Celtic vs Aberdeen Match Report

CELTIC: Bain; Toljan, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, Bitton, Forrest, Henderson, Sinclair; Burke.

Subs: Gordon, Lustig, Hendry, Hayes, Weah, Johnston, Edouard

Lenny was brought in as a safe pair of hands and so far living up to that with selections.
Feel Ed is a bit unlucky not to start.
Will Weah get first game time under Lenny?
Love the excitement of young fans during Walk On when they spot themselves on the big screens.Pure magic.
Dons started by launching series of high balls.
On the 3 minute mark we get a free kick thirty yards out and pass it all the way back to our own half.A portent of what’s to come.
On the 10th minute we had a good chance of breakaway near halfway but Thomson blows for foul to us and nullifies advantage.
In fairness he consistently does it to us.
Lots of huffing and puffing in first 25 minutes with no real threat.
Ajer has a great run and shot but goalie makes a good save.
Boyata booked fo little at the 40 minute mark.
KT then has a great run and cross that leads to weak JF shot being easily saved.
Just before half time Ajer has goal disallowed from great Hendo free kick.
We had nine corners in that half without producing a save from goalie.Are opponents comfortable conceding corners against us?
Lack of creativity evident and only Henderson making forward runs to support Ollie.
Ed and Johnston replace SS and Henderson for the second half
I don’t like it as Henderson was only creative mid in first.
Aberdeen have more of ball as our centre midfield looks all over the place.
Ajer gives ball away and Bain spares his blushes.
Ed has nice run in box and keeper makes a good save.
Bitton is lucky with refs leniency as he fouls again.
Brown naively chases ball up to half way line leaving huge gap but Dons shot is weak.
We have a sustained period of pressure but no shots.
They know no press needed as we don’t play balls forward or early just wide.
77minutes sees Weah replace Burke.
12 corners and no threat from any.
Johnston has great run and cross across 6 yard line but no takers.
Johnston then fires wide with a lot of goal to aim at.
Bain saves free kick from about 25 yards.
Then they miss a header from 6 yards out.
Game fizzles out.
Draw about right.
I have said before this Brown -Bitton combo is poor and reduces our chances of scoring.It did for Ronnie.
The first half seemed like a Kennedy team and the second Lennons.
Both looked bereft of positive play and shape.

Guest match report by Fan-a-tic

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A thing of beauty

We were poor yesterday but we have to consider we have three first choice midfielders on the sidelines. The players need to step up in their absence. I was critical of bitton yesterday and haven’t changed my mind. I felt he could be an important player in the run in but he needs to stop shirking responsibility. He is centre midfield at Celtic. That means you go forward, you make incisive passes and you boss the game. You don’t retreat into a shell, pass the ball back to the player who’s just gave you it and tackle like a four year old lassie trying to get the ball off her dad. I am a critic of Ajer for going to ground too often but when it comes to bitton, I told my sister – I would love to do his washing, his strip is the same state after 90 minutes as it was at kick off. Cmon nir, we know you can do it. You did it at Tyne castle. Man up.

Gold

THE FANNY SPINNERS

Neil Lennon now joins the long list of those who have left Celtic to expose the liars and board-haters who frequent social media.

You know the ones I mean – they will spin you a fanny that every successfil manager from MON onwards left because they were forced out by the actions and decisions of the board, Dermot and Peter Lawwell.

These are bitter people, the majority of whom hardly ever set foot in Celtic Park, and never hear what the real supporters who do, really believe.

Once again the truth wins over self-serving warped opinion and political bias.

GOLD

Here’s an idea…

Try and find a good word to say about your fellow fans rather than aiming cheap and nasty snide insinuations at us.

A thing of beauty

Ooft gold did you get out the wrong side of bed this morning? Where is that coming from? Surely you must believe in healthy debate and a questioning stance from everyone who follows our club, be that from the stands or from afar. If we don’t question the board and believe everything they say does that not make us the same as the Huns? And we know where the subservient, head in the sand attitude got them. I agree that there are people who think the board have never done anything right and that goes as far back in my time to the whites, the Kelly’s and grants but there are also people who do give the board credit and recognise the good work that they have done, especially in commercial deals and improving the foot print of Celtic Park. What to my mind is not in question is that we need a new approach to how we run the football side of the business. Are we maximising every last pound that we, the fans bring in To the club? Clearly not would be my answer. We are a fast diminishing force in Europe, a bucket list destination for opposition players and fans who wax lyrical about the atmosphere knowing full well its a good chance of three points. What are we doing about changing that? What are we doing about a £60m wage bill for a squad that’s moved steadily backwards in the last three years? Do the board have a long term strategy for improving this or are we content to be top dogs in our own country where 10 of our opposition should not be laying a glove on us, home or away. There are questions to be asked gold. We need to hold people accountable when they are well paid and take the plaudits when things go well. It’s in adversity I expect them to earn their wages and bonus.

