Motherwell game encapsulated much of our season


After exploiting the inadequacies of Aberdeen and Newco with 10 men in consecutive league games, it was all a bit ineffective against 10-man Motherwell yesterday.  This game encapsulated so much of the football we watch: how to generate clear scoring chances against defences that stick to task and do not make mistakes.

The one gilt-edged chance we made was a late counterattack, when Motherwell had the audacity to try to win the game.  The script was written for Scott Sinclair, whose first touch was sublime, but his shot fell victim to a lunging defensive block.  The lesson, surely, when facing Celtic, is not to venture too far up the park.

Brendan should reflect on this when next we face tier-one Champions League opponents.  If Motherwell can stop Celtic, Celtic can do likewise to the PSGs of this world.  How to unlock a packed defence is another story.

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  1. D.D.


    You have shown, in my opinion, great bravery coming on the blog and giving a snapshot of your difficulties.


    Suicide is, sadly, something that has affected my family and is an experience I would wish on not one single family.


    I’m glad you failed and that your family are able to share their love with you.


    Hopefully one day we will meet up and talk Robert Nesta.


    Mick has my e. mail.


    Buffalo Soldier CSC.


    Hail Hail

  2. Secrets of the masons on BBC2 at 9 pm .



    Maybe we’ll find out why Griffiths never got a penalty when Clint Hill halved him .

  3. Delaneys Dunky on



    Thanks pal. My son Ryan who you knoe, telt me to get aff the skunk. What does he know I thòught. He is wiser than his da.

  4. Delaneys Dunky.



    You can recover from your illness, I had much the same problem,I’ve loved to drink heavily and it really was a big problem in the end, I spent A few months in A mental institution, not locked up, but it was a mental institution, For doing exactly what you tried, I overdosed on a mixture of a few Medicines, Luckily I took so many that my body couldn’t cope with the overdose,and made me very sick, but I’m still here and I don’t drink as much as I used to, in fact I won’t drink anything if I’m in the house on my own, and I have plenty of the Amber liquid in my home, but life is more important than anything, you can get over it, look at me,I still drink but only on a few occasions a year,Like when I meet a few CQNers in the BV on occasion.



    I nearly died 16-17 years ago and had the last rites in the Hospital, again I’m still here, I enjoy life every time I meet you lot in the BV, it keeps me going, and I’ve never thought about taking my life again, But I’ve had some serious health problems,over the years.



    When we were talking about going to Lisbon in 1967, my brother said I could come as long as I did not have a drink, I promised him that I’d abstain from drinking ,but when we got to Calais {spelling} I broke my promise I bought a 5 gallon bottle of wine and drank all the way to Lisbon, as none of the other drank I supped up on it.



    Garry,you’ll enjoy life to the full by being close to your Family, so get the depression out of your head, you can fight it, if I can do it, your much stronger than me. and you can do it too. Hail, Hail.



    Excuse the grammar and Spelling.

  5. OLDTIM67



    Glad you made it too!



    A 5 gallon bottle of wine?



    I don’t think I could lift it high enough to have a drink!



    Hope you are feeling better.

  6. mike in toronto on




    Seamus Larsson is doing well … and mercifully, sleeping through the nights now !



    However, as evidenced by his posts today, he does seem to have cracked the partental controls on the computer!



    I thought he was getting bigger until I ran into a friend with a Lenoberger puppy recently … 9 months and 80 lbs!



    And yesterday, on the news, there was a story about some Mastiff that is 9 months and 180 lbs! They expect it will grow to about 280 lbs!



    It could eat Seamus for breakfast!



    But, seriously … he is great!



    On that note .. DD … do yourself a favour …. get a puppy!




  7. Mike in Toronto, thanks for the update. I’ve written down his name now in my memory pad. Seamus Larsson.




    I had to post about what Garry is going through,It will be a hard fight but,he Has a family that will help him along the way.



    I was in tears when reading what he has said, that was why I wrote about my problems on this blog, just to give him heart that he will recover.

  9. For some including myself good mental health is a delicate thing. About 15 years ago severe stress brought on bouts of anxiety which quickly turned into depression. I am glad to say that they are now down to a few times a year. I know some of the triggers and can mostly avoid them.


    Anti depressants didn’t work for me but talking therapy helped a great deal and would recommend counselling to anyone suffering from this illness – that’s what it is an illness.



    My grandkids are the best therapy

  10. OLDTIM67



    I shed a tear too, then he had me laughing!



    He has a lot of friends on here, as have you!



    Take care !

