And a gloriously Happy Monday to you all. Oooops,wrong band!
I must admit that I greeted the team announcement with some trepidation,but really Lenny’s choices were limited to who was available to him. Neither Ajer nor Simunovic were fit so it was Jullien and Bitton in central defence,directly in front of Big Fraser. I was glad to have Elhamed back at right back,but the choice of Boli over Hayes concerned me. It shouldn’t have. He had an outstanding display,showing a defensive discipline that I didn’t think he was capable of.
A champagne performance,if you’ll pardon the pun!
The other six? I would have played Ollie in front of Michael Johnston,but he came of age with a terrific display of footwork,passing and gritty determination. With Broonie,Ryan and CalMac anchoring the midfield and James wide right,big I Wanna was left as the lone striker. But he was ably backed up all along.
We kicked off with a tactic straight out of the coaching manual. Of Rugby Union! Kicked it long and into touch. Then pressed them into defensive errors as they failed to clear their lines. This was to be the main tactic of the Day-do not give them time to settle,don’t let them play,don’t give them an inch of space. And it worked a treat as they were continually pressured into hurried passes,stray passes.
They made a big mistake of turning up for blood and snotters in the midfield. They didn’t expect us to meet them with the same,and a whole lot more of it. And when we won the ball in midfield,we would spread it wide for Johnston to work his magic. We were creating the openings,but we just couldn’t manufacture the chances.
Our first real chance fell to Eddie,a free kick about thirty yards out. With a bit too much curl on it,he hit it about four feet wide. But it wasn’t long before the harrying in midfield paid real dividends. Michael Johnston picked up the loose ball and I Wanna sprung the offside trap. He doesn’t miss many of them,not the one on ones. And he didn’t this time either. Left side of the box,opened his body,right foot to the far corner.
The rest of the half proceeded in much the same vein as before,with some brutal tackles from both sides being permitted by an overly lenient referee. But to be fair,he was the same for both sides. Still managed to award about a dozen free kicks though in the first half of an enthralling battle but a poor display of football,truth be told. We didn’t care too much,we were ahead. And while we hadn’t offered much creatively,they had offered nothing.
Our full backs had their wide men in their pockets,while our centre backs won every ball. A head injury to Elmahed had us a bit worried,but he shook it off and simply carried on with his excellent work.
They came out with the same attitude in the second half,and led us a merry dance for about fifteen minutes. They threw everything at us but really all they created was two half-chances,easily dealt with by Forster who then went back to doing his crossword. We picked up the tempo after that,with a few good chances falling our way. Halfway through the half,an enforced substitution of Bitton with a ridiculous hamstring injury saw him replaced with “Jack” Bauer,who slotted in at right back as Elmahad shuffled into central defence. Ollie came on for Forrest,and the midfield was effectively closed for the day. Ollie had his shooting boots on,and with better luck surely one of his four efforts would have gone in. Christie and Jullien also had a go,with McGregor in goals doing what he does when he plays against us. Playing well and being a cheating basturt!
But try as he might,he couldn’t stop The Jolly Dubliner making it two in injury time. Jonny Hayes had only recently replaced an injured Michael Johnston when he burst in from the left after Ollie and Eddy had worked the ball through to him. The keeper saved his first effort but there was nothing he could do about his second bite at it. I don’t think there was a happier guy in the stadium!
2-0 and game over. Well,it would have been,but the ref had committed to six minutes,and six minutes we were getting. That was long enough for their carthorse of a sub to lumber into position with only one thing on his mind-we’re getting gubbed,so somebody’s leaving on crutches! No attempt to play the ball,he clattered into Bauer. A shocking assault,full of intent only to do damage. But karma has a way with such things,and Jones injured himself more seriously than he did Bauer. Guess who left the ground on crutches? I hope it’s nothing trivial.
After the match,our heroes celebrated in front of our small band of supporters in the corner. 800 fans in the stand,fourteen heroes to a man on the field,and all giving it big licks. What a day,truly a great day to be a Tim!
Yes,I know it wasn’t a great game for the footballing purist,but for the purely partisan amongst us it was a gripping spectacle. A display of disciplined football,where the players each stuck to their assigned task. One where every one of them won their battles in their own area of the pitch-and it was an area they they all stuck to. I don’t think I saw a Celtic player caught out of position all day,and they deserve great credit for that alone-as does the coaching staff who had clearly drilled it into them.
