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As this clean sheet run has continued, every time Fraser Forster has made a good save, I’ve found myself suggesting that the defence is not playing as tightly as it used to.  We quickly regard exceptional performance as the norm.

Fraser has, of course, been exceptional, again, this season.  Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk are fast and commanding.  Virgil has a presence about him, like Wanyama, but bigger.  On the flanks, despite the lack of competition, Emilio Izaguirre is performing at his best, while Adam Matthews, Mikael Lustig and Darnell Fisher have shuffled through the right back position as availability dictates.

I have a notion that Scott Brown is also worth credit for the defensive performance.  He seems to have grown this season, perhaps as a consequence of fitness.  This is his best season yet.

Ultimately the game is all about tactics.  Any team can keep a clean sheet but 10-in-a-row (get used to reading that) is a consequence of team plan, which is where Neil Lennon comes in.

Tomorrow is the final day to confirm tickets for our CQteN St Patrick’s Day Dinner on 14 March at the Kerrydale Suite.  The dinner will raise funds to build a kitchen at Kholoni Primary School in Mchinji, Malawi, where 1200 kids currently attend without food facilities.  If you have lost your invoice email me, celticquicknews@gmail.com

See you there.
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  1. Just a big thank you to Mighty Tim for going out of his way and securing tickets for myself, Johnny the tim and the crazy horse (acgr). Cheers mate. HH

  2. Bhoys ,thanks for posting ragers. Fan Greg (David Holmes mate) on Clyde last night.

     

     

    See the passion……gonnae gee us money ..gonnae just cause.

  3. Bhoys & Ghirls,

     

     

    I think there is a divide between those who go week in, week out. i.e.

     

     

    My thoughts :-

     

     

    If you are actually going to watch the games then goals and entertaining football is key.

     

     

    If the game is not televised ( like last night ) and you are not attending then statistics mean everything.

     

     

    Hence my contradictory reasoning for the above post, as I will be away for the next game and will not see it.

     

     

    HH.

  4. our bhoys bust thier bhuns last night to get back into position when play broke down for whatever reason and no matter where they were on the pitch. If an area was not covered another player would matter of fact move into the area while needed.Emilio you are going to do special things for us.

  5. It was indeed L’Equipe who organised the first competition.

     

     

    Interesting note from Roger McDonald’s “Britain versus Europe” (written in 1968, a fabulous early history of the European club trophies).

     

     

    “Fifteen of the clubs sent representatives to the Ambassador Hotel at Paris; the exceptions were Hibs, who notified their support by telegram (apparently they doubted the French promise to pay expenses!), …..”. Thus suggesting the Scottish stereotype. Here in Liguria, the people from Genoa are considered the meanest in Italy, so whenever I say I am from Scotland comparisons are made.

     

     

    The next chapter of the book, entitled “England Misses the ‘Bus”, describes how Chelsea were pressed by the Football League not to play in the first competition, as participating in Europe was less important than playing league games. Thus suggesting the English stereotype.

  6. Richie #TeamOscar on

    Celtic open new facilities for disabled supporters

     

    By: Newsroom Staff on 30 Jan, 2014 12:15

     

     

    IN recent seasons, Celtic has worked closely with the Celtic Disabled Supporters´ Association to ensure that we provide the best service possible for our supporters with disabilities.

     

     

    Following this close co-operation, the Club is making a series of improvements to facilities to ensure the best possible matchday experience for our fans.

     

     

    Celtic Football Club is delighted now to announce that some of its new facilities for disabled supporters will be officially opened before kick-off against St Mirren this Sunday, February 2.

     

     

    The Club has created a new elevated platform in the North West quadrant to accommodate supporters, leading to 29 new wheelchair spaces for supporters and provision for 29 companion places.

     

     

    The new facility will provide these disabled supporters with greatly improved sight lines. As part of the North West redevelopment, a comfortable new social/lounge has also been created for their exclusive use.

