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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.

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  1. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Hi

     

     

    Anyone know a pub that may show the game in Kalimaki in Zante?

     

     

    Thanks in anticipation.

  2. So today’s quiz answers suggests that, generally, we should stop signing players whose name ends in ‘O’ as they’re no very good.

  3. Philbhoy @ 14:37

     

     

    … the reason we do not have 5* status for CP …

     

     

    I read somewhere it was because the changing rooms were too small at CP.

     

     

    That’s how I remember it. The away changing room was supposed to be same size as home one. At CP it’s a few feet smaller seemingly.

     

     

    Anyone any the wiser? Something sevcoites still brag about – ironic !

  4. Philbhoy

     

    was looking for players

     

    who played main competitions

     

    league

     

    league cup

     

    Scottish cup

     

    Europe

     

     

    hail hail

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CELTICROLLERCOASTER

     

     

    Frank Munro?

     

     

    I remember him falling on his arse leaving Peter Latchford to face a rampaging horde of hunnery.

     

     

    They scored.

     

     

    Greig.

     

     

    And he was bloody offside!

     

     

    Shouting to Cooper gie it tae me,I waaaaant tae score it!!!!!!

     

     

    The rest of the team were up the park thinking we had been awarded the penalty we were due for big McAdam getting shoved as he went to head it in the net.

     

     

    My personal darkest day as a Celtic fan worse than Rapid Vienna 1 or 2.

     

     

    Because that was when I knew.

  6. The Comfortable Collective on

    Celtic would have to do structural work to the changing rooms at Celtic Park to get 5 star status. This would result in upheaval and costs.

     

     

    The only benefit for having a Uefa 5 star stadium is that you can be considered to hold a Uefa cup final (CL or EL).

     

     

    Uefa have made it clear that the only 5 star stadium it would consider using in Scotland is Hampden.

     

     

    So no need for Celtic to do unnecesary work.

  7. Neustadt-Braw on

    aye Arsenal…..Wenger was born in Stäßburg..so talks fluent German…and he has an eye for a player ….Neuer is in the mold of Jens Lehman who got the nod in SA ahead of Kahn…..don,t want FF trying that oot though ! hahahaha

     

     

    heartattacksaroondparadisecfc….

     

    braw

  8. connaire12

     

    14:34 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

     

    Thanks for the reply Connaire12, i had it in my mind it was the national association which put you forward to be considered by EUFA for a 5 star stadium rating

  9. Neustadt-Braw on

    Straßburg…..my apologies …..am still fou and getting foooooooooooouer …hail hail

  10. thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

    14:26 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

     

    I thought i posted an upbeat post on Celtic’s youth set up, with an analogy with Germany’s world cup success

     

     

    You managed to turn it all around to have a pot at Celtic fans, i found your reply bizarre and unfathomable

  11. Tom McLaughlin

     

     

     

    14:28 on 14 July, 2014

     

     

     

    Natknow –

     

     

    The 2nd leg v KR Reykjavic is a season book game. I and my 2 sons received our tickets by post on Saturday morning. That would explain the lack of 5 seats together for ad hoc purchase. Every season book holder was sent a ticket for a seat located as near as possible to their Celtic Park seat.

     

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    Thanks Tom. I’ll check with Scottish Rugby or The Hub as to what might be available

  12. Five star stadium criteria:

     

     

    Minimum capacity of 50,000 (5-star venues) / 30,000 (4-star venues) – individual seats with backrests. (Venues that still have individual seats without proper backrests will still continue to be accepted. In the future, however, closer attention will be paid to this aspect, and which will influence the committee’s decision regarding the addition of venues to these list categories.)

     

    Pitch dimensions of 105 x 68 m. The field of play must be in pristine condition and be prepared accordingly for a final (quality of grass, irrigation, smooth surface, etc.).

     

    Protective fences around the field of play are not acceptable. Venues which have such installations will not be included on the list.

