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It will not have escaped your attention, that in the last week in October, the Celtic machine is purring away magnificently, but Aberdeen sit aside them at the top of the league table. The form of Aberdeen is the great untold story of this season; so far. That untold element will change tonight if they extend their unbeaten run, against Celtic.

There are clues as to the pattern of play we can expect. The Dons have conceded just one goal in their last five league games, they will give us lots of the ball, but deny us space in and around their box. They do this well.

Celtic will need two weapons to combat this: Patrick Roberts’ cunning in tight spaces, and Tom Rogic’s ability to ping shots in from the edge of the area. I would like to see us pass the ball more than we did for long spells on Saturday, but our usual arc of possession around the opposition box is unlikely to create space. We’ll need to take shooting opportunities and hope Patrick’s on form.

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  1. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello Wee BGFC – I’m assuming MoJo will be busy at his work, so calm down :-)

     

     

    Ask again in 20 minutes (politely – thumbs-up thingy).

     

     

    And remember – “please” and “thanks”.

     

     

    HH

     

    Yer Da

  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Sorry I hotted carried away. :'(

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  3. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB – HAIL, HAIL, WEE OSCAR on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 3:45 PM

     

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Sorry I hotted carried away. :'(

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

    WEE BGFC

     

     

    ye GOAT carried away.

  4. THE EXILED TIM

     

    Huns and football are rarely in the same sentence for me.

     

    Eve their tainted 9 in a row years was filled with hump and boot.

     

    Souness contributed greatly to the demise of Scottish football.

     

    I always called his system the midfield hunt as people like Hurlock and himself blistered opponents and won the ball with refs approval to quickly pass to full backs who launched high balls and they all charged in after.

     

    It was not silky and unsurprisingly his lack of managerial talent was found out in Turkey and Liverpool.

     

    The pass and move style of teams like Dundee utd and Aberdeen was abandoned for big strapping guys and long ball strategy.

     

    You have merit on refs allowing this physical strategy and while some teams are now trying to change this failed strategy the brutalism is still allowed by cheats with whistles.

     

    The collective ineptitude of Scottish refs has to be the result of an acceptable strategy.

  5. DENA29 on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 11:29 AM

     

    Hi Bhoys

     

     

     

    looking for a little advice mini me travelling to US for honeymoon and since having her cancer removed is finding difficulty getting travel insurance under £500 any advice Thanks

     

     

    Open an account with Nationwide and you get free travel insurance (among other goodies). My daughter just did that. Closed RBS account and moved to Nationwide. She is a happy camper :))

  6. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Wee BGFC

     

     

    I hope you get your tickets, but you might just be running out of time to get to the game on time.

     

     

    Aberdeen 1 Celtic 3

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  7. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. CRC Thank you and that had crossed my mind. It takes 2 and 3/4 hours to get there so we’re fine until 5 oclock.

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  8. Wee BGFC,

     

     

    If you get your tickets, and your Dad is driving up, there are new average speed cameras between Dundee and Aberdeen, and also a lot of roadworks from Stonehaven to Aberdeen. All the cameras are now active, so tell the old bhoy to hit cruise control and take it easy, or he could lose his licence in the space of 60 miles :-(

     

    Easiest parking will be on the beachfront then walk across the golf course to the old Beach End

     

    ( your Da’ will know what I’m talking about)

  9. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Batteen bhoy yer some man thanks so much for the advice. :) I’ll tell him *thumbs up thingy*

     

     

    FingerscrossedCSC

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  10. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Batteen bhoy yer some man thanks so much for the advice. :) I’ll tell him *thumbs up thingy

     

     

    FingerscrossedCSC

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  11. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Guten Nachmittag, Bateen Bhoy :-)

     

     

    Yes – very much noted re: speed traps.

     

     

    Especially since I visited Airdrie Court this very afternoon to pay £100 fine and get 3 points for a slight indiscretion coming home from dropping Miss BGFC as St Andrew’s a few weeks ago.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  12. We’re on the road again…really looking forward to this, our toughest domestic game of the season.

     

     

    The first eleven minutes of the game up there in May was astonishing. The best supporters in the world were going absolutely crazy as we raced into a 3-0 lead.

     

     

    Would be nice to do that again tonight.

     

     

    COYBIG

  13. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Going to Denny Now to pick up Maria the cook..

     

    I’ll find out if big geo and wee geo get the their briefs

     

    Hope they do but the main thing is their team wins tonight

  14. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    MILD MANNERED PEDRO DELGADO on 25TH OCTOBER 2017 4:30 PM

     

    Going to Denny Now to pick up Maria the cook..

     

     

    I’ll find out if big geo and wee geo get the their briefs

     

     

    Hope they do but the main thing is their team wins tonight

     

    __________

     

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Thank you so much big man. That is the main thing. :)

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. If anyone has suddenly aquired tickets or has any spare tickets me and Da will happily take them off of you please. Also if mojo is backfrom work could we have the 2 spare tickets if they are spare please? Whatever happens thank everyone for the luck wished and the efforts and hope for a Celtic win tonight. *thumbs up hingy*

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  16. “Rangers toy bear called TIMMY launched by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct” – headline in the Herald.

