Applying and coping with pressure


It is a trip to Lavtia to play Riga on Thursday in the penultimate Europa League qualification round.  Riga progressed after a home win over Tre Fiori of San Marino this morning.  Last season they were eliminated from Champions League qualification in the first round by Dundalk on penalties, but they went on to beat Piast Gliwice (Poland) and HJK Helsinki, before losing 3-2 to our eventual eliminators, Copenhagen.

If Celtic cannot overcome Riga in a one-off game we have no right to proceed to the playoff round, never mind the group stage, but they will be far tougher than St Mirren.  There is a lot of work to do.

After our fractious start to the season we get a chance to go top of the table tomorrow at home to Livingston.  Livi are second bottom of the table, above Motherwell on goals scored.  Last term they lost only twice at home, so far this season, they have lost the same number from four games, 1-4 to Hibs and 1-2 to Hamilton.  The only ray of sunshine came when they held Newco to a 0-0.  They are vulnerable and know neither of the teams around them: Motherwell and Kilmarnock are likely to be relegated.

Going top of the table on the same games played, would pass the pressure to Newco ahead of their visit to Easter Road on Sunday.  Leagues are won by applying and coping with pressure, attributes these Celtic players have demonstrated they have in abundance.

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  1. lets all do the huddle on

    michael o’leary – head of ryanair – got his €450,000 bonus approved



    incredible considering the current situation



    though not that incredible when you know how these farcical PLC votes work.



    all designed to protect the executives pay



    plc-ism at its worst

  2. Jobo


    If you’re still about…..it occurred to me earlier today that last season Broony led your POTY from the start of the season till about 3 games from the end. This season he is one of a cluster of players who still have no points!



    I’m not saying that is the root cause of our issues but it certainly is a cause for concern.



    I hope tomorrow is the start of playing a settled team and formation. The Glasgow derby is a must win – these 4 games will decide the destination of the title this season.

  3. Watched Bayern’s demolition of Schalke. I should stop doing that, as it really doesn’t set me up well to watch the inevitable Livi backs to the wall stuff tomorrow.

  4. Great team Sid – but unfortunately no way Lenny will drop the untouchables ( brown, Forrest and Christie)




    In terms of the overall points table, Scott Brown has been leading the way since we beat Lazio away on 7th November. So top of the leagUe for 26 games. But we finally have a new leader although it remains very tight at the top –


    1st – Edouard – 76 points


    2nd – Brown – 73 points


    3rd – McGregor – 69 points


    4th – Jullien – 53 points


    5th – Christie – 46 points


    6th – Forrest – 45 points


    7th – Frimpong – 40 points


    8th – Ntcham – 38 points


    9th – Ajer – 31 points


    10th – Elyounoussi – 26 points


    11th – Forster – 25 points


    12th – Taylor and Griffiths – 22 points


    14th – Bauer – 14 points


    15th – Bitton, Rogic and Bolingoli-Mbombo – 13 points


    18th – Hayes and Elhamed – 8 points


    20th – Johnston and Welsh – 4 points


    22nd – Bayo – 3 points


    23rd – Morgan and Robertson – 2 points


    25th – Simunovic – 1 point


    26th – Bain, Gordon, Klimala, Sinclair, Ralston, Arzani, Hendry, Dembele, Shved – all on 0 points




  6. ….aye, mentally he’s 5ft nothin’ in his cuban heels……but 6ft 7 when he stands on his wallet………..


    …….all thanks to corporate gullibles, commercial lonely-hearts and salesforce wannabes………….



    Flimflam CSC




  7. In the Atlantic article from which The Latest News Dermot Desmond interview is drawn, he is quoted as saying the present Celtic team is better than the one that reached Seville. Tells me all I need to know about the number of games he watches.




    If he said that then he either knows nothing about football or is a bare faced liar.



    Could be both I suppose.

  9. ERNIE LYNCH @ 11: 45


    Here is what Dermot Desmond said in his interview:



    “Europe is so important,” he says, “as a yardstick of our football progression. On a sporting level, I think the Celtic team we have now is as good as at any time in the last 25 years, no doubt, and that’s even without a player like Henrik Larsson. If you asked me if the Celtic team today would beat the one that reached (the 2003 UEFA Cup final in) Seville, I’d say, ‘Yes’.”

  10. TET – my take on Neilly’s psychologist thang is that it best helps those who get a mental jag from knowing it’s a deficit you need to address. Ie, the rest of the league.


