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  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.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. Quick question and I know it’s early, but I’ll be in Icmeler, Turkiye for the Glasgow derby on the 9th. Anyone know if there is a fitba bar there or will I have to go to Marmarais. Or any of you Turkish ghuys know if BT sport is readily available or whether Scottish football is on another channel I should ask for.


    Thanks in advance ;-)

  2. Adblock must be working well because I don’s see ads. The font has been darkened and enlarged too – surely this should have been sorted out at the beta test stage!!

  3. Took a while to get back on. First impressions are that the font is too pale particularly for each poster’s moniker.

  4. North Cyprus (formerly Baku) Bhoy on

    Mon The Hoops! on 30th July 2015 6:07 pm




    Thanks for that tip! Now I can read from my chair!




  5. The only thing that is guaranteed never to change ,is that changes always happen.




  6. whitedoghunch on

    adblock working for me


    Oldtim will be having kittens can somebody go find him

  7. Sorry Paul, the ole blog is jumpier than a tramps pants! :-(



    Samsung phone.



    Early days but like the Hoops I hope we progress.

  8. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I think Armstrong will be the replacement for Scot Brown when Scot has to stop playing and is good forward planning in my opinion. H.H.

  9. bournesouprecipe on

    Complaints galore




















































































  10. skyisalandfill on

    New website hopeless.



    A classic case of if in ain’t broke.



    Why have the designers not listened to the feedback on the abortive magazine. It didn’t work either.




  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    For those on their travels next week and wanting to watch the game:



    If you’re a BT customer, BT Sport is accessed via the web. You just need to activate your BT Sport account online, and thereafter log into BT Sport as usual*, although if you’re abroad, you’ll need to ca’ canny with internet access or the charges may be painful.



    *Assumes BT Sport does not restrict access to their content for those outside of the UK. If so, electronic countermeasures will be required.

  12. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    On the ole bhlog you could spot a roaster at twa paces n scroll by,it’s a wee bit harder noo.





  13. zombieheadhunter on

    Keeps cutting out on my phone.


    Teething problems I’m sure.


    Give it time.

  14. skyisalandfill on

    Keeps on reloading and logging me out on iPhone and IPad not much better.



    I know it’s free so we can’t really complain but feel like I’m bereaved by the loss of an old, predictable, trustworthy friend.

  15. Hi lhads and lhassies. Leebozbhoy reporting from the mothership! What happened to the blogosphere?? Confusing!!


    Hail hail!!

  16. Who moved my cheese?



    Hi Paul67,



    Like the new blog, well done Winning Captains, Yersel and all who worked so hard to make it happen.



    Easy to type so you’ll be hearing a lot more from me….



    Only kidding. The only way I’m posting more is if you bring back the rubbish bins, so you can bin your duff posts.



    Might even make my spelling look gud…



    Any good luck with it all.



    Thank you for providing us with such a great platform to keep in touch with all things Celtica.



    Onwards and up wards….. now, where was that cheese.



    Hail Hail

  17. Some way to go to make this site usable. Trying on iPad and iPhone .



    – takes ages to load


    – sometimes it doesn’t load , error occurred and page is reloaded


    – on iPhone it never completed the load, kept getting redirected to ads and opened up the App Store


    – I need to scroll all the way to the bottom to login. REALLY?


    – took me four attempts to login, page reloading problems as above


    – took ages to load AGAIN



    I’m sure it’s just teething problems but the page reload problem has been prevalent on CQN magazine for ever. Why launch new site without fixing it first?

  18. Me’s thinking, smell the burning rubber, that’s the rubber nut.


    Anyroadup, me’s thinking the ads are what happens when you get on the website and before you get into the blog. Noticed ads disappeared after logging onto the blog.


    In den 1, 2, 3

  19. The Battered Bunnet


    Xavi is a true genius but is also ably assisted by the fantastic off the ball movement of his team.


    Even limited footballers look good when they have more options created by team mates.


    We have very little movement in the final third.


    Our tempo seems to stall in this area.


    Is it the limitation of our squad or limitation’s of our coaching staff?


    We are a reactionary team only moving when pass is played and this makes us easy to defend against as opponents have plenty time to set.


    I f we could be coached into a more proactive style the opposition would have to adjust more and work a lot harder.


    Our lack of creativity in the centre of midfield does not help.


    Armstrong should play more central as he has vision and athleticism.

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