Perspective as Champions face Best of the Rest


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. The truth is until Celtic make a statement we are all just guessing that is my informed opinion lets see what develops. Good luck KT H H Hebcelt

  2. TBB – looking forward to Super Saturday and watching my 2 favourite teams both pulling well clear in their respective divisions.

  3. Claude Puel has claimed Virgil Van Dijk has the potential to be one of the top five defenders in the world.



    Southampton gave the Dutch defender a new six-year contract in the summer after the former Celtic centre-back earned international recognition.



    And Puel, who took over at St Mary’s in the summer, said the 25-year-old can go on to become a global superstar.




    “Virgil Van Dijk has everything,” said the former Lyon and Nice coach. “He is a monster physically, he wins everything in the air, he is intelligent, technical. He can become one of the five best defenders in the world.

  4. JOBO BALDIE on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 5:53 PM


    I’m beginning to lose count of how many different cliques I’m in.





    Jobo,it’s 66 – cliquety clique.





  5. Hi Paul67,



    Interesting… my perspective from that game, not that I saw it, was that Aberdeen are way too inconsistent.



    In fact to the point I was thinking a new Young Ambitious Manager would be great for that Club.



    After reading your article I’ll reserve judgement til tomorrow.



    Thought Brendan used the squad to great effect on Wednesday, shows he has faith in the players (also faith in that bench… well if needs be… right;)



    I’d like to see him my mix it up again tomorrow. BMG might not be there for the taking but a result is by no means impossible.



    Hail Hail



    Linda, Sean’s Trust ‏@saoirsefanclub


    Still looking for sponsors for our Ghirls Good dinner at Celtic Park on 3 December Sean’s Trust hopes to take 9 bereaved Mums Please share




    A worthwhile cause,led by the widow of ST JOHN DOYLE,sadly missed and not only from these pages.




    Anyone wishing to get in touch with Linda e-mail me at lennybhoycfc@gmail.com


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!




    He’s a dated genious – the ‘I Thank Sevco’ bit was known within days of him signing ;-)



    You should see his anagram of Christina Hendricks though….

  8. Sevco Annual Report extract




    At the time of preparation, the forecast identi ed that the Group would require up to £4.0m by way of debt or equity funding by the end of season 2016/2017 in order to meet its liabilities as they fall due. Following the progression of the team to the Semi Finals of the Scottish League Cup, the funding requirement is now anticipated to be £3.75m. The rst tranche of funding amounting to £2.9m has been received from investors in October 2016, with further funds forecast to be required in March 2017.


    Further funding may be required during the 2017/18 season, the quantum of which is dependent on future football performance and European football participation.


    The Board of Directors has received undertakings from certain investors that they will provide nancial support to the Group and have satis ed themselves as to the validity of these undertakings and that the individuals have the means and authority to provide such funding as and when it is required. The Board acknowledge that had these assurances not been secured then a material uncertainty would exist which may cast doubt over the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern and therefore its ability to realise its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business. With the appropriate assurances obtained and the continued support of the investors, the Board believe that any such uncertainty has been removed.


    The nancial support to be made available more than covers the projected shortfall for this season and beyond. The Board further understands that additional facilities can be made available as and when required for investment in the team.


    As such, after making the enquiries referred to above, the Board of Directors believe that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group will at all times have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this report and the statutory nancial statements.



    Roughly translated – they’re skint.




  9. PFAyr.



    Have you accepted the Job of organising the Christmas bash in the pub? I would give you a hand but as you can see my memory is rapidly deteriorating, can’t remember the pubs name?

  10. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    JOBO BALDIE on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:08 PM






    He’s a dated genious – the ‘I Thank Sevco’ bit was known within days of him signing ;-)




    You should see his anagram of Christina Hendricks though….





    It takes a while for news to reach this most western outpost of the EU!



    He is still a genius, no matter how it is spelt!

  11. vfr


    You sure, I see that statement as recognising they were short of money however this has now been covered by the RST, directors loans with further loans available if needed.

  12. Colour Blind Bhoy on

    I know lots of people on CQN don’t listen but for anyone who does, can you imagine how much venom BFDJ talks with about Celtic players when be is off air.



