A Tale Of Two Cities,A Game Of Two Halves
Something of a game of two halves last night,or maybe even a tale of two cities.
For the first thirty minutes or so,we were cruising our match against Hibs. Given that we hadn’t won there in the league in SEVEN long years,we were maybe entitled to go into the match with some trepidation-even if we were bang on form and Hibs bang out of it. Blimey,they had even lost at the weekend to Aberdeen,a club whose chairman/owner had just recently had to give their manager the dreaded Vote of Confidence,much against the better wishes and demands of the fans.
And so it proved-for those first thirty minutes! Honestly,we were buzzing,ripping the home side at every turn. And it is fair to say that the 3-0 lead after thirty minutes hardly flattered us. Every player was oozing confidence,and none more so than Tom Rogic,who was probably having his best game of the season.
We started with a fairly familiar line-up in defence,but with Juranovic in the problem left back spot. A settled midfield trio too,but the addition of Michael Johnston on the left saw Jota lining up on the right,with Kyogo playing in his favoured central striker role. We pushed for this right from the off,never allowing Hibs to settle,and after ten minutes a DT free kick saw Ralston sneaking in near the back post to fire home a header for the opener.
Joe Hart made a smart save just after that,as Hibs came out looking for an equaliser. But we soon put them back in their box with the simplest of goals after quarter of an hour.
A corner from DT-again-saw CCV run towards the low ball to flick it into the opposite corner,a finish that any striker could be proud of. After that,it was one-way traffic,and when TR picked up a loose ball about 25 yards out,the fact that he was surrounded by bodies meant little to him as he waltzed around them all,freeing Jota to lay it up for a tap-in from our Japanese Bhoy.
Three up and cruising-and good value for the lead too. At that stage it could have been anything-but we didn’t expect the next goal to come at the other end. A woeful attempt to defend a corner into our SIX-YARD BOX,ffs! Which is the most basic art of defending. Anyway,we made an arse of it,and Martin Boyle finished it to the corner.
Hibs finished the half well,with Joe Hart again coming to the rescue when required,but they started the second half even better! With TR going off just before half time due to a leg strain,we seemed to lose our shape in midfield. And for all that Bitton is supposed to add some muscle to our midfield,well,he bloody didnae last night. Hibs cut through us again and again,but the defence and JH stood firm,despite some rocky moments.
Overall,a deserved victory,but I reckon AP will be concerned about our second half display. I know I was. He will want to build on our performance in the first half hour,get back the confidence we were showing then. However, I think he will be concentrating more on any reasons why we fell away so badly after they scored,and particularly after the loss of TR. But three points is all that were up for grabs last night,and that is what we got. What’s not to like?
Over on the other side of the country,Aberdeen were the visitors to the Victorian lavvy and stunned everyone by taking a two goal lead after only quarter of an hour. Morelos pulled one back for them late in the first half while Beaton was trying to hobble Aberdeen players by booking them every second time one of them fouled. I presume someone had a word with him at half time about it,as he doubled that to one booking every four fouls in the second half. Meanwhile,he waited till deep in added time till he pulled a yellow on a home player. And what an amount of added time it was too,all seven minutes of it!
I must get him a new watch for his Christmas. Of course,at that stage he was playing Next Goal’s The Winner due to having gifted his favourites an equaliser with the softest penalty you will ever see-unless you are a regular visitor to Ibrox! So Broonie was denied a winning return to the shithole after his bullet header to put them two up,just as MAGS suggested at half time.
Still,the results saw the deficit halved,and we are now only two points behind them-having played four of the top six,plus Aberdeen and Livingston,away from home. That means that in the next round of fixtures,starting on Saturday,they have the same run of matches away from home.
Let’s see how well they handle it…
Above article by BMCUWP
Brother Beaton has the only watch that counts. Bobby Tait’s watch. After all these years, it’s still keeping perfect-Masonic-time…and the cheating goes on, and on, and on…tick tock, tick tock…
I wonder if Walter donated both his legs to medical science. I mean fairs fair.
Mags, Big Packy told me that Glasgow University’s Medical School is hoping that you will donate your bank balance to them. When that sad time comes!. A true story I have been assured.
