Central-mid quandary for Celtic


We know what to expect from Aberdeen tonight.  They will flood (pardon the pun) central midfield, defend deeply and, let’s be clear, they will score any time we allow them the kind of space they exploited at Celtic Park this month.

Question is, what will Celtic do about it?  If Stefan Johansen’s ankle knock keeps him out the central-mid triangle of Johansen, Brown and Biton will be disrupted, and surely Neil Lennon will not revert to a central two after the Scottish Cup lesson.  The picture is further complicated by the injury to Emilio Izaguirre, which forced Charlie Mulgrew back at the weekend.  Mulgrew would be a suitable direct replacement for Johansen.

In 10 years doing this stuff I’ve probably used no more than a few dozen words to praise emerging young talent; it’s been a rough decade in that respect.  Without wanting to go overboard in any way, Darnell Fisher has looked more than comfortable at right back in the absence of Mikael Lustig and Adam Matthews.  Darnell’s problem going forward will be that he has two excellent international players ahead of him in the pecking order, but for tonight, I would be tempted to bring Matthews to left back (if he can do it against Barcelona….) and restore Fisher to the right back slot.  This would allow Charlie to sit alongside Scott Brown and Nir Biton in central-mid.

Well done to Frank McAvennie, who is jumping out of an aeroplane 15,000 feet in the air.  You can play your part in this exercise by supporting the Quarriers run, Chavey Down residential home, in Newton Mearns, which helps young people up to the age of 16.

The need is for sensory equipment, toys and wheelchair-appropriate play areas.  To contribute, go to Frank’s JustGiving page, or text FMSD 89 followed by £1, 2, 3, 5, 10 to 70070.

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  1. Alasdair MacLean on

    Beautiful early-spring day in Dingwall.


    The Seaforth Stags to trounce the Inverness mongrels tonight.

  2. Repost from previous article



    12:50 on 25 February, 2014





    In your earlier response to tamrabam, you said, “If HMRC lose then all ebts but those to De Boer and Flo were regular. If HMRC win then all ebts were irregular and LNS falls anyway as it is no longer a misregistration issue but paying players by unlawful means.”



    Does this mean in your opinion that the LNS verdict will become null and void and that the SFA and SPL/SFPL would then be forced to go back to all matches that these compromised individual players were involved in and alter the match outcomes to reflect this new status?



    Do you think that it is in any way possible that the trophies ‘won’ during this period would also be declared null and void and appropriate penalties applied to the guilty parties?



    In my heart, I know the answers to my questions but I maintain that only a full and open public enquiry will get all of the answers into this unthinkable social scandal in Scotland.




  3. Re-post previous article. Think I got the last post?



    Responding to claims that administration is days away Graham Wallace added: “We are constantly seeing reports about a financial crisis here. I don’t believe there is any crisis.



    “I’ve said personally many times that there is no prospect of this business going into administration. As I work with the information on a daily basis, I’m probably more informed than anyone to make that judgement.



    “You do wonder how many times you have to come out and give that reassurance before segments of the wider community will actually accept the statement at face value.”






    Hmm… I smell something not particularly pleasant!



    I also have a feeling we will shortly all be shouting “WHERE’S WALLY?” (as he walks away)





    As BILLY BHOY 05 guessed,I did miss your post last night re Swindon.



    If I can help,mail me on






    The Tap and Barrel sadly has gone native,by and large,and the Shamrock CSC seems to be spread to the winds.



    The fellas I used to sing the songs with in The Cock Robin are pretty much the same,or their ashes are!



    But any assistance will be offered regardless.

  5. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    moo‏@moo_ted·9 mins


    Court has adjourned for 5 mins to allow a call to IA be made. Lord Tyre wants to make a decision before lunch. So hopefully back soon.

  6. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Grant Russell‏@STVGrant·38s


    Imran Ahmad had failed in his attempt at court to arrest £620,000 of money from Rangers he contests is owed to him in bonuses.

  7. MWD,



    ultimately it will depend on what is submitted. The hearing is not one of witness evidence but primarily on the basis of submissions and any documents produced. The judge will be trying to strike a balance between the evidence at hand and what may occur if the motion is granted. For example, I am not sure it would necessarily be in Mr A’s interests for administration never mind the defenders’. What seems to be assumed on here (other than that the judges and lawyers are members of Lodge Fantasyland no.13) is that Mr A’s case is a strong one. May be it is but if there is doubt about it, that might militate against any order. So there are a number of factors to be weighed and balanced. For example, perhaps the judge will think of what will happen to existing creditors if the motion is granted.


    One of the counsel involved is a Dandy Don so I’m not sure where that leaves the conspiracy theorists…



    Exiled – okay, let’s just agree the answer is “yes”. There you go. Query why does anyone bother with lawyers eh?

  8. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    Antipodean Red


    exactly what i wanted to say, except a thousand time more eloquent



    Mercury buckets mon ami

  9. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    moo‏@moo_ted·1 min


    So. Imran lost his case and has to pay the other sides expenses.