Gordon64

An absolute moron just assaulted Jack Grealish during the Birmingham derby. Enough is now enough.

Trolling and bigotry all rolled into one post.
Have a nice day Sentinels, I have better things to do than argue with a bigot and a troll.

fan-a-tic

Gold
Are you a vampire?
Just curious as there doesn’t seem to be any mirrors in your house?
Stick with the darkness buddy.

fan-a-tic

GORDON64
The uncertainty of a nation with a difficult future like many others is seeing insecurity and frustration manifest in anger.
Football like in the 70’s and 80’s is becoming a platform for such.
The parallels to societies have and have not’s are tearing apart the old football traditions.
Posters on social media are saying the UK is awash with cheap cocaine so it’s like adding gasoline to a smoldering fire.
Hopefully this dreadful attack will bring the appropriate response.
Wont be holding my breath.

GORDON64

Just seen it. Unbelievable.

Applauded by the Birmingham City fans,which is even worse.

fan-a-tic

BMCUP
The cretin waving and being cheered by his fellow Birmingham fans was sickening.
I hope the courts use the footage as proof there was no remorse when his lawyer spins how sorry he is bullshit in hope of a lighter sentence.

Gordon64

Grealish responds in the best way possible. Well done son.

THEEXILEDTIM

I agree. He has absolutely killed today’s blog. It’s ironic that the only two posts to be deleted by Mahe were at the request of Gold,after he took issue with MAGS’ depiction of Celtic fans.

big packy

BOBBY AND THE EXILED TIM,.he is entitled to his opinion, but calling fellow celtic fans fanny spinners is shameful ,I would hope he has read the posts calling him out, its not too late to apologise tom.

fan-a-tic

Watching the documentary Free Solo and i’m simply awestruck.
A mixture of will, bravery insanity and absolute courage.

A thing of beauty

One guy doesn’t kill a blog. If people wanted to they could have have disagreed wth him. There’s just not much happening just now and yesterday’s display has deflated people a bit. We really need to get back on track on Sunday and find some creativity from somewhere. I can only assume Henderson was injured else why take him off, he was the only one who looked like opening Aberdeen up. We are ponderous at the moment and like a few people have said there is not much coming from the wings either. I heard the other day that Sinclair is out of contract at the end of the season unless Celtic trigger an extension clause. That may be playing on his mind. I also heard that we are battling it out with the Huns to sign hastie from Motherwell. About the only true thing Rodgers said this season was that we have about a million wingers so I can’t see that being the case. More shite from the SMSM.

fan-a-tic

A THING OF BEAUTY
Yesterday’s performance has had a serious deflationary effect on the Celtic support.
Speaking to my London based brother who tends to be a positive guy and he genuinely feels worried about the run in.
Like me he did not judge Lenny on the first two games but the second half yesterday has him nervous.
I don’t think Henderson was injured so my gut feeling was Kennedy picked the first half and Lenny decided to stamp his authority at half time.
He was never one to play youth in his first spell and it was no surprise he hooked the young guy.
Sinclair’s withdrawal seemed like a nod to the Celtic support.
And maybe with an eye on next season.
He was the only one who could not see the issues created by a Brown/Bitton partnership.
He never appeared to me to be a tactical coach in his first spell but was pragmatic enough to get some great wins.
Yesterday even that was not in evidence.
Hopefully he has learned from the 3 games and next week we will see adjustment.
I myself was down earlier today but watching that documentary #FreeSolo has brightened my mood.

big packy

FAN-A-TIC I will wait till next weeks game before I start getting nervous if we lose that one or even draw, it will give the forces of darkness hope,hh.

rebus67

Gold,

I am surprised at your post. What inspired it? Was it the result yesterday and the performance? I cannot join up the dots to see the rationale for your post.

