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Celtic growing into their skin, more on Maribor

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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. gorbalstam

     

     

    Apology is unnecessary but nonetheless I appreciate the gesture.

     

     

    I, like you, hate to see the internal conflicts that sometimes erupt, but all families have their differences at times.

  2. Rock Tree Bhoy

     

     

    I seem to remember that Lubo wasnt always a first pick for Martin o’Neil . He preferred the harder-working?? Thomo over the flair of Lubo.

  3. Tom McLaughlin 08:41

     

     

    On re-reading my post I fully understand how I created the misunderstanding.

     

     

    jamesgang 08:43

     

     

    I can assure you I’ll never see 60 again – although in my head I’m only 27 – at least that’s what I tell the women ha ha.

  4. Been reading more on CAS.

     

     

    It seems that CAS is generally used where both parties are unable to resolve a dispute and both agree to go to arbitration, in which case they obviously both agree to abide by their decision.

     

     

    That does not preclude Legia from going to CAS on their own, but it means they are unable to fast-track it without the co-operation of UEFA.

     

     

    Even if Legia proceed with their appeal to CAS, it will take weeks or even months.

     

     

    They are poleaxed !!!!

  5. squire danaher on

    BBC Scotland sport 8:30

     

     

    McLeod described LW player as “banned”

     

     

    Step in right direction.

  6. I don’t suppose the Laptop loyal will be in attendance when the maribor games come along in protest at celtic still being in the competition. Keep them out permanently celtic, grow a set directors we are way past the point of enough is enough. I wonder if Neil Mccann will be in the sky box on Saturday. Mmmm

  7. Murdochbhoy

     

     

    I can imagine you can charm the burdz from the trees my Fhriend. Though if mrs Murdochbhoy reads this you may not see a Saturday again!!

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HH to you all. Laters!

     

     

    Jamesgang

  8. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Why don’t the club have a sin bin for the press,

     

    There is a press area for journalists

     

    There should be a separate area for hacks, make the distinction

  9. legia_pany

     

     

    21:29 on 6 August, 2014

     

    Bereszyński entering (for Legia)

     

    I’m wonder, how you will pronounce this ;-)

     

     

     

    We certainly know more about him now.

  10. A naughty step. Like it!

     

     

    And a wee booster seat for Diddy McCann….

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  11. What an absolute disgrace BBC Scotland is. I am very aware of their bias regarding the Independence debate but they really, really hate Celtic.

     

     

    Just listened to the sports section on Good Morning Scotland and it was as if it was from the Polish Broadcaster absolutely blaming Celtic at length for the whole issue. The next item was a report on the Championship favorites next game.

     

     

    No wonder I refuse to pay my license fee.

  12. Parkheadcumsalford,

     

     

     

    Whoever runs BBC Scotland Sport has done well for Sevconians. Never mind Begg, Dodds, Young, Lamont etc They have now employed Richard Wilson the Heralds resident Sevco ‘journo’.

     

     

    Richard Wilson is the author of the BBC Scotland Sport article suggesting CAS will overturn UEFA decision. Richard is one of the more intelligent Sevconians but his hurt shines through. He would be doing somersaults if Celtic were eliminated from The Champions League. It would be like a new signing for Alistair.

     

     

    BBC Scotland Sport is still stuck in the 17th Century.

  13. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Morning

     

     

    C…………………………………

     

     

    Q………………………………………

     

     

    N………………………………….

     

     

    The clouds are away, and the suns out 2 play…………

     

     

    BigJoeinDaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahouse.

  14. toscanabhoy

     

     

    08:53 on 15 August, 2014

     

    legia_pany

     

     

    21:29 on 6 August, 2014

     

    Bereszyński entering (for Legia)

     

    I’m wonder, how you will pronounce this ;-)

     

     

    We certainly know more about him now.

     

     

    _____________

     

     

    Funny how he’s not been back on posting! Unless I’ve missed them….:)

  15. • Yogiy

     

    08:54 on 15 August, 2014

     

    What an absolute disgrace BBC Scotland is. I am very aware of their bias regarding the Independence debate but they really, really hate Celtic.

     

    Just listened to the sports section on Good Morning Scotland and it was as if it was from the Polish Broadcaster absolutely blaming Celtic at length for the whole issue. The next item was a report on the Championship favorites next game.

     

    No wonder I refuse to pay my license fee.

     

    Great stuff on not paying your licence mate,

     

     

     

    If I had that option, I wouldn’t pay mine either……………..

     

     

    ThebbcareanabsoluteDisgrace

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    My understanding is that any CAS mediation needs to be based on a transgression of sporting or commercial principles. I can’t see how Legia having transgressed UEFA s sporting regulations they can make a commercial argument , never mind winning it. CAS though like all good lawyers will take money and try anything.

     

     

    HH

  17. I do not agree with the banning of journalists/pundits for giving Celtic a bad press.

     

     

    Hugh Keevins was banned for telling downright lies, and rightly so, but that is different from the BBC pushing for Legia to be reinstated or Neil McCann calling Derk a cheat.

     

     

    Unless it is a case of slanderous lies, I don’t allow the media bias to upset me. It has been going on for many decades. If we banned everyone who shows anti-Celtic bias, we would look churlish and worse.

