The Rollercoaster!

Morning,all.

Although a little rocky at times-particularly towards the finish-last night was far from a Hungarian Horror Show. Nor was it our best away performance in Europe,let’s not get carried away. In fact,it was a generally professional and efficient addition of three points to our tally,and it has guaranteed us a pop at European football after the New Year.

Whoopy-do,look out the passports!

I thought this was a really tremendous game of football,one which any neutral fan would have enjoyed. Coming as it did hot on the heels of the tripe served up on Saturday,where Livingston did their best to ensure football was stopped,or certainly denied the right to term itself entertainment,this was a largely enthralling match. Both sides knew what was at stake,and both sides played as if their lives depended on it.

From the off!

In fact,it only took us three minutes to go ahead,and it came out of nothing. That though does Abada a disservice. He has been struggling for form recently,but he pressed his defender,robbed him,played it into Kyogo around the penalty spot. A quick shimmie from the wee man gave him the space to stroke it home. Superb goal!

What was not so superb though was Abada’s part in the equaliser. He and Ralston tried to be too clever in the right back position,ball given away and spread across the pitch to enable a low cross into our box. Now,to be fair,I didn’t even know that Juranovic had a left foot,but he stuck it out to block,and the ball looped over Joe Hart and into the far corner. Ten minutes gone,all square.

The game then took on a slightly more physical aspect as both sides pressed early,not letting the opponents settle,but about halfway through the first period,Jota burst into life. Taking the ball wide on the left,he cut inside to the corner of the box and buried it into the near corner. Not much the keeper could do about it,particularly as the ball brushed the shoulder of an opponent on the way. And so it remained until half time,both teams looking for the opportunities and the other doing their bit to stop them.

Could the second half live up to that? Frankly,no. But it was still terrific end to end stuff. And we seemed to have put the game to bed on the hour when the move of the match doubled our advantage. DT carelessly lost the ball at a short corner but raced back to make the tackle and retrieve the ball at the halfway point. He fed Calmac who in turn fed Kyogo about 25 yards out. He played the most sublime of passes,perfect weight,inside the defender for Abada to run on to and finish in the far corner. A goal you could never tire of watching!

The reward for our goalscoring front three was to get the last twenty minutes of the night off,as they were replaced en masse by G-Mac,Jamesie and Johnston. I confess that the idea seemed a strange one to me at the time,and in truth it stopped our attacking plans in their tracks. The three have NEVER played together,and in fact any two have rarely been on the pitch at the same time. No matter,our loss of control which followed was inexplicable. The Hungarians came storming back into it,and with about ten minutes remaining,a poor pass from CalMac saw an attempted break by us lead to a goal for them. Johnson slipped as he tried to control it,the ball was fed to their left,and all our defenders stood watching as the ball was calmly placed into the corner from twenty yards.

Joe Hart was understandably livid! Gave them absolute pelters! We were now in a backs to the wall state,and with players going down like ninepins. However,we held on for a very important victory,and the three points gives us an outside chance of remaining in this tournament,though dropping into Conference play-offs seems more realistic.

I think we all knew what team AP would put out tonight,constrained as he is by injuries. I suspect though that the treatment table will be busier than normal over the next few days,with CCV and Welsh both looking as though they had picked up a strain,Bitton off injured and a few weary legs at the finish.

Let Sunday take care of itself,and we can relax for two weeks after that. Work on the fitness,and work on the routines,work on simply allowing the players to get to know each other. Rebus67 gave us a three-month “report card” the other day,and at this stage I would mark us as “Highly satisfactory,but can do much better”

I’d certainly have settled for that three months ago!!!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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BMCUW

Flippin’ flipper. This feels like 97-98 all over again. Going from the glorious highs, to the depths of despair, from one game to the next.

My wee heart cannae take it.

Hail Hail.

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MAGUA

There’s been a lot of years like that! But aye,97-98 tops them all.

Rebus67

Time for an initial knee jerk reaction to the match. Superb result that I did not think would happen. But I have been wrong before and will be again. Overall, this was a battle of too very average teams. Errors were committed by both teams. Neither defence was impressive but Celtic’s attack was better. Congrats to Welsh who could have folded after an early unjustified booking. In addition, he played on with a bad knee injury. Let’s hope he is not seriously injured given the Injury to Starwars. I may err from time to time but I am sure that Jura will not do as a LB. he was creamed several times. His “goal” was due to him using his wrong foot in an attempt to clear. But there were other errors from him.

