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Cluj rest entire team ahead of Glasgow game, our new defenders

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At Saturday’s, league game at home to strugglers, Hermanstadt, Cluj manager Dan Petrescu rested every single player who started against Celtic last week.  Whatever modest noises he makes in the media before tomorrow’s game, Cluj are prepared to throw everything into beating Celtic.

They will arrive in Glasgow today planning to hit Celtic on the break, as they did in Romania on Wednesday.  By contrast, Celtic have three days to recover from their comfortable win at Fir Park.

Neil Lennon called it right being critical of how Celtic opened against Motherwell on Saturday.  At times, our passing and long-ball game were reminder of the early 90s.  Fortunately, there was an ocean of talent to put things right.

Defensively there remains a lot of work to do.  Straight from kick off, Motherwell sent a high ball towards Boli Bolingoli, almost certainly trying to put the new full back under pressure.  Boli is no Kieran Tierney, but you and I have been here through discouraging early performances from Moussa Dembele and Virgil van Dijk, so we know to give the lad time, right?

The same goes for Christian Jullien.  Since leaving Toulouse in May, the big centre half had played 106 minutes football before Motherwell.  He was caught underneath the corner Motherwell scored their 91st minute consolation from – not a good look for a towering defender.

By that stage, fatigue would have been his biggest opponent.  Earlier in the game, he looked composed, including when he made a decision to pass across the face of goal to Scott Bain.  Both players will improve as they get up to speed.

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    POR CIERTO on 12TH AUGUST 2019 12:25 PM

     

    Boyata was a nightmare at the beginning of his Celtic career as well por cierto

     

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    And at the end. And parts of the middle ;)

     

     

    HH

  2. Garngad to Croy on

    Aye Paul

     

     

    Big Christian is 6ft 5in in his stocking feet but 6ft 2in when he jumps !

  3. traditionalist88 on

    BHOYLO83 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 12:36 PM

     

     

    The first time I seen Ambrose I thought he was quality…

     

     

    HH

  4. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    MARSPAPA on 12TH AUGUST 2019 11:39 AM

     

    BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB

     

    agree :)))

     

    i might have asked before ( memory is poor ) , did you post under a different name before.

     

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    Hi MARSPAPA – nope, other than the addition of the tribute to Wee Oscar Knox – I’ve only ever posted as BGFC.

     

     

    Me and Wee BGFC had deep man-love for big George Samaras ;-))) Was probably the hair – I don’t have much !!

     

     

    Starting to have the same feelings about Big Ajer ;-)))

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  5. TURKEYBHOY

     

     

    Thanks for the reply , cant argue that we can still add in the time left , my point , poorly made was , most wouldn’t have flinched had we gone with that back four, with back up brought in .

     

     

    from what iv’e seen both teams look impressive going forward but look shaky at the back , once we gel , wow . …..its going to be an exciting season .

  6. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    AN DUN on 12TH AUGUST 2019 12:44 PM

     

    Bowfinger looked class in his 15 minute debut.

     

     

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    :-) – me and Wee BGFC go back to that all the time. He looked all-action, skillful, aggressive, great touch. etc. – for all of 15 minutes !!

     

     

    Promising, but very short, Celtic career – disappeared after that to be replaced by an alien body-snatcher.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  7. On the subject of giving new signings time to settle: I recall many moons ago going to CP for a reserve game v Hearts as Paul Elliott was making his first appearance in the famous hoops. Don’t think it was too long into the game when The Jam Tarts had a corner from the main stand side. Up jumps big Paul and – probably with his first touch of the game – punches the ball clear. Penalty. Thankfully this was NOT a sign of things to come and big Paul remains one of my favourite centre-halfs to have graced the hoops in the modern era.

  8. BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB

     

     

    WHIT !!! You didnt have man love for Stuart ” the HAIR Armstrong” lol.

     

     

    Are you still leading the wee mhan astray :)) , hope hes doing well.

