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Celtic’s difficulty retaining possession

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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. ‘James Forrest was an able replacement.’

     

    A wee bit too much mulled wine P67?

     

    A waste of a jersey as ever,great chance to get him off the wage bill in the summer.

  2. Dallas

     

     

    That was my first ever visit to Tyncastle. It was the day that Drumchapel’s greatest ever son Daniel Fergus McGrain became my favourite ever Celtic player.

  3. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, Danny and Kenny were fantastic in that match.

     

     

    Wednesday , despite our injuries. will hopefully show the strength of character we have in our squad.

     

     

    Good night all and sleep well tonight. Back to work tomorrow .

  4. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    ‏@GrahamSpiers

     

    Great win for Rangers today at Ibrox. Accompanied by some atrocious sectarian singing. Just like old times.

  5. DELANEYS DUNKY on 28TH DECEMBER 2015 10:00 PM

     

    VP

     

     

     

     

    Radiohead’s lead singer. My kinda man.

     

     

    VP is more a kinda Neil Sedaka dude :0

  6. There was plenty wrong at Ibrox today and that has been covered but there was also plenty right. Just like there was plenty right about yesterdays game.

     

     

    I must admit I was slightly jealous (only slightly) seeing a full ibrox for a league game. A game in a league that has been built up to the heavens giving it a sense of a race and a value. When was the last time we had a full house for a domestic game that the wider audience and even the partisan audience believed was a must win game? While the Hearts game was billed as a big game it wasn’t billed as pivitol.

     

     

    The MSM have devalued the top league and a fair few of our own fans have bought into this. The question I asked myself today was if we played Aberdeen today with the points situation being as it is would we have got 49,000? I reckon not.

     

     

    There is many factors but I would worry if no-one at the club didn’t look at that today and wondered the same as me.

     

     

    We are in a title race and those who bemoaned lack of competition as the main reason for dwindling attendances will be hoping for a few thousand extra every home game from now on. Hell, even the missing 10,000 season ticket holders may turn up.

     

     

    Dundee is a massive game. Don’t let the MSM tell us any different.

  7. Programme on Sky Arts about the rebuilding of Shane McGowan’s teeth.

     

     

    At least it’s different.

  8. New gnashers are being designed not to be perfect. Waiting to see the final outcome.

     

     

    Good to hear from you. Best wishes for the new year.

  9. DD

     

     

    Programme is also focusing on his partner of 30 years,Victoria, who is credited for keeping him alive despite his lifestyle. Bit of a fairy tale that he found her.

  10. I went to the dentist last week,he said my teeth were fine,but my gums would need to come out….

     

    #frankcarsoncsc

  11. Hold the bus. He’s not happy.

     

     

    Sensation….He has abandoned all his principles and wants them whitened.

     

     

    How will this turn out?

  12. Giggsy 10.15…….Not so long ago they were handing out free tickets to get the crowds into that stadium…..don’t know if there is still freebies available ????….I think you could see todays game for a tenner…..plus the publicity from the rags about 2 useless teams,….these factors brought out the crowds…….if Celtic were to play Aberdeen on Saturday with a reduced entrance fee I think they could fill the stadium……and you still wouldn’t need to give out freebies.

  13. Relax……….He can still sing Fairytale in New York with the same drawl

     

     

    All ends well and his mum is pleased.

  14. In our original 9iar our average league home game attendances were :-

     

     

    65/66- 24,102

     

    66/7- 31,082

     

    67/8- 31,373

     

    68/9- 34,734

     

    69/70- 33,187

     

    70/71- 29,647

     

    71/2- 31,241

     

    72/3- 26,606

     

    73/4- 24,762

     

    74/5- 22,775 (the year we lost out on 10iar)

     

     

    Looks like our Lisbon success put an initial 7,000 on the gate and 10k more by 69 but as we got sated on success this dropped off again back to the level of our first league winning season (still higher than most of the early 60s) and we couldn’t be bothered turning up in any numbers during the 74/5 season, though we did finish 11 points behind Rangers.

     

     

    This habit of getting pissed off with predictable success is not a new thing. In 73/4 as we reached 9iar, our lowest crowd for a home match was 8, 176.

