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And they're out, no UEFA Cup nothing!

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Oh dear lol, they truly are shocking away from home aren't they! With Rangers going out of the UEFA cup in the qualifying stages it's not a good year for Scottish football is it.

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Just found out this titbit of information today...

The last player to score the winning goal in an away European tie for Celtic was....

Murdo Macleod....

Against Shamrock Rovers.....





Twenty two years ago :laugh:

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Just found out this titbit of information today...

The last player to score the winning goal in an away European tie for Celtic was....

Murdo Macleod....

Against Shamrock Rovers.....





Twenty two years ago :laugh:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/footbal ... 864921.stm ?

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hornyhibby wrote:
Just found out this titbit of information today...

The last player to score the winning goal in an away European tie for Celtic was....

Murdo Macleod....

Against Shamrock Rovers.....





Twenty two years ago :laugh:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/footbal ... 864921.stm ?


Maybe it's European Cup/Champions League matches


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TNB/KIE....it's European Cup I'm sure....sorry for missing it out!

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Celtic have parted company with manager Tony Mowbray following Wednesday's 4-0 defeat at St Mirren.

Mowbray won 17 of the 30 league games played since he arrived from West Brom last June and struggled in Europe.

And the Glasgow club trail Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers by 10 points, having played two more matches than their Old Firm rivals.

Coach Neil Lennon will oversee first team matters on a game-by-game basis, with Kilmarnock visiting on Saturday.

Lennon played for Celtic between 2000 and 2007, captaining the club in his last two seasons. He returned as a coach in April 2008 and had been in charge of the Under-19 team during Mowbray's time in Glasgow.

The move to promote Lennon comes after assistant manager Mark Venus and first team coach Peter Grant departed along with Mowbray.

A former defender at the club between 1991 and 1995, Mowbray succeeded Gordon Strachan to become the 16th manager of Celtic, with West Brom receiving £2m in compensation.

The affable figure had been one of three managers targeted, along with Burnley's Owen Coyle, now at Bolton, and Swansea's Roberto Martinez, now at Wigan.

On his arrival, he said he lived by a code of "honesty, integrity, humility and respect" and he hoped to bring those qualities to the Celtic team.

However, his reign was not a happy one, beginning with elimination from the Champions League, albeit against a slick Arsenal side, who have progressed with ease to the last eight of the tournament.

Dropping into the Europa League, Celtic were expected to qualify from a group that included Hamburg, Rapid Vienna and Hapoel Tel-Aviv, but they could only muster six points from six games, with just one win.

The domestic season started brightly and Celtic were four points ahead of Rangers going into the first Old Firm derby of the season on 4 October, but they lost 2-1 at Ibrox.

And away matches proved to be Mowbray Achilles heel, with Wednesday's 4-0 drubbing by St Mirren heralding Celtic's sixth league defeat on the road.

Strachan had won three titles in four seasons at Celtic Park but Mowbray quickly set about dismantling the squad he inherited, bringing in a raft of new faces.

The big money loan arrival of Spurs striker Robbie Keane in January briefly lifted spirits among supporters but Celtic could not make inroads into Rangers' lead.

Mowbray had a long career at Middlesbrough before his switch to Celtic and later moved on to Ipswich, where he started his coaching career.

He had a brief spell as caretaker boss at Portman Road after the sacking of former Scotland boss George Burley before becoming a manager in his own right at Hibernian.

Mowbray led the Edinburgh club to two top-four finishes in 2005 and 2006, after which he left for West Brom.

He led the Baggies to the Championship play-offs, losing to Derby, but the following season they won the title and promotion to the Premier League.

However, they only lasted a season in England's top tier and were relegated, despite receiving plaudits for their attacking style of football.

His summer switch to Celtic Park was greeted with widespread enthusiasm among the Celtic faithful but few of those will lament his departure.

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Strange to see a manager resign these days most of them wait to be sacked to protect their pay outs.


