Textbook away performance, Brand Britain

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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. murdochbhoy

     

     

    13:30 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    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.

     

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    I only seen the second half and you are more than likely right, I just know these players are very good and btw VVD is pure class so it makes it effortlessly easy for him to look good, howevaah, him staying forward at wan point suggested to me all isnae as well as it should be, perhaps it was an instruction, I dinnae ken that Classified info though.

  2. Paul

     

     

    Amazing wee were watching the same game and come to entirely different conclusions. Thats football I guess.

     

     

    |I have rarely seen a more disjointed Celtic team away from home in Europe.

     

     

    What was glaringly obvious to me was the quality (or lack of it) of our passing.This should be a number one priority for our new manager to work on.We constantly invited pressure with cheap submission of the ball.

     

     

    Unfortunately two you highlight were for me the biggest culprits (Johansen and Ambrose)

     

     

    None the less, delighted with the result and actually enjoyed a very entertaining game

  3. weeminger

     

     

    13:31 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    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.

     

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    You listen to this and you get yer fine Rudi Vata back on here pronto.

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj2qbI6XARg

     

     

    I’ve lost all my abilities, and links since the PC catastrophe, the place you advised me to go, has the full mix, I dinnae need to tell you that the above is Amazing, especially from the Rafael van der Vaart.

     

     

    Any chance, if it is a serious flounce, you can leave me some of yer Music links frae yesteryear.

  4. Jock Stein’s Celtic were woeful in Novi Sad when we went down 0-1 to Vojvodina. It turned out to be a decent result.

     

     

    Similarly when they were dumped 0-2 in St Etienne and 0-3 away to Benfica.

     

     

    My point is, a 2-2 draw away to a good European side has yo be lauded, regardless of the performance.

     

     

    Too many supporters are unhappy with a good result if it is not achieved using fast, silky, flowing, dazzling, scintillating, entertaining, attacking football.

     

     

    Such supporters are spoiled.

  5. Money…get back

     

    Im allright jack keep your hands of my stack.

     

    Money…so they say, is the root of all evil today.

     

     

    Well done…enjoy your bribe money

     

    You money grabbing curtain twitching servants of the crown.

     

    Do your worst…you bourgeois north brit huns.

     

    The green man says…feck off

  6. hebcelt

     

     

    13:52 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    ‘Ernie what did you think of the formation Ronny used last night? Hail Hail Hebcelt’

     

     

     

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    I haven’t seen the game so am not in a position to comment.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MARSPAPA

     

     

    Hole in one?

     

     

    Tell them it’s KOSC,BLANTYRE prices or buy their own.

     

     

    Well done,mate. Chuffed tae bits for ye.

  8. lennon's passion on

    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.

     

     

    What a lot of rubbish we got out played all night. Mr 67 you are easilypleased if you are satisfied with that. Must have missed the bit where there goalie was making save after save. Ooh wait that was us

  9. petec

     

     

    13:43 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    murdochbhoy

     

     

    13:30 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    petec @ 13:09

     

     

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

     

     

    …………………………………….

     

     

    Are you sure?

     

     

    The Sun (I know, I know) gave him 9 out of 10 but said “but there were moments when he looked bored”.

     

     

    WOW!

  10. dr ramesh and the love potion on

    It was a good result against a good team.

     

    The midfield is where the team falls apart. Johansen has been poor all season. A lot of running but no strength in the tackle, no positional sense and woeful passing. He was good at the end of last season so maybe he needs to have a rest for a while to get a bit of focus. Commons, whilst a great player, weakens the midfield. He’s a great attacking player but is not defensive or mobile enough for the midfield role. Brown, Kayal and Bitton/Henderson would strengthen the midfield by protecting the back line and the ball leaving the other forward players to get on with creating and scoring goals. IMHO

  11. Sir Paul,

     

     

    Ah am Surprised that ye wur No Prompted tae remark oan the Ootrageous, n..

     

     

    Calculated.. Favouritism . that wiz ..well. Calculated… tae Favour the Home Team..

     

     

    by the Senior Match Official.

     

     

    Poor Wakaso was Victimized.. Three… or wiz it FOUR times? .. Lou. ( Five!)

     

     

    O.K… Five.

     

     

    The Viennese, Positively rained.. Mayem, Assault …n Terror Tactics..oan Celtic, every Time we showed an attacking bent..

     

     

    O.K. .. Assault , is Perhaps… a Bit Much.. but.. Nobe Much! .

