THE PARASITES ARE COMING……………

 

THE PARASITES ARE COMING

Definition……….

an organism which lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits
by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense..

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This kinda explains sevco5088 the new company / club formed in 2012, they are the parasite feeding off the oldco Rangers 1873-2012, they shouldn’t be as all the assets of the dead club should have payed there 140 million pound tax bill, instead of still drip feeding them money, crooked investors bought it all on the cheap….

Creeping up through the divisions sevco5088 have finally made it to the championship 1 league below the big bhoys, whether we like it or not they will return and when they do all decent football fans will remind them of the crimes of the past by big brother Rangers…

A parasite is hard to destroy it keeps eating away at its host sevco5088 are feeding off the sfa the football clubs in and around them in the leagues and bleeding their own fans dry of cash,in any attempt to stay alive….

But hey the taxman wont go away even 2 and a half yrs down the road the spectre of old hector hangs over Govan,Edmondson Drive and ibrox,do you really believe we will ever let it lie….

The best thing to happen to Scottish football in the last 100 yrs was Rangers fc 1873-2012 going into administration then liquidation the roars of approval were heard the length and breadth of the country,like there own anthem sung ‘no one likes us we dont care’ oh how true these words are……….

Now today we here the taxman hmrc has won their appeal to take the oldco to task over the use of illegal ebt payments,and over the course of the last 2 and a half yrs a lot of so-called Rangers men and women must have had the sqeekiest bum syndrome ever….in that period…

What would be very satisfying for me personally is for Hearts or Hibs to take the 2 top spots in the championship,the longer the diseased parasite lingers in the bowels of the game the more chance all these appeals will come to fruition and crush them for good…

There like cockroaches there always there just getting their head above the parapet every now and again …we all know there hemorrhaging money and no one wants to invest or get involved with them unless you’re a crook like Craig whyte,Charles green or the Easedales,at the end of the day criminals are usually found out hmrc are like a dog with a bone i believe given time they will bury sevco5088 can’t wait hh…………………………..

Latest on the tax case below………….click the link

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-big-tax-case-reopens-4117786

Rogues Gallery of Ebt Recipients and Some of the  People who knew about them..

Alex Rae,Arthur Numan,Barry Ferguson,Carlos Cuellar,Christian Nerlinger,Craig Moore
Dado Prso,Dan Eggen,Egil Ostenstad,Fernando Ricksen,Gavin Rae,Gregory Vignal……..

JeanAlainBoumsong,Jerome Bonnissel,JulienRodriguez,KevinMuscat,KrisBoyd………Libor Sionko,Lorenzo Amoruso,Marvin Andrews,Michael Ball,Michael Mols,Mikel Arteta………

Nacho Novo,Neil McCann,Olivier Bernard,Paolo Vanoli,Pedro Mendes,Peter Lovenkrands
Ronald De Boer,Ronald Waterreus,Sasa Papac,Sotirios Kyrgiakos,Stefan Klos,Steven Davis
Steven Thompson,Thomas Buffel,Zurab Khizanishvil………………………….

 

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Reality Check Celtic

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Celtic football club got a reality check last night against Maribor losing 1-0 chances were there but good fortune wasnt,and possibly the club had used up all off its rub of the green with even getting to play this game  ….

Until a serious rebuild takes place no longer can they think there champions league material ,last month i said openly on here and on social media we were a Europa League team and that was our level,that’s why I don’t give a hoot about tonight’s result….

We build the team play the Europa league and build for the future, to blame Deila is the cowards way out, I believe in him and the team no matter tonight’s result, im glad we went out we shouldn’t have been their first place…

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I realise il not win no fans for these comments but for f### sake am I the only one who can see our level, stop dreaming of things we can’t ever attempt to win anymore and accept our day will come again but after a serious yrs of rebuilding…

Standing outside the ground like ejits…shouting sack the board stinks of desperation,were not sevco were celtic grow up and support the club not destroy it,tonight’s knee jerk reaction was always going to happen,we have a fickle support like no other,yet on their day they are the finest in the land ..

