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Ajer and Simunovic should start in Valencia

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With Scott Brown suspended for Sunday’s game against Motherwell, I would play Olivier Ntcham in Valencia on Thursday.  Olivier was due to return to the substitute’s bench last week, but succumbed to illness shortly before kick-off.  He has not played since December, so will be short of match fitness, but an hour in the Mestalla will prep him for Motherwell.

With Filip Benkovic injured, Dedryck Boyata is our best central defender, but neither of them will be at the club when the Champions League qualifiers take place in July.  Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic will both be here.  For that reason, they should start against Valencia.

You, me, Brendan and Peter all know we need central defensive reinforcements for the qualifiers, but knowing that and meeting the challenge are two different things.  Ajer and Simunovic should be given every opportunity to develop their game at this level, as well as their mutual understanding.  We have nothing to gain from developing Dedryck’s understanding of European football.

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  1. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 10:13 PM

     

    I mentioned yesterday that there is clear vision of an object flying past and narrowly missing Boyata shortly after the game.

     

     

    Doubt that it came from a Tim .

     

     

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    Give it a day or two and the media here will have a clip of Papa Franky doing it!

  2. Site very slow and jumpy for me tonight.

     

     

    Best of luck to all the Bhoys and Ghirls looking for tickets for Thursday.

     

     

    I’m with Jobo. Thursday is a big ask but anything is possible. It ain’t over until the ….

     

     

    Great to see OldTim on earlier. Best wishes and hope to see you in the BV soon.

     

     

    Timmy’s in Torreblanca, Costa del Sol, for me on Thursday night.

     

     

    HH

  3. Huns being huns and throwing their wee toys out their wee pram and get a few other huns to tell them wee bedtime stories as the Celts march on to The Eight and quite possibly a third treble:))

     

     

    Quelle Surprise CSC

     

     

    P.S

     

     

    That’s all they got!!

     

     

    Stories…

  4. BBC boycotting rangers* until their reporter is allowed back: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47221345

     

     

    This one paragraph out of thirteen is the Killie share of the “boycott”:

     

    “Killie are without suspended defender Kirk Broadfoot and injured full-back Ross Millen but are hopeful centre-half Stuart Findlay will be fit”.

  5. What this young tim said…..??????????

     

    Big Kris is the perfect blend of intelligence and righteous fenian fire. We’re far too slack at looking after our own. He’s not.

     

     

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    MELBOURNE MICK on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 9:33 PM

     

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

     

    Just watched big Kristoff our future captain in my opinion on

     

     

    CTV. there, and between the way he speaks of our club, and

     

     

    his attitude regarding that bad tackle on Broonie by eggface

     

     

    during the Killie game.

     

     

    He ran from his own half to confront the twat and Madden, and

     

     

    it’s something we could be doing a bit more of when the

     

     

    cluggers start the disable a Celt type of dangerous play.

     

     

    So think i’m with P67 here, give him and Simo more game time

     

     

    together.

     

     

    H.H Mick

  6. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Natknow

     

     

    We will never get a fair shake from the Scottish media. It’s worse now than I can remember, and that’s going back 50 years.

     

     

    And agree 100% about the illegal sectarian songs and chants that ring out loud and clear from the huns. Every week.

     

     

    I thought there was a law against that.

     

     

    Oh – there is!

  7. ALASDAIR MACLEAN on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 @ 10:23 PM

     

     

    At least your penalty updates were ahead of BBC.

     

     

    RossCountyQuickNews

     

     

    Commiserations, but Championship is most important.

  8. TV- i think Richard Gordon outed the huns,after more BS from Sevco,and Jabba even got wheeled out to talk pi$# for 2 minutes. RG said the huns are getting billed for 200 damaged seats at the Ewe Camp the other week.

  9. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    HAMILTONTIM on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 10:28 PM

     

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 10:13 PM

     

     

     

     

    I mentioned yesterday that there is clear vision of an object flying past and narrowly missing Boyata shortly after the game.

     

     

    Doubt that it came from a Tim .

     

     

     

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    Give it a day or two and the media here will have a clip of Papa Franky doing it!

     

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    Papal Bull ?

     

     

    :-)

     

     

     

    Hope all is well with you and yours , Hamilton T .

  10. !!BADA BING!! on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 @ 10:45 PM

     

     

    Yes Richard Gordon isn’t daft, but BBC Shortbreid webpages are ruled by dickie Wilson. That is why 12 out of 13 paragraphs on rangers* v Kilmarnock are about rangers*.

  11. GREENINBINGLEYINOSLO on 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 10:36 PM

     

     

    Natknow

     

     

    We will never get a fair shake from the Scottish media. It’s worse now than I can remember, and that’s going back 50 years.

     

     

    And agree 100% about the illegal sectarian songs and chants that ring out loud and clear from the huns. Every week.

     

     

    I thought there was a law against that.

     

     

    Oh – there is!

     

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    There is a law, of course. It just doesn’t;t get enforced. Unless there’s Tims to be lifted…

  12. Macjay

     

     

    Bull? You’ve genuinely lost me.

     

     

    All good here loving watching the Celtic as always. I hope you and the family are well.

  13. Watching Bein sports mini match from yesterday, Kirk Broadfoot in the tunnel coming on at the start of the match, touches the wooden door frame and then his head -maybe it’s a Zombie good luck thing?

