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  1. The Comfortable Collective on

    The round of applause was more than a ‘stand up for the champions’ type thing, I thought.

     

     

    I thought maybe FF had reached a milestone in terms of consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.

     

     

    But I don’t know. So I clapped along, whilst nodding in a sage and wise way so it looked like I knew why I was doing what I was doing.

  2. Doc

     

     

    Yes that was what I thought. I agree re atmos tonight and re Green Brigade. But the kids did well and even heard some singing from other bits of the ground.

     

     

    Away to my scratcher.

     

     

     

    Jimbo67 supporting Oscar Knox

  3. Style of play currently of pressing high up the park or defending from the front requires mobile hard working advanced players narrowing angles with midfielders following up and in rotation helping to create opposition panic and mistakes. The subsequent loose balls tonight were picked up by in large by Efe who knew his advanced team mates would encourage these mistakes. He must of broken the NFL interceptions records- fantastic and he too is helped by the cover for him from Virgil, Darnell and the deep midfielder (again rotated). Great team play.

     

    The advantage is obviously steeling possession when a team looks to adavance, but, much higher up the park meaning less build up play required, less time in own half and more chances against a team structured to attack not defend. Sorry for the long post but for me this is exactly where Teemu Pukki comes in, he IMO will be our Dirk Kuyt who was critical to Benitez’s tactical style(Compact was the word he always used). Benitez tried to sign him for Valencia before Liverpool. I think Pukki will definitely play in Euro away matches and tight home matches, he will help keep Neil’s teams shape as one of two advanced midfielders/forwards on right or left when we don’t have the ball and moving into space when we do. A lot of people didn’t like Benitez’s style, but, for me, that sort of shape and discipline would do us a world(or continent) of good in Europe and I think we’re slowly getting the personnel to as is Neil’s wishes. Just my take, really enjoying watching our team at the moment, HH;-)

  4. Kikinthenakas, I think he will! and I’ll email him with details after Friday, getting everything organised. It’s an early start, will get him along around 6:15-30.

  5. Must say, loved them Celts tonight.

     

     

    Some impeccable performances, fancy flicks, crisp passing, good goals.

     

     

    What’s not to like ?

     

     

    I realise that Killie were on the wrong side of dismal but that takes NOTHING away from our guys putting in a good shift AND keeping a clean sheet.

     

     

    Of course the obligatory booking for celebrating a goal too much.

     

     

    The club should get on this at some point – it’s beyond a joke now.

     

     

    Shame though that the lean mean Tarbolton snarler never made an appearance cos he wid hiv bin a mere spectator.

     

     

    Oh and the ref was abysmal.

     

     

    And hey Amido got a goal.

     

     

    More drinks now.

     

     

    Yes !

  6. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors

     

     

    23:35

     

     

    We should have a CQN poll to spend or not to spend :)

     

     

    Any bets the youngster Celts will live for the day and pay for tomorrow :)

     

     

    I mean when you are sitting pretty for years to come with what you have got already would it not be wiser to keep the fruits of your hard earned dosh in a bank you can trust :)

  7. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    NatKnow

     

     

    That’s a wee bit unfair Amido is 6’4″ and built like a Heavyweight boxer. Suppose he ain’t going to be svelte ? Despite that he isn’t too slow and tonight displayed some nice touches.

     

     

    Had to laugh when he was penalised after one of the Killie players bounced off him tonight.

  8. Hi Lhads

     

    Great performance tonight

     

    I like Pukki and think that johannson looks the part

     

    But once again a Celt gets booked for celebrating.

     

    Did anyone see Adam Rooney jump the hoardings and run behind the goals on Saturday after his goal.He wasn,t booked

     

    Then againAberdeen don’t play in green and white.

     

    Isn’t that right.

     

    HH

     

    Phil.

  9. JamesDoleman twitter

     

     

    David Murray paid £375,000 for land then sold back to council for for £5,000,000 to council

     

     

    “http://t.co/AzQL28lqbh

     

     

    #stateaid

  10. TootingTim supports Wee Oscar on

    hen1rik

     

     

    Fascinating stuff, this is a real can o’worms…and that piece dated 4/1/12…I wonder what has transpired since then?

  11. tootingtim supports wee oscar

     

     

    00:14 on 30 January, 2014

     

     

    The MSM all excited about us and state aid but all quiet when it’s Sir Minty.

  12. Neil Lennon tells Wolves not to mess Celts about

     

     

    By GARETH LAW Published: 4 hrs ago

     

    NEIL LENNON insists Celtic won’t be held to ransom in their pursuit of Leigh Griffiths.

     

    Wolves boss Kenny Jackett rejected the Hoops’ bid for the striker earlier this week.

     

     

    Yesterday Griffiths retweeted the news that the Molineux side had signed frontman Leon Clarke from Coventry.

     

     

    But Celts gaffer Lennon vowed he won’t wait forever — and revealed he’ll consider other targets if things continue to stall.

     

     

    Asked about Griffiths last night, he said: “We’re as we were yesterday — no further movement.

