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Celtic 1-0 Motherwell

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Motherwell fought tenaciously for most of the game at Celtic Park this afternoon but a momentary lapse was all that Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper needed to settle the contest.  Celtic moved an astonishing 23 points clear at the top of the table and are odds on favourite to become champions before the next return to Celtic Park.

Samaras was first to show after 9 minutes when he latched onto a Matthews flick but Darren Randolph was quick off his line to block.  Player of the Year elect, Charlie Mulgrew, then jinked past a defender before slipping the ball to Samaras.  The Greek’s shot was block and Mulgrew blasted the rebound wide.  Randolph then saved well after Samaras shot from inside the D.

While Celtic always looked dangerous, Motherwell were in no mood to concede, so the goal was surprising in its simplicity.  Adam Matthews fired a throw-in to Samaras, who chested the ball into the path of unmarked Gary Hooper.  Hooper put his laces through the ball from a narrow angle to give Randolph no chance.

Samaras, Hooper and Forrest all had chances to finish the game off but the second goal never arrived.

Good defences are a lot harder to quantify than poor defences.  Today Celtic strolled through the game at the back.  No one was stretched and Fraser Forster didn’t have a save to make until the 77th minute.

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  1. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    Kelvin Wilson gave FF his most dangerous moment of the game with that back pass in the second half

     

     

    Sammy MOTM

  2. Charlie is my darlin’ too! Another good game from the big man in two positions. He is oozing confidence right now.

  3. Paddy Gallagher * on

    Kevin Wilson is going to blossom and grow into the role of an exceptional centre half for Celtic.!

  4. Front Page appearance, albeit below the fold.

     

     

    Why do Motherwell put up a fight, literally, against us and yet lie down to their philosophical Govan brethern?

     

    Rhetorical question.

     

    They took liberties today in Brown’s absence.

     

     

    I just hope our international players all return safely before taking their triumphant tour to Aberdeen.

  5. Anyone got a link to Tony from Croftfoot on shortbread apparently jabba admitted dawwwwell said he had seen 2 contracts, they are getting exposed slowly but surely.

     

    HAIL HAIL

  6. Solid performance today. Undoubtedly missed Broony’s drive and leadership qualities but I thought Charlie Bhoy led the team well particularly in the first half.

     

     

    For me Charlie shaded Thomas Rogne for MOTM. Special mentions too for Sammy & Ki.

     

     

    Well done Lenny.

     

     

    RaspberrySauce

     

     

     

    PS Excellent articles over the last few days Paul. Keep ’em coming.

  7. FourGreenFields on

    What happened with McCall and the 4th official , looked to me like he pushed him .

     

    How do you get away with that ?

  8. Paddy Gallagher * on

    The excellent contribution that Scot Brown gives to the team is highlighted in his absence.

     

    The last captain who had the same qualities was a guy called Neil Lennon.

  9. Nakagod says:

     

    25 February, 2012 at 18:48

     

    jockcfc,

     

     

    Hoopers goal today

     

     

    ………………………………………….

     

    thank you

  10. The Singing Detective on

    So is Victor still one of Kojo’s fair-haired boys ?

     

     

    And Keevins = Coarnerboy…

     

     

    Right?

     

    Right!

     

     

    Gie Us Back The Stolen Titles

  11. I wonder what Hunguffery will be in tomorrow’s papers regarding the past week’s events at Ibrox and hoped for way ahead, no doubt it will all be Whytie’s fault for current administration and he duped everybody, just don’t mention the big tax case from Murraymint era as they might still beat HMRC on that, fingers crossed

  12. FourGreenFields on

    Paddy Gallagher

     

    Couldn’t agree more , really missed him today .

     

    Thought Ki was poor today, by his standards.

  13. jimtim says:

     

     

    25 February, 2012 at 18:12

     

     

    sorry to deviate from the blog bhoys but seek a bit of help from the IT guys .

     

    when i click on a video or piece of film , the wee wheel in the middle of the screen just goes round and round without it ever playing . Can anyone offer some help how to fix this problem something must be missing , it was ok until i updated to IE9 .

     

    btw im no very IT competent. thanks bhoys

     

     

    jimtim

     

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    I have the same problem. It seems to work when I refresh the screen. Not ideal though.

  14. thoroughly enjoyed todays performance.

     

    professional through out, no lapses, several good passages of play that retained the ball.

     

    motherwell, like Dunfermline came with a view they didnt want to lose heavily.

     

    a marked contrast from their performances at ibrox

     

     

    green brigade, your brilliant, looking at your perfromance from Club67 seats a non stop laugh a long.

