Benkovic should get a run out before Rosenborg


This has the makings of a neutral weekend in the Premiership.  Celtic face struggling St Mirren, table-topping Hearts are at struggling Motherwell and struggling Newco are home to pointless Dundee.  Only our nearest challengers in recent seasons, Aberdeen, look to have a challenge on their hands, away to St Johnstone.

That’s how it works on paper, anyway, but it football was that predictable, bookies would be poor and punters rich.  The weekend might not go to form.

Celtic have struggled to breakdown teams who defend deeply this season and you can expect St Mirren to do exactly that tonight.  No three points are guaranteed, so we will need to earn the win.

Hearts bubble may burst at Fir Park.  Motherwell have only taken points off Dundee and Newco, losing to Hamilton and Hibs, but those defeats came in the first games of the season.  They have steadied the ship since.

Dundee are rank rotten, having lost all four league games and a 0-3 humiliation at home to Ayr United in the League Cup.  Their answer was to sign out of contract – and no longer manager – Kenny Miller (38).  They have the look of cannon fodder.  They will not get a sniff at Ibrox, surely?

It would be good to see some of the new faces tonight, Filip Benkovic, in particular, who may be useful against Rosenborg on Thursday.

Three points, please, Celtic!

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  1. Tonight’s team





    Benkovic Ajer Boyata


    Forrest Mulumbu Brown Tierney


    Ntcham Rogic





    McGregor, Sinclair and Griff off the bench….




  2. Paul67



    Looking forward to Benkovic’s Celtic debut, a player we’ve wanted for more than two years.



    Not often we have these EPL multi million £ rated players, adorning the unshrinkable Hoops.

  3. COYBIG. Big Wavy that team would do me.



    Looking forward to seeing Benkovic and Mulumbu.






    D. :)

  4. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Good to see Aberdeen joining the increasing clamour against the SFA.


    A bit of a Movement afoot.



  5. As I have a half day to get this blliddy heating sorted I thought I would watch Anyone but Celtic.



    Anyone watched it??



    D. :)

  6. Whilst I totally agree with Kilmarnock and Aberdeen’s questioning of the SFA’s disciplinary process, I’m afraid they have reaped what they sowed. Johnston and Milne were two of the main protagonists who said it was ‘time to move on’. Well, the SFA have moved on, back to the corrupt bias position they have always had. Nothing’s changed, just like they, and others like Budge, Petrie etc, wanted

  7. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I see Clarke and McInnnes are questioning SFA ‘inconsistency’.



    It’s not ‘inconsistency’ when their decisions consistently favour one club.



    That’s called corruption.

  8. Hello again all you young rebels.



    Spring is in the air here in sunny Oz, a lovely 23 degs today in Melbourne


    not bad for now, need to get the sunscreen ready, maybe dubbin would


    be better for my auld dome.


    Said to my wee princess.


    ” Darling i’m thinking i’ll get a tattoo for the summer ”


    ” whit… at your age ‘


    ” I’m thinking of one with the Lisbon Lions on my chest ”


    ” Why don’t you just get one with the whole of Celtic park and that will


    cover that beer belly you’ve got.


    Wimmen can be right catty at times.


    Our CSC in the rebel town are meeting up in Mornington bowling club


    for a wee lunch next week.


    Yes you did read it right ….. a feckin bowling club, but let me tell you


    right now it’s certainly different here in Ned Kelly land.


    I was in one during the week for a little refreshment and had a look at their


    past presidents board.


    Francis Malloy


    Brendan Feeney


    Seamus Murphy


    Joseph O’neill


    Thought i was in a pub in the Calton 8-))


    Had a wee swatch at Celtic t.v this morning and there was my wee bestie pal


    with the visually impaired group at Celtic park with Broonie letting them touch


    and hold the trophy’s.


    What a brilliant thought that was to let these bhoys and ghirls touch something


    they have only ever heard about during a commentary from my wee mate.


    I know you lurk sometimes Jim, so proud of you and Ronnie your sidekick still


    working so hard for the Celtic family.


    Well ! big weekend for our young bhoys, we head over to West Victoria again for


    our final play off game, a 2-0 win makes us state champions at u16 level.


    What an achievement for a team of mainly immigrant Scots, Irish, African, Asian


    oh! and the token Aussie lol, but win or lose next year we have two superb new


    players signed up, both Celtic minded, it took a bit of jiggery pokery but needs


    must, a trial game with our own bhoys in the hoops was the clincher.


    O.k Thats all from sunny Oz, time for zzzzz’s


    H.H Mick

  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Need to get the goals flowing again. So far only five in our opening four games, with only one from a striker.


    Would like to see Christie getting some more game time

  10. 50 shades of green on

    Conspiracy theorists of the blog will be on soon I think, seems as though Big Dedryck rested after the international games, not that that will stop them.




  11. Melbourne Mick 23degrees bloody luxury.


    It’s 13 degrees here in the Garngad in the north of glasgow and lashing with rain


    Good luck to your team



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  12. 50 shades of green on

    Cragie G.



    Hendry Ajer Benny n KT



    Ollie n Broonie



    CalMac Tom Jamsie






    Rumour has it.

  13. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Got on a different bus from usual on way back from T/O and saw St Alphonsus church …. a magnificent spectacle… they got a wee donation normally reserved for St Winin’s??


    On the way out bus drew up opposite a grand abode ,no20 Argyle St, which appears to be Tontine Tim’s new pad as it had the door plate……TONTINE….


    Still one ticket short for Killie game if any ‘floating about’.

  14. As Colm (formerly of this parish) has just tweeted – Griff here for 11 in a row!



    Back to workin,….

  15. DAVID66


    The Garngad, Gods garden, don’t know if thats actually the definition


    of the name but it will do me.


    Spent many a time there with my mate Mick Gourley and his brother.


    Would be interesting if you recognised the name.


    H.H Mick

  16. Jobo Baldie on 14th September 2018 1:36 pm


    4 year deal for Leigh. His aim should be to get to 200 goals by then!



    If he gets the game time, he’ll get the goals.



    Havnt posted in a couple of years due to no lap top and lurked for a while on ipad before the seeming endless roll of adverts got the better of me and I packed it in for a while. Back lurking around a year now and its great to be back.

  17. What is the Stars on

    Typical penny pinching by Lawwell. Wont splash the cash. Spending money on 4 year deal for one of the top goal scorers in Scottish football on top of the five deal for the wizard of oz and the record breaking transfer fee for french eddy shows that the biscuit tin mentality rules.


    Lawwell must Go!!!!

  18. Melbourne Mick sorry I do not recognise the name or any Gourlays that now reside in the Garden of God.






    D. :)

  19. 1967 Enjoyable year.Question from ’67:


    Four managers of Scottish div. one sides had taken care of Scotland national team.


    Celtic:Big Jock.








    Have a go!



    23 on the Costa Peninsula? 24 up here in the metropolis – is your bowling club event open to hooped interlopers from the CBD?

  21. ” The name Garngad is said to derive from the Gaelic word ‘Garn’ meaning rough ground. The Gad Burn on old maps ran from High Balornuck Farm to the old Barnhill Poorhouse (now a housing estate), prior to joining the historic Molendinar. Although many residents claim Garngad to mean the Garden of God, it is also known as ‘The Good and the Bad’. ”



    JJ ( Born in the Garngad)

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