Play our natural game


Three games and two defeats in and our Champions League group is already a daunting task. More so with the absence of Kieran Tierney, Kolo Toure and Jozo Simunovic, the latter of which casts a long shadow.

My hopes for tonight are limited to putting on a good performance. A result, even a draw, would be of historic proportions, but these are the games we should be facing down with increasing confidence.

Gladbach deserved their win at Celtic Park two weeks ago, but our wounds were self-inflicted on that occasion. If we’d been tighter at the back the game was within our grasp.

On these occasions I’m usually keen for Celtic to play things tight, but with chances of progression so distant, we are as well playing our natural game. Go for it, Celtic.


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  1. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I’d probably bring in Bitton for Rogic. Armstrong “forward” slightly – at the tip of a midfield “triangle” with Brown and Bitton sitting.


    Front three playing in a line, sitting deep and breaking at pace together as a three.


    Condense the pitch. Don’t leave space between the “lines” for them to play.

  2. The Battered Bunnet on




    That €28.8 Million figure is solely the payments from UEFA for participation.



    You need to add in the gate receipts to get the immediate revenue impact from Champions League.



    Which, throwing it in – all £6M of it – and factoring for the GBP-Euro exchange rate, and ignoring any addition sums earned from group points won, gives a tidy, round, and pleasingly patterned £32.1 Million.




  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    Like all 6 of our CL group matches, I have low expectations, but high hopes for tonight.


    Hope we see a great Euro away display and result.


    Hail Hail

  4. On this day in 1967



    Racing Club (Pure Animals) 2-1 Celtic, Intercontinental Club Cup.



    The journey to Buenos Aires lasted about 20 hours for the team who flew out on an Aerolineas Argentina’s jet which had called specially at Prestwick airport to pick them up. A plane load of fans in a turbo-prop Britannia took 29 hours and they certainly lived up to the title of best fans in the world. At £200 a head they flew to South America via the Canary Islands, Sal in the Cape Verde Islands, Recife in Brazil and then into Buenos Aires- some 7000 miles in all.



    Among the 106 fans on board the flight (which at the time was the longest ever flight to leave Glasgow) were 6 priests, a minister (Rev Robert Jack of the Church of Scotland), 2 doctors, and a recent pools winner. Apparently, the hotel they were booked into ended up being alleged to be a hotbed for prostitutes!



    On match day the team were escorted to the stadium by armed police, even the fans had to travel in a police convoy. The Celtic fans clutching their £8 STAND tickets found that their seats had been taken by Argentinians. When they protested some of them were urinated on from the tier above.



    Ronnie Simpson had been struck with a piece of metal so hard it had split his head open right along the top. This was before kick off!!!! John Fallon quickly stripped and took over as Celtic’s keeper, what must have been going through his mind is anyone’s guess. He was a brave man and indeed that day did not let his side or anyone down. There is still belief that Simpson’s injury was done by someone on the field and not from a fan off it.



    Johnstone was brought down in the area and the referee had to award a penalty, which Gemmell converted, however a perfectly good goal scored by Johnstone afterwards was disallowed. Racing scored a goal before and after half time, it was the greatest frame up of all time but was also a blessing. Had Celtic won there is no telling what would have happened. Even after defeat in this game their dressing room was invaded by all kinds of people after rumour spread that they would not play a 3rd game. Argentinian and Uruguay fans (who had travelled to support Celtic) battled outside the stadium.



    A police escort was necessary to take them back to the hotel where the great debate took place as to play the 3rd game in neutral Montevideo. It had always been planned to play any replay in the Uruguyan capital . However events in both legs became the cause for great debate in the Celtic camp.



    Chairman Bob Kelly wanted to fly straight home but Secretary Desmond White wanted to stay and play the 3rd game in case they were branded cowards. James Farrell who had just joined the board decided to stay as did Jock Stein.

  5. PHILBHOY on 1ST NOVEMBER 2016 4:05 PM


    Yer talking p*sh, IMHO of course.





    Yer talking sense againfor a change, IMHO of course.




    nirbitton CSC



    laconicnotlazy CSC




  6. For me,Nir is a footballing visionary,he’s been playing walking football since before the over 50s invented it.


    He also anticipates injuries that have yet to affect him like the one he felt during last season’s Scottish Cup SF.


