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Celtic floored by lack of mobility

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I don’t know if there is a good way to go out of Europe but that was certainly not one.  Copenhagen won their first match by more than a solitary goal since 3 November.  That they had a two-month winter break since then is not a mitigating factor.  We could not have hoped for a better opponent in the knock-out stage of a European competition.

Neil Lennon was correct to say individual errors was to blame; he was also correct in not throwing players under the bus, but this does not tell the whole story.  Copenhagen, tactically and individually, played the game of their season.  They knew what to do to leave Glasgow with a result and set about doing it.

Celtic were the better team until Copenhagen took the lead, but that superiority never overwhelmed the visitors.  In particular, we were short in midfield, where Copenhagen had greater mobility.  Odsonne Edouard was a spectator for much of the game and he often found himself surrounded with three defenders when the ball came his way.

Christopher Jullien was very good, Mohamed Elyounoussi was a real danger until the tank ran dry.  The same affliction befell Tom Rogic, who looked dead on his feet long before the second Copenhagen goal.

While this was a poor performance and dreadful result, it does not compare to the Cluj defeat in August.  Going out of the Europa League at this stage, the last sixteen or quarterfinals makes little difference.  As I said a few days ago, this week’s biggest game in St Johnstone on Sunday.  That becomes our immediate focus.

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  1. Well it was understandable to see the Holy Ground empty so quickly, when hopes were so high, respect to Aidan for wanting to stay to the end, Respect Young Man.

  2. DANSO_1888 on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:13 AM

     

    neil lennon is a puppet of lawells there in lies the problem accepts when we don’t get players we wanted anybody thinks different have a reality check will never change while lawell has a say and desmond doesent give a f—.

     

     

    Poor post

     

    Easy to do after thurs night.

     

    Lazy too,going for the cliches critique.

     

    If you at least slated players,tactics,fans on night you would get respect.

     

    Have a look at yirsel,maybe time for you to watch the juniors.

     

    Get behind Neil and the team 100%

     

    We still have work to do and a cup and league to work on and win God willing win.

     

    :-)

     

    HH

  3. The externalising of Occult practices to the World is in overdrive.

     

     

    The Churches are empty, Raves and Dance parties are happening in some of them. That just isnae right.

     

     

    The olde phrase inverting the pyramid – I’d hazard a guess it is High Level Masonry right there.

     

     

    You Must be MuMu……….

     

     

    NEIL FRANCIS LENNON – Keep going.

  4. My God. The power of ‘High level masonry’? Don’t make me laugh! They are a joke. And known to be. They admit it within themselves. The power of Jesus Christ is way above them. Ask satan. Keep the Faith Petec.

  5. The churches are empty and ‘Raves’ etc are being held in them! So what is new? Our Lord lost his temper in the Temple around 2,000 years ago because of Capitalists. But the Church he founded still survives, despite it’s faults over the centuries. The Church is headed by Christ but contains also us sinners. This is a moment in time. And time is eternal. Think big.

  6. Hi jim

     

    I agree.truth oveeshadows all.it comes out.

     

    Alas Scotland’s tickle fingers have been busy in their ‘ain wee wye’

     

    Check out Tom Minogue ex of this parish

     

    Wonder why dunblane has a 100 year lock down? Also minty and pals in the banking sector in the speculative society,special tickle!

     

    Anyway tea break over Hope yir good,back to work.

  7. I’ve a read some online articles about how we as a support are somewhat spoilt.

     

     

    I don’t think that’s the case. I think we’re more than capable of accepting when we get beat by a better team.

     

     

    It’s when you’re beat by a team that you should have beaten that fans can become very vocal.

     

     

    P67 is right when he says that reaching the last 16 or last 8 meant little. However, the experience gained would have been invaluable to this team.

     

     

    I hope Thursday makes us even more determined to get back into the CL next season.

     

     

    Get the transfer business done early this summer and bring in quality at the back.

     

     

    Neil also has to take on board his lessons from Cluj and Copenhagen when at times our shape was nothing short of amateur.

