Saints vs Stodgy

I’m really nervous about this cup tie.
It’s fair to say I’m more nervous about facing the Saints away, than for instance heading to Ibrox. Give this team a huge clash and chances are they will actually show up on the day/night as previous form suggests,,the derbies and Champions League ties. Give this team lower ranked opponents in a game they should win and ,,, it’s a guessing game.


To be so nervous says a lot, when you’re worried about playing Saint Mirren that’s a bad sign, a telltale sign actually. We aren’t very good at all lately, scraping wins much more than finding form. They says it’s temporary while class is permanent, I bloody hope so as we have more class than them, it’s finding that class is proving difficult. I’m confident stating we’ve more class as our cast-off just waltzed in and cemented himself in their midfield,,I understand he won’t be available for selection and I’m saddened by that as this would have been a fantastic platform to state his case for the lad who has never gotten a fair shake of the whip.


Let’s face it, he wouldn’t have played in green and white. I believe Brendan will stick with the tried and trusted(?) trio of Callum, Matt, and Bernardo,,attempting to play them into form while looking for Idah and Kuhn to make the difference. Don’t get me wrong, I would have Iwata maybe Holm in the middle of the park, but I just don’t see it happening unless this weekend brings the final straw for the usual 3.
For those 3, a Cup tie offers the chance of redemption and some fun, it’s a great occasion to unleash your inner beast and turn on a bit of style or attempt those hard to score shots.


Besides, you don’t want too many changes. AJ will be sidelined, a fractured skull tends to do that, I also would bench Welsh and file it under concussion protocol.
So Bernabei, Scales, Nawrocki, Ralston.
That’s another new starting back four, hence I would understand changing midfield being deemed unwise.


Maybe the biggest change should be up top, the attacking trident. Kyogo in for Maeda, following up into the box which secured our last winner? He will work hard, not as hard as the Duracell Bunny but has more technique.
Furuhashi is too good a player to be on the bench, getting your best players on the pitch together gives you the best chance of victory.


Even if that’s just a pipedream, the bench will be strong(er) with Yang and Oh back into the fold. Alongside Kyogo (if benched again) that’s a decent trio to tip the scales.
Much rather those 3 than Forrest, Abada, and Vata, in my humble opinion of course.
In our last fixture their subs made much more of an impact,,I want that to end right here, right now. It’s the perfect platform for that, the ideal time, and those 3 all have points to prove.


But we shouldnt need to turn to the bench to save the day, merely use it to top off proceedings with a cherry on the icing of the cake. I recently watched Bernardo dominate a better team, Matt can win a game by himself, Kuhn could do with a boost, Idah more than penalties.


Brendan did sound more upbeat, the group clearly relished the last victory, late winners can’t help but boost morale.
But our opponents are at home, pretty settled in their style of play by this stage, and fight for the only realistic silverware remaining.
It won’t be easy, but it’s easily anticipated.


A barn burner of a statement victory, a nervous outing, a hero steps forward, officialdom steps in,,,anything could happen in the greatest real life soap on earth.
Stay tuned to find out and


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February 9, 2024 11:28 pm

The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive has nominated Blood Cancer UK as the recipient for funds for the next six months to 31/07/2024.

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Please give generously to a very deserving cause!

February 9, 2024 11:28 pm
February 9, 2024 11:29 pm

POTY competition

February 10, 2024 12:20 am

Night night all. HH

Craig 76
February 10, 2024 12:33 am

I’m guessing it must be the stunning vocals by Donny 😉😀🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇮🇪

Craig 76
February 10, 2024 1:40 am

February 10, 2024 1:52 am


Biggest issue for us — will the MF turn up.

We have struggled all season getting the balance right and putting in some tackles.

Now we have people off form and confidence is lacking plus our set up and structure would appear to be a work in progress.

Defence in L plates.
Midfield off form.
Wingers unsettled.
Striker not scoring.

What could possibly go wrong?