     

    Sufficient room around the field of play for advertising boards and at least 18 TV cameras. In addition, there must be enough room between the goals and the first row of spectator seats behind both goals for a minimum of 150 photographers.

     

    First-rate dressing-rooms for both teams and the referees (equal size and furnishings for both teams, spacious, bright and clean).

     

    Suitable and appropriately equipped drug-testing room.

     

    Floodlighting of a minimum intensity of 1,400 lux (eV) in the direction of the main camera, and of 1,000 Lux (eV) towards the other areas of the stadium, plus an efficient emergency power supply able to provide, without interruption, the same luminous light intensity as the main lighting.

     

    Modern security installations (access monitoring system, adequate PA system, etc.).

     

    A permanent TV surveillance system in colour that is able to monitor the movement of spectators, as well as their behaviour inside and outside the stadium. This installation must also be able to produce still shots of any troublemakers, which can then be distributed immediately to the security officers / stewards in the stadium.

     

    Clear signage that everyone can understand inside and outside the stadium, as well as in its immediate vicinity.

     

    Suitable covered seats for disabled spectators and their accompanying persons (minimum of two sectors with at least 50 places each). The areas for disabled spectators must be adequately equipped with toilet facilities and a refreshment bar.

     

    Acceptable sanitary facilities for spectators (both sexes) in terms of numbers, cleanliness and standards. Toilets without seats will no longer be accepted for spectators of either sex.

     

    Provision of first-rate media facilities in terms of camera positions, working places, TV studios, etc., in accordance with the “UEFA Guidelines for Media Facilities”.

     

    Adequate first-class facilities must be provided for VIPs, including a minimum of 150 places in the Honorary Tribune VIP box.

     

    International airport(s) able to cope with the huge extra demands of a UEFA final (capacity for up to 60 charter flights per day in addition to the normal, scheduled flights)

     

    Adequate hotel accommodation. For UEFA and its partners, at least 1,000 five-star hotel rooms (UEFA Champions League) / 500 rooms (UEFA Cup) are needed. In addition, enough other hotel accommodation in all types of category must be available.

  13. weeron

     

     

    14:16 on 14 July, 2014

     

    If my math is right, Man U will get 45 million a year from Chevrolet and another 75 million a year from addidas.

     

     

    120 million pounds every year before kicking a ball.

     

     

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    Weeron – don’t forget the £15m a season for Manchester United’s Carrington training ground to be renamed the Aon training complex.

     

     

    The Glazers look to be doing what I thought was impossible, they are steadily reducing debt while pushing turnover above £400m and net profit above £140m.

  14. Jack Russell/Corgi???!!!!

     

     

    I wouldn’t like to to have witnessed that one either!

  15. Does anyone know if the Bigot Dome has been inspected before the season starts, who does the inspection and do they return their report directly to the SFA or to the stadium owner who then can (Ahem) make adjustments before giving to the SFA.

     

    With all the talk on here re asbestos etc I find it difficult to believe that they would easily get a CO for the upcoming season.

     

    Surely it must have needed a lot of repairs and that needs cash, hopefully up front, that and buying players and jetting off for a tour of the States must have blown a hole in their wad of cash.

     

    Where does all the cash come from..??

     

    Does anyone on here know anyone who is doing the repairs..??

     

    It would be nice to know what is going on over there.

  16. squire danaher on

    big-cup-winners

     

     

    14:45 on 14 July, 2014

     

     

    I haven’t been at Kalamaki for

     

    many years but recall watching a game at Kilmarnock in the first WGS season 2005-6

     

     

    I found a wee bar before the path down to the big hotel before the beach

     

     

    Your best bet might be the taxi round the bay to Laganas although I believe the yoof there can be a bit excitable…..

  17. weeman67

     

     

    Someone posted on here earlier (mibbe TMcG) that the huns had sold 17000 season books for cash.

     

     

    Assuming, say £350 a book, that’s just under £6,000,000.

