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Big game for Kolo but Craig will deliver best of the season

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What’s your hopes for tonight? Primarily I’m hoping to see Celtic play the kind of football we watched on Saturday, a fast, pass and move, game. I want to see Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic take players on, for Leigh or Moussa to exploit space often denied to them in league games.

I’d also like to see four at the back. Defending in a formation we’re familiar with, even if it takes place 60 yards deeper than usual. This is where we got it wrong at Camp Nou. This Champions League group pits us against some of the greatest attacking footballers money can buy. It’s not a place for fundamental experimentation.

I suspect we’ll see the best Celtic goalkeeping performance of the season tonight. Craig Gordon will have lots to do, concentration will not have an opportunity to drop, decisions are likely to be more clear-cut that he’s been used to.

This is a big game for Kolo Toure. He’s a player who has little to prove to anyone, but that’s different when facing an English TV audience a few months after ending his 14 year term in the country. His performance tonight, and that of Celtic, will reflect on his decision to come to Celtic. Paul Lambert’s best game for Celtic came against Stuttgart in 2003. He also had a huge reputation in Germany, and an audience he wanted to convince he’d made the right move in coming to Celtic. Let’s hope for a similar outcome.

Enjoy the game.

Many thanks for the incredible support for my Great Scottish Run coming up on Sunday, to assist the work of the Foundation. The linked MyDonate account was at £1690 yesterday is right now is £10 off the £2k mark.

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  1. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Oh, just sneaked it from Kevinbhoy. Lunchbreak came at a very good time :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  2. Good Afternoon.

     

     

    Big big game tonight. Hoping for a more aggressive performance than that strange one against Barcelona. Should a cracking occasion!

     

     

    Here is my latest (if anyone cares…). It’s about a very special journalistic parrot… https://theclumpany.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/meet-brand-the-parrot/

     

     

    Here is last night’s offering, which mocks the Daily Record’s desperation to lever Sevco into the Champions League party.

     

    https://theclumpany.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/distress-flares-from-the-daily-record/

     

     

    And something about Sevco’s new celebrity backer: Mr Burns from The Simpsons…

     

    https://theclumpany.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/sevcos-excellent-prospects/

  3. A victory would be great but I’d be satisfied with a draw tonight Paul. The big games for us are against the Germans as four points from those games should see us play European football after Christmas.

     

     

    cv

  4. Of ye of little faith.

     

     

    Looking for a reaction?

     

     

    See you at the Hoot on Saturday Ernie!

     

     

    Canny wait.

  5. 3 points tonight, 6 against the Bosch, draw at Citeh, then pump the Spanish imposters at Celtic Park and we

     

     

    TOP THE GROUP!

     

     

    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HOTSMOKED

     

     

    Guess!

     

     

    Give you a clue,KEVJ’s latest post. Gonna be wet.

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I actually think our key players could be the full-backs.

     

    Don’t think we have the defenders to deal with Aguero’s movement. Will have to try and cut off the supply.

     

    I would expect Nolito or Navas to come in for De Bruyne, so they will likely go 4-3-3 with the wingers providing the width. The full-backs will therefore probably tuck in to give them numbers in midfield.

     

    I’m wondering if a diamond might be the way to go.

     

    Say Bitton sitting, Brown and McGregor just ahead and Rogic at the top. Tough on Forrest who has been impressive lately, but neither him nor Roberts fits that system.

     

    They take a LOT of risks at the back. Maybe with two up we would be more likely to take advantage of any errors. Probably go Dembele and Sinclair, with Griffiths to come on at some point.

     

    Try and compress the pitch. We have attacking players with pace to play counter-attack.

  8. Clumps

     

     

    Does every article (spoof) you write have to depend on Sevco. We are playing a champions league fixture this evening and it would be good to read something from you that is just a little bit more Celtic than anti Sevco. I know you are a spoof writer focusing on the Sevco entity in the main but still it’d be good to see you write something with regards our Club focusing on our club.

     

     

    MWD

  9. PHILBHOY on 28TH SEPTEMBER 2016 12:22 PM

     

     

    Given the current respective operating environments, playing squads, managerial talents,budgets, recent history etc of the two clubs anything better than a three nil defeat would be to Celtic’s credit.