  11. DD,



    matey,I won’t let your important contribution pass without comment from this Tim and bankie bhoy…….


    We can all take heart from your candour, be sure of the supports open to you and


    please take care!



    Keep on’ keepin’ on!




  12. 6 of the best pages of posts in many a month. CQN as a community (and a worldwide one at that) at it’s best.

  13. Only on the blog tonight for a while and reading through some of the posts it’s wonderful to see people are able to speak very openly and freely about mental health.


    It is so imortant that people feel safe and comfortable to speak about emotional health issues, as everything can be helped by talking.


    As a therapist I am biased but would strongly recommend CBT therapy to anybody who feels anxiety or depression in particular. There are a number of avenues to access CBT therapy and self help websites such as icbt.ie and albertellisinstitute.com would be a good place to start.


    Keep talking and stay safe


    Hail Hail



  14. Once again this evening, CQN demonstrates that it is so much more than just a football blog.


    DD, I’ve spent a few evenings in your company over the past couple of years and enjoyed every minute of it.


    I look forward to many more.


    As an expat who only manages to catch up with the CQN guys on rare occasions the welcome and friendship on offer is much appreciated and you DD have always been a gracious and welcoming freind.


    Catch up soon hopefully.

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Garry, I’m sitting here , not Charlie Nicholas style, so relieved you are still here for your family’s sake , most importantly.



    Your courage in revealing your health issues is amazing.



    God bless you and your family.



    You will always be someone i’m proud to know.

  16. Twists and Turns


    Regarding your info earlier on about Blackpool, it was St Stivs Uncle Dunky who was organising with VMHAN


    I also met you and your Bhoys before the doo, l was with BT and PF Ayr we had a few beers in our digs, then onto the bookies before going to the wee hut for the doo

  17. About to watch the Mason thing………..If there’s any secrets revealed I’ll eat my hat……


    rather I expect an entertaining peek at low level knuckle-dragging, knuckle-shufflers.

  18. Mahe the Madman on

    I was just sitting thinking this is clearly more than a blog and some other posters expressed it.


    Calibre, that’s what the good people on here have. In spades too.


    Hail Hail

  19. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Cqn at its best


    A community always available and open



    A few good men have posted from the heart today and this evening



    God bless and and all

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    At least I now know you got home ok on Saturday night

  21. Magnificentseven on

    DD, never say your life is a failure when you have brought your family into this world, even if you didn’t do one other thing in your life that would be enough.


    However, I am sure there are many other things throughout your life where you have brought joy to others or succeeded in something you were doing.


    Unfortunately my nephew succeeded where you failed in ending his life, it almost destroyed our family, please never think of this as a solution, it kills those who are left behind.



    We should have a chat.

  22. Theres a few musical guys on here .






    Delanys and i’m sure loads more , would’nt it be great if they could all get together for a few jamming sessions with the view to record a CD of favourite songs Celtic or otherwise .



    I may be niave but i’m sure it could be arranged .


    I would contribute to taxiing them aboot :))



    And i promise not to suggest any songs (WHITS) ?




    I went strait to my bed,and slept for ten hours,sorry I didn’t let you know, But you would know I was fine, mind you I woke up with a bit of a hangover,I told you there was something wrong with that gin .








    At least I now know you got home ok on Saturday night



    AYE , but but , did you :)

  25. Neustadt-Braw on

    Depression creeps up on you.



    It does not knock politely on the door



    Of a formerly happy heart.



    It invites itself in,



    Pulls up a chair,



    And gets comfortable.



    It gets acquainted with your worst memories,



    And pals around with your weaknesses.



    It leaves a bad taste in your mouth,



    Like the sour bile you swallow down



    When everyone and everything around you



    Is nothing more than a reminder



    Of why you fell apart in the first place.



    Their sympathy does not make you feel shiny and new,



    No matter how much you want it to.





    Depression is not meant to be romanticized.



    It is not lovely to feel broken.



    Do not envy those who are not sure if they will feel whole again.



    Do not put heartbreak on a pedestal and worship it for everyone to see.



    This gut-wrenching feeling serves no purpose.



    It sits at the one, now empty chair,



    Rocking back and forth



    At the far end of the dinner table.



    It makes black and white photos



    Seem more appealing



    Than the bright color they once offered up.



    Depression writes, “help”



    On your forehead



    With invisible ink—



    So that only those who truly look,



    Can read it..




  26. DD



    Sorry to read about your troubles. I’m glad you’re back on the blog, I missed your posts and wondered where you were. Hopefully see you in the North stand soon. All the best.