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Celtic’s primary job tonight is to defend properly, something we have singularly failed to do this season to anything like the levels achieved last term.  This is not solely to do with the defence, and has nothing to do with the goalkeeper (who missed the Legia debacle), but is a function of the entire team.

Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen have the primary job of protecting the back four but most importantly, whoever plays wide midfield, has to partner with the corresponding full back.  The full back positions have not been stable recently.  Emilio looked to be back to his best at the weekend, but his form since returning from the World Cup has been erratic.  We’ve had Efe Ambrose, Adam Matthews and Mikael Lustig at right back, leaving Callum McGregor little chance to establish a working relationship.

We have the speed, and Salzburg have the defensive record, to suggest we can score on the break, but focus should be on ensuring this is not an open, fluid, game of football.

The day has come

This is a unique time in our history and a CQN’er and academic has prepared a survey to record who we are, where we came from, our views and how closely our objectives align with the Club.  You will be asked about the Referendum, faith, education, your heritage, the Offensive Behaviour Act and more, but you’ll be finished in around 5 minutes.

The objective is to identify why you support Celtic and whether these reasons are being recognised and served.  You don’t sign up for anything, but the survey will record only your first visit.  You’ll find it here.

I’ve never waved a blue and white – nor red, white and blue – flag in my life.  Nationalism holds nothing for me, so I’ve found the political question of our time to be a difficult, technical, assessment, principally about jobs – Scotland’s real need.

This time tomorrow we will know the verdict and whether it’s Yes or No, we will come together behind green and white flags once more.  In the event the polls are accurate, and No wins an unconvincing victory, use your voice in as many places you can, and let the chastened UK powers now that if they have any intention of Nation Building, they must use their influence to stop the exclusion of Scottish clubs from the dominant England-and-Wales football market.

Many people in Scotland feel culturally and economically excluded by this England-and-Wales legally permissible cartel.  It suits the regions of England, it suits Wales, but it costs jobs and income in Scotland, is unjust and must end.

Allowing Scottish clubs to enter this market would bring tens of millions of £s into the east end of Glasgow every year.  It would also establish emotional and cultural ties among groups in society who feel disenfranchised, and who the Westminster parties seem to have lost.  In political terms, reaching out to football is a no-brainer.

Nation building is part art, part science, but it doesn’t work if you exclude people on what they hold dear.

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  1. Posted seconds after Paul’s new header;

     

     

    Sipsini, I see our work-shy, curtain-twitching, Unionist neighbour, has draped the butcher’s apron from his bedroom window. The dragon is obviously not in residence this week!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    End London rule.YES

  2. jamesgang

     

     

    12:04 on 18 September, 2014

     

    bankiebhoy1

     

     

    11:54 on 18 September, 2014

     

    “Alpine Opposition”????

     

     

    …that what we called the rockets from the Faifley!

     

     

    I’m expecting a scoring draw the nicht.

     

     

    AmericanCreamSoda CSC

     

     

    —–

     

     

    Yon alpine bottles were bigger than trident warheads.

     

     

    Uncover an old stockpile and we’d have the defence of the realm sorted in a (non nuclear!) flash!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  3. Ernie – I’ve been posting on here since 2005.

     

    Anyway are you still confident of your 3/1 no vote prediction of few weeks ago.

     

    Good luck to the bhoys tonight.

     

    Hail hail

  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    Art of War

     

     

    Edward Lear was a favourite of mine as a kid, and remains so today.

     

     

    I’ll see your The Owl and The Pussy Cat, and raise you The Jumblies

     

    —————–

     

     

    The Jumblies

     

     

    They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,

     

     

    In a Sieve they went to sea:

     

     

    In spite of all their friends could say,

     

     

    On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,

     

     

    In a Sieve they went to sea!

     

     

    And when the Sieve turned round and round,

     

     

    And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’

     

     

    They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big,

     

     

    But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!

     

     

    In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

     

     

    II

     

     

    They sailed away in a Sieve, they did,

     

     

    In a Sieve they sailed so fast,

     

     

    With only a beautiful pea-green veil

     

     

    Tied with a riband by way of a sail,

     

     

    To a small tobacco-pipe mast;

     

     

    And every one said, who saw them go,

     

     

    ‘O won’t they be soon upset, you know!

     

     

    For the sky is dark, and the voyage is long,

     

     

    And happen what may, it’s extremely wrong

     

     

    In a Sieve to sail so fast!’

