Textbook away performance, Brand Britain


I was a bit annoyed at BT’s halftime analysis which suggested Celtic were more than fortunate to be level at that stage.  Salzburg had just enjoyed their best 15 minute period of the game, but, from beginning to end, Celtic’s performance was a textbook lesson on how to play away from home in Europe.  We took our chances and drew our defensive line well in front of our box.  This is how it’s done.

Were you as comfortable as I was during the final minutes last night?

Having watched the performance against Aberdeen on Saturday, when we bossed the game but were penned back when, with two debutants and a returning Scott Brown in the team, the legs faded in the last 30 minutes, I expected the same to happen last night.

Instead, Scott’s goal arrived on 60 minutes, which infused Celtic legs with adrenalin.  This was the crucial moment of the game.  We conceded that fabulous goal from Soriano during the final 30 minutes, but this was also our best period of the game.  Wakaso (who is a player, b.t.w.) ran himself into the ground – literally.  Brown, Johansen, Izaguirre and Ambrose all covered enormous areas of the pitch.

Instead of going through turmoil in the closing stages, we saw Salzburg drop deep, acknowledging the clear danger they could concede for a third time.

The one obvious question is, how did we pick Craig Gordon up for free?

Brand Britain

Brand Britain is damaged. Last night’s vote was a high water mark for independence, so far, but the demographic breakdown suggests support for change is strongest among the young. If the three major UK parties have any intention of maintaining the status quo they need to indulge in considerable Nation Building.

The football business in Britain is in the hands of two closed-shop cartels, one in England and Wales [controlled by the affluent], and one in Scotland [controlled by the unambitious]. This arrangement has disenfranchised Scottish football and drains our economy of tens of millions of pounds per year. It is a clear manifestation of second class status for Scotland and our economy, which is unacceptable for anyone who considers the UK to be one nation.

Politicians with an interest in pushing the buttons of the people, should use this time to call this arrangement out for what it is.

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  1. Brand Britain indeed.



    BBC reporting how good its been for the city, the pound, and RBOS share.



    Meanwhile Nigel and his mates are conspring to stop the Vows.

  2. The Battered Bunnet



    12:24 on 19 September, 2014






    A considered reflection in the previous thread.



    I see various folk elsewhere suggesting that the +65s were ‘scared’ into voting No, and at face value – with 73% for No and Pensions a major focus of the No campaign – this might be an easy assumption. It may even be true for individuals.



    It does though entirely overlook the fact that these folk were born into a Britain that, while it doesn’t exist anymore, has informed a lifetime.



    Their connection with that Britain runs deep, and should not be diminished by writing off their vote as a reaction to the Fear message.





    My Dad is the Greatest man on this Earth, of that there is no doubt.



    Celtic is a lot mair important than politics to me.



    The same people would have controlled the MEDIA, a biggie IMO, and they would have had their place men at the Top of Every organisation, always controlling, lucratively paid as well.



    I think you know, I reckon the Time draws near, but I love your Amazing positivity.



    Your thoughtful Words about my own Sons fitba has always been from the Heart and I appreciate that so much.



    Clyde were sensational against the steamrollering Dumbarton. Always trying to play fitba all over the park, I know Dumbarton is not the right fit for Aidan, he isn’t big enough yet, he is a quiet kid though. The Jim McGuinness interview I read in the Record, I made sure he read it.



    We will see.






    Tremendous fitba and Celtic person.

  3. Saint Stivs



    I have no doubt that you and many of your side of the argument are hurting this morning and a bit of venting is inevitable.



    Can I repeat again that, for most of us, it was not about lag or identity politics?



    There is nothing more virtuous about a blue and white flag (celebrating a Saint who never set foot here) than there is over a red, white and blue one. There is nothing more virtuous about a Green and White Saltire either. They are all just pieces of cloth on a stick.



    This recently passed vote AND the future which will go on despite it, has to be about something more important than flags.



    Who knows we might even agree on something and take that important something forward?



    If you want to wave a flag then go ahead, it will not annoy or diminish me (unless it’s a swastika flag). And if I want to keep my politics flag-free, I expect the same tolerance I’ll show to you.

  4. traditionalist88 on

    It is a clear manifestation of second class status for Scotland and our economy, which is unacceptable for anyone who considers the UK to be one nation.



    Politicians with an interest in pushing the buttons of the people, should use this time to call this arrangement out for what it is.