Turnbull and Bitton will not do in midfield as a pairing but that is no revelation.

The most surprising thing was this was not Ange Ball. Only one FB inverted, Jura, but he should have tried to stick to his defensive duties. Ralston stayed wide, trying to deal with Tokmac and the rampaging LB. He and others had to deal with the cheating Laidouni. He won on points. Where was the consistent high press? Still, whatever shape it was, it produced three very good goals away from home.

A result like this is progress even if we can see that the team is far from a finished jewell.

More thoughts later, if I have them.

Rebus

Rebus67

Time for an initial knee jerk reaction to the match. Superb result that I did not think would happen. But I have been wrong before and will be again. Overall, this was a battle of too very average teams. Errors were committed by both teams. Neither defence was impressive but Celtic’s attack was better. Congrats to Welsh who could have folded after an early unjustified booking. In addition, he played on with a bad knee injury. Let’s hope he is not seriously injured given the Injury to Starwars. I may err from time to time but I am sure that Jura will not do as a LB. he was creamed several times. His “goal” was due to him using his wrong foot in an attempt to clear. But there were other errors from him.

Turnbull and Bitton will not do in midfield as a pairing but that is no revelation.

The most surprising thing was this was not Ange Ball. Only one FB inverted, Jura, but he should have tried to stick to his defensive duties. Ralston stayed wide, trying to deal with Tokmac and the rampaging LB. He and others had to deal with the cheating Laidouni. He won on points. Where was the consistent high press? Still, whatever it was, it produced three very good goals away from home.

We are still a work in progress.

Rebus

Rebus67

Sorry for the double post.

Rebus

Maestro Fan

Defo. Mikey J though 😱. Selfish little 💩

St tams

The 3 forward substitutions, when 3-1 up was very naive in my opinion.

Defence were all over the place most of the game , but a wins a win.

Friesdorfer

Very good summary Bobby 👍 Pleased with result, and the performance was satisfactory if not outstanding. Thought CCV lost possession unnecessarily a few times when normally he would have blootered it out, but he may have been a little discomfited by his partner Starwars (c. Rebus) being out injured. Nevertheless, Walsh did OK and demonstrated that we have decent cover there. Also thought Scales did well in his cameo when replacing Welsh – he was not afraid to get stuck in and share his views to teammates…
G-Mac too did a job by holding the ball up and drawing fouls in the right areas and at the right time. Well done Celtic.
HH

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Bobby

Good write up – as you said with 5 Academy Bhoys that was a proper result in a tough place.

Limitations aside my take away was more movement and some gutsy performances from players not particularly renowned for effort and tenacity.

That 3rd goal was a case in point – Turnbull might have learned a very valuable lesson last night

He looked absolutely burst … then minutes later he’s recovering a mistake and opening up the play to McGregor who also had a great game – he was everywhere…. Has he bulked up a bit on shoulders – looks handy!

Our front three what a delight – aye wee mistakes and one costly – but that’s forgiven because they try stuff that make this heart soar ..

Can’t pick a MOTM but Kyogo is an absolute jewel .. as is Jota … closely followed by Abada …

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I see Sevvies are not buying titles on the never, never… again ..

it’s all Covid’s fault

£25m losses …

A thing of beauty

Agree about Mikey J. The pass from Calmac was a touch too heavy but he had enough of the ball to get a pass away inside but chose to try and beat his man. Ange will have him watching that on repeat for the next 48 hours to learn. It was a good time to get a lesson as we didn’t lose so is a perfect example to Mikey of where he is going wrong. Look and learn son or else Partick thistle or it’s ilk awaits in my opinion.

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ATHINGOFBEAUTY

He is clearly a very talented footballer,but his lack of awareness can be mystifying-to put it politely. He seems to run with his head down,and that obviously means that his chances of picking out a team-mate in a dangerous position are low.

It might be time to put him in the slot made available by the absence of TR. He can use his skills there,rather than his speed,and hopefully do so with his bloody head up and eyes open.

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SALTIRES

£21m of directors funds,bloody hell. Our lot would need the smelling salts if that happened.

Over the six years that the current board have been in charge,they must have piled in £100m or more to keep the lights on. And the way that electricity prices are shooting through the roof,that ain’t gonna improve anytime soon!

PS-delighted you all enjoyed a traditional Kilwinning welcome at the club last night. Your choice of company for the evening is to be commended!!!

