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The Great Leap between SPFL and Inter Milan

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Making the great leap between playing Scottish Premiership teams and the likes of Inter Milan will always be a challenge for Celtic.  We have done so many times in recent years, Milan were held home and away in the Champions League knock-out stage, Barcelona were beaten, but whenever we have carried the game to opponents of this stature, instead of reverting to our own style of catnenaccio, we’ve lost heavily.  Quicker, more skilful, players, could make us look statuesque by comparison.

This is not a criticism.  If the only way you can compete with a team with ten times your resources is to defend your 18 yard line, you should do so.

Things could have gone either way on Thursday.  We were defensively inept during the opening minutes as Inter found space goal-side of their markers.  I don’t know if Ronny had a moment of self-doubt at that point, perhaps he did, but was simply unable to unwind the attacking instincts of his players, but Celtic are all the better for the way they picked themselves off the floor.

I’m sure the odds on Inter progressing will be short, but I’m also sure Ronny Deila will know his players can win in Milan.

I arrived home late last night to read that Tony Conway, son of our own RWE, lost his battle against Motor Neurone Disease/ALS.  I met Tony, with dad John and brother Martin, three years ago.  Tony was still fit enough to walk, but evidence of the pain the family shared was evident.  The three of them travelled back from their US home two years ago, along with mum Pauline, to see Celtic, and meet some family.

They bought hospitality tickets and minutes before kick-off, Celtic’s Iain Jamieson nabbed Tony and asked if he was able to make the halftime draw.  Tony knew this would be the last time he would see Celtic, so his journey up the tunnel and onto the park was, to put it mildly, a very special Celtic Park moment.

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  1. Gary67

     

     

    I generally tune into Clyde particularly on a Saturday to listen to the match reports, I certainly don’t regard myself as moron. When a national broadcaster accuses my club and its fans of being sectarian because we sing the Soldiers song I have every right to be angry, turning the radio off doesn’t eliminate the damage being caused.

  2. bournesouprecipe on

    ☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆

     

     

    The Battered Bunnet @ 11.54

     

     

    ☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆;:*:;☆

     

     

     

    The actions of the SFA to have “a Rangers” playing in Scottish football at all costs in he summer of 2012 served to undermine both the Game and the Rangers support.

     

     

    Charles Green’s Sevco Rangers was waved through without a thought as to whether it ought to be, or whether it was actually wanted. The determination to get it through brooked no alternative, and in fact, no advocates for an alternative were permitted a voice.

     

     

    Had the supporters of the old club been permitted to start over, the new club would have developed and grown in its own time within its own means, self-respecting and indeed respected.

     

     

    But “Scottish Football needed a strong Rangers” didn’t it, and no barrier or impediment to a “strong Rangers” was or is brooked. What we have now is the natural conclusion to a grand misconception: An utterly dysfunctional club and a governing body(ies) unable to apply the rules.

     

     

    Scottish football doesn’t need “a strong Rangers”.

     

     

    “Rangers” need a strong Scottish Football.

     

     

    Is it too late to reverse the paradigm? Are we too weak to go back to the first principles of the Game?

     

     

    In the rush to transplant Sevco Rangers into the Scottish game, we appear to have done little more than create our very own teratoma.

  3. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Good Evening Timland.

     

     

    Why are you all listening to radio snyde?turn aff, cancel

     

    Sky and BT they are commercial organisational,don’t buy

     

    it……the publicly funded BBC are where our gun’s should

     

    be aimed at.

  4. I feel the loudest rendition of

     

     

    Amhrán_na_bhFiann tomorrow

     

     

    just hope there are enough of us there to annoy keevins

     

     

    HH

  5. Saint Stivs

     

     

    I heard that ‘Mastermind’ there; he couldn’t quite grasp that singing sectarian songs is wrong and blamed BT for turning up the mics…

     

     

    laughingatthefoolCSC

  6. Gary67

     

    17:48 on

     

    21 February, 2015

     

    Radio Clyde SSB is radio by morons for morons. Why get upset with it,

     

     

    _________________________________

     

     

    Thats why scoddland is still stuck in the 17th century…………..me i’ve e-mailed them to register my disgust, it will be ignored for sure, but to suggest it will fold as you are suggesting is pure crap btw (with due respect)

  7. Thinking of changing my lottery numbers tonight …

     

     

    Anybody know the MSM / Media sports editors’ Lodge numbers ?

     

     

    And for a second line, the Lodge numbers of the SFA / SPFL office bearers?

     

     

    Must be in with a shout surely ???

  8. Saint Stivs

     

     

     

     

    17:59 on

     

     

    21 February, 2015

     

     

     

     

    whats a terratoma ?

     

     

    everyday a schoolday ?

     

     

     

    its a tumor ma mhan did u miss the science lesson that day, might be the day you painted the tri-colour on the garages

  9. I rarely listen to Radio Clyde, but I have just heard Hugh Keevins latest diatribe.

     

    On the one hand he talks about Celtic’s ambitions to be a Euro Brand, and in almost the same voice he condemns supporters who sing the National Anthem of a fellow European state.

     

     

    I wonder how Hugh will react if he ever hears Ronny singing the Norwegian Anthem, Jason singing the Belgian anthem, Adam the Welsh, Nir the Israeli, John & Mikel singing the Swedish, or Anthony when he sings his ?

     

    Completely laughable

  10. bournesouprecipe on

    Celticrollercoaster

     

     

    I half jokingly posted o these pages almost four years ago that “Just can’t get enough “ would soon be classed as sectarian.

