Scope to rest players between European dates


Under normal conditions, starting the season at home to Hamilton Accies would be welcome as a soft introduction, but anything out of the ordinary is a leveller.  We have yet to play a football game and no friendlies are arranged, a situation that will need to change quickly.

Neither team will be fully fit for that fixture on 2 August, a situation that favours Hamilton significantly more than Celtic.

The European qualifiers are sandwiched between fixtures against Aberdeen, Dundee United, Motherwell, Ross County, Livingston and Hibs.  Crucially, we are at home ahead of both play-off round legs .  There should be scope in these fixtures for Neil Lennon to rest players during this period, without harming our 10-in-a-row quest too much.

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  1. Good evening CQN from a lovely summers evening in the Garngad



    Big Jmmy – I will look at bagging us a table for Friday the 17th at The Howgait (formerly The Lee) they are not taking bookings for beer garden tables according to the website, I was speaking to a couple of the young team who are still furloghed and they were down earlier and they had to stand and wait outside.



    I will call the pub mañana and text you. If that’s ok?






    D. :)

  2. if you can tonight Celts take a time out and have a thought of the 167 people who lost their lives on this day in 1988..


    God bless them.



  3. Now we know our route in the Premiership, a quick look at our route to the Champions League group stage …



    Q Round 1


    Celtic are the top seeded of the 34 teams – the H/A draw shouldn’t matter in the 17 ties , hopefully geographically drawn with travelling in mind .



    Q Round 2


    2 teams could enter Q2 with higher coefficients , Basel (Swi) and last season’s nemesis Copenhagen (Den) who are currently trailing leaders Midtjylland by 14 points with just 5 games to play – and they play each other on Thursday, a point enough for Schiavchenko’s team to join us in R2.



    Basel are lying 3rd, 6 points behind Young Boys and 8 points behind leaders St Gallen, with 8 games to play. Would take quite a run of results for Basel to overtake both teams above them.



    So Copenhagen almost certainly won’t qualify and Basel will struggle, both failing to qualify leaving Celtic as top seeded side in QR2 20 teams.



    Q Round 3


    We would be joined by Olympiakos with a better coefficient so would be 2nd top seeded team in round 3’s 12 teams



    Play Offs


    Reaching the Play Offs would see Ajax (Ned) and Salzburg (Aut) joining, pushing us down to 4th top seeds in the 8 teams, assuming Olympiakos and us progress.



    Then we must hope that both Copenhagen and Basel have failed to qualify to avoid us dropping out of the top seeds and so possibly drawing one of the 3 seeded teams above us in the 4 play off ties.



    Simples !

  4. Looking at the squad on Official site it struck me as being a bit bare,


    27 names listed but these include Forster, Bauer & Arzani, so in reality 24.


    Of these 6, Soro, Shved, Henderson, Luca Connell, Bayo & Klimala are not established players, so right now we are dependent on Bain & 17 blooded outfield players,


    These 17 include, Bolingoli on whom the jury is definitely out and both Mikey Johnston & Frimpong.


    I have great hopes for all 3 but even Frimpong can’t be rated a Banker.


    He had a great season last year but we have seen one season wonders before,


    He needs to kick on now like Tierney did.


    In my humble opinion, we need a top class Keeper & at least 3 or4 battle hardened pros.



    No projects or squad players,

  5. bournesouprecipe



    Now you are talking my language


    The greatest Western ever made


    And with the best ever soundtrack


    And Claudia Cardinale

  6. Surely it’s now time to move on from Forster and get a keeper signed. Or actually 2 keepers

  7. CordovaBayTim on

    Embramike @7:25



    I have checked the UEFA site looking for confirmation that seeded teams (top half) will get home field advantage in the first 3 qualifying rounds. Cannot find any information. Is that correct or is it an open draw?




    If you’re on Twitter Celtic man Moravcik67 is on the ball with qualification matters…



    or Bert Kassies site is superb..kassiesa.net

  9. CORDOVABAYTIM on 6TH JULY 2020 8:29 PM


    I have checked the UEFA site looking for confirmation that seeded teams (top half) will get home field advantage in the first 3 qualifying rounds. Cannot find any information. Is that correct or is it an open draw?


    The 3 qualifying rounds are one game with the Home advantage drawn at each round. Possibly we could be drawn away each round – or equally at home ??? The Play Off round will be 2 legs with leg order drawn as usual.


    I hope that UEFA use common sense by geographically grouping teams not only in the first round (as usual) but later also to prevent excess travelling with all the Covid issues. Might make the ties a bit easier for us.

  10. Big Wavy


    Moravcik and I both use Bert Kassies as the Bible – I’ve been following his site for many years

  11. Wish celtic would go out and get a gk and left sided centreback in. Ok saying transfer window not open but deals can get done and our season starts in 4 weeks time.