     

     

    “Leon Clarke moving might push it on but we’ll see what tomorrow and Friday bring. We are looking at other options as well for similar positions.

     

     

    “I’m not saying the move is dead but we do have others in mind, not just for that position but other positions too.

     

     

    “Whether we go back again will be something we’ll have to consider over the next couple of days.

     

     

    “Are Wolves tough negotiators? I don’t get involved with that. Peter does that side of things from our point of view. I’ll speak to him tomorrow and see where we go.”

     

     

    Joe Ledley starred in midfield as Celtic coasted to an easy win over Kilmarnock to stretch their undefeated league run to 23 games.

     

     

    The Welshman hasn’t signed a new deal, with his current one up in the summer.

     

     

    It’s the same for Georgios Samaras and Lennon — who refused to talk about previous target Lee Tomlin — insists he’ll try again to keep them if they don’t move on now.

     

     

    He said: “We’ve had no calls regarding our players.

     

     

     

    Wolves manager rejected a bid earlier in the week

     

    “If there’s any interest — we don’t want to sell anyone — then the phone will have to start ringing.

     

     

    “If the window closes and the two of them are still here then we’ll look to talk to them again next month.

     

     

    “Joe was outstanding. Not just his goal which he took very well but also his all-round game and passing.

     

     

    Window “His covering of the ground was superb. He and Scott Brown are a fantastic partnership. As midfield displays go it was as good as it goes this season attacking and defending.”

     

     

    He can’t wait for the window to close. He said: “I’ll be glad when it’s a minute past 11 on Friday night and I can go home and put my feet up.

     

     

    “Then you’ve got your squad to work with between now and May. There’s a lot of speculation regarding our players here and some coming in.

     

     

    “The phone’s non-stop and it’ll be fraught for the next 48 hours. I expect a bit of to-ing and fro-ing from both sides.”

     

     

    James Forrest set up Ledley then forced Lee Ashcroft to net an OG.

     

     

    Charlie Mulgrew and Amido Balde also netted as Fraser Forster equalled Charlie Shaw’s 1922 record of ten straight clean sheets in the league.

     

     

    Lennon added: “First half was exhilarating football and a lot came through James. It’s no coincidence him coming back into the team we are scoring goals at a very high rate.

     

     

    “Fraser made a terrific save and he’s done that the last two or three games. He deserves the accolades that come his way.”

     

     

    Kilmarnock gaffer Allan Johnston admits his team were taught a lesson but denied Kris Boyd stayed on the bench because of an impending move.

     

     

    He said: “I don’t think you can take many positives from that. Celtic were different class.

     

     

    “On Monday Kris had a couple of knocks on his legs and his calves were really tight.

     

     

    “He’s too big a player for us to gamble with and we need to make sure he’s good for the remainder of the season.

     

     

    “As far as I’m aware he’ll definitely be here. We can’t afford to lose someone of his quality. It was evident tonight — he’s such a big loss for us.”

     

     

    Meanwhile, AIK Stockholm have ruled out a move for Celtic misfit Mo Bangura, free to leave Parkhead two and a half years after signing from the Swedes.

     

     

    AIK has been interested in taking Bangura back but director Bjorn Wesstrom claims it’s a non-starter.

     

     

    He said: “We have to evaluate all the factors and look at our squad. At the moment, we don’t need a forward.

     

     

    “The economic levels required the last time Bangura came on loan to Sweden with Elfsborg would also mean we are unable to compete.”

  13. By DEREK McGREGOR Published: 3 hrs ago

     

    INVINCIBLE, unplayable but still undecided.

     

    Joe Ledley scored Celtic’s first, set up their third and bossed the midfield as his side stretched their unbeaten league season to 23 games.

     

     

    However, he has still to declare whether he is staying at Parkhead beyond the end of his contract in the summer.

     

     

    On this form boss Neil Lennon will be even more anxious to get him tied down.

     

     

    A Lee Ashcroft own goal and sub Amido Balde’s fortunate strike sealed Celtic’s 12th straight league win.

     

     

    And keeper Fraser Forster equalled a 92-year club record held by Charlie Shaw of ten successive league clean sheets.

     

     

    Killie left top scorer and ex-Rangers idol Kris Boyd on the bench, possibly to avoid injury as Nottingham Forest and Blackpool ponder deadline beating moves for the 30-year-old.

     

     

    However, the visiting supporters would have been disappointed the 13-goal poacher was in the dugout for kick-off.

     

     

    And in a double blow for the travelling fans, returning hero Alexei Eremenko wasn’t even stripped for action due to international clearance not coming through on time.

     

     

    The average age of Killie boss Allan Johnston’s side was just 23, with Robbie Muirhead and Greg Kiltie, both 17, starting.

     

     

    Parkhead wasn’t exactly jumping at kick-off but the noise levels rose after five minutes when centre half Virgil van Dijk stormed up the pitch. But from the corner of the box, and with Craig Samson off his line, the Dutchman’s weak cross-cum-shot was straight at the Killie keeper.

