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. I can understand folks being upset at the way the vote went, but why come on here insulting everyone? How is that going to help? Your anonymous. Nobody knows or cares who you are. Anonymously posting insults on here is a complete waste of time. If you are genuinely upset get up off your backside walk away from your keyboard and go do something positive about it. Failing that a visit to your local pub might help.

  2. Ashamed and embarassed of this cowardly little place in which we live..



    The tidal wave of cuts are coming, it was there for us.As expected though, the elderly electorate seems to have sold us and our children out to westminster and tory power.



    We are at westminsters mercy now.

  3. ernie –



    so which of the current parkhead playing staff or board do you think the celtic fans would listen to with regards the vote ? (either way)



    peter lawwell ?



    the norwegian manager ?



    the africans ?



    callum mcgregor ?



    who do you think would sway me ? my auld man, my bros (who ran a celtic bus), my son or billy mcneil ?

  4. Kilbowie Kelt



    10:57 on 19 September, 2014



    The Donkey By G. K. Chesterton



    When fishes flew and forests walked


    And figs grew upon thorn,


    Some moment when the moon was blood


    Then surely I was born.



    With monstrous head and sickening cry


    And ears like errant wings,


    The devil’s walking parody


    On all four-footed things.



    The tattered outlaw of the earth,


    Of ancient crooked will;


    Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,


    I keep my secret still.



    Fools! For I also had my hour;


    One far fierce hour and sweet:


    There was a shout about my ears,


    And palms before my feet.





    Just about reflects how I feel this morning.


    Back to being a donkey.


    Not the end of the world by any means. Many people are in infinitely worse places than where we are.


    But for a few intoxicating weeks we knew that feeling that Chesterton imagined the humble ass to be feeling.



    I have thoroughly enjoyed that magical feeling.




    Mirrors my feelings exactly.



    The only thing I would add is that appart from the intoxicating high of democracy in action there was the pleasure of seeing the establishment shit themselves with fear with 9 days to go when Yes edged ahead in the polls.



    The following events with 100 MPs scampering north, banks, business, press all threatening dire consequences and even the Queen getting her tuppenceworth in was a study of the self-preservation instinct kicking in. The fear of death, which will have been observed by others and dispells the myth of invincibility of the system.

  5. Red Bull S destroyed us through the middle, down the flanks, and had the back four flapping all night.



    We carried no threat upfront and lacked creativity in midfield.



    We couldny pass the salt or tackle a fish supper.!



    And Gordon should get the sack for not saving that free kick!



    I thought we drew 2-2 away from home against the Champions of Austria.



    It must be my age.



    Think I’ll have a drink tonight.



    I bloody well deserve it.

  6. Totally support the call for a British league in a United kingdom, have been saying this for 30 years. The problem is that Scottish football fans will never buy it without guarantees over the autonomy of the national team, and you can’t have it both ways. It’s a price worth paying in my view but I am quite certain that is a minority view. Not going to happen…

  7. Petec



    Hiya, Palomine..?



    Delighted tae Greet ye.. as Usual.




    Yes, Ah agree..wi …Yer Son n Yer good Self..



    Wakaso,has Talent.. Speed tae Spare..n.. Aggression.



    Ah luv.. Agression.. it is So.. well… Aggressive!



    Wakaso, as you hiv Mentioned..is Strong as a Sergeant Major’s Cuppa!



    n..He hiz that ..Handy Dandy… Low Center of Gravity.. that Awe Good Wingers must Hiv.



    Yes.. Wakaso, wull Dae..



    Nice Chatting,pal.. as evah..






    Ite… Missa est..n.. a Big Pax Vobiscum tae You N Yours..








  8. MICK11



    14:25 on 19 September, 2014



    Ashamed and embarassed of this cowardly little place in which we live..



    The tidal wave of cuts are coming, it was there for us.As expected though, the elderly electorate seems to have sold us and our children out to westminster and tory power.



    We are at westminsters mercy now.





    Njoi Celtic Bro.