     

     

    It will take two or three seasons of sustained investment and stability for Celtic to be able to compete with clubs like Man City again.

  10. Afternoon all.

     

     

    What’s the weather like, and expected to be at kick-off, in Glesga?

     

     

    I hear they’ve run out of pies and rolls at the Louden hell-hole.

     

     

    Apparently hordes of fat, smelly ugly members of the local underclass descended on the place like a plague of locusts and cleaned them oot!

     

     

    HH!!

  11. Biton?

     

     

    Seriously?

     

     

    Canny tackle, canny jump, slow as a day in jail, canny hold the ball and usually gets rid of it square to a player who is already marked.

     

     

    Played well against a Kilmarnock side we would have humped without him.

     

     

    Europe is a step up too far for this , er, player.

     

     

    Just my opinion, mind.

     

     

    I’d rather have Erik in there to give us a bit of steel.

     

     

    Plus Erik will try his heart out.

     

     

    C’MON MY TEAM SELECTIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Ernie

     

     

    surely you mean ‘better than’ rather than ‘less than’.

     

     

    Anything better than a 3-0 defeat could be a 3-3, 2-2, 1-1, 1-3, 1-2 0-2, 0-1, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2…

     

     

    Anything less than a 3-0 defeat could be a 4-0, 5-0, 6-0… defeat.

     

     

    Or am I just being Pandantic?

     

     

    MWD :-)

  13. MWD

     

    Thanks

     

     

    Tallybhoy

     

     

    I never thought of that. It would be quite funny if a load of guys down on their luck heard about the free food and turned up pretending to be Mancs !

  14. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Most of all tonight, enjoy it.

     

    Celtic at the moment are making us feel good. Long may that continue.

     

     

    HH.

  15. ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

    Did we not beat Barcelona 2-1 at Celtic Park?

     

     

    That was a surprise result for most of us, I’m sure.

     

     

    Anyway, I wouldn’t like you in the dressing room before the game, saying 0-3 is a creditable result.

     

     

    I am a Celtic supporter.

     

     

    Sometimes I only have hopes and dreams for my team.

     

     

    Sometimes those hopes are surpassed and the dreams come true.

     

     

    Or do you not know what I’m talking about?

     

     

    I’m sure you do!

     

     

    C’MON THE CELTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Just enjoy the occasion and being back on the big stage at CP. The result will probably not be to our liking but the atmosphere certainly win.

     

     

    If the players give their all and show some fight, and maybe give the crowd something to cheer, I’ll be happy whatever the result.

     

     

    I don’t mean to be defeatist. This season was always about getting into the group stage, to access the money to allow us to invest, so that we can come back to the same stage over the next couple of years and start to see progress.

     

     

    Having said that, a draw or a win would be wonderful.

  17. MWD

     

    I can see ernie right now thinking of a `quick` response to your `less/better than ` comment. I am guessing he will go for relativity ( or should that be ` with relativity` ? ) .

     

     

    JJ

  18. I have a very strong feeling inside that the Bhoys will be going home happy tonight. Not sure if it’s a draw happy or a win dilerious but the feeling inside says it happy flutterby’s.

     

     

     

    Will the Loupin be showing the

     

     

    ‘Destroy a City in a day for beginners’

     

     

    and

     

     

    ‘What are these? toilet facilities! Destroy them.’

     

     

    videos for their guests today?

     

     

    MWD

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TOMMIE20

     

     

    Mair holidays?

     

     

    You could try this

     

     

    U.S.A – The Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub, 7032 International Dr, Orlando, Florida (Tel +1 407 352 7031) (Orlando CSC)

  20. ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

    That could be your most positive post ever on here!

     

     

    That’s the Celtic supporter trying to get out!

     

     

    Keep it up!

  21. Oh and Glasgow College of Technology for me.

     

     

    Wisny bright enough for UNI.

     

     

    (As you can probably tell from my posts)

     

     

    HAIL HAIL THE CELTS ARE HERE DARN……………………………………

  22. I find myself agreeing with Ernie and davidpolous here.

     

     

    I’m happy just to be in the group.

     

     

    I won’t be saying this every year though.

     

     

    HH

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