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One or two of us mocked another team for struggling against Second and Third division sides this season.  All good sporting fun but from the lofty heights of the Champions League knockout stages you need to make sure you can overcome a team who are treading water in the third tier of Scottish football.

Arbroath were good value for their draw at Celtic Park earlier this month.  It would be wrong to say their late equaliser was coming, as they never threatened during the previous 86 minutes, but they were thoroughly well organised and apart from a bizarre own goal would have reached the 87th minute on level terms.

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Our eclectic collection of African, Mediterranean and metropolitan players will have little experience of the biting Arctic wind that will blow in off the Angus coast tonight, just a few yards from Gayfield Park, whereas the part-timers from Arbroath will be very much at home.  This, my friends in Celtic, is what they call the Romance of the Cup.

Don’t be comforted by the wins over Barca and Spartak, they guarantee nothing.  One more lacklustre performance and dreams of Celtic’s fourth treble will be kippered.  2012 has been the year of the little man, the “diddy teams”, as a wild Rover coined them in the summer.  There is one remaining superpower in our sport and every game they play is a cup final for someone.

Get Up for the Cup, Celtic.

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  1. Our eclectic collection of African, Mediterranean and metropolitan players will have little experience of the biting Arctic wind that will blow in off the Angus coast tonight, just a few yards from Gayfield Park

     

     

    I take it Zheng Zhi is cup tied?

     

     

    Otherwise he’d wok all over them. (thumbsup)

  2. Philvisreturns, you must have posted in a fraction of a second there. I clicked ‘publish’ then clicked on the home page to make sure it was up and you were already Up for the Cup.

     

     

    I know better than to ask ‘how?’ but I clearly don’t know.

  3. The Battered Bunnet on

    I think Paul you should get some sort of formal recognition for using ‘eclectic’ and ‘kippered’ in a single article.

     

     

    An Orwell prize is not out of order :¬)

  4. Henke's Flowing Locks on

    Here’s hoping the game goes ahead, the application is spot on, and we book our trip to Kirkcaldy in the next round!

     

     

    HH

  5. TBB

     

     

    Can only agree!

     

     

    The use of obtuse language on this blog can only help educate the Hunnish hordes!

  6. Get Up for the Cup, Celtic.

     

     

    At first I read this and thought: “get it up for the Cup”? That’s a bit cheeky on a family web-log. I know he mentioned the “romance of the Cup”, but being tumescent for it is a bit post-watershed. Mary Whitehouse would not approve.

     

     

    What is Neil Lennon going to do? Put viagra in the half time oranges so his team plays harder?

     

     

    Then I realised it was all down to my own filthy mind, which has been polluted ever since, as an impressionable teenager, I saw a ribald film called “Confessions of a Window Cleaner”. For shame. (thumbsup)

  7. sixtaeseven: Armageddon ain't a bad place to be! on

    Paul

     

     

    Treble?

     

     

    Shurely shum mishtake?

     

     

    Quadruple, man, quadruple!!!

  8. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    In this weather with its low winter sun listening to Norwegian Wood Im reminded of the influence Ravi Shankar had on the music by the worlds most famous group of musicians.

     

     

    Rest easy Ravi.

  9. Paul 67

     

     

    Do you know what ?

     

    I think that Lennons Lions will win the – Treble !!!

     

    But….I widny bet on them to beat Sevco if we were playng them on Saturday ?!?!

     

    THAT…..is what being a Celtic fan(active for 42 years) has done to me.

     

    Could you explain that or, do I have to ask my pals up above to for some sort of clarity ?

     

    At my wits end – CSC

     

    Hail Hail

  10. Hey, Paul: if you’d been a bit quicker with that note to Philvis, you’d have bagged your first ever place on the podium.

     

     

    Better luck next time …

     

     

    FF

  11. Anyhoo,

     

    I don’t buy newspapers, wouldn’t give them my hard earned cash,

     

    there recent hounding of Stokes say it all about them and this country ,

     

    Stokes shouldn’t have to justify his personal life outside Celtic to anyone ,

     

    and Yeh he is an employee of the Celtic family, and he should be careful of what he does ,

     

    but the only reason he has to be careful, is that this country hates us, and they are always looking for reasons to make us look bad,

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    NTASSOOLLA,I think,mentioned that there is an auto-refresh function available.

     

     

    Philvis uses a minion.

  13. philvisreturns

     

     

    12:22 on12 December, 2012

     

     

    You have been posted missing on the podium for a few days, a welcome return!

     

    As to how he does it, I’d bet Philvisreturns has never been the last to post know an old article;-)

     

     

    Gayfield is a cold place to go in the height of summer, tonight is a night to win, however that is achieved is irrelevant.

     

    Just win.

  14. sixtaeseven: Armageddon ain't a bad place to be! on

    KevJungle

     

    The Sc Cup is the only competition we could meet SevCo this season.

     

    If they were drawn against us and beat us, we could still win the Treble.

     

     

    SPL, LC and Champions League.

     

     

    I could live with that

     

    ;o)

  15. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    12:26 on 12 December, 2012

     

     

    I think Paul you should get some sort of formal recognition for using ‘eclectic’ and ‘kippered’ in a single article.

     

     

    An Orwell prize is not out of order :¬)

     

    ________________________

     

     

    ”’But, is it a World Record ?

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DOC 1238

     

     

    That dubious honour has fallen to my good self today-so far!

  17. Vinibhoy - Named Neil Lennon on his birth certificate on

    Paul67

     

    What’s all this talk of trebles… I want the quadruple!

     

     

    Big Cup again please.

     

     

    HH

  18. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Ntassoolla

     

     

    Depending on how the wind is blowing that “treading water” remark could be a watery reality.

     

    ………………………………..

     

     

     

    I’m five miles from Arbroath and theres no wind to speak of today. You can leave your rubber duck and life jacket at home this time. It is still -2C and thats the forecast for fish town tonight, so wear the right trousers.

  19. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Jungle Jim will provide a sea level weather report once he defrosts his putter from his blue frostbitten hands.

  20. Juve making confident noises about signing Drogba .

     

     

    2 year deal / 4million euros a year [ after tax ] plus bonuses .

     

     

    Torino fans website makes the point that since Drogba is being signed for the Champions League and since he is likely to playing in the African Nations Cup then it is highly likely that Juve will be looking for a means of ensuring that the Cote D’Ivoire doesn’t get far in the competition.. Said website can’t help pointing out that A

     

     

    Juve are also making confident noises about signing Llorente in June 2013 . 4 year deal . Same money as Drogba.

  21. Why don’t we fill out a form to enter the FA Cup next year?

     

    Give the youngsters a run out.

     

    Ajax applied a few years back and caused panic. Before letting the FA know “HA,Ha, Ha, we were only jokeeng.”

     

     

    I remember a five a side tournament years back where Celtic sent down a group in their late teens. The English clubs sent along their senior professionals and Celtic ran them ragged. Which wasn’t the script.

  22. @white_italy: 12:12:12 on 12/12/12 http://t.co/kBpsvhMT

     

     

    User above posted this video on twitter, cracking video and it opened my eyes to the great work the club does for charity.

     

    Makes me proud to be one of the good guys :)

  23. TBB said :

     

    ” Philvis’ awsomenimity is matched only by his humility.”

     

    and it reminded me of the time when Churchill (allegedly)said of Atlee: He is a very humble man…..but he has a lot to be humble about.

     

    One of my favourites. (The quote, not Churchill).

     

     

    JJ

  24. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    The good thing about tonight is the players will need to keep moving if they want to keep warm

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