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There were so many pleasing aspects to yesterday’s performance.  Perhaps most importantly, we won a game and scored goals without our primary creative fulcrum, Kris Commons, and without playing our backup fulcrum, Charlie Mulgrew, in a creative position.

Several players will return for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off decider against Helsingborgs but Tony Watt has given Neil Lennon plenty to consider.  He was by some magnitude the best player on the field, and was considerably more threatening than his strike partner, Gary Hooper, who has had no genuine competition for the main striker position since arriving at Celtic two years ago.  I’ve felt for some time that Gary needs to be pushed.  Tony might be the man to do this.

Do you remember six years ago we mocked Paul Le Guen’s Rangers with, “You’re fourth in the SPL…”  Poor Sevco are fourth in the fourth tier of Scottish football.  Give that guy McCoist another 5% of the shares, he’s absolutely priceless.

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  1. The problem with waiting till the last couple of days to do your business in transfer window is that it then becomes an auction

     

     

    For instance IF we are interested in boy Boly then i presume he has been on our list for a while So if we go in for him in July and agree fee our chances become higher of getting him

     

    But by waiting till last days so called bigger clubs have maybe failed to get there 1st/2nd/3rd preferences so suddenly Boly is up at the top of there list and the money suddenly jumps up outwith our reach

     

     

    A failure to plan is a plan to fail

  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Tim Tanium

     

     

    I share your unease over the apparent absence of process in the Armstrong saga, however until we see the evidence that Armstrong has declined to contest, it is perhaps best to remain open minded.

     

     

    The following links provide some background – the SI story alone from last year runs to 5000 words. Essentially, in a ‘sport’ in which doping was a standard practice (thus ensuring a level playing field…) doubts have been raised over Armstrong’s use of PEDs for 15 years.

     

     

    It is claimed that he has failed 2 tests in his career. One for steriods in 1999, when his team doctor issued a retrospective prescription to provide an alibi, and a second in 2005 (ish) when his sample tested positive for EPO during trials to develop a test for that drug.

     

     

    With Armstrong having declined to contest the USADA evidence beyond attempting to use legal procedure to stymie the charges, the matter will remain entirely unsatisfactory as there will be no external determination of the facts. I think, on balance, that Armstrong has disserved his sport by permitting this uncertainty to linger.

     

     

    While there is no recorded case of an innocent athlete admitting guilt on doping, the default position for athletes returning positive tests has always been denial, sometimes to absurd lengths. Marion Jones for example, never tested positive (A+B samples) but was found guilty of perjury following evidence given against her and finally relented. Armstrong is in a similar position from what I can see – it’s his team mates, doctors and support staff who have provided statements on his use of drugs, rather than any direct chemical evidence.

     

     

    Hopefully, for all involved, we will get some definitive clarity soon.

     

     

    TBB

     

     

    http://t.co/vYykQP56

     

     

    http://t.co/MENEFLU7

     

     

    http://t.co/sYPDrdeO

  3. greenjedi

     

     

    I was sitting on my seat, head between my legs .

     

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    Are you a contortionist ?

  4. SFFS

     

     

    He’s a good player but I’d rather we looked inwards and continue to give chances to Tony Watt and others coming behind him like Bahrudin Atajić, Paul George and Denny Johnstone.

     

     

    Mort

  5. Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,

     

    Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell,Russell.

     

     

    That is not a call for Russell……simply my self-imposed punishment for spelling his name wrongly.

     

     

    JJ

  6. Snake I can find no coroboration of your assertion that he has had blood tests which have shown he has had something in his system.

     

    Here is a man who has survived testicular and brain cancer and also offered encouragement to BBJ when he also faced this fight. I want to think the best of him.

     

    He has been an inspiration to many.

     

    May he Live Strong.

  7. voguepunter

     

    12:01 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    greenjedi

     

     

    I was sitting on my seat, head between my legs .

     

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    Are you a contortionist ?

     

     

     

    ……………

     

     

    Its amazing what you cannae breath

  8. Prince Albert_Kidd of Hamilton on

    ABZMike

     

    11:53 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    When BA finish mending the plane I’m sittin on at Heatrow, I’m heading to Juba in South Sudan – anyone know of a bar there I’ll be able to catch the game on Wednesday?

     

     

    MiddleOfNowhere CSC

     

     

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    Get off that plane!

     

     

    I dreamt of a plane crash last night.

     

     

    HH

  9. • Chairbhoy

     

    11:27 on 27 August, 2012

     

    BigJoe,

     

    Well done to your Son, hope he excels and enjoys what can be a varied and stimulating career.

