Celtic did not deserve a fifth successive Scottish Cup


The Newco team who knocked us out of the Scottish Cup yesterday were barely competitive, which shows just how straightforward Celtic are to beat.  Ryan Kent sold Scott Brown then Stephen Welsh to create the chance that led to the opening goal.  The defensive disorganisation at the second goal was a collective failure on the part of Diego Laxalt, Kristoffer Ajer and Jonjoe Kenny, although the latter was least culpable.  For a critical period in the middle of the first half, we were not compact enough to halt Newco on their occasional forward runs, which cost us the game.

John Kennedy’s big call was giving Laxalt the left back role.  It was a mistake, rectified at halftime by the arrival of Greg Taylor, who made a goal-saving tackle.  Greg is not going to threaten the two incumbent Scotland left backs, but he gives all he has for the jersey.  Diego is one of many who will take their last stagecoach out of town next month.

Our 0-2 defeat at Celtic Park earlier this season, when we failed to register an attempt on target, was definitely the most inept performance of the decade.  By contrast, we created enough high value chances to win two games yesterday.  The Welsh and Ajer double chance, the Elyounoussi and Edouard double chance, the Elyounoussi chance when Edouard put him clean through and the penalty.  These and more were all passed up.  Did any of us celebrate the penalty award with expectation of a goal?  Not in my house.  The lack of confidence was palpable.

Chris Sutton reckons Odsonne Edouard looks “almost like he’s not interested” – and having watched Chris walk around the field after Celtic lost possession in his last two seasons in Glasgow, I’m prepared to believe he knows when a player is not interested.

Odsonne has been wanted by Leicester for a year, his languid appearance perhaps a final sting in the tail of February 2019.  He could be in for a shock.  Since the Leaving of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has coveted the now-available Tottenham job above all others.  There may well be a new sheriff in town at the King Power when the transfer window opens.

Compare and contrast the sheer effort from Leigh Griffiths.  Give me a man with something to prove every day of the week.  Leigh won the penalty because he was playing on his toes.  His chest and volley effort was a low percentage chance but the agility he showed is a lesson to the rest of the squad.

More on the consequences of England’s managerial merry-go-round on Celtic later in the week, and we will pick up on the breakaway European Super League proposal.  Today is only about a fifth successive Scottish Cup win evading Celtic; we just did not deserve it.

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  1. TIMHORTON @ 4.43



    Think you need to be a an aerial threat of some kind, and Eddy just isn’t, we score nada from open play headers.



    This has been a problem even for good Celtic sides of the nine in a row. Dembele was the last and even he was so, so in the air, and its why our wingers and widemen don’t deliver crosses at head height. Another problem this season is that MOI is given the role of Eddy in the left of centre striking role.



    The new manager whoever he is will start afresh.

  2. back in the 70s and 80s an old fella that stood at the corner of the jungle and the celtic end used to say that over and over for the centre back pairing of the day



    “ffs its francie and josie”



    usually as someone blundered against United or Aberdeen,



    followed up a slaughtering of bonnar.

  3. I was being sarcastic or caustic in the way that everyone thinks PL picks the team, Dom really should start on the training ground if he is going to carry as much influence.

  4. supersutton



    Did the Scottish Examination Board return your exam papers to you? No.


    Did your teacher? No.


    Your teacher told you got 100% in Arithmetic because he didn’t want to tell your actual result, and damage your self esteem.


    But at least you got a pass mark, so well done.


    Likewise with your Maths paper. Self esteem. Like you said you mixed up your Xs and Ys, get the basics wrong chances are you got a whole lot of other stuff wrong. Stands to reason.


    I’ll tell you one thing though, you did have a good teacher.

  5. PeterLatchfordsBelly on




    I don’t doubt your Celtic credentials or that you’re a good person and i don’t intend getting into a long critique of your position equating the health of ‘Rangers’ with that of Scottish football/ by extension, Celtic.



    Other than to say it depresses me that it aligns so closely to that of Desmond and Lawwell; ignores the whole concept of moral hazard; incentivises recidivism; and, demoralises Celtic’s supporters and those of other clubs.



    Hail hail.

  6. Charachters of Celtic Park when I was growing up –



    Badge Man


    Carboard Box Roll Man


    Teddy bear wummin


    The gallus priest


    Francie and Josie Bunnet guy


    “cmon the celtic” fella (who lived around woodhall)


    The deaf bhoy from Pollock who was like a ginger haired tommy Cooper


    The pin head guy fae Paisley


    Dick Barton


    Sack the board sandwich board guy


    The early busses from Ireland posse (pre gazebo luxury)


    The groundsman bhoy from the Calton that was Tommys mate.


    Hayes the groundsman


    The paper seller Supporter association guy (god forgive me for no remembering his name)


    The sweetie woman, selling goods from the back of the car.


    The tin whistle bhoy on janefield street.


    The poor lady begging.


    The guy who was a MoJo lookalike at the height of his fame, then started to get called Judas of the Jungle.

  7. missed out



    the jungle punk guy, seen him everywhere for years



    The Provo tribute guy, wore a beret and glasses and army jaiket every match.

