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. greenjedi



    Not surprised about the pavements, but the area immediately around CP, hopefully the club will have done something about them.


    Can’t complain in Stirling, a mini plough has just clear the pavement in our street.


    The boy who were out with their shovels before going to work will be raging when they get home.

  2. DU supporters will now be able to take their kids to a huns game. If the SFA let them keep the gate money as a punishment to Sevco they will be better off in more ways than one.

  3. Ntassoola



    Thanks for all your information, it’s been very helpful. And thanks too to Estadio and BMCUW for the links and alternative pubs.



    I’ll pass on all your details.



    Enjoy tonight.





    jungle jim.if you are still about the offer of EGGS BENEDICT16TH has had to be withdrawn for obvious reasons,unless we get a german team and it’s HULL to ZEE.by overnight ferry.

  5. Russia covers 9 time zones. Moscow Time is GMT +3 hours.


    To simplify Russia travel, rail and air schedules throughout Russia use Moscow Time. Clocks in railroad stations and airports are set to Moscow Time even where it differs from local time by as much as nine hours.






    And Aiden probably thought travelling to the Highlands was a trek.

  6. Scott Brown has put himself under pressure to give a big performance tonight,after being subbed in Lisbon and Neil saying it’s time for an operation.Big call for both of them IMO.

  7. saltires en sevilla on




    13:48 on


    5 December, 2012






    The West London CSC meet at



    The Royal Horseguardsman Pub near Brentford’s stadium



    Great lads and owners serve up Jelly and Ice Cream in big match days



    You have already been pointed to Cock Tavern and White Bear at Kennington one stop on Northern Line from Waterloo ( real Celtic pub ) Marquis of Granby at Cambridge Circus is closed for now and pity as that was great fun with the big cranky Cork man – who loves everyone …really!



    Hope your mate finds a good pitch




  8. South Of Tunis on

    Moscow ?



    ” Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul sadness which afflicts a Russian when , after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father , beating his wife and dropping the baby into the reservoir , he turns to the cupboards , only to find the vodka bottle is empty. ”



    PG Wodehouse .



    Used to ” work ” in Moscow . Favorite memory was an 18 day stretch where I did zilch in consequence of the local guys always being too drunk to work . Meanwhile millions of dollars worth of equipment lay rusting in the snow.–

  9. Excited and nervous about the game tonight. I feel a tense game til about the 70th minute when we will score a couple and party when we hear Barcelona are 3-0 up.



    Travelling on the Craigneuk Tommy Gemmell bus tonight. Excited and nervous about that too!! ;-)

  10. Hope we get an early goal to enjoy the night. Barca rest 5 regulars but Puyol and Messi will start.



    If Chuckles actions do not deter any serious investors nothing will.



    As Paul67 showed weeks ago, the aim is to sabotage the share issue and sell the property for leaseback.



    Stupid stupid zombies…

  11. philvisreturns


    13:35 on


    5 December, 2012


    Folly Folly – Moses took the Business Secrets of the Pharaohs with him out of Egypt. (thumbsup)



    RobertTressell – As usual, you heroically dive out of the way of the point like an Italian cruise ship captain and manage to insert your own boss-eyed political wibble into the mix to boot.



    Where does the money come from to finance building new factories or developing new technologies?



    Ultimately it must come from surplus wealth, i.e. savings. That’s how comes Acme can get finance to open a new widgets factory. Somebody somewhere must have saved money so it can be loaned to or invested in the Acme company’s new venture.



    Do you see? You probably don’t.



    and distributing those things in an equitable, just and fair way.



    Has nothing to do with how the wealth is created in the first place.



    Funny how some folks are always mad keen on “sharing” other people’s hard-earned money though. (thumbsup)




    I’m jumping out of the way?



    You don’t address the valid points I made.



    As for sharing out ‘other peoples hard earned money’ fist of all I said nothing of the sort – I said the useful things that people need should be shared out.



    And who produces and makes these things? Do the bankers ‘make’ them? Do the venture capitlaists and ‘risk takers’ make them? No, they get other people to make them and then keep the bulk of them until someone gives them far more than they are worth in financial terms.



