Oct 222013
 

 A Brief Look At Tonight’s Match

 

As you will all know, Celtic take on Ajax tonight in Glasgow and, keeping with our theme so far this season, we have the thoughts of a fan of our opponents for you to enjoy, courtesy of the folks at “Dutch Football” (@football_oranje) on Twitter. Sadly, due to some time constraints this article is significantly shorter than our previous two.

 

 

The Away Viewpoint

“The Ajax squad has had to adapt to the losses of Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld and, though the Amsterdam club have still been shaky recently, they look to be finding their feet. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has started to score goals more prolifically than he has done in the past and new man Lerin Duarte has kicked his goal tally off well, too.

They have, however, shown poor away form and are yet to win an away game this season, couple this with Celtic’s amazing home form in Europe and it looks like Ajax have a real fight on their hands.

Ajax are without big name Bojan, but the forward was very lacking during his time in the squad and young prospect Lesley de Sa has looked keen to show his worth as a replacement. The big blow, however, will be the loss of Lerin Duarte who has been very important since joining the club towards the end of the transfer window. His recent injury leaves him doubtful for an unknown amount of time but he will certainly miss Tuesday’s game.

Expect Ajax to come out attacking. They will want to keep the ball and bring it forward well because that’s how they like to play at home. If Celtic allow Ajax the room to do this, they will have a difficult time but such a young squad travelling to such an intimidating ground will call on a lot of nerve if they are to get a result they want.”

Personally, I must admit that I’m not too confident about tonight’s match. Our home record is magnificent, as is the atmosphere generated on European nights, but with a long list of injuries and the suspension of captain Scott Brown, as well as a few key departures in the summer, I wonder whether we will be able to come away with all three points.

However, we have competed with AC Milan and Barcelona already this season, and, as any Celtic supporter will know, anything is possible when Celtic are involved. We’ve been considered enormous underdogs in the past (with injuries etc aplenty) and triumphed unexpectedly – see Barcelona last season for a recent example – so we live in hope.

Both teams drew away from home on the weekend just gone, but that matters little on a night when so much is at stake and both sides likely had one eye on the Champions League even during their domestic trips.

My heart says 2-1 Celtic, my head says a 1-1 draw is more likely. I sincerely hope my heart is proven correct.

Oct 082013
 

Our Aim To Help Those Less Fortunate In Glasgow

 

Inside the Wayside Club.

 

As many of you will know, every season, we make an effort to raise money for a chosen charity. Our record thus far in this regard, which I feel we should all be tremendously proud of, can be found below:

 

From January 2011 (website formation) to May 2011 – £375 for the Good Child Foundation, Thailand

From August 2011 to May 2012 – £1,100 for the Kano Foundation (paying for their first Christmas party for the kids)

From August 2012 to May 2013 – £1,300 for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland

 

As you can see, our current total stands at £2,775 in all.

Every year, we choose a different charity, but for the first time, we have made the decision to raise funds for two separate charities at once, with the intention to split all money gathered between the two equally.

The two charities in question are not identical, but they share the same goal – to help the hungry and homeless in the city of Glasgow. Such objectives are very similar to the initial aims of the Football Club we all love and support today.

The first of our two chosen charities is “The Wayside Club Centre” – an organisation based in the city centre of Glasgow, providing a warm place for the city’s homeless to eat, rest, clean themselves and socialise in a safe, friendly environment. Founded in 1932, the charity is run by the Legion of Mary, a Catholic lay organisation. First aid and help for those suffering from addictions is also available.

 

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The Wayside Club Centre

 

The second charity which we have chosen to support is a much newer organisation, “Feed Glasgow”. The charity, which was formed in 2011, is run by the Muslim community in the city, preparing and delivering meals to a large soup kitchen in the city centre, as well as distributing them to homeless people at various shelters. They hope to expand their operations in the city in the future.

 

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Whilst both of these groups have a religious basis, they help people of all backgrounds and ethnicities without question, promoting openness and friendship between all people within an increasingly diverse Glasgow. The determination which they both share to help the truly needy is admirable, and I cannot praise their actions enough.

Now, due to a variety of circumstances, the initiation of this season’s fundraising has been delayed until now. However, I hope that, with your support, we will be able to raise enough money to help each of these respective charities as best we can.

With this in mind, if anyone has any fundraising ideas or if anybody wishes to donate any items for auction or raffle, please contact myself here or on Twitter (@MaleysBhoys).

If anyone would like to donate any money, there are a variety of methods in which this can be done (Paypal etc), simply contact myself for details. At the end of May, as in previous seasons, the money will be donated in a lump sum to each charity. An ongoing total will be available on our website’s home page also.

Thank you all again for your ongoing support of some very worthy causes.

Hail Hail.

 

The Kano Foundation Christmas party

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