Celtic 2 – 1 Motherwell

We’ve all heard of “A game of two halves”,of course. Well,Saturday wasn’t that so much as a half of two halves following on from a half of one-way traffic. Anyone who hasn’t been paying attention this season would still be wondering how Celtic came so close to throwing away a well-deserved and straightforward stroll in the park,only to come out of it by the skin of our teeth thanks to a last gasp clearance-literally as the ball was about to cross the line-from Diego Laxalt.
Blinkin’ flip,I’ve certainly been paying attention and even I’m still shocked at how quickly we went from total control to total disarray! Yesterday could have been our season in microcosm,bar the fact that we actually won. But for all that we looked terrific at times in the first 75% of the match,we were hiding behind the settee for the rest of it. Despite the fact that this should have been a comfortable victory long before the wheels began to come off.
The team lined up looking strong enough,Ajer and Welsh continuing at the back with a full back on either side. We had Broonie,CalMac,Rogic and Turnbull in the middle and that looked like a fairly balanced midfield too. Up front,Ajeti and Eddie were given the chance to continue from Tuesday-but they look too often like two strikers rather than a partnership if truth be told. Having said that,it didn’t take us too long to go in front,with Stephen Welsh opening his account for the club with a smart header from a DT corner planted right on his napper after only two minutes.
It’s always a pleasure to see a young fella scoring his first goal for the club,and his smile was as broad as The Clyde! And we proceeded to build on that advantage in every way that mattered except the scoresheet! Both full-backs were firing the ball across goal,only to see it just evade a final touch every time,or that the Well keeper was having one of those days. Eddie missed narrowly from a header that he would have scored last season,DT was firing from range and even Kenny had a shot parried away by the keeper. One way traffic summed up the first half-except that maybe “Could’ve have done wi a couple more” would be a better description!
Still,the second did’t wait too long before arriving a few minutes into the second half. Awell-worked move saw CalMac,Taylor and Eddie link up before the ball got played to Eddie on the edge of the area. For once,faced with a wall of defenders in front of him,he chose not to try to tiptoe through the tulips and just fired it low to the bottom corner. Moments of sublime brilliance like this remind us of just how good a player we have in him. Sadly,they only serve to remind us of how good a player he should have been a damned sight more often this season. There won’t be much room on his highlights reel for 20/21,I’m afraid to say.
We carried on in much the same vein for about twenty minutes or so,DT having one touched over by the keeper,Ajeti missing poorly with a header etc-and then,as I said,the wheels came off. It might be more accurate though to point out that the substitutes came on! That’s not to say that the substitutes were to blame,more that the substitutions,the reasons behind them,were. Motherwell managed to fluke one via a deflection which looped over Bain,and to be fair,they had been looking a bit more up for things for a few minutes by then. On came Griff for a frankly disappointing Ajeti,but Griff did nothing at all in the time he was on the pitch. This was followed by the arrival of Soro for Broonie and Laxalt for Taylor. Nothing much wrong with that-except that we had already surrendered the midfield,so taking off Rogic-who had played well when we were in control-and giving Broonie and Soro a chance to both shore up the middle and to play together for a change would have been the call. Either way,I don’t think we got up the park again!
This was turning into desperate stuff,and while I don’t blame Bain for the goal,his performance after it certainly didn’t inspire confidence. When was the last time a Celtic keeper clearly screamed-“MINE!!!!!”-when a cross came into the box? I think it must be another four letter word they use-cos I know I do. No wonder my hair is grey-the only surprise is that I’ve got any left.
Actually,another surprise is that we didn’t fold completely-even if much of that is down to the last gasp clearance for Laxalt,who clearly wasn’t for giving up on one of them lesser spotted win bonus things that he’d been promised four months ago!
We move onto midweek with one of those rare things,a weekend which saw us reduce the chasm in the table. We must be thankful for small mercies,I suppose. Motherwell can probably consider themselves unfortunate not to have taken a point-but they can certainly think themselves lucky that they won’t have one and maybe two players suspended for their next games,thanks to the referee applying the laws in that usual selective fashion. One of which in particular beggared belief. Celtic,natch,will say nothing.
Above article by BMCUWP

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February 8, 2021 8:41 am

Seems we all dreamt that assault on Soro-or maybe the BBC camera crew went home early or summat. They certainly ignored it during their highlights shows. Yet they weren’t slow to hang Broonie out to dry on Tuesday night over sod all-they did everything bar don the black cap for that figment of their imagination.

