Tom, Brendan and don’t ask Chic Charnley for a job reference


What is the cost of Tom Rogic’s continuing absence for another two months?  Tom has scored more than a few winning or equalising goals over the last two years.  We could need him to deliver the third leg of the treble, or to keep the winning run in the league going, but this will not be the real cost.

Tom has been robbed of a precious three months during the most effective spell of his professional life.  He improved with every passing month, got stronger, lasted the entire game and even scored a last minute winner.

With competition as it is at Celtic, he’ll be distraught.  The personal target of all those who have been on an upward trajectory this season is to put their name on the team sheet for the summer’s Champions League qualifiers.  For a player who the manager insisted worked for months before he was relied upon to last 90 minutes, any time he gets before the end of the season will be about recuperation.

For now, there should be no personal targets for Tom apart from being fully fit come June.

You know when you read a nugget which encapsulates much of the journey Scottish football has been on in recent decades?  Chick Charnley yesterday on Jim Duffy: “When I played for him at Dundee and Hibs, he would give me Mondays off because he knew I enjoyed my weekends.”

And that was Chic making the case that Jim should have a higher job!  Cheers.

Another quote to consider, this time from Brendan:

“There are three types of supporters. The first type who absolutely love you because you are the manager of Celtic.  It doesn’t matter what you do, they’ll give you shirts and want you to sign everything.

“The second group are: ‘Okay, we’ll give you a chance and let’s see how you do. See if you win games and I’ll decide’.

“The third group, that’s the group who if you won five they’ll say you should have won seven. ‘You won 5-2? Why did you let in the two goals?’ You can never win!”

I wonder if he’s spoken to Gordon Strachan?


A question for those of you who have been here since the early days:

Oldtim made a significant first post on CQN but neither he nor I have a copy of it.  It was, however, copied and referred to by many in the months that followed.  If you have a copy, let me know.  Thanks.


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  1. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Buzzbomb, welcome .



    I hope your chemo is succesful and you get to see many more rising suns in the land of the rising sun.

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    As well as an Adblocker I’d like some ole clever clogs to come up with a swivel eyed loon blocker.



    Wee Terence Trent D’Arby hada dream,andc changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya .



    He then got through another wedge of the ole Stinkin’ Bishop and changed his name to Mo Bangura.

  3. NATKNOW on 10TH FEBRUARY 2017 4:20 PM


    TONTINE TIM on 10TH FEBRUARY 2017 3:59 PM



    Absolutely agree – Hughes will take any king’s shilling. I’m sure I read some comments on here touting him as Hoops manager. Never in a million years!



    BTW – ye were laughed at on here? Wouldn’t worry too much about that….



    *water aff a duck’s back, too many on here forget their roots or the days standing in the Jungle and/or Celtic end, or mibbees they were up in the stand turning their noses up at us bad bhoys.



    I almost left here no longer after I first joined as a result of the abuse I took for posting the following:



    “On the terracing at the Dalmornock end on Saturday there was congregated a gang, thousands strong, including the dregs and scourings of filthy slumdom, unwashed yahoos, jailbirds, night hawks, won’t-works, ‘burroo barnacles’, and pavement pirates, all, or nearly all, in the scarecrow stage of verminous trampdom. This ragged army of insanitary pests was lavishly provided with orange and blue remnants, and these were flaunted in challenge as the football tide flowed this way or that. Practically without cessation for ninety minutes or more, the vagabond scum kept up a strident howl of the ‘Boyne Water’ chorus. Nothing so designedly provoking, so maliciously insulting, or so beastially ignorant has ever been witnessed even in the wildest exhibitions of Glasgow Orange bigotry…..Blatantly filthy language of the lowest criminal type assailed the shocked ears of decent onlookers. There was no getting away from it, chanted as it was by thousands of voices in bedlamite yells. The stentorian use of filthy language is a crime against the law of the land. Policemen lined the track and listened to the hooligan uproar, yet nothing was done to stop it. The scandal was renewed with increased violence in London Road after the match. Is it possible the blue mob can do just anything and get away with it? Prompt official steps were taken to suppress and prosecute the green brake-club lads who dared to sing ‘The Dear Little Shamrock’ in Paisley Road. Yet thousands of foul-mouthed and blasphemous Orange ruffians are free to run amok over the East End of Glasgow. How do you account for it?”



    I went away for a conference overseas and only dipped my toes back in on return to be greeted by positives on what I had written, still here now.

  4. the blog today is a refreshing change to the vitriol of the past few days and i must say without being mushy much preferred.


    all CELTS together.


    BB67 all the best with your treatment, my son went through it and is now once again enjoying life as a [professional golfer


    look forward to tomorrow think we will win well


    Many good people on here today, Winning Captains, it is possible thankfully:



  5. What Shall I Do? Decisions Through Discernment




    “Shall I accept that job offer? Is this the person I should marry? Should I go to graduate school? How can I help a child in trouble? ”


    What should I say on CQN? How should I respond to another on CQN? (I’ve added these last 2 to provide context to what is next from the original.



    ” Such decisions perplex us. How do we choose?



    Ignatian spirituality has long been associated with discernment—the art of discovering how best to respond to God in daily life. For centuries, people have used St. Ignatius Loyola’s rules for discernment to help make wise choices and sound decisions.



    The first principle is a desire to choose the good. As St. Ignatius put it: “our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” St. Ignatius’s other rules for discernment help us make choices from among attractive alternatives. Of particular importance are the inner movements of our hearts. The Ignatian rules for discernment provide a disciplined and systematic way to reflect on our feelings as we respond to God and to the events in our daily lives. They give us “the gift of the reasoning heart,” in the words of David L. Fleming, SJ, the noted Jesuit spiritual writer.



    Ignatian discernment rests on the conviction that God speaks directly to each of us. We can have confidence in our own experience of God as we develop eyes to see and ears to hear.”



    So when we post on CQN are we choosing the good? Are we discovering in doing so how best to respond to God in our daily life?



    Will our post/response provide harmony or disharmony?



    Will it bring or seek light and greater understanding or bring shadow?



    How do we know but by the fruits of our words?



    Just something to think about before pressing “Post Comment”

  6. BuzzBombomb67-



    Welcome to CQN. Strength to you and your loved ones at this time.



    Some great stories and memories on the board today. Long may it continue. As one of the more, ahem, “junior” readers of the blog, it was the anecdotes, stories and wisdom espoused by contributors that brought me to the pre-troll site in the early days. Paul’s baiting of Ernie Lynch to meet him face to face was a compelling laugh all on its own :-)



    Another two members of the blog I looked for personally were RogueLeader and Mort. I always enjoyed their knowledge of Celtic and insights on the world in general.



    3-0 nil the morra.

  7. I’m going in full on Happy Clapper.






    I’d like to be able to walk aside opposition Supporters – easy to say when winning.



    I’d like to discuss the games with opposition Supporters.



    I hope to meet the Man City supporter and his Son again, highly unlikely. I praised Citee highly, I also told him that it would be the best game EVER.




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