5 games in December, 5 poor results to avenge


Celtic have five games still to play this month against teams they have recorded two draws, three defeats and no wins against this season.  Hearts and Rangers conformably recorded home wins against Celtic while St Johnstone won at Celtic Park.  Udinese were fortunate to escape Glasgow with a point thanks to a late penalty, while Kilmarnock demonstrated their unpredictability by taking, then losing, a three goal lead.

There was a bit of optimistic chat over the weekend that three of our next four league games are at home but these are the teams we need to beat to win the league.  If Celtic come through this month unscathed in domestic football they will win the league, but despite current good form, this will be a huge challenge, starting against Hearts at 15:00 on Saturday.

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  1. saltires en sevilla on

    The idiot



    Thought sub was to cover another injury to glen loovens?



    Makes some sense to give Scott a run out after a long absence



    Have a feeling we need him fit v currants







  2. derbyshirebhoy,



    “……so has developed the crazy wrestling and shirt pulling in the penalty area that disfigures every game. A penalty every time for a few weeks and the problem would be eradicated. ”



    Dont suppose you happened to watch MOTD 2 last night did you?



    if so, you’ll know exactly what I am about to say.



    Everton v Stoke…….the Stoke defenders “defending” at set-pieces for Everton was unreal. Shawcross and Huth especially, regularly had both arms round their opponents whilst having a handful of their shirt all the while not even thinking about looking at the ball, preventing them (the everton players) having any real chance at winning the ball.



    Also they stick a man on the opposing keeper at their own corners/set-pieces deliberately backin into them again preventing any chance of the keeper coming out for the ball. Ok here i think Everton were naive in not having a defender of their own interpose himself between the Stoke player and their keeper, but to me its clear obstruction.



    For possibly the first time in a long time (if not ever!) I found myself agreeing with Pat Nevin! Nearly fell aff ma chair so a did, when he claimed there should have been a penalty on at least one of these occasions.


    Robbie Savage generally disagreed saying it was merely part and parcel of the game nowadays.



    They then both said it would be easy to change if referees clamped down on these things by giving penalties, however there would probably be about 30 pens every game to begin with said they……..not so methinks however. Once the first penalty is given and CLEARLY explained why, I somehow think defenders will think twice about that sort of “defending” if they know there is every chance they wil be penalised.



    Naive, unrealistic, wishful thinking? Perhaps. Just think it would be for the betterment of the game.






  3. Glenda was taken off as he had cramp, and the physio wanted him off, or so Lenny said.



    Not tactical im afraid, more like good management to prevent further injury.



    There I said it.

  4. playfusbal4dguilders on




    Will just need to buy another bottle. Asda – Glenfiddoch -£18. That will do for either event ;-)




  5. .






    Ach Yir Quick..So Ye Ir So..



    Is that Sammi in Mykinos with a Haircut..?






    PS..Am Sure You Know but Thongs are Flip Flops Down Under aka Japanese Working Boots..

  6. play



    A bottle for thems going bust party, a bottle for winning the league, a bottle for winning the cup x 2, one for thatcher, one for etc. etc



    Just as well I’m a dipso :>)

  7. Good to hear you sounding more positive about our title credentials, Paul 67.



    It was at this point that we lost the league last year, with those terrible home draws. December will be tricky, but if we bin the 4-2-4 and leave no room for mibbery, then I think our Bhoys are up to to the task.












    Broonie—————–Forrest Fire———Sammi the Kracken



    ———————–Stokes or Hoops———————–




    Bring on the Reduced Fat Currant Buns!

  8. The Honest Mistake on

    Beamishismypint 5 December, 2011 at 13:30



    Loovens was bewildered when taken off!



    When has Loovens not looked bewildered?

  9. Paul67



    hearts players might be up for it after this;



    Hearts’ first team playing squad have received £1,000 each from the club, as their wait for their November salaries continues.



    STV has learned that 27 players have been given the part payment, nearly three weeks after their monthly wages fell due.



    Players were due to be paid on November 16 and payment was made a day later to 33 other footballers, believed to be youth team members, at the club.



    Hearts subsequently admitted they were unable to meet their salary expectations due to a “income shortfall” and said they were looking for alternative means to make payments.



    This current Celtic team should hammer them on Saturday.




  10. The Idiot says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:15



    I’m not a great fan of Broonie but I fail to see how his resigning will be our downfall this season. It’s horses for courses and there are definitely games where he should have a place in the team. Just never in central midfield.

  11. .



    Feruz Frenzy with Killer Kiwomya



    After a sluggish start to the season, the Chelsea Youth Academy have finally found their footing winning five out of their last six fixtures.



    The early season star was Alex Kiwomya scoring six goals in mostly sub appearances but Kiwomya has been absent from the Youth side for the most part splitting duties with the International team as well as continued sprinting competitions limiting his time on the pitch.



