Olivier is only explaining the facts


There’s a good half dozen players I would expect to be agitating for a move than Olivier Ntcham.  His interview in L’Equipe, where he regrets he did not move to Porto last summer and explains how he would blossom at Marseille, and generally, how he is too good for the other teams in Scotland.

The latter assertion may solicit some sympathy, although his timing is off.  We are days away from Champions League qualification and need those who are fit and experience to have their head on the job.

But this is the modern footballer.  They are not here because their Irish grannie told them tales about Charlie Tully.  Celtic provides lots of glory and money, but there are bigger paydays and all but the very few will chase the money, or, if we are being generous, test themselves in a tougher environment.

That’s football, Olivier is only explaining the facts.


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  1. Looking back on ole ole CQN,cracking post from some fhella called OldTim….




    OLDTIM67 on 16TH OCTOBER 2013 1:07 PM









    I used to come to Glasgow, watch the game then head home, I used to go in Supporter buses. but it was always repetative. I headed home after the game.







    I then purchased a computer because life at home was also becoming repetative.It was a bit of a life saver for me as I discovered that I could read all about my favoured team,one day I was reading NEWSNOW alway to get any news there was about Celtic.







    One day when perusing Newsnow -There appeared a new blog called, ‘Celtic Quick News Not lazy journalism’ or similar.So I tried it.







    From that day I have read CQN.







    I Didn’t post for a wee while but then I got the courage to do my first Post, I decided to tell my story regarding our trip to Lisbon in 1967, I spent a couple of hours writing my story, then I plucked up the Courage and pressed the button to send it on to the CQN forum, I think I sat at my computer, shellshocked, probably saying to myself ‘what have I done’ when I got up the courage to look if there were any replies, there were many, but the first post to came back was from Kitalba, what a great post Oldtim67, pity you forgot to put spacers, commas, or full stops.







    It didn’t offend me, I had been a worker, I had forgot all the niceties regarding writing , such as commas, and full stops through the fullness of time, not writing anything in my adult life, these little things, I forgot.







    But I was on CQN.







    It wasn’t long before I decided I’d like to meet these mystery posters, I’m sorry that I can’t remember who I met first, But I can safely sat that I have met well over a thousand. maybe, nearer two thousand that I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and they have all been good men, and true.







    I’m not sure what came first The Quiz Nights, Or the Aberdour Golf Tournement, I didn’t attend the first Aberdour Event but I haven’t missed once since, A highlight of my year, It’s becoming a bigger Tournement every year, it won’t be long until It becomes a by ‘invite only event’ I would dread that day, but it could happen, A very popular day.







    A strange thing happened about a year after my first post. Smart ass Kit, Posted on Cqn with. ‘Can you remember this post oldtim67’ and there was my first ever post up on the blog again, it reappeared a couple of years later, when Glasgow Dave reposted it again, If any of the two of you still have that first post of mine, could you mail it to me, I would love to read what I wrote that day, not so much about the post, but what I wrote regarding my journey To Lisbon all those years ago, but, because it would be a bit more truer then, than what I could have wrote now, I’ve forgotten most of what happened back then.







    The reason I started writing this post was to let Paul know what a wonderful outlet he gave to me, and probably others, an outlet to meet like minded people, Celtic Supporters all. As I’ve already written I went to the games in the last ten years and headed back home after the game, I travelled with my nephew for a couple of years, but it was still the same, Back home after the game, after CQN appeared on the scene I started meeting people at quizzes, and I made a point of introducing myself to each. What a grand bunch you are.





    I remember one year a foreign boy came on the site and asked for some help, He started his post by asking for the Moon, I mean the moon might have been an easier request. The post went something like, I’d like to come over with my brother in law and two other friends to watch Celtic play Barcelona, That was the Barcelona game about 5-6 years ago, and is there a chance of getting four tickets, I managed too get (I think three) of the tickets, where the other one came from I haven’t a clue, but we got them for Zbyszek, our new friend, that was about to appear on the scene.







    This is what CQN was becoming, Zbyszek wasn’t a stranger to CQN, he had posted before, but he was a stranger to us at that time, I think Pablophangue had been over in Poland and met Zbyszek, but he was a stranger to the rest of us. Anyway a few of use decided to try and give our friends from Poland a good time. We found out where they were staying, And I decided to book into the same hotel, El Diego Bhoy followed suit, and Pablophangue I think, Had already booked in . There were seven of us staying in the Hotel that night, what I can remember, it was a great night, they arrived in style, Paplo had hired a car for the day, well a seven seater, four wheel drive, a big flashie car, Pablo did it in style that day, I learned how to drink Polish style that night, straight over in one go. The Polish bhoys came bearing gifts for their new found friends, and no guesses what they brought, Polish Vodka, It went down a treat that night, and when I got up in the morning my head was splitting and I brought what was left of my bottle down to breakfast the next morning, I think I had to drink it myself, they were all to ill to have a glass.