Stephen Glass….’ they scored from a free kick that wasn’t a free kick, and a penalty that was never a penalty…..happy to get a draw, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN HERE….’
Did you know that my bank balance always ends in LOL? I’m thinking it means loss of limbs
I knew what was going to happen at half time.
I was looking for any online bookie that would take that bet
Mags, LOL 🙂 Brilliant!
I put a £1 win accumulator bet on with Paddy. I studied the team’s league positions, their very recent form & results. If I had got it right I would have won £47.
Four feckin draws!
The only result I got right was CELTIC!!!
I’m fed up up moaning and whinging about referees in Scotland. I’m 62yrs of age, I’ve had enough it’s so effin in Yir face cheating that everyone accepts it.
But hang on I’ve got a very large sum of money on my team winning the league, it won’t be down to who’s the best team but how many penalties “The Rangers” football team get and how many yellow, and red cards, that get ignored and awarded to favour the said “The Rangers”.
We need a campaign on behalf of anti corruption football fans in Scotland.
Let’s do this.
#SFA corruption #Eufa Corruption
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Good morning, friends.
Given the now open shows of bias on a game by game basis it is absolutely astonishing that Celtic have managed to reduce the gap at the top down to just 2 points. A brilliant set of results last night that we all know should have been even better.
Will anyone from Celtic speak out about this? That’s a rhetorical question by the way as we all know the answer to that one.
Vinny – although I was able to ‘like’ your tweet, the ‘reteweet’ button was greyed out? Don’t think I’ve come across that before. Surely not more masonic interference going on?
Welcome aboard. I clicked on your link,but was told…
“You’re unable to view this Tweet because this account owner limits who can view their Tweets.”
Anyway,there’s a very good chance that the subject will be taken up on here either tomorrow or very shortly.
Ange has to stop playing Bitton.
Our tempo disappeared on his arrival and zero defensive cover was given.
Watching on a dodgy stream and Hibs commentators was a perfect set up of how rife cheating is in SPL.
Early pull back by Gogic was not a yellow because it was too soon in game.Numerous fouls by him went unpunished.Every foul by Hibs no matter how blatant deserved no punishment.Porteous assault on CMcG did not merit a yellow according to them when it clearly should have been red.When Johnston beat McGinn in box despite his arm being pulled back the commentators said it was given as a foul for Johnston pulling McGinn when clearly the opposite happened.
Our second half showing was poor but defense held strong.
Kudos to all 4 and Hart.
Why did we lose all semblance of team shape in second and not for the first time this season?
Gio is going to do well for us this season.He is a bull.
Really appreciate the match report- looking for links to goals
“When was the penalty” is such an obvious question that it’s no longer a form of ridicule.
Much like … The Silence of the Lambs ( Bord)
The really good news is they are still contriving to fek it up
The best of times, the worst of times …
All the goals
Tam sellic son (@TamsellicsonIII) Tweeted: All the goals https://t.co/COAhDY4ScX https://twitter.com/TamsellicsonIII/status/1453484490089811971?s=20
“5 times in the last 8 league games that The Rangers have gone behind. Cue 3 penalties and 1 first half sending off to get them back into 4 of those 5.”
When does coincidence become a pattern,and that pattern become sinister?
Very concerning second half performance.
It shows our lack of midfield options, when we are playing that clown Bitton. Game completely changed when Rogic went off.
I thought the 2 fullbacks had a very poor second as well, allowing too many crosses to come into the box.
As for MJ , send him out on loan. Martin Boyle is a better winger.
Other than that a great result. 😄
For years we were overloaded with options in midfield,even if the quality available was debatable. Check the bench last night…
Bain,Bitton, Giakoumakis, Ajeti, Abada, Montgomery, Welsh
Our midfield options are so poor because having lost Brown Ntcham Christie and secured only one replacement in an unfit McCarthy we are obviously lacking.
Two more were required before the close of the window.
Injury to any/ all of Rogic Turnbull Calmac and we effectively have the only option of Bitton Soro and a n other( I assume Henderson, the forgotten man).
Too dreadful to think about.
You lot still don’t get the main MO of the club.
Rattling on how to strengthen certain positions.
