Anatomy of a Cup winning goal


The reason Paulo Bernardo had the freedom of Hampden to push forward in the last minute was two Newco central mids, Diomande and Wright, took themselves out of play.  Diomande initially did well, splitting the Celtic midfield open with one of those priceless 20 yard forward passes.  Unfortunately, for the opposition, Scott Wright let the ball roll under his foot.  This was the last touch a Newco player had of the ball before Butland picked it out of the net.

With Wright in no man’s land, Alistair Johnston gave the ball to Callum McGregor, however, Diomande’s instinct was to win the ball back and he rushed McGregor, which is never wise, as McGregor passed around him to Bernardo.

With two central mids missing, Newco were already in trouble.  Bernardo picked up the ball inside the centre circle and was immediately fouled by the third central mid, Nicolas Raskin.  Raskin made the right decision to foul Bernardo, but his execution was ineffective.  When Bernardo bounced off the turf, the Belgian must have known the risk ahead.

Others would have accepted the foul but Paulo sensed the opportunity.  As he turned to face the Newco goal, he saw the blue sea back away from him, with an empty 30 yards to progress into, he know what he wanted to do.

His shot was 25 yards from the goal line, four yards outside the right-hand post and went right at the centre of the goal.  That means it travelled 26.25 yards.  We always look for moments of brilliance to settle tight games but more often than than not, they are decided by who makes a mistake.

Goalkeeping is not easy.  Bernardo thrashed a thunderbolt past Butland earlier this season and the keeper knew to expect a venomous effort, but 26.25 yards is enough for a topflight keeper to get the ball safe.  Instead, as he did fatally in the league at Dingwall last month, Butland returned the ball into play.

I have some sympathy for the Newco defensive line at the goal.  Their one mistake was not actually keeping that line.  A makeshift central defensive partnership split, one ahead and one behind the fullbacks.  This created the space for Adam Idah to pinball right, then left, then forward to attack the lose ball.

With Idah set to pounce, Butland was on the deck.  The keeper had one decision to make: try to get to the ball, or spread himself.  He chose the former and Idah’s shot went below him into the net.

We’ll analyse the game more generally tomorrow.  In particular, we’ll discuss how Celtic could have been more ambitious in their passing in the first half.  Perhaps the reason they didn’t, is they carry experiences like Diomande, Wright and Raskin went through yesterday.  Ambitious passing inevitably leads to turnovers, which can be dangerous.

Still celebrating, speak later!

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  1. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Shame for Leeds.



    … and Sevco.



    They can kiss the Glenn Kamara add-ons goodbye.



    Think it’s time they reluctantly let in the throng of investors currently banging at their door desperate to handover their cash.

  2. GDT,


    Think the price was agreed for Bernardo at £ 6 million.This is a young kid,who,when he was 18,Benfica slapped an 80 million transfer price on.The kids got it,just needs brought out again.BR the man for the job.

  3. glendalystonsils on




    6 m seems reasonable although knowing us there will be a certain degree of ‘haggling’ to be done! -))))

  4. Jackiemac


    Leeds are in the financial doodoo and needed to win – might have to have a fire sale.

  5. TURKEYBHOY on 26TH MAY 2024 6:55 PM





    Think the price was agreed for Bernardo at £ 6 million.This is a young kid,who,when he was 18,Benfica slapped an 80 million transfer price on.The kids got it,just needs brought out again.BR the man for the job




    I hope we get him. Only turned 22 in January, has ability and has had some big moments in crucial games. A tough character also, who hopefully becomes a top olayer, with us.

  6. Larrybhoy 5.21



    Idahs goal was made by idah,with help of the swerver from Bernardo :-)


    Look at his movement closely from the moment PB vaulted Raskins challenge and ran directly at their defence,esp the indent which foxed Balugoon and gave idah that second or two of a starty…..ach history wont change now,neither will my fragile heid from yest :-)




  7. Same….think Bernado would be a good addition especially as it looks like MOR is off….


    Bernado looks like he’s got a bit of dig and think with some guidance could be a really good player


    Think we are a bit lightweight in midfield and need at least 2 quality midfielders ……….we can’t keep relying on Callum as he is now getting to the age that he will get more injuries and miss more games …..Sign big Adam 👍☘️

  8. Barasic has left the building.


    I was told that Barasic chucked it at the scum,when being a devout Catholic,he was given a total rundown on exactly what the lyrics to their songs meant by our Croatian RB on International duty,during discussions among the team.More than a few told him to get away from them.It was from a guy who went to the same Church as him,who was also Croatian.


    True or not,who knows,but he has been a shadow of the player ,who played for them in the first 2 or 3 years.


    Hope it is.

  9. Down to Norwich whether we sign Idah.New manager will want to look at all his players.Could be a bit of a wait.Meanwhile,interest,not surprisingly in Miovski starting to appear.The fans at Norwich dont fancy Idah,according to my friends here,Tractor couple.They thought he was good when he played,but in the minority.


    Its a funny old game Saint.

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Bernardo is captain of Portugal U 20s,look at how many Portuguese players are playing in top leagues with top clubs, it could be a bargain

  11. Evening all.



    A wee trio of tunes if the blog doesn’t mind.



    Green Day – Welcome To Paradise [Live]




    The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (Live At V Festival, 2007)




    Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us / Amateur Hour










    Nite y’all



    Stay classy



    Tell your friends, they’ll like it.



    It’s good to be a Tim.

