Spartak sack manager Emeri after derby defeat


Spartak Moscow today sacked manager Unai Emeri after a 1-5 home league defeat against eight placed Dinamo Moscow.  Spartak are confirmed as bottom of Celtic’s Champions League group before they head to Celtic Park for the final game on 5 December.

Emeri has been increasingly unpopular since taking over earlier this year when his spell at Valencia ended, while rumours of dissent in the dressing room were never far away.  I had hoped he would remain in place for the visit to Glasgow but there will be a new man in charge by then.

A group of around 200 supporters demonstrated after the game, many chanting for the foreign players to ‘Go home’.

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  1. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    if they get permission from the proprietor they are allowed to fo just about anything, even break the law as witnessed by many

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    cant see how it will fail if the board as serious


    hail hail

  3. saltires en sevilla on

    the boy jinky



    17:29 on


    25 November, 2012


    67 heaven



    Is dermot not the head of our family ;)




    Oh dear really ….



    Then we are all either fools or fecked …


    You are spot on. ;)



    Celtic cannot be defined by one individual and certainly not by someone like DD



    God forbid




  4. My car got stolen by a guy…….the police caught him…..he was Japanese……his name was Tommy Tukamota…..true story

  5. Evening folks.



    Apologies for the long post, please scroll by if not interested.



    Been reading back today on the blog and catching up on the comments from you good folks.



    I understand and feel the hurt folks are feeling after some disappointing results in the league lately. I am not a happy clapper as some are called on this site, but neither are am I a Victor Meldrew type character, somewhere in between.



    My take on the current league performances is that both the management and the players are responsible. Poor management decision, re playing injured or tired players and not being able to motivate some players who are obviously not giving 100% at times.



    However we have a young manager still learning the ropes, and as a consequence of this he will make mistakes along the way. In the champions league in my opinion he has shown he is learning in some games, i,e the Barca games, where I thought he set the team up correctly and got the bit of luck that sometimes deserts us. For Lisbon during the week I think we saw the other side of him, possibly as much as three players played who were not 100% fit, and also for me with us needing just a draw perhaps the middle of the park should have been packed instead of two upfront.



    But lets take stock where we are at the moment. We are in the hunt for 4 trophies, a great chance of progressing to the last 16 of a tournament rated by some people as the best on the planet. The semi finals of the league cup, top of the league with a game in hand (in my humble opinion I think we will win by at least 10 points) and also with the Scottish cup to come.



    As Celtic fans we have all been through some great times and alas some awful times as our great rivals flourished and the fans of our friends across the city (as well as the MSM) ramming it down our throats. I can remember going to work after the Caley Scottish cup knockout, the Raith Rovers League cup final defeat but to name a couple and will never forget what I endured from my work colleagues. Oh how I loved the MON era to shut them up.



    Oh and what about them, their club is liquidated, they are playing in the fourth tier of Scottish Football “creating world records”. Really nothing else to say about them is there?



    Yes we have issues, and some things that need sorted, especially the treatment of the GB. But all in all I think we will get through a rough period, as we always have because it’s us the fans that make the club.



    I have friends in England who are still talking about the atmosphere at the Barca game.



    Lets build on the good things we have, it’s the sum of all parts that make Celtic the special family club we are.




  6. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    B B



    What ever do you mean?? Its a bit like the 4 candles one. You never forget a classic.

  7. Not sure if this has been posted but an article about our new coach Jim McGuinness –



    By Joe Brolly


    Published on Sunday 25 November 2012 19:53



    Watching Celtic last night against Benfica, I couldn’t help notice the shortcomings in the physiques of most of their players, or the alarming gaps in their blanket defence where Mark McHugh would normally be.



    Now that Jimmy is bringing his show on the road, all that will soon be a thing of the past. The Celtic players may brace themselves for new experiences. Alarm clocks going off at 6.30am. Burning stomach muscles. Intensive sprint work. There will be no hiding places, as Jimmy makes them confront their deepest selves.



    In January 2011, shortly after he had been announced as the new Donegal manager, I found myself standing beside Jim McGuinness in the queue of mourners at Michaela Harte’s wake. We were 500 yards back from the house and as the crowd shuffled slowly forward, he told me a fascinating story. A few years earlier, a young man who had come into a fortune as a result of a business transaction contacted him with a proposition. He explained to Jim that he no longer needed to work and wanted to have a serious crack at Gaelic football. He had played a bit of football and regretted not sticking at it. McGuinness told him that he would work with him, but only if he was prepared to follow his instructions to the letter. Terms were agreed and the work began. For a budding manager wanting to put his sports science and psychology skills on the line, this was an irresistible experiment. As Jim put it to me, “He was the perfect guinea pig. I had a blank canvas to work with.”