    And I still have not heard how you account for this wonderful system we live under not beiong able to lift the majority of the world population out of poverty? And these glorious free market utopain countries – where are they again??? Me dodging the point? Really?



    By the way – in an era where most peoples incomes are being squeezed, the price of necessary goods (food, fuel, clothing etc) going up – how do you suggest that they both pay down their debts and increase their savings?



    Contradiction after contradiction Philvis. I don’t blame you – you defend a system that is by nature full of contradiction.



    Enjoy the game.

  12. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on




    Couldve been worse,he couldve opened the cupboard to a bottle of Morrinov.

  13. Off out to pub soon then onto the game – brilliant (and a day off tomorrow).



    Personally I would go for them tonight but lets see what happens.



    Now Philvis – before I go can we resolve the point about credibility?

  14. It’s due to be as low as -5 by 9 tonight. Thermals on. Especially any kids that are going, they lose heat quicker you know.

  15. JJ



    Over the Victoria Bridge and after Mosque, left onto Ballater Street. Sharkeys under bridge.



    Hail hail




  16. South Of Tunis on

    Lennon n Mc….Mjallby.



    Morrinov would be way too classy .——– many prefer more effective stuff like boot polish .

  17. There’s also the Sheephaven pub in Camden, five min walk from Camden station… Decent Celtic pub, been a few times….

  18. Saltires



    That’s great! Thanks so much. Both sound good value for money!



    You can always rely on CQNers for assistance. Thanks guys. Gotta sign off now.




  19. Ntassoolla



    Hiya ,palomine??



    Pleased tae Meeya.



    Ah am a firm believer in..



    The “Short Back and Sides”.. Hair Encampment.



    Sammi’s Tonsure…is..in Ma Opinion..



    A Sight fur Sore Eyes and a Bloody Disgrace!



    While Ah am at it.. Ah may as Well.. Go the whole Hog..




    Ah am also ,a Charter Member o’ the




    School.. that insists..






    That… there should be ..



    NO ALCOHOL , Allowed, For Practising… ATHELETES.



    No Tattoos… Allowed, fur…well… ANYONE!



    No Illegal Drugs or.. Tobacco.. Eethur…






    Oh Aye!



    NO ATHEISTS , Allowed tae Play fur the Celtic..





    R.Catholics, Protestants, Moslems.. of Course.. JEWS.. in fact all


    The Religious Persuasions..



    Are Most Welcome To Play Fur The Celtic.



    But.. as Ah said.. No Damn Atheists



    Fur Atheists Wanta Do Away wi






    And Ah Simply..




    Luv an Adore… That Christmas Feeling!



    That aboot covers it..



    Nice Chatting..Pally





    Yer pal..who thinks yer Swellegant.



    Still, Laughin’

  20. HT



    If you cross the clyde and walk up to Gorbal Cross, the Court is on your right and the mosque to your left. turn left the road on the mosque side and look across the street to the railway bridge and its in the arches

  21. Paul67,



    The tears are pouring down my face, as I write: tears of sheer joy, of course. Laughter is the best medecine, they say. it is also probably what hurts them most, that they are now a laughing stock, fit only for ribaldry. Do you think The Rangers will see Christmas??

  22. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Work done, Montys for a cold one or 2…. then bus.



    Enjoy the game bhoys



    Hail Hail

  23. Paul67, I was LOL-ing at this article, great stuff.



    I’m quietly confident about tonight, but I think we’ll need to be at our very best, will need a bit of luck and maybe try the unexpected too.



  24. p.s. Wish I could be at Celtic Park tonight – I know that the fans and atmosphere will be fantastic. Enjoy the game you lucky people.

  25. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Who forgot to tell Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax that they were in the same group as the richest club on the planet and the bestest team from the greatest league in the world?



    Don’t Believe The Hype CSC

  26. kojo as best I can remeber. One of the Marx brothers;



    – Tattoos are the means by which the thick section of the population alert the rest of us to their predicament –

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