Four It’s A Grand Old Team…

Morning,all.

Our mean streak continued on Sunday with another clean sheet-and Big Joe must be casting glances at Fraser Forster’s record of 24 of them almost a decade ago-and an absolute mauling of a spirited Motherwell side. I’ll refrain from calling them The Mothers,as that seems to upset some on here-personally,I always think back to “Shaft” and similar Blaxploitation stuff when I hear that term!-but those Mothers weren’t for taking prisoners against us!

Of course,they had to catch us first,and that wasn’t easy. We started the game at a relentless gallop,then allowed our opponents an opportunity back into the game around the midway point of the first half. Maybe some of us,used now to the fact that AP isn’t a believer in easing his way into a game-were a bit concerned. I know I was,but really we were only giving them a false confidence,for moments later we blazed up the pitch to score the opener.

That it was almost a carbon copy of the third on Wednesday night was a double delight-we could revel in the joy of the goal,and remember the sheer pleasure of that moment the other night too!

Thank you,Reo and Liel!!!

In truth,Abada should have opened the scoring much earlier,a far too casual attempt when Tony Ralston laid it on a plate for him. But he wasn’t in a mood to let it affect him,and the low cross into the inviting empty space by Reo was simply mouthwatering,and to pass that up would have been criminal. He duly made no mistake,made amends,made himself the hero. That is now fourteen goals from the wing for the youngster,barely turned 20yo,who is fast becoming a fixture in the side and a firm favourite of the fans.

When he signed for us,he was-in my opinion and I said so at the time-tainted by association with the dreaded Duda. I publicly retract that now,with the caveat that he was bound to unearth a gem eventually. Which he has!

(Erm,Beram Kayal?-Ed)

But watch the goal again,look for a very important detail. When Reo sweeps that ball into the area,there is only the goalkeeper in the box! Now,that is the benefit of coaching,that a player knows that if he swings the ball into a certain space,another will be there to receive it. I could watch this goal all day and never tire of it,for it is the sort of thing we were denied for so long under the previous regime. Truly a thing of beauty.

As was the second only moments later. Scored by Big Tam,who also provided the assist with his first touch! He took that touch to control the ball,another to steady himself,the third to curl a peach into the corner. Have you ever tried to curl a peach-it must be like peeling an orange in your pocket while wearing gloves,but Tam has it down to a fine art. If the first goal was down to coaching,the second was simply talent,a talent of the sort that just cannot be coached.

But what of our two strikers,Maeda and G-Mak? Well,the latter was repelling all invaders and creating space for his colleagues,and even giving the goalframe a damned good seeing to. No fifteen months out for him,he shrugged that off as a mere pfft,tchah. And by ‘eck,was he unlucky not to get on the score sheet. He peppered that goal,he found the final pass fortuitously blocked,but his head never went down. When he starts scoring as well,this lad will be a sensation for us. But we will have to be patient,I think,while looking to the other things that he does for us. 

I mentioned the other night in a call to ATHINGOFBEAUTY that he reminded me of someone-I hesitate to do so here,as comparisons are odious and unfair. That someone was not a prolific scorer for us,but he was loved and appreciated by the fans and his colleagues for his overall contribution. If G-Mak can give us even a fraction of that?

Maeda? Well,he was like a buzz-bomb,running everywhere,harrying defenders and leaving them trailing in his wake. He almost laid on a third with a carbon copy of the first. Crossing from the same spot as Reo into an empty box. This time,the keeper just barely got to it first in front of Abada,and also managed to block the attempt from Tam. Liel got up to overhead it neatly into the net,but was blatantly offside-and could have left it for Tam to follow up anyway,but heyho.

Coaching,ye see. Canny coach eyes in the back of a player’s head!

The third goal? Well,we all remember THAT goal in the New Year derby of the Centenary Season. Substitute Tony Ralston for Paul McStay with the blinding pass behind the defence. Abada for Chris Morris and the first time cutback to the box,Tam for Macca and the instant finish. Get the picture?

Aye,it really was that good. As was everything about our display in that first half.

With a couple of tweaks at half time,we took our time to settle in the second. But taking off Abada and Reo would weaken any side,at least initially. It led too to a change of formation,as Forrest and Bitton are hardly like-for-like replacements. And that brings me to the main point of the article,for it is not a mere match report almost 48 hours later.

