Test for an emerging Celtic team


We play plenty of no-win games, where all that can be achieved is an expected result and the avoidance of a humiliating loss, or draw.  Tonight is different.  Tonight we play the team who won the Europa League last year and who are significantly better resourced that Celtic.  When Celtic entered this group, opposition from Spain, Italy and France ensured that expectations were never going to get wildly out of proportion.  Indeed, after Sion, defeat in Madrid and a solitary point at home to Udinese, many expectations were of an early exit.

But, after four games, Celtic have it all to play for.  Two solid performances against Rennes delivered four points and a big performance this evening would give Celtic an excellent chance of progressing to the business end of European football.

This is a test for a young and emerging Celtic team.  Don’t underestimate them….

Read the unofficial Celtic v Atletico Madrid programme here.

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  1. The Battered Bunnet – Philvis is first so often simply because that is his natural place in life.



    A wise man once said to me:



    Try to be best


    ‘Cause you’re only a man


    And a man’s gotta learn to take it



    Try to believe


    Though the going gets rough


    That you gotta hang tough to make it



    History repeats itself


    Try and you’ll succeed



    Never doubt that you’re the one


    And you can have your dreams!



    This was at the annual Moustache Rally in Edinburgh of course. (thumbsup)





    Vmhan♣ who Supports Neil Lennon – Thanks, I think Paul67 likes to change his timing to try to catch me off guard, but Philvis never sleeps.



    Except at night. (thumbsup)

  2. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Kayal33 – hmmm, tough decisions.



    I would prefer Charlie to Glenda, but Chas ain’t match-fit.


    Ledley should be in midfield, but we’ll need him at LB tonight. I would play Sami in front of Joe on the left.


    Kayal and Wanyama must protect the the two CB’s.


    Matthews is a concern as he really needs to work on the defensive side of his game, but he’s comfortable in possession. JF won’t provide him with enough cover, so Kayal will be busy there. He needs to be really disciplined about his position tonight!


    How can you leave Hoops out of the starting eleven….he’s on fire?!






  3. In other Spanish football news, there will, apparently, be a hastily convened meeting of the disciplinary committee on Friday to examine the conduct of Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué.



    With Barcelona 4-0 up in the rearranged home match against Rayo Vallecano, the bold Gerard got a yellow card for time-wasting in the 84th minute. It’s his fifth of the campaign, which brings an automatic one-game suspension, which means he will sit out the weekend’s game against high-flying Levante, but will be free to face Real Madrid in the round of matches after that.



    Or so he thought.



    It seems some believe Piqué “deliberately provoked” the card last night, and if the committee agrees he will be the first player to receive an extra game’s suspension for his trouble. This is prompting some in Barcelona to say the club should refuse to play the Real Madrid game if Piqué’s suspension is extended.

  4. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    I count 11 too, but on the park I usually only see 10 with that line up :o)


    The invisible man is not worthy of a place, I’d rather see broony in that position, even injured.

  5. Citibhoy Shoulder to Shoulder with Neil Lennon on




    the problem with the public sector pension arrangements is that unfortunately thereis no pot… their never was. It is one almighty ponsi scheme like the rest of a FIAT money system.



    But as every con man knows every fraud needs plausability.



    Thereis simply no plausability in the PS pension arrangements. You know it – I know it and they know it. They are unnaffordable. They will impoverish your children and your grand-children. This was the conclusion of a labour peer.



    Now as to the manner of it all – I have explained above , you deal with the state at your peril. The state is brutal in its interaction with the individual. The state however is indiscriminate in its actions. I didnt see the PS workers out on the streets when Gordon Brown raided the pensions of those in the private sector.



    The piper needs paying and as always he will be paid.



    As for your comments on the commercial banking environment – it is indeed brutal, but to be honest these guys never got the big bonuses, that was reserved for those of us on the trading floor. And with a few notable exceptions it was entirely perfromance related.

  6. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:43



    No idea who you are talking about but i wouldn’t have broonie anywhere near the team tonight, even if 100% fit. We need as many players as possible who can retain possession not give the ball away.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    A must read at 13.34pm Not blowin ma own trumpet or that!!



    3-1 tonight.



    Be a tare if we go tops of the section.. Do it for JInky Bhoys!! This lot booted him stupid last time!!

  8. Kayal33 says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:45


    Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:43



    We also shouldn’t pick players who are not committed to the club unless there is an injury crisis, brown shouldn’t be considered for selection until he signs new deal.

  9. Jist in fae the jiggin’…



    Tonight’s Team, picks itsel’



    Same Assembly as the Last Wan



    Lenny, has found the Perfect Ten… in the Ootfield.



    Woe Betide him, if he listens tae the Siren Voices , who tout


    chinge.. fur nae earthly reason..









    If Lenny,is wise, he wull stick wi the Axioms..



    “Ye canny Improve oan Perfection.”






    “If It ain’t Broke.. Lee it alain!”






  10. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    yet you have ki in the line up, he wears the precious under his cloak of invisibility. At least broon can be seen to be trying while ki finds an opposition player to hide behind.

  11. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:51



    disagree but we all see things differently

  12. Afternoon CQN , looking forward to tonights game, must be a big game as no1 son has decided to join his brother and myself at paradise tonight. He is a particular in the games he goes to and in the past he has picked the Champions league game against Man Utd 1-0 : Naka, and Scot France home game 1-0 :Caldwell, amongst his selected games this must be a good omen. On this basis I am going for a 1-0 win to the hoops with big Fraser saving a penalty.

  13. Celtic First —— 13 30



    Italian fitba papers have Falcao fit and ready to play.



    Arda Turan —— a fabulous player.



