Gonna Need A Bigger Squad!

Morning,all.

It must have been bitterly cold at Celtic Park last night,but there was plenty of excitement to keep the blood coursing! Like all of our Europa League group stage matches,this was a real rollercoaster. It was a dead rubber,of course,due to squandering our lead late on in Leverkusen two weeks ago,but beating the team in third position in La Liga suggests we are getting there.

AP made a raft of changes becuae of the hectic schedule we face in the next 25 days,which includes another seven after last night. He gave a chance to a number of the squad players,and also to a number of the youngsters. I have to say that Shaw and Uroghide particularly impressed me,Scales is improving with every game,and Abada,who went missing for a while,really stood up when it counted. Welsh is becoming Mr Dependable,and even scored the opener before most fans were in their seats!

That plan went out the window about midway through the first half when Ajeti chased down the keeper and pulled a hamstring. Of all the players we wanted to rest tonight,I’d say that Kyogo was probably the most important. As he was the only striker on the bench,AP clearly felt he had no choice.

I’m not so sure,there was the option to use Johnston through the middle. The gamble was a big one,all the more so when Kyogo seemed to suffer the same injury as Ajeti. Betis had just equalised,there were twenty minutes to go,and we were running out of options!

No panic,Ewan Henderson came on-and scored right away! Naturally,he was delighted! Naturally,we let them break up the pitch to equalise again. Both goals were subject to VAR checks,as was our third from MJ-which was harshly ruled offside-and the winning penalty,awarded for a lunge on the breaking Abada-which went in our favour.

DT made no mistake from the spot.

There were more injury concerns though,with McCarthy taking a heavy knock but having to play through it,and Uroghide colliding with Bitton as they defended a corner. Play was held up for treatment,which took about five minutes,and I’ll be surprised if they aren’t given a rest to recover from likely concussion. Both bravely opted to play on as we had used both our subs,but I would argue that the decision should never have been left to the players.

A terrific game,and a good scalp to take. But at what cost?

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Above article by BMCUWP

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The Real McCoy

Good showing by our fringe players.
Well Done 👏
Injuries are, of course, a worry🙏🏻

CFC

Kyogo ran fully 40/50 metres at pace to lunge into a tackle which he does in the course of a game.
I was shouting at the telly, urging him to stop, but that’s his style. The resultant self inflicted injury had an inevitability about it.

If it hadn’t happened tonight it was a possibility in the next game or the game after.
His work ethic is very much for the team, and sadly that’s his undoing. Needs to manage this aspect of his game better.

bada bing1

Ange has created a remarkable turnaround in 6 months from last year’s shambles, but to even have Kyogo on the bench, and then put him on,was totally reckless, and could cost us the league.

jimthetim53

If it had been a more crucial game tonight I would have been thinking of my team as warriors. But for a dead rubber match I look at those injured as casualties almost. But I’m still proud of them all!
As you say we need a bigger squad by necessity.

bada bing1

Auldheid- Kyogo should have been watching the game in the house,ridiculous decision given our paper thin forward line

The Real McCoy

The Leicester manager has stated he has no knowledge of The Conference League as he didn’t expect to be in among the ‘ shite ‘ 💩 teams 😱.
Anyway the draw is on Monday and our possible opponents are :-
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Partizan Belgrade
Bodo/ Glimt
Slavia Prague
PAOK Salonica
Qarabag
RanDers
Spurs need to beat Rennes sometime in the future, otherwise Vitesse .
We are at home first leg 17th Feb. Away 24th.
Previous to the first leg is Scottish Cup weekend.
In between Sunday 20th at home to Dundee.
Away to Hibs after 2nd leg Sunday 27th.
*fixtures subject to the vagaries of SPFL/ UEFA

jimthetim53

At the risk of sounding Old Firmish, The Ibrox mob go through to the next round in Europe with 8 points and we go out the same comp. with 9 points.
Sometimes I wonder about God!!!

The Real McCoy

Jim,
I think/ hope 🤞The Conference League suits us this year during our massive re-build.
Wouldn’t really fancy going up against Champions League drop-outs angry at their demise.
( we would be through if we managed to hold on in Leverkusen. #ifyerauntiehadbaws 😂)