     

     

    Brings me back to one of my favourite episodes of The Rangers saga – Duckgate (Rangers on-line web site displaying a Celtic branded bathtime duck

     

     

    It was particularly funny for me as a great friend, who has very poor taste in his football team, is a past President of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents so I had great fun asking him to defend the misrepresentation of a Champions League Duck (as we were that season) as that of a Division 2 duck (as they were at the time).

     

     

    My friend, who now lives in Crieff, is trying to get me tickets for St. Johnstone away for a week on Saturday for me and my son to go along with his son. To his great chagrin, his son has excellent taste in football teams

  17. Marrakesh Express on

    The Huns really are a mix of the Boy who cried wolf and the Bully who got his comeuppance.

     

    Their sense of self entitlement and superiority complex is legendary.

     

    Everything they squeal about today, their late uncle was guilty of, and then some.

     

    Let’s take fan behaviour; I’ve asked before if there is seriously any club in Europe with a worse record of fan trouble. Red Star? Lazio ? Turkish teams? We’re not talking about dodgy banners here, it’s full blown violence.

     

    Secondly, it’s impossible to gauge but I doubt there has ever been a more privileged establishment club than the now defunct club.

     

    I’d be here all night going through both points on a case by case basis.

     

    The overriding message I’m getting from Sevco club and fans’ cries for help is this; I believe there are as many Huns who have been instilled with an expectance to receive favourable decisions,over decades, especially from a large number of refs who attended the same brotherhood meetings, than there are who are simply too dumb ignorant to see the truth and facts, only denying, deflecting and deluding. I also believe there’s a minority of them who know full well the real story but we wont hear from them.

     

    The thing is, we’ve still not even reached the level playing field yet and probably never will in Scotland.

     

    The whole country is right now reaping what was allowed to pass since Struth arrived.

  18. 50 shades of green on

    The following is a work of fiction (as always) :-)

     

     

    4231.

     

     

    Cragie.

     

     

    Mick

     

    Nir

     

    Dedryck

     

    Wee KT

     

     

    Ollie n Broonie

     

     

    Jamsie

     

    The Ferry Mhan

     

    Sinky

     

     

    The Moose.

     

     

    2 nil the hoops, with the moose scaring the bejesus oot the mutton defenders.

     

     

    Minted.

  19. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Abracadabra! Now you all have 2 spare tickets, 2 for me and Da and two for anyone else who is looking :D

     

     

    desperatetimesdesperatemeasuresCSC

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  20. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. This is really squeaky bum time noo.

  21. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Weet Weet Weet – Sorry to hear about your recent loss chief.

     

     

    Sincere condolences from Beal Feirste.

     

     

    KTF.

  22. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. If by some magic we do get tickets we’re late. :)

  23. No Sinclair then, that is interesting, hopefully just rested. Wonder if Brendan will play Hayes in his favoured position on his old stomping ground.

  24. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this ios WEE BGFC. Just in case anyone just logged on, HAS ANYONE GOT SPARES FOR THE ABERDEEN GAME THE NIGHT please

  25. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. With Das fitba drivin skills we might be awrite for another 10 mins at most but its no lookin good.

  26. Good evening, friends.

     

     

    Arguably, last weekend’s game against Hibs was more important than tonight as there are no 2nd chances in the cups. But equally the stage is now set for an absolute cracker.

     

    > 2nd v 1st

     

    > Both unbeaten

     

    > On the same points

     

    > First meeting of the season

     

    > We’ve scored more (21 v 16) but defensively both pretty decent (we’ve conceded 5 whilst they’ve let in 6)

     

     

    Would a draw be a bad result? Absolutely not so a good old 3-3 would be entertaining!

     

     

    Jobo

     

     

    ps – we will win!

  27. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    The SPFL has today announced ticket prices for the final of the 2017 Betfred Cup, which will take place at Hampden Park on Sunday 26 November.

     

     

    Following agreement with the two competing clubs and the Hampden Park Safety Officer, the segregation and ticket prices are as follows:

     

     

    Motherwell v Celtic – Hampden Park – Sunday 26 November, 2017

     

    Kick-off 3.00pm, televised live on BT Sport

     

     

    Motherwell fans will occupy the following sections:

     

    • South Stand Lower Section O £40

     

    • South Stand Lower Section P £35

     

    • West Stand Sections A & B1-5 £30 Adult / £15 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

     

    • South Stand Wheelchair £15 Adult / £5 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

    • West Stand Wheelchair £10 Adult / £5 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

     

    Celtic fans will occupy the following sections:

     

    • South Stand Lower Section J £40

     

    • South Stand Lower Section I £35

     

    • South Stand Upper Section H £35

     

    • North Stand £35 Adult / £20 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

    • East Stand £30 Adult / £15 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

    • West Stand Sections B6-8 £30 Adult / £15 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

     

    • North Stand Wheelchair £20 Adult / £5 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

    • South Stand Wheelchair £15 Adult / £5 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

    • East Stand Wheelchair £10 Adult / £5 for Under 16s & Over 65s

     

     

    The clubs will announce ticket sale information via their own channels in due course.

  28. 50 shades of green on

    Catman.

     

     

    Pity about Sinky, is he injured or is it tactics from Brendan?????.

     

     

    H.H

  29. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. So were stuffed noo. :( One of the few this season that we’ll have to sit in the house. Might as well start early for the next game. *breathe* has anybody got spares for Ross County?

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

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