  8. *** CQN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019-20 ***

     

    RESULTS FROM GAME #40 – CELTIC 1 COPENHAGEN 3 (EDOUARD)

     

     

    I’m on holiday so you’re spared the warbling narrative! Here are last nights night’s votes with my own selections asterisked. Thanks to the 27 voters.

     

     

    Forster: 0

     

    Ajer: 0

     

    Simunovic: 0

     

    Jullien: 13

     

    Forrest : 5

     

    Taylor*: 19

     

    McGregor*: 9

     

    Brown: 0

     

    Rogic: 18

     

    Edouard*: 4

     

    Elyounoussi: 11

     

    Griffiths – 1

     

    So, the players receiving points for the Copenhagen game are –

     

    Taylor – 5 points

     

    Rogic – 4 points

     

    Jullien – 3 points

     

    Elyounoussi – 2 points

     

    McGregor – 1 point

     

     

     

    The overall points table is now –

     

    1st – Brown – 73 points

     

    2nd – Edouard – 68 points

     

    3rd – McGregor – 61 points

     

    4th – Jullien – 48 points

     

    5th – Christie – 42 points

     

    6th – Forrest – 40 points

     

    7th – Frimpong – 38 points

     

    7th – Ntcham – 38 points

     

    9th – Ajer – 31 points

     

    10th – Elyounoussi – 26 points

     

    11th – Forster – 25 points

     

    12th – Taylor – 22 points

     

    12th – Griffiths – 17 points

     

    14th – Bauer – 14 points

     

    15th – Bolingoli-Mbombo – 13 points

     

    15th – Rogic – 13 points

     

    17th – Hayes – 8 points

     

    17th – Elhamed – 8 points

     

    19th – Welsh – 4 points

     

    19th – Bitton – 4 points

     

    19th – Johnston – 4 points

     

    22nd – Bayo – 3 points

     

    23rd – Morgan – 2 points

     

    23rd – Robertson – 2 points

     

    24th – Simunovic – 1 point

     

    25th – Bain, Gordon, Klimala, Sinclair, Ralston, Arzani, Hendry, Dembele, Shved – all on 0 points

     

     

    The issue of February’s Player Of The Month will be dealt with after I return from Lanzarote in a week’s time.

  9. Just reading back;

     

     

    Regarding Jeff Hendricks – why would we be interested ? We’ve better at the club already.

     

     

    Jeff gives Ireland his all but the brutal truth is he wouldn’t have been near an Ireland team 15 years ago.

     

     

    No, let’s bring at least one good CB – if Shane Duffy was available, I’d be very interested, he’d be brilliant for us.

     

     

    If we were to go out and spend at CB, we’d be half way to the ten before a ball is kicked. It’s an area we desperately need strengthened.

  10. I see the heads in the Sand brigade are out with the in peter and Neil we trust tosh

     

     

    A couple of points

     

    1. With our financial power , beating teams like Aberdeen , Motherwell , st Johnstone , Kilmarnock are more an expected than wonderfull management and tactics against clubs with about 10% of our income

     

     

    2. The clubs in Europe who are our main rivals , your Copenhagen , Maribor , cluj , Molde , Sparta Prague etc have approx 20- 50% of our income

     

    We will never improve in Europe with a back room team of Neil ( very little experience ) John Kennedy ( zero experience ) No top European coach would play 3 at back 6 in midfield ( 2 wide players who hardy fight )

     

     

    3. It had been clear that Eddie up front on his own usually means two or three players on him

     

    When two up front it creates more space for Eddie

     

     

    4. One of the reasons that Neil was stuck with that formation was down to peter lawell and his refusal to build a football department with experience to allow us to spend the huge sums we have built up

     

     

    5. Nine of our European rivals in point 3 are run like this. Every one of these teams puts all its funds into the team Eg Sparta spent 10m on one player before they got to CL. That’s a third of their turnover

     

     

    In summary. Happy clap as much as you want But we are being held back by peter lawells autocratic management system

     

    A different CEO who would build a team under him to run the football department is what we need

     

    Ps. We go to IPox in two weeks. If Forrest plays again there he will play like every time he plays there. Ie totally invisible No Celtic legend has his every time he goes to IPox. So please don’t put Forrest in that category

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SYDNEYTIM on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:13 AM

     

     

     

    ” A different CEO who would build a team under him to run the football department is what we need ”

     

     

    Who would that be then , Syd ?

