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It was good to get our business out of the way on Friday night before what turned out to be an interesting weekend, as the Scottish Premiership adopted a familiar look. Aberdeen did well to come from behind away to Ross County. They will not challenge for top spot, but their grip on second place looks to be in rude health.

The major questions is, is there a genuine challenge from Hibs for the remaining European spots? Their win at Ibrox, also coming from behind, suggests Neil Lennon has instilled an important ingredient of success: attitude. Not every opponent will be as defensively porous as Newco. Nor will they always face a self-defeating pantomime of a stadium.

The test for Neil will come when his team faces disciplined defensive formations – like Ross County, the only side who have prevented Hibs from scoring this season.

St Johnstone are the only other team on full points, however, they have the benefit of starting the season earlier than those who didn’t have European football, so I wouldn’t read too much into their wins against Motherwell and Kilmarnock. Their 0-3 League Cup tanking at home to Partick Thistle may be more indicative of the season ahead.

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Episode 8 of ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ finds Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham discussing a variety of topical subjects concerning Celtic Football Club, including:

* The quest for 7-in-a-row begins;
* Jozo Šimunović: Made of Stone;
* The Champions League – Astana preview;
* James Forrest: The enigma;
* Nir Bitton – Case for the defence.

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This week’s big interview is with legendary Scottish football broadcaster, Archie Macpherson, who speaks about Jock Stein, Neilly Mochan, Charlie Tully and John McPhail, as we approach the 60th anniversary of the 7-1 game.

50,000 Celtic fans can’t be wrong…

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  1. Tony Watt has joined OH Leuven?

     

     

    Leuven were bought by King Power International this summer – the Thai company that owns Leicester City. Might be interesting to see how they/he gets on over the next couple of seasons.

  2. Lenny has been assaulted 3 times while out in Glasgow. Assaulted at Tynecastle had bombs and bullets through the post. Had his address put on hun forums with posters asking for him to be attacked and had his car almost run off the road. But cup his hands to his ears as his team put them to the sword after a barrage of sectarian abuse and they are offended. No back of the bus for Lenny faced them down.

     

    Cup final last year hibs fans attacked on the firld after winning the cup.

     

    Our win at Ibrox Broony attacked Sinky racially abused golf ball lighter and objects thrown at our players.

     

    Not a word from the media the sfa/spfl or the players union. Or CFC after us humiliating them on their own ground

     

    There is a pattern here I’m sure we can see it…constantly kowtowing to the bullies. Not NFL and yet he is being hauled over the coals. It’s time not just football but the whole of society stood up to the mob mentality as the big lie is only stoking their warped sense of retribution.

     

    Tell the truth…strip the titles..stand up to the bigots

     

     

    Kikinthenakas HH

  3. Paddy Roberts in Man City squad that’s travelling to Girona for friendly tomorrow night. Looks like he wont be the wildcard signing for Astana game

  4. Big Jimmy

     

    TTB is a poster on here ( TBB = The Battered Bunnet).

     

    `(sic) is used to show that you have copied something exactly as it was even though there was an error in the original.

     

     

    eg

  5. Sky

     

    Motherwell announce that

     

    Stephen McManus will retire from playing

     

    And will take position at

     

    Club’s Academy .

  6. traditionalist88 on

    Gary67 on 14th August 2017 12:23 pm

     

     

    ‘ITK’ posters on KDS not worried about that.

     

     

    Always in our thoughts that he would make the 2nd leg of Astana tie, apparently.

     

     

    HH

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Dunno about anyone else, but I would feel really patronised if someone congratulated me for “showing restraint”.

  8. The Green Jedi on

    typical Sevco Nutt Job statement from that rancid mob 1872 or whatever they call themselves these days.

     

     

    Offended by everything, but sadly ashamed of nothing…….

  9. kikinthenakas on 14th August 2017 12:22 pm

     

     

    Lenny has been assaulted 3 times while out in Glasgow. Assaulted at Tynecastle had bombs and bullets through the post. Had his address put on hun forums with posters asking for him to be attacked and had his car almost run off the road. But cup his hands to his ears as his team put them to the sword after a barrage of sectarian abuse and they are offended. No back of the bus for Lenny faced them down.

     

     

     

     

    Cup final last year hibs fans attacked on the firld after winning the cup.

     

     

     

     

    Our win at Ibrox Broony attacked Sinky racially abused golf ball lighter and objects thrown at our players.

     

     

     

     

    Not a word from the media the sfa/spfl or the players union. Or CFC after us humiliating them on their own ground

     

     

     

     

    There is a pattern here I’m sure we can see it…constantly kowtowing to the bullies. Not NFL and yet he is being hauled over the coals. It’s time not just football but the whole of society stood up to the mob mentality as the big lie is only stoking their warped sense of retribution.

     

     

     

     

    Tell the truth…strip the titles..stand up to the bigots

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kikinthenakas HH

     

     

    …………………………………………

     

     

    Those Bhoys and Lhadys from the North are Awesome.

     

     

    NFL – Bing0 Bango Olufsen – Oh such a sweet Sonic.

