Welcome to the new look Celtic Quick News


Welcome to the new look Celtic Quick News.

There are a few changes.  We are on a new version of WordPress and are using a more modern template (which we’ve been using for CQN Magazine for some time) but your existing user name and login details will still work.  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.  To get to the comments section scroll to the bottom of the page and login as usual.  The Magazine site is no longer a separate entity, news items, which previously appeared there, will now appear below the most recent two blog articles on the Celtic Quick News home page – most recent article top left, second mode recent, top right.

We’ll be making modifications over the next few days.  I’ve moved server environments (from three dedicated physical servers to a modifiable virtual environment).  Not convinced we have the balance right here so there’s likely to be some tweeking ahead.  Also, please ignore any CQNMagazine livery for now, it’ll be replaced in due course.

Today’s article appears below but was originally published on the old template.  I’ve not had a chance to copy comments from this article yet but comments from previous articles are on the new version.

Hope you like it (don’t hate it too much!).

Thanks, Paul.

Last night’s article:

Last night played out pretty much as I hoped and expected.  A win to zero was what I asked for, while Qarabag demonstrated the kind of resistance which served them so well last season, before tiring late on.

Craig Gordon didn’t have a save to make.  What worries there were at the back came from the sudden realisation that Qarabag were up-field and within the kind of range that a hit-and-hope effort could fly in.  Concerns in Celtic’s final third are a bit more pronounced.  Up against a well organised defence, we created very little and again relied upon a set-piece to break the deadlock.

Did you notice the passing issues we had in the first half?  Individual players can have days when passing just isn’t right but when things go wrong on an industrial scale, there’s usually a reason for it.

For me it looked like we were not compact enough.  It’s normal to spread across the field when dealing with a packed defence, but we were invariably over-ambitious with our passing.  Try to think of partnerships which looked good last night?  Apart from the central defensive paring I can’t think of any.  Lots of good performances, but the first half was marked by poor passing and players not in-tune with each other.

The change to 4-4-2, which is naturally more compact, helped, even as it came at the cost of our best player until then, Nir Bitton.  There are lots of reasons why most of the time we are going to stay with 4-2-3-1, but we need to learn how to be more compact in this formation.

I was reluctant to see Kris Commons make an appearance, as tense Celtic Park crowds are not the most understanding of players who are short of fitness.  Fortunately, Kris didn’t need to cover a lot of ground, but his first touch of the season was good enough to create the best opening of the game.  Thereafter he brought a tangible change in the goal threat.

We’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth restating.  To win tight games you often need to create seven or eight good chances.  Without Kris Commons we rarely do this.

We will be clear favourites now to progress, and although Qarabag are a decent team, we saw nothing too concerning, but the tie is far from finished.  Get the tactics wrong out there, fail to create partnerships from middle to forward, and we’ll be turfed out.

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    Blinkin’ flip,mate! You kept that quiet.



    Take it easy,chill oot n relax. Hope everything goes well for you and you can get back to being dragged around by some huskies in no time,flat.

  2. Burgas Hoops on 31st July 2015 9:18 am




    Good news, although is CQN really the place to be if you’ve had heart problems?! Keep well.

  3. Burgas Hoops




    Glad to hear things have gone well. Make sure you get a treadmill (for the dogs) till you’re back to fighting fitness. :-)



  4. Bonjour.



    Will Paul be selling off bits and pieces of the old site for us to keep as momentoes?



    Was speaking to an old friend last night who’s just been diagnosed terminal, a humbling experience, especially when somebody in that position says to you “Actually I feel great. I no longer have to worry about the uncertainties of life”.



    Certainly put perspection on my daily woes.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I will add your friend to my prayers

  6. Morning all from an overcast and cold ,for me, South Ayrshire coast.



    Hope you all survived yesterday’s traumatic events on the new super duper high-tec CQN.




  7. McDowellcelt god bless wee oscar on

    When does the training school start to learn how to use this new layout?? Stick me in for it!lol


    Stokesy bhoy on his way then. Think he was an easy target for fans. Ciftci no better than him in my opinion. We need a striker badly.. HH

  8. Rioskorrie on 31st July 2015 9:56 am






    Will Paul be selling off bits and pieces of the old site for us to keep as momentoes?



    Was speaking to an old friend last night who’s just been diagnosed terminal, a humbling experience, especially when somebody in that position says to you “Actually I feel great. I no longer have to worry about the uncertainties of life”.



    Certainly put perspection on my daily woes.





    Miracles happen.

  9. after my 1st post was lost in the new ether :)))


    Just sitting here thinking about the pleasure I had meeting many CQNrs at the game on Wed, people I have met that are firm friends now that I would probably have passed in the Street with an “aww right” and a friendly nod after seeing their colours.


    People like our two new Polish recruits whom I met through Delaneys Dunkey.


    People whom I now watch ,discuss and whisper it criticise with :))).


    People whose kids and grandkids now meet you with a smile ,


    People I now share text & emails with ,


    People whom if they can ensure I make my journey to & fro the game easier.


    People who ensure I get to games I may not have made,


    People I have met a gatherings


    ,like CQN nights and Hootenanny days (I usually slope before the real fun begins) :)),


    People I have met at bucket collections and more people I will catch up with at the Kano bucket collection tomorrow, People whose effort to see The Celtic Leave me in AWE(a special mention to Dena and her princess) and all those whom have to travell many miles to see the Hoops,


    People I will meet for the 1st time tomorrow after Interacting with on here about many things.




    More than a football blog


    where people become friends for life .


    Off ooooot to try and change the wee mhans 1st school blazer that he has stretched out of in the past few weeks :)))))))))))


    Till later all and thank you for being here especially the roasters they know who they are

  10. Oh well. It was the simplicity of the old style CQN that made this site so appealing. Progress is not always for the best I guess!



    Good luck for the future…!

  11. 21-5-79 on 31st July 2015 9:57 am


    The new site is not very Apple friendly.


    Nor Orange


    Coat ooot :)))

  12. FourGreenFields on




    Good post mate , was a pleasure as always to catch up with you on Wednesday night .



  13. Last one


    before i head


    What fans of all clubs except the newest one are up against in the SMSM



    Seen on twitter from Big FSDJ


    Derek Johnstone:” Holding on to Scott Allan could derail Hibs bid to land the Championship”

  14. Som mes que un club on

    New site very slick and very PC friendly.



    Less so on Apple device.



    Continually kicked out and crashing.