It was a day when our new signings became real Celtic men!
We now have a two week break for international duty,and I expect Lenny to have most of the non-internationals in practising their roles,getting to know each other better as a unit. Broonie excepted,I’d tell him to piss off for ten days and get some relaxation into him.
How do you award a Man of the Match when you think that every player out there gave us 100% and deserves 10/10? Simple answer is that you don’t. Yesterday was a day which was won for us by the team. They played as a team throughout. No slackers,no fancy dan stuff. And no failures. They won it as a team,so they can share the Man of the Match award as a team.
To say I’m a happy bunny is an understatement. I’m away to watch the highlights!
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I hope all you Tims who’ve been tripping over paving stones that your hun colleagues have recently crawled out from under have a great time ramming it right down their throats.
Since the Cluj shambles and Dunfermline hangover we have won all four important games scoring 11 goals and conceding only 2 both of which came from penalties. A superb response by NFL and the players. Hh
Good, honest article. I agree re: every player being 10/10 and giving 100% which seems to be a credit to NL. I see players past and present commenting that hes the best motivator in the game, and it showed yesterday from the first whistle.
Personal highlights for me is Bitton and Hayes. They have sat watching week in, week out with no complaints. Always ready when called upon. Hayes is a train, a powerful train, and glad he got his goal for some recognition.
MORNING ALL, bobby, im still on cloud nine, no falures everyone played their part, a wonderful team effort.hh
That was as thrilling as it was unexpected from me yesterday.
That team performance! Togetherness, battling qualities, and a show of domination that I just hadn’t thought possible.
They were destroyed on their own patch, in front of their own vile support, who ( like me) thought they only had to turn up to win.
This one will hurt and hurt badly for them.
Now that is the best article I’ve read on Sentinel Celts. Brilliantly written succinct & full of the joy & passion that comes with following Glasgow Celtic. Well said Mick, Graffiti on the wall.
Massive wake up call for the super confident zombies. If you haven’t headed over to Ragers media, I’d ask why?!
Ps,, love that feeling you get when your eyes open, then you remember. Now, where exactly is big Vic?
Home is where the heart is.
Great read Bobby but for me Chris Julienne just shades MOTM from the rest of the MOTM
TaT one punt at Hamilton a score each way on Corton Lad 16/1 finished 3rd
Our guests had a few winners which was great
Not a bad wee lift that.
I started great and was a couple hundred up after 3 races but downhill after that. Was beaten on the line on another which would’ve been another nice lift but hey ho… close but no cigar.
Glad your guests done well. Keeps them onside ?
Ah what a great feeling knowing as this is now an International break, the Huns have at least 2 wks before they can try and put this rather sobering defeat behind them.
Re watched the game late on last night and it really wasn’t a great game. Who cares though, it’s all about the result, performances will get better as the season developers and our new additions blend into the team and get to know their team mates better.
It funny over the last few months I see a few Huns tops on my early morning walk with Larsson, surprisingly never saw any this morning ? ? ? ?
Is big Vic coming home?? What a super great wonderful Jim Bowen weekend if he does .
The dust has settled on the first big game of the domestic season. Door about to slam shut on the transfer window. Can you slam a door on a window??
How are we feeling?
CL failure obviously the big disappointment. EL qualification was very comfortable.
The first 4 league games won in fine style with a defence that was looking worrying, yet, looked comfortable yesterday.
The new signings all looked like players. The manager got the tactics correct and he clearly had them motivated.
Bauer could prove a super player based on short appearance yesterday.
Big Fra Forster is coming back. ( Fact ) I’m told he would be back for yesterday’s game and although I never actually seen him yesterday I’m assured he was at Ibrox.?
Could be bad news on Odsonne. I hear a French rugby side are very interested following his 100% accuracy score on touch kicking. He could be going in a double deal with Bauer being lined up – for line outs. That throw in!! How far did he throw that with little effort!! That’s gonna be a useful weapon for big Julienne to work with ?
If big Vic returns is it safe to say not only is the 9 looking very very likely, the quadruple treble is back on??
Maybe sneak out the EL group? Last 16? Last 8?
Who sung that song? “ Whst a difference a day makes?”
