Halftime

That’s all she wrote for this year, and the mighty Glasgow Celtic finished this one as they mean to start the next, with a victory.

 

They weren’t the most vital three points ever, but after a draw and the lead at the top being stretched earlier in the day it was important to come out as victors to enter the break with some positivity and preserve our now double digit unbeaten run.

 

This team is getting used to coming away as victors, no matter the injuries, no matter the shuffling about. The biggest reason is goals, they are spread throughout the team and this particular game proved that once again.
Liel Abada was in the habit of chipping in with plenty goals once, quite a while ago though. There’s been many a spurned chance, many a disappointing performance from the young Israeli, so it was important for him to repay the faith shown by Ange in giving him a shot as the emergency striker.
He did, and the gaffer can be pleased he’s made another correct call, his gamble paid off.
The young man can hopefully use those goals as a springboard and get his mojo back, and use the break to focus on the flaws in his game.
He started the first half of the season well, can he start the second half with a bang? That’s what he should be aiming for.
Given the upcoming window, we shouldn’t see him deployed up top again, it’s nice he did the job when needed, but that right wing is his natural home and he must try to make that berth his own no question.

 

Nir’s goal was well executed, and unexpected. He doesn’t score much, he didn’t seem to do anything much but just be in or around the squad for years, was considered unsuited to Angeball yet somehow he’s producing form that might gain a contract extension.
Of all the players to suddenly excel, he surely was once of the least expected but here we are.
Scoring, smiling, passing forward, we are witnessing the emergence of Nir Bitton Mark 2, ten years after Mark 1 failed to inspire.
His upturn is pleasing to watch from the outside, and his task now is to move from backup to first choice.
Turnbull and Tam aren’t nailed on guaranteed starters, Nir can push them hard and goals always help your cause.

 

Overall though it’s nice to finally have a decent breather.
They say a rest can work wonders, well let’s hope so. It’s been quite a season already with very little chance to analyse events, only react to them.
Ange and the team have reacted to events much better than expected, now comes their first period of R&R together as a group with very little indication of how the time shall be spent.

 

Lenny would have the troops in Dubai no doubt and around this time last year the famous pints by the pool photo emerged to completely derail the season at the halfway point.
Thankfully I just can’t see our Greek Australian going down that route.
I expect some training drills alongside monitored relaxation, some tactical team meetings alongside a friendly table tennis competition or the like.
Individual assessments for each player and what they should focus on of course, but also a few weeks of good team bonding.

 

Ange is somewhat lucky in this respect. Before the shutdown was moved, of course the break was due after the top of the table derby clash. Realistically there was a large chance of heading into the winter break on the back of a stinging defeat or draw. That would have left Ange picking up the morale of his squad, and new arrivals walking into a dispirited dressing room.

 

Instead the big man has a happy bunch still used to success, there’s plenty of team morale to foster, and any new bhoys are walking into a relaxed camp.
This freak turn of events gives us more time at the drawing board preparing, and also pushes the fixture to a tantalizing midweek night time slot, a fact I truly believe we shall benefit from.
There’s nothing like a big game under the floodlights, the atmosphere building all day long, the crowd extra boisterous roaring every tackle and cheering corners like goals.

 

Assuming of course there will be crowds allowed. Yesterday’s match took me back to the bad old days,,, empty seats, individual voices, the training ground match feeling. Ange already admitted this group of players feeds off the supporters, I think it’s fair to state we would be placed at the largest disadvantage should crowds be banned again.

 

At this halfway stage, although there are issues to be addressed, there’s plenty to be upbeat about.
“Within touching distance” was uttered in hope, deemed unlikely six months ago, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves.
Blips, injuries galore, many unwanted players and many brand new ones, not to mention officialdom intending to steer the title, yet we hover around the top and still hold our destiny in our own hands,,always preferable to the alternative.
We have become so accustomed to winning even without a striker that a draw feels like a defeat, viewed now as points dropped and never a point gained.
And the Cavalry’s allegedly over that hill, about to make an appearance just when needed.
“Within touching distance” was far from assured and it deserves a lot of credit.

 

It’s a fantastic bonus for those such as myself who wrote off title hopes during a huge transitional season.
It’s a great platform for this special group to launch a second attack on the rest of the league.
It’s halftime folks and its shaping up to be a season to remember.

