Midfield fight, CSA article and Football Memories


I had a look at the story on the official site this morning about a compilation CD with various versions of the Celtic Song being released.  After the initial pleasure of seeing Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown on their feet unaided, what struck me most was the apparent body mass of the two players we would normally consider our midfield enforcers, Scott and Beram Kayal.

Against Paddy McCourt, Joe Ledley and Emilio, not to mention men of considerable bulk, like Charlie Mulgrew, they are comparatively svelte and diminutive.  The central midfield role is about mobility and football-intelligence more than anything else.  How you use your weight against an opponent is as important as having the weight to begin with, but when the margins between winning and not winning are so tight, getting the physical balance right is important.

I don’t think I’ve been happy with a Celtic 4-4-2 line-up for years but playing Scott, Beram and a couple of wingers across midfield feels like an invitation for more limited opponents to bully this area, something the Highlanders did very effectively the last time we visited Inverness.

After mentioning tomorrow’s Fans Against Criminalisation meeting in yesterday’s blog I read Joe O’Rourke’s item on the Supporters’ Association site on the same subject with a mixture of horror and foreboding.  The First Minister would be well advised to quickly reign-in whatever loose cannons he has roaming the corridors of power.  Well done to Joe for bringing this to the attention of a wider audience.

The guys from the Alzheimer’s charity, FootballMemories,org.uk asked me to bring their site to your attention.  They work with Alzheimer patients, using the universal platform football provides us all, to engage and invoke recollections.  The site has lots of great Celtic stories, take a look and add your own.

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  1. googybhoy says:


    11 November, 2011 at 12:53



    Five years and another Elder Scrolls too late, but Bethesda’s Oblivion would have been apt :-)

  2. Paul67



    Wanyama for me in there, every time now. If Scott Brown is reluctant to sign a contract then he can go in January. Never lived up to the billing in a Celtic jersey.



    I have heard Zenden was fantastic in the closed doors game and rarely looked troubled. Good Business? HH

  3. Mort says:


    11 November, 2011 at 12:02



    hamiltontim says:


    11 November, 2011 at 12:03






    But they would also lose the hun pound of at least two home games against them, and the TV money would be reduced.



    If the newco huns stay in the SPL they get that money plus a chance of European money.

  4. Why has Nick Train bought a 6% stake in Celtic football club?



    by Sarah Miloudi on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:57



    On the pitch Celtic Football Club has an illustrious history but off the field it has had its fair share of problems.



    The Glasgow-based club has 42 league championship titles to its name, alongside 35 Scottish Cup victories and has also lifted the European Cup.



    However, off the field, the fortunes of Celtic Plc couldn’t be more different.



    Over the 12 months to the end of June the popular Glasgow side posted a £9.2 million slide in revenue.



    Although the financial fortunes of football clubs often swing in time with their squad’s performance, during the season Neil Lennon’s team added to its haul of silverware with both league and cup wins.



    However Nick Train, the respected founder of Lindsell Train and manager of the Finsbury Growth Trust, believes that the club can considerably add to its value if it is eventually sold, making it worth of a 6% position spread across his client and trust holdings.



    ‘The stock market value of Celtic is about £35 million. If you look at any football club that has changed hands over the last two years, all have changed hands at a value way more than £30 million,’ Train explained. ‘We think that one day, given the history, the passionate support, Celtic will be worth more than £30 million to £40 million.’



    Moreover, the football club’s franchise is one that is known around the globe, thanks largely to the strong ancestral ties between Scotland and America and expats staying in touch with their sporting roots via club channel, Celtic TV.



    Train told Wealth Manager that sports rights are particularly lucrative. ‘ When you look at the media industry what’s most valuable is the thing that brings a large number of people together at the same time, therefore sports is extremely valuable to broadcasters.’ Train said.



    Hail Hail

  5. ernie lynch at 13:05



    Oh aye, forgot about that as those benefits will probably be more worthwhile to some than to us.




  6. saltires en sevilla on

    Awe Naw..



    I would be as interested in discovering why someone has divested 6% of Celts..







  7. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:05


    ” If you look at any football club that has changed hands over the last two years, all have changed hands at a value way more than £30 million,’ Train explained. ”



    Really? Last time I looked £1 wasn’t way more than £30 miliion.

  8. £30-40M?



    This to me is another example of how the huns and the SP Hell are ruining us. Not just the cheated CL revenue and the steadier revenue that success on a level playing field would have brought – but being stuck in this joke of a league is at worst devalueing the Club at a frightening rate, at best, contributing to our under-achievement.



