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. The Honest Cover-up on

    Moonbeams WD. \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. C’mon the hoops. says:


    12 November, 2011 at 10:44



    I think the only time they could be considered sectarian is the extremist splinter groups who recently targeted the Catholic policeman. He was targeted on the basis of his religion and so the killing could be described as sectarian. Absurd that Celtic fans continue to sing these songs.

  2. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    I have to laugh,Scotland is just so uncivilized,its ridiculous.



    Petty,backward politics that plays to a gallery of bigots in a country riddled with anti catholic and Irish sentiment.



    The fine figure of that big cup in Paradise is testament to all we stand for.

  3. WDH



    He is. I’m meeting him O’Neills at 1 o’clock ish.



    Only problem is that he sent me an e-mail saying that it was handy for the station. So I don’t know what one he is talking about. I’m assuming the Merchant City and the station is the High Street. But who knows, it might be Sauchiehall street (by the way a Sauchiehall means ‘willow glen’ and that is why we got the ‘willow tea rooms)I may have to wander around the city.



    I think I’ll be falling over again.



    Hail Hail



    Estadio (whose just had a bit of a peanut for breakfast)

  4. BobbyM



    Looking forward to the game as well, the bars will be mobbed here, there will be a few brits around as well, always good to see them suffer a humiliating defeat.


    Ireland”s no that far away :>)





    Sudden mental image of a fella holding a laptop to his ear,and shouting into it!




  6. BlantyreKev says:


    12 November, 2011 at 10:51


    “When was this complaint made? Was it before or after The Celtic Trust exposed the Match Commander as anti Celtic. He is refusing to resign. Is this a last hurrah?”



    I must have missed this. I would be grateful if you would expand on this or provide a link.


    Please and thanks.

  7. Vmhan



    I thought that many in 111 were still singing ‘up the Ra’ and that’s why the flags were being moved to the front of the section during Celtic Symphony, to make it more difficult for plod to identify those singing it?

  8. Estadio



    Merchant city..



    oldtim will be there abut 12.30, I’m hoping to be there for about 12.45..

  9. fergus slayed the blues on

    bournesouprecipe says:


    12 November, 2011 at 10:58



    I take it the tax case has not reached the Indian media yet ,that should endear CW to the BNP supporters in the home crowd .


    hail hail

  10. WDH



    finishes 757….



    Bobby Murdochs



    The irish accent doesn’t come over well in type either….. o))

  11. BT



    If you move elsewhere can you give me a bell, I’m hoping to come in for a bit after the FAC meeting?

  12. Lennon ….



    Tosh my friend.



    In Sharkeys yesterday everyone was supporting Scotland in the game against Cyprus and then cheering for Ireland against Estonia.



    I know that doesn’t fit the stereotype peddled on here, but it is the real world. Scotland is a marvellous country, populated by marvellous welcoming people in the main. It has its faults just like every other country on earth.



    The views propagated and encouraged on here reek anti-Scottish racism by many who know the square root of an imaginary number about reality, and those who push their fetid ‘hate’ of all things Scottish, obviously didn’t take advantage of their superior genetic inheritance and education when they failed to appreciate the meaning of ‘irony’.



    Hail hail




  13. BT



    Cheers buddy. Was going to drive in but the missus has just said she’ll take me in. Happy days :))

  14. Ten Men Won The League on




    ‘Scotland is a marvellous country’



    How could you possibly know that, seeing as you are in Sharkeys 7 days a week? ;)

  15. BT






    Just a wee comment on O’Neills.



    St Patrick’s Night after a game against Rangers, we were told to take our scarves off as they might offend the clientèle.



    If Kit wasn’t there I wouldn’t cross their threshold. And their Guinness pie is rotten!



    Hail hail




  16. Ten men



    I went to the Brazen once! :-) (By the way the word ‘Marvellous’ cannot appear in any sentence including Airdrie)



    hail hail




  17. This is only the beginning…. Not by Lenny


    But by the very people who have been brought up to hate and despise us


    This could get very very ugly

  18. Scotland is a wonderfull country, and by and large the Scottish people are wonderfull people, but there can be no denying that the people who govern and police the country are sectarian.

  19. Vmhan♣ who Supports Neil Lennon says:



    12 November, 2011 at 10:51




    Have looked and your club is nearest to the shamrock.