     

     

    The Austrians Played the Friendly Referee Caird ..with Gleeful Frequency..

     

     

    n.. It Trumped us.. Every Time.

     

     

    Nae wonder we couldna Get aff the Dime..n .. Show a Fist.

     

     

    Howevahhhhhh.. Awe that Being Said..

     

     

    Celtic, Stubbornly, Continue tae Mount that Improvement Curve.

     

     

    It is a Pretty Steep wan…so it wull tak Time ,Afore we Breest that Top.

     

     

    Until ,that time Comes.. we Must be Patient..

     

     

    Ah, Maselself.. am Impatiently bein’..well… Patient.

     

     

    As… Ah am Great at GIEN ADVICE..But….no.. By..

     

     

    well..TAKING IT!

     

     

    Jist wait Until we get Those.. WEINERS.. at Parkheid oan the Clyde..

     

     

    We wull. Foark ’em, Fry ’em.. Lathered, wi Onions n Cabbage.. N..

     

     

    Eat ’em Up fur Breakfast! ( Ah jist Luv Fried Cabbage..Donch You?)

     

     

    Nice chatting,Pal.. as per Usual..

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’… n. Happy as Jackie H.

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    THE GREEN MAN

     

     

    Bang out of order,IMO.

     

     

    The Yes campaign refused to answer virtually every question which came their way.

     

     

    Brushed them aside as irrelevant,not applicable-what,in a real world?-or to be arranged later.

     

     

    They effectively gave Scots a choice-quoted here and elsewhere-between heart and head.

     

     

    A lot of people voted with their head,albeit with a heavy heart. Because they were denied answers to important questions.

     

     

    Don’t blame anyone who voted No.

     

     

    Blame the person who made it impossible for THEM to vote Yes.

     

     

    Btw,It’ll Be Alright On The Night was first on our screens on 18/9/1977.

     

     

    Yes probably that was an omen.

  13. Good result last night but a poor performances.

     

     

    Possession stats don’t lie.

     

     

    Biton’s exclusion & Kayal’s late (forced) appearance hard to understand.

     

     

    Awoke this morning with a sinking feeling in my stomach as though my team lost yesterday.

     

     

    We didn’t lose but our country did.

     

     

    A golden opportunity lost to change this country for the better.

     

     

    The hills are bare now

     

    And autumn leaves lie thick and still

     

    O’er land that is lost now

     

    Which those so dearly held

     

     

    Shame on the cowardly who voted no and sing this verse.

     

     

    When will we be a nation again?

     

     

    Not in my lifetime.

     

     

    EPL inclusion no compensation.

     

     

    Walfrid 88 said Aye.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BLATYRETIM

     

     

    Four,did you say?

     

     

    Fore?

     

     

    Anyway,he’s a dead man when the lurkers from his family read your comment.

     

     

    BitterexperienceCSC

  15. Parcel o rogues

     

    Im ashamed of you

     

    Hope your sack of gold is reward enough

     

    Money before humanity

     

    Well done.

     

    Hand in hand with corruption…you are welcome to it.

     

    Me…im glad to have voted against inequality, sectarianism, and corruption.

     

    My conscience is clear.

     

    You can keep your hun money…its tainted with the betrayal of peoples hopes and dreams.

     

    So wave your union jack and bow to your queen.

     

    I expect nothing less from huns.

     

     

    Bye

  16. dawkinsforme

     

     

    13:58 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    Anyone think Gordon could have saved the free kick,the ball was hardly in the corner,and he did not extend his arm fully,i think forster would have saved it,

     

     

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    I could probably have saved that myself and I have never been a goalkeeper nor indeed played football.

  17. Btw

     

     

    People do take things er…slightly serious on here

     

    Its so easy to wind you all up.

     

    Dear oh dear

     

    Get your act together

  18. monteblanco

     

     

    Ive been having nagging thoughts or feelings that something was not quite right about the vote .

     

    Apart from the non-stop media propaganda and other obvious underhand government tactics it was still too risky for them to rely solely on a fair open vote.

     

    As you say they start wars for other countries oil and there is also the nuclear weapons base . Then there is the UKs world standing which would have been greatly weakened by a yes vote.

     

    “They” could possibly have identified weak points in certain areas counting systems and done a wee bit pockleing -just to be on the safe side .

     

    Of course that would never in a real life Scotland . ……

  19. Keeping The Faith on

    Party down orange hall tonight all unionists are welcome , Billy Bertie Ernie bring your butchers apron.

