Sam and Solano Discuss Celtic Game Tonight

Sam Allardyce – taking a rest from his frustrations in the transfer market – talked to the Evening Chronicle about tonight’s game against Glasgow Celtic and discussed who was likely to make appearances in the game.

Nobby Solano has also been talking of his enhanced fitness and is looking forward to the game tonight – where he could start in central midfield – in place of the injured Joey Barton.

This is the team’s third game in pre-season schedule of six games that have been arranged before the league kickoff against Bolton Wanderers.


Sam Allardyce

Sam told the Evening Chronicle:

“I hope Michael and Shola will play in some stage of the game after missing our friendly at Carlisle on Saturday.”

The same applies to Steven Taylor, but really I don’t want to rush him, although James Milner and Geremi should both be OK.”

Mark Viduka is back from Asia with us and has started training, but tomorrow’s match against one of his former teams will come too early for him.”

Nobby Solano – who says he’s fitter now than he’s ever been in his whole career – may start in the center of midfield and also talked about tonight’s game:

“Every game at St James’ Park is special, but to play against a special team like Celtic means it will be a good night. “They are a big club and their fans will come down in big numbers.”

“The pre-season games, though, are important because it will allow the manager to build his team for Bolton on the first day. “Playing against Celtic sends a shiver down your spine when you are waiting in the tunnel to go out. “They are a huge club around the whole world.”

“We know it will be tough in every game from now, but we aren’t concerned about winning at the moment. “We want to stay fit and avoid injury. “It’s a great chance for Sam Allardyce to look at everybody, including the youngsters coming through.”

“We want to be back in Europe next season and I am looking ahead. “I was pleased to get 90 minutes against Carlisle.
“The older you get, you need to play more because it keeps you fitter. “But I am proud of my condition and want to keep it going.”

It will be interesting as to where Sam plays Solano next year – he can operate on the right wing but when at Aston Villa he played in central midfield a few times and looked good – because of his massive skills on the ball. Of course we also saw last season Nobby is also an experienced right back when asked to play in that position.

Other news on the injury front is that Emre is still nursing his injured ankle picked up at the end of last season at Reading. The Turk has traveled to Germany to try to sort out his injury problems before the season starts. Celestine Babayaro is already in Germany having treatment from top German specialist Dr Ulrike Mushaweck for his hamstring problems – that have consistently dogged his time at Newcastle. Obviously Sam would like to get to the bottom of these players’ persistent injuries – in an attempt to get a lot more playing time out of both of them.

Big Sam had also been hoping to announce his choice of captain this week but said he was not yet ready to do so and finally Chinese captain Zheng Zhi, who had insisted Newcastle and Birmingham City both want to sign him – will not get his chance at Newcastle because Sam has indicated Newcastle will not be signing any player from China. Well that one’s been put to bed – as they say.

Let’s hope we see a good entertaining game against Celtic – and it will be interesting to see the size of the crowd tonight.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Jul 26, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to the game tonight………..although I’ve heard one or two less than flattering comments about the an element of Celtic fans looking for trouble…..hope to be proved wrong though, wouldn’t want a couple of morons spoiling the occasion.
    Hopefully won’t be too many substitutions as this generally ruins the tempo of the game. BSA should be starting to have a fair idea who’ll be in his starting line up (well besides all the new imminent signings of course) so it would be good not to see whole sale changes a la Sven style.

  • Zebra

    Jul 26, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    If Nobby plays in the middle watch him fly. Let butt do the donkey work and give the ball 2 Nobby. He could be the playmaker. Id like 2 see it, it could be interesting. His vision and passing would make up for his lack of physical presence in the centre.

  • bhass bhoy

    Jul 26, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Hammy – I wouldn’t worry about trouble playing against Celtic, and I don’t know where you heard that from – The Celtic Fans will come down to watch the game and enjoy the party with you Geordies – we’re not a violent crowd!
    Enjoy the game boys.

