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  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.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. Tallybhoy…



    You will be glad of a wee bit of rain now your back for two weeks. HH



    Paul, I-pad’s no prob now, it was probably me anyway :(

  2. Dj67MadeThisPost4Hours2TurdsAnd2InchesOfFacialHairAgo on

    JMCCORMICK on 30TH JULY 2015 7:59 PM


    Last post went somewhere? Anyway I can’t find BTSport Europe on my Virgin Media list? Still got BT Sport 1 and 2 listed…anyone know if it will be on one of them?



    Its BTS ESPN I think you’re looking for Channel 549, listed belown Box Nation

  3. Having serious probs logging in on the computer, the phone with a brain managed no bother, even registered with a new name, sent me a password and still won’t log me in, and the phone keeps logging me out, rant over, hopefully sorted soon.



  4. Dj67MadeThisPost4Hours2TurdsAnd2InchesOfFacialHairAgo on






    Like the name change,bud!




    Thanks Pal!



    I like it too. Unfortunately tho, it has 31st of July Expiry date.



    Hail Hail

  5. West End of East End





    Many thanks…I will wait to see if the telly magicians do their stuff on August 1st.

  6. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    How on earth am I supposed to leave a comment on here? How many people have already asked that question? Does my bum look big on htis new site?




  7. Winning captains


    Managing to read first page ok but when I try to navigate other pages or stories I’m being turfed out. Honest I’m no a Hun.


    Using iPad



  8. Need some help. I do not have any adblocker filters on my PC



    The ADS on the new site seem worse so can anyone advise of a safe and effective adblocker.



    Low cost or free would be fab.




  9. non dee ploom on

    First look at the new CQN, i think i like it, has anyone said a modern template is like a new signing :>).

  10. Paul67


    Guid luck wi the new format.


    I’m in the comfort (nae change) camp masel’ but the point about the blog being old and needing updated sounds like someone trying to tell me that it should be consigned to wonderful memories, just like Stein, Murdoch and Larsson.


    Moving forward, I will grudgingly accept this new format – as long as you can promise me that Ciftci will score 30 goals a season.


    I think that in years to come Charlie and the Bhoys will be singing about the old site.



    Look what they done to ma blog….Paul

  11. Jungle Jim



    Squad rotation with the lame and the knackered getting a day in the director’s box.

  12. Teuchter ár lá



    For Ciftci to score 30 goals a season ….we will need the Wattie Smith


    extension/ mythical non extension to it. hh

  13. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    The blog has banned me from posting. I’ve lost about 5 posts in cyber space over the last two hours. No bad thing, I h at you say. :-((

  14. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Congratulations and thank you for being the first person to respond to one of my posts since Paul Fangle Dangled the Ol` CQN. I feel quite emotional. I think I agree with you but I also see the benefits of as much game time together as possible in preparation for the CL game and, hopefully, games to come in that competition.





    PS The CQN at the bottom of my screen is in 3D. I want to put a pencil behind it!

  15. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    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.



    LENNON N MC….MJALLBY on 30TH JULY 2015 6:28 PM


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








    Funniest post of the day. Like a haiku on its simplicity and its accuracy. Had tears rolling down my cheeks as I laughed out loud. Wife wondering what was going on.

  16. clogher celt on

    Houl Yer Wheest,



    Sorry. When and where are you all meeting up?







  17. The blog seems to be reloading a bit faster now, even on my valve powered bakolite cased laptop.

  18. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    At the top of the page, it says: How are you, Jungle Jim Hot Smoked. Who wants to know?




  19. Plenty of work still to do on the new site and these will happen over the next few days.



    The number of people on the new merged site is really high. The magazine site has a strong following in its own right and if you logged into cqnmagazine.com you can now sign up and comment under the post by Paul67 at the top of the site.



    We are aware of iPad issues and moved from mag server to the much bigger CQN server to see if it sorted the problem. I continually check on iPad and don’t have the issues described. Cowiebhoy if you are around maybe I could pop round to see what you are seeing on your iPad?



    Rome wasn’t built in a day so please bear with us…

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