By Mahe

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craig76

Morning all
Unique angle from yesterday
https://twitter.com/CelticTV/status/1475390999962681344

SteveNaive

Positive ( sorry) note to finish on, uplifting after the draw.
Starfelt though, I tried hard to note the improvements and hoped he would come on . All players can give the ball away but his reactions immediately afterwards, jogging to shut down the crosser and shirking the cross was it for me. Just not good enough. Replace.

Saltires en Sevilla

Mahe

Good shout – we have probably surprised ourselves, still being in touch with the mighty Sevco at HT

Bearing in mind we still have Hibees and Sevco to play to see the actual HT status.

That could make all the difference. 4 weeks to prep for them feels like an advantage to us… somehow

The team is improving in imortant aspects of the game and this is reassuring.

It’s still mid-season and prefer not to single out players for criticism when we need them to do us a job.
It was good to see Abada grab two and that will do his confidence the world of good, which is a huge positive at this time.

I know Bitton splits opinion, and see the almost casual errors he makes, most players do in league games. Then at the same time there is a bit of steel in there, a mental toughness in a tight spot the rolled passes. The calm shot for goal, kept down below knee height. We needed a captain on the day and he didn’t let us down. His height at set plays is a factor although he could be more outwardly aggressive and I know this bugs some fans.

Anyway, now wondering how many players were under par against The Buddies due to other factors and that isn’t something that sits well. I’d prefer not to listen to speculation too much and put it down to an off-night.

Kyogo needs a loooong rest…4 weeks should see him bouncing back with Jota. Now there is a prospect to anticipate and savour.

Just the new signings then …. over to you Mr. Nicholson.

GER57

Happy Christmas to all on Sentinel Celts. I’ve had a great time with my family. 20 month old grandson stole the show. Magical.
Off the field, we don’t know yet if Ange is gonna be backed with some new players. Why would the board not? It would be deliberate sabotage.
On field, Ange has been brilliant. The team is improving, has fantastic attitude, and we can justifiably hope to win the league if Ange gets his reinforcements. That’s way ahead of everybodies’ expectations 3 months ago..
I wouldn’t be surprised if crowds are still restricted in early February. Public safety comes first. The snide cracks about the FM, and her supposed support for the Huns, are nonsense. They definitely prefer empty stadia: they are anti football. We want to close the points gap ASAP before we reach 70% games played. In the event of a total shutdown, they could be awarded the league even if only marginally ahead. There will be Masonic Scribes and Pharisees poring over the minutiae of the rules right now.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends and a belated Happy Peaceful Christmas to all who post and lurk on here. Cutting back on social media for a couple of weeks so I’m refreshed and raring to go come mid January ๐Ÿ˜

craig76

No football for 3wks so here is almost 2hrs of Celtic doing what they do best

St tams

SteveNaive
I said the exact same about Starfelt yesterday.
This guy won’t do.

As for a contract extension for Bitton.
Please no. Been stealing a wage for 9 years.

ASWGL

Afternoon bhoys and ghirls, Mahe another lengthy and good leader, and mostly in line with all of our thoughts.

We decided to give Ange time, and we’re, no doubt in a better place than we thought we might be at this stage of the rebuild.

Onto Nir Bitton and I don’t share your enthusiasm with Nir, for 80% or 90% of the game I agree with SES he seems elegant, but he has these awful Bambi on ice moments when defending, real back of the couch moments, same can be said for Starfelt, only right after Carl’s first defensive calamity, quickly comes number two and number three error, he seems to lose confidence straight after his first error and never recovers, I’m also taking on board what ATOB said about the state of the pitch, past players played on some of the most dreadful surfaces anyone has ever seen, yet none of Starfelt’s continual bambi moments.

I’m not trying to compare players only surfaces, I sincerely hope to be proved wrong when the season has ended, but seeing either of the above two names on the team sheet terrify me, and likely some others too.

HH

Starting Wednesday last the first of six Blogs under the heading: 1850 Irish Navvy riot or Dunfermline Ethnic Cleansing?
I will publish each part a week apart & hope you will find them interesting (I certainly did) as they examine a subject that isnโ€™t normally talked about.
Please share. https://www.tomminogue.com/tom/?p=7938
H.H.
Happy New Year when it comes.