     

     

    Taken from fitba stats

  15. if you then apply the

     

     

    white/kelly actual really attendance

     

    appendix,

     

     

    there was 17,406 more, every game, and every year

  16. St. Stivs

     

     

    As you say, there may have been under counting involved in some of that but, unless you feel it was specific to one or two years then you can add or subtract that random factor from each of the averages in every year and the trend remains the same.

     

     

    It was the trend that I commented on not the veracity of the figures.

  17. setting free the bears for Res. 12 & Oscar Knox on 28th December 2015 11:25 pm –

     

     

     

    seriously bud,

     

     

    you want to use the recorded attendance as the real attendance ?

     

     

    midweek replay with aberdeen 1979 ish . official attendance 37,000.

     

     

    ground was packed out.

  18. SFTB –

     

     

    Haven’t read back (and wine infused) so dangerously out of context but I totally concur with the general point you are making. Apart from a blip around the Seville years I don’t think Celtic have ever had more than around 20,000 – 35,000 core support.

  19. And as for the bigot fest from Govan this aftenoon has anyone from BT Sport (or elsewhere) acknowledged that singing about how deep your knees are in the blood of others might in fact be a tad sectarian… ?

  20. Ach, you’ll be screamin’ for a weather report early doors* so time to hit the sack. If anyone turns up, please be nice…

     

     

    Jobo

     

     

    * (c) DJ

  21. St. Stivs

     

     

    “seriously bud,

     

    you want to use the recorded attendance as the real attendance ?

     

    midweek replay with aberdeen 1979 ish . official attendance 37,000.

     

    ground was packed out.”

     

     

     

    No, I made my point and it has nothing to do with the accuracy of the stats. My point was about the trend for crowds to drop off as the league winning became more predictable.

     

     

    Unless you are arguing that some of those years are distorted and some are accurate, then the fact of any under-reporting or over-reporting of attendance is a random factor that does not affect the trend.

     

     

    Do you not believe that it was a random factor? Do you the think we over or under reported one year but not the next?

     

     

    I think that whatever they were at, they were at it consistently, therefore the point stands.

     

     

    Off to ma kip- back at work for a few days tomorrow.

  22. Just watched the truely outstanding David Blane on channel 4 Real or Magic best programme I viewed today by far if you missed it you’ll get the chance to view on C4 +1

  23. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 29TH DECEMBER 2015 12:44 AM

     

    St. Stivs

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “seriously bud,

     

     

     

     

    you want to use the recorded attendance as the real attendance ?

     

     

     

     

    midweek replay with aberdeen 1979 ish . official attendance 37,000.

     

     

     

     

    ground was packed out.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No, I made my point and it has nothing to do with the accuracy of the stats. My point was about the trend for crowds to drop off as the league winning became more predictable.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Unless you are arguing that some of those years are distorted and some are accurate, then the fact of any under-reporting or over-reporting of attendance is a random factor that does not affect the trend.

     

     

    Do you not believe that it was a random factor? Do you the think we over or under reported one year but not the next?

     

     

     

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    i think that the celtic board, the families, under reported, year on year on year.

     

     

    many eye witness reports say they were in huge crowds, which were understated in the official attendance,

     

     

    therefore , my conclusion is,

     

     

    recorded attendances where pish.

     

     

    the last worst know was Celtic v dundee 1988 , 60,800

  24. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    Stuart McCall – Decent Bloke?

     

     

    As for Alan Stubbs

     

     

    As soon as he got up here, noises were made:

     

     

    Need to move for my England Career… Mandy can’t settle in Scotland (She’s managing alright now tho’) blah …blah….

     

     

    Celtic gave him a contract when both parties knew there was no chance of him playing whilst he had his condition, what does he do? The moment the contract ran down, he’s pictured in the Retard with an arm round the cardigan both holding a “forever blue” scarf. Cheers Alan..Wouldn’t want him near Celtic Park

     

     

    The only time he looked like a decent player was when he was standing next to Mjallby or Rieper.

     

     

    Marspapa…Glad you’re alright…get yer ar5e back tae the 5’s………….