Shaping Our Season?

Morning,all.

I think we all saw enough of our match on Sunday-thanks to CRAIG76 for the link!-to realise that we aren’t quite firing as we were last season,particularly around November to March.

Yet we scored five last week against a stuffy Kilmarnock,and a combined five against Aberdeen and Ross County in our previous two games. Ten scored and one conceded prior to Sunday,and we have the cheek to complain about it? We’re a hard lot to please,huh?

As usual,Hearts kicked everything that moved,resulting in SEVEN yellow cards,two of which were second yellows very late on. I really don’t like playing them,as I mentioned recently. Sevco also lost two players on Saturday,both straight reds for thuggery,if I’m honest,which has resulted in much wailing and gnashing of teeth and probably an official complaint by them against Collum.

Conveniently forgetting that he gave them a penalty for sod all at 0-0.

Anyway,this particular article isn’t about that,not really. Our next four weeks could really shape and define our season. First up for us is The Champions League draw on Thursday,where I hope we are joined by PSV Eindhoven. This is going to be one heck of a draw for us,because every pot,every team bar a couple-mainly in Pot Four as we are-will be a tough draw.

On paper. 

Football matches aren’t played on paper. In fact,given my coupon results this season,I shouldn’t even be touching paper when it comes to football! We might not fancy our chances much,no matter who we get,but we will be looking to TAKE our chances when they crop up.

We have some very fine players in that side,players capable of giving anyone a fright. And dare I say that we have a very effective back line these day,who will be looking to impress. We will see what happens in the draw,but we won’t have an awful lot of time to prepare for the matches. The first round of matches is only two weeks away,with the second round the following week.

Additionally,we have some awkward or worse domestic matches,with a trip to Dundee United on Sunday,followed by a midweek match-our first of the season-which is a cup-tie at Ross County.

The big one,whether some of us like to admit it or not,is on the first weekend in September. We are at home to the huns,and three points then is a must-as it is every week,if I’m honest.

Home to Livingston and away to St Mirren the following weekends,with those two Champions league matches I mentioned filling the midweeks.

Seven matches in the next four weeks then,and they will continue to come thick and fast,twice a week,until the break for the World Cup. I reckon some of our players will be looking forward to the international break in four weeks,just for a breather! And I reckon some of them will need one too.

As I say in the title of the article,I think these next four weeks could shape our season. Hopefully putting some breathing space between us and our League rivals,moving on in the cup,maybe getting some points in Europe.

Hatate and Maeda,in particular,probably aren’t used to the hectic schedules that we face as Celtic,and it will be interesting to see how they cope. But Ange has often said that he is building a squad capable of staying fresh,being rotated at the right times,etc. There will be few if any ever-presents in our campaign this season,and that is as it should be.

I’ll probably refer back to this article in four week’s time,compare notes. But there is little doubting their importance. And just to give The Bhoys a chance,I’ll refrain from betting on them!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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SteveNaive

Good points well written.
Some pointed to a less than wholesome performance last week and I disagreed. To anyone who holds with that on Sunday I wholeheartedly agree. Something was just not quite there and it wasn’t just the opponents.
An added pressure given the previous day transmitted from terracing to pitch ? There were certainly periods of quiet, one of which, in their spell of ‘dominance’ I could hear the players shout. And I’m well up the stadium !
Ten for, one against is wholly acceptable just now ( when is it not) but still that doubt, that prescient unease remains. At this time it’s a Jens thing. I think it’s just me.

Twisty

Bobby
I agree about the ‘ not played on paper’ element. I really wish it was, because I like the look of our upcoming matches. Dundee Utd are utter dross. Ross C ain’t much better and we have home advantage v the dark side. Looks great – on paper.

First goal seems to be a huge factor for us these days. We score first, we don’t lose! Fact.

I heard or read recently it was some ridiculous number of games in the league since we lost after scoring first. I’m sure it was over 100? Maybe I dreamed that 😬.

JNP will confirm, or Craig or maybe yersel, one of you lot who seem to have a ridiculously good knowledge and memory of these things. I said to someone recently JNP remembers stuff about games I was at that I can’t remember myself. He’s a freak when it comes to knowledge retention. ( mind you – I can’t remember my middle name , I think it’s Joe, or maybe Hughes, so perhaps that’s another factor in all of this)

Re Europe, let’s see what the draw brings.

