Merry Christmas-Part Two
And so it came to pass that Aberdeen played their part in reminding us of the original story of Christmas. Bearing gifts in threes-pointswise,at least-accompanied by a donkey with a whistle,an ass playing centre-forward and a couple of sheep looking on in adoration from the stands. If only they could have found even one wise man for the dugout,they might have had a fairytale ending.
One thing that didn’t have a fairytale ending was the vast majority of our attacks. We haven’t really been firing on all cylinders recently and the injuries suffered,particularly to Eddy,seem to have disrupted our momentum a tad. On top of that,we are playing a number of players both out of position and out of their comfort zone. Now,I personally thought that Neil Lennon had got that out of his system a long time ago. He tried it a few times in his first tenure,and generally with predictable results. On top of that,surely nobody knows better than him that most players have their position,and that’s it. Last week I gave you the supreme utility player in Jackie McNamara,but no-one could ever have accused Neil of rivalling him for that title. Ronseal Neil,does what it says on the tin. It would have been a bloody waste of time playing him as a left winger or a centre half,that’s for sure!
So why is he doing it? I’ll throw a Machiavellian thought into the ring for you all. He’s schooling in public,to use horse racing parlance. Having seen how our midfield was overrun for much of the League Cup Final,he’s setting out a team to ensure that it doesn’t happen on Sunday. And he’s stuck pretty much to the same team and tactics since that day. No matter the opposition,get the players used to playing this way,get the points,open a gap and have rest and a rethink.
He will also be wanting to keep our proud record of being undefeated domestically at home-sorry,Corkcelt,I left those crucial two words out last night in my post about 6pm!-in this calendar year. Who doesn’t?!!! And if that’s what it takes,that’s what he will do.
Of course,we still have to face St Mirren on Thursday,and quite frankly,anything less than three points from Paisley will not be good enough in my opinion. That’s not taking things for granted,it’s just a fact.
And here’s another trivial wee fact for you. The fixture ‘computer’ has been playing some silly games this season with the home and away split. Usually it’s a simple turn about,with maybe two consecutive home games in each batch of eleven to be balanced out by two consecutive away matches in the next split. But not this season,oh no. Although we play at home while the huns are away-as is always the case except on occasions after the split-we have both had batches of home games followed by batches of away,or vice versa. We hardly had a home match in the early part of the season-two from seven,I think-and after Sunday we will have played two more at home than away. Our seemingly endless run of home games will be no more after we return from the break on 18 January. In the four weeks which follow,we are down for FIVE away matches against two at home,with an additional tie away to Thistle in the cup and-hopefully-the next round inbetween that and the league matches. In fact,of the thirteen league games till the split,only five are at home.
In which case,assuming my thoughts are correct,Lenny is quite right to do some schooling in public to get the players used to a system which he believes will take the points on Sunday and give us that gap.
If things go to plan,our three home matches after the split should be Rangers,Aberdeen and Hibs. Their three aways will be us,Aberdeen and Hibs. It is vitally important for us that we maintain a gap going into the split,and also before we start this run of away matches. That’s why we have looked to be so lacking in the last few matches. We have been learning to play to a system for ONE hugely important match. In doing so,we have lacked our usual sparkle-but we have been playing against teams which play the way that most domestic teams do against us-with ten men behind the ball,hope to hit on the break. We won’t be playing that kind of opposition on Sunday. They simply don’t have the defensive strength to do that and will come roaring out of the traps. They won’t steamroller us in the middle like they did at the start of the month,that’s for sure.
Sunday will be ugly for the neutral but football doesn’t always have to be The Beautiful Game. But the beauty is the prize.
As this is my last article before Christmas,may I wish you all every joy and happiness over the next few days. Tomorrow’s article is a Christmas Present to you all,a Special Guest Edition about Christmas Past.
Above article by BMCUWP. Why not get your thinking caps on instead of those stupid bloody hats they give you in a Christmas cracker? Think of a topic,write something about it and send it to us to publish as Article of the Day. We won’t let you down by losing it or something-promise! Mail it to Mahe…
Are you still doing that Three Adam’s Apples Challenge at Christmas? Swimming in Lake Ontario?
Madman. If it was me,I would come flying out the water like a Polaris missile.
A very merry Christmas to you and yours and here’s hoping 2020 brings you all you would wish for. Best wishes also go out to Mahe, and to The Exiled Tim and all the other guest writers .
To all the punters on here have a wonderful Christmas time.
What will 2020 bring?
9 in a row and a quadruple treble? I’m sure that’ll be high on the list of many.
PL to do walking away might be even higher up a lot of the lists?
(My own new year resolution is to be much more assertive…….if that’s ok with you guys? ?)