Hardcore fans like myself will stick by the club no matter the outcome of certain matches the hoops is in our blood.. I’m supporting the club through thick or thin that’s the celtic way,listen fans are more than entitled to have their opinion but don’t hurt the club by throwing insults at the board or manager…

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We have a whole season ahead of us to rebuild this team that’s lost key players in the last few yrs,so what were going into the Europa league…a competition we can do well in …the group we will be drawn in will be a lot easier than what we have become accustomed to in the champions league ..

Give it a chance ..another thing that rankles with me is this perception celtic should win and never draw or lose ..fans need to realise there will be times when we take one on the chin …complacency is the reason some people find it so hard to accept defeat ,we’ve lost 2 games in a row so what ..

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within minutes of these defeats i was up and at it getting on with lifes daily grind ,then casting a thought to the next challenge sunday against Dundee …that’s how i roll….why because i know from experience come end of may ..we will most likely be champions again maybe a cup as a bonus …

That will do me..and then it all starts again …im not one for preaching but maybe if people didn’t aim so high ,the veins in their heads might not be near bursting tonight ,it’s a game …one that celtic have done very well in last 15 yrs …support the club and let the people who are qualified take the team forward ….

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2 nd Chance Saloon Maribor

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A month ago you could feel the negativity from a celtic support wanting the world as usual …im not devoid of that feeling cause to me celtic are the best team in the uk …you have yer man city man utd arsenal Chelsea but we’ve had some success against them in the last 10 yrs,given the huge finance that the english teams get i feel a bit inadequate but we  still seem to find a way to perform in the champions league…ok the result against legia Warsaw was a major blip but good fortune seen us into the game tonight against Maribor,we started well and Callum McGregor got us off to the best possible start with a wonderful finish from a berget cutback..the passing was crisp and carried on from good results against st Johnstone and Dundee utd ,Delia seems to want his team to pass and move and the first goal had all the hallmarks of his football philosophy ….

had we defended better leading up to the Maribor goal we could have settled into the game but within minutes of the first goal we were ripped apart and the Slovenian side took their chance very well …300 celtic fans had taken the long trip and they must have thought de ja vu as McGregor had scored the first goal in Poland and the polish side went on to destroy the hoops ..

But Deila had a better tactical format for this game with kayal and Johanson who had played for deila running the midfield without scott brown both played very well ,kayal is the sort of midfield general that Lennon and mcstay were of the past,injury free and with a run the israeli midfielder can become a very important player for the hoops this season …..he breaks up play and does the dirty stuff the other midfielders arent accustomed too..celtic had chances a plenty in the game and stokes was on the end of most things…

At the back celtic new defence looked a bit fragile at times but Denayer and Gordon will both take time to settle,both have had moments in the last 3 games but have come through with flying colours tonight Craig Gordon had some important saves to make for a guy whos been out of action for 2 yrs he performed really well.

i was so impressed with the one touch passing its very evident that that’s the deila way it makes the opposing team chase the ball and ive not seen this style played by a celtic team for many a long yr it wont work every time but the foundation is there and it can be attractive when it works..we built up play very well and in one nice move it looked like stokes may get a penalty from a handball but it wasnt to be the referee got a few decisions wrong tonight but it didn’t hurt us and i think 2 nd leg at paradise we should be ok….

The twelfth man will see us through,had Johanson taken a chance late on it might be easier but the midfielder was in 2 minds and his eventual shot after a mazy run didn’t bear fruit,we seen the game out and 1-1 in europe away from home is a good result…… at paradise we should finish the job,lets hope we do and the draw is good for us,in recent yrs we have drawn the best of europe and did well,maybe this time we can get a favourable draw ok the old cliché says there’s no easy teams there but,getting Barcelona twice isnt the best ….

For a team and club who lives on a budget that’s almost poverty like compared to all the big clubs in europe,our record is up there with the best of them….

