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Qarabag assistant suggests defensive tactics

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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. WItS: I share your concern. Let’s keep eleven players on the field. I’m not pessimistic, but if we get tactics right we should be ok.

  2. So defeat to Qarabag is unthinkable is it?

     

     

    What were Sachsenring Zwickau? Politehnica Timisoara? Neuchatel Xamax? Artmedia? Braga? Utrecht? Sion? Maribor?

     

     

    If you ignore all evidence of Celtic performance over the years since 1974 (over 40 years ago), then you will blithely believe that any European team is a skoosh and defeat is not a prospect for the mighty Celtic. If it happens, someone must get sacked.

     

     

    When exactly did we become unbeatable? Even the Lions lost (Kiev, Ujpest, Wisla Krakow)

  3. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Jeremy Corbyn interview coming up on Newsnight if anyone’s interested.

     

     

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    ShootingFromTheHipCSC

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ALMORE on 4TH AUGUST 2015 10:53 PM

     

    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

     

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    We`re on the same page,then.

     

    Cheers.

  5. bournesouprecipe on

    The ole ‘unthinkables’ tend to post, before big games, but still won’t see Celtic Park this side

     

    of Christmas, or maybe any Christmas.

  6. A very well done to lots of the Young Guns in Scotland , on achieving record amount of passes in Higher Exams.

     

     

    I’m sceptical on whether standards have improved or whether some kids would get on better in life with a driving licence ,at a young age,or entry to a minor University course with no job prospects and lots of debts.

     

     

    Education,Education,Education…….Tony Blair didn’t know the meaning of the word.

     

     

    The Race to the bottom……

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 4TH AUGUST 2015 11:00 PM

     

    macjay

     

     

    “Heath.Guilty until proved innocent?”

     

     

    If only you applied the same standards to our Trade Union Leaders in the 60s and 70s that you believed were Soviet spies on the word of a defecting whore double-agent.

     

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    I remember seeing Dennis Healey,on the “right of the Labour party” and then out of office and influence,being doorstopped by an interviewer from a foreign broadcaster laughingly and drunkenly admitting…….”I was a communist all the time.”

     

     

    Reasonable standard of proof,I would have thought.

     

     

    The Cambridge five,anyone?

  8. Mac jay…

     

     

    Always assumed that the 5th man from Cambridge was either John Cairncross or the unknown Jewish guy who recruited Burgess and co.

     

     

    Dennis Healey…Wow….first time I’ve heard this…..but ….not a ridiculous assertion when I think of it!!

  9. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    MACJAY 2300: I doubt if the Labour Party of the Healey era would even have ‘right of’. A number of Labour members at that would have been previous Communist Party members and may still have agreed with some of the philosophy,but that would not make them spies.Woulnt think there were 5 Labour Party members at Cambridge and Oxford combined in those days.’If you know your history’ doesn’t apply to Celtic exclusively!

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    rudicantfail on 4th August 2015 11:32 pm

     

     

    I have tried in vain to find a You Tube of said interview.

     

    Healey ,like many of his day,was most certainly a communist in the `30s.

  11. Macjay….

     

     

    You’ll be telling me the Royal Family were Fascists in the 1930s next?

     

     

    Lol

     

     

    Hail Hail

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    COSY CORNER BHOY on 4TH AUGUST 2015 11:38 PM

     

     

    Didn`t mean to suggest that they were spies.

     

    I was referring to the culture of communist sympathy within the Labour party and it`s Union backers.

     

     

    When Lech Walesa ,Solidarnosc Union leader ,stood up to their Soviet masters by carrying out strikes in Gdansk in the `70s, where was the support from their fraternal brothers in the T.U.C.?

     

    Missing in action.That`s where.

     

    How so?

  13. macjay

     

     

    Nice side step.

     

     

    The fact that you have a vague recall of a drunk Denis Healey laughing and saying that he was a Communist “all the time” is not proof that Healey was a Communist undercover spy (what a poor agent he must have been to confess so easily when he had a drink taken?) far less that any Trade Union leader was.

     

     

    Then you introduce the Cambridge 5, the private school educated elite who really betrayed this country, both to the Soviets and to the pre WW2 fascists.

     

     

    It was never the left that betrayed us- it was always the posh boys in the establishment.

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    rudicantfail on 4th August 2015 11:45 pm

     

    :-)

     

    Sadly,a fair number of the “establishment” were.

     

    Have a look at “The Right Club ” run by a Scottish member of the aristocracy which included the Duke of Wellington.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 4TH AUGUST 2015 11:54 PM

     

    My recall isn`t vague.It`s accurate.

     

    I didn`t suggest he was a spy.I said he admitted to being a communist.

     

     

    The rest I agree with.

     

     

    Was Mick McGahee a communist?

