Qarabag assistant suggests defensive tactics


Qarabag assistant manager, Avtandil Hajiyev, spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s game against Celtic. This is what he had to say:

“Celtic were strong favourites before the first leg but the 0-1 score suggests that nothing is over yet. The main struggle for both teams lies ahead.

“It’s a pity the game was not on TV as you would have seen that we had the advantage.

“We played well throughout the game, although you could not point to one single area where we were most dominant, but there were periods when Qarabag were on top. If you take the game as a whole, we performed better than Celtic.

“A small defeat away was a good result. Celtic are strong, they even managed to beat Barcelona at home. Eorpean clubs have difficulty at Celtic Park, but we provided decent resistance. 0-1 is not so depressing, we can achieve a result this week which will allow us to progress.

“Tactically, there is little difference between a 0-0 and a 0-1 defeat. We know we have to score one goal with either result to stay in the tie, so our approach will not change because of the goal.

“The return game will also be defensive but we will attack more. The Scots know and have probably already analysed our attacks, but I believe Gurban Gurbanov (Qarabeg manager) will have a few surprises in attack.

“The players have had time to analyse what happened in the first game. Our preparations are complete.

“Celtic can score in Baku but I believe the Qarabag defence will play safe and keep their goal intact.”

It’s a pity we all missed those periods when Qarabag were on top.

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  1. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    KEVJUNGLE on 5TH AUGUST 2015 7:32 AM



    KEVJUNGLE – I’ve never had the pleasure of talking with you mate, and I didn’t see the comments from the other day. However, just wanted to say – Hail, Hail – I hope things are OK with you.



    Hamiltontim – I’ve now had two job offers in New Zealand over the past 8 or so years – on both occasions, I had the same reaction as you – can’t do it – Celtic. (Well, to be honest, this latest time it was more Wee BGFC’s reaction – his wee face just crumpled at the suggestion!). Incredible how Celtic impacts so much on your major life decisions.






  2. St. Stivs: Cheers for sharing those stories. Anyone else got a strange or treasured piece of Celtic memorabilia?

  3. Craigellachie10 on

    On Andrew Smith’s article was the old Christmas Tree formation not 4:3:2:! ?


    But then what do I know, I am not a well informed member of the Scottish football writing fraternity.








    I’ve still got my b/w photo of The Lions,Jock,et al,with The European Cup.





    It’s framed and on my bedroom wall.







    I did have two of them,but I gave one to the wee lad who lived three doors down who was always out playing football in the street while wearing his Celtic strip. He looked at it,looked at me,shouted-Thanks,mister!-and ran inside wi it!




    I suspect his is also framed and on the wall.




    Not much strange about that? Well,I got them out The Daily Record on 25/5/07.

  5. It’s a big match day and I am strangely confident that we will score and that Qarabag will not then score the three goals necessary to defeat us.



    I can’t make up my mind as to whether Scott Brown or Kris Commons scores the opener.



    Despite my unusual confidence, I know that qualification remains tricky and that this tie and the next round are not and, never have been, gimmes.



    Mon the Hoops

  6. Woke up to a morning that would do mid January justice and my first thought was how am I going to pass the time until kick off. It has improved a bit so it’s now 50/50 whether there will be a game of Golf.


    I’m reasonably confident about the game bur last years horror Euro performances are still haunting me.

  7. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    ALMORE: I still have the cutting of BMCUWP as the week’s Celtic Bhoy when he was about 7/8!! Don’t know if it qualifies under memorable or strange:):)





    You’re buying yer ain drink the next time I’m home!






    Btw,that was at the Thistle 4-1 final. Not our finest hour!

  10. The Battered Bunnet on

    “With both sides favouring a 4-2-3-1, Christmas-tree style formation”



    Poor Andrew Smith. Fellow’s been getting ripped off at the garden centre every Christmas for years.



    Other than that, reasonably confident that the team will deliver the professional performance necessary to win through tonight.





    You don’t have to tell me,mate! First time I’d seen us lose,ever.