Or are you more in the one swallow …..camp?
So how do you all feel? Happy? Happier? Still concerned? Still raging?
Genuine question Bhoys and Ghirls.
Superb performance yesterday and the thought that we still have Elyounoussi, Shved, Ajer, Simo, Bayo, Griffiths, Gordon, Bain, Henderson and many more waiting to come in must be daunting for the Sevvies.
Add Victor to that and we are simply different class.
How Sevco qualified for the Europa is beyond me. They’ll blow the money and the extra games will stretch them.
There’s nothing Jabba and Glibby fear more than a united Celtic family.
Great read this morning too. The weekend proved to be some first birthday for SC. Thanks for all the good wishes on Saturday. I was busy in Dublin. Kerry nearly took Sam back to the Kingdom but in fairness, the Dubs pulled out a late equaliser to set up a replay.
CCB, thanks for the candle. I passed that on to my wife and daughter and it’s much appreciated.
Does Jim Whyte still do Deadline Day?
I suspect more than his tie will have a jaundiced look this morning.
Great to see so many new faces here too.
I remember Martin O’Neill saying this of Henrik Larsson, that he had ice in his veins when clean through on goal. All the top, top strikers have this trait.
Well the same can be said of Edouard. He doesn’t just finish well under pressure, he can dribble 30 yards with the ball and then finish it in style.
Hopefully we can enjoy this guy for at LEAST another year before the vultures start circling.
The soccer guy:
Shout out to the Glasgow Celtics as they take the Glasgow Reindeers to soccer school this afternoon.
Like some fat kid with a big piece of chocolate cake, the Celtics didn’t want to share the soccer ball with their buddies. The Reindeers were less selfish as they decided to share the ball with Mikey-John stone and his assistification pass put awesome Edward through and he slipped the soccer ball under goaltender Mick Gregor and into the ballbag making it 1-0.
The Celtics continued to boss the central park area and in overtime, John A. Hayes fresh from the sub-shack made it 2-0 and secured the victory points for the Irish guys.
Jonny Jones was awarded the major felony card by Bobby Midden and he headed to the locker room early to wash his ass in the tub even though he probably wasn’t even sweating because he was also fresh from the sub shack.
The Celtics remain top of the soccer grid this evening, but both teams will go meet at some bar on the strip like Loudens or Bairds and have a few beers together tonight because at the end of the day, it’s just a game of soccer and as long as everybody is still old friends, that’s all that matters.
Full time and Keith Lemons guys win by 2-0
I had a right chuckle as the penny dropped on your forster comment. I was wondering who you had gotten mixed up with ? well played
On your serious question, I’d say “happier”. As you referenced yourself, its amazing how much 1 game can change. We are the beneficiaries from that one game at the moment, but could easily turn again in the EL. A few strong, well defended performances and I’ll convert my happier to happy ?
Celtic spooked Rangers boss Steven Gerrard before a ball had even been kicked – Keith Jackson
Neil Lennon made his way back across Glasgow feeling a surge of momentum building at his back.
06:00, 2 SEP 2019 UPDATED06:16, 2 SEP 2019
He swears he’s no longer frightened by this fixture. But Steven Gerrard did a good job of hiding it yesterday when it really mattered most.
Just when Steven Gerrard needed Rangers to be at their most bold and fearless the manager took a huge backward step and, in doing so, he sent out a message to his players they might be going in above their heads on derby day after all.
On the contrary, Celtic boss Lennon will have taken one look at Stevie’s team sheet and felt his own confidence levels soaring.
What he saw was deference. A Rangers team which was designed to protect itself from Celtic’s most dangerous weapons rather than to attack its weakest links.
And from that moment there was only ever likely to be one winner at Ibrox. In fact, Lennon made absolutely certain of it and he will have made his way back across the Clyde feeling a surge of momentum building at his back as the champions set off towards a ninth successive title.
Of course, the final destination of the championship was not settled by this 2-0 win and it would be absurd to think otherwise with so much football still to be played – including three more of these neighbourly dust-ups between now and May.
But Celtic’s swagger returned as they bowled back across the city, having helped themselves to three points from the home of their noisy rivals without so much as a glove being laid upon them. If they were harbouring any inner anxieties or feelings of self-doubt going into this contest then they come out of it with heads held high and barrelled chests.
