribor can beat us with less resources. It won’t be because the EPL pay more.


    Maybe there’s a correlation between poor returns on investment in British football though. Why would that be?

  12. Jeg er Delia Smith on

    For the record, what Ronny said about Denayer is this:



    “He is going to be worth a lot of money,” said Deila. “He is worth a lot of money now. Is he a player worth £6m or £7m right now? I’d say he’s worth more, £10m”



    It’s a bold statement – it says Man C really rate this guy as a prospect, and we agree. Good! I am glad we have brought in a guy who is so highly rated. He’s out of our price range but he is here to improve our squad for the season Also good!

  13. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on




    Pawlett. Thanks for that. I’m getting a lot of senior moments these days:-))

  14. jc2


    Zombies will be going into top rage mode (again) at Wallace price.



    “Start at £4m and we will maybe talk” was one of the deluded quotes I saw .

  15. if we get beat by fc Marlboro


    Over 2 legs


    Ronnie should get his p45


    the players are good enough


    I thought his tactics against legia


    Were to blame in both games


    This manager needs to play the tactics that suit his squad


    Just as wee Gordon


    That. Suit the

  16. Joe Fillipi


    i tend to agree with you about the superteams (financially anyway)



    I do have a fear that these superteams, basically the usual CL last 8 teams may have a breakaway league and get an even better TV deal for them selves while the likes of us and others like us will be left trailing in their wake in some sort of second class structure, as the rich become richer.



    The debts that the likes of Real Madrid carry will soon demand that they break away from their current structure and play against the likes of Chelsea, Bayern Man Utd etc on a weekly basis. I have concerns about where we will be when this day comes

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Well, that’s me all set up for the new season……whoopy-doo ….!!!!

  18. Glasgow City Center. Evening Times Billboard Headline



    ” Zombies “loose in the city” ”



    Good that our local paper is up to date with the news.

  19. mullet and co 2 on

    Shane Long is worth £12m if McCormick is worth £11m. A coke is worth £1.50 in London City centre but not in Paisley.


    Cheaper alternatives to coke are available as Celtic know well. It’s just that Celtic like to try out a wide variety of outlets and brands… Even brands that have holes in the can or no one else wants or or really young brands that haven’t matured yet.

  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    13:13 on 13 August, 2014



    Surely not ? …. They’re not THAT stupid, are they……rhetirical question ….hahahahahahaha

  21. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    mullet and co 2



    13:18 on 13 August, 2014



    There’s a hole in your can ….. :)

  22. Jeg er @ 13.11



    I made the same point yesterday. The absurdity of the EPL means a £10m player will need game time. It would not surprise me to see some of these guys with us for a couple of seasons as their own first team pack in 20/30m replacements.



    We’ve gotta be cute and this will be the norm. Looking forward to seeing him. Watched the video and he looked super and an athlete too. Just what the slackers in our squad need to see.



    The times are a changing csc

  23. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Tamrabam. For me I would love to see us in a European set up where all the clubs entering would half some chance of winning it. I dont mind if we dont play the super rich clubs but perhaps it could be a league structure so you could be promoted to the top super league and there could be relegation as well.The current CL our qualifying is really about money and not football.I dont like watching us being uncompetitive but as we leave the ground saying ah well remember we have earned 20 Million.

  24. mullet and co 2 on

    If Denayer is worth over 5 in our managers eyes he will start. I’m glad of that. Might be Efe off though.


    Narrow defeat tonight.


    I’m starting to be a bit more hopeful in a Hail Mary sort of way that this debacle will work itself out.

  25. Wee scenario-



    Legia appeal is thrown out and we progress thro to CL and are drawn against Man City


    Will our loan player be allowed to play?



  26. Who did I spot boarding the London bound Heathrow Express this morning? The chuckle brothers; both Easdales. Thing is, they popped into First Class, £52 return versus £34 for a standard ticket for a 15 minute journey. Good job Sevco can afford the expenses.

  27. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon ….The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors –



    Just to let you know that the pressure’s now all on you as I followed your late night (22:56) recommendation and have just purchased the Sony 40″ Smart TV. Race against time to get it set up after work prior to kick off. But I love a challenge!



    Back to lurkin’…

  28. Old song but new words for new season to be sung back and furit between JS and GB



    Celtic – Celtic


    Celtic – Celtic


    Peter Perfect’s Greenback Bhoys – Peter Perfect’s Greenback Bhoys


    Peter Perfect’s Greenback Bhoys – Peter Perfect’s Greenback Bhoys


    Glasgow’s Moneyballs – Glasgow’s Moneyballs


    Glasgow’s Moneyballs – Glasgow’s Moneyballs



    At this juncture the directors box will stand and as direct by Peter Perfect raise their right hand to their noses place the tip of their thumb on their noses, open their fingers and wiggle while chanting












    MWD says AYE

  29. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    mullet and co 2. Fella change takes time and Rony and JC want players who are fit who work hard and play there system which is no bad thing.Of course change is not always smooth there will bumps along the way but with patience I am sure we will get there. H.H.

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