February 10, 2024 1:57 am


We string some passes together — we will be OK.

We get on the end of some crosses — we will be looking good.

We find some confidence — we will be on easy street.

We are very fragile — if one head goes down then they all seem to go down.

The fear has returned.
Social work not coaching required.

February 10, 2024 5:55 am

Good Morning Sentinels – Grand Day To Be A Tim…

Interesting lead Mahe…

Brendan Rodgers philosophy is you should utilise your best players.

In his first tenure as Celtic manager he was asked if Scotland manager Steve Clarke should play Keiran Tierney or Andy Robertson at left back.

He said they were among Scotland’s best players and you need to fit in both, Interestingly that’s exactly what Steve Clarke did.

We have three very similar players in midfield, yet they are our three best midfielders, so what do you do?

Likewise a new conundrum – Idah is looking potentially like our most effective striker, yet Kyogo is one of our best players.

Maybe a 4-4-2 is the answer, beef up the midfield with an extra body and play Idah and Kyogo up front.

Of course our extra man in midfield would be a winger, so we would still lack that defensive midfielder – however, Calmac in front of the back four maybe the best we have under the circumstances.

Hail Hail

February 10, 2024 5:59 am

Mike in Toronto @ 10:29 pm,

Thanks for the interesting insight.

As you say, you haven’t looked at Lenny Mk2.

The interesting thing during that time, of course, was that Sevco were showing a bit of form, especially in Europe, while we were regressing.

PL left his dogmatic moneyball “model”, and let Neil, eye for a player, Lennon spend on “oven ready players”, over thirty million pounds spent to enhance a treble winning side.

Including Ajeti, Barkas, Bolingoli, Jullien etc

Of course it was pretty much thirty million down the drain and was PL’s last hoorah as CEO.

This may well have convinced him to double down on the moneyball, when he came back as Chairman.

However, this, as usual, was not about the strategy and the model, rather it was about competence and implementation.

1. A couple great examples, we bought Ajeti instead of Toney.

2. When Dominic McKay/Ange/Michael Nicholson had to rebuild after that disastrous innings, they spent a very similar amount of money with a very different outcome.

That much improved side saw the value of that squad soar.

We have had over a decade of these various strategies and models that the Board has imposed on the Club.

It has only proven one thing – it’s not about the model, strategy, or approach.

It’s about ability, skillset and implementation.

The Celtic Board have to be top dog, prove their worth by dictating and controlling aspects of football club they are not close to being competent to do.

The last decade has convincingly proven, Accountants, Lawyers and Businessmen have their skillsets

Top Football professionals have their skillsets

When you have good people sticking to what they are good at, the outcomes are much better.

That obviously includes; scouting information and content Manager’s.


Hail Hail

Big Audio Dynamite
February 10, 2024 7:24 am

Cup facts –

During the period 1960-87 only one team won the cup other than Celtic, Rangers or Aberdeen.
Dunfermline won their only 2 national cup finals by beating Celtic (61) and Hearts (68).

The lowest attendance for a Scottish cup final is just 2,500 …
The match between Queens park and Clydesdale was the very first final.

The highest attendance was the 147, 000 that turned up in 1937 to see Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1 …
A record that will likely stand forever.

Outside of Celtic and Rangers, the team with the most cup wins is Queens park with 10 …
Queens are only the third team to reach double figures, but they haven’t won the cup since 1893.

The centenary cup final had an attendance of nearly 125,000 and was between Celtic and Rangers …
Rangers emerged victorious after sharing 5 goals and winning 3-2.

Celtic and St Mirren have not met in the cup final since season 1925-26 …
St Mirren winning 2-0 in front of a crowd of 100, 000 ..the Saints first triumph.

The 1909 cup was withheld after rioting involving Celtic and Rangers fans …
The fans rioted as they suspected the games were rigged to produce draws and money-spinning replays (So nothing much has changed) both clubs ended up being fined £150 😁

Glasgow Celtic have won almost exactly 30% of all Scottish cup finals ever played …
The club has won the cup 41 times (Record) and has also lost the final 18 times.

