Act Ange!

First of congratulations must go out to Kyogo Furuhashi for his dream full debut for the bhoys. He looks a player, a snip at that price, and as one poster said ‘did more in ten minutes than Eduoard has done all season’.
I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this special talent we’ve bagged.We were told life under Ange would be a rollercoaster, so we really shouldn’t complain after a six goal European thriller. Well done Kyogo, keep that up and we shall make many happy memories together.


Onto the game and those who had predicted kamikaze football didnt have a special night but they got their moments. Theres no need for us to recap the events, there were many truly insightful post match comments offering analysis.
The manager has no such luxury, he must pour over past efforts, and won’t know which voices and opinions to truly value yet.


If theres one word I would not associate with the gaffer its stupid. He’s just tucked his first competitive win under his belt seeing his team hit their highest goal tally of the season, and a lot of that can be laid at his door.
The new look front three was a joy to behold at times. It had movement and pace, vision and intent, youth and experience. The two wingers are clearly allowed or instructed to hit the box when we are attacking in the final third, and its more than evident both strikers love a goal, or an assist if its on. Furuhashi showed brains and a beautiful first touch, Abada just seems to get on the end of things coming into the box and totally smashes the ball which will often bring goals in and of itself, and the question of James being happy on the left has been answered with a resounding yes because he can shoot from that right foot a lot more, and he has a good shot.


It works, or at least worked, and its on Ange now never to return to the past regarding our attackers. Its notable Odsonne wasnt busting a gut to score in the box when presented with a cameo, another playing for a contract here or elsewhere is putting him to shame in that department. Lets move Odsonne on, and use the funds to strengthen our new look attacking trident. You cant ask for more than a goal each but they will get injuries, and due to the fact we have a sieve at the back, outscoring the opposition currently becomes a very realistic game plan.
Ange’s best plan actually.


He showed pragmatism and an early ability to learn on the job by dropping playing it out from the back , something most very welcome. The experience just signed may prove a masterstroke, Joe should help mend the sieve and was unlucky his save got deflected in for their second.
Its clear Ange isnt stupid, hes actually fixing mistakes of his making and not of his making while hitting upon an exciting attacking formula that we actually have the players to carry out with deadly effect.
All within a couple of games. Thats impressive.


Yet the sieve risks throwing away all our good play up the field. Its that bad it must become a priority situation from boardroom down. Ange must show some of that pragmatism he has already displayed. Murray and Welsh without Joe Hart held a much better Danish side to two goals away from home, the second in the 94th minute, which is looking more impressive by the day. Midfielder gets placed at the heart of the defence and bada boom we ship four goals in two games with a comedy of errors highlight reel own goal from said player, who really cant be blamed and did help the cause with an assist.
A blind man can tell we need actual defenders at the rear, not stopgaps.
That experiment must end, and ending it would gain the manager some kudos, and reassure everyone involved that we are all on the same page.
Whether Murray, Welsh, a loanee, I dont really care, bring one in and stick with him for a while.


This really has become a large issue, and Ange will be heavily judged on his response to our defensive woes. Persist and he is one defeat away from big questions and confidence possibly wobbling.
Lenny stuck his head in the sand and blamed the players, never the system or the man who picked those players.
The knowledge Ange see’s the same as us when it’s not working, and so reacts to address the issue at hand, would be a breath of fresh air and see confidence in him rise.
This really should be a no brainer for the Greek Australian. There’s no defense for that same defense anymore.
With the attack working, and the extra guile of McCarthy at our disposal, its clearly time to fix that leaky sieve.
With Ibrox looming, pick Starfelts new partner and keep playing him with the immediate aim of clean sheets before the derby clash.
Nir Bitton MUST NOT start that game, or Ange risks losing more than three points that day.


By Mahe. Happy Friday folks.

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A thing of beauty
August 6, 2021 7:00 am

Agree with all that. You can’t play Bitton at ibrox so therefore start his partner now and let them gel as you say. Not sure why Welsh has fell out of favour. He’s not the answer and I’d like a LEFT sided defender brought in but he’s a better choice than Bitton. Him and Ralston in our defence will cost us continuously.

