Rogic, defending, Derk, Ability Counts


Whatever maligned Celtic during the recent dark days when they dropped points to Hamilton and Dundee has cleared up. Hearts made the very best of a chance in the opening minutes on Saturday but the response was swift and conclusive.

Patrick Roberts deservedly picked up the accolades for his goals but the contribution of Tom Rogic should not go unrecorded. In creating the second goal he demonstrated ball-winning skills and creativity, a priceless package for a midfield player. Let’s hope he’s over his head knock for tomorrow night.

Mention should also go to Stefan Johansen, who played the deep-lying midfield role until Rogic went off, when he moved into the advanced position. His blind flick onto Roberts at the third goal was sublime.

The most pertinent comment I heard on Saturday was “It’s good to have the goalkeeper making saves again”. Craig Gordon appears to have his confidence back, perhaps as a consequence of the defence performing better.

For most of the second half Celtic defended more deeply than we’ve seen throughout the league campaign. With a two goal advantage, Griffiths and Johansen were asked to run into space, while the rest of the midfield became compact. As a consequence, Hearts had plenty of the ball, and created a few half chances, but they never carved Celtic open.

Had we been that compact during the European qualifiers our season could have been different.

There’s a process I go through when we sign a new foreign player: do I add his name to the spellcheck or not? I decided long ago I wasn’t prepared to pollute my dictionary with the names of transient players. Derk Boerrigter’s name still appears with wavy lines below in my word processor three years after his arrival.

His name will go down in Celtic annuls alongside Rafael Scheidt. We spent millions on them, they both went down with innocuous injury moments after starting for Celtic and that was pretty much that. In his opening 30 minutes for Celtic, Derk produced evidence that there was a football player hiding inside his psyche, but he soon found the rigors of the professional game too challenging.

He leaves Scotland with millions in his bank account and with a lot of frustrated people at Lennoxtown.

Did you read during the week that the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters’ Clubs raised €500 for the Foundation’s Ability Counts Ireland Project? The Ability Counts Project offers children with Downs opportunities to develop motor skills and team-working through football and dance. This is one small frontline of all the fundraising, badges, buckets, zip wires and dinners Celtic fans participate in.

It’s an important part of the relationship thousands of us have as Celtic supporters.

Consider getting involved. The Foundation is holding a H.E.L.P. Pilgrimage on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May. Participants will walk the 17 miles between St Mary’s, Calton, Barrowfield, the Jimmy Johnstone statue and gardens at Viewpark and back to Celtic Park.

A 17 mile walk is no small feat, but most feet are capable of it, so get involved here.

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  1. Gerryfaethebrig on




    I posted over the weekend about Roberts penalty, penalised for being fouled, surely the referee should be marked down on that ….. aye right, probably Madden would get marked up

  2. saltires en sevilla on



    Saltires, I hope you are enjoying your stay in the Czech Republic.


    It must be a family thing with a liking for cricket. As I posted last night, my dad has been a cricket liker since secondary school.


    Did you get a copy of my mum and dad’s wedding group photo with your gran and grandad in it?’



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/rogic-defending-derk-ability-counts/comment-page-5/#comment-2806562



    Yes thanks mum brought it with her last week. I will try to get a good copy and return it. Where was the wedding? Was that an AOH crest at the back of the hall?



    My stint here is complete, heading back on Thursday and really looking forward to catching up and getting to some games. A few weeks in Spain and we might go up and annoy TET :-)



    Take care



    HT hope you enjoying Lisboa- really is a magical place HH

  3. Development Team win League with 8 games to go.


    Record Played 25 won 23 draw 2 Lost 0. Scored 61 Conceded 11.


    Now that’s the way to win a League



    P.S. Won tonight 2 nil, Thomson scored 2nd in last minute.

  4. So we know now that Rangers weren’t demoted.



    Tom English told us that tonight.



    He’s already said that Rangers weren’t relegated?



    How then did the club that finished second in the top league end up in the fourth tier?



    Asking for a friend.

  5. saltires en sevilla on




    Yes Mike Gatting – what a sore coupon that was and he played on ?

  6. saltires en sevilla



    Gatting got the broken nose off a Malcolm Marshall (W.Indies) bouncer – Gooch was partnering him.


    To make matters worse – the ball deflected off Gatting’s nose and took out the stumps.



  7. An Teach Solais on



    Well played Their hastily concocted continuity fabrication falls apart under forensic examination. Maith thu !! Good on you.

  8. Saltires



    We’d planned to make THE pilgrimage today but the weather was like Glasgow in November!



    I want to go there and enjoy it so we’ve rescheduled for tomorrow. We did the city tour this afternoon and it was dry enough to sit outside and have a meal this evening.



    It’s fair to say, Lisbon is a beautiful city.

  9. Saltires en Sevilla



    Great memories there. Great post.



    Cricket commentary and great wine…..



