The Joy Of Six
A week ago at Celtic Park,Hibs gave Celtic a tough match. The sort of performance against the league’s top dogs-and away from home too-that gets their fans dreaming of better days to come. That their latest new manager might just be the fella they’ve been looking for all these years. Truthfully,their performance gave a few of us Celtic supporters some hope too-that they might be up to taking points off the huns last night at Easter Road.
Well,rank stupidity like that is why the bookies are minted-indeed,the boss of Bet 365 has had over half a BILLION quid paid to her in the last two years. Not all of it by backing the huns to get beat,but it all adds up! I’ll be honest,I thought there was a decent chance that Hibs would have held them to a draw last night. Not that I’d have been daft enough to add to Ms Coates’ bonus,mind. That fallacy was blown out of the water by two goals in ten minutes,thanks for the points and the half-time refreshments,see ya later.
I pointed out a while ago that we were in a title race whether we all agreed or not. That while there is little doubt in my mind that we are a better team than them,they are a far better team than everyone else. I’d say that the league table backs that up. We are two points and one goal better off than them after 17 games each. Effectively,the equaliser that Aberdeen scored at Pittodrie a couple of weeks back is the only difference between us,and that’s in the week before Christmas.
Now,we certainly can’t complain about our own form. Two points dropped,ironically at Easter Road,because the referee decided on a new interpretation of the laws regarding the award of a penalty-twice!-and a nightmare performance against Livingston. We are actually ten points better off than we were at the same stage last season under Brendan Rodgers! But still the huns won’t go away because they go into every game they play with the expectation of a victory. Sure,every team will tell you the same thing-but there’s a big difference between wanting to believe something,and knowing it to be true.
We have a six-pointer against them next weekend. And another two before the end of the season too. I’m sure Neil Lennon won’t have to tell the players how important those games are,and they give us our best chance of increasing the gap on them. In fact,we really need to treat the other eighteen remaining matches in exactly the same way,keep applying the pressure on the southside zombies in the home straight during their short-but-already-too-long history.
(21 six-pointers to add to our tally so far of 46/51? Aye,beat that!!!)
So the first six-pointer is today,at home to an Aberdeen side who have been woefully short this year of even their last few seasons’ flattering to deceive. But they are still a team who know how to up their game against us. In Derek McInnes,they have a manager with no fondness for us whatsoever,and one who knows his job is on the line as his new employers didn’t cross the pond to buy a team of also-rans managed by a never-was. He and a number of players are playing for their future,and they know it. A decent performance today and a point or three will give them some breathing space,a chance to convince the doubters in the boardroom and in the stands that they are better sticking with the devil they know.
Celtic should have their “Bah,humbug!” face on today,no early Christmas presents just because their fans are dressed in Santa colours. I fully expect three points today and again on Wednesday as we tell the huns that WE are in control,and I expect that point to be emphasised the following Sunday when we put some fresh air between us and the putrid stench following in our wake. Have a party by all means,but give the gatecrashers a good kicking when they turn up.
I don’t expect to see any experimentation over the next three games,and Lenny will be hoping for top performances every time from his top Bhoys. I expect us to line up the same way in all three matches,subject to availability.
Forrest Christie Brown McGregor Johnston
Possibly Hayes or Boli might get the nod in front of Taylor,possibly Ollie might get the nod in front of Michael Johnston. It matters not. Play the same eleven each time,batter the opposition,get the goals and then take a nice wee break for three weeks. You players can enjoy your rest during that time;it will have been well-earned,especially if,as I expect,we have that gap between us and the rest.
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BOBBY, the bassas wont go away sadly, the establishment team will get every helping hand from the masons and the men in black we just cant afford any slip ups.hh got to dash again last day at the office and im playing father Christmas.ho ho ho.lol.
BIG SANTA PACKY and his latest car repair bill…
Sorry,mate. Couldn’t resist. Hope your day goes well,and I hope that robbing bassa gets his.
Genuinely the best football article I have read all morning and that’s after the Daily Rangers, The hun and the Guardian. You might not like doing it but you are very good at it. I save the best to last.
It’s in all other SPFL teams interests that the huns stay in business. I am not accusing them of lying down but subconsciously these professionals are ultimately only concerned about how high and long they can hold onto thier wage packets in what is a notoriously short and haphazard career.
I concur. I said as much last week. Trying to keep content interesting and relevant on a daily basis takes a bit of doing.
It is being achieved here.
Aw,shucks. I’m blushing here! I’m very fortunate that my job usually allows me plenty of time to figure the articles out while getting paid for it! Although I always write them freestyle,and it shows when I read back.
Anyway,I got one team pick wrong already. Jonny Hayes is out,shoulder injury.
Nollaig Shona duhit
Tiocfaidh ár lá
Isnt ironic that the game Sevco v Useless the referee was the same referee that sent off Moreorless v Motherwell last week end,well we’ll just to give them a hand to get another 3points what happened last night he red carded one off useless players,honestly you couldn’t make it up.
Wasn’t it Don Robertson on Sunday and Nick Walsh last night? Anyway,the game was done by then. Done in ten minutes,tbh. I’ve had goldfish last longer.
