We Never Stop?

Morning,all.

Sunday saw Celtic blow away the opposition in thirty minutes. Game over. Yet Sunday was a horrible watch for far too long. Of course,we anticipated this-it is not easy to play on a surface which wouldn’t pass muster in a five-a-side arena-and getting through it without any real problems,including injuries,is a bonus in itself. The real bonus,of course,was the whirlwind first thirty minutes,where we really took the game to our opponents and wiped the floor with them. 

Four up,and a missed penalty-off the post from Kyogo-is good going by any standards. 

But we are a club with standards. Ange imposed them in his first training session,and I’ll bet he reminds the players of them every day. We. Never. Stop. 

Why then,did we stop after thirty minutes on Sunday? Why did we look second best to a team struggling for survival,who were already four down,for over an hour? I don’t know the answer to that,but it was clear from Ange’s post-match interview that he was far from pleased about it. I know how he feels. 

I said immediately after the match that while I was pleased enough with the result,I thought the second half performance was a disgrace. It went down like a bowl of sick. That’s fine,everyone is entitled to their opinion and so am I. I should maybe have explained it at the time though. Too often recently,we seem to have taken the foot off the pedal and either allowed teams a flying start while we try to settle into our rhythm,or just eased off at the end. And yes,I know how many goals and points we have gathered this season,and you won’t see many Celtic fans with a bigger smile about it than me. 

In fact,I mentioned the other night to 16 ROADS that I wanted a 100% finish to the season to give us 109/114 points for the season. That it would be a just reward for a magnificent season of consistency. And our results ARE consistent. One defeat all season,seventeen wins now in a row. Can’t argue with that. 

But when you take the foot off the pedal,start coasting,it can get increasingly difficult to get that flow again. And that’s my concern. My comment on Sunday was obviously a criticism,but borne from my concern that we find it difficult to shift back up a gear. Look,for instance,at possibly the most exciting side in Europe this season. One win in four going into a home match against a side in relegation trouble. Easy win for Napoli? A chance to get their mojo back? Not so. 0-0 with Helles Verona. Foot off the gas and can’t find the gears. Big task for them tonight in the CL quarters.

Bayern Munich,dropping points all over the place,yet Dortmund can’t raise their game to take advantage after that hammering from them. Every time Bayern present Dortmund with an open door,they walk into it. Two up going into injury time,they drew 3-3 at the weekend. Real Madrid save their best for the CL,simply can’t seem to motivate themselves domestically.

Look too down south. If you had asked any one of us at the start of the season which side you expected to be in form and battering opponents,it’s a fair bet that most would have said Man City. But they aren’t top of the table-yet. That place is currently taken by Arsenal,though the gap is now down to four points and one more game played. Ten days ago,they were two up at Anfield after thirty minutes and cruising. Couldn’t see it out. Same on Sunday,exact same,against West Ham. Two up in thirty minutes. 2-2 both times. Four points dropped because they couldn’t up the gears when they needed to. Had they stayed in top gear,they wouldn’t have had to. 

So,was I right on Sunday to say that the second half performance was a disgrace? On that,I think many readers will disagree with me. But I hope you now see why I said it. Ange didn’t tell the players that we never stop just so that the club and the scarf manufacturers could get an easy slogan for the merchandise. He said it because he knows how difficult it is to up the gears if we do. 

Anyway,enough of this. The first thirty minutes was plenty enough for the three points. Perhaps the main talking point-and hopefully we can all agree on this one!-was that the stadium was less than half full. And that was because of a deliberate decision made by the home club to offer Celtic only one behind the goals stand,holding around 20% of the ground’s capacity. We all know of Celtic fans who would gladly have taken a ticket,and a few of them post here.

The smaller clubs are always squealing about income inequality,yet when they get the opportunity three or four times a season to fill their ground,they take “a principled stand” as demanded by their own fans to turn down an extra 30-40,000 ticket sales a year. That will be their own fans who were conspicuous by their absence on Sunday,as they are all season.

