Pot 4, decline of the Spanish empire


A cursory look at our fellow pot 4 Champions League teams shows the extent of the challenge.  Six of the eight teams lost: Steaua Bucharest (3-0), Austrian Vienna (0-1), Celtic (2-0), Real Sociedad (0-2), Plzen (0-3), Anderlecht (2-0).

Copenhagen got one of the better results of the night, a 1-1 draw at home to Italian champions, Juventus, while Napoli, who split Juve and Milan in the Italian league last season, but are still a pot 4 team, recorded the only bottom tier win, a 2-1 victory over last season’s finalists, Borussia Dortmund.

Napoli are in a different category than the rest but Celtic are in with a decent chance of out-performing others from pot 4.

Sociedad’s home reversal to Shakhter Donetsk, who are going through a rebuilding process was a shock, but Valencia’s 0-3 Europa League defeat to Swansea indicates a worrying scenario for Spanish football below the uber-indebted Barca and Real Madrid.  As a general rule, anything which undermines one of the economically powerful football nations should be welcomed by those disenfranchised by the size of their TV market (that’s us).

Shakhtar Karagandy put in a credible performance before going down 2-1 in Greece, a far better showing than Elfsborg’s 4-0 collapse in Salzburg.  Best of luck to the Kazaks.

I’ve been going to the football long enough to remember black players being booed whenever they touched the ball.  The phenomenon seemed to arrive here in the late 70s and faded around a decade later, although such is human nature I don’t think complacency is appropriate.  Homophobia is a different matter.

‘Out’ gay footballers are so rare I don’t know what the reaction would be at a match but the crowd-bullying phenomenon which can exist in the game makes any minority vulnerable.  The first step is to explain to the hard-of-thinking what they are doing, and the error of their ways.

Can rainbow coloured laces change the world?  Stonewall have distributed rainbow coloured laces to every player in the UK, asking them to wear them this weekend.  We’ll not see the WAGs acronym become WAGSABAH overnight but it feels like an appropriate, colourful, first step.

Keep reaching for that rainbow, Celtic.

1254125 at The Great Scottish Run.

On Sunday 6 October there is a 10k and Half Marathon.  If that is beyond you. There are family events taking place the day before. This is your club, remind the world of what really counts and get involved in 1254125.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for the Great Scottish Run, or here for one of the family events.

Once you’ve done that, you can register for the 1254125 campaign here.

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  1. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    A Stor Mo Chroi


    I hope and pray it is also





    it will come out one day


    Till later all

  2. hebcelt/folly folly


    cheers for the advice,ridiculous amounts of money being quoted to get young fella on the road

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Philvis’s posts on here were mostly good natured and well informed unless it came to his right wing beliefs. They were then ignorant self indulgence of the most dangerous kind. Selfish self centred arguments based on the entire premise of cherry picking. If thats why he left then F**k him. A coatbridge bhoy to boot. Naw it never washed with me. Weak, simplistic and repetitive …charming never the less.




  4. If Biton is included in the team to face Barca,and I would have him in for size alone,then the height of our players at set pieces will frighten Barca to death.Dont care what Pique says,they cant defend crosses,aint gonna learn in two weeks.Izzy,out Mulgrew in.VVD,Derk,Biton,Mulgrew,Lustig,surely someone there is capable of getting their head on a Commons cross.Add in Sammy,Efe.Giants.Our best weapon.

  5. It’s worth remembering that while we are members of the SPL, the likes of Neil Doncaster et al are trusted to run it on our behalf, so that we don’t need to vote on every decision that the SPL as a business needs to make.



    I’m not saying that we didn’t know about the side letter, but it’s perfectly plausible that Neil Doncaster could come up with this and sign it as the SPL representative with none of the member clubs involved.



    The 5 way agreement is a different matter. I’m fairly certain that the principle of some punishment being meted out to Newco to allow them into the league was floated around and accepted by all clubs or at worst a majority. The details of the punishments may not have been.

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘ignorant self indulgence of the most dangerous kind’



    -jhings, there would be tumbleweeds rollin’ through the ole bhlog if all those kind of posts disappeared

  7. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on




    Hughes & Abbey insurance are normally best for young drivers & I think Hughes will give him no claims even if you are named on the policy as main driver



    Both are based in occupied 6 counties but should insure in Scotland no problem

  8. Paul67



    Do you have an opinion on the ‘purported’ – 5 way agreement – the ‘SPL Side letter’ and the silence of the Tims?

