Textbook in Trondheim, hope in our hearts


Celtic delivered a textbook performance in securing the win in Trondheim last night.  Rosenborg are bottom of the group and were effectively out of the competition before kick-off, but only a year ago Anderlecht came to Glasgow after five Champions League defeats and wiped the floor with Celtic (Anderlecht remain a poor side, accruing only two points in a weak Europa League group this season).

This was Celtic’s third away win in European group stages, but the second in two seasons.  If we have genuine ambition to progress in Europe, we needed to win games like last night’s.

The contrast between this performance and the one in the same stadium in Augusts’ qualifiers was stark.  In the earlier game Celtic were poor in possession, unable to impose themselves on a Rosenborg team who needed a goal to draw the tie level.  Instead we ground out a 0-0.  Last night, the passing, pace and control from Celtic was vastly better.  Rosenborg didn’t get a sniff.

James Forrest ended a spectacular month by creating the winning goal for Scott Sinclair.  Scott still had plenty to do to guide his header into the top corner of the net.

Defensively Celtic were imperious.  Any anxieties were limited to what potentially could happen when the home side were able to lob a set piece into the box, but chances were limited, giving Craig Gordon one of his easiest games on the road this season.

By full time, the players looked exhausted.  My mind immediately turned to Aberdeen players, who will have watched from the comfort of their homes.  It is easy to say, “Go again”, but players are not machines.  Sunday will be the seventh time they have climbed the domestic mountain in succession.

Legs and minds will be tired.  If Celtic lift the trophy at Hampden, heroics will be required.  But this is Celtic, so we have hope in our hearts.

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  1. morning bhoys from a cold damp Cheshire, dd if your about, you just made me jealous, what id give for 2 wellfired rolls on skwerr,hh,???.

  2. It is AWESOME – so many Important players are now Signed up long term.



    The Scottish Bhoys are awesome playing for the Celtic.



    We are so very Lucky to have Brendan in the Driving seat.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on



    The Master called angelic voice Aretha home early to entertain him in Paradise. Like he has with so many young genius musicians. 27 club.



  4. Need that Home grown CH – John Kennedy was awesome but his career got cut short. :((



    I hope we have wan coming through.



    If we get that.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on



    Tom Rogic is our greatest talent, and closest to world class in our team.


    Bet He Looks Good on The Dancefloor!


    Partick Monkeys CSC



  6. Good morning… the weekends forecast…



    Celtic win…



    It will be good to see if Hearts have a challenge in them, the SPL also rans seem to be running out of steam…



    Hibs haven’t clicked since Lenny’s hoohaa…



    Agree with Paul67, our players looked tired after Thursday quite excellent performance.



    Especially Rogic and KT… but we have loads in the tank.



    BHOYLO83 @ 4:19 PM



    I also dont know why King has said what he has said



    Anyone able to enlighten me?



    Well the usual caveats apply, insofar as I’m in no way an expert on this and welcome enlightenment from the wiser heids…



    Reading through reports and TSFM who are in a class of their own with this stuff… Easy Jambo and JC attending Court and gleaming the facts and nuances.



    It seems to me, in broad brush stroke terms…



    Before proceedings TOPs seemed to come to an agreement with DCK regarding the offer he was supposed to make, which from what I can gather was this…



    DCK has to make an offer to RIFC shareholders who are outside his concert party to buy their shares at 20p per share. If over 50% want to sell the purchase goes ahead.



    Now the concert party had 34% of the shares, so the threshold for the offer to take place is 33% (half if the 66% out the concert party).



    One of DCK’s arguments for not going ahead with this has been that the offer won’t meet the threshold therefore the whole things a waste of (his) time and money, money that he swears he doesn’t have.



    Of course TOPs view has been that all of that doesn’t matter the rules are an offer MUST be made, an offer that complies with their regulations.



    DCK doesn’t seem to have got the rules and regulations bit…



    So they seemed to have reached a compromise… TOPs seem to have accepted that if DCK can get 33% of the offerees to give an “irrevocable undertaking'” that they won’t take up the offer, he doesn’t have to proceed.



    This I believe is the basis for the rather bizarre goings on in the Court yesterday. For although shareholders such as Club 1872 seemed to be willing to give the undertaking, it seems DCK was short of his 33% target so made certain claims to get him over the line…



    One was that RIFC had put a block on some shares as they believe that the shareholders could be involved in organised crime and using the shares to money launder.



    If DCK bought these shares knowingly then he could be deemed complicit. Therefore he deemed these shares could go towards “his” 33%.



    Also there were shareholders who he believed indicated to him they wouldn’t sell the shares, such as Mr Easdale but would not give a legally binding irrevocable undertaken. He nonetheless deemed that these shares could go towards “his” 33% also. Later Mr Easdale refuted the suggestion that he’d given any undertaken of this sort to DCK.



    The court of course did not accept that either the non binding undertakings or the suspended criminal shareholdings could be excluded from the offer… as it wasn’t backed up by legally binding evidence would be my guess.



    However making these claim in court seems totally bizarre. They put DCK in the position where an allegation that he misled court could be made and the reputation of RIFC PLC is further tarnished by connection to organised crime and money laundering. For me it has the appearance of drowning men and strawz.



    Hail Hail

  7. Delaneys Dunky on



    Just ordered brekky.


    2 skwerr, 2 bacon, 2 totty scones, 2 eggs, black pudding slice and haggis slice. Mortons roll and mug of tea.


    Yum yum



  8. Garry, I said on CQN when Tom scored that Goal @ Pittodrie – World Class.



    Simply was World class.



    The Great thing he is signed up and STRENGTHENED a Lot. Let us enjoy this Hidden Gem.

