Bear-trap or Clap-trap
In a matter of hours the topic the table clash shall kickoff, and it’s fair to say this one has the potential to be decisive.
A loss today leading to a twenty point gap essentially once goal difference is tallied would surely look to be insurmountable against this opponent.
Yes I’m well aware that we lost the corresponding fixture last year which gave us the infamous camera yell battle cry, and then went on to become champions.
A lot different this year though.
We do face a decent outfit with another year under the belt, who have found their mojo and will fancy exactly the same result as this time last year.
Knowing a break awaits should spur on tired legs and minds, and expecting another behind the scenes implosion to help deliver the title would be very wishful thinking.
Looking at the table and considering the fact we are still unsettled in January, the fact new arrivals don’t tend to get picked never mind help lift the teams level, and the fact we aren’t a good side, means this game becomes a six pointer with victory for the home team the planting of one hand firmly on our title.
The psychological blow of defeat would be huge when allied with what will probably be a furious torrent of anger towards all facets of Glasgow Celtic from the fans.
They will of course know this and aim to nip our title defence in the bud right here and now, safe in the knowledge victory here would probably be job done.
When one adds in the intense media pressure that would be heaped upon Lenny, the fact some always wanted to go, and the aid of the MIBs, it’s hard not to see defeat here being fatal.
After we first fell to them earlier I wrote I feared what could happen at this game, that Lennys tenure could be ended in spectacular fashion by a humping that would see songs birthed.
‘Sacrificed on the Altar of The Old Firm’ is a very deep fear for a man that has not only given so much to the club, but has inner demons to wrestle with.
However, certain changes have somewhat allayed my fears.
Since then we have made two big switches. The duet of Eddy and Griff was unleashed upon the league last January after the break, but this time we have deployed it early and head into this game with it bearing much fruit.
Plus we have a new middle in Soro and Turnbull, kicking ass and taking names they look to be our spine for year’s to come.
Domestically they are the toughest opponents to date for the Ibrox midfield, with relatively little knowledge of their style assembled yet which leaves opposition coaches guessing on how to best them.
Upfront they stroll it with Eddy alone as he drops deep and this helps get their full backs up the pitch as there’s nothing to cover. Our duo should occupy three men tomorrow hopefully with one tasked to drop deeper leaving them susceptible to the over the top pass.
It’s a must win game, so two up top should be a no brainer. Dropping Griff for Moi would see a backlash should anything but victory happen, it’s just too big a gamble and we need to use our main weapons while we can.
They must play.
In goals it’s probably Barkas will start after getting reinstated (harshly imo) but the message to him is clear now,,it’s up to you to step up because your replacement sits right here waiting. Perform or out then gone.
What better way for him to either repay the personal faith shown, or state loudly I am a good keeper than with a sparkling display at the league leaders?
However should he not perform that should be it, Hazard until the end of the season with the Greek shipped.
We also won’t have exposed our young one to a potential crushing defeat keeping his reputation intact, which may well be the end game here.
But, it’s a big big day for Barkas and he is ever going to step up to the plate today would be great timing.
Who’s in front of Barkas is an interesting question? I’m hoping we don’t bring Kris inside but keep him at right back where the other options give me the feart.
So for me Nir will come in alongside Shane and Diego will get the nod on the left. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out Shane will be judged and scrutinized during this game more than any yet, the seeming success of his loan hinges on what type of display we get, but he will have known that.
To Broony or not to Broony is the biggest dilemma. I would like to see him tried out alongside our new midfielders but that leaves the team out of balance with either a left or right winger, or both but one up top. I fear we resort to the latter at Griffs expense, a huge potential mistake I believe.
Considering we just witnessed one of our best performances yet without him, being ruthless there’s simply no place in the starting lineup for the Captain today.
Ryan, Calmac, Soro, Turnbull just like during the week.
The manager wanted to hang on to reach this point, assured us all was under control, and takes his treble winners away for a game with very high stakes.
He wanted this, he’s got it.