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He's a good manager, but I think he realised fairly quickly that he wasn't right for the Celtic job. Apparently he never moved his family to Glasgow, so he can't have been planning on being there for the long haul.

I think he's a good manager, but the media and pressure at Celtic was unlike anything he'd experienced before and maybe was too much for him.

For the last couple of months he'd been looking like a shadow of a manager, and it was inevitable that he'd leave I think.

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He managed to put Celtic 10(could be 13)pts behind a poor Rangers.... that's John Barnes-esque..... he probably feared for his own life

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Strange to see a manager resign these days most of them wait to be sacked to protect their pay outs.


He was sacked.

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Celtic caretaker boss Neil Lennon has revealed he wants the job on a permanent basis.

The former club captain was given the position following Tony Mowbray's sacking on Thursday. "It's an institution and one of the best-supported clubs in the world," Lennon told a media conference at Celtic's Lennoxtown training complex. Everyone knows what this club means to me. I'm going to try to bring success as long as I'm in this position."

Mowbray was sacked on Thursday after just nine months of a turbulent reign. Former Northern Ireland international Lennon has recruited former team-mate Johan Mjallby as his assistant. His first game in charge will be Saturday's home league game against Kilmarnock.

"Obviously, I am coming in in difficult circumstances but I have a job to do between now and the end of the season," said Lennon. I'm trying to keep calm and not get carried away. I love football and the next stage for me after football is coaching."

Celtic are 10 points behind league leaders Rangers, having played two games more than their Old Firm rivals. And Lennon said he would be impressing the need to emulate their rivals' winning mentality. The former skipper was signed by Martin O'Neill from Leicester for £5.75m in 2000 and starred in Celtic's midfield in a successful seven-year spell. He left Celtic for spells at Wycombe and Nottingham Forest before returning to the club to take up a coaching role in 2008.

With Celtic's title challenge all but over, the club can salvage something from a disappointing season if they lift the Scottish Cup. Before then, they will have to overcome semi-final opponents Ross County, and Lennon is relishing the challenge. "I have got to win as many games as I can and get as close to Rangers as we possibly can in the league and try to win the cup," he said. "You just take the job and see where it takes you, even if things go well it may not be offered to me."

Mowbray was axed following the 4-0 drubbing by relegation-threatened St Mirren in midweek. And Lennon, who took his first training session with the squad on Friday morning, is demanding an improvement. "Up until the St Mirren game things were going okay, but the players understand the performance was unacceptable," he said. "I have made it clear what is expected of them between now and the end of the season. I would like us to be more direct, press teams more and get the crowd going; speed up the tempo of the game. They have trained well this morning and we are looking forward to tomorrow's game and putting things right."

Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd told BBC Scotland that the club should recruit an experienced manager to succeed Mowbray. Boyd conceded that Lennon could force himself into the reckoning with a winning run, but he expects the club to go for "someone who's been over the course before".

"I'm not sure if Mark Hughes is experienced enough at this kind of level. I know he's been down in England in the Premier League and did well with Blackburn," Boyd said. "He did okay with Man City but he had plenty of money to spend there. I certainly don't think he'd get that kind of money if he came up here. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing who is going to come in and I don't think the board will be in too much of a rush."

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert cooled speculation linking him with a return to his former club. "I can't stop people from saying things but I love it here," said Lambert. "It's been great. As I said before, Celtic are a terrific football club and I had eight great years there. But I'm happy here, that's for sure. I never really buy into the bookmakers' favourite; it doesn't wash with me. I just do my job."

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 Post subject: Celtic parcel bombs: celebrity fans told to watch out
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Celtic parcel bombs: celebrity fans told to watch out for suspect packages

Police issue warning after 'viable incendiary devices' sent to football club manager Neil Lennon and two well-known Scots

Severin Carrell, guardian.co.uk



Famous Celtic fans have been warned to watch out for suspect packages after four incendiary bombs capable of causing "real harm" were sent to the club's manager, Neil Lennon, and two other senior figures.