The Gombeen Man
February 10, 2024 7:59 am

It’s been an encouraging week, watching Celtic supporters begin to look at the success or failure of the club’s transfer strategy.

The penny hasn’t fully dropped yet.

Are Celtic alone in signing players that don’t make the grade? Or is the transfer stampede a bit of a myth?

We can all think of the obvious candidates. The Manchester United’s and Spurs, with their high profile transfer mistakes.

But what is the football industry average for successful transfers?

Indeed, what is a successful transfer?

Expectations of % success rate.

How does a club mitigate potential failures?

“Years ago I’d guessed that only 50% (of transfers) succeeded, but my subsequent analysis of thousands of deals in the Premier League era showed that not even half the deals proved worth the money…

Of the thirteen transfers that cost over £50m in today’s money, less than half – just 46% – worked out well.”

Youth development?

– Poaching? Why have the Liverpool’s and Bayern Munich’s targetted Celtic?

“This report reveals that the ability to train top level footballers is part of the competitive advantage held by the most successful European clubs.”

Just Sayin’
February 10, 2024 8:20 am


I’d guess critical mass has a role to play in successful youth development.
Liverpool, Bayern, or any team from the top 5 leagues, say Brighton or Southampton have access to funds we can only dream about for investment in youth development. The impact on the bottom line at these clubs of this investment won’t be as significant.

We operate on a shoestring, in a third world backwater, with nowhere competitive for young talent to play.

Forever also rans and a mere nursery club for the big boys

February 10, 2024 9:52 am

Off to Eintracht v Bochum today. Should be interesting

13°c and dry. Pure luxury that will be the first game that’s been dry and above freezing since November

February 10, 2024 10:04 am

Leftfield 80’s question …

Drinking knowledge required — the pub in the city centre with the barrel of peanuts / monkey nuts on the floor by the door?

Memory points to the mid / late 80’s close to the Odeon — just can’t remember the name.

Floor crunchy with the discarded shells.

Any names?

February 10, 2024 10:33 am


Not necessarily a winger into midfield.
Put anther midfielder in.
Radical I know !
Doesn’t need to be fixed, try a diamond to get in between and support the top two
Our three often facing four and five in there.
Watched Morton v ‘Well last night
Two goals came from balls deep to to defence ( one keeper made an arse of it )
Tomorrow they will take every opportunity to launch deep against that back four ( I would ).
We will try to play out and hit a wall, try to play wide and it’s 50/50 we get any joy.
We are the better footballing team but in a ragged game we can now miss out the mid if needed.
Just takes defenders with vision !

February 10, 2024 10:51 am

MM Brahms & Liszt 🍺🥜🤔

February 10, 2024 11:27 am


I vaguely remember it. Horseshoe,maybe?

February 10, 2024 11:57 am


You mention Barkas. That reminded me that we let Craig Gordon go rather than pay him a wage to keep him.

If ever there was an example of poor football trading that was it.

Sol Kitts
February 10, 2024 12:55 pm

Everton’s hard working block press is severely limiting City’s attack. They’re struggling to create any chances.

Sol Kitts
February 10, 2024 1:21 pm

City end 1st half without a single shot on target.

February 10, 2024 1:31 pm


Dreadful match so far.

The Gombeen Man
February 10, 2024 1:43 pm


I note that there has been no amendment made to the misleading information on the SFSA blog in relation to the 5WA…

i) ‘How much will the SFA’s/SPFL’s secret ‘5 Way Agreement’ eventually cost the Scottish taxpayer?

– Without including original never paid tax from the financial collapse of one of our big club duopoly the downstream costs all in are reckoned to be of an order of £100M to the public purse.’

I thought you were going to pass this error on to Andy?

You know and I know that the £100m referred to has everything to do with unpaid creditors and the awards for the Malicious Prosecutions of a number of individuals.