It’s put up or shut time.
My team predictions have been awful recently but once again I stick my neck out,,
Prediction,, a neutral or just not a Tim would say home win and the bookies odds reflect that but I’ve seen many a game were we got written off before it only to pull a performance from.somewhere.
A nice relaxing break back to Dubai awaits, so leave it all out on the pitch should be the message. If the middle starts getting sword we have the option of bypassing them if we get our strikers to work hard. And those strikers really have a point to prove, plus competition in Klimala Ajeti who aren’t bad backups at all.
So a plucky draw then. 2 each.
Enjoy the game.
COME ON YOU BHOYS IN GREEN.
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A draw in a six pointer is worth three points effectively. And of little use to us. We need a win,a rare thing at Ne’erday fixtures there.
Win,and they may-in fact,will- start to doubt. They don’t have a strong mentality,and we need to dripfeed their fears. There are no winners in their team,and we have a team full of them-and a team which I hope will later show them “Who’s The Daddy”
Today is a vital game,and a win is essential.
But today has another significance,and I think it is important that we recognise that. Many of us knew people who were there that day. Back then,it could have happened anywhere-and similar circumstances were still happening at other grounds over a decade later. Love St and Hampden in the early 80s spring to mind.
I’m sure we will observe the silence,even in our own homes.
Motherwell for me it was very frightening .
The exit stairs from the old Love Street were steeper than the hill in the old Hovis advert! SOLKITTS and I joined the merry throng at the end of a midweek-I think-game and walked down like everyone else. As we got closer to the bottom of the stairway we realised that the big exit door still had the padlock on,and that meant that ALL of that end was converging on a small space-and no way of stopping that tide of people!
I know the gate wasn’t opened by police or employees,but I can’t be sure how it was done. SOLKITTS might remember what he saw-as he is about 5″ taller than me. My recollection is that a bunch of fans heaved the gate off its hinges,but I neither know nor care.
Hampden was scary mainly because we had our girls with us,and Janefield St was a blur. Tell me more please about Motherwell-I wasn’t there as it is a ground I detest anyway.
Morning Stevie and Mick, Happy New Year Stevie, I hope you’re having a good one. Mick, I hope your solitude has been manageable and enjoyable as far as is possible.
I’m struggling to predict the line up for today but I think no matter what we might see Elhamed return to right back! I’m prepared to be shot down on that one but his physicality is far greater than anyone else we have in that position. Of course, everthing depends on whether Julien is fit or not! Elhamed, Bitton(Julien?), Ajer and Laxalt in front of Barkas.
Our midfield trumps them any day! Davis, Jack, Arfield are very limited but their system allows a bit of freedom. Kamara is a forward thinking player for them but should be no match for our middle. Calmac, Turnbull and Soro should be able to control the game with a high energy press and close-down game – which they have struggled against – to supply Laxalt, Griff, Eddy, Frimpong. Griff and Eddy have shown a lot of desire in the last couple of games and hopefully will continue to improve today.
I think we’ll be up for it today. They’ve had a good season so far, an excellent season if you include their European performances, but mark my words they’re beatable…the games against St Mirren in the Cup and the Hibess have exposed them. Celtic need to exploit the weaknesses. They’ve got no proven winners, Davis and McGregor apart, in their line-up. We have a team full of them. NOW is the time for Celtic to step up and show this mob why we are the team to beat! NOW is the time for this team to step up with pride, in themselves and inus guys who place our faith in them, NOW is the time for Celtic to give back to US who have given them more than they could’ve thought possible.NOW IS YOUR TIME, CELTIC, GET FUCKING IN TO THEM!!!
Now THERE’S a f…..g call to arms if ever I heard one!
Bobby, the worst experience I had was ’88 in the Title winner v Dundee. In the days of imaginitave counting we arrived at Parkheid at 2.25pm, earlier than normal as we knew it’d be busy. Even at that time of day the crowds were fantastic for a fan group notoriously late for every game!!
