Underpar, we overpower

I’m disappointed with the Don’s. They were the largest team I’ve witnessed in quite a while, big strong lads was clearly the call.
While Martin liked a physical specimen, he demanded they could play a bit and didn’t pack the entire team with them.
It’s sad what could be the nations third biggest footballing force has descended to such basic levels given their history, and I must wonder are their fans happy with that approach, turning up every week to see a battle?
 
I’ll add Glass to the list of names currently employed but doing the game a diservice with their approach. I recall one shot from distance, the penalty (more on that later), and a corner which they were always going to threaten from. It’s their primary weapon, how sad is that.
 
As for Scott Brown, how he can attach his name (via coaching) to that is beyond me?
We saw first hand why he is no longer in the Hoops,,much too deep so as to be ineffectual bar one good pass, and the body just can’t handle a full high tempo game anymore.
 
It’s hard to see how their American owners can be happy with their lowly right position, which is a clear reflection on those dinosaur tactics which would be at home in the second division. Surely their manager won’t last long, which might mean Scott given the nod. I think he should stop playing and focus more on that side of things. Unfortunately I don’t believe he’s a deep thinker, usually all action instinctive players don’t make great managers.
On the park thinkers can often make the transition.
 
Onto the Hoops,,
We were below average, maybe 7 outta 10 on the day. A team on a bad run would have tied that game, a decent team keep working and trying safe in the knowledge it can pay off. Once again it did.
We didn’t stop, didn’t panic, and didn’t settle for the draw. And once again it paid dividends.
 
That’s several different types of tests we’ve passed recently by hook or by crook. We weren’t getting bullied, or drawn into a battle to suit our opponent. As usual their penalty box was flooded with players when the chance arose, Ange’s tactic which usually pays off, and did again via Calmacs rump and Jota’s weaker peg.
 
Why weren’t we at our best?
To these eyes their centre backs had the smarts to nullify Kyogo, and their midfield was tasked with doubling Jota.
It was a game that would have suited G-Mac more I think, although Furuhashi worked his socks off.
Boy Wonder is good enough to evade being doubled up on occasion, and is developing a real taste for goals.
He’s a difference maker.
Better teams than Aberdeen have tried and failed to nullify our attacking threat for an entire game, it was always asking a lot of them on Bertie’s final home game.
 
However our tactics didn’t help.
The full backs only started to come forward when the game was tied. JJ’s first real foray ended up with two corners.
On the other side Tony doesnt beat a man or hit the byline then cross, although he has a beautiful cross field pass.
It’s clear they are instructed to stay back, having Abada and Jota ahead who aren’t workhorses it helps solidify up the back by not leaving us exposed down the flanks.
But we love attacking fullbacks, it’s in our DNA. Jura is said to be much better in his natural right back berth with license to attack, and we are heavily linked with a left back. I think it’s fair to say he will play left back, pushing JJ across the field.
That opens up the overlap to deliver with the most accurate foot.
We miss overlapping play and the extra options attacking fullbacks offer.
That can be fixed, and I hope the new left back is the start of the process.
 
Abada is off the boil, that berth should be given to James now. The other James can be content with his contribution and another game under the belt, didn’t look out of place and isn’t a talking point, just quietly skipped in and did his job, pat on the back.
 
The biggest pat on the back should go to whoever gave Boy Wonder the nod to join.
I wanted an Alan Thompson clone out left after Mo, who was a talent but inconsistent. Someone in their prime and solid so we could forget about that area for a few years,,a Pole or something.
When I first seen Jota I flinched.
He’s young, too young I thought for a position that needs stability and must help out the left back.
He’s a boy, a thin whip of a lad, which in my eyes wasn’t a good start. The local cloggers have a special plan for scrawny lads like him, boot him.
Then there’s the tan. He won’t be topping that up in his new home.
The diet and lifestyle aren’t as important as they used to be, but if long afternoons at the beach in the heat are how he relaxes it was going to be an unhappy stay.
There’s also family to consider, a young man would probably bring someone along and their happiness becomes shared, recall El Hamed had to depart due to an unhappy family.
I gave him 50/50 to simply settle, less to enjoy his footballing education in Scotland.
A berth was all we could offer him, the adulation of the support must be earned.
Earned it he has.
Our Japanese bhoy is a find, Jota has the potential to be a find and a goldmine one day.
 
Ref-watch,,,
When I saw it was Clancy I rolled my eyes, a poor referee if ever I saw one.
I counted five occasions he could have or should have produced the yellow card against the team in red, but decided not to.
The two poor tackles within the first eight minutes, two poor tackles by their sub Samuels, and the simulation for win the penalty.
 
My first impression was penalty but upon viewing the replay Liel pulls out of the tackle and plants a leg in the attackers way. The attacker runs into the leg then throws himself in the air.
His dive should have been a bookable offense. That’s how I see it.
However when you give these refs the option they will point to the spot, all I can say is at least Abada was backtracking attempting to help out but he could do with some sideline time to refund his mojo.
 
