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Rogic easing into contention

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Delighted Brendan Rodgers gave Tom Rogic such high praise at his pre-match media conference ahead of the longest surviving Glasgow derby. He’s is a player who put enormous effort into personal development and was rewarded with outstanding form before his injury in December.

A word of caution, though. It took Tom several months before his fitness was deemed appropriate to last a full 90 minutes by Brendan Rodgers, so no matter how long we see Tom tonight, this will be no more than a staging post in his recovery. Don’t expect him to be anywhere near his best.

There is little reason to deny Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa a run out tonight. Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney have both had a busy few weeks, so should be rested with important games ahead later this month.

Brendan doesn’t have many options in advanced positions. Without Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths he will probably deploy the same attacking formation as the one which deconstructed Hearts on Sunday.

If they do their job half as well as they did at Tynecastle, you and I could play in central defence and we’d still win.

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  1. An Teach Solais on

    BMCUWP ‘s post on last page of previous article re Auldheid’s demolition of same club nonsense on e-tims worthy of a repost. Forensically repudiates nonsense spouted by Head’s “journalist”. Will leave it to BMCUWP to repost link. Article worthy of print out and distribution. HH

  2. Welcome all the frustrated keyboard/pad/phone/ipad screen thumpers with the high blood pressure who couldn’t work out how to access the comments but kept seeing the name ‘Sandman on ‘ racking up under latest comments.

  3. And now the prediction – a show from the champs tonight and a 4-0 pumping for the jags.

     

     

    Sincy on fire, first scorer.

  4. This will be remembered and referenced back with amusement as the day of ‘The Article With No Name’.

  5. Ease big Tom back in and tune him up to vanquish the Hun urchins once and for all at Hampden.

  6. Being linked by Romanian midfielder Ovidiu Popescu from Steaua Bucharest, 23 year old midfielder. Story seems to have been leaked by Steaua owner no doubt trying to generate a bidding war.

  7. So,team for tonight, if CQN selects, could be:

     

     

    Bailly

     

    Gamboa Simunovic Boyata Izaguirre

     

    Roberts, Kouassi , Armstrong, Rogic, Sinclair.

     

    Gordon.

     

    Hmmmm..

  8. Gordon

     

    Gamboa Jozo Boyata KT

     

    McGregor Kouassi Armstrong

     

    Roberts Aitchison Sinclair

  9. The Green Jedi on

    getting Tam Rogic fit again for the business end of the season is now the key for the European qualifiers in the summer.

     

     

    He was without my vote for Player of the Year before Darren O Dea (he of the headlock fame..) decided to put him out of the game for the best part of 4 months on December 17th last year..

  10. Good afternoon all.

     

     

    Thanks again to all of you posted well wishes for my new wife and I. The wedding was a fantastic day and everything went off without a hitch…well…I got hitched but you know what I mean.

     

     

    For those of you wondering; there were no puns in my speech :)

     

     

    I’m now sitting in sunny Plockton with a beer. This married life stuff is easy…

  11. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BIG JIMMY on 5TH APRIL 2017 10:08 AM

     

    BIG GEORGE FAN CLUB,

     

     

    Being a wrinkly, I’ve never heard of the group Blackberry Smoke.

     

     

    Your photo’s are amazing quality, I wouldn’t know how to post a photo on a computer.

     

     

    Looking at the “Blackberry Bhoys and their long hair etc”, reminds me of how I looked in the early 1970’s “….ah the feckin memories of having a comb ”

     

     

    HH

     

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    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Their a smashin’ band!!! When we met them we told them they should start supporting Celtic! (might see them tonight at the game) :D

  12. Gordon, Gamboa, Izzy, Kolo, Boyata, Brown, Armstrong, GMS, Rogic, Sinclair, Aitchison

  13. thetimreaper on

    Gordon

     

     

    Gamboa Toure Boyata Tierney

     

     

    Armstrong Bitton McGregor

     

     

    Forrest Roberts Sinclair

  14. Rests for Lustig, KT and Brown.

     

     

    Cameos for Rogic and Kouassi and GMS…

     

     

    Continuity for Boyata & Jozo

     

     

    Gordon, Gamboa, Jozo, Boyata, Izzy, Bitton, Armstrong, Forrest, Roberts, Sinclair, McGregor

     

     

    Easy this management lark..

     

     

    hail hail

     

     

    Big Wavy

     

     

    p.s Celticbynumbers – terrific site fella.

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    HEBCELT on 5TH APRIL 2017 11:32 AM

     

    Big Georges Fan Club Re Ross County tickets I notice you may be sorted if not I can help, let me know. Hail Hail Hebcelt

     

     

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    Hi HEBCELT – and thanks!

     

     

    HUTCHYBHOY is on the case at the moment – a friend of a friend arrangement as far as I understand it :-)

     

     

    I’ll post on here to confirm if that comes off – expecting news later today hopefully.

     

     

    Some man.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  16. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    HEBCELT on 5TH APRIL 2017 11:32 AM

     

    Big Georges Fan Club Re Ross County tickets I notice you may be sorted if not I can help, let me know. Hail Hail Hebcelt

     

     

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    Hi HEBCELT – and thanks!

  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Over the years, me and Da would have probably missed about 15 games if it weren’t for this site and the magnificent tims on it. I thank you all whole-heartedly! We owe you all huners!!

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  18. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Dunno how many have been listening to Brendan Rodgers; not many it seems. He has said consistently over the last week or so that he will not be taking a foot off the gas, or changing the team till <b.AFTER the Scottish Cup Semi-Final. he has stated that we “need to go into the game with momentum”.

     

     

    So I expect a very similar team as we had on Sunday unless there are any niggles or injuries. We have Thistle tonight, Ayrshire huns on Saturday and a trip to Dingwall next Sunday before the semi; it will be familiar names on the team-sheet until then I think, with Rogic, Dembele and Griffiths getting eased in; maybe Erik too.

     

     

    Same starters as Sunday.

     

     

    Just my opinion.

     

     

     

    KTF

  19. Geordie Munro on

    “A word of caution, though. It took Tom several months before his fitness was deemed appropriate to last a full 90 minutes by Brendan Rodgers”

     

     

    I take it ‘several’ in this instance means June and July seeing as Tom played a full 90mins four times before the end of August ;P

     

     

    Glad to see him back in the squad though.

     

     

    Always play the strongest team possible imo but I feel a wee tweak here and there might be best for the whole team ahead of last piece in the treble jigsaw.

     

     

    HH

  20. Wee BGFC

     

    Be careful with your choice of vocabulary……HUNers ?

     

    I admire your tenacity in ensuring that you get to see the Celtic wherever they play in Scotland. You and your da deserve all the help you get from CQN.

     

    Hail ! Hail !

     

     

    JJ

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