    It’s not investment while stuck in the SP Hell we need, we just need out asap.



    DD should not be giving up on this – it needs out of the box thinking.

  9. corrib04 is Neil Lennon on

    Just want to say Good luck to the Republic tonight. I dearly wish it was Scotland in the play-offs. Is it really 21 years since we qualified for a major tourney. I grew up watching them from Germany 74 and then it all just vanished.


    Ho-hum, though supporting Ireland is the next best thing. Pity Stokesy wasnt called up, oh well.

  10. Swiss Tony –



    I know what you mean. CQN is awash with people posting other people’s articles without acknowledgment, leaving Paul67 open to litigation.



    YouTube videos included secret squirrel.

  11. saltires en sevilla on

    Tom McLaughlin says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:12


    saltires en sevilla –



    Why do you say ‘divested’ rather than ‘invested’?





    based on the notion that for someone to invest 6% ..someone, or a group, has been prepared to sell around 6%







  12. ASonOfDan says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:03



    Agree, Scott Brown can go in January, a position we’re well covered in with Kayal, Ki, Ledley & Wanyama. His wages could be used on either an experienced centre half or a target man/goalscoring striker.

  13. saltires en sevilla on

    aw naw..



    Aye saw that….surely he didn’t act on the ‘double’ assumption?







  14. I thought the whole cognitive dissonance angle was hard enough to bear but with Mobanguravember in full cry and DBBIA no doubt sporting a Dermot Demond-esque top lip already we now have to consider the effect of Cultural Cognition. Any change in the way people treat you big guy? I have to tell you I’m getting lots of admiring looks with my magnificent effort this month. The barber says it is, and I quote, “a quality beard”.






    To put it in layman’s terms it’s immediately conceived perceptions of people by the way they look. Basically if you are in the pub and a CQNer with facial hair and open necked shirt tells you that he has a spare ticket for the Cup final would you take that one, or the one offered to you earlier by the clean shaven, sharply dressed CQNer?



    Cultural Cognition people, it lives in us all. You can’t tell me that anyone wearing a huns top isn’t immediately downgraded as a potential friend or even conversant by your conscious or subconscious, can you? Or is that bigotry?

  15. My auld man has been rabbling on for weeks now that DD was not the major investor in Celtic, I thought he was finally losing it, perhaps he had a point after all if there has been financial moves going on at Celtic.



    Is Christine Grahame the same one who adnmitted the current law meant more rangers fans being arrested than Celtic and that is why the bill was being introduced.

  16. corrib04 is Neil Lennon says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:15



    13 years, France 1998 World Cup.


    In saying that we won’t qualify for Brazil so our next chance will be France again in 2016 where there will be an increase in teams from 16 to 24.

  17. saltires en sevilla –



    Thanks for the response.



    Well said, and duly noted.




  18. ASonOfDan says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:18






    Her rationale goes:


    there are more law-breakers being arrested than law-abiding citizens, lets change the laws to allow more law-abiding citizens to be arrested.

  19. dirtymac – there are more law-breakers being arrested than law-abiding citizens, lets change the laws to allow more law-abiding citizens to be arrested.



    That didn’t work out too well when they arrested Gerry Butler. (thumbsup)

  20. saltires



    certainly not asking the laptop for any gen but an interesting article when you consider how much the huns would love a cash injection but cant get one. This story must help to shut up the prophet of doom Old Firm disciples.



    Hail Hail

  21. saltires en sevilla says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:16



    The club itself has a limited amount of shares that can be sold without a full issue, would it not?




  22. Absolutely shocking if SNP push this p*sh through. Someone from Celtic should attend tomorrow in an official capacity.

  23. ASonOfDan says:


    11 November, 2011 at 13:03



    Been hearing Zendan and Blackman are set to sign in the coming days.



    I wonder if Brown is for the chop as it wouldn’t make sense any other way.





    /Bishop B

  24. saltires en sevilla on




    No probs mate..6% is a big chunk to buy and would usually see that as +ve



    in current climate tho’ – wondering who is punting such a big chunk of Celts ..



    Aw Naw already asked the next key q’



    why now?







  25. Len Brennan at 13:26



    Is Blackman not a defender, left back I think? Zenden plays more on the left so Commons would be most at risk from his arrival.



    I think Scott Brown plays best on the right but he will have a fight on his hands to regain that spot from young James.




  26. Len Brennan



    Hope its Honor Blackman. Tasty tasty tasty wuman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmxxxxxxxxx

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