August 6, 2021 7:37 am

Good Morning all. Good summary Mahe. A decent result away from home in Europe, what’s not to like. But, but, the defence… Enjoyed the forward play, and should have scored another 2 or 3 at least, however the most important aspect is to sort out the rearguard – positioning, anticipation, height and pace will help. Not so sunny on the silvery Tay this dreich morning in Dundee.

August 6, 2021 7:56 am

It’s clear our defence is a work in process. Shouldn’t happen, but it does, nearly every season. This year is different, IF the defenders signed are 1st team ready. The transfer chitchat indicates we are still pursuing further signings; we need them 1st team ready too.
It’s too early to make judgements on the new players, or on Ange. The early signs for Ange are encouraging IMO.

saltires en Sevilla
August 6, 2021 7:58 am

Happy Friday Mahe

Probably no matter what we do with regard to fixing the back line and personnel, it seems we will be shipping more goals than usual.

We better get used to 4/3 4/2 etc.

We will see shape shifting and contortions aplenty.

Those gaps are going to be part of life ..hoping the scintillating forward play compensates.

August 6, 2021 8:35 am

Whilst the attacking three enjoyed a very good return, you have to factor in the limited quality of the opposition.
The Czechs were very poor. On that showing relegation fodder in the SPFL.
The front three are very lightweight and don’t appear too robust. Industrial tackling which is allowed in Scotland, but punished in Europe(Halliday as prime example) means we’ll need to rotate our attackers a lot. If possible get shot of OE and even Ajeti if buyers are interested and bring in players who fit the system. MJ will compliment our strikers but his injury record is not great. Another couple are definitely required

The case for the defence is clear. A no nonsense ball winner with aerial ability at CB and a RB with an engine. An upgrade at LB would be a welcome addition.
Greg is an honest trier but needs serious competition.

St tams
August 6, 2021 8:47 am

Can’t disagree with any of that Mahe, especially the part about Bitton.
I’m sick of continually talking about this guy.
A left sided centre half is required immediately.
Or things will not improve.

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 8:58 am

Ali McCann had a great game for St Johnstone last night, one to consider, great energy for 90 minutes, all over the pitch.

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 9:01 am

Really should have played the game out at 3-1,losing a goal with Ralston AWOL, looked amateurish

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 9:10 am

I could see Messi reducing his salary demands and staying at Barca

Hot Smoked
August 6, 2021 9:11 am

Tell the truth,yer a closet Red.”

Red certainly,closet certainly not !

Nothing happens in a vacuum and every force has an equal and opposite reaction. So, if we play more defensively, we attack less.
I accept that with better players in defence, we could have the best of both worlds but whilst we have what we have, I will accept the fact that I will be nervous watching most of our games but hoping/expecting that we will score more than the opposition.

Just a thought. Would Leigh Griffiths score a barrowload in this new Celtic team?
PS I really liked that strip last night and, sacrilege I know, but I would rather we used that as our Home kit and kept the Hoops for special occasions.

Hot Smoked
August 6, 2021 9:12 am


The speech marks resulted in red type again !!

Prestonpans bhoys
August 6, 2021 9:17 am

New season ticket card just arrived, for those of you going next Thursday I would take both old and new, I mean what could possibly go wrong😵

Hot Smoked
August 6, 2021 9:22 am

One more comment before I have to go.
I think Nir Bitton is a truly class act .I totally accept that he is not a defender in the accepted sense of the word ( or any sense of the word, really !)but playing just in front of the defence he offers,IMO, that important ability to turn defence into attack.Also, further up the field, he has the ability to thread passes to goal-scoring forwards. I would never play him in a back four but he would almost always be in my team.
Cheerio for now.

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 9:23 am

La Liga will change their rules, they can’t afford to lose him

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 9:26 am

PB- not sure where your seat is

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St tams
August 6, 2021 9:26 am

If Bitton is such a class act. Why has he never been a regular in midfield in 9 years.

St tams
August 6, 2021 9:27 am

It’s all about opinions

August 6, 2021 9:27 am

Hot Smoked
You cannot be serious.
Whatever it is you’re smoking you should stop.

Truly class act is reserved for top quality players who perform week in week out.
NB is a workhorse, towing a cart, who has the very occasional 7/10 game.

Henrik was a truly class act.

Some perspective please.

