Stiliyan, Henrik, Scott, Brendan, Stoichkov and Mendieta


I listened to Stiliyan Petrov talk calmly about cancer yesterday, as he sat with Liverpool’s James Milner ahead of your Foundation’s Match for Cancer next month.  Just a few decades ago, his recovery would be considered miraculous.

Cancer will affect one in every two of us.  That rate is higher than ever, as people live longer, but, what was a death sentence all too recently, is now treatable and often curable.

If you have been around CQN for long enough, you will know stories like Stiliyan’s are not always how things conclude.  We have lost too many of our number, and more of our loved ones, to this awful disease.

So the work goes on.  In memory of those we have lost, in appreciation of those who have come through successful treatment, and in that hope that our futures are increasingly spared.  Cancer success stories are one of the wonders of the modern world, and while millions suffer this illness, millions more contribute to the cause of treating and eradicating it.

The game itself will be a gathering of the Celtic clans, not just because of the way this disease has touched so many, but because Henrik will once more grace Celtic Park, as will Lubo, the brilliant Hristo Stoichkov, and the phenomenal Gaizka Mendieta.

Scott Brown will play too and Brendan is manager of Stiliyan’s team.  The great and the good are touched by this affliction, which is rapidly being controlled thanks to the efforts of millions.

The game takes place on Sunday 8 September (it’s an international break).  Tickets cost £14 or £6 concessions.  You can buy them here.

I Look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome to Celtic, Daniel Arzani.  The 19-year-old winger-come-central defender (lighten up, honestly!) arrives on a two year loan, having joined Manchester City a few days ago.

A word of caution – an away game in the League Cup is not the game I would choose to play tomorrow.  Get the job done professionally, Celtic.

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  1. GlassTwoThirdsFull on



    Cheers. Our record with Aussies is pretty decent, so here’s hoping!

  2. BMCUW



    Quit bein a grumpy oul codger would ye



    Wee Mikey Johnson is just that… a little too ‘wee’ at the minute in my opinion to play for Celtic.



    I think he has the potential to be a world beater once he goes on the Dembele diet and ‘fills out’



    Arzani, at 19, already looks bulky enough to withstand the agricultural nature of the Scottish game



    I dont see an issue tbh




  3. traditionalist88 on




    The richest clubs in the big leagues tend to hoover up the best players. Arzani is one of them and he is being brought here as a full internationalist and to challenge for a place in the first team squad.



    Brendan Rodgers will see them every day and if Mikey Johston is better than him then Mikey Johnston will play.



    I get the frustrations over the CB and other issues but there were similiar reactions when we first signed Roberts, about how it’d affect our own youngsters, and we were all dying to resign Paddy. Twice.



    He’s a upgrade on a number of fringe players and could possibly hold down a first team place before too long so give him a chance. He looks like he has something different and what we were missing in the home tie against AEK.




  4. Paul67



    Super piece of business getting the Oz Wonderkid to Celtic Park to play in the SPL and


    brighten our home games, on cold winters afternoons.



    Daniel Arzani Interview



    I hope his loan spell is half as memorable as Paddy Roberts first season contributions



    No mention of the critical option to buy which would make the deal all the more sweet?

  5. Timjim @1:49pm,



    Firstly my condolences on the loss of your bro-in-law, I can understand how you must view the issue from his experience.


    In my wife’s case she was diagnosed and had her lumpectomy in just over 1 month from her visit to her GP, and other treatment followed on as soon as she was physically able to carry it out and fortunately for all of us, she is fully recovered now.



    Obviously our different experiences and especially when you compare it with you cousin, colour our respective viewpoints.



    I didn’t mean my original post to be seen as a point-scoring issue, especially given the subject matter.


    I hope you don’t take it that way.



    All the best.










    How you doing,my bestie middle-class dog-lover mortgage owner?



    Or summat like that.



    Sad you couldn’t make it in June,you and Big A would have been,well,you and Big A!



    I’m not criticising Arzani. I know sod all about him.



    Bet you a pound to a penny that will be more than PL knows.






    Recommendations within budget from BR?



    Ah,naw,summat came up.



