No rest period for Emilio will be welcomed


I know I’m not the only one with a pavlovian dislike of hearing Celtic players mentioned in international match reports in June.  Preseason training is only four weeks away, quickly followed by the Champions League qualifying round, so these weeks should be for rest and recuperation.  The one exception to the rule, this summer, is Emilio Izaguirre, who is set to play two World Cup qualifiers for Honduras over the next two weeks.

Emilio missed most of last season through injury and then sat out much of the remaining part of the campaign due to the impressive form of Charlie Mulgrew.  He is the one player in the squad who benefit from competitive football to restore his edge, and confidence.

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  1. doc



    i have heard that you can hire the building , the top room used to be open to the public , but last time i visited , it was closed



    there’s a pond to the front of the building that is home to the rare-great crested newt



    TBH i find the newts more interesting than the building




  2. Gall


    You are right about Muthill.


    Home of some of the finest Celtic supporters


    you could meet.

  3. zimmerman






    Gonna spend the rest of tonight putting it together.





    The official site is now back up, no statement re: Alan Thompson



    Curiously enough on the news box on the page there is the BBC report about it

  4. thomthethim CQN (genuine) Badge Wearer on

    the_huddle on 3 June, 2012 at 23:05 said:


    Lets be honest now, Thommo has either quit because he feels he’s got a job better than at Celtic, he was demanding to much money in his new contract or his personal life has caused problems.



    He’s not the fist and he won’t be the last to leave us (for a variety of reasons) no need for people oh here to get their panties in a twist.



    share on F’book or Twitter





    Totally agree.



    Let’s not make a drama out of something that happens in every job.



    Either way, there will be a genuine reason for Alan’s departure, whether for personal reasons or club reasons.



    It will be interesting to observe the blog’s reaction, along the natural divide of pro or anti Board.

  5. maisy dribble on 3 June, 2012 at 23:14 said:



    It’s a while since I looked but I think it was expensive to hire.


    Didn’t know about the newts, the pond looked very over grown when I was last there.

  6. Celtic first-team coach Alan


    Thompson was sacked last


    night – just three weeks after


    the champions lifted the SPL


    trophy at Parkhead.


    Friends of Thompson


    claimed he had been


    dismissed because of


    concerns within the club


    about his ‘lifestyle’.


    The 38-year-old was said to


    be ‘shocked and very


    disappointed’ by the news


    he was being axed from Neil


    Lennon’s backroom staff.


    Thompson is also


    understood to have left


    demanding to know if the


    decision was down to former


    team-mate Lennon or the


    club hierarchy. It is believed


    that no compensation was


    agreed for his one-year


    rolling contract, leaving open


    the possibility of a legal




    In February 2011, Thompson


    was fined £600 and banned


    from driving for 16 months


    after admitting a drink-


    driving charge. Sources claim


    Thompson received further


    warnings from the club about


    his behaviour.


    The dramatic development


    leaves Lennon with assistant


    Johan Mjallby and coach


    Garry Parker as the key


    members of his technical




    It remains to be seen


    whether any moves will be


    made to replace Thompson


    before Celtic step up


    preparations for the


    Champions League qualifiers


    that will open their new




    The Geordie was brought


    back to Celtic Park by


    Lennon when the Northern


    Irishman was appointed as


    permanent boss in the


    summer of 2010.


    In public, their relationship


    seemed close, with


    Thompson lavishing praise


    on both Lennon’s managerial


    ability and his mental


    strength as they closed in on


    last season’s convincing title




    Now, though, their bond has


    been broken, bringing to an


    end a Celtic connection that


    started for Thompson when


    he was signed for the club by


    Martin O’Neill in a


    £2.75million move from


    Bolton Wanderers in 2000.


    He went on to help the club


    reach the final of the 2003


    UEFA Cup in Seville – alongside


    Lennon and Mjallby – as Celtic


    lost to Porto.


    Thompson won three SPL titles


    under O’Neill and was


    regularly at the heart of Old


    Firm action, scoring seven times against


    Rangers and being sent off in three derbies.

  7. My Dear,dear,dear,friend.. Doc.. (Noo that is whit Ah call a Beezer o’ a Soubriquet.. and only WAN Syllable ,tae.. Ah luv it!)



    Hiya,Pally.. Pleased, tae meetya .



    Ah didnae denigrate Izzy’s Soccer Skill…when He is


    in charge of the Football..



    Whit Ah hiv aginst him.. is HIs very Mediocre Skill ,in Gettin Rid of the Fitba tae a well placed Colleague,in a Manner which wull allow that colleague, tae gather it successfully.