    In the meantime, Islam Feruz has taken over the scoring duties for the Blues, scoring two goals in a victory over Norwich City on Saturday.



    Kiwomya and Feruz have not played on the pitch together much this season starting only one game together and playing the second half of an impressive 4-2 victory over top place Fulham.



    Chelsea now has two quality forwards developing in their youth ranks. Feruz (16) and Kiwomya (15) are proof that Abramovich believes in developing the Youth Academy more then they have during his reign.



    These two players are two completely different types of forwards. Feruz has a similar style to Rooney in terms of stature and movement. He is best when dropping back to receive the ball and pass it around to make plays up front. Kiwomya is the Henry type player who scores goals through pace, control, and movement.



    With the form both players are in, we might get a chance to see either of them play a few minutes with the Reserve side on Monday against Aston Villa, though it is unlikely for Feruz considering he played all 90 minutes against Norwich.



    If Chelsea can develop a partnership with these two players then we could have our own Rooney/Henry partnership to go along with Daniel Sturridge, Juan Mata, and Romelu Lukaku up front. I would bank on Feruz or Kiwomya to break into the first team one day, if not both players together.






  12. saltires en sevilla says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:22




    ‘Have a feeling we need him fit v currants’




    A high pressure game where the ref will be itching to penalise us?



    I’m not sure Scott Brown is ideally suited for that occasion.

  13. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Just noticed on the ole impartial beeb web site that the nominations have been announced for this years Ballon D’Or – winner to be announced on January 9th.



    It kind of got me thinking that maybe we could come up with our own Balloon D’Orange nominations fot the year – any suggested nominations from embdy?

  14. Ok I will stick my neck out.



    If the huns have not suffered an insolvency event until May next year …. they will be awarded the SPL title for a fourth year running.



    Why should this year be any different ? They are biggest load of horse manure that has ever represented Scotland in Europe and YET they are STILL 4 points clear.



    Hail Hail

  15. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Also got a big lightbulb moment watching a Volkswagen Golf advert on the telly.



    VW = Victor Wanyama !!!



    I can just see us going back to the beastie boys days of ‘borrowing’ VW badges to wear as de rigeur Tim jewellry.



    Victor Wanyama is Das Auto…

  16. Awe_Naw



    and here was me thinking Celtic had been decimated with injuries so far this season…




    hearts will probably have a new manager before Saturday.



    In 19 games, Paulo Sergio has mustered only seven wins. Four draws and eight defeats.



    Mad Vlad will not tolerate that…




  17. David Peter Deans on

    A very big month coming up for the bhoys, i feel we will be OK as long as we avoid more injuries. Sorry guys but i to was a little bewilded by Neil Lennon taking of Glen Loovens and moving Big Vic in to the back line. The defense looked solid, and Vic was man of the match playing in midfield. My motto is if its not broken dont try to mend it. At present Brown, even when fit should only make the bench.

  18. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Vmhan – Supporting Lenny & the Green Brigada! says:



    looks great,



    do you wantme to get you a bottle?




  19. Vmhan – Supporting Lenny & the Green Brigada! says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:36


    Phew… It worked that time.




    Cheers Vinny.

  20. Gaylord "Duffield" Focker on

    There have been many insidious men involved in Scottish football stretching way back. Duffield must be right up there with the very worst of them.



    That dark artist is plotting.



    Who is up alongside Mr Insidious going back through the years. Lets cap it at 50 years, this list could get very lengthy.

  21. The Token Tim says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:23



    Didn’t see the programme but I know exactly the sort of thing you are talking about. However one thing to note.



    The referee cannot give a penalty (or free kick) if the ball is not in play. Generally the defenders are very clever in that they push, pull, bite, etc. up until the point when the corner is taken. At which point the forwards retaliate and get a free kick given against them.

  22. Ole Glenn is always doubtful; even when physically he’s in better shape than the Supreme Champion at Crufts there’s always a doubt about him.



    He carries it round with him, like a wee black cloud, always waitin’ to rain on his ole parade.

  23. The Lizard King on

    Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:36


    I agree. What has changed? If anything we are under even more severe attack : from the Government; from the Courts; from the Police and always the rags. The illegitimisation of Celtic.



    The MIBs are carrying on regardless. A Rangers player will not get sent off if there is a risk it will materially impact their ability to win a game.



    We are still 4 points behind.



    Our best hope remains the Murray Huns and the Whyte Huns eat each other.







  24. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    My friends are from Kenya.



    Victor Wanyama is a hero there.



    He is from the Kikuyu tribe and his last name means “meat-eater”.



    Now I understand why he plays the way he does.



    Watch out Ian Black.






  25. Gaylord “Duffield” Focker says:


    5 December, 2011 at 13:48



    Very catchy moniker,wish my mammy had called me that.

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