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. I see Andy Walker has us selling Wanyama for 10m,does he ever watch the dross in the EPL,that have been bought and sold for 15/20 m.Start the bidding at 20m.no less.

  2. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Ntassoolla 15:25 on 5 December, 2012



    Tattoos are fine if they are in discreet places.



    Body Art CSC

  3. fanadpatriot @15:25



    I heard Andy Walker on Talkspurt earlier saying this and much like Ned Flanders who was on yesterday they are both trying to pedal the “Sevco are missed by the SPL teams” and ” the game is a terrible state due to the SPL teams fans” as well.



    Total pash and something that Talkspurt have become very good at doing.


    Much like Sky Spurts they seem to have their own agenda.





    /Bishop B

  4. As Boycotts are the order of the day, how about a Boycott of Sports Direct until Ashley reigns in the Bould Chuck.

  5. corkcelt


    15:36 on


    5 December, 2012




    Think quite a few Tims have been boycotting that particular company for a while anyway.

  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Do us proud tonight Celtic.



    Waiting on young acgr exiting school then off to the game via coias for food and moretti.



    Hail Hail, heres to sammy,s flowing locks.

  7. Mon The Hoops. Get wrapped up tonight Bhoys, Its a Cold One already. Just Win Hoops. Hooper due a good game and give big Tony 30 mins and we’ll be fine.




  8. Does anyone have figures for attendances at SPL matches this season and last? I imagine that, on the whole, they have improved and some will have improved fairly substantially this season. Walker (and the others who simply repeat the media’s mantra) is a disgrace.



    Looking forward to Paul67’s dissection of CO when tonight’s game is done and dusted.

  9. Ntassoolla



    Ah like that Marx Bros.. line.. Ah’ll keep it in Mind…



    Noo.. doon tae bizness..,



    Serious Stuff..



    We must Win this wan ,tonight so let’s no mess aboot.. Neil..



    Sit up… Pit away yer Rosary Beads.. fur.. Ten Hail Marys ,Wan Glory Be and an


    Oor Faither,..is .. Mair than Enuff!



    Let’s get Crackin’



    Here,is the Team .. fur the Night..



    write this doon..’






    Matthews Izzy..



    Wilson, Ambrose,



    Broonie, Kayal, Mulgrew, Commons, Sammi,







    It’s No Ma ain Team Selection … Mind..



    But.. it’ll dae the Joab.





    yer pal..who likes ye aloater




    Still, Laughin’

  10. tommytwiststommyturns on

    jduffy132 – is that the best name you could come up with, ya Mockney lurkin bassa?! :-)



    Not a mention of Toll Cross, now that you’re a Landaner?!






  11. Dont go near any companies associated with the dead club. Apart from the Walking Dead love the show. ; )




  12. And we have a winner ….



    Bó-aire posted over on the picture posers……..



    That’s: Doulton Fountain, one of. Templeton’s (Doge’s Palace) facade, one of.



    Well done. You win a late 1 goal winning margin and a defibrilator.



    Hail Hail




  13. jduffy132


    15:49 on


    5 December, 2012



    Cheers TTTT, ya muppet…. Aye, got bored lurking..






    Don’t know you but you’re clearly very astute in your observations of people ;-)

  14. tommytwiststommyturns on

    duff – how was yer weekend up the road? Could people still understand your accent?!



    Going to be a cold one tonight and I’m driving, so no whisky central heating. Need to score early and rattle them, hopefully they won’t be up for it.


    Barca have left out too many players for my liking, but we’ll see what the evening brings.



    How long you got left on that BP contract?




  15. The butterflies are doing sumersaults in ma stomach – just over 4 hours to ko!



    Hearing that some pavements in the vicinity of CP were quite treacherous earlier today – would like to think Glasgow cooncil has got its finger out to ensure that pedestrian access ways to CP are safe.



    To all those going tonight – safe there and back and enjoy!



    Will be a fantastic spectacle as usual – European nights at CP have no equal!