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

     

     

    III

     

     

    The water it soon came in, it did,

     

     

    The water it soon came in;

     

     

    So to keep them dry, they wrapped their feet

     

     

    In a pinky paper all folded neat,

     

     

    And they fastened it down with a pin.

     

     

    And they passed the night in a crockery-jar,

     

     

    And each of them said, ‘How wise we are!

     

     

    Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long,

     

     

    Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong,

     

     

    While round in our Sieve we spin!’

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

     

     

    IV

     

     

    And all night long they sailed away;

     

     

    And when the sun went down,

     

     

    They whistled and warbled a moony song

     

     

    To the echoing sound of a coppery gong,

     

     

    In the shade of the mountains brown.

     

     

    ‘O Timballo! How happy we are,

     

     

    When we live in a sieve and a crockery-jar,

     

     

    And all night long in the moonlight pale,

     

     

    We sail away with a pea-green sail,

     

     

    In the shade of the mountains brown!’

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

     

     

    V

     

     

    They sailed to the Western Sea, they did,

     

     

    To a land all covered with trees,

     

     

    And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,

     

     

    And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart,

     

     

    And a hive of silvery Bees.

     

     

    And they bought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws,

     

     

    And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws,

     

     

    And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree,

     

     

    And no end of Stilton Cheese.

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

     

     

    VI

     

     

    And in twenty years they all came back,

     

     

    In twenty years or more,

     

     

    And every one said, ‘How tall they’ve grown!’

     

     

    For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,

     

     

    And the hills of the Chankly Bore;

     

     

    And they drank their health, and gave them a feast

     

     

    Of dumplings made of beautiful yeast;

     

     

    And everyone said, ‘If we only live,

     

     

    We too will go to sea in a Sieve,—

     

     

    To the hills of the Chankly Bore!’

     

     

    Far and few, far and few,

     

     

    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

     

     

    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

     

     

    And they went to sea in a Sieve.

     

    ———-

     

     

    Ring-bo-reeCSC

  5. Hope the bhoys can get a result tonight,

     

     

    but just fed up going to the game hoping that he doesn’t or wondering when he will make a blunder,talking about our Efe of course.

     

     

    Izzy is nearly as bad,would like rid of both,

     

     

    We used to use the phrase “Celtic class” but no more,

     

     

    all IMHO of course, any thoughts?

     

     

    aff work the day and the morra

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  6. Paul67

     

     

    So you are saying that a yes vote will further harm Celtic’s chances of ever being able to join English football

     

    ?

     

     

    Who has voted No.

     

     

    TT

  7. Ulsan/Black Isle celt. Now then. All I have provided is some statistics that show that while 16% of the scottish population say they are catholics, only 12% of the police force say they are catholics. This is an outcome based statistic (i.e. what happens in reality). If I asked for application details no doubt police scotland will say they dont have that information. I refer you to my answer to malone bhoy. It may well be that less scottish catholics are applying to join the police force but that just means that police scotland should be trying to do something about that? But they dont even look at the measure so obviously they arent?

     

     

    You are trying to complicate the information. probably because you dont like it.

  8. Slabhoy - Duntocher is Green and White on

    South Of Tunis

     

    11:50 on

     

    18 September, 2014

     

    Think I will go and live on Elba .

     

     

    I had a serious fall out with a very good friend ( 42 years worth ) on the 2nd of May !997 . The reason ? My belief that Tony Blair was a Snake Oil seller . Big fall out -we never spoke again .

     

     

    Managed to repeat that feat last night with a very good pal ( 48 years worth ) Achieved through the medium of emails . The reason -today’s Yes / No thing. Big ,Big fallout .

     

     

    Sad !

     

     

    ——————————————————————

     

     

    Don’t despair mhan, I’ve been taking to Spanish colleagues who are amazed that we have not been chucking bullets at each other over the issue! You can always make up a friendship if you are both breathing…

     

     

    Looking forward to the excitement that a Celtic in Europe night brings

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Slabhoy

  9. Can’t agree with you Paul, I want no part in the trough that is the EPL, much rather watch honest football in our own patch, we just need to nurture Scotland’s youth to a level good enough to compete.

     

     

    I hope the country has done the sensible thing and Voted NO.

     

     

    No more politics from me today, I am totally fed up of screeching fleg waving nationalists.

     

     

    Time to chill.

  10. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Captainmoonlight

     

    Get on the phone and get the club opened at 5.30.