A thing of beauty

Back from the game and proud of everyone of the player who gave it their all. Special mention to Bitton for feigning to kick Uroghide up the arse after they collided but both players should probably have went off. It was a proper sair yin.
So disappointed with Kyogo having to go off injured. Like others I didn’t want him brought on as he was the only fit striker we had but also see CFC’s point that the way he plays a hamstring injury was in the post. Not sure it’s a sackable offence Bada but I take your point. Ange will regret it for sure and unfortunately so will we. We’ve got no options now aside from MJ and I dont fancy him to handle the pressure.
MOTM Nir Bitton

jimthetim53

The Real McCoy, Unlike Brendan Rodgers I have actually heard of the Conference League and I’m still excited at the thought of playing in it. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
If we won it………. 🙂

bada bing1

ATOB- never said sackable ,but it was totally reckless, given our schedule, and lack of numbers. HH

jimthetim53

ATOB,
“Special mention to Bitton for feigning to kick Uroghide up the arse after they collided….”
LOL 🙂
When I saw that I wondered! Then I thought maybe it was the camera angle and Bitton was doing a leg exercise! Gave him the benefit of the doubt! LOL 🙂

Prestonpans bhoys

Just in from the game, when Kyogo came on everyone around me asked why. Indeed why on the bench, that stupid move may end up to be very, very costly. Time for my cot😴😴

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Think we will need to get our injured out on the first flight to Lourdes tomorrow

The Real McCoy

Jim,
“ If we won it “ 👍🏻
We would have to go play in Albania on the 25th of May with President Meta leading the choir 😂
Come On You Bhoys In Green 💚
Tirana Is Green and White 🇳🇬 🇳🇬 🇳🇬

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Some effort by our makeshift team tonight well done lads. Abada needs to improve his defensive play his tracking back is woefull. We need to improvise a win against Motherwell with what we have. We beat Betis tonight so I am sure we will handle Motherwell. If we are really struggling I would play Carter Vickers at centre forward.

NanaMouskouri C.sc

The Real McCoy you can get a return flight to Tirana from Glasgow for £145

jimthetim53

That would make it even better! 🙂

The Real McCoy

Nana
No be that price come May 😂
Mibbees El Presidente will fly us all over ✈️

NanaMouskouri C.sc

That’s why I have booked early

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Great effort and skill from our new look team tonight. Definitely not our luckiest night though with injuries to key players but marvellous night.
Just watched highlights on BT ….. never showed our 4th ‘goal’ at all!!! How fn biased can you get ?

jimthetim53

Which player was it in Martin O’neil’s team who could switch from forward to defence? and vice versa.

NanaMouskouri C.sc

The Real McCoy the park only holds 22000. We know it’s a given that President Meta will have any opposition fans lifted and their tickets given to Celtic fans but it’s still a very small stadium

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Sutton

jimthetim53

“In his five and half years at Celtic, Sutton showed his versatility on many occasions. Although considered primarily a striker, Sutton was often deployed in central midfield to allow Welsh striker John Hartson – another robust forward – to play up front alongside Larsson. On occasion Sutton was fielded in his original position of centre-half, notably against Rangers in a league game on 4 October 2003. Celtic won 1–0,[36] with Sutton turning in an assured performance in defence.”

Aye, it was Chris Sutton! Had to look it up, I’ve got a memory like a hen.

NanaMouskouri C.sc

I think now is a good time to stop this bad habit of going around the park and applauding the fans. A quick wave to the fans from the centre circle and then up tunnel to concentrate on the next game. The only time we should be going around the park is when we have a cup in tow

Saltires en Sevilla

Well done bhoys tonite

8.9m euro in prize money

Sevco 6.7m euro in prize money

Go figure !

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Hope the girls are going around the park to show the cup on Sunday after their great victory. Caitlin’s goal was superb she knows how to attack a cross ball

jimthetim53

SeS ?

Saltires en Sevilla

Otherwise occupied In Aviemore tonite

Great band from Tiree/Glasgow and Livi ??

Skerryvore

This is from an earlier gig ..get the idea 🎵

Saltires en Sevilla

Jtt53

Thanks buddy I’ve corrected /edit

NanaMouskouri C.sc

If we had game managed the game in Spain better we would have been thru

Mahe

Jim remember when people would go on holiday and get the people at home ‘a rock’.
A long sugar bar with the name of the destination in the middle?
People used to say get me a rock!

jimthetim53

SeS, Gotcha, LOL 🙂 Remember to keep those stats for your article in 10 years time! 🙂

jimthetim53

Mahe, that’s went right over my head!

Maestro Fan

Great result for the B team. Big Urhoghide is a monster. Raw, but some great qualities to build on. Scales looks a class player and Welsh is a talented boy.

Negatives…

Recurring soft tissue injuries to key players. Our league challenge could founder before we get reinforcements in. Thanks again Lawwell, ta greedy, know-nothing prick.

Betis could have scored 9. Watch the highlights again.

Mikey Johnston. What an abysmal, self-serving little shit. Sold 2 goals. He’s a constant menace – to our defence. Watch their 2nd. Tries to be a smart arse, gets caught on the ball (deja vu from Ferencvaros), then stands & watches as they break away to score.

