Our major events venue, Adidas backfire, KR nerves


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. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Someone posted earlier about Messi vomiting on the pitch last night.



    An article about the wee man having this issue was on the BBC website about six months ago. The Barcelona medical team were at a loss as to what the cause is.



    This might be areason was he appears less energetic and involved in games in relation to his early years at the Camp Nou.



    Good news Efe is back and ready to play tomorrow night. He had a good world cup despite not playing in his best position.



    Both he and Virgil complement each other’s playing style so I would prefer him as centre back tomorrow.




  2. Are we ‘racially prejudiced’? That’s not an easy question to answer…



    By Norman Tebbit ⁠Politics ⁠Last updated: June 5th, 2014





    I read recently that some 30 per cent of us are now judged to be racially prejudiced.



    It set me wondering. In the 1950s and 1960s, when I spent much of my time in Africa, India and the Middle and Far East, I would have thought that most ex-patriate Brits might have been judged (by today’s standards) to be racially prejudiced.



    That word worries me. It implies that, having lived in and experienced foreign societies, one is less likely to make a fair assessment of them. What is more, it is now taken to mean that such people are likely to have come to their views in an irrational or unfair manner. Yet I often heard Europeans in Hong Kong praising the work ethic and skills of the indigenous Chinese population, and those in Tokyo praising the social solidarity of Japanese society even hough they felt slightly excluded from it.



    I found myself being a little selective in some matters, too. Indeed, I paid a lot more attention to the refuelling of my aircraft in some places than others.



    Perhaps my wife and I faced an extreme example of making that sort of judgment some 50 or more years ago whilst I was posted for a while to Hawaii. I took my wife and our elder son, who was just a toddler, and our six-month-old daughter with me. We spent a lot of time on the beach and were on nodding terms with the magnificdent Polynesian boatmen who took their big 20-man fishing canoes on and off the beach through the huge surf. So when a couple of them came and explained to us that children taken out through the surf as babies would never drown, then asked if they could take our children out that day, we could do nothing but say: “Oh, yes. Thank you very much.”



    There are other big surf beaches in other countries where I think that our answer would have been different. Were we prejudiced to make that judgment?



    Indeed, if I were looking for long-distance runners would it be evidence of racism or prejudice if I were to go to the highlands of East Africa rather the Amazon or Congo basins?



    Perhaps what has happened is that a lot more British people now have people of other backgrounds and cultures living in close proximity and seeking to make our country more like the country they had left.



    That is by no means a condemnation of all immigrants. We now have our first ever Tory MP of Asian origin in the cabinet, an asset to both the Government and this country and a credit to his Pakistani father who made his home here.



    Come to think of it, however, perhaps I suffer with dog prejudice, or breedism. The DNA of domestic dogs of all breeds is as near identical as is our human DNA across all races. Yet if I wanted a dog to protect me, I would seek an Irish wolf hound; to take shooting it would have to be a labrador or a spaniel. For ratting I would pick a Jack Russell and… but need I go on?



    Now I have got myself in such a muddle that I will have to go to my Political Correctness and Equality Counsellor before I am condemned and shunned by all the great and the good of the Guardianista Tribe.



    What a fate!





  3. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    CQN’s Fascist Faction is now comfortable in openly declaring its racism on what was once a Celtic site.



    Don’t say you were not warned.

  4. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Not been on much last few days, dont want to open the proverbial can of worms, but can someone enlightened me as to ipaddys racism remark.

  5. Masty



    I think he’s referring to Hinge and Bracket posting to each other.

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Kilbowie, Norman Tebbit and the cricket test – need I say any more. A horrible comment from a horrible wee man.



    A loathsome individual who was a big part of the most divisive and destructive government I can remember in my time.

  7. i paddy


    Racism? if you mean Kojos ranyt i agree. I normally scroll past his posts.


    Normally he hasa go at lefties, less unfortunates but now heseems to have gone a step further. Disgracefull for a Celtic blog

  8. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on



    thank you, I scroll past all the crap.how are you both?

  9. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    I am for the most part UNEDUCATED.


    I am what could be referred to as GERIATRIC.



    Neither of those truths pervents me from calling out racism wherever I witness it.


    Nor will it EVER in the future.

  10. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on



    my thoughts exactly

  11. I have had a long drawn out correspondence with GCC about their H & S responsibilities re operations by others. In particular the proposed explosive demolition of the Red Road Flats without removal of Artex decorative coatings which have asbestos content.



    From the very top the GCC wash their hands of any responsibility for anything that happens in the city providing the owners and contractors of the property being demolished tell them it is O’K.



    Ibrox will be no different which makes me wonder why Celtic can’t simply go ahead with the standing area they have been negotiating for so long.

  12. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Big nan


    not all artex contains asbestos,

  13. Masty



    So do I usually mate but you know what it’s like, someone makes reference to it and you go back to see what was said.



    We’re grand mate thanks for asking.


    No doubt there’ll be another wee gathering some time soon and we can grab a pint.

  14. My Dear KK….



    That Was A ‘Cut & Paste’ Of Your Actual Post….



    From Back In June.. ;-))









    Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES



    18:45 on 10 June, 2014



    I am an uneducated, geriatric Celtic supporter….







    “….But I Really,Really Want THAT JOB …………..Mr. Sugar !”







    Viva Delia !!



  15. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on



    beers are on me mo chara, give the minx my best.

  16. bleep and booster should be banned sine die.



    unfortunately it won’t happen.



    the best option is to ban yourself from reading “his monologue”.



    that is easy. don’t read. don’t react. it will go away.

  17. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Hamiltontim @ 19.42



    hahaha, surely theyre one and the same ?




  18. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on



    l am sure we will have more than 1.

  19. Who keeps other poster’s posts from months previously and then re posts them.



    Weird and sinister.

  20. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine



    Who knows and really it’s not worth bothering ourselves about.



    Celtic are playing tomorrow, now that is important :-)

  21. Kojo



    You questioned earlier whether Scott Brown was our most important player. And last night (if memory serves) you questioned whether we need a big bad wolf type in our midfield.



    Perhaps the article below will be of interest?






    IMHO all teams benefit from a wolf. Esp in the midfield on a football pitch. A clever, astute wolf preferably.



    Now I’ll grant you (and others) that versus Barca last year he was an impulsive wolf rather than an astute one. And he’s not the perfect mid and never will be. His padding can be good but can be terrible. His shooting? Often less said the better…



    But he’s an experienced Scot in a team increasingly made up of young non Scots and he plays a vital role as a leader of the team.



    1st ghuy on my teamsheet without fail in the context of the current squad.



    HH jamesgang

  22. antipodean red on




    There are a lot of good articles relating to Dr Fuentes, if this scandal was properly investigated, it would make the deadco scandal look like a tea party.




  23. Padding = passing



    Blinkin iPhone thing!






    HH jamesgang

  24. People often attribute the perceived growing ills they see around them to ‘others’.



    ‘Others’ can be defined by race, class, creed, age, gender, sexuality, etc, etc.



    It’s inevitably divisive and often racist.


    And it’s pretty much the antithesis of what my Celtic represent.



    HH jamesgang

  25. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Has anyone heard our trialist from Benfica got on with his week with Celtic ? H.H.

  26. In happier news…. HT and Masty seem to have initiated some form of game where if you find them they buy you drink….






    HH jamesgang

  27. Joe – was going ask you the Bhoy in the know!



    Me? I know nussin’ …






    HH jamesgang