    Sure why bother now when it could have been part of their better together ‘campaign’? They’ll have bled Scotland dry of resources before they have to worry about losing us again, by which point they probably wouldn’t be too bothered anyway.

  5. Not sure what the vote says about the state of Britain, but it says a lot about the psychological state of us Scots.


    For most it new countries it is the culmination of years of struggle. All we had to do was check a box but that was too much for the majority. Has any other nation voted NOT to be independent ? Maybe Quebec, but nobody else springs to mind. In my view a nation that does not want independence is, in some sense, not truly a nation.

  6. MWD 1225


    Exactly right. However, the people of Scotland have spoken, let’s now see if the Politicians will walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Not holding my breath btw. Any recommendations for a suitable political party for a now former Labour Party member gratefully received.



    Thought Wakaso had a very encouraging debut. Look forward to seeing more of him on Sunday



    HH from the Republic of Dundee.

  7. I see a chap from Bonkle is on the BBC website planning a union party with a Union Jack cake tonight. I wonder if Shug of that parish will be on the guest list?

  8. RogueLeader



    Also footage of a ballot box having the seal broken before the count, and a lady pulls out a neat stack of voting papers, how did they all land in a neat pile….weird!


    Another vid shows a lady with a pile of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ votes, she picks up all the ‘Yes’ votes and dumps them on the ‘No’pile before sticking a single paper on the Yes pile.



    Tinfoil hat stuff? We will never know. There was a lot at stake right enough

  9. I used to hate Craig Gordon when he played with Hearts. Funny how things change. What a replacement for big Fraser! He was a whisker away from saving the first one and he can also fairly hoof the ball up the park! HH.

  10. RogueLeader



    12:31 on 19 September, 2014



    Petec – The Green Man @ 12.06 on the previous article





    He has been behaving like a Pri*k. He is a lot more Selfish than me, that is for sure.



    Pray for the Laddie because as sure as eggs are eggs, if God created us, he can sure as hell mend us.

  11. SFTB,



    i liked your summary on the last thread, was a very good explanation of your position.


    my rawness, is this, it was only 250,000 votes away.



    the cloth on sticks, well, we can keep that till Poppy time.



    life goes on, brand britain and her billionaires are mostly happy.



    Next time.

  12. baba2



    I’ve seen much of the so called vote manipulation.



    Even the YouTube of the wee woman standing in front of the bin hiding it from camera while her pal dropped piles of paper in.



    Alas, it’s clutching at straws buddy. If there was a will to manipulate the vote you would see not a note of evidence of it. I know our secret services do in this day have a somewhat checkered reputation but there is no way they’d be making boo boos such as you are seeing on social media.



    Funny to watch though if you have a sense of humour.



    Yoda, someone even suggested Highland vote rigged with A9 fatal accident holding up delivery of ballot boxes.






    MWD says AYE

  13. monteblanco – these counts are highly scrutinised, it would be a monumentally difficult task, involving hundreds of people, to nobble the Independence vote to the tune of the guts of 500,000 votes.



    Would make faking the moon landings look like childs play

  14. saint stivs



    Fair play.



    There is never an end to history, though some bloke once made a lot of money by writing a book with that title. A few years later, he was back writing Volume 2 which should have been titled “Only Kidding, of course we still have history” in order to earn some more bucks.



    We have huge challenges to face in dealing with Wave 2 of this current recession. If there is an abandonment of politics through disillusion, then we leave a space for the devious and the exploitative to fill. People of good hearts and minds on both sides are needed more than ever.


    Past the witching hour,folks.



    Let the recriminations go and the new start begin.



    Btw,it starts by holding to promises.

  16. ItaliaBhoy


    “Brand Britain is and remains one of the strongest, most progressive, and powerful brands in international politics.”



    Really? I mean really?



    In terms of international politics Britain’s slid to irrelevance picks up pace by the day.

  17. Have we a clean bill of health from last night or did anyone suffer injury?



    I agree with loads of posters that Wakaso had a great debut and canny wait to see him when he settles in.





    You available for 11/10?



    Truth and reconciliation piss up and no politics allowed.



    Certainly no holier than thou superiority of being on the winning side.



    Not sure I have yer addy. Others who do also have the details.

  19. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox but saying no to CQN racists 12:38



    You dinnae ken about the Swastika, it is a symbol of Peace and also, the Sun.