  12. Gooood morning CQN from a hungover Garngad

     

     

    Let’s blow St Johnstone away mañana.

     

     

    Lenny and the bhoys have my full support.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  13. Macjay. CEO’s are all different. I have reported to many of them

     

    One was autocratic people were not empowered to do their job

     

    Every project went through him

     

    Result Missed targets and markets

     

     

    Another CEO created a great team , trusted them to get on with it

     

    Results targets met new markets gained fast

     

     

    Peter lawell is the former type hence our club struggles against its nearest competitors in Europe

     

     

    If you look at our income position in Europe

     

    We are far down the ladder in performances

     

     

    What about going for a Ceo from a team in Europe who are paid far less than our present one and one that ensures that every penny goes it the team resulting in better performances in Europe

     

     

    Not won a knock out tie in 14 years Mate and mostly against teams on a fraction on our turnover

     

     

    Not one of our competitors has such a large cash in bank as us

     

     

    We are a football club but not run as one

     

    Ten years and 4 CL qualifiers. Something is going wrong at very top

  14. Ntcham, Elhamed and Christie were missed.

     

     

    Jozo, Elyonoussi, Rogic and Brown were not fully fit.

     

     

    The shape was fine up until Jozo’s huge mistake.

     

     

    At that point we chased the game and point 2 became more relevant. We didn’t have the legs to cover the wide open spaces.

     

     

    The game was end to end and they won the duels and converted.

     

     

    We move on.

     

     

    Playing football the Celtic way under Neil Lennon will deliver 9 in a row.

  15. I was very impressed by the Copenhagen right back, thought he had a tremendous performance, unfortunately. Anyone know his name?

     

     

    Recommendations for Celtic games in Belek for Sunday and Wednesday would be appreciated – many thanks.

     

     

    Some posters have identified the critical factor: missed chances, all else is important but incidental. It has been a recurring theme for quite some time. IMO, of course.

  16. David 17. When Eddie got the ball he was on his own up front and surrounded by 3 players

     

     

    We should have played griffs up front with Eddie. Eddie been a joy to watch with griffs just in front of him

     

     

    Neil selecting Elyounoussi in griffs place was baffling as he had not started a game I think for 3 months Baffling to Change it and baffling to Change it with an unfit player

     

     

    We have been used to that way for last month

     

     

    Utter baffling. But when you look at the support Neil has on his coaching staff you can see the result Baffling

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SYDNEYTIM on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:55 AM

     

     

    You seem to welcome a reverse in our onfield performance by citing offield issues.

     

    The ” I told you so ” approach .

     

    Do you seriously think that hurting Celtic supporters want to hear that ?

     

     

    Are we supposed to take your point of view ahead of a verbatim account from Lennie ?

     

     

    The Herald :

     

     

    ” I’ve been in football for a long, long time as a player, coach and manager and Peter is the best, and sometimes you have to pay for the best,” Lennon said.

     

     

    “He could have left the club or two of three occasions.

     

     

    “He makes unpopular decisions with supporters at times and with managers at times, but he does it for the best for the club whether it be in the present time or the future.

     

     

    “We are lucky to have him. I have a brilliant working relationship with him and think he is worth every penny he is paid.”

     

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    We won against Lazio. In spite of P.L.

     

    We lost against Copenhagen. Because of P.L.

     

     

    I know we all want the best for Celtic.

     

    I simply don`t feel that the anti PL sniping is either accurate or helpful.

     

     

    Time to pull together .

