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Perspective as Champions face Best of the Rest

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Let’s start by putting whatever perception lingers from Aberdeen’s result in Hamilton on Tuesday night into perspective. The goal they lost was only the second time they had conceded in six games. Incredibly, both were penalties. They have played an astonishing 617 minutes without conceding a goal from anywhere but the penalty spot.

Including those two penalties, they have conceded only four since Tom Rogic’s late free kick the last time we played them. This is a well-organised football team who have a script ready for Celtic. They will defend tightly, get the ball forward quickly and chase the life out of everything. The defeat at Hamilton was the first time they have dropped a point since Inverness withheld an onslaught to leave Pittodrie with a draw seven weeks ago.

Despite sitting second in the table with an impressive defence, Aberdeen are well below where they hoped to be at this stage of the season. One win from their opening five league games saw them struggle in the bottom half of the table. Clear evidence that their preseason plans did nothing for them in Europe or domestically.

The most surprising aspect of the Premiership table is that Aberdeen have recovered their natural position as Best of the Rest so quickly.

There’s a tangible confidence among Celtic fans right now. It doesn’t necessarily extend to travelling to face A German Team but most of us think we’ll take three points tomorrow. I know Aberdeen fans who were at Hamilton during the week also fancy their chances, especially if we are as wasteful in front of goal as we have been recently.

Brendan Rodgers will need to plan for tomorrow and for Gladback on Tuesday, a game which brings an end of a five week period with five intense sell-out games (and a few others). He used his options well at Ross County on Wednesday, wise selections are needed tomorrow also.

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  1. What is the Stars on

    Robert

     

     

    Donald Trump

     

     

    Yes all he had was his inheritance of several hundred million to start him and he still managed to declare for bankruptcy a couple of times.Surely that should disqualify him from even standing for the post.

     

    No time for the clintons but she is the lesser of 2 evils

     

    Saw a documentary recently where a guy said he thought the choice between Clinton and Trump was equivalent to choosing whether to indulge in a certain practice of an adult nature with either your grandfather or grandmother

     

     

    here is an interesting article

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/oct/13/liberal-media-bias-working-class-americans

  2. Winning captains et al. I know it’s de rigour to ignore me etc.

     

     

    But just building on the theme of the police and their agenda. I was chatting this evening with a very intelligent chap from one of the large accountancy firms in the land. He being a good Tim I proffered an opinion on the rather strange decision to stage the next Hun game on hogmany.

     

     

    As I said on the surface it’s a bizarre decision. But I wondered aloud at the reason being a desire by certain Scottish politicians and police Scotland to show that certain laws and attitudes must prevail.

     

     

    It’s just a hypothesis but either it’s gross stupidity or that.

     

     

    Like I say. Just a thought.

     

     

    I will go back to my exile.

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:45 PM

     

    Robert

     

     

     

    Donald Trump

     

     

     

    Yes all he had was his inheritance of several hundred million to start him and he still managed to declare for bankruptcy a couple of times.Surely that should disqualify him from even standing for the post.

     

     

    No time for the clintons but she is the lesser of 2 evils

     

     

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    Breaking :

     

    New FBI investigation into Clinton emails 10 days before the election.

  4. We will win the league this year with the biggest margin in Scottish football history. Mind the gap there.

  5. Res 12 Celtic AGM 2013 Update Reminder

     

     

    E mail with an update has been issued and any queries about non receipt answered and info provided.

     

     

    If you signed the original Resolution or the later mandate and have not had an e mail with an account of activity and conclusions then e mail auldheid046@gmail.com

  6. Neganon

     

     

    It would appear that the passing of information to the local constabulary has begun again.

     

     

    This time it’s been supported by the passing of CCTV footage.

  7. Auldheid

     

     

    Apologies for not phoning but things have been manic for me the last while.

     

     

    Can you email the update please.

  8. NEGANON2 on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:50 PM

     

    Winning captains et al. I know it’s de rigour to ignore me etc.

     

     

    But just building on the theme of the police and their agenda. I was chatting this evening with a very intelligent chap from one of the large accountancy firms in the land. He being a good Tim I proffered an opinion on the rather strange decision to stage the next Hun game on hogmany.

