Uefa safety regrets while Scottish football remains blind


Celtic have a healthy record at Tynecastle.  We lost Ange Postecoglou’s first league game there, in July 2021.  Three years before that we lost there in the second game of the season and famously, our record 69 game unbeaten run in domestic football ended there in 2017.  Those games aside, we have won 16 of 17 visits there, a run that goes way back to when Neil Lennon was under pressure from the new Craig Whyte regime across the city.

Still, our games there are usually tight.  In our last six visits we have only won by more than a single goal once (0-2).  Our visit there earlier this season could be described as heroically tight.  The Scottish Cup draw, which sees us away to Hearts next month, could scarcely be tougher.

In our favour, we have them at Celtic Park a few days before the cup tie.  It will be an opportunity to use our football investments to best effect, put them through a strenuous test, making the most of our depth of squad.  They may be able to compete well at Celtic Park, but doing so will take a toll.

In other times we would focus on the league but our glut of trebles still overhangs the consciousness of Scottish football.  Few trophies escape Celtic, making every trophy more valuable, including to Celtic.

It is unlike football to quickly get to the point and accept responsibility, but Uefa did just that in their report into the serious safety failings at the Champions League final last year between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The leaked report laid primary responsibility for the danger on Uefa itself, while the Paris police and French government were also condemned.  If risk to life can still happen when the world’s media are there, broadcasting every second, it can happen anywhere.

Scottish football mostly feels safe, unless you are part of a kettled few hundred, boxed in by horses, or with bottles raining down on you.  Complacency shown on these matters when we visit Ibrox is a disgrace.

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  1. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Full time Dortmund 1 Chelsea 0



    But … whisper it.



    Chelsea played very well.



    Starting to look the part under Graham “Harry” Potter and Bishopbriggs’ own Billy Reid.



    Parallels with Ange – they’ve clearly been told to play it out from the back and suffer the pain and discomfort while they learn to get it right.



    For all their big buys, Reece James, just back from injury was their best player on the night.

  2. Aye, but what a smart goal from Young Adeyemi…


    And yes, Chelsea looked good from what I saw of the second half although kind of spoiled by the Geordie pundit who talked more than the commentator…a bit of an irritating c*nt…

  3. seen that c*nt on tv tonight being less than gracious about wee square heid – hes even more of a c*nt than i thought.



    btw, those who think that the gb let themselves down are very much in the minority, even on celtic quaint news.



    btw, btw, keir starmer is also a c*nt

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Well done to Motherwell tonight.



    Clearly St Mirren hadn’t recovered from the exertion of chasing Ange’s team at the weekend.



    Tight at the bottom. Well move up 3 places off the back of just one result.



    At risk of being sizeist – I wouldn’t be saddened to see Ross County go down if it meant bigger clubs (infrastructure, fan base, history) stayed in the SPFL.



    As for promotion – a look at the Championship league table is sobering.



    Queens Park sit on top just ahead of Dundee and Ayr United with fourth and seventh separated by just two points.



    It’s clearly competitive but whether the standard of football is any good or not?

  5. And speaking of commentators, they can really spoil your enjoyment of a game. I don’t like the Celtic TV pairing., too much pointless chat. Tonight I watched the start of the Motherwell v Saint Mirren game. I’m afraid the young commentator thought he was speaking to a blind audience…non stop, every single detail, who was kicking the ball, to whom, with which foot…and on, and on, and on….a bit like this post.

  6. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Setting Free the Bears for Res 12. & Oscar Knox on 15th February 2023 9:49Pm



    Thanks for your input.



    My reference was to those idiots posting during this afternoon’s hours when JH was playing his game. If you were one of them, he was terrific

  7. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Setting Free the Bears for Res12. & Oscar Knox on 15th February 2023 11.14PM



    No worriesl, I only see what freeview tv shows. This week bbc red button has snooker.



    To my undereducated eye, jh rolled back the years today. No hesitancy before his shots, simply brilliant potting.

  8. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    PB @ 10:40 Lol.






    Just turned back into a pumpkin.



    Night all.

  9. PB- they are revamping lesser Hampden, i think QP are ahead of schedule, so it will be interesting

  10. Good morning from North Staffs – don’t know what the weather’s like, haven’t looked out the window yet.

  11. The hand of God on

    I thought the GB banner was magnificent and anyone who claimed to be offended by the C word must be lleading a very sheltered life.The C word sums that scumbag up perfectly…in fact it’s not strong enough.

