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. Brogan Rogan Trevino


    12:11 on


    19 September, 2014



    Great post mate.



    Hard to see how we can rebound from this. It will take some effort to reignite the passion that the Yes movement had garnered. I think when the demographics are tallied up on this vote, we’ll find the middle class(of which financially I guess I am a part of) have shat upon the most vulnerable parts of society. The empty promises will be laughed out of the commons or the lords. What we have voted for is the status quo.



    The 2015 UK election offers 3 main parties, all of them right wing, and I can’t bring myself to vote for any of them. My days of tactical voting are over, you only validate their neoliberal policies by doing so. So I’ll wait for the in / out referendum, and see what path England chooses for us.



    Finally, the idea that a No vote would somehow lead to Celtic in the EPL is beyond ridiculous. That it is even part of the conversation is a sad reflection on the shallowness of those who peddle it.



    Devastated today, and my last comment on the matter. A man reaps what he sows.

  2. Jingle jangle of the gold coin that binds the union…hugely in evidence.


    Im all alright jack…pull up the ladder.


    Shameless hun rogues

  3. The Battered Bunnet on

    Dunno what you’re doing Green Man, I suppose some sort of male catharsis or another, but you’re succeeding only in insulting those who didn’t vote with you, and a good many of those of us who did.

  4. West End of East End on

    Oh well, that didn’t take long. Ed not signing up to Dave’s plan, didn’t see that coming. I’m surprised that some people are actually surprised…

  5. R.A.B. Virgil –



    “Without Craig Gordon we would have lost 6-2”.



    Not sure how to tell you this but under the laws of the game, a game can’t start without a goalkeeper in each team.



    If Gordon hadn’t played, someone else would have been in goal.



    You’re welcome.

  6. JonnyRambo67



    15:28 on 19 September, 2014





    ‘we’ll find the middle class(of which financially I guess I am a part of) have shat upon the most vulnerable parts of society.’







    Never mind. At least your council tax is frozen.



    And your prescriptions are free.



    Oh, and no tuition fees either.

  7. I for one will not be wasting my time and effort voting in next years general election. What a wasted opportunity this referendum was, to rid ourselves of the butchers apron strings. I do not hold any bad feelings towards anybody who voted no, whatever their reason. Its a free society and everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I just hope in the coming months, years, they do not regret their decision. I personally think they will.

  8. jeese oh, so now the better together shower are knifing each other and its back to the English versions of party politics.



    what mugs the no voters are.



    self preservation society.

  9. Tom McLaughlin



    14:16 on 19 September, 2014



    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.






    Yes. Nailed it – beaten by stunning pace on the ball. Gordon even moves his feet a yard left – in the correct direction just before Soriano strikes it. Only luck would have facilitated any goalkeeper on earth getting a hand to that ball quickly enough or strong enough to stop it going in.



    Just a superb free-kick.

  10. !!Bada Bing and Philbhoy, thanks for your kind thoughts. Trying my best to get back to full fitness, but it will be sometime before I can take my seat at CP. In the meantime give the Bhoys a cheer for me.

  11. MnCelt






    Man.. It’s Great tae Greet Ye..



    You are wanna the Original.. well.. Originals..oan Here!



    Distinguished Chappie…so ye Ur..






    Ah Do declare that Ye Pit Ma Fitba’ Nous..in the Shade!



    Ye Know the game frum A tae Z..n Back Again!



    So ye Actully , Played the Beautiful Game, Did Ye?



    Ah must Ask ye , this.. as Ye Know. Ah hiv Nevah..



    “Is it Really so Difficult tae Pass the Football tae a Colleague..? as . Ah hiv Noticed ,tae Ma Chagrin n Horror…



    That… The Present Celtic Lads..hiv Such Trouble in Guiding the Football tae a Friendly Foot.”



    Nice Chatting,pal.. as per.




    Ah Await ye Answer.






  12. jonnyrambo67 – The 2015 UK election offers 3 main parties, all of them right wing



    If you vote Conservative, they’ll send you a free pen and a charming carriage clock – no medical is required and no salesmen will call.



    Ed Miliband is offering one of those meerkat dolls.



