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. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    izzy will be brilliant, just dont cross the ball, pass it into the box





    Just to say , I thought his crosses had noticeably improved the other night.



    I am more concerned about his defending crosses to the far post . His post.

  2. Jobo – you care about 2 more teams than me. But I get it. I love the enthusiasm and pure love for football you get with teams like EK.



    International fitba leaves me cold.




  3. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    PHILBHOY on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 9:21 PM


    If you listen to bfdj on the radio you deserve all you get!




    In what other industry would a half wit be employed as a front man?







    Yes for Brexit :-)







  4. I met a Polis the other night in a motorway service station.



    We talked about the Offensive Behaviour Act and the cop was keen to tell CQN the inside story about this offensive piece of legislation.



    More to follow on that.



    On Wednesday night at Dingwall my boy, who is studying law at Strathclyde University, was standing at the front near the corner flag and yards from the cops filming the Celtic support.



    In his Criminal Law lecture they have been focusing on this bad law. The students were asked to listen to two songs – The Roll of Honour and Boys of the Old Brigade.



    The students were told these were allegedly offensive.



    Most students looked bemused. One whistled along. His mum blamed his dad.



    One of his friends – they go to concerts together – is a bit of a character from the dark side. He once threw a pie in Kirkcaldy at the Raith Rovers goalkeeper half way through the journey.



    He had a pal who was arrested under the Offensive Behaviour Act.



    A meeting was arranged and the guy talked about the song he was singing – something to do with 1912 – and it representing his culture and beliefs. He accepts that some of their songs go to far but nothing we sing is in actual fact offensive to them.



    Apparently he is a civilised boy, now with a record to deal with.



    I warned my boy at Dingwall that he could sing Grace but not BOTOB or ROH. I said to a policeman that in most democracies what he – and his colleagues were doing would be illegal and possibly criminal. He gave me a knowing look.



    The ROH was first monitored and the female senior police officer asked a colleague to explain what the Celtic supporters were singing and whether or not it was offensive.



    The Policeman explained what he knew about the song and said it wasn’t offensive. Later, at Tynecastle, a different policeman decided that he was offended. Couldn’t wait to be offended actually. It made his day.



    The Game of Shame was an excuse. The hordes weren’t any more revolting than before and they never wrecked the toilets ( recent damage still unpaid btw) .



    The Celric support and players did nothing wrong.



    Neil Lennon reacted when McCoist said to him…



    So where was the Shame and why the summit.



    Two things to mention.



    A few months earlier we were at Dunfermline at sat in the first row with a steward blocking our view. We got talking and I was surprised to learn that he was a Celtic steward as were his colleagues.



    The home club couldn’t afford to pay. There were few Police officers in attendance. In fact the clubs had advised the Police that they were moving to a policy of self policing matches, with big clubs like Celtic able to control and manage their own support.



    Meanwhile the cops had another problem.



    One of the biggest clubs hadn’t paid them and the intelligence was that they were in trouble.



    If football stopped paying the significant proportion of the police budget and they had a huge bad debt to deal with then Pitt Street had a problem.



    So McCoist’s careless whisper was a god send for the Polis. They jumped on it and imposed their bills on Scottish football, whether the clubs liked it or not.



    The ROH was only sung at Dingwall when the camera cops appeared. Indeed the pro-IRA singing has increased in recent times in defiance of a bad law.



    But it’s good business for Police Scotland.



    That’s why Grace is such a brilliant addition to our songbook.



    Bad law doesn’t work and it will be gone soon enough.

  5. Listening to pundits, talk shows, half time, full time chats should only ever be done for comedic purposes or viewed as some kind of post modern ironic performance art. It makes sense when viewed through those prisms. In fact, you come to view BFDJ as a genius when you do. His savage yet surreal critique of his own existence is beyond mortal understanding.




    And McCoists careless whisper cant be uttered on this blog, allegedly.



    Get it out there

  7. What is the Stars on




    Sorry for the cheeky remark



    Very fond of Bruce,his songs,his concerts,his life story his attitude etc,


    He made a lot of money making people happy


    Lots of evil people make a lot of money in the arms and pharma industries and dont make anyone happy.



    He may be a multi millionaire but he is still one of us

  8. How many people are actually reading the blog at this time of night??



    As opposed to tomorrow morning?

  9. No need for the apology. Perfectly valid comment! I struggle with the contradictions of life as a socialist in a capitalist world every day!!!



    Everyone should be made to think about their ideas. It’s a good thing.



    Now, about those horses. His is it I only ever see your duff tips?????




  10. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    winning captains



    we have a brilliantly intelligent young support, trainee lawyers, accountants , future politicians,.


    contrary to the old daft opinions, the green brigade uni kids are very intelligent.



    grace is brilliant.



    i look forward to this – sing a song in a foreign language –




  11. What is the Stars on





    I remember seeing an interview with Al Fayed ( Harrods,Fulham etc) ,it was around the time Diana and Dodi ( his son) crashed in Paris,


    He claimed that the “establishment” didnt like him because ” he was an ordinary working class guy”

  12. WITS – I think I’ve bet on two of your many tips. I’ve read many more comments thanking you for the winner. And I’ve missed a couple of good ones through forgetfulness – seen on here, forgot to call in to the bookies!



    My da always said he never heard the bookie tell those stories. Hence I’m a very very rare contributor to their pension funds!!!

  13. ROBERTTRESSELL on 28TH OCTOBER 2016 11:29 PM



    Clunks – I’m reading it tomorrow but posting tonight so i have something to look at at breakfast.






    Ah a time travelling CQN’er, remember and not drop that marmalade on that stain on your shirt…………




  14. What is the Stars on




    Bookies always win in the long term,odds are stacked in their favour


    To paraprhase a group of chaps who apparently dont exist any more



    We only have to be lucky once….you have to be lucky all the time

  15. WITS – a bit like the self made entrepreneur that is donald trump. All he had when he started was his inheritance of his dads €250 million. But he’s a man of the people.



    And as for Hilary …..



    I think I’ll get back to YouTube….. beer and music soothing my soul

  16. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Being out here in the Costa Blanca ‘news’ from Scotland is a bit sparse! However,if I read CQN correctly Scott Brown may be returning to Scotland duties? As I said here when the talk was of Gordon Strachan resigning prior to match against Engerland…. NAE CHANCE! Who would pass up a chance to manage Scotland at Wembley ? Naebody!


    So SB has a chance at playing at Wembley ? Grabs it with both hands and anyway he is his own man first not a chattel! BTW the next international after Engerland is about 6 months later,so he can change his mind again!


    Off to kip it’s bloody late here for us auld yins!

  17. We go into our hardest away game tomorrow on the back of our toughest run of of games this season. All before we play a massive CL game on Tuesday night. It’s good to see the SFA are doing feck all to help the Scottish Champions in Europe.

  18. I know WC knows what the gardener said to Lennon.



    Anyone else here allegedly know?? Cos I allegedly feel right out the loop.




  19. Clunks



    Now imagine the bull whip and the music…



    The very thought will make the journey to Aberdeen devoid of the premonition of a road blocked by ewes in season…or do I mean seasoning.



    Hail hail




  20. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Right bed for me.



    Good luck and safe journey to all who are travelling to the Granite City early tomorrow.



    BGFC and WBGFC, hope you land tickets. Someone from a bus always dizny make it. Every time.



    Graffitionthewall CSC

  21. Matt Stewart



    You have either done far too many drugs or not done enough,



    Leave some for me and the sheep…..