Hibs v Celtic Preview


As you might have noticed,I’d been banging my own wee personal drum for some time to Lenny to start rotating the squad. Well,he did that on Wednesday night-and it paid off handsomely with some excellent performances from our fringe players. And I think this may have given Neil something of a headache!

Fortunately we have a wee break for internationals-aye,again!-in eight days time so he can ponder his now-widened options then. Meantime,we have three important matches to play,and it is important that he gets it right.

I think it’s a no-brainer that Fraser gets the recall in goals,but who will line up in front of him? I think Christopher Jullien will return to the side and this will give Lenny a number of options. He can return Hatem Elhamed to right back,with Jullien and Kris Ajer central. Or he can retain Jeremie Frimpong at right back and rest either Elhamed or Ajer. That’s assuming Jack Bauer is still injured,of course. If he’s fit,I’d play him.

Frimpong had as good a debut as I can recall from a young defender,btw. Now,it was only Partick Thistle-with respect to them. Lenny may decide to keep him in the side to see how he fares against somewhat better opposition. I wouldn’t disagree with that. Especially if Bauer might benefit from an extra few days.

At left back,difficult. Boli has been settling in well,but Jonny Hayes offers us more in a game like this,IMO. He was excellent in various parts of the pitch on Wednesday. He knows he will never be a first choice,but he certainly deserves to play today. Thursday is another matter,and I’m still undecided on that. It can wait.

In the middle,CalMac must surely get a day off at last! With Broonie,James and Ryan all rested on Wednesday,my crystal ball is telling me that they will all be back today. It’s also telling me that only a choob would think of resting big Ollie while he’s in the mood. With Tom Rogic edging back to form,I can’t see how all five can be accommodated. And that’s before we consider the likes of Michael Johnston,Mohammed Elyounoussi,and Scott Sinclair-who looked very keen on Wednesday night,btw. I can’t see my crystal ball getting this right,so I’ll suggest a midfield of Broonie,Ollie,Tam,Michael and Mo. Leave the right wing for the full back to overlap.

Up front it has to be I Wanna. Vakoun Bayo was immense on Wednesday night but I think he knows the script. I wouldn’t be against him getting the nod,btw,but I’d prefer us to have the game won after an hour and then give him a run out.

All in all,that rotating the squad stuff can really throw up the odd headache-especially when everyone chosen to start has a great game. How do you drop players on the back of a superb performance? Of course,all of the players are professionals and they will know that there are few guarantees in life. And a first team spot every week at Celtic Park isn’t one of them. I can’t imagine any of them throwing their toys out of the pram on the back of not getting the nod today.

One potential problem for the medium term surfaced yesterday with the news that we are unlikely to see Jozo Simunovic again this side of the winter break. Another operation on his knee,one which will hopefully have cleared up his longstanding-sorry!-problem. I think it may be make or break for him. He is a fantastic defender when he is fit but really that isn’t anywhere near often enough. I’m not writing him off for that very reason,so get back to 100%,Jozo. Prove the doubters wrong.

In the meantime,Lenny,I think you are going to have to look at bringing in young Lee O’Connor over the next few weeks. As it stands,you have ONE centre-half in Jullien and another two in Ajer and Elhamed who are capable of performing there instead of their favoured position. Jack Hendry returned on Wednesday night,but I think I’m closer to your medium term plans than he is. Over to you,Lenny.

Meanwhile,its over to the eleven players given the nod today. Off the top of my head,I don’t think BR ever won a league match at Easter Road. In fact,we have dropped league points there far too often over recent years. Put down a marker,Neil. A comfortable victory and then you can ask your old pal Leanne Dumptruck if she’s missing you!


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September 28, 2019 9:56 am
September 28, 2019 10:01 am

Today’s charity bet is by COSYCORNERBHOY who goes with a straight treble of

Aston Villa

which will return £106.87

September 28, 2019 10:11 am

Tremendous performance by Japan to beat Ireland 19-12 in the Rugby world cup

September 28, 2019 11:21 am

Packy, what horse have you put on? You should see my jockey’s shirt. It’s a Celtic top!

