Celtic growing into their skin, more on Maribor


You could see Celtic mature during last night’s game.  They were defensively solid during the first half, and Craig Gordon was assured throughout, but for the best part of an hour we scarcely tested St Johnstone.

That changed after the goal, which arrived just as St Johnstone were enjoying their best period of the game.  Kris Commons didn’t have his most productive night but it was his pressing which led to the break through.

During the second half Ronny Deila replaced Commons, Stokes and the tiring Forrest with Boerrigter, Inge Berget and Kayal.  Even before the home team were reduced to 10 men moments after the final substitution, Celtic were clearly in a more comfortable shape.  Players were finding space which didn’t exist earlier.

Maribor made seven changes for last night’s Slovenian Super Cup Final, which they won comfortably against opponents who are pointless in the league after four games.  Celtic’s scouts are unlikely to have learned too much useful information ahead of next weeks’ game.

What is clear about Maribor is their aerial threat.  Five of their 12 goals this season have been headers, which may influence Ronny’s team selection.  They also break quickly down the flanks, so maybe a 4-5-1, offering protection to our full backs, is the way to go.  Hopefully we’ve learned we’re not quite ready for 4-3-3 away from home in Europe.

The Slovenian media are dismissive of Celtic’s chances, encouraged, it seems, but continuing celebrations from Maribor that they pulled an “easy” draw.  I suspect they’ve yet to see the Celtic who will take the field on Wednesday.

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  1. Inappropriate use of punctuation – Check


    Non use of capitalisation – Check


    Stream of conciousness layout – Check


    Barely literate – Check


    Poor grasp of grammar – Check


    Overuse of “we” – Check



    Hun klaxon is sounding

  2. Can anyone shed any light on the fact that LW are now wanting to get the CAS involved?


    If they start proceedings tomorrow when will they have a decision?



    If the CAS adjudication goes against us can we appeal?


    Again what would be the timeframe of that decision?



    After what happened in 84 you can never be too careful.

  3. the glorious balance sheet


    14:57 on


    14 August, 2014





    Have you heard any more about our interest in Steven fletcher and the bloke at Cardiff?





    Other than initial contact was made no. Not sure if West Hams interest in Connor Wickham may have had an effect on this.

  4. The Chartered Accountants Society have released a statement saying they have no idea what appeal they have to decide on.A spokesperson today said”There must be some mistake,we have nothing to do with any football related matters”



    Nobody was available from Legia Warsaw to comment.

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    jude2005 is neil lennon \o/



    14:38 on 14 August, 2014



    Possible ….?

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    neil canamalar lennon hunskelper extrordinaire



    14:47 on 14 August, 2014



    Oh, I know……am gettin’ auld…….hahahahahahaha

  7. cqn -memory lapse – going up on sat, trying to explain the bunnet to my son but can’t think of the name of who put a mil of his own money in to save us ?

  8. ernie lynch


    11:02 on


    14 August, 2014


    “Those who insist that politics should be kept out of football tend to be those who are happy with the way things are.”



    It is my experience that those who so insist tend to mean keep a certain type of politics ie the opposite of theirs, out of football/sport.

  9. CAS General Sec interviewed on SSN. Did say they had a fast tracking procedure where necessary and under prompting from SSN Huns did say that Legia should get appeal in by tomorrow. When further urged whether he was aware of any precedent that would give Legia some hope, he first of all said no and then ended up by saying he would rather not answer question.

  10. Turkeybhoy


    15:22 on


    14 August, 2014


    The Chartered Accountants Society have released a statement saying they have no idea what appeal they have to decide on.A spokesperson today said”There must be some mistake,we have nothing to do with any football related matters”



    Nobody was available from Legia Warsaw to comment.



    Followed by a DOH !!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  11. MadMitch


    15:20 on


    14 August, 2014



    CAS is a slow process, in fact the Suarez appeal is about the quickest I’ve heard. If they go to CAS the best they can hope for is some kind of monetary compensation from UEFA. I think they’d need to show again that UEFA have failed to follow their procedures or applied an unjustly harsh penalty. The problem for them being that there is no leeway in the rules.

  12. Jackie Mac



    Wiz it no..