    Quick to ask for the season ticket money now is Celtic’s time to step the fuck up and get our team ready for new season.



    We are miles behind sevco on the pre-season title.




  12. OK, bhoys and ghirls. the moment has finally arrived when I can exclusively reveal…………. just 27 more sleeps till we get to see The Champions play!

  13. (ahem) OK, version 1.2 …… OK, bhoys and ghirls. the moment has finally arrived when I can exclusively reveal…………. just 27 more sleeps till we get to see The Champions play a COMPETITIVE game!

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    An Tearmann @ 7:19pm.






    Hard to believe this was 32 years ago.



    The memorial in Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen is worth a visit.




  15. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    The Piper Alpha tragedy is always a very sad date in our lives.


    My wee princess lost her mother the same night to a heart attack


    as we were holidaying down at Silloth caravan park.


    Driving up the road after a police visit at the camp to inform us


    the news from the Piper my former workplace was horrific.


    Lost a lot of good mates and Celtic fans on that day.


    Sadly having experienced the place it was only a matter of time.


    Shame on those Corporate basturts.


    H.H. Mick

  16. Ally McCoist has demanded to know the name of the computer, model and app that was used in the scheduling of the SPFL season.

  17. Good morning CQN from a rainy Garngad



    You know we are getting back to some normality when Jobo starts a countdown before a game.



    MM – good to see you on, sad to read that post.



    Big Jimmy – if you log n today read back and see my post I will text you later as well.






    D. :)

  18. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    And good morning to you David 66.


    Melbourne now moving back into stage 3 lockdown after almost 200


    second wave infections, terrible reality check to all those selfish people


    who don’t want to listen to the health experts.


    Another six weeks of hibernation, school holidays at the moment have


    been extended.


    So from no new cases returning people from abroad who were supposed


    to be in hotel isolation have selfishly started another lockdown.


    And just when our CSC committee had organised a big Celtic celebrate the


    9 meet up and luncheon.


    Are you lurking PADDYMAC?



  19. DAVID66 on 6TH JULY 2020 5:38 PM



    Cheers mate, Friday the 17th will be fine if its The Howgait ( Lee).



    However, by that date The Howgait and my Local Pub will be open to drink inside ( Hopefully ?)



    Either I would get a Taxi to your Pub or you could get a Taxi to my local…Im happy to pay for Cabs to get you here and back home safely…but drunk !





  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I asked a mate who is on the rigs if they commemorate it still Mick



    They no longer do, it’s pretty shameful tbh



    If Tom Minogue still posted he would tell how the judge who conducted the enquiry ended up as a director of the company several years later


    Another cover up



    Cheers Bhoys.



    AN TEARMAN…It would be great to arrange a meet with Eddie also over several beers in a couple of weeks.



    BT…Let me know if/when you can meet up for several beers ?




  22. I cant post the Link but have a look at the Hotel in Blackpool that I hope to book for a weeks holiday very soon…


    its called “THE LAWTON”….and you can view it via Google.



  23. Melbourne Mick on




    Shameful right enough, especially the American installation manager


    on the sister rig Claymore who refused to shut down millions of


    gallons of oil pumping into the Piper because it would cost too much.


    What happened to him? oh yes They shipped him out to the U.S and


    wouldn’t let him back to testify.


    As I said earlier ” Corrupt Corporate basturts ‘


    H.H. Mick

  24. My friends in Celtic,



    We need European football. Without the revenue it brings we will downsize.



    Re Odsonne Edouard: I think he will stay for the ten and then he will get his mega bucks deal with our blessing. Apart from his undoubted ability, what a temperament.


    Stardom surely awaits.




  25. MELBOURNE MICK on 7TH JULY 2020 7:46 AM



    As you are aware : Post Piper A the OILC was established and ” evolved” the industry despite political and legal attacks by the establishment.


    It should also be remembered that circa 500 sacked workers were abandoned by the official trade union movement.




  26. Good morning from a cloudy North Staffs



    Off to Mass for the first time since lockdown – a few to remember in my prayers.

  27. At the time of Piper alpha I’d just finished a project supplying electrical switchgear to Marathon Oil – Remember having sleepless nights and worrying for some time thereafter.

  28. Good morning, friends, from a rather grey and drizzly East Kilbride. I may not have picked the best week (weather wise) to be off work…….

  29. JOBO BALDIE on 7TH JULY 2020 8:44 AM


    I am off to Javea on 27th July, return the Friday and M and I then off to Dublin for a few days on 03rd August.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  30. Don’t know if it’s such a good idea to go to Leicestershire for a week’s training at this time. Can’t remember using this facility- great as it is- before. An unnecessary risk?

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