Ross County 0-5 Celtic



A trip to Dingwall is always a daunting fixture,and although the scoreline suggests otherwise,Saturday was really no different. I think it’s fair to say that we lined up with,if not necessarily the guaranteed personnel over the season,very much NL’s preferred formation.


I’ll deal with that first. If playing three at the back,how does he shoehorn in the talents of Frimpers,Jamesie and Mo to two wide positions? That’s not to mention the likes of Elhamed and Taylor,who,though much-maligned here and elsewhere,I think is a better player than he is given credit for. I think Neil believes that too. Who do you leave out and who do you play out of position?


If we have two wide men,who fills the middle? Well,if you have three players who seem to be guaranteed a start-that’s Broonie,CalMac and Jamesie,just in case you’ve not been paying attention-which kinda narrows down the choices. On Saturday,it was decided to throw James out wide left,with Frimpers on the right and Ollie joining in with Broonie and CalMac in the middle.


I Wanna and The Yeti led the line.


And it didn’t take too long for the formation to take effect,Eddy playing a push and move one-two on the edge of the area before being tripped in the box as he went for the return. He toyed with the goalkeeper in his run up,and the goalkeeper could only “take the knee” in response. He was about five minutes late,of course. Quite funny to watch.


Fifteen minutes later,it was two. CalMac played in a pretty harmless looking free kick from the left,and although it arrived in a dangerous area,it looked a fairly easy clearance for the defence. They made a hash of it and when the ball dropped,that was all The Yeti needed. Just a sniff,first time,two nil. This lad looks like he has an air of opportunism in him,and doesn’t need too many invitations to shoot when given the chance.


And that was that at halftime. Two up and cruising,except that it doesn’t tell the full story,not even close. The Rosco lads were well up for this,and had a good few efforts of their own,only the woodwork and some fine keeping allowing us to maintain that advantage. This is a team who had been scoring regularly so far this season,even if hardly setting the heather alight. And they had only conceded six goals prior to Saturday. 2-0 May have flattered us at halftime but there were plenty of reminders that we shouldn’t quite wrap the points up and chuck them in the kit hamper. Not yet,anyway.


That moment arrived an hour into the match,with another to be sure moment five minutes later. CalMac swung in a corner from the right and our debutant captain in waiting rose head and shoulders above the rest to nod home. Not a bad way to start,Shane. I hope you keep up your goal a game ratio for the rest of your duration,and that it isn’t a short one either! In fairness to Christopher Jullien,he was barged in the back as he went for the ball,but Duffy wiped out the entire defence and anyone else with his leap. Chris was still claiming for a penalty before he realised what had happened!


Number four,five minutes later,was a straightforward case of CalMac teeing up Ollie to drive into the left of the box before playing it low across the six yard line,with Kris Ajer first on hand for the tap in. Four up,and certainly cruising now. Neil Lennon celebrated by getting the subs warmed up-it was that time of day,and there was no real urgency required either. On came The Polish Paddy and Ryan for our front two,with CalMac and Broonie soon being replaced by another debutant,David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro. Mo replaced Ollie too,which seemed to slightly unbalance the side,but that’s a quibble. It’s always good to see new faces,or even unfamiliar ones,in our team and it’s an interesting thought that of our finishing eleven,probably only Ryan,Jamesie and Kris were regular starters a year ago.


Patryk started as seems to be his habit these days-by missing a nailed on chance as he got up to the speed of the game. I’m sure he won’t let that worry him,I’m not too bothered either as he usually gets the sights adjusted on his shooting boots. And with fifteen minutes to go,he added to his tally in The Hoooops-which must be a very high ratio for time on the pitch by the way-after Mo took advantage of a shocking pass in midfield,took a touch on the run before squaring inside to Paddy to fire home in his usual manner.


Five nil and a good day at the office. Ross County tried manfully in the first half in particular,and certainly gave us a scare or three. This will happen with such an attacking line-up,and particularly if we persist in sending all of our central defenders up for set pieces. Witness our fourth goal in particular,and ask yourself how we are supposed to defend against a break with,erm,no defenders left in the defence? On the plus side,of course,three of our goals came from set pieces,and two of them from our displaced centre backs,so who am I to grumble? Well,wait till you hear me if it costs us. If I can spot it,so will opposition coaches.


Apart from that minor one,I can’t think of any negatives. The positives are obvious really,that I Wanna always scares the bejaysus out of defenders no matter where he is,and The Yeti is an almighty predator in the box,half a chance and it’s gone. CalMac looked more busy and creative than ever,Ollie was the tower we know he can be. The back three is a work in progress though,and will take some getting used to.