I have no real problem with clubs deciding how many away fans to allow into their ground. But it makes financial sense to fill that ground as often as possible. Outside of Glasgow,there isn’t a club in the country which can regularly get close to filling its capacity. Not with their own fans,for sure. Yet they cut their own nose off simply to make a point on those occasions when others can fill it for them. It’s financial suicide,and it may even be footballing suicide too.

Think about the extra income lost from not selling those tickets for those three or four games. A million quid and more. That would provide the wages for three or four very decent players at that level,and they would definitely make the difference between potential relegation and a top six finish. It would increase the attraction for others to our game. Live matches would be screened from full stadia,with better players on view. In fact,having a better side to watch would persuade many absentee home fans to take up their seats again too!

It really is a win-win for all concerned. The home fans get a better side to watch every week. The grounds are filled,providing a better atmosphere. The TV companies get a better product-and might be inclined to cough up a decent amount for it. And the SPFL get a wider pool of sponsors to sell that product to,again increasing income. And what is stopping that from happening?

Principles. Bloody marvellous,eh?

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BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2023 8:53 am

JOBO POTY Update.

*SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022-23*
*RESULTS FROM GAME #45 – KILMARNOCK 1 CELTIC 4 (KYOGO, MAEDA, O’RILEY(2))

Good evening, friends.
The first thing worth highlighting is that the 3 players at the top of the POTY leaderboard, that is Hatate, Carter-Vickers and Jota did not feature in yesterday’s game. And yet we managed to win more than comfortably with an opening 25 minutes that completely removed all worries about Kilmarnock’s home form or their shag pile carpet. So whilst the game did peter out a bit, come on – job done, no injuries and another step closer to our 53rd league title.
The other point to note is that 10 of our starting 11 all caught they eye and received votes. As for the remaining player he must be thinking “I make just one mistake…..” 😉
Domestically this season we have now played 39, winning 37, drawing 1 and losing 1, scoring 127 and conceding 27. If we include our 6 European games our total goals scored rise to 131.
As ever, can I say a huge thank you to the 63 who emailed me with their 3 nominations. The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.

Hart: 8
Johnston: 9
Starfelt: 4
Kobayashi*: 23
Taylor*: 15
McGregor: 0
Iwata*: 45
O’Riley: 49
Maeda: 12
Furuhashi: 22
Haksabanovic: 2
Oh: 0
Turnbull: 0
Mooy: 0
Vata: 0
Summers: 0

And so the players receiving POINTS for the game against Kilmarnock are –
O’Riley – 5 pts
Iwata – 4 pts
Kobayashi – 3 pts
Furuhashi – 2 pts
Taylor – 1 pt

After 45 games the overall standings are as shown below –
86 points – Hatate
78 points – Carter-Vickers
61 points – Jota
51 points – Mooy
50 points – Furuhashi
46 points – McGregor
44 points – Taylor
34 points – O’Riley
31 points – Abada and Johnston
26 points – Maeda
22 points – Jenz
20 points – Starfelt
17 points – Haksabanovic
13 points – Giakoumakis and Juranovic
10 points – Ralston
9 points – Bernabei and Welsh
8 points – Forrest
7 points – Hart and Kobayashi
6 points – Iwata
5 points – Turnbull
4 points – Oh
0 points – Abildgaard, Lawal, McCarthy, Siegrist, Summers and Vata

Our next game is on Saturday 22nd April when we play what is likely to be our final Saturday 3pm kick off home game of the season against Motherwell. A win would put us 15 points clear before our nearest rivals travel to face Barry Robson’s Aberdeen on Sunday. We now need just 7 points from our final 6 games to be crowned Champions. For the 53rd time 😉
Hail Hail!