  20. Wow Paul67,

     

     

    I must have tuned into a different game. Thanks to SFTB from earlier on the pedigree of the opposition and Tom is right I don’t want to sound spoiled.

     

     

    Perhaps my abiding memory is screaming constantly at the telly as another move broke down with a poor pass. It’s gone and as pointed out the team has been unable (through a variety of form, huffs and purchases) to settle as yet.

     

     

    With that in mind my team against the mullet would be :

     

     

    Gordon

     

     

    Lustig VVD Denayer

     

     

    Bitton

     

     

    Brown Kayal Commons

     

     

    Guidetti Scepovic Wakuso

     

     

    Tora tora tora…

     

     

    9-0 Celtic

  21. Kojo

     

     

    14:03 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    Sir Paul,

     

     

    Ah am Surprised that ye wur No Prompted tae remark oan the Ootrageous, n..

     

     

    Calculated.. Favouritism . that wiz ..well. Calculated… tae Favour the Home Team..

     

     

    by the Senior Match Official.

     

     

    Poor Wakaso was Victimized.. Three… or wiz it FOUR times? .. Lou. ( Five!)

     

     

    O.K… Five.

     

     

    The Viennese, Positively rained.. Mayem, Assault …n Terror Tactics..oan Celtic, every Time we showed an attacking bent..

     

     

    O.K. .. Assault , is Perhaps… a Bit Much.. but.. Nobe Much! .

     

     

    The Austrians Played the Friendly Referee Caird ..with Gleeful Frequency..

     

     

    n.. It Trumped us.. Every Time.

     

     

    Nae wonder we couldna Get aff the Dime..n .. Show a Fist.

     

     

    Howevahhhhhh.. Awe that Being Said..

     

     

    Celtic, Stubbornly, Continue tae Mount that Improvement Curve.

     

     

    It is a Pretty Steep wan…so it wull tak Time ,Afore we Breest that Top.

     

     

    Until ,that time Comes.. we Must be Patient..

     

     

    Ah, Maselself.. am Impatiently bein’..well… Patient.

     

     

    As… Ah am Great at GIEN ADVICE..But….no.. By..

     

     

    well..TAKING IT!

     

     

    Jist wait Until we get Those.. WEINERS.. at Parkheid oan the Clyde..

     

     

    We wull. Foark ‘em, Fry ‘em.. Lathered, wi Onions n Cabbage.. N..

     

     

    Eat ‘em Up fur Breakfast! ( Ah jist Luv Fried Cabbage..Donch You?)

     

     

    Nice chatting,Pal.. as per Usual..

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’… n. Happy as Jackie H.

     

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    My Son, told me that, admittedly through the Fifa game that he plays, that Mubarak Wakaso is strong as an Ox and quick too, can play centre mid, and Left Back as well.

     

     

    A real Brammer, I huvnae been as excited since seeing VICTOR in Dublin.

     

     

    Sometimes, ye just know.

  22. starry plough – Thank you! I’m so glad you said deftness… (thumbsup)

     

     

    petec – thank you my friend in Celtic. I popped home for lunch to see The Wee Man. His new favourite noise is “brrrrrrrrrrrrr!” (thumbsup)

     

     

    tim malone will tell – Thank you!

     

     

    Watching our offspring grow up tends to have the effect of making most of us a wee bit more altruistic as we contemplate the hardships they may face – unless your thinking of sending him to Eton of course?

     

     

    Definitely, and I’d love to send him to Eton, but I can’t afford to.

     

     

    I spend a fair bit of time in Scandinavia. They seem to have it right in my opinion – paying higher taxation but with decent healthcare, education and a relatively safe and meritocratic society.

     

     

    Well, be careful what you wish for.

     

     

    Scandinavia is not exactly a socialist paradise.

     

     

    Sweden has “free schools”, paid for with vouchers – a much more radical free market policy than anything Michael Gove has tried to implement in the teeth of fierce leftwing opposition.

     

     

    Denmark has privatised ambulances and fire brigades.

     

     

    The top rate of income tax in Denmark is 15%, all the rest is levied at a local level.

     

     

    Sweden, Denmark and Finland have no statutory minimum wage.

     

     

    VAT – the most regressive, poor-bashing tax there is – is higher in those countries than in the UK.

     

     

    They have nothing like the NHS, healthcare is funded locally and with greater private involvement than in the UK.