    Bothams Ashes…… I joined the Wine trade the day after his famous hundred. I was lucky enough to tell him that last year when he was enjoying one of our wee distilleries gins in St Andrews.



    As for the Windies of the 70s and 80s and 90s …. Up there with the All Blacks or present day Barca IMO.



    The old days of the Western Cricket Union and local derbies. Ferguslie v Kelburne. Clydesdale v Poloc. Uddingston v Drumpellier, Ayr v Kilmarnock….. All great fun with most teams having a few token Celtic folk in their teams. Many of these clubs pre date the former Rangers football team. Nice that most of them have survived longer too.



    Of the commentators John Arlott, Brian Johnston, Don Mosey, CMJ all class acts. Painting a picture many of us dreamt of one day being in.



    Drinking a decent burgundy at lunch at a Lords is about as close as it got for me.



    Sneakily listening to them describing events in Lahore and Melbourne and Delhi whilst hiding under the duvet in those cold winters nights was another favourite memory. Somehow the picture seemed more vivid and interesting than we see on Sky TV today with their wall to wall analysis and stats.



    That said yesterday was something very special. Once in a lifetime experience. Joy to watch even just with a glass or three of co-op fair trade Malbec !

  10. The Donald, s unique outlook of life and the blogs love of cricket.


    It’s true, CQN is a Celtic blog like no other.




  11. whitedoghunch on

    pah playing on with a broken nose



    as a altar boy I once served mass with two broken wrists


    my mum made me fulfill my duties although I had been telling her for two days I was very sore after a bmx mishap.


    outside the church after mass we bumped into a local nurse who looked at me, my wrists and said get him to hospital.


    A few hours later left the vicky two broken wrists confirmed two stookies and a telling off from my mum for hurting myself

  12. ———



    It’s Not Generally Known…..



    But Ol’ Erchie Tunnock Was A DYED IN THE WOOL TIM…..




    He Covered It Up For ‘Commercial Reason’…..



    However,He Had A Wee Shrine Tae Brother Walfrid….



    In A Shady Corner Of His Gairden….



    And His Staff Were SWORN Tae SECRECY..



    He Would Have Had His Ashes Scattered On The Pitch At The Celtic End….



    But He Didnae Believe In Yon Crematorium Thingae…



    So He Did The NEXT-BEST Thing



    With The Help Of Surveyors…



    The Grave-Diggers Buried Him—



    In A Vintage Celtic Tap Once Worn By Willy Gemmell….




    With His Feet Pointing Towards Paradise-Oan-The Clyde




    His Dying Wish Was To Have The Tunnocks Red Loggo…



    Emblazoned On The Right Breast Of The Next Hoops Tap….



    But His Lawyers Ignored His Instructions….



    He Even ‘Fixed’ The Clock On The Tunnocks Factory Wall….



    So It Always Stopped At Seven Minutes Past The Hour….



    In A Secret Tribute To The “SEVEN PAST NIVEN Final”….








    If Ye Know Yer History…..





  13. It was the press conference afterwards


    Mike Gatting appears…two black eyes, huge welt taken out of his nose


    “and where did the ball hit you Mike”


    Must have served his apprenticeship in the Super duper Record.



  14. Praecepta



    I was at the Lords test when Gooch scored that treble hundred. I think I was there on the Monday when the Indian 10th wicket guy hit a straight 6 to avoid the follow on and was out next ball.



    Gooch then set about them again.



    Gooch a great example of a player with some talent, who really worked and worked hard at his weakneses after many set backs, like a pair in his first test.

  15. I will be on Lancashire tomorrow night unable to get out to see our game, is anyone screening it in order that I can scan for a dodgy stream?




    At least I will be spared the constant laptop loyal slavering over the Manky Mob winning a minor trophy, everyone for their Sevco bingo cliches ready?


    I go with. , the journey, rightful place, back on top, dignified , assured progress, Scotttish superpower, astute coach, city trader, triumphant fans, loyal supporters. There will be much pish spouted, thank the Lord I will be two hundred miles away.

  16. The Onlooker on

    Enjoyed the cricket chat.


    My earliest sporting memories were attending Cliftonville games at Solitude in late 60’s. Then on way home climbing over the wall of Cliftonville Cricket Club to watch the end of their game.


    We tried to blend in hoping that nobody had spotted us scaling the wall.


    As 8 year olds we weren’t too versed in what the actions of the paying public would be so we used to watch the old guys sitting on the benches and copy them, polite round of applause at intervals.



    The buzz of getting something for nothing wore off when we discovered many weeks later…..that there was No Entrance Charge !


    it didn’t have the same appeal but I still love the long form of the game.



    The Onlooker

  17. saltires en sevilla on




    Windies test match with cruise is high on the bucket list

  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    winning captains on 4th April 2016 7:54 pm



    I’ve been asking Tom English on Twitter whether Rangers were demoted. I just wanted a yes or no answer.



