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When close season is no more than a 3-week taper

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If you are a distance runner, you will know that a three-week ‘taper’, when you gradually reduce training, is recommended before an event.  This will allow muscles to rest after their most fatigued period.  Three weeks is within the period that muscles do not deteriorate, so you should be both strong and rested.

It has been three weeks since the Scottish Cup Final, so the Celtic players who arrived back at Lennoxtown this morning to start preseason training will be ready for the strength training ahead.  Champions League qualifiers are a further three weeks away.  All other things being equal, that will be enough time to ensure Celtic are ready, but even the first round could present a serious challenge, so there is serious work to do this week.

What you gain in summer fitness costs you later.  Three weeks is not a proper rest period, the body needs more time to recover from the exertions of a long season.  Celtic players are not unique in this respect, but they carry a burden not shared by many others in Scotland.  We need to find fresh energy, not to mention motivation, for the challenges ahead.

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  1. Frannyb67

     

    Are you sure?

     

    The person involved might not like the mops even though Celtic have described them as “magnificent`.

     

    JJ

  2. Hrvatski Jim on

    EMBRAMIKE on 17TH JUNE 2019 4:27 PM

     

     

    We cannot play Qarabag until the 3rd qualifying round as both we and they are top seeded until that round when they drop to lower seeds.

  3. Good evening CQN from a chilly Garngad

     

     

    Ffs John McKay, Of STV news ” Catholic priest says Orange walks should be allowed to pass chapels, if done respectfully”. Who actually asked a reporter to go to a chapel and ask a priest this ridiculous question. Is this what passes as a news story in the bigoted west of Scotland ffs I despair. Wrong number so many levels.

     

     

    D. :)

  4. Auldheid 5.34pm

     

     

    Your post was on previous article copied it over for you if that’s ok

     

     

    CHAIRBHOY on 16TH JUNE 2019 9:03 PM

     

     

    AULDHEID @ 1:37 PM, (and other folk commenting)

     

     

     

    Yes, maybe Petrie did not want the RFC 2011 licence issue to overshadow his bid for the Presidency for which he was a shoo-in.

     

     

     

    He may feel that now he’s in the position he’s fire proof alla CO. And the process can continue.

     

     

     

     

    The CAS thing has puzzled me from the start, not only the ridiculous notion that the SFA can’t adjudicate on a process they themselves administer.

     

     

     

     

    It is the arbitation. It suggests a decision was reached that has been challenged and there is a clause in the 5 way agreement that states all disputes will go to CAS.

     

     

     

    But what is being disputed. The ligitamacy of the granting of the licence or the responsible party, Oldco pre CW, Oldco with CW or Newco.

     

     

     

     

    As you say, at the end of the day it is the SFA implementing an UEFA process, if the SFA can’t resolve it and obviously they can’t, it should have been escalated to UEFA.

     

     

     

     

    Regarding Maxwell, we once again find ourselves in a position where we need to trust an SFA official to do the right thing.

     

     

     

     

    Despite all his fine words (and to be fair some actions) it comes down to his integrity. If he is the football administrator that is going to do the right thing in this regard, he’s going to be the first.

     

     

     

    We’ll see…

     

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

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    Maxwell said it would be the SFA Board who would decide if a referral to CAS was needed.

     

     

    My point is the Petries appointment GIVEN HIS ROLE in both the Licencing Committee of 2011 and the 5 Way Agreement means the SFA cannot now and should never have been the adjudicators in any way.

     

     

     

    Petrie is heavily conflicted. There already was an attempt at removing the grant period from scrutiny for which no explanation was given and which was challenged by Res12 lawyer last June, a challenge as yet not responded to. The actual charges relating only to the monitoring period bear every sign of a predetermined result.

     

     

     

    Petrie is now in a position to be his own judge and jury in what looks like a serious breach of the rules that he may bear some responsibility for. That is totally unacceptable without some SFA statement clarifying what took place in March/April 2011.

     

     

     

    Then there is possibility his knowledge of the 5 Way played it’s part in the decision to refer case to CAS , a decision that helped his chances of being elected. That needs clarifying.

     

     

     

    How can any decision coming from the SFA without total clarity carry any authority?

     

     

     

    How would Celtic justify a decision lacking full transparency to its shareholders?

     

     

    It’s simply not on.

     

     

     

    The matter has to go to UEFA to look primarily at the SFA handling of matters in 2011 including their own exchange with SFA in Sept 2011 when CWs monitoring submission was discussed.

     

     

     

    Not to do that puts the Celtic Board in a position where they have to be accountable to shareholders which is what they are supposed to be, so no bad thing if it happens at next AGM unless they change policy on Res12 before then.