Prestonpans bhoys
April 18, 2023 9:01 am

Killie had three stands to our one, we still had more fans in the ground, utter madness 😠

SteveNaive
April 18, 2023 9:10 am

Good article Sir but you’ve been watching football long enough to know it isn’t as easy as that. Power the hired thug is on and we know which instructions he had. We also made changes ( I’d have waited, especially with Kyogo) and opposition can sometimes just work harder to keep the score down and keep their jobs.
We still should have scored more, Starfeld header (again) so it wasn’t a disgrace for me.
Any examination of many games now shows teams with less possession winning. Create chances… score.
Which brings me to the Champions League.
Go through the squad as is… keep or upgrade ?
I’ll start… Joe Hart… upgrade

CFC
April 18, 2023 9:25 am

SN

Joe upgrade
CS upgrade
GT Upgrade

And add a creative mid to our options there.

Bit of turnover required to improve the squad for CL.

CFC
April 18, 2023 9:30 am

Jimbo67 ( from previous topic)

Yip, looking at what Shakhtar managed v RM and Leipzig should inspire us.
We lost all 4 v top two seeds.
SD took 4 points, drew and won one.

That’s our realistic target there.

CFC
April 18, 2023 9:32 am

We lost all 4 v top two seeds.
I should add with a 2-13 goal difference.

That’s a proper disgrace!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2023 9:43 am

STEVENAIVE

I pointed out that Power was a thug the minute he came on. That assault on Frimpers still makes me cringe,and he got a straight red for going right through,I think,Forrest while playing for St Mirren. Not my idea of a footballer.

Jimbo67
April 18, 2023 9:47 am

Morning BMCUWP and all

A good article- I still think you were wrong to describe the 2nd half as a ‘disgrace’ – ‘flat’ would be my word- but you raise a more than worthwhile point about us either starting slowly or finishing strong this season. I have seen all our games since the new year and aside from a terrific display versus Aberdeen when fortune smiled a bit on our visitors goal we have not put in a good 90 minutes- or even too often a top notch 70. We were terrific in spells at McDiarmid Park and the cup tie at Tynecastle and finished the games brilliantly against Hearts and Hibs when coming from behind , blew St Mirren to bits after half-time and in the later stages of the cup match with the Buddies as well. But in all those games we had dull spells too with the 2nd half in Perth being almost as dreich as Sunday except that we scored a goal at the death. At Dingwall and in the recent Derby even our good spells were never that great.

I would have settled for where we are now on 1 Jan 2023 far less last summer though. Passing 100 league goals as early as our 32nd league game is something we have not done since 1968 and we’ve won the League Cup too and deservedly so. And yet – as with the 2016/7 season at this stage not winning the treble will be looked on by many in our support beyond these pages as a let down. A domestic version of Feijenoord 1970 especially if we also lose at Ibrox too. I will be disappointed too. Pointing out where we were in the spring of 2021 will be grudgingly acknowledged by many. Settling for what has been achieved should not be enough for us.

This spell we are entering a pivotal point in Ange’s time with us. Where we were in 2021 will no longer be much (and even soon after any) consolation- what he and Celtic do in the next few weeks and more importantly the close and pre-seasons that will determine how good Ange is and how good we can be.

And now to a clothes repair shop – an unintentional revival of the PJ Probys at the start of the derby match has to be put right

Jimbo

Billy Bhoy
April 18, 2023 9:54 am

CFC

It was an awful campaign statistically. However, there are fine margins in football. We blew Madrid away in the first half at Celtic Park. 3-0 at HT wouldn’t have flattered us. I thought we were the better team v Shaktar in both games and were on top when, in each game, we were caught in possession on the edge of their box and Mudryk ran the length of the field and scored.

If they’d sold him a season earlier we would have had six points 😀

I’m certainly hoping for less unforced errors to at least make us harder to beat. We lose far too many goals in Europe. It happens season after season regardless of manager or squad. I suspect though its linked to games like Sunday’s where we effortlessly swat teams away. This league is no preparation for Madrid and PSG etc.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2023 10:01 am

BILLYBHOY

Good point about PSG. They play in a “Big Five” league,but really it is a “Big Four.”

They find it hard to motivate themselves domestically,just going through the motions. Hence their problems in upping the gears again for the latter stages of the CL.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2023 10:05 am

JIMBO67

Well,I thought it best to explain what I meant. A bit wiser than doubling down on it!