    Lots of people took an interest in this as Tom considered the matter over the past 24 hours.



    He did get back to me to say no.




    Good stuff. Maybe if he thinks for another day the penny might drop as to what happened to Rangers. And who played in the fourth division…..

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Saltires, no need to return the copy.



    I have a few copies here.



    I got that one done in Jessops .



    The resemblance between your dad and gandad is incredible.



    I’m hoping to get to see my dad tomorrow . I’ll ask him where the reception was . However, it might not bring back good memories for him. Lol.



    It might have been the Partick Burgh Hall, I’m sure my mum mentioned that previously.



    If I see my dad tomorrow, I’ll let you know where the reception was.

  20. Saltires en Sevilla



    For sure. Me too. Antigua, Barbados or Jamaica or Trinidad ?



    Or ALL 4 ?



    Narrowly missed out on Newlands this winter but it’s another one I fancy !

  21. HH the Development squad.


    Next assignment SC semi against that 4year old team from down the road.

  22. Just in case anyone gets fooled by the “Molly Weir on Acid” tone of The Donald Dick, he is merely trying to argue for the false concept of racial purity, a viewpoint as ignorant as it is offensive.



    A couple of passages to dispute the concept altogether:-



    “There’s about a 15 percent genetic variation between any two individuals,” according to science writer Deborah Blum. “Less than half of that, about 6 percent, is accounted for by known racial groupings….A randomly selected white person, therefore, can easily be genetically closer to an African than another white” (Blum 1995). Others contest these figures, arguing that genetic clustering is less likely to be evident in studies that use a small number of genetic markers. The greater the number of markers used, the greater the genetic clustering (Tang et al.: 2005).



    Joseph Graves, an African-American evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University-West in Tempe, notes that most people and researchers who try to establish correlations between various natural abilities and skin color are not geneticists.



    “These people don’t know evolutionary genetics. They talk about interesting issues in race and biology. And since, I think, there are no real races, I wonder what these issues are. It makes me angry that I have to take time from my research (on the genetics of aging) to argue about something that shouldn’t even need to be discussed (Blum).”



    C. Loring Brace, an anthropologist at the University of Michigan, claims that “race is a four-letter word with no basis in biological reality” (Blum). Others claim that the assertion that race is biologically meaningless is politically motivated.* There is also the problem of different scientists defining ‘race’ in different ways. ”







    “However, even if there were such a thing as a pure race, that fact would not justify considering that race superior to any other. One might even make a case for the inferiority of such a race. Nature clearly favors variation. Chances of survival under varied and changing conditions increase as the species is more varied. Too much similarity could mean racial disaster, extinction; while variation could mean the survival of some members of the species if disaster should strike. Likewise, a species with several varieties of intelligences, as well as individuals with varying degrees of those intelligences, could well be a sign of superiority, at least in terms of the survival potential of the race.”




    Just compare the cognitive abilities of Pedigree Dugs with your average mongrel.



    Or members of the Royal Family with normal people.



    Inbreeding and incest results in the stupidity of racialists.

  23. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    J McCormick , try the mobdro site or there is a newer one called periscope but unfortunately I don’t have the full titles for each site.

  24. saltires en sevilla



    Often have a mosey around the £1 book shops when I pass them and pick up the odd Sportsman’s autobiography – some; good, bad, indifferent.


    When you brought up the ‘broken nose’ I remembered it was Gatting.


    Anyhow – just had a wee look through Allan Lamb’s book (one of my purchases) for his comments on the incident – to paraphrase:


    The match was at Sabina Park Jamaica and the Indies bowling line-up was; Garner, Patterson, Walsh and Marshall.


    Lamb says when coming on the pitch – “Gatting was being led-off with what was left of his nose – spread across the width of his face and claret everywhere”.


    When Lamb came to the stumps (to take up middle on the popping crease) – he had to use his boot to spread the dust in order to cover/soak up the blood in front of his wicket.


    Marshall later admitted that when the ball was thrown back to him to resume the over – he caught it and almost brought up his breakfast. A piece of bone was embedded in the seam of the cricket ball – the umpires immediately switched the ball for another.


    England lost the match by 6 wickets.

  25. thomthethim for Oscar OK on 4th April 2016 7:33 pm



    That sounds like a cunning plan to me.



    Critical mass was always going to be important. I hope the 100 or so folk who were e mailed have played their part in increasing awareness.



    Res12 and LNS are connected by more than spirit.

  26. TBJ has no trust in the PLC on




    Not only is soup taker a very apt description of cock a leekie Keevins and his side kick gerry minestrone – but last week they discussed the fact they were tagged soup takers and could tell he wasnt happy with it. They tried to shrug it off but they both know what it means and that they have sold their soul’s

  27. Jobo – see you are off to Costa Del Sol on Thursday. What flight are you on – if the 735 out of Prestwick bring the tunes for the plane. Good to catch up on Saturday – we were right about that Team selection :-)

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