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  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.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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    I’m sorry, can you shout louder – I can’t read what you said.

  2. 40 seconds to refresh page – admittedly using public wifi at airport, but never used to be a problem. Be back later tonight to test from mega fast broadband at home.



    You’ve not heard the last of the ole corner watch…

  3. googybhoy ♥ celtic on 30th July 2015 6:18 pm



    That looks just the spot-Magic :-D



    teşekkür ederim to you!

  4. This feels weird, bit of a difference from the ole blog to the new one



    Bit of green needed Paul67 for users names to stand out plus


    get rid of the blue page numbers cant be having that



    Early days yet but good luck



    MAH Embracing change

  5. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Still a bit flaky on the iPad… But mustn’t grumble…



    Oh, I just did. Sorry.





    Well,if the site had been like this in the early days,it would still be a roaring success. Maybe Winning Captains would have decided to improve it by using WordPress,who knows?



    On the plus side,it takes so long to reload a page that I can now order a pint while I’m waiting. And drink most of it.



    Still,as a better man than I might say…




  7. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    New format?



    Squeezing a quart into a pint pot springs to mind.



    Looks like Paul has ceded control of the blog to others and has been looking that way to me for a while.



    Paul had a tighter editorial control on posts and would never tolerate the levels of abuse that now that is now endemic.



    Tabloid Quick News.


    KOJO’s gonna luv this when he gets back.



    Try spacing out your paragraphs as he is wont to do,and see what happens.




    I reckon the only way to do it is as above,otherwise all the posts will look the same.




    One of the better points of the site is recognising the source of a post by its layout.


    This won’t do,oh no!

  9. Smell the rubber, me’s thinking it’s slow cause loads of people are logging out in, having no problems refreshing or posting but that might be down to the fancy new phone :)

  10. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    New format?



    Squeezing a quart into a pint pot springs to mind.



    Looks like Paul has ceded control of the blog to others and has been looking that way to me for a while.



    Paul had a tighter editorial control on posts and would never tolerate the levels of abuse that is now endemic.



    Tabloid Quick News.

  11. Greeninbingley on

    Golly! Jolly neat.



    Working fine on the big iMac, though slow to reload/load pages.



    I too would like a touch more green but tis a small point.



    Thanks for the hard work to Paul 67 all involved.

  12. Match is at 5.15 next Wednesday?



    FFS i arranged to get my hair cut at 6 so i wouldnt miss anything



    Bloody timezones



    Anyway, new site looks the biz




  13. normanstreet49 on

    First post on this new format.


    When typing the post the text is rather small.


    Probably a third of how it posts, I hope.


    Also when posting your text is grey on a lighter grey background??


    It is on my laptop anyway….


    Will take a bit of getting used to.


    About a week or so I would guess.


    Lots of practice will be required.


    Change and progress are good…. repeat…


    Change and progress are good…. repeat…



  14. normanstreet49 on

    My first post took about 30 seconds or so to actually “post”


    Teething problems no doubt.

  15. The Green Deila on

    Hail Hail


    Same result next week will do nicely


    Sheep still in wi a shout


    New blog can only get better



  16. FOGHORN LEGHORN on 30TH JULY 2015 5:40 PM


    is there a way to allow my posts to come up in green and for the words to flash on and off with a backdrop of Hoopy doing a big jobby on the ibrox centre circle?




    i watched hoopy before the march last night,



    class act that dug, great moves and some keepy uppy,



    i wish it could talk, what stories he could tell,

  17. Nearly 4…..yes 4 minutes to be able to type again after hitting f5



    Bang goes the ole podium hunting!



    Bang goes quick witty responses!



    Feel as if I’m trying to drive a moon buggy the response is so slow.



    Aff oot!

  18. yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss







    Just testing.




    Font much better. My neighbours can even read it now.



    Reload time atrocious though. (Chrome)

  19. P67



    Slow to load fur me but I live out in the sticks and bandwidth sh***..



    Anyway best of luck and once I master the nav it should be fine.

  20. rudicantfail on

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits next move after PSG will be a ‘very big surprise’


    Daily Mail‎ – 10 hours ago





  21. 50 shades of green on

    Change is never good, they say it is but it never is.



    SheldonCooper. Csc

  22. 50 shades of green on

    That was not bad first post on new site took about as long as a qarabag player coming off when subbed

  23. Eventually got on with the phone, i-pad nope.



    Must admit it looks a lot more professional and will take time to be accepted, especially with old blokes like BT,ACGR and BMCUW :))

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