I know you are outnumbered here, in terms of your views, and that must frustrate you at times. I, for one, value the diversity that you bring to the blog. However, I and everyone should attempt not to insult others on the blog.

If I find a view that I disagree with, I either formulate a reposte or I ignore it. Occasionally, if I feel insulted, I shall reply in kind, but, generally, the whole exercise is a waste of time.

There are several on here whose views I do not agree with but they have the right to express them. If I engage them, I do not have expectations of changing their views, as it is unlikely they will change mine. However, better understanding of one’s own views often emerges from the discussion. It is not winning the argument that matters, it is having it.

I hope you stick around,

Rebus

That’s a tragedy – the Ethiopian Airline crash. It never fails to amaze me that whenever there is a disaster somewhere in world there always seems to be British folk in the death toll. Seven this time. Terrible. The downside of a well travelled race.

rebus67

For me, the most worrying thing about the performance yesterday was that the team lacked an effective shape…….neither the first nor second half configs looked to have a clue going forward.

The second half was more exciting because Aberdeen sensed they could win the game and challenged us. As Fan-a-tic said, the “shape” in the second half relied on the individual performances of good players. Otherwise there was no shape at all. Forrest and Johnston roamed across the forward line, as did Eddy, and Burke was once again isolated on the wing. Chaos is not too strong a word. This is a worry if Neil thinks this is a formation.

I know we lack our creative mids but it is more than that. in the first half. The number of times that Henderson ran into space shouting for the ball, only to have the ball holder turn the opposite way and pass backwards, or out to a wing man with three players in front of him, was shaming.It will waste Hendo as it wasted others before him. Zurawski comes to mind.

I am now convinced that the only way forward on the field is to clear out many of the existing players who have been tutored to play safety first football for years. I know this will not be easy but Brown, BItton, Sinclair, Lustig and Forrest are part of this problem. None of them will change. In addition to this we have Boyata likely to leave, Weah, Burke and Toljan are loans…..so we are facing a massive rebuilding job. Throw in the fact that we may bring in a new manager then next season is the best chance that our competitors have to stop the 10, IMHO.

Rebus

fan-a-tic

jimthetim53
Having flown in in quite a few African countries my immediate thought was that it was probably an old plane.
But saw that it was only delivered on November 15th.
Terrible accident.

mahe

Fan-a-tic, ,
Many many thanks for the match report.
I managed to get a dodgy stream in the background and caught maybe a quarter of the game.
Uninspiring pops to mind. Brown and Button do not work ,, I have always thought Nir should sit and shield in more difficult games but needs Brown and another , Calmac would be my choice.
It is a wee kick in the nuts, lenny not being able to get a tune against a rival.
If he can get them playing he has a more than good chance , so it’s very strange .
Perhaps JK was involved ,, and your theory is correct. I don’t see us slipping up in the league but the Cup is another issue. Be nice to have form going into that.
Very big summer ahead. Biggest I can remember I think. The correct moves will see us tear away from the rest bigtime.
Sunshine in California. !!!
Hail Hail

Fan, it’s the same with terrorist attacks, always seem to be British folk there. Although a lot of those are in popular touristy areas.

Rebus67

18 Canadians as well.

Rebus

mahe

JimtheTim, ,
I have flown with them a few times and have a few yarns about them .
I decided to stop flying with them as I really can’t afford to get put on the no fly list and therefore it was best to take myself out of the overall situation. ( stop using them )
Decision came after a last straw incident with them. Nice planes , great price, crap everything else.

May their souls Rest In Peace Amen

Rebus67

Mahe,

More snow here in Ottawa after a couple of days of almost zero. Sunshine, huh!

I agree we shall bundle over the line for the league but the cup…….the odds are against it. Mibs plus erratic form on our part.

Rebus

Big Packy how are you? Hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods. It has been horrible in Central Scotland today. However I’m enjoying the snooker final today. Ronnie O’Sullivan is playing like a man possesed. A bit like Celtic yesterday! 🙂

mahe

Rebus, ,
Mid forties at night forecast for next weekend which is warm enough to go out in trailer overnight.
I don’t know if St Patricks day is big there but it’s bigger here than it was back in old Beal Fierste. I remember, kinda , one particularly drunken Paddy’s day up in SanFran ,, stumbling around , into taxi and hand him business card of hotel to take me there,,
He laughs ,, points,, I’m outside the hotel ffs.
Irish Car Bombs the way they make them here taste like chocolate I’ll tell ya.
Don’t do green pints though.
Hail Hail

Rebus67

I used to work for Rolls Royce Aeroengines and I recall a hangar where they brought back and stored engines from downed aircraft. The most common cause was birds sucked into the engine, damaging the compressor blades causing bits to spin off backwards into the combustion chamber. The engine would then explode.