    Sutty was spot on in his character assassination of him, total embarrassment!

  13. VFR800A8 on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:14 PM



    So they’ve already had £2.9m and need another £4m. Is that the way you read it?



    A total loss of at least £7m?

  14. TONYDONNELLY67 on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:22



    Look on the bright side Tony, the moderator kept his cards in his pocket!

  15. VFR- The line about European football…..oh my aching sides…does a club not have to show at the start of the season , they have enough money to last the season, without the aid of loans?

  16. fergusslayedtheblues on



    He is only doing it to make that the agenda on snyde tonight rather than the gullibles turning the heat on the breadman


    just BFDJ doing his level5 best

  17. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    BBC reporting that Motherwell Football CLUB are now under fan ownership.


    Just waiting for them to say they have been getting it wrong about Rangers and that it WAS the club that was liquidated…….

  18. From the Auditors Report





    In forming our opinion on the financial statements, which is not modified, we have considered the adequacy of the disclosures in note 1 to the financial statements concerning the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern. In order to continue operations for the next 12 months the Group is dependent upon raising additional finance. Failure to secure additional funding would result in the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt as to the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.




    I am not being sensational. RIFC is on life support. The business review says they need money and the only source of that is loans from current investors who have given verbal assurances of that as and when it is needed. It says it is needed THIS season, and will be needed NEXT season too.



    The auditors simply cannot attest to that as it is clearly informal, not a facility, and have raised the emphasis of matter. To be clear – the Auditors of RIFC specifically state in their report that there is doubt as to whether RIFC can continue to trade and that it will only be possible with investor hand outs.



    Incidentally Iain Bankier (Chair), Peter Lawwell (CEO), Chris McKay (FD) and Michael Nicholson (Secretary) sign off various reports within the Celtic accounts. All parts of RIFC’s are signed by King.



    Just wow.

  19. I hope the decision of Scott Brown making a comeback for Scotland is for one game only, I do not see how this will improve him or his Celtic form.

  20. I know it is from the record but story from Newsnow.



    Football News


    Celtic FC



    Celtic rocked by horror training ground injury to Kieran Tierney as full back suffers suspected broken ankle



    18:23, 28 Oct 2016


    Updated 18:23, 28 Oct 2016


    By Keith Jackson



    THE full extent of the damage has also yet to be clarified but it’s understood the left-back reported to a Glasgow hospital.




    CELTIC’S preparations for the top of the table showdown at Pittodrie have been rocked by a horror training ground injury to teenage prodigy Kieran Tierney.



    Record Sport understands the 19-year-old had was carried off the field at Lennoxtown on Thursday afternoon with a suspected broken ankle.



    Details of the left-back’s injury were kept under wraps by manager Brendan Rodgers later that day when he faced the media to face questions about today’s lunchtime clash with Aberdeen .



    The full extent of the damage has also yet to be clarified but it’s understood the left-back reported to a Glasgow hospital this morning for an MRI scan.

  21. Bit of a ticket question- ICT Game next Saturday- anyone have issues using iPhone on the club site trying to buy tickets?



    Would I be safe enough turning up at the ticket office midweek and buying them or should I persist online? Any thoughts?

  22. DESSYBHOY on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:24 PM


    They have “a promise” of funds available in March to meet the predicted shortfall; that doesn’t take account of any unforeseen (sic) expenses such as Barton’s payoff; roof repairs; rent for “alternative premises; and getting all the ticket money from Celtic for the next Glasgow derby; they will also have included a further projected £400K assuming we go to play them a second time.





    They need another £875K at least – see above.



    !!BADA BING!! on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:30 PM


    They absolutely need to finish 2nd and qualify for the Europa League, as well as a decent Scottish Cup run to allow them to budget for the 2017/2018 season; this is also based upon similar season ticket sales. That could be in danger if the finish 4th or below which looks entirely possible.




  23. THETIMREAPER on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:28 PM


    TONYDONNELLY67 on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 6:22




    Look on the bright side Tony, the moderator kept his cards in his pocket!



    I haven’t a clue what was deleted? No information, just….deleted? No time, nothing, prob. Got to exited and for got, talk about the OBA ?

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