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. Kilbowie Kelt,



    I know that. My point is that it is still ingrained in far far too many and it is not challenged. The SNP is exactly the same. It is why Celtic is meted the treatment it has always received. The SFA has it in its DNA. Look at what happened to Dallas after his public disgrace.



    Scotland needs to own that it is inherently sectarian and until it does, we won’t really go forward.

  2. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Good Morning Timland.



    A great day for fitba, so get along to CP if you can.



    The hun will be back next year,that’s just a sad fact,


    so stop kidding yourselves…..oof oot.

  3. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine



    Thanks mhate. Let’s hope she outscores your dear Mum even!



    She’s come through the treatment looking and feeling amazing. So we now just take every day as it comes and rejoice in the life we have.



    Speaking of gratitude to the Big Mhan above, the him Jobo’s ok. Was worried he’d been abducted by forced of evil when I awoke to no weather observation.



    HH jamesgang

  4. Kilbowie Kelt



    11:22 on 21 September, 2014



    Parkheadcumsalford 9.05,


    The COS were very much to blame for sectarianism in Scotland.


    But to be fair to them, they publicly apologised for doing so over 10 years ago at the General Assembly.








    Something the SNP’s still to do.

  5. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on




    Good luck to you and yours mate. I’m just leaving ek just now and its nice and clear, blue sky and no bloody wind for once. Poor substitute for Jobo but best I can do




  6. Parkheadcumsalford,



    You are right,of course. It is embedded in Scottish society.


    I honestly feel though,that the COS is now one of the most progressive forces in the country.


    i think we have to acknowledge that.



    Good luck.

  7. SoT



    Clatty Pats girls would tell you they were from NKelvinside, when in fact they were Maryhill lassies. :)

  8. So what if Celtic and Sevco are drawn together in one of the cup competitions? Whose fault is that?



    I take it the fearties want the draws fixed to keep them apart. What if both teams win all their games? They can’t be kept apart in the final.



    I won’t go to Ibrox under any circumstances, but if and when Celtic face Sevco, at Hampden or Celtic Park, I’ll be there. I’ll be there as usual, to support my team. I don’t go to see the opposition.



    It’s a new low on CQN that I am labelled a TRAITOR for going to support my team. At least I won’t be a FEARTY.



    Just about to head off along the M8 to PARADISE.



    4-0 Celtic.





    Word of the day.









    PS-HAMILTON TIM,mailed ya earlier re ticket request.

  10. To those telling everyone YET AGAIN that their seat will be empty if and when Celtic play Sevco at home.



    What if a friend or relative comes to you and asks if they can use your seat for that game? Are you seriously telling us you would refuse them?



    Seriously? Just so that your seat remains empty?

  11. G’day Celts



    I’m not sure how the game will go today but decided to go for the better odds, 5-0 it is then :>)



    On other related matters, 14:20 at Hamilton today- a wee horse jumped out at me, No 7 Dominic Cork at 7-2 .



    Bet responsibly ✊

  12. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    My issue won’t be playing sevco at Celtic park … It will be with celtic if they refer to them as same club

  13. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    Tom McLaughlin



    I’m with you on that one, no way I’m giving up my seat if we have to face them. Doesnt make any sense to me, surely everyone will be looking for us to hammer them so why shoot ourselves in the foot with a reduced attendance ?

  14. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Tom McL.


    People can protest against the injustice of sevco taking their filth to celtic park by whatever peaceful means they want.


    My seat will remain empty for games against Sevco.

  15. Jinky, I will have the same issue.


    If Celtic refer to the “Old Firm” I will have an issue.



    A roll on Swerr calls to me now, some fried onion on top please.

  16. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    the oldman meeting a guy from san Francisco today at usual spot, just think uf our mate pablo was still alive he would have a place to stay in Calafornia.8))


    I miss Steve Reynolds.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    11:46 on 21 September, 2014



    I will have a REAL issue with it

  18. Tom McLaughlin


    00:23 on


    20 September, 2014


    Having just scanned the last few pages of CQN, I’m sorry, but I no longer want to be associated with this blog, or send any more time in its company.



    Had it.






    Like Tom by the time the next OF game comes around many will change their mind and will attend.

  19. I understand guys not wanting to be at CP,if and when the vermin return,but nothing will stop me going to support the bhoys with the Hoops on.

  20. To those telling everyone YET AGAIN that their seat will be empty if and when Celtic play Sevco at home.



    What if a friend or relative comes to you and asks if they can use your seat for that game? Are you seriously telling us you would refuse them?



    Seriously? Just so that your seat remains empty?






    My seat will not be used if we ever play Sevco.


    My ticket will NOT be given to someone who doesn’t go to games

  21. I haven’t been to Ibrox since the day Tommy Burns dropped Pierre van Hooijdonk for a game against the Huns for his attitude. Never likely to go back either I hate the place.



    For a home game against anybody I will be in my usual seat, I pay for it and go to support MY team not to watch the opposition.

  22. bournesouprecipe on

    SMSM trapped RD (again) into giving them a quote on the new club, just as they did at various points on the transfer window, and during the lead up to the Alexandar Tonev charge.They’ve made a story from nothing but the very sight of “Old Firm” is a gross insult to Celtic supporters and was long ridiculed before they liquidated, and became a new club, to which the Rangers fans TUPED over.



    Hardly surprising though when there is no one at the club willing, able or with the cojones of a Dundee Utd ,to reference the story the way it is. Maybe they will, before the vile manifestation of the cheating dead club eventually get a game against their nemisis.



    We live in hope.

  23. Captain Beefheart on

    The people who moan about Celtic wanting Rangers are the very same people who give us updates from every Rangers game.



    Face it, we have failed. The OF crap is still in our support.

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