    Ronny D is gonnae have us palllayinnn like Goldie.






    Keep the Faith, always.

  9. Good result from a disjointed team performance IMO, our inability to keep the ball in midfield for more than 2 passes is alarming.Gordon is our best player by a country mile.

  10. I hope we never find ourselves playing in the EPL as money will be all we ever get out of it.



    In any case, there will never be such a move until Sevco are in the top division and can join us there to ensure their survival and feed TV’s Old Firm appetite.



    If we go, they’ll go too. It’s a given.




    Now…which Merc should I buy now that all my money is safe? :-)

  11. the scottish league is a regional league. the people (assholes) of scotland have spoken and we don’t want to be a nation. we are a region. fact. the scottish national team along with england and wales are regional teams, our nation is the U.K. celtic are champions of a region of the UK, we are getting a very bad deal here. england and wales have a joint regional league but we are on our own. i think after last nights disastrous referendum result that we should be talking to FIFA and asking why we have to play our football in a regional league when the rest of the world can play in a national league.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    Craig Gordon gave a top performance last night. It seems somewhat remarkable that we swapped Fraser Forster for Craig Gordon plus £10M, but that’s the net effect.



    Fellow’s a top keeper (subject to endorsement from BT’s faither) and having spent 2 years out of the game with serious injury, I delighted to see him playing for Celtic while reclaim his reputation as one of the best in his business.

  13. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Dawkins for me



    It wasn’t me who deserted the Labour party it was them who deserted me !


    I won’t be back!


    The mere sight of Jim Murphy makes me sick, can’t believe he’s a Celtic fan


    A guy who is a North Brit !

  14. Without Craig Gordon last night we could have lost 5 or 6 – 2. We lost the midfield at the back of the first half and the middle of the second. Scored 2, the firsta cracker. No stopping the free kick unless your inspector gadget. The problem was giving the boy umpteen chances becaiuse of free kicks. NFL teams would not have given them away (except Broonie who seems incapbale of understandign the danger of this).



    Mainly though, I’d give Effe and Izzy a month off to get a proper holiday neither has had for more than 2 years. That would help them recover and recover form.




  15. I felt very sad this morning but then again the YES were only 6% short and I am impressed that so many people in Scotland wanted independence.

  16. spikeysauldman



    14:25 on 19 September, 2014



    ernie –



    so which of the current parkhead playing staff or board do you think the celtic fans would listen to with regards the vote ? (either way)








    It appears to me that there are some very vociferous nat posters on here who insist that Celtic fans should by default be yes voters and that it is perverse for a Celtic fan to vote any other way.



    They seem to think it’s self evident that Celtic fans should support Scottish independence.



    Now, obviously the notion is utter nonsense, and betrays their ignorance of the Club and the support.



    But do they not ask themselves why not one former Celtic player, or anyone associated with the club, ever came out in favour of a yes vote.



    Does it not make them think that there assumptions are wrong?



    That’s my point and why I’m asking the question.

  17. Paul



    Can’t agree with your take on British region. That would only happen with a single association and the blazers always vote NO.



    The football rich have no interest in the football poor. Bit like Britain in general.




  18. Philbhoy



    You think we matched them last night? I though 2-2 flattered us. I am of course delighted to take it in the hardest (on paper) group game.




  19. I agree with kojo.


    I thought saltzsberg were dirty and got away with a lot.


    Saying that I thought brownie was lucky when he booted that boy on the touch line.


    Some one had to give it back.


    I think brownie had had enough and thought it was time to give some back.


    I think not enough of our players are prepared to give it back.


    Seems we have to many nice gentlemanly types, we need to give it back sometimes as well.

  20. hebcelt



    14:27 on 19 September, 2014



    ‘Ernie Celtic TV or I’m sure one of your mates/pals has recorded it….. ooops sorry’








    Don’t have Celtic TV and don’t see much point in getting it until I upgrade by PC.



    To be perfectly honest I’m not actually that desperate to watch the game.