It was very noticeable that Lennon spoke at some length afterwards about the aspersions which had been cast in Celtic’s direction in the days leading up to the first Old Firm clash of the new campaign by Sky. Lennon felt as if his players were being roundly dismissed and perhaps even written off by them, so loud and so bullish was the positivity surrounding Stevie’s team.
He used these messages to motivate his men and he sent them out to prove a point by taking the game straight to Rangers under their own roof.
Of course, He has been around this fixture for long enough to know better than to read too much into all of the pre-match hullaballoo.
But Stevie also learned this lesson in a short space of time and, yesterday, this knowledge did him and his team no favours.
Rather than allowing himself to believe in all the hype, Stevie made tweaks both in tactics and personnel all of which pointed to a manager who was more focused on stifling Celtic than on attacking them.
By sacrificing any natural width from his midfield and ramming bodies into the middle of the pitch in an attempt to outnumber Lennon’s more creative forces, he knocked his own players out of their early season stride to such an extent that they began falling over one another in a state of considerable confusion. It was like the Keystone Cops.
There was no clear attacking strategy to what Stevie was asking these players to do. They were reduced in the main to hoofing hopeful high balls at midget Jermain Defoe who was detached from the rest of his team and running around in the shadows cast by the twin towers of Julien and Bitton. Jermaine never stood a chance and Jullien – who went into this match under a cloud of suspicion – emerged from it with his £7 million credentials well and truly cemented.
The 6ft 7in Frenchman was a colossus at the heart of Lennon’s patchwork defence and he was not the only one. Boli Bolingoli, who has often resembled a rabbit caught in the floodlights since arriving in Glasgow’s East End, was able to saunter through his first ever trip across the city without once being isolated or even put under any kind of sustained pressure.
That Stevie chose not to test Bolingoli’s nerve by placing a natural winger up against him almost defies logic but, with time and space to think clearly, the Belgian was also able to breathe easily in this hotbed of an atmosphere and he too came through the experience unscathed and emboldened.
That Lennon ended the game with his four new dodgy signings stretched across his last line of defence was testament to the scale of the problems Celtic’s manager had been facing in the build-up. He could have had no sure way of knowing how his defence would hold up to the expected barrage but no such challenge materialised and that was largely down to the manager’s aggressive approach.
When Edouard launched kick-off into touch deep inside Rangers territory it was a sign that Celtic were simply not prepared to take a backwards step and allow Rangers to flood forward and harry them into submission as happened twice at Ibrox last season. It was greeted with cheers of derision and howls from the Celtic support and confirmation that the ginger nutter had finally lost the plot
Rather, this was an indication that Celtic intended to do the pressing and before Stevie’s players could do anything about it they found themselves hemmed into their own half and struggling to get out of it with any sense of purpose.
Those opening exchanges set the tone for a match which always seemed to be getting away from too many of Stevie’s most important players.
Jermaine Defoe was rendered unable to contribute almost as completely as Alfredo Morelos, even though the Colombian was watching from the bench.
And even although they swamped the centre of the pitch more often than not Celtic skipper Brown strolled through the bodies in command of possession and in complete control tooting on his cigar amidst the chaos around him.
By contrast, of all the Rangers players in that area, only Steve Davis looked like he knew what he was supposed to be doing as he plotted his way around the congestion. How Steven Davis could be surrounded by so many blue shirts and yet appear to be taking on Celtic all on his own will remain one of the mysteries of the day and before anyone even suggests it let’s be clear running around like a decapitated dervish has nothing to do with being raised in an orange slumb in Northern Ireland. Those days have gone
Stevie was forced to rip up his game-plan at half time but by then Edouard had already stroked Celtic into a lead which they never looked like giving up.
That the Rangers manager hooked Glen Kamara at the break and replaced him with Sheyi Ojo obviously upset Jordan Jones who came off the bench on Thursday night to such effect against Legia Warsaw that he must be in the 10 million pound category. Luckily he will not be getting sold today.
That Jones later lost the plot shortly after Jonny Hayes had gleefully slotted Celtic’s second goal came as no great surprise. The gratuitous celebrations of both Hayes and Osdonne needs to be addressed by the compliance officer along with Lennon and Griffiths deliberate unnecessary goading of the Rangers fans in the disabled section. Some of them still wearing the bandages that they received from the Kilmarnock game. Talk about rubbing it in !