  9. Delaneys Dunky on



    Natural Rebel by Richard Ashcroft is on my daily playlist. Thanks for dropping The Charlatans tracks. Cannae wait to see them and James in Hydro this Wednesday wi Ryan.


    Did you watch A Knife in the Ocean track by FOALS that DBhoy dropped last night.


    Must view Pete.



  10. The James Forrest Song.



    I’ll be giving it Massive sonics.



    I heard a Great Celt saying he’d do harm to him. He has went Everywhere following Celtic.



    I Love CELTIC.



    I HATE……………………………



    Keep Scoring and being crucial to Celtic Jamesie BHOY.




  11. Paul67


    What on earth is going on here


    Adverts for “Sevco International Soccer school” – wow



    Am I on the correct blog ?

  12. G-Thang.






    The name is so Powerful.



    I was just thinking.



    Art of war had lost his Jacket.



    I got it into my mind, he had a knife and was going to Stab me to Death.



    His name isnae good for me petec.



    Art of War is mega Good. Just like FFM. He made a Stupid call!!!!

  13. Delaneys Dunky on



    I love FOALS.


    I love MSP.


    “I am a pacifist, I walked Las Ramblas, but not with real intent.


    And If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.” Playing in cafe to accompany a beautiful breakfast. I think this is gonnae be a magic weekend.



  14. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Shift is going slow ….



    Not here for the money just here for the Brownie points :-)



    Broony will start the morra




  15. Gerryfaethebrig on 1st December 2018 8:41 am



    Petec 8.30am



    AoW makes stupid calls every blinking day :-)






    I’m the Biggest arsehole to Everyone in this World.



    I Believe Yeshuah died to take away Every Sin. Just Believe he took it all away.





    Just ordered brekky.2 skwerr, 2 bacon, 2 totty scones, 2 eggs, black pudding slice and haggis slice. Mortons roll and mug of tea.


    Yum yum






    Morning G, I’m salivating at the picture I have in my mind of your large plateful.


    Hope you are well my friend.




  17. I thought the CQN breakfast was museli, fruit salads and green smoothies :))



    Pretentious CSC

  18. Garry – yer link didnae work.









    Like you I have mega Time for macjay1.



    I was sitting in my car one day probably about 17:00 hours on a Sunday in Kingsgate car park.



    A wee dude (about my Sons age) absolutely chittering asked for money.



    I really understand and actually agree with macjay1 on so many things.



    That was not right.



    Totally Broken.



    Right now.

  19. Good morning CQN from a damp and cold Garngad



    DD just made a fry up for my household, salad for Mr of course WITS.?



    Works night out tonight and I have just found out that there is 30 odd going.. Ffs this is where I find out if I’m a good manager or I get my Cnut kicked in? ?bring it on.



    Then out for cup final mañana with mates.?? then off Monday



    A nice we weekend lined up.






    D. :)

  20. Good morning, friends, from a grey, damp but precipitation free East Kilbride. I’m having cornflakes, a glass of fresh orange juice (with bits), a slice of Mothers Pride plain bread thick slice toasted and 2 or 3 cups of Kenco instant coffee. My 2 Morton’s rolls with square steak slice and onion will be my lunchtime sustenance.



  21. Delaneys Dunky on



    After a hard weeks work. The stomach deserves a good start to an ale consuming weekend.


    3-0 tomorrow Jamesie hattrick my mad ten bob bet. All well in Dalmuir thanks. Hope all good wi you and S.



  22. I see Sevco are about to SWOOP for ex player Steven Davis and we are eyeing up a move for a loan deal…..


    See how they swoooooooooop and we just eye up or sign up…



    Paranoid???? You bet yer feckin boots I am



    D. :)

  23. David66 on 1st December 2018 9:22 am



    I see Sevco are about to SWOOP for ex player Steven Davis and we are eyeing up a move for a loan deal…..



    See how they swoooooooooop and we just eye up or sign up…



    Paranoid???? You bet yer feckin boots I am



    D. :)






    If Celtic keep working hard – Nothing to Worry about.




  24. Delaneys Dunky on



    I met MacJay and his beautiful family.


    He is a Saint Paul’s Whiteinch FP, like myself.


    He is an old fashioned conservative Catholic.


    He is a right wing Tory bassa, but…


    He is oor right wing Tory bassa.


    YNWA ?

  25. Delaneys Dunky on



    Love salads in summer.


    When weather in Dalmuir is cold windy wet and damp, I need comfort filling scran.



  26. Good Morning to all y’all on CQN.


    Waking up on a very early Saturday morning in a still dark and calm SE Texas, It sure is good to be a Tim!


    I did not see any of the game on Thursday, but the live updates were more than enough to keep me “updated”.


    The shout that went up in the hospital waiting room when we scored got everyone’s attention. Loud and proud!☘️☘️


    I got home from a long day of medical stuff to find a piece of mail from the UK in our mail box. I do not get many addressed to Thecelt45 to be honest !


    Inside was a “Get Well Soon” card signed by the gang at the latest Hoot. What an incredible boost and pick me up,just when I needed it ???. Brilliant!,


    Thank you one and all, ye know who ye are!


    Headed into the next round of the fight with much optimism and a good Timmy attitude☘️☘️☘️!


    Roll on Sunday and the shearing of the sheep! 3 – 1 to The Bhoys!


    Right…….meds time and back tae bed!





  27. TGSL is ann]extraordinary character in & around the Court room the way he can manipulate the system is something to behold, Everything seems to go his way from delays ,postponements, kick the can on down the road till eternity, Will he ever face real Justice in this Masonic backwater ?. It seems he can spout any old lie to get him out of trouble & the Judiciary aqueous like a lap dog



    Time to get real with this compulsive lying crook or have one man ruling the roost & making us all look like fools & incompetents, The time for reckoning with DCK should be swift & ruthless