Ach,maybe I’m still scarred by The Cup Final in 2002.


Man of the match for me would be CalMac. Just don’t tell Shane Duffy that.



Above article by BMCUWP. Usual rules if you have an article for us. I know there’s loads of you working on one,so strike while the iron is hot! Mail it to MAHE

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Noel Skytrot
September 14, 2020 7:07 am

Three points, next up St Mirren. I wonder if Griffiths time at the club is up?

Big Audio Dynamite
September 14, 2020 7:51 am

I wouldn’t write off the Griff just yet 😉

Noel Skytrot
September 14, 2020 8:03 am

not writing him off mate, I’ve just not heard much regarding him for a wee while. I see Bolingoli is off on a loan deal, might be for the best.

Big Audio Dynamite
September 14, 2020 8:27 am

Noel, I know you’re not, mate 👍 as for Boli, the less said and all that.

September 14, 2020 8:28 am

Score predictor league

Jnp 37pts
Twists 28 pts
McCaff 26pts
Mahe 26pts
Atob 25 pts
Bada 24pts
Lct 24 pts
C76 24pts
Garry 24pts
Cce 23 pts
Bmcuwp 23pts
Chalm 23pts
Trm 22pts
Ccb 21pts
Vp 21 pts
G64 19 pts
Bad 6pts
Aswgl 6pts(welcome)
Ger57 5pts
Well played bhoys.

Noel Skytrot
September 14, 2020 9:15 am

I never got the opportunity to see the game due to my work commitments and I was wondering how Soro and Turnbull fared when they came on?

September 14, 2020 9:49 am

Thanks for match report BMCUWs a most enjoyable read…

Didn’t catch the gemme, though interestingly enough there seems to be a consensus, which is a good thing, not that differing opinions are bad, it just means by and large that we seem to be on the same page. Again! At Last!!

Since the fixtures were announced I’ve pencilled in Monday 19th October as the time when we should know where we are this season – it’s after the the first old firm derby and the transfer window closes.

Incredibly it’s still five weeks away and we are at the mid point of the first phase of the league, to say it was an interesting start to the campaign is an understatement, as is… it was a mixed bag!!

Yet really pleased that now we are first team ready and I’m very much looking forward to the season.

Have A Great Day Celts…

Hail Hail

September 14, 2020 10:06 am

Good analysis Bobby, thank you.
I disagree with your opinion of yesterday on Jim Brogan – imo he was a great left back – and utility player- for Celtic. Opinions, eh… 😉😉

cosy corner bhoy
September 14, 2020 10:07 am

Watched the game obviously but on bringing up you tube highlights SPFL style was amazed RC had no shots at goal and thus our No 1 had no saves to make!
It’s Arun y old game as someone once said umpteen times

cosy corner bhoy
September 14, 2020 10:08 am

Shite some predictive text that was!
Greavsie’s saying😀

September 14, 2020 10:35 am


All about opinions,eh? I did say that he had suffered by being used as a utility player,and that his role as left back meant that he had to follow the legendary Big Tam. Difficult shoes to fill.

September 14, 2020 10:41 am

Very good match analysis, agree with the majority of your thoughts. What I will disagree with, is your choice of MOTM. I thought yet again that Calmac and James Forrest were our two poorest players. I have been disappointed in the performances of both this season. If I was the manager, I would be dropping both to the bench for a spell.
Thought it was almost a tie for MOTM, between big Duffy and safe hands Barkas, strangely so, in a 5-0 victory. No other team in this league will go there and win by that margin.
Were it not for Barkas and some missed chances at both ends, the score could have been about 4-8.
Onwards to Paisley Wednesday, and Livi at home Saturday. Two good wins will see us top of the league before the huns kick off at Easter Road on Sunday. Fancy Jack Ross team to win too.
Would love to see a proper left wing back signed this week. The Ajax Academy graduate at PSG, Bakker would be ideal. The thought of athletic, flying Dutchmen on either wing, excites me. JF at right wing back. Frimpong, not Forrest for me. Their fellow Dutchman who plays for Greece would feel more at home too, like our French speaking contingent do.

September 14, 2020 10:56 am


Too old to be a project,not near good enough to get a regular start. So,not for me.

September 14, 2020 1:01 pm


Noel Skytrot
September 14, 2020 1:05 pm

I was catching up with all the football and saw the highlights from the PSG v Marseille game, Neymar is a total shite house with his behaviours. The man is a wanker.