    Hail Hail



  20. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on




    Pal,I stand by what I say,my love for Scotland,especially its national team only reduced in the last three years with everything that’s gone on relating to Celtic and its fans.



    I make no apology for having my eyes opened to what Scotland is all about.



    You may be very eloquent on the blog half drunk most of the time but don’t paint me as some uneducated ned who dislikes Scotland for no reason,as somebody who has lived in England taking dogs about the national team for years I know fine well what it is to support them through the worst of times.



    The football aside,that which is going on with the government as regards the Celtic support is disgraceful petty politics.

  21. Well bhoys what can I say. Popped into the St Enoch Centre to put this wee post of thanks on.


    Thank you all for the magic turnout las night, it was a real pleasure to meet you all and put faces to the names.


    I derive a great deal of pleasure from this site (Thank-you Paul) and can only say what a fine bunch of human beings you are.


    This site is an important link to me in all things Celtic but I also feel blessed to have made so many friends and value and respect this gift.


    I had to ring the Guinness out my socks this morning and was also aware that I was intoxicating the pretty young lady who carried out the check-up on my eyes this morning. Mrs G is flying over this afternoon and I am picking her up at the airport later.


    What a fine bunch of guys you are – thanks again.

  22. TET



    The people who govern were elected by the people including me and thousands of other Celtic Supporters. We believe in a future that rewards the struggles of the past, we believe in the principle of ‘reaping our own harvest and ringing our own till’. We have clowns who for their own selfish purposes cling to the coattails of that principle. They cannot hang on forever.



    I wouldn’t want my next door neighbour telling me how to raise my family and I wouldn’t allow them to cross my lintel and insult me and my kin.



    I am of Irish stock, a republican and a socialist by nature and upbringing. When Ireland starved my forebears to the point of extinction we were given a home, work and life in Scotland. Good times, bad times, sectarianism, hatred? Yes we went through all of those but we the point is we came through and we did it because of our own strength allied to the essential humanity and love that exists in the heart of every man and woman in this country.



    Ireland treated us as pariahs as they piled the potatoes high at Dun Laoghaire and loaded them on to boats heading for the high tables in England.



    I am privileged to have been raised in the spirit of the gall oglach as part of the Gaeltachd. I take great comfort from the lessons that were taught me by men and women who knew the essential comradeship the is documented in the Annals of Connacht of the rejoicing when Robert Bruce crossed the waters to join with his brother Edward – the King of Ireland – in the common cause ‘to expel Gaill (the English) from Ireland’.



    Irony as I said and ‘If you know the history’ indeed.



    Right off to meet Kit




    Hail hail




  23. Patria O Muerte on

    been lurkin instead of bloggin but a got one of those heads on this mornin that maybe that ol’ beatnick Estadio would be familiar with….



    Comments??? probably not the best time of any day to place ’em but here goes.. my first 11….



    1. Philvis and his podiums??? wtf?????



    2. UEFA probe ??? Sinister very sinister though if we play our cards right this could bring an end to the whole house of orange resistance… over to you Celtic,UEFA,lawyers and historians worldwide…..



    3. Trialists? who started this nonsense??



    4. Spongebhoy, my thoughts are with you and in your time of need may you look no further than the beauty in front of you that is your children. a vision of a way forward is a vision, and abley supported by your closest and perhaps a blog with a big heart, better days are ahead.



    5. BRTH … Your posts these last few days have been even more special than before…. pleasure



    6. Scott Brown ???? who realy cares???



    7. Jimmy Johnstone



    7. Yeh, I know but I just like the number, Henke



    8 The Hat



    9. GB- Your stance on poppies dont look so shallow now… if it ever was, its being condemned from all angles and I was in Buchanan St yesterday and there was a stall selling poppy merchandise!!!!! I mean come on… Anyway to you GB bhoys…. Come on feel the noise!!!



    10. And my last ditty is for that ol’ beatnick poet Estadio…. And you do deserve the number 10, I hope one day to say i have met you in Shakeys…… Yeh I know, Sharkeys but when youve drank as much as I did last night its shakey this mornin…



    11. To P67 and all you world wide contributors out there….. Its a pleasure bein part of this gang…..Hail Hail



    Now, where did I leave my Rose wine……



    Hail Hail




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