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  1. fourstonecoppi on 26th August 2019 9:43 am

     

     

    16 ROADS. on 26TH AUGUST 2019 4:51 AM

     

    Christ knows that I’m no great fan of the Jew… Credit where it’s due though. They were responsible for some decent music :

     

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    you fekin serious with that statement ??????

     

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    I agree – a Celtic site is no place for such a statement

  2. CHAVEZ on 26TH AUGUST 2019 9:45 AM

     

    that might be true but the league is never decided on the results of the Glasgow derbies. There are 38 games – it can become a slog, especially in winter so I think it’ll be whichever team comes through that period in better shape. Injuries will play a part as both us and Sevco don’t have a lot of striking options. If we lost Édouard or they lost Morelos it would have a huge impact – Defoe couldn’t play every game at his age.

     

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    Of course, it’s a long old season but I honestly feel like Celtic could get 90+ points without truly going through the gears.

     

     

    Playing Hearts after a taxing European game should be a tough proposition but it was a canter.

     

     

    Celtic tend to struggle in the month of December as the fixtures come thick and fast. At that stage, Celtic will have effectively played a full league season.

     

     

    By the end of December we had played 20 league games, 14 European ties & 4 league cup ties. That’s 38 games.

     

     

    If Celtic get to the winter break ahead that will be a major milestone.

  3. BBC had at least six at our game yesterday.

     

    English, Rob McLean, Packy, McCann, Chris McLaughlin and the golf lady, Eilidh Barbour.

     

    Not usually that many.

  4. Feeling semi-human for the first time since Wednesday night when I fell ill.

     

     

    I have tried to follow some of our reactions to the 2 good results as we tried to resurrect ourselves from the Cluj damage and I have to say I am surprised.

     

     

    I had predicted that last year’s angst 11′, which went up to 11 on a 1-10 scale, would be far surpassed this year. After Cluj, I felt they went up to beyond 20. I did not expect such a quick turnaround in comments on our team and this “lighthouse” thinking bothers me.

     

     

    We were playing good, attractive attacking football, before, during and after the Cluj game.

     

     

    We were playing an unconvincing defensive structure before, during and after the Cluj game.

     

     

    It is now a race to sort out some of the glaring weaknesses in the latter before we lose form in the former.

     

     

    We might expect familiarity with team pattern and team mates to help us tighten up but, it seems obvious that something is imbalanced, at the moment, regardless of player selection. Neil has the tension of trying to get our less impressive performers (Julien and Bolingoli) embedded into the team while not risking dropped points.

     

     

    My weakly informed observation is that the defence is inadequately screened by the defensive midfield pair. Callum is a very creative midfielder and will leave his screening role to set up and join in with attacks. That leaves Scott Brown on his own, at a time when his football powers are waning (not gone). We still rely on Broony’s drive and personality (too much in my opinion- we need other leaders) and he should be getting rested on the 60-70 minute mark in games safely won now. The only obvious defensive midfield cover we have for this pair is Bitton who has been showing good form as a CB (surprisingly for me, as he does tend to let a few balls go over his head whilst unaware of who is behind him). Should we give him a tryout in this DM position again even though he is more languid and reacts more slowly to danger? Or do we move big Kris into yet another position?

     

     

    The problem is the one Neil expressed himself. He wants to get his best players on the field and in doing so, he has asked them to play positions in which they are not best suited or experienced? Would we look more balanced with a natural RB , even one of lesser ability, that allows Kris to develop as a CB? Are we better persisting with Bolingoli, a wing back more than a full back , an Izzy compared to KT, or using a more natural LB, like the Kilmarnock boy, who has looked, so far, every inch a Killie-standard player, even in a Scotland shirt?

     

     

    These are our football problems.

     

     

    Off the field, rumours keep coming of problems behind the scenes, from posters with better information than I have. Even if much of it is speculative, it is pervasive and enduring. Every party will have a view as to who is the root or main cause of these problems but it is getting harder to believe that they are non-existent, even though the team has shown enough character to bounce back.

     

     

    Maybe, the tensions, of going for 9iar have not just affected the club supports’ angst levels, it seems to have got through to our custodians and players too. We can live with an antsy support if there is alignment between the team, management and Board, but if the tensions within CP become disruptive, they will feed into the team.

     

     

    Let us hope that it is just transfer window Blues, we are being told about, and they will soon be gone.

     

     

    In the meantime, well done to the team and Neil for producing the last 2 results (3 if we add Dunfermline). A good performance and result in Sweden can set us up for Ibrox. It is always a hard place to go and it is rare for us to come away with 3 points. We can survive a set-back there but it will put a severe damper on them if they do not get the flying start they want in the league.

     

     

    Above all, let’s get the backroom scene tensions sorted- whatever they are.

  5. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 26TH AUGUST 2019 10:32 AM

     

     

    My personal belief is that the leaked transfer document has somehow lent legitimacy to all rumourmongers.