  16. SFTB

     

     

     

    The ‘left’ betrayed us just as much as the ‘right’ ever did…..maybe even more so because we put our hopes and our aspirations in them.

     

     

     

    Left/ right…..who gives a flying feck?

     

     

     

    Get off your high horse mate ….

     

     

     

    Less than 50 % of the electorate care enough to vote.

  17. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I see billy bear managed to get back onto his favourite blog. I also note it took him much longer than most of the regulars? Then again I can understand why battering away at a keyboard with his hooves while playing a flute could have caused some difficulties.

     

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    Not been on since Friday. To all I met on Saturday at the game and afterwards, thank you for a magic day out.

     

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    Having seen the pitch for tomorrow’s game on telly and on Mr Z’s pic’s it looks no worse than the crap we regularly beat teams on here. I caveat that with the fact that they are probably better than the likes of Motherwell and Dundee Utd.

  18. i just logged on with the intention to tell ALMORE my favorite celtic memorabilia

     

     

     

    but maybe not.

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    S.F.T.B.

     

    Incidentally,nice talking to you again and renewing our occasional skirmishes.

     

     

    Tying some loose threads together.

     

     

    Denis Healey.

     

    In 1936 he won an exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford – to read Greats – where he was involved in Labour politics, although he was not active in the Oxford Union Society. At Oxford Healey joined the Communist Party in 1937 during the Great Terror but left in 1940 after the fall of France. Also at Oxford, Healey met future Conservative Prime Minister Teddy Heath (as he was then known), whom he succeeded as president of Balliol College Junior Common Room, and who was to be a lifelong friend and political rival. Healey achieved a double first degree, awarded in 1940.

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    S.F.T.B.

     

    Are you going on “In Vino Veritas” My experience is that most of is talk “In Vino Balderdash”

     

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    You`re on the wrong vino.

     

    :-)

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Should have said:

     

    Wikipedia

     

    Denis Healey.

     

    In 1936 he won an exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford – to read Greats – where he was involved in Labour politics, although he was not active in the Oxford Union Society. At Oxford Healey joined the Communist Party in 1937 during the Great Terror but left in 1940 after the fall of France. Also at Oxford, Healey met future Conservative Prime Minister Teddy Heath (as he was then known), whom he succeeded as president of Balliol College Junior Common Room, and who was to be a lifelong friend and political rival. Healey achieved a double first degree, awarded in 1940.

  22. A CEILER GONOF RUST on 5TH AUGUST 2015 12:12 AM

     

    Saint Stivs, was it a green Celtic crested My Little Pony?

     

     

    ya tormentin basta.

     

     

    close but no cigar.

     

     

    i am gonny have to type it up now,

     

     

    and, me off to bed, and not a drink in the house , and now i am gonny be here for another our now

  23. WC

     

    It’s not a great priority especially with a half past noon kick off tomorrow.

     

    It can be done on the iPad by lingering over the link or on the PC with I think Shift and Enter.

     

    But it will be more consistent if it went automagically.

     

    Thanks

  24. ALMORE

     

     

    my favorite celtic memorabilia.

     

     

    personal, selfish and emotional choices,

     

     

    and none exist anymore

     

     

    1) a celtic crst plastic shield.

     

    2) a celtic european winners rug.

     

    3) a case of orignal celtic views from number 1 to …………………. maybe 500.

  25. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I hope Petec and Winkle bhoy rekindle their molehill spat. It’s more interesting than this pish.

  26. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Stivs:_(

     

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    Sorry……………………………………………………………….:_)

  27. i have no butterflies about this game tomorrow.

     

    Well not at the moment.

     

    We have a world class goal keeper.

     

    A couple of quick centre backs and a midfield which can protect him.

     

    We just need the likes of Armstrong, GMS or Ciftci to create some openings or win some set pieces and we will score.

     

    We just need the one.

     

    And who would bet against us scoring and progressing?

     

    Apart from the trolls?

  28. THE CELTIC CREST ON THE PLASTIC SHIELD

     

     

     

    I was maybe 8 years old. so its 1974, ish, I went to my uncle duncan’s flat in tweed street greenock to stay for the weekend. my younger cousins were madder than me. . the highlight was they had a chute for the rubbish.

     

     

    clear memory of dunky giving me the plastic brown, shield slightly broken on an edge.

     

     

    i had the shield for 30 years,

     

    i thought it was in the garage in a celtic carry on bag, cant find it. gutted.

     

     

    meant the world to me, that dunky gave me it.

     

     

    ps.

     

     

    owen archdeacon stayed in the same block

  29. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Anyway, looking forward to watching the game tomorrow with my boy. Mrs ACGR informed she’s surplus requirement during match time unless she’s providing plates of food and swallies. ACGR central is all systems go. Onsies, aye ready, ha ha.

     

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    Mon The Hoops.