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Regan should hide his face from Celtic players at Hampden

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Tomorrow evening four or five Celtic players will represent Scotland in a match of the upmost importance to the SFA. The Association, who employ around 170 people, face a financial cliff edge if they fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Current income does not match expenditure; financial reserves are dwindling, with no certainty ahead. The existing deal with Sky TV ends next summer, while William Hill’s sponsorship of the Scottish Cup has an additional year to run. Qualification for Russian 2018, with the millions it would bring, is a financial necessity.

I’m a Scotland fan and a Gordon Strachan fan, but I’m a Celtic fan first and foremost. It grates that the very same people who rejected the Celtic and SPFL’s call for a review into (among other things) the conduct of their officeholders, now need our players to pay their wages.  They want us to feed them, but God forbid you want SFA officeholders to be accountable for actions.

If Regan, Petrie and their cronies know anything about motivating footballers, they will hide their faces from the Celtic players around Hampden.

Maybe I should do the team talk tomorrow.

NEW CQN PODCAST FROM CELTIC PARK ON SATURDAY

Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.

Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.

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  2. Interesting Paul67 and spot on…

     

     

    What Gordon and the Scotland Squad are doing by raising the bar is in spite of the SFA and owes a great deal to Glasgow Celtic.

     

     

    Maybe you should hold the team talk but I heard Broonie doing it…

     

     

    Who would win a fight between…;)

     

     

    From Last Thread…

     

     

    T&T…

     

     

    Interesting the beneficial effects or the toll that those extra games can have.

     

     

    As you point out not only is it the amount of games extra but that those games are played at a higher level…

     

     

    – Final Stages Of Domestic Cups

     

    – European Competitions

     

    – Internationals.

     

     

    It reminded me of the great Spanish Teams Run.

     

     

    European Champions 2008

     

    World Cup Champions 2010

     

    European Champions 2012

     

     

    Done while most of their players were playing Extra Club Games, Especially The Barca & Madrid Guys.

     

     

    It was phenomenal how this group of players went from performance after performance at Club and International Level, year in, year out, Season after Season.

     

     

    It was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup that brought it home to me, they were favourites and playing incredible Football.

     

     

    I looked at that team and thought, when was the last time these guys got a break? A serious break?

     

     

    The thing was they just seemed to get better and better – performing at the highest level for Club and Country seemed to improve and galvanise their performance.

     

     

    Now, as phenomanol as they were, interestingly enuff, they seemed to run out of steam at the end of that Competition and certainty the 2014 World Cup was a Tournament too far…

     

     

    Brilliant a run at Club and Country Level as it was and their athleticism and skills were honed to the max through that period… Yet even the greatest seemed to need that break.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  3. HH y’all from a still dark, hot and humid SE Texas.

     

    Is the International stuff finished yet???

     

    Driving me (and my darling wife, bless her heart ) nuts. Need my CFC fix.

  4. I agree with all of that Paul but players also want the prestige of International football, they won’t be overly interested in a lot of the politics going around the way we are.

     

     

    I’m a Scotland fan too, I’ll be at the game tomorrow night with 8 of my mates. Scotland games are one of the few times we all get together as we all support different clubs, can’t always meet because of family and work life but everyone knows the dates of the Scotland games and we’ll be there. Well they need to be as I always have the tickets!

     

    Again, I agree with everything you say but sometimes I need to put that to the back burner, meet my mates for a beer and go to Hampden!!

     

    I’ll take the judgements!!

  5. Good article Paul!

     

     

    Celtic first for me!

     

     

    Scotland getting to the world cup finals in Russia, with all that entails for Celtic players, is defo not on my wish list!

     

     

    C’MON IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. And, of course, SFA President McCrae would rather our team was not so successful. Happy to have our club’s players carry national team until Sevco bridge the gap.

     

     

    Gap as in yawning chasm.

  7. Paul67

     

     

    In your opening sentence – it’s ‘utmost’, not ‘upmost’.

     

     

    St Paul’s, Paisley, Class of Toolongagotoremember

  8. Paul67

     

    Regan and the rest have no shame .