This chance came about with great fortune we were hammered by legia Warsaw in the last round and should  have not been in this position but rules are rules and we got the chance tonight we played well and deserved the draw next Tuesday we will find out if this team can take the chance offered,time is now stand up and move on to where we belong …

Ronnie deila seems so relaxed it might set alarm bells ringing but every time he speaks it seems like he hasnt a care in the world but given time i have a good feeling about him maybe he is the man to take celtic to the next level,hes signed loan deals but from good clubs so it might be good business ,lawell always gets the bad press but the money he has generated last few yrs is second to none,taking a different perspective from most fans id say hes doing a good job,no one wants to lose player s like forster wanyama hooper ledley etc but think of the financial state the club is in just now..

ok it would be great to pull in 20 million and spend 20 million as an example but money in the bank secures our future we wont ever get to the premiership,just aint going to happen so building a solid bank balance for the future is a solid plan,it’s not what fans want to here ,but reality is sevco5088 the newco will return some day they call themselves rangers but all of Scottish football know otherwise ,to keep ahead i think lawell and the board have assessed the situation and want a head start,i believe on the current path we can suppace 9 in a row,what a achievement that would be …

for the sake of celtic football club our board are taking us in the right direction its hard to accept when we want the world but patience will see us dominate for yrs to come ill take that hh

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OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

UEFA Champions League
Stadion Ljudski vrt
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NK Maribor…1
(Damjan Bohar 13)

CELTIC…1
(Callum McGregor 6)

CELTIC won a share of the spoils in Slovenia tonight after a hard-fought draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.The Hoops took an early lead through Callum McGregor after good work from Jo-Inge Berget forced Jasmin Handanovic into a save but were pegged back by Damjan Bohar shortly after.Celtic boss Ronny Deila made a two changes going into the match following the emphatic 6-1 victory over Dundee United at the weekend.

Mikael Lustig and Beram Kayal both started as the manager opted for a 4-3-3 over his favoured 4-2-3-1.The Hoops opened the game well, passing patiently through defence and midfield as they studied the Maribor defence for an opening and it wasn’t long before they found it.Jo-Inge Berget showed good determination down the Maribor left to win the ball and poke a shot at Handanovic in the Maribor goal. The keeper stopped the effort but his save fell kindly for Callum McGregor who wasted no time in scoring his third European goal for Celtic and setting the Hoops on their way.

The Bhoys piled on the pressure and almost went two up but Anthony Stokes’ cross from the left was cleared by the home team.Maribor looked content to sit in, despite Celtic’s positive and pressing opening. Their patience soon paid dividends, however, when they dragged themselves equal through Damjan Bohar.The left-winger capitalised on a defensive slip from the Hoops, latching onto a deflected through ball before slotting low past Craig Gordon to make it 1-1 within 15 minutes.

Play resumed at the same frantic pace with which the game opened. Maribor camped in their own half, allowing Celtic possession and time to pick their passes. The Bhoys took advantage of that and tried to pry the home side’s defence apart by drawing them out and attempting to play a killer pass.The Scottish champions enjoyed their best spell of the half shortly after with a succession of corners down the Maribor right.
Good work from Lustig and Stefan Johansen continued to win the set-pieces and the Hoops went close with the second corner after Charlie Mulgrew flashed a header from the back post to the front before the chance was cleared off the line.

Virgil van Dijk then had his own effort cleared off the line from an Antony Stokes corner but the header struck the back of Stefan Johansen and Maribor breathed a sigh of relief.The home side began to edge their way back into the game and threatened through a flow of their own corners.Craig Gordon stood strong though, particularly so when blocking a rasping shot from Agim Ibraimi, and the sides went in even at half time.The second half began with Celtic under pressure from Maribor as the home side looked to turn the tie round.

In a reverse of their first half tactics, the Slovenian champions pressed high up the pitch and deep in Celtic territory.The Hoops were struggling to retain possession in the wake of the new approach from Maribor and were forced to sit tight in their own half.The hosts soon began to test Craig Gordon in goal, with goal-scorer Bohar the main architect of their opportunities.Celtic weathered the storm however and began to ease the pressure by playing long passes to Stokes. The Irishman did well to hold up the ball and bring his teammates into the game but he was smothered by the Maribor defence.

The home side were still dangerous on the break, however, and caught Celtic out with a clever pass which found Ibraimi in space in the box, but the talisman’s strike was saved well by Gordon.
Stokes had to watch another shot go agonisingly wide soon after, as the game opened up and both sides became stretched.Johansen then had the best chance of the half for Celtic with a determined run through the middle of the pitch from his own half but Handanovic raced out to thwart the Norwegian, just as he was set to pull the trigger.