Prestonpans bhoys
August 6, 2021 9:38 am


I’m in the north curve not in any relocated area

A thing of beauty
August 6, 2021 9:38 am

That was so funny. Sorry Hot Smoked, I know your moniker relates to the part of the world you come from but describing Bitton as a class act made me think it was related to some kind of strong weed that would make our Garry dizzy. 😂😂

August 6, 2021 9:55 am


I figured out he’s a Smokies man but the opportunity was too good to miss. No offence intended.

As St Tams said it is all about opinions, just some opinions leave you gobsmacked.

Funnily enough he’s the only CQN/ Sentinel contributor I have met, I think.
Good company on a train journey many years ago. After a Ne’er day home game.

Jobo Baldie
August 6, 2021 10:19 am

Good (late) morning, friends from a grey and wet East Kilbride. 3 more sleeps and then I get released from my self isolation back into the wild. But at least for these final 3 days, being the weekend, I may have some company in the evenings with my good friends, beer and wine 😉
Back to last night’s game but, pre-match, how many of us were thinking ‘I’d take a 1-0 right now’. Losing sloppy goals plays mind games, because I’d have taken a 1 nil so I’m doubly pleased to have been given a 4-2. In the next few games it’ll almost be about trying to condition my self with the expectation that we are likely to lose a goal or two. So we need to take every opportunity for scoring ourselves. remember, ew scored 4 last night yet missed the best 2 chances – Turnbull in the first 5 minutes and Kyogo’s blast over the bar. 6-2 would have been a better reflection.
Today’s Stay At Home highlights include some lunchtime Olympic finals – mens 500m (1.00), womens 1500m (1.50) and an evening Championship game, Bournemouth v West Brom at 7.45.
Let me out, let me out……………..

St tams
August 6, 2021 10:23 am

I was trying to be diplomatic

August 6, 2021 10:27 am

Morning all,

For Jobo, a wee ditty;

Isolation Isolation Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah 🎵🎵🎵

Isolation Isolation Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah. 🎵🎵🎵

KeepsmilingCSC 🍀🍀

August 6, 2021 10:38 am

St tams

I’m all for open debate and an honest exchange of views- but extremism has to be called out😀

August 6, 2021 10:43 am

For “me” ? Or ‘me’ ?


Garry Postecoglou
August 6, 2021 10:54 am

Really enjoyed last night’s match.
The style Ange wants to play is starting to come together. James McCarthy will hugely improve our midfield shape.
Ange will know now that we need to replace 3 of our back 4. Starfelt looks the part. Reminds me of a young Mogga. That will do me.
Think that Abada and Kyogo are both excellent, exciting players to watch.
Cannae wait till Sunday now. Got my enjoyment watching Celtic back.
Is there a public sale of tickets for next Thursday yet?

Jobo Baldie
August 6, 2021 10:55 am

A really effortless cover version of a wonderful song. In the hope that the words ring true later today!!

August 6, 2021 10:55 am

You pick up on an important point Mahe.

If AP persists in playing Bitton in central defence he risks creating a rod for his own back.

If Bitton plays at Ibrox and we lose a preventable goal as a result then AP’s judgement comes into question not just amongst supporters but players working hard to score goals pissed off when a soft one is surrendered.

Anyone watching Hartson’s comments about the game can see that in action. JH was reacting as he would as if he were still playing.

The trick of getting a team of winners together is to surround the very best with professionals whom they respect.. That is the task AP and DmK face and they know it.

August 6, 2021 11:04 am

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Craig 76
August 6, 2021 11:19 am
bada Bing
August 6, 2021 11:47 am

£19 for a 3rd round LC tie v Hearts?

August 6, 2021 12:07 pm


Thanks for the unique angle link.

Noticed that after 1st Goal, Hail Hail started to get sung 🎵🎵👍👍.

However never heard it after next goals.

Hope however was singing it, didn’t get ejected from the game.

ConspiracyCSC 🍀🍀

A thing of beauty
August 6, 2021 12:07 pm

Craig 76,
Thanks for the unique angle footage. What is clearly evident to me when you see the players celebrating is that we are a team of toaties and unless we get some 6 footers in we will get murdered by the Huns.