I didn’t realise that we had scored 100 goals faster than since 1968. Wow. Perspective ,eh?

SteveNaive
April 18, 2023 10:09 am

CFC

Agree. Can’t be sentimental. Ange won’t be.
I think Johnston and Taylor have the attributes and intelligence although wish the latter was a bit bigger ( didn’t stop Lahm or indeed Frimpong).
CCV has some vision and range of passing to pick out forward runs but Starfeld, for all his admirable combatitive qualities, just hasn’t got that. Coach it into his game ?….they’d have done it by now.
If we beat Motherwell his game against Van Veen will be part of it.

CFC
April 18, 2023 10:16 am

B B

That’s my point- Shakhtar should have been beaten and third was within our grasp.
Fine margins- but they drew with RM and beat Leipzig, we could do neither.

A number of factors are involved -Inexperience,
lack of guile and composure, poor decision making, lack of clinical finishing etc

Some upgrades in personnel will help.

As a pot four makeweight we have a lot of work to do to secure third spot.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 10:16 am

Pebble in the pond time — not sure I agree with your comments.

We have had a number of poor performances this season.
Undercooked / undermotivated / wasteful / individualistic — common threads for our fall from grace.
Sunday was just a case of a very obvious contrast.

Killie gave it a go from the off.
The pitch was absolutely shocking.
We weathered the storm and then started to get our passing game into gear.
Sliced through them / made our passes / scored our goals.
They tighten it up and we go to sleep.
Lost a horrible goal.

Poor start to the second half.

AM came on — started slowly and worked his way up to a jog.
OH-g was bursting a gut but we seemed to be elsewhere.
JH was the busier GK for long periods in the second half.

AP has a lot of work to do — NL left a squad in shell shock.
Huge change in personnel — those that were left well those with get up and go had got up and gone.
Probably a tougher gig to generate the right attitudes than we think — AP is a hard task master and old sweats are a tough crowd.
I think that there will be more change during the summer than most are expecting.

CFC
April 18, 2023 10:28 am

SN

CS ( 20 points) is still behind MJ (22), who left 4 months ago, in Jobo’s table. !

Did we get shot of the wrong central defender?

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 10:42 am

I missed the storm we weathered.

4 nil up before some Killie players had touched the ball.

Storm 😊😊

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 10:43 am

SPL crowds …
Number of attitudes in play.

Common thread of recent years has been pushback from the smaller clubs regarding ticket allocations to us and our friends in Govan. They don’t want us to dominate their home games — so ticket sales are rationed / empty seats on view at a cost to themselves.

That is their prerogative and it is one that I support.
The SPL is a competition and needs to stay as such.
We are not the HG/T’ers doing an exhibition tour around Scotland doing flicks and tricks.
Consequently if Killie want to ration our tickets then that is a decision for them.
What works for them over a season and not what we would want once or twice a season.

For a lot of teams — their crowds against us at home are poor because they don’t want to be some sort of sacrificial victim for our “record breaking”. Different stiffs every second week being the support act to our “superstars” — the Christians were not much a draw in the Colosseum for fellow believers. They were a much bigger draw for sadists as most public executions are.

Have we become footballing sadist — well hopefully not apart from TFOD2.1 / Hertz / Livi / St Mirren.

Difficult issue now in play — keeping the SPL credible / competitive if you pass up free money.
Top six — financially — the 4 non Glesga teams need to up their game and give it a real go.
RN’s games against TFOD2.1 got so bad that the Hertz board got sick of it — good for them / we need more of this.
If only M/well board had found a backbone when SMcC was going through the motions.

Bigger crowds = more competitive football where teams can win something.
Is this just the glory hunters returning — Dundee crowds this year vs last?
Or the crowds at Dunfermline / Falkirk this season as they tear it up against part timers in League 1?

SPL football — something has to give.
38 years since a provincial club has won the SPL — not good.
At some point the competition is going to collapse due to a lack of credibility.
The results of the “10” in any form of Euro competition show how weak / insular it has become.

