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We got a fascinating insight into the complex layers of management through comments before, during and after the game from Gordon Strachan, and post-match from Neil Lennon.  Before kick-off, Gordon was asked about Neil’s decision to play three at the back, a formation that was exploited at the weekend (and praised by me last month).

Our former boss, once manager to Neil Lennon, father of Gavin, now a Celtic first team coach, deflected.  “I’m not the manager.”  Gordon was there as a pundit, but pulled his punch on this occasion and again at halftime.  After the second half, when Celtic improved significantly with four at the back, Gordon declined to judge the starting formation harshly, postulating that we will never know what would have happened had Celtic started with four at the back.

Then Neil Lennon explained what Gordon Strachan almost certainly knew before the match.  His choice was not to start with three at the back, but he did not have fit personnel to start and play the majority of a game with four in defence, specifically, a wide right forward.  Ryan Christie was not allowed to leave his home for two weeks, at this level, that is a long time without training.

A few weeks ago, we discussed that it was absurd that tens of thousands of Celtic fans knew something to be an absolute truth, which Neil Lennon was oblivious to (think central mid).  We agreed (I’m sure we did) that this is nonsense.  Instead, we had to accept that the manager sees complex layers that we do not.  Who knew there were concerns about the match fitness of Ryan Christie, apart from Gordon Strachan, of course?

It will be four at the back whenever fitness permits.  The two central defenders will be Kristoffer Ajer (who was immense last night) and Christopher Jullien.  Shane Duffy is struggling.  At 28, there is plenty of fuel in the tank, so he may find form, but right now he looks like a player on the bus out of Brighton.  Some you win.

In football, or in life generally, the direction of travel is often more important that your absolute position.  Are things getting better, or are they getting worse?  Therein lies whatever consolation there was in defeat to a superior Milan last night.  It was still a defeat, but losing to a better team while competing for large periods of the game, is better than being schooled by a team of never-won-anythings.

We did no more to Milan than Motherwell will do to us next month, but that direction of travel offers some consolation ahead of Sunday.

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

    CORKCELT – me and WeeBGFC do a reasonable rendition of that very song.

     

     

    It was also adopted by some in the Southern States of America as a ‘Rebel’ song – with the following line substituted:

     

     

    “‘Twas for loving

     

    Dear old Dixie

     

    In this Northern State I lie…”

     

    Etc.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    one of macswiney’s ‘crimes’ was sedition

     

     

    a very archaic offence

     

     

    but ironically in these times one which might come back into use if and when people end up taking control of the country from politicians who are taking us blindly into the abyss

     

     

    only a matter of time

  3. Fairhill Bhoy 8:54 pm

     

     

    Back in 66 when the outlanders won the WC, which they love tae remind us of, they were 3-2 up due tae a ball that never crossed the line, the Russian linesman claimed it was over WWII wisnae that far away, and the Fatherland were pressing for an equalizer when the ball was cleared up the park.

     

     

    Geoff Hurst ran after it and in an effort tae eat up some time tried tae blooter it out of the park, a bit fatigued he didnae get enough lift on it and somehow it ended up in the net., the scorer admitted this himself later on.

     

     

    I huvnae seen their goal and I never will but this is what I’m surmising happened.

  4. FAIRHILL BHOY on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 8:21 PM

     

    Bada -Reading back.Can I ask if all the big headliners you put out are secure or just jibber jabber 🤷‍♀️🤔

     

     

    Re Liege? In the rags online

  5. BGFC,

     

    Never knew that, looked it up.

     

    Apparently the ‘ writer, Charlie Moore’ gets great credit for writing this iconic song, The Legend of the Rebel Soldier, a complete copy of Shall my Soul Pass through Ireland.

  6. Corkcelt 10.14

     

     

    thanks for that.Tontine mentioned a connection to the daughter mentioned in your verse.i came across this earlier when reading up on him after WITS tip,alas i didnt bet.well done to those that beat the bookie.

     

    hh

  7. Toaty Trump @ 10.17

     

     

    You are a second rate troll who lives under a bridge.

     

    You feign ignorance when it suits but I will take the time to educate you.

     

     

    Your Forger’s Gazette nonsense when it comes to moon howling about the Labour party shames you more than your disjointed posts and your partial / slanted / forced engagement with reality.

     

     

    And then comes the silence — nothing about the politics you believe in.

     

    Consequently you are all negative and offer nothing positive — at best a low rent wind up merchant.

     

    You just don’t have the confidence to tell the world about yourself.

     

    Given the state of some of your utterances you are right to hold such a view.