Twisty

Anyway, cyber points for someone who can tell me. ( The number of games not lost when scoring first, not my middle name. I’ll ask my mum that, once I remember where she lives)

Prestonpans bhoys

Yes busy schedule coming up although might give my ticket to the bus for the Livingston game. Would rather have a weekend in my caravan than watch the masters of anti football😕😱

Ange rotates the squad, in deed he does it regularly at the 60 th minute of every game, so not bothered

Twisty

PB
Livingston. I’m there tomorrow. Jury duty! Not happy about it.
Musselburgh racing is on. Said to my wife “ don’t care what they’ve done or haven’t done. I’m missing my racing cos of them so …….. Guilty mlud!”

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

JOBO

Thganks for your continuing efforts on POTY.

My choices from Sunday must have been a pinstickers guide!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

TWISTY

I’ve never been on jury duty-thankfully.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

STEVENAIVE

Aye,there were long spells when the crowd was very quiet,for sure.

Prestonpans bhoys

Twisty
Almost Did the jury stuff about five years ago, I was allocated number 66 and number 67 came out👍, so was asked to stand down

Highland Paddy

BMCUWP…

‘Conviently forgetting he gave them (Sevco) a penalty for sod all at 0-0’ – very true indeed – but he also denied Hibernian a more stonewall one so it’s a double whammy for The Hi-Bees and he has single handedly cost them a victory and the three points – of course you won’t here much about that in the media not that I read them or listen to them (unless Sevco draw / lose – then Clyde Super Scoreboard is a joy) !

Hibs should lead the narrative here and be the ones screaming from the rooftops and not Sevco as they always seem to do – I’ll grant them one thing, their narcissistic and controlling behaviour sometimes pays handsome dividends for them… I just hope it’s not gonna happen with whatever officials they ‘chose / eradicate’ from the up and coming Glasgow Derby match…

As for Europe – I’m just looking forward to the draw, some huge matches, hopefully Frankfurt from Pot 1 and Sevco out tomorrow – if Carsberg did last weeks in August – and all that !

Call me Gerry

I’m both excited and wary at the thought of who we’ll get in Thursday’s draw. Given the possibility of a daunting draw, I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to it at this moment in time 🤣

I’ll stick with “excited and wary” for now. 😁

If we draw the likes of Eintracht/Porto, Sporting, etc then my level of excitement will increase.

If we draw Bayern/Man City/PSG, Liverpool, etc then it will be my anxiety level that increases lol

HH

Call me Gerry

From the top leagues I’d rather avoid the relentless attacking teams (who could give us a serious going over) like those mentioned above.

If drawn a top 5 league side, I’d rather take a team like Atletico Madrid, and/or an Italian side – the kind that are happy to play out a 2-0 win at their home ground, rather than bomb forward for more goals.

Whilst confident that we are capable of scoring in any match, home or away, I’m wary of our defensive capabilities.
I just don’t think we’re very good without the ball. Maybe we’re hindered by the fact we dominate possession in practically all our domestic games? We’re just not used to being tested enough in getting back into a solid defensive formation when we lose possession to better quality opponents.

Fingers crossed for a favourable draw (that has PSV in there too) 🤞

HH

Big Audio Dynamite

Highland Paddy, don’t believe I said welcome …erm, welcome ☺👍

The narrative -That Sevco were hard done to- was being established before the game even finished.

I keep thinking back to the hysterical reaction they had to Jozo’s perfectly legal challenge on Kenny Miller …when he landed :o)

Prestonpans bhoys

Both hibs and the huns complaining about officials and yet the most regular recipient of atrocious decisions has a board sitting there and not a peep, stealing a salary we could only dream of.

Call me Gerry

Highland Paddy

Agreed 👍

Rumour has it that Hibs have indeed contacted the SFA regarding incidents that went against them on Saturday. I hope that’s true. It will negate somewhat the Huns predictable (deflection) complaints.

HH

Jobo Baldie

Call Me Gerry – I too am worried about our defensive capabilities against teams that constantly attack. And yet our first 4 games has resulted in the following extract from last night’s results….
“…. 15 points – Jota
10 points – Taylor
9 points – Jenz
7 points – Carter-Vickers
6 points – Juranovic
5 points – McGregor
4 points – Welsh
2 points – Hatate and O’Riley
1 point – Hart….”

