Something Stirs


The AP revolution continues! Last night saw Celtic give one of our best displays in Europe for some considerable time,beating a very good AZ Alkmaar side by two goals to nil. And although we rode our luck a bit on the way to the clean sheet,AZ definitely rode theirs in keeping our tally down to two. 

For example,one episode near the end saw Eddie twice being denied from point blank range by the keeper,while Adam Montgomery saw his header cleared off the line by a defensive header. The third goal would have given us an even greater cushion,but it was not to be. So we had to settle for two on the night,with the players taking a well deserved ovation from the fans at the end of the game.  

Will those two be enough to see us through? Time will tell,and we will know the answer next Thursday evening. But there’s a strength in this team,a mental fortitude that we haven’t seen for a few years now,and we travel abroad with a confidence in the ranks that has been missing for too long. 

Both goals were the result of tremendous assists. The first saw Tom Rogic utterly bamboozle his opponents with a run towards the goal line before flicking over a cross. It looked to be slightly overhit,but our newest superstar stretched out his right leg to slam it home at the far post from close range. It was a fantastic piece of play from TR,who appears back to his best and more than willing to put in a shift. But it was a gargantuan effort too from Kyogo to be on the end of it. I swear he stretched his diminutive frame by about six inches just to get on the end of the cross!

Ten minutes and a goal to the good,and looking value for the lead too. We continued to probe the Dutch defence,looking for openings. Abada and Ralston taking it to them down the right with Jamesie and GT doing the spadework on the left,leaving TR,CalMac and Turnbull to keep the supply coming-and the opposition on the back foot. It wasn’t all one-way traffic though,and in fact AZ could have taken an early lead but for the excellent reflexes of Joe Hart. It was an early warning,and they broke through a couple of times in the first half. 

It was nothing compared to how often they broke through in the second half though! This was where AR stepped up to the mark,as we have seen him do so often in our recent run of victories. It might be churlish to deny Kyogo his MOTM,given his return of a goal and an assist,but Ralston was absolutely everywhere as he put body and soul on the line to keep our opponents at bay. In fact,it was his run and cross into Eddie that almost gave us that cushion of the third goal. Everyone knows that we are looking for a right back,but there’s no way that AR is only keeping it warm for the new signing. The shirt is now his by right,and he deserves to keep it on the strength of his recent performances. 

To the second goal,then. A quite wonderful pass from Kyogo found Jamesie around the penalty spot,and he calmly swivelled under pressure from two defenders and slid it into the corner of the net. Or so it looked at first glance-in fact,it was a deflection from one of the defenders which guided it there. So what,we weren’t caring-and they all count! This one was awarded as an og at the end,which will disappoint our most senior player,but I doubt he will be too bothered. 

AP used his substitutes well on the night,recognising that the intensity of the display and the effort put in would need some fresh legs at the right time. He brought on Eddie just shy of the hour mark,taking off Abada. This rejigged the front three,with Jamesie swopping over to the right and Kyogo moving to the left. It paid off with the second goal almost immediately,and two substitutions fifteen minutes later-with James McCarthy and Adam Montgomery on for the outstanding duo of TR and Kyogo stiffened up the midfield. There is little doubt that JM needs game time to improve his match fitness,but he did everything that was asked of him last night,while AM continues to impress every time we see him. The late appearance of Ishmaela Soro for DT added further resolve as we looked to keep another clean sheet,our fourth in this run of five victories. 

Speaking of five,where did the bliddy ref get the five minutes of added time from? Damn near gave us all a heart attack! AZ used those five minutes to batter at the defensive wall in front of them,but it stood firm. I know we’ve all seen better players in our colours playing across the defence-hell,we’ve seen better players than we currently have in every position in the team-but there’s no doubting their effort and their resolve. AZ had them under the cosh at times last night,particularly in the second half,but they did not fold,they held the line and they kept the opposition out. 

Maybe we could look more composed at the back,I get that. But not for me,criticising a defence who kept the opposition out all night. AP will be looking to fine tune things with them in training-as he did last night by moving Stephen Welsh to the left of the two-and will look to get attackers closed down sooner,before they get into such dangerous areas. But overall,I think we can be very happy with the result and with the performance. Most of us would have been happy enough with a two goal cushion before a ball had been kicked,we take it to the continent next week with some considerable confidence. 

Who would have imagined that after the first few days of the month?