After Jordan Jones had been sent off for a mis-timed lunge on Bauer, Stevie appeared to suggest it may be some while before Jones is given another chance to endear himself to the club’s support when quite clearly Jordan´s problems can be excused due to Celtic´s exuberant and unnecessary celebrations. It is only 3 points after all
But, most of all, it’s the Rangers manager Stevie Gerrard who needs to prove he has learned from the lesson that we witnessed given by a much poorer Celtic team than from previous seasons dished out to him yesterday.
SMSM (STV Loyal 1690) News report. Exclusive: We have it on good authority that there is not a snow flakes in hell chance of Vic Wanyama returning to Fenian basturds FC, sorry apologies for that mistake, we of course mean Celtic FC. Celtic supremo, Peter Lawell, is reported to have physically soiled himself when Totingham demanded Celtic pay £35,000 per week to bring Wanyama to Parkhead on a season loan. It is also reported that contrary to rumours Totingham FC have no interest in either Jack Hendry or Scott Sinclair as make weights.
Hey UEFA, let the peepul sing.
BAD, any chance you could find a more appropriate reference for their blog. I know they are stuck in the 1690s but we are not stuck in the 1960s.
I know you meant no offence but that term is not on now a days. Sorry pal
has the compliance officer cited Calmac yet? Me thinks a retrospective 1 match ban is possible for committing 2 bookable offenses during yesterdays game at the crumble dome. Sevcoite Jack also to receive a retrospective yellow for the challenge on Boli.
Huns will enter every game against us this season with a real sense of trepidation.
Ed simply is too good for their limited defenders.
The Hayes goal was a thing of beauty due to the build up by our super slick Frenchmen.
As the team develops i expect we will see an abundance of such play.
Hope Fraser never gave our washing staff his kit as it was spotless due to being unused.
If Henderson is not going to get game time this season it would be beneficial to loan him as the only thing lacking in his arsenal is experience.
In any other league in the world Jack would have received a straight red for a studs up attempt to injure an opponent.
The huns love him for such and he is a frequent offender with those kind of challenges.
I suppose being the limited footballer he is it’s no surprise he has ref’s leniency to allow his cowardly approach to seem a tough guy.
His apprentice Jones needs to learn his sleekitry.
It is possible to love the result and performance yesterday but still acknowledge that nothing has been won yet.
In reality, that was a very poor standard of football. Sevco managed to manufacture 2 shots at goal, neither of them likely to produce a goal. When they did fashion a chance through a break of the ball, our defence was solid and packed enough to snuff it out (Abd Elhamed beat a slowly reacting Defoe to a good chance and Nir snuffed out one of their players shots on the turn too).
We were not at our creative best yesterday either but what we lacked in quality, we made up for in fight and running, even our less stellar performers (JF and Calmac) kept running and closing space. We blew a few good chances to extend our league before Jonny Hayes delivered the coup de grace but it would have been an injustice if we lost.
We won a low quality game and we have a 3 point lead. Much of the momentum gained will be washed away by the International break (and disappointment that we won’t be getting Big Vic or Melling).
When the league resumes, we will have to be ready to go again and re-start the process of winning this league.
To be fair to everybody who predicted we would lose yesterday, there were good grounds for pessimism. Sevco had been better than us in the last 2 fixtures of last season and they have had 2 decent seasons of Euro performances. Their defence was more settled than ours (Choosing Flanagan over Barisic was the only choice Slippy had to think about).
The sad fact is they did not turn up. They are a better team than they showed yesterday.
Unfortunately for them, so are we. When our new players get used to each other and what Scottish refs allow, we will improve more than they can.
We just need to defend against Lighthouse thinking. We were not as bad as we painted ourselves after Cluj and we are not a great team because we won at Ibrox.
We will face harder games than the one Sevco gave us yesterday, including their next visit to CP, I’d guess.
So, let’s enjoy what unfolded but keep our guard up.
They are not as bad as we made them look and we are not as good, yet, as they made us look.
We return to a match on Hamilton’s rotten plastic, which we should win, but where we rarely win well. Then we (and them) are into Europa season of Thursday-Sunday fixtures. If we can retain or extend our league through Europa season, we will have laid down a marker- no more.