Ronny Deila replaced Berget with Efe Ambrose on 73 minutes and Celtic then had a penalty claim after Kayal was felled in the box but the referee waved play on.Maribor went all out for the win by bringing on Jean-Philippe Mendy for Dare Virsic, and Sintayehu Sallalich on for Bohar.The changes worked as the fresh legs gave the home team more pace but Virgil can Dijk still had space to fire in a rocket from 30 yards out which was tipped over by Handanovic.Maribor made their final change as the game drew to a close, with Amir Dervisevic making way for Ales Mertelj before Celtic also swapped Stokes for Leigh Griffiths.

The home side continued to press but Celtic stood resolute in defence, with van Dijk clearing corner after corner before the Hoops finally won the ball back deep in Maribor’s half.
Nir Bitton replaced Kayal as the seconds ebbed away and the travelling fans were then left elated after the final whistle blew, signalling a positive result for the Hoops to take back to Celtic Park next week.

CELTIC (4-3-3) Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Mulgrew, Johansen; Kayal (Bitton 90); McGregor, Berget (Ambrose 73), Stokes (Griffiths 80)
Not used: Zaluska, Henderson,Commons, Pukki

NK Maribor (4-4-2) Handanovic; Stojanovic, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler; Vrsic (Mendy 73), Filipovic, Dervisevic (Mertelj 80), Bohar (Sallalich 78); Ibraimi, Tavares (C)

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THIS COULD BE THE SEASON WE WIN IT ALL KEEP THE FAITH HH

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Celtic Blitz United 6-1 in League Masterclass

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Celtic Blitz United 6-1 in League Masterclass

If this is Ronnie Deilas vision and philosophy of football then we want more,…the passing and movement of the players today was a joy to watch,..tackling and tracking back was good and the new bhoys in the team all had excellent games,Craig Gordon had a couple of nice saves and he looks better each game he plays, Jo Inge Berget scored 2 fine goals today one a header and one a shot ,he should have probably had a home day hatrick to be honest,Jason Denayer the kid from Manchester city looks like a player that can settle into the gaffers style of play,a wee blip at the start of the match was soon forgotten about when the celtic fans were treated to the lads assured defending for the proceeding 88 mins,deservedly he won man of the match for a solid display………….

I can be honest and say ive not enjoyed a game like that for a while everything was good tactics,passing,goals,effort……the players really applied themselves today and played as a team,every single one of them bursting a gut for the cause,Dundee utd are a good team and had started the season well with 2 fine wins,so when they arrived at parkhead they must have been confident after the ups and downs celtic have had in europe last few weeks….of a result…

They started well Dundee utd but were undone in the 4th minute not by one of the old guard but new bhoy Jason Denayer for a defender the goal was a thing of beauty 1-0 celtic and a host of chances were to follow for Commons and Stokes………

Chris commons touched in a stokes corner with his head to make it 2 or maybe it was his cheek nevertheless commons was pleased to start on the goals trail again…..

Johansen made it three with some fine pressure on the ball robbing the united defender Paul Paton before sliding it past the united goalkeeper Cierzniak,so 3-0 at half time and celtic looking very comfortable …

Its been such a long time since i witnessed celtic play free flowing open football like that and at 3-0 you would be forgiven for thinking that was the end of the scoring but the bhoys were having none of it and the tempo second half was higher than the first….

The fourth goal there’s a bit of a debate who actually scored it as cheeky Charlie Mulgrew claimed a touch on a Stokes free kick from the angle of the eighteen yard box,it must have been the slightest of touches but chaz claimed it to smiles from Stokes ,we will let them fight over that one ….

2 goals were to follow for Jo Inge Berget one a header and one a shot from close range ,final score 6-1 and a great dress rehearsal for wed night against Maribor ,the only down side from the day were the injuries to Adam Matthews and James Forrest ,im happy im sure the celtic fans are happy and Ronnie Deila will be happy to see his hard work finally pay off…

They say good things come to those who wait if today is anything to gauge the season then were all in for a treat ..we’ve been given a superb chance to get back into the group stages of the champions league we have to take it,roll on Wednesday HH

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OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday, August 16, 2014

CELTIC…6
(Denayer 4, Commons 28, Johansen 34, Stokes 54, Berget 62, 90 +1)

DUNDEE UNITED…1
(Rankin 71)

CELTIC celebrated Flag Day in spectacular style as they ran riot against Dundee United, demolishing their shell-shocked opponents 6-1 to give Ronny Deila a performance to savour in his first game in charge at Paradise. New Bhoy Jo Inge Berget bagged a brace for the Bhoys but before that fellow newcomer Jason Denayer, Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen and Anthony Stokes had put the champions in charge
John Rankin struck the consolation for the beleaguered visitors, who had come into this match on the back of two wins from their opening two games.