    We gave them a tour of the shops, and somewhere we met Estadio, He may have come to the Hotel that morning, My recollection of what happened is to say the least vague, we went into a couple of pubs then headed for BBs, where everything became vaguer, I know that EDB was drunk, I was drunk, this is where it gets even more vaguer still. so I’d be telling lies if I continue on, there are plenty that were in BBs that night that can give juicier bits before the game.







    CQN. I love you, You have made me friends with hundreds of posters over the years, whom I would never had met but for you, some truly great friends, too many to mention, but I will mention only one, as he became a very good friend to me, He decided to pick me up for the football every week, Home and away games, I remembered the greeting I received every Saturday morning when came to pick me up, A shout up the stairs, ‘Are you in ya auld C**T’, door closes, and he comes up the stairs, never varied his greeting to me. Paplophangue.I loved him for the greeting.







    I doubt Paul would have had any idea how strong that CQN would become,When he started out on his Venture, He probably was just a man who would read the papers and got sick to the teeth with the Bias shown towards one team, and the contempt, and hatred shown towards us by some of the sports reporters of today, At least he acted when he had his brain wave for a bit of alternative reading, The title was a bullseye, Celtic Quick News (Not Lazy Jounalism). I discovered the trend about lazy journalism 16 years ago, and have refused to purchase a paper since, but Paul was on the ball with his introduction of the alternative read. I bet the Traynors, Keevins, and the rest of the Sports Reporters regret ever having chosen too favour one team against all others, It was the biggest mistake they ever come up with, and they’re still pepetrating it now, when will they ever learn, when they do, I’m affraid it will a bit late, they will have missed the boat.







    I thought that I’d would pay tribute to Paul at the start of my post, but I got a bit caught up thinking about all the good things that has happened to me since I ventured on here, I decided too change tack almost from the off.







    My idea was to thank people for being such a great bunch, then I thought better about that idea, there are too many who have been great to me and it would be great to name you, but to name you all, I don’t think I could.You know who you are, so give yourselves a pat on the back for making Our Celtic Quick News worth coming back too, day after day, and year after year.Hail,Hail.














    I could carry on for a while yet, but I can hear the cries.

  2. What a fabulous read full stops & commas in abundance, much better than I could manage, very well done.


    2 questions guys, I don’t know the answers.


    1. Morelos, someone mentioned to me that he may have trouble getting a work permit into the EPL due to the fact that he was not picked for his national side recently, can anyone confirm or deny this?


    2.Talking to a young fanatical supporter who goes to every home & away game, the conversation drifted to Resolution 12, he had no idea what I was talking about & seemed perfectly happy with the current status quo, is the message really getting to the core supporter?

  3. warszawabhoy on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE on 7TH JULY 2019 4:54 PM


    So as far as I can make out..







    The Holy Cross Doggers Club has the following members












    Starry Plough




















    Fool Time Whistle





    The Unthank Road




















    EmeraldBee\O/ Still Proud to be an Internet Bampot*





    Hunderbirds ar Gone’s big sister – possibly





    NOT Prestonpans Bhoy







    *EmeraldBee as pupil and teacher.







    Add your name if you were there



    Warszawabhoy Originally from Burnbank.









    I’ve been looking for that very first post I made,Just to add the commas & full stops,but no one could help me,you brought a tear or two, when I just read it now.



    That’s what CQN was at the very start,the best blog ever, now there are a few that have chased others away,and lowered CQNs rating as the best blog going,but now I even struggle to read the blog.



    Zbyszek is still a friend he’s stayed with me a couple of times since, with his wife, those were the days when CQN was a great site to be on, I miss the Quiz nights,not that we were winners I think we finished second last,once, and quite a strong team we had. BT,Pablofangue, the Bhoy Jinky,there was some one else but forget his name.


    I wish Kitalba would rejoin the blog,as he was a great guy,It’s my birthday next Saturday and wish I could meet them one more time.



    Thanks for posting that last post as I have said you brought tears to my eyes and they’re still dropping.




