The paradox of Sinclair not taking a dive in the box


We discussed on Friday how vulnerable our domestic unbeaten run was against Hibs, and so it proved. Footballers are not automatons, no matter how belligerent fans’ encouragement becomes. Their performance levels will inevitably peak and trough. After climbing so many mountains since beating Rosenborg away, we were vulnerable to a professional Hibs performance, designed by Neil Lennon, who knows how to squeeze results in challenging situations.

Brendan Rodgers is not short of options for central mid, but is anyone performing better than Callum McGregor? On Saturday, he was the difference between defeat and a draw.

We should have been awarded a late penalty when Efe Ambrose pulled Scott Sinclair, but Scott, dutifully, stayed on his feet.

There is a paradox for footballers. You are not going to fall is someone holds you around the torso, all that’s going to happen is you will not progress in the intended manner. But if you don’t fall, you are less likely to be awarded a penalty. The unwritten rule referees adhere to, is that if you want a penalty, you’d better hit the deck, no matter whether the foul is capable of knocking you off your feet or not.

That’s all fine and well, if a little dysfunctional, as long as everyone knows the rule, but when a team-mate was earlier booked for alleged simulation, there is a strong disincentive for a player to dive to the ground to indicate his choice, that the foul perpetrated upon him, should be awarded.

Unwritten rules in football refereeing are pretty unhelpful.  We should stick to the written ones.

Thank you to all who supported the Celtic FC Foundation through the Great Scottish Run yesterday. I’m sure the participant numbers must have reached a new high as the Foundation tshirts seemed to be everywhere.


Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.

Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.


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  1. The BBC website has a picture of Martin Canning standing yards offside it Is so clear it is embarrassing WC should have overruled.



    Here’s Neil Lennons take at a time that the authorities new the Huns needed CL money or they were going bust.




    Celtic boss Lennon bemoans Hamilton referee decisions



    Lennon was upset by some of the decisions at New Douglas Park



    Celtic boss Neil Lennon felt his side suffered from poor decisions by officials as they drew 1-1 at Hamilton.


    Lennon questioned calls by referee Willie Collum and one of his assistants during two incidents in the match.


    “You’re talking about big moments in the game again – Hamilton’s goal, which shouldn’t have been a goal, and penalty we should’ve had,” said Lennon.


    “It seems to be every other game now. I don’t want to say too much as I’m in enough trouble, but it’s frustrating.”


    In an extraordinary encounter at New Douglas Park, SPL bottom club Hamilton took the lead against the table toppers thanks to Simon Mensing’s header on 28 minutes.





    Give your reaction to this story


    Celtic were reduced to 10 men when James Forrest was shown a straight red, but Hamilton were reduced to nine following straight dismissals for Jim McAlister and Mensing.


    The latter player conceded a penalty in added time in the process, which Anthony Stokes scored to level the game.


    Stokes had the ball in the net again before the final whistle, but the linesman flagged for the ball first curling out of play from the corner delivery.


    Lennon feels Accies’ goal should not have stood as Canning was interfering with play in an offside position when the initial cross came into the Celtic box.


    “From what I gather he’s blocking the view of my goalkeeper and maybe two or three yards offside,” Lennon told BBC Scotland.


    “The linesman is quick to see the corner that goes out for Stokes’ goal at the end, but he can’t see a blatant offside. Staggering.”


    In an incident-packed game, Celtic’s Niall McGinn was also booked for simulation in the second half when he went down in the box and his team claimed for a spot kick.


    Lennon was unequivocal about that incident.


    “It was a penalty. A clear penalty,” said the Celtic boss.


    “There’s no contact, Canning’s not got the ball. He’s taken Niall out and it’s a penalty.


    Despite narrowly avoiding defeat, Lennon gave a positive assessment of his team’s display as they moved five points ahead of Rangers, who have three games in hand.


    “I’m pleased with the performance. Just in the final third we were lacking some composure,” said Lennon.


    “The character and the football we played was very, very good against a team that didn’t really want to come out and play at all.


    “We have to tidy up in the final third. Defensively we’re okay, but with the volume of possession we have we need to be more clinical on front of goal.”


    On Tuesday, Lennon was given a six-match ban for an outburst towards the fourth official, as he was sent to the stand during a match at Tynecastle in November.


    That ban could be increased on Monday when it is expected that the SFA general purposes committee will examine comments the Celtic manager made after that match about the officials.

  2. Delaneys Dunky



    God bless you and NFL the cheating he endured and the Celtic support was sickening.



    No doubt he was reigned in but how and by who?


    One minute he was saying trophies should be stripped the next complete silence.


    Would love to spend a night chatting with him over a few pints to get his take on that time. HH

  3. Following the Tom Petty news, hoping that maybe it’s not final, great singer, loved the band.



    We all remember our first singles and albums, vinyl of course due to our age however when my brother got a CD players, the 3 albums we bought were REM, The Pogues and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.



    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance


  4. Delaneys Dunky on

    The Huddle



    Just rolled a fat one of Mary Jane’s last dance.


    Goodnight Tom God bless.

  5. Delaneys Dunky on

    The Huddle



    Thank you. It is all right, at the end of the line. Jeff Lynne only surviving TW.


    STSTIVS 1051



    That just about sums Walker up,in my book.



    Aye,he wore The Hoooops. Lipstick on a pig springs to mind.

  7. Good morning CQN from a cool and dry East Devon.


    Dreadful statistics from Vegas, thoughts and prayers.