    I totally take on board whit yer saying, howevaah.



    Flags and Cymbals, All, have meanings and that is why I dinnae like tattoos.



    Heck, my wee Brother even got a small insignificant tattoo that has a hidden 666 within it, Believe me he is a lot mair popular than me, it was he himself that pointed it out, when I was talking about ALL the nonsense I talked about way back in the Davie Hay.



    He is noo a Swiss Stock Broker, rather than a Glesgae wan.








    That comment has no place ANYWHERE in civilised society.



    I don’t think you have let yourself down,not sure that is possible.



    But you sure have done no favour to those you purport to support.

  21. Hi Moonbeams,



    Thanks for your considered reply (and RogueLeaders reply to monteblanco above 12:50) I very much appreciate them. As I say I am willing to accept the will of the people however, these videos raised my eyebrows but unfortunately not any hopes of a reversal.



    Just needed them to be explained away for my own peace of mind.



    Hail Hail

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon


    12:54 on


    19 September, 2014




    11:56 on


    19 September, 2014


    Amid all the noise of the referendum I couldnt help but notice that the self described nouveau aussie gob having yet another dig at Ireland/the Irish.


    You really do have a problem with us dont you.




    Only in response to Irish insults to the Jocks.


    You can dish it out ,but you can`t take it.



    I don`t have a problem with you.


    I`m one of you.


    The truth hurts.


    But it has to be expressed.

  23. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on

    Unfortunately the vote came 10 years to early, the older generation still have strong emotions about standing together during the war.


    Hopefully we will get another chance in my lifetime, but I will never vote Labour again.

  24. I watched the game on Setanta Ireland and the views of Pat Nevin and his host seemingly were in complete contrast to Paul’s experience on BT Sport. The two lads thoroughly enjoyed a very good match and were more than pleased as I was with Celtic’s performance.


    Sure there were some flaws, but we were playing away from home against a bloomin’ good side who were as fit as proverbial fiddles and gave us little time on the ball, hence some misplaced passes.



    Celtic have now got results in three of the four away games in Europe and this has to be good for the team and Ronny. Despite the pressure we were under from Salzburg I always thought Celtic looked very dangerous on the break and with the great goalkeeping of Craig might easily have come away with three points.



    Stefan with his physical presence disappointed and did not win any of the aerial duels, allowing himself to be easily bullied by defenders but still almost scored what would have been a wonder goal.



    Salzburg have some excellent players particularly up front and I wondered how come they can hold onto guys like Alan and Soriano and are not in any hurry to sell to the highest bidders. I must admit all I was hoping for was a good performance from Celtic but never expected to get a result. Well done lads onwards and upwards.

  25. garygillespieshamstring on

    Thank goodness the referendum is over. Back to fitba!



    Three home wins should see us through to the knock out phase.

  26. Apologies for the post referendum political post.




    The 3 party leaders have said that Scotland will have new powers – which is of course for Parliament to decide, not the party leaders, at least 2 of whom will not be there in a year. And they have not agreed the powers.



    However, I do think that it is symptomatic of the malaise in UK politics that they seem to be telling Scotland what additional powers Scotland will have. This should rightly be a matter of discussion between Westminster and the Scottish parliament. Suppose say that Scotland wanted to vary VAT as well as or instead of Income tax? Or adjust thresholds?



    Imagine that the EU were to say to Westminster, “We have decided that you can do this or that” – the Westminster response would be “Who are you to tell us?”. And they’d be right.

  27. Hoops_Neil_Lennon_diditagain on

    Philbhoy, Carol Kirkwood definatly brings a smile to my face before heading to work.

  28. Wee curtain twitching unionists




    Because some big bad bhoy called them huns….awww


    Sensitive souls….poor wee lambs.


    Oh and aw the holy willies.


    Green huns

  29. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on




    I agree 2-2 was a decent result last night. As for textbook performance, dearie me, I was shocked at our inability to retain possession. Would be interested to see our pass completion rate.



    Thankfully Craig Gordon was in great form, if he stays injury free then the club has pulled off a master stroke bringing him in on a free and getting 10m for Forster.



    Positives – Really special strike from Mubarek and it’s good to see brown back in the team. But i thought our football was terrible last night. Also Johansen not playing well – I was impressed last season and was expecting great things working with Ronny again this season.

  30. craig gordon is twice the keeper FF is. at least he can kick the ball without looking like herman munster

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