On a flight to Cuba, we were circling to land when the pilot informed us that we had a technical issue and we would fly 90 km back to Miami for repairs. We were 6 hours on the tarmac as the Americans would not let us off the plane until one person had a heart attack. We were held in a holding pen as each passport was examined. One poor sod was arrested and taken away. The problem was a hydraulic leak that they repaired. We were off to Cuba, thinking the worst was behind us. As we landed in Cuba we took in a couple of birds and the captain was concerned about the state of one engine. Since we were seven hours late in arriving, the passengers waiting to get on had been isolated in a rural Cuban airport with no food, so many opened their duty free and were drunk. The plane was like a scene from Hell as the hostesses gave up trying to control the drunks. The captain informed us that he was not happy with the state of the engine but Vancouver had said it was alright. We took off for a twenty minute flight across the island……white knuckles all the way. Fortunately, we landed safely and our vacation could begin!

Tales from the Naked Skies!

Rebus

Rebus67

Yes, Paddy’s day is big here whereas St Andrews Day is almost non-existent.

Rebus

mahe

Fan-a-tic, ,
I just Googled that documentary to see what’s peaked your interest .
As someone who doesn’t do the best with heights , no chance.
Here’s my type of doc though
https://youtu.be/hy-4NxJRxNQ

big packy

ok you ghuys ive got to admit im scared shitless of flying, don’t laugh, flying to Miami from Manchester 1999 hit turbulence halfway across the pond, there was drinks trolleys flying round the aisles, I think I lost a stone in weight from the perspiration, haven’t flown since .hh.

Paddy’s day is world wide, I honestly don’t have a clue when St Andrews day is, or the other two.
Temp hit 36 here this afternoon, freak weather for this time of the year, thing is there will be a frost tonight, they are getting milder but still a frost, neighbour reckons it’s gonna be the hottest summer ever, he said that the hotter the feb-march the hotter the summer and in his lifetime, he is in his 80s it’s never been hotter at this time of the year, one of the reasons we came here was for the weather, but the older we get the summers take their toll, we can get four months of heat that is just too hot, even at night it never drops below the mid 30s and virtually no rain to speak of for seven-nine months, the admiration I have for those who grow stuff here is incredible.
If I were to travel an hour down the road towards the coast it’s like a different country, a couple of years ago I had to go over the Sierra Nevad’s in January, my side was snow and there was lots of people on the ski slopes, down the other side there was wall to wall sunshine and people working in the orange groves, in the space of a few miles the different is unbelievable.

big packy

jim ,nice to see you back on you have been missed, the weather here today has been horrible as well, torrential rain and sleet followed by hailstones, but the sun has just come out so gives me a chance to walk the dugs, catch ye all later.hh.

Sol Kitts

Packy
Back in the 70’s I had the misfortune of flying on an Aeroflot flight from Leningrad (now St Petersburg) to Moscow. I recall this being a 3 hour flight, and about an hour in the plane decompressed. Clouds of condensation started pumping into the cabin through the vents, and when the passenger in the next seat asked me what was going on I was unable to hear him because of the lack of air. The oxygen masks then dropped down and as we put them on the plane nosedived to try to equalise the pressure. That’s when you realise that adrenaline is brown coloured. When we finally made it to Moscow the sense of relief was palpable among everyone on the flight.
Anyway, the chances of dying due to a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million, and the chances of a close call are even slimmer. I reckon I’ve had my near miss, making it even less likely that I will ever have another.