If we go back to the corresponding fixture at Fir Park in October,have a look at the line-up and especially the subs bench of seven. Back then,we played the likes of Boli,and also the now injured Kyogo and Turnbull. The bench had the yet untried Scales and G-Mak,as well as Ajeti. Sunday,we could put out a terrific starting eleven AND have the likes of Jota,Forrest,McCarthy,Juranovic and Matt O’Riley to call upon. Some of you might remember that when we signed the latter till summer 2026,I said that we would be offering him an extension next summer. His pass for the fourth,and his overall contribution in only a few short weeks suggests that we should tie him up ASAP.

He really is that good!

A manager should always know his best eleven,and I’m certain that AP does. But he should also be comfortable with the concept of rotating his squad,should know that he can shake up the formation with his subs if required. Earlier in the season,we saw that was not always the case,when certain necessary replacements disrupted the side and cost us. Not now,I think. We took that initial time to settle,yes. Some of us pointed it out at the time-thanks,FAN!-but once we did so,that could have been our starting eleven and we wouldn’t have noticed the difference. Even when G-Mak came off after an hour,we just put Maeda through the middle to further torment that poor defence.

God,his legs are like that Duracell bunny!

Replacing Taylor-hopefully the criticism of this guy is now a thing of the past-with a right back,even that was seamless. Sure,players can be disappointed not to start every week,but AP now has at his disposal a starting eleven he can trust,and a squad that he can trust. He knows,players know,that the line-up is flexible game by game,no certainties in life anymore.

If it makes life difficult for those of us who like to pick a first goalscorer,I can live with that!

When was the last time we had a bench with such quality,and one that didn’t even include some players who have recently figured prominently as well as a number of injured first picks? This is an exciting and talented squad that AP has brought together,and against all the odds too. Once again,I will remind you where we were a year ago,and at the start of July when our favourite Aussie-unless you count my brother in law-walked in. What a job he has done since then,and I think it only fair that Dominic McKay and Michael Nicholson share the credit for backing their man.

The downside of what faced AP was the magnitude of the rebuild. The upside is that we do not have our regular problem of stars wanting out with a couple of years left on their contracts. The ink has yet to dry on most of those contracts! But if I can just be Oliver Twist for a day and ask for more,it is that we get busy finalising permanent deals for CCV and Jota.

Virtually every signing since AP walked through the door has been a success,and we can surely have nothing to complain about.  But completing those two will be the icing on the cake,as well as providing a blow in the solar plexus across the city. Flex those financial muscles,Celtic. Show what a well-run and financially sound club can do. Give those loanees from the top tier the same financial guarantees they have at their parent club as well as the promise of medals to show the grandweans AND the adulation of our worldwide diaspora.

Make it so,Celtic!

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The news which is hardly news that reached us yesterday at the presser of Tam having less than 18 months left on his contract comes as no surprise to me. 

If you think back three years,BR was still the manager,and Tam and CalMac were being played every time they were available. As was the case under RD previously. And they seemed to be signing a new contract extension every week!

Yet,under NL Mk I,they were loaned out and ignored. FIFTEEN times he picked Tam. And that is fifteen more than CalMac got. And when NL returned three years ago,it is no great surprise that performance and desire dipped. Nor that those contract extensions were being left on the table. 

Hopefully they both know how much AP appreciates them,how much the fans appreciate them. They are now into what should be their peak years. They should be spent at Celtic,and hopefully the club and the players are working on that. 
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Above article by BMCUWP

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 7:16 am

No, I hadn’t read REBUS67’s comments about TR or Bobby Lennox and Maeda when I wrote this yesterday!

Honest!!!

CFC
February 8, 2022 7:32 am

BMCUW

My Comment submitted about 5.30am seems to have disappeared.
Can you locate it?

CFC
February 8, 2022 7:52 am

BMCUW

Had a retype!

Good upbeat leader to keep the momentum going.

Keeping this group intact for another couple of seasons will be a fantastic achievement.

Signing CCV and Jota on permanent deals would be a major coup.
CCV is 24 and not really featured in the Tottenham squad. In the last 5/6 seasons he has been out on loan.
If he does an RC and the likes of Bournemouth, where he was last season, come in I doubt we would match their financial package. They may also offer EPL football.
That scenario is outwith our control.

Jota could well be lured back to his hometown, and I assume the club he supports. He could be forgiven for that.