Answers on a post card — I do not want to join the EPL.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 10:44 am

Same post EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Not a troll though …nope ☺☺

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 10:45 am

B @ 10.42

You are CS and I claim my IKEA goodie bag.

It helps if you read the post before you reply.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 10:51 am

Improve the SPL — some form of youth draft?
U20’s — SPL organises a job lot from the EPL / US / Aus?
They would be loans from these leagues.

Teams then get to pick from this pool.
Would that help the bottom half of the SPL?

Jimbo67
April 18, 2023 10:56 am

BMCUWP

I do like these little comparisons with the past I must admit. As somebody who was just being taken to matches for the first time that 68 team will always be special- and in the run to that title, some wiser heads than mine believed the team of that era hit its absolute peak. But this year we have, so far matched it domestically.

I think overall we are all guilty to some extent of overanalysing games and Sunday is one of them- every single one of us would have taken an easy 4-1 win. It’s just that when you are 4 up in 27 minutes that you realise what was still a very easy win can be a bit dull.

Jimbo

Bada Bing
April 18, 2023 10:58 am

Starfelt ‘s assets are IMO, pace and positional sense,which has improved considerably since playing on the left side,which is not his strongest, good centre backs are hard to find,check out the EPL to verify that, be careful what you wish for.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 10:59 am

Not good 😉

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:03 am

Celtic’s complete domination is driving some people to distraction.

It is funny as feck to watch.

It’s becoming really unfair how dominant we are.

CFC
April 18, 2023 11:12 am

b b 1

Good as CS generally has been, would a left sided MJ at 4 years younger be a better bet?

Ange didn’t think so and I guess that’s why Yuki is here.

Still, MJ’s performance indicator( Jobo’s table) suggests CS has been a limited performer over the months extra playing time he’s had.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:14 am

Have Carl & Cameron lost a domestic fixture that they played together?

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:19 am

Abada Bing,

Well said! For a measly four million, the big man has been outstanding.

CFC
April 18, 2023 11:31 am

B A D

The discussion started re CL upgrade.

We require an upgrade on CS, and other positions , otherwise we won’t improve.

Domestically our “ domination”, your word, means very little in the rarefied Euro arenas.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 11:40 am

BMCUW @ Diversity Central

You really have a big heart.

Providing a home for all our Bronskis aka Small town Bhoys / Hame’ll dae me types / happy clappers.
I get the impression that they don’t have passports so the CL doesn’t matter.
.
.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:45 am

CFC, your opinion we need an upgrade on Carl.

I don’t agree.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:47 am

And as long as we keep dominating in the country we play in, I’ll be more than happy.

I don’t judge Celtic on what they do in Europe.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 11:53 am

Enjoying Celtic’s domination makes you a “Bronski” (Whatever tf that is)

Not a troll though …no siree!

JimDom
April 18, 2023 12:06 pm

In a league comprising journeymen, thugs, bodybuilders,and plastic monstrosities, Celtic only require a 15-20 minute spell of quality football to win a match. Sometimes that quality spell is at the start of a game, sometimes towards the end. If we were playing against teams with even a modicum of quality, our guys would be focused for longer and we would need to be better for longer. In a better (Scottish) league we would be at least 10 points light of our current total.

You will need to ask Billy Bowie why he only allows Celtic 20% of Rugby Park. It does appear to be a crazy decision and I can see no reason why he doesn’t also give half the main stand to Celtic fans. Killie’s plastic partner over in West Lothian give away three sides of their stadium to the big two.

I would not be against Celtic allowing visiting sides to Celtic Park keeping the ticket revenue that they sell to their own support. Say 1,500 from Hearts/Hibs/Dons @ £30. Let them keep that £45k . And we don’t expect reciprocation. Not exactly levelling up, more a goodwill gesture.