    In essence… Ah think.. Izzy, needs tae improve, significantly,in making Telling more Distributions of the fitba’



    That is Ma Honest Opinion. of HIm.. AT THE MOMENT..



    It is Subject to change.. should Izzy, manage tae confront


    this Serious Short-Coming in Play,and do something… to rectify it.



    Thanks fur ye kind remarks …





    yer pal…who likes ye aloater



    Still Laughin’

  8. Newsflash,


    Any Bruce Springsteen fans


    The Boss shortly to appear on Rock in Rio,.. live on you tube.

  9. Pretty shocked at Thommo’s departure! For whatever reason, thanks anyway for your playing days and latterly your coaching days, helping bring back the title to paradise.



    HH Alan

  10. Not too worried about AT leaving. Great player, mediocre coach. Great opportunity for club to add some proven quality to Neil’s back room staff. Steve Clarke would do just fine for me

  11. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Go and get Joe Jordan from Spurs.



    Or even better still,Chris Sutton.

  12. macanbheatha on

    I dont know what happened with Thommo, but at least his PAYE and NI contributions will be in order. The rags will have some sport with this for a few days so be prepared some crazy headlines, maybe even a cracked crest or two.

  13. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Sloleybhoy on 3 June, 2012 at 23:23 said:



    Mediocre coach?



    Championship winning coach.



    I wish him all the best,regardless.Just hope that he wasn’t sacked on account of his alleged drinking problem.

  14. Kojo on 3 June, 2012 at 23:18 said:



    Not many wide players have a very high percentage of success with the final ball, I don’t know his stats specifically, and it’s too late to check tonight,,but Id bet they would be a match for most.


    I didn’t mean to imply his defending wasn’t his best attribute, that was my assertion.


    Izzy has an effect on the whole team going forward when he plays, he is a great influence of the team.


    Glad you like the blog name, I am called that, among other things in day to day life also, shortening of the surname.


    Good chatting, as always.

  15. Gordon64 on 3 June, 2012 at 23:15 said:


    My auntie lived there back in the day and i know a few of the inhabitants.



  16. Fallin, Throsk, Airth & Plean – not for us.



    Now Cowie – For Good Ghuys, and never had a walk pass though for them.

  17. .



    G’Day CQN.. I’m Sitting here Sat Sittin.. In a Castle.. Not Windsor..



    But Hey Ho.. It’s a Castle.. All the Family Sleeping..Must still be on Oz Time.. Ha..



    Yous Will Probably Laugh at Me..






    My Bhoy Georgious is 200/1 to Be Top Goalscorer in the Euros..



    Now that is 66/1 or 50/1 a Place and 3 Goals Could Clinch it.. He Does play a Different Game for Greece Now and His Last Goal.. Well it Had Sammi all over it..



    btw I’m 2yr off the Punt.. You Know what Happense when a Ex Punter Gives a Fancy.. It Comes In.. Ha



    Summa of Samaras

  18. James Edward McGrory 408 goals in 408 league games on




    Just found out Thommo is leaving, anyone know why?

  19. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Shakes head and whit a rattlen mt sound. Hooper with big H pleeze!!

  20. Petec,



    There is a link to Paul67’s radio broadcast, but as for provoding that link, well I am certainly not your man there.



    I am sure other more skilled posters can provide the link.




  21. Gall


    I take it you will know Mr TS and family.


    Great wee place.


    Mental Celtic supporters.

  22. Cowiebhoy on 3 June, 2012 at 23:34 said:



    I worked with a wee Orangeman who lived in Cowie, he walked through Cowie one night banging his wee drum, stupid wee boy he was.


    I remember they tried get a march though there around 1986, the women sat across the road in deck chairs, they didn’t get past. I wasn’t there so don’t know if that was myth or truth.

  23. It now sounds official. :(



    All the best in the future Alan and thanks for all of your contributions to Celtic as player and first team coach.



    I wonder if Henryk is not cut out to be a Manager and is realising this. The boost he gave the Celtic team the last time he trained with the team was monumental. If we were looking to bring in a new coach it may well be worth sounding out, assuming Neil was ok with him coming on board.

  24. James Edward McGrory 408 goals in 408 league games on

    Majestic Hartson on 3 June, 2012 at 23:39 said:



    Listening to him too, powerful stuff




  25. Will be sorry to see Tommo go for whatever reason. Great servent to the Tic. John Hartson on radio, typical Big John, heart and soul.