     

     

    Ireland is close.

  10. The Green Jedi on

    in respect of getting Paddy Roberts in time for the 2nd leg? if we play like we did against Rosenberg at Home then it could be all over before the trip to Kazahstan…(but hopefully not)

  11. Don’t think the fact that Patrick Roberts has gone to Spain with his club is a negative, at least he’s not in Southampton.

     

     

    Not convinced he is or was our wild card signing either.

  12. Former Celtic star Chris Killen to be sentenced for sex attack on woman as she slept in her bed

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Why does the MSM describe Chris Killen as an ex-Celtic player- surely a small part of his career?

     

     

    Years Team Apps (Gls)

     

    1999–2002 Manchester City 3 (0)

     

    2000 → Wrexham (loan) 12 (3)

     

    2001 → Port Vale (loan) 9 (6)

     

    2002–2006 Oldham Athletic 78 (17)

     

    2006–2007 Hibernian 25 (16)

     

    2007–2010 Celtic 26 (2)

     

    2009 → Norwich City (loan) 4 (0)

     

    2010 Middlesbrough 17 (3)

     

    2010–2011 Shenzhen Ruby 35 (17)

     

    2012–2013 Chongqing 46 (23)

     

    Total 255 (87)

  13. DAVIDOPOULOS

     

     

    Is that the equivalent of him going Morton or Falkirk??

     

     

    He played in the top league in Belgium before did he not?

     

     

    To be honest I can’t see him doing anything in the game any more..

     

     

    HH

  14. Go tell the Spartim on

    is the logical thing to do then, is assume that IF we get a wildcard signing that they wont play in the first leg?

     

     

    This superiority complex (PLC) that we should cope with these level of teams really grinds my gears, year in year out.

  15. starry plough

     

     

    Yes, I think you are right re Watt. However, it is interesting that King Power have taken over a smallish Belgian club. I suspect they must have plans for a feeder club in a similar way to Arsenal – Beveren (although hopefully it will all be above board)

  16. Michael Stewart Thompson and Sutherland were on message on Sportscene last night, Sutherland was imploring Bitton to be a disaster for Celtic, Thompson nothing to say about the atmosphere which Michael Stewart appalingly called banter from the stands, he was nervous saying that and was shying away from the camera as he did, he did though and for that Michael you are a coward, the other two I expected nothing else and was not surprised at. My last look at Sportscene for a long time and to think we pay a licence for this .

  17. TURKEYBHOY on 14TH AUGUST 2017 12:01 PM

     

    BIG JIMMY,

     

     

     

    His name was Dario Franchitti,and he has now split from Ashley Judd.I would call him a fool,but he is a Celtic fanatic.He and Ashley were at Celtic Park a couple of times.

     

     

    You are right,she was gorgeous.

     

    ………………………………………

     

     

    Cheers mate. I knew Ashley ( Hot Babe) was married to Dario.

     

     

    As for Suzanne Lloyd, I think she was born around 1934 ?

     

    If so, she would be around 83 right now ( I’ll need to Google her again ).

     

     

    HH

  18. DAVIDOPOULOS on 14TH AUGUST 2017 12:14 PM

     

     

    Tony Watt has joined OH Leuven?

     

     

    Leuven were bought by King Power International this summer – the Thai company that owns Leicester City. Might be interesting to see how they/he gets on over the next couple of seasons.

     

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    Think you could write the script yourself mate!

     

     

    Best of luck to TW – another season, another manager to impress with his work rate, professionalism and attitude.

     

     

    I’m looking forward to his movie review website – Watt To Watch….

  19. HOT SMOKED on 14TH AUGUST 2017 12:25 PM

     

    Big Jimmy

     

     

    TTB is a poster on here ( TBB = The Battered Bunnet).

     

     

    `(sic) is used to show that you have copied something exactly as it was even though there was an error in the original.

     

    ………………………………..

     

    Thanks for that mate.

     

    I should have known about TBB ?

     

    I’m still trying to recover from a lot of Guinness last week ( Thats my excuse anyway ?)

     

    HH

  20. Thinking back to last year against Astana, they are team that know how to mix it physically. They are also very direct – pacy attackers, long balls, set pieces are their strength.

     

     

    Their other major strength is their ridiculous plastic pitch – it is sticky and the ball takes crazy bounces. Watch the highlights from our game there last year and Legia’s game there in the previous round.

     

     

    Just like last year we will have to win the match at Celtic Park…although we will be doing it back to front this year…

  21. NatKnow

     

     

    I don’t know, this time could be different. I’m not sure if they have Nandos in Belgium so…

  22. Dont see the reasoning to take Paddy to Spain for a nothing friendly,when he could be playing in a CL qualifier.Probably get a wee 20 minutes if lucky.Not too sure if the deal will go through now.By the looks of it City not keen.If its down to money,would be disappointed we did not push the boat out,but I have a feeling its a mixture of a few things.Anyway,down to Jamesy now.Can be just as devastating,if he does not do a “Jamesy”.

     

    If he plays as he can,will do them damage.Never mind Paddy or Jamesy,we need Scotty to get back his form.

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