    He has good ball control and excellent passing skills almost 50% of the time,especially if his teammate is within the length of an oche.


    His game is more suited to Spain or Portugal or somewhere not Scotland.


    Or darts.



  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    Big Nir sure splits opinion.


    He frustrates the life out of me like no other Celtic player. Wee Jamesie comes close. The frustration they both induce in me is because they both ‘have it’ but fail to produce enough.

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Thanks for the birthday wishes bhoys



    Burgus Hoops



    Aye 1st birthday and the auld man having a cracking party in Argentina..

  9. I’ve always been a fan of footballers who don’t look like footballers so nir gets my vote ahead of athletic types like Stuart Armstrong

  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Think we can get some kind of result tonight. Have a feeling City might beat Barca too.

  11. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Met & had a drink with a load of fine Bhoys and Ghirls last night in Manchester airport who were on their way to the game. Wonderful support and great ambassadors – it felt totally wrong me getting on a flight to Oslo. But work is work.



    They echoed Delaney’s Dunky – low expectations but high hopes.



    I don’t want to banjax anything but I have a feeling we might get something out of tonight. If only because we are comprehensive underdogs and have lost half our back line and talisman up front.



    When the odds are stacked against us…



    No predictions. I’ll be happy if we play our footballing game and give a right good account of ourselves. The experience we are picking up this season is priceless, and all the signs are positive.



    A lot of teams would have had their confidence, and their season, wrecked after a hammering like we got at the Camp Nou.



    We bounce back and give Man C the game of their season, and we are imperious in our league.



    That’s big cojones.



    No prediction? Och, bugger it. 1-1 till Sinclair rifles in a winner 5 minutes from time.



    For we only know


    That there’s going to be a show



    Mon the Tic

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Many happy returns.


    Of all the days to arrive, you chose All Saints.:)


    All the best mate.

  13. GreeninbingleyinOslo on




    £32 million? That means we could push the boat out and go for that young French sensation Moussa Dembele – oh, wait. We got him already. For £500,000.




  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    More disappointment for Sunderland fans as Davie Moyes only gets a one match ban……

  15. BEATBHOY on 1ST NOVEMBER 2016 3:41 PM






    You were right, nothing bad happened in the place where nothing ever happens. (Was Bothwell the inspiration for that song?)




    My kind of place. Might just move there. Saw a garden shed for sale in the estate agent’s window, a snip at £100k.




    I lived there for a while mate. Mostly guns, huns, drugs and bums. It is quiet though. They do most of their business elsewhere. :-)

  16. The Battered Bunnet on




    Yip. It’s a hell of a problem. What on earth are we going to do with all of this dough? :¬)

  17. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Burgas Hoops on 1st November 2016 5:07 pm




    Burgas, I was on that trip to Buenos Aries and then later went on to Montevideo.



    The Rev Jack mentioned was from Iceland and he went on every single Celtic away trip in those days and would castigate the Catholic clergy in good jest saying he was the only holy man on the flight who had the right to be called “Father” and he would produce a photograph of his 9 children to prove the point.



    The 29 hour flight on the Brittania aircraft stopped to refuel at Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Sal (Cape Verde Islands), and Recife (Brazil) before landing at Buenos Aries where all flags and scarves were confiscated by the customs men!



    The Hotel was the four star City Hotel which had a grand ballroom and those on the plane and the staff presented me with a 6th Birthday cake in there much to my great embarrassment. I don’t know where the hookers story came from but nothing would surprise me.



    I could tell many a story about European trips in those days especially Amsterdam 1971!!



    There were quite a few characters on that flight including Joe Gallagher who allegedly won the money for the trip on the pools. I can confirm that this story was a complete fabrication just to draw some attention to the flight and to provide a reasonable excuse for Joe being able to go in the first place!



    At the time you were only allowed to take about £20 in cash out of the country, but I can also confirm that some of the great and the good on the flight, including Jock Stein’s daughter Ray, went about Buenos Aries buying leather handbags, crocodile shoes, onyx telephones and various other items which cost far more than £20. Most of them had hundreds of pounds in cash stuffed in socks and elsewhere!