September 14, 2020 1:13 pm

Friesdorfer, I remember Jim Brogan as a tough no nonsense defender but maybe lacked a bit in pace. Big Jock used to get him to man mark our opponent’s most dangerous attacker. He stuck to them as though they were bonded with superglue. My favourite memory was his goal against the huns when he blinded sided the whole stadium to nod a late winner in a 2-1 victory not long after they had equalised. Rarely seen a player so happy to score a goal.

Celtic Champs Elect
September 14, 2020 1:17 pm

Good day

September 14, 2020 2:19 pm

G’day Champs and everyone else.
Happy day of the moon.
Hail Hail

Weet weet weet
September 14, 2020 2:39 pm


September 14, 2020 2:46 pm

Just finished gym class, hence the delay. Absolutely loved Jim Brogan. Remember well the old chant “Brogie’s gonna get ye…”. And he usually did! Very underrated player imo. Not disputing your opinion Bobby 👍👍

Weet weet weet
September 14, 2020 2:48 pm
The Real McCoy
September 14, 2020 2:51 pm

Good Afternoon Bhoys 👋🏻

The Real McCoy
September 14, 2020 3:16 pm

Well Done horsey winners👏.
Noticed CCB’s selection and wondered if anyone else would recognise the name Zoltán Varga 🤔
Good on you JNP.
Zoltán did indeed play for Aberdeen in the 70’s.
He played in Scotland whilst serving a ban in Germany. Scottish fitba eh .
This wee teenager remembers him being very skilful.
He helped our recent conquerors Ferencváros win the Fairs Cup in 1965 beating Juventus 1-0.
On leaving Aberdeen(1973) he signed for Ajax
and then Dortmund.
Sadly passed away in 2010 playing in a veterans game aged 65.
Well Done CCB Zoltán Varga 14/1 🐎 👏

big packy
September 14, 2020 4:22 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, well my front garden looks like a building site, ffs sand cement bricks and 2 small diggers to boot, but it has to be done, are you about JIM,??

big packy
September 14, 2020 4:26 pm

noticed the talk on jim brogan ,seen him a few times, hard as nails, also had a few pints in his pub in coatbridge 👍

September 14, 2020 4:32 pm

Good afternoon all from the Star Bar.

big packy
September 14, 2020 4:34 pm

BRRB, good afternoon, im sitting at the table by the juke box if you want to buy me a pint😍

September 14, 2020 4:35 pm

Life of Riley, who ever he was

September 14, 2020 4:37 pm

After such an emphatic win, it might appear churlish to criticize the team formation used by NL versus RC. Afterall, finally we saw a return to the successful 352 of last season, post Dubai.

The dilemma is that the manager has “givens” that he includes in his team selections regardless of the formation that he uses.

Lets start with the back line of Duffy, Julien and Ajer……three very good players but are they playing in the best arrangement? Yes, I know Duffy played on the right for Brighton but he is the least mobile of the three. Does it not make more sense to switch him into the middle and play Julien on the right? There is the argument that Duffy’s height compensates for Frimpong’s lack of the same, but Julien is not a small man! On the left, Ajer is clearly out of position and that gets exposed from time to time. He does his best and the option there is to bring in somebody who is a natural left footer. I feel sorry for him in that he is being taken away from his natural position in the middle of the park and not allowed to develop into that position. If I were him, I ‘d want out to a club that either played him on the right or in midfield. Would Duffy’s leadership not be better coming from central defence where he can tutor both CBs and not just one? Against RC we were caught by the wide play of RC, especially on our left. Second half, both Calmac and Ajer covered Forrest’s defensive duties much better.

Moving to the five in midfield, NL is facing an embarrassment of riches! On Saturday, Forrest was played out of position on the left when Elyanoussi is more effective from there. How many times were his crosses blocked because he had to switch feet in order to hit a ball into the centre? Elyanoussi is also more comfortable playing more centrally than is Forrest. His feed for Klimala’s goal shows that.

The rest of the midfield enjoyed playing in their appropriate positions with Ntcham playing for a move and excelling. Brown will not be dropped so we might as well get used to that, but even he will admit something has been lost. IMHO Calmac is off the boil at the moment. Gone are the thrusting runs into the box and accurate shooting from range into either corner of the goal. He will always be a difficult player to evaluate because he recycles the ball with short passes and that is essential but easy to overlook its value. Perhaps I am wrong about him. I’d like to see us play without him. Soro could attempt his role and may have to if Leicester get their man.

