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  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.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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  1. Why does it always return to the top of the page when I refresh the page? Meaning I have to scroll down the whole page!


    Also the lettering is a tad pale



  2. whitedoghunch on

    In the recent Billy Stark interview when asked about Stuart Armstrong and his best position during his time with the scotland set up he firmly said central mid I’m sure he will gradually work his way to that position for us

  3. Craigellachie10 on

    Btw excellent result for Aberdeen I’ll settle for the same in Baku next week.

  4. lennon's passion on

    Delighted to say, in response to the many who have asked that Qarabag v Celtic will be live on the new BT Sport Europe channel. Wed 5.15 pm.

  5. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Help! Ah’m loast!



    Taken me a while to get logged in and to find the comments section but early impressions are that CQN looks good.



    Well done, Paul and once again thank you for giving us this great forum to blether, argue the toss and generally rant and howl at the moon.

  6. So hard to navigate new site.too many ads.cant enlarge letters….need to see if i have braille on my fone!!!

  7. kevinlasvegas on

    shiny and new. I like it.



    Played well last night for early in the season. Izzy still has a bit to go and Jo always starts slow. Passing will improve as the games go on. Forrest for me is a busted flush. No thanks. Ciftci will also come good. Biton, Lustig, VVD and Boyata all played really well.




  8. leftclicktic on

    Has J titor


    Been visiting us again :)))))


    I will get used to it ,


    fae the man who hates his telly getting upgraded because he will get a new remote control tae work out.



  9. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Glad to see the new site moving with the times. It may take some time to get used to but onwards and upwards.



    Suppose a ‘troll’ or ‘blowhard’ filter is asking too much?

  10. Very nice Paul.



    Here’s a nugget from Willie Miller after today’s Dons Europa qualie..



    “A 2-1 result on the night, taking everything into consideration, is a good result given the quality opposition Aberdeen were facing.



    “They look like they have two or three players capable of finding the net, the same as Aberdeen.



    “Aberdeen have nothing to fear…”



    Apart from the two or three players capable of finding the net that is.

  11. Jimmynotpaul on

    Not sure about new format, don’t know if anyone else the same but everything a bit slow loading at my end.


    Poor comment earlier about Cifti being a donkey.

  12. New site looks pretty good, article text just increased in size when I refreshed the page?



    Comments might be better one text point bigger and a darker grey.

  13. DiCanioWasADream on

    iPhone and I can’t read it too well.


    The adds are using up my limited data.

  14. Fixed


    Well done Paul A bit more strength on the colour and all will be well


    Like the new look



  15. Paul,


    how dare you take the blog off the air? Don’t you know that the modern Celtic fan is entitled to have 24-7 access to the blog?



    Just as we are entitled to EVERY Celtic game LIVE. Or actually, we should be getting the broadcast the day before the game so we can get our bets in. Anything else is unacceptable. Why Celtic are charging us for this, I don’t know…even though many are actually pirating the feed, we have the right to complain. Yes we do.



    And…see when we actually have to buy tickets? We demand a print at home option. Not having this is unacceptable. What? we have that option? Where? Top right hand corner, you say? Well, we have a right to complain anyway. It should be in the middle of the page. In big bold green letters. Not that yellow rubbish we have on the new away jumper. We are going to complain about that, too.



    Anyway, here’s hoping we make the Champions League. Then we can moan about having to watch us beat Barcelona from another seat that isn’t the one I paid for even though the view was great.



    And making poor Tony Donnelly have to actually inform Celtic of his change of address? Despicable. And him an old man, as well….



    CQN. The Still Game of the Internet.



    Only kidding about the blog, though….:)





  16. Lucky I got my new big giant iPhone readings a dawdle, winning captan no a big fan of concentrating on profit but need must and you ve done a grand job, changeover went well, well done n hail hail

  17. Mon The Hoops! on

    tamtim on 30th July 2015 5:51 pm



    So hard to navigate new site.too many ads.cant enlarge letters….need to see if i have braille on my fone!!!



    To enlarge the text on any webpage: hold down the Ctrl button and press +


    or Ctrl & – if you want it smaller.


    It should remember these setting s every time you go into the page

  18. Looking good.


    Takes a bit getting to grips with tho.


    Decent result for the sheep.



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