Denayer made his Celtic bow following his season-long loan move from Manchester City on Monday. The Belgian stopper came in for Mikael Lustig in central defence as Ronny Deila made three changes from the team that put St Johnstone to the sword three days ago.Charlie Mulgrew returned from suspension to anchor the midfield, while Berget took up a left-wing berth. Nir Bitton and James Forrest dropped to the bench.
And there was one further enforced alteration just before the game got underway. An injury to Adam Matthews in the warm-up saw the Welshman replaced by Efe Ambrose.

Prior to kick off, Celtic’s 45th league championship flag was raised in Paradise by Fergus McCann to huge cheers, with ‘The Bunnet’ receiving a rousing reception from all corners of the ground on his return to Glasgow.And the crowd were soon on their feet as Callum McGregor struck the post inside the opening 60 seconds as the champions roared from the blocks. Moments later, Anthony Stokes then dragged as shot wide, before Gary Mackay-Steven stole in at the other end but failed to find the target with only Craig Gordon to beat.

It had been a breathless start to proceedings and with only four minutes on the clock, the Hoops made the breakthrough through one of their new Bhoys.
McGregor earned a corner on the right and the visitors failed to deal with Commons’ delivery. Callum Morris’ header ricocheted into the path of Jason Denayer, who gratefully accepted the chance, emphatically thumping home from seven yards.

Craig Gordon had to react quickly to clear from Nadir Ciftci but the hosts quickly resumed the offensive as Stokes flashed a shot over. The Irishman then turned provider, his inviting, low cross coming within inches of the onrushing Berget at the far post.Celtic were dictating possession and unleashing wave after wave of attacks, but the Terrors continued to pose a threat on the break, particularly through the pace of Mackay-Steven, and Virgil van Dijk had to make a timely block to thwart the winger as he rounded Gordon.

But the pressure was soon being exerted back on the Tannadice side’s backline as a clever touch from Stokes set up Commons, whose effort whizzed over the bar.A hanging cross from Izaguirre in the 24th minute was only partially cleared by Cierzniak and Stokes came close to capitalising with a first-time shot.Struggling to stem the tide, United’s resistance was soon broken again as the Hoops doubled their tally. Berget won a corner on the left and Commons glanced a header in at the near post from Stokes’ set-piece.Celtic’s energy and high-tempo was proving too much for Jackie McNamara’s men and a wonderful piece of pressing from Johansen delivered number three. Robbing Paul Paton of possession, he advanced on goal before burying a drive under Cierzniak.

Brimming with confidence, the Hoops were playing some superb stuff, moving the ball around with pace and purpose as Stokes and Commons threatened with further efforts, before Berget nearly broke the crossbar with a ferocious shot on the stroke of half-time.If the interval brought some respite for the visitors it didn’t last long as Celtic continued where they had left off following the restart.Stokes quickly forced Cierzniak into action from an acute angle and Jaroslaw Fojut saw yellow for halting Commons in full flight.

Gordon did have to make a superb stop to push Ciftci’s shot beyond the post, but his opposite number was by far the busier of the two. And just minutes after palming a shot away from Commons, Cierzniak found himself picking the ball out of the net again.After Izaguirre had been felled on the left, Stokes swung in the free-kick which ended up in the back of the net. Mulgrew claimed it had taken the slightest of touches off him, although replays suggested that it was the Irishman’s goal.

