Celtic must beware arbitrary red card


We go into tomorrow’s top of the table clash in better form than we were at the start of the month.  Wins over Livingston and Dundee give Celtic a platform to build on.  These games coincided with a consistency of selection in central midfield; Paulo Bernardo filled the endlessly changed slot in central midfield and rewarded his manager with the opening goal on Tuesday.  I doubt it is a coincidence that players looked like they knew what they were doing after a period of inconsistent form and selection.

It surprised me that Daizen Maeda has not spent more time on the left since his return from injury.  He is clearly more suited to that wing, and he is particularly effective at pinning back Newco, who prefer attacking on their right.  How we support Greg Taylor on the left will be crucial to the result.

Both teams have injury concerns over their first-choice central defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers’ persistent tight hamstring forced his early retirement on Tuesday, while Connor Goldson went off early last weekend with a groin strain.  I expect both players to start the game, even if they cannot complete the 90 minutes.

Newco will arrive tomorrow with a similar tale of injury woe that Celtic went to Ibrox with in September.  We finished that game with a defence of Ralston, Lagerbielke, Scales and Bernabei, all of whom had enough ability to successfully defend their one goal lead.  Celtic were able to boss the game against a weaker opponent.  The fundamentals of the teams have not shifted away from Celtic in the intervening period.

We can expect lots of running and plenty of fight from Newco, they may also benefit from generous refereeing.  We need to match them on the first two counts.  This will be a battle and my biggest concern is that an arbitrary red card flips the scales in favour of the visitors.  Celtic have to compete but give the referee no opportunity to step into the limelight.

Kyogo terrifies Newco.  He has started 11 games against them, winning seven and losing only twice: his first game at Ibrox, when he played on the wing, and in extra-time at Hampden, when we were kicked off the park.  I doubt anyone across the nine year history of this fixture has a comparable record.  Expect him to see the result over the line tomorrow.

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  1. HANKRAY on 29TH DECEMBER 2023 6:19 PM



    Very much agree with you about Kyogo and Maeda. Kyogo isn’t firing on all cylinders currently but is bound to come alive again. Let’s hope it’s tomorrow. Maeda made a slow return to form after his last injury but he should still keep Tavernier occupied and curtail their captain’s advances into our half. If 7 or 8 of our team play to potential we win.

  2. Not implying for one minute deliberate actions …just the fact that as brilliant as he is ..he simply cannot be relied upon , esp in big games and proper succession planning re his position must be implemented asap 🤔🍀

  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man.



    Hoping every Celtic player is in contention for M-O-T-M 👍

  4. Tiny Tim



    Games against 2 banks of 5 don’t suit Maeda.



    Playing on the right doesn’t suit Maeda.



    Playing against teams who try to play football against us and on the left suits him.



    He has never let us down against them.

  5. Must do better



    New klub Paul,not new co(mpany)



    Its a continuity narrative spewed out.



    You or I do not need to participate in any fable.it is crap



    Alongside ol frim its a denial of criminality



    Yeh “great club with great traditions’ said he whose anus has murrays stick ensconced there.




  6. 18 yard man



    “Maybe it’s just me or a Friday thing or maybe because I do superbru on a phone, but I can’t see anything beyond the Leaderboard, never mind 4 places to the right of jaunty uncles…



    However, if others have the same problem, I found that on the top right hand corner of the leaderboard page there is a pair of empty speech bubbles. Tap on those and you enter the chat zone, where you can write your message to SFTB.



    Hope this makes sense…”





    Thanks for this- I do my Superbru on a laptop so I was unaware of the differences on a phone. If you don’t mind, I will publicise your phone solution elsewhere to help other phone users

  7. Bhoys whatever team we put out should be good enough.



    Or has our board let us down….mmmmmmm



    Anyway let’s get behind the 11 that take the field.






    D. :)

  8. CONEYBHOY on 29TH DECEMBER 2023 4:32 PM



    I only stepped in due to the bike comment



    Until Mod apologises for berating me for factual posts; i’ll stay out






    I am the previous mod coneybhoy



    I apologise for nothing



    what did we fall out about??

  9. David66



    Its no easy



    Was brought in to straighten out CQN



    And weed out the nonsensicles, numbskulls, trolls and huns



    I defo acheived that



    I put in systems and processes that meant the nonsensicles, numbskulls, trolls and huns could not repeatedly post on CQN



    And i won






    I overstepped it



    And found those people who were on the borderline of nonsensicles, numbskulls, trolls and huns



    And binned them too

  10. Petec



    St Stivs



    and Tom McL



    Were on the fringes and suffered the last of my wrath ;)



    Defo reached out to a few of you to show you how to pheonix back onto the blog



    An Tearmann



    Can’t believe you survived it and are still here lol

  11. Clunks / Mod



    I dont drink(often),you should think of Alcohol and its impact on you,it is not healthy for you and led to some right dodgy behaviour,



    You got rid of trolls did you?


