Rosenborg fail to lay glove on Celtic


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. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I dont think anything ive said is unfair.


    Its far too hyped for what it is.


    Put the money into grass roots girls teams, community coaches.


    Forget big tournaments, or trying to put them on an equal footing with men’s tournaments.


    Its not about sex, its about skill and ability.




  2. What is the Stars on

    A lot of the comments were very unfair


    Schoolboy type humour. I would expect better to be honest.

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I disagree.


    Surely im allowed to say that i dont think women’s football is very good.





  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Changing the subject for a moment, did anyone else have the misfortune of watching the seventh best team in the world’s greatest league tonight?



    Dearie me.

  5. prestonpans bhoys on




    And some of it was, called humour. As someone who spent his own time and money supporting his daughter playing footie we have a license for criticism

  6. glendalystonsils on




    Watched enough of it to know that I didn’t want to watch the rest of it.



    If you see what I mean-))



    Now, if there had been a good wummins game on to watch………………………..

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 3RD AUGUST 2017 10:33 PM



    Round robin tourney in San Diego.


    USA , Japan , Brazil and Oz .


    Individual skill level has been high.


    `Mon the Matildas .

  8. What is the Stars on

    Green man


    Obviously you can say what you like. Within reason like us all.


    Personally I am delighted to see anybody from any background playiing any game at whatever level they can. Great honour for all those girls to represent their countries.


    You may be right womens football may not be any good but very few on here would be able to compete at the level those girls are playing at

  9. What is the Stars on



    Fair enough. Bit of humour never did any one any harm.



    Puritan CSC





    My kid sis played when she lived in South London from about 92. Top scorer in the league for seven seasons,I think. Arsenal Ladies were always at her to sign for them.



    If she’d had balls,she could have played for Arsenal proper at the time,never mind their ladies team(!)

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Really, i think people are picking me up wrong.


    I was saying, that considering its a Euro Championship, that standard was woeful.


    I was arguing that the standard can be raised by better coaching earlier on.


    I dont know if you witnessed Scotland Ladies being beaten 6-0 recently?





  12. What is the Stars on

    Green Man


    I saw Scotland beating Spain one nil.


    The Scottish keeper was woeful.


    Spain were the better team but the Scottish girls showed great heart





    Many teams would wish for a woeful keeper,providing she disnae lose goals!

  14. Don’t forget the Kano collection on Saturday. Volunteer for a couple of hours before the game or give generously.



    Oíche mhaith.

  15. What is the Stars on



    Yes a mad statement I know


    To say the keeper for a team won one nil was woeful. But honestly she was

  16. prestonpans bhoys on




    Apart from the jokes which was good fun , on a serious note. The women’s Euro football was disappointing. My experience from that level was poor coaching, built on physical attributes, bit like servo tbh :0)

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    I caught a bit of Scotland Ladies being battered by England. Typical Scotland performance:)


    England Ladies are just as arrogant as England Men. Glad they got gubbed tonight:)




  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on







    Why have they got two Asian teams in it?





    Just an invitational , Bobby .


    Probably best of the rest during the European Ladies tournament .



    I was tempted to say for their culinary skills , but that would have been sexist .





    Spring in my step after yesterday`s game. :-)

  19. prestonpans bhoys on




    If you ask Paul he’ll give you my real email address to help collection. My bus will get in CP for 11 am can’t drink so can help oot :0)

  20. The Neymar situation is sad, and an indictment on the modern game.



    Essentially, an oil rich monarchy has just bought a player via a football club it owns. The price is beyond ridiculous, a slap in the face to all attempts to introduce financial fair play to the sport.



    I have no sympathy for Barcelona – another aggressive quasi-nationalist tax-dodging behemoth, or UEFA, a corrupt cartel..



    But all Neymar’s transfer will do will entrench the power of a few rich men, giving them control over the most beautiful game in the world.

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ITALIABHOY on 3RD AUGUST 2017 11:05 PM



    Not to mention the World Cup in Qatar.



    ” Qatar has about 2.6 million inhabitants as of early 2017, the majority of whom (about 92%) live in Doha, the capital. Foreign workers amount to around 88% of the population, with Indians being the largest community numbering around 650,000.”



    FIFA and UEFA are the core of the problem.

