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Applying and coping with pressure

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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. ST TAMS on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:23 PM

     

    The only thing about Ajer when he comes out of defence with ball, is he never seems to create anything. More often that not he over hits a pass out the park.

     

     

     

     

    Poppyock my good friend. He disrupts the banks of defenders in front of him and commits those out. His final ball is good.

  2. Greenpinata

     

    September is magic mushy season, up the Kilpatrick Hills. Maybe Dermot has been up the Humphrey this week? 😜😂

  3. Today’s official starting line up v Livingston ……

     

     

    Barkas; , ElHamed, Duffy, Ajer, Frimpong, Brown, McGregor, Taylor, Christie, Ntcham, Ajeti,

     

     

    Subs: Bain, Bitton, Soro, Turnbull, Forrest, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Rogic,Klimala

  4. Barkas, Taylor, Duffy, Brown, Ajeti, Christie, Ntcham, Frimpong, Ajer, McGregor, Elhamed.

     

    Subs: Bain, Bitton, Klimala, Soro, Turnbull, Rogic, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Forrest

  5. CONEYBHOY on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:05 PM

     

    Norriem

     

    Rangers won a treble against that team.

     

    The Seville run was amazing and was hugely important for me personally but that team had its flaws

     

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    Glorious failure. Won fcuk all. Feck that.

  6. Taylor still (suppose there’s eff all alternative)

     

    Brown again.

     

    Ajeti with ? up front?

     

    Ntcham and Brown together…mmm

     

     

    Jamesey benched..

     

     

    Tinkerman strikes again but avoids elephants in the room again.

  7. onenightinlisbon on

    One up front at home to team second from bottom of the league?

     

     

    Lennon just taking the piss now….

  8. RC on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:00 PM

     

    SB and ON start , how many times do you have to persist with this pairing to realise it doesn’t work.

     

     

     

     

    Is the answer – Until it gets you the sack?

  9. onenightinlisbon on

    He seems to be unsure of his best line up.

     

     

    Brown is obviously not going to get dropped – Griff still unfit?

  10. Frimpong and Taylor as ‘wingers’ – now if they can beat a man and get a cross in, might be a way to play the inevitable parked bus – maybe Ollie a bit more forward with Ajeti – weird one like a fish supper with yoghurt

  11. big wavy on 19th September 2020 2:01 pm

     

     

    RC on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:00 PM

     

     

     

     

    SB and ON start , how many times do you have to persist with this pairing to realise it doesn’t work.

     

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    Until we lose the 10?

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    PHILBHOY on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020 2:05 PM

     

     

    Until we lose the 10?

     

     

    He’s playing Russian Roulette with it. Arrogance and blind loyalty shining through his team selections over the last few weeks.

  13. Think I’ll go out for a long, long walk. May be a long, long day.

     

    (Still be checking in every 30 seconds or so!)

  14. Barkas, Taylor, Duffy, Brown, Ajeti, Christie, Ntcham, Frimpong, Ajer, McGregor, Elhamed.

     

    Subs: Bain, Bitton, Klimala, Soro, Turnbull, Rogic, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Forrest

  15. onenightinlisbon on

    Lennon maybe on Twitter too much….I’ll show them sort of attitude with this team. Pathetic.

  16. Another team selection which can be filed under — “Challenging”.

     

     

    Best I can come up with is 3 – 4 – 2 – 1 …

     

    At home against a limited Livi side?

     

     

    Flogging SB into the ground.

     

    Playing him with CMcG and ON — who exactly does what?

     

    CMcG = box2box?

     

    ON = sitting and passing?

     

    So what does SB do?

     

     

    RC — hopefully he is now past his shoot on sight “Hollywood” period.

     

    As noted the bench looks stronger — apart from their only being 9 of them.

     

     

    Games being played — and not to our advantage.

     

     

    Last week = good game / great goals / lucky with GK man of the match.

     

    Mid week = stodgy game / good goals / never got going and StM had a punchers chance right to the depth.

     

    Today = Haven’t got a scooby.

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