Hmmmmmm…..

Call me Gerry

Jobo

Thanks for the reply. I get you point regarding the high scores of our defenders after those 4 games.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that our opponents possession stats were 31%, 22%, 27% and 31% in those games. Hardly comparable to what we’ll encounter in CL games, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Also, I think our defenders get appraised better by us fans watching, as they generally have so many touches of the ball (as opponents man mark our forward players when we play out from the back). They rarely lose possession (low risk passing normally), and have kept clean sheets. All contributory reasons for their high scores, perhaps?

HH

Craig76

Twisty
Can’t help you with the ” not losing after 1st goal” I’ve tried Google and not even that helped, now I could go back through all our results but…. I’ll just say you imagined reading/hearing it 😉 😀

fan

There is a pettiness about the Scottish game unsurpassed in world football.
Self interest reigns
The huns and fellow brethren in the mssm hate when they are irrelevant so unless every advantage is given exclusively to them they whine.
The vast majority of the sleekit, sniggering population has zero problems cheating to obtain success and bolster its false superiority complex.
Also the best wee country gives tacit approval to anyone who puts Timmy in its place.
it has become a bickering landscape that would put the old steamies to shame.
Only way it will ever change is with a new and fai/foreignr administration but since turkeys don’t vote for Christmas welcome to the foreseeable future

Jobo Baldie

Call Me Gerry – certainly the votes given to Juranovic and Taylor must surely have been for their in-possession forward moving play. Neither have really been tested at the back. But not so sure the same can be said for our 2, in fact 3 (Welsh got 4 points in game 1) centre backs. They have been solid and assured and any votes given to them would recognise their defensive strengths.
Having said all that, there was a 15 minute spell in the 2nd half where our defence seemed to be all over the place and none of them could tackle a fish supper. Better teams may well have scored a couple of goals in that period of play.

CFC

The eleven week schedule to the WC ( Nov 12th is our last game before the “break”) is even more compressed when time is lost to the yawn that is International football at the end of September.
12 league games, 6 in CL and a couple in the League Cup hopefully.
Everyone in the squad will get game time, and rest opportunities.
Likely ever presents are JH, CCV, Calmac, Jota but time will have to be found to rest them.
For the non internationals they have that September two week mini break.
Unfortunately the Internationals have three games across Europe in that time to add to the tough schedule.

Fingers crossed there is no heavy injury toll.

Craig76
Prestonpans bhoys

Craig76

That’s also a hun member of staff pulling him away at the end too, did Collum shate himself and keep his cards in his pocket because by the look of it he looked justified

CFC

fan

Not helped when the most successful club in Scotland has to be grudgingly praised when the honours and records rack up.

With their needy self entitlement issues there simply has to be an equivalence. In whatever form it can be found.

Remaining relevant when you know deep down you are second best is a big test to the collective Hun cognitive dissonance. Generally evidenced by their justification and rationalisation behaviours.

Craig76

Prestonpans Bhoy
He defo should of booked him, hopefully he’s included it the match report

Bawheid

fan,

That is so true. In my frustrations with the Celtic board I skirted around looking for an honest game, that’s why I sounded out Catholic Utd.
They, to me, were an old time Celtic, a Celtic in much simpler times, football without the faff and the lies, like an mssm that had no side agenda. Always but always, Celtic is too deeply embedded in my heart to consider an alternative. So, what do I do? well enjoy the team with all its ups and downs and enjoy the past. When the lies and agendas get to much, I return to the past and enjoy all of it. Having said that Celtic past was not all innocent, the old boards 5000 Old – Co shares just being one example. I read Stephen O’Donnell’s books and he explains some of the cosy agreements shared between both clubs. Nothing is ever black and white, or green and blue, I seek solace in some of the exceedingly good Celtic men, that are a living example of what we should be.

Craig 76

Seems more or less has been left behind in Scotland, not in squad for PSV game, Dummy has been spat out by sound of it

https://twitter.com/Jane__Lewis/status/1562030859011629060?s=20&t=Kjfzz2a_x1fy5hbCVF992A

CFC

Craig 76

Fitness and attitude issues apparently.

