Celtic’s difficulty retaining possession


Celtic played well to a point yesterday. We dominated the opening period but Hearts steadied and worked their way into the game. The old adage proved true; when you’re on top, you need to score. Unfortunately we couldn’t make the early pressure count.

I think it was coincidental that our period of domination ended around the time Stuart Armstrong was taken off injured. Stuart was not having such an overarching impact on the game, and James Forrest was an able replacement.

The goals eventually came from midfield, leaving us to defend a lead for the last 20 minutes. There’s not much you can do about Hearts added-time equaliser, which soared into the top corner, but our play in the final 10 minutes of the game was inviting the sucker punch. We couldn’t retain possession, often clearing the ball long, which allowed Hearts to launch forward again.

I wasn’t too concerned about the equaliser but we we’re going to lose late goals if we cannot retain possession.

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  1. There’s no bottlers like the Hibbee bottlers.



    Mercifully, BT Sport cut straight to Old Trafford.

  2. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Watching the hun game I never thought


    Hibs despite taking the lead believed they


    could win it,I expect the hun will push on now,


    you may not want them back but they’re coming.

  3. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar…… Ipox belongs to the creditors on 28th December 2015 4:50 pm – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/celtics-difficulty-retaining-possession/comment-page-2/#comments…………………….



    Thank you 67 HEAVEN, perhaps I could have reasoned and explained it better but you know where I am coming from…. I think, thanks.


    Again, thanks and by the way, I am perfectly serious in that I have no real interest anymore in this corrupt game of referee/official supported/influenced nonsense.






    BTW, anyone on here who knows me will testify that Celtic were a massive part of my life…………





    Regards & Hail Hail



  4. First time I have seen newco play this season.



    Good side, from What I could see today. Strong and quick.



    Hibs OK for a while, then overwhelmed and made elementary individual errors.



    Dylan McEough looked a far better player than Liam Hendetson today.

  5. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Starry plough



    Yes still my motm



    He conned Hun mad Madden he then hoofed aHun player. Decent performance imo

  6. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park



    You should alert your Dream Team of Stubbs and Henrik about his innate qualities:))

  7. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Starry Plough



    I’ve followed Fyvie since his Aberdeen days. He had a shocker toda. He is an excellent footballer with a fatal flaw – nae pace.



    As for my dream team…. Anything better than Ronnie and Johnny imo

  8. glendalystonsils on

    Aye, no doubt about it, the devil’s spawn will be back in the top division next season ans the masonic movers and shakers who ‘run’ Scottish football will not rest until they are back in what they see as their rightful place


    at the top of the tree.


    All peccadillo’s airbrushed out.

  9. My big Hibs mate in away end at bigotdome was struck by a coin thrown by some hun moron ! said atmosphere was absolutely vile !

  10. My friends in Celtic,



    Newcastle, Man Ure, Liverpool are all having relatively poor seasons with managerial difficulty.



    Yet they still have a tremendous ratio of seats filled at every home game.



    We do not. Why , is is too simplistic to say it’s Scottish football ? Or more worrying are their fans more faithful than ours ?




  11. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Hibs were never really in that game at any stage, even after they scored.



    McGinn did nothing of note. Neither did Henderson, who still looks very raw and lacking in composure.


    Mc.Geoch did some useful firefighting in the first half, but still has the tendency to run up blind alleys with the ball.



    No service for the front two, although I don’t think Keatings would have known what to do with the ball.



    Cummings looks a player, but lack of service caused him to drop deep in the hope of seeing what the ball looked like.



    The Hun are a smarter looking outfit than last year’s version and move themselves and the ball around the pitch.



    They are also much fitter.

  12. IF Ronny was brought in to develop the weans he won’t be going anywhere any time soon.


    IF the suits decide to bin him, and they carry on with the same policy, they need to look to Spain, Portugal for a new coach, these guys are well used to having players given to them.


    Ronny wasn’t at his last club, a prob IMO.


    No that I want him binned, I want him to be given players that he wants, and a proper spine for the team.


    Saw a bit of the hun game, with selected referees they will do well enough next season.

  13. Hiddink,Van Gal, Ranieri, Pelligrini. The local guys no longer considered for the big jobs. Fergie the last of the greats.

  14. onenightinlisbon on

    We should be worried re our lack of ambition. The years Sevco have spent in the wilderness should have been our time to pull completely out of sight. Unfortunately the custodians of our club yearn for the return of the “old firm” brand and will delight at the competition they will pose us next season. Good for the lining of their pockets.

  15. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    McCall is an atrocious TV pundit



    Seems he thinks he’s there as a Hun fan to pass comment



    Hibs lost poor goals



    It was a decent open game ….what I saw …turned it off at 3-1…



    Neither teams defence is up to the required standard

  16. The Comfortable Collective on

    “PARK ROAD 67 on 28TH DECEMBER 2015 5:11 PM



    My big Hibs mate in away end at bigotdome was struck by a coin thrown by some hun moron”



    – is he sure. It might just have been a bit if the roof falling off. That’s quite common at Ibroke as well. . . . .

  17. Mcginn for Celtic, pulling my chain


    hendo played to far out wide and defensive


    hibs piss poor


    servo best of bad bunch



    Celtic crying our for defensive mid to protect back line, creative player that can take game to opposition



    yip i am worried if sevco and hibs come up the league will be further devalued, think its time to consider consolidation of league as is, the premier league needs a strong Dundee united lol!!!!