     

    I trained as an Electronic Engineer, my youngest is about to start his third year in Electrical.

     

    Cheers for that, the oldest is in Aberdeen doing petroleum, but the youngest is following his heart, and a girl to Edinburgh.

     

     

    They both have their mothers brains.

     

     

    BigJoe2thickforSchool

  10. We do need a big bruiser of a CF for Plan C, when Plans A & B are not working. However we need a big bruiser of a CH more.

  11. Tim Tanium & The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    As much as everyone can admire Lance Armstrong for coming through what he has and for his incredible success, there have been suspicions over him for years and it’s hard not to be suspicious, because as talented as he is, during his run of 7 tour de france wins, he was beating men who were doped up to the eyeballs. For him to have done this “clean” while his competitors weren’t would have been an even greater achievement, perhaps the best sporting achievement of all time.

     

     

    To beat so many confirmed cheats once would have been exceptional. To have done so 7 times, well…

     

     

    Mort

  12. saltires en sevilla on

    hamiltontim

     

     

    11:48 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    saltires en sevilla

     

    11:46 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    Tully57 -cheers

     

     

    Met a great guy with classic 50′s shirt ‘Tully’ on the back

     

     

    He wears a Gondolier hat…I thought matador ..he kept me right on that:)

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Was his name Franny?

     

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    Not sure mate -think his surname started with M tho’ :)

     

     

    He told me everyone just calls him Tully

     

     

    He was in Helsinki and Ivtild hom I’d spotted him and his partner there.

     

     

    Great guy full of life..

     

     

    HH

  13. prince albert_kidd of hamilton

     

     

    Not helpful!

     

    I have a feeling we’ll be heading back to the lounge shorty though…

  14. Looking for a wee bit of help.I like to use an MP3 player,but the wires annoy me.is there ear-phones for MP3 players alone,or do all wireless ear-phones pick up gadgets

  15. Jungle Jim

     

    Russell and Rankin are both going to Celtic Park on Wednesday. They took the Arabs complimentary tickets.

  16. Jude, Daly is another Chris Killen, simple as that.

     

     

    Mort, exactly. Paul George is potential and should be played as part of the squad when fit. A fairnfew other in 19s are playing very well too. If we are to buy a player it must be a first 11 player.

     

     

    SffS

  17. Snake Plissken on

    Tim Tanium

     

     

    I saw it on a report from an American show. It might be wrong. I’ll go back and check it.

     

    Absolutely let the man live a long and healthy life after what he has been through and by all means support him in that. I don’t think we need to doubt his sincerity there with all his charity work.

     

     

    The problem is do you take titles off of him when all the rest were at it? I don’t think anyone could be given these titles in that case.

  18. The Battered Bunnet on

    Mort

     

     

    Yip. As an aside, I understand there is some difficulty establishing who ought to be retrospectively awarded the titles Armstrong is to be stripped of on the basis that most of the highest placed riders in the years in question have been done for doping themselves.

  19. Feels like an Autumn day in Paisley, hasn’t stopped raining since early this morning, and its a wee bit cold.

  20. Prince Albert_Kidd of Hamilton on

    ABZMike

     

    12:10 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    prince albert_kidd of hamilton

     

     

    Not helpful!

     

    I have a feeling we’ll be heading back to the lounge shorty though…

     

     

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    Sorry. nothing in Celtic Bars. Now searching on google earth for you.

     

     

    good luck

     

     

    HH

  21. NEIL Lennon was delighted with the performance and victory at Inverness, and it was two teenagers in the team who impressed the Hoops boss in the 4-2 victory.

     

     

    Due to a number of regular first-team players sidelined through injury, Tony Watt and Filip Twardzik were both in the starting line-up for the first time. The pair played an impressive match, with Watt scoring two goals, taking his tally to a total of four already for Celtic.

     

     

    The Celtic manager has given a number of young players a taste of first-team experience, and Joe Chalmers was another player who came on for his debut, with the team 4-0 up and the manager keen to rest some of his key players ahead of Wednesday´s match against Helsingborgs.

     

     

    Not surprisingly, the Celtic manager was pleased with his team’s performance, with the Hoops dominant throughout the game at a traditionally difficult venue.

     

     

    “It gives me a lot of food for thought,” said the manager. “I thought Watt had a sensational game and Twardzic was excellent as well. They have done themselves no harm at all with that performance.