8 minutes. Reports need to be precise 🙂
Steaks need to be precise. Boiled eggs need to be precise. Match reports are allowed a degree of latitude in keeping with colloquial parlance.
Such as-fuxake,the gemme was by efter ten minutes!
Try saying to your mates in the pub-fuxake,the gemme was by efter eight minutes. They’ll all be apologising for forgetting the card on your birthday,and congratulating you on your new watch!!!
But aye,you’re right. Hibs couldn’t even last ten minutes. Make up your own joke,that should be fun!
Well done BMCUWP! While we’re maintaining our pre-eminence, its no wonder their fans are cock-a-hope with what they might achieve given how far they’ve come this year: I.e. is it harder for us to stay the best, or for them to give us a run all the way til at least the Bells? For all the slurs against Steeevie ‘Dignity and Integrity’ G, his backroom team have them grinding out wins.
Patently, the fella Mark Allen helped them secure some useful fodder while PL was spunking the odd mill or so on Arzani, Bayo, Taylor seeing who may accrue a capital gain down the track; to date, their strategy is as effective as ours, so says the table. I still insist Elhamed needs to be ready at RB for the Sevvies, and I’d play Taykor on the other side as he has the reqd ‘dig’ for that game. I too hoped Hibs would do something un-Hibs like but they didnt even manage to Hibs it; the Porteous assault was of Alfresco brain fade standards.
Fuxaches Bobby 32 years in Germany give me some leeway. 🙂
Having spent two years in Surrey I made a mistake in 1987 of referring to the Polis as The Old Bill in front of my family and I´m still getting the urine extracted 34 year later “cor luv a duck is that right Chaz” 🙂
Never a straight red card btw
I was accused of having a Geordie twang when I first returned home from South Shields for a visit. Families never miss the target. Thing is,nobody down there could understand a word I said and thirty-odd years later,I still have the same problem-?-in Swindon. Basterts are just after a cheap dig,if you ask me
They do indeed,mate. But while the stats speak for themselves,it’s sometimes worth looking at other stats to see if there is a reason behind them. Now,we have all seen over the years how many of the star men in a Rangers jersey have flopped when they moved elsewhere but that was no real surprise to us as we always knew they were pish anyway.
Not our fault if buying clubs don’t do their homework,even if it grinds our gears at the money they get.
But sometimes it works the other way. Players who have been rank rotten,barely kicked a ball for years,suddenly become world beaters again. As an example,Jermaine Defoe. Great wee player,aye?
Have a look at his stats. They’ve been pretty dismal for the last TEN years or so-that’ll be eight,AWENAW!-yet he comes up here and relives his childhood? Is he a better player than ten,five or even two years ago? I’d say not likely. Is it down to pish defences? Maybe,aye. Is it solely down to that?
I think we all know the answer. A linesman giving the extra yard at an offside call,a defender backing off from fear of breathing on the frail little figure and conceding a free or a penalty.
It’s a difficult one. I’ve always rated him,enjoyed watching him over the years. Like so many,he has turned into something he was never known for before. A diving wee bastert,in his case. We all have a living to make,I suppose. And as a good Catholic lad,he always has The Act of Contrition and a penance as a Get Out of Jail card.
BMCUWP: they’re scoring more and conceding less, more or less consistently – I’m not sure it’s 100% always a bent ref thingo. And here’s a puzzler…who has the most effective Centre Forwards? Alfresco has notched 17 goals and Defoe 10. French Ed has scored 14 and James Forrest (not a CF) 10. Without Ryan Christie (17) we would really be toiling. So for Jan’s transfer window, do we sign another Skepovic type, another Stoke project, or a proven poacher on loan such as a Shane Long ??
Just keep Eddy in your prayers,mate.
If other teams subconsciously dont try their hardest against Sevco, because it is in their best interest to do so, and our Club clearly decided that we also need a strong Sevco (our Club would say Rangers), would the same not apply to Celtic? It might explain the League Cup Final performance.
Do Celtic players subconsciously know their bosses want a competitive league and play accordingly (even subconsciously)?
Or are you suggesting that, somehow, Celtic players are exempt from these forces?
Not a did, mate… genuine question.
They will try harder against Celtic and not so hard against Rangers. The same human nature you would witness(expect) if the financial situation between the two clubs was reversed. Except of course for the local bias which we see only in Scottish..possibly non British players. Statistically they will also have the advantage in numbers there always.
Why did only all Scottish players play shite in the league cup final ? the foreign players played well or got pass marks. …coincidence ?
Why did Celtic PLC turn a blind eye in 2011 ? These guys are money horny no way did they not know what was going on they just never thought they´d be fund oot ..Res 12 fund them oot
There is merit to be had in a wage cap and % spend of revenue within a league, Jermain Defoe is on 100k a week to sit on the bench at Rangers
It´s entertainment but its not sport as we know it
If we are talking about being precise I can give you another one since,as the saying goes,”things come in three’s” so to add to the steak and boiled eggs I can give you……………..Christmas Greetings as apparently less than a week before the big day is too soon in the eyes of BMCUWP.