Sunday is huge I feel in determining the rest of the season. A win for Celtic would really hurt the rotten mob as they go into 2020 facing a wide gap. We notoriously come back from Dubai with the throttle fully open, which my suspicious mind tells me is why the ‘random’ fixtures generated by the ‘ computer’ have thrown up the schedule that they have.
A draw? Whilst not disastrous I’d suggest it would suit them more than us. Their record at CP is deplorable and stopping us taking all 3 points would be seen as some sort of victory for them.
A defeat ( pray no) could see a momentum shift in their favour.
I’m convinced we have the better players in 8 or 9 of the starting positions, so assuming the tactics and attitude are correct, we can win this game.
There’s always the man in black to consider of course. Clancy this time I believe? Very high up the SC list for me. ( Sleekit Cheat)
I hope I’m proven wrong in my belief that he will play a critical part in the outcome.
Cmon Celtic – send us a nice wee Christmas present. I know what I want.
Make it happen.
Are you all ready for Christmas or must you face the madness of the shops today?
Amazingly we’re all set in the Twists household despite a trying schedule for the past few weeks.
Turkey- Chicken – all the veg – check
Guests crackers – yes they are
Drinks cabinet – loaded
Presents – all done
This year I took the liberty of sending the dinner menu out in advance to my Christmas dinner guests.
Not one chose Chicken. All Turkey. I find that weird?? Surely Chicken tastes better? Nah? Just me then?
Maybe a traditional thing. Mum always gave us chicken at Xmas dinner.
Check your mail in a minute or two. And thank you for your good wishes,as ever,and your support for this site.
I look forward to this time next year and raising a glass to an absent friend as he walks away from the coalface for the last time!
Thanks for the kind words.
Funny you should say that. Walking away. I’ve been sitting from 4am contemplating exactly the timing of that very event.
I’d planned to head to the coast over the break.
I’ve got dinner guests tonight, tomorrow, Boxing Day, and the 27th.
Thought I’d head east on the 28th. I’m at Musselburgh races on New Year’s Day.
It transpires I’ve got a 40foot container arriving on the 29th. That’ll need emptying. I’ve got orders to manufacture for despatch on the 2nd Jan.
So – this trying to squeeze leisure time into a few days is a pain.
I need a plan. A closing down date. This time next year? Sounds like a plan.
My successor is already in place and my grandson leaves school in June, so I’m thinking he’s gonna join the company. 6 months training him in the manufacturing and lab work and I could probably escape.
Nice thought ?
Eh,did you not say the other night that you’d had it wi work? One more year,out at Christmas?
Anyway,the succession plan sounds like a goer. Gives you a,say,90% out with that wee 10% there to keep you ticking over and helping-only when asked-by the Gen X inheritors. Couldn’t be better,tbh.
Dinner guests for three successive days? WTF,man? How are you supposed to have turkey curry on New Years Day wi party planning like that?
PS-may I suggest making sure that the insurance policy on your dishwasher is bang up to date?
Re the possibility of a draw,they got one two years ago. They were cock-a-hoop,then the wheels came off. Magic hat bulleted and us scoring for fun against them. Last year,they even won the corresponding tie while our manager was plotting an escape route. No matter. Celtic increased the pressure at an important stage and they couldn’t keep up.
Again,racing parlance. Control the speed of the race. They have been flat out all season so far. Bang to the boards. To be fair,it’s been impressive stuff at times,and on occasion when needed,they get that assistance. But would you back a sprinter in the Derby?
Back to another favourite sport of yours. They have a puncher’s chance. But we are swarmers like Frazier and Tyson. Get inside them and they are in trouble.
Yes indeed. One more year I’m planning. Only thing I need to decide is the precise date .
I’ll respond to your other comments soon. Got eggs boiling ?
MORNING ALL, bobby great article as usual but stop using those fancy words machiavallian? ill just echo what twisty has just said, merry Christmas to all on here, and especially you writers, you put a lot of time and effort into those articles and its much appreciated,hh.TWISTY, my mother always gave us chicken at Christmas as well, ang guess what joan and I are having tomorrow because we don’t like turkey?
For you and Joan and all yer wee Westies,the very best of the festive season to you all.
IRISHBOY, correct, the old bonce im afraid,hh.?
same to you bobby, not forgetting atob and ccb ?
Apologies for the misnomer, predictive text.
I guess we all see things differently, Calmac would be in my team every time. I don’t believe the issue is goals or assists, but Broony should be further forward and leave Calmac sitting, which will enable him to control and direct play to better effect.
FRIESDORFER ,agree about calmac?
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
(Actually I want Vic Wanyama as we ‘urgently’ need a proper defensive middy)
Tom Waits : Xmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Merry Christmas you wonderful people
I’m not sure what you mean about the old bonce thing unless your worried about your recollection of that day.If so,no worries,mate .None of us are getting any younger.