    The Liberals will send Nick Clegg round to deliver you a personalised tearful apology. (thumbsup)

  13. TimJim



    15:40 on 19 September, 2014



    ‘What a wasted opportunity this referendum was, to rid ourselves of the butchers apron strings’






    But you’ve wrapped yourself in the saltire which is an integral and essential part of the butchers apron.



    There would have been no butchers apron without the saltire.

  14. Well, you boys had your chance. To those who voted No, I’m sure you won’t be complaining about broken promises, Tory or UKIP policies, etc….



    Scotland the Slave



    Anyway, back to matters more parochial down Kerrydale St way:



    Firstly- RD’s substitutions in the majority of games thus far have been unfathomable.



    What is JC’s role?! Does he just sit and say nothing? How about “hey Ronnie- Tonev on?? What about shoring this up?- they’re all over us!”



    Secondly- our players have a collective psychological weakness whereby panic spreads like wild fire when a game starts to go south.

  15. Ernie I would have thought living in Scotland you would have worded your post “our council tax is frozen and “our prescriptions are free” a typo perhaps??

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I am enjoying the exposition of the behaviour of career politicians on here.



    Any minute now some bhoy will post his astonishment at seeing a dog lick its bollocks.

  17. The Green Man




    15:33 on 19 September, 2014




    Jingle jangle of the gold coin that binds the union…hugely in evidence.


    Im all alright jack…pull up the ladder.


    Shameless hun rogues



    With all due respect….you keep banging on about money and riches….was the whole YES campaign gambit not built around the many riches we as an independent country would receive from oil, exports, tourism etc?

  18. 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.





    The person you threw the digs at was Whinhallkev.


    At no time did he say what nationality he was.


    In fact I got the distinct impression he was Scottish. Whinhall is in Lanarkshire. The overwhelming posts on here that are critical of Scotland are posted by Scotsmen..


    Whinhallkev mentioned Ireland only. He did not say he was Irish.


    That bit was in your head.


    This is not the first time you have done this which is why I raised the matter.

  19. hebcelt



    15:47 on 19 September, 2014



    Ernie I would have thought living in Scotland you would have worded your post “our council tax is frozen and “our prescriptions are free” a typo perhaps??







    That’s because you’re a nationalist and see the world in nationalist terms.



    I’m not a nationalist.



    I see thing in class terms.



    Hence your as in middle class, which is how the poster framed his post.



    Your constant innuendo that I’m not Scottish, don’t live in Scotland and am not a Celtic fan is tiresome. To be honest it also makes you sound a bit parochial, introverted and pathetic.

  20. Kojo –



    The art of passing the ball to a colleague is pretty fundamental for all professional footballers. I also coach the game and it is difficult to get kids to accept that passing the ball is generally more productive than running with it. (No-one ever told Sammi this). Most players want to get the ball, beat a couple of players and score a wonder goal – unfortunately this happens once a season at best for most of us.



    Football is not about the man with the ball. It’s about the men off the ball and what they are doing to make life easy for the guy in possession. If the men off the ball are doing their thing, passing becomes very easy. If they don’t, the guy in possession is forced to hold it and in today’s game that usually leads to lost possession.



    I think Ronny has the right idea. Take as few touches as possible and move the ball on quickly. Hopefully he will get the right players on the field to make this happen.

  21. dontbrattbakkinanger – Any minute now some bhoy will post his astonishment at seeing a dog lick its bollocks.



    I saw a film once where a dog picked up a pencil in its mouth and used it to dial a phone.



    It was called “Oh Heavenly Dog”. I think it won an Oscar. (thumbsup)

  22. Proud of my team and my country yesterday.


    After this morning’s result there were no losers in Scotland, only some folk that won more than some others.


    For those that chose NO it is much clearer to see where they triumphed, but for the YES camp there were also some great achievements, even though they may not be so obvious yet.


    MY country showed a watching world what true political engagement really is. People from all walks of life, all ages, sexes, creeds, political leanings and backgrounds took the time and trouble to analyse the whole complex topic and peacefully came to their conclusions. An 85% turnout is a phenomenal endorsement of our brand of democracy.


    Even with the stakes so high, it was a very civilised and enlightening experience even watching from the sidelines as I had no personal vote to cast.


    The people of Scotland, and in particular the YES camp achieved some great things. They singlehandedly backed the Westminster establishment into a corner where they have been left with no alternative but to deliver more power into the hands of native Scots. They made these promises on the world stage in the full glare of international scrutiny, and were publicly tied into a tight timeline for delivery.


