Take Spartak on the left, Green has us all on the run


We’ve never known an easy Champions League game.  Ever.  Teams with low resources who have pitched up at Celtic Park have always caused us problems.  Even our biggest win (3-0, Benfica) was a tense affair with little between the teams territorially.

Five years ago we returned home with a point from Spartak Moscow, expecting a victory at Celtic Park but we had to endure an incredibly tense evening before prevailing on penalties.  Celtic will need to be on top form if they are to win tonight, and a win is what we need to target.  Barcelona will be professional but they will also exercise their right to rest players.  It’s worthwhile remembering that Barca required late winners at home against both Celtic and Spartak; nothing is assured from them tonight.

Spartak have injury worries which will probably see Kirill Kombarov (not to be confused with his twin Dmitir) play at right back.  Kirill is a real weakness and should struggle against Celtic, who have several strong options on the left.  They will play with two holding midfielders in front of a back four with one striker and three across the middle.  Aiden will be a valuable out-ball for them.

This game will take patience, from us as well as the players.  Remember how many games teams have taken and lost a lead in this group.  Scoring or losing a goal is no indication of the result.  It will also be a game where substitutions are likely to be key.  Fresh legs in the last 20 minutes could turn the game.

Take care tonight and have another great European experience. 

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 Dundee United will be devastated by the blow delivered by The Rangers, who have declined tickets for their Scottish Cup tie.  The game is, however, 9 weeks away, which is a long time for a fledgling new club to survive.  The Rangers board cite Dundee United’s behaviour towards their predecessor club, Rangers, who went into liquidation owing United money for the Scottish Cup tie in January this year.  I strongly recommend you don’t try to figure out the logic here, you’re just not clever enough.

After the demise of Rangers was confirmed, The Rangers asked to be admitted to the Scottish Premier League, however, no such facility existed for a new club, so a vote to change the rules was held and 10 clubs, including United, voted to keep the status quo.

Celtic also voted against changing the rules, and if Dundee United are to be punished by a boycott from The Rangers fans, we surely cannot expect them to turn up at Celtic Park as though nothing happened.  In fact, Celtic were firmer than any other club on this matter.  It seems only fair that we are punished, not by one boycott, but by many.  The firmness of Celtic’s refusal to change the rules is surely worth boycotting 100 games at Celtic Park, which would really teach us a lesson.

The pain we would experience facing The Rangers without their legnedary fans would be close to intolerable.  I really hope they don’t embark on an extensive 100 game boycott of Celtic Park.  Please, please, forgive us for voting against a rule change.

Surely we’ve suffered enough by not facing you in league competition during this Armageddon season?  If only we knew how much we would miss ‘Rangers’ when we encouraged the club to vote against the rule change last season.  Screw the rules, we just didn’t know what we were doing!

Celtic should be just as worried about this prospect as the Dundee United, who apart from Celtic, are the only Scottish club to receive an award From Uefa for the good behaviour of their fans.  Think about that for a moment, a football ground filled with nothing but award winning fans!  What is our game coming to?

Charles Green has got Scottish football on the run now.

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  1. Philvis,



    I photographed from a website….so stick that in yer pipe!!



    Geolocation – Sharkeys! :-)



    hail Hail




  2. I liked this bit from the DU (or Arab Trust?) statement:



    “”However, we do not intend to enter into a war of words with Rangers or to dignify their position by responding in kind.”



    Didn`t like the use of the word ” Rangers” ; loved the use of the word ” dignify”.






    PS I` ll probably be in BB`s around 6pm. Anyone still go there ?

  3. Pantaloon Duck get in there. Sadly Philvis has already won the obtuse award for today……..but then comes back after a series of triangulation questions and gets the answer.



    It is indeed the Doulton Terracotta Fountain……now for no 2…..back in a minute :-)



    Hail Hail




  4. Paul67 – careful mate as any hun lurkers will be reporting back that Paul fae Cequin misses ra bares! ;-)



    Philvis – There’s a time for fighting, and there’s a time for singing. Do you also juggle?





    I see that the Muscovites have not drawn any of their last 31 CL away matches………..hmmmmm, interesting dontcha think?

  5. There’s a place up near Euston (Piccadily Line) where Celtic supporters watch every game.


    Celtic fans travel considerable distances to be there.


    Friendly, relaxed and great atmosphere. The name escapes me. Tell you friend to fly a kite on some Celtic websites and he’ll find it.


    I’ve never watched a Celtic game where your friend is staying. He’s right to be wary of unscrupulous land lords who’ll wait till the bhoys have spent money and are comfortably ensconced before deciding to put the Celtic game on a 14″ portable.

