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Rosenborg fail to lay glove on Celtic

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Despite the slenderest margins between the teams over two legs, Rosenborg failed to lay a glove in earnest on Celtic in Trondheim last night. James Forrest, who likes a goal in the qualifiers, connected wonderfully with a shot from a right angle which was visible only on rebounding off the back of the net.

In a sign of things to come, Celtic were composed in possession, even deep inside their own box. This desire to take a touch and find a pass wasn’t entirely successful. Rosenborg pressed high regularly, forcing Craig Gordon into unmeasured passes to the wing.

Kieran Tierney was magnificent, especially in the first half, when he maintained a high position on the left. This gave Celtic their most reliable route to attack.

Rosenborg sprung forward at halftime, causing Celtic some consternation for a period, although Gordon was never stretched. Brendan Rodgers had the luxury of bringing Leigh Griffiths off the bench; Celtic didn’t look back.

Don’t think things are going to ease up. That 1-0 aggregate score saw us enter the final minutes able to concede once without the threat of elimination. That wasn’t the case in either the third or fourth qualifying rounds last season. I hope we’re back in the afternoons for penalty practice.

While we are one tie away from the Champions League group stage, we are also on the brink of making it out of Pot 4.  If Sevilla, Napoli, Liverpool or Olympiacos exit the competition and Celtic progress, we will be in Pot 3 for the group stage.  Olympiacos are in the champions section of the draw alongside Celtic, but they went out of the competition to Haopel Be’re Shiva last season, who lie in wait again this term.

Sevilla, Napoli and Liverpool are all in the non-champions group, where tasty opponents Nice and Hoffenheim await in the non-seeded section.  Sevilla make a Gaudi-esque art form of going out of the Champions League in the qualifiers, to let them concentrate on their main purpose in life – dominating the Europa League.  If we take care of our own business there’s a decent chance we’ll move up the rankings.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Mary’s Meals appeal yesterday, and to Intelligent Car Leasing, who made the magnificent offer of 4 hospitality tickets for Saturday’s league opener against Hearts.  The winner was informed by email a few minutes ago – so check!

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  1. BIGBOAB:

     

     

    RFC failed to comply with the regulatory requirements for player registrations. Period!

     

    It is not a question of ‘did they fill out the forms’? Or did Bryson process the forms?

     

    The regulatory requirements state unequivocally that ALL payments to players MUST be notified.

     

    Beyond question, this was not done.

     

    The recent SPFL statements failed in one major area, they weren’t all wearing RFC shirts when making their pronouncements. Clearly, they were all acting on RFC’s behalf.

     

     

    Beyond question, EVERY player who received ANY payments which were not declared failed to meet the regulatory requirements and as such EVERY game in which ANY of these players took part MUST be recorded as a 0-3 loss and ALL trophies etc… won MUST be stripped.

     

     

    Punitive action against ALL officials involved in the cover up should also follow.

     

     

    The problem is that the agency charged with governing the game, the very same agency responsible for ensuring players are registered correctly were and ARE part of the corrupt scheme.

     

     

    That is what was wrong with the LNS enquiry and every other enquiry like it, it was instigated & designed by the very authority who should be subject to investigation.

     

    Criminals do not investigate themselves.

     

     

    I have no idea what scope a Judicial Review would have.

     

    If it doesn’t investigate the activities of the governing authorities of Scottish Football it is wasting its time.

     

     

    The corrupt officials at every level of the game must be routed out.

     

    Of course, if you really want to sort it all out you will need a full on, official, fraud investigation conducted by Scotland Yard (not Scottish Police) into all DMs activities.

     

    That would then run the risk of exposing some very ‘respected’ members of the establishment.

     

     

    Good luck on that one.

     

     

    It’ll never happen.

  2. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:13 AM

     

     

     

    Go on, try typing deary without it turning out dreary on an iPad – impossible I tell ye!

  3. Having been a top youth rugby player (cue intakes of breath from many on here), I was involved in coaching ladies rugby a while back.

     

     

    My perception and experience gained was that ladies adhere to a personal code of ethics often absent in men, while equaling men in competitive spirit and desire to win.

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUTHSIDE on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:21 AM

     

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:13 AM

     

     

     

    Go on, try typing deary without it turning out dreary on an iPad – impossible I tell ye!

     

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    Excusas y pretextas.

     

    :-)

     

     

    Must do better. :-)

  5. Mr z.

     

     

    Welcome back to can with the most powerful and thought provoking contributions.

     

     

    You keep it lit.

  6. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:37 AM

     

     

    Can’t find a Faustian emoji on the damned thing either.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUTHSIDE on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:45 AM

     

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:37 AM

     

     

     

    Can’t find a Faustian emoji on the damned thing either.

     

     

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    Ask a child.

  8. Bobby Murdochs Ankle supportin Oscar Knox on

    Young cousin’s the head coach of Rutgers University’s ladies team in New Jersey, massive investment in womans football by that uni, multi millions per year, building from the ground up, standard very good.

     

     

    Had a good conversation with him when we were in NYC in April, the SFA could learn a lot from the Yanks, but then again, they could learn a lot from a plank o wid..

     

     

    Bma

  9. SIN CITY BHOY on4TH AUGUST 2017 12:28 AM

     

     

    Having been a top youth rugby player (cue intakes of breath from many on here), I was involved in coaching ladies rugby a while back.