Celtic were cutting open the visitors’ defence at will now, with only the heroics of Cierzniak keeping the champions at bay as shots reined in on his goal from all angles, with one reaction save from Stokes particularly notable.But before the midway point of the half, the Bhoys bagged their fifth of a fantastic afternoon. Stokes corner was knocked back across goal by Ambrose and Berget applied the finish from close-range.As the game entered its latter stages, and both sides made several changes, the pace naturally dropped but Celtic still fashioned chances, with Commons and substitute Leigh Griffiths trying their luck.
And although John Rankin pulled one back for United with a deflected drive, Ronny Deila’s men finished with a flourish as Berget bagged his second at the death to cap off a dream start for the manager at Celtic Park.

CELTIC (4-4-1-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; McGregor (Forrest 69) Johansen (Kayal 46), Mulgrew, Berget; Commons; Stokes (Griffiths 69)
Not Used: Zaluska, Bitton, Boerrigter

DUNDEE UNITED (4-3-3) Cierzniak; Watson, Fojut, Morris, Townsend; Paton, Armstrong (Bilate 40) Rankin; Dow (Erskine 57) Ciftci, Mackay-Steven (Spittal 75)
Not Used: McCallum, Graham, Erskine, Telfer, Smith, Spittal

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St Johnstone 0-3 Celtic Match Report Thoughts 13 th aug 2014

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Ronnie Deila couldn’t have thought his celtic tenure could have started more high octane hammered in the champions league qualifier 6-1 on aggregate by legia Warsaw ,were out and a few days later uefa decided to give the hoops a second chance,because the polish side had fielded a ineligible player ,of course the result is under appeal as i write but the outcome is expected to fall in Celtics favour tomorrow morning …

it will be interesting to say the least and if celtic get the second chance most expect then a get out of jail card is a understatement to say the least ,we were beat well in 2 legs by the polish side and im sure if celtic get the tie against Maribor the boss will breathe a huge sigh of relief ,i sat tonight watching Ronnie in the dugout and the pressure was evident on the new bosses face,his body language was of a nervous man…

who am i to say if he is the man to take celtic forward,only time will tell,but im off the kind of fan who is willing to allow a new manager time to set out his philosophy of the game and allow new players to develop,he’s brought in loan deals with no cash outlay other than wages ,the board have the control all i can say is the fans have to be patient let Ronnie and Collins to move forward …..

tonight we went into the game against st Johnstone trying to find something to appease a support who demand the world a result,we started very slow and the first half of the game was a non event,1 chance for both sides in 45 mins and the murmers coming from the stands was not of a club  in form…

but second half we lifted things and the tempo was very good ,stokes found himself on the end of a defensive mistake and dispatched the chance very well 1-0 ……………st Johnstone had a good penalty claim soon after denied by the referee and soon after celtic had one of their own given nir biton dispatched the penalty for 2-0 and celtic looked comfortable…

what i liked about deila was he brought subs on early 30 mins to go he brought on borrigter a player who was much maligned last season he looked sharp and maybe we will see the best of the dutch winger this season,McGregor scored the 3rd after a spill from manus in the st Johnstone goal…

celtic looked more comfortable in the lead and deila was more visible on the touch-line,a young manager who’s finding his feet at a huge club ,give the guy a chance its going to be a long season if he can get a run off games under his belt the pressure will ease and we will get the best of him …

ok if im wrong come christmas heaven forbid were struggling il eat my words but im willing to let him have a chance ,tomorrow we will know if legia Warsaws appeal has been successful whatever the outcome deila will be judged in the coming months ,i hope he gets the chance he deserves

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Scottish Premiership
St Johnstone v Celtic
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
McDiarmid Park

Celtic…3
Stokes 55, Bitton 76, McGergor 85
St Johnstone…0

CELTIC eased past St Johnstone in Perth with a confident 3-0 win in the opening game of the season.A well-taken goal from Anthony Stokes early in the second half was added to by a Nir Bitton penalty and a Callum McGregor shot five minutes before the end to set the Hoops running for the new campaign.

Good play from James Forrest and Anthony Stokes carved out an early chance for the Hoops but the final ball from the Irish internationalist was too heavy for the speedy winger and Alan Mannus gathered in the Saints box for an early touch of the ball.

A determined run from Forrest created an opportunity for Celtic down the left with the Scotland star setting Emilio Izaguirre free. His cross was blocked and fell to Bitton on the edge of the Saints box. He controlled well but his shot was blocked and the move broke down.

