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. If Celtic can’t beat the Champions of an obscure Asian oilfield backwater over 2 legs then the remainder of our season is dead ……



    Rony step up and wipe the floor with this lot please.



    It’s what you are being paid for…..no excuses….just do it!!



    The alternative is unthinkable .

  2. Captain Beefheart on




    Like others, I would like to thank you for the efforts. The site will hopefully work more smoothly tomorrow.

  3. Asian oilfield backwater?. What does that type of language achieve, We are playing a decent team that has got decent results against good European teams, calling them names changes nothing. We will have to be at our best to win.

  4. WC


    Using an iPad and a laptop randomly.


    No great issues, except maybe the time to load a full page, probably due to the sidebar ads.


    One wee teenie weenie suggestions.


    Can you make links open in another tab?


    It would mean that I could stack links and then only have one refresh when I Get back on CQN.

  5. The Battered Bunnet on




    Dunno. I’m watching the guy who got sent off in the Scottish Cup Semi Final a short number of games ago for taking out the man through on goal, who did the same thing on Saturday with less painful consequences, and who last Wednesday found himself 40 yards from his goal for no apparent reason at all, and but for a poor touch from the Qarabag forward, would have sold a goal accordingly.



    Craig’s got the reflexes of a cat, but the judgement of a kitten it seems.

  6. bournesouprecipe on

    Memorable victory for Rapid Vienna.






    Another classic example of how hard it is to get through the CL qualifiers even for sides that don’t play in ‘wee diddy’ leagues such as Celtic.






    Timely reminder on the eve of Celtic’s gargantuan second leg, especially for the absent time warp ‘fans’ that expect Celtic to breeze through, although the winds of change have put paid to that.






    AnyResult csc

  7. Rudi…



    So the league and cups don’t count?





    Tell that to the huns that can’t progress into our league.




    Thems would choke a goat to be where we are.

  8. I presume “good at coming off his line” is in relation to taking crosses rather than racing from the penalty box. And if so, I agree.

  9. bournesouprecipe on

    Ole Craig Gordon is the antithesis of ‘The Wall’ who was often criticised for being rooted to his line.

  10. The clumpany


    I am interested well said guff back in town for no other reason than to promote ticket sales.


    I did not read any comment here about Ian king being the new chief executive of Airdrie well I didn’t know until he was on the news boasting that he had been invited by Paul Murray hospitality included to watch servo and how good they were don’t expect Airdrie to be up for it

  11. Captain Beefheart on

    We have won the league. The LC is crap. The SC is likely to be won.



    Europe matters most. It propels the club. If we can’t beat this mob, headsmust roll – striker scouts for example.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    JJ noted earlier that Celtic were 1/6 to qualify for the next round.



    Taking a quick swatch tonight round the usual suspects, the odds remain as reported, with Celtic as short as 1/7 with Ladbrokes, and Qarabag out at 4s to go through.



    Mental odds. Fly in the face of experience.

  13. Celtic will progress tomorrow,in my honest opinion,and our seeding should then see us into the. CL group stages whoever we draw after this,



    If the unthinkable happens and an Asian team horse us out of Europe tomorrow….the thoughts will turn to how far we are ahead of the Huns to sustain a long depressing season…



    Peter Lawwell is gambling again..




    Hope he wins…

  14. glendalystonsils on

    Jim Shyte not trying to hide it now. Interviewing Alex Neil on SSN with his orange sash on.

  15. bournesouprecipe on

    STV sports headlines…………… have Scott Allan and the fabled “turd bid’ before the CL news of terrible pitch for Celtic.



    Terrible Pitches csc

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ALMORE on 4TH AUGUST 2015 10:11 PM


    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





    Heath.Guilty until proved innocent?


    The principal accuser himself spent time in jail for child sex offences.



    More attention given to investigating a dead guy (four forces involved) than the current and ongoing scandals in Rotherham.



    Why would that be?


    Priorities obviously.

  17. Captain Beefheart on




    Perhaps. Thankfully we have signed intelligently throughout the rest of the positions.



    A striker would have helped us against Quarabag. Still expect us to win.



    Let’s see how they feature our progress tomorrow.

  19. I fully expect us to progress tomorrow.


    And comfortably.


    Qarabag looked vulnerable at set pieces, we even managed to score from one.


    Did Craig have a save to make?


    On the evidence of last week they certainly don’t present a great threat to Craig’s goal.


    If we can play it tight early on and grab a goal, they don’t have three goals to get past us.


    I predict a joyous afternoon.

  20. Macjay: I am only enquiring. I am open minded. I work for a state agency. I see both sides. I will be convinced by evidence

  21. bournesouprecipe on




    STV don’t do positive Celtic.






    In fairness they don’t do the imbecilic Celtic failure to invest agenda, either. They’ll have noted we’ve bought more than half a team since we crashed out to Maribor.







  22. What is the Stars on

    Objectively ,the odds on offer for Quarabag to qualify ( 4/ 1) are amazing


    However none of us are objective about this


    If we score I would imagine we are through


    My fear is the concession of an early goal and/ or a red card ( rush of blood, rash tackle, diving opponents, ref keen to show uefa he is up to it)


    No matter what names you call them they will be difficult tomorrow

  23. Ffs….Rapid Vienna or Ajax…..who do we hate the most on here?



    Geeza break…..




    It’s getting silly now….



    Just do it tomorrow Celtic……Just do it!!