On arrival we made our way to The Jungle, about 2.35, to find it closed and they had closed the gates to the Jungle and were shepherding fans to the Celtic End gates to the right. It was fecking mobbed by about 2.40!! I vividly remember a mounted police sargeant, he was at Parkheid every week, screaming into his radio and at his colleagues to stop the supporters coming down Janefield St from the Gallowgate. His face was purple from shouting to his colleagues further up and I swear, honestly with everything I have, him and his horse were picked up off the ground as the crowd surged forward. I can’t tell you how frightening it was!
That was the day we beat Dundee 3-0 to win the League. Ona positive note the official crowd was numbered at about 48,000 if I remember correctly…no much difference from then to now wi the Board!!
You 2 bhoys up late
Hey Puff, not too late – it’s only 4.20 am!! Happy New Year, here’s my karaoke offering from last night….
U up dancing last night with the family
That has to be best of the year man on SC
Big Time Puff…it was a great night/morning! Woke up on the couch at 8am by the missus telling me to get to bed! My eldest girl brought her boyfriend down tonight and we put on the Celtic and Rebs. What about this wee tune…
Is he a tim ?
Yeah..Tami Lynn has been a song that I’ve gone back to time and time again!!
His name’s Matthew and his parents are heavily involved wi’ the chapel! He seems like a good guy! Unfortunately he’s not really a fitba guy!! WTF do I know about skateboarding!!
Hehehe … sounds like the perfect young man
Ever aware of other people’s politics I tend to steer clear of posting Rhebs but I love this tune and this version of it…
Aye, perfect if he liked fitba! FFS fitba is everything in my hoose!
Yer completely pumped wee man for the tomorrow
Will you and your bhoy watch it in the hood .
Yeah, just watch it here! What about you, will you be watching it?
I see every game …me and my bhoy
What time’s kickoff…5am?
He gets here20 minutes before kick off and sets up the 70 inch as I make the Tea
4.30 so get up around4
My wife then makes a big breakfast … She loves when Callum visits
Tell me the team for tomorrow
When I went to Arizona to visit my mate the game was 7am kick off. We’d been drinking to 3 in the morning after arriving at 2pm the previous day, a round of golf, a few beers, a bbq then bed at 3.30am. Down to the pub at 6.30 to watch the game, a game of fives at 10am after THREE PINTS of Guiness with coffee and donuts watching the game!! After the third Guinees my wee mate says “Watch what you’re daein McCaff you’re playing 5s in a coupla hoors!! What a life, man! I could easily live like that 🤣🤣🤣
The team for ramorra…
Lots of good looking blonde burdzz in that video McCaff
Blonde Tims Burds you mean!! 🤣🤣🤣
Here’s a wee one for you…
Good night buddy sleep well .
Before ye go, Puff, here’s a wee tune. Sorry, there’s nae burdz in the video…
“The colours that flow through my veins are all Green, White and Gold!!!”
Night night mate! Log into SC during the game and say Howdy!! HH!!
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Morning all and Packy.
Happy ‘New Firm Day’. 🙂 (Thanks PL)
At least I hope it will be happy! I was speaking to Bobby yesterday and we mentioned that Jock Stein once said only a fool would try to predict an Old Firm result. The cliche for many years was that current form goes out the window as an indicator – it would be which team wanted to win the most. Which team was the hungriest.
I hope we’re starvin!
Fool that I am, I predict 3-0 to Celtic! 🙂
No fucking about today Celtic, lets give it everything we have, strain every muscle, run to your legs burn, bleed if necessary, just win. Everyone has written us off and they need to be put back in their boxes. If we manage to win this will be the mother of all victories. We can plant the seeds of doubt today if we turn them over. Get right into them. Im going for 2-0
Today marks the anniversary of the 66 football supporters who went to a match and tragically lost their lives. I’m sure everyone on here will take the time to remember them before kick off. RIP the 66
morning all and jim ,no predictions from me im superstitious 😎lets just say i hope your right jim 👍COYBIG.