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. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Cqn slower than me going to the bar





    A big guy from Blantyre heading into Ayr for the game tomorrow night


    He stays in Blackpool and we met him when down at vmhan night few years ago


    Just in case he recognises you

  2. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    My dad was given a few pieces of art


    made by prisoners in various establishments,Celtic art of course

  3. mike in toronto on

    almore …. not celtic related, but your post about the decorative garden ornament got me thinking …. I recently bought a ‘garden noam’ chomsky for my garden … yes, there is a guy in oregon who makes garden gnomes in the likeness of noam chomsky.



    everytime I look into my back garden, and see the little guy holding his copy of manufacturing consent, scaring away raccoons and republicans, it makes me laugh.

  4. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Tonights 2nd leg results for 5 of our possible Play Off opponents:




    APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 0 – 1 FC Midtjylland (Denmark) (agg 2 – 2 )


    Apoel win on away goals




    Molde (Norway) 3 – 3 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) (agg 4 – 4 )


    Zagreb win on away goals




    Tomorrow night’s matches for remaining 3 possibles:




    FC Astana (Kazakhstan) ? – ? HJK (Finland) (agg 0 – 0 )




    BATE Borisov (Belarus) ? – ? Videoton FC (Hungary) (agg 1 – 1 )




    Skenderbeu (Albania) ? – ? FC Milsami Orhei (Moldova) (agg 2 – 0 )

  5. BT: I have a good collection of those too but not CFC related.



    MIT: I take it you are talking about the GOP type:-)

  6. Our Club received a Bodhrán, depicting the Huddle and lots of Celtic Stuff. It was made and signed by probably the most notorious convicts in the Country. It would have created huge controversy if it had been seen in public. It is locked away and will stay under wraps.

  7. Pfayr



    “A book on RDs first season




    Seriously , will many people want to read this”



    Reading doesn’t come into it. It is all about buying.

  8. dessybhoy



    Your computer is struggling to load everything on CQN and after tomorrow you should find that things improve.




    We have tested the site extensively on all sorts of devices and have hopefully got to the bottom of the problems. Newer devices aren’t an issue but we want to make sure everyone can get on CQN.



    I mentioned last night that the overall audience has increased and that continues. How many Celtic supporters read the agenda driven tabloids?



    Now the answer is less than reads CQN.



    There’s our target.

  9. mike in toronto on

    MIT …. absolutely! Should have made that clear! I initially typed tory b’s, but then thought I should clean it up and said republicans, as in the Republican party in the US …



    I’m pretty sure that Noam would be a supporter of irish republicanism.

  10. Almore



    Matching Celtic cuff links and tiepin (remember them) from nearly 50 years ago, Well used but still in pristine condition.



    p.s. Mike in Toronto’s true character is now showing…..garden gnome indeed!

  11. bournesouprecipe on

    I’ll take R̶a̶p̶i̶d̶ ̶V̶i̶e̶n̶n̶a̶ tonight………I’ll take anybody tonight.

  12. I’m looking for a bit of help ghuys,my son and his girl are heading over to Edinburgh for the weekend and would love to be able to head to the Partick game on Sunday, does anyone know if tickets are available and where can they be bought?…….thanks in anticipation of your help, please text me on 07754519397

  13. There you go Winning Captains :-)





    A third of people in Scotland have given up on reading daily newspapers in the space of 15 years, figures suggest.


    Data from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey indicates that regular newspaper readership fell from 76% of Scots in 1999 to 41% in 2014.


    Meanwhile, 33% of people surveyed said they checked online news or newspaper websites at least once a day last year.


    The age profile of regular newspaper readers has also been highlighted as a concern for traditional media outlets.


    The attitudes study is run by ScotCen Social Research and measures changes in opinion and behaviour.


    Do you regularly read one or more daily morning newspapers?


    1999 2004 2009 2012 2014


    YES 76% 62% 54% 49% 41%


    NO 24% 38% 46% 51% 59%


    It found that regular daily newspaper readership stood at 76% at the turn of the century, slipped down to hover above 50% six years ago, before dropping further to 41% by last year.