  • jeff

    Jul 26, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    sam should be playing his team he has in mind to play bolton if they are fit,get taylor alongside Rozehnal……As for imminent signings,I dont think you have been listening to sam,he doesnt seem very optimistic on signing players by the sound of it………another long season,pity cos when he first came the place was buzzing,its all went a bit flat

  • Tims_in_Germany

    Jul 26, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    i’m a celtic fan , HAIL HAIL , i hope everyone has a great night out at the match tonight , obviously CELTIC will win lol.. i see the comment on an element of the celtic support, i’ve also seen others on other newcastle fans sites, folks, celtic supporters are the best in the world , i have travelled all over europe and never had any bother at all .. a good game of football, a nice cold beer and some friendly banter, thats all celtic supporters are looking for, no trouble(see rangers for that) obviously every team has a mupet element, but if it every comes up celtic fans police ourselves. anyone looking to start trouble are quickly stopped by fellow supporters. Enjoy the game , and all the best in the EPL for the geordies in the forth coming season .. 2-1 for the bhoys tonight by the way ! HAIL HAIL …

  • apan

    Jul 26, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    hope no more injuries for tonite oh god

  • Hammy

    Jul 26, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    jeff, I was being sarcastic….I’m not holding my breath.

  • Hammy

    Jul 26, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Nice to get some positive comments from the participating Celtic fans…it’s reassuring to hear….hope it’s a great game and everyone goes home happy.

  • Nobby!

    Jul 26, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah… this is good stuff for Nobby. I hope to be seein him in the near future.

    But what was that news of no interest in Zheng? Why not? He’s a pretty good player. Does anyone know of any further news regarding this?

  • Robert-from Croatia

    Jul 26, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope it will be a good game and i hope there will be no troubles with Celtic fans.I predict Newcastle to scrape it 2-1.Let the best Newcastle win,hehe.Howay the lads.

  • Tims_in_Germany

    Jul 26, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11

    no trouble from celtic folks .. just a great game of football hopefully with us coming out winners .. lol.. your more than welcome to visit our site for a bit of friendly banter ..
    i’ll be having a beer and watching on telly from here in germany .. COME ON CELTIC !
    ohh aye , i hope you rattle the smoggies and manure in the coming season ..

    all the best geordie lads and lassies ! HAIL HAIL from celtic !

  • suzywingwong

    Jul 26, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope its a good game tonight,and agree with the comment that too many substitutions can ruin the flow of the game, as for trouble, while we arent perfect no club is, the only trouble you will get from celtic fans will be trying to get near the bar, The majority of celtic fans are only after a good game, good atmosphere, a pint and to see their team win, and to enjoy the company of fellow fans whether they be supporting the same team or not, so hail..hail guys and all the best for tonight, 2-1 to the hoops though.

  • riCH

    Jul 26, 2007 at 7:22 PM

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  • Tims_in_Germany

    Jul 26, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #14

    5 mitutes gone rich , 0-0 nothing between us mate ..

  • Tims_in_Germany

    Jul 26, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #15

    1-0 geordies , martins .. good finish as well ..


  • Tims_in_Germany

    Jul 26, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #16

    WELL DONE NEWCASTLE ! ye took yer chances well and we paid dearly for it ..

    i’m gutted , no game is a friendly to me , so well done .. hopefully see you in the champions league in the coming seasons !

    as the celtic fans at the game showed , celtic supporters ARE the best in the world , from start to finish , the bhoys and ghirls sang their hearts out .. FAITHFULL THROUGH AND THROUGH ! ..

    all the best next season geordie’s HAIL HAIL ..

    and i canny leave without saying .. (sorry admin )


  • colin munro

    Jul 26, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Been working till 10 so didnt see the game but got a txt message from a life long Newcastle supporter and she gloated a bit but said it was a good game.
    Always gutted when Celtic lose(friendly or not), but will say Well done Newcastle and all the best in the Premiership, give the Mancs and Chelski a good hiding.
    Hail Hail from a Cybertim

  • colin munro

    Jul 26, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Well played NUFC


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