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Tarnished football brands, Europe recovers, Craig Gordon

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Lots of credit to the USA and Switzerland, who bowed out of the World Cup in dramatic fashion yesterday, leaving four European and four Latin American teams fighting out for the spoils.  Europe has recovered from its shaky group stage performance, keeping the door open a little longer for smaller European nations.

While plaudits for a fine tournament will be spread far and wide, the tournament has not provided a breakthrough credit for Africa, Asia, or the USA, none of whom will find the going any easier when the bandwagon reaches Eastern Europe four years from now.

Surprised it’s taken this long to get a deal sorted for Craig Gordon.  Considering the player’s lengthy injury history, Celtic have perhaps delayed to allow fitness tests over an extended period.  I’m treating tabloid comment that the potential arrival of Craig is linked to Fraser Forster moving on as idle mischief.  We need three keepers and usually have three, as do most top clubs.

So, a day after Luis Suarez issues a heartfelt mea culpa, Barcelona let it be known they are in talks with Liverpool over acquiring the player.  He is without question one of the most gifted players of our time but the phrase “transparent charlatan” seems appropriate.  Brand Barca is slowly slipping, with tax scams, directorial bungs and contrived contrition.

His actions caused enough dissonance on Merseyside to damage brand Liverpool, he’ll win Barcelona football games but stands a high probability of doing the same in Catalonia.  The commitment to reform is meaningless, as he is not in a position to make good on it.  Yet.

Barcelona led the way on establishing an ethical, aspirational, football brand.  I think they’ve forgotten what I’m hoping we learn.

The 10-in-a-row CQN Charity Golf Day takes place at the magnificent Aberdour course on Friday.  This year we will hear from Celtic legend, Frank McGarvey, and former Glasgow lawyer after dinner specialist, Len Murray.


This year we are raising money for Glasgow the Caring City and The Cookiejar Foundation.  We have two copies of this magnificent canvas, signed by Billy McNeill, one is available to the highest bidder on ebay here.

The other is available for raffle.  Every donor to this JustGiving page gets an entry in the raffle.  The minimum donation is £1, which we can all afford to participate in, although you can donate as much as you want.  Our thanks to @BarryMcGonigle for the image on the canvas and OPG Graphics for creating the work.

Glasgow the Caring City said, “Glasgow the Caring City is Glasgow’s people’s charity.  As well as working with the underprivileged in our own city the charity has delivered literally millions of pounds of overseas aid and development gifts-in-kind on a shoestring budget.

“From educational supplies to soap and medicines, from tents and warm clothes to prescription glasses.  We once delivered a donated fire truck! Having provided emergency relief to war, famine, flood and earthquake victims in the past the charity would love to take this relatively quiet time in terms of world emergency to invest in its development projects, taking children out of war and teaching them in agricultural sustainability projects.

“The support of the CQN community has always been received with huge gratitude, thank you once again for supporting us this year.”  Rev Neil Galbraith.

The Cookiejar Foundation was set up in memory of Christopher Coutts who died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19.  Money raised from this raffle will go towards the Cookiejar’s providing of vein finders for the Chemotherapy wards at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy & cancer wards in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

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  1. Negativity can only feed on negativity.

     

     

    So there!

     

     

    Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

  2. Sorry to have repeated other posters’ stuff. Slow typing plus a phone call held me up.

     

     

    This is a big story, though. The football press in Scotland can speculate freely on the individual or organisation behind the request without revealing the source of the original anti-Celtic slur.

  3. Can Belgium now kick-on and show their undoubted talent . They have easily the best international squad of players and are capable of winning this world cup.

     

    What they dont have is a winning tradition and the self-belief that goes along with it.

     

    They could beat the Argies but……………….???

  4. Ernie

     

     

    I had to google (that bloomin word again) to confirm about the Streisand Effect…

     

     

    Halfway through the first line on wiki it all made sense.

     

     

    Indeed, I hope that the light will shine less on Dougie and more on the SFA/Referee Dept in the S effect kicks in.

     

     

    Happy to fan the flames.

     

     

    HH

  5. deliasmith,

     

     

    I wonder why the Guardian employ a “journalist” like Murray, who creates and perpetuates slurs about the Celtic support. Surely, when he makes serious claims like we threatened the linesman, the sports editor would have demanded corroboration. I’m sure there was no evidence, simply a briefing by someone at the SFA, who hates us.

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    Dougie McDonald told me to lie to Neil Lennon about Celtic penalty U-turn, says quit linesman Steven Craven

     

    31 October 2010 12:00 AM By Mark Guidi

     

    STEVEN CRAVEN today reveals the truth behind the lies of a controversial Tannadice cover-up.

     

    STEVEN CRAVEN today reveals the truth behind the lies of a controversial Tannadice cover-up.

  7. I am one of those who grew up watching the Celtic in the 50s. I am utterly grateful to the likes of the Bunnet for bringing us to where we are today. There is no comparision. We are probably happy clappers to a mhan and womhan.

     

     

    WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    parkheadcumsalford- Daryl Broadfoot’ mucky mitts were all over the attempted Dougie Dougie cover up, and muddied the waters around Steven Craven…… allegedly

  9. Okay, it’s beyond a joke now:

     

     

     

    ‘A man who urged people on Facebook to send bombs and bullets to former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has had his prison sentence quashed.

     

     

    William Kilpatrick, 23, made the post from his mobile phone on the day of an Old Firm match in April 2011.

     

     

    He was jailed for nine months at Stirling Sheriff Court in October 2013.

     

     

    But judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh quashed the sentence and fined him £500 instead.’