Reports say senior players support the decision.
Good , anything that destabilises that lot is good news.

Whilst we go about our business professionally- Haksabanovic in, Julien out?

Twisty

Craig
Ty bud.

I had a look back through previous seasons. Unless I’ve missed one, the last match I can find ( league) that we lost after scoring first was on 23rd September 2018 when we lost 2-1 at Killie after Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring.
That was the 6th game of that season, so that would be

Season 18/19. 32 games
Season 19/20. 38 games
Season 20/21. 38 games
Season 21/22. 4 games

That makes 112 games. As I say I may have missed one but I couldn’t see anything after that Killie one.

Craig76

CFC
There is a rumour that TavPen had him by the throat after Hibs game but it could be made up shite.

CFC

Craig76

Who wouldn’t want to slap that pus?
Trouble in dressing room is never good for morale, and definitely no good for Morelos😉

Craig76

Twisty
That is some stat, let’s home it continues in Europe if we score 1st 😀

Craig76

CFC
Won’t be long before a super dooper bid comes in for him, the usual puppets are probably already writing the article 😉

Haksabanovic is in Glasgow according to reports

CFC

And like before he’ll still be around after the window closes.

No big move for him. A liability.

MJ must definitely be outgoing now and Julien is rumoured to be Montpelier bound.
So just Ajeti to shift.

Craig 76

1st time i’ve seen the tackle from behind
Red card all day in my non biased opinion

https://twitter.com/Zeshankenzo/status/1561683699892092929?s=20&t=VGyoPq9y0qR8lLIOXKu36w

Prestonpans bhoys

Champions league prices announced:
Adult – £129
Concession – £99
Under 13 – £90

Craig76

The Guy reporting on the Haksabanovic deal reckons once deal done they will try in get Ajeti out the door

Craig76

Prestonpans Bhoys
McCaff will be happy £99 for his package 🤣🤣

Prestonpans bhoys

Craig76

At least on the HTS it will be three uplifts of £43 on one lump😕

CFC

MJ to meet up with Ronnie D at SL has gone very quiet.

Craig76

£43 a match in the current climate is at least £13 overpriced, but the supporters will pay as they want to see the team and the board knows it

Craig 76

If you look closely you can see Big Packy standing on the stand roof
https://twitter.com/tirnaog_09/status/1561598857015869441?s=20&t=f5N7VdRzopxJP9wyZ3qJ-w

Big Audio Dynamite

I’d be surprised if the round mound of rebound kicks a ball for them again.
Can’t imagine GVB has any time for someone so unprofessional.
I’m guessing this may knock a few quid off the £50m transfer 😋
As ever …if this is what we’re being told …what are we not being told?
If Colak(?) is injured early in Eindhoven, what then? Do they have any other options?
Bear on bear action, you gotta love it! 🐻GRRRR!🐻

Have already said we will win the league by 15pts ..might have to rethink that 😉

Prestonpans bhoys

Old Firm FC look a few results from self destruction, lets hope the catalyst is tomorrow👍

Big Audio Dynamite

Craig76,
What happened to tackles from behind being an automatic red?
You can just imagine how different the narrative would be if big Jenz had made that tackle.
Anyone who says the 2 sending-offs were wrong, has their own little agenda …both were dangerous and violent!

Big Audio Dynamite

Do they have a 3rd striker??

Prestonpans bhoys

Nope Roofe et al are all injured brave decision

Awe Naw

If Sevco don’t go through then GVB has his excuse “aye ready made”

The Leopard’s Rimshot

That mob have some gall to appeal the Lundstram assault.

Any automatic ban, be it two or three, should be increased by two matches for their arrogance and the fact he could have broken the Hibee’s leg.

Tackle from behind, no attempt, or even chance, to get the ball, high tackle, dangerous violent play, open and shut case.

And Barisic should have to answer for his verbal assault on Collum.

It’s common knowledge that his folks get their windaes tanned by what remains of the Brigton Derry after some of Wulie’s decisions against Sevco but whatever Barisic said really spooked him.

Let’s see how the SFA Hun dogsbodies react to all this.

Big Audio Dynamite

Prestonpans, I totally forgot about him. Been out for a while, eh?
Apparently the Huns have stopped negotiations with Fredo.
If they want to win the league this year, they ain’t doing it with what they already have.

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