Above article by BMCUWP

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Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 7:12 am


Top match report.The team looked like a team – playing for one another.

Wouldn’t pick out anyone as MOTM as they all deserve huge credit

Would be churlish to point out faults, but hopefully Ange has seen some wee pointers to assist planning fir next Thursday

Cannot wait!

Prestonpans bhoys
August 19, 2021 7:17 am

Good account of the game, our goalie only had about two/three shots to save that I could remember, their goalie had considerably more.
Problem with European games is the time you get back home and get to bed. Then up to work again. Knackered😱😵

Jobo Baldie
August 19, 2021 8:12 am

Good morning, friends. Isn’t it great to wake up the morning after a European game without the usual thought of ‘we were so close…’!
Good match report Bobby. And as for those 5 extra minutes at the end, did anyone else notice what happened when we got a free kick 30 yards from goal on the left with 3 of the 5 added on minutes still to play. The players over the ball were about to take it short and presumably just try to keep possession but Big Ange bellowed to them to cross it into the box and go for the 3rd goal. I think that was a great understanding by Ange of the effect of the change to the away goals rule. Effectively we were only approaching half time in the tie and losing a goal on the break would not have been do significant as in previous years. So, going for a 3rd was great to see. Hopefully if we are in the closing minutes of next week’s game and 1 goal ahead in the aggregate score Ange just might be a little more subdued!

saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 8:26 am


Good point on the pushing for 3rd goal. Monty in heading for goal in the last minutes of game… 2 weeks in a row.

Maybe will all need to go back to skool under Ange … and rule changes.

Prestonpans Bhoys – aforementioned ‘away goals’ rules change, might mean more extra time and pens – so, more late nites and … (more beer/wine/champagne… advertising and revenue ). Im sure your bhoys will be happy to take one for the team 😊

August 19, 2021 8:27 am

Morning all from a less than happy Royal Burgh, I presume! 😁
Jobo…I noticed that! It looked like Forrest and Calmac (if memory serves me) were gonna keep it in the corner but decided to go long. I hadn’t realised Ange had been instrumental in the decision but at the game I was delighted to see them pushing for the third. Ange has the team and the support eating out of his hand at the moment and I hope he is being backed by the Board to ensure the progress continues to keep the momentum going. His style of football is an absolute tonic after the shitstorm we suffered last season…this guy has the ability and drive to resign it quickly to the past!
#InAngeWeTrust CSC

St tams
August 19, 2021 8:34 am

Good match report Bobby.
As for the defence. I’ve always defended Taylor .
But I’m afraid he is just not good enough at this level. He’s OK for home games against the likes if Heartsvand Dundee , but not good enough for Europe.
As for Starfelt, still don’t see a player in this guy so far. A rabbit caught in headlights.

Ralston and Welsh were outstanding.

Maestro Fan
August 19, 2021 8:40 am

I know, what a rapid improvement. Beyond our wildest dreams.

AZ were excellent all over the pitch, except up front, I think we’ll score next week, but they will too. This tie is far from over.

For the first time since March 2020 I ventured onto Follow Follow to read the huns’ reaction. Apparently AZ are crap and they would tank them. We’re crap and they’ll take 5 or 6 off us on the 29th. Our defence is abject and porker Morelos, Kent and Roofe will run amok with them. Ange is a flash in the pan and will founder by December… however, there was definitely an undercurrent of fear re Kyogo. Bet the farm on an unpunished over the ball leg breaker in the first 10 at Ibrox.

We do run out of puff after an hour. That’s not a criticism, as maintaining that tempo for an hour is remarkable. However, if AZ and the huns can stay with us for an hour we are up against it in the last 30 mins (40 mins if we’re winning at Ibrox). Need a stronger squad to support Ange’s style of play.

Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 8:46 am

‘Twas a nice touch from big Tam Rogic …. making the Netherlands lads feel right at home.

With that Ruud Gullit move and cross for the first goal…

August 19, 2021 9:04 am

Lately, I’ve been thinking I want you to be happier – this could be Lawell’s swansong…

August 19, 2021 9:34 am

s e S

Kyogo will have a similar goals highlights package to Ruud’s in a couple of years!!
Here’s hoping.

If we are aiming for competition in every position, accepting the new Croat is incoming, a new lb and left sided CH are the priority.

Get those two positions sorted and assuming RC and OE remain we are definitely good to go.