    Na the unionist,white seperatists and stop the boats nonbrains are still here.



    Well i outlasted you and its that very example of power turning into a eunuch that you just dont and never will get.




    You be good now

  12. Oh when the Celts go marching in …oh when the Celts go marching in …I want to be in that number …oh when the Celts go marching in 🍀💚

  13. AT



    We will never get rid of trolls



    That they are in the minority of the peoples that post on CQN



    Is a victory

  14. Burnley78



    I’m not going to the match .


    I have had a back problem for 15 years .


    When my back goes it’s disabling.


    It has played up since the 28th of Oct .



    Sitting in a car for 4 hours is torture .


    Therefore I have given my ticket to Millie’s boyfriend ,John .



    The two of them are booked into Coias for 10.00 am .



    We fly to Orlando from Edinburgh on the 31st at 09.00hrs.



    I can’t take the chance that my back seizes before the flight .



    I’m worried enough about how I’m going to get through the flight .



    I don’t enjoy the derbies .



    My physiotherapist has told me to go for a walk as often as I can manage .



    I’ll walk along the links courses to Lundin Links and up to Largo and back.



    When are you away ?




  15. MARSPAPA on 30TH DECEMBER 2023 12:34 AM


    Am I the only one who thinks Aj could do the broonie roll ?


    I also think AR would be very well suited to that role as I have said before. He is our new Davie Hay !!!






    Glad someone else has the same thought.



    I think he would be great in there…



    In my humble opinion we need one (at least) midfielder who can win fifty-fifty tackles.



    Enjoy the game and hopefully we will be back on posting about Brendan and the bhoys success.



    Ps… Sima and Mcausland are worth the watching…… Pace, good on the ball and Simas heading ability too….







  17. SARGASSOSEA on 30TH DECEMBER 2023 12:51 AM


    MARSPAPA on 30TH DECEMBER 2023 12:34 AM



    Am I the only one who thinks Aj could do the broonie roll ? I also think AR would be very well suited to that role as I have said before. He is our new Davie Hay !!!



    *Ironically Davie made his breakthrough in the full back roll and only converted tae the midfield enforcer in an effort tae combat their greatest livin thug

  18. Can’t believe the flak Maeda is getting. He’s No 1 on the team sheet for me. Not a great footballer I agree, but, a great out all and a total pain in the arse to ANY defense. He might even chip in with an assist or even a goal. GREAT team player. C’mon the Daizen

  19. 31003



    His pace isn’t there at the mo….



    Without his pace he’s very ordinary imo.



    His touch and confidence left him too in the last couple of games.



    I’ll probably be proved wrong yet again, but I wouldn’t start him……

  20. You may mock me … but here’s my team for tomorrow.. daizen back left for tavernier to worry about (wee curveball in 10 position)






    Johnston welsh scales Taylor




    Mcgregor o’Riley







    Johnston Kyogo daizen

  21. So the only poster on CQN or anywhere in Celtic cyberspace who has the cajones to call out DD, PL, etc for putting old Rangers price of £49/£52 onto new club Sevco tickets is smeared as a troll by PLC plants and lickers….just lol.



    Rangers died in 2012.



    Celtic died in 2016 when they agreed to dance along to the old firm tune and got Brendan1 in to gull the fans away from the naked sell out.



    Neither the succulent sheep Brendan2 or any of his sheep players were comrades with the Green Brigade unlike Mrs Gaytri Galloway the Indonesian wife of working class socialist leader of Britain`s only socialist political party, The Workers Party of Britain, namely Mr George Galloway….remember that today when you sing about comrades all.

  22. Good matchday morning yall from the Garden of God.



    Weather – not got a clue.



    Team not got a clue, but let’s sing like lintys today and support whichever 11 take to the paradise green.



    Now do I make a fry up or not that is the real question?



    D. :)

  23. 31003,



    You are talking about Maeda when every god of football is smiling on him.He just cannot play this game.I repeat,no dribbling skill,no passing ability,terrible crosser of the ball,the bit of pace is all he has.His finishing,?most of his goal come off his backside,face,back of his head,rebounds of him.If people cant see this,watching a different player from me.


    God bless him and I hope he is smiling on him today,And he runs riot.

  24. Hope the GB have got a stonker of a Tito for today.Had a read at FF late on last night.


    Still raging this morning.Vile,bigoted,racist,inbred,evil,verminous scum.


    And really thick as shit.

  25. bournesouprecipe on

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league



    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,



    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,



    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,



    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.



    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.



    There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,



    There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been,



    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,



    And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.



    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,


    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,



    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,



    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the Scottish football league.



    Repeat to fade CSC

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