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

    coolmore mafia

     

     

    14:44 on 14 August, 2014

     

     

    ….and the other 11% are Celtic Supporters …… :)

  2. Coolmore Mafia

     

     

    14:44 on 14 August, 2014

     

     

    89% of rabids want McMoist out according to a poll on RM.

     

     

    That makes for a healthy 11% nutjobs.

     

     

    Impressive stuff.

  3. the long wait is over on

    Philbhoy

     

     

    On Speirs

     

     

    This line made me laugh

     

     

    “And the Scottish media would have been urged in the strongest terms to try to overturn this affront to decency and fairness.”

     

     

    I doubt we’d have bothered looking for any assistance for the MSM…

  4. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Philbhoy

     

     

     

    Does Spiers have an editor who condones this p*sh??

     

     

     

     

    Like Traynor???

  5. I think the UEFA verdict changes the entire landscape of the Season. The knowledge that we have a couple of months of European Football, the likelihood that we will be spending a few million to strengthen our squad. Having wee James back and hopefully Brooney before Group stages, all very positive developments. I expect Celtic Park to be buzzing this Saturday.

  6. tlwio

     

     

    You would honestly think he was writing in the Beano or the Dandy.

     

     

    I didn’t waste my time reading the article.

     

     

    Made up crap.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    green badger

     

    14:33 on

     

    14 August, 2014

     

     

    Celtic have maintained a dignified silence while Speirs now stirs the sectarian pot.

     

    How to manufacture involvement of Celtic in an issue with which they had nothing to do.

     

    Celtic are mere spectators in this farce.

     

    An opinion piece,based on nothing but conjecture,from a blatant bigot.

     

    McCann`s a twerp.

     

    Speirs is a worry.

  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    philbhoy

     

     

    14:47 on 14 August, 2014

     

     

    What about his entity …..Spiers, like the rest of them, are absolutely GUTTED, and it is, therefore, understandable that they will clutch to ‘what if’ straws….. As TonyD would say … GIRUYeeeeez ……… Oh, happy day,…..Karma …….. He who laughs last, laughs longest …

     

     

    Now, back to the state of sevco ……hahahahahahaha

  9. Sit Paul…

     

     

     

    Little Things Mean …A Lot.

     

     

    Yes..They do,do.

     

     

    Ah Could Dae a Ten Minute Set…oan That Subject..

     

     

    But.. Ah Wullnae!

     

     

    Nevahtheless, n.. Not Withsthandin’,,,

     

     

    Like Ah hiv tole You Guys n Gals.. More times than Ah Should..

     

     

    But..

     

     

    Ah Have.

     

     

    “Ah Notice things.”

     

     

    Did You Guys Notice.. this ?

     

     

    Ronny, when he wiz talkin’ aboot Celtic’s maist recent Performance..

     

     

    He Used the words…”My Team”.. Not once.. but..

     

     

    TWICE.. when he wiz referring tae Celtic.

     

     

    When Ah think aboot it.. which .. Ah Never dae..

     

     

    Ah nevah Hoid, NEIL.. Evah , Evah, Evah..

     

     

     

    Refer tae Celtic.. as

     

     

    “My Team”.

     

     

    Is that No Strange?

     

     

    Well.. It is.. tae Me…

     

     

    So there!

     

     

    Ronny,kid.. Ye wull Dae fine.

     

     

    Like Ah said..

     

     

    “Little Things mean a Loater.”

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’

  10. Tony67

     

     

    Is it a frank maloney story and yer now the daughter she always wanted!!?;-)

  11. the glorious balance sheet on

    Catman

     

     

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

  12. Sir Paul..it should Be..

     

     

     

    Sorry Aboot that..

     

     

    Somebuddy keeps messing wi Ma Spellin’

     

     

    Stoap it.. it’s Killin’ Me!

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still ,Laughin..though

  13. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    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

  14. The Spiers article ably demonstrates that despite all his faux intellect Spiers is still partial to a little lazy journalism from time to time, conveniently hiding the facts that might make his entire article pointless.

     

     

    Why ask what Celtic would do? You may as well how Man Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid etc would react. Celtic had no part in the actions of Legia nor the UEFA decision, we simply played two games of football.

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    We’ve been found out …. He blessed himself….I told him not to

  16. darwinsbeautifulidea

     

     

    “Wht if”………………..are you Graham Spiers?

     

     

    I think we should be told.

  17. More trouble over Ibrox way?

     

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    from the scottish football monitor site

     

     

    “100BJD says:

     

    August 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

     

    12 0 Rate This

     

     

    Lurking now most of the time because of work commitments although I do try to keep up a bit and also there is nothing new for me to say and I have no wish to regurgitate my long held views on the whole Sevco disaster which have stood the test of time and are still worryingly current.I did,however,pick up on the issue of delisting which is not a bad play really in their position.

     

     

    Delisting is not uncommon and requires 75% shareholder approval. The company NOMAD needs to be involved in the delisting strategy which should consider the treatment of shareholders who are disadvantaged by not having a liquid trading position. Some companies offer a tender offer to their minority shareholders who can exchange their shares for a specific (low) amount. It must also be noted that most institutional investors are simply not allowed to hold shares in private companies.

     

    The institutional shareholders will be an issue for RIFC although if the NOMAD is seriously looking at delisting you can bet your pension that they will have found out by now and be seeking exits. This might explain the share price downturn and the re entry of Chico who would lose out badly in this scenario as one of his prime goals was to maximise his penny share sale position. His Soros strategy was therefore trying to offer/promote a “ continue in AIM position” which would allow him a liquid share value position.

     

    I conclude therefore that Wallace, as I have heard, has been unsuccessful in his attempts at raising funds in the city and therefore the principal reason for staying on AIM, the ability to raise money, has gone. All that is left is expense and regulation. So now we can all look forward to even less transparency than before!

     

     

    The saga continues on and off the field!”

     

    __________________________________________________________________________

     

     

    Share price dropping 16% in the last 2 days.

     

     

    HH

  18. Darwin..etc..

     

    at.. 15.00

     

     

     

    Begone.. Satan..

     

     

     

    Back tae the Black Pit ..o’.

     

     

    Ibrox..

     

     

    Ye hiv bin rumbled..Butch..

     

     

    Beat it!

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still Laughin… even Mair.. actually.

  19. 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

     

    _______________________

     

     

    I’ll make an attempt at turning this into a positive post for you,cough! Cough! Ehhhhh, we won 3-0

  20. Darwin…Do you kiss your imaginary girlfriend wae that foul mouth?

     

    Get yer hoover oot and blow away yer Demons.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Call Me.

  21. OK. Just saw that UEFA have confirmed the decision. Happy bhoy now. :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    SJ

  22. “All that is left is expense and regulation. So now we can all look forward to even less transparency than before!”

     

    …………………………………………….

     

     

    Can you not also look forward to some litigation too?

     

     

    I knew you’d forgotten something.

     

     

    Silly.

     

     

    Billy.

  23. Sky championing a LEGIA CAS appeal telling them to get it in ASAP !!

     

    Unbelievable bias !!

     

    Jim Whyte”s big Scottish hauns all over this ;)

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