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. garygillespieshamstring on

    16 roads : agree it is not what we want, but if there was an issue then maybe the close season was the right time rather than before the end of last season or during next season.



    Margaret : yes, it would be unfair on AT to speculate about the reasons behind this. From what I had seen, he was a good Celt on the park and deserves a fair shout for what he contributed to the cause.




  2. Top K


    Muthill is the finest wee Celtic supporting


    village in Scotland,


    The Sweeney bus will be at every Celtic game


    even if it was on the moon.

  3. I cannot recall anyone ever questioning what Neil Mochan’s role was after any defeat suffered by Jock’s Celtic team.



    Modern Life invents problems to solve that were never problems in the past.

  4. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Joe Jordan would be brilliant i think,Sutton or Henke – can’t see the King re-joining the club,as his has set out on his own path as a manager – he might see it as step down,being second in command.



    What about The Bear? Was he not McLeish’s number two? If so,he is out of work at this moment in time.

  5. garygillespieshamstring on

    Sftb : Neilly could fix a cruciate ligament in 30 seconds with his wee magic sponge of Lourdes water. :)




  6. Can’t see Henrik being no 2 to anyone at Celtic. He is too big an icon. Even if there is the perception of undermining the manager it would end in tears.



    El Mad.

  7. OOPS,



    hamiltontim on 4 June, 2012 at 00:25 said:.



    Don’t know the Hampden but, i’d rather have Thommo than Lenny.



    But a love Lenny, what to do?

  8. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SFTB – decent shout re Stevie Frail, but I would like to see someone brought in with long-term European experience.


    Our young team did reasonably well in a very tough EL group last season, but the qualifiers in the last two seasons were disastrous. I really can’t see the logic behind playing RM in the States if it disrupts the preparation for the CL qualifiers.




  9. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    setting free the bears on 4 June, 2012 at 00:36 said:



    It is a manager’s assistant that we need now,not a manager.



    Good coaches do not necessarily make good managers – Brian Kidd being a perfect example.

  10. Henriks Sombrero on

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



    Mediocre coach ?



    What qualities do you have exactly to make that judgement ?



    Top level coach yerself are you ?






    Best of luck Thommo. Hunskelper supreme.

  11. Gordon 64 00.27…..last year when i was goin to caravan site in comrie..i would pass through muthill….there were always life-size stuffed human figures at the corners of certain buildings ????? what was that all about……aint none there on saturday…..only bunting i saw was a house next to petrol station

  12. TTTT/ sixteen roads



    I thought we had a manager’s assistant still or are we waiting for someone brave enough to tell Johan he’s sacked too.



    I hope we can negotiate our first CL qualifier without using the US trip as an excuse for failure. In the modern era these pre-season jaunts have been lucrative and can keep our profile going, provided we don’t get gubbed.

  13. Margaret McGill on

    Sixteen roads to Golgotha on 4 June, 2012 at 00:25 said:


    Drinking with Allan McGregor?


    Kinda sorta!







    Why does anyone anyhoo wanna willy woo


    That is… R.I.P. ..The noo


    If..the buyer wiz buying Izzy boo


    I cannot say fershure it wiz a coo


    a white elephant maybe ayes and no a doo


    or could be a barren owl tawit tawoo!



    Noo..thats a whole different kettle of fish


    Howevah ….animal personification is mah favourite dish


    all part and parcel of dreaming up some utter pish


    my antidisestablishmentarianism wish



    Bonne nuit le Royaume-Uni



    Still laffin

  14. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    setting free the bears on 4 June, 2012 at 00:45 said:



    You are right mate.Johan is indeed second-in-command…Thommo is,sorry was first team coach.



    I stand corrected,and for once i don’t mind being in the wrong.

  15. The AT story has been buried at a decent time, and I guess the truth will out. On the other hand, he’s a hero, so do we really need to speculate and do we really need the truth? Thanks Alan.

  16. Top K


    My mother stays in Comrie


    Watched the New Year game in local pub when Scott McD scored,


    Apart from myself and my son the only other


    Celtic fan in the bar was Gerard Butler.

  17. El Madrigal on 4 June, 2012 at 00:34



    I see what you are saying, it would be Neil’s choice if he brought on such an icon. I personally think Neil is now every bit the icon that Henryk is to the Celtic support after what he has faced and dealt with. I just think that the time might be right and it would mean Henryk realising he is not cutout to be a lonely (Managers take on all the responsibilities) Manager, if he is thinking along those lines then why not come and be where he really belongs and impart his vast game awareness knowledge to our squads, from the younger players to the first team itself.

  18. Margaret McGill on

    Bloke109 is Neil Lennon on 4 June, 2012 at 00:52 said:



    Yeah Celtic Supporters dont really need to hear the truth.


    Celtic do have a habit of screwing their heroes.


    Is it only Celtic truth we dont need to hear ?


    What about Hun truth?


    EBT’s etc?

  19. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    setting free the bears on 4 June, 2012 at 00:45 said:



    The trip to the “States” is after the Qualifiers(i hope).



    That friendly game is said to be worth £1million to the club,more than what we got for winning last season’s title – we could do without it,i know,(£15million if we get to the group stages makes it look like a pittance in comparison) – but i can perfectly understand why the club is going there.And seriously – from Shannon to New York is only a 7 and a half hour flight these days – it’s not that bad really – not sure about Philadelphia,but it’s East Coast – couldn’t be that much of a difference.



    Old age pensioners do that trip every day of the week,not a bother.

  20. Margaret McGill on

    Sixteen roads to Golgotha on 4 June, 2012 at 00:57 said:



    I’m sure there’s enough interest in Pennsylvania to make enough money without it having to be topped up with Shannon bound pensioners. Do you mean to say Celtic have factored this into agreeing to play this fixture? The Bind moggles!

  21. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    knoxy2000 eating Jelly and Ice Cream and supporting Neil Lennon on 4 June, 2012 at 00:50



    knoxy – hope the wee one is doing well chief.



    Not sure if Lenny telling Thommo that he was gased over the phone was right,maybe he should have told him to his face instead?



    It’s all speculation anyway,but Lenny can be a hot-head,maybe AT over-stepped the mark once to often,and Lenny cracked up,rang him up,and told him to take himself off.



    I don’t know mate,only them two know.

  22. 16 roads



    You are right.



    The RM game will be after the SPL starts so the first CL qualifier will have been played. The last time we qualified for CL group stages, the final qualifiers against Spartak took place on the 15th and 29th August



    The Real Madrid game is on the 11th August



    I’m off to bed now before I make any more mistakes

  23. Just logged in and seeing the AT stuff.


    So is it true or not?


    Loved him as a player but didn’t know exactly what he brought to the coaching side of things and I would say the same for big Jo. Felt that NFL was left talking to himself when things got tough. His coaches did not seem to be engaging the manager at these times. Just my opinion. Wish him well.




  24. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I’m happy to hear the truth any time


    justice everytime


    at the moment, I’m more impressed by justice

  25. Margaret McGill on

    Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on 4 June, 2012 at 01:06 said:


    No truth without morals


    No justice without truth


    No peace without justice




    Truth is not incidental in the justice procedure

  26. I just remember that it was Thomo who save Lenny from a sore one at tynecastle

  27. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Margaret McGill on 4 June, 2012 at 01:03 said:



    Ha! Logistics Margaret – Shannon being to closest trans-Atlantic airport.That is why i did not say Dublin,or even Heathrow!! Take the players to the West Coast for a few days,let them unwind,play golf,go salmon fishing…even(God forbid)go for a few pints in Galway…to prepare them,before they face that gruelling 7-8 hour flight to the East Coast of America.