     

    well done.

     

     

    my motm was Josie Ledley

     

     

    and here is what i want, that professionalism to take us the the end with no defeats, win them all celtic, win them all.

     

    I thought on wednesday our players celbrating goals is very muted, and the same today.

     

    I like that, its concentration, its eyes on the prize.

     

     

    keep it lit.

  15. reilly1926 says:

     

    25 February, 2012 at 18:53

     

    jimtim says:

     

     

    25 February, 2012 at 18:12

     

     

    sorry to deviate from the blog bhoys but seek a bit of help from the IT guys .

     

    when i click on a video or piece of film , the wee wheel in the middle of the screen just goes round and round without it ever playing . Can anyone offer some help how to fix this problem something must be missing , it was ok until i updated to IE9 .

     

    btw im no very IT competent. thanks bhoys

     

     

    jimtim

     

    ——————–

     

     

    I have the same problem. It seems to work when I refresh the screen. Not ideal though.

     

     

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    its your jelly and ice cream graphics mid level big house adapter card.

     

     

    repeated playing of all the best clips on the web makes this card fail.

     

     

    sorry.

  16. Traynor said on his phone in tonight; “There’s much more to come.” He’ll be away now reading RTC, Phil and CQN to see what it is.

  17. FourGreenFields 18:49

     

     

    I saw that also. Does anyone know what that was about?

     

     

    Not being a fan of Kevin Wilson as I think he’s very one footed and not as commanding as I’d like,

     

    BUT as someone stated our defence isn’t doing too badly!

     

     

    Was it Kevin that fouled Keith Lasley near the 18 yard box? If it was Lasley well then I’m pleased ;-)

     

    the wee rat ran to the ref to complain…ironic

  18. IMHO OUR HEROs job was simple take over at debt mountain liquidise them and clean up the crime scene(the account books), reform as a newco so no trace of murrays dealings over the last 20yr would be left and no difficult questions to answer.TAKE ALL THE GRIEF FROM ORCs.

     

    Then fly off into the night with pillow cases full of cash. So in not completely cleaning up crime scene (the books) murray would give him 1/10 me i would give him a 23/10.

     

    HAIL HAIL

  19. FourGreenFields says:

     

    25 February, 2012 at 18:49

     

     

    What happened with McCall and the 4th official , looked to me like he pushed him .

     

    How do you get away with that ?

     

    __________________________

     

     

    Nothing in it – lino gave shy to Well and ref overruled thanks to the 4th official. Mullet made a joke of putting his hand over the 4th official’s mouth – all appeared to be having a laugh about it.

     

     

    Stuffy performance today – thought we looked much better when playing at pace (especially the break-aways). Back 4 looked very solid – midfield was a bit in and out for most of the game.

     

     

    Some nice stuff from Sammi – you always hope that when he does something special that it ends in a goal for the Team – we just couldn’t quite join all the dots today.

     

     

    Another 3 good points banked!

  20. bournesouprecipe on

    Guinness book of records material for a three mile car journey today, it has to be deliberate or at least lazy by the Police?. Eurochamps67 convinced me to try the London Rd – big mistake.

     

     

    Another clean sheet another three with a thoroughly deserved, if slender win.

     

     

    Georgios Samaras was at his impudent best, even though he doesn’t really threaten the target, his assist and general play

     

    made him my man of the match by some distance, epitomised by his willingness to race to cover in defence, when Celtic lost

     

    possession. Hooper took his goal with calm predatory instinct, and the result was never really in doubt against the strongest Motherwell

     

    side for years.

     

     

    The visitors were overwound from the sidelines, and overly physical, make no mistake Celtic wore down a difficult hurdle today, but it was at a cost Wanyama seemed took a few kicks and got generally battered around, and when he went off we had an odd reshuffle with Stokes coming on, then Cha Du Ri with hobbling Adam Matthews switching to left back.

     

     

    In Lennon we trust, and whatever, we won.

     

     

    Apart from Gary Hoopers goal the highlights of the day were doing the giant huddle *when Rangers die*, the gazebo, goldstar10 in a suit, TBB giving his boy a tenner with a string attached, and bjmac’s new magic gloves.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  21. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    Charlie and the Bhoys indeed.

     

     

    Wherever you play Charlie, you are always one of the Bhoys.

     

     

    Even Neil Lennon admits that the dressing mood is great and he credits Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew for a huge chunk of that.

     

     

    That intangible and elusive quality – genuine team spirit.

     

     

    Thank you management and players for all that you are doing for all of us fans.

     

     

    HH

     

    RWE CSC

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