    And if you think Mikey Johnston is a bit lightweight,fine. He’s 19



    Arzani morphs into Charles Atlas at night…



    Injured Celtic players with two domestic games played




    We either have more than our fair share of wimps or the Physio Dept.needs replacing.



    We have never properly replaced Brian Scott,before his fall from grace and lapse in attention,how come the injury which effected James Forrest,was sorted by the physios from Glasgow Warriors and as far as I can see the problem has not re-occurred,in fact his form has been good over the recent past.


    Cannot understand the frequency of these injury’s, either the players are too sensitive, or the entire surface at Lennoxtown needs changed.


    My moneys on the ” Soft Lads”syndrom.

  8. Hello Timland


    Cancer support Scotland at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow does fantastic work. Mrs Tucobenedito works for them as a fundraiser. They offer all kinds of support to patients and their families.


    Glasgow is one of the worst cancer black spots in UK. CSS find it hard to get working class males to take up their services. If you know anyone in need please get them to go to CSS. They are great people. You do not have to suffer alone,


    Hail Hail



  9. I see Lenny is bemoaning the lack of signings at Hibernian. I suppose a loan deal from us is off the table. Kouassi or Johnston might have been ideal.

  10. Mrs Tucobenedito wants me to point out that Glasgow is the worst hotspot for cancer in EU. Glasgow also has the 10 poorest areas in UK. Are cancer and poverty linked?


    Hail Hail and get along to CSS if you are in need



  11. Token


    No problem mate. I suppose when you lose someone espeically so young, strong and fit, you are always looking for a reason. Why





    He was before mine too.



    So was Methusala but not by that much. Hope everything is working great for you all over there.



    Hope to grab a beer with you sometime. Well,sometime is for sure,sometime soon is more difficult.




  13. EXCATHEDRA44 on 17TH AUGUST 2018 2:33 PM


    DAVID17 on 17TH AUGUST 2018 2:32 PM




    Give Hibs nothing.





    As long as Petrie is there, agreed.




  14. Excath



    Aye it’s the modern player we’ve signed.



    The lists doesn’t include (knocks and bumps) and excludes two players Jamesie and Mikael Lustig who have turned into ‘the never injured?



    Even Keiran Tierney eventually succumbed when he could easily have been rested and for the number of games Keiran will play, I reckon Emilio is a good level of cover, along with Calvin Miller developing.



    Hope you’re well and still enjoying home and away seats.




  15. D17- I heard St Mirren got knocked back for Allan and Christie on loan, pointless as they in their last year. Sunderland got cuffed again last night, Ross might want them down there.




    I’m well thank you.


    Yes still Home and Away,,but Ibrox may prove a problem,my preference would be the Club refuse to handle.

  17. Harry Flashheart on

    Anyone remember the Steven Fletcher window when Pedro said not signing him was one of the biggest regrets he ever had,winning the league that season would have put us straight into the group stage if I’m not mistaken


    So I’ve regretfully come to the conclusion that we are always going to be taken for mugs


    Nice lights though

  18. One of the first things Brendan did at Celtic was get rid of a centre half.



    Experienced, can play out from the back, a threat at set plays and with set plays.



    Currently captain of his national team, as good as any that we have on the books now

  19. Interesting words from Chris Davis


    “Don’t vilify Boyata”


    Stable, shut door…..

  20. Harry Flasheart



    Steven Fletcher to win us the league is a post-hoc myth in the making.



    Steven Fletcher played in the penultimate game at Easter Road where we blew the title: He was even more burned out and ineffective than the strikers we played- sseriously, he was invisible.



    The Willo Window is also a myth- we did not go into inevitable decline after that window. What happened was that we lost our lead, won it back again and with just 2 matches to negotiate, we could not do it.



    We blew a winning position just like we did in May 2005. It was the same squad that earned that winning position but failed to translate it, in both cases.



    Another myth is the James McFadden myth- we dodged a bullet there

  21. traditionalist88 on




    I didn’t start it, I only ended it



    FFS ;)




    I swear a lot not as much as before but Mini Starry has never once parroted her Dad’s bad language..