     

     

    the reason i asked about your moniker , i used to post songs and videos with a poster on here who i’d loved to have met for a pint ….BGX …

  9. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    MARSPAPA on 12TH AUGUST 2019 12:54 PM

     

    BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB

     

    WHIT !!! You didnt have man love for Stuart ” the HAIR Armstrong” lol.

     

    Are you still leading the wee mhan astray :)) , hope hes doing well.

     

    the reason i asked about your moniker , i used to post songs and videos with a poster on here who i’d loved to have met for a pint ….BGX …

     

     

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    Ha – yes, loved the quiff too :-))

     

     

    Wee BGFC doing well – just got five A’s in his Highers – so chuffed for him!

     

     

    We are going to the September Hoot (21st Sept – after the Killie game at home), and the wee man will have his guitar for some tunes – great if you are able to make that.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  10. NEIL Lennon and the Bhoys are aiming to clear the final hurdle to the UEFA Champions League play-off round and you can see all the action LIVE EXCLUSIVELY on Celtic TV*, as we bring subscribers WORLDWIDE (including UK & Ireland) every minute of the magic, as it happens!

  11. Paul67 et al

     

     

    Why don’t you spell it out Paul?

     

    We have within our support an Anti Boli Bolingoli Brigade.

     

    They know, and more importantly we know, who they are.

  12. I like big Julien.

     

    I like wee Boli, Boli…

     

     

    I love Olly Ntcham and Eddie….world class.

     

     

    Let’s hammer the Clujers….

  13. Saint Stivs

     

     

    Those articles are clearly not available to outlets in the Sydney area….:)

  14. TRADITIONALIST88

     

    “And at the end. And parts of the middle ;)”

     

     

    :)))) por cierto

  15. BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB

     

     

    5 A’s, pass on my best wishes to the wee fhella , a fantastic achievement.

     

    as for the Hootenanay , might come for an hour or two .

  16. so the same tosh who scouted/recommended JH is doing the same scouting mission on the killie left back , heaven help us.

  17. The same goes for Christian Jullien. Since leaving Toulouse in May, the big centre half had played 106 minutes football before Motherwell. He was caught underneath the corner Motherwell scored their 91st minute consolation from – not a good look for a towering defender.

     

     

    there you go ,we got the wrong player.

  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Afternoon all.

     

     

    Lawwell, McGinn, Money in the bank, Sevco are coming.

     

     

    Just thought I’d get them in ahead of others.

     

     

    Tough game tomorrow but if we play well we will win.

     

     

    They had pace up front and on the wings but none in midfield or defence.

     

     

    Hail hail

  19. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    MARSPAPA on 12TH AUGUST 2019 12:54

     

     

     

    BGX is alive and well. i went to BIG BILLY.S funeral at CELTIC PARK with him.

  20. However, it appears Taylor is at the head of the wish-list and German second-tier outfit Nuremberg

     

     

    wow , if that’s the level of interest in the player then enough said.

  21. traditionalist88 on

    TIMALOY29 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 1:52 PM

     

     

    The amount of time he spends up the pitch Lenny should be demanding double figures tbh

     

     

    HH

  22. TRADITIONALIST88 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 1:55 PM

     

     

    The amount of time he spends up the pitch Lenny should be demanding double figures tbh

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Aye well, he managed to get one assist and almost scored against the steelmen.

     

     

    He’s gonna be a real attacking threat.

  23. RON67 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 1:44 PM

     

    However, it appears Taylor is at the head of the wish-list and German second-tier outfit Nuremberg

     

     

    wow , if that’s the level of interest in the player then enough said.

     

     

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    The guys a Scottish internationalist so is worth a punt.

     

     

    Do you think there will be much of a difference in quality between the top end of Bundesliga 2 and the SPFL?

  24. RON67 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 1:44 PM

     

     

    However, it appears Taylor is at the head of the wish-list and German second-tier outfit Nuremberg

     

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    Maybe he’ll be going there on trial?

     

     

    ;-)

  25. TIMALOY29 on 12TH AUGUST 2019 1:52 PM

     

     

    If Boli Bolingoli scores for Celtic I hope he does a wee roly poly like Robbie Keane

     

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    The Boli Boli Roly Poly will go down in CFC history!

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