    It was some post D,hope you have great day/night on Saturday.hh






    Agree mate.hh

  6. weebobbycollins on

    I’m sure there are a few cheats on that list, guys who never dogged a day’s school in their lives…


    You should be ashamed of yourselves…




    Your welcome to join us for a few ,it starts in B’V and the finishes in Baccus just across the road, it would be nice to meet up again.

  8. I miss Kitalbas Saturday morning videos on such topics as the ‘Flight of the Earls’ and many more.

  9. OLDTIM67 on 8TH JULY 2019 12:28 PM





    Your welcome to join us for a few ,it starts in B’V and the finishes in Baccus just across the road, it would be nice to meet up again.





    I’ve just finished 2 weeks off on holiday,Taxi in garage hopefully get back today …so need to work on Saturday.


    Will try to pop in to see you and crew.hh


    oldtim67 on 8th July 2019 12:28 pm



    ON sat before you buy everyone and their DUG a drink could you ask who got my whisky flasks.

  11. Park Road 67 on

    I’m a bit perturbed about the amount of Holy Cross Bhoys that went dogging ! 😂 where did this take place ?


    oldtim67 on 8th July 2019 12:46 pm






    I think you should come in and ask that question yourself.



    I would love to be there but it’s a long way from YORK to drink only tea.




    I remember the last time you were in the B/V and drinking tea,quite a good day that was.

  14. glendalystonsils on

    All you guys who have admitted dogging it have to report to the Heidy’s office first thing tomorrow for retrospective punishment . We know who you are!-))

  15. Haven’t heard why Neil Lennon went to Sweden.



    But I’m hoping its about Jordan Larsson!

  16. weebobbycollins on

    The Mausoleum, the David Livingstone thingy in Blanyre and a secret location on Glasgow Rd, Blantyre, near to where the cinema was, on that right hand side of the road, just before the corner…that’s where the four of us got out our packet of five…Bristol Tips…and our bottle of irn-bru…we smoked and drank until home time…we talked about football, girls and holy cross teachers we didn’t like…


    Dogging it was a great education…

  17. quadrophenian on



    Bristol Tips – I’m sure that was part of a Bernard Manning joke at the Wheeltappers and Shunters Club.


    Then you had ‘Bristol Tips and Alistair’… a telly cartoon of the time ;)

  18. McPhail Bhoy on

    I see BBC Scotland ‘sports department’ are at it again. Two articles on European football, one Celtic’s opponents Sarajevo are ‘buoyed up’ and fancy their chances against Celtic and Rangers (sic) want to avoid another shock of Gibraltar, a reference to us losing to Lincoln Red Imps. Has there ever been a time when just once there is a positive story and support for a Celtic team playing in Europe?! I’m too young to remember but I’m sure there were ‘journalists’ telling Celtic not to bother turning up for the final in Lisbon as Inter were going to hammer us! Or was that a time there were in fact real journalists and not what we have now Huns with access to the internet and newspapers.




    I remember that the Hun Rags writing that Inter Milan had the best defence in the World at the time, But they forgot As they always do, to mention that Celtic were the best in Europe,and they proved that on the day.

  20. McPhail Bhoy


    If there are Celtic minded people in the BBC Scotland sports department -they keep it well hidden

  21. traditionalist88 on

    GENE on 8TH JULY 2019 2:33 PM


    McPhail Bhoy



    If there are Celtic minded people in the BBC Scotland sports department -they keep it well hidden





    I know of one who definitely is, but strangely enough they mainly have him reporting on other sports to date.




  22. Gene rest assured there are many good Celtic minded people in BBC Scotland’s sports dept, doing good work – moles if you like. H H Hebcelt

  23. traditionalist88 on

    Jordan Larsson will be in Ireland this week, ironically to face St Pats Athletic in a Europa League qualifier, 20 years after his da put the same team to the sword in a 2-0 win at Tolka Park, following a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park.




  24. Fool Time Whistle on

    McPhail Bhoy & Old Tim 67



    There’s a great photo of Billy McNeill after the game in Lisbon. He’s making his way from the pitch to the podium in the stand to collect the cup. He’s dehydrated, glassy eyed & staggering but there were two minders clearing the way for him. Two burly guys who stepped in to help – John Rafferty & Hugh McIlvanney – two of Scotlands finest journalists.




  25. Hebcelt


    IMO, `good work` would only be so-called if it manifest itself in fair reports re Scottish Football. That is demonstrably not the case.



  26. Heb


    Do you think the BBC is fair in its reporting of Scottish football? Iie does it treat Sevco and Celtic with equanimity?




  27. I’m in Dubai .



    Wondering where the best place to watch tomorrow’s match is?



    The Dubliner or McGettigans?




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