  8. Hah ! That ` m` was supposed to be an inverted comma !!


    What typing school did I go to :-)





    HOT SMOKED on 3RD OCTOBER 2017 8:34 AM



    hhhmmm hhh mmm check your spelling from the other day JIMBO.up too early and away to see my grandson who is 13 today.if that’s an excuse i;m using it.



    ps looks like it’s still BROKE.


    HOT SMOKED on 3RD OCTOBER 2017 8:35 AM



    n another thing .i’m looking forward to you correcting OUR ANTHONY when he comes that is a FOOL TIME JOB.



    over their over their the green biggade are singing over their.

  11. HMRC



    HMRC are ready to collect the income tax and national insurance owed to them from the Rangers (IL) players that benefited from the club’s ‘EBT’ scheme.



    In July the Supreme Court ruled in favour of HMRC that the scheme was simply disguised remuneration that should have been subject to income tax and national insurance in the normal manner.



    HMRC have published a statement on their website that is sure to make for grim reading for stars such as Neil McCann, Steven Thompson, Alex Rae, Alex McLeish, Billy Dodds, Barry Ferguson, Ronald de Boer, Michael Mols and dozens of others.



    The side letters that they assumed indemnified them against a tax demand are worthless with the interest and penalties added to the tax element meaning that most beneficiaries will have to pay back the full total that they cashed in.



    HMRC will issue Follower Notices which carry a grim message:



    If you use a tax avoidance scheme that has the same or similar arrangements to one that HMRC has successfully challenged in court, HMRC will check your tax affairs and may send you a follower notice.



    A follower notice asks you to settle your tax affairs with HMRC. If you don’t, you may have to pay a penalty.



    As well as a follower notice, you may also receive an APN. If you do, you’ll need to pay the accelerated payment as well as settling your tax affairs.



    If you receive an APN, you must pay the amount of disputed tax. HMRC will hold this money until the enquiry into your affairs is complete, or your appeal is resolved. You’ll get the money back if HMRC finds you don’t owe it.



    If you don’t pay the disputed tax amount by the date on the notice, you may have to pay a penalty.



    If you don’t follow the steps described in a notice you receive, you may have to pay a penalty.



    If this happens, you’ll receive a notice of penalty assessment telling you how much you have to pay, and by when. It also explains how the penalty is worked out.



    At the First Tier Tax Tribunal David Murray admitted that the scheme/scam allowed the club to buy players that they couldn’t normally afford.



    This scam allowed the club to win trophies, prize money and compete in the Champions League which brought in the income to keep the club afloat.





    Every club that they played in Scotland and in Europe from 2000 were cheated by a club that had an illegal advantage on the park and who failed to register their players correctly with the football authorities. The players were ineligible.



    For those players that don’t have enough in assets to pay Her Majesty forced bankruptcy awaits, some might even criticise the apparenty untouchable Dave Murray.





    I do hope that Murray is short of £6.3m,or so.





    did football players have agents back then.???

  14. The humanitarian side of me is hoping that the ultimate sentence of the death penalty which befell the club/company isn’t the final option for the former employees. :-)





    ‘Fraid so.



    Money started coming into the game,agents made sure it flowed out.

  16. Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics to be announced this morning.



    Dungcaster 4/5 favourite, for his pioneering work in time travel.

  17. CANADIAN organisers have blamed Rangers fans not buying tickets for the cancellation of the glamour friendly between the Ibrox side and Benfica.



    Benfica responded by blaming the local organisers, Elite Soccer Entertainment, for not fulfilling their contractual obligations.



    It caused a major headache too for local turf company, Greenhorizons Sod Farms, who were left with 100,000 square feet of grass, which they had planned to lay on top of the artificial


    pitch at Tim Horton’s Field for the Eusebio Cup clash.



    However, North American organisers have now blamed slow ticket sales for the cancellation.



    And they blamed Scottish expats in particular.



    Elite Soccer Entertainment’s CEO Fernando Pachecho explained: “Portuguese fans had been responding to the visit, Rangers fans had not.



    “Twenty seven per cent of Hamilton has a Scottish background.



    “After what they’ve been through the past few years and fought back, there should be support. But they were not buying tickets.”





    TThe Tims horsed ’em Field?



    Aye. Sickener.

  19. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Word of The Day



    estivate /ˈiːstɪˌveɪt; ˈɛs-/ 







    1. to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.


    2. Zoology. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, ascertain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals.



    Derived Forms


    estivator, noun



    Word Origin and History for estivate




    “to spend the summer,” mid-17c., from Latin aestivatus, past participle of aestivare “to spend the summer,” from aestus “heat,” aestas “summer, “literally “the hot season,” from Proto-Italic *aissat-, from PIE *aidh- “toburn” (see edifice ). Related: Estivated ; estivating.




  20. A Goalkeeper statistic coincidence


    after Saturday’s game v Hibernian


    I could be wrong anyway


    The last time Celtic played Hibernian


    Sun 26th Jan 2014


    League Game


    Hibernian 0


    Celtic 4


    Kris Commons 09-90pen mins


    Virgil Van Dijk 77min


    Teemu Pukki 83min


    Fraser Forster


    177 Games for Celtic


    089 Shut Outs


    Sat 30th Sept 2017


    League Game


    Celtic 2


    Callum McGregor 15-80mins


    Hibernian 2


    John McGinn 53-77mins


    Craig Gordon


    177 Games for Celtic


    089 Shut Outs.

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