Sources said the four crude but viable devices – sent to Lennon, his lawyer and a former Labour MSP over a six-week period from early March – used a potentially explosive liquid in a small bottle packaged up with nails.

The terror campaign has led police to warn "many" famous Celtic fans, including – it is believed – a BBC presenter. Staff at the Glasgow club and postal workers have also been told to be vigilant.

Police stressed that this was a precautionary measure and there was no evidence or intelligence that any other individuals were being targeted.

"The advice is to make sure that they keep themselves safe," said Chief Superintendent Ruaraidh Nicolson, head of community safety at Strathclyde police.

The force is now putting in place much tighter security for the Old Firm match between Celtic and Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday 24 April – recent games between the bitter rivals have seen dozens of fans arrested and a violent confrontation between Lennon and the Rangers assistant manager, Ally McCoist.

The police believe these incidents, which led to an emergency summit hosted by first minister Alex Salmond, have sparked off the letter-bombing campaign.

The parcels were posted when reporting of Old Firm and sectarian tensions was at a height.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Mitchell, head of Strathclyde CID, told a press conference the devices were very unusual but were "very definitely capable of causing considerable harm or injury to people."

Salmond said the attempted attacks were "despicable and cowardly" and added that the "lunatic element responsible for this outrage" would be prosecuted vigorously.

"They will be dealt with using the full force of the law. We're not going to tolerate this sort of criminality in Scottish society," he said.

Iain Gray, the Labour leader in Scotland, also condemned the attacks. "The people behind these sinister and potentially life-threatening acts need to be caught and brought to justice," he said.

"I am absolutely appalled at this development and hope that progress can be made on finding those responsible. Individuals who engage in this type of terrorism do not have the support of the public and are rightly seen as pariahs."

He added: "However, now is the time for calm heads. I hope that the whole community shows that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in our country."

The chief executive of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Stewart Regan, said the news was "depressing and deplorable".

He said the SFA was "horrified and saddened" by the attacks, and that sectarian hatred was an "unwanted poison" in football

Police said a suspicious package sent to the former Labour minister and Celtic director, Brian Wilson, at industrial premises at Shawbost, on the Isle of Lewis, had proved to be a false alarm.

The first device was sent to Lennon, a Northern Irish Catholic, on 4 March and was intercepted by Royal Mail staff.

Police originally believed it was hoax – the package was said to be cruder than a second device addressed to Lennon which was found at Kirkintilloch sorting office on 26 March.

Two days later a device addressed to Trish Godman, the former deputy presiding officer of the Scottish parliament who has just retired as a Labour MSP, was delivered to her constituency office.

A fourth package was sent to Paul McBride QC, Lennon's lawyer, last week having been posted in Kilwinning, Ayrshire.

The police only realised the devices were viable and dangerous last week after forensic investigation; it is thought the liquid involved could explode after contact with air or sunlight.

Mitchell said the police had not failed by initially downplaying the significance of the packages.

"These devices were unusual. We'd never seen anything like them before," he said. "The initial assessment was that they might have been a hoax.

"That being said, we sent the devices for specialist forensic examination and because of that we're now aware that they are viable devices."

Mitchell appealed for witnesses. He said: "Sending these types of packages through the post is a despicable and cowardly act – whoever has done this has put not only the person to whom they were addressed in danger but they've also put postroom staff in harm's way.

"We're acutely aware of the alarm these incidents can cause, which is why we've got a full plan in place to give guidance to Royal Mail workers and postroom staff."

Mitchell said the "wide-ranging investigation" was focusing on a number of lines of inquiry, but the police had no clear evidence about who was responsible. "We're keeping an open mind," he said.

Detectives were studying online Rangers fan forums where abuse and death threats against Lennon have previously been posted.

Although the devices all appeared to have been posted in Scotland and there was no immediate evidence of paramilitary involvement, officers were talking to other forces including the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Mitchell said.

"We've no information or intelligence to suggest that anyone else would be targeted. However, at this particular time, it would be sensible to take precautions."