I wasn’t sure if it was safe to come on here after the racist attack I was subjected to last night,( I thought that I had strayed onto Follow Follow ) but I wanted,if it’s still not too soon to wish BMCUWP a Merry Christmas(only kidding Bobby.)
Seriously though,many thanks to you Bobby and Mahe(and everyone else who helps )for all the hard work you put into producing this excellent blog.
A Blessed and peaceful Festive Season to ALL this blog’s correspondents and let’s hope Neil and the Bhoys give us all the best,belated Christmas presents on Thursday and Sunday.
IRISHBOY, correct again, im definitely not getting any younger? happy Christmas to you and yours.hh.
I disagree re CalMac, he is many things but a holding midfielder is not one of them, he can’t tackle, being able to tackle is a prerequisite for a holding middy, we have only one in the team that can tackle with any conviction and that’s Broonie, even then he isny the may west either, not a dig at him as it really isn’t his best position either, I have been harping on for years about getting a proper no nonsense eat his granny holding midfielder, both Broonie and CalMac are box to box players imo.
Again square pegs in round holes., though we tend to get away with it domestically, the higher up we get the more it gets exposed.
Have a great Christmas everyone
TET, came on to disagree with you about calmac, but then thought whats the point, ive never won an argument with you yet in 10 years? only joking k, you and jan have a great christmas all the dugs too hh,
Ever get that “ you’ve been conned” feeling?
Son number 2
“ Dad, ya wanna meet up with the kids n us for lunch somewhere. You’re not busy are you?”
“ No I’m free until 5pm. Then I’m cooking every day between then and 28th.”
“ ok – about 2-30pm? . I’ll let ye know where”
Half hour later – phone goes….
“ Just thinking dad – everywhere gonna be rammed today. Shall we just come to yours for lunch?”
Twists n Turns, LOL You’re a glutton for punishment!
Same to you and your family re Christmas.
Give me your reasons why you think CalMac is a holding midfielder then !!!
Yip, conned for sure but it’s family 😉
TET you win he is not? but he must be played in his best position which is? sometimes lenny baffles me with this.hh.
anyone seen JIM, was supposed to meet him in the hare and hounds pub here in sauchiehall street, been here since 10 this morning no sign of him.
It’s debatable but I think he performs better when he is given a free role behind the striker, just my humble opinion.
Merry Christmas to one and all.
TET, im not just saying this to agree with you, but I bliddy do as bobby says?
FAN-A-TIC, same to you and yours.hh,
Hoopy Christmas to one and all ??
Calmac? Never a holding midfielder in a million years. I’d have Bitton beside Broony
I think the Bitton and Brown partnership got Deila the boot.
Offered nothing going forward and was even worse defensively than Calum and Broony.
I used to refer to them as a stalled engine.
I would prefer neither of these partnerships.
Like others i would like us to procure a proper defensive mid.
Happy Christmas to you as well,Big Packy and also to your good lady and all yer dugs,cannae forget the dugs !
IRISHBOY cheers? btw when you get to know mags, he has a heart of gold. unlike his brother,.only joking awenaw? happy Christmas to you and mags.hh.
JIM, if your lurking cant wait any longer will miss my last bus back to cheshire? now if I still lived in glenboig id get the last bus from buchanan st bus station, in another 6 hours, im getting nostalgic now, better go before I bore you all to death.hh.
Packy, Talking about pubs in Sauchiehall st, I used to go into Nico’s in the 1980s. That’s the pub in the news for a firearm incident outside it a few days ago. We used to go to Ghandi’s Indian Restaurant close by and then have a few in Nicos. In today’s money the best part of £50 ! 🙂
Aye, opinions, eh, everyone’s got them. Push Brown forward behind the striker, and let’s see – has it been tried, if not…
Happy Christmas to one and all and HH
JIM, my mum never allowed me to go anywhere near sauchiehall st at night, but the last time I was up there it was pediestranised I think, but still remember the green and yellow corporation buses, and trams and trolleybuses, remember them?
Popping in to say
Merry Christmas fellow tims??????????????????
Have a wonderful time with family and friends
Merry Christmas Packy
I feel I must dig you up on the excellent ‘Glasgow chronicles vid ‘ Rutherglen is not part of Glasgow :O(
All the best hh
AWENAW, cheers, merry Christmas to you and yours,?
Hi folks-hope everyone has as good a Christmas as is possible and that Santa is good to you ??
VOGUEPUNTER. all the best to you and yours.hh.
FAIRHILL BHOY, all the best to you and yours.
Don’t worry about our Mags. He’s a goodun.
One day you will tell us where about on my sacred island you dwell. Still my island whether there or not.
Twists, turkey has flavour and taste,, chicken is just bland. Much prefer turkey.
Things ain’t been going to plan for here which annoys me bigtime but hopefully it’s all gravy from now.
Fillet mignon and black eye peas btw.
Sun is shining.
Packers played great last night.
Merry Christmas to one and all.