After our game on Sunday, it was West Ham vs Arsenal. Full stadium, immaculate grass surface. Arsenal in control, then concede a penalty, then miss a penalty, and almost immediately concede again. A match with drama and excitement right to the end. Say what you like about the EPL, it is a wonderful product. Our game was over as a competitive contest after 27 minutes. I don’t really blame the Celtic players at all for the remaining 66 minutes of tedium. They are only human and doing what humans do when you only need to go through the motions without the outcome changing.

Not really ideal prep for the next Champions League campaign but you can only beat what’s in front of you.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 12:07 pm

UEFA want the same teams in the last eight every single year, they don’t give a flying fuck about the rest of us.
If they could just go straight to the quarter finals every year they would.
We are only in the vulgar competition to make up the numbers.
When Europe was a more level playing-field, what did Celtic do??
Moaning about Celtic not doing well in that tournament, is the equivalent of St Mirren fans moaning about not winning our league.
The whole thing is vile!

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 12:10 pm

JimDom,

Happy clapper! 😉

CFC
April 18, 2023 12:56 pm

B A D

Opinions indeed.

If we are competitive, not dominating obviously, in Europe there is at least the prospect of a run to a Euro Final below CL level. I agree that everything seems geared to the elite in the CL-a vile closed shop – a self sustaining plutocracy.

So next season getting better players in may improve our prospects of finishing third and dropping into The Europa.
If the Huns can do it …😀

The season after is a different kind of treasure trove.

óglach
April 18, 2023 1:19 pm

Are Celtic supporters really just satisfied with watching their team constantly winning a 2 horse, soon to be a one runner, race every season? Isn’t it all becoming a wee bit too parochial and predictably boring, isn’t it the equivalent of paying to watch WWE, a good day out with your mates but a bit of a joke as a sporting event? No one is expecting Celtic to win the CL but i do expect them to at least be competitive and not be the pot 4 cannon fodder we are at present. But here’s the thing a decent run in the Europa is not beyond our means and should not be beyond our ambitions. Pumping St Mirren and Kille 4 times a season is not how our progress as a team will be measured that lays in proper contests with our peers in Europe. And that is where the money for team and infrastructure improvements will be made.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 1:19 pm

CL — vile closed shop …?

If that is / was the intention then it hasn’t been very successful.
The rise of Serie A — was that on the agenda for this year?
If it was then I must have missed the press release.

The CL is there for any team that wants to give it a go.
If we are making the progress we want / think we deserve then the issue is closer to home that EUFA.
Second place in the group stage should be our target — tough gig in the near future.
But season after season improvement will get us there.

If you don’t think that is possible then the best we can hope for is relegation fodder in the EPL — not good.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 1:21 pm

Oh to pump St Mirren 4 times a season — we can but dream.

Madmitch
April 18, 2023 1:29 pm

CL — the thing that wastes it is the uncanny ability of RM to win it even if they are playing like dug meat in Spain.
Every second season the moons seem to align and a poor RM side just does enough to win the thing.

Banjo a keeper.
Dislocate someone’s shoulder.
Win through boredom.
Fluke a worldie.
Pet referee.

Only thing worse is Chelsea winning it

big packy
April 18, 2023 1:46 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM ,BOBBY, agree 100%, jock would have told the lions at half-time go out and entertain the fans, put seven or eight past them.,another true story👍

Rebus67
April 18, 2023 1:57 pm

I do not find it easy to assess our existing players re suitability for competing in Europe. Celtic, and teams in the same pecking order, have one hope of excelling in Europe, and that is the team concept, not the quality of individual players.

So, if you look at, e.g., Maeda, he is a limited player going forward, but a great contributor to the team. He has pace aplenty but average ball control and shooting accuracy. Yet, defensively, he makes a contribution, allowing Taylor to be up the park and playing as a deep lying inside left. Both MJ and Haksa have better ball control by miles than Maeda but, so far, nether can replicate subbing for Taylor’s bursts up the park. So, should we try for a better version of Maeda…one that has his engine but better ball control and more accurate crossing? I think we would need to spend mega bucks.