    McGuinness harnessed his only client to a gruelling regime. Over the course of the next year, early morning weight sessions, running, core-work, afternoon skill sessions and intensive psychological work transformed him into a lean, mean Gaelic football machine.



    “He’s a senior inter-county footballer now” said Jim. Tantalisingly, he refused to be drawn on his protege’s identity. Those two hours I spent in Jim’s company that dark evening in Ballygawley persuaded me that he was an extraordinary human being. I knew as I drove back to Belfast that Donegal were coming after the big boys and coming soon.



    It is not in the least bit surprising that Celtic’s hierarchy have also seen his abilities. What is genuinely shocking though is that such a huge professional club have never had a sports psychologist. As Neil Lennon put it when he stood before the cameras with the Donegal man, “Jim has a skill set that we don’t have here, in terms of the psychological side of the game. Nowadays it is a huge part of sport.” You don’t say Neil.



    Judit Polgar, the first female chess grandmaster is in England next week in the run-up to the London Chess Classic in December, where she will compete with eight of the world’s top male grandmasters. Lennon nor anyone in Celtic’s backroom staff will have a clue who she is. McGuinness however knows all about her, since she herself was part of an experiment that has become the foundation stone of his approach to sport. Her dad is Laszlo Polgar, a world renowned psychologist who destroyed what is known as “the talent myth”. In the 1960s, his ground breaking idea was that success was achieved from hard work rather than natural talent. The world’s psychology community rubbished the notion, one eminent expert saying he needed to be “healed of his delusions”.



    So, Polgar proposed an amazing challenge. He publicly announced that he would marry any woman who came forward and turn any children they had into world-class achievers. Soon after, a young Ukrainian woman called Klara wrote to him offering her services (She later said “I thought he was crazy.”) and in April 1967 they married. Within a year, Susan was born.



    “I need Susan’s achievements to be dramatic,” said Polgar, “So I can show people their ideas about excellence are all wrong.”



    He chose chess. When she was three, he started her on a big chess board, just fooling around with pieces. By the time she was 14, she was the No. 1 female chess player in the world. His two other daughters Sofia and Judit followed suit. Judit has defeated Kasparov, Karpov and all the other legends. She is widely considered the greatest ever female player. Polgar did it with his daughters. McGuinness tested the same experiment with the young man from nowhere, before repeating it with Donegal.



    Winning an All-Ireland with that group of boys is perhaps the most extraordinary sporting achievement I have seen. It took only 18 months, start to finish. After all, this is a county with one of the worst coaching infrastructures in Ireland and a very weak Board who initially rejected McGuinness for the job, only taking him when they had no option. They have no recent tradition of any kind, at club, underage or schools’ level. Yet out of nowhere, they simply destroyed all-comers in this year’s championship. Make no mistake, it was all McGuinness’ work, no-one else’s. I have seen their training. Jim personally supervises every second of it. He is the fitness scientist, the psychologist, the planner, the tactician, the motivator. He puts them on the rack in every sense and yet they do it with all their hearts, because they believe in him.



    For €150,000 per annum, Celtic are getting an unbelievable bargain. Lennon said this week that he will predominantly work with younger players but if he feels there is a first-team player that would benefit from Jim’s skill he would “have no hesitation in using him”. You can take it that as he sees Jim’s methods working, Lennon will be using him a lot. For all their tradition and fanatical support, Celtic are a half-assed outfit. McGuinness will change all of that. He is starting off on a part-time basis, but this will become permanent as he transforms them into a modern, progressive club. He doesn’t have a soccer coaching badge, but he’ll accomplish that with his eyes closed. Interestingly, he was a superb amateur soccer player and won a Donegal Premier League title with Kilmacrenan Celtic in the 90s. He won’t be long catching up.



    Dermot Desmond knows a thing or two about good investments. McGuinness will quickly turn out to be one of his very best. Donegal will not hold onto him in the longer term, so their Golden Era will be shorter than it might have been. Celtic however, are holding the tail of a (real) tiger.

  8. The boy jinky.



    Ye your right enough.he’s not had an eye to look at me since the valentines day massacre.lucky me not having to put up with his bull….


    Ye did well cn pm oot the door.hh

  9. Neil Canalamar


    I think we are talking about two different things here.


    I fully support the GB and their stance


    My point is that when we have a poor performance on the park, the supporters in the ground have their part to play, the GB support the team whether we are playing well or not, that’s what I like about them. My gripe is with other ST and supporters who were at he Barca game and claim the credit for being fantastic but were absent yesterday and other games this season (not the GB), the point I have reiterated that they are happy to take the plaudits but aren’t there when the going gets tough.