Having ignored five yellows by them, Clancy was more than happy to book Mikey for his first offense, a silly throwing the ball ten yards back.
As far as whistlers go, it doesn’t really matter the name, they are all substandard.
 
That’s two months undefeated now domestically, another first for Ange and you must admit a sign things are on the up. Next up is under the floodlights, a cold December night time match which brings out the best from the home crowd.
For a collection that thrives off fan energy, and with it being the dastardly Jambo’s thus raising the temperature a degree, I get the feeling the bhoys will enjoy the occasion.
It would be a great scalp to take, and a great start to Christmas.
Roll on Thursday.

By Mahe

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big packy

I have worn a kilt tho at a few weddings, and wee joan remarked, i didnt realise you had lovely knees😎 which reminds me of the joke, guy up in the highlands for a wedding freezing cold, the auld guy says to him dont worry son you will not be cold with the kilt, yes he says but i might be kilt wae the cold,😎,another true story,

jimthetim53

Packy, I read that joke in the Beano’s letter page on September the 3rd. 1963!

big packy

JIM, the old ones are the best😎

big packy

two chinese men break into a scottish distillery, is it whisky one said to the other, yes but not as whisky as wobbing a bank.

jimthetim53

LOL 🙂

Craig76

Did someone say Sausages
Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) Tweeted: Often overshadowed by her young, clownish friend, a happy 9th birthday to Olive – wilful, greedy, massive-tongued, beautiful. https://t.co/zEIhAOQvJm https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1465396884734988303?s=20

big packy

a scottish priest is driving home when he comes across a dead pig lying in the road, so he calls the police to inform them, a cocky sergeant answers and says did you read him his last rites, with a smirk,,naw replies the priest, thought i would inform his next of kin first😎

jimthetim53

I don’t get that one!

jimthetim53

I’m away to watch Lewis and solve a murder.

I can concur that Magua is indeed an acquired taste, however, I can confirm once acquired, you realise that it’s a unique and very enjoyable 🙂

Also re Teachers whisk,y an Uncle of mine loved the stuff, when asked what would he liked to drink he would say, ‘I’ll have an education please’ good old Uncle John sorely missed.

Brian

big packy

OK jim try this one, a young scottish lad moves to new york, after 6 months his mother phones him and asks what does he think of the americans, horrible he says, they shout and scream ,keep banging on doors,.oh my goodnes says the mother how do you cope ,ach awright maw, i just keep playing my bagpipes😎

jimthetim53

I recognise big packy’s jokes from The Sunday Post’s, Merry Mac’s jokes page, circa 1970’s 😉

Brian

jimthetim53

Brian, I think it was Merry Macs Joke page I meant earlier! (but I knew it was printed in Dundee)

jimthetim53

That was much better Packy! 🙂

big packy

BELMONT BRIAN, got my jokes from bank st and muiryhall st, and a few from sunnyside station😎😎

BelmontBrian63

I’m still trying to work out if that is a compliment or not. I’m easily confused y’know. 😀

Hail Hail.

Craig76

MAGUA
I bet you’ve drank in these pubs
https://twitter.com/celticbars/status/1465381967436865545

Craig76

What pubs mate?

Hail Hail.

Mike in Toronto

Alan Thompson’s new book is out, and in it, he reports on his time at Celtic, inlcuding the famous bust up between NFL and Fat Sally …NFL reacted strongly to something FatSally said, but has never publicly addressed what was actually said…according to Alan Thompson’ book:

“When the final whistle blew, and we had won the game, all the staff went over to shake hands with the opposing team as you do, and Lenny went to shake Coisty’s hand.

“I was stood so close that I clearly heard Ally tell Lenny, ‘And don’t you be speaking to my f***ing players like that’, only for Lenny to tell him, ‘They’re not your f***ing players, they’re Walter’s.

“It’s never been disclosed what was actually said in over a decade now — but I’m telling you that was the spark that lit the fire and Hell was hot.

“Lenny was right because Walter was the gaffer and Ally was only the No 2 at that time. Ally didn’t take well to that.

“The Rangers boys were all trying to say it was our fault but any team who receives three red cards in one match need to have a long hard look at themselves.”

If that was all that was said, the whole thing was even more overblown than I had thought.

Craig76

I was of course using ‘mate’ in a friendly fashion. I was not giving you an Ange style ear-bashing. 😀

Craig76

MAGUA
The 1s in the link it’s adverts that appeared in the Celtic view in 1965 🍺🥃😀

Craig76

The gremlins are messing with me phone again. Can’t see any link. On the plus side, I can see the wonderful new background…cheers ASWGL.

Hail Hail.

Craig76

MAGUA
Heraghty’s Inn
188 Oxford Street Glasgow c5
Garryowen 15-19 Norfolk Street Glasgow c5
Bunny Clark 794 Springfield Road
Tavern bar 286 Ballater Street Glasgow c5
Clyde Vaults 276 main St Bridgeton

Also great background ASWGL

Craig76

None of the boozers seem familiar to me.

I remember sometime in the 80s, I answered an advert in the Celtic View. Some Tim was selling classic Celtic Views, so I met up with him at Central Station, and a bargain was struck. Cannae mind what I paid for the collection, but among some of the gems purchased-in mint condition, I may add-were:

The very first edition of the View.