Leagues are usually won in the January to March period; we have a long road to go and many more battles to win before we achieve what we want.
Enjoy the warm glow till the Hamilton match.
I can guarantee I meant no offence. Are we talking about the word mongo?
Mongo: describes someone suffering from down’s syndrome.
I genuinely didn’t know that!
Fan a tic
I think Madden gave himself a problem when he didn’t book Calum for his challenge. That was a yellow all day long. He played advantage, but undoubtedly should’ve gone back and booked him.
Jack’s challenge was a typical hun one. Studs up, cowardly. It’s a red all day long.
Madden must be been thinking he’d let one go so he’d let theirs go.
Two absolutely terrible decisions.
I’m not sure what’s in his head not booking McGregor?
I watched the match retrospectively. Before I seen the actual phase of play at Eddies goal, I’d seen the still frame of the ‘offside’
I was thinking it was very unusual the linesman hasn’t flagged!! Yes he’s on, but so tight, it would’ve been easy to call it as offside and get away with the “ so tight it’s understandable” review.
Watching it a few times, the linesman was very slightly behind play, only very slightly, (probably down to the fact Goldson gave the ball away as the linesman was running upfield and he had to turn very quickly), and on a still frame, he’s looking right along at the last line of defence from only maybe a foot behind play. So in fact, it was a brave and a brilliant call. Fair play to the guy. ( don’t know who it was but he deserves all the credit in the world for that call)
Don’t beat yourself up bud. If you didn’t know you didn’t know. Every day is a school day!
Don’t feel bad.
You can edit the post . Sorted.
ATOB was only politely pointing out the fact it’s not a nice term. Not having a go at you ??
Seems as if the Orcs have just received a massive ‘pick me up’. Reports from Englandshire claim that the Sevco board have miraculously found enough silver coins ‘doon the back of the couch’ to pay Liverpool the £7 million they are looking for Ryan Kent? If true just where the hell are they getting the money from? Each week we keep hearing how bad their financial plight is yet they still seem to spend money as if they haven’t a care in the world. Perhaps a proper Jurno could actually investigate where the funds are coming from and stop spouting continual p*sh about how MA is going to ruin them.
Kent would be a very good acquisition for the dark side.
Now Celtic with a massive bank balance still haggling over an average SPFL player and no doubt haggling over how much it would take to bring Vic back home (if indeed there is any chance of that happening). But just how good it would be to have Vic back in the hoops? Would better the Robbie Keane loan deal.
I’d bet good money, I have never said that before this morning.
Not my style, mate
I agree with most of your post with one exception.
(They are a better team than they showed yesterday.)
The team we played yesterday is the team i have watched on a few occasions this season.
They are well organized with little creativity.
Hard to beat as Legia,Kilmarnock and StMirren found out but not particularly potent.
If i had any criticism of yesterday it would be that if Ntcham had come on earlier we would have beaten them by more.
They have no one who can match up to him or the mercurial Ed.
Best of luck to Tony Ralston who has joined St Johnstone on a season long loan deal. Just what the guy needed a prolonged run playing 1st team football.
All the best Anto.
Twists n Turns
I agree with your Madden reasoning on McGregor and Jack.
Perhaps in mitigation he was looking to avoid any early flashpoint’s that would have emboldened the baying hordes in the stands.
Also noted some hun journalists saying McG dived so should have received another yellow?
They must have been having a tea break when Arfield clearly dived in the first to try and win a penalty and when Morelos appeared to consistently dive and win free kicks to give them a chance to put the ball in our box.
It’s a tough fixture for officials and kudos to both linesmen for abiding by the laws of the game.
I agree with all of that except that they are a good team. They have played nobody. I was really disappointed by how poor Legia were.
They must target a cup this year. That would be the only realistic target they can attain and that would only be with McLean, Beaton, etc. doing a Meekins cup final.
Like the others I agree with you apart from they are a good team, they are a workman like team that get in your face, that’s about it imo.
All we won yesterday was three points and the bragging rights for a week or so, no more than that, we have bigger fish to fry soon enough.
As I said to another poster, our coach got his tactics right against a coach who didn’t.