     

     

    As I said on the surface it’s a bizarre decision. But I wondered aloud at the reason being a desire by certain Scottish politicians and police Scotland to show that certain laws and attitudes must prevail.

     

     

    It’s just a hypothesis but either it’s gross stupidity or that.

     

     

    Like I say. Just a thought.

     

     

    I will go back to my exile.

     

     

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    Is it because budgets are about to be cut, and the OBF act is about to be not an act.

     

     

    They wouldnt try to put out a powderkeg event and under police it to get more funds to over police all future no events??

     

     

    The F(u)eckers!!

  9. Brendan is a proper manager. He was clearly unimpressed with JP and got rid off. Thankfully PL has returned to doing his day job. There is now a better equilibrium about the club.

  10. WINNING CAPTAINS on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:15 PM

     

     

    WC your post pretty much sums it up!

     

     

    NEGANON2 on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:50 PM

     

     

    The pedant in me has to point out that it’s de rigueur but I’ll put that down to autocorrect. However, you have a very valid hypothesis there. It may just be the shot in the arm that OBaF needs after the consultation! Well worth considering.

     

     

    KTF

  11. Very depressing news regarding Kieran Tierney. We can only hope that the injury does not affect his future development adversely.

     

     

    Sometimes you wonder about the fickle finger of fate. Kieran plays game after game and appears to cope well. Many people think it might be wise to give him a rest – and who could argue with their logic? – Brendan gives him the rest on Wednesday night and two days later he suffers bad injury.

     

     

    Get well soon Kieran.

  12. Given the games we have played in recent weeks a win against the Dons willl take a Herculean effort.

  13. Margaret McGill on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 28th October 2016 11:50 pm

     

     

    yeah go figure!

     

    Early voting in swing states such as NC, FL, PA, OH, Maine and Nevada (states needed to become president) indicate that down ballot voting shows democrats would take over the house and the senate. Lets have the FBI and NSA release some vague statements about Weiners sexting and politicize the private Clinton email servers again. You know the ones that werent hacked by the Russians.

     

    heh.

     

    Im just saying.

  14. Neganon 2

     

     

    I’ve never ignored you.

     

     

    I do wish you’d come back to support the team, it is a rare period when just about every game is mega enjoyable. Celtic are playing some great football.

     

     

    Polis on double time on Hogmanay?

     

     

    It might have been TV that selected the date but the Polis had to green light it.

     

     

    Lot of water under the bridge before then.

     

     

    Hearing that some of the anti-King Conedy Club bloggers who were forced into early retirement after receiving dignified advice to quit are coming back to tax on the Glib one.

     

     

    Fun and games.

  15. Margaret McGill on

    After 8 years on CQN it must be said that any Celtic supporter who doesn’t believe our board are OF is just a tube.

  16. Margaret McGill on

    !!Bada Bing!! on 29th October 2016 1:04 am

     

     

    Does the tribute mention any of the boss’s respect for unions? No?

     

    Ah ok

  17. Margaret McGill on

    I was detained, I was restrained

     

    And broke my spleen and broke my knee

     

    And then he really lays into me

     

    Friday night in out-patients

     

    Who said I’d lied to her?

     

     

    Friday night CQN come on guys gee it pablophanque laldy

  18. Margaret McGill on

    !!Bada Bing!! on 29th October 2016 1:17 am

     

    Oh believe me. I know he does. This boss from New jersey

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:52 PM

     

    Macjay

     

     

     

    Good luck to them

     

     

     

    most politicians are corrupt egomaniacs

     

     

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    You would love a program I watched called :

     

     

    Gore Vidal : The United States of Amnesia.

     

     

    Very thought provoking.

  20. Fascinating read of Sevco’s financial statements for the year ended 30/6/16. Their turnover is 22.2m (compared to our 52m). Interesting to note they eventually paid the 250k fine (by way of offset),. Most staggering of all is the last note to the financial statements. They paid 3m out in transfer fees subsequent to the year end I.e . The last transfer window. Considering only Wee burnie aka Garner had a fee (1.8) and Rossiter (.25), it means circa 1m was paid out in agents fees. Guessing that maybe Barton, Kranjar, Benny Hill etc.