D-Day not Mayday!

Crisis?
Shoot I remember a real player shortage crisis that seen a striker needing to play central defence, and big Sutty played so well he almost kept the spot.

 

5 players down isn’t new at all, it’s why we have a large squad, and surely we can foresee at least two injuries at any given time due to plastic pitches plus the rough and tumble nature of the game.
Plus Mikey and James are usually injured anyway.
The squad was assembled for exactly moments like these, to be dipped into as needed.

 

It might be needed on paper but many would have rang the changes anyway given we haven’t gelled as a team yet this campaign. As such we won’t know exactly how much they were either holding us back or holding us together until a kinda new look side takes the field for a succession of games.
Beginning at the start of this little mini block of five games we currently find ourselves in we could then have approached this derby and a tough away tie with some games together under the belt but I guess that just wasn’t to be.
Lenny may also have wished to surprise the opponent with a total unknown quantity in Laxalt, so build up games for him may never have been part of the master plan.
Dropping someone into a huge game first thing is a bit like the traditional sink or swim but in my humble opinion the higher the calibre of player dropped in the better chance of not being fazed.
Let’s hope hes more Lubo than Mizuno then.

 

You won’t need me to remind you what has happened in Timland these last couple weeks regarding virus and International games, but I will be honest and say this could have been much worse.
The defence is mostly intact, and we can field a mostly starters midfield.
Those mightnt seem like much right now but could prove invaluable.

 

The team talk is ready, has been all week.
Why are you showing up? essentially.
That plays right into our hands for this game. Lenny would have his bhoys naturally fired up for this one, but now he has extra ammunition he won’t miss the spot.

 

New players an ideal chance to begin as cult heroes while saying gaffer that spots mine now.
Broony will more than want to boss his last couple clashes.
Ncham seems to turn up against them.
Big Kris will be thinking time to shine as the scouts who fancy my signature will watch this game.
Big Shane will be thinking away you go then, and stay outta my way at corners for I do fancy staying and hitting legendary status here wee man.
Big Barkas has yet to have a statement game, and we know Lurch was forced into a few against this mob, so chances are the bhoy between the sticks gets a real test and hopefully it’s one he convincingly passes.
Frimps would be the ideal one to crock early in their eyes, and he will know this.
The wee dare I say buzzbomb must be mentally ready for war.

 

Up top, if the rumours are true, its a double edged sword for the visitors. We have been crying out for a partnership, again Ajeti mentioned he wanted to be half of one upon signing, and just when they want an easy lone target we correctly spring the busy buddies act on them to befuddle and run ragged ideally.
The Yeti, you shouldn’t need me to point out he will go hammer and tongs to bulge the old onion bag today sensing hero status awaiting, surely a dream of every player.
And Paddy,,,this kid has something. There’s already a touch of the cult figure about him, that St Johnstone goal showed exactly the kind of drive and determination that will bring a man success at a club like Celtic.
Again, I think he would realise a starting berth in this game is not something to be squandered at all, and to impress in that berth would be laying a big claim to it plus saying to everyone it’s taken a while but I’m here now.
He may well be the most possessed man on the pitch tbh.
Griff, see Paddy but with a wee bit more to prove by way of an apology.
Odsonne, Covid-19 just did an in-depth medical which he passed with flying colours,, a huge relief.
He hasn’t looked great, many including myself mistakenly thought he was for the off, but we have our main man still and it’s really time to buckle down now on his behalf and commit fully to this historic campaign.
Is it harsh to say he owes us a performance?
Maybe yes given all he has done for us but maybe not when it certainly seemed like he wasn’t firing in all cylinders and there was no injury involved, he was unfocused.
Look why not just score a couple, smile that wide smile, and let’s put this all behind us Odsonne? Good lad.
I reckon he’s thinking something similar btw.

 

The dugout,,, first and foremost please remember it’s three points. Yes a defeat would leave our rivals still unbeaten but please don’t insult me or the posters by even starting to believe they are capable of an invincible season.
They will drop points, take that to the bank.
Therefore defeat is not a lost title, please don’t fall for that crap.
Points will be dropped and earned, logic dictates the biggest and best squad with the experience to match will take the crown. That’s us by the way.
A knockdown doesn’t win a fight, but winning more rounds than your opponent will. We head into the bout even in almost every way, which is exactly where both managers would have wanted to be.
Sometimes you must be careful what you wish for though.

 

The pressure is all on the rival dugout, who are expected to win despite being away from home, an expectation that’s rare for them. It has certainly infected their fans but if that mentality has permeated into the dressing room then all the better.
However they are facing players they have never seen play before, numerous actually, which can hardly help a mans confidence.
I’ve heard it said their right back is the only one who might grace our team yet he faces an unknown quantity and is not going to be thinking I’ll have this AC Milan player in ma pocket.
Giving Laxalt plenty of the ball with freedom to attack would be wise I believe.
That’s a lovely dilemma for their bench to figure out. A Norwegian international with pace to replace the dreadlocked one is a nice touch also, more food for thought just when it looked to be getting better.

