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




    I can’t access anything — just a poster like everyone else — very often I can’t get into my own bathroom nor the shed in my garden.

  2. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Macjay, just scrolling back in the previous thread.



    Your post around 14.15 re Jewish fans not coming to see us. I’m not having a pop at you.



    A friend of mine in the Green Brigade’s mother is Jewish and he told me another member is Jewish. He is also very leaning



    I’m not interested in a Tim’s (Celtic fan not a Catholic) religion but I have known my friend for ten years and he told me two years before the Green Brigade came into being, he was of Jewish descent.

  3. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    20:38 on 26 July, 2014



    Evening WeeFra



    Keep of the sheepy ones pls, don’t want WC posting any pics now :-)







  4. Just another tim on

    Think this Legia game tonight is a league game for them. Their season started last week and they are playing the team that came runners up to them last season.

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

    Dallas Dallas



    I certainly know of a couple of long standing Jewish Celtic fans — not that it should matter to anyone what their religion is.

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Macjay sorry , It should have read left left leaning.

  7. glendalystonsils on

    Winning Captains



    despite what Google odours might tell you, that was not me that just passed wind.

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

    Of course Paul and Winning Captains can tell us all how many visitors the site has had from Vegas??

  9. winning captains



    20:40 on 26 July, 2014



    No worries, it was the way in which you introduced it. I do understand that there are ways in which one can get data.



    celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots



    20:42 on 26 July, 2014



    Will you please answer the door it’s raining out here…:)



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  10. Just as I finished my Guinness, another arrived at the table. When I quizzed the waitress she told be that my “big brother”, Winstone Captains, had noticed I was in need of replenishment and had ordered





    He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.




  11. WeefratheTim on

    Ha Ha very funny all of you, what I want to know is, can this account be be compromised by any of the administrators? If so, I am not one happy chappy, never mind happy clapper. I’m outa here.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  12. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Brogan, there was a programme on BBC Scotland a few years back about the diversity of our population.



    One featured a Jewish family whose teenage son was a Celtic Fan.



    I also know a Jewish Celtic fan who stopped going as he has his own business and works on a Saturday. He’s a brilliant guy.



    Someone’s religion is of no interest to me, it’s how they are as a person that counts.

  13. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    The religion of a supporter is a concern for the Huns …..should be irrelevant

  14. pauloantony



    20:51 on 26 July, 2014


    Any truth in the rumours of us linked with Jonathon soriano of Salzburg?



    Scoring machine. Does nothing outside the box but is lethal inside it. Great scoring record at Barca B. Heard someone talking about him on Talksport during the week, Graham Hunter or Terry Gibson?, saying he’d be a great signing for a lower EPL/championship team.

  15. Captain Beefheart on

    Ok WC. We can agree to disagree. Have an enjoyable evening.



    Can Zbysek please tell us what Legia’s budget is?

  16. ThisIsTheOne on

    Reading back and it looks like you’ve been singled out for a witch hunt. Before you are tied to the chair an dooked in the Clyde I’d just like to thank you again for going out your way when my CQN annual didn’t arrive. you must have responded personally to hundreds of us.


    I’m now logging off, and switching off so wont have to to read any off the ire about to flow from other Celtic supporters. This place has turned into a virtual Celtic Animal Farm.





  17. Just another tim on

    Papa John



    Cheers for that…got my years wrong. It was 2012/13 they finished runners up

  18. Just another tim on

    Papa John



    I also got my leagues wrong lol…they finished runners up in the 2nd division and got promoted..




  19. Just another tim


    No problem, am hoping that they are weak oppostion, but disnae look that way.


    Awerabest PJ

  20. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on




    Once I am out of the chains, I ‘ll get to the door :-)



    Talking about rain, was at Strathclyde Park today for the triathlon mixed relay.



    Great day with the family. Heavens opened around 2:30pm with Mauritius still to finish.



    England romped it with the Brownlee bros=supreme athletes




  21. Just another tim on

    Papa John



    Aye, from what I have seen tonight we are in for 2 very tough games against them. Their defence has been a bit sloppy at times in the 2nd half. A better team than tonight’s opposition could punish them.




  22. My computer address ?? ipo at work says I am in TEXAS.



    One of the lowest rain falls on the planet.



    Unfortunately I work in a town with what must be the highest rainfall


    On the planet.



    NOTE NOT where I live t


    he resident CQN weatherman is 2 John Daly drives away.



  23. Just another tim


    This mob are not afraid to take players on,all over the field,the back four are suspect,did you see one of the forwards, Pinto I think, looked like he got hit on the Napper with a smoke bomb, from the back of the goal,nae Screwtaps over there.


    Awerabest PJ

  24. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    What if he wants to leave …we at CFC are advised that you can’t keep players that want to leave…..or is that just a CFC thing

  25. midfield maestro on

    Just tuned on to bbc3, saw rugby on at ipox. Are my eyes deceiving me. I don’t see a floating pitch, black jack tables or slot machines. Surely the Hunday Mail didbae make that up?

  26. Final Score 3-1 Legia. btw oh how we could use Polish Refs in the Scottish Game.


    Awerabest PJ

  27. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Ibrox …the old lady of Edminston Dr….



    Falling to bits and stinking of pish

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    Papa John



    lol I must have missed the smoke bomb incident during one of the many buffering moments on the stream..



    ..They look a pacey side in midfield & upfront. We will have to be on guard against them as they look good on the counter attack. The defence gives hope that we should have enough about us to get through the tie and hopefully they play that goalie that came on, he was awful.




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  30. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox but saying no to CQN racists





    17:42 on



    26 July, 2014





    TT & Fav Uncle



    My recollection was that it was a bit of kidology from Jock and that Yeats played as an extra Centre half. However, as we went 2 :0 down, I think he threw Ron forward and we lost 3:0.



    I cannot find a match report but the line up suggests we had Forrest and Hughes as Centre Forward options:-



    *Jock who was the interim acting manager at the time had a squad that was decimated for the return game in Italy. Of the team that had won at humpden 1-0 Bill Brown, slim jim, wee willie, Alan Gilzean and Neil Martin were both missing……the Bear played on the left wing that night.



    Jock drafted in Adam Blacklaw (goalie), Eddie Mccreadie, jim forrest, Ron Yeats and Charlie Cooke.



    provan ended up at right back to accommodate McCreadie, greig moved over to left half, with forrest and the Bear up front….it was really a disjointed side….with 3 right halfs, oor Bobby, wee Billy Bremner and ham and egg.



    Also the Italians in their wisdom shifted the fixture to Naples where the crowd was more fanatical and vociferous and the weather a lot hotter than Glasgow in December.



    And that was how Scotland missed out in england 1966. Interestingly in true deid team fashion the manager former hun and Scotland captain walked out of his country in the midst of the WC campaign to manage Sunderland and made baxter his first signing…….another failed leg end on Wearside.

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