     

     

    As a Club which welcomes all, Celtic is fully committed to ensuring a positive matchday experience for everyone and the Club works closely with many charities in the areas of disability.

     

     

    The Club is also delighted for a number of years to have achieved the Positive About Disability accreditation, a Government-backed initiative aimed at promoting the employment of disabled people.

     

     

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to be opening these new improvements to the stadium for our disabled supporters.

     

     

    “We have enjoyed a very close working relationship with the CDSA and we are delighted to respond to the needs of our disabled supporters and introduce these changes.

     

     

    “Celtic is fully committed to providing a positive matchday experience for all our supporters and we hope these new improvements will be warmly welcomed.”

     

     

    Peter Joyce, Chairman of the Celtic Disabled Supporters´ Association, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this new elevated viewing area for Celtic’s disabled supporters.

     

     

    “We have enjoyed a very positive relationship with the Club and we look forward to ensuring that we continue to work together.

     

     

    “These improvements will keep Celtic Park as the best in Scotland and one of the best stadia in the UK when comes to accessibility and meeting the requirements of a wide range of supporters with varying disabilities.

     

     

    “As a consequence of these additional places we will now welcome 29 new disabled supporters to Celtic Park as season ticket holders.”

     

     

    The Club has been delighted to introduce a number of new features to our matchday experience in recent months, such as the opening of the hugely popular Kerrydale Bar, the extensive refurbishment of hospitality areas such as Café 1888, the establishment of our new family stand and now the opening of our new disabled facilities.

     

     

    In addition, Celtic became the first UK club to successfully install an all stadium WiFi network with an accompanying matchday app, a feature that will develop over the coming months to bring more match-enhancing content.

     

     

    Of course, we also look ahead to the major redevelopment of the main entrance and approach to Celtic Park with work currently progressing very well.

     

     

    All these initiatives have been received extremely well by our fans and with so many exciting developments around the Club in 2014, the Club is very keen to maintain this momentum and ensure that we continue to provide our supporters with a great Celtic experience.

     

     

    The Club is also continuing to investigate a number of proposals for safe standing at Celtic Park. This is something which Celtic has taken the lead on. We have been liaising with the City Council on this matter and we hope to be able to update supporters on this issue in the very near future.

  7. Livi Bhoy@12.25

     

     

    Generally true but I preferred our 1:0 win over Vojvodina to our 5:4 win over Partizan.

     

     

    As Tommy Burns found out when he was sacked, without any crowd protest, for providing an entertaining but unsuccessful Celtic side, it will always be Results first and Entertainment second.

     

     

    We all claim to want entertaining fitba and damn the results but we also say we want honest politicians and we keep voting for lying bassas.

  8. whitedoghunch

     

     

    12:44 on 30 January, 2014

     

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    In Neil’s 1st season, the link-play between Joe Ledley and, Izzie was a joy to be hold.

     

    Then in the next season…Izzy got injured and – Joe became the ghost. imho

     

    A re-connection would be guid to see.

     

    HH

  9. voguepunter

     

     

    Sounds like a plan as far as the Sevconians are concerned!!

     

     

    “So if 500 of us phone up every station in the country and keep phoning them till sum body gies us the money, c’mon Berrs are ye with me!!”

     

     

    Copywrite FF!!

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy 12:33 on 30 January, 2014

     

     

    No one is daft enough to pay more than a couple of hundred thousand quid, at the most, for any player operating in the bottom leagues of country.

     

     

    The media are throwing impressive figures around, but if Wallace does move, to some like Blackpool for example, it will be for ‘an undisclosed fee’ or £150,000-£200,000 to you and me.

  11. KevJungle

     

    12:37 on

     

    30 January, 2014

     

    Just passing through to say…

     

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    Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

     

     

    12:23 on 30 January, 2014

     

     

    Brown and Ledley do a great job of covering the back four It’s the type of unglamorous work that often gets missed – but is vital to keeping clean sheets.