    Sales figures for newspapers covering the end of 2014 show a decline across almost all major titles.


    Recent statistics from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) indicate readership between July and December 2014 dropped by between 4% and 11% on the same time the year before.


    A number of titles report extra online and subscription figures in Scotland – with The Herald, Press and Journal, Scottish Sun and The Times all operating full or part subscription models.


    Average Scottish print sales


    Sales (July to December 2014) Change from July to December 2013


    The Courier 47,000 -7%


    The Herald 37,000 -5%


    Press and Journal 60,300 -5%


    The Scotsman 26,300 -11%


    Scottish Sun 235,000 -9%


    Daily Record 197,900 -10%


    Daily Express 53,700 -13%


    Daily Mail 91,500 -4%


    Daily Telegraph 17,000 -9%


    The Guardian 9,700 -10%


    The Times 18,800 +1%


    In the attitudes survey figures on online news use, a third of people reported checking in on news websites several times a day or every day, with 11% several times a week and another 7% at least once a week.


    In terms of age, the 25-44 year old age group accessed online news the most, with 65 and over the least likely to use the internet for news.


    ‘Steep decline’


    Rachel Ormston, head of attitudes at ScotCen Social Research, said: “It’s clear that the way we consume news is constantly evolving, with 1 in 3 of us now reading news online on a daily basis.


    “While this figure still lags behind the 4 in 10 who say they read a daily newspaper regularly, newspapers’ struggles for sales are reflected in the very steep decline in regular readers we have recorded over the last 15 years.


    “And the ageing profile of regular newspaper readers means that this decline may well continue: newspapers will need to be increasingly fleet footed to compete with online rivals, particularly where the latter are free of charge.”

  14. Dangerous to look too far ahead, granted.



    But would u welcome Rapid Vienna or Dynamo Zagreb in knock out round.



    Shows how tough qualifying is, that Ajax pumped out.

  15. I take it we avoid Monaco in knock outs (if we get through). Because are seeded and so are they ??

  16. MIT: I knew what you meant, just needed to make it clear to the bhlog.



    Corkcelt: Look forward to it.

  17. I’m happy big Craig Gordon is fit. I think he is a truly world-class keeper. He gives the back line confidence,and unlike Boruc and Big Fraser, looks comfortable coming off his line. The back-up goalie is no slouch either. Tough game to call, but Celtic will score at some point.We’ll see how Charabanc are like without parking the bus.

  18. Winning Captain – sorry to report that iPhone 6 redirects me every time to a different betting app – tonight’s being Skybet – when I try to open CQN. NEW iPad Air still having a wobbly when trying to view through Safari. Both devices with latest IOS. Can usually get on with fewer problems if I use the Apollo app.




    Thought I’d give this feedback in case it helps in the troubleshooting you are doing.




    I know it’s difficult when launching new software etc so I’m hoping all will be resolved.




    Thanks for all your efforts.





  19. mike in toronto on

    almore … appreciate it…. I wouldn’t want the blog showing up at my house with pitchforks and torches! :)

  20. bhoys4ever



    I am on iPhone 6 at moment. If you get this ad showing simply go to another tab, abandoning that one and it should load fine. The mobile ads are very sensitive to the slightest touch by design. Avoid the one at top of site.

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    Craig Gordon comes off his line like Pumba bowling for buzzards.




  22. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    SOLENTDAVE on 4TH AUGUST 2015 9:58 PM



    BT Sport Europe at 5.15pm

  23. SOLENTDAVE on 4TH AUGUST 2015 9:58 PM





    Is the game on TV tomorrow?




    Game on BT sport.

  24. Winning captains


    I hope more Celtic fans come over to blogs sites as the media have blown it with their reporting of Celtic fc


    I also hope that things settle down with can.


    Thanks for the work you are putting in.

  25. A rare occurrence for me but I just watched the BBC News there. Ted Heath, is that who Traveller Bhoy was referring to? Despite my age, I can’t believe someone like him was the leader of a country let alone a local (Conservative) club.



    Traveller Bhoy: hope you are well and that justice prevails