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Bobby

Aye – we were made to feel at home at Irvine CSC All the folks are lovely.. but you knew that already 😉

That club is like a little piece of Paradise- had heard so many fantastic reports over the years and determined to find an excuse to check it out. We weren’t disappointed, and the set up there is very,very, impressive.

A wee supper in The Carrick, followed by 4 hours in the company of some of the superb Celtic family and a fantastic Away Win In Europe

What A night to remember.

PS the staff at CSC Irvine couldn’t have been more helpful and if anyone looking in, please pass on our appreciation & thanks.

McCaff

Surely Mikey has to be afforded the excuse of lack of match fitness! He has shown he has talent, he has obviously added strength during his rehab, he’s coming into a new system, he’s playing with a new team effectively…too much criticism at times. A 3-2 away win in Europe is a Collector’s Item for Celtic. Mikey was introduced at 3-1 because we could afford a mistake, but only one, otherwise the top 3 would never have been replaced.

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MCCAFF

I think we all want MJ to succeed,we can all see how talented he is. But his injury problems should be a concern,not an excuse. And his lack of development over the last four years or so is certainly a concern. He is the same age as Jota,and he should be using him as a benchmark for how much needs to be done in order to be a regular in the side.

Billy Bhoy

Any criticism of Abada and MJ for the goals conceded should be tempered by the fact that they’re clearly playing to Ange’s instructions. This is Angeball – risk and reward strategy. He’d rather win 3-2 than 1-0 – so strap in folks.

If you peruse the group tables you’ll see that we have scored 8 goals in 4 games (3 Games actually). Some teams are leading groups with 4 goals. Sevco have scored 3. Our group is the highest scoring of them all. No surprise that we’re contributing greatly to that – at both ends!

BTW this is the first time since 1970 we’ve scored 3 goals in consecutive away games! (From Twitter – so don’t blame me if it isn’t true).

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Billy Bhoy

Interesting on the goals scored … I’d take the end to end stuff and magic moments over a more pragmatic stuffy style of play. Will lead to some doings when we get it wrong – but the joys of watching the goals go in… wow!

As you say … strap in!!

McCaff

Bobby…cannae disagree but I’d hazard a guess and say that Jota career stats are probably not too far away from Mikey’s in terms of development and senior games. If Jota was everything we want him to be Benfica wouldn’t have let him go. MJ has had a hard time with team selection since his early days in the first team – Ibrox under Rogers, anyone? – he also took shit from Lennon because of an injury and his desire to play on, probably not doing anyone any good but showing a desire lacking in his teammates. He has been previously praised by his teammates as being the most naturally gifted in the squad, in his youth scored some terrific goals and on occasion has shown flashes of what he can be. None of this guarantees success in senior fitba, I accept that, but he has finally a chance to prove himself. He made a mistake last night and it cost us…so did Ralston and Abade, it’s fitba with Celtic, Ange Ball and boys!! All I’m saying is a bit of realism is required to where we’re at at the moment!

Mike in Toronto

SEvco’s financials are a few days late. Scary enough that they should have been released on Halloween.

Cant keep borrowing from directors or selling new shares.

Hearing the new angle is to get DD to invest money in them directly, and since he is technically not a Sevco shareholderr, they dont have to declare it as a loan on their books. 🙂

Leggy

Afternoon all,

You got to admit, it’s entertaining.

Me, I love it as I hate all the boring shit we’ve witnessed before.

Bring it on, Angeball. !!!!!

Ps
Less goals conceded would also be nice 😜😜😜😜

A thing of beauty

I hear you McCaff but he’s not a wee boy anymore. I agree he needs for some slack as he has had long term injuries but that was a simple choice last night and he took the wrong one.

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MCCAFF

That’s my point! Neither player has had it easy since their early breakthroughs,but who looks the more complete player?

Rebus67

If I examine my assessment of how the team is progressing under new management, I am forced to admit that it changes depending upon the performance and RESULT in the last game! Not a very smart way to look at a rebuild but it is very human. Yes, in spite of the assessment of some, I am human.