  22. The Commission reported in 2013, finding that while Rangers failed to correctly register. Rangers never failed to correctly register players Rangers misled the registration process by witholding information .


    There is a difference between failing to carry out a duty and deliberately not carrying out a duty. They sought out in the beginning to decieve as they knew registration of their dual contracts were not in compliance with the integrity and fair play that the rules were set out to achieve.


    As some have said the sporting advantage is a red herring unless it can be shown one materialised, therefore by attracting players on hidden dual monetary contracts allowed the best players to be attracted, and this enabled an advantage of been able to pick the best and lure players away from other bidders with financial attractions. This created an uneven playing field and this is an advantage. The dual contracts created a false economy where players were playing in a leauge and the only reason they were attracted was the dual contract which was in their interest and the club they signed for reaped the benefits.


    It is wrong to say they failed to register they delibrately witheld the registration a big difference.

  23. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Looking forward to the draw tomorrow………..would prefer a win though




  24. Is Mary Whitehouse the new mod on cqn? Dreary me.


    Really hope my eyesight is so poor I just can’t find a couple of corny but innocent comments on the ladies fitba’. The kind of comment you could get away with on daytime radio2.

  25. The Huddle


    I wrote short post and thought I won’t argue with you on this one anymore because it might be very boring for the others.


    First of all it was not your different opinion that caused my reaction. The reason of my post was your words Legia banner is moronic and I felt it was moronic as you don’t need to use a gun to some child’s head to get a message across


    The reaction on the media and on some websites says you sometimes need to use controversy to spread the message across, albeit last night was for Warsaw not for the world. The controversy of yesterday is not something that is made up, false story. The controversy is facts, the truth.


    As I said yesterday, last night was to commemorate the victims and the heroes of Warsaw. 73 years later we still hear the memories and accounts of those who survived. The inspiration for that choreo was real picture taken during the uprising. It comes from Wola.


    During the first few days of the Uprising the inhabitants in the Warsaw districts of Wola and Ochota were the worst hit. Between 2 and 7 August the Germans murdered 70 000 civilians, men, women, children, elderly and even pregnant women. Most were shot in mass executions, some were burnt alive. It was for them we held a minute of silence yesterday and sang the national anthem.


    Is the stadium the place to show these very strong messages? Not necessary. Not constantly. Not every week. Not even every month. But, sometimes on the day like yesterday when you think about so many innocent killed: men, women, children, you need to tell the truth. You live for the truth, don’t you? If you don’t tell the truth there must be propaganda that comes as an substitute for the right. Why I say about that?


    An example.


    Two years ago German TV ZDF issued an documental film where they called KL Majdanek and KL Auschwitz “Polish Death Camps”. Accidental? No. This happens unfortunately too often. Karol Tendera, Auschwitz survivor decided to go to the Court and demand an apology from ZDF. ZDF lost it in the Court. The Court sentence was that ZDF has to apologize on their website and in the TV and has to use right words to name camps “German Death Camps”. ZDF has not apologized yet. When I read the articles from the western media today, I thought yesterday was the day when “you needed to use a gun to some child’s head to get a message across”.If you don’t do this you live in times when German ZDF tells about Polish Death Camps, that the Nazis were born in Naziland. Then you don’t know who is the victim, who was the murderer, how it started and why?


    You asked for my comment to your second part of your post were you stated that we chose negative. I would agree with you if you said we chose controversial way to spread the message but negative is not the word I go for now.


    If you google Legia performance from yesterday you will find the video where:


    1.You hear the speaker telling about the anniversary


    2.You hear the siren and the whistle from the referee


    3.You see both teams in the circle


    4. You observe the minute of silence for the victims and the heroes


    5 People sing Polish anthem


    Above 5 was agreed with the English UEFA assistant. ( he did not know the picture, choreo)

  26. Rather enjoy ladies footie here in the US.



    The league is very well organized and the games I’ve been to.



    The Seattle Reign vs the Portland Thorns in particular draw large crowds, with a solid regional rivalry ensuring some tasty tackling and physicality.



    Grassroots “soccer” here is very healthy here with girls often mixing it with the boys.



    Scotland could only dream of such organization, planning and multitude of coaching. Dismantle the SFA.