Despite their mid-season status, KR Reykjavik should offer little genuine challenge to Celtic’s squad of Champions League experienced professionals. Still, the nerves tingle a little seeing a new management team lead the squad out of Glasgow Airport this morning.
Hopefully we have six qualifying games ahead. Where we sit right now, chances of qualification are high, but far from assured. There is a lot of work ahead.
It will be fantastic to see Martin O’Neill back at Celtic Park to lead Ireland against Scotland in the nations’ Euro 2016 qualifier. Seeing the traditional away side of the stadium covered in green, while Scotland fans occupy the bulk of the stadium, will provide an interesting photo opportunity. Apart from the ‘doe a dear’ lot, it’s likely to be a wall-to wall Celtic fan event. Good to see Roy Keane back too. In the away dug-out.
Hosting Scotland-England a few days later will cement the stadium’s position as a major event venue after a year of unique opportunities.
One of Adidas’ World Cup sponsor properties was to name and present Player and Goalkeeper of the Tournament. What could go wrong? Dragging the Adidas-sponsored and clearly embarrassed Lionel Messi up the stairs to receive his award looked contrived. Despite reaching the final and, at last, building a World Cup goals tally worthy of comment (5 across 3 tournaments), Leo wasn’t even Argentina’s best player.
These awards are subjective, so there are no right or wrong decisions, but this one brought Adidas derision.
Delighted for Germany. The demographics are moving against European football but the continental game has never been as strong.
Many thanks to everyone who bid on the auction or bought a raffle ticket for the signed canvasses last week. The raffle raised £604 and was won by CQN legend, Kolnbhoy. Funds from both canvasses are going to Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookie Jar Foundation.[calameo code=0003901719d82038831a9 lang=en page=126 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]