Deila and Hutter bedding into their new teams

There are parallels between Salzburg and Celtic.  After an outstanding season Salzburg lost their coach, Roger Schmidt, in May to Bayer Leverkusen, appointing Adolf Hutter (commentators beware), who previously managed Austrian Bundesliga club Grodig and is largely unknown outside Austria.

Unlike Ronny Deila, Hutter has not tried to change Salzburg’s system, but the period of transformation has been blamed for Salzburg failing to overcome Malmo in the Champions League play-off round (Malmo taxed Juventus in Turin last night before two second half Tevez goals settled things).  New instructions, new training techniques and, in some cases, new personnel present challenges.

Ronny has had a few false starts but the return of Scott Brown at the weekend, the return to form of Kris Commons, who will surely start, and the addition of Scepovic, Tonev and Wakaso to the squad give reason for confidence.

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Defences, views and runs

We can take some comfort in the fact that Salzburg have lost three games on the bounce but they sit in second spot in the Austrian Bundesliga, Celtic are fourth in the Scottish Premiership and have won only one of their previous five games.  The Austrians will see just as much comfort in our form. [...]

Who we are and our values

For some months now, a CQN’er and academic has prepared a project to identify who we, the Celtic support, are in 2014, what our views are, where we come from and how closely our objectives align with the Club. The project takes the form of a questionnaire, which asks some personal questions, like your political [...]

Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen

2 - 1
  • Denayer (7), Commons (46)
  • Goodwillie (60)

Goals from Jason Denayer and Kris Commons secured the three points for Celtic in today’s lunchtime kick-off but again it was Commons, Celtic’s creative fulcrum, who bossed the game.  It was his corner which produced the opening goal after 7 minutes.  Efe Ambrose thought he had scored but Denayer got the last touch. Celtic should [...]