     

     

    My perception and experience gained was that ladies adhere to a personal code of ethics often absent in men, while equaling men in competitive spirit and desire to win.

     

     

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    All quite notable and of passing interest, SCB.

     

     

    But let’s face it – the real thought in the minds of the degenerates on here when reading that, revolves solely around the extent of your dressing room/post-game showers access.

     

     

    So…

     

     

    ;))

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCHS ANKLE SUPPORTIN OSCAR KNOX on 4TH AUGUST 2017 12:57 AM

     

     

    Not much money in women`s fitba in Oz.

     

     

    Just lots of ability and hunger for success.

     

     

    I know which I prefer.

     

    Viz Neymar.

  11. Bobby Murdochs Ankle supportin Oscar Knox on

    Macjay, usual American way, throw money at it…..

     

     

    In this case it seems to be working…

     

     

    Bma

  12. INVINCIBLE 'GG on

    BMCUW

     

    All colleges spend an inordinate amount on athletics.

     

    Some of it is funded by donations, some from fees and more from revenues generated as college sports, especially football, is a big crowd and TV sponsorship drawer.

     

    And the players are unpaid apart from expensive college scholarships.

     

    Rutgers football cost the college over $18 million but also managed to generate over $26 million in revenues.

     

    In contrast the figures for women’s soccer are:

     

    Women’s Soccer

     

    Total expenses: $1.3 million.

     

    Total revenue: $237,376.

     

    Direct institutional subsidy: $769,328.

     

    Student fee support: $295,703.

     

    What women’s soccer costs: $1.065 million.

     

    It’s a miniature version of the asterisk years downriver.

  13. Bobby Murdochs Ankle supportin Oscar Knox on

    GG, think you got yer Bobby’s mixed up there:)-

     

     

    Bma

  14. Joost empty the park….

     

    Empty awe the parks….

     

    Or, not one stolen trophy….

     

    will be stripped !!!

     

    Scoattish fitba would be better…

     

    shuttin doon awe the gither….

     

    rather than paying to be shafted….

     

    tae ye die….imho.

     

    Skelping pub teams dizny make up for…..

     

    25 years of Murray Mibbery !!!

     

    Inquiries / Reviews / Judicial reviews gtf !!!

     

    There will probably be a, dark moneyed clique….

     

    waiting in the background, for awe this….

     

    ebt / title stripping stuff, fizzling oot….

     

    through apathy……

     

    then, the dark moneyed clique will, move in….

     

    and grab the Rainjurs by the horns….

     

    then they’ll, cheat, mibbery, riot etc….

     

    and, apathetic, corporate controlled, Celtic…..

     

    wulny even get oan the bus, tae sit at the back !!!

     

    Yippee.

     

    Tony Donnelly 67 – enjoy yer kitty ma mhan ;)

     

    ……off-oot.

  15. INVINCIBLE 'GG on

    BOBBY MURDOCHS ANKLE SUPPORTIN OSCAR KNOX on 4TH AUGUST 2017 4:13 AM

     

    GG, think you got yer Bobby’s mixed up there:)-

     

     

     

    Bma

     

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    Aye indeed.

     

    There’s a joke in there somewhere but I won’t touch it. ;-)

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    A meaningful insight into Brendan`s thinking about the Scottish game .

     

    He gets it.

     

     

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    And Rodgers insisted: ‘We won’t be getting someone in. We have (Nir) Bitton who can play there. It depends.

     

    ‘If we are talking about Scottish football and the ball getting smashed up the pitch, then you can have two big guys who can head it.

     

     

     

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4759198/Rodgers-Celtic-reach-Champions-League-group-stages.html#ixzz4okqMPdR6

     

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  17. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

     

     

    Robert Frost

  18. 50 shades of green on

    Morning folks welcome to the draw day,

     

     

    or as its known by the rest of Scottish football, Friday.

     

     

    Dont care who we get, how hot it is , how far away it is , or how many times we have played them before , or were the first leg is played , just glad we are there, for a wee change let them worry about getting us!!!!!!!.

     

     

     

    H.H

  19. To whom was Brendan referring when he said this (after the Rosenborg game) :

     

     

    ‘He’s someone the players like and showed his importance the other night.’

     

     

    JJ

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    HOT SMOKED on 4TH AUGUST 2017 6:36 AM

     

    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

     

     

    Robert Frost

     

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    I like it.

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 4TH AUGUST 2017 6:42 AM

     

    Highly recommended post from ZBYZSEK at 1219am.

     

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    Perhaps they could also be looking at the Soviets and the Katyn massacre.

  22. 50 shades of green on

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH AUGUST 2017 6:46 AM

     

    HOT SMOKED on 4TH AUGUST 2017 6:36 AM

     

     

    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

     

     

     

    Robert Frost

     

     

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    I like it.

     

     

    @@@@@@@@@@@@

     

     

    I bet the bold Robert has never had listen to a

     

     

    “phone in “on Radio Clyde then has he. :-)

     

     

    H.H

  23. Good morning from an overcast but dry north staffs

     

     

    saw a headline on newsnow from the fecord that only self policing by fans will rid us from the nutters at football

     

    of course they already have this at ipox with scotland’s finest :))

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