  18. Macjay. We fail again and again and again in Europe against teams with a fraction of our income

     

     

    It’s not “ I told you so “ been saying the same thing when we don’t invest in the team when we are dripping with cash

     

     

    As for Neil’s statement I and other managers were asked at a board function what we thought of The bad CEO. We of course said he was wonderfull. I of course left latter to a better position as I was not a fan of the company

     

     

    Neil is of course a Celtic fan. But knows he will never get a better position He asked to strength the team with experience. He was ignored. If Neil was not a fan and had better offers he would be off

  19. Done with the Europa angst personally. Through the change curve. It was a helluva ride.

     

     

    Someone order me a treble please :)

  20. Personally I don’t see the point in having a slanging match on whether Pedro should stay or go. It makes feck all difference. Pedro will go when either he or Desmond decides.

     

    One might say that following that logic, there is no point in having a blog at all because no matter how much we debate we can’t really change anything. However at least talking about Football & analysing players & team performances is enjoyable.

     

     

    Whatever about the semantics of where we should be or who our CEO or Manager should be the reality is for this season we have Pedro, Lenny & the present squad. There are 10 League games left we are only sure of a 7 point advantage, we have to play the Huns twice & have 2 tricky aways coming up against Livi & Hibs. We also have a Cup Quarter Final tomorrow.

     

    Now is a time for circling the wagons, unite as a Support behind our Manager & team & tough it out together for next few weeks.

  21. In the first half Varela was crap in my opinion, gave Taylor far too much time to put crosses in, also couldnt handle Ely, this team should have been beaten , we missed at least 6 good chances over 2 legs Eddie 4 McGregor shot when he should have passed and Ely here, their keeper had an incredible one arm lucky block from Griffiths, and they mocked the support at the end .

  22. Corkcelt. I hear what your saying Can’t change now and in a way I agree

     

     

    Buuuuut. We know what’s going to happen. Sell Eddie for 30m. Replace him with a project to compete with our other project striker

     

    And cl qualifying shambles again

     

     

    Then AGM and fantastic balance sheet

     

     

    Then bonus for CEO and on it goes

     

     

    When we will draw a line under it ???

  23. Varela ?

     

     

    A hot poop prospect at Penarol. Signed for Manchester United.Didn’t make it.Wandered about on loan before finally signing for Copenhagen.

  24. CORKCELT on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 10:15 AM

     

    Personally I don’t see the point in having a slanging match on whether Pedro should stay or go. It makes feck all difference. Pedro will go when either he or Desmond decides.

     

     

     

     

    One might say that following that logic, there is no point in having a blog at all because no matter how much we debate we can’t really change anything. However at least talking about Football & analysing players & team performances is enjoyable.

     

     

    Whatever about the semantics of where we should be or who our CEO or Manager should be the reality is for this season we have Pedro, Lenny & the present squad. There are 10 League games left we are only sure of a 7 point advantage, we have to play the Huns twice & have 2 tricky aways coming up against Livi & Hibs. We also have a Cup Quarter Final tomorrow.

     

     

    Now is a time for circling the wagons, unite as a Support behind our Manager & team & tough it out together for next few weeks.

     

     

    Thats pretty well nailed. We just have to get on with it. Us older dudes have seen it all before good times and bad times, kellys whites etc etc……there isnt a hope in hell that we can change it, unless its mass revolt. “Athough careful what ye wish for”.

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

    @MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:27 AM

     

     

    He isn’t worth £3 million a year. Can you think of another team thats CEO takes home 1/3 of the team’s record transfer fee?

     

     

    Ed Woodward would be taking home £30m a year.

  26. THE HANDS CANT HIT WHAT THE EYES CANT SEE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 10:49 AM

     

    @MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 8:27 AM

     

     

    He isn’t worth £3 million a year. Can you think of another team thats CEO takes home 1/3 of the team’s record transfer fee?

     

     

    Ed Woodward would be taking home £30m a year.

     

     

    Is Callan still alive?

  27. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THE HANDS CANT HIT WHAT THE EYES CANT SEE on 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 10:49 AM

     

     

    Not quite sure of your point.

     

     

    If you`re saying he`s paid too much , argue your point with Lennie ,whom I would venture to suggest is in a better position to judge than you , me or Sydney Tim .

     

     

    “We are lucky to have him. I have a brilliant working relationship with him and think he is worth every penny he is paid.”

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