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. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    17:15 on


    25 February, 2014




    cafe gandolfi round corner from BB’s do a nice fish supper…




    They’d have the eyes out your head! :-)

  2. glendalystonsils



    17:09 on 25 February, 2014!!Bada Bing!!17:00 on25 February, 2014That fud Collum in charge of a CL game,dearie me..Who’s to say he’s not a very fair and competent referee when he is operating outwith SFA control?


    Good luck wi that one mate,a sheer incompetent referee IMO

  3. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on



    16:20 on


    25 February, 2014



    Oh Malceye!



    Would you be judging me upon my one comment to Tom about being able to come up with a long list of tossers who are lawyers?



    Dear oh Dear.



    Well I can come up with an equally long list of good guys — and if you care to read back you will see that I said that you don’t often hear of the good guys.



    You get tossers and good guys in every profession. I just happen to have spent most of my life in the legal profession and so i know that there are plenty who in my eyes are tossers who cannot see beyond the profession itself.



    As to why I left the law?



    Well I was very fortunate.



    I watched close friends work their fingers to the bone only to keel over an die of heart attacks or strokes.



    I had an assistant/friend who suffered a stroke in her thirties sitting at her desk — fortunately she is alive and well today thank God.



    I had elderly and unwell parents that I couldn’t look after due to the hours I worked and a family to bring up who I wanted to see more often.



    I had several offices, 27 of a workforce, more than 25 years behind me and I got the offer to go and do something slightly but radically different.



    So, I took the plunge, negotiated a deal for my practice, wound it down and passed it on, made sure all my staff had jobs, helped pass my client bank on, sold my premises for a substantial profit, bought some property with the proceeds and walked on to a new and very rewarding life thanks.



    It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.



    Do I still love studying and thinking about the law itself? You bet I do — I love the argument and the formation of any legal position and how you then apply that in business– but I also love doing other things which I never had the time to do when I was in full time practice and someone’s boss– which I hated by the way.



    Do I miss the profession and some of the people in it — No– Never– Not for a single day!



    Do i still instruct counsel, go to meetings in solicitors offices and all that stuff? — Often– and regularly — but I am now outside the circle with a limited role and I know where my boundaries lie and what I will and will not do.



    Would I ever want to go back to mainstream practice



    No — again never — I will leave that to others and wish them well.



    The legal profession is a great profession at its best but horrible at its worst — and I am rather old fashioned in that some of its modern traits and personality I don’t much care for and haven’t cared for for a long time.



    So, I chose to go do something else — something similar, something related, but in a fashion that allows me to do all sorts of other things.



    I am very lucky indeed in that respect.



    I hope that answers your question.

  4. I would definetely play young Liam Henderson tonight .


    I seem to remember a young Lhad of


    17 playing at Pittodrie in the early 80s and scoring .



    Young Liam has all the attributes to have a long and distinguished Celtic career like Paul McStay.



    Give him a chance tonight Neil

  5. BRTH you have absolutely no need to explain yourself to any fair minded poster on here. Just my opinion! Hail Hail Hebcelt

  6. Right. Maffit.



    Media black out for me the Barcelona left sided player at 10pm.






    Geordiealba csc

  7. Kojo



    I don’t think Leigh has the strength to play lone striker. To me he is very similar to Stokes in his style.



    I agree with you on Balde, though. He shrugged off the Hearts defender like he wasn’t there to win the ball. He has the potential to play up front on his own.



    Commons, on the rare occasions he’s played as an out and out striker, is the nearest thing we have to Hooper, someone who scores most of his goals in and around the six-yard box.

  8. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Phoned the KSC in Coatbridge and they said the game is on there.




  9. Frank Ryan's Whiskey on

    As we are heading to Aberdeen a bit of interesting local news. It looks very much as the lanolin lovin’ North east folk just want to say no to wee Alex. Also as I mentioned last week there could be big trouble ahead for the UK oil industry.



    Anywho and more importantly COYBIG,




    An industry review commissioned by the UK Government published on Monday warned that the investment in North Sea oil and gas will fall away sharply unless urgent action is taken to address serious underlying problems in the sector.



    Sir Ian Wood, a former oil industry boss, warned there could be a 50 per cent cut in investment over the second half of the decade unless further new commercial fields are discovered.



    There was also bad news for the Yes campaign as a new poll found that almost two-thirds of voters in the north and north east of Scotland plan to reject independence.



    Just 17 per cent of those asked said they supported independence, while 65 per cent want to remain part of the UK. The remaining 18 per cent of voters were undecided.

  10. Good evening from Phuket. Phone on all kinds of silent, no lights, vibrations or noises tonight. Lovely evening with Mrs RobinBhoy with some Brazilian food, wine and a couple of martinis to finish off the evening.



    Fancy the Hoops tonight to do the Dons. Hope to wake up to a 3-0 score line to Celtic.



    Hail Hail!




  11. Sftb



    Ah thec crisis/opportunity discussion.



    That crisis is an opportunity can be demonstrated by the accepted wisdom of the frog in the saucepan comparator.



    It goes: Put a frog in a saucepan of cold water, put it on a hob and light the gas and set to low. It is an accepted fact that the frog will ignore the gradual rise in temperature until the water reaches boiling point and the frog dies.



    HOWEVER, every degree of rise in temperature ( or fractions thereof) is a crisis point for said frog and at any point on that rising crisis gradient, said frog has the opportunity to leap out of the saucepan and live.