  6. Good afternoon CQN



    Paul another excellent article



    Keep up the good work



    Power to your key board



    Safe journey to all travelling to and from the game


    Hopping for a good result here in Glasgow and Barcelona



    Come on you Bhoys in Green



    Let the people sing



    Keep the faith



    Hail Hail

  7. returned home with a point? in a qualifier?



    Lee McCulloch is Paul67? There’s a turn up for the books

  8. philvisreturns on

    Art of War – Juggling is a gateway drug to poi.



    A fatwa on juggling and all forms of performance art. (thumbsup)





    This is the one you mean,I think-but not sure it is still open.






    If the fella tries it,and has no luck,then The Doric Arch,on the concourse at Euston Station,is a great wee pub.



    And the Marquis of Granby at Cambridge Circus,always showed them in the past-but it looked to be under renovation two months ago when I passed it.



    Failing that,I expect The Bear,near Kennington Oval,is the best bet.

  10. Quality, Paul.



    BBC live in Dundee at lunchtime there – desperate scenes of wimmin and weans crawling through the streets, pleading arms outstretched, grown men weeping and throwing themselves from the tay bridge or in front of trains, and the guy who’s crucified himself in the centre circle of Tannadice bemoaning the heavens with, ‘Chuckie, why hast thou foresaken us…’. Kate Adie’s just turned up. Oh, The Rangers, what have you done?



    Let Samaras roam free down our left tonight, let havoc reign. Hooper 2-0.



    And it’s over to you, little Messi…

  11. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    Afternoon all,



    really looking forward to tonight but agree with Paul that we have to be careful and cautious— if we play to our strengths then we should win.



    Big Vic is a loss both in midfield and in set pieces, but hopefully we can rely on Sami and the bhoys to continue the good scoring form while keeping it tight at the back.



    I don’t want to rely on Barcelona but obviously will be keeping an eye on events in Camp Nou.



    The CQN annual appeared the other day– very professionally done, and good fun as well. Great to see it all in print– well done everyone for a fantastic first year.




  12. South Of Tunis on

    The SFA have always been big on promoting the best interests of Scottish football . So much so, they gave themselves power to punish people who don’t act in the best interests of Scottish football..



    Another litmus test looms for those money for nothing / big expenses and lots of jollies for free parasites . Do their Rules mean what they say or are their Rules not worth the paper they are written on ?

  13. Estadio



    I knew that was the fountain as soon as I saw it….i just don’t seek the attention :-)

  14. The Comfortable Collective on

    Here’s a fact about Russia.



    It’s leaders always alternate between a bald man, and a man with a full head of hair.



    This has been true for well over 100 years, from Putin back through the Soviet era back to the Tsars.

  15. bawsman



    12:11 on


    5 December, 2012



    I just drove from Irvine through Glasgow, close by Celtic Park, roads are fine mate.


    Gritters have been out, snow forecast overnight, so be careful on the way back.


    The London road outside CP is still closed so give plenty of time to get parked.


    And enjoy the game, I know I’m going to.

  16. All the best to the Bhoys tonight,all fans have a safe journey leave yourselfs plenty of time to get to ground.HH

  17. Steinreignedsupreme on

    I think if Celtic get an early goal we will win comfortably tonight. Easier said than done of course – so long as we win I’ll be happy enough.



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  18. brogan rogan trevino and hogan supports kano 1000



    14:13 on 5 December, 2012



    Lustig may be the danger man at set pieces tonight, he alas shown he is capable in the past.


    We’ll miss Wanyama in midfield without doubt.

  19. Doc is Neil Lennon


    14:16 on


    5 December, 2012





    12:11 on


    5 December, 2012



    I just drove from Irvine through Glasgow, close by Celtic Park, roads are fine mate.


    Gritters have been out, snow forecast overnight, so be careful on the way back.


    The London road outside CP is still closed so give plenty of time to get parked.


    And enjoy the game, I know I’m going to.






    Did they grit the pavements?





    You mean,you type as slowly as I do-which explains my post at 1412,haha!



    I’m better sticking to the nightshift. It’s not so noticeable there.

  21. The Cock is/was the best of the bunch. And it’s most convenent vis-a-vis transport. But the man might be on expenses.


    Once again, check it out. Don’t just turn up there.

  22. And much good it has done them TCC.



    Which camp do you fall into?



    Giorgos get a haircut




    Giorgos wear a hairband




    Giorgos let it hang.

  23. The Rangers boycotting Dundee Utd…..was the last issue of the Dandy too much to take?





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