One of the most dangerous games of the season


Celtic’s season is perched at a tantalising angle, but if you know your history, you’ll know that such pent-up potential often flounders in scrappy cup encounters.  Set to face Kilmarnock in the League Cup final, they are favourites in the league and have not allowed a Scottish club to lay a glove on them in almost three months.  No one is tipping against them in any competition, but despite being in exactly this situation many times in the last 40 years, only once have they been able to see out a straightforward looking campaign and collect the three trophies available.

All it takes is a bumpy away ground in the middle of winter to level the playing field (metaphorically, if only it would literally) and deliver the inevitable cup exit.  Our chances of winning tomorrow are no better than 50/50.  Inverness know the script, they are a decent team who, despite two cup exits to Celtic last season, had enough in their locker to deny us five points in the league.

Celtic have a potential of five cup games remaining this season across both competitions, but after Inverness, only one of those can be away from home.  With league form seemingly set by metronome, you’re looking at one of the most dangerous games of the season tomorrow.

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  1. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy says:


    3 February, 2012 at 11:14



    I see you believe that he has the ability to plant lateral ideas? The type of psychological tricks one would use to get children to do something? I doubt this very much he doesn’t strike me as the type of person who would have heard of Edward de Bono or understand the premise of lateral thinking.


    I would agree that the big fear amongst the LL is that Sky will see the potential demise of Rangers as an opportunity to increase their revenue stream by lobbying for Celtic to be admitted into the English league system, Given the perilous financial state that a lot of the EPL and Championship teams are in Sky will have a very big bargaining stick.

  2. as per the last thread, any update from Amadeus yet on his big exclusive? not a wind up i hope



    Anyway my midfield would be Ledley and Wanyama tomorrow with Brown one side and then either Forrest, Samaras or Commons on the other side



    what do you all think?

  3. Every game for Celtic is a must win game and tomorrow’s is no different, will the game go ahead? What’s the weather like back home..-9 here and about a foot of snow..




  4. From RM re Leggo – I have to say I’m convinced by their argument – time I took a long hard look at myself. Seems they consider themselves to be a race – Hunnish?



    “interesting the part about McLaughlin.



    I wonder what the response would be if a media outlet such as the BBC displayed a tweet from someone called TheFenianCrusher.



    Goign by recent events the guy who owned the account would be hauled up in front of a judge and jury.



    Not that im one for getting offended, (it’s more the double standards that pisses me off) but the term f****n has been obliterated by Scottish Politics and the courts, yet the term ‘h**’ given it’s origin is surely far more sectarian and racist yet seems to be widely accepted in it’s use in social media & in the stands.”

  5. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    From last post



    oglach says:


    3 February, 2012 at 11:32



    Nah. I’m just being paranoid. They’re not capable of lateral thinking or planting sublimianl thoughts in someone’s head ……………. or are they?

  6. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    John Terry stripped of England captaincy again,how many excuses can this guy come up with? A scumbag.

  7. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy says:


    3 February, 2012 at 11:41



    Me either mate, I think they are just ‘cacking’ themselves




  8. Kittoch said @ 11:40



    ‘Like an athlete you see, too easy’



    I don’t know you, mate, but I’m thinking of an athlete in the Sid Waddell sense, as when commentating on a Jockey Wilson darts world final somwe years aog said: “Jockey Wilson. What an athlete! You’re talking your Seb Coes, your Ed Moses …”



    Hail, hail

  9. John Terry is a big Celtic fan, if we are both playing at 3pm Saturday it is the first question he asks as he enters the dressing room, “How did Celtic get on”



    Morinho is apparently the same

  10. Neilly



    We need a solid midfield, ie don’t even think about playing 2 wingers like you did last season.






    Cha* Rogne Mulgrew Matthews



    Juarez Wanyama Ledley Commons



    Stokes Hooper




    * If Lustig is fit, pplay him there instead

  11. I think that prior to our 2-0 victory earlier this season, we had only once previously won by a greater margin than one goal in the frozen north.

  12. Hail Hail!!! and good day to all.ah a great start to the weekend reading through the last article and as a side note. Paul very true, hope neil picks the right more than 2 this time in the middle and he has their heads right from the whistle, cause butcher will have them up for it, us usual. have a good night lads and enjoy the eggshells cracking under feet on bbc/ssb/real phone



    mon the hoops.







  13. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Kittoch- I wouldn’t be too quick to claim Terry as one of our own,a list as long as your arm.An urban myth hopefully.If guilty ,Chelsea should chase him.