    Bollocks must try harder:))




  23. #Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies confirms Dedryck Boyata will train with U20s on Saturday & won’t feature against Partick Thistle in the League Cup

  24. Timjim @ 2:35pm



    Yep. I can totally appreciate that mate. Only natural.


    Take care.






  25. Just came across this historical document when following some links.



    “Details of the letter – sent shortly before Gers’ liquidation and printed in full below – emerged in The Times.





    Dear Stewart,



    You will already be well aware of the BBC Scotland programme broadcast on Wednesday 23rd May relating to various events at Rangers, and other media coverage in a similar vein.



    The situation at Rangers has clearly attracted a huge level of exposure and comment over a number of months, none of it favourable.



    The SFA has already conducted one inquiry, with a subsequent Judicial Panel Hearing and Appeal.


    LICENCE PROBE SFA investigating its own decision to hand Rangers a Uefa licence in 2011 – months after these Stewart Regan comments



    The SPL is attempting to investigate issues associated with the Rangers EBT, although I gather is still trying to obtain all the relevant information.



    Wednesday evening’s programme and other media articles have now placed the affairs of Rangers in relation to payments to players under even greater scrutiny.



    The BBC and others now appear to have access to detailed documentary evidence to support the statements made.



    If the allegations of “double-contracts” for players are true, and a breach of SFA and/or SPL rules is established, the eligibility of those players to have competed in domestic league and cup competitions will be called into question, in turn, the integrity of the football results achieved by using those players would by necessity also fall into question.



    Any wrongdoing then established would have to be subject to fair and proportionate sanctions, including retrospectively, if appropriate.



    However, at a higher level, in our opinion this whole affair is causing lasting damage to the reputation and integrity of Scottish football.



    We have, to date, supported both the SFA and the SPL in their efforts to deal with the situation.



    We appreciate fully that this has not been an easy task for either body. But the interests of fairness and Scottish football now demand that the SFA act decisively.



    The initial inquiry should now be reconvened, or a new independent panel led by a judge or senior lawyer should be formed, to investigate and report upon the Rangers EBT issues and consider whether there has been any further breach of the Association’s rules, including those on disrepute.



    The roles of individuals (past and present) subject to the jurisdiction of the Association should also be examined.



    This should take place as quickly as possible, irrespective of the SPL’s own investigations.



    I look forward to hearing from you with confirmation of the SFA’s intentions.



    A copy of this letter is being sent to the Chairman of the SPL [Ralph Topping], the Chief Executive of the SFL [David Longmuir] and to Uefa [Gianni Infantino] as these issues may be relevant in the context of Uefa Financial Fair Play, the eligibility of players participating in competitions organised by these bodies, and the wider responsibilities of these organisations to protect the integrity of the game.



    Yours sincerely,



    Peter Lawwell.”




    You have to wonder why Peter has not ventured any follow-up letter or, if he has, why it has not been leaked like this one was.

  26. Go tell the Spartim on




    I think this was more of a case of giving them nothing to report, as it says in the last line, some of this is a story created by the media (not the shitehawk Boyata saga) and we wont let any negativity get in our way (or something like that)



    What were we really expecting them to say. Im sure DB knows exactly the situation with regards to the manager, his playing colleagues and of course US

  27. EXCATH ( a wee while ago )



    Same here on Ibrokes, as the ticket allocation stands at the moment, its just plain wrong on so many levels mainly because Sevco couldn’t accept a numbers parity or the allocation rules or the obligatory mounting number of humpings.



    Sevco will move any goal post, or cross bar challenge that they can but the thing is the tickets for CP on 02/09 are sold out to Celtic fans, so we get more dosh anyway.



    Delicious ironies aside, IMHO we should have reduced the allocation of Rainjurz pre 2012 never mind waiting till they had died, and given the same allocations to Sevco Club FC .



    Our PLC board got it wrong with the CP fixture by giving the impression that they supported the rivalry, of a club we’d never played, but were likely to attract Rainjurz supporters?



    Instead we should devalued the fixture at CP for A) Rainjurz and then B) binned it for Sevco new club.



    Their current support seem to be more permanently pure ragin than Rainjurz, with violence reported at every fixture so far this season, it’s good there are only 800 of them getting kettled in, and out.



    Are you watching Celtic CSC

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