  9. bournesouprecipe



    15:36 on 20 September, 2013,



    Patched is the youth terminology for being …ignored, blanked and rubbered.



    My kids use it and I eventually asked them what it meant.

  10. NeuStadt Braw



    Thanks Fur the Nod,pal.. Much Appreciated..



    and Ah meant Every Woid of whit Ah said,in that Particular Submission.



    Regarding,Comments oan Past Players..



    Generally Speaking..and ..as ye know.. One Must Generalize or One.


    Wid Hiv Difficulty in Passing Judgment of Anything.



    Comments,that concern the Worthiness or the UnWorthiness of Fitba’ Players, ininder Discussion…


    are,Notoriously ..






    That is a Given.. but, is Often Stubbornly and Ah believe.. Wilfully.as Being Unreconised as Being such.. by the Reader, him or Her Self.



    As the Reader, himself or Hersel.. is Notoriously Subjective ,in His or Her Own Opinion


    as to the Worthiness or the Unworthiness of the Player,under discussion.




    Ah try tae Be OBJECTIVE, when Ah offer Ma own Comments of Players, Past or Present..



    But, no Maitter How Much Ah Try tae be THAT..



    Ah Fail ..And Miserably so,oan every occasion in which Ah may Try.



    If.. Ah hiv Not Thoroughly Confused you..as tae whit the Hell Ah am Talkin aboot..


    by this Time..



    Then It has not bin For the want of Trying..in Ma Part!



    Whit Ah am triying tae say is..



    Ah don’t pay Much Attention tae Whit Other Folk’s Opinion May Be…






    Well… Anything.. and Neethur Should You.. if ye ur Wise.






    Of course..



    That Their Opinion of the Subject at hand.. Coincides Neatly wi’ The One that Ah or.. Your Good Self, should Espouse.



    Oh By the way..



    Ah Always Try tae Be . .Brutally Honest, as weel..


    Again.. Ah Do Not always succeed in that endeavor.. as



    Ah am Inclined tae Lie a wee bit.. Occasionally.



    Bottum Line..




    Ah am A Human Bean. after all.. so Ah am No Perfect..by any means.



    But. Ah try. Oh . Ah try tae Be.



    but. again.. Ah Never Succeed in Accomplishing That.. eethur!



    Nice Chatting.






  11. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Just suppers with a pickled egg from now on ?


    In the name of the wee man tell us why ?




  12. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Make sure you get a cooked breakfast tomorrow. ….


    Good luck..

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Don’t do it!



    But if you do…..






    and congratulations when it comes.

  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger 15:13



    We lost that game, which we could easily have won. It was the manner in which we played that suggests, Firmly, we are on the right road, the one road, the Only Road, cue a multitude of songs. I wasn’t lucky enough to see Jock’s teams but Neil is building something special and Martin and Gordon will have had a massive influence on his Footballing Life.



    Instant term it was a dreadful Time, Mid term, it is looking spectacular. Long Term…. Genuinely off the Radar. :))

  15. blantyretim….hendrix67



    yes good luck…you’ll need loads of it…



    don’t get me started on skwerr again.. i’ve got 3 weeks till i’m back.

  16. thomthethim @ 12.29



    Sincere condolences to Conor’s family. I have a boy called Connor too. To difficult to contemplate what the famil must be going through.

  17. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    A Celtic supporter with your handle. All I can say mate is that she is one lucky gal. Good luck to the both of you.




  18. The reason I ask Paul, is because stupid as stupid can get, it appears to me that nobody on CQN gives a monkeys toss how much, and by how often, and by whom so often, the mantra is shaft the consumer.



    Shareholders are dead without consumers.



    Or so I was told.



    Canamalar’s question can’t get 100 backers???



    Did you back him?



    After all… it is just a question.



    It’s not like he is asking how far Celtic spread their cheeks to accommodate Neil Doncaster of yore.



    He’s asking questions of the SFA.



    He’s asking did Celtic WHORE themselves in my name and your name.

  19. hendrix67



    15:59 on 20 September, 2013



    Good afternoon bhoys. Today is my final day as a single man. Seems to be flying by.





    I wish you all the success in the World and I hope you have many happy wee Tims. Family and Marriage are the bedrock of society. My Mammy and Ma Daddy have went past there 50th wedding anniversary last season. I hope you and the Good Lady do likewise.

  20. awe_naw_no_annoni_oan_anaw_noo



    15:47 on 20 September, 2013





    He meant an ounce….we know your type ;-)









    Cat like?

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