However, not many would have heard of either before they signed, so I trust in Ange to unearth replacement gems, if required.

Another aspect worth highlighting is Ange’s promotion of youth.
You don’t get much more youthful than Ben Doak. A young kid at 16 with tremendous potential. This is an area where hopefully we can see other academy players breaking through under Ange’s tutelage.

The future’s Green.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 8:05 am

Seems the Green Brigade banned /standing section closed for next home game

CFC
February 8, 2022 8:16 am

Craig76

Apparently the club “having to act” cos of Pyro display.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 8:23 am

CFC
It played right into the boards hands to get back at them over the Higgins protest

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 8:33 am

CFC

My apologies. The addendum re TR and CalMac was written at the break,but I didn’t forward it to MAHE. I didn’t notice any comments on the article when I deleted it and replaced it.

Mea Culpa.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 8:39 am

CFC

Yep,well worth the repost!

CFC
February 8, 2022 8:43 am

Bmcuw

No problem.
Publish and be damned😀

Craig76

Yip, our sanctimonious Board are particularly craven.
As Calmac might say-“Shitebags”.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 8:58 am

Celtic board meeting
MN “This is great, we are top of the league playing fantastic football, the players are thriving off the atmosphere, so how can we ruin the moment”

Prestonpans bhoys
February 8, 2022 10:07 am

Yeah ban one of our singing area’s, that board is an abyss of stupidity. Might not agree completely with the song book but they do create atmosphere, especially since the next home game is Raith Rovers.

Anyway good article Bobby, originally I thought Jota and Abada were the new Micky Johnston😱

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 10:14 am

PRESTONPANSBHOY

You know what wingers can be like,blow hot and cold. I even remember Jinky having the occasional forgettable game.

I might have made that last bit up.

Bada Bing
February 8, 2022 10:40 am

Bamber Gascoigne RIP

Cosy Corner Bhoy
February 8, 2022 10:51 am

Re yesterday’s reference to non-Catholics playing for our team, Celtic, and the Govan Works X1 ban on Catholic employees in any position, we had the famous ‘Brothers half-back line’ of Evans, Stein and Peacock, all of whom went on to captaincies at some point!
We were always ‘Can you play football and do you want to play for Celtic?’. None of this school question malarkey.
Two of those featured in the famous ‘Hampden in the Sun’! COYBIG.

fan
February 8, 2022 11:22 am

Like their football club GVB and Tavpen have come back from the dead.
Victory against their cousins who lay down and did not play Souttar who is their best defender has their myopia in overdrive.
They are now world beaters with Morelos,Jack and Ramsey.
Like liquidation Celtic’s victory did not happen according to the gullibillies and their supporters in the mssm.

Prestonpans bhoys
February 8, 2022 11:28 am

Anyone know why Souttar didn’t play? Was it a pre contract agreement?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 11:30 am

PRESTONPANSBHOY

I recall a pre-signing from Kilmarnock,Jordan summat,who later scored against them. The winner,as it goes.

Hun fans never gave him a chance after that,and that may be the reason for Souttar not playing.

CFC
February 8, 2022 11:45 am

Fan

I watched the Huns game until the “ flukey” break Morelos got for the crucial second.
Hearts looked like the pitch was too big for them in the first half and they had little movement or pace in any area of the team.
They started the second better and threatened in first 10 mins or so til they caved in.
An ideal opponent for the Huns.

Their sense of entitlement has them earnestly believing that we aren’t that good.

Keep doing what we do and we take their not so secret weapon – The LRA- out of the equation.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
February 8, 2022 12:08 pm

COSYCORNERBHOY

There’s some tales to tell from that era! “Name the three brothers who played for Celtic” being just one of them.

I know your era refer to The Famine Years,but there were some terrific achievements between 45-65,like The Coronation Cup,Hampden In The Sun,the double in 54,etc.

And I know it isn’t the same,but there was also THAT 1960 EC final,7-3. That has always been one game that I envy you for attending,perhaps more than the 7-1 thrashing.

Weird to think that less than nine months ago,we had a minor event in Clydebank-lockdown,doncha know?- with two non-Celts from our side and maybe eight genuine hardliners who could compare notes! And that three of the eight were at the 7-1 game AND the 7-3 game!!!