    I am not sure why you think I am no happy! Unless its with elements of the support who don’t support the team, there I am definitely no happy, some guys sitting around me yesterday seemed to be happy we got beat so they could say “told ye”, not supporting the team but themselves.


    We are still the only team in 4 competitions, we have a great manager, we have a GB that any team in Europe would love.



  10. Yesterday had nothing to do with who was and/or wasn’t at Celtic Park. The performance had all to do with the team and the manager. Our tactics, or lack of them, against packed defences is what needs be addressed. It has already happened regularly this season and will go on. We cannot rely on grinding out results. We need to have width and creativity added immediately. Celtic have seldom entertained at home in the league this season. We are too predictable and every other SPL manager has sussed us. The support has been there at every game, and,although the GB decided to boycott yesterday’s match, it hasn’t resulted in our playing any better or evenly differently.

  11. Sipsini



    Big pm gets a phone call saying his dinners ready … How jealous am i. I phone the lucky o ;)



    Alane faberge …. Aka … Billy liar







    Sorry … .my warped sense of humour does not translate so well on cqn :(

  12. Parkheadcumsalford


    If the atmosphere was the same or 50% of the barca game we would be romping the league. I agree that we are having problems at home particularly and as a support we have to share that as much as take the plaudits when we are told we are the 12 man. We need a combination of both, we are a family after all and we need everyone pulling in the right direction. HH



  13. Dan 20:39:



    Great post. I would only disagree with the Benfica comment. With the game at 1-1 we should have gone for it, we had them on the ropes, had we got a second they would have buckled in my opinion. It would have taken two to beat us.



    The abuse I took after the Raith Rovers Cup Final is especially one I will never forget. However, as you say days like those make the good times even better. I recall the day in 1994 when our Bus returned to Coatbridge, along Bank Street, the street lined on both sides with people waving and wearing everything green and white. To Whifflet, where the Dual Carriageway, yes the Dual Carriageway was closed, wall to wall from the Big Tree to the opposite end where the dark side drink.



    I know I will and I know you and the many thousands of the Celtic Family will enjoy more good times than we will endure bad days.



    I am Neil Lennon, we are all Neil Lennon.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  14. Bobby Murdochs Ankle on

    Jamiebaby, the number o drinks av won way them names………..Terri’s fed up way me callin fae nites oot, she just says put them on the phone noo haha




  15. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I know exactly what you are saying and my interpretation was bang on, you are looking to blame supporters who backed the GB 100% and never turned up. You are looking for other people to have sympathy with your argument and join you in condemning those who supported the GB 100%, that is actively creating division.



    How many turned up to the Barca game


    How many turned up the the next home game


    How did the next home result go


    I dont remember you criticising anyone who stayed away that time


    or even try and blame the rerult on the absentee’s

  16. Lennybhoy…Supporting Neil Lennon and CFC until I die




    20:58 on 25 November, 2012



    Thanks Lennybhoy. Funny enough going in to Ibrox the day of the Raith Rovers defeat some good folks were collecting for charity. I kid you not the Samaritans. My brother joked as he made a donation I hope we won’t be phoning you after the game tonight. Lol.



    Good times ahead for the Celtic family, we will come through our current troubles as we always do.




  17. screen73



    20:40 on 25 November, 2012



    Thank You for that commentary. Excellent.



    I thought Roy Keane became the best midfielder in Europe, when he was in his prime, purely down to monumental hard work he put in away from the Matches on the Saturday. And there is no way he is as technically gifted as some players who were out there.



    Jim sounds like an excellent man to have on board as we fight our way back to where we really should be.

  18. Parkheadcumsalford 20:43:



    I had the privledge to a meet the Manager event last year. I put the point to Neil that was lack of creativity and spark in the team. He explained what he was trying to do with the team. He did though acknowledge that I had a point about the lack of a spark.



    If frustrates the hell of me but I can do little personally to influence it. All I can do is go along and give the team my 100% support, which I will continue to do until I am unable to.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  19. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    Messi 82 goals in the year but what else does he contribute



    copyright mineshafterscsc

  20. Stevo @ 8:33



    Re J.J. Cale – Indeed I do. “They call me the Breeze” is one of my favorite tracks of all time.




  21. Canalamar


    You are either drunk or trying to deliberately misconstrue what I am saying.


    To be clear


    I support the GB, I support Neil Lennon.


    Is that clear?


    When we have a bad result we should all look to see what we could do better…this isn’t about the GB…

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