  10. long haired yins man on

    Livibhoy @ 16.54 on Big Vega…I follow him on twitter, he still a big Celtic fan….someone asked him only the other night ” Ra###rs no way””!

  11. Syd Negakev

     

    18:42 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

     

    Astonishing…. whilst I wanted Neil to stay, I’m glad he’s moved on, for his own (and his family’s) personal life to recover from this

     

     

    HH

  12. Dodgy Dougie, Broadfoot…………

     

    ………they’ve not gone away,

     

    ……..but they should be put beyond use.

  13. Brilliant impersonation of Tim Henman by Andy Murray this year. But can you stop kidding now, Andy and get with it again?

  14. Spreading the Celtic word this morning.

     

     

    Went to the barbers in Charlotte (ok stylists)

     

     

    Chat chat..World Cup..she says.”.I never knew soccer players were so cute (sic)

     

     

    I mean that Greece team” swoon/attack of the vapours/eye roll.

     

     

    What about Samaras says I?

     

     

    Who he?

     

     

    Cue youtube of Georgios and Jay Beattie.

     

     

    More swooning and verbal stuff.

     

     

    “I will put that on Facebook. It is wonderful, and mopre people should see it.”

     

     

    She’s from Rochester NY, lives in Charlotte and is going to Philly for the 4th.

     

     

    Told her about Celtic and the traditions and…

     

     

    Hadn’t the heart to tell her that Big Georgios is gone.

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldbpWwd8bdY

     

     

    John Lennon too.

     

     

    HH

  15. Perhaps The Donald will be the next ‘colourful character’….. to get involved at

     

    The Edmiston Folly………

     

     

    …………just think

     

     

    The Trumped-Up ranjurs…….

  16. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Loved seeing Andy getting pumped today as it fair sickened the butchers apron mob who went to watch him !

  17. lilys grandpa on

    RWE

     

    19:31 on

     

    2 Jul

     

     

    Just loved the way you kept stum about Big Sammi!, Id have done that myself, haha

     

     

    lilys

  18. Coolmore Mafia on

    itscalledthemalvinas

     

    19:42 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    Loved seeing Andy getting pumped today as it fair sickened the butchers apron mob who went to watch him !

     

     

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    You love seeing Scotland’s greatest sportsman by a country mile, who has dedicated his life to the sport to become what he is today, bringing joy and pride to millions of people, being beaten because English people in England who’d like him to win went to watch him?

  19. Syd Negakev

     

    19:59 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    CQN breaks slowest ever posting record.

     

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    Need ole BSR to go through his ole joke book :O)

  20. Sydnegakev

     

     

    Moonhowlers shift apart – shoorly.

     

     

    I’ve read back sometimes and found some of them talking to themselves with an hour between posts. I scrolled by very quickly.

     

     

    It’s a different world when the moons out.

     

     

    HH

  21. itscalledthemalvinas on

    It was Andy who brought the politics into it. I read his quote about being embarrassed by the saltire being flown at his victory last year. Surely a true Scotsman would be happy to see the flag of his country at his greatest sporting moment ?

  22. derbyshirebhoy on

    itscalledthemalvinas

     

    19:42 on

     

    2 July, 2014

     

    Loved seeing Andy getting pumped today as it fair sickened the butchers apron mob who went to watch him !

     

     

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    What a sad bigoted post. I wonder how many hundred years it will take you to understand that the English people were never anyone’s enemy. The true enemy in every society as always are the power brokers who set one against another for their own benefit.

  23. itscalledthemalvinas on

    derbyshirebhoy

     

     

    So if you can see through the power brokers, why can’t ordinary English people do the same ?

  24. itscalledthemalvinas

     

     

    20:24 on 2 July, 2014

     

     

    derbyshirebhoy

     

     

    ‘So if you can see through the power brokers, why can’t ordinary English people do the same ?’

     

     

     

    ####

     

     

     

    Cos they’re a shower of English basturts, that’s how.

  25. Channel 4 +1 news doing report into roll of faith and independence.on next half hour

     

     

    HH

  26. Dexter @ 16.51 hrs.

     

     

    “Brand Celtic will not grow until we get out of the current SPFL system into a bigger pool”

     

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    I am in total agreement with your comment as stated above.

     

    Where I disagree with you is Celtic in the English Conference. Our sights must aim higher.

     

     

    The door may be shut ( At this time ) on the EPL or whatever it will be called, but it is by no means locked.

     

     

    Have we even knocked the door yet??

     

    Any door will open if the correct key is applied.

     

     

    Over to you PL et al.

     

     

    HH, always in Celtic.

  27. iPaddy McCourt on

    itscalledthemalvinas

     

     

    19:42 on 2 July, 2014

     

    Loved seeing Andy getting pumped today as it fair sickened the butchers apron mob who went to watch him !

     

     

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    Wow, that might actually be the most pathetically sad post in the history of CQN

  28. an tearmann

     

    20:31 on 2 July, 2014

     

    Channel 4 +1 news doing report into

     

    roll of faith and independence.on

     

    next half hour

     

    HH

     

     

     

     

     

    Soooooo…..

     

     

    Gorgeous George Galloway Appears On Channel 4 News…..

     

     

    From Doontoon Coatbrig’…..

     

     

    And Opines That A Scotland-After-Independence…

     

     

    Would More Likely Be A ‘Stormont Scotland’…..

     

     

    Than A ‘Cauld-Water Cuba’…..!

     

     

    Croydon’s Loyalist Revolutionary Nods In Agreement….

     

     

    Whilst CQN’s Only Jedhi Knight Reaches For His ‘Life-Saver’…..

     

     

    And Stubs His Big Toe..

     

     

    It’s All About Timing….

     

     

    Up The HOOPs..!

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