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. TonyDonnelly67






    that Peter Donnelly whom ye Knew in CANADA.. whiz..



    Ma Peter Donnelly.. Whit ye told me of him






    Peter, wid be in his Seventies..if he wiz still alive..



    He had.. FAIR HAIR… Strongly Built..



    Yes..An Avid Golfer..n a Good Tim..



    He wiz a real.. Socialist .. tae..



    Ah believe that he wiz a Shop Steward in the Rolls Royce in HillIngton.



    Very. Aggressive Personality.. Tough Guy..Really..



    n his wife.. if you met Her.. Wore .. A Hearing Aid..



    Ah am Certain that Your Peter wiz Ma Peter..



    Ah am Very Sure.. Ver ,Very Sure.. Ah heard that He had emigrate tae Canada..



    N that story that Ah told aboot Him n His Wife..







    Nice Chatting Pal






  2. CL round of 16. First leg.



    So far 5 matches played.



    5 away wins.



    Punters dream.




  3. Kojo



    Sadly it is the same guy, and I’m sorry you had to hear of his passing on in here a wonderfull wonderfull man and a fantastic golfer, tough cookie as well.

  4. Tallybhoy



    Why do you think I was sweating once I learned Golumn was the ref!



    5 up and all goes on Chelski and Real Madrid tomorrow night.




  5. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Alan McInally on Zenit penalty awarded by Gollum “Never a penalty. Don’t know what the Scottish referee is thinking of”



    Finished 4-2 to Dortmund at Zenit – hope tonight our defence is a lot better than this

  6. iPaddy McCourt Supports Wee Oscar on

    Good starting eleven. Solid in the midfield and plenty of firepower up front. Go to it, Celtic

  7. Celtic Team Selection..is



    No Bad..,



    Nae Wingers?



    Great.. Neil..ye ur Learnin..after awe..






    Ye wull regret No Fillin in.. Mid Field wi a Replacement fur.. Steffi..



    We need a Strong Mid Field.. Agin these Guys..



    Stokes shouldn hiv Played..



    We need a Five Man Middy.. wi only.. Lee. Up front oan his Oneo..



    Ah hope ye dinna Live tae regret playing.. Stokesy..







  8. Tonydonnelly 67



    Ah knew Peter Well.. Ah used tae get Him n His wife… Tickets fur the Pavilion.



    Another story.



    Yep.. Ah Liked him Aloater… even although .. He Wiz a Big Socialist.



    See.. That Proves that Ah am No such a Bad guy.. after awe?






    Nice Chattin ,Pal..





    Still Laughin’

  9. tonydonnelly67



    18:55 on 25 February, 2014


    KojoSadly it is the same guy, and I’m sorry you had to hear of his passing on in here a wonderfull wonderfull man and a fantastic golfer, tough cookie as well.





    Small world..



    Looks like a decent line up tonight, going to do the not wanting to know the score thing and watch it at ten… see how long that lasts



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  10. Kojo



    Many a golf course I played with that man and his stories where great and all true, he was a well respected shop conveyor at McDonald Douglas, a man I never heard anyone saying a bad word against him, nice talking to yi.

  11. Celtic team to play Aberdeen: Forster; Matthews, van Dijk, Ambrose Izaguirre; Brown, Biton, Mulgrew, Commons; Griffiths, Stokes (MH)

  12. Polish commentators after Zenit v. Borussia : will the Scottish referee have the problems at UEFA after this game and many wrong decisions that he made ?

  13. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Hope Celtic make the first challenge tonight. Get in their faces early.


    I fancy a 3-0 victory.




  14. Media bemoaning the lack of competition…HA FEKN HA!


    They were up to their scabby knees in it when yon deid club had a team for Europe/league/cup,I hope their hurt never ends.

  15. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on



    I had always assumed that any Glesca man would see straight through your phoney 3-card trick stories.


    I was wrong..


    You are right.



    There IS one born every minute.

  16. Strong line up. Hope the weather is ok up north and doesn’t ruin the game.



    Slightly dissapointing no Henderson even on bench. Seems shining against sneijder and co hasn’t done him much good .



    2 – 0 Celtic



    Mon the hoops.

  17. Oh dear…



    The blood of our blood,bone of our bones Brigade are in trouble if the current polls are correct then.



    17 % of North East Scotland intends to vote for them in referendum.



    17% more than should vote for any party or any issue in the current system.



    Clear every last one of the self serving,lying bassas out of the vipers den and start again.

  18. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on




    I’m logging off just before kick off. I don’t want to see any updates.



    Why is it that on the BBC news at 10pm, they say, “if you don’t want to know the scores look away now.” They then say, “Wayne Rooney scored twice to give Manchester United all 3 points at …………..”




  19. embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12 on

    Ok – no CQN, twitter or Internet until just before midnight



    – PC having Virus scan and defrag



    – iPhone (Celtic Live) off – iPad off



    – Champions League on



    – brush up on Gaelic before 10pm k.o. on Alba ‘as live’



    Going dark now – 3 – 2 – 1

  20. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Sometimes I get so angry with the simple life they lead



    And the shepherd’s smile seems to confirm my fears



    They’ve never questioned anything, never disagreed



    Sometimes I think they must have wool in their ears



    And when you see a cane I see a crook



    And when you see a crowd I see a flock



    It’s sheep we’re up against



    It’s sheep we’re up against

  21. Good Evening Timland.



    Happy with NFL team selection,could not possibly hang on


    for Alba at ten, so it’s dodgy streaming time.

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