     

     

    Lennybhoy on CQN, Phil Mac, Celtic Underground on twitter etc. They all have mixed results in predicting rumours but are often taken as fact.

     

     

    The news that Celtic had agreed a fee for Gumny was started by a fake Polish account.

     

     

    The most damning thing is, Stephen McGowan in the mail ran a piece very critical of Lawwell & the Board after the Cluj game. This is a guy who has proven a reliable source of information on Celtic. The fact he may have been willing to burn some bridges to get a story like that out was interesting. Does he get fed information from somebody at Celtic who wants to see Peter Lawwell out the door?

  6. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 26TH AUGUST 2019 10:32 AM

     

     

    Good read and very good observations.

     

     

     

    With regards Scott Brown it is also my belief that getting an hour or so out of him should be our plan going forward.

     

    He still makes a more than positive contribution and to completely discard him would weaken the team in so many ways.

     

    A point not many have made is that when a player is running out of gas silly mistakes often happen that appear unrelated like inexplicable hand balls and needless reckless challenges in the box resulting in two penalties in the last 10 days of action.

  7. Bolton heading for liquidation.

     

     

    Something to think about for the Celtic supporters who turned up their noses at Neil Lennon. He picked up a Bolton side that was rock bottom of the Championship on 5 points out of 11 games.

     

     

    He picked them up the floor and comfortably lead them to safety. The next season he lost a lot of players and effectively had to work with scraps. Every transfer was a bosman. Likely to be on significantly lower wages than the player they replaced.

     

     

    He was sacked because predictably it’s always the manager’s fault. Now the club is on the verge of extinction. Was Neil Lennon really at fault?

     

     

    Also a lot of revisionism about what went on at Hibs. Make no bones about it, they will go backwards without Neil.

  8. TIMALOY29

     

     

    Let’s not forget Sutton’s “source” who suggested we’d have Meling by now.

  9. TIMALOY29

     

     

    Agree with that comment. However, the fact that Lennon even took the Bolton job in the first place might indicate how poorly our league is viewed down south. I thought when he left us he’d be able to get something like Nottingham Forest, Middlesborough or Sheffield Wednesday…certainly a club of that ilk.

  10. traditionalist88 on

    Statement on behalf of Paul Appleton, Joint Administrator For Bolton Wanderers

     

     

    At 5pm on Friday August 23, the completion of the sale of the football club and the hotel had been agreed by all parties and undertakings had been issued by all solicitors except those of Ken Anderson.

     

     

    Devastatingly, on Saturday morning that deal collapsed. At this stage, there seems little point in apportioning blame because that makes no difference to the staff, players, management, supporters and the community who have once more seen their club taken back to the brink.

     

     

    My team have spent the last 48 hours working around the clock, striving to get a deal back on track and trying to convince the parties still in conflict that the very fate of Bolton Wanderers depends on them finding a compromise.

     

     

    The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 5pm deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency.

     

     

    On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.

     

     

    In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday.

     

     

    This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation.

     

     

    I reiterate, unless there is a change of position from any of the parties involved, the process of closing down the club and ultimately placing Bolton Wanderers into liquidation will begin this week.

  11. Go tell the Spartim on

    Lets just support him whilst he’s our manager, the rest of it is just fluff and counter fluff, it matters not a jot (im not keen on him) its what he does now that matters, so despite the major Cluj disaster we’re doing quite well.

     

     

    Its a big week for us but ive saw nothing in both of this weeks opponents that is scary (apart from the Sevco support)

  12. SFTB

     

    Glad your health is improving but these two paragraphs suggest that you are not back to your normal ,forensic self re analysis:

     

     

     

    “Off the field, rumours keep coming of problems behind the scenes, from posters with better information than I have. Even if much of it is speculative, it is pervasive and enduring. Every party will have a view as to who is the root or main cause of these problems but it is getting harder to believe that they are non-existent, even though the team has shown enough character to bounce back.

     

     

    Maybe, the tensions, of going for 9iar have not just affected the club supports’ angst levels, it seems to have got through to our custodians and players too. We can live with an antsy support if there is alignment between the team, management and Board, but if the tensions within CP become disruptive, they will feed into the team.”

     

     

    JJ

  13. 16 Roads

     

     

    I thought I was on Rangers Media or Follow Follow when I read your post about Paul Simon. Pretty shocking. This is a Celtic site and posts of that nature have no place on here. Poor show.

  14. THEORIGINALSADIESBHOY on 26TH AUGUST 2019 11:58 AM

     

    16 Roads

     

     

    I thought I was on Rangers Media or Follow Follow when I read your post about Paul Simon. Pretty shocking. This is a Celtic site and posts of that nature have no place on here. Poor show.

     

     

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    Not the first time. Seen the same recently when rallying against multiculturism.

     

     

    How anybody with those views can reconcile what our club (Open to All) stands for, is something I can’t get my head round. People eh??

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