    Do you mind me asking if you’re a member of a CSC?

  21. F.A.B…..



    We did not match them. They were the better side on the night.



    What we got was a very good result in all the circumstances.



    Delighted………so I am.

  22. Vmhan. Because of all that has happened to me, I missed out on a lot of posts recently, so I was unaware of your own accident. I hope you are improving and that you will soon be back to your old self.



    Moving from here today and it may be sometime before I can catch up. But take care and get well soon.,

  23. Commons oan the Right, Ronny?



    Na.. Kid..



    Ye goat That Wrang..



    Pitting…Commons, oan the Right …



    It is Like askin a Hen tae Fly..



    Sure, it should be able tae dae that, but..it Jist.. Canny!



    Actually, Ronny..



    Ah know ye Jist Dinna Know where tae Pit .. Commons.






    How Aboot..oan the Bench?



    Especially..in a European Confronto..






  24. Philbhoy



    So am I. I’m also looking forward to the rest of the season where it may not be certain that we always win (making the league goes more interesting) and if Ronny can deliver the 433 attack formation effectively. I like it. Attacking. That’s why Celtic is my team.




  25. If Cameron reneges on his pre referendum promises to Scotland we can always riot.



    That sometimes works.

  26. mistertaximan – I can’t see a British league happening either.



    Maybe we could merge the League Cups though?



    A more practical change to reinvigorate Scottish football is this: stop playing the same clubs three or four times a season.



    Familiarity breeds contempt. By the time Rangers died, even the Glasgow derby had lost much of its glamour due to it being held so frequently.



    I struggle to maintain enthusiasm for seeing us play the likes of Killie and St. Johnstone three or four times a season in the league.



    So, expand the league and have 16 or 18 clubs playing each other twice. Simples. (thumbsup)

  27. F.A.B.



    A good post from Derbyshirebhoy at the beginning of this thread suggested Ronny did not put on defensive midfielders to hold our lead as this would have resulted in us defending deeper, perhaps with dire consequences.



    I like to see us attack too.



    Jock Steins philosophy was if they score 4, we score 5!!



    I’m up for that!

  28. My opinon on yesterdays three talking points. The game: a good result, we really need to grow a pair. The Referendum: a bad result, we really have to grow a pair. Lady members at St Andrews: a good result, no need to grow a pair.

  29. Can I try to offer a positive light on the disappointing referendum result to those of you down in the dumdrums.



    Living in the north of Ireland I may be a little misguided, however I have been trying to find something which hindsight can say may be a good thing.



    In 3 years time the Brits wont have delivered on any of their promises – convincing those who voted yes of their previous conviction and swaying the middle of the line nae sayers across to yes.



    A short time thereafter their will be a wave of nationalism and Scotland will feel comfortable within itself, it doesnt have to convince – the convincing has been done by others.



    Then Scotland will start to look at the 2nd-4th generation Irish diaspora and come to realise that they are not an enemy from within – they are very valuable and valued allies.



    Attitudes will begin to change – Scotland will become the one country many cultures it ridiculously thought it was 2 years ago.



    Scotland might come to realise that catholic schools are so far down the list of things to blame for division it had been blinded by the obvious – and begin to make genuine efforts to make amends.



    Scotland will then cease to be the only remaining country on the planet who became home to the very many Irish emigrants from before, during and after the famine that still doesnt have some form of public memorial to those who died.



    Scottish born Celtic supporters start to go and watch Scotland play football (at Celtic Park) – whilst watching the Ireland games on the TV.



    10 years later – a significant number of those who voted no have passed away.



    They dont even bother waiting to reach the 15 year point before saying “do we really even need a referundum this time…!?”

  30. BMCUW



    A very salient point that many people possibly voted with their head, but with a heavy heart.



    Instead of branding all those who voted NO as traitors, what about the circa 650,000 who did have a vote, but failed to use it?



    I realise that some would have had


    valid reasons for not voting – illness eg – but the vast majority probably


    ‘couldnae be arsed.”




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