  18. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Most of sevcos costs for their tour is met by their hosts(allegedly)

  19. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    lionroars67

     

    15:01 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

    thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

    14:26 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

     

    I thought i posted an upbeat post on Celtic’s youth set up, with an analogy with Germany’s world cup success

     

     

    You managed to turn it all around to have a pot at Celtic fans, i found your reply bizarre and unfathomable

     

     

    **********

     

     

    Sorry if it was unfathomable.

     

     

    I was actually underlining your post, stating that I believe that this was the road Celtic intended to pursue.

     

     

    The only question would be, would a section of the support, who voice their discontent at anything that the club try to do, undermine the initiative.

     

     

    Cant make it any more fathomable than that, ol’ chum.

  20. Philbhoy

     

     

    That won’t go far if they are losing around a million a month……..

  21. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    BMCUW

     

     

    Cheers for call earlier. yiv flattened my battery :))))))

     

     

    Mam says thanks for asking after her.her partner in crime has now left SINGING (no joking) to me “if I dont see you through the week ,I will see you through the WINDOW!

     

     

    She is a proper lady :)))))))

  22. 14 Jul 2014, 02:18 PM

     

    RhebelRhebel ‏@RhebelRhebel 13s

     

    Looks like Dundee United have signed Jarosław Fojut, the player Celtic signed on a pre-contract and then cancelled when he had a knee injury

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LEFTCLICKTIC

     

     

    The pleasure was mine,mate. As was speaking to yer Mum.

     

     

    Her and her pal,ffs,what can you say?

     

     

    Well,I think you know,bud. And I really wish them both my very best.

     

     

    Look after yourself,mate. And I know you will.

     

     

    But look after them too-like I need to say!

  24. thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

    15:27 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

     

    Celtic fans fund the youth system, supporters like me buy season tickets and the tickets for the paradise windfall to fund Lennoxtown, Celtic fans that i know in addition to CQN posters i have read and met love to see and support our young players coming through and be a success, you must be unfortunate in Celtic fans you know

     

     

    Your reply to me was unfathomable that given my experience of being involved with youth players and taking in to account all the criteria required for a young player to be a success, supporters views would be a very small consideration.

     

     

    I have never heard any young player walking away from Celtic Park on the sad news of being released as a player from Celtic blame a section of the support as the main cause he did not make it

  25. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    lionroars67

     

    15:48 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

    thomthethim for Oscar OK

     

    15:27 on

     

    14 July, 2014

     

     

    Celtic fans fund the youth system, supporters like me buy season tickets and the tickets for the paradise windfall to fund Lennoxtown, Celtic fans that i know in addition to CQN posters i have read and met love to see and support our young players coming through and be a success, you must be unfortunate in Celtic fans you know

     

     

    Your reply to me was unfathomable that given my experience of being involved with youth players and taking in to account all the criteria required for a young player to be a success, supporters views would be a very small consideration.

     

     

    I have never heard any young player walking away from Celtic Park on the sad news of being released as a player from Celtic blame a section of the support as the main cause he did not make it

     

     

     

    ********

     

    Unfortunately, not all the support demonstrate your patience, tolerance and understanding of what is involved in developing a young player from youths to first team.

     

     

    You only have to read these pages to see that players are scathingly written off, sometimes before they even join the club, by a fair few of our family.

     

     

    The notion that all Celtic supporters are knowledgeable, patient and understanding, sweet smelling, all round bundles of fun, are, to quote an esteemed poster, bizarre and unfathomable.

     

     

    You are probably old enough to remember how Bob Kelly was abused for his persistance with his Kelly’s Kids, or as the media and others called them, with a nod to the Liverpool music influence, Bob Kelly and the Easybeats.

     

     

    So, as you can see, impatience and lack of tolerance is not a new phenomena.

     

     

    Incidentally Kelly said, If you don’t like it, stay away!

     

     

    I didn’t stay away.

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