    That Edinburgh Builder Chap?



    A believe his Name wiz



    Mr. Keane






  13. Legia Quick News in meltdown. Pavel67 trying to cool things down with the intricacies of CAS procedures whilst everyone else is asking what the club is going to do with the wages saved from sacking the office staff.

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




    14:56 on 14 August, 2014


    Talking of Jabba, where is it now?




    Saw the multi-chinned impartial commentator walking (?) out of the front entrance of the Monklands on Wednesday – still fat, still ugly (none of which makes him a bad person) and still a H*n (which does).



    Hope whoever he was visiting gets well soon.






  15. Help Me.. Please…



    Who is.. CAS?



    N.. whit did the Letters Stand Fur?






    Nevah hoid o it..







  16. darwinsbeautifulidea



    15:00 on 14 August, 2014



    Can,t believe this article we were crap ,last night and only piss poor saints defence,won us the game,yet another negative team selection,from a guy who said we were going to play attacking football(as if we were a defensive team before the dick arrived)


    then he takes off our only striker at 1-0,what if we lost a goal we would have been short up front,and may have dropped points,this tool should go or be sackec









    Dem zombies be a-hurtin’ today.

  17. BGFC



    Mibbe it was him that was no well.



    Outpatient department.



    I will make no further comment!!

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Nothing to worry about regarding Sevco. They need to prove that they are ä financial viable entity to both the SPFL and the SFA before they can embark on a new season. Peter Lawwell will have checked it. That man knows his finances.




  19. Graham Spiers must be short of copy today…and had too much wine last night.



    Why else would he write such drivel about a Scottish club who have done absolutely nothing wrong, yet find themselves in the middle of a toxic vortex created by another club’s incompetence?



    Those youthful years standing at Ayebrokes watching his heroes have not entirely left him unaffected it seems, regardless of his morality rhetoric about traditional singing etc there.



    Spiers does not understand the concept of injustice in the same way we do.



    As far as I am aware, he has yet to denounce Deidco and Sevco for lying (by omission or otherwise) to the SFA, the SPL, the Taxman, their own fans, the media, the rest of Scottish football. He has yet to criticize the Nimmo Smith farce and Bryson’s part in that. He has yet to criticise Ogilvie for his part in the EBT/DOS regime at Deidco, or even suggest that his position as SFA president is at the very least, somewhat compromised.



    Spiers has simply jumped on a bandwagon that proclaims that Celtic always complain about anything and everything, real or imagined, right or wrong. That Lawwell is not a fair man, that he will distort and twist things so that Celtic are never wrong. This is the same bandwagon that demonized Neil Lennon while eulogizing Walter Smith, that trivialized death threats, bullets in the post and bombs in the post, and which dismissed, with a smirk, the attack on Neil at Tynecastle, and then the subsequent verdict..



    The Legia situation is all a bit like the Mackay/Boerrigter situation last night.



    Bo had only the goalkeeper to beat and had the ball at his feet.


    Mackay clipped his trailing heel/ankle which meant that Bo was unable to take his shot on goal – a clear goal scoring opportunity.


    Only Mackay knows if his action was clumsy, stupid or intentional, but the law doesn’t allow for such nuances.


    It was a foul, a penalty and a red card.



    No one knows what Legia were doing or thinking when they didn’t include their banned player in their squad for the St Pat’s games, or for the Warsaw game, but the law does not allow for nuances around why it happened and who is to blame.


    It was a clear red card for Legia.



    I am so happy that Celtic employ such efficient administrators.



    Spiers if you had any decency you would feel shame.

  20. Speirs writes controversy and the twitter and forums go wild.


    Hits on the paper website goes through the roof.


    Come on Bhoys surely you know the game by now!




  21. Like everyone else, I don`t know if Ronny Deila will be a good, great or poor manager of Celtic. Far too early to say. What I can say, though, is that he is the best I can recall in his comfortable dealings with the media. I don`t suppose his ` these things even out over a season` was really delivered tongue in cheek but it was precisely the right thing to say to an employee of the MSSM.




  22. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    The last time I saw Jabba he had been sooked intae a big beastie’s hole in the Tattooine desert.



    Maybe the other end comes oot in Airdrie.

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