Come on lads. 48,000 huns there and only 800 Tims. Last two games at Ibrox they won. First OF game of the season at Ibrox .. Bamber Gascoigne anyone ? The match was officiated to provide the huns with a chance (as always). The choice to allow Blood and snotters approach. That is why Lennon ensured the first ball was put out high up the pitch. It was a statement of; We know you dive all over the place in the oppositions half to get free kicks al la Advocaat, Mc Leish and Cardihun but you need to get the ball in our half to do it.
Just watch how meticulous and pernickety they are come the game at Celtic park with only 800 of them there
Some random thought/questions.
Calmac should definitely have had a yellow for his tackle. Jack should have had a yellow or maybe red for his. Most refs would have booked Calmac for his ‘attempt to ride a tackle that never came’. If a striker did that in the box against us, would we be satisfied if he said, ‘I wasn’t try to play for a penalty, but was anticipating a tackle…’.. I’m not sure I would …
Someone earlier (sorry, I can’t remember who …. went to see that film Yesterday last night, and then stayed up late listening to old Beatles albums, so am a bit tired/sleepy/dopey today … fortunately, it is a civic holiday here today) suggested the ref was concerned that early bookings could inflame what was expected to be a volatile environment, and wanted to take the edge off. I thought the same thing at the time, although in hindsight, he needed have worried, SG’s tactics did that.
If the rumour is true, Would love to have VW back?. He is just the sort of player we need. But, how would we line up? Would he not take SB’s place? I’m okay with that, but I know I’m an outlier in that respect. Also, ON’s shooting boots were off yesterday, but that is likely lack of match sharpness, and the midfield/offence definitely kicked up a gear when he came on …so NFL’s biggest problems might be finding the right formation, and getting enough minutes for everyone who deserves them.
Would not be held to ransom for Taylor.
It should not be a priority.
Kilmarnock within their rights to make demands for a player under contract no matter how unreasonable,
For once Blue Peter’s parsimony may be the right approach.
A defensive mid should be what our cash is earmarked for.
I preferred SB’s postgame reaction (‘it’s just another three points, just another team) to NFL’s … I don’t believe SB really feels that way, but you never tell your enemy what you are really thinking ….
TET, Awe Naw and fan-a-tic.
Appreciate the replies but I did not say they were a good team. I said that they have been and can be a better team than they showed yesterday. Yesterday – they were scheidt.
I have told every Hun I met that we were not very good yesterday- just better than them. They hated that
Sadly it now looks as if Vic 67 will not be coming home. Strong indications that another Man City project could be our final signing of this window if the deal for Taylor falls through. Another project from England. Can’t we produce our own? What is the point of having an academy when we seem to spend money on an ever increasing line of projects from English teams over the past few seasons. Who to date, if memory serves me, have all failed to make an impact in the 1st team. Paddy R and Jayson D perhaps being the exceptions but neither of these were permanent deals.
Now who is going to win the sweepstake as to our actual spend v profit this transfer window. My wee + 3 – 4 million may be a wee bit on the low side. Come on Celtic shock me with a last minute wow factor marquee signing.
Any who on the positive side big Jullien looks the part as does Elhamed. Jury still out on Boli.
Celtic v Kilmarnock
Kick off now 1pm
we´ll find out on the 19th September as they will not meet a team in the same caliber until then
Andymac welcome to the blog pal .
Call it straight and speak your mind.
Look forward to your take on things.
ANDYMAC, welcome aboard, the exiled tim if your about, hope your ok out there and getting dried out.hh, by the way where is this 7 million for ryan kent coming from, the referees association having a whip round.hh.
TeT,,check yer email pal
Shafton? Near Wamba, right? Remember the “new shops” and Loudons, the newsagent? Sweetie cigarettes and lucky bags?
I still have bits of gravel in my knees from the pitches at the back of the shops. If I am correct in thinking you have some Polish blood, then my next door neighbours were the Gunns in Cowdenhill Circus. Their daughter married a Pole and they had two sons. The younger of them was my best friend until, sadly, he was run over by a bus on his way to the above pitches. He lost both legs. His name was Elison. Perhaps you know the family? Also, the Nearys lived on the corner opposite our house. Know them?
Directly across the road in the Circus was Mitch Ure of Ultravox fame. My memory of Mitch was that he was always under a car doing repairs as were some of the Nearys. ?
What may have kept as apart might be that I went to a prodie school! Happy, happy days in the Circus!