Jobo Baldie
August 6, 2021 12:09 pm

Leggy – I actually noticed that during the game. The lone singer who was then conveniently silenced. 7/4 favourite – Paul The Tim 😉

Jobo Baldie
August 6, 2021 12:14 pm

For our next game I might try to avoid the score and just wait on the Unique Angle highlights coming out – 4-0 away from home is some result 😉

August 6, 2021 12:21 pm

What a difference when you have a player up front who puts in the required effort. Really impressed by Kyogo, good first touch, made intelligent runs and can finish! I know it’s early days but am I the only one who thinks Starfeld looks like the Swedish Shane Duffy?

Craig 76
August 6, 2021 12:23 pm

Leggy/ATOB 👍
Would you want to see the one’s we concede in unique angle, it’s bad enough with normal footage 🤣🤣

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 12:36 pm

Kyogo looks like he could link the play from midfield to the forward areas

The king
August 6, 2021 12:40 pm

Played bitton before at greyskull and won

Hot Smoked
August 6, 2021 1:10 pm

Let me say right away that if class equates to being of the same standard as Henrik Larsson then Bitton is not a class act…..and neither is anyone else in Scotland.
I used the term to describe Bittons style but, apparently, because I see something in Bitton that others dont, I must be smoking something which shows everything in a positive light. Ask yourself this: What is more likely: To see something that isn`t there or to miss something that is there?
Also, if the question re how many games Bitton has been selected for over nine years is relevant, then to ask why he has had over thirty caps for Israel should also be considered.
PS I would enjoy this conversation in a pub . less so on here.

August 6, 2021 1:18 pm


On the other hand,I would expect a 30yo too have more caps for Israel if he was that good.

Craig 76
August 6, 2021 1:19 pm

Anyone Travelling by train Sunday to the game, maybe best to check your train running

August 6, 2021 1:25 pm

Hot Smoked

A humorous ( to some) observation based on your “truly class act” description. No offence was intended.

Nir’s style could be described as anything from adequate to appalling with the occasional acceptable thrown in for good measure.

A “truly class act” he is not.

And you are correct , there is no one currently playing in Scotland who can be described thus.

bada Bing
August 6, 2021 1:30 pm

Opt in with Skybet and bet 5p on the Bournemouth v WBA game tonight and get a free £5 bet.

Big Audio Dynamite
August 6, 2021 1:32 pm

Would like to see us add more Scottish/British players to battle for the title this year & Next. I’d like to see us add someone like Ferguson of Aberdeen, and pair him with McCarthy to add some real dig in the middle.

Just noticed -watching the unique angle footage- that both Abada & Furryhash are smaller than James Forrest! 👀 Celtic, please, Stop with the 5’5″ footballers …we have enough of them.

August 6, 2021 1:38 pm

My point earlier about our lightweight front three is they will be targeted with “robust” tackling that will test their durability. They will not be a protected species in Scotland.
I wonder how many games we will see all three playing in. Competent replacements will be a necessity. MJ is a possibility but his injury record is a cause for concern.

Big Audio Dynamite
August 6, 2021 1:47 pm

Can think of loads of times during his 9 years(?) with us, Nir has made WC defence-splitting passes, resulting in goals is one of his strengths. The things he isn’t great at are being exposed just now cause he just aint, and never will be, a good defender. One thing I do know is, he doesn’t pick the team ,he just plays when asked.

A bigger point, maybe –
We have had 9years to work out if Nir can defend? Wow!

Big Audio Dynamite
August 6, 2021 1:49 pm

CFC, what was the first thing Martin O’Neill did? If we want to win in Scotland, we need men to do it. Hate seeing us being easily pushed around

August 6, 2021 1:51 pm

Morning troops.
I do love me a Friday.
God bless all those with health issues and the less fortunate than ourselves.

“La Liga will change their rules, they can’t afford to lose him”
Surely they will just sign his son and give him his dad’s history?
Joking aside there would be effing uproar if that happened, no chance.
This sorry tale encapsulates modern day football at it’s worst. So of course I shall be writing about it.

ACSOM fella called for Odsonne to go then bring in Nisbet with Henderson and MJ on loan in return?
Not a bad shout.
Can anyone tell me does Nisbet have a good first touch?

Hail Hail