    Diego seems to have lost a lot of his confidence[ and some pace /speed of thought ] following his Juve / Serie A experience. He was great at Werder Bremen



    Atletico looked tired and dispirited last weekend . 90 mins of an up for it Celtic in a cold and wet Glasgow might be the last thing they want—-

  14. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Summa O Sammi






    Ye hivnae bin keepin up..



    Sammi,is Noo.. Back in the Will!



    He has had.. FOUR.. Excellent Outings.. And has Shown.. Steady and Pleasing.. IMPROVEMENT ..in Each of them.



    Yep.. Sammi,is back… and Celtic Hiv goat Him!!



    Remember, In .. the Country of Kojonia..



    ” Opinions urnae writ in Stain!”





    Like the Stockmarket…



    They.. Fluctuate!









    Circumstances Chinge.. and Wan’s Opinion , must



    Reflect THAT.



    Maks Sense Tae Me.





    yer pal…who like ye mair and mairer.

  15. BSR


    open that connection and i’ll be down outside your house


    with the ipad thing i can’t work and a few beers

  16. whitedoghunch says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:39


    nearly 6 Mbps in Cambuslang it’s like South Korea out here.





    Almost get up to 1 in Drumsargard,dark side of the moon.

  17. time for change on

    Good to see even less parking around Celtic park ……every time even more cones appear…..let’s be as car unfriendly as possible!!!!

  18. Reading Rennes will rest most of their first team tonight. Udinese will quality with a win, which makes last game meaningless for them.



    C’mon The Hoops!

  19. West Wales Celt on

    Be on the train to London this evening so will appreciate all the updates I can get…


    Good luck Lenny and the bhoys; lets show ’em the corner is truly turned…

  20. Br\o/gan R\o/gan Trevin\o/ and H\o/gan says:


    30 November, 2011 at 13:30



    We live in interesting times. This really is the beggining of the centralised banking giants plan to take all eurozone sovereignty when they inevitably default on the IMF bail outs.



    Why shouldn’t the public sector fight for what is contractually and legally theirs. I laugh every time I hear a private sector worker on the radio and tv complaining how they don’t enjoy same benefits but fail to realise that if it wasn’t for PS unions & protected working rights that it would be even worse for the private sector who have no protection in arguing their case for fairer pay etc. Real wages haven’t risen with inflation & corporate profits since 1950’s and yet both sides have been skillfully played gainst each other in main stream media.



    The banks can’t lose, it’s a win win situation. They prop up likes of Greece and Italy with money pulled out of thin air that has no value and take the state assets like hospitals, police & public transport as protection for when eventually fail to pay.



    Cameron is a crook and plays a blinder when trying to argue why the working and middle classes must do their bit whilst he stops a law to raise tax on bankers bonuses. This is the guy whose expensive campaign was funded by banks and defence companies. I digress but point is everyone needs to see where this is going. Heseltine was right when he said that Britain will be part of the Euro sooner or later.



    I’m hardest hit being self employed but my better half is a teacher and I’m glad they are taking a stance.



    Anyhoo, 2-2 tonight my prediction. Hope team is





    Matthews Loovens Mulgrew Ledley




    Forrest Kayal Ki


    Hooper Stokes

  21. McNair is the greatest on

    ASonOfDan says:


    30 November, 2011 at 14:17


    Reading Rennes will rest most of their first team tonight. Udinese will quality with a win, which makes last game meaningless for them.



    C’mon The Hoops!



    Udinese can only make the last game meaningless for them if they win and we drew/lose – no other combination of results can make their last game meaningless.

  22. playfusbal4dguilders on

    ASonOfDan says:


    30 November, 2011 at 14:17



    No they won’t. Udinese will only qualify if we don’t win.



    Lets be positive:-)




  23. The Battered Bunnet on

    After all that…



    BT now saying they can get my line up to 3.5Mb, which is x3 faster than current.



    Offering a broadband + TV package including Sky Sports 1&2, plus ESPN for £39 per month, plus £13.90 for the phone line.



    That compares to Sky’s offer of all Sports Channels plus ESPN plus all their other pash channels, but no internt etc, for £50 per month.



    Virgin a no-go.




  24. row z \o/ (O) Mississippi Burnin Nearer Home on

    city bhoy



    You are a card. Haha.



    The rich are enriching themselves, the poorer are getting poorer. Ftse Directors average pay rise last year in such times of austerity – 71%.



    Your annual ‘performance bonus’ should be moderated over 10 years. That way we’ll know if your ‘performance’ is accurate and deserved. I am in the position where I have both pensions; 1 private 1 public.



    My private pension is with a ‘reputable’ UK financial company with ‘impressive’ balance sheets. It is currently worth 40% of what it was worth 10 years ago. In fact had I just stuffed it under the bed since day 1 I would be significantly better off. Luckily, I haven’t put any of my money into this private sector financier gravy train for some time.



    The reason why my private pension is so worthless is not to do with my levels of contribution or my various employers. It is to do with the fact that those financial ‘experts’ have invested it via the trading floors of stock markets (thereby enabling you to obtain large bonuses) in financial products which have turned out to be sheer fantasy.



    Had I done this to my neighbour (not being a ‘qualified expert’), I’d be guilty of criminality and would be in jail.



    I have paid for your bonus twice. Firstly through the ‘charges’ made for the privilege of having my money and secondly through the financial bailouts to the private banking sector which went bust.



    Now the Millionaire Cabinet (we’re all in this together – just some more than others) want me to pay an additional public sector only 3% income tax to help fund a continuing and growing deficit. (My 3% increased contribution will not be applied to my pension additionally to help pay the bill for it).



    If we need a 3% increase in income tax then sobeit. I do though expect you and your ‘performance’ bonus to make that additional contribution as well. Enjoy your caviar, succulent lamb and fine wine tonight. No doubt you think you’ve earned it.

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