  16. Estadio



    Many thanks; my earnest hope is that the defibrillator will be surplus to requirements for tonight’s game, but I can always find recreational use for readily-controlled electronic devices.


    I am also one of those who have chosen to place his trust in Sammi: £20 on sammi to score, a few spare shekels on the assist from Mulgrew. Willing to settle for a pay-out less win via a jammy o.g. from nameless tovarich…

  17. tommytwiststommyturns on

    ht – should you not be busy mentally scarring weans for life instead of posting on here?! Smiley!




  18. TTTT



    I don’t need to be at my workplace to mentally scar the weans, you should know that.



    Just look at what I’ve done to MWD!!!! ;-)



    Right time to go. C’mon Celtic please just bloody do it!!!

  19. No bad, still managed tae converse with the locals, jist!!



    Should be here until the summer… Then oot tae Korea around July/August time.



    Thinking aboot heading oot in March, so ah kin get a full year tax exempt, unfortunately ah don’t hiv an EBT, so need tae stay oot the country, if a want tae dodge tax!



    Hopefully no another glorious failure the nite.. Fingers crossed we kin get over the finish line.



    Get a wee dram doon yer neck, pre-match, tae warm the insides.



    Hamiltontim, you’ve obvious had the misfortune of meeting TTTT tae, I feel yer pain ;)



    Enjoy the game the nite lads, miss it doon here!

  20. That’s it, left work, on bus home , quick change, quick pint in the tally and onto Paradise and glory!



    Could be sick with excitement of the pending euphoria



    Hail Hail



    3 – 1 the hoops 2 – 0 Barca (please god)

  21. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,


    With a corncob pipe and a button nose


    And two eyes made out of coal.


    Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,


    He was made of snow but the children


    Know how he came to life one day.


    There must have been some magic in that


    Old silk hat they found.


    For when they placed it on his head


    He began to dance around.


    O, Frosty the snowman


    Was alive as he could be,


    And the children say he could laugh


    And play just the same as you and me.


    Thumpetty thump thump,


    Thumpety thump thump,


    Look at Frosty go.


    Thumpetty thump thump,


    Thumpety thump thump,


    Over the hills of snow.

  22. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


    Ev’rywhere you go;


    Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again


    With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.


    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas


    Toys in ev’ry store


    But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be


    On your own front door.

  23. Off shortly to pick up Mrs RobinBhoy from Glasgow Airport. Going to be baltic so wrap up warm!



    Here’s to a great result for the Hoops!



    Hail Hail!




  24. The Battered Bunnet on

    Official DUFC‏@dundeeunitedfc


    Dundee United v Rangers confirmed for Saturday 2 February 12.45. Live on sky sports.



    Presumably The Rangers’ fans will be boycotting the live broadcast too…

  25. Long Johns-Check




    Beer Money -Check


    Hope in My Heart-Always


    Get an early goal they will fold,notoriously bad travellers.

  26. Good article Paul67 and there is a danger that we might underestimate Spartak to our cost.



    As for the 100 boycotts that would suit me just fine as the only time I want to watch thems, is on TV when they are toiling away to part-timers in some far-flung outpost of the Irn Bru League.



    Challs has me puzzled though.



    I have felt for a while now that he wants off out of it. His bombast and flaunting of the SFA’s rules and authority would seem to be designed to have him banned or given such a long suspension/fine that he is able to walk/flounce away with his dignity intact.



    Challs would then be able to say to the gullible billies: “ I did what I could for you but they are all against us!”



    But has he underestimated the extent to which the SFA allow any abuse to flow from Ibrox?



    I fail to see his cunning plan (if there is one), but there certainly seems nothing in it for short-term business investors unless it is from a fire sale and any long term returns for the fans based on playing football would be/have been undermined by the incompetence of Alistair.



    Maybe the problem is that we are all trying to figure out the smart angle and there simply isn’t one.



    All of the Sevconian’s travails certainly makes a nice backdrop to Champion’s League days and here’s hoping we will see more of them after tonight.



    Come on you bhoys in Green.

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