     

    Wonder how it turned out for him ?

  14. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Champions League Group Matchday6: Liverpool v Napoli

     

    Referee Observer Hugh Dallas(SCO)

     

     

    Champions League Round of 16: Liverpool v Bayern Munich

     

    Referee Observer Willie Young(SCO)

     

     

    Coincidence of course, not the misuse of influence.

  15. Good morning CQN from a drizzly Garngad

     

     

    Guyfawks- I thought Willie Young was retired.

     

    I went to a sportsmanship dinner about 4 year ago and he was the after dinner speaker, and he made outrages comments about his officiating of Sevco to how he officiated ours.

     

     

    Hope everyone in Spain has a safe and great time???

     

     

    COYBIG

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    D. :)

  16. I don’t take my news from scotland.

     

    bbc news london.

     

    channel 4 news london.

     

    cnn london and atlanta.

     

    i haven’t bought a newspaper in 6 years and i doubt i ever will.

     

    i haven’t listened to radio clyde phone-in or sportsound since 2012 and i never will.

  17. So, nae cameras at ayebrox tonight to cover the ‘honest’ mistakes. Bet the mib’s awfy excited about that.

  18. morning bhoys from a wet Cheshire,, you know there is a lot of things I miss living down here, square sausage, a well fired roll with Scottish pride butter on ,,a mothers pride square loaf, bridies and proper mince pies, what I don’t miss is the hatred towards my football club and my religion,, HH.

  19. Very quiet night shift. I hope Pete is OK.

     

    As I’m on the subject of missing Posters haven’t seen Weet Weet Weet on for a while, if you are lurking WWW hope you’re doing well.

  20. Good morning, friends, and Happy Europa Eve from a damp but mild and relatively bright East Kilbride.

     

    Lucky and blessed that I have yet another holiday coming up next week, off to Gran Canaria and missing the games against Hearts and Hibs. Tried Celtic Bars but couldn’t see anything convenient for my location (San Agustin, just outside Playa del Ingles) so if anyone has the inside info I’ll look out for recommendations.

  21. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47303498

     

     

    BBC reporting that the SFA is willing to look at introducing foreign referees into Scotland.

     

     

    I would favour this for multiple reasons.

     

     

    1 just to expand the pool and reduce the frequency that one person will officiate the few top teams in Scotland

     

     

    2 introducing referees with a non-Scottish view of “tackling” would, perhaps, begin to bring our game more into line with what is allowable in Europe. How many times do we hear “he wouldn’t have got away with that in Europe”?

     

     

    3 allow our referees to experience how the game is played outside Scotland

     

     

    4 for other reasons that I won’t go into on this fine morning (copyright Glen Hansard)

  22. Good Morning… Chilled and Chillin’ in the Chilterns this morning…

     

     

    Yes, think I got to agree with the good fholk that are disappointed in lead article… two reasons.

     

     

    If we you are reading this article from a connected Celtic FC supporter and then contrast it with the fighting spirit of newbhoy Timo… who approaches football the Glasgow Celtic way!?

     

     

    For me Valencia is a must win.

     

     

    I’m going to contradict myself from last week,l I stated my firm belief that Celtic must stick with and get better at, the GK – sweeper tactic.

     

     

    While that still remains my belief, what about going with Craig in for this game? His shot stopping ability, experience and presence will add to our defensive abilities. Can’t see us playing too many passes round our box in the Mestalla.

     

     

    It may give us the freshen up and impetus we need to put on a show in Valencia…

     

     

    The second reason for the disappoint with the article is about three weeks ago as we were approaching the end of the transfer window we were told that the defence would not be strengthened, beyond a possible short term fullback loan, the talented Mr Toljan as it happened.

     

     

    Yet we were told, the defence would be sorted in June for the UCL qualifiers, I detect a change in tone… hope this doesn’t lead to a change in tune!!

     

     

    Hail Hail

  23. Alasdair MacLean on

    Thanks for all youur good wishes bhoys.

     

    Yes, hope the revenge is in gaining promotion.

     

    The Dingwall pitch us looking good by g the way.

     

     

    Hope to welcome the Celtic to Dingwall next season in what will, I hope, be their tilt at 9 in a row.

  24. One or two points before deparing for the golf:

     

     

    1) Stewart Robertson ( Sevco) complained that Sportscene devoted a lot of time to Morelos incidents in the game against us but nothing on other `events`. To me, that was a bit like complaining that they showed all our goals in the 5-0 victory but didn`t show any of their goals;

     

    2) Sorry Alasdai but at least you know you have gained a few County `supporters` on here;

     

    3) SFTB from last night. Brilliant and, oh the joy were the same thing to happen to Morelos!

     

    4) bada ! I liked this : ` the Ewe Camp`. Is that of your own making?

     

    Cheerio for now.

     

    JJ

     

    PS Come on the Ayrshire Huns !

  25. Jobo Baldie

     

     

    I watched a game in a pub in a run down shopping precinct in Ingles in 2013. Probably 10 mins in taxi from Augustin(i was in Feliz). I had a quick look on Google maps and it looks like the area has picked up a lot(no-one staying there at all back then and most irish pubs were shut down). The pub is not coming up on google but 250m south of Mulligans pub and at the tail end of the shops. Mulligans wouldn’t show the game in 2013 but times may have changed.

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