    On top of that,my requested favourite player was Lou Macari. He was offski a few months later…

  12. The Green Man on

    Morning bhoys



    Tough game today….but we can go through if we play well.


    Another bit fitter from the last game, I expect we will see an all-action performance from Stefan.


    C,mon the Hoops





  13. Hamiltontim, sorry for breaking into your holiday by sending an email.Again thanks for reading text. Letter has now been posted to St Andrew’s House. The struggle goes on but justice will prevail one day. We shall not be moved too easily. Take care. Enjoy the sun.

  14. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well it is a big day today for Celtic if we are as Ronny says a big club we have to take part in the CL group stage at the very least.However, an away game with a slim 1-0 lead is never an easy lead to protect no matter the opposition.I have seen so many European horror nights away from home by Celtic that im anything but confident that we can do it tonight I believe the poor state of the pitch will mean we have to change our game and this could very well unsettle us If we are to go through every player will have to be up for it and our defence must stand firm. H.H.

  15. If we keep 11 men on the park we will score and win.



    Does anyone have the comparative away (for Celtic) home (Qarabar) statistics in Europe since Ronny took over?



    I’m guessing we’ve scored every time we’ve kept 11 on the park and also that we’ve outscored Qarabar.

  16. rudicantfail on 5th August 2015 1:22 am



    Mick McGahey was a principled man…..



    Arthur Scargill……….couldn’t spell the word…..played into Thatcher’s horrible steely hands.



    Lots to come out about Scargill still…..




    CQN being against ‘lazy’ journalism and all that has spurred me to respond to this.



    The most scrutinised man ever in British Political or social life and you think there is ‘more’ to come out?



    ‘More’ than the smears and lies which were thrown out of court? The same ones that had all the papers and media doing an about face in the early 90’s when the lies and smears about mortgages and strike fund monies etc were shown to be just that – lies and smears – and when the Tories closed the remains of the Coal Industry just as Scargill said they would in 1984? Just what did Scargill do?



    If you’ve never read any accounts of the Miners Strike of 1984 (and it appears you haven’t) Seamus Milne’s ‘The Enemy within’ is well worth the effort.



    If anyone anywhere had anything whatsoever on Scargill, believe you me, so desperate were the powers that be to destroy the Unions, their leader and their cause, the state and their agents would have had it out there many many years ago.

  17. Well I suppose tonight’s result is in the lap of the God’s. Will we succumb to a silly mistakes or be overrun by the commitment of the opposition in the fiery heat of Baku. Or else we could deliver a very professional performance, be solid as a rock & come away with the desired result.It’s games like this that shreds the nerves wondering how our team will perform on the night.With 7 hours to go I’m getting worried that we might fail.This is written going by the the theory of “If you think the worst it usually doesn’t happen” ;)).Celtic to win on away goals

  18. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Antipodean Red @ 7;07.


    The `other than` repetition in this comment made me smile:



    ” There was a Rangers supporter on Midweek Sportsound last night on Radio Scotland, a Rangers supporter other than Kenny McIntyre, Richard Wilson and Stuart McCall, who were all on also. And there was Tom English. The Rangers supporter on last night, who wasn’t McIntyre/Wilson/McCa ll, made a complete eejit of himself. He kept rambling on about how the BBC didn’t boycott Dundee, and it is repeated above. I may be wrong, but I thought the BBC did refuse to send a reporter to Dundee whist Spence was banned. At the same time the BBC were continuing to send reporters to Ibrox and cover live matches from Ibrox, whilst Rangers were refusing to give the BBC any interviews! It was pointed out to that Rangers fan last night that was on the BBC, the one that wasn’t McIntyre/Wilson/McCa ll, that Rangers have not challenged the accuracy of the McLaughlin tweet. And that the decision on the prominence of the McLaughlin story regarding the arrests for alleged sectarian singing was an editorial decision, nothing to do with McLaughlin. And in reply to all of this, the Rangers fan last night, the one that wasn’t McIntyre/Wilson/McCa ll, was mumble something about how Celtic can sign Dundee Utd players and no one says anything about that. The irony of course is that Chris McLaughlin has been one of the worse reporters in continuing the ‘same club’ myth. “

  19. traditionalist88 on

    I would play Commons from the start – creative and a goal threat. Get a goal or 2 to take the wind out their sails asap. Bring Griffiths on with 30 mins to go.