February 8, 2021 8:48 am

Morning Bobby
Good summary. Same old, same old – pummelling opposition teams but failing to score. Eddie really needs to lay off the ball more rather than running into cul de sacs (sic) and being closed down and subsequently losing possession. But, we will miss him when he goes, no doubt about that.

February 8, 2021 8:51 am

It was ever thus, but of course that doesn’t make it acceptable. I could tear my hair out at the thought of the MIBs, if only I had much of of it left…

Jobo Baldie
February 8, 2021 8:57 am

We reduced the chasm to 21 points with 2 games in hand. Win all our remaining games, including the 2 Glasgow Derbies and we would still be 9 adrift. Obviously the league is gone. But minimising the gap at the top AND removing this notion of them having an invincible league season is still something we should be aiming to do. Onto Paisley on Wednesday night for no doubt another tough encounter.

February 8, 2021 9:04 am


Put the pressure on them,see what happens. At the moment,all Celtic can do is keep winning,anything less just makes that lot’s job easier.

February 8, 2021 9:05 am


The gap is big enough that the MIBS surely no longer need to bother-except,well,see my reply to JOBO!

They aren’t taking any chances,that’s for sure.

February 8, 2021 10:17 am

Clancy gave us a clue when he said the ref’s knew how important this season was!
Knowing the mssm would gloss over honest mistakes combined with no VAR the refs were aware their cheating would be concealed.
I said going for ten was always going to be like this but our board and coach contributed most to how it has gone.

February 8, 2021 10:35 am

Good match summary. Have to disagree with you saying you don’t blame Bain for the goal. I totally blame him for it. Think he is a very average goalkeeper. We should have been 4 or 5 ahead though, before the Well goal. The reason we were not, is down to poor delivery into the box, and poor finishing yet again.
The reason the final 15 minutes were unnecessarily nervy, was down to our poor levels of fitness. Motherwell ended the match, the stronger, fitter looking team. Not for the first time this season either, have the opposition looked stronger and fitter than us.
We appear to have a whole bunch of 60 minute players. That is unforgivable in any sport.
Why do all our players look as though they are blowing out their arses after 60/70 minutes?
Lack of conditioning should not be a trait of any Celtic player. This is down to the individual, and our coaching staff. Unacceptable in my book.

February 8, 2021 10:44 am

The fitness and stamina issue is ridiculous for a professional club.
Heads should role for such.
Not surprised as players often reflect the entire club where our directors and coaches are lazy.
Neil has shown no appetite for the modern game and is resting on his laurels from a bygone era.
Plus the constant like for like substitutions around 70 minutes when our opponents have altered tactics is contributing to us struggling to see out games.

February 8, 2021 11:09 am

Fan a Tic
Absolutely spot on.
I am looking forward to watching tonight’s match between Leeds and Palace.
The fitness levels of Bielsa’s Leeds United team, truly put us to shame.

February 8, 2021 12:15 pm

Not sure what to think of VAR. Where it has been introduced it is still controversial. Not full proof. (Fool proof in Scotland).

However, even if it cleared up only 25% of potentially dodgy decisions it would be worth it. It could be a deterrent. Having it in the background could give the refs. pause for thought, unlike now. And the SMSM might be forced into covering controversial decisions that they conveniently overlook at the moment.

The biggest danger I see is the jobsworths who look at the decisions live on screen. Will they be retired members of the brotherhood?

I would use foreigners.

February 8, 2021 12:30 pm

League update 8/02/21.


McCaff.. 2pts..95
Jobo.. 5pts..18

Well done on Bmcwp on highest points(14) which cuts bada’s lead to 13pts.

