Bhoys must brave the battle of Bosnia

Once bitten twice shy ?
After all this time last week I had us hitting three past Riga, but not only that I was convinced we would see the team perform due to being on the European stage.
It was a sloppy scrape by.
Which makes calling this one more interesting.


We now know that the team turned up on Sunday, not Thursday. But still it has turned up and shown an extra gear or two recently. Just in time as my last article said.
So chances of the team showing up tonight?
Well look at the top down.


Just as a mother can look at her child and know tiredness, stress, lack of good food, so can the Celtic support instantly diagnose not only the managers mindset but also his suitability to the task at hand, when the plan fails.
We share that trait with every big club on the globe I believe the gaffers pre game interview was revealing.


We all take different things out of life never mind our team but I tend to believe that during every interview there comes out a message, whether clear or hidden, at the start or the end. In general the managers of most big clubs use such interactions to reinforce their views upon players more often than not.


And so it proved. About five minutes in Lenny got down to the knitty gritty.
” Prepared well”
” Ready to go”
” Approach the game with real intent to win it”
” Look forward to going through hopefully”
We know if he is saying that publicly then it’s a case of ramming home what he is saying privately.
He also mentioned a performance owed by the team to him, perhaps a little pat on the back for being the public shield so far?
But whatever and however you read that interview, it’s clear we are here to win as what other choice does a do it die game present?
We will see how the night goes would have been totally the wrong approach. Sounds like Lenny is drumming home we will win this to his troops.


So of course you will make your own mind up but there’s a good case in my humble opinion to have a bit of faith tonight.
Neil and more specifically this team are not known for repeat poor performances,, one loss doesn’t signal the beginning of a bad run with this Lennys Celtic but more or less guarantees a kick back of sorts. Very old school but a good team always trains a bit harder, puts in a bit extra, and makes sure that after a poor performance you put on a show.
Aye we turned up against Hibs, a Hibs that Lenny pointed out are a good team, but we need to correct Riga.


Neil knows how much Europe means to the fans and club in general, so after a scrape by against a lesser light he will be demanding a statement performance.
He has some cards to play in that respect.


For starters we just seen Mo and Frimpong get selected based on their form plus Turnbull put in a good subs performance essentially immitating Ryans role.
This tells me Neil is receptive to fitting in his best players and will reward good application and results.
Players love to know this, some need to.


So once again it stands to reason that we have players playing to catch the eye, to grab the jersey for a while. Not all positions but some.
James being out has lead to young Frimpers again grabbing the chance, but tonight offers what I think is THE big one in that if he is instrumental to success, let’s face it he is staying in. Lenny ain’t that in love with James and especially not during make or break season.
So wee Frimpong is one good game tonight away from staying in first team, and will see that pathway.
Expect him to shine.
Mo also is in a similar situation with his quality undoubted but his best position still to be discovered.
There’s one clear answer for him, make himself undroppable and the easiest way to do that is catch the eye hopefully via assists or getting on the score sheet, much like the weekend.


One other notable was Lennys insistance that no players where going, no first teamers anyway. This presents the players in question with a choice. Go through tonight and the season takes on a hell of a lot more interest PLUS now you are in the continents eyeballs while your price is depreciating.
Playing and being seen on a big stage is the best way to earn the big move, so it’s really in some players interest to put in a shift whilst in the continent.
Basically it’s hard to make a case it’s not in EVERYBODIES best interests to get through to the group stages.


Those who may subscribe to the no Europe less distractions dream will wail when a vital player is “sacrificed” to ensure the balance of books while that left back Lenny or the club has been pursuing since Calmac failed there still hasn’t arrived, nor will he if there’s no group stage. That’s just my opinion and nothing more.


Our opponents have faced no one of note and just got beaten by Brest. I see zero reasons to be fearful or expect a reversal. The gaffers subliminal messages just reinforced that.
We came to do a job, show up and we will go through.


I have no problem with team being sent out to win, zero and for many Hoops it’s simply what we do!
However Eastern European teams are known for their technical skills and their battling qualities plus the partisan crowd, thank the Lord that’s not an issue.


So, they are home but not at home, and we need to win plus have found a bit of form.
After last week I should learn caution, but I just get the feeling there’s a team bursting to win, players busting a gut to be involved, plus a manager urging them on knowing wins breed confidence.
Beating teams whilst not at top stride is generally regarded as a mark of quality, so in that respect we are looking good.
An away victory, we brave this battle of Bosnia 2 zip.