Nothing to do with the 5WA.

Indeed, as Neil Doncaster comments in the hacked/leaked email from the SPFL contends, failure to get a deal done would have had damaging adverse effects for the remaining SPFL clubs.

Do you have any idea what the impact of a failure to complete a deal would have potentially been?

Don’t forget there was no broadcasting deal in place prior to the agreement.

The Gombeen Man
February 10, 2024 1:48 pm

Just Sayin,

Thanks for the reply. I hope you are well?

I don’t have time to write a full response this afternoon, I’ll come back next week.


There may have been other factors at play re-CG?

Till later.

February 10, 2024 2:03 pm

What a goal from Haaland!

February 10, 2024 2:08 pm

I love it when players keep their heads down and put their laces through the ball, hitting it with just enough venom not to lose control. If they don’t do that, it ends up in Row Z.

February 10, 2024 2:14 pm

I’m going to try to watch Spurs – Brighton and Asian Cup Final on two screens. Makes me skelly, but all 4 teams play exciting football.

February 10, 2024 2:16 pm

Haaland again 2-0

February 10, 2024 2:19 pm

Brilliant fast break. Haaland is a horse. Brushes off physical challenges and with deadly shot placement.

February 10, 2024 2:22 pm

Everton goal chalked off for offside.

February 10, 2024 2:26 pm

City playing keepball. They are masters at it.

Mike in Toronto
February 10, 2024 2:30 pm


Haaland, if he stays healthy, will be in the discussion of greatest strikers ever. And KdB is one of my favourite players ever.

But, for me, Rodri is their most important player. A beast who can destroy and create. Links everything and makes everyone around him better. Haaland will win you CL’s, but Rodri will win you leagues.

February 10, 2024 2:30 pm

Keep the Faith.

A Bangin’ Mix for the enthusiasts.FtheOldFirm?

Paul67 Disgusted by yer recent Leader.

I Obviously cannae say…….

Back Celtic to the Core

Sycophants Never win.

February 10, 2024 2:30 pm

All City players constantly move into open space. Now of course they have World class players, but they really make it easy for each other.

February 10, 2024 2:33 pm

Mike in Toronto

Haaland, if he stays healthy, will be in the discussion of greatest strikers ever. And KdB is one of my favourite players ever.

But, for me, Rodri is their most important player. A beast who can destroy and create. Links everything and makes everyone around him better. Haaland will win you CL’s, but Rodri will win you leagues.
Hi Mike:
Can’t argue with any of that.
Iniquitous IV😊

February 10, 2024 2:43 pm

Noone.I MEAN,noone is forced to live ianIgloo.

I can Breakiy doon.

February 10, 2024 2:59 pm

Jordan – Qatar game in same arena that held Argie-France World Cup Final. Looks stowed out.

February 10, 2024 3:01 pm

The replica cup in the centre circle must be 30 feet high.

February 10, 2024 3:03 pm

Vicario saves Spurs. Good keeper.

February 10, 2024 3:06 pm

Absolute bedlam of noise from capacity crowd in Qatar.

February 10, 2024 3:07 pm

February 10, 2024 3:07 pm

Jordan’s Altamari with curving free kick over bar.

Margaret McGill
February 10, 2024 3:11 pm

I hope Jordan win but there’s VAR and nobbled refs and money at stake here

February 10, 2024 3:14 pm

Margaret McGill

I’m supported the underdogs too. Both teams have very talented players, particularly front men.
The amount of money washing around this event is just astounding, epitomized by the gold coloured huge bowl of a stadium.

February 10, 2024 3:15 pm

Water fast break. Just offside.

February 10, 2024 3:17 pm

Spurs and Albion both going for it.
Penalty to Brighton.

February 10, 2024 3:18 pm

Brighton with an amazing number of away fans.

February 10, 2024 3:19 pm

Brighton pressing Spurs very high. Ange’s team struggling to get out.
Albion attacking with 7 players.

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