Only kidding Bobby…………Chill !
Anyway,gotta rush,got a game to go to,let’s hope for a resounding Celtic victory.Laters peeps.
I always liked Shane Long as a player. Decent, hard working, but he is not what we need. I think he has ever only scored in double figures once in his career, and that was in the championship.
I actually just checked. He actually scored 10 in his first full season at Southampton, but only another 10 in the three seasons since (86 games).
He would be on a decent wage. And, with his robust style of play, ( and heritage), he would get more cards than goals up here.
We can do better. In fact, we need to do better, as we can’t count on RC scoring at a torrid pace.
It is an interesting point you raise. Part of me strongly agrees with your premise (subconscious and economic factors at work), but I still figure out the ‘applies/doesn’t apply to Celtic and it’s Fans’ aspect. I hadn’t thought about the LC final performances in the way you have, and you got me thinking. Let me mull over your point, and I’ll get back to you ….
I´m not accusing any player anywhere of lying doon btw
the outlier was clearly unfit
Mike – Mr Long himself aside, I’m wondering if it’s an older Pro, a promising Slav or a cheap punt that we’ll buy in Jan to fix our centre-forward shaped hole? Given that 9 is theoretically up for grabs.
If the zombies have to see Escobar to keep the lights on, maybe a cheeky wee bid for Defoe? ?
If we buy a 7m quid centre forward in January then Eduardo is offski in the summer
Twisty, received at noon with grateful thanks. I noticed the postage cost – you have a heart of gold!
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum…”. – Chomsky
Old Noam talked about manufacturing consent. Perhaps more accurate – certainly in the context of Scottish football – may be the term ‘Manufactured Dissent’- create the illusion of division and competition, when in fact, it is a cartel.
Moneyball – can’t see OE being at Celtic Park next season. He is too good for the SPFL.
Twisty, received at noon with grateful thanks. I noticed the postage cost – you have a heart of gold!
RES 12 5WA Petrie at the top Old Firm preservation Society
No other explanation.
Awee Naw, Likewise his mum. Also his daughter was raising funds for Marie Curie here. Some family!
I love these games around Christmas time when far flung Tims are present in the pouring rain and /or freezing cold as it’s the only chance they get to be at a Celtic game.
The whole Twists and Turn Clan I can assure you. The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Off out for yer Easter eggs?
TWISTS would boot it into the long grass if it did. Diamond of a man,to continue the theme.
Best stop there though. We might embarrass him.
Pleased it arrived on time for you to get it to the wee girl in time for Santa. Don’t know how you managed to find out the postage cost? Stamped on the package I guess? Regardless I just wanted to make sure it arrived safely and on time.
Awe Naw – Jim
Thanks for the most kind comments. Such kindness although undeserving on my part. The rest of the clan perhaps merit them… ?. My mum definitely. She’s amazing. I’ll be sure to mention your kindness to her.
Need an hour kip! Had 2 of the grandchildren in this morning. Ran me ragged ?
Hope both of you and your loved ones have a great Christmas and a very happy and especially healthy 2020.
Just seen your comment. Thanks but again I’m undeserving of such praise, especially from someone I know goes the extra mile for so many people.
Not comfortable with praise mate,neither of us nor most on here. Scottish trait,I reckon. The och you’d have done the same syndrome
Keeps us halfway grounded and that’s a good thing. I’m off to find a good thing to represent your gift to JIMTHETIM53 and also one for me from MAHE,good lad that he is.
Found it quicker than I thought. From an absolutely amazing album which I have
B-cannot find on vinyl. Even the CD is difficult
As you know i have been banging on for years about the Kenny Miller stats as either he had the
6 million dollar mans surgery or miracles do happen
Rangers 13 Jun, 08 23 Jan, 11 £2,000,000 App 71 (10 )gls49 7 (5) 5 2 (1) 1 11 (0) 1
Derby 31 Aug, 07 13 Jun, 08 £3,000,000 App 30 (0) gls 3 (0) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Celtic 01 Jul, 06 31 Aug, 07 Free 21 (12) App 7 gls 2 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 5 (3) 3
They don’t lie.
Morelos is a decent SPL goalscorer massively enhanced by cheats with whistles and opponents who understand their tolerances so it’s not exactly a secret.
His barge and flop tactic will fail at his next club
At the next SC hootenany we do this wee dance for Twists
Great goal big Julien
It’s the little things that can make a difference.
Frimpong ‘s arm pulled by dons player stopping him clearing and Cosgrove gets ball and goes down after slight contact.
Free kick into our 6 yard box and Cosgrove barges Brown in back and just puts chance wide.
Against the run of play.
We need to play at a quicker pace.To pedestrian.
Ref has influenced this game.
Giving fouls at every opportunity to the diving McGinn and Cosgrove.
We have missed a lot of chances.
If FF has a weakness it’s his unwillingness to come for a cross ball.
Christie booked for a dive when he should have had a foul.
As i said ref is influencing game.
Stonewall penalty denied after Ed tripped in box.