Celtic expose Newco inadequacies

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After Newco dominated long periods on play when these sides met at Ibrox on 2 January, it seemed likely Ange Postecoglou would start Aaron Mooy in the middle of the park.  This change set the tone for yesterday’s game as it was Mooy who dictated territory and pace.  He was forever calm in possession, drew fouls and nullified a tight Newco midfield.  He also managed two secondary assists, making him by far the most influential player.

In a first half largely controlled by Celtic, Newco built two good attacks when Sakala overlapped Greg Taylor.  On both occasions Carl Starfelt flew to the rescue.  These interceptions were an indicator of how confident the player is right now, perhaps too confident for some of us while under pressure inside his own box.  Next time, chip it higher, Carl.

The first great chance of the game fell to Newco.  Tavernier found space on the right side of Celtic’s penalty area and fired a low ball across goal.  It looked perfect for Sakala but Cameron Carter-Vickers slid in to knock the ball wide.  From my angle at Hampden, it looked a goal.

Connor Goldson carried defensive blame for both Celtic goals.

Aaron Mooy is not an easy player to lose sight of but Newco’s three central mids, Lundstram, Kamara and Tillman, managed just that.  See above.  When he collected the ball at first goal, Mooy is 8 yards from the nearest opponent in the middle of the Newco half.  At this point Goldson was marking Daizen Maeda but he soon lost concentration.

As Maeda advanced to the six-yard box, three Newco players noticed Greg Taylor and each thought they should close him down.  Do these guys ever train together?  It was like watching defending at one of those celebrity games.

Goldson dropping Maeda is a decision of the ages.  Davies then had to leave Kyogo to cover Maeda at the front post.  Greg Taylor’s cross was perfect enough to reach Maeda but not so perfect that Daizen made contact.  Davies was out of play and Kyogo found himself unattended inside the six-yard box with the ball at his feet.  Our star man will not get an easier chance all season.

The second goal was also a defensive calamity.  Tillman was the wrong side of Mooy, which allowed Aaron time to thread his pass to Hatate.  The back four were in a good line but two players were caught sleeping.

Goldson’s body position was straight onto play, meaning he would need to make a 180 to chase back and cover a forward pass.  As it happened, he turned left when play went out to his right, necessitating a 270 degree turn that brought to mind the Ever Given’s attempts to swing around.  This lapse gave Reo Hatate scope to drill a cross into the heart of the box.

How many times has Barisic napped at the back post against Celtic?  Kyogo had the pace to get into the heart of the box, and the physical presence to hold-off a belated challenge from Barisic to double Celtic’s lead.

Newco had an excellent chance to level with the score at 1-0.  Callum McGregor tried to steal the ball inside the Newco half but missed.  Tillman ran 40 yards before passing to Kent, who did well to hit the post.  The rebound fell to Sakala, who had the goal gaping albeit from a tight angle.  His bottle crashed, or maybe he’s just not that good.  Like Goldson, he takes a lot of responsibility for the defeat.

Newco’s goal was also the result of slack defending.  A set-piece cross should never be allowed to bounce inside the six-yard box.  Morelos got a shove on Mooy, which bought him space.  Alistair Johnston was in a perfect position to head but never once looked at the ball, instead he studied Goldson, leaving unattended space where none should be.

The sight of Morelos celebrating without a single team-mate congratulating him spoke volumes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cup final goal scorer ignored like this.

The game ended with Celtic’s substitutes strolling through Newco.  Matt O’Riley and Sead Haksabanovic could have scored three between them.  Sead in particular, did well.

We should have had a penalty kick on 20 minutes.  Kyogo knocked the ball outside Newco keeper McGregor, who then clattered into the Celtic striker, but the referee was not interested.  It made no difference, so you and I will move on, but be clear: Kyogo controlled the ball, knocked it to his right, then McGregor made contact with both Kyogo’s legs.  The keeper never touched the ball.  It was of the stonewall variety.

Congratulations to Ange and the players.  Our sixth League Cup win in seven years; it’s not a bad old life.  More on the consequences of this later – and there are plenty.

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  1. Prestonpans bhoys on

    HS

     

     

    This comment is a gem….

     

     

    The guy is having to be as quick as an Aldi checkout assistant

  2. titter ye not, it is feckin funny.