The View immediately before and after Lisbon.

A host of Celtic Views from the late 60s.

And as a wee Brucie Bonus, Celtic View summer specials from 1968-1972.

Hail Hail.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Some great reading back over the last few days,so cap doffed to you all. I should eff off to Germany more often-and I would,if it wasn’t for the trainee Gestapo types at passport control!

Plus,the rigmarole of form-filling etc nowadays is a tad onerous. My passport is being retired until normal service is resumed. Promise!!!

One of the many comments which caught my eye is the following…

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Mike in Toronto
how do you fix it?

first week of training … you get 3 touches once… and 2 back passes per session .. any more than that, and you run 10 laps ..

next week, if you do it again, get fined a week’s wages….

next week, if you keep doing it, you get shot … bet they wont do it again…. nor will the rest of their team mates, I bet (just hope the guilty party is a reserve player, and not a key player like Kyogo)

no more of this mollycoddling players!

🙂

November 29, 2021 4:28 pm

big packy

My wee Gran lived in West George St, just up from ‘Derry’s walls’ my Granda came over from Buncrana, Donegal, sadly he died a young man, leaving my Gran to raise 8 wee ones, my mum being the youngest at 6 months.
There at times there is a misconception that Coatbridge is a RC stronghold, however, Sunnyside was and still is a pocket that has majority that is not fond of RC’s, (just like Gartsherrie, just up the road)
My Granda was a well read and educated man, during the year neighbours would chap his door, asking if he would write letters for job applications and the like, however during ‘Marching season’ they would again chap the door, however, not for letter writing but to ‘come out and fight ya FB’.
In fairness he won considerably more of these scraps, a tough wee man,
His genes have been passed on well. If you have a dip into YouTube and enter ‘Daniel McGowan Muai Thai’ my Godson.
I have seen in some of your previous posts you lived in Glenboig, you may be familiar with with the McGowan’s from Farm Road, behind the old brick works.
Personally, I was raised initially ‘The Slap Up’ in Dundyvan, where lots of Irish immigrants settled in Coatbridge, however, we moved over to the ‘Greener’ Townhead, I drank in ‘The Bammy’ {La Ronde) and travelled to the games on The James Connoly CS bus.

Apologies for the long post, your Coatbridge comments brought back some beautiful memories.

Wee Joan, yourself and your extended family will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care and keep safe.

Brian

fan

big packy
A female American tourist goes up to a soldier on duty at Edinburgh castle and ask’s him is it true what they say a Scotsman wears under his kilt?
He replies stick your hand up and find out.
She promptly does and says that’s gruesome .
He replies do it again it’s grew some more.

Craig76

MAGUA
That some collection you got 👌

jimthetim53

Brian @ 8.56pm, Brilliant post mate.

big packy

FAN 😎

BelmontBrian63

Big Packy

Jimthetim53

Craig76

MIT

Twas a pleasure lads. Away to see what goodies that I can find on Prime Video, which I have recently signed up for.
Till tomorrow, and as Dave Allen always said:

May Your God Go With You.

Hail Hail

jimtim53, cheers mate, that means a lot

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Magua, stop trying to kid on to to the posters, here on sentilcelts, that you are not up to speed with this new fangled technology !!!!
Ya evil genius 😉

Brian

big packy

BELMONT BRIAN,,thanks for your good wishes, yes knew the mcgowans, farm road was my old stomping ground, i worked in the brickworks from 1969 till 71, i know dundyvan road and gartsherrie and la ronde, used to drink in yogis bar across from the regal cinema, you might be too young to remember it, think there is an asda there now,,went to celtic games on phil coles bus,ach memories,hope you are well👍

Apologies, jimtim53 obviously = jimthetim53

Brian

big packy

I very well thanks and you’re correct, I’m way to young and also far to handsome 😉

Brian

jimthetim53

Brian, I also answer to just ‘Jim’ to save on the typing! LOL 🙂

Cheers Jim

Brian

jimthetim53

Talking about forenames. I’ve been called:
Jim
Jimbo
Jim The Tim
But never Jimmy
nor, James, since I left school – which is what the teachers called me.

Oh and, Scooby.
don’t ask me why but two pals called me that years ago!
Maybe I howled like Scooby when I was drunk?

Here comes the SC 4th Round draw

Alloa vs ‘the ‘tic

Brian

big packy

JIM wee joan has always called me jimmy and all her family its a scouse thing, another piece of useless information.GNAGB ALL

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BELMONTBRIAN63

Some post,and fond memories of your Granda.

I’ve got many fond memories of my own Papa,and take it from me,he wasn’t used to second prizes either!

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JIMTHETIM53

I’m Mick to most people,Michael to my family-and girlfriends,back in the day!-and other people can call me what they like.

Thanks BMCWP,

Still for me that’s the best moniker ever 🙂
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For our pugilist fans here is why I believe Lennox Lewis was the best heavyweight boxer since Ali

;mon the leather belts

Brian

https://youtu.be/NgNG_9PCtLQ

Mahe