Izaguirre was the architect again down the left flank but his cross into the Saints penalty area missed Stokes’ darting run and St Johnstone breathed easy.
Forrest soon got the first shot of the match away when he collected a well-placed through ball from Kris Commons. The winger turned inside Tom Scobbie in the box but dragged his left-footed shot just past the near post.

The Bhoys won the first corner of the match after good work by Matthews down the right. Commons played a zipped ball into the box but the cross missed both Bitton and the on-running Virgil van Dijk.St Johnstone were hemmed in but looked to hit Celtic on the break and a quick counter-attack from the home side called Craig Gordon into action for the first time midway through the first half.

The Scotland keeper got a strong hand to Steven MacLean’s stinging effort and pushed it out the box for the Celtic defence to regroup.Good play on the edge of the St Johnstone penalty area won the Hoops a free kick in a dangerous area 22 yards out.

 

Stokes stood over the ball and curved a free-kick over the wall but the shot went wide of Mannus’ far post.The first half ended with a period of pressure from the Scottish Cup holders but Celtic stood strong and both teams went in for half time with the game goal-less.

Tommy Wright replaced Liam Caddis with David Wotherspoon for the start of the second half as Saints came out the blocks flying.Stefan Johansen was booked for a foul before MacLean pulled a shot just wide as the home side pinned Celtic back. Lee Croft also pulled the trigger from just outside the box, which brought a good block out of van Dijk.

Celtic then pushed back against the wave of St Johnstone attacks and took the lead on 55 minutes through tenacious play from Commons.His tackle on the edge of the Saints box won the ball which fell kindly for Stokes. The Irish hitman controlled the bobbling ball coolly, before rounding Mannus and slotting home with his right foot.

Commons then won a free kick 25 yards out following the restart after Dave Mackay pulled him down outside the box. The Saints captain was booked for the challenge but van Dijk’s shot from the set-play hit a wall of blue.Celtic pressed on and went near again with a snap shot from McGregor but the winger’s effort went wide.

Ronny Deila then switched James Forrest for Derk Boerrigter and St Johnstone changed Michael O’Halloran for Adam Morgan.The home side were then left furious when referee John Beaton waved claims for a penalty away following a van Dijk challenge on Mackay.

Recent Celtic signing Jo Inge Berget then replaced Commons as Celtic went on the hunt for a second goal. The substitute was fouled shortly after coming on while driving towards the St Johnstone box.

Wotherspoon was booked for the challenge and the decision clearly irked the Saints players who surrounded the referee.The home side’s captain then personified that frustration when he saw red on 76 minutes for a foul on Boerrigter in the area which led to a Celtic penalty.

Nir Bitton stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball down the middle to put the Hoops 2-0 up.Celtic took advantage of the extra man and stretched St Johnstone all over the pitch. The Hoops passed calmly and were then three goals up after good work on the edge of the box.

A clever pass from Adam Matthews from the right set up McGregor who dropped his shoulder before hitting a low shot at Mannus, who let the ball slip under him and trickle over the line to make it 3-0 five minutes from the end.The Bhoys were then playing with confidence and continued to attack the St Johnstone goal with shots but were unlucky not to find a fourth. The final whistle signalled a Celtic victory and a winning Premiership start for Ronny Deila.

 

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon, Matthews, Izaguirre, Van Dijk, Lustig, Bitton, Johansen, Stokes (Kayal 74), Commons (Berget 69), McGregor, Forrest (Boerrigter 60).
Subs not used: Zaluska, Ambrose, Pukki, Denayer.

St JOHNSTONE: Mannus, Mackay, Scobbie, Anderson, Millar, McDonald (Miller 78), MacLean, Caddis (Wotherspoon 45), Croft, Easton, O’Halloran (Morgan 60).

Subs not used: Banks, Wright, Brown, Kane.
Website man of the match: Callum McGregor

 

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‘Here We Go 4 In A Row’

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Wed 13 the Aug marks the real start of Celtic s domestic season ,to say I’ve missed watching the Celts is an understatement,yeah we had the world cup,Wimbledon and the commonwealth games but nothing quite beats the feeling when a new season gets close, it will be exciting to see who will provide the real challenge to Celtics quest for a fourth title in a row, Fergus McCann will be guest of honor to unfurl the league championship flag for 2013-14 season….