     

     

    whats dignified about being sore losers.

     

     

    not giving gaurd of honours, not staying for trophy presentations,

  3. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Coneybhoy on 27th February 2023 12.36PM

     

     

    Shame you didn’t have view to enjoy game. Behind the goal, it’s really only the double letter rows which work. I was in same SE corner as you yesterday, 41 rowPP. Great fun, a great view.

     

     

    I remember our season at Hampden, in NW corner of same East Stand one of six in rowWW. Not many highlights except PVH debut and the John Collins freekick thing.

  4. ………still laughin’……………….

     

     

    :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  5. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Just to say, before everyone knuckles down to the weekend league game, I tip my hat in general to the Celtic bloggers who pushed back last week against the Scottish press, television and radio nonsense aimed against our club.

     

     

    Paddy Sinat, Joe McHugh, John McGinlay, James Forrest and others, you worked a good shift for us all.

     

     

    My personal favourites were JF’s Thomas Paine lead and Paul67’s Hampden is ours! Great reads.

  6. Anyone notice a blonde girl at the bottom of the steps who appeared to be there in an official capacity giving CalMac a big hug as he emerged at the bottom of steps with the Cup or am I hallucinating.

  7. 553 bt sports,

     

     

    celtic are magic.

     

     

    buy more japanese and koreans these bhoys are so committed,

  8. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    From a very happy Melbourne peninsula.

     

    Might not be hot or bright yet here this morn, but the

     

    sun is shining out of me.

     

    Great win for the bhoys, had to dig it out, but thought

     

    we were superior in every aspect of the game.

     

    Another couple of goals and I think Bealin might have

     

    got the tin tac, was hoping so, don’t want to see my

     

    name ( Mick ) ever associated with hunnery again 😡

     

    H H. Mick

  9. *SENTINEL CELTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2022-23*

     

    *RESULTS FROM GAME #38 – CELTIC 2 SEVCO 1 (KYOGO(2))*

     

     

    Good evening, friends.

     

    Another trophy in the cabinet and we have now won 3 out of 4 domestically since Ange came in. And how did we do it? Well, we won 4 games against Premiership opposition and none of them at home so we certainly fought hard to win this particular trophy.

     

    I’d like to pay tribute to the scorers of our 12 goals that won us our 21st League Cup. We won 4-1 away to Ross County (McGregor, Giakoumakis, Maeda, Forrest), 4-0 away to Motherwell (Abada(2), Hatate, Kyogo), 2-0 in the semi final against Kilmarnock (Maeda, Giakoumakis) and of course 2-1 yesterday with both goals from Kyogo.

     

    Since the last Sevco game Celtic have played and won all 10 games, scoring 33 and conceding just 3, 1 being a penalty. Domestically this season we have now played 31, winning 29, drawing 1 and losing 1, scoring 104 and conceding 21.

     

    A huge thank you to the 73 who emailed me with their 3 nominations. The total votes cast for each player with my own choices asterisked are as follows –

     

     

    Hart: 0

     

    Johnston*: 24

     

    Carter-Vickers: 23

     

    Starfelt*: 27

     

    Taylor: 0

     

    McGregor: 29

     

    Hatate: 31

     

    Mooy: 14

     

    Jota: 1

     

    Kyogo: 61

     

    Maeda*: 9

     

    O’Riley: 0

     

    Abada: 0

     

    Iwata: 0

     

    Oh: 0

     

    Haksabanovic: 0

     

     

    And so the players receiving POINTS for the game against Triggers Broom FC are –

     

    Kyogo – 5 pts

     

    Hatate – 4 pts

     

    McGregor – 3 pts

     

    Starfelt – 2 pts

     

    Johnston – 1 pt

     

     

    And a landmark was passed yesterday when Reo Hatate became the first player this season to break through the 1,000 votes barrier! As it’s a Cup Final report here are the top 5 “votes per appearance” players so far –

     

    1st Reo – averages 29.7 votes per game (1,010 votes from 34 appearances)

     

    2nd Cameron – averages 23.3 (721 votes, 31 appearances)

     

    3rd Calum – averages 20.6 (557 votes, 27 appearances)

     

    4th – Stephen Welsh averages 20.5 (123 votes, 6 appearances)

     

    5th – Jota averages 20.1 (623 votes, 31 appearances)