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    murdochbhoy

     

     

    08:04 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    Can I suggest you go into rm and read the associated posts …… They are, honestly, vile and not restricted to that article ……. I remember reading that Paddy McCourt post and, although it was grossly innacurate (in that James Forrest has been a stlllwart over the past 3 / 4 years in investigating / highlighting the corruption over at ipox) his post was simply silly and bereft of the rm vile content…

  19. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Stalwart even

  20. If anyone feels the urge to complain about BBC Scotland DON’T TEXT . EACH TEXT TO 80295 THE COST IS £1. YES £1. My mobile company is 3,I queried the bill, the guy explained the texts to 80295 costs £1 each. Still under therapy. To complain email.

  21. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Monsoon time in Dusseldorf. I will need to go down the Rhine today in a boat to get back to Frankfurt. As an August hay fever suffer. I am not complaining too much.

     

     

    HH

  22. • V squire danaher

     

    08:50 on 15 August, 2014

     

    BBC Scotland sport 8:30

     

    McLeod described LW player as “banned”

     

    Step in right direction.

     

     

     

    Sky are just as bad……………………….

     

     

    They don’t say the “ Leaga player “ he’s the Leaga substitute “, as if it makes a difference.

     

     

    dontgetmestartedontheSMSM

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Morning,all.

     

     

    Virgin Media have just informed me that Sky Sports is free tomorrow.

     

     

    All day,and all channels.

     

     

    Handy. I’ll be looking out for y’all tomorrow after all!

     

     

    So nae booing PL. Save it for another day,please. Preferably when I’m there to join in,haha.

  24. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo

     

     

     

    09:04 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

     

    Monsoon time in Dusseldorf. I will need to go down the Rhine today in a boat to get back to Frankfurt. As an August hay fever suffer. I am not complaining too much.

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

    IcouldsellYouagoodboat:-))))

  25. Awe_Naw –

     

     

    That was something else I discovered in reading up on CAS.

     

     

    They provide legal experts to anyone using their services, and their charges are astronomical.

  26. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tom mclaughlin

     

     

    09:02 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    No we wouldn’t …… we would be sending them a message that ‘enough is enough’ and, with the resultant revenue dip in their circulatios etc, they might just decide to work on being less bigoted (i do feel, however, that it is down to (inadequate) individuals, as opposed to Corporations etc) …… Having said that, I haven’t bought a Scottish newspaper for circa 30 years ….. Just ‘come across’ their nonsense on here

  27. latchford

     

     

    08:57 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    Just wrote to them complaining about their lack of journalistic professionalism and about

     

    Wilson’s unacceptable partizan attitude. Not holding my breath on a reply though!

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Gerry

  28. Tin hat on…I know how sensitive some righteous clappers on the blog can be..

     

    I wonder why the scoddish media are allowed to demonise Celtic at every opportunity. ..yet the plc wont do anything about it.

     

    The media lie with impunity.

     

    The plc let them…with no challenge.

     

    But if theres any criticism from Celtic fans, about the performance of the plc, they are outraged..funny that.

     

    They want us all at the back of the bus.

     

    Im refusing, the bus should be hijacked.

     

    Back the team, Sack the board.

     

     

    HH

  29. Tomorrow.

     

     

    Celebrate what Fergus done for us & loudly. For those that booed him way back in the 90’s I’d like to hear you cheer louder than you booed that day.

     

     

    Please, no booeing at PL, he’s working, he’s trying, but he cannot commit cash until the light at the end of the tunnel is there.

     

     

    The light is there now – minimum European football till xmas is guaranteed.

     

     

    a day of celebration tomorrow.

  30. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Tom

     

     

    20m€ for such a silly mistake. Their heartbreak is understandable as they humped us but its a goner now.

     

     

    HH

  31. We have been advised on here many times that the answer to the hacks is simply to stop buying the papers that publish their rubbish. Over the last six months I have stopped buying papers and have saved a considerable amount of money.

     

     

    One other thought. Will those who have belittled our team and our support in the last few days be lining up to get a seat on the plane to Maribor. I am sure the deep sense of morality will prevail and they will not travel to the game…yeh, and the pigs will be flying along side them.

  32. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    I’m torn. For the first time in their two year existence, I’m hoping the zombies win tonight, as otherwise Sally will have to go.

     

     

    Am I a bad person?

  33. Just read James Forrest article in the ‘Fields of Green’

     

    An excellent read. Always enjoy reading his analysis of all things Sevco.

     

    Cant understand the views that some on his blog about him.

  34. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    -tojo-

     

     

    09:13 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    HAIL HAIL …..

  35. long haired yins man on

    Fholks, I just can’t see how CAS being an ALL SPORT arbitration administration business can fast track any appeal on Monday there’s a queue of others….simples..MSM tosh.

  36. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    quantum

     

     

    09:16 on 15 August, 2014

     

     

    I can’t understand them either ……. He will have good reason for being (hopely temporarily) at odds with Celtic …… Which is anyone’s right

  37. • Phyllis Dietrichson

     

    09:15 on 15 August, 2014

     

    I’m torn. For the first time in their two year existence, I’m hoping the zombies win tonight, as otherwise Sally will have to go.

     

    Am I a bad person?

     

     

     

    GoandsitontheNaughtystep