     

     

    “Tony has very good assets. He is full of running and was a real handful for the back two and Filip we have known about for quite a while, so it was just a case of giving him the opportunity to get in.

     

     

    “They have done very well in a difficult tie, and it’s a great performance and result for us.”

     

     

    Looking ahead to Wednesday’s vital UEFA Champions League match against Helsingborgs, the Celtic boss is looking for another winning performance after the 2-0 victory in Sweden last week.

     

     

    “The squad is in good shape now, considering the hectic schedule that we’ve had and they have performed very well,” he said.

     

     

    “Wednesday is such a huge game in context of the season, and hopefully the likes of Commons, Samaras, Brown and Rogne will be okay to play.

     

     

    “It is just about Wednesday night now and for this young team to progress and enhance themselves. Wednesday is important for them. If we can get through the tie, then you never know where it could take them.”

  22. From the official site

     

     

     

    Manager: Young stars sparkled in Inverness

     

    By: Eimear McKenna on 27 Aug, 2012 11:50

     

    NEIL Lennon was delighted with the performance and victory at Inverness, and it was two teenagers in the team who impressed the Hoops boss in the 4-2 victory.

     

     

    Due to a number of regular first-team players sidelined through injury, Tony Watt and Filip Twardzik were both in the starting line-up for the first time. The pair played an impressive match, with Watt scoring two goals, taking his tally to a total of four already for Celtic.

     

     

    The Celtic manager has given a number of young players a taste of first-team experience, and Joe Chalmers was another player who came on for his debut, with the team 4-0 up and the manager keen to rest some of his key players ahead of Wednesday´s match against Helsingborgs.

     

     

    Not surprisingly, the Celtic manager was pleased with his team’s performance, with the Hoops dominant throughout the game at a traditionally difficult venue.

     

     

    “It gives me a lot of food for thought,” said the manager. “I thought Watt had a sensational game and Twardzic was excellent as well. They have done themselves no harm at all with that performance.

     

     

    “Tony has very good assets. He is full of running and was a real handful for the back two and Filip we have known about for quite a while, so it was just a case of giving him the opportunity to get in.

     

     

    “They have done very well in a difficult tie, and it’s a great performance and result for us.”

     

     

    Looking ahead to Wednesday’s vital UEFA Champions League match against Helsingborgs, the Celtic boss is looking for another winning performance after the 2-0 victory in Sweden last week.

     

     

    “The squad is in good shape now, considering the hectic schedule that we’ve had and they have performed very well,” he said.

     

     

    “Wednesday is such a huge game in context of the season, and hopefully the likes of Commons, Samaras, Brown and Rogne will be okay to play.

     

     

    “It is just about Wednesday night now and for this young team to progress and enhance themselves. Wednesday is important for them. If we can get through the tie, then you never know where it could take them.”

  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tim tanium

     

     

    11:33 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

     

    ….Certainly would never pre-judge anyone ……. Just found the analegy amusing…..

     

     

    Incidentally, I found the ‘suspicion’ levied towards the Chinese Gold winner disgusting ….. Sour grapes

  24. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    Yep. Read that Jan Ullrich (sp?) was in line for 3 more which would give him 7 TDF wins. Wrong considering his performances were also tainted.

     

     

    Best thing might be just to leave them blank with an explanation as to why.

     

     

    Mort

  25. voguepunter

     

    12:01 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    greenjedi

     

     

    I was sitting on my seat, head between my legs .

     

     

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    I thought it was only dogs that could do that!

  26. voguepunter

     

    12:01 on

     

    27 August, 2012

     

    greenjedi

     

     

    I was sitting on my seat, head between my legs

     

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    Well thats the weekend’s sorted for you then.

  27. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Emdae got any info abt a band called The Big Elastic Band? I think they came from the Uddingston Viewpark area.

  28. Good afternoon CQN

     

     

    Started getting a load of texts wishing me happy birthday from people who I wouldn’t expect to know it’s my birthday, hence I had a wee look here.

     

     

    Thanks for all your kind wishes!!!

     

     

    Today is the feast day of St. Monica, who is by coincidence the patron Saint for Mothers with wayward children, unsure if my wee mam knew that when I was born – she certainly did a few years later :-)

     

     

    12 years ago to the day when we humped the huns 6-2, and also the day 18 years ago we humped the huns 2-0 @ Ibrox

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ba3u4n-pi8

     

     

    Thanks again for all your kind wishes – for the record, I’m still in my 30s. For those of you who have met me, yes I’ve had a hard life ;-)

     

     

    hh

     

     

    bjmac