    Need to refrain from first time crosses on this pitch tonight, even if it isnt as bad as first feared. Likely to end up in the stand.



    I think we’ll score twice tonight, once from open play and once from a set piece, so unless they get 4 we’re going through:)




  20. antipodean red on




    That was one of the few humourous comments, ‘The Herald’ in times past would have had at least a sprinkling of semi-intelligent huns admitting that there was indeed a problem with a sizeable minority?? of their support. It now looks as though that too has disappeared. A lot of the apologist brigade still maintain positions of power in the workplace and this attitude that these guys have, adds value to what Neganon2 repeatedly refers to as institutionalised racism. I haven’t lived there much in the past 20 years but it seems that very little has changed.

  21. “Disaster” “Season dead”


    Sorry but thats not how I see it


    If things go pear shaped I will be gutted and will probably sit and have a wee greet :))).



    But then its accept things as they are and make the best of it ,.


    Though Im sure we will score and progress .


    My Da and uncles never told me we had a right to win every match.


    Win lose or draw.


    Let the people sing



  22. Fantastic story on the main news page of the ole Official Site today. Young fans are the lifeblood… ;-)

  23. Robert Tressell@9.45


    You do your moniker a real service.


    Agree or disagree with Arthur Scargill everything that he said about the annihilation of the Mining industry came to pass. He also stated that the attack on the mine workers unions was to be the precursor to an attempt to undermine/attack the ability of Unions to represent their members ie secondary picketing legislation et al. Again it came to pass.


    No problems apparently when it comes to feathering your mates nests by giving them first dibs on discounted Royal Mail and RBS shares though. HH




    I would love to see a picture posted on here of BMCUWP as a mascot.


    ps plenty of people would be prepared to make good the drinks shortfall that may ensue.







    A man wi a moniker like yours should remember how The Lions used to put the ball into the box.




    Low and hard. I’d give it a shot tonight too.





  25. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Antipodean Red


    re Institutionalised racism. The insidious nature of that behaviour is what makes it so difficult to challenge. A great many of that type don`t seem know what they are subscribing to. The orchestrators in The Establishment know but the majority of the population, based on my experience, seem genuinely surprised if accused. It will be with us for a long time yet, I`m afraid. If Sevco go the way of their predecessor , though, The Establishment might gradually warm to a less rebellious Celtic and that MIGHT affect a positive change.









    Ffs,don’t encourage him!




    And don’t bribe him either-that’s cheating…

  27. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Totally agree! A picture of Ball Bhoy BMCUW would bring a smile to the collective face of the blog 0:-)




  28. John Hartson





    Lenny and myself in the @btsport studio tonight for Qarabag v Celtic..5.30pm ko..#ChampionsLeague #Celtic

  29. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    In Liverpool…..any good Irish pub showing game ?

  30. We are in a decent position in the tie and have a good chance of going through. However I can’t help being nervous, I always am when it comes to these qualifiers. The 3-0 against Karungady was one of the great nights at Parkhead in recent years but in general I hate these games. I doubt I will be able to sit down and will be pacing around the living room.



    Food for thought bhoys, Qarabag home results in Europe last season:



    Valletta 4–0 Win


    Salzburg 2–1 Win


    Twente 0–0 Draw


    Saint-Étienne 0–0 Draw


    Internazionale 0–0 Draw


    Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–2 Lost



    Apart from the 4-0 win against Valletta a Maltese team, any of those results would take us through.

  31. I’ll likely be around Charing Cross this evening – O’Neill’s on Sauchiehall Street sounds like a good bet for the game. Anyone else around the city centre?

  32. Ohhhhhhhh the pain for theSMSM


    The Evening Times




    Three West of Scotland football fans jailed after Edinburgh disturbance eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13573605.… pic.twitter.com/UdRv4QnL4t