     

     

    Three minutes later ref Brian Colvin rejected home penalty claims for a shirt tug by Manuel Pascali on Kris Commons.

     

     

     

    Joe Ledley celebrates opening the scoring

     

    Celtic angst turned to joy in the 11th minute though.

     

     

    The excellent James Forrest turned Sean Clohessy before feeding Ledley in the box to fire past Samson into the far corner.

     

     

    You feared for Killie and more so when ref Colvin appeared to deal them a major injustice by denying them a spot-kick in the 14th minute.

     

     

    Rory McKenzie slipped in William Gros with a superb pass.

     

     

    As the bustling attacker got to the edge of the box he looked to be bundled over by van Dijk, but the whistler ignored Killie’s appeal for a penalty. Celtic made the most of that let off by doubling their lead in 21 minutes — and it was a gut-wrencher for Killie kid Ashcroft.

     

     

    Forrest was again the architect with stunning footwork to bamboozle Jeroen Tesselaar before firing in a cross to the near post which the young stopper diverted past Samson.

     

     

    Samson then magnificently saved a Scott Brown piledriver before van Dijk fired just past from 20 yards.

     

     

    Celtic No1 Forster went in at half-time with his strip as clean as it was when kitman John Clark laid it out for him.

     

     

    By then he had chalked up a staggering 16 and a half hours of action without conceding and the England keeper clearly had no intention of seeing that run end. Seven minutes into the second half he pulled out a blinding stop to save a six-yard left-foot volley by Pascali.

     

     

    Video:FULL-TIME HIGHLIGHTS: Celtic V

     

    KilmarnockSPFLWATCH all the action from Parkhead as Hoops extend their unbeaten league run to 23

     

    It really was a typical save by the giant Geordie — nothing to do for ages then delivering big-time when he had to.

     

     

    And never mind West Brom’s Ben Foster or Norwich City’s John Ruddy, the Hoops hero is the guy who should be going with England to the World Cup this summer.

     

     

    Teemu Pukki blew a gilt-edged chance in the 59th minute, weakly heading over a pin-point Commons cross, as normal service quickly resumed for Celtic.

     

     

    Forrest worked some of his magic again in the 63rd minute as he coasted into the Killie box and delivered a perfect cutback for Mulgrew.

     

     

    His right-foot shot from ten yards looked in — but ricocheted off the post and into Samson’s hands.

     

     

    Just 60 seconds later ref Colvin waved away more Killie pleas for a penalty as McKenzie went down in between van Dijk and Emilio Izaguirre.

     

     

    If it wasn’t to be a penalty then it HAD to be a booking for diving.

     

     

    But Colvin didn’t act and merely signalled play on.

     

     

    Killie boss Johnston and No2 Sandy Clark were raging on the touchline and Colvin, on the say-so of fourth official Kevin Graham, soon came across to give the Rugby Park gaffer a stern talking-to.

     

     

    Johnston’s mood would have darkened more in 67 minutes as Ledley measured a stunning lofted ball into the box for Mulgrew to run on to and stab a shot beyond Samson.

     

     

    Pukki, Commons and van Dijk all passed up good chances.

     

     

    But sub and fans’ fun figure Balde showed them the way a minute into injury time with a shot which Samson horribly spilled into the net.

     

     

    It was the Portuguese striker’s third goal in 16 games.

     

     

    The rout was complete though, and added shine on another victory for the relentless Hoops was a home debut off the bench for £2million capture Stefan Johansen.

     

     

    The Norwegian came on in the 4-0 win over Hibs.

     

     

    He’ll now be wondering if it’s as easy as this every week.

  14. Neil Lennon paid tribute to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster after he equalled a club record for clean sheets in the 4-0 win over Kilmarnock.

     

     

    Celtic moved 18 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after strikes from Joe Ledley, Charlie Mulgrew, Amido Balde and an own goal from Lee Ashcroft secured a comfortable home victory against Killie.

     

     

    Another clean sheet from Forster meant the champions matched the record of 10, last achieved in 1921/22 and he was given a round of applause by fans at the final whistle.

     

     

    Lennon said: “He made a terrific save at 2-0 and he has done that in the last two or three games.

     

     

    “He is another player in superb form and thoroughly deserves all the accolades that will come his way.

     

     

    “It is a fantastic achievement and we are hoping to keep that run going if we can.”

     

     

    Kilmarnock lacked a cutting edge, but boss Allan Johnson insisted he could not gamble on the fitness of top-scorer Kris Boyd, who was left on the bench.

     

     

    “He came in on Monday with a couple of knocks and his calves were tight,” he said.

     

     

    “He is too big a player for us to gamble with, we need to make sure he is good for the remainder of the season.

     

     

    “You are always going to miss someone of his quality but the last thing you want to do is gamble with his fitness.”

     

     

    Reflecting on the match, Johnson said: “I don’t think we can take many positives. Celtic were different class with the way they passed and moved.

     

     

    “If anything, we can take lessons from that.”