     

     

    So, after 38 games the overall standings are as shown below –

     

    86 points – Hatate

     

    58 points – Carter-Vickers

     

    47 points – Jota

     

    43 points – Taylor

     

    42 points – McGregor and Mooy

     

    38 points – Kyogo

     

    28 points – O’Riley

     

    26 points – Abada and Maeda

     

    22 points – Jenz

     

    19 points – Starfelt

     

    15 points – Haksabanovic

     

    13 points – Giakoumakis and Juranovic

     

    12 points – Johnston

     

    10 points – Ralston

     

    9 points – Bernabei and Welsh

     

    8 points – Forrest

     

    7 points – Hart

     

    5 points – Turnbull

     

    4 points – Kobayashi

     

    0 points – Abildgaard, Iwata, Lawal, McCarthy, Oh, Siegrist and Vata

     

     

    I’m lucky enough to be going for a week in the Tenerife sunshine, flying out in just 6 Big Sleeps time, next Sunday morning for 7 days. That means that I’ll actually be away for Celtic’s next 3 fixtures but fret not, everyone can still vote ‘as normal’ after each game and I’ll do my best to get the results out on the evenings following each game (Rioja permitting!).

     

    Those 3 games are –

     

    Sunday 5th 12.00pm – away to St Mirren

     

    Wednesday 11th 7.45pm – home to Hearts

     

    Saturday 11th 12.15pm – away to Hearts (Scottish Cup quarter final)

     

    Hail Hail!

  10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Primal Scream + Happy Mondays @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

     

    Sunday 27 August 2023

     

    Tickets on sale 3 March

  11. *FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH*

     

    Ach, in my excitement I completely forgot to mention the Player Of The Month details. You might remember that this is simply calculated on the total votes for each player over the 5 games played during February. The previous months winners (August to January) were Jota, Hatate, Hatate, O’Riley, McGregor, Mooy. For February in 3rd place with 126 votes is Carter-Vickers and 2nd place goers to Kyogo Furuhashi with 134 votes. But the clear winner with 179 votes and winning his 3rd monthly award is Reo Hatate.

  12. glendalystonsils on

    I’m loving the fact they couldn’t bear (see what I did there?) having the word Celtic on their cup final jerseys . It shows how much our superiority has got to them .

     

    There’s more dignity in a dug’s jobby .

  13. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 10:40 PM

     

    I’m loving the fact they couldn’t bear (see what I did there?) having the word Celtic on their cup final jerseys . It shows how much our superiority has got to them .

     

     

    There’s more dignity in a dug’s jobby .

     

     

    =================================/

     

    I blame David.

     

    Ploughed them into the ground til they were worth one hundred pence.leaving them linking to a past toileted already.

     

    The psychological sphincter is going in them, as our continious history rolls on while itdinnaehappen fc deny liquidation as the 2klubhuns trophy haul is goin to be busted

     

    Sirdave dunnit :-))

     

     

    HH

  14. Good guy from the boxing circuits club was having a cofffee with his mate in the west end. In walks Big Ange. They approached him apologtetically and the mate tells Ange how the current Celtic team is playing the best football in his 55 years watching Celtic. Big Ange replies “There’s more to come” – magic.

  15. glendalystonsils on

    AN TEARMANN on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 11:05 PM

     

     

    Sirdave dunnit :-))

     

     

    We owe him more than 100 pence for what he’s done .

  16. I was the old git sitting behind you in Row RR seat 41. It was indeed a good view but why did everybody stand for 90 mins? I was barely able to drag my old bones round to Kings Park Station after the game. Magic result for Ange, the Bhoys and us, the fans.

  17. GUYFAWKESAFOREVERHERO on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 9:19 PM

     

    Coneybhoy on 27th February 2023 12.36PM

     

     

     

    Shame you didn’t have view to enjoy game. Behind the goal, it’s really only the double letter rows which work. I was in same SE corner as you yesterday, 41 rowPP. Great fun, a great view.

     

     

     

    I remember our season at Hampden, in NW corner of same East Stand one of six in rowWW. Not many highlights except PVH debut and the John Collins freekick thing.

     

    ………………………..

     

     

    I was the old git sitting behind you in Row RR seat 41. It was indeed a good view but why did everybody stand for 90 mins? I was barely able to drag my old bones round to Kings Park Station after the game. Magic result for Ange, the Bhoys and us, the fans.

