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Central defenders must be scared to sneeze in front of the manager

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Match 31 in Celtic’s domestic season: Motherwell at home, 29 wins, one draw and no defeats behind them. It all looks straightforward tomorrow. Right?

A reminder, if needed, that while Motherwell shipped seven goals during the week, St Mirren did the same to Gordon Strachan’s Celtic before knocking us out the Scottish Cup a week later.

It was also Motherwell, at Celtic Park, who ended Scottish football’s longest winning run of league games in 2004. Celtic had just beaten Barcelona but were held by Motherwell to halt the run at 26 consecutive victories.

Runs like this often end against teams with nothing in their locker but desperate defending. You’ll see that from the visitors tomorrow, whose players will surely have had a word with each other about collective responsibility.

Take nothing for granted. Celtic have worked hard to get into this situation in the league but they will have to work just as hard to maintain momentum.

How does Brendan do that? I suspect by shuffling the pack again. We have genuine competition across the team. The central defenders must be scared to sneeze in front of the manager in case he drops them and they don’t get another sight of the pitch for weeks.

Full backs feeling a little weary late in the game? Don’t show it, Emilio and Cristian are ready and waiting. James Forrest and Patrick Roberts are both delivering at the highest standard of their careers, otherwise they would not be considered.

While Leigh Griffiths is injured, Moussa Dembele will be confident he will get the opportunity to score three consecutive hat-tricks, surely an unprecedented achievement. It’s only Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair who can be confident of being included when fit.

The former, because he is captain and leader of the team, the latter because he has had the most profound impact on Scottish football this season, unequivocally Player of the Year.

You are looking forward to seeing these guys do their stuff tomorrow, I can tell.

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  1. Just seen an article where Partick got dogged by all and sundry for asking for unpaid volunteer stewards, MSPs after them for not paying minimum wage etc, not a peep about the huns doing the same

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CHANNELISLANDCELT

     

     

    That’s terrific news,mate. Delighted for the players,young Josh,and for JUDE2005.

  3. !!BADA BING!! on 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 1:51 PM

     

    ‘Just seen an article where Partick got dogged by all and sundry for asking for unpaid volunteer stewards, MSPs after them for not paying minimum wage etc, not a peep about the huns doing the same’

     

     

     

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    Partick Thistle Football Club slammed for advertising ‘deeply concerning’ unpaid volunteer role

     

     

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    Partick Thistle have come under fire for trying to recruit an unpaid volunteer to fill a key matchday post.

     

     

    The SPFL club are advertising for an assistant entertainment producer at Firhill and describe the role as a “very rare opportunity”.

     

     

    The successful candidate, who will work alongside the stadium PA announcer, will be responsible for organising music at home games and ensuring “all matchday activity is delivered in a professional manner”.

     

     

    Politicians and union bosses criticised the Glasgow club over the advert, which was posted on their website last week. SNP MSP James Dornan, who led a debate at Holyrood on the living wage and Scottish football clubs, said: “These types of unpaid positions in our football clubs are deeply concerning.

     

     

    “Paying at least the minimum wage is a legal responsibility – to not do so is completely outrageous.”

     

     

    Labour culture and sport spokesman Lewis Macdonald said: “This is worth a red card. It’s very disappointing that a part-time job such as this is advertised for no pay.”

     

     

    An STUC spokesman added: “It is regrettable that Partick Thistle should seek to fill what appears to be a crucial matchday role on this basis.”

     

     

    The club said: “The approximate period required for the post will be four hours, 20 times per year.

     

     

    “The club always work hard to make sure the time spent at the stadium on a match day increases the volunteers’ own employability.

     

     

    “The position advertised is a unique opportunity for someone looking to gain experience working in event management or looking for a career in TV, film, radio or events production.”

     

     

     

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/partick-thistle-football-club-slammed-9623387

  4. “. . . central defenders must be scared to sneeze in front of the manager . . . ” Coffee all over the keyboard!

     

     

    Looking forward to it? Oh aye.

     

     

    T

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    CHANNELISLANDCELT

     

     

    Keep the updates coming please,if any.

     

     

    My comment stands otherwise(!)

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    From an article in The Guardian,hope yeezaw find it as funny as I did.

     

     

    “You only have to listen to him for five minutes to know that he is intimately familiar with the taste of a waiter’s testicles rubbed on to his $200 filet mignon.”

     

     

    I think his original description may have been moderated.

  7. mike in toronto on

    Just wanted to say happy birthday to EDB and

     

     

    Thank you to everyone that was on CQN yesterday…… really good craic …. . felt like old times on CQN …. really enjoyable … so, thank you to one and all.