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 9:40 am

Seems the Greek striker hasn’t signed for Werder Bremen……maybe AP has worked his magic

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 9:51 am

Was a bit sceptical about Joe Hart, but he could prove to be our most important signing this Window, showing leadership, which we need right now.

August 19, 2021 10:27 am

BADA, re. Joe Hart. Was sitting with a (sceptical) mate watching the game last Thursday and at one point I commented to him that. despite all the deserved praise going to various players. I thought the turning point for me was the point bank double save from Joe Hart. My comment was along the lines of those saves doing wonders for his confidence and his relationship with the fans.

It reminded me of big Fraser Forster’s first loan spell with us – he was doing OK, but not quite there until Boaby Madhun took a hand in things. A week night in Paradise v. Hearts, 1 – 0 us with a minute or two to go and Madhun conjures up a penalty for the Diets out of heehaw. Big Fraser gets down sharpish to his left, turns the ball by for a corner and the crowd erupts. The Big Mhan gets up, fist-pumping the air and a goalkeeper was born.

I think last week was Joe’s turning point and his whole attitude last night was great. Loved his reaction to be ‘told’ by Ange, when Tony Ralston was getting treatment, what changes to make on the park. Nodding, asking a question, then off to find CalMac and give him the news. Ange obviously trusts Joe – that’ll do for me.

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 10:33 am

Emeraldbee- spot on, if he’s as good as FF,that will do for me

Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 10:37 am


That finish for first goal… wow!

As you say, a few in to bolster in those positions and we could be a right good team.

Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 10:43 am

Bada & Emeraldbee

💯 on Joe Hart’ leadership qualities.

His interview last nite… asked about return tie next week. “We have a huge game this weekend, we will focus on that …”

Grounded and focused!

August 19, 2021 10:50 am

Just under two weeks to get our defence sorted in terms of strength in depth.
If we keep OE and RC our forward options are very , very good.
Wouldn’t want to be facing a scenario in last two days of losing one or both and scrambling to replace.

As for Ruud’s goals – forgot what a phenomenal header of the ball he was. An area where Kyogo may not compete😀

August 19, 2021 11:46 am

Just back from my last remaining uncle’s funeral. The memorial booklet that was handed out at the chapel has a photo of him on the front page, standing in front of the tunnel at Parkhead! Made me smile 🙂

August 19, 2021 11:50 am

If every successful team needs a strong spine Goalie, CH, CF I reckon we are 2.5 of the way there.

A bit of a shift from being spineless.

August 19, 2021 11:54 am


CM as part of spine?
So 3.5 there?

Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 12:28 pm


Condolences for your loss buddy.

Great that you have such a vivid memory to keep and hold!


Billy Bhoy
August 19, 2021 1:07 pm

Brilliant night Bobby. I’m still out of breath.

Kyogo was the “official” MOTM – which was so that the prawn sandwich brigade get a selfie post-match.

The ACTUAL MOTM would have been a photo finish between Welsh and Ralston. Kyogo would need to slug it out with Rogic and Hart for the bronze medal.

Special mention to the referee. What a breath of fresh air he was. Crystallized for me in 90 mins that getting decisions right regularly is not too difficult – and we are getting cheated every week by the Beatons’ and Maddens! They are going to be the biggest obstacle to us regaining our title.

My only gripe was the linesman for our “third goal”. I’m high up in the North Stand and for me one of the headers was over the line but when I looked at the linesman he was in no mans land – so couldn’t call it.

Onwards and Upwards.

In Ange We Trust

August 19, 2021 1:13 pm

Isn’t life like that? Amidst all the good news, now we have some bad.

Dennis Law, the Lawman, has been diagnosed with dementia related disease. He joins Bobby Charlton in this battle.

Mercurial is the first word that comes to mind, followed by cheeky, if one was to describe Law’s football persona. A Scot through and through.

He was/is my idol. The player that I most wanted to be. His ability to hang in the air was second to none. This allowed him to power the ball with both venom and accuracy. Sadly, it may also have contributed to his current struggles.

I know you have a good family, Dennis. Let them be your heroes now, as you will always be their hero.

Wembly, 1967, forever!


Garry Postecoglou
August 19, 2021 1:34 pm

Sad news. My father adored Denis Law.

