Cluj slip as Lazio, Rennes win. Resource management


Lazio responded to their defeat at Celtic Park with a 1-2 win away at Fiorentina on Sunday.  They are just two points off a Champions League spot and a point behind neighbours, Roma.  Europa League progress will be important to them, but after missing out on the Champions League on a head-to-head with Inter last season, qualification for the Big Cup will be their priority.

Rennes scored an added-time winner at home to Toulouse.  They are one of 10 teams within three points of a Champions League space in a cramped Ligue 1 table.  PSG are 8 points clear at the top of the French table, but there is little to choose between the others. After losing at home to Cluj, I expect Rennes appetite for the return game next midweek to wane.

Interestingly, Moussa Dembele’s Lyon are adrift in 13th place.  Despite Lyon’s toil, Moussa is second top scorer in Ligue 1, ahead of the more celebrated Mbappe and Neymar.

Cluj succumbed to their third league defeat of the season last night, after taking an early lead against mid-table Politehnica Iasi.  That result cuts their lead at the top of the Romanian table to two points.  Not much, but it is as comfortable a domestic position as anyone in Celtic’s Europa League group.

We are entering the part of the season when injuries, suspensions and the latter stages of cup competitions begin to have an effect.  November and December is all about resource management.

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  1. eddieinkirkmichael on

    It’s as if no one has told Paul67 about the age and the boards stance on Res12, interesting.

  2. Paul67



    Rotation, rotation, rotation?



    Christie back in, and mothball Edouard we need to test Bayo as back up, to the main man.



    No point in having a big squad if we don’t use them.

  3. Paul



    ‘It’s your blog’ and I know you don’t require to comment on Res 12, but if you choose to avoid the issue it’s inevitable that you will devalue your web presence.



    The debate will move elsewhere, along with many of your readers …

  4. James Forrest 28, set to sign up for life at Celtic



    Eight Titles ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅


    Five Scottish Cups 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆


    Four League Cups 🏆🏆🏆🏆



    Legends CSC

  5. BSR,



    I agree I’d like to see Mayo get a few run outs under his belt. We need to start planning for life with Edouard and would be good to see if Bayo could step up.



    Any news Mikey J’s return to fitness?

  6. Always use an oil with a high smoke point when making mayo


    cleaner less impure flavour


    Happy birthday Starry x

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

    Damnit – new article – repeat post needed for our vast readership :-)) …







    TIMALOY29 on 29TH OCTOBER 2019 9:55 AM



    No idea what kind of team we put out against St Mirren. On one hand, we could bring Christie back in as he’s been our player of the season. On the other hand, who do you drop?





    Hi TIMALOY29



    I’d be tempted to leave Ryan on the bench on Wednesday and continue with big Tam Rogic just off the front-line, where he can pick out passes like that peach for our fourth on Sunday.



    Tam usually takes a few games to get full back into his stride after a lay-off, so maybe good to get more time into his legs – won’t to Ryan any harm, and will help Tam.



    Plus – leaves Ryan fresh for the cup semi on Saturday evening.



    Might be tempted to give Bauer a game too – he looked good in the short glimpses we have had – great to have three right back options.



    If – and it is always a big IF – we manage to get ahead by a couple – hook Eddie and get more time into Bayo.



    Finally – might be the chance to see Taylor in action. Although, from what I’ve read, he seems more of a defensive left back than Boli Bolingoli – I’m hoping defense isn’t the No. 1 priority on Wednesday.



    Oanywho – good decisions to have ;-)))






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

    Agree that it is Paul’s blog, and the lead article is entirely up to him.



    It might be a ‘powder-dry’ moment, of course – I don’t know – so I can’t be critical. A comment – any comment – about Resolution 12 would, however, seem to be appropriate.






  9. I am not qualified, informed or astute to determine the relative merit of ‘to res 12 or not to res 12, that is the question?’ HOWEVER slogans can be problematic (for me anyway).



    Persistence beats resistance …unless the resistance is persistent….but what then if the persistence proves resistant…and I suppose the question has to be “does resistant persistence beat persistent resistance?….or vice versa?”



    To be honest I prefer the ‘persistence’ synonym, Perseverance.



    Not because of anything it would add to the melting pot of res12, but from the dim distant echoes of too close an encounter with theology I recall that ‘Perseverance’ meant “to continue in a state of grace along the path leading to eternal salvation”.



    Unless of course you meet resistant persistence along the way…maybe?



    Ach…who knows…time for a wee run to Govan and back….I like to keep my hand (and legs) in for that wee heart palpitating dash along Paisley Road West.



    Hail Hail







    I agree it’s a good opportunity to see Ryan rested. St Mirren haven’t picked