  12. TONTINE TIM @ 4.56pm



    “……… but now like more than a few of my ilk I cannae bear them, in fact I have an acquaintance that sits round his back when the game is on and only knows the score by the roar, or lack of, from his neighbours,”



    TONTINE, I share your emotions regarding Thums, to such an extent that I rarely would watch them live as I just don’t like how it makes me feel as a decent human being. Yesterday we ended up at Mrs Emeraldbee’s sister’s for the afternoon, for a late lunch, and we ended up sitting out in the garden during the game. The next door neighbour is a Sticky (but actually quite a nice guy) and he had guests in watching the game. As we sat in the garden I heard the euphoria, then the despair, as the ‘goal’ was scored then chalked off. Then I heard the house behind us cheer late on with no similar euphoria from our neighbours. Quick check on the phone and saw that big Adam had scored in the 90th minute. A short delay then it was in to the house, TV on and soak up OUR euphoria.



    We all have our own ways of celebrating.



    Ave Ave

  13. Tom McLaughlin on




    Our supporters bus passed the Victoria Bar on way to Hampden yesterday.

  14. garygillespieshamstring on

    Re Tom Campbell



    His book “Glasgow Celtic 1945-70” is the best book about Celtic I have read.



    Great mix of Tom’s writing interspersed with contemporary newspaper reports, particularly those written by Cyril Horne give a real insight into Celtic’s trials and triumphs from the immediate post war period to the end of the 60s.



    I have re-read it many times since my godmother gave it to me as a Christmas present the year it was published.



    I think the format of “The Glory and thr Dream” by Tom Campbell and Pat Woods owed a lot to Tom’s earlier book.



    I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  15. Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee


    Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo



    They dont write them like that any more



    RIP Richard Sherman

  16. What is the Starz on

    Idah and Bernado should be signed as a priority as soon as possible.


    Bernardo is in our hands,Idah less so.


    O ‘Riley will leave I would imagine and hopefully for big money.


    New keeper also obviously required but after that I don’t know who else to expect.


    Celtic being Celtic I would imagine in August there will be weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth on here about our lack of transfer activity..Beancounters (failed) and Landlords (Absentee) to be mentioned.


    But look.we didn’t do too bad in the last transfer window with the “cheap option,Norwich 3rd choice reserve reject”


    And always remember….Have they not suffered enough !!!

  17. garygillespieshamstring on




    And also always remember the answer is “naw, they can never have suffered enough”.



    I’ll have a pint of hun tears please barman.




  18. CELTIC MAC @9:10pm


    Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee


    Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo


    They dont write them like that any more


    RIP Richard Sherman





    Disney before the Woke idiots took over. 👀️



  19. Is there any special reason why so many on here feel sure that Matt O`Riley will be leaving this summer?



    I can only assume that their views come from the MSSM and that is hardly a reputable source.

  20. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Would it be considered sexist if they sang ‘the Billy boys’ at the women’s Scottish Cup final ?

  21. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Brilliant work from Jobo on SC:



    Matthew O’Riley.


    The monthly winners have been –


    August: Kyogo (4 games, 164 votes, average 41)


    September: O’Riley (5 games, 259 votes, average 52)


    October: Scales (5 games, 243 votes, average 49)


    November: Scales (6 games, 191 votes, average 32)


    December: McGregor (8 games, 281 votes, average 35)


    January: O’Riley (3 games, 132 votes, average 44)


    February: Hart (6 games, 206 votes, average 34)


    March: Kuhn (3 games, 142 votes, average 47)


    April: Carter-Vickers (4 games, 139 votes, average 35)


    May: O’Riley (5 games, 198 votes, average 40)





    So, given that he received most Man Of The Match awards, as well as being our top goalscorer it is fitting that the Sentinel Celts Player Of The Year for 2023-24 is Matthew Sean O’Riley.


    Thanks for all of your support throughout the season. From the high of receiving 100 emails when we defeated Aberdeen 6-0 to the low of just 35 after Athletico Madrid hammered us by the same score 4 days earlier it’s been a blast!


    Over the season a grand total of 9,609 votes have been sent via, at least 3,200 emails. With a few more each week that reached me after the deadline!


    I’m looking forward to the break and let’s see how refreshed I am as next season approaches.


    Hail Hail!

  22. Tom McLaughlin on

    There seems to be a great misconception on CQN about Adam Idah’s loan deal, perhaps caused by the popularity of loan-to-buy deals in recent years.



    Adam is on loan from Norwich City and will return to Carrow Road, probably tomorrow. It is a straightforward loan. There is no option-to-buy in place. As things stand, his Celtic contract is at an end.



    That of course doesn’t mean Celtic cannot approach Norwich with a bid for his permanent return to Celtic. But Norwich might tell Celtic he’s not for sale, or that bidding starts at 15 or 20 million. It is England after all.



    There’s no point in supporters demanding that Celtic “get him signed right away”.



    Bernardo is a different story. He IS on a loan-to-buy deal, reportedly for £6m. That is non-negotiable either way, ie Benfica can’t say they want £8m and Celtic can’t say we’ll give you £4m.



    I’ll be delighted if Celtic were to sign Idah, but I suspect we asked for a loan-to-buy option and baulked at Norwich’s asking price, probably about £10m.

  23. Tom McLaughlin on




    Spot on. I think a lot of us underestimate the strength of Matt’s commitment to Celtic.



    I think he’ll stay for another season.

  24. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    This morning at 10:14 I posted to let Connaire12 and David66 I would pray to Carlo Acutis as a special intention for them both.I told them about touching a relic of the young Carlo in Belfast last year.I told them they could find information about the young man if they so wished.


    Imagine my surprise when I turned on my tablet and the second news item was that Carlo Acutis was set to be the first saint of the Millennium generation.I carry the young man’s photo in my wallet after the touching of the relic and reading about his life.I hadn’t read any news connected to Carlo since last year and found my praying for two CQNers and then reading tonight most heartwarming.

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