Also well done ccb who got 11points without playing one if his joker cards..

Plenty of time left to win..

Midweek fixtures wed.10/02/21
Watch out for early kick offs…



St Mirren20:00Celtic
Good luck 


February 8, 2021 12:28 pm

February 8, 2021 12:54 pm

I would use foreign refs.
Might be difficult now though, due to Brexit.

February 8, 2021 12:59 pm

Garry, I’d be happy with English & Welsh refs.!

February 8, 2021 1:12 pm



February 8, 2021 1:14 pm


Enjoy the Superbowl?

February 8, 2021 1:16 pm


Thanks for the update,mate. If I’d known there were only four games on,I wouldn’t have used a joker-still can’t see what happened to the other two,no mention of postponements.

February 8, 2021 1:18 pm


There are two things counting against VAR being implemented in Scotland.IMO.

First,there is how badly it seems to have been implemented elsewhere. Second of course is the malevolent influence of Scottish referees.

Bada Bing
February 8, 2021 1:21 pm

CELTIC prospect Vincent Angelini is wanted by AC Milan and Manchester United.



The 17-year-old keeper is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set to quit the club.



A goalkeeper believe it or not…….

February 8, 2021 1:22 pm


No, turned it off at half time. I was hoping for a classic but the ref’s (as usual) ruined it.
Kansas have been a very physical/close contact defense all season but got punished nearly every play in 2nd Qrt which handed the game to Tampa. Enjoyed the bevvy though 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺


February 8, 2021 1:26 pm


Gonna be struggling for goalies in the youths next season. You should get yourself “cut off at the knees,and an acne transplant” and get up to Lennoxtown!

February 8, 2021 1:46 pm

I am sure last weekend was due to be Scottish Cup weekend, and it was changed, allowing games in hand to be played.

February 8, 2021 1:48 pm

Yes a goalie, and Davie Hay’s grandson.

February 8, 2021 1:50 pm

It was a full card at the weekend..

February 8, 2021 1:51 pm

Cameron Harper also heading back to the US on freedom of contract. Strange things happening in the youth set up🙄

February 8, 2021 2:01 pm


Bloody BBC scores page not showing them. Found them now.

big packy
February 8, 2021 2:05 pm

if there was a party at my late uncle bills house in liverpool in the70s he would sing this song to the tune of were no awa tae bide awa, oh we hate bill shankly and we hate st john but most of all we hate big ron and we;ll hang the kopites one by one from the banks of the royal blue mersey, but not before he sung this, oh they come from bonnie scotland they come from county cork they come from dear old donegal and even from new york from every street in glasgow they proudly make their way to a place that they call paradise and this is what they say aye its celtic celtic thats the team for me celtic celtic on to victory their the finest team in scotland i hope that you agree we;ll never give up till weve won the cup and the scottish football league,he started following everton,when he moved down there, but celtic was in his heart,sad thing is when he died in 1996 he wanted his ashes buried at parkhead or if not goodison park, both clubs refused, so he is up there at bedlay cemetery in moodiesburn with my grandad,H.H.

February 8, 2021 2:14 pm

An interesting wee clip five-simple-ways-to-sharpen-your-critical-thinking
Or as it should be called ‘Timternet debates 101’


February 8, 2021 2:31 pm

Celtic to meet with The Trust on 17th Feb

February 8, 2021 2:41 pm

I know you have a keen interest in Elon Musk.
The times are a changing.
Tesla Inc. invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and signaled its intent to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment, sending prices to a new record after the vote of confidence from the electric-car market leader.

The Palo Alto, California-based manufacturer said in a filing Monday it made the bet on Bitcoin after updating its investment policy last month to allow the company to invest in digital assets as well as gold bullion and gold exchange-traded funds.

“We expect to begin accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for our products in the near future, subject to applicable laws and initially on a limited basis,” Tesla said in the securities filing.

