St Pauli 1-0 Celtic


By Alex Gordon.

A DREADFUL penalty-kick miss by Bahrudin Atajic condemned Ronny Deila to his first defeat as Celtic manager.

The Bosnian striker had the ideal opportunity to level the scores four minutes from time after substitute Paul McMullan had been downed in the box.

Unfortunately, Atajic blazed his spot-kick over the bar into the Hamburg crowd much to the annoyance of the new Hoops gaffer.

It was a largely experimental Celtic line-up with Deila taking no risks ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw in the Polish capital.

Alas, appalling defending by Filip Twardzik gifted the Germans the winning goal before the interval.

The left-back made a mess of trying to control a long and hopeful punt into the Celtic penalty box. The ball broke clear and was immediately presented to Christopher Nothe who could hardly believe his good fortune.

Nothe struck his effort first time from eight yards and Craig Gordon had no chance as the low drive zipped past his right hand in the 39th minute.

Twardzik toiled in the opening 45 minutes and was also booked in the 33rd minute after a lunging tackle after once again giving the ball away with a slack pass.

Celtic started at whirlwind pace and had three excellent opportunities inside the opening 10 minutes.

Atajic fizzed in a low shot from just outside the box, but keeper Philipp Tschauner got down swiftly to hold the ball at his right hand post.

Five minutes later, Tony Watt, looking lively on the left wing, tried his luck from a tight angle.

His shot totally bamboozled Tschauner, but carried over the crossbar and out to safety.

Amido Balde should have got the game’s opening goal in the 10th minute when he was through on goal after some neat play outside the box.

However, the Portuguese Under-21 international lacked composure at the vital moment and allowed the keeper to block his hurried parting shot.

Gordon, making his second appearance for the Hoops, showed he was still rusty after being out for over two years with a slack goal-kick to Nir Biton.

The Israeli midfielder, captain for the day, was taken unawares and St Pauli broke forward, but made a mess of the opportunity.

Stuart Findlay, partnering Eoghan O’Connell in the middle of the inexperienced back four, was also sloppy with some wayward passes, but the Hoops escaped punishment.

The game was billed as a friendly – and the clubs have an affiliation – but the home players weren’t slow to put in some punishing challenges.

Skipper Soren Gonther was yellow-carded for a rugby tackle on McGeouch that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Celtic’s current home at Murrayfield.

Liam Henderson tried to set up Balde with a neat chip into the danger zone, but the ball carried over the giant frontman’s head.

It looked like being a stalemate at the interval until Twardzik’s lapse in concentration and control allowed St Pauli to snatch the lead.

Deila put on Lukasz Zaluska for Gordon at half-time and replaced the ineffective Balde with Paul McMullan.

Henderson brought the St Pauli keeper into action with a long-range free-kick in the 65th minute. The idea was good, but, unfortunately, the execution didn’t quite match the ambition.

Zaluska produced one memorable moment when he pushed a raging effort from Sebastian Mhyre over the crossbar 10 minutes from time.

Then came Atajic’s dreadful spot-kick blunder which was followed in the last minute by an effort from Watt which swept just wide of the target.

As an exercise, it was worthwhile and the Celtic youngsters will expect to do better when presented with the opportunity to impress the new manager.

CELTIC: Gordon (sub: Zaluska 46); Herron, Findlay, O’Connell, Twardzik; Biton, Henderson, McGeouch; Atajic, Balde (sub: McMullan 46) and Watt.

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  1. Just read on Twitter that Ronny is bringing his assistant coach over from Norway, starts right away.



    Now that is very interesting.




  2. Just another tim



    Nothing so sinister. Just Google Analytics in Real Time. Seeing where people are coming from, what pages on CQN they are reading and where they are located. Had a look at last Sunday too to see how many people were active in the 24 hours after Paul posted the Birthday post, which brought lots of old posters back onto the site.

  3. HT 1-1 Legia doing most the pressing, the pace may slow down with the heat, but we have got a game on our hands against this mob.



  4. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    I might have a meeting in Glasgow immediately after wards but I will give you a call. e-mail me your number again editor@cqnmagazine.com

  5. Kojo, Collie, Maggie and Philis are the same person on

    Lennybhoy…Supporting the DAM 5 and CFC until I die #




    Any website you post on can monitor your location, pretty standard stuff. Though they obviously can’t see what you are browsing.

  6. Akrams?




    Being thrown out was a rite of passage.