    They dare not renege on these promises or they will be aware that a voter swing of only 5-6% could secure a triumph at any subsequent referendum.


    Moreover, the passion and spirit of their campaign appears to have woken a sleeping tiger amongst the other member states of the Union. Already there are loud calls for more regionalisation and large scale decentralisation from all across the islands.


    The silent majority have been awakened to the possibilities of what a concerted voice can still achieve. The hopes for social justice seem to me to have been hugely enhanced almost overnight.


    None of this would have come about had the YES camp not put forward such a spirited argument and campaign.


    So be aware those that voted YES, you may only have lost a battle. The war for justice continues.


    If your ultimate goal was to achieve the birth of a fairer and more even-handed society, you may yet have started that particular ball rolling in a way that benefits far more than a mere 5 million people. This whole crusade might yet spread across the remaining populace of these islands.


    I salute your efforts and urge you not to despair too much.




  23. Keeping The Faith on

    Ernie in answer to that question I don’t know if any past or present Celtic men supported independence although clearly some must have , but crucially who would have given a platform for their views?


    Certainly none of this country’s press.

  24. So home rule it is then, or have they already changed their minds.



    Reflecting on our managers tactics last night and an apparent tendency to hoof the ball up the park and I wondered if it was because of our inability to cope with their very effective pressing tactics. These tactics seem to lead them to run out of steam with about 30 minutes to go and by either hoofing the ball upfield or trying the long diagonal ball we seemed to cope unto their legs started going. Weather the initial storm in the home game and we can beat this mob.

  25. Up to July 2014, Celtic had met Austrian opposition on 8 occasions in competitive Euro ties.



    We have won twice, drawn 3 times and lost 3 times. giving a win ratio of 25%.



    The only countries against which we have performed more poorly historically are East Germany (0%), Germany (18.75%), Greece (0%), Italy (23.8%), Poland (0%), and the Soviet Union (16.7%).



    We have a better record against teams from England (38.8%), France (33.3%) and Spain (25.8%).




    I always wondered about the hun fans ability to forget what they used to know about the truth re liquidation. Some of us need to be reminded about what we know about Celtic’s position as a power in European football. We have won less than half the matches we have played in Europe (47.87%) to be precise.



    So, any idea that an away draw in Austria is a weak outcome for a club of our stature, is unaware of our true position in European football {I was going to go for delusional but Robert Tressel banned it :-) }

  26. TimJim



    15:50 on 19 September, 2014



    ‘ernie lynch



    I think you will find the butchers apron is the St George’s Cross. White background red cross.’






    Here’s a wee tip. If you’re nor sure about something I’ve posted and feel inclined to correct me my all means do so, but you maybe want to check first.



    Just to be sure, because there are posters on here who would seek to ridicule you, and we can’t be having that.

  27. Loves A Good Salad on

    Bring on Kayak & Biton to shore things up??



    Sounds like chat from the 55% if you ask me!



    We have a (non-recent) history, and tradition of being positive, playing expansive, attacking, entertaining football..


    Not one of shoring up, not one of pragmatic play, nor negative or containing in style..



    It’s not naive if your eyes are open to it.. And I believe Ronny’s are wide open!



    He means what he says, and he says what he believes!



    Support the man, get behind him.. And see that his footballing ideals are one and the same as our own!



    Keep attacking Ronny, keep on attacking.. Full pelt, home or away, whomever we face.



    Don’t stop!

  28. Keeping The Faith



    15:57 on 19 September, 2014



    ‘Ernie in answer to that question I don’t know if any past or present Celtic men supported independence although clearly some must have , but crucially who would have given a platform for their views?’







    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess The Yes Campaign.

  29. Ray Singh-Carr



    I applaud your optimism and hope you are right. The only problem is I do not trust them to be forthcoming with their promises. We will wat and see.

  30. A border collie could cover acres of ground in ninety mins……..doesn’t mean it would be very good at football !!!!!!

  31. Ernie your constant claim that I am a nationalist or if you prefer Nationalist are incorrect as I


    have told you before. It pains me to say this about a fellow Celtic fan but you irritate me – let’s leave it at that