  12. MARSPAPA on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 6:53 PM









    Celtic receive Kyogo Furuhashi injury boost





    ByDominic LundPosted on 15 February 2023, 17:45







    Celtic have received a big injury boost, with Kyogo Furuhashi now said to be feeling hopeful of returning for the League Cup final against Rangers at Hampden.





    MAGIC….If KYOGO is gonna be Fit for THAT Final ?



    I have a Gut Feeling that MAYBE Big ANGE is maybe happy to let KYOGO miss out on the squad for this weeks game v Aberdeen…….cos if he is missing….THAT alone will keep the HUNS GUESSING whether KYOGO is FIT for the Final, until just before Kick Off ?



    Cheers mate.



  13. Prestonpans bhoys on




    As I just said on SC:



    Ross is certainly an attention seeker, even last night on Newsnight he was the only person to be overly critical of the First Ministers departure. Trying to make political gains, it was obvious Kirsty Wark wanted to end the interview, jings even Salmond paid tribute.



    I think the use of the c word was generous from the GB for , as a senior Tory said, a political pygmy

  14. !!BADA BING!! on 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 8:07 PM


    Raquel Welch RIP






    RAQUEL R.I.P..



    A few years ago ( MAYBE in Raquels auto biography ?), she claimed that when making the 1966 Film ” FANTASTIC VOYAGE” alongside she really fancied the Star of the film …..the very Handsome STEPHEN BOYD.



    Many female film goers had fallen for Stephen, even before he played ” MESSALA” in the Epic movie ” BEN HUR”.


    Raquel and Stephen went somewhere posh for dinner during the making of “Fantastic Voyage”, After dinner and in a LIMO, they approached Raquels Hotel. When the Limo stopped to drop off Raquel, show offered Stephen a late night Cocktail in HER Hotel Bedroom, but she had other plans for Stephen out with a late drink ?



    Stephen politely refused the late night offer, and the Limo drove off, leaving a very frustrated Raquel on the pavement.


    Some time later Raquel CLAIMED that she thought that Stephen MUST be Gay, as how could any Man REFUSE Raquel ?


    I do NOT know, if Raquel seriously thought that of Stephen, or was HER EGO so wounded that she decided to spread it around Hollywood that Stephen Boyd was Gay, in order to damage his reputation with the Ladies ?



    We’ll never know ?


    Stephan Boyd ( Gay or not ?), is just one of the many Film stars that I also enjoy watching on screen….he had a real presence about him, whether it was a s MESSALA or as a Violent Bad Man in Westerns….or as an IRA Man ?


    Stephen sadly died on a Golf course with a Heart Attack in California just short of hi 46th Birthday.


    He was Born in GLENGORMELY, Ireland.


    His Birth Name was…” WILLIAM MILLAR”


    Ive read differing accounts of WHERE Stephen is buried, some say in California, some say BELFAST ?



    He was a GREAT ACTOR i mho.



  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good morning CQN



    Genuine question



    Does anyone know how many penalties Nick Walsh has awarded to Sevco and to us in his short career to date?

  16. As one of my English Teachers at school shouted at me one day….



    ” Wee Jimmy…..WHERES your GRAMMER ” ?



    ” At the BINGO Miss”….I replied.





  17. Well,I hope there are no more moans about Nick Walsh refereeing the final.They are now saying he is the best Scottish Referee since Bobby Madden.What more do you people want,for Gods sake ?.

  18. Big Jimmy


    Stephen Boyd was born Whitehouse, Belfast not far from Glengormley.His ashes were interred in a cemetery in California.



    Setting Free the Bears for Res12. & Oscar Knox on 15th February 2023 11.14PM



    No worriesl, I only see what freeview tv shows. This week bbc red button has snooker.



    To my undereducated eye, jh rolled back the years today. No hesitancy before his shots, simply brilliant potting.




    Glad to hear that. I’m away just now and missed the snooker. Akways better to watch it when you’re supporting someone (like John). Would love to see him win another tournament.

  20. Big Jimmy,



    Quite a few of the Heart throbs in Hollywood in those days were a bit light on their feet.