 

A poor result for them after the build up and supposed weakened team they faced would be a severe slap in the face for the title hopes and confidence. Their fan base would smell the ultimate humiliation and grumble incessantly. Their support has also seen us stutter our way to this point, and after Covid, when taken with the cup final performance would have fancied some type of result from this one.
Giving Cheatin Beaton the gig made that fancy a win full stop.
And as such, it’s they who are set up for the fall. A defeat would hurt bad, so very very bad and the vitriol will follow as sure as night follows day.
Poor Cheatin won’t be at the lodge post match either, that will irk him, or save him.

 

Jock said only a fool would predict it, but I will hide behind the site and say sorry Sir the bloggers expect it.
Someone must stick the neck out, I’ve drawn the short straw.

 

Celtic probable team 3-5-2
Barkas
Ajer
Duffy
Welsh
Laxalt
Ncham
Broony
Calmac
Frimps
Ajeti
Paddy

 

2 -2 Big Shane and Griff.
Keeps the excitement ticking over nicely.

 

No matter what enjoy your weekend everyone.
COME ON YOU BHOYS IN GREEN!!!

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Gordon64

Mags Is that Pishettino ? 😜

Mahe

Chalmers, this blog stated a loss is not the title over in the lead article.
Some rightfully upset I admit, but the overwhelming message is stay like this we are done, sort it Lenny.
I don’t see Lenny out being yelled which is a good thing.
This next run of games is very tough.
A poor string of results may see that call, but Neil deserves every chance to turn this around.
This time last Christmas pretty much all the same stuff was said, but after a real wake up call he tinkered and hit a winning formula.
Let’s see if he learnt and will do it again.

I have a theory on how we win this league for what its worth.
We aren’t very good at the back or the middle so we aren’t going to defend our way to the title.
We do however have some good attackers and should aim to get the maximum from that department.
I say we go three up top and blitz the league. Bypass the middle straight to the front line with Ryan supporting.
Griff, the Yeti, Eddy could interchange and set each other up.
Scoring goals brings excitement and positivity, should breed some confidence if we start whacking in decent numbers.
That’s what I would do.
What do we have to lose?
Outscoring everyone sounds like fun, sounds like the Celtic way.

Hi diddly dee, it’s 433 for me.

Awe Naw

I thought Ajer played well today. I also reckon that the increased Sky anti Celtic posturing very noticeable since the start of this season was increased by quite a large margin today. Not taking anything away from how pish we were but I donΒ΄t reckon it was Hyenas jumping on the carcass it was pre planned for Old Firm weekend.

Mahe

I think if Broony went down for that clip on the back of the heid he woulda been video cited and correctly.

Ajer was our best player imo.
He will go on to better things I believe.

Chalmersbhoy

Mahe
Well reading from post game
I don’t think so,we have lost the league and so so.
To many have lost the faith already
But my heart is faithful through n through
Until.the last rebel.

CaltonTongues

Auldheid @ 17.55

I’d have Kieran back as well but, a good defender he is not.

HH

Gordon64

I know how this movie ends. Some Celtic supporters have short memories. I remember nearly getting thrown out of CP for ‘arguing’ with a bunch of numpties who were singing ‘Lenny get to fu#k’ when we lost to Aberdeen in his first stint as manager. Hh

Awe Naw

G64

Thankfully the park would have been 80% empty by full time today.

Do you think that plays a part in selection ?

Anyways til much later xx

CaltonTongues

Gordon64,

Depends what movie you were watching:

Nightmare on Kerrydale Street or Field of Dreams 😁

HH

Gordon64

By the amount of fireworks going off just now in G72 Bonfire night must have been brought forward this year. Wallopers ! 😜

Chalmersbhoy

Goodnight
Enjoy yourselves in our defeat
Blame NFL.
The blog is yours.
No more…..
Have fun!!!
Win,lose or draw….

Awe Naw
CaltonTongues

Awe Naw

Had Scouse Derby on computer while watching our game. Virgil walked off the pitch and didn’t look too bad. It was a terrible tackle by Pickford, should have been red card despite VAR.

HH

Gordon64

It’s an old but true adage that your team is as strong as it’s spine. Looking at our team today we have major issues.