Maestro Fan

Proud of how the bhoys handled December and yesterday in particular. I thought we had used all our bad luck up last season, but apparently not. The contrast with Lennonโ€™s entitled, dereliction of duty last season could not be more stark. A hungry, clear thinking leader versus a complacent, half-arsed egotist. No contest.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, SOL, just seen your post from last night was round at wee joans sisters all day, the brother in law was filling my glass with jagermeister bombs, thought that was a german aircraft in world war 2,๐Ÿ˜Ž BTW, on this hogmanay party dont invite anyone from glenboig, they would steal the sugar out your tea, another true story,

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TOMMINOGUE

An excellent piece of work,and nice to have you back. I look forward to the rest of the series.

An interesting and upbeat leader Mahe. Cheers for that.

On Starfelt, yes he does look like a bit of a bombscare when played on the left of the defence. If played on the right however, he looks far more capable and comfortable. As long as he’s played in his proper position, he’ll do a job for us.

On big Nir, I believe him to be a capable stand-in, as a holding mid. When played in defence however? No. Just no.

Jock Stein would never ask a player to perform a role that he was incapable of. ‘Play to your strengths and disguise your weaknesses’ was the mantra of the big man. Unless it’s an emergency, a player should never be played out of the position that he was brought in to fulfill. Like non-alcoholic beer, it makes no feckin’ sense to me.

As for new signings, I think that Ange will be well on top of this. I know that we have been linked with Hatate, Meida etc, and hopefully this will come to pass. We could do worse that taking a punt on Boyle and Nisbett of Hibs. Either, or both would do a job for us. Tis all about opinions after all.

While I’m not usually a big fan of breaks-winter, international or otherwise-as Mahe said, this particular break is a Godsend for the Celts. By the time the break is over, hopefully we will have a fully fit squad raring to go…along with a few additions of course. The Huns on the other hand, must sell players. I would be delighted to see the likes of Morelos, Kent, Barasic and so on, leaving for relatively small fees. Buying clubs will be putting in lowball offers, which the Hun bean-counters may find it impossible to resist. On the other hand, if certain players do not get their moves to a big club, there will be a lot of pissed-off players in the dressing room. Either way, it a win-win for the good ould Celts.

Hail Hail.

Saltires en Sevilla

Tom Minogue

Fascinating item. Looking forward to the others. Thanks.

The Fenian Whaler

Tom Minogue

1850 – 2021 Not much changed in Scotland then with the ‘natives’ still attempting to run the Navvies out of town. Someone on earlier said the FM gets a hard time – quite right also IMHO – her modern inclusive Scotland is nothing of the kind for those of us of Irish Catholic ancestry and she and her government do the sum total of hee haw to stamp out Anti Irish Catholic intolerance and bigotry – unless useless platitudes are now deemed to be effective.

As for half time. I guess we will just have to wait and see what, if any, signings the new year brings us. I watched yesterday’s game and thought that Anges patched together team did really well but what would we be without Tom Rogic! Just how poor was that St Johnstone team btw! As for Sevco. I’d be very surprised if any of their bigger names get a move in Jan. I believe their focus will be on winning the SPFL and with it the massive jackpot of automatic CL qualifications Selling a couple of their better players just to pay off a few debts in the interim doesn’t make much sense to me when soft loans are seemingly easily picked up from anonymous sources๐Ÿค”I think any clear out of their better players from the tumble dome will be in the summer. More likely to see a few fringe players moved on than the likes of Fat boy Morelos or Kent.

SFTB

Superbru Update

We have completed the first 20 rounds and are handing out our first batch of prizes.

This round saw a three way tie on 14.5 points, just one short of Bhoy From The Village’s leading weekly total of 15.5, which will surely be surpassed in one of the forthcoming congested double fixtures weeks. . The round winners this week were fess19, Hopeful Hoops and Pannysbhoy. The wooden spoon was awarded to Majestic Hartson with 1.5 points (as Gscbhoy, who scored 0, seems to have stopped participating).

However it is the overall leaderboard that sees prizes awarded.

In 3rd place with 121 points and earning ยฃ35 is Bhoy from the Village

in 2nd place with 123 points and earning ยฃ65 is Big Archie

But our first place and ยฃ100 goes to Call Me Gerry with 127.5 points. He should be offering a monetised football tips helpline to the rest of us and is the guy to aim at for the rest of the season.