  10. Paul67



    I was disappointed that Fisher did not start against Aberdeen. He was a big part of the clean sheet run and thought he was unlucky to miss out.


    While I am a fan of Matthews I think he looks a little short on confidence at the moment.

  11. surprise surprise…



    Lord Tyre has refused the motion and granted expenses to RIFC . He earlier indicated granting it may well put Sevco into insolvency.

  12. Jumping oot a plane at 15,000 feet?!



    Nae problem tae oor Frank.



    Is he not a member of the ‘mile high club’?



    Dive, dive dive!!!




  13. One simple question I’ve yet to see asked anywhere.



    If the ebt’s were “loans”, why has no one asked for them to be repaid?

  14. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    moo‏@moo_ted·1 min


    Lord Tyre says there is enough evidence for the case to go ahead. But no arrestment of moneys as its unreasonable.

  15. Lord Tyre satisfied case to answer but says insufficient evidence that Rangers’ finances have deteriorated to point of near insolvency.

  16. Has to be a solid midfield 3 tonight. Dons ran over Brown & Johansen in cup game a couple of weeks ago. As mentioned before a number of our best performances this season have saw Biton as the defensive anchor.



    I know Mark Guidi thinks he is a dud, I think he shields the back line pretty well and is an asset.

  17. Bom dia,



    Well it could be quite a week and it’s only Tuesday.



    Have a feeling that we’ll give the Don’s a spanking tonight (don’t ask me why, it’s just one of them “feelings”) and the Ranjurs (in whatever guise they currently masquerade) circus is really the comic gift that just keeps on giving (I hope)



    Anyway, Libertadores here this week, so here’s a look at what’s on tonight…..



    Cruzeiro v U.Chile


    Cruzeiro are still smarting after their defeat to Real Garcilaso, so will be out to prove a point in this one. Still hoping to be see better things from (alleged) Man U target, Everton Ribeiro though. Cruzeiro also enraged that Fox Sports / Conmebol have ordained this match a 17:30 kick off.



    U.Chile are not the force they were a few years ago (they won the Copa Sul Americana 2011) and struggled at home in their opening match against Defensor.





    Velez Sarsfield v A.Paranã


    Hard to bet against Velez here. Strike force of Pratto/Zarate being a successful duo. Youth to watch out for being Ramiro Caseres. Paranã were a solid unit last season, but struggled in their first round game at home to Zamora. Be interesting to see of the addition of the new slimmed down, Adriano (and you just know that won’t last) helps them.


    HOME WIN .



    Gremio v A.Nacional


    Gremio chalked up an impressive away win in their first game against Nacional in Uruguay and will be looking not to slip up at home. However, today’s papers show them as setting up with a very defensive line-up for being the home team.



    A.Nacional are being tipped by a few as this season’s dark horses in the Libertadores. Nacional are managed by Juan Carlos Osorio, an ex fitness coach at Man City, who’s well quoted down here and led on the pitch by ex Villa, man Juan Pablo Angel on it. My Colombian (purely business) contacts tell me to keep an eye on right sided midfielder , Wilder Guisão.


    (a surprise)DRAW



    Arsenal de Sarandi v Dep. Anzoategui


    Arsenal are a workmanlike Argentinian side who put up a brave defence away to Santos Laguna in their first round (they lost 1-0) with no big stars in their side. Apparently Arsenal’s most popular fansite is called “Arsemania” (honest).



    Dep. Anzo held a poor Penarol to a 1-1 draw in their opening game, but don’t really have strength in depth for this level of competition. Name to watch being young striker, Jaime Moreno who will probably plough a lone furrow in this game.





    …..and finally.



    Here’s one for all “You are the Ref” fans out there.



    In last Sunday’s Rio classico (Fluminense v Botafogo, which a ‘fogo reserve side won 3-0) ‘mense had their keeper booked for making “sight marks” in the pitch on the 6yd box before the match kicked off. (Having been a keeper, I used to do the same myself, always found it gave you a quick reference/visual marker at corners, one on ones, etc) . Anyway, the carding was for “Wilfully defacing the playing surface”



    Anybody else ever heard of this rule?

  18. Bawsman (12:59): “Cram the midfield with battlers, simple as that.”



    I’d go with Ledley, Wanyama, Ki… and Xheng Xhi.




    Martim 1980 (13:06): “Lord Tyre has refused the motion. And granted expenses to RIFC .”



    No doubt the Daily Retard will be reporting the good news that Rangers have found yet another income stream to further stabilise their treble attempt.

  19. BIGNAN…..



    Would like to remind you that I am posting as an absolute numpty with a total contempt and distrust for lawyers and accountants…..except for the guys on here like BRTH and co.,who are just good guys with dodgy occupations lol

  20. THAT Lord Tyre………………….



    wonder how deep his fish-tank is, eh!?






    (Happy now m’lud Malceye?)



    The Prosecution rests………………………….



    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarumph! CSC

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