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. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    12:58 on


    19 September, 2014



    I watched on Setanta Oz. and agree with your and their assessment.

  2. murdochbhoy



    12:30 on 19 September, 2014






    Percy Vere with Ronny?



    He needs adapt his over-arching game plane to suit his players abilities. If he does that his players may produce better team performances.






    I watched last night’s game on Setanta and it was nowhere near as good as the game you watched on BT.





    It seems to me, there is a power struggle in the Dressing Room, that wee bhoy McGregor is running his heart out and I see others not putting the shift in.



    I cannae wait for next Season, then we will see a Ronny D team, IMO.



    He is starting to adapt, I’m unsure whether that is a weakness or a strength.



    It is Brutal being a Celtic Player, get paid a fortune and not getting picked. The same Group Mentality always kicks in, the same Selfishness always kicks in when you are asked to do TOO MUCH.



    Celtic Players, and I know it can happen, should always give their utmost when they are selected irrespective of The Leader. Neil, done it his way, and got Close to all his players.



    Neil Lennon left Glasgow Celtic, he didn’t have to, he chose to do so.



    The Players better Grow Up a lot and realise they are incredibly privileged to play for Celtic and have had a Manager who was so Unique as Neil.

  3. hankray



    They held on to Soriano and Alan in the same way that we held on to VVD.



    They sold Mane for £11.8m and we sold Forster for £10m.



    Neither club is free from the pressures of having to live alongside big football leagues and markets.



    Alan will go as his contract runs down. He was not so prolific when he first came as a youngster from Fluminense but he was on fire last year. Soriano came to the fore last year but only left Barcelona’s B team in 2012 to go there, having kicked around lower clubs in the Spanish 2nd division. He is 28 years old.



    Both are likely to move on, Salzburg will have to do the same as us and try to trade and replace. There is no other way to exist.

  4. Come on then…bring on the unionists.


    Lets hear how proud and loyal…and rich ye are.


    Hand in hand with yer sevco pals.



  5. The Green Man


    Pwoud very Pwoud wul be getten ma Nail bag oot, and ma gransons wul bw kerryen thur flutes tae the game on Sunday,where the Union Fleg,which will have a tinge of the 40 shades of green.


    PJ said Naw Cmon you Bhoys in Green.

  6. The Battered Bunnet



    13:10 on 19 September, 2014



    Pete C



    Nice to hear the boy’s still enjoying the game.





    Last year was bad for him and definitely knocked him back a lot.

  7. hendrix67



    12:44 on 19 September, 2014






    Judith Ralston looks like a bit of a dirty, that will do for me.






    The poster girl for the ‘Hot MILF Hotline.’



    Paul67 – shocking post; about football on Recrimination Day. Don’t agree we looked sophisticated but we gave as good as we got at highe renergy levels than we’ve recently seen.


    I would rather we were a bit more strategic a la Maribor performance but Salzburg a far better, more dangerous side than Maribor and our approach might have surprised them a bit.



    Wakaso looks exciting – commited, great left foot, and a bit mental too.



    The big one is next – beat Zagreb and we can start dreaming of qualification.



    The Referendum is over – the grown-ups won. Get back to football.

  8. Setting free the bears



    Thanks for the stats let’s hope Scepovic also coming from Spanish football can emulate Mr. Soriano

  9. I am as gutted as many others after the referendum result, but let’s not fall for the inevitable daft conspiracy theories. I have seen the videos and they are all without context, which is then assumed by the narrator. Pure fantasy.



    Also, I see a few disappointed yes voters attacking fellow CQNers who voted no, by lumping them in with loyalists, Huns and the orange order. That is nonsense. You can vote the same way as particular groups that you otherwise oppose without getting into bed with them in any other context.



    It really is a cheap shot.

  10. From here on in


    I hope the unionists never have the fecking cheek to call themselves Scotsmen ever again.


    You have nailed your colours to the British mast.


    Remain what you are…North Brits


    Enjoy yer money you rogues

  11. —-



    Well…The Way Ah Look At It…




    Ah’m Delighted That Ma Wee Pal…







    -:¦:- Petec♥UKIP -:¦:-




    Get’s Tae Vote Fur Nigel & Douglas….



    In The Next General Election…



    When Philvis Runs For UKIP Against Call-Me-Dave….



    In Leafy Oxon Witney



    The ‘Nimble’ Says YEAH..!



  12. hankray



    13:22 on 19 September, 2014



    Setting free the bears



    Thanks for the stats let’s hope Scepovic also coming from Spanish football can emulate Mr. Soriano





    That effort frae way oot, suggests we have a smart attacker.



    I loved it.

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Sean Thornton. If that is all you have to bother about in your life count your blessings fella.H.H.

  14. Green Man,



    Does the way you post on here in any way resemble the way you would speak to people in the street, or the pub, or the workplace ?


    I am suggesting that it does not.


    I would plead with you not to inflict your unhappy frame of mind on people who just don’t want to hear a constant barrage of insult for no obvious reason.




  15. petec @ 13:09



    I didn’t notice anybody shirking their duties last night and even VVD has got over his little tantrum.



    The players are definitely trying to play for Ronny but they haven’t clicked as a team playing to his game plan, hopefully it’ll happen soon.

  16. Scotlandshire – a county in England.



    The English knew it and now the world knows it, hope the no voters enjoy getting it rammed up them from Westminster.