  5. GFTB on 17TH JUNE 2019 5:32 PM

     

    FrannyB67 4.34pm

     

     

    A new signing ? Is this new cleaner a sweeper by chance

     

     

    Hope they are not a flash in the pan and we still mop up the trophies…

  6. Bognorbhoy 5.53pm

     

     

    Hope our new signing brings polish as there are plenty of trophies to shine

     

     

    Mr(s) Sheen CSC

  7. GFTB @ 5:40 PM,

     

     

    Well Caught… you been practising at Drumpellier!?

     

     

    Auldheid…

     

     

    Yes, my reply was far from fulsome and your point is well made.

     

     

    Just as the heavily conflicted SFA President Campbell Ogilvie couldn’t be involved in anything regards Rangers in 2012.

     

     

    We must believe that the conflicted SFA President Rod – the smartest guy in the room – Petrie, will either have to remain impartial or recuse himself.

     

     

    That’s what Campbell Ogilvie was supposed to do, we don’t know what was going on in private, but there was little trust there.

     

     

    When Campbell Ogilvie turned up as a main witness for the LNS Commision, it turned out the scepticism was warranted he hadn’t recused himself at all and had the brass neck to give a GIRUY by and giving public and partial evidence that destroyed the well founded charges and covered up the WTC.

     

     

    What faith can we have in an SFA Board looking into this with Rod Petrie as President when a precedant that they are not to be trusted has been made loud and clear.

     

     

    Also why wasn’t the JPDT findings made public as they are supposed to be? And as you say without a statement clearly, clarifying their position and setting out the process, how can we determine what the SFA Board are even considering.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  8. Chairbhoy 6.23pm

     

     

    Actually played football at Drumpelier cricket club … it was an actual bowling green :-)

  9. HRVATSKI JIM on 17TH JUNE 2019 4:44 PM

     

    EMBRAMIKE on 17TH JUNE 2019 4:27 PM

     

    We cannot play Qarabag until the 3rd qualifying round as both we and they are top seeded until that round when they drop to lower seeds.

     

     

    Both Celtic and Qarabag are listed as seeded sides and therefore cannot be drawn against each other in tomorrow’s draw, only against the listed unseeded sides

  10. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    GFTB – thank you for copying Auldheid’s post across.

     

     

    Would have missed it otherwise.

     

     

    Auldheid …

     

     

    I think you are worrying over nothing about Maxwell (tongue in cheek).

     

     

    I am sure he’ll tackle head on any concerns regarding the integrity of Rod “the cleverest man in the room” Petrie (tongue in cheek).

     

     

    Easy to identify who is the monkey and who is the organ grinder in that relationship (tongue not in cheek).

     

     

    Hail hail

  11. Back to Basics 6.28pm

     

     

    No probs … Auldheid’s posts are always worthwhile and enlightening, always informative (unlike my own :-)

  12. Champions League player signing deadlines …

     

     

    44.07 List A has to be submitted online by the following fixed deadlines:

     

     

    a. 21 June 2018 (24.00CET) for all matches in the preliminary round;

     

    b. 5 July 2018 (24.00CET) for all matches in the first qualifying round;

     

    c. 19 July 2018 (24.00CET) for all matches in the second qualifying round;

     

    d. 2 August 2018 (24.00CET) for all matches in the third qualifying round;

     

    e. 16 August 2018 (24.00CET) for all matches in the play-offs;

     

    f. 3 September 2018 (24.00CET) for all further matches from the first match in

     

    the group stage up to and including the final.

     

     

    44.08 For the qualifying phase and the play-offs, a club may register a maximum of two new eligible players on List A after the above-mentioned deadlines, provided the quota of locally trained players is respected. Such registration must be completed by 24.00CET on the day before the relevant first-leg match and the club’s

     

    association must confirm in writing that the new player is eligible to play at domestic level at this time.

  13. GFTB @ 6:26 PM,

     

     

    Guess cricket is more popular now, but as a kid it’s the only time I’d ever saw it… seem to remeber a bowling club down there, didn’t think it was in the park though. Ling time ago..:)

     

     

    Hail Hail

  14. The Sevs could get Progres again or St Joseph’s from Malta … not that it matters, but easily the most catholic country I have ever visited, beautiful as well, am sure the follow followers would appreciate the lovely country

     

     

    Mon the St Jo’s

  15. Chairbhoy 6.40pm

     

     

    You are correct, West End Park Bowling club is across the road from Drumpelier cricket club, (still on the go although never had an alcohol license) we played football in the cricket “grounds” let’s just say it wasn’t the norm for us bhoys fae the council (estate) scheme :-)

  16. Apologies for previous post @ 6:32 (last season’s dates) – This season’s CL signing deadlines

     

     

    4 July 2019 (24.00CET) for all matches in the first qualifying round;

     

    18 July 2019 (24.00CET) for all matches in the second qualifying round;

     

    1 August 2019 (24.00CET) for all matches in the third qualifying round;

     

    15 August 2019 (24.00CET) for all matches in the play-offs;

     

    2 September 2019 (24.00CET) for all further matches from the first match in the group stage up to and including the final.

