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. hendrix67



    Very best wishes to you and your future wife.



    Is she a hun?







  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Cadizzy, got it thanks.



    May have to tape it as ole Sweetheart is still catchin’ up with Eastenders.




  3. jackie mac



    17:23 on 20 September, 2013



    “can anyone remember who did the first flounce ?”



    Willie Mathieson…when he never got picked to play for Scotland

  4. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo @ 17:04


    P67 gives us a forum to shares our opinions and provides the best Celtic site on-line. He is also a very nice man. I am sure he knows that I hold him in high regard. I was not intending to call him out. More, prompt him.



    Eric Riley is the Financial Director of Celtic. He is there is do the books and make sure Celtic make as much money as they can. He is in charge of the corporate strategy and finance at Celtic. He is also a member of the Board of the SPL and a director of the SPFL, so he knows what is going on there.



    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo @ 17:09



    My post was the most inaccurate post in the history of CQN ever?

  5. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish By The Cleansing Of The 'Den! on

    The idea that Donkeycaster was acting alone in the matter of the side letter stretches belief too far. The SPL Board must have been in the loop. Our man was on that Board. He will have discussed it at the ranch.



    I think Cfc plc new very well.




  6. After All This ‘Yid’/Tottenham Fc Controversy…..



    A Stunning Slap-In-The Face….



    For Talentless Windbag…..And Big Girl’s Blouse ….



    Who Caused The Fuss….






    Evil Twin Of Russell Brand….



    Who Has Made A Career Of Riding On The Coat-Tails….



    Of The Genuinely Gifted Frank Skinner….



    Another Stunning Defeat For The Frankfurt School Marxists…….



    And Their Multi-Culti Allies…..



    Who Seek To Destroy The Very Fabric….



    Of Our Ancient Island Nation….



    The Ludicrous ‘Ena Sharples’..



    Wull Be Crying Into His ‘Dirty Blondes’ The Nicht..



    Right Enough !







    Ah’m So Tickled…….



    Ah May Wear Yon Rainbow Laces Oan Ma Dock Martins Tomorrow …..




    When Ah Pop Doon Tae Waitrose…..



    There Again…..Mebbies Not…



    Viva Aslan……!



    Viva The ‘Brig !



    Viva The Masons !



    Viva Oor Enchanted Sceptred Isles !

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Morrissey 23rd-the most inaccurate post in the history of CQN ever?



    I was going to award that to Kojo’s tutorial on sciatica earlier today.

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    It has always been so but we are more knowledgeable and less willing to be led up the garden path than our fathers and grandfathers.



    No more blind loyalty the zombies are on the other side of the city..

  9. Did Ye know..



    Celtic PLC,is a Bizness?



    and as Such.. It Behooves Celtic PLC..






    Make it ..Thur Bizness..



    tae mak sure.. that..



    STEY in Bizness?




    This is Not Generally Known.. From whit Ah read oan Here.



    So Ah felt that Ah hid tae Remind a Few Folk ,oan Here..who Are Unaware of


    that .FACT… that it is A Fact.







  10. Just in to say…




    A Stor Mo Chroi



    17:08 on 20 September, 2013




    For me it’s ‘never’ been the same club since the Kelly’s & White’s put seats in the Jungle instead of putting seats in the Cellic-end and bringing it forward to the pitch. From that time of, the initial chants of ‘sack the bored’ from the Jungle, imo, the Cellic support has lost it’s ‘base’ – all the way through until the arrival of the magnificent Green Brigade – with the interludes of the Wim season and the MO’N years and Neil’s 1st season that’s a period of 22 years that I’ve been hoping for Cellic to come back but – as you say – “…they are no longer the same club.”



    And, sadly…they never will be so long as the present day Cellic fans keep behaving like – sheep / cash-cows – who are obsessed with all the duplicity over at the orcdome, whilst ignoring the duplicity engaged in by their own ‘bored’.



    Kojo – re:



    Ledley = Invisible man / modern day Peter Grant – imo



    Broony = Wanted to join Thompson at the huns – looks like and acts like a hun – imo


    Hail Hail – Off oot tae see some fholk – laters…

  11. setting free the bears supports Celtic’s best fighter- Wee Oscar Knox



    17:30 on 20 September, 2013



    “It was either Adam or Eve.



    The Serpent was a hun troll.”



    Eve was a complete stanger to the Serpent. It didn’t know her from Adam

  12. Just how thick is Sally? Does not even know his own staff……this from bbc sport…four have left but he doesn’t know who. Unbelievable.




    “There possibly could be [other players leaving]. I think that’s another four boys who have left the club in the last month or so. I couldn’t give you specific names but, like most clubs, there will be activity and players hopefully coming in as well as leaving.”