    The 1.6 million yes voters stand tall you done your country proud

  17. Football is of so little importance as to be irrelevant in this entire debate, and frankly given what people (from both sides) have invested in the process it feels a little insulting to try and link it.



    I’m upset, but I’ll get over it. Some people’s hopes (fanciful or not) for a better future have been utterly devastated by this. To make this about football utterly trivialises that.



    Flounce time.

  18. Anyone who watched the game and thought we played well is deluded. Same errors as other euro matches. You need to have the ball to play football. A 10 year old can tell you that. Get Bitton and Kayal in team at the same time. Protect full backs..

  19. Tom mcg. Correct. Many yes people have no time for the SNP so we have to accept there are some no people who are not tory, new lab, lib dems, Oo, sevco, daily record, mail, telegraph, times, express, sun, mirror, ukip, bnp, Britain first, uup, dup, pup, bbc, sky news, cnn, morning star, fox news, womens institute, masons or executives at any of the major banks……..



    I know some sincere left types in the communist party who had no truck for secession. And some old labour types.

  20. The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie 13:26,



    Call me, baby ebay, call me now.



    Wan thing I wullnae be doing is voting UKIP in a General Election.






    I’m very fussy, I always preferred Brunettes.



    My phone is open, I’m easy to contact.



    If you wanna hear nonsense, I’m the man, of that there is nae doubt.

  21. I think we will give mullets mob a good doin’ on Sunday.


    Last night result is what it is and there is nothing I can do about it.



    I can though do something about how I deal with my feelings on it, accept it and try and make the best of what comes my way from here on in.



    Hope to see a few of you on Sunday to talk fitba.

  22. Soriano is an overnight success at 27/28. He was washing about with clubs in the lower leagues looking quite good but never convincing. He moved to Austria and has shot on.



    His nearest equivalent here is Kris Commons who has had a similar journey, Players like Paul Hartley and Paul Lambert prove there is talent out there, albeit a bit flawed. But for every one of them, there are several Derek Riordans, John Suttons and Michael Higdons.



    We cannot go getting the hots for every Dundee United player that ever scores against us. We need to be discriminating and pick up the ones who are better than what we have.



    If we had not already got him, we’d have several of our scouts recommending the new Waasland-Beveren centre forward who scored a beauty last week.

  23. Question:



    Is anyone able to disagree with others on here anymore without people getting prissy about it?



    Casein point – comment about people who think we played well last night being ‘deluded’.



    Can people think before posting how things might come across to others.



    Debate is good but too often on here it is turning into insult at every opportunity

  24. I thought Scott Brown was poor last night (other than in his leadership qualities) but it looks like he had a urine infection so in hindsight he was brilliant.



    Stefan Johansen is a good player but last night was very poor but going with some of the comments on here that he was like a headless chicken, poor passer always giving the ball away etc I confidently predict that in a year or so when he settles down he will be the new Broonie he will be a leader and undroppable

  25. So where do we go from here?


    Well the goal keeping position is in good hands.


    The back four needs tightened, but how?


    There were many slack moments last night and Izzy’s attempted dribble in a dangerous position, where he lost the ball and gave away the free kick, was mirrored all 90 minutes in particularly in the first half.


    Well 93 for the pedants.


    Salzburg drove through our midfielders with ease, at speed and with quick passing.


    We had no one who could win the ball, control it immediately and calmly find a colleague in the clear.


    Young Calum although he had bright moments was largely overwhelmed.


    Stefan? Hmmm. For me he was never able to match his Salzburg opponents for speed of thought or action.


    Our midfielders, particularly the holding ball winning ones, must learn to instantly control a pass or an interception. This is basic stuff.


    I’m really interested in who will be playing up front on Sunday.


    How will Guidetti be used? Will he be used? Whither Stokes?


    We now have 5 games in quick succession and how Ronny deploys his squad will no doubt be a topic of intense discussion here on CQN.


    First up I’m anticipating a drubbing for the Steel men.


    But I’m always confident we will win every game whether in the SPFL or elsewhere.

  26. Kilbowie kelt



    With respect….ive no respect for people who will sell their arses politically for a few quid.


    Im not a nationalist or a unionist


    I despise politicians.


    I want social justice…not more sectarianism and corruption.


    Dont mean to offend…but I must say what I feel…I feel betrayed.




  27. Craigellachie10




    12:42 on 19 September, 2014




    He only lived there for a few years. He is originally fae Shotts and wizmurder at footie. Now settled in Motherwell with windows intact !

  28. Sorry Paul67 cannot agree that was a “text book performance” if so we are studying the


    wrong book. While I’m pleased with the draw I feel we are starting to carry too many passengers. Scott Brown certainly has made a difference but Stefan Johansen continues to disappoint,we were back to the hoof out of defence, hopefully we can get our act together over the next few games. BTW my son said to me this morning “Dad Scotland the only country in the world to vote against it’s own independence” Normal service will be resumed shortly. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  29. Guys



    having lunch at the


    “Kittochs coarse”


    St Andrews Scored my first hole in one today at the 6th , wooohooo , anyhoo aff oaf , cheerie ;)))

  30. Tom McLaughlin



    Conspiracy theories are a bit of fun. Did you hear the one about the country that goes to war for oil, then allowing a tenth of it’s population walk off into the sunset with trillions worth?


    Turns out they were never going to let that happen but held a dummy vote, now they laugh as we devour ourselves in recrimination and self loathing for generations.






    As we all agree, tinfoil hat stuff of course

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