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 1:46 pm

Re empty seats, did anyone notice how many there were in other European games last night, looks far too many in the main stand at CP for me

Prestonpans bhoys
August 19, 2021 1:50 pm


119/120 where the away fans are was almost empty too

big packy
August 19, 2021 1:56 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, jim your uncle would have been looking down at last nights performance dont worry about that, onto the game what a goal by kyogo, thought anthony ralston was immense as was stephen welsh, bit concerned as regards taylor and starfelt but time will tell, make no mistake we beat a good dutch team there last night,

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 1:59 pm
bada Bing
August 19, 2021 2:00 pm

PB- I bet there’s no empty seats at Poundland tonight

Garry Postecoglou
August 19, 2021 2:09 pm

Do you know if we are being allocated any tickets for doomdome next Sunday?

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 2:30 pm

Celtic have agreed an initial fee of €2.5million for Greek international Georgios Giakoumakis, the Eredivisie’s leading scorer last season.

A sell-on clause entitling VVV-Venlo to a percentage of the centre forward’s next transfer is also understood to have been included in the agreement.

bada Bing
August 19, 2021 2:32 pm

Garry- I’m sure the huns will keep us out next week

Saltires en Sevilla
August 19, 2021 2:52 pm


Sad to hear that news on The Lawman.

Denis Law was discussed alongside Charlton & Best in reverent hushed tones…

We had/have our own heroes in Paradise, but we could appreciate and acknowledge skill in any team and player.

One of the most valuable gifts a parent can pass onto a child is the love of football first. No colour, no religion, no borders…just the love of the game.

The team comes second, or it does with my gang.

Rangers guys like Slim Jim Baxter and Willie Henderson were discussed with respect in our house. I’m glad it was like that, and suspect most here will share a similar view….it seems that anyone with a love of the game understands that skill and artistry transcends rivalry.

Remember ’74 World Cup and praying that the Lawman would score with a diving heedie winner against Brazil… too young to appreciate his peak days were behind him.

Just a wee thing … I never liked how he was portrayed on the comedy programmes .. disrespectful, it seems to me….laughing at, rather than with, the guy. Maybe I got that all wrong. Just a nagging feeling

Big Audio Dynamite
August 19, 2021 3:04 pm

The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place!

August 19, 2021 3:57 pm


Good thoughts! I share them. We should be able to appreciate excellent players in other teams unless they come across as horrible human beings. I saw slim Jim at his best. The Millar-Brand combo was good to behold as well. Jimmy was my kind of gritty player….never stopped trying.

Law, Charlton and Best were part of a talented but expensive team. It just shows how good the Lions were that they beat that MU team to the Big Cup by a year.

Matt Busby worked down the pits with my grandpa. I think he also came from Bothwellhaugh(under water now!) Matt used to take his boots down the pit so that he could go straight from it to a game or training.

A player that always reminded me of Law, especially in the air, was Alan McGraw of Morton, and Hibs. He had the “hang” as well. Of course, he was not in Law’s class but his heading style was similar.

Have a nice day,


August 19, 2021 4:09 pm


I don’t think I have talked to you? Anyway, today your luck ran out! Here I am replying to your 10.50 post.

I think OE will go last thing in the window. This is why we are chasing the Greek striker. If he goes earlier, we might try for a more expensive striker but the Greek is our insurance policy. Anyway, LG will be gone in less than a year so Giokoumakis would replace him. Ajeti will be available to anyone who will buy him.

RC, I really, really hope he stays but I suspect negotiations are going on behind the scenes on a transfer.


Craig 76
August 19, 2021 4:35 pm
bada Bing
August 19, 2021 5:08 pm

Pitch in Aberdeen game is a shocker

Craig 76
August 19, 2021 5:19 pm

The pitch Bada was talking about
a uefa tournament and they allow this 🙃

August 19, 2021 5:23 pm


Prestonpans bhoys
August 19, 2021 5:25 pm

How is the boring co commentator in the Aberdeen game, jings nearly asleep

Prestonpans bhoys
August 19, 2021 5:25 pm


August 19, 2021 5:28 pm

August 19, 2021 5:29 pm

That was for everyone!!!

Craig 76
August 19, 2021 5:30 pm

Keep the tunes coming JTT53 👍👍

August 19, 2021 5:34 pm

Craig 76
August 19, 2021 5:36 pm

Sheep 1 down
Love that song👏

Craig 76
August 19, 2021 5:39 pm

The Verve – Lucky Man (Official Music Video) / TheVerveVEVO