Even worse was the 4 against the goalie breakaway. He asserts himself to take the ball off CalNac’s toe, then proceeds to demonstrate he has straw where his football brain should be. It was near impossible for a professional football team not to score in that circumstance, but Mikey found a way.

All his qualities on display. Lazy, selfish and completely missing a football brain. Get rid.

Saltires en Sevilla

JTT53

Tbh I’m getting excited at all that prize money

That

We will never spend on first team players ..mebbes😊

NanaMouskouri C.sc

We do spend money just not wisely at times like many other teams. Chelsea spent a record 78 million for a goalie who now sits on their bench. All teams live and die by their transfer dealings and when you have made a mistake get them out the door pronto not good to have them hanging about depressing the place

McCaff

Was too busy posting my post match thoughts on last night’s thread, I hadn’t realised a new chat had started! Evening all!! 😁

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Should I go back to the other page and read his pish

McCaff

Probably not!!

NanaMouskouri C.sc

I seen what you did with your comment about Nir

McCaff

The single best thing about tonight was the fact that the 11 players who started played the way Ange wants them to play. To get the result was a bonus. To lose Kyogo was a bastard!! Hopefully it’s not serious!!

McCaff

TY!

McCaff

A wee change of direction only because I had this opened on another page but did anyone see this tweet earlier on…what a despicable C*** McGregor is!
https://twitter.com/Zeshankenzo/status/1468915429884186628

NanaMouskouri C.sc

Scott gives me kittens. Although he did have a couple of big saves

McCaff

Funny thing, Nana, but it was about 20 minutes in before I realised it was Bain in goal and not Hart!! I know that sounds ridiculous -naw, it is ridiculous! – but he played exactly as Hart does, his positioning, his body shape to take a pass etc. It was only when I noticed he was playing a proper sweeper role, about 20 yards further forward than Hart ever is that I realised it was Bain!
#specsaversappointmentbooked CSC 🤣

McCaff

I’m gonna post this here for anyone who left last night’s pages tooooo early. This is a worthwhile read…
Raymac
Over 50 years ago I was up Cupar Street on the Fall’s Road with about 20 RUC men in riot gear in front of us..Behind them were hundreds of Shankill loyalists firing bricks and bottles. We returned them with vigour. We couldn,t miss. This was between 9 and 10 0,clock on Thursday. Here,s something you,ll,not read in any reports from that time. About10 O,,clock a guy came up the street from the Fall,s, set off a flare and fired six shots in the air. I,ve always thought and maintained that he should have shot a cop or one of the Loyalists. Who knows what would have happened. A few minutes later the door to the last house occupied opened and a young family carrying two kids emerged. That was the signal for a petrol bomb though the window and the mob headed.by the RUC riot police to charge.us. They had no chance of catching any of us. There was no doubt we would have been killed
The barricades at the end of the street had been erected, and crates of petrol bombs and other missiles gathered.
The loyalists burned the entire street of houses. We were petrol bombing and stoning them and RUC Land Rovers until about 3O,Clock in the morning. Then the Shorland Armoured cars appeared. Shorland was short for Short Brothers and Harland.. They were mounted with Browning machine guns. A good friend, Sammy Lennon and I were pelting the Land Rovers, but when they appeared Sammy looked at me and said ” I think we,re finished here”.
Next morning I caught the trolley bus to work. The Fall,s Road streets had been torched. I was working on HMS Caroline and could tell a story about that but phoned work and was told to collect my wages at lunchtime.
coming back up the Fall,s I got involved in another riot at Per.cy.St.. After going home for my tea I found out the loyalists were burning Bombay Street.
A bunch of us made our way there to help. As we passed Clonard Monastery Father Mc Loughlin blessed us.
I was in Bombay Street helping people out of their homes until the early hours.
That turned me into a Republican. After Internment nearly 2 years later I was playing in Long Kesh for the internees when they sang The Boys of The Old Brigade to us. A good friend Paddy Joe McGuigan had writtten it.
We recorded it and you know the rest. We made sure the music was played for the morale of the people, to raise money for the prisoners and their families, and to keep the Republican flame burning.
You may ask why this wasn,t written earlier after the Dundee match. I would simply say that the yobs who were insulting my Protestant friends do not know their history, nor do they care. Celtic mean more to people than that.
I am a United Irishman,and they should study the history.
Another band of mine gave them The Lonesome Boatman, and I sometimes wonder why i bothered if the songs and tunes are misused.
Doesn,t stop me loving Celtic though.
Great win against Betis tonight, so at least some things are right with the world.

December 9, 2021 11:48 pm

NanaMouskouri C.sc

McCaff everyone of those incidents with the halfwits halfwit was a sending off

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