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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  The old WordPress was years out of date and we were beginning to run into issues as a consequence.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. Mon The Hoops! on

    Sorry in advance.

     

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  2. Jungle JIm

     

     

    I am humbled to be stood here on the shoulders of giants.

     

     

    I like to thank my maw n paw, Miss Graham, my teacher at St Dominics, Castlemilk who always believed in me.

  3. TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ on 30TH JULY 2015 8:28 PM

     

    VP…If he scores 10 I would be happy.

     

    Ciftci and Bada Bing in the Vogue

     

    THE ABOVE IS A LINK :-)

     

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    Well seeing it’s in black and white….vogue not had a pool table for dunky’s hh

  4. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on

    Anyway, it cheerio from me for tonight. Looking forward to what the new site will look like tomorrow.

     

    Cheerio,

     

     

    JJ

  5. Dj67MadeThisPost4Hours2TurdsAnd2InchesOfFacialHairAgo on

    RWE on 30th July 2015 8:17 pm

     

     

    I use ABP AdBlock Plus. It seems to work fine for me & its free. Some sites you need to Disable it tho but, that’s easily done by clicking the ABP Icon on the top right corner of your Browser (If you’re using Google, that is).

  6. Winning captains,

     

    Aye but it wS priced for a day :)

     

     

    Auldheid,

     

    I sit doon corrected, the first showing of the goal shows the movement the gets Bhoyata all the space for the goal

  7. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    I’ve noticed that if I try to include an emoticon (smiley face) in my comments it wo’t let me post but if I restrict it to words only then I can post. :-))

  8. mayanman

     

     

    Try closing tabs on the iPad. It might help in the meantime. I haven’t been able to get on at all until five mins ago as the site was thinkng I was Cqn Magazine and not Winning Captains! Took ages to figure out a way round it but did have some wine too so that could have contributed to the delay!

  9. Right I’m in

     

     

    Telt you all last night I’m IT thick, so instructions will not help :-)

     

     

    But still a Celtic Bhoy

     

     

    BBC 2 for Irish history Bhoys

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. Welcome to the Brave New World.

     

    I want to be the first to know.

     

    “What happened to the Old WordPress Money?”

  11. Winning Captain,

     

     

    Read the blog for last 6 pages, without issue, and have logged in without issues

     

    Not tried anything else yet

     

     

    More than welcome to pop around to test for issues

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    PS, I read pages 1 & 2 on original blog from earlier today, where has that gone too ?

  12. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Just checking my details work in the Fancy Goods section.

     

     

    Total respect to the Celt who sat in the seat next to us on Wednesday night. Woke up that morning in Cornwall and decided he wanted to see the game. Drove up to Glasgow, arranging a ticket with the office on the journey, to drive back to Cornwall after the match.

     

     

    He would drive 500 miles and he would drive 500 more..

  13. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    No managed on for a week or so, thought I was in the wrong site there.

     

    Anyway, not sure if already discussed but saw a Bhoy getting hit by a car after the game last night just on the roundabout at the KFC or MacDonads(I think). Anyone got any news on the guy ? Looked a sore one

  14. Mon The Hoops! on

    WINNING CAPTAINS

     

     

    Wiil we be able to use HTML in the comments other than italics and bold, if so, any chance you can enable <blockquote> , <p> or <br> when you have a moment.

  15. Winning Captain

     

    Any chance you can let us know which tags are supported?

     

    Colour? :-)

  16. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Loving the new blog as it’s definitely not the same blog unless just the holding blog was liquidated ??