Awe Naw

CT

Just rumors

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5RFECzUMNZM Jimmy Johnstone-Passing Time πŸ€

JimmynotPaul

Any of the Massive know This guy.
He’s out his face.
This is rutherglen πŸ˜‚Saying reverse to a guy in the passenger seat πŸ˜‚It’s wrapped around the railings FFS . WTF man πŸ˜‚ https://t.co/3CxDGofztn

McCaff

Puff D…two bad games today – my big team and my wee team got done! We got beaten 10-2 in a very tough encounter. I thought we’d get beaten to be honest and the result didn’t really surprise me but the disappointing thing was we had 5 boys out due to holidays, injury and two of them who decided to watch the Celtic game rather than play! These two are as responsible for the result as the players who turned up. We had 2subs…one guy just back from leg surgery and a new player who joined us last week. So that was it, limited starting options and limited options from the bench.
A poor start saw us go down 2-0 within the first 10 minutes. After a period of pressure we eventually came into the game and the last 15/20 minutes of the first half was pretty even. The message at half time was continue doing what you’re doing and try to get a goal. That would have brought us right back into it.
A minute into the second half and we lost a goal on the break, 3-0! A minute after that 4-0. Then we scored twice to make it 4-2 and feck knows what happened after that…we completely collapsed!!
Poor defending throughout the team cost us! Poor communication on the pitch is another problem for us with too many silent players and players not showing/supporting their teammates!
But…we’ve been unable to play any friendlies before the season started, for a variety of reasons, and last week we weren’t even sure if we were going to be able to keep going as we had lost a couple of good players from last year and were struggling to recruit new guys. So at least we’re getting to play and the results will improve. But mibbe no next week as it’s Elderpark again due to Covid travel restrictions!

Gordon64

JNP My boy sent me it last night (they were probably fae Castlemilk) Reverse ! Reverse ! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Mahe

Holy crap that’s bad. Made me laugh though.

McCaff

JNP…. hilarious! Could’ve been so much worse but absolutely priceless!!!

Puff puff

Ffs McCaff the day can only get better ..
Do you have alcohol if so …take a drink .

McCaff

I’m just about to have Chinese and a glass or two of red, Puff!!

Mahe

Indian last night, Chinese tonight.
As Rod says Some guys have all the luck.
Where do you put it? πŸ˜‰

Puff puff

Enjoy your dinner wee man

Mahe

Quick perusal of Celtic Twitterland there.

Martin and Roy would raise the temperature however they dont have much tactics, motivators like Lenny, and we need a tactician to figure how to beat Beales system which totally has our number now.

Secondly one Tim had me laughing there by saying I’m away to the movies and I’ll pass the popcorn backwards all night after that Celtic πŸ˜‰

Perhaps the most disturbing part of my browse was the fact Scotland has emerged as Trumps probable new home if (when) he loses. According to the Twitteratzi anyway.
He will paraded at the Victorian Lavvy no doubt.
That’s all the nation needs.
Would he rebuild Hadrians wall with the Romans paying for it?

Hail Hail
still a Tim

Gordon64

Whatever happens let’s remember the bigger picture, and as the great man said ‘Football without fans is nothing’. Hh

Gordon64

As Confucius say ‘Dont worry its only another 9 days until the pubs reopen’ πŸΊπŸ‘

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r0ARfcJvJ68 The Outlaws-Sunday Mornin Coming Down 😎

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MYpslYIh2fY Gene Pitney-(The man who shot) Liberty Valance 😎

Chalmersbhoy

Here is one of the best from “outlaws”
https://youtu.be/jvD5-uA34Io

Chalmersbhoy

Not the band…..

Margaret McGill

I watched Citehh and Arsenal today
No one passed to Tierney unless it was a last resort or to try and get a cross in. Couple of times Kieran went down clutching his head. Nobody bought it

Margaret McGill

As Confucius say β€˜Dont worry its only another 9 days until the pubes regrow’ πŸΊπŸ‘

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aj3-icKRU1g Chumbawamba-I get knocked down 😎

Margaret McGill

12 positive covid cases leak through in China
Immediately Marshall law and 10 million tested in 6 days. That’s the difference that’s how serious this is and this is while they test another vaccine
It’s going to be a long winter.
As I said I hope covid obliterates the whole modern institution of β€œsoccer”.
Meanwhile bojo applies traditional classism to peasant Manchester

McCaff

Puff puff

No a bad song

McCaff

Alright Puff D…how are you tonight?

McCaff

Puff puff

Feeling pure brilliant

McCaff

That’s good, you must have a chemical imbalance I reckon!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Puff puff

My bhoy just showed up with a vietnamese dinner for the best dad in the world

McCaff

Puff puff

Worried about me Amy tram got pumped

Puff puff

As my team

Puff puff

Seen this pish before ..so no need to over react

McCaff

Good bhoy! Different folk see it different but I’m more of an optimist, I was feckin scunnered as I’d avoided any chat about it while our game was on then rushed home to watch it! The wee man knew the score and I wish he’d told me rather than let me sit thru it!! It was brutal.

McCaff

McCaff

Here’s a wee tune to go with your Vietnamese meal….

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