mahe

I remember one night it was soo cold the flame on my lighter froze.
Tell that to a room of yanks and half say wow 😉
Yard work beckons
Hail Hail

fan-a-tic

REBUS67
Stirred on old memory there with talk of Cuba.
Around 93 i spent two weeks there shooting a tv commercial with a French actress who was making a movie there.She didn’t want to come to Europe so we had to film in Cuba.
Had a great time with lovely people.
The day we were leaving i had a 6am flight to Jamaica and on to NY.
Got to airport at around 4-30am to have my business class ticket thrown back at me and told flight full.
Obviously i wasn’t best pleased and a shouting match ensued.A nice Cuban guy said to me you’re wasting your time as in a communist country they have all the power.
So i set off to find our Cuban producttion guy and explain that it was important to he and i that i get to NY by evening as i was starting a commercial the next morning and he would be liable for my lost earnings.
Upshot is he bribes airline to get me and the girl i was traveling with onto a flight to Caracas Venezuela and then on to NY.
A much longer journey but i’m fine with it.
Our tickets were for 1A and 1 B.
We climb up stairs to board what looks like a very old Cuban airlines propellor plane held together by a fair amount of gaffer tape.
As we got to our seats they were not visible due to the fact that people who had already boarded had decided to use them as luggage holders.
I’m now fuming and start throwing suitcases out the plane and onto tarmac.
People go nuts and the staff trying hard to maintain order.Eventually some military guys arrive and everything settles down and the door closes.
Pilot starts up the aircraft and some strange mist creeps all the way up the cabin.
My legs were no longer visible and my companion starts crying hysterically.
Was like Brigadoon without the romance.
At that point i thought f#CK IT the end is nigh and decided to sleep through my impending demise.
Somehow we made it and the whole day gave me a experience i will never forget.

fan-a-tic

REBUS67
I have often stated we are a reactionary team both on and off the park.
We have been coached in such a manner that the system has overtaken logic in preference.
Little movement off the ball is a direct result of this.
Henderson is a gem but i fear for his future with us under Lenny.
Our invincible season denied youngsters any chance of staking a claim.
And our obsession with consecutive titles could make that pathway even more difficult.
Time to stop our myopic outlook and strive to build a team and system for the modern footballing landscape.
Being proactive on and off the field would help.

fan-a-tic

MAHE
Will definitely check it out.
I watch all those programs of the people who live off grid in Alaska and fascinated by their perseverance and ingenuity.
My wife couldn’t watch it either and left the room.

mahe

Fan-a-tic, ,
I follow some off grid people on youtube , and aim to be capable myself .
Solar power has basically cracked it now. A travel trailer with solar and you are good to go.
An Alaska trip is in the pipeline for my future.
Bucket list as they say here .
Hail Hail

fan-a-tic

MAHE
Would love such a trip but the wife says no Four Season’s no going.
She drives a Tesla though and we have free supercharging.
Drove Connecticut to Montreal to Toronto to Detroit then back home on a two week road trip without paying a single penny for fuel.
Did stay at Four Season’s though;-)

Margaret McGill

On the topic of fannies……

big packy

rebus67, growing up in the Lanarkshire catholic schools system, when st Andrews day came along nothing, st davids day nothing, st georges day definitely nothing, st patricks day a wee green ribbon on our school uniform jackets, plus I maybe wrong here but a half holiday from school.hh.

Margaret McGill

I used to work for a company that designed and manufactured trucks.
About 10 years ago some mid level manager made a decision to change a small 3 inch hosepipe part selling at $1.50 to another vendor who was selling them for $1.
Not enough research/testing etc done and he got his bonus.
Long story short about 6 months later trucks started breaking down all over the USA and Canada. The investigation took another 6 months to identify the root cause. By that time this guy had moved on probably with a higher paid job with the “kudos” from the previous. I’m just saying.

BP, Our parish and school was St. Patrick’s so we got the day off! However we had to go to mass. The chapel was mobbed for every mass (4). Mind you it was the 1960s. 🙂

Used to work on the rigs for a while, never could handle the flying budgie things, they are just not designed for staying in the air, was in a crash once, thankfully nobody was injured, when a chopper is taking off, normally it lifts off the ground a few feet and hovers for a seconds afore it takes off, ours didn’t take off, we were about ten feet off the ground when it dropped, I found out first hand that day what shitting yourself actually meant.

rebus67

Time for a laugh from Newfoundland.

Rebus

big packy

REBUS67, enjoyed that, sounded a bit like a Cornish south west England accent.hh.

Sol Kitts

Just seeing news of a bomb being exploded in Saltcoats by the bomb disposal squad. Stories of it being sent to someone’s home, taken down to the beach and detonated. No one hurt.
Not sure what the world’s coming to.

SK
Reading back I see you have suffered the same brown experience, not good for the heart 😉
HH