     

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    I’m not nit-picking but, 2 defensive midfielders in the SPFL ?

     

    That’s no far off Wattenaccio’s bus-parking stuff. imho

     

     

    Btw, Wim played wi one defensive midfielder(Paul Lambert) and, won the Double v’s the richest or, most expensively assembled huns team in history, as well as some other decent domestic competition. imho

     

     

    All credit to big FF and the rest of the defenders for, the clean sheet run.

     

    The secret is – not to get hung up about it. imho

     

     

    Only saying – Hail Hail

     

     

     

    But you’re not “only saying,” are you……

     

     

    You constantly come on here and undermine any sense of optimism or joy that Celtic fans have in the club. People like the persona you project here just suck the fun out of life. You’re an attention seeker and no more no less…..

     

     

    Now back to enjoying historic times for our club.

  12. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon

     

     

    12:47 on 30 January, 2014

     

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    Ah see whit yer saying.

     

    But, ten of the two of them, wouldn’t make a Neil Lennon the player. imho

     

    HH

  13. According to ‘The Celtic Biography’ the club did not play under ‘proper’ floodlights at CP ’til 1959.

     

     

    HH!!

  14. proudbhoy

     

     

    11:51 on 30 January, 2014

     

    Dont have much time to post these days… Still lurk thou

     

     

    Saw very long post few days ago suggesting paul67 is dropping hints about bug news coming soon and tht a few well respected posters are doing the same

     

     

    Poster suggested news could be move away from the spl

     

     

    Maybe the reason we shop very cheap and for young players is we are saving our cash for when that day does come.. So maybe its near.

     

     

    Anyone any opinions on these hints or rumours i may have missed ?

  15. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

     

    I accept that comparison. When it comes the the league at the minute though we should be banging the goals in.

     

     

    LB

  16. paolosboots FC before PLC on

    Wonder does crowd include season book holders? Personally think a price point of £20 would attract more to attend.

     

     

    Looking forward to CQTen & helping a great cause to quote one of Paul’s earlier posts

     

     

    “It costs £7 for Mary’s Meals to feed a child in Malawi – for a whole year. 20% of Malawi’s children (600k) are fed by the organisation, often their only meal of the day”.

     

     

    The last part is what sticks in my mind!!!

  17. Richie #TeamOscar @ 12.46 hrs.

     

     

    Excellent initiatives and developments undertaken by PL and the board in conjunction with our disabled supporters

     

     

    Credit where Credit is due and even the mineshafters must acknowledge this.

     

     

    “More than just another club”

     

     

    HH.

     

     

    PS : I hope the big news we are awaiting is not the introduction of standing areas. Personally I think this would be a backward step.

  18. Transfer rumours hotting up as Marc Degryse spotted on the roof of the main stand getting out of a DeLorean DMC-12……;-)

  19. Aron Johannsson has tweeted that he is on the way to Glasgow …… to catch a plane there to Dubai.

     

    Hmmm

  20. traditionalist88 on

    Greenpinta:

     

    PS : I hope the big news we are awaiting is not the introduction of standing areas. Personally I think this would be a backward step.

     

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    Safe standing cannot be a backward step – it has never been done in this country!

     

     

    Giving your supporters the choice to sit or stand is logical, given it is their money you are taking in. People can stand at all manner of events, sporting or otherwise, safely but not at football.

     

     

    Just look at Germany for what can be achieved. The only country not really having any problems with falling attendances.

     

     

    HH

  21. Steinreignedsupreme on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox 13:06 on 30 January, 2014

     

     

    Ha Ha Ha

     

     

    And again when he attempts to pass to a team-mate…

  22. setting free the bears supports res. 12 & oscar knox

     

     

    Search for that on Google. Wear the fox hat! Brilliant UTube video!

  23. Catman supports Wee Oscar on

    Heard the name Aatif Chahechouhe of Sivasspor mentioned at the game last night. Did NFL not mention he was looking at players while we were in Turkey earlier this month?

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