  8. st.stivs



    who was the wee woman who had a Celtic teddy? down at trackside,seem to recall her being brought up


    funny what tinkles the mind.:-) who were we playing the night the “fox” ran on the park 😊




  9. Stivs



    You missed oot Tim the dog.


    North stand guy Plastic Bertrand roon aboot 408

  10. Go tell the Spartim on




    Suffice to say that your interpretation of my point was not what was intended, due to the poor way it was written.



    We disagree on OE being lazy, but on other points I concur.



    St Stivs did you mention the random use of the jungle as a urinal, trousers spoiled and soiled by some pished supporter




    If one studies the methodology of the workings of this new ESL, one will see that there is an amazing amount of money apportioned to each of the fifteen founding member, e.g. an upfront payment of £350m to help them with the transition. It must also be noted that in addition £60m per year will be paid over and above to two ‘special’ founders – Real Madrid & Barcelona.



    Initially the whole deal is being financed by JP Morgan Bank, however in the long run, TV revenues of £4bn+ are forecast with 20% used to pay off the JPM loan.



    Now we know that in the EPL, due to TV money, most of the clubs could let their fans in free and still make a profit.



    We also know that over the past year, having empty stadiums has been the norm and the Covid costs & restriction onerous.



    So is the unthinkable being considered – a global game played out on TV & streaming platforms?



    Perhaps some clubs can become so rich that having a 70k seater stadium and all the health and safety ‘bother’ with fans, can be dispensed with in future. Has being exposed to a pandemic focussed the minds of the super rich on this issue. I’m sure that Covid will not be the last global virus that we will have to deal with.



    Finally, if the big six do disappear from the EPL – what about a restructured all British Football Organisation – I know many will raise the issue of home countries international teams. Personally I would have no problem with a GB international team, like the Euro & Olympics in athletics.

  12. Tim the Dog was brilliant, the dog moved in the direction of the game and the guy would commentate on what was happening

  13. Prestonpans


    In arithmetic it is about getting the correct answer whereas in maths marks are awarded for method.


    But you knew that 😉

  14. I am meant to be doing peoples annual assessments and just pasted that image into their results ……..hahahahaha



    i might leave it in




    Thank you for your reply.



    “Other than to say it depresses me that it aligns so closely to that of Desmond and Lawwell; ignores the whole concept of moral hazard; incentivises recidivism; and, demoralises Celtic’s supporters and those of other clubs”.





    MORAL HAZARD – yes I agree there has to be deterrents and yes what the old Rangers club practised over a number of years was repugnant. We know what they got up to and it is incumbent on all clubs to ensure there is no repeat.



    As I have said before, if at the start of the discovery of the Ibrox wrongdoing we had be presented with the scenario that played out including liquidation, no transfer fees for players, no European participation, new club starting life in the lowest division and the infliction of people like Whyte & Green on Ibrox – if this had be doled out as a punishment and was not as a result of convoluted circumstances, I am sure we would have all voted for it.



    DESMOND & LAWWELL – of course those dealing with the finances of the club know full well what everyone else should know – a Scottish football set-up without the “big two’ simply will not work. How long it does continue to work is anybody’s guess.



    As we have just witnessed with this ESL thing – football is now a global money business. Even the vast riches of the EPL cannot safeguard it in the face of what is being proposed – so what chance does Scottish football have?



    Without a SKY-type deal, all clubs in Scotland, except the big two, would be de facto part-time. There will be no SKY-type deal without ‘old firm’ games.

  16. !!BADA BING!! on 19TH APRIL 2021 2:00 PM


    Leicester won’t be interested in Edouard, Vardy,and Iheanacho signed a new deal last week.



    But most EPL clubs like to have 4 strikers to choose from and, at say, £20M. that’s not to heavy a price for a quality backup, por cierto

  17. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    We need to forget all about Eddie Howe who will now be touting himself for the Tottenham job, or any other top job that becomes available in London, I’m so fed up with all this dithering about I would happily accept Roy Keane. The preparation time for Champions League Qualification is shrinking with every passing day, c’mon you bunch of ditherers, get your finger out!!!

  18. hope Celtic announce Keane and Kennedy this week!!



    Keane will not tolerate the SFA nonsense – Eddie Howe or similar would be walked all over in Scotland.



    Keane can attract players – he’s had experience in lower leagues , will learn from those and land the job he was born for at the perfect time!



    I know its not popular but we need a winner on the touchline supported by better recruitment and finances.



    Lennon didn’t lose the league – Hammond and Lawell did with some help from COVID!

  19. prestonpans bhoys



    The exam board used a proto algorithm which overcalculated your maths grade by 10n?

  20. Great to hear the stories about the characters people remember at Parkhead. The proliferation of multi-million pound media pundits is killing genuine opinion about the game, fans’ perspectives are not sought. CQN not lazy pundits.

  21. One can only imagine how good our team would currently be if we had had direct access to the CL group stages for the last 10 years. As should have been our right. That guaranteed 40 million ticket would have seen a conveyor belt of talent coming through our squad and top coaches happy to come to us.



    UEFA screwed us and teams like us out of pure greed. Now they are the bastions of fairness. Hell mend them.


    I hope the Super League happens. The fallout will create our best chance ever to get out of the SPFL.