September 28, 2019 11:34 am

Forster; Bauer, Ajer, Jullien, Bolingoli ; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Ntcham, Christie, Edouard

Sounds good to me!

September 28, 2019 12:05 pm

Lets hope that the Hibes don’t do a Japan today ;-). Glad I don’t follow rugby.

COYBI yellow

September 28, 2019 12:08 pm

Celtic: Forster, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Ntcham, Christie, Edouard.
Substitutes: Gordon, Elhamed, Hayes, Rogic, Sinclair, Bayo, Elyounoussi.

September 28, 2019 12:16 pm

Twists perhaps those trains are free after 11 to get drinkers home ?

Happy Saturn day. How a rock a way way over there managed to wrangle an entire seventh of the week is beyond me. Neptune is still pissed I hear.

Jetlag still has body clock wired wrong. Japan beats Ireland? Tabletennis aye,,, rugby though is just bizarre. Heads may roll for that. Shocker ,, real shocker.
Hope its the last shock of the weekend.

Jim and Big Packy,,how are the lads ?
Hail Hail

A thing of beauty
September 28, 2019 12:16 pm

Heading off to watch the match at my sisters with CCB and bmcuwp. I hate that strip, we always seem to play poorly when we wear it. Cmon Celtic, prove me wrong

,big packy
September 28, 2019 12:18 pm

JIM siskin 3-00 clock newmarket?

September 28, 2019 12:30 pm

Guard of honour at Easter Road for the great Pat Stanton 75yrs young ?

September 28, 2019 12:37 pm

I remember saving up footballer cards in the 1960s. Pat Stantons were everywhere! You couldn’t swap them. Everybody had at least half a dozen.

September 28, 2019 12:38 pm

OMG. Ajer OG

September 28, 2019 12:40 pm

Dearie me Hibs carve Celtic open – goal – cross deflected into his own net by Ajer. 1-0 Hibs early doors

September 28, 2019 12:42 pm

Good Celtic move -Eddy shot saved by keeper

September 28, 2019 12:47 pm

Fear not. We will come back.

September 28, 2019 12:55 pm

Celtic play their get out of jail card. Bauer slips in Celtic box and loses possession ref awards FK to Celtic!

September 28, 2019 12:55 pm

Goallllllllllllllllllll Ryan C 1-1

September 28, 2019 12:58 pm

Controversy Hibs manager sent off for complaining about Celtic’s equaliser (kicks a water bottle)
Great header from Ryan from a good Bauer cross

September 28, 2019 1:01 pm

Eddy through on goal – ref stops play due to head injury to Hibs player.

September 28, 2019 1:12 pm

Ollie lucky to stay on the park – gets involved with a Hibs player – no need for that show of petulance.

September 28, 2019 1:26 pm

Ajer once again demonstrating that he is not a central defender.
Guy runs off his back shoulder as he was ball watching .
Though all defenders are prone to OG’s he angles his body towards own goal and deflects cross into net.
Very similar to the one Efe did in a preseason game that made Rodgers realise he cannot be trusted in centre of defense.
Some nice football and McGregor is playing very well.
Like to see Bayo in second half as we have had plenty crosses and no takers.

September 28, 2019 1:35 pm

Hibs coach kicked water bottle into official so ref had no choice but red.
Ntcham pushed guy and deserved yellow as did opponent who blocked him then pushed also.

September 28, 2019 1:35 pm

Not too much to say about the 1st period – 2 decent moves – 2 goals apart from that Heehaw – Imho of course. Ollie again showing his petulant side – not the 1st time he has done this.

September 28, 2019 1:36 pm

Nothing in the rule against standing your ground. Ollie’s reaction was OTT.

September 28, 2019 1:37 pm

Calmac booked

September 28, 2019 1:39 pm

Broonie booked for fouling Alan

September 28, 2019 1:41 pm

Hibs player booked for fouling Ryan C. Ref likes to use his cards

September 28, 2019 1:45 pm

Celtic lucky there. Hibs player took the shot when a square ball would have released an unmarked Alan in the box

September 28, 2019 1:51 pm

Celtic Sub: Ollie N offski Johnny H on

September 28, 2019 1:55 pm

Celtic decent shout for a Pen. Not given

September 28, 2019 1:57 pm

Jullien misses a sitter 🙁

September 28, 2019 2:03 pm

Eddy heads ball over after decent cross by Johnny H. Then subbed for Bayo

September 28, 2019 2:06 pm

Celtic with another decent pen shout – denied yet again.