I will need to work out, with crc, a way to get the money to you and I will put up an e-mail address on the Superbru banter section where you can get in touch with me to advise.

Our next set of predictions is not due until Monday 17th January when Celtic have a 7.45pm home game with Hibs. Many thanks for your continued support and , remember , there will be ยฃ355 to pay out in May at the end of the SPFL fixture list with money for the !st, 2nd and 3rd places plus a prize for the biggest single week total.,currently standing at 15.5 to BftV, to keep your interest alive even if you are in the bottom half.

Margaret McGill

TFW
Maybe getting rid of rangers would have been a good start. Oh wait.

The king

Arite packy bhoy.we need new signings pronto

Tom Minogue

I look forward to working my way through those blogs.

Incidentally, James E Handley, otherwise known as Brother Clare, was a member of the Marist teaching order, and authored a book on Celtic. Titled:

“The Story of Celtic”

The book was published on the 1st of January 1960. A cursory glance online shows that the book is currently unavailable. I’ll need to do more digging, I guess.

By the way Tom, I ran into Sid Gallagher a while back. He sends his regards.

Hail Hail.

big packy

THE KING ,how are you pal, merry xmas, I agree, some nice players from the j league might be great๐Ÿ‘

big packy

MAGUA, I went to swindon once it was closed, then drove all the way to the festival park in basildon to meet solkitts, that was also closed,,whats a ghuy to do๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž hail hail the celts are here, what the hell do we care now, fill in the blanks๐Ÿ‘

craig76

TOM MINOGUE
Great read.

Big Packy

Hope you and Joan are well pal. I noticed earlier that you were hammering the Jagermeisters. FFS, you’re a braver Bhoy than me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Craig76

Cheers buddy, but I only buy stuff on eBay if the item is a fixed price. On previous occasions, I have been involved in bidding wars, only to get gazzumped by some fecker at the last minute. Mind you, I may well put a cheeky wee last minute bid in. I will then be the gazzumper, rather than the gazumpee. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to let down a fellow Tim, with his/her heart set on the book. Tis an ethical and moral dilemma. What’s a Bhoy to do? ๐Ÿ˜€

big packy

who attended the games zurich and nante vojvodina and dukla prague, under the parkhead floodlights, note i said parkhead floodlights,,yes feckin old me attended the games, and will never ever forget it, just wish id attended the final but i was to young or so my mither told me, another true story,

big packy

MAGUA, FFS i woke up in the bath this morning. and we dont have a bath,๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž that reminds me of the benidorm story๐Ÿ˜Ž which i will tell one day๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Craig76

MAGUA
The only way to decide is flip a coin
Heads you bid Tails you don’t, and if it lands on it’s edge just get pished ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Craig76

It is my duty to tell you that I took your advice. The coin did indeed land on the edge…so a few wee swallies it is then. With a nod to BP, that may or may not, be a true story. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hail Hail.

The king

Merry Xmas packy.VAMBO till a die hh, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€

big packy

sorry its in black and white, but i remember our all green strip that night, https://youtu.be/IK8e7nR1OUs

Bada Bing

Scotsman report saying Turnbull out for 2 months

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BADABING

I’d heard along similar lines about Turnbull. Bloody hell,there must be more than mere bad luck or coincidence to all these soft tissue injuries.

Having said that,I think The Scotsman also reported that Celtic fans had tried to break into yesterday’s game,and were involved in running battles with the police. Which our SLO soon corrected them on this morning.

BMCUW

I believe that The Daily Mail-is there not a wee ballad mentioning that rag-was the first title to pick up that non-story. Quickly followed by the DR and a few other succulent rags. If there was any truth whatsoever to this ‘story’, any such battle/turnstile storming, would have been audibly clear on the telly, given the paucity of fans present at the game. These swines should be banned from CP, but the bams on the board have more important things to worry about, such as the price of vintage Claret and keeping their snouts pressed firmly into the trough. Club lawyers should be immediately on this. If enough of us complain directly to the club then action well may be taken. Then again, it’s the feckin’ PLC we’re talking about here. Flying pigs spring to mind.

Big Packy

That was a wee gem of a clip. I have only previously seen the 2 goals v Vojvodina. Kudos.

Hail Hail.