     

     

    In reality a bridge is too good for you.

  8. tontine tim

     

     

    Well the ball wasn’t just cleared up the park, it was a fine long ball from Bobby Moore, which to this day I believe Geoff Hurst controlled with his arm, and then hit well, into the net. Not one, but two dodgy goals. Of course I’ve got over it now. I think….

  9. Aye, humans are scum, they drop bombs on others, rape and pillage their assets, stave them, enslave them, jail them, torture them, kill them…..etc etc, I would wager it’s worse today than it ever was, aye, humans are scum alright.

  10. It looks as if beale is the new messiah, this is his 3rd season at auchenhowie and they’ve still won eff all, Gavin Strachan is only 5 minutes in the door and is getting lambasted.

     

     

    What happened tae the “France or Spain is all the same we will follow you” support.

  11. BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB – HAIL, HAIL, WEE OSCAR on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 10:24 PM

     

    ‘God, see when you read through links you come across reading about MacSwiney, you get a good reminder about how widespread the horror of the ‘Empire’ truly was.’

     

     

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    So long as you realise that the evil flows from the nature of the economic relationship involved rather than the nationalities of the participants.

  12. Celtic Mac, cheers I’ve always had time for Bobby Moore even though he allegedly wore a bra. One of 5he first players tae invite us down for his testimonial so can’t be that bad.

     

     

    Still have concerns over the Russian linesman though, and Geoff Hurst who I also always liked admitted himself he wisnae going for goal.

  13. TIMBHOY2 on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 10:05 PM

     

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    It would be good if we still had supporter’s who would sack a contemptible board.

     

    They were the day’s eh. hh ✊ 🍀

  14. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Huge day today in sunny Melbourne, though yesterday it was monsoon

     

    weather lol.

     

    Daniel will let us know if more restrictions are being lifted and shops, pubs,

     

    etc. will be opening.

     

    Not so sure now, another 7 cases today in a small spike up north.

     

    Bloody virus is like the hun, you know it’s there and every now and again it

     

    rears it’s ugly heid.

     

    If we get opened up a bit, a good result for the Bhoys tonight then my wee

     

    world will be smiling.

     

    Stay safe Bhoys/Ghirls and stand together.

     

    H.H. Mick

  15. tontine tim

     

     

    Bobby Moore, Jack Charlton and Bobby Charlton, all World Cup winners and more

     

    Testimonials one and all. Three great English clubs at one point or another, and three great football men.

     

    Not unlike our own from the same period.

  16. lets all do the huddle on

    Daniel will let us know if more restrictions are being lifted and shops, pubs,

     

     

     

    so are pubs being used as the political red herring in Aus as they are here?

     

     

    the politicians days are numbered

     

     

    they are destroying countries all round the world

     

     

    only a matter of time before the people step in

  17. prestonpans bhoys on

    SFTB

     

     

    And ends the rumours he’s fell out with Lenny cause Duff’s playing in his position, some pish oot there😵😱

  18. lets all do the huddle on

    so Morrisons in Wales have shut their clothes aisles because they are deemed non-essential products by the politicians

     

     

    which means you can into their shops and buy a bottle of vodka as that is deemed essential

     

     

    but cant buy clothes for your children because those are deemed non-essential

     

     

    honest to fk

     

     

    when are we going to stop putting up with these fuds?

     

     

    time to take to the streets

  19. Lets all do the huddle they are closing these isles to be fair to the small retailers who sell, for example, clothes and had to close.

     

     

    When we stop taking isolated bits of information in order to be outraged about something which is a comprimise from previous lockdown and actually seems fairer? …..

  20. LETS ALL DO THE HUDDLE on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 11:59 PM

     

     

    ‘time to take to the streets’

     

     

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    On you go then.Best wrap up warm. Don’t want to catch your death.

  21. MADMITCH on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 10:56 PM

     

     

    1Toaty Trump @ 10.17

     

    2You are a second rate troll who lives under a bridge.

     

    3You feign ignorance when it suits but I will take the time to educate you.

     

    4Your Forger’s Gazette nonsense when it comes to moon howling about the Labour party shames you more than your disjointed posts and your partial / slanted / forced engagement with reality.

     

    5.And then comes the silence — nothing about the politics you believe in.

     

    6.Consequently you are all negative and offer nothing positive — at best a low rent wind up merchant.

     

    7You just don’t have the confidence to tell the world about yourself.

     

    8Given the state of some of your utterances you are right to hold such a view.

     

    9.In reality a bridge is too good for you

     

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    1.recap 10.17.same ans -1.you do not know what you are.so do pause with categorizing others.you fail badly.