  18. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    I agree with your comments



    Huns look very fit …fitter than us



    Their defence is terrible tho as is their GK



    Hibs are a moderate outfit…as for Keatings….he’d an awful game …no contribution whatsoever

  19. Oh and apologies’ for wee guy saying bad word on box, while 40000 sing racist songs without a peep, wits that about?




    McCall is an atrocious TV pundit



    Seems he thinks he’s there as a Hun fan to pass comment






    That’s exactly why he is there PF.

  21. Cults



    He’s not a bad player as you say a wee bit too slow, thought he was outplayed today..



    Aye ah thought your Dreamteam reeked a little of desperation:))



    You’re not alone!

  22. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Hibs got what they deserved today. Totally inconsistent side with no spine. Sounds familiar to me to another club. Stubbs needs a few more years to learn his trade before evening thinking about making a step up.







  23. Huns look fitter than us, well what do you expect I’ve no got of the sofa for days and my diet has consisted of mince pies for three weeks,

  24. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Cults Bhoy



    Fyvie was a cheat and a disaster today. I would not want him near a team I support if this was his normal contribution.







  25. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    it was ridiculous ….groaning when Huns missed chances



    Nearly greetin when Hibs scored

  26. Good Night……………



    Marspapa, some man pal………..


    Take Care and God Bless!!!



    Regards & Hail Hail



  27. Shocking singing at the bigotdome


    Chris McLaughlin got asked about it on Twitter his reply was I’m only talking about football


    Michael Gannon said watching it with the sound down


    The msn in usual deflection mode

  28. *** LMS6 – WEEK 3 SELECTIONS ***



    With the Week 3 fixtures just kicking off our prayers lie with the following selections



    Arsenal – 29


    Ross County – 12


    Hearts – 6


    Aberdeen – 5


    Celtic – 2


    Partick Thistle – 1


    St Johnstone – 1



    Good luck!




  29. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Green piñata



    I think seats are filled at English clubs experiencing bad seasons because the leagues are still relatively even playing field….



    I don’t think we can compare Celtic experience as we are in a financial one horse race heading to a photo finish..




  30. ‘I Rest My Case’


    All the evidence points toward the defendant’s guilt……………



    Regards & Hail Hail



  31. 67 Heaven: Nice Wee ditty there. I see you haven’t lost your sharpness during the school hols. Noo away back up to yer room and play with yer new PlayStation

  32. Griffo not fit for Dundee..




    Leigh Griffiths won’t return for Celtic’s clash with Dundee says boss




    28 December 2015 16:40 GMT




    send to friend


    Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths (centre) and Scott Brown


    Celtic’s leigh Griffiths watches on from the stands.SNS


    Leigh Griffiths will miss Celtic’s final match of 2015 against Dundee, boss Ronny Deila has confirmed.



    The striker, who recently signed a new five-year contract with the club, hasn’t featured since November 29.



    Griffiths watched from the stands as the Scottish champions drew 2-2 with Hearts, a game which saw Stuart Armstrong and Dedryck Boyata pick up knocks.



    Deila said: “Dedryck got a hamstring injury and Stuart has problems with his back so it will be very hard to get them ready for Wednesday.



    “Leigh tested himself in Saturday and he wasn’t totally there. He is still he is getting stiffness in his calf when he starts running so it is still too early.



    “He is very close, it could be Wednesday, it could be Saturday, it could be a week after but it is not a long-term injury.



    “Kris got a knock in training, unfortunately it was a normal tackle but he got a bad hit and got a swollen ankle.



    “We have to take a picture (scan) of it but we don’t think it is a very serious thing and hopefully he can be ready for Wednesday.



    “Efe and Mikael went down as well but we got through it and we got a point. It was an okay performance and that is something we have to take with us. I am satisfied with a lot of things.”

  33. Celtic’s players urny fit enough.


    Celtic’s players live in a clique-dressing-room-comfort-zone….imho


    Give Collins the keys to the dug – oot…let him walk into the dressing room, rip his shirt aff and ask the players…”Do you have the physique of a top class athlete…like me ?”


    If, the answer is no ?…..Collins should say..”Then get yourselves out of my club!”


    Get Collins in charge….get the players fit and, playing the way that a Celtic player of guid, decent stature like Collins did back in the day.


    The Collins mantra would be – “Shape up or, ship out!”…what’s wrong wi that ?


    Too many cliquey-kissy-cuddly-types in the dressing room…imho.


    Btw….how many chances were created that would have allowed Big Ciftci a shot at goals or, a header at goals ?


    What is Big Ciftci being judged on ?


    Anyway…MO’N on Peter & Roughie at 6:15pm STV Glasgow channel.


    BlantyreTim – Love you pal.


    Tri Colored Ribbon – YNWA


    Hail Hail Tims….off oot.

  34. Was not going to comment , however in my opinion the Orcs are shite, Hibs defend like us in Euirope and the community singing? You ain’t head nothin yet…wait until we go there next August. I trust Desmond will be there to hear his family, religion and race being abused.


    As you sow , shall you reap…

  35. First time in four years I’ve thought the Huns would give us a game.



    They aren’t great, but we are only a little better.



    They will definitely come up next season.