     

     

    For the qualifying phase and the play-offs, a club may register a maximum of two new eligible players on List A after the above-mentioned deadlines, provided the quota of locally trained players is respected. Such registration must be completed by 24.00CET on the day before the relevant first-leg match and the club’s association must confirm in writing that the new player is eligible to play at domestic level at this time.

  17. So hands up who has a feeling of deja vu about this window.

     

    Granted its not long been open but there seems to be more chat about outgoings than incoming.

     

    Quite honestly I’m worried.

     

    Defence is of real concern.

     

    How can we contemplate letting our 1st choice RB leave with no replacement in the bag? Where are the centre half’s and the LB to cover Keiran?

     

     

    My God

  18. Burghbhoy 7.07pm

     

     

    Calm …. no way Peter will release the wages until pre-season training starts

     

     

    We have plenty of time to start panicking :-)

  19. Imo

     

     

    i think most people know that when anyone excuses themselves from voting they still have influence.

     

     

    Petrie is no different.

  20. Had cause to wander onto STV news site………..( won’t do that again)………….saddened and maddened to read Leo Cushley’s thinking on “knighthoods”…………Fair enough, the Archbishop proposed Big Billy for the gong. Captain of first British club to win The Big Cup, fine upstanding character and role model for the game…………

     

     

    However he then goes and feels the need to suggest Break-The-Leg Greig as a package deal for no other reason than that O@@ F@@@ thing…………..AAAAAAAAAarghhhhhhhhhhh!

     

     

    He admits to not being a football supporter…………………..(Aaaaaarghhhhhh!).

     

     

    Congratulations numpty you’ve just bracketed a timeless Great with a historical dinosaur.

     

     

    ( apologies to any dinosaurs offended by the comparison)

     

     

    HH.

  21. GFTB

     

     

    You just know we will go into these qualifiers with 1 recognised first teamer (Ajer) in the back 4.

     

    If that is allowed to happen it is a disgrace

  22. Burghbhoy 7.28pm

     

     

    Ajer, Simonuvic & KT should be ok, Ralston or maybe another signing for right fullback … (easiest position on the park :-)

  23. Strange that this interview conducted with Bernard Ponsenby discussed football at all, the archbishop’s attitude towards walks conflicts with mine, give then a park to walk round and let them antagonise the crows.

  24. somethin else happened in may67, but i just cant put my finer on it.

     

     

    pablophanque/

     

     

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    Colin Smith

     

     

     

    @Colin_TBTAMC

     

    May 16

     

    More

     

    The covers of Fabulous 208, from the May of 1967, the month in which Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band appeared. Also released on LP, Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, Headquarters by The Monkees, Country Joe’s Electric Music & Absolutely Free by The Mothers Of Invention.

     

     

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6rJQR_W0AU8hNB.jpg

  25. Fairhill Bhoy 7.59pm

     

     

    You are probably right .. but I thought his injury (op) was only a 3/4 week recovery .. heard one of the McGinn brothers speaking about it and it’s pretty common … plus am hoping as soon as he couldn’t make the cup final it was made a priority

  26. GFTB @ 6:47 PM,

     

     

    I’m not sure why we sometimes went down there, my only thought is, if we get through Whinhall unscathed we can make it anywhere..;)

     

     

     

    BURGHBHOY @ 7:07 PM,

     

     

    The deja vu you’re feeling, maybe down to the fact that our transfer and recruitment policy, as determined by the executive, is the same as it’s been for many a number of seasons.

     

     

    Buying (or promoting from the academy); the players should fulfill this criteria…

     

     

    Create Value

     

     

    Develop Value

     

     

    Selling: all Celtic players are for sale

     

     

    As we are not from a top teir league they are for sale from two thirds of their value. This may drop further if our reputation for developing players takes a knock.

     

     

    So what does that mean in reality…

     

     

    We need to bring in players that we can add value too and considerable value at that. If we have to sell them for two thirds of what an English, Belgium, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Spanish etc etc would expect then we need to buy a bargin with huge potential.

     

     

    Of course VvD fitted that bill, Moussa Dembele fitted that bill, David Turnbull fits that bill.

     

     

    Yet as you know, we don’t need a forward central midfield player, we have two or three great choices there and a couple of very good stand ins. So why are we buying Turnbull? Because he fits the business case.

     

     

    Yet we have no right back. Why aren’t we buying a right back? Because we haven’t found one that fits the business case.

     

     

    Having said all that, I believe we will sell several first team players and I think Turnbull is a player.

     

     

    The fact is though, we should be putting our first team and squad building well before our “moneyball signings”.

     

     

    Hail Hail

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