    Q.E.D :)

  12. With regard to flooding midfield, you can be sure that Wilo Flood will be his usual industrious self to-night, snapping at every Celtic man’s heels. Wilo just could not cut the mustard when he got the opportunity to make a name for himself at a big club like Celtic.



    Pity the game is not on BT or Sky being one of the big fixtures in the SPL season, have to say I have little interest in any of the Champions Lge games to-night.

  13. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    doctor whatfor



    16:38 on 25 February, 2014


    My uncle Freddie was a bus driver. He was also an amateur boxer. Every time the conductress rang the bell he leapt off his seat and came out punchin’. :-)





    Brilliant! I see you’re in good form today. Is being ‘punchy’ hereditry?

  14. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Thanks for all the Chippy recommendations, I’ve put on half a stone just checking them out!



    iPad going into dry dock until midnight.

  15. SFTB


    Boiling a Frog is definitely true…….Christopher Brookmyre wrote a book about it…





    Give up on Danso……your 100k will be a quicker exercise!




  16. brogan rogan trevino and hogan supports oscar knox, mackenzie furniss and anyone else who fights neuroblastoma



    17:22 on 25 February, 2014




    Could you say that again ;-)

  17. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    How are you fella. I am going to see my Dad in the Hospice tonight — there is word that he might be getting home which will force the mother back on to her toes — and when he comes home I have promised him some of that Black Pudding!






    No problem at all — as the late Joe Hughes of Hughes Dowdall used to say — remember son its all a cod!



    Anyway the football is on tonight — Biton, Commons, and Griffiths to star for me with Charliebhoy stiffening the Mid

  18. Tony Donnelly67



    Ah knew a guy ,named Pete Donnelly..



    Long Time Ago.



    Any relation..?



    No enuff info?.. Ah know..



    well. tae Help ye in that department..



    Well mebbe,if a recount an Incident that Involved .. the Peter Donnelly,whom Ah knew..



    that will.. Dae the Trick..



    Wan Day..or Mebbe..Night..



    Peter, an his Wife..whom Peter,luvved dearly..



    Well..when they Wurnae Fighting..



    wur.. well.. HIvin an Argument…at this time… Which wiz a Wee chinge.. fae a… Well… Fight.






    Anyway, Peter, said something.. That really .. Made his wife .. Mad..well. Madder ,than Usual..



    So she. Stormed oota the Apartment, Slammin the Door..an Proceeded tae Run Doon the Stairs..



    They Lived ..”Three Stairs Up”… In a Tiled Close.. In Possil Park.



    Noo, Ah furgoat tae tell ye.. that.



    Peter n His Wife..hid a wee. Darlin’ Baby.. It wiz only Six Months Auld.. n.



    N..when Peter’s wife Stormed oot o their Apartment. She. naturally.. HId Momentarily Furgoat awe aboot the Baby.. she wiz so Upset n Everything.



    Anyway.. tae continue..



    Meanwhile…. Peter’s wife, hid jist aboot reached the Boattum of the Stairs..



    Yes..She wiz Very Fast at Comin doons Stairs.. Very Athletic Lassie,she wiz.. Although,she hid awfy Bad Eyesight. ..But , that is Anither Story..




    Peter, wance His Wife hid. Slammed the Door,n commenced her Headlong Flight.. Doon the Stairs..





    Peter, Quick as a Flash.. Ran intae the Bedroom..n Snatched.. A Bundle o’ Bed Clothes.. aff..well. Wan of the Beds.



    He then Opened the Door..an Ran tae the Bannister..



    He looked over the Bannister.. n… He could see that his Wife Hiv jist aboot reached the Boattum o the Stairs..



    Noo.. Leaning over the Bannister,a wee bit further..



    He Shouted doon tae his Wife.. who..oan hearing his Voice..



    Looked Up.



    Whit she saw.. Flilled her with Dread..



    Fur, Peter ,hid a Bundle o’ Claes in his Arms.. n she could see a wee Face.. Keeking oota the Bundle…



    Her Heart did a Wulkie.. as she Heard her Husband Shout..



    “Lena.. if ye Don’t come back up.. n Furget aboot Running Away..



    Ah am gonna..



    THROW,this WEAN.. over the BANNISTER!”




    At this Moment She Hid Jist Reached the Last of the Stairs n wiz enterin the Close..proper..





    Woosh.. A Flying Object. Jist Whizzed past her…and Landed at her Feet.. With a Thump..



    She knew then that Peter hid Carried oot his Threat..



    n..well.. She Jist.. Keeled over..in a Dead Faint..



    Canny say that Ah could Blame her.. Right?



    Wit a Terrible Carry oan..



    Noo that Ah hiv gien ye a wee bit mair Info.. tae Go Oan..




    ….Ma question tae You, Tony.. is This..



    Ur you, by any chance.. Lena n Peter’s wee Wean? Awe grown up, Noo..of course.



    Ye could be…. right..?






    Yep. Anything, is Possible.



    By the way…



    Peter, didnae throw the Wean over the Bannister,at Awe..



    Whit he threw over..wiz the wean’s.. Raggety Ann Doll… wrapped in a Bundle of Blankets.



    Och Aye.. Peter ,wiz a real Cool Kat.. so he wiz..



    Ah Liked Peter,aloater..n his Wife Tae.. She wiz a Nice wee Lassie.



    So.. Ur ye Peter’s Wee Son..?? Or …No?



    Disnae Maitter really.. but.. it gave me a chance tae tell ye this wee






    Nice Chatting







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