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October 1, 2020 7:45 am

I have been stunned too many times watching Celtic lose in Europe. I always watch and hope to the last kick of the ball but my heart has been broken too many times to get excited about europe

Celtic Champs Elect
October 1, 2020 7:49 am

Good morning all COYBIG


Have you heard this wee cover what’s your thoughts

October 1, 2020 8:41 am

Good Morning all
Here’s hoping for a good evening COYBIG.

Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 8:48 am

Not overly bothered about anything outside of winning the league this year, but, having said that, I will still be screaming at the telly and praying (To no one in particular) that the Bhoys triumph. My hope for tonight? If they score 3, score 4!

Just win Celtic!

Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 8:52 am

Ian Brown – Keep what ya got

Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 8:54 am

Radiohead – I might be wrong–Dhu11M

Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 8:56 am

Glasgow’s Green and White! 💚🍀

October 1, 2020 9:10 am

Morning bhoys/ghirls
Here’s hoping for a good performance and result tonight.
For those doing the score predictor please be aware that 4 games kick off tomorrow night at 7.45.
Also who gets most points over weekend will receive a free£5 scorecast bet on the hun game.

A thing of beauty
October 1, 2020 9:12 am

I feel in the last few days I have entered a parallel universe. Happy clappy, everything’s rosy because Lenny says so. He’s been saying everything’s rosy since the start of the season so I wouldn’t be taking his word for it. I know what I’m watching and have watched since the season started. I hope we go through but I don’t expect us to go through and that says it all.

October 1, 2020 9:55 am

Brilliant morning tunes.
Radiohead got me going.
Looking forward to watching tonight’s match. Any victory in any manner will do.

Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 10:12 am

Sun is shinning …Celtic are winning …tunes are good!

Enjoy, mate 🍀


Big Audio Dynamite
October 1, 2020 11:01 am

Jeez, I’m in danger of being relegated from the predictor league. 😊

October 1, 2020 1:22 pm


That’s a scary article!

October 1, 2020 1:28 pm


I think I’ll be watching this one from behind the settee. I always expect Celtic to win-it’s wired into my DNA-but the closer we get to kick off,the more that reality-and therefore doubt and trepidation-come creeping up on me.

I’m not as pessimistic about our chances as ATHINGOFBEAUTY for instance,but suffice to say that I’ll be glad to see the back of these qualifiers. Hopefully it will be the last time for a while that we are subjected to them,it’s a horrible way to start a season.

October 1, 2020 2:42 pm

A very percipient article Awe Naw, in fact somewhat on the scary side as BMCUWP said.
Hope the Celts restore some faith this evening.

Awe Naw
October 1, 2020 3:00 pm
October 1, 2020 3:41 pm


Blinkin’ flip,you’ve really got me worried now!

big packy
October 1, 2020 4:15 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, no predictions just beat them celtic,, was driving past aldi there, guy with a trolley full of groceries waiting for a taxi, got a lovely mask on with the rangers logo on the front of it, nearly ran him over, but felt sorry for him ,FFS he was an old guy in his sixties, ill be that age one day😍😍

big packy
October 1, 2020 4:29 pm

JIM, your times up, get on here ,or it will be another true story,😍

October 1, 2020 4:37 pm


Shameful,mate. You could have given him a lift.

big packy
October 1, 2020 4:43 pm

BOBBY, yes into the mersey 😍😍

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 1, 2020 4:49 pm

Bad news up here In Kilwinning! Message from Irvine CSC….Club closed due confirmed case Covid19 for 14 days😟

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 1, 2020 4:54 pm

Which team shows up tonight? That is the question. The answer has to be well balanced outfit from back to front or we will be struggling.
Always look for a win by Celtic it never EXPECT it..well hardly ever.The only way to survive 77 years of watching them….that’s if PaddysMaw can get her. ST to work.

Cosy Corner Bhoy
October 1, 2020 4:54 pm

VST obviously 🙄

October 1, 2020 4:57 pm


Bad news indeed,but be grateful it will be open for the 17th.