  18. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 5:30 PM

     

    Some pennies are dropping at the Penny Arcade

     

     

     

     

     

     

    https://twitter.com/br090802/status/1630146091361378305?s=48&t=Ffzqz0zdGl8z6Tmlpk5D8A

     

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    Very good SFTB.

     

    That was/is a laugh.

     

    I will watch it again later Today.

     

     

    I hope that you can make it to the Wee/Big Bevvy CELTIC CELEBRATION on FRIDAY in the Old SHIPBANK ?

     

     

    HH Mate.

  19. DAVID66 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 4:54 PM

     

    Big Jimmy another scam alaert is of a man with a mole on his face calling himself a manager trying to manage a trbute act from Govan.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please tell all tge huns you know they aee shite and always will be no matter if scan man says otherwise.

     

    …………………..

     

    Very TRUE Davie Bhoy.

     

     

    HH

  20. MARSPAPA on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 8:52 PM

     

    Brilliant more from the bhoys after the match .

     

     

     

     

    https://youtu.be/jmqmxTjtO-4

     

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    My GOD…..DAIZEN SPEAKS !

     

    That answered my question from yesterday. DIAZENS First word in English was ” FANTASTIC”.

     

    Hes obviously a Man of very few words….UNLIKE so many Huns.

     

     

    LOL

     

    HH.

  21. SAINT STIVS on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 7:55 PM

     

    Anyone notice how McGregor tried to trip Kyogo as he turned away to celebrate his second goal? They really are a classless bunch also demonstrated by the way they left the field before we were presented with the cup.

     

    ………………

     

    The Hun Goalie McGregor has shown time after time that he TRIES to be a THUG……….He should give it up, as hes just NOT very good at it !

     

     

    HH

  22. BANKIEBHOY1 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 9:33 PM

     

    ………still laughin’……………….

     

     

     

     

     

     

    :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

     

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    Yer NOT ALONE Mate.

     

     

    I havent been out of my Hoose since Friday 10th FEBRUARY ( I think ?), so Ive had NO Drink etc.

     

     

    I have a wee appointment in my Health Centre Today with Nurse MARY MacLEOD…Shes a good lookin wee Burd, After that, I will get a Taxi to a Pub and have several BEERS in celebration.

     

    When I first encountered Nurse Mary MacLeod, I asked her IF she was ” WELSH” ?

     

    We had a wee laugh at that.

     

     

    HH mate.

  23. AN TEARMANN on 27TH FEBRUARY 2023 10:30 PM

     

    Thank you Jobo

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Great work

     

     

    HH.

     

    …………….

     

     

    DITTO….What AT said.

     

    Good on ya JOBO BHOY.

     

     

    HH Mate.

  24. Good morning bhoys from a dark but mild Garngad.

     

     

    Right onto the next trophy lifting day watching or trieng to find BRRB buying a round on Friday.🤣🍺

     

     

    D :)

  25. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Primal Scream + Happy Mondays @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin

     

     

    Sunday 27 August 2023

     

     

    Tickets on sale 3 March

  26. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    From a wee bit miserable and rainy Melbourne.

     

    Suppose it could be worse, and be a hun and a big

     

    bit miserable. 🤣

     

    H H. Mick

  27. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good morning all.

     

     

    Still buzzin’. Happy days.

     

     

    A few years back a poster (apologies, can’t recall who) spoke of watching the game again after the result is assured and seeing the events from a different perspective free of angst.

     

     

    I did just that last night.

     

     

    Second time around Celtic’s quality of football and control of the match was striking.

     

     

    Our work was routinely clean and sharp.

     

     

    Team playing with great belief and purpose.

     

     

    They ARE improving all the time.

     

     

    Sevco by comparison were untidy in large patches with a game plan which looked opportunistic – apply forceful (rather than controlled) pressure and see what happens.

     

     

    The pitch was clearly a leveller.

     

     

    We play like that at Celtic Park or their smaller ground and we win by three goals.

     

     

    Exciting times.

     

     

    All IMHO of course.

     

     

    Have a good one

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

     

     

    We’re Not Half of Anything

     

     

    We Share a City and NOTHING ELSE.

     

     

    22-2.

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