  13. Post you’ll see on CQN – You are awesome, I totally totally so agree Big Man. I worship the ground you walk on. (or something similar, likely implied, but not clearly stated)

  14. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    BSR -you’ll not be disappointed.



    One of the books I read on holiday was about Quanah Parker, legendary leader of the Comanche rebellion of the second half of the 19th Century.



    The author says the Comanches were so ferocious they can be regarded as ‘the Celts’ of the tribes of the Great Plains.

  15. Don’t get your Jocks twisted, it was only a legally binding ‘side letter’ that – bottom line – endorsed and contracted, yeah contracted, for next season, and the season after, and the one after that one too, and the one after that too, for my life at least, and possibly for ever, allowing a failed entity the privilege of competing at the highest level of Scottish football, their failings and crimes apart…. and I don’t think Celtic were unaware.



    No doubt if I’m wrong then Celtic will take every opportunity to redress my misgivings.



    But feck them, my cheese on toast is burning.

  16. setting free the bears supports celtic’s best fighter- wee oscar knox



    17:30 on 20 September, 2013


    jackie mac



    “can anyone remember who did the first flounce ?”



    It was either Adam or Eve.



    The Serpent was a hun troll.




    Stay biblical and that man judas had the biggest flounce of all, look at the chaos he has caused over the last 2,000 years, and he got paid for it.

  17. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    BSR at 17.39- if I posted this wee lassie is from Tennessee and has the makings of an excellent waitress



    you could just copy and paste your response.

  18. Centenary Bhoy




    Thanks fur the Nod,Pal… Much Appreciated, Ah kin Tell Ye, tae.



    That’s his Name.. thanks..



    Billy McKay. pronounced.. Macky.. as in Sky..??



    Or McKay.. like it Lay??



    Anyway,that’s the Kid.. Ah wiz talkin aboot..



    There is a Guy Called.. Pope..yes. Pope .of all the Names in the Phone Book..



    He Happens tae Hiv the .. Best Wan that A Celtic Player could Hope tae Hiv..



    He is a we bit Auld. But. he is A Warmer..




    This Guy , Knows the way tae the Cross.. and the Goals as well.. so we wid get a Twofer ,if we Went fur Him.



    But, We Wullnae.. Fur Neil and his Meryy Men..



    Are So very busy …Looking fur the Next Sutton..the Elder wan, of Course..


    oan the Cheap..and Ah tellya..



    Big ,good, If Shamblin, tae.. Target Men.. Dinnae Come Cheep.



    Ah Am surprised that Neil and Co..



    Brought in .. a Mid Sized Fellah, like Pukki..



    Gies me Hope



    Mebbe, they hiv Tumbled..




    Thur Jist isnae,, ANT cheap..Good.. big , Shamblin.. Target Men,oot There.. who could be Bought oan The Cheap..



    But,it has sure Taken Them a Long Time. and A Loss of A Great deal of Money..



    tae Tumble tae THAT!




    Nice Talkin ,Pal







  19. My Dear Kojo…..



    Whilst Joe Ledley Has Not Blossomed Into The Top Player I Was Expecting….



    (Because Of Coaching And Tactical Necessities….?)




    Nonetheless….Talented Natural Left-Footed Mid-Fielders……



    Are As Rare As Hairy Frogs……



    And Only Come Along….










  20. ROW Z - Let Celtic Flourish By The Cleansing Of The 'Den! on




    Shorter list would be who didnae…



    Aw naw.. That could start a listing




  21. a stor mo chroi



    17:08 on 20 September, 2013,



    I can relate to what you are saying.



    Of course our club has changed, if it hadn’t, those b******s would have shut us down.



    They tried… By god they tried…we’re here they died, tip your hat for that stor.



    The battle was won…it’s time to finish the war.ktf

  22. cadizzy



    I’m tivo- ing it






    Love it – PaleFace CSC






    Ole Blantarrrrrrrrrrrrr Tim



    groundhog O’Dea



    groundhog O’Dea



    groundhog O’Dea

  23. Disappointed that our Dutchman Derk did not get more gametime on Wednesday night i just have the feeling he could’ve taken that Milan defence apart. He’s probably the only forward we have at present with real explosive pace and is a good crosser pf the ball from what I’ve seen of him to date. We hear Pukki is a pacy forward but nobody has seen him play. get him into the team Neil and let’s see what he can offer.

  24. guys…



    do you put the tomatoe sauce on before you toast the chees on toast or after?


    Do you put the pepper on before the salt and is vinegar a cardinal sin? Have bked beans a place in the 5 way equation.



    Excuse me a moment, I’m going to puke. Can’t stomach side lettuce.



    Only I’m catholic hungry.

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