Brophy delivers the trophy


I know, I know, football people hate this kind of chat, but as we walked out of Celtic Park with a spring in our step last night, we were all convinced, the proceeding minutes were critical to the destination of this season’s Premiership trophy.

Celtic were imperious.  Olivier Ntcham orchestrated events, he seems to glide, not run, over the pitch, head up, ready to pirouette (which he does regularly), or fire a pass into whatever space has been opened in front of him.

I know we cannot fit Oli, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic into the team at the same time, but if I was Neil Lennon, I would be trying to figure out how to fit two of them into the side.  Can one of them learn the No. 6 role and take some pressure off the McGregor-Brown pairing?

After (literally) hundreds of consecutive corner kicks without success, our conversation rate from this set piece is almost as good as it is from the penalty spot.  Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic converted last night, while Jozo struck another effort off the post.  Jullien is as accomplished as anyone in the air since Bobo.  He worries defenders, which in itself, creates opportunity for others.

Greg Taylor lost possession twice in the opening minutes.  This is often an indication a player will hide, instead, Greg threw himself into the challenge.  He was always available and thereafter seldom put a foot wrong.  We need to remember how careers are developed.

With the points secure and Hearts thoroughly looking like the team at the bottom of the table (they really need a keeper, btw), Kilmarnock staged a late, though not unexpected, revival against Newco.  When news arrived of Eamonn Brophy’s 89th minute winner, memories of Ricky Fulton’s Rangers manager’s difficulty pronouncing another Irish name.  “Brophy delivers the trophy” © Callum Brennan.  It was a night of poetry, on and off the field.

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  1. To add to the magnificent Bournesouprecipe’s growing list :



    Celtic don’t win titles, they have it handed to them.

  2. Just noticed MegHan has an `aitch` …I don`t really follow Royalty but at least I got `Harry` right.

  3. Barbara Dickson has re-written some lyrics on behalf of distraught “Rangers” fans



    January February


    We don’t understand


    Why it is we leave Dubai


    And then we crash and burn



    We can’t settle down


    We get beat at every ground


    January February


    Don’t you come around

  4. Smoky your the Duke of Edinburgh and I claim my fiver….



    smiley an itchy Meg stood on the captains deck thing





  5. Would like to see us revert back to 4231 on Sunday to accommodate Elyounoussi, who is a class act. If we’ve no right back available, play Ajer there

  6. You know when Cold Shoulder Dave King said a few years ago that Celtic’s (trophies / titles in a row) did not count for anything because his new club The Rangers* was not in Celtic’s league, to be fair, he was right.




    Fast forward to today.





    The Rangers* are still not in Celtic’s league.




    We need to take Dave more seriously y’all.

  7. St Tams,



    Big Tam is back in training and I’d play him to get some game time as the team on Sunday should be the team away to Copenhagen where we should be less expansive. Like you, I’d have wee Moi back in like a shot. Class act.






    El Hamed Ajer Julien Taylor



    Forrest Brown Ntcham McGregor Elynouassi




  8. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Hated the article headline Pablo but you redeemed yourself with the first paragraph.






    As inherent underdogs (yes even as the largest, by far, club in Scotland) we are less likely to succumb to complacency, arrogance and, subsequently, hubris ……



    ….. but we need to stay focussed.




    The speed of Sevco’s meltdown is fascinating.



    2.63 points per game before the break.



    1.67 ppg since.



    Personally I suspect the rot is set in and there is worse (e.g. very public cash flow issues) to come.



    Even if that suspicion is incorrect it’s hard to see a best case scenario for them that goes beyond partial recovery of performances and results …… say back up to 2.3 ppg?


    (which, BTW, is still terrific form)



    This would yield them 30 more points totalling 90 points by end of the season.



    We are on 70 points already.



    21 points from last 12 games?



    I think Neil’s team is capable of that.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  9. Paul67 et al



    I’ve never understood ‘hubris’ but as any Glaswegian will tell you, you’ll recognise it walking down the street.


    Might not like it though. That said it was around this time in the season back in the late 1980s early 1990s that, far from studying the form book…..I was reaching for the prayer book…

  10. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on




    Very plausible scenario.



    And in that scenario where we need 21 points, presuming 6 home games and 6 away to come, by my questionable maths we’d only need to win our home matches and 1 away match out of 6 to secure the title.



    Rarely works out this way and not the way Lenny will be thinking of course, as I’d expect Rangers to muster a bit of fight and win all their league games until we face them again, but the pressure is clearly on them to avoid any more slips right now.




  11. HOT SMOKED on 13TH FEBRUARY 2020 10:31 AM



    Recent form:



    1 Celtic 6 6 0 0 22 2 20 18



    2 Livingston 6 5 0 1 10 5 5 15



    3 Rangers (sic) 6 3 1 2 7 5 2 10






    Livi who are in a rich vein of form at the moment couldn’t, could they?






    Mmmm maybeez aye,the form points to it.




  12. glendalystonsils on




    Not sure how they will respond. Their heads will be down and Gerrard doesn’t seem to have the man management skills to pick them up . That’s all conjecture though , we are in control and must make sure it stays that way.

  13. they wont recover from that, those players injured being thrown under a bus will need a long time in recovery.





    watching the highlights again, how Morelos doesnt get sent off for the 2nd dive, well answers on a postcard please.

  14. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on




    True. But they didn’t become Caixanhas or Warburtons team overnight, they will muster a bit of fight before the bottle goes again. Its the hope that kills them after all:)



    Plus I daresay we can’t wait to play them again…




  15. Asupporterwhogotlucky on

    In the week when the shameless ones wheeled oot a 12 year old scapegoat, who even though, still only a child, is older than their club, the Gerrard lovin huns capitulate to the plastic pitch plowers of Kilmarnock, as El Dufflecoat resorts to more diving, i decided to have a change of diet, while waiting on news of their further demise……….. Jelly N Ice-cream for me Bhoys.




  16. bigrailroadblues on

    Good afternoon all from the Star Bar. You ought to see the coupons on the huns in here. Ffs hahahaha.

  17. Asupporterwhogotlucky on

    I’d further like to suggest that Mr Traynor start to run courses on how a hun should pay his debts firstly, before moving onto a course regarding racism, or perhaps he did not get beyond the learning point of “Please don’t eat the crayons.”

  18. I don’t mind a bit of schadenfreude but as a glass three-quarters empty sort of Bhoy I’ll put the champagne on ice.

  19. I have had too many days (mostly in my childhood, right enough) following Celtic and seeing us losing cup final after cup final to begin to count my chickens…..



    We are in a very good position in the league but there’ll no talk of us winning it until it is mathematically impossible to stop us.



    Still, today is a great day, even weather-wise down here on the water’s edge.

  20. I’ve got it, the penny has dropped!!!! The reason we are not spending big money as a club, Two Gun Pete’s gonna buy Newco and get rid of them altogether.



    Brilliant play from us last night, purring happily.




  21. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    Sevco have a run of St Johnstone, Braga and Hearts away later this month, preceded by Braga at home. Tough run of games.

  22. Sevco v Killie



    Kilmarnock 1-1 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 0-0 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 2-1 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 2-1 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 2-1 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 1-2 Sevco


    Kilmarnock 2-1 Sevco



    No wonder Killie wanted them in the league



    Pies CSC

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