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Adrenaline dip, reds, wanton ruffling

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Cast your mind back to earlier this month.  February ended with a 100% domestic record, qualification for the League Cup Final and two merit awards for performances against Inter Milan.  We then walloped nearest challengers Aberdeen 4-0.  A small matter of a game against St Johnstone lay ahead before the Scottish and League Cup double-header against Dundee United.  Which we lost.  At home.

If a team drops even a few percentage points below its optimum the actual drop in results achieved can be enormous.  Celtic have answered all the big questions over the last seven weeks, despite the reversal in Milan; there will inevitably be a drop in adrenaline when normality returns, which is tomorrow, again against United.

We have a month to prepare for the Scottish Cup semi-final but another St Johnstone-type episode would cut the gap at the top to zero points, with Celtic having one game in hand.

I’m a great believer than a manager cannot and should not ask his players to climb the mountain every time.  If he does, he loses that special intensity he’ll need for the truly big occasions.  The players, from captain to novice, must carry the burden.

Niggles between players happen in every game.  On most occasions it will be a couple of months before you face the same opponent again, so whatever happened last time will have been replaced in the mind’s gallery of items the player feels sore about.

Since Scottish football became the Celtic-Dundee United show that’s changed.  A player who elbowed you last game will be running at you next time out.  This is the stuff red cards are made of.

There is a chance that we’ve beaten United into submission and that they’ll turn up in body, not mind, tomorrow, but if Jackie McNamara manages to convince them they are victims of wanton Celtic player’s face-on-United player’s elbow action, you can expect more reds.

Keep your cool, Celtic.  Nothing more than wanton hair ruffling.

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  1. Paul,

     

     

    Normally I’d expect a drop in intensity. I dobt think that’ll happen tomorrow.

     

     

     

    Do your talking on the park Celtic.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers

     

     

    12:05 on 20 March, 2015

     

    PEDROCARAVANACHIO67

     

     

    with classic blindsider while the ref had his back turned!

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~++~~~~~~~~~~

     

    Quickly followed by PAUL67 doing the same to me!

  3. When wee Jamsies goal hit the back of the net last Sunday The life drained out them (IMHO)

     

    Stay calm and finish running them into the ground on Sat.

  4. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    £3000 was stolen from St Marys primary school last Monday morning. Why the hell was that money not banked on the previous Friday??? The lowlife that broke in could have burned the school down. Emdae know any thing abt this contact the police A S A P.

  5. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    lct

     

     

     

    Murrays a whimp Even the boougie man slapped him about TWICE!!!!

  6. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    My main concern about these thugs is that one of them will injure one or more of our faster more skilful ball players.

     

     

    With their cheating, thuggery and skullduggery they are reminding me more and more of Athletico Madrid or Racing Club.

  7. jude2005

     

     

    something smells about that. Hope those responsible are caught. Maybe we should ask the Kano Foundation to pay for a wee trip to paradise for the kids.

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JUDE

     

     

    Why would a school have that amount of money lying around-in cash-and what a strange coincidence that thieves chose that time to break in.

     

     

    And make a beeline for it.

     

     

    Hmmmmm…..

  9. antipodean red on

    ohits or tim tanium,

     

     

    Did the John Thompson that you talk about play for Benburb?

     

     

    AR

  10. Ray Winstone’s Big Disembodied Heid,

     

     

    Injury has been my fear too. We’ve managed to come through some pretty awful tackling without anything too bad … so far. Tomorrow is a bit of a worry with bad feelings going into the game.

  11. midfield maestro/ tim tanium

     

     

    The Rab who used to play with Davie and Stevie at Arthurlie and stays round the corner is Rab Fraser. Your Auntie has her uses.

  12. Europa League Quarter Final draw

     

     

    Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg

     

    Dnipro v Bruges

     

    Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina

     

    Wolfsburg v Napoli

  13. As Ronny says he wants teams to fear us because they know what’s coming. It’s really up to DU to change how they play given their failing. If there is anything to their curve-ball then we have a game of chess on the park and then it gets interesting. They still have some good players, too many of our players, however, are up for winning the individual battles.

     

     

    HH

  14. As most of our squad have a break after tomorrow until we play St Mirren 2 weeks tonight, I suspect we will again play our strongest line up – whatever that is these days.

     

     

    Also competition for places is strong so those who play will have to put in 100%.

     

     

    Tomorrows team ? – answers on a postcard please …

  15. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Thats what I think too Bhoys.. Heads must roll!!! It stinks to the hilt!!!

  16. antipodean red

     

     

    I don’t know. He definitely played with Arthurlie and latterly as in nearing his forties with Johnstone Burgh this was back in early 1990s.

  17. Think Armstrong will replace Stokes and Johansen will replace Forrest.

     

     

    G Mac will come on for Commons and Forrest will replace Armstrong with 20 mins to go.

     

     

    Guidetti will replace Griffiths with twenty five to go after scoring his hat-trick.:-)

  18. embramike,

     

     

    Don’t see too many changes tomorrow. If Matthews is fit he will come in at right back. Johansen will come in to the central role leaving Forrest, Commons, Armstrong and GMS to fight for the two wider places.

  19. The partial eclipse lasted a few minutes here in north staffs, whereas over at ipox they have been in total darkness for 3 years and counting.

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