     

     

    HH

  8. Ernie- thanks for posting that, compare and contrast the zero comment on the huns ad for volunteers.

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘looking for a career in TV, film, radio or events production’- is that not 95% of the Jags support?

     

     

    DBBIA/Ronald VilliersCSC

  10. MARRAKESH EXPRESS on 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 1:42 PM

     

    Scott Sinclair POTY for me.

     

     

    Best ‘finished article’ we’ve signed since the wee Jap.

     

     

    *Oh dear watch the PC mob don’t come after you for that :-)))).

     

     

    On that note do any of you oul hauns remember Jap Desserts, they were a grown up version of Dolly Mixtures.

  11. Presumable Rodgers has instructed him to get 60 mins to get his fitness up. If he isn’t match fit, he risks injury.

     

     

    paul the tim [email protected] 18m18 minutes ago

     

    @ebouekouassi97 bossing game against hibs

  12. I’ll try again

     

     

    http://www.celticfc.net/news/12101

     

     

    I posted an earlier article about this, another example of how we have influenced world football, but got no responses due to internecine warfare drivel going on on CQN at the time!

     

     

    Ah well, a prophet is not always recognised in his own land.

  13. !!BADA BING!! on 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 2:22 PM

     

     

    Quite.

     

     

    And to be fair to Thistle it’s one post, which might just provide a career opening for one of their many aspiring artistic/media/thespian type fans.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

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    Pedantic,so apologies in advance.

     

     

    Was it Jaap’s? And did they also do an Andrew’s Liver Salts-type product too?

     

     

    In my defence,I was too young for Liver Salts then. Might be too late for them now,mind!

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  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HRVATSKIJIM

     

     

    I think a few posters referenced it,mate. 16 ROADS even told us it was €70.

     

     

    It looks a cracking top,and well worth a look. Takes me back to my purchase of an Ivory Coast top a few years back,lovely colours to say the least.

     

     

    Found a Chinese website that had it at a tenner. Ordered XL,smashing.

     

     

    I’d have needed about five of them to fit me,people were hanging their coats on my nipples!!!

     

     

    No,if I’m getting this one,it’s an official one.

     

     

    Mibbe in Lisbon…

  17. I know that having no midweek games is gonnae be Great for Celtic. Tomorrow really can’t come quick enough.

     

     

    The House of steel.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 2:33 PM

     

    TONTINETIM

     

     

     

    Pedantic,so apologies in advance. Was it Jaap’s? And did they also do an Andrew’s Liver Salts-type product too?

     

     

    *naw definitely Japs, as Monty Python would say Japp Health Salts were something completely different. They are also now discontinued.

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

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    Correction accepted and noted for future pub quizzes*

     

     

    Thanks for that.

     

     

    Dunno what I was thinking of,even my oul’ Dad is in awe of your recollection!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    *normally disnae get past-“Whose round is it?”

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MIKEINTORONTO

     

     

    You might just have your desired deletion there,the image you bring to mind.

     

     

    Even though you only commented on my original post,I normally get scrolled past so I’m in the clear.

     

     

    I think the mods are on A Friday Flier. You’ll have to try harder,mate.

  21. JOEFILLIPISHAIRCUT

     

     

    We are all still with you and your good lady in thought and prayer , it is a hard road you are on but keep the faith.

     

     

    On another subject I would like to add my congratulations to Scott Donaldson on reaching the semi final of the Welsh open snooker semi final. Scott’s Dad Hector is a pal of mine . We were in the same class right through school and he is a good Tim, He must be very proud of his Bhoy today. HH

  22. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

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    Best wishes all round,I hope all parties get a resounding success!

     

     

    But ffs,don’t let on that Hector is a Tim…

  23. The fizzy health salts stuff was definitely Jaaps.

     

     

    I used to pinch it when I was wee to make me burp.

     

     

    HH

  24. BMCUW

     

     

    Hope you are good , I agree with Petec although 2 games a week are hard on the team 7 days between seems a long time, if my pal Hector was the taxman they would be toast now . I’ve been lurking for quite a while without posting and the last 10 days have been a lot more civilised. Looking forward to Roy Croppie night tonight ,it is a real tonic HH

  25. £500m on the Raith interchange??

     

     

    Took me exactly the same time to drive past Starks Park today as it did yesterday ffs.

     

     

    HH

  26. Margaret McGill on

    VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on 17th February 2017 10:03 am

     

     

    Me going to a game V the Huns using my season ticket in no way funds them.

     

    If you’re going to criticise at least do it from an accurate standpoint.

     

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    As I said. Justify it and legitimize it any way you want to make it personally morally palpable to your goodself, but if you are at a huns game you are funding huns.

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