To me it’s mind numbing drivel. Left back here right back there more midfielders and shake it all about. The PLC will flood the squad with whatever positions are in high demand in the EPL.
Morning all, I hope this finds everyone well!
Last night’s stream was utter pish so I’ve not got much to say on the performance other than from what I managed to see in the first half we look like a team ready to challenge. Our play was scintillating at times and outstanding passing and movement got us the third goal. Turnbull looked on fire. Kyogo never stopped even when he was getting booted out of the game. I never saw the challenges on Mikey or Calmac but did see the Gogic booking on Rogic. I had predicted 5-0 on the Superbru comp and was looking for it until Boyle’s free heidie! All in all though it was a superb three points at a hard away ground for us in recent times.
Over to Ibrox now…well WTF can you say about John Beaton that hasn’t already been said – for years now! Beaton is an unequivocal CHEAT. I remember Clint Hill’s challenge on Griffiths at Parkheid, in the last minute of the game, and when the penalty wasn’t given said “We’re as well chucking it! If we’re expected to accept that blatant cheating, we’re as well chucking it!” That was MadHun, not Beaton. MadHun has handled a few games of ours and I would say he’s a cheat but he’s cuter with it. Beaton is an out and out CHEAT. He has no morals. He doesn’t care who’s watching him. He is blatantly displays his allegiance to TRFC over sport and competition. A quick search on Google reveals a few forums where his competency is questioned. Don’t be fooled, he is more than competent, he officiates at the top end of football, he has proved that he knows how to referee a game of fitba – competency is not the issue. The man is a fucking cheat. Call it out Celtic!
This is a football blog, drivel is the main currency.
Not all of it footy related.
Surely all positions are in high demand in the EPL?
Madden reffed the Motherwell game last night. A tight 2-2 draw with two penalties. 13 fouls by the home side,two bookings. 14 by the away side and one booking.
Proves for me that he CAN be a fair and decent ref. But if that was Rangers v Celtic the crime count would have been 0 yellow for the home side and four plus a red for the away side-with both penalties for the home side too!
Conjecture? Of course. But you know I’m right!!!
Bobby…there’s no need for conjecture as a review of any game involving the current group of refs, under the tutelage of Dallas (although that would be denied, of course) would easily prove there are advantages given easily to TRFC. We all see it week in week out. How to change it though!
An old acquaintance, on the Queen’s Park Board, was pretty blunt to me a few years ago about the blatant bigotry that went on at Hampden but was at pains to point out it was much better now! “Much better! It fuckin’ shouldnae be there at all!” was my reply to him!!
I foolishly thought,about thirty years ago,that the cheating would dissipate due to increased tv coverage.
Ah,the naïveté of youth…
Aye Bobby, the cheating should have been easy to point out and highlight but that needs invested parties prepared to do it! Unfortunately, along with them being the favoured Club in the land the Ibrox Boot Boys also put the fear into organisations and individuals if they call them out. Hence why there needs to be a coordinated approach to tackling it…and hence why nothing wll be done! It’s a vicious circle that is very hard to break in This Best Wee Country!!
By my reckoning if all games so far had been refereed properly, just off the top of my head, we’d be five points clear. That’s just the blatantly wrong calls! Not all the wee sleekit under the radar stuff involving yellow and red cards.
Cause for concern, but I’ve seen enough to convince me we’ll win the league and probably fairly comfortably. I’ve had a wee look over on FF this morning and the majority seem to have thrown the towel in already. They’re finally waking up to the fact that they’ve no money and no one wants their players. A couple of staunchies are pinning it all on Ryan Jack coming back! 🙂
Top of the table come Saturday night then watch them freeze on Sunday!
BADABINGBADABOOM!! HaHaHaHa…Jean Paul Gaultier in shock tirade about Scottish Refs!! 🤣🤣🤣
That is hilarious. But sadly all too real.
And that is the problem. Everyone knows their points total is false,and based on “selective” refereeing decisions.
But there they are at the top of the table. And short of finding some clips of a referee meeting showing them taking turns at the goat,that will continue.
I thought it’s main currency was hubris tbh
Thanks for link buddy.