As for the front two…….Edouard and Ajeti will do fine, if we are able to keep the former. However, I see the games have started to tempt him away. Someone will be sold to cover the transfers in, totalling around 14 million. I suspect that it will be Edouard. If it does happen then the timing will be important because a replacement will be needed……Ajeti, Klimala and Griffiths will not supply enough goals to generate a successful season, especially in Europe.


September 14, 2020 4:40 pm

Jim Brogan who sadly passed away two years ago, used to own Wintergills Pub Great Western Road Kelvinbridge. Had a few great nights in there, he was a hands on owner and loved to pour pints and chat to punters in this Celtic supporters pub. Needless to say there was no need for security or bouncers in Jim’s pub. He was hard as nails and ran a very good pub. Took no prisoners if anyone was foolish enough to step out of line. A lovely man. Remember being in one night on my birthday and he put me up a pint. I thanked him, and he asked my age. I told him, and he replied that on the day I was born, he celebrated his 21st birthday. It was Jim’s birthday too. Sad loss of a great character.

big packy
September 14, 2020 4:44 pm

GARRY, had a few or maybe a good few😍 pints in his pub in coatbridge many moons ago,

September 14, 2020 5:00 pm


I did not know that Jim Brogan owned Wintergills. My brother and I used to go there when I visited from Canada. The live music was great.

Sadly, my brother passed away on April 1 this year.

Good memories of evenings spent there!


September 14, 2020 5:11 pm

I never knew he had a pub in Coatbridge.
I remember talking to him and thinking what an intelligent, articulate man he was. Loved Celtic too. A real good guy.

September 14, 2020 5:14 pm

He bought the pub about 20 years ago. If you were in Wintergills after year 2000, there is a good chance that Jim would be behind the bar.

big packy
September 14, 2020 5:17 pm

GARRY, yes a good few years ago tho, but celtic thru and thru,

cosy corner bhoy
September 14, 2020 5:22 pm

The Real McCoy: Never knew of Zoltan Varga in Scotland and I am 81! Thanks.
The story of this winner is that about 25-30 years ago I sat across from a lady who had umpteen racecourse badges on her handbag whilst returning from a TU conference in Brighton with two other reps and asked her if she coleected them or was a bookie!
She said she was a NH trainer and had stables near Plumpton!!
I have backed lots of her few nags over the years with lots of high price winners and losers!
The highlight was It’s Wallace and It’s. Wallace jnr finishing 1 and 2 at Plumpton I think and CCB getting a tidy return on a R/F tho had the 33/1 come first they couldn’t have paid me😀😀😀

September 14, 2020 6:00 pm

BP good try ya chancer. 😂

big packy
September 14, 2020 6:06 pm


September 14, 2020 6:35 pm

Dear posters,
I sincerely apologize for the recent site issues some were encountering.
Just this afternoon we made two behind the scene tweaks, and one poster who was having issues tells me all is fine now on their end.
If anyone else that was having issues could check how the site runs now for you?
Thanks in advance.
Hail Hail

September 14, 2020 7:05 pm

All good at my end thanks 👍

Bada Bing
September 14, 2020 7:05 pm

Sky running an advert for Sky Sports and BT Sport package….they must be struggling re illegal streams

Awe Naw
September 14, 2020 7:09 pm

So all you boys from the Brig

what’s the low down on Francis Mulholland CBE former Lord Advocate ?

Born 1959 went to St Bernard’s Primary School and Columba High School

big packy
September 14, 2020 7:18 pm

AWE NAW, havent a clue im a st augustines man😎

Bada Bing
September 14, 2020 8:02 pm

Awe Naw- a pal is a PF,who is not a big football fan,speaks very highly of FM

Big Audio Dynamite
September 14, 2020 8:33 pm

Remember, don’t move! 😂

Big Audio Dynamite
September 14, 2020 8:37 pm

The Clash – know your rights

September 14, 2020 8:40 pm

Just to add more confusion to the certainties around the respective abilities of Taylor and Forrest, we have Celtic by Numbers on Twitter stating:-

“Highest Expected Assists (xA) from open play so far this season?

Taylor 0.409

Very small sample but, over 0.4 is Messi/De Bryune territory if repeated over a season etc etc

Just sayin’

Oh, and Forrest is 2nd on 0.398”

September 14, 2020 8:50 pm

Packy, I bought a fridge freezer today.

September 14, 2020 8:52 pm

Then I went to thje pub.