     

     

    marspapa picking up the barca mole at 5, just down the road from you, you are more than welcome to join the mob, if you bring your card….8))

  11. Ulsan/Black Isle Celt on

    Neganon,

     

     

    I’ve always considered you one of the more balanced posters on here, a couple of weeks ago I even pointed out a derogatory remark aimed at you which you missed due to actually attending a game.

     

     

    Today I point out a potential flaw in you police stats, which I stated could go either way and you make a personal attack. Thanks.

  12. jonny the tim

     

     

    Saw it when I got home this morning, posted earlier that you wouldn’t be best pleased about your view….;)

     

     

    If the vote goes well today, I reckon a wee street party might be on the go tomorro night…my hoose or yours?

  13. MWD I will try not and find your concern condescending.

     

     

    regardless I am not trying to persuad anyone with the figures. On their own they are not particularly important. My theory is and remains that scotland is institutionally sectarian (anti catholic). I thought the police force is and I had to put a FOI request in to see if I was right. The figures stand on their own and there is no other information required to see that there is an imbalance. malone bhoy may be right about catholics being less inclined to join the police force. But the police force should want to do something about that.

     

     

    This is only hard for you to accept because you cant contemplate anything that you think threatens your need for a yes vote.

     

     

    In other words you have stopped thinking.

     

     

    A common trait when it comes to partiotic, nationalistic fervour.

     

     

    Whats the words to that Patriot Game song again?

  14. Neganon

     

     

    Most of the disagreements that I’ve had with you on CQN have involved you posting against the Catholic Church.

     

     

    I find it incredible that you continually put forward the evils of anti Catholicism as a reason for voting NO yet have spent years on here pouring scorn on that very same Church.

  15. Keeping The Faith on

    What Joy is in eyes that can see

     

    A land that has never known Freedom

     

    And only our rivers run free..

     

     

    And righteous men must make our land A Nation Once Again!

  16. Ulsan there is no attack on you in that post. I believe you and others are questionning the information because you dont like what it implies. That is not an attack.

  17. No more politics from me today, I am totally fed up of screeching fleg waving nationalists

     

     

    no more politics, and then …;-)

  18. Paul67

     

     

    I am hopeful of a positive performance and draw tonight. More based in hope than what I have witnessed so far from the Bhoys.

     

     

    I agree that going by the polls the likely outcome is a slim No majority.

     

     

    I hope that as a nation and a support we do not let our politicians off the hook with regards their Vow of whatever it is they have offered. It will be difficult to measure their Vow against what they eventually offer.

     

     

    As for the footballing geography. It is wholly moot as politicians have no interest in realigning football in anyway what so ever. English and Welsh football bodies do not want us and neither do the more powerful TV companies. Thus the status quo will never change.

     

     

    IMO

     

     

    MWD says AYE

  19. Hamiltontim. I am no longer a practicisng catholic. My wife and kids are. I have experienced the discrimination first hand. The need for scotland to admit it has an issue and tackle it is long overdue.

     

     

    However that does not make the catholic church infalible.

     

     

    Holding these views is not inconsistent.

  20. There are more important things than football.

     

    Celtic will have more chances for victories but Scotland has only one chance today.

     

    I hope that enough of us grab that chance …… Yes..

  21. Bt, wee man trains at Eastbank Acadamy on a Thursday 6 – 7. The plan is drop off at 5:50 back tae the hoose, watch furst half then back to pick him up ( after pressing the pause button on ole remotey ) then back hame tae see 2nd half, that’s the plan anyway. Seen someone post get well.

     

    Are you ok mate?

     

    H H

  22. P was a little Pig ,

     

    Went out to take a walk

     

    Papa he said , if Pig dead

     

    He’d all turn into pork .

     

     

    Edward Lear CSC

  23. Neganon

     

     

    I agree, however, it dilutes your argument when you stand up for something that you personally don’t agree with, which clearly you don’t by not practicing.

  24. In the event the polls are accurate, and No wins an unconvincing victory, use your voice in as many places you can, and let the chastened UK powers now that if they have any intention of Nation Building, they must use their influence to stop the exclusion of Scottish clubs from the dominant England-and-Wales football market.

     

     

    Celtic FC have Lord Reid, Brian Wilson, Lord Livingston of parkhead and not forgetting the formidable DD who has many political friends in high places, when you have that amount of political clout within better together, getting Celtic in to the EPL should be easy

  25. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    Well like today’s vote I have no idea how tonight’s game will go.

     

     

    Could win 1-0 or end up 5-0 defeat, at the moment I have no idea what Ronny will put out and, at times, neither does he :(