Basic technique but elite decisions


Watching elite-level Champions League football this week has been a sobering experience and a lesson on how steep the road ahead is.  It is a given that we cannot afford the flashes of skill players who get to semi-final level possess, but so much of the football this midweek has been about players making good decisions, something you might expect any top-level player is capable of.

The modern game is all about space and movement.  Players make short runs in order to pull defenders out of position and create space for a teammate to make a simple pass.  The core requirements here are stamina – necessary for perpetual movement, an adequate ability to pass and control the ball, and excellent game intelligence.

Clever players achieve great things with basic technique.  In Scotland, a team full of players like this would clean up.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    You have to wonder why the VAR Stats have been released at this stage of the season? Why not wait till the season is finished?

  2. Making the right decisions at the right time comes with experience for most players.



    I humbly suggest we look for more experience this summer.

  3. couldnt agree more.



    Astounded at least once per game at how poor our guys are at the basics and we are the best team in the land.

  4. PAUL67



    Pace , real pace in a few positions throughout the teams you speak of and the stamina shown is very impressive to……



    The fog in ma heed is slowly clearing …….

  5. bigrailroadblues on

    Good afternoon all from the Penny Farthing. A fine day in old Glasgow Town.

  6. An Tearmann on

    A wee repost Celts



    Take a minute folks and remember it was 4 years ago today that this blog lost a beautiful woman and person in Helen (MINX) prayers offered in support of her remaining family and husband HamiltonTim of these pages.🙏



    Rest in Peace Helen,sadly missed 🙏



    Hail Hail

  7. BRRB



    you should contact the guinness book of records auld yin , the most visited pubs by a pensioner 🤣……

  8. Greenpinata on




    Love your pub expeditions.


    The Penny Farthing is a new one to me.



    Big mad mountain lion walks into a bar and asks for a pint of Guinness. Barman says £8 please. Oh and it’s a pleasure to serve you, we don’t get many mountain lions in here.


    No fu@king wonder at these prices. 🍺

  9. Saint Stivs on

    a penguin walks into a bar and ask the barman “has my brother been in ?”



    the barman says ” i dont know, what does he look like ?”

  10. Martin .


    Terrific news re Lizzie and the wean .


    Looking forward to progress updates .


    On a related subject , I tried to sponsor a donkey in March but the system didn’t allow .


    I sent Stuart an email on 25/03 but never saw a reply .


    Anyway , let me know how and I’ll sponsor Lizzie and the wean .


    PS Hoping you are well 👍

  11. A duck walks into a bar


    He sits down and ask the bartender, “Hey, you got any bread?”


    The bartender replies “No, sorry.”


    The duck waits a few seconds and again asks, “Got any bread?”


    The bartender says angrily, “No, we have no bread.”


    The duck asks again, “Do you have any bread?”


    The bartender says furiously, “No, we have no bread and if you ask again I’m going to nail your xxxxxxx beak to the bar.”


    The duck pauses for a minute. Then he asks, “Do you have any nails?”


    The bartender replies, “No, we have no nails.”



    So the duck asks, “You got any bread?”

  12. bankiebhoy1 on

    What happens to an illegally parked Frog?………………………….

  13. Giraffe goes into a bar and says to the barman,i want a pint of beer, a whisky, and 2 pints of cider please…oh and can you put it on the slate?



    Barman says fcuk you’ve got some neck on you!!

  14. bigrailroadblues on

    Right you absolute shower. Enough. Dearie me. BelmontBrian and Coneybhoy will be joining in soon. 🙄

  15. Tom McLaughlin on

    Guy gets job in zoo wearing a gorilla suit. Zoo short of money so his job is to leap around and entertain the kids. After a few lunchtime pints he gets a bit lively and leaps from a tree right into the lions den. As he sits there winded, a ferocious lion approaches and starts sniffing him.



    He shouts, “Please don’t eat me.”



    The lion edges closer and says, “Shut the feck up or you’ll get us all the sack.”

  16. Weebobbycollins on

    Reporter: “Excuse me, may I interview you?”


    Man: “Yes!”


    Reporter: “Name?”


    Man: “Abdul Al-Rhazim.”


    Reporter: “Sex?”


    Man: “Three to five times a week.”


    Reporter: “No no! I mean male or female?”


    Man: “Yes, male, female… sometimes camel.”


    Reporter: “Holy cow!”


    Man: “Yes, cow, sheep… animals in general.”


    Reporter: “But isn’t that hostile?”


    Man: “Yes, horse style, dog style, any style.”


    Reporter: “Oh dear!”


    Man: “No, no deer. Deer run too fast. Hard to catch.”

  17. An T



    Thanks for sharing Re Minx. 4 years wow.



    I only met them both on is couple of occasions.



    Specifically once at the Hydro for the Lions 50 years celebration event. I spoke to them both for a time right at the front in what was a great night in a great season.



    Really good Celtic people. She was taken far too soon.

  18. Loving the humor on here today. Hopefully we are all in good spirits in 2 days and 3 hours time. Not that I am counting. 😂

  19. bigrailroadblues on

    Treated the small doll to lunch in the Star Bar. 2x 3 courses for £10. Excellent quality and top notch service. I spoil that wummin, I can tell you.

  20. Logged in seen these jokes then logged out.



    FFS have we not suffered enough with Tom, BB and Big Jimmy’s jokes.



    D :)

  21. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Sitting outside in the Trossachs and not a cloud in the sky, temperature says 18° more like 20°. Intended to have a drink at 4pm but after those jokes I’m opening a can now🍺🍻

  22. Martin , did John Greig , Tam Forsyth or Ronnie Mackinnon ever seek sanctuary at your place 🤪

  23. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Three ducks walk into a bar.” Hello,” said the barman, “I’m Tom, manager of this fine establishment your’e all very welcome”.He asks the first duck its name and what kind of day he’s had. The duck replies”My name is Hughie i’ve had a good day in and out of puddles doing what ducks like to do”. Then Tom asks the second duck the same question “My name is Lewy and I’ve had similiar day, just like Hughie, in and out of puddles doing what ducks like to do”.Just then as Tom was about to quiz the third duck…. it lifted his head and said “Hi Tom, I’m Puddles”.

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