    The journey to the stadium in Buenos Aries was terrifying and at the ground all the soldiers who were our escort were armed with machine guns!



    The hastily arranged flight to Montevideo was arranged through Aereiolineas Argentinas and all the fans found a bottle of whisky wrapped in green and white ribbon and some shortbread in the pocket in front of their seat ( the local manager was a Celtic fan from Glasgow).



    Brittania Airways allowed the aircraft to stay in Argentina for an extra two days to fit in the replay and the crew became firm Celtic fans as a result of the flight. Somewhere, I still have the flight schedule for that trip showing the names of all the passengers.



    Between the first game and the replay we went out to the Celtic training ground to see the players etc and while there Sir Robert Kelly gave me his lapel badge but it was later stolen! I also got a kick about with Jimmy, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace!



    My mother and father, who organised the flight, were later prosecuted at Glasgow Sheriff Court as a result of the whole escapade and were defended by the famous Glasgow Lawyer Lawrence Dowdalls.



    The charge was a breach of the statute which dictated that no person could organise a commercial flight across the Atlantic and charge paying customers a price which was less than the standard price on offer from the state airline who, at the time, were B.O.A.C.



    Dowdells wanted to show this act up as a nonsense by pleading not guilty and taking the whole thing to trial with huge publicity and making a mockery of Government.



    My dad said no to this as it meant that he would never be given the lease for another plane again in London, where he sourced the aircraft, and he would never again be granted a licence by the CAA.



    So they plead guilty and paid a minuscule fine handed down by a Sheriff who was one of their paying customers!!



    Years later, Celtic drew FC Copenhagen and the Foreign Office refused to allow a licence to fly Celtic fans to Denmark because of the ongoing Cod War.



    The late Dick Buchanan MP and others raised this in the House of Commons and pointed out that my old man could have caused huge problems for the Government because of the daft law and the Argentina flight but had chosen not to. They also argued that refusing to allow football fans to fly was a breach of human rights.



    The licence to fly to Denmark was granted and the law about the trans atlantic price restriction was done away with and BEA and BOAC merged to become British Airways.



    The first person to really challenge BA on price across the Atlantic was Freddie Laker who had leased my old man 5 planes to fly fans to Lisbon in May 1967.



    The consequences of that flight to Argentina was very very far reaching in more ways than one.

  18. Given my being wrong about Celtic tactics before most matches I’m just going to watch this one with Hope in My Heart.



    Enjoy, Hail Hail and Walk On safe on the One Road.



    Win, lose or draw, we’ll be there to give the bhoys a cheer, faithful through and through.




    Thanks for the birthday wishes bhoys




    Burgus Hoops




    Aye 1st birthday and the auld man having a cracking party in Argentina..



    and how many free drinks you had on the back of that??? not that i grudge them and will probably buy you 2 or 5 in the BV on 19th nov.

  20. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Sat beside Willie Henderson at the preview of the Jimmy Johnstone documentary over a month ago.



    I see he is dealing out a dose of reality about where the Rangers are within the structure of Scottish Football.

  21. Bhoys and ghirls seem in fine voice in Germany ..



    Sadly one of my best mates took his own life yday , please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. A fine Derry man and a proud proud Irishman .



    Rip mo chará




    Yeh i knew you were at that game.



    Magic stuff mate.

  23. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Cheers HT



    Remember ages ago, somewhat angrily as I recall, I said that you can at least try and change things which seemed impossible?



    Well it comes from experiences and history like that. Wee steps which can lead to big consequences and changes.



    You should listen to the Kay Adams show on Radio Scotland this morning re the act.



    Marie McC spoke really well making some very good points.



    More power to your elbow re this.



    Tilt at a Windmill whenever you get the chance!! lol



    Suicide and depression are very personal subjects to me.Your news is terribly sad,stay strong?


    RIP to your friend.

  25. Jerry Cornelius on

    I knew joe gallagher well we were neighbours in kerrycroy toryglen. he cashed in a life insurance policy to go to WCC and he got the time off from his railway job gratis thanks to his boss being a big tim. great character ran the bennys bar bus from gorbals x for years.

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