     

     

    And, while their welfare provisions overall are indeed generous, it remains to be seen if they’re sustainable in the face of mass immigration. There’s no “nice” way of putting this unfortunately, but if your society is open to huge numbers of free riders coming in from relatively backwards, relatively violent tribal societies and instantly qualifying for all the benefits going, the homogenity, culture of egalitarianism, and high productivity that made your altruistic welfare state feasible will come under severe strain.

     

     

    And that’s what’s happening in Sweden now: gang rape has become a serious problem, race riots are now a thing in places like Malmo, and the radical Right is on the rise.

     

     

    Yes, yes, only Bad People notice these things. But they’re happening nevertheless.

     

     

    41% of Malmoites are of foreign extraction. Will Sweden as a whole be able to sustain the collective will and excess wealth creation to fund their welfare policies when half of their population is derived from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and the Former Yugoslavia? I doubt it. Demography is destiny, so liberal Scandinavia’s destiny is to become much more like the illiberal societies its inhabitants originate from, with fewer feminists and more minarets.

     

     

    So I think we can have a socialist paradise if three conditions are met:

     

     

    1) we let the free market do its thing before we redistribute its wealth – that means dismantling a lot of what we take for granted about the NHS, state education, minimum wage laws etc. We need to make the money before we can spend it.

     

     

    2) We have a relatively homogenous population that is committed to egalitarian welfare policies – the corollary of that is we’d need to shut the door to large scale immigration.

     

     

    3) We’d need an effective means of discouraging homegrown free riders, too. Else the entire system would quickly degenerate into half the country expecting to live off the other half. In the olden days that meant shaming single mothers, men who didn’t work, and families living “on the parish”. It wasn’t very nice.

     

     

    All things considered, I think we’re relatively lucky in Britain. It’s not perfect, but I sense we’re a society more at ease with ourselves than the Swedes are these days. (thumbsup)

  23. Ffs….im an anarchist

     

    Am I acting out of character or something.

     

    Im supposed to rant and agitate…thats how it works bhoys:)

     

    Dearie me

     

     

    HH

  24. The Green Man

     

     

    How old Ur Ye, Pal?

     

     

    Sixteen?

     

     

    So..ye goat the Vote..

     

     

    Be Happy, Live Long..n… Enjoy Life..

     

     

    Ye hiv a Long Life Ahead of Ye..

     

     

    Fugettabootit…

     

     

    Game Over.

     

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’

  25. Dawkinsforme –

     

     

    When you look at it in slow motion, you can get the feeling he could have saved it.

     

     

    Having been a goalkeeper at one point in my life, when a shot from that distance comes at you with high speed and within reach, all you can do is move your hand in the general direction of the ball and hope you are in luck. It was the pace of the shot that beat him last night. A slower pace gives your brain time to put your hand behind the ball.

     

     

    Gordon could have saved it because it was within reach, but luck was not on his side. I wouldn’t blame him for the goal.

  26. Keeping The Faith

     

     

    14:11 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    ‘Party down orange hall tonight all unionists are welcome , Billy Bertie Ernie bring your butchers apron.’

     

     

     

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    As a matter of interest did any former Celtic player, or anyone associated with the Club, endorse the yes campaign?

  27. hebcelt

     

     

    14:15 on 19 September, 2014

     

     

    ‘Ernie do you have plans to watch the game?’

     

     

     

    ###########

     

     

     

    Where would it be available to watch?

  28. Good Post again Paul67… right with everythin you say. Wish we would stop beating ourselves up with negativity when we appear to ‘get lucky’ with a result. Who would have taken result that before the first whistle?? Lets be more positive and look forward now that we see some daylight ahead. Additionally, I wonder if the armchair Celtic ‘supporters’ will now consider turning up at Parkhead to actually support the team in the EL.

     

    Secondly.. massively disappointed at the Referendum result this morning.. Never have I known such a one sided campaign against anyone or anything. Politicians of all parties, media and the business sector. Shameful and Disgusting!!

     

    Thirdly, (I’m on a rant here..) I hope that the RBS and Standard Life bonuses are appropriate, as conning the Scottish electorate into believing their dishonest scaremongering, must be worth something.

     

     

    KTF Hoops Fans.. Hail Hail.

  29. the singing detective demands the resignation of campbell ogilvie – I only met Dave once, when we got flooded and he was prancing about in his wellies, looking concerned for the cameras.

     

     

    I wasn’t impressed with him then, and I’m still not now. (thumbsup)

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