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General discussion / Re: Great song intros
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:08:27 PM »
Another Girl,  Another Planet -  The Only Ones.

I fought the Law -  The Clash (not their song but the best version)

Alternative Ulster - SLF (soundtrack to my youth)


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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: September 02, 2018, 02:47:58 PM »
As easy as any victory against them last year. They really aren't much better.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:15:39 PM »
Dembele has the ability to be one of the best, injuries permitting. He is only 20 and either injury lay offs will lessen with time or he will be like Michael Owen and has peaked young. If all falls kindly he will eventually be sold for a similar fee to VVD. Sorry to see him go especially so late and no replacement coming in.

He is 22. His scoring record in Scotland wasn't very impressive.

Thought he was still 20! Anyway my other points stand. Will be interesting to see how he does in CL against Man City.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: September 01, 2018, 06:48:40 AM »
Dembele has the ability to be one of the best, injuries permitting. He is only 20 and either injury lay offs will lessen with time or he will be like Michael Owen and has peaked young. If all falls kindly he will eventually be sold for a similar fee to VVD. Sorry to see him go especially so late and no replacement coming in.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:47:26 PM »
As I said, it's cumulative.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:51:11 AM »
Looks like Liverpool are for Pot 3 unless there's a serious turn around in the 2nd half here.

Seeding a bit silly when you consider Liverpool last years finalists now go into pot 3 while Benfica who lost all 6 group games go into pot 2.

It's cumulative but, so Liverpool doing eff all in the CL previously doesn't help.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:48:50 AM »
I'll tell ya, something is not right. Selling Dembele, Comper to be sold and Boyata. WTF and no signings. This has to be one of the worst transfer window I've ever witnessed at celtic. Unless celtic have 3 gems up their sleeve and they're keeping it quiet so no other club sneaks in before them then things are about to get bad. I seriously can't see BR standing for this, I know for a fact as he told me to my face that's why NL left as Lawell was selling his players and not replacing them...
I can tell u if Sevco get anything from Sundays game and Celtic do not have 2-3 great signings ready the support will go ballistic, you wanna hear them already on some of the their forums and the worst is yet to happen.

if Dembele goes and there's no decent signings, Rodgers will surely walk.

Strange goings on. MON also walked in part due to imminent purging of playing staff, in terms of quality. I know there were other reasons but it appears to be a constant cycle. We are relatively well off so lack of investment is odd.
We have perhaps struck it lucky with Forrest, McGregor and Tierney coming through, Gordon on a free, Brown having two seasons at his best, Dembele proving to be a massive success for little outlay. However, Simunovic, Compper, Kouassi and laterally Sinclair have cost a considerable amount from Celtic's point of view and have not delivered. Boyata was almost in that category until his renaissance last year. Lustig is waning, Griffiths appears eternally injured so as a lot fell nicely to give us great success for two years, equally a lot is transpiring to erode all that work. Lawwell is the major factor and unless he comes out with a valid reason, not soundbites, for the recent inactivity he has to go.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:24:06 PM »
He certainly isn't a 'cultured' CB but probably better than Hendry in terms of out and out defending. 3.5m seems steep, would have wanted an experienced centre half for that price.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:10:37 AM »
Just seen the latest results from the football leagues, seen the table, St Pauls sitting 2nd bottom of div 2? whats happened there, surely a club that size cant drop to junior football?

Looking that way. Like every other club, I'd guess they've went through the hard times and lost some players.

Sad to see.

I know nothing about their situation but looking at results, every loss appears to have been by a small margin. They have a positive points difference. If they win remaining two matches they should be safe.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2018
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:06:12 PM »
Disappointing to lose but Limerick deserved it and what a day for them. Delighted for people like Richie Bennis and Ciaran Carey.
In the last 25 years Offaly, Clare, Wexford, Tipp, Cork, KK, Galway and now Limerick have won. That is a reasonable spread.

Only Waterford are missing from the mainstream hurling strongholds.

