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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. Does anyone know when the current shirt sponsorship deal expires? Surely we can’t have another joint deal with THEM? Surely. Surely?

  2. Ceaser67 said:

     

    Phil

     

    That reminds me its the wives birthday on Sunday

     

     

    Hawd oan there mate.

     

     

    How many wives you got?

  3. Mort

     

     

    Although Forest has recently been deployed on the right, when he first broke into the team he operated on the left. This allowed him to cut in and shoot rather than getting to the bye line and crossing it in.

     

     

    I wonder if when Izzy returns Lenny might put wee James back on the left.

  4. saltires en sevilla on

    dirtymac says:

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:23

     

     

    not sure mate…6% is hefty amount

     

     

    I am going to lean towards -good news that someone is demonstrating a lot of faith in our club right now, when our dearest neighbours haven’t got the proverbial pot to pee..

     

     

    what is share price doing ..is this Green Friday?

     

     

    HH

     

     

    M

  5. Henriks Sombrero on

    I take it the rumours about today being admin day were once again wrong ?

     

     

    wontbelieveittillithappens csc.

  6. 79 caps, it was a 3 year deal with Tennents.

     

     

    Although if what I heard is true, it may not be seen through the full 3 years.

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  7. mickbhoy1888 says:

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:34

     

    ‘Maybe body mass has something to do with the fact that none of our players seem able to jump more than 6 inches off the ground when zonal marking’

     

     

     

    Either that or they haven’t grasped that it’s a three dimensional concept.

  8. Ceaser67 –

     

     

    I know I’m getting on a bit, but the most beautiful woman I ever saw was Elizabeth Taylor.

     

     

    Different class man.

  9. Tom McLaughlin says:

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:37

     

    ‘Ceaser67 –

     

     

    I know I’m getting on a bit, but the most beautiful woman I ever saw was Elizabeth Taylor.’

     

     

     

    Was she wearing her Celtic scarf at the time?

  10. saltires en sevilla,

     

     

    the share price has fallen somewhat over the last 3 weeks or so. approx 41.00 to 34.25ish

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  11. T Mc L

     

     

     

    She was a 2 timming bitch!! Or was it 3, 4, maybe 5??

     

     

    Pussy fro me all dat kong or night if i get enuff V pils.

  12. ernie lynch –

     

     

    No.

     

     

    She was playing Cleopatra.

     

     

    A young altar boy’s welcome to the world of jaw-dropping female beauty and unattainability.

  13. Re: Andre Blackman

     

     

    The guy couldn’t get a game with AFC Wimbledon in the third division of English football. Bristol City dumped him just three months into a two year contract.

     

     

    He hasn’t played competitive football for over a year.

     

     

    Everything about his career suggests a man with serious personal/attitudinal/mental problems who is on an irreversible downward spiral and will probably be working at the Carphone Warehouse before he’s 25.

     

     

    Furthermore, he would be a gift for the laptop loyal. His “bad boy” antics will gain considerably more media attention at Celtic than they did when he was at lower league English clubs.

     

     

    Please don’t sign this guy Neil. If you must, rent “My Dinner With Andre” instead. (thumbsup)

  14. Have we worked out the tune at the bottom of the article?

     

     

    I’m guessing it’s the Celtic song, but reading it more like the theme from Dallas.

     

     

    Or maybe Ding Dong the witch is dead. Is it a clue to imminent administration, or Thatcher’s death?

  15. saltires en sevilla on

    The Token Tim

     

     

    thanks..now looking at recent director activity:

     

     

    Brian Duffy is steadily increasing his interest (ex LSE.CO.UK):

     

     

    —-

     

     

    Trade Date Action Notifier Price Currency Amount Holding

     

    29-Sep-11 Buy Brian Duffy held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Duffy 40 GBX 50,779 229694

     

    23-Sep-11 Buy Brian Duffy held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Duffy 37.9 GBX 16,165 178915

     

    31-Aug-11 Scrip Dividend Eric Riley held the position of Finance Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Eric Riley 0 403 77328

     

    18-Aug-11 Buy Brian Duffy held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Duffy 42 GBX 5,000 162750

     

    15-Aug-11 Buy Brian Duffy held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Duffy 42 GBX 50,000 157750

     

    12-Nov-10 Buy Brian Duffy held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Duffy 46.5 GBX 107,000 107750

     

    3-Sep-10 Buy Dividends Eric Riley held the position of Finance Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Eric Riley 0 356 0

     

    23-Oct-08 Buy Brian McBride held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian McBride 39.9 GBX 5,000 7187

     

    31-Dec-07 Buy Thomas E Allison held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Thomas E Allison 64 GBX 1,600,000 3357505

     

    16-Nov-07 Buy Thomas E Allison held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Thomas E Allison 60 GBX 1,252,505 3357505

     

    28-Jun-07 Buy Thomas E Allison held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Thomas E Allison 57.35 GBX 50,000 3357505

     

    14-May-07 Buy Brian Quinn held the position of Chairman at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Quinn 58.75 GBX 33,745 109862

     

    20-Apr-07 Buy Thomas E Allison held the position of Non-Executive Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Thomas E Allison 57 GBX 125,000 3357505

     

    31-Aug-06 Scrip Dividend Eric Riley held the position of Finance Director at Celtic at the time of this trade. Eric Riley 0 2,180 74547

     

    31-Aug-06 Scrip Dividend Brian Quinn held the position of Chairman at Celtic at the time of this trade. Brian Quinn 0 333 109862

     

     

    Registered members see more Celtic directors deals!

     

    Sign up here.

     

     

     

    maybe nothing in it

     

     

    HH

     

     

    M

  16. BlantyreKev says:

     

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:47

     

     

     

    Would have thought the Celtic song would be more like a

     

    Deedledee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee deedledee.

  17. philvisreturns says:

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:45

     

     

    He was a bit of an enigma with Wimbledon (then in the Conference/Blue Sqr Premier/whatever) – easily pulled out of position but other than that certainly capable of playing at a much higher level. A tad headstrong and perhaps disruptive in a small club environment (which he apparently felt was below him).

     

     

    This could be his last chance at a big club. Hopefully a sobering thought for a 21 year old.

  18. Remember

     

     

    They seem to have hijacked me for their ways,

     

    Please think back, remember my better days,

     

    The futility of war now forgotten and ignored,

     

    As the showbiz hype has now come aboard.

     

     

    The politicians they took away my word of peace,

     

    With the public now, they just want to fleece,

     

    Now they use me to support current war,

     

    Seems they have they forgotten what I am for?

     

     

    For celebrating heroes was never the cause,

     

    The stark futility of war with no applause,

     

    My sentiment was always never again,

     

    So you would remember, the death of men,

     

     

     

    I am Poppy

  19. With a Four Leaf Clover on my breast and the Green & White… De, de-de de de, de, de-de, de de, de de…

     

     

    It’s A Grand Old Team to play for..De, de-de de de, de, de-de, de de, de de…

     

     

    Paul67

     

     

    Which is it? :)

  20. philvisreturns says:

     

    11 November, 2011 at 13:52

     

     

    That reminds me,whatever happened to George Peat?

  21. De, de-de de de, de, de-de, de de, de de..

     

     

    It was far across the sea, when the devil caught a hold of me, he wouldn’t set me free……..

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