I had a mate years ago, a fellow tim, who took up refereeing. He used to attend their monthly meeting. They used to go through all the recent contentious issues via video replays then have an open discussion on the merits of the decisions taken. This was he said a great help to young refs such as him.
However, at times, these sessions left him seething. I’m sure everyone will remember the infamous Hurlock “tackle”which cleaned out a Celtic player and as we all stopped, they ran up the park and scored. Mayhem ensued!. Well, this was shown to cries of ” great tackle” and cheering when the goal went in. They decided that it was the right decision then just before moving on the speaker asked if anyone had anything else to say. Someone shouted “aye, gonny show the tackle again?” once more to loud cheers!
My mate chucked refereeing not long after that!
You’ll be familiar with this travesty then. There is so much wrong with these decisions.
Secondly,the ref runs to the spot-normal behaviour if giving a penalty. NOT for a goal kick!
Thirdly,Greig is clearly offside!!!
Only time I’ve seriously considered joining in a pitch invasion. Though the kick in the baws from the Hibs keeper at Easter Road the same season came close. Caged in that day thankfully.
Both in ample evidence, along with examples of illumination and insight.
It is what it is- we can choose to ignore the minutiae, each their own and all that.
Ten minutes or so of sheer pleasure-which will appeal to our demographic!
Keep forgetting to change my moniker back after admin stuff. Fed up deleting trash comments like the one posted a few minutes ago.
Fortunately the filters catch most of them,and I can delete them but believe it or not,there are over 20k of them in there that I just haven’t had the time to get round to!
I watched sportscene and as has been said, all the pundits thought it was a penalty. When slowed down to the nth degree there was a pull at the jersey of sakala but from where Beaton was he could not have seen it. It is a penalty that is only given to the Huns and they get plenty of these in normal circumstances but with £40m riding on the outcome this season all sense of a level playing field is out the window.
I am so disappointed to hear about the injuries to calmac, kyogo and big Tam. Don Robertson’s performance last night was the latest in a long line of cheating. A total refusal to implement the rules as usual. We are getting kicked useless and we need to be talking about it, especially when we win.
That tweet has still got me chuckling when I think about it.
The open wounds-plural-on Calmac’s shin,and the fact that there was nothing done by the ref because of it,are a shocking-except to us!-indictment on Scottish refereeing.
That he got booked stopping a break after his teammate got a slap in the kisser is another one.
But it is our own fault. We suck it up. Take a six match ban and call the c…s out.
Brian Wilson, Celtic Director
They won’t handle it. They’re about to unravel. They aren’t built to withstand pressure. Beaton can’t save them, the dirty wee orange bassa. Keep saying it, it’s not just the big decisions, it’s the wee ones. Bookings, non-free kicks, imaginary injury time. The refs are all huns or hun appeasers (Walsh).
As for us, brilliant until Tam went off. He was incredible last night. Bitton is a big plodder and showed it. Still, great result and we’re motoring. Need to drive home our advantage by winning our next cycle of easier fixtures. And enjoy watching the huns squirm.
He’s either a prick or a coward.
BMCUWP: Or both😃
AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, vinny from earlier your 62 im 68, i can remember the three cheating bassas when i was very young, tiny wharton jim mcluskey and bobby tait, orange and freemasons to a man,.nothing has changed and nothing will change unless as the exiled tim used to say,, fix fitba empty hampden
mags from the early hours, jim is telling fibs I never said that, but wait a minute remember one night talking to jim about you, but was drinking lanliq mixed with irn bru eldorado and buckfast, so it is possible.😎😎
jim mcluskey and bobby tait, they were fairly recent-which proves that nothing has changed.
The worst this century was McCurry. But as he was stitched up by his “brothers” I would dearly love to know the reasons.
Apparently he’s a magician now. No kidding. I assume he served his apprenticeship by dealing cards from an invisible pocket any time a Celtic player was in sight.
Hun bastert,with the cheek to serve as a Minister of God.
BOBBY AYE, mcurry, the reverend mike, and he officiated at celtic rainjurs games, that tells you all you need to know, how is the driving tests going bobby,
CFC. Very true.
BP. Tell Jim not to drink that.
Personally, I’m giving up drinking until Christmas
Oops sorry about the above poor punctuation.
I’m giving up. Drinking until Christmas.