And Antrim............ Oh well maybe not!
Sky coverage was good by the way, although Nicky English does his best to sound if it's the end of the world.
Scenes at the end were brilliant, the pure ecstasy was hair tingling.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Your county’s toughest defeat to stomach
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:35:44 AM »
It's hard to pick one as an antrim fan!

The wexford quarter final was hard to stomach in early 2000s. The ref completely shafted us in the last ten minutes. Possibly kilkenny 91.

Recently there have just been too many you couldn't pick one.

I feel in the late 80's and early 90's, apart from lack of strength in depth, Antrim's biggest drawback was lack of experience in latter stages of competition. Galway, Cork and Tipp were too cute. That team had an AI in them it just wasn't to be. Outscoring Cork but letting in seven goals in 86 still rankles but losing to KK in 91 was the most disappointing as that was the end of that team's era.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:36:20 PM »
Rodgers European record has been dismal both with Liverpool and Celtic. I think that this will be his last season in Scotland now before he departs back to England.

CGAF what he did at Liverpool but with Celtic he has very much done as expected in Europe up til now. Should have beaten AEK so that is a blemish. Still have the Europa league so will wait and see before throwing dismal opinion about. BR has no intention of going back to England yet. English football is not the be all and end all as shown by their dismal European offerings.
All English teams made it out of the group stages. 2 made it to the 1/4 finals and one made it to the final...pretty dismal alright ..
Celtic got hammered by PSG twice 5-0 and 7-1 and you think Rodgers did what was expected...lol
Rodgers will be back in England in the next season or 2.

When is the last time an English team won the CL? Liverpool were outclassed in the final last year.
3 CL and 3 EL winners this century. That is a very poor return for such a prestigious league!

What would you expect Celtic to achieve in Europe? Reaching the group stages of CL is good going with our budget. Anything beyond is bonus territory. Oh to be able to spend £15m on a benchwarmer. We have had two very difficult groups to negotiate, coming up against European superpowers each time. This year is disappointing but we will get years where we don't qualify due to coming up against a good team. I'm realistic on our expectations and BR has delivered very much what was expected up to now. The CL has become a closed shop. It's ridiculous that 16 places go to just four countries automatically. Finishing fourth should not be rewarded so easily.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:29:28 AM »
Rodgers European record has been dismal both with Liverpool and Celtic. I think that this will be his last season in Scotland now before he departs back to England.

CGAF what he did at Liverpool but with Celtic he has very much done as expected in Europe up til now. Should have beaten AEK so that is a blemish. Still have the Europa league so will wait and see before throwing dismal opinion about. BR has no intention of going back to England yet. English football is not the be all and end all as shown by their dismal European offerings.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:51:25 PM »
Lads the slow death is happening for years.  God knows what level Celtic will be at in 30 years.  Sad state of affairs when the domestic league is so poor.  A stronger rangers would help but don't think it would help massively.  Unless they get into the premier league or some sort of Euro league the club will get smaller and smaller

Why a strong Rangers? Aberdeen, hibs, hearts?
We were unlucky this round. Missing our two best CB's and with half fit strikers. In other circumstances we would have won that. f**k the English premier league. I watched Aberdeen run burnley close in the Europa League. Outside the top six that league is mediocre. Celtic are where we are, this pattern has been repeated for the last 20 years. We aren't really any further forward or back since MON came in.

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:40:06 PM »
Lafferty's nationality, religion or off field personality has nothing to do with my opinion on his nastiness on the field for Hearts against Celtic. Hearts decision to play the way they do gets them so far but has won them nothing recently. Their decision to keep long grass on their pitch for Celtic's visit (and only Celtic's) appears to have backfired long term, possibly contributing to injury to their captain Berra.

P.s. O'Dea is almost as bad.
Good teams should be able to fight fire with fire when a team adopts a more physical approach.  Think of the Man Utd teams in recent history with Robson, Ince Keane, Hughes, Scholes etc who were all talented players who could take and dish out the rougher stuff against weaker, aggressive teams who were never going to be able to play them off the park.  You need winners too as well as ballers.

Football has moved on since Ferguson's days. There is being tough and then there's Hearts.

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