October 1, 2020 4:59 pm


Any problem with the VST,Ill send you your own details and try to find a stream for it.

nana moskourki C,sc
October 1, 2020 5:02 pm


big packy
October 1, 2020 5:10 pm

BOBBY/ COSY CORNER BHOY, talking about covid ,we are in local lockdown here from saturday, still dont know what we can and cant do, feckin shambles,

Awe Naw
October 1, 2020 5:13 pm

The groups after pot three
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar
Group F: Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv
Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig

October 1, 2020 5:21 pm

CCE 7.49.
Very good, indeed.
There is one bit, when the camera hones in on Bruce and you get the impression he was desperate to get on the stage and join in.
Thanks for puting link up.

Billy Bhoy
October 1, 2020 5:25 pm

Big Packy

You’ve just reminded me of a wee joke I read ages ago on a blog.

A Celtic fan is driving along in a van when he sees his local priest walking along so he stops and gives him a lift. A few hundred yards later he sees a Rangers fan walking along and decides to play a trick on the Priest.

“Watch this Father” he says, and accelerates along the road and makes as it to swerve towards the Rangers fan before at the last second swerving away from him. However, there’s a loud bang and when he looks in his rear view mirror the hun is rolling along the ground. “Christ, I hit him Father!” But the Priest replies ” No, you were going to miss him son, till I opened the door! ”

Well, it made ME laugh!

A wee stressbuster ahead of the game tonight.

I’ve been telling myself for the past week that I’m not really bothered about Europe this year – as it’s all about The Ten – but as usual as the game gets closer……….

I just hope it we go through Sevco do too. I’d worry if they dropped out and we made it as we’d be playing catch up every Sunday and would probably have three games in hand until 2021.

big packy
October 1, 2020 5:29 pm

BILLY BHOY 😍 yes stressbuster indeed, just lets hope the good ghuys win😍

October 1, 2020 5:31 pm


Like it!

October 1, 2020 5:48 pm

Billy Bhoy
If we get through tonight
We will still probably have 3 games in hand come January.
It will definitely be two because of cup semi and if we win that, then we will be 3 games behind them, come January, whether or not they qualify tonight.

October 1, 2020 5:50 pm

Ferencvaros might not be wishing they had lost to us,but here’s their group.

Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencvaros


Bada Bing
October 1, 2020 6:01 pm

Barkas; Bitton, Duffy, Ajer, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Frimpong, Christie, Elyounoussi, Edouard



Subs: Bain, Jullien, ElHamed, Turnbull, Ntcham, Griffiths, Klimala

October 1, 2020 6:04 pm

My predicted team, now my predicted score pls

October 1, 2020 6:09 pm


Let’s hope we have a fully motivated team,particularly Eddie!

Awe Naw
October 1, 2020 6:30 pm

Two nuns from Glasgow, Sister Bridgette and Sister Bernadette, are travelling through Europe in their car.

They get to Transylvania and are stopped at a traffic light.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, a tiny little Dracula jumps onto the bonnet of the car and hisses through the windshield.

‘Aw naw!’ shouts Sister Bridgette, ‘Whit are we gonnae dae?’

‘Turn the windshield wipers oan. That’ll get ridda the abomination.’ says Sister Bernie.

Sister Bridgette switches them on, knocking Dracula about, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.

‘Whit am Ah gonnae dae noo?’ she shouts.

‘Switch oan the windshield washer. Ah filt it up wi Holy Water at the Vatican ‘ says Sister Bernie.

Sister Bridgette turns on the windshield washer.

Dracula screams as the water burns his skin, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.

‘It didnae wurk, whit’ll Ah dae?’ shouts Sister Bridgette.

‘Show him yer cross,’ says Sister Bernie.

‘Aye, that’s whit tae dae,’ says Sister Bridgette.

She opens the window and shouts, ‘Get the feck aff the feckin’ car ya wee basturt or Ah`ll boot yer baws.’

October 1, 2020 6:49 pm

That the team for me. I like it.

October 1, 2020 6:51 pm


Ten Hail Marys for that one!

October 1, 2020 7:01 pm

Keep it tight first 15.

October 1, 2020 7:01 pm

Come on Bhoys

October 1, 2020 7:03 pm

Evening all, C’mon the Hoops!!
These early Euro games are a nightmare for us. Only a fool would attempt to predict the outcome… Celtic to win 2-0!🤔😉🤞

Awe Naw
October 1, 2020 7:06 pm

Moved to Arena 5 guys due to the Tennis