Craig76

Bobby/MAGUA
That rag the Daily mail couldn’t even get the location correct, they said it happened in Glasgow

big packy

MAGUA, glad you enjoyed it, as a young 14 year old i certainly did.๐Ÿ‘

Craig76

Scotland at one time, produced some of the finest sports journalists on the planet. People that were passionate about their work. I’m thinking of journos like Hugh McIlvanney, Hugh Taylor, Ian Archer, Jim Rodgers and the like. Look at what we’ve got now. Morons that find it difficult to produce a grammatically correct sentence… despite being university educated. I wouldn’t imagine that anyone would have to jump through many hoops in order to gain an honours degree in Journalism. The dumbing down within Universities and colleges offering degrees in journalism has become so bad, that even Kris Boyd and Charlie Nicholas would pass with flying colours. Fortunately, those universities specialising in disciplines such as Law and Medicine, still require the highest standards from their students. If that changes, then we are all well fecked.

Hail Hail.

big packy

for those of you wondering where my best buddy jimthetim53 is, he won a competion in the larkhall loyal rainjurs supporters club, a three night stay in the vatican,,another true story,๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

Margaret McGill

Life in the slow lane
Selling of Celtics best players
No European preparation ever
No interest in Scottish football governance
Gave names and addresses of ST holders to the Police.
The 5wa
The revival of the huns 2012
Showed no interest in punishing rangers
No interest in having the cheating trophies and titles rescinded
Essentially silence on refereeing scandals and thuggery against Celtic players.
and other hun intimidation and violence.
The glorious balance sheet
Lied and lied and lied to the res12’rs
etc
etc

Aye its awe Scotland’s fault.

Big Packy

Around about the Centenary season, the club released a video history of Celtic. It was not a patch on the original ‘Celtic Story’, filmed over the 66-67 season. The new video contained a load of what can only be described as ‘revisionist pish’. The film was probably based on the book by Brian Wilson.

Anyhoo, the new video contained some grainy footage of the 4-2 game. I honestly wish that I had skipped that part. My memory of the fourth goal that night, was that Murdo’s goal was scored from at least 30 yards out The truth was, that Murdo was on the edge of the penalty box, when he unleashed a screamer past big McCloy.

No official record remains of that game, as TV technicians withdrew their labour shortly before the start of the game. I wish that was not the case. The atmosphere that night was the most mental that I can ever remember. Future generations of Celtic fans, were thus deprived of witnessing of of the finest games in the history of the dear old ground.

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGS, scotland is a cesspit of orangeism and freemasonry, and the likes of tiny wharton, jim mcluskey ,bobby tait, hugh dallas, the reverend mike mcurry, john cheatin beaton, bobby rainjurs till i die madden, says it all.๐Ÿ‘

Margaret McGill

Big Packy
Aye I know.
The main business continuity plan of Celtic PLC is the Old Firm.
Celtic PLC have endeavored to encourage bigotry in Scotland overseen at every juncture by the Mustachioed Macroom Tit, the largest shareholder and chief Irish lying bigot in charge.
In my opinion Celtic are just as culpable in maintaining bigotry in Scotland as every other football team local or not. For money.5WA FFS.
This continuous drivel I hear about Celtic PLC looking after its shareholders “so whit can we dae?” is the typical Tim cowards way of accepting the huns who died in 2012. If you know your history.

big packy

MAGUA ffs how old do you think i am๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

The king

Bang on Margaret.๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€

Big Packy

That my friend, is a state secret. JTT informed me that it will be at least another 60 years till you get the telegram from Her Majesty. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGS ,THE KING, lets get together with mike in toronto and organize something๐Ÿ‘

Chalmersbhoy

Merry Christmas all.
Hope you all had a great time..
What will the new year bring?hoping.for at least 4 new players,1st team ones!!.
Wishing you all a guid new year when it comes see you all in 22..HH.
P.S.
Bp.
Keep Christ in Christmas!!!!!
Take care
UTLR..

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

No disagreements from me about that,Mags.

Sol Kitts

Sad day today, we had to take our wee cat to the vet to be put to sleep. Mrs K in bits, weโ€™ve had the cat for nigh on 20 years. The poor wee soul was suffering from all sorts of ailments, so while we both knew it was the right thing to do it was so hard.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

Sorry to hear that,mate. Time for the Mk II versions,I think.

Sol Kitts
Sorry to hear that ,pets are a big part of the family……God bless them.