  14. Folly Folly



    I can sum it up in one short story



    I decided one morning after a night on the lash, probably Bada bing was there, maybe not, I would have remembered that pint!



    Anyway, Lying there I decided ach I think I’ll just let myself go.



    As I stood in front of the full length mirror it was rather obvious that I had already gone.



    Ah well, still got family, friends and Celtic, and of course CQN.

  15. Can someone help me please ?


    I would like to post a Celtic related photo but don’t have a clue where to start.

  16. A few days ago twitter was supposedly chosen vehicle for a number of people in the know to tweet “Adimistration Wednesday”. Then the likes of Amadeus spout that they have a scoop that will blow our minds.


    Getting fed up with Celtic fans claiming to know stuff (a friend of a friend, a mate that works with etc. etc.) which turns out to be made up, wishful thinking crap that makes Keevins and Traynor look like honest men.


    If you know something, man up and say it. If you don’t, stop pretending you do.

  17. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again



    Apologies in advance for this cut and paste from folgen folgen where the pennies are beginning to drop








    Today, 19:16




    True Blue



    Join Date: 29-07-2006


    Posts: 18,907



    The Ticketus Deal and Its Implications


    While a frenzied debate has taken place on FF during the last few days, the key issue has escaped attention – namely, the impact of the Ticketus deal on Rangers’ wage bill. A large difference between the salaries offered by each half of the Old Firm will ultimately dictate where the league flag habitually resides. We saw this all too clearly in the early years of David Murray’s tenure.



    Basic calculations suggest that we will be short of at least £8 million in each of the following three seasons (some put this figure higher) in relation to the position in December.



    Ignoring all other factors, the only way we will keep our heads above water is to slash the wage bill and/or ship out players who’ll command a significant transfer fee.



    What this translates to is the inevitability of not being able to afford to keep or recruit players on the McGregor/Davis level. Players seeking new contracts like Naismith may very well be attracted elsewhere.



    In essence, we will be pitching ourselves at the very lower end of the English Championship.



    And this is all regardless of the HMRC result and possible ensuing repercussions.



    Although there will clearly be a huge impact on the quality of playing side, what also has to be borne in mind is that there is likely to be a consequential effect on the volume of season ticket sales, attendances in general and other revenue streams. In other words, we may enter a self-perpetuating downward spiral.



    Let us not be fooled by spin that the Ticketus deal represents sound business sense. It amounts to chopping up the floorboards to use as firewood.



    Given the situation outlined above, the fans have a right to know just why the club borrowed the equivalent of 6 months worth of operating costs and why the Chairman lied about this.

  18. Paul67 et al



    I watched most of the Dunfermline-Inverness match from the earlier round and noticed the absence, in the main, of the type of over the top deliberate assaults, Terry Butcher’s team believe they have the right to inflict on Celtic players. Barring our sudden transformation into a team that can physically look after itself, Neil Lennon needs to take a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book with a warning to the referee in advance, that he needs to do the job he is paid for, ie read the laws of the game and apply the rules. We will know if we are doing the right thing if Butcher is hysterical by half-time, preferably sooner, and is completely off his trolley by full-time, a sight I find one of the most entertaining in football.

  19. It is bloody freezing in the North East of Scotland -7c this morning. Although forcast for midday tomorrow at Inverness airport is a balmy 4degc with light rain so the game should be on.

  20. greenjedi



    I would make 1 adjustment to your team there, Scott Brown in for Juarez!!



    I know I am not always the biggest fan of our captain either but i think this is the type of game that he actually does best in and their would be no chance of any of his teammates taking it easy when he is on the pitch.



    I am begginning to see why Lenny thinks so much of him, not that he is a world beater though, but i think he is that solid type that we need and has actually been playing well of late

  21. “What this translates to is the inevitability of not being able to afford to keep or recruit players on the McGregor/Davis level. Players seeking new contracts like Naismith may very well be attracted elsewhere.”



    Naismith was told the day before he injured himself that he wasn’t getting a new contract and to find a new club!

  22. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    A strong midfield 4 tomorrow,dont break up Stokes/Hooper,let them worry about us.They are 10th in the league for a reason.Cup ties can be unpredictable but I think we talk ourselves in to a negative mindset when playing this lot.

  23. DeniaBhoy says:


    3 February, 2012 at 11:53



    If Owen Coyles granny isn’t the source of the info it ain’t worth pooh.