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Celtic long ball game gives way to torrent of chances

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This is going to sound like a Grinch, and I am (honestly) delighted to get through a trip to Tynecastle with what turned into a comfortably victory, but for 28 minutes I was exasperated at watching another outing of our long-ball game.

Odsonne Edouard is a more effective target-man than Lewis Morgan, but that is not what makes him a special striker.  During that opening period, Hearts manager, Daniel Stendel must have thought his troubles were over.

It could be that, having seen the awful pitch and inclement conditions, Neil Lennon decided this was not a stage for our passing game.  If so, the plan worked, but better teams will eventually punish us if we invite them onto us by surrendering possession to often.

Once James Forrest, Odsonne and Ryan Christie combined to allow the latter to break a few hearts, the outcome was inevitable.   Short of some finishing that would make the Alfredo the Wasteful blush, Celtic could have won the game by five or six goals.

If this Hearts team are relying on the Hamilton side we watched two weeks ago collapsing to prevent them being relegated, they are in for a shock.  The organisational differential between those two sides is as wide as Tynecastle.

Result aside, the most pleasing aspect of last night was Odsonne getting 84 minutes under his belt.  He is still short of full fitness, hard shifts like last night help.

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  1. Weefra

     

    Many congratulations to you and your good lady on your Golden Wedding Anniversary. 🍾🥂

  2. Big Jimmy

     

    Glad to hear that you managed to get home yesterday, and were able to celebrate your birthday with a couple of pints of the black stuff. Hope your health improves, and a Merry Christmas.

     

    HH

  3. Just thinking out loud regarding our apparent interest in Sporar from Slovan Bratislava. Perhaps circumstances may align that would allow us to sign him – e.g. Moussa moves to Chelsea – we use his £5m sell on fee and ‘throw in’ Bayo, who was rated in Slovakia before we signed him, as makeweight. Of course there is no guarantee that Sporar would fare any better with us than Bayo.

     

     

    I know this won’t be universally popular, however I think Cosgrove could be good for us. If he can score so many for Aberdeen, it suggests that he may score more in our team, and could relieve Eddy in domestic fixtures.

     

     

    Finally, surely Aiden McGeady would immediately offer more than Shved, Morgan, Sinclair, Arzani combined? He would/could be ‘oven ready’ after the break.

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    I’m doing Christmas in the States with my daughters . Once that’s done I will be doing New Year In London with my son ( A PTFC fan with an Arsenal season ticket – he’s got me a freebie for Arsenal v Chelsea ) . . I will be going to West Ham v Leicester on the Saturday before New Year . I have an OAP priced ticket — £ £65 !!!!

  5. If anyone has any spares for Copenhagen in Denmark my bhoy and his mates are looking for some.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    D. :)

  6. !! BADA BING !!

     

     

    Another yardstick —

     

     

    Mrs S Of T is into Musicals . Sometimes I like them sometimes I don’t . She’s taking me to the much rated – Dear Evan Parker — 2 tickets ( far from the best seats in the house ) . Booked ages ago . £ 153 . ( the 3 is the on line commission ) She’s paying !

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