Sadly,one of the three has left us for a better place. MACJAY,whose opinions were not everyone’s,and which should have precluded him from being a friend,I suppose. But I don’t base my people judgement on their opinions,which puzzles people. Hell,it puzzles me,but whenever MACJAY and I corresponded,via CQN,here,mail or phone,we would vehemently but respectfully disagree-so I knew I would like him when I met him!

He was gone mere days later,but I’m so glad that I had the chance to meet,spend time,with a really smashing lad. All of 75yo,right enough,but looked to be in great health. My niece is the doctor in the family,what do I know?

GARRY was also there that day,and you know how close we were. He too was delighted to see MACJAY,whose mother was the organist in his local church,and was stunned at the news of his death. For weeks,he would phone me,wow,three of them at those games! Three months later,we were in The Crown Creighton,Duke St planning the trip to Germany. Then a wee check round town on Monday that places were geared up for the planned hoot on the Saturday. Double-check on Wednesday,IIRC in the Irvine No1.

And so to the hoot on the Saturday. Which is the last time I saw him.

Three out of the ten attendees that day were at games over 60 years ago,nine months later two of our friends have gone. You met them both,many of us did,none of us knew each other before CQN,and for that I will always be grateful.

PS-ACGR provided The Hootenanny Fleg-!-for the first one. It has more stamps on its passport than I have. Bastert Gestapo quizzed my Dad and me for about 20 minutes at Dusseldorf in November. Then the tosser defiled my passport by putting a stamp on it!

It’s not just lorry drivers that have problems crossing borders,though everyone in Germany was entirely welcoming. Just not the actual welcoming committee!

PPS-ACGR spelled it HOOTENNANY. WTF do they teach kids in Johnstone?

Jobo Baldie
February 8, 2022 1:31 pm

Good afternoon, friends.
Soutar was injured for Hearts’ previous game against Hibs and didn’t feature then. I assume it was injury that caused him to miss Sunday’s game.

Bada Bing
February 8, 2022 1:39 pm

Calmac said Boyd contacted him after Wednesday night’s game, and said hos choice of words were wrong ,and is happy to move on,no mention of an apology…………i wonder if the Club will see it that way?

Bada Bing
February 8, 2022 2:11 pm

Ange Postecoglou has said we’ll see David Turnbull back in action before Kyogo Furuhashi.

And by saying Turnbull is ‘two to three weeks ahead’ of Kyogo, it suggests it might be a while yet before the talisman is back.

He said: “Dave is closer because his injury happened before Kyogo. So he’s two or three weeks ahead.

Bada Bing
February 8, 2022 2:31 pm

Sevco saviour Jack, injured again…..

Mahe
February 8, 2022 2:37 pm

Morning troops on this fine day of Tiw.
Great report Bobby, missed that game. Looks like Maeda is capturing the imagination.

Auldheid yesterday,
“It is no accident the change of policy arrived with departure of PL who got the financial balance wrong but benefitted from it regardless of football results.

I think Res12 has helped in his removal and thanks for all who supported it.”

That’s actually a good way to look at things, and lends positivity instead of bitterness to Res12.
The Resolution and events surrounding it never killed us, therefore it made us stronger.
I enjoyed the Cynics podcast regarding the membership scheme and believe we shall get there eventually. Another legacy of the resolution.
You should get the tattoo 😉

Approx two more afternoons to finish the shade room out the back garden. Next week should see me online as usual.

Take care everyone
Hail Hail

big packy
February 8, 2022 3:03 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, this song just came into my head for some reason, used to sing it 50 years ago when i was 5😎 bring on the hearts the hibs the rangers, bring on the spaniards by the score, barcelona real madrid we will make a gallant bid, cause celtic are the greatest football team, dont know if the words are correct ,but im sure it went something like that👍

big packy
February 8, 2022 3:09 pm

JIM just sent me a text, as you know he is a big snooker fan, packy he said steve davis is playing ivan lendl in the larkhall open, put 50 quid on ivan lendl to win 12 frames to 10 in the last set, you better be right jim. another true story.😎

jimthetim53
February 8, 2022 3:11 pm

I’d pay £5 to watch that game Packy. On-line of course, I’m barred out of Larkhall.

