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. While I accept that CQN perhaps needed to upgrade the site, I have had constant problems ever since. Every single I try to read an article it repeatedly reloads. Enough to make me avoid in the future. Teething problems or just a cock up?

  2. Bmcuwp@10.45


    Apparently there is no such thing as cheating now or have you not been following the progress of the new club.


    Publish and be damned Cosy. Jjhs is normally a good judge on these matters.

  3. traditionalist88 on






    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.










    Aye, it was rarely 40 degrees on a concrete pitch for them either;) Its a night for taking a touch and picking your man out imo – worked in Lisbon anyway ;)




  4. Dear Celtic


    Could you please score an early goal,if not too much to ask maybe two,


    its just i’m getting to an age where the roller coaster of nerve shredding proportions you put me through is getting risky to my health. your in hope leftclicktic,

  5. Captain Beefheart on




    Seamus Milne is a privileged Marxist. A typical leftie.



    Scargill is of course in no way financially dubious. No way.

  6. Captain Beefheart on

    Expecting both sides to score tonight. We have a fine chance to get to the CL. Failure should not be tolerated. Our captain must set the tone.

  7. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on





    Watched a few games in O’Neill’s, Charing X with no bother. Enjoy the game.


    Tonight it’s Malone’s in Sauchiehall Lane for me. Loud’n proud, bringing the spirit of the Gallowgate downtown.



    Celtic forever.

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Malones show Celti. Games 67


    Liverpool celtic supporters bus there

  9. .



    Funny Feeling this could be a Very Boring but Nerve racking Game..






    A Early Celtic Goal and there could be Bloodshed..as they would have to come out and Score 3..



    Personally l think they are Similar the Starjan in terms of Style..just a Little better..



    The Don’t score Many Goals though..




  10. Captain Beefheart on

    Ask DD weeminger. Alternatively ask the majority of Celtic supporters if we fail tonight.

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Robert Tressell@9.45



    Arthur Scargill ……….Man of the people.


    Or one of the donkeys who led the lions.



    On 25 August 2010, it was reported that Scargill had been told that he no longer qualified for full membership of the NUM under union rules he had helped draw up, but was only eligible for “life” or “retired” or “honorary” membership – which did not carry voting rights.[15] In February 2012, Scargill won £13,000 in a court action against the NUM, primarily for car expenses, and for the earlier temporary denial of membership. Scargill admitted there was ‘bad blood’ between him and the NUM general secretary Chris Kitchen, who said, “I honestly do believe that Arthur, in his own world, believes that the NUM is here to afford him the lifestyle that he’s become accustomed to.”[16] However, in December 2012, Scargill lost a similar case concerning rent on his flat in the Barbican, London. For years the NUM had been paying £34,000 annual rent for the flat on Scargill’s instructions, without the knowledge of NUM members or many senior officials; Scargill claimed the NUM should continue funding his flat for the rest of his life, and thereafter for any widow who survived him. Chris Kitchen said: “I would say it’s time to walk away, Mr Scargill. You’ve been found out. The NUM is not your personal bank account and never will be again.”[17]



    In 1993 Scargill tried to use Margaret Thatcher’s flagship Right to Buy scheme to buy the flat on the Barbican estate. His application was refused because the flat in the Barbican Estate’s Shakespeare Tower was not Scargill’s primary residence. Former Scargill loyalist Jimmy Kelly, a miner at the Edlington Main pit near Doncaster in the 1980s, said he was astonished to learn of the attempt to buy the Barbican flat. “It’s so hypocritical it’s unreal,” he said. “It was Thatcher’s legislation, actually giving council tenants the right to buy their own houses. “I think if it had been made public before then there’d have been a huge outcry. I think people would be astounded by knowing that.[18]

  12. connaire12 on 5th August 2015 9:19 am




    Not a problem sir, it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

  13. This waiting is doing me in…very worried about our capacity to cope with the heat, apart from that saw no real threat from our actual opposition last week to concern me.


    We will lose this tie if we make errors, it’s down to us.

  14. West End of East End on

    I’m not too nervous about tonight which is starting to make me nervous ! I’m confident of an away win, there I’ve said it out loud…

  15. I’d quite happily take 0-0 tonight. Not only would it see is through it would also be an indication that Ronny is learning to adapt when playing two leg European ties.

  16. traditionalist88 on

    jmccormick on 5th August 2015 11:43 am This waiting is doing me in…very worried about our capacity to cope with the heat, apart from that saw no real threat from our actual opposition last week to concern me.


    We will lose this tie if we make errors, it’s down to us.





    Aberdeen had similiar concerns in Croatia, its a factor but if you make the ball do the work we won’t have any problems.




  17. I thought we were not up to scratch in the 1st leg, looking back it was operation dont lose a goal at home, so played with a lot of restraint( more than I wanted) ,


    mission accomplished by Ronny and the Bhoys,


    Tonight is operation score a goal I think we will do it.



    Till later all

  18. Key man tonight for me is Commons.


    He would be on my team sheet. Diamond in the midfield and probably Ciftci up fron with Griff struggling a bit at the weekend. Kris will revel with someone like Ciftci to take the hits and out muscle defenders.




  19. Just awakened from a Rip van Winkel sleep. Any Fantasy Football league for CQN this season?

  20. Delaneys Dunky on




    Glasvegas played in The Griffin last night. The Big Yin Billy Connolly was at the gig.

  21. coolmore mafia on

    Arthur Scargill is a working class hero in my eyes, and in the opinion of millions of people in the UK. Especially ones who don’t read the daily mail.



    He drove a hard bargain from his employers – good. That’s the mindset that’s needed.



    Here’s the moral compass of those in opposition to the workers in the class struggle throughout the seventies and eighties;












    It looks to me like the opposition to Arthur scargill were secret society / masonic paedophiles, hell bent on breaking the unions on behalf of soon -to- be billionaire benefactors.



    I know who’s side I’m on.



    And let’s hope Broony has his passing together tonight- we need his A game.

  22. Ghuys, your help if you can, plz…



    I am Middle East-based and have Celtic TV that never works for me. I use NOW TV through my VPN to buy Sky Sports’ day passes for the big fitba weekends. Do you know if there is a similar provider that enables you to buy a pass for BT Sports to watch the game tonight?



    Tnx in advance.