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. Delaneys Dunky on



    John Squire is an amazing guitarist.


    He was showing off with Love is the Law. Magical guitar riff.



  2. MurdochauldandHay on 1st December 2018 9:40 am



    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







    King David is his name.



    He is backing the wrong horse – Being mega acclaimed – Wheres Turok noo?



    The Almighty – Njoi the LOVE for the Just!!!!



    Patience is a Mighty Mighty Mighty Virtue.



    Fire in my hands



    sorry to Auldheid for being not nice. Sorry.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on



    Have told Ryan that Lucky Man and High Hopes by Pink Floyd get played at my cremation. Wish You Were Here played as I burn. ?



  4. DELANEYS DUNKY – All good thanks G, S sends her best.



    M A & H – Good to see you posting S



    THECELT45 – Positive thoughts and prayers with you.




  5. Garry – Celtic to get Better and Better.



    Its a shame that Benko will be going. We need a CH to come through the ranks. JK was awesome before that Scumbag done him in an International Friendly, if I recall right. So annoyed aboot that.

  6. Good luck Celt45, I wish you the best…






    Well no doubt about it, he’s managed to push this to the limits.



    Of course, if your going to give someone a huge fine &/or a prison sentence (maybe suspended) for contempt of court you have to be totally sure he was given every opportunity to comply.



    Maybe because he’s Rangers International Chairman or maybe something more sinister but everyone has bent over backwards for him.



    One of my favourite films from the past is American Gigiolo, not sure why, it has a rather odd narcissistic lead character Julian Kaye (Richard Gere’s first major role).



    There’s a detective (the excellent Hector Elizondo) who suspects he’s involved in a murder and trolls him Columbo style.



    At one point Julian Kaye explains to the Detective that there are certain people for whom the laws of the land do not apply, inference, they are for the little poeple…



    Hector asks how these people know who they are, Julian says… they just know…



    When I see DCK’s behaviour it reminds me of Gigiolo Kaye…



    My feelings now is he’s pushed this is far as he can, the contempt proceedings are on going (very much not stopped) and he’s has a strict timetable he must comply with.



    If he fails this time no excuse can be accepted and no one can complain (although of course they will) if he goes to gaol.



    Hail Hail

  7. John was so f’n good he was galloping doon the left wing against Partick from my bad memory. Some mightsay say he shouldnae have been doing that.






    Attack Attack Attack.

  8. Good morning all. Esp. MAH, NorrieM, Big Packy.



    Tomorrow? Celtic 3 The Sheep 0. Wee jamsie, Scottie and somebody else.

  9. prestonpans bhoys on

    Finished my morning tour of the press and what stood out by a mile was the leader in the sports Herald section about the Hun’s attack looking dangerous . Can’t do a link with this old tablet but it would be more suited on a Hun website, anonymous writer too?

  10. DD – salad was My attempt at humour, as when we met up in Coias and WITS was taking the micky out me afterwords on the blog about salads….. All good fun.



    I had a big feckin grill up this morning, truth be told.?



    Petec… I know we will prevail… I was pointing out the smsm and their succulent lamb style of reporting.???????






    Bring on the sheep???



    D. :)

  11. JTT53


    Good morning pal.


    Hope you are looking forward to a Happy Hampden Sunday.



  12. Pete


    Imagine Big Ben n Bhoyata were our central defence for 5 years?


    We could build an Empire around that pair of fenian warriors.



  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I didn’t know the three bears were buying shares.


    I might have known they were buying shares but I didn’t know that was a problem.


    I might have known it was a problem but I didn’t know it was that big a thing.


    We weren’t in a concert party.


    I was doing it to save the club.


    Nobody will accept an offer.


    The shares are worth more than 20p.


    The TOP are trying to bully me.


    I don’t have a UK bank account.


    I’m trying to open a bank account but it takes a really long time.


    I can’t get the money moved across.


    The TOP aren’t giving me enough time.


    I’m penniless.


    The trust money isn’t mine.


    I don’t have control of the trust money.


    I didn’t realise I really HAD to make the offer.


    I’m 100% committed to making the offer.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Message to self don’t “text” when logged into CQN



    It’s been a long morning :-)



    Aff oot

  15. celticrollercoaster on

    ***LMS11 Week 10 selections***



    Good morning fholks



    We are down to the final five and could have a winner this weekend, dependent on how the various games play out, so start preparing yourself for LMS12 which is just around the corner!!



    The teams and their selections



    MOBYFUGRUMBLE2 Motherwell


    Onemalloy Manchester United


    TravelBhoys Pardnur Chelsea


    Pannysbhoy St Mirren


    Gutenberg Chelsea



    Good luck bhoys







  16. SOT


    Your tunes of late have been getting me on my dancing feet.


    Four Tops magical childhood tune sugar pie.




    Our paths might have crossed in 83 /84 . One of my few ” Playing out ” occasions was in 83 . I did a 2 hr Studio One session at a drinking den in All Saints Rd . When I turned ( with the guy who’d arranged It ) I was greeted with a —him white -boy – My escort cooled things down with a — him Scottish man -him a slave like us .



    Studio One -https://youtu.be/CtJLdmTHo7c

  18. watched the battle of the uniteds this morning on bbc alba.



    without understanding a word there is something quite melodic about the commentary in gaelic,



    ayr are quite a good team. occasional break outs of nice football.



    dundee hibs have a long way to go,

  19. Hopefully the SFA cheats have not doctored the pitch for tomorrow leaving a pristine surface for JF and SS to run riot.


    Hoping for a Ryan Christie game winning volley.




    Haha had a similar comeback to a guy where I was trying to buy some medicinal herbs in a dark quite heavy portacabin with Crucial Brew as the main drink, I wanted a beer and the guy says, get your stuff and go and I says ” do you think we don’t have Babylon in Scotland” beer forthcoming and a cooling of the vibes:))



    Big School The Carnival!



    The Sugar M Tune massive!




    Crucial Brew ? -Oh No — tasted like Benelin with added gut rock sherry . Used to play chess in a shebeen in Harlesden . The old guys playing dominos in the corner used to drink Crucial Brew with Lambs Overproof Rum chasers . Looper behind the bar played choons like this in a Rewind Selecta style-






    Back to work -Take Care !

  22. Saint Stivs –


    Ayr Utd’s Lawrence Shankland, 16 league goals, 3 assists, 54 shots at goal, 37 (69%) on target


    Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, 7 league goals, 2 assists, 16 shots at goal, 12 (75%) on target

  23. This week’s CQN Coupon –



    Jobo Baldie – St Mirren


    Bobby Murdoch’s Curled Up Winkelpickers – Ross County


    The Exiled Tim – Notts Forest


    Gerryfaethebrig – Newcastle


    Pogmathonyahun – Derby


    Lennybhoy – QPR


    Awalkacrosstherooftops – Man Utd – 5.30pm kick off



    Around 110/1……

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