     

     

    An Irish Tricolour is sectarian in the eyes of the Hun, all the way to the Procurator Fiscal, what happens after that is generally booted out of court. It doesn’t stop the mayhem and carnage along the way, – but that’s they way they play the game in Scotland.

     

     

    A boy in a Celtic strip, or Celtic colours, or singing ‘any’ Celtic song is fair game in Sevconia.

     

     

    It will has gotten worse because Rangers died and their pitiful offspring is clinging to life in it’s Celticrollercoaster

     

     

    I half jokingly posted o these pages almost four years ago that “Just can’t get enough “ would soon be classed as sectarian.

     

     

    An Irish Tricolour is sectarian in the eyes of a Hun, all the way to the Procurator Fiscal, what happens after that is generally booted out of court. It doesn’t stop the mayhem and carnage along the way, – but that’s they way they play the game in Scotland.

     

     

    A boy in a Celtic strip, or Celtic colours or singing ‘any’ Celtic song is fair game in the land of the Hun.

     

     

    It will has gotten worse because Rangers died and their pitiful offspring is clinging to life in it’s mortified Zombie state.

  11. Just been reading through Stan Collymore’s tweets. He really has went to town with Sevco and BT Sport. Ballsy stuff.

  12. It is not Clyde that you should be complaining to. It is the Irish Embassy.

     

    Clyde might feel fine about upsetting a few Tims but an official complaint from a country carries a bit more clout.

  13. I used to have the view that we should ignore morons like those who present SSB but they are dangerous in as much as if they successfully tar us all with the same brush then nothing gets done. This view needs to be challenged by our board, they need to let them know right away that we will not accept this smear.

     

     

    Not listening to this drivel does hit where it hurts them in the pocket but sometimes you cannot ignore this disgusting attempt to hide their own prejudices disguised as one as bad as the other. They are grasping at straws to try and find something to get at us with, it would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

     

     

    I

  14. bournesouprecipe

     

     

    18:04 on 21 February, 2015CelticrollercoasterI half jokingly posted o these pages almost four years ago that “Just can’t get enough “ would soon be classed as sectarian.

     

     

    The delightful pop pixies,The Saturdays were banned from singing ‘Just can’t get Enough’,at T in the Park a couple of years ago

  15. The Battered Bunnet 17.03

     

     

    if you do not report it then it never happened.

     

     

    The list of crimes against Scottish football grows with each passing day and is not reported.

     

     

    At least 14 journalists got a hard copy of the HMRC letter accusing Rangers of fraud at worst and negligence at best in respect of De Boer and Flo ebts.

     

     

    Only one replied and then stopped when the fundamental defect that using such ebts then covering up their use from a Commission intended to establish their impact was pointed out to him.

     

     

    There is clearly a deliberate policy of withholding the truth about the toxicity of RFC from the public at large.

     

     

    I despair in that I’m not sure anyone cares enough to actually say we have had enough being lied to and misled by those with a responsibility for governing our game.

     

     

    If it came to a choice of accepting the corruption or supporters turning their backs on the game, then I would not be confident corruption would face a real challenge.

     

     

    I think those in charge are betting on the numbers falling away not to be sufficient enough to worry about.

  16. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    God love dear ole uncle Shug,still living in the shadow of

     

    big bad Gerry McNee.

  17. Lots of protestations on here tonight, careful bhoys n ghirls this could be just the start of your morphing into the dark side

  18. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    We now have a situation where BT, next season’s CL broadcaster, is not only condoning the sectarian bigotry of its’ resident team’s supporters (I’m pretty sure it is contractual), ignoring the racist and bigoted abuse of its’ own employee, but compounding all of this by shooting the messenger. Paris and St Pancras have raised questions about Chelsea’s support, while the SPFL recently absolved a mass outpouring of sectarian bile at a Cup semi-final. Let us see where the latest “report” takes us, I’m guessing the dustbin of history will not be too far away. BT, like STV and the BBC before it, is part of the problem.

  19. I have just read phil’s latest. Imo, it’s right in its analysis but he doesn’t address why a Scotland that has in his opinion moved on doesn’t demand action from our Government to take action, if our football authorities won’t. Imo, judged on their past behaviour and, in particular their creation of a totally unnecessary act, our Government won’t act either.

  20. bournesouprecipe on

    SpanishJohn

     

     

    Completed via your link.

     

     

    I expect it will get worse for Celtic fans in Scotland the longer the Zombie lingers on in it’s present state.

  21. Gents,

     

     

    If you feel so strongly about clyde tonight get the complaints fired in.

     

     

    No point moaning on here and nothing else

     

     

    HH

  22. Mr & Mrs Conway my heartfelt condolences to you and all of Tony’s loved ones, may you all take comfort from his love for you.

     

    May the souls of the departed rest in peace and let eternal light shine from their love.

  23. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Goodnight Timland.

     

     

    A brief visit on cqn must end,if you can get yerself

     

    up tae CP the morra,wrap up well!!!!

  24. HH CQN

     

     

    just dropped an email to FARE

     

     

    info@farenet.org

     

     

    and Show Racism the Red Card

     

     

    info@theredcard.org

     

     

    to ask them why they are allowing BT Sport to broadcast racist and sectarian chanting without condemnation.

     

     

    BT Sport won’t allow strong and abusive language submitted in their complaints procedure but are quite happy to broadcast thousands singing it!

     

     

    Utter hypocrites.