     

     

    If what you say is true about the financials – maybe i’ll support the Slovaks

  9. I’m a fan of Scotland and WGS though my first love will forever be the support of Celtic.

     

     

    The sleekit scoddish rascals of the SFA and their snyde surrogates ( everywhere) need holding to account, there’s now little reason I can see why the Club can’t spearhead real, generational change – genuinely for the good of all Scottish football,……… and begin the mending process that a big, big bit of Scotlands “fabric” so sorely needs.

     

     

    HH

  10. Paul67,

     

     

    The simple fact is. For Scotland to Flourish… the SFA has to be cleaned out. Do it Celtic.

     

     

    Me – I’d wipe out Hampden. It looked a good Athletics venue.

     

     

    Build a state of the art Stadium in Stirling.

     

     

    With Broonie and Stuart missing Scotland will struggle. I hope at least one of them is Bach for Munich.

  11. Mixed feelings about the International team these days. I always want the national team to do well, but, more often than not, they’ve contrived to find new ways to fail to qualify for tournaments.

     

    I remember watching them in the finals in 74 and 78 when we had some great players, but did nothing at all. Nowadays, I won’t lose any sleep if they lose tomorrow and Sunday, but would feel mild disappointment. Not so much for me, but for my own boys, who aren’t old enough to remember Scotland playing at a major final. They have both followed Scotland over the past 10 years or so, going to various away games, and enjoying the occasion much more than they have ever enjoyed the fitba’.

     

    For them, I hope Scotland, can get the results they need to qualify for Russia next year.

  12. Well said JIMBOB71 @ 12:33 PM,

     

     

    Hope you and your pals see a great match and a historic result and Calmac;)

     

     

    Hail Hail

  13. I will be fully supporting the Scotland Team over the coming 2 games. History shows that we have a habit of prolonging the hope until the last possible moment before it all ends in caatstrophic, so-close, failure. But in the current campaign I fear that may already have had our ‘that was so so close’ moment when 4 months ago our own Stuartie gave possession back to Engurland in the dying seconds of injury time.

  14. Paul67

     

     

    I’m a fan of Celtic and couldn’t care less about the National Team,you seem to be suggesting that Regan etc will feel shame or guilt for what they have done, they wont so don’t expect it. I hope Celtic are still moving forward to the next stage on the conduct of the football authorites here.

     

     

    I also found the article from Jack Aitchison rather a worry , it seems Jack has his eyes on being a success like Henry and his team Arsenal, he hardly mentions Celtic or any affiliation for Celtic, rather Kolo as an individual and how he helps him. Not good in my opinion.

  15. Have to agree, Paul67. I always want Scotland to do well but Celtic are far more important.

     

     

    If we could withdraw all of our players from the squad, I would be delighted, especially as the SFA are so blatantly in favour of one team.

  16. petec on 4th October 2017 1:00 pm

     

     

    Hampden is a great Athletics stadium, the Commonwealth Games proved that, but is an awful football stadium. Sight lines, especially from behind the goal are poor as is the atmosphere created within.

     

    We don’t need to build a new state of the art stadium though, we have Celtic Park (60k), Murrayfield (65k), the redeveloped Tynecastle (23k) and the proposed new Aberdeen stadium (20k) all of which could hold internationals, cup semis and finals depending on who is playing.

  17. South Of Tunis on

    Those who are going to Hampden will hopefully get the opportunity of watching the excellent Marek Hamsik — he’s currently 2 goals away from beating Maradona’s goals tally for Napoli . A fabulous record for a midfielder.A mighty fine footballer.

     

     

    A wee lunchtime choon-

     

    https://youtu.be/2ZKongdn0jI

  18. Bankiebhoy1 read somewhere that it was a hoax and certain CQNers got the Kirk Broadwood treatment. No details were forthcoming i’m afraid.

  19. Article in the Sunday Times about 6 weeks ago.

     

    Don’t buy newspapers so stumbled across it over a wee scone in a cafe……

     

     

    SFA had written to all member clubs informing them that it was considering quitting Hampden on cost grounds and playing internationals at various big stadia across the country.

     

     

    Personally it wouldn’t put me up nor down. But it did get me thinking…..I wonder what use Hampden might be put to?

     

     

    Scoddish QPR perhaps?