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This whole thing is getting beyond a joke now. Hopefully those behind this are caught. But the SFA have done nothing to challenge sectarianism in Scottish football, these sort of attitudes have been allowed to fester and now this is happening.

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Big game on Wednesday night. Nope, not Barcelona securing the Spanish title or Hearts v Celtic providing the backdrop to Neil Lennon getting punched in the head.

No, the game we're talking about took place in Grozny and was laid on by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to celebrate the opening of Terek Grozny's new stadium.

The game - between a 'Caucasus' team and a 'World All Stars XI' - featured Diego Maradona, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Luis Figo, Roberto Ayala, Enzo Francescoli, Jean-Pierre Papin, Cristian Vieri, Ivan Zamorano, Dida, Fabien Barthez and our very own Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

Also featuring for the Caucasus team was Kadryov himself, who has tried to beef up the reputation of Chechnya through football by recruiting Ruud Gullit as Terek boss and generally showering money on the team.

And not just the team. Details are sketchy at this stage, but we can assume the likes of Fowler and McManaman didn't go all the way over there to admire the surroundings and the 40-minute kickabout.

So when asked about playing for a man who in 2009 condoned 'honour' killings for adulterers, has repeatedly been accused of torture, murder, the general denial of the most basic human rights and has imposed an incredibly strict Islamic doctrine on the state (The Guardian reports that women who do not wear head scarves are shot with paint guns), Steve wasn't exactly forthcoming.

"We're just here to play football," said the kind-hearted Macca, getting noticably tetchy as the questions came.

In case you were wondering, despite the World XI featuring such an array of talent and Kadyrov being...well, not exactly in shape, the president set up four goals in a 5-2 victory.

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A RAGING football supporter hurls himself at Celtic boss Neil Lennon last night in an astonishing touchline attack.

The Hearts fan left his main stand seat and hurdled ad hoardings before trying to throw a punch at the Scottish Premier League manager.

But he lost his footing and was pinned to the ground as cops moved in to arrest him at Hearts' Tynecastle ground.

Officers handcuffed him then led him away as shocked Lennon recovered in the dugout.

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The attack comes just weeks after Lennon, 39, was targeted by mail bombers.


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Suspicious package found at Celtic Park.
Strathclyde Police is investigating a suspicious package which has been found at Celtic Park.

BBC Scotland understands that the package was discovered at the club's stadium on Thursday morning.

The incident follows the arrest of two men by police probing parcel bombs sent to manager Neil Lennon, two high-profile fans and a republican group.

Lennon was also the target of an assault during his side's 3-0 win over Hearts and Tyncastle on Wednesday.
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Honestly, I feel sorry for Lennon. How much more is he going to put up with?

If I was him I'd bow out after the Cup Final in a couple of weeks. Nobody deserves the hassle he's getting, his girlfriend doesn't deserve the hassle she's getting and their daughter doesn't either. I know it's giving into the bullies but enough is enough.

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Lennon to me looks like a man who'd hate giving in to these people as it effectively means that they've won.

I'm not going to sit here and have a go as I have no idea why he's become such a target but if he does continue it's only a matter of time before one extremist does manage to get to him or his family.

Just taking this one incident into account I'd hate to see the security fences return to football grounds treating honest people like animals but this season we've seen a Stevenage player punched by the boyfriend of his ex following a cup win, a keeper punched by a Bury fan during the game & now an attack on an away manager.


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For a man under death threat and at a ground with a anti-catholic sectarian element to there support, the security was terrible.

This whole thing with Lennon has snowballed since he captained N Ireland while playing for Celtic. Tensions were high in NI mid '90's and he became subject to death threats and bullets from Loyalist paramilitaries to quit the Northern Ireland team. A family member recieved a birthday card from the UVF in the post and there was a bounty to have him shot. This was a continued until he quit the NI team in the end. He's now becomes Celtic manager, doing pretty well and it's started all over again.

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