Who better than the man who saved celtic all those yrs ago he should be received like a god, I don’t joke when I say that had it not been for the guy wee call the bunnet, I might not be writing this post today about Glasgow Celtic…

Fergus McCann was an honest genuine businessman who had a love for the club of course he invested money and expected a return, he got this 5 yrs down the road after the takeover…he maintained after his 5 year plan he would leave, he did so and stayed true to his word when he left he took his return on his investment and left Celtic with a solid work model a top class stadium and a decent team on the pitch, he will always be thought of fondly by the Celtic fans…

By kick off time it’s expected we will have a few new players in place. The pacy winger Alexander Tonev from Aston villa on a 1 year loan deal,Celtic will cover his wages. With the option for a permanent deal next summer..just hearing as i write that Aston Villa winger Aleksandar Tonev has completed a loan move to Celtic for the 2014/15 season.

Elsewhere Celtic are poised to sign Jason Denayer from Manchester City.
The hoops have been in contact with City and are also believed to be interested in Matthias Bossaerts as Ronny Delia seeks to strengthen his first team squad.both are defenders….

The deadline for signing, and registering, players for the Champions League qualifier with Maribor was at 11pm Celtic Park time tonight. One further signing can be added 48 hours before the first leg tie in Slovenia.

                Jason Denayer and Matthias Bossaerts

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Also Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey could be on his way to join Scottish giants Celtic as a replacement for Fraser Forster who has left to join Southampton.I’d like to wish Fraser Forster the great Wall all the best at premiership club Southampton,having left in a 10 million pound deal..

In his time with celtic the big goalkeeper turned in some fantastic performances,becoming a record breaker in the process,3. League titles and a Scottish cup sit proudly in the big goalies trophy cabinet, im sure he will progress to become a top keeper in England, all the best big guy….

Up first wed. Is St Johnstone in Perth season openers sometimes have a feast of goals and I’m predicting a 3-2 win for the hoops, maybe a few new faces in the team too so it’s exciting to see how wee will  line up, the Perth side will provide a stern test I’m sure, but celtic have to show the travelling support that the recent hammering in Europe home and away is out there system…

Sun. 17th Aug sees..us return to paradise and it’s sure going to be good to be back to the old stadium, Dundee utd come visiting on flag day and Jackie McNamara s young side has some of the scotlands finest young talent in its ranks…celtic will definitely want to show a packed celtic park who the champions are, and lay down a marker to dundee utd who will be one of the main challengers this year..

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Hot on the heels of those 2 league games our 2 nd chance game comes around against Maribor this will be a very tough 2 legs of football,the mere fact celtic had this second chance is due to some really good luck, totally outplayed home and away by polish side legia warsaw hammered 6-1 in the champions league 2nd qualifier…if Celtic can win here it’s into the draw for the group stages, if this is achieved they can think themselves very lucky..

Here’s to another successful season hope everyone’s enjoying the blog and checking out the pages at the top of the blog as well,im always looking for new ideas so any suggestions to improve things is very welcome, il leave a suggestions from below or feel free to comment..Also share on Twitter Facebook etc much appreciated…

You can also find my posts on Celtic News Now who kindly invited me on to their wonderful site around may this year…..

Below you can find game dates and TV schedule for the next few games hail hail have a wonderful season God Bless…….

Aug:

We 13th ST JOHNSTONE…… 19:45 SKYSPORTS
(H) Sat 16th DUNDEE UNITED…..12:45 SKYSPORTS 5
(A) We 20th NK MARIBOR………19:45 SKYSPORTS 5
(A) Sat 23rd INVERNESS CT……12:30 BT SPORT
(H) We 27th NK MARIBOR………19:45 STV/ITV
(A) Sun 31st DUNDEE…………12:30 BT SPORT

Sept:
(H) Sun 07th #MAESTRIO Charity. 14:00 (TBC)
(H) Sat 13th ABERDEEN………..12:45 SKYSPORTS
(H) Sat 20th MOTHERWELL………15:00 CELTIC TV
(A) Sat 27th ST MIRREN……….12:45 SKYSPORTS

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