     

    2.you are the troll hun.please dont foist your unhappiness.my invite to meet stands.met many fine Celts here and hope to meet many more.you?

     

    3.now now mitchy remember you didnt think Denis didnt draw down on uk imf loan in 76.lol i will attempt to learn from you but am confident like last time we both know who will learn.sorry for having a memory that is not selective.

     

    4 your out with your” i am not getting what i want so i will slur gun” i know, i know. keep hurting Mitchy. the urgency and angst in your posts is deep.so deep i would market it as “new”

     

    5.Yawn i have told you before.is your memory ok.i gave you an answer which i will repeat once you define your poliitical party.

     

    6.no silence.just awaiting you to enter political debate instead of slurring all who disagree with you.its childish.your tantrums are funny tho…..in short up your game..ps caught a salmon with you on the wind up front eh lol

     

    7.kinda similar to answer 2 in that you cant foist your own unhappiness on me.i have no time to tell a troll like yourself online what i am/say/do think but offer stands for a beer

     

    maybe after 10..whats that?…your not confident……well i will be damned.lol.

     

    8.sorry mitchy still awaiting Ernie translation from prev answer i i add this too.

     

    9.madmitch i did request you desist from using such terminology.i explained to you why,re a homeless slur.Yet you persist.be at peace Mitch.

     

     

    hh

  22. Anyone know if match balls are swabbed for the presence of corona virus after a game, or if such a thing is possible?

  23. Tomorrow – 4-4-2

     

    Barkas

     

    Ajer – Welsh – Duffy – Taylor

     

    Frimpomg – McGregor – Christie – Laxalt

     

    Ajeti Griff

     

    Of course, it won’t be that but hey ho………. 1 more sleep ;-)

  24. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 11:46 PM

     

    Chris Jullien has flown off to Germany to sort his back problems, according to Joe McHugh.

     

     

    Well, that’s one less selection worry tomorrow.

     

     

    Big Shane starts to make amends tomorrow.

     

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    i hope chris solves his problem with his back.it is a worry.this time last week jo wiz arguin wi neils pals on twatter

     

    back 4 tomorrow i hope.we were more comfy after change on Thurs both in defence and as an attacking unit.

     

     

    varkas

     

     

    frimpong

     

    shane

     

    kris

     

    laxalt

     

     

    my mid 4 are undecided.

     

     

    ajeti

     

    eddy (prayin)

     

     

    hh

  25. Let’s all do the huddle! Don’t know if we should take to the streets! But definitely think we are getting misled! Especially by Hitler with knickers!

  26. BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB – HAIL, HAIL, WEE OSCAR on 24TH OCTOBER 2020 10:24 PM

     

    God, see when you read through links you come across reading about MacSwiney, you get a good reminder about how widespread the horror of the ‘Empire’ truly was.

     

     

    xxxxxxxxxx

     

     

    HH

     

     

    I remember when ‘Braveheart’ the movie came out. The guys I went to school with, the Noongars( the ancient australians from the southwest of western australia) asked me. “do the Scots hate the English as well” lol. True story.

     

     

    Human beings greatest asset is not our intelligence, its our gratuitous capacity for violence. We are the virus on planet Earth. Modern western society – a mass extinction event.

     

     

    Enjoyed the Milano game the other night, more off the same please

     

    COYBIG XXXXX XXXXX

  27. Big Jimmy

     

     

    You are mixing up your Liz Brewers

     

     

    The one who does etiquette and parties is English

     

     

    The one in the video became Liz Derringer ; the lead singer in the video being the future husband

     

     

    She was a rock magazine writer and groupie

  28. My line up for tomorrow

     

     

    Manager: Gordon Strachan

     

     

    Goalie: Barkas

     

    Back 4: Welsh Duffy AJer Laxalt

     

    Def mid : Ntcham McGregor

     

    Off mid: Christie Rogic Moi

     

    Striker: Ajeti

  29. Good morning cqn from an insomniac Garngad

     

     

    Is it 6am or really 7am feck knows or is it indeed 6 am but my gadgets clocks have not went back?

     

     

    D :)

  30. Melbourne Mick on

    Right CQN c’mon now, rise and shine.

     

    Get those colours out, put the Rebs on, grab a few beers.

     

    Although we can’t be there to drive on the Bhoys, hopefully

     

    our collective will from every corner of the globe transports

     

    itself into the players and they do us proud.

     

    Convincing victory today and some unfit players back in the

     

    coming weeks and things will look a lot different.

     

    Stand united behind the Celts.

     

    H.H. Mick

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