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. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on





    22:29 on 26 July, 2014



    Just exhausted reading that message. Pls take care and pass on my best wishes to all of your all family at this turbulent time. Sorry for your family’s loss. I can see in the strength of your post that you will easily look after your family and take care of them all.







  2. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5




    22:39 on 26 July, 2014



    Just topping up with a bottle of Cobra.




  3. .



    There was me thinking ‘Snoop Dog’ was in Hamburg with the Hoops..When really he is Sitting at CQN Central trying to Decipher where HamiltonTim and SydneyTim are posting from and trying to work out what TSD and Robert Tressell are Reading..



    Wow..That is some Space Age Sh^t..



    *Checks World clock to see if it Really is Saturday Night in Glasgow* (UK)..Real Time of course..




  4. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on



    Have a bottle of zalze looking at me, 42 mins and counting…

  5. Sips and Doc



    Undoubtedly and indupededly.



    Oh Charliebhoy. What can I say mhate. Thoughts n prayers n love.



    HH jamesgang

  6. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on




    as you say shit happens ..it’s how we deal with it that matters



    smiled at burntis land the english wife calls it that….

  7. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    Sorry Doc, just back last nite from hol and picked up message, and not responded. Need to check with work on Monday, as think I may be away.



    Got you a hols pressie. Think you will like :-)







  8. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    oh and in case anyone is wondering i post from….







  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    God bless you and your family. You will be in my prayers at morning mass.

  10. The gruesome twosome are fine for Friday, so if you can, would be good.


    If not we will re-arrange, again!

  11. BMCUP……


    I THINK ITS BEEN BORN IN 1960…………a cursed number as you pointed out ,in any order !!

  12. Doc,



    Just turn the sound down it makes for better watching.



    Watched Celtic play for the first time since the end of the season across the road at jtt’s, glad we didn’t risk any chance of injury to our main players.



    Nightshift for another three weeks, so I won’t make the legia game but my two kids will be my Ambassadors in Edinburgh.



    I can’t wait to get back in the groove and walk up to paradise and meet up with all you old blokes on here..:)

  13. Sipsini, me too, miss my seat at CP.


    Today was a development game, no more.


    I was at Murrayfield on Tuesday, other than the traffic it was great, we played well, limited opposition, never the less a good performance.



    I was away working this week, didn’t see the opening ceremony, what a spectacle, great advert for the club. Her Maj is still whistling,” and they played football The Glasgow Celtic Way!” And Philip sings “the Celtic Song” to lull her to sleep:-)

  14. sipsini



    22:39 on 26 July, 2014



    ‘Just a wee hand grenade….will Scotland winning sooo many medals increase the yes vote? :)’







    The problem for the nats though is that it’s one less excuse they can use when they lose.



    They’ve chosen the wording of the question, they’ve chosen to let kids vote, and they’ve chosen the date of the referendum (they didn’t really, they were backed into a corner on that one, in truth they’d rather not be having a referendum at all), so when they lose they’ll be have no one to blame but the Scottish people.



    Must say though, I like the anthem the English have chosen.



    Oh, and whoever designed the Australian ladies swimming costume wants watching.

  15. a light insanity on

    Oh and the beer was of a good quality and fairly priced. None of the players did much to justify promotion to the first team but individually they all seem very skillful – a testament to their coaching at C.P. First touch and feigning was of a high standard. Team wise they seemed cobbled together. Anyway H.H

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




    All I can say is every good wish for your mate and your family.



    As Jamesgang says thoughts and prayers.

  17. Ernie, I do agree there, for Salmond this Referendum comes too early.


    He would have wanted this in the next Parliament, at the earliest.

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

    There’s no way the SNP would’ve won another election

  19. Prestonpans:



    My on call starts at 5pm on a Thurs, every 6 weeks.



    Lent on tour.

  20. thanks lhads on the way to burntisland there is a sign for Charlestown I don’t post from there but bognorbhoy thanks for the clarification……….I know I am not alone in thinking, rib cancer,terminal? wtf? is there anyone on CQN who knows when this is defined and what can be done to question it? john is a big mild mannered gentleman, he just seems to be accepting his fate, when does the decision …far enough…really kick in and who has the right to play god?…..i’d hate my mate to die and i’m saying “what if”……my dad died of cancer but he was riddled with it and elderly…..ffs its still only rib cancer and mesh rejection……surely????

  21. When Life gives you………


    a Lemonade dispenser…………


    ……………………………….Make “falling-down quality” hard lemonade.



    Can I recommend an “Arnold Palmer”?



    ……two cups and you’ll think you’ve been skelped by a Big Bertha.



    The closest I’ll ever get to the gowf.

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

    An Arnold Palmer (with 2 shots of Vodka) perfect way to play gowf

  23. Parkheadcumsalford





    22:21 on



    26 July, 2014








    How are they brought to account, if they are still in control?




    They are still in control because there has been nothing, no mechanism to make them think they are accountable.



    Going through shareholders is such a mechanism as they must answer Celtic as a member club, who in turn are accountable to shareholders.

  24. glendalystonsils on

    I was truly undecided until I read that the OO had been given permission to hold a mass march in Edinburgh for a no vote .


    So I thought to myself…………can a ‘yes’ Scotland really be any worse than this….?

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




    I was truly undecided until I read that the OO had been given permission to hold a mass march in Edinburgh for a no vote .


    So I thought to myself…………can a ‘yes’ Scotland really be any worse than this….?




    A yes vote would be exactly the same, free marches for all and really thats the way it should be.

  26. squire danaher on




    Disagree completely



    I think Salmond has scored MASSIVE OG with referendum date



    Heard interview with Salmond last week when he was challenged on this. He stated that they couldn’t have gone for April/May due to European elections, and that September was picked due to the need for a long campaign. ( aye you’re no jokin)



    The Scottish government clearly thought that Scottish success in the Games would benefit YES



    IMO the whole Commonwealth Games is and always has been about emphasising the ties of Empire and Union and you bet your sweet caboobie that during the next 7-8 weeks all we’ll hear is plaintive cries about why we would or could we leave this wonderful Union and family



    Weans grow up and leave home! (Hopefully and eventually……)

  27. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots





    22:25 on



    26 July, 2014








    Thanks for the recap.



    Can you confirm, when Celtic asked SFA for an update on their position on this and have we as CQNres12ers or CelticFC set a deadline for response/action?




    Celtic passed on shareholder’s concerns at the end of May and there was a meeting scheduled between SFA and Celtic for last week which the SFA cancelled.



    There has been no deadline set as far as I’m aware, but clearly patience is wearing thin, a point that will be made when shareholders reps meet Celtic, which is being arranged for next week.

  28. eddieinkirkmichael on

    have you heard about the big strong man?


    he lives in a caravan


    have you heard about the Jeffery Johnson fight


    it’s one hell of a fight


    you can take every heavy weight you’ve got


    we’ve got a lad who can beat the whole lot


    he used to ring the bells in the belfry no he’s gonna fight


    Jack Dempsey…





  29. Alas I fell asleep watching the first half. Waking up just in time to see the goal.


    A wee bit of poor control, ruthlessly punished.


    Still it was hardly a first choice side we fielded.


    Will maybe stay awake to see how young John does second half, unless a more alert CQNer can provide a measured judgement.





    Sounds like a perverse unnatural act common to Follow Follow, and should not be encouraged.


    Originalsadiesboy wins the used acupuncture needle by a thin edge.

  30. eddieinkirkmichael on







    Have Celtic PLC parked the Res12? in a laybye somewhere?