Starfelt is good defensively, particularly in the air, but he has flaws. He cannot launch the long diagonal to wide players, as CCV used to do. He often has a moment. For me, his biggest flaw is letting the ball bounce when the enemy is near. So to upgrade we need a CB who is good defensively, is left sided, can bring the ball out of defence a la Van Dyke or Ajer, and does not have moments. Hmmm….Perhaps, Kobayashi is it so we do not need to buy. However, look at Jenz, scored with an overhead kick early on but slipped out of contention.

Our best(only) hope of impressing in Europe is finding cogs to fit a successful team. I look at Brighton in the EPL and they consistently transfer out their best players but still manage to compete. Potter had a philosophy and that has been continued by De Zerbi. McAlister and Caicedo will go at the end of the season but Brighton will have/find suitable replacements to maintain the team shape and philosophy.

What worries me more is the uniqueness of Ange’s team model. If he goes, can we get a De Zerbi to continue the basic model?

Having said all of that, let me contradict it. We need upgrades creatively in midfield, and at striker(possibly), and LB.

PS Johnson had his worst game for us on Sunday.

Rebus

Auldheid
April 18, 2023 2:03 pm

Today I’m off to Sunny Spain but I’ll look in when sober.

I’ll leave you with a thought of my own today, one of my coping mechanisms.

When I was working there was this bloke that I got on reasonably well with socially but on work issues he could be irritating .

After a while I realised that it all came for the good. I decided to look at him as the grit that makes the pearl.

Each day we can be the grit but over time a pearl is formed.

Remember that when you grit your teeth.

Rebus67
April 18, 2023 2:29 pm

Auldheid,

Enjoy Spain. Sadly, my wife has a malady that makes international travel impossible for the moment at least, so no Malaga this year.

When can we expect the pearl that is the SFSA review? Sometime in May, you said?

If delay was based on the SNP slashing its wrists, it may be longer than May, so to pun!

Tapas Rebus

big packy
April 18, 2023 2:38 pm

think it was 69 / or 70, playing the famous glesca rainjurs at parkhead, think the ref was a big tim, might have been tiny wharton 🤩 anyway mr swalex lunged at wee jinky two footed tackle, would have been a red in this day and age, FFS wee jimmy nearly ended up in the jungle not even a foul,then pandemondium breaks out ,a celtic supporter grabs the corner flag and tries to stab mr ferguson with it, but the police got to him first ,no stewards in those days, another true story.hh

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 2:43 pm

When the old names in a hat, 2 leg affairs, were the thing, teams from smaller nations had a better chance.
Then they introduced seeding to the CL + having to go through a mini-league …why?
So that they same teams progress, over and over and over and ….
Bent …rigged …call it what you like …it’s both sickening and maddening.
I have Zero interest in watching Liverpool take on Madrid until the end of time!
Celtic winning in a country that is set-up for us to fail, gives me immense satisfaction.
Celtic overcoming every obstacle they put in our way to try and handicap us, puts a smile on my face.
Sorry if people expect me to be bored with Celtic dominating …hell will freeze over first!

Bada Bing
April 18, 2023 2:59 pm

MJ?

St tams
April 18, 2023 3:12 pm

On the SD game in CL.
Everyone knew about Mudryk and his pace We did nothing to combat him and he punished us twice.
That is poor planning from the coaching staff.

CFC
I noticed that reMJ having more points than CS.
If we could get £4m back for Starfelt, we’d be doing well.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 3:20 pm

CFC,

Good post, mate 👍

The Europa would be a bit more realistic for us, and obviously it would be amazing to go one better and win it.
It just really grinds my gears the position we have been left in as far as the big cup goes.
We actually have one of those trophies in a cabinet at Parkhead.
To get a second, we would literally need to invest hundreds of millions.
Only so much can be achieved by players worth less than £5m …so it is what it is.

Big Audio Dynamite
April 18, 2023 3:56 pm

Most of the time a £100m player will get goals when up against players worth a couple of million.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, or the fault of someone who wasn’t able to combat their threat.
Great players do great things while playing against each other, never mind against players worth a fraction of their value.