The leading electric-car maker’s embrace of Bitcoin lends increased legitimacy to electronic currencies, which have become more of a mainstream asset in recent years despite skepticism from some. The embrace of a digital currency fits the maverick image of Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, who upended the automotive industry with battery-powered vehicles and disrupted the equities market with the stock’s ascension to the blue chip S&P 500 index last year.

February 8, 2021 2:41 pm

Celtic to meet with The Trust on 17th Feb
Will it be the CST committee or David Low on his own meeting his mates?🤔

Asking for a friend CSC

February 8, 2021 2:42 pm

Bitcoin surges to a new record above $43,000 after news of Tesla’s investment https://t.co/OUXG0JZLjK https://t.co/vMeXTrD6Xw

February 8, 2021 2:48 pm

Has the industrial washing machine broken down in the Ibrox Laundry? 😜

February 8, 2021 2:56 pm

Afternoon all, no argument from me on your match analysis Bobby, only thing i’d add is Bain and Lennon should plan to car share to the job centre. I looked out the window at 6.30am to almost artic blizzard conditions, gave it till 8.30 and headed back to bed (brrrr). I guess the steady procession of emperor penguins 🐧 🐧 🐧 going by my window made me decide I wasn’t going to work this morning . So it’s been a..


February 8, 2021 3:09 pm

This is an excellent read from Celtic Underground.
Nails it, for me.


February 8, 2021 3:21 pm

JNP i read that last night, not a lot to argue with in the piece

February 8, 2021 3:43 pm

Calton Tongues
Was no surprise the way the refs acted in the Super Bowl .
A declining sport saw an opportunity to revive attention and Brady was their Mark McGuire/Sammy Sosa moment.
Once tv and advertising revenue got involved all pretense of sport ended.
Look at the greed being displayed by UEFA and large market clubs who have an unquenchable lust for more profit?
The refereeing in the Champions league has ensured that only big market teams reach the final.
All refs know erring on the side of profit is a wise career choice.
Sport does not exist in it’s true meaning in the modern televised world.

UK /spɔːt/ US /spɔːrt/
sport noun (GAME)

a game, competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill that is played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job:

February 8, 2021 4:22 pm

The second half(a bit on) Motherwell were finding there men with 20 yard passes,this is a constant especially in Europe we don’t have any structure or the players to follow it.

February 8, 2021 5:13 pm

Fairhill Bhoy is this you up at Drumpellier?
🏌️‍♂️ https://t.co/2PGNjmgAw9

February 8, 2021 5:25 pm

For anyone interested, Bayern Munich v Al Ahly on BBC red button at 6pm. Club World Cup semi final.

February 8, 2021 6:21 pm

One morning Joan says to Big Packy ‘our dogs are very clever, every morning one of them brings in the newspaper’.
Big Packy replies ‘ It’s not that smart, loads of dogs do that’.
Joan says back ‘Aye but we don’t get a paper delivered!’.

big packy
February 8, 2021 6:41 pm

HI JIM, how you keeping pal, you are correct dont get a paper delivered, dont get milk delivered, when i was living in glenboig i used to deliver the green citizen and the pink times on a saturday at mr sneddons paper shop, and also deliver milk for mr dunlop at his farm, both huns by the way😎 changed times.H.H.

February 8, 2021 6:43 pm

Same here Packy, used to deliver the Citizen & Times. The Citizen was by far the most popular.

big packy
February 8, 2021 6:45 pm

JIM, cant remember how much i got paid, a florin i think, maybe wrong,😎😎

big packy
February 8, 2021 6:52 pm

JIM, ASWGL was in the same class as me at st augustines, we used to share the saturdays delivering the milk ,because we wanted to see the celtic playing,,another true story😎

big packy
February 8, 2021 6:53 pm

JIM, do you want a real true story,????

February 8, 2021 6:54 pm

Go for it Packy! 🙂

Bada Bing
February 8, 2021 6:55 pm

‘ I analyse performances, I don’t analyse results ‘



John Collins on Shortbread 5 minutes ago,



No thanks for any role at Celtic Park, full of his simplistic, utopian thoughts, only interested in himself.