big packy
February 8, 2022 3:48 pm

and no wonder 😎😎

big packy
February 8, 2022 3:51 pm

went to larkhall once and it was closed, would hate to see it when it was open.😎,another true story,

jimthetim53
February 8, 2022 4:00 pm
big packy
February 8, 2022 4:16 pm

JIM, have not got a clue, please dont tell me its our lady and st josephs, my chapel in glenboig, havent been there for years

jimthetim53
February 8, 2022 4:42 pm

Believe it or not it’s the Catholic chapel in Larkhall. St. Mary’s. 🙂

big packy
February 8, 2022 4:50 pm

JIM you got me there, didnt know they had a catholic church in larkhall,👍

big packy
February 8, 2022 4:56 pm

JIM just taking the dugs oot for their last walk, quiz question, joan just made us some scouse for tea ,a bit like stovies, but what is blind scouse, a definite bottle of cyber whisky for the correct answer👍

jimthetim53
February 8, 2022 5:08 pm

Haven’t a clue!

big packy
February 8, 2022 5:37 pm

JIM, blind scouse is scouse or stovies, without any meat, just vegetables,,another true story😎

DannyMac23
February 8, 2022 6:34 pm

Thanks for another great article BMCUWP

Just home and STV Sport doing what it does.

Raman says Calum McGregor ACCUSED Kris Boyd of using the wrong choice of words in regard to testing the mask of the captain of Celtic.

Next up Calums interview explains how Boyd reached out to say his wording could be better.

How can an interview explaining what occorred be twisted to change a narrative or an agenda.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 7:25 pm

Absolutely no sympathy for Ryan Jack I hope he is in a lot of pain 🤷‍♂️

Here he is trying to injure 16 year old Ben Doak because they just got pumped

keira (@keirahaughian) Tweeted: Am sure this is Ryan Jack last week then complains at the weekend can give it out but can’t take it back https://t.co/aE9NqC2QfF https://twitter.com/keirahaughian/status/1491048384416792577?s=20&t=-timzyqQb4z6Z8uWjjQQaA

Saltires en Sevilla
February 8, 2022 8:11 pm

Good stuff Bobby.

Some wonderful football being played now, and we can see how it will become even better.

Will good coaches find a way to counter… and bad ones struggle?

Cannot wait to see how this translates to European games.

A thing of beauty
February 8, 2022 8:44 pm

Good read back as per usual. I, like Mahe was taken by Auldheid’s comment regarding Res 12 and how he seems to have reconciled himself that there has been a positive outcome. I agree. This board know that eyes are on them. Whether that is making them less duplicitous or whether they aren’t that way inclined in the first place I don’t know but I sense a bit more openness and honesty. I’ll bet that Michael Nicholson will not average a salary of £1m per year as his predecessor did. Well done Auldheid.
I see the standing section has been closed for Sunday. The GB choose to sail close to the wind and occasionally that catches up with them. It is up to others in the stadium to make sure there is an atmosphere.

CFC
February 8, 2022 8:47 pm

Craig76

Agree with the comment below that Jack “ tackle”.
He is a pale imitation of what he thinks he is.
Elevated in their fans’ mind cos they desperately seek equivalence with us. Wherever they think they can find it. Pitiful.

They reek of insecurity.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 8:54 pm

Shocking behaviour from this Motherwell fan I hope he gets a life ban completely unacceptable could of started a riot

https://twitter.com/celticrumours/status/1491117152593534978

Craig76
February 8, 2022 8:58 pm

CFC
The Huns think he’s some sort of hard man, because he’s 1 of them and as you say they think he is brilliant when infact he’s not that good 😀

Billy Bhoy
February 8, 2022 8:59 pm

I trust Kris Boyd is at least satisfied that one of the Hearts players “tested” Ryan Jacks’ shinguard.
If not, why not?🤔

CFC
February 8, 2022 9:02 pm

Craig76

Aye, as they instinctively know but don’t want to admit, they are a team of “ shitebags” as Calmac eloquently put it.

Craig76
February 8, 2022 9:08 pm

CFC
McGregor calling Barisic a “Shitebag” has been all over social media, but not a peep in the Smsm, you just know if Broony said it he’d be hounded and charged by the SFA

Philbhoy
February 8, 2022 9:15 pm

Brendan Rodgers after Josip, allegedly.

It’s 50 million or you can fuck right off Bren!

CFC
February 8, 2022 9:18 pm

Yip, the Smsm are selective in their treatment of miscreants – we know what their agenda is.

CFC
February 8, 2022 9:30 pm

Philbhoy

Tavpen ( Finest rb in Scotland!?! ) not of interest to BR ?

Craig 76
February 8, 2022 10:01 pm