    Ida thunk that – in our expensively acquired squad – winners’ mental fortitude would form a hearty part of the players makeup.


    Final observ INIQUITOUSIV; did Shalke set-up 2x lines of 5 and did BM have issues breaking it down ? HH



    The answer is no and no. It was a towsy, physical, very high tempo game. Munich were deadly with lightning fast breaks ( which we are not), hitting the line and cutting the ball back for multiple advancing attackers. Schalke are no mugs, but were simply overwhelmed.

  12. HH INQ



    Nowt wrong w sports psychology itself; the wisdom of telling the media your team needs it, seems puzzling.



    ‘Probing’ question to NL from a succulent lamber…’bringing in a psychologist to get over the fear of failure…?’


    9IAR going for 10: Failure??


    Any team in the world – esp Sevco – would love that kind of failure.



    Neil reiterates we were unlucky in CL – mibby invest in rabbit’s feet too? HWG10IAR

  13. Ernie Lynch / Inquisoutiv



    I have little doubt the current team would beat the Seville team of 2003 which is what DD actually said. Frankly both of those teams would also beat the lions of 67. Football has developed in 17 years and players are better both tactically and in terms technique and fitness. We all love our former playing heroes but it’s a faster and more evolved sport.



    Sure enjoy kicking the largest shareholder from your armchair but to suggest what he is actually saying there is incorrect is rubbish.



    Of the question was about the relativity to top European teams of their time then the answer maybe different but worth remembering that Seville 03 team didn’t even qualify for the CL that’s season and never Even made it to last 16 of CL so we would have had much better teams since by that measure too.

  14. Hello again all you young rebels.



    C’mon all you Bhoys and Ghirls in green, rise and shine.


    It’s game day, and time to use our collective will to push our


    Celtic back to the top where they belong.


    Lovely warm 25 degs here in Melbourne, and only 21 new


    infections, got to say, the lockdown strategy is working but it’s


    been a tough 11 weeks so far.


    Our state premier has promised 300 million dollars to small cafes,


    Restaurants, ice cream parlours, anywhere that sells food and


    hasn’t got a outside eating area, to be used to create one whether


    it be in a lane, parking space, grass areas near their shop, or just


    the pavement.


    I think it’s a winner, with outside eating already a massive thing here


    and the weather getting warmer, the economy will get up and running


    very quickly.


    Wonder if our CSC pub The Dubliner will apply for a extension? could


    do with it for all the new members we’re getting, and then there’s


    Paddys river dance steps which usually carry him out to the street to


    contend with 8-))


    H.H. Mick

  15. BURNLEY78 on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:52 AM




    So what point is he making then?



    ‘Heh football’s changed, nowadays players everywhere are fitter, faster and more skilled than they were seventeen years ago, so on that basis this is a better team, but then so is every other team’?



    Even if that was so (it isn’t) it’s just a waste of breath bothering to say it.



    He’s bullshitting, trying to deny the fact that in footballing termsCeltic have gone backwards.



    The Great Desmondo’s lasting legacy to Celtic will be the part he played in ensuring that the huns died during his tenure but that no one noticed.

  16. Good morning Gene, whereabouts in N.Wales are you?


    Used to make a regular drive down through Ruthin, Mold


    on my way to work in Milford Haven.


    Probably a 8 hour drive but with the crew I travelled with


    sometimes it took days lol.


    H.H. Mick

  17. burnley78



    Ronaldo signed for Manchester United in 2003.


    Wonder if he could still hack it in the er modern game?




    I’d say quality could hack it in any game.


    How are you mhate? all good I hope.


    H.H. Mick

  19. melbourne mick



    All good Mick thanks. Apart from missing my trips to Celtic Park that is, especially when the game is on a Saturday afternoon. Glad to hear things are moving in the right direction in your parts of the World, we seem to be going the opposite way.

  20. It wasn’t so long ago that the SMSM, and especially Roddy Forsyth, were telling us that yon new club could be eleven points in front before we had a chance to get our boots on. And yet we could go top of the league today on the same games played, we could be heroes even if just for one day. And that despite a mixed bag of a start to the season, suspensions, international football, the disaster that is knock out European football, and the perennial problem of new or newer players settling in. Anyway forget the psychologists, and forget the kidologists and lets get out there and show that we are (still) capable of playing good football on the day.

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