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  20. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I’m hoping that Celtic are still in Europe after Christmas, and that Scotland are going back to the ol USSR, or at least the newer version. The first can only be achieved by Celtic players and the second only with Celtic players in the team. So the next two games are important, win both and Scotland could go into the play-offs, fail and Scotland will not have a competitive match for around a year from now. I noticed that the Six Nations are struggling to find new sponsors, and that is a major event, so what price the SFA if they are the only Scottish spectators in Russia next year?

  21. AMESGANG on 4TH OCTOBER 2017 2:16 PM

     

    Article in the Sunday Times about 6 weeks ago.

     

     

    Don’t buy newspapers so stumbled across it over a wee scone in a cafe……

     

     

    SFA had written to all member clubs informing them that it was considering quitting Hampden on cost grounds and playing internationals at various big stadia across the country.

     

     

    Personally it wouldn’t put me up nor down.

     

     

    *mt last game there was the Paul Wilson GC Final. I never liked the ground even when it was like a home ground tae us. Horrible place for exiting from, many a time mt feet never touched the ground.

  22. Cup Semi Final tickets now on sale to those on Home Ticket Scheme. First come first served, not enough for everyone on scheme.

  23. The modren Hampden is the perfect soviet-style athletics stadium, has all the stature of an out-of-town, Drive-Thru Burger Bar……………………..and does nothing for the beautiful game.

     

    It presents the ugly face of scoddish football.

  24. GARY67 on 4TH OCTOBER 2017 2:27 PM

     

    Cup Semi Final tickets now on sale to those on Home Ticket Scheme. First come first served, not enough for everyone on scheme.

     

     

    NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE……….grrrrrrrrrrrrr only by phone or going to CP

  25. talkin about hampden. my first cup final celtic v aberdeen 1967. if i remember boiling hot day started out the back of the celtic end next the middle and finally the front. coming out i swear my feet didnt touch the ground.

  26. Looks like being on the Home Ticket Scheme since it started counts for hee haw,good customer loyalty my ar$£

  27. G67-Thanks, just got mine,there was no hyperlink at match info on website,usually is,you need to log in near top of the page ‘HH

  28. HOW ANY so called “Celtic supporter” could support the national team is a pure mystery to me.

     

     

    They’ve BOO’d our players since time began, look at the cap numbers Celtic players have/not received down the years. And before anyone jumps in and says ahhhhh that was long time ago blah blah blah. They might not Boo now but the feelings they have for anything out of Celtic Park are still there but simmer just under the surface now.

     

     

    17th century protestant Scotland.

     

     

    Me ………….if they were playing oot my back door i’d have them arrested for trespassing.

  29. This has probably been mentioned before,but how much debate,I am unsure.Like a few,I like to see Scotland win.However,with the 1st game of the World Cup scheduled for June 14th,how would that affect Celtic in the CLQs.Considering we have 4 games in these next year,they would start in June,and continue through July,August.Hopefully,we will be in the Scottish Cup Final,and this will be around the 3rd week in May,which without WC participation,give the team only a few weeks off.With participation,who gets 1st pick on the Celtic players,Scotland or Celtic?.Would we be expected to participate in the CLQ,without maybe 7 1st team players?.

     

    Has this been thought out,discussed?.I dont see any mention in the SMSM ,which considering,it could possibly hamper us,is a surprise.

  30. JAMESGANG on 4TH OCTOBER 2017 2:16 PM

     

    Article in the Sunday Times about 6 weeks ago.

     

     

    Don’t buy newspapers so stumbled across it over a wee scone in a cafe……

     

     

     

    SFA had written to all member clubs informing them that it was considering quitting Hampden on cost grounds and playing internationals at various big stadia across the country.

     

     

     

    Personally it wouldn’t put me up nor down. But it did get me thinking…..I wonder what use Hampden might be put to?

     

     

     

    Scoddish QPR perhaps?

     

     

     

    HH jamesgang

     

     

    Ach Jamesie

     

    They are just testin the ground prior to moving the skewered f.a to its rightful home at ibrokes,

     

    :-)

     

     

    Tis interesting tho how the decrease in income from concerts like Springsteen,Take That,AC/DC effects the Shareholder

     

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC200222/officers

     

     

    Wi Wee Stu n’ oor Campbell to name a few……..As karen Dunbar would say i smell sh…. :-)

     

     

    HH

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