September 28, 2019 2:07 pm

Scot Allan is a cheating hun.
Has dived and left foot in all day.
Ref has allowed them to follow through all day.
Stonewall penalty on Bauer denied.
Even hun Craigan says it’s a clear penalty.

September 28, 2019 2:10 pm

Christie makes a lot of poor choices in the final third.
Numerous times today he has taken the wrong option.
He needs to calm himself in the final third.

September 28, 2019 2:15 pm

Forrest offski Scotty S on. (Was Forrest playing?)

September 28, 2019 2:21 pm

JF had a few moments in first half and non existent in second.
He should have been subbed for Hayes.
Also when we needed a goal why take Ed off?

September 28, 2019 2:24 pm

Bauer takes one for the team and hacks down a hibs player. He had to the break was on

September 28, 2019 2:25 pm

FT 1-1

September 28, 2019 2:31 pm

PPP (Piss poor performance) from Celtic. Aye we had 2 decent calls for pens denied but that was a poor performance from players and management. Hibs battled / hacked and packed their pen box as do most teams that we play in the SPFL but we produced little in the way of creativity. Eddy hardly had a thing to work with today. A bad day at the office all in all – but we knew that there would be days like this.
What are the odds on Sevco winning on a dodgy pen call 😉

September 28, 2019 2:35 pm

A few decent individual moments but we struggled to break them down.
Frustration became the norm and a lack of composure followed.
Ajer is a liability as a central defender.He is often the common denominator in goals conceded .
Elhamed should partner Julien.
If we were to continue with going wide and crossing hopeful balls into box why not leave Ed on with Bayo and at least give us some realistic targets to hit?
McGregor reverted to type and played to deep and safe to be effective in the second half..
We could have had 2 penalties which is a portent to season.
Our closest rivals would have been awarded both with no hesitation.
Coaches showed no recognition of what we needed in the second and though can’t complain about the selected subs timing and choices of who was coming off was poor.

September 28, 2019 2:46 pm

I agree, poor day, we still done enough to win it.
Clancy is truly awful.
Lenny’s tactics, positioning of players and subs, are once again, wtf moments.
Hibs had no recognised centre back, after their enforced sub, Whittaker had to go there.
If ever there was a time, to get Bayo and Eddie up top, that was it.

From earlier, no way those trains are free.
Abello own the franchise, it’s all about the money for their Dutch shareholders.

Mike in Toronto
September 28, 2019 3:12 pm

Has NFL come on yet to talk about how brilliant we were?

September 28, 2019 3:20 pm

Mike In Toronto
Should do soon.
That was a typical Lennon’s Celtic performance with the usual individual moment bringing a result. absent.
We could have played for a week without scoring
Wonder what game our coaches viewed?

September 28, 2019 3:21 pm

Sevco awarded a pen — nahhhh 🙂

The Exiled Tim
September 28, 2019 3:23 pm

I thought that our management team showed their limitations today, a fundamental mistake in playing two of your best forward players out of position in Forrest and Christie to accommodate Ncham, it failed drastically imo, when is it going to sink in that certain combinations do not work, still the persistence with Brown and CalMac and everyone except our management team knows that Brown and Ncham doesn’t work either, then when we needed a goal he takes Eddie off, why not play with two strikers for the closing period when we are laying siege to their goal.
As for the pens, of course they were pens and of course the hun would be awarded them, tis a direct result of the club accepting it and not calling them out for the cheating, we reap what we sow.

September 28, 2019 3:27 pm

was there a dodgy stream of the game today? BT broadcasting the game.

The Exiled Tim
September 28, 2019 3:31 pm

All ours and the huns away games are on streams, both dodgy and not dodgy, the betting sites show them so they must be streaming via a satellite so they are getting hijacked and streamed by the streamers 😉

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