    The Clydebank Mad Skwad used that place as a pre-season friendly for our trips to Embra, Newcastle and Whitley Bay.




  7. WC. Not happy about the eye in the sky. Anyway can’t post too much. In the gym. But you knew that

  8. Lennybhoy



    It doesn’t tell us where you or anyone else actually is. It might say for instance that there’s 9 people on the blog located in for example Hamilton, or 4 in Rutherglen. Who they are or what they are reading – no idea!



    Of the total we can see what pages are being read ie if you are on page 2 of the current thread or page 14 of yesterday’s blog etc.



    It also tells us where the real time audience comes from on the web – direct, News Now, Facebook, Twitter etc. Just standard Google tools.

  9. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    Winning captains


    And sometimes your username is a give away as to where you live :)

  10. Just another tim on

    winning captains



    I have nothing to hide. Privacy intrusion, or Google analytics in this case just seems to be a tolerated condition of the modern world. I get that it helps monitor the flow of traffic to the blog but please don’t tell those posters I scroll by that I scrolled by ;)

  11. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on





    You should know that the Google Analytics tool you are looking at is wildly inaccurate.



    For example, smarty pants Brennan showed you last week how he has wirelessly connected his ipad to the main server in his office in Hamilton and specifically told you that he could make calls at local rate and that all his activity would be treated as coming from his office.



    Accordingly when he messages or writes from Portugal he will still come up as being active in Hamilton.



    All websites have the facility as a business tool but it is inaccurate although at times useful.



    For example, you will find that one current on line poster on this site will be seen to be in Stirlingshire when the truth is that while you are downstairs playing at nosey parkers I am actually upstairs in your wife’s bedroom……… but of course your “analytics” won’t tell you that!

  12. For anyone without Google Analytics, I’m in Arras. It’s not the big pain everyone makes it out to be. Some


    very Celtic music and dance going in the Grande Place as I watch from the edge of Dan Foley’s traditional Irish pub. Couple of beers, a waffle (not the CQN kind) and up the road for me shortly….

  13. winning captains



    19:58 on 26 July, 2014



    …Interesting to see what they are reading too….



    Infers you can see what we individuals are reading.



    …Of the total we can see what pages are being read ie if you are on page 2 of the current thread or page 14 of yesterday’s blog etc…



    Is much more clear and the inference I take from that is that is part of analysis that you have done. Unlike your first post that infers you know real time what an individual is reading real time.



    As I say I think it is all about how you put it down in writing. Perhaps I have a problem in the way your post was parachuted in without an explanation why you posted your findings. And perhaps more so the way you worded it



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  14. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    Winning captains


    Here’s a thought for the new web site. You should be able to identify the usrs IP address. So if they insist on being abrasive etc then warn them that they will be blocked. They would need to buy a new device to get back in.




  15. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Tell you this, Scotland are winning a raft of medals at the Games tonight.



    A Couple of Golds in Judo so far and big hopes o come in the pool.

  16. WeefratheTim on

    winning captains & BRTH



    This “snooping” business you are on about is concerning me. Not being too IT literate, I am really concerned you guys can penetrate my PC viewing or any other app I use, like twitter. May have to rethink which blogs I follow.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  17. eldiegobhoy



    20:21 on 26 July, 2014






    How are you bud?




    Fine, how was the holiday, my Google analyptic cryptic schniptic tells me you were in Tenerife.




  18. Captain Beefheart on

    Legia should be defeated. If not there will be chaos and serious questions about our strategy. Our budget must be much higher than theirs?

  19. BRTH, you are a bad mhan indeed:-)



    Good evening all.



    Every company with a website uses google analytic sorry some such.


    Watch the adverts on websites change if you buy or research something.


    It’s just a marketing tool.

  20. Am worried everyone knows I’m a Tim that lives in Prestwick.



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  21. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    WC passed on your co-ordinates, so I should be with you in the museum in 10mins.



    Strange collection, mind you! :-)







  22. glendalystonsils on

    Winning Captains



    no, I was most certainly NOT picking my nose while lurking!

  23. Captain Beefheart on

    Winning Captains,



    Please be careful when you post such comments. Not all people on CQN are IT literate.



    Your recent comments about posters’ potential mental health problems were also reckless.



    Otherwise, thanks for all the good work which you do for the blog.

  24. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on



    When you log into a website then the system administrator can see what you are looking at. However you are on their system they are not on your PC, so they can’t look at anything you have or if you are picking your nose:-)

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