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


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. glendalystonsils on

    Bada (from 10.50)



    Beating the huns on Sept 1st won’t win us the league but will be a big dose of reality for all the hun-minded big mouths who are talking them up. Lenny and the team will be well up for it . It will be nothing like the last game at their shit-heap.

  2. GDT.. the Huns (Ragers) are gone…deid…liquidated…kaput…to me it’s only about sickening their deluded deniers



    The Pavilion piece of pish should be called Get it Roon the The Ragers




  3. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Those that are still wakened that is, lol.


    Just about recovered from a fantastic weekend with the peninsula rebels.


    Our dinner dance was not only a celebration of our clubs treble treble


    but a chance for people who had never seen the European cup have their


    photo taken with it, and as usual various charities benifited due to the


    generous Celtic support.


    Also great to see the president and friends from the St Kilda Jock Stein CSC


    in attendance helping to keep an alliance between all the Celtic clubs in Oz.


    Now to get my sannies ready and a wee visit to the bottle shop for our


    usual early morning rise to watch the bhoys European exploits again, or


    should i just stay up and put on the rebs hmmm?


    H.H Mick

  4. Melbourne Mick



    glad it went well and that there will be charitable benefits to you Oz Tims giving it laldy 😉. Me…I generally do what ma body tells me…you should do the sensible thing lol




  5. Melbourne Mick on




    Could probably have sold it out twice over and the amount of people


    wanting to have a pic with aul big ears was astonishing, even non


    soccer supporters and of course some epl boys who’s team have never


    won it lol.


    And all proceeds going to charity, so kudos to PADDYMACOZ and his


    committee for the organisation of it all, and at the end of the day raises


    the profile of the Celtic further more in this area and beyond.


    H.H Mick

  6. Melbourne Mick,



    If it wasn’t for the efforts of all you Antipodean Bhoys & Ghirls…Celtic would be overshadowed by the EPL machine down there…kudos to you all 😉




  7. Melbourne Mick on




    Correct! it’s a tough gig fighting against the machine, but our bhoys


    and ghirls don’t give up their loyalty easily and we have our fair share


    of converts.


    H.H Mick

  8. Melbourne Mick on

    Now that brings back memories 8-))


    Off to the bottle shop now, nice chattin.


    H.H Mick

  9. “It should be a fairytale story. You look at Ajax and other teams like that, when they sell players that came through the youth academy and gave so much to the club they have a big massive party in the street and the fans come out and celebrate”, Scott Brown.


    The assimilated tims in our support make not it so. Hell mend the filth.

  10. Henry Joy…I don’t look at Ajax…and neither should we…as a bookmark on how we’re progressing…we are…our own ;-))




  11. We went away and drew with the Romanian Champions during a massive upheavel in our defence and, pretty much our pre-season…tonight we finish the job







  12. MacJay1…the world is going mad….hopefully no fatalities except the perps…and I hate myself for saying that



    Take care

  13. Delaneys Dunky on



    Big game tonight. Win and we are guaranteed Europa League group at least. Bring on the Romanian Champions!

  14. Good morning CQN from a chilly but dry Garngad



    Let’s get into the Clujy.






    D. :)

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 13th August 2019 6:03 am




    How many dead re your Second Amendment tonight?

  16. Delaneys…great to see you back on form…I am not looking past Cluj…tho I am OpTimisTic 😉




  17. Henry Joyless…you do know MacJay1 is in Australia? Am not au fait with their constitution…but your talking pish

  18. DD – me too. I think we could have had another goal or 2 over there.



    Tonight I think we will finish the job.



    D. :)

  19. Delaneys…we’re all 2nd guessing ourselves…but I bet you Lenny and the players aren’t…looking forward to the game…no predictions from me…but Celtic 2…Cluj 0…bet your house on it…but remember to bet responsibly lol

  20. Delaneys Dunky on



    An early goal to settle any nerves on the pitch and in the stands would be ideal 👍🍀

  21. TheLurkinTim on 13th August 2019 6:27 am




    Macjay had too many white points for the USA, Australia beckoned.

  22. Good mornoing, friends and a Big Happy Matchday from a clear skied, sun kissed but chilly East Kilbride. Really can’t wait for tonight, for me the first really big game of the 2019-20 season.

  23. D66…with Cluj scoring first…lol…this place will be in meltdown 😂…but yer wrang…I’ll stake DD’s house on it lol

  24. After Season one of BR the football has been a little dull at times – successful but dull all the same. Not all down to us with lots of bus parking and killing the game but our lack of alternative plan to break teams down. Now however it’s rock and roll football and game day is exciting from the minute you wake up. Ok we would all like us to be a little tighter at the back at times but threat going forward has me on the edge of my seat – it’s exciting, it’s entertaining and it’s the Celtic way and it’s very welcome.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THELURKINTIM on 13TH AUGUST 2019 6:09 AM



    Apparently single stabbing.



    Asian lady .


    Stable , thank God.



    Amazing vision of members of the public chasing the perpetrator and bringing him down down.

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