Last weekend, depressed and despondent about progress. Today, joyful and hopeful that something can be won this season. However, my variability meter is still showing that a league title is not going to happen. Even if I give the meter a good shake, it still shows a Sevco title. Why? There are many factors(and that might be the real reason, right there). Amongst these factors are the extent of the rebuild, a manager new to Scottish, indeed, European football, and a new system of playing. However, the major factor will be corruption in the refereeing community. This will tip the scales favourably for Sevco when they meet a stubborn opposition like Livi. It will do the reverse when we meet such opposition. The statistics do not lie. For example, the shocking one regarding the number of games since a red card was issued. The honest mistakes to permit offside goals. Legal goals by the opposition to Sevco chalked off. The cautioning effect of early yellow cards to opposition defenders…..the list goes on and on. It will be enough to see Sevco through their bad patches, and we need them to have bad patches.

On more recent matters, I see praise for Abada. Certainly, without his superb goal, we would not have won last night, but I see a player who has regressed since he arrived. Whether opposition players have him sussed, or he is experiencing a dip in confidence, I do not know. A fit and interested Forrest will easily replace him in the team.

As for Mikey, let’s cut him some slack. Abada has been mediocre of late and yet he is retained in the team. Largely because we just bought him, I suspect. Mikey deserves a run to see what he can do. His “mistake”? Look at where he made it. The Mikey of old would not have been in that area of the park!

Mikey has had his fair share of adversity, despite his talents. How do we deal with adversity? Canonball Adderley told us….”Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!”

Have a great weekend and, again, thanks to our two Blog Masters for making all of this possible,

Rebus

bada bing1

£40 million awaits in the Champions League, and we wonder why they get ridiculous decisions every week?

bada bing1

Imagine Man City saying to the rest of the league, by the way we need a huge loan to keep the lights on,and fulfil our fixtures………it’s a fkn joke, they have been trading insolvent for years,meanwhile the SPFL, SFA,and the other clubs say fk all

McCaff

ATOB…it was a costly mistake from MJ but if you look at the ball from Calmac/McCarthy (?) it’s underhit and gets caught under MJ’s feet, the Ferencvaros player just steps in and takes it. When you say it’s a simple choice in not sure that’s the case. And look at the space the player has to pick his spot for the shot! Probably more reason to criticise Ralston in the end up!
Anyway, we’re all in agreement that we’d love to see him succeed. His early promise left us tantalised for more…until Brendan played him as a lone striker. That’s when people started to question if he was any good!

bada bing1

DAVE KING’S £5m loan to Rangers has cost the club over £800,000 in interest repayments.

The loan from the former Ibrox chairman, who stood down last year, came with an interest rate of 16 percent.

bada bing1

The defence and GK were excellent last night, but we still lost 2 goals,the ball players need to stop flicking the ball ,as if it’s a game of 5 a sides

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McCaff
I felt MJ had an excuse of being rusty as a late sub and the poor pass from McGregor did him no favors.
Johnston at least put in a shift in his time onfield.
Was a little disappointed in JF’s effort but as he is just coming off a lengthy injury he gets benefit of the doubt

fan

Rebus
The JF who came on for Abada last night won’t replace him on that form.
I felt Abada had stopped coming inside and stayed too wide recently but last night he went back to his old game and an assist and goal is testament to how effective he can be.
I wondered if his instructions had changed recently and this affected his belief?
On MJ i agree.
Give the boy time.

Mahe

Happy Friday folks.
God bless all those with health issues and the less fortunate.

Haven’t seen the game but what a result.
What a set of financials across the city eh?

Rebus, thanks and you guys are worth it.

Hail Hail

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REBUS67

” However, the major factor will be corruption in the refereeing community. This will tip the scales favourably for Sevco when they meet a stubborn opposition like Livi. It will do the reverse when we meet such opposition. The statistics do not lie. For example, the shocking one regarding the number of games since a red card was issued. The honest mistakes to permit offside goals. Legal goals by the opposition to Sevco chalked off. The cautioning effect of early yellow cards to opposition defenders…..the list goes on and on. It will be enough to see Sevco through their bad patches, and we need them to have bad patches.”

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Indeed. And it will continue while the clubs stay schtuum,and managers are sanctioned for any comments about it,or criticism of the referees.

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BADABING

That £40m is their Holy Grail. Try telling that to the next hun you meet and watch him squirm!

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Bada

16% interest charged … wow! seriously thinking of moving my pension 🤓

He might be better off leaving it where it was … then again, the huge risk reflects the terms agreed

St tams

I thought Ralston was as much to blame for the 2 goals conceded, as Abada or MJ
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First goal was a terrible pass to Abada in that area of the park, second goal he backed off the attacker, giving him too much space

Rebus67

Fan,

I agree that the JF we saw last night would not replace Abada. I was going to comment on JF’s contribution but I decided to leave it since he is coming back after a long layoff. On at least two occasions, he was either fearful of being tackled or just lazy. He did not move towards passes directed at him. Perhaps, he feared tackles from behind, which Ferencvaros used frequently, or he was lazy.

However, an on song JF is superior to Abada. This is not a bad thing since it will create options for tge manager.

Perhaps, controversially, I thought that Ralston had one of his poorer games for Celtic, despite his header onto the bar. He was caught out of position often. In mitigation, he had a tough job as Ferencvaros targeted our right side. Their LB was a threat, plus Tokmac, who scored the winner last year, tended to operate between the left wing and the centre. The Hungerians must have seen our right side as a weakness since they overloaded Ralston with Civic(LB), Tokmac, and the cheating Laidouni. Abada was no help to Ralston. Overall, Ralston battled through it but his positioning did contribute to their second goal.

Personally, I thought Jura was the option that they should have targeted. Welsh was booked unfairly early on and Jura is not a LB. they should have targeted these two.

Anyway, life is calling……

Rebus

Craig76

Huns signing up for next series of Squid Game
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Craig76

Hehehe

Nae chance of yon Lundstram or Helander being shot for moving too much…

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REBUS67

While AR has largely been a relevation this season,and is certainly strong in the tackle in more advanced areas,I’ve noticed a tendency to back off players when they are running at him near the goal. Maybe he doesn’t want to “sell” himself and be caught out of position in the danger area.

Por Cierto

Tony Ralston, at their 2nd goal, was not down to his positioning, he was where he should have been, but the way we lost the ball left players heading up the park and he was trying to mark 2 players, one on the outside and the fellow who scored, he just couldn’t make his mind up whether to press the scorer, as this would have left the other guy a clear route on goal, but to say he was to blame because of his positioning is way off the mark, por cierto

Craig76

Saltires en sevilla 🤣🤣
They will get shot for falling over when someone’s next to them 😀

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POR CIERTO

I wasn’t blaming his positioning. Merely pointing out that on such occasions he hangs back from committing himself. It’s a difficult choice,because if he loses out in the tackle,the forward is clear on goal,and most times that forward can evade the tackle anyway by passing it either wide or inside.

The problem is the team structure which too often sees him isolated on these occasions. Sure,Abada is available as an outball for AR if he wins the tackle,but he rarely tackles or marks a player himself.

CaltonTongues

Oh No, Not Again….😃

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HH

fan

Our midfield and defense still suffer a little from ball fixation.
Learning you do not always need the ball and just pushing opponents to non dangerous areas and making access to our defensive third difficult.
Experience and patience will fix such.
We are improving in how we setup without the ball.
Still think we need to designate a defensive leader.
P.S. Haven’t seen it mentioned but what about that brilliant cross field pass by McCarthy?

Saltires

A £25m pound loss? Who are these criminals trying to con? Even-cough, cough-financially prudent clubs like Celtic, are posting similar losses, so I would posit that the true figure is nearer 55 times that figure. Huns and arithmetic, eh? I wonder if these creative figures were drawn up by a company in East Belfast?

Incidentally, with the tax-payment holiday for companies, coming to an end, Hector will be ‘coming down the road’ looking for his pound of flesh. So that should be fun.

Further to my post yesterday, about the ABOD being allowed by GCC to once again march past Catholic places of worship a week on Sunday, a few further thoughts have occurred to me. Loyalists are not very bright. On the day when the dead of two world wars are commemorated, these clowns think that it is perfectly acceptable to:

Target a minority community

Dress up like B-movie Nazis and

Strutt about like SA Nazis Stormtroopers, randomly attacking anyone that they do not like the look of.

See what I mean? Not very bright…and a Fascist group with no sense of history, whatsoever. Thank you very much, Glasgow City Council. It would be remiss of me, not to mention their partners in this enabling of bigotry. So raise your glasses high. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

Police Scotland and the Scottish Govt…thanks a bunch. Ya feckers.

Hail Hail.

Craig76

MAGUA
They managed to get 1 rerouted, but not the other

https://mobile.twitter.com/Call_It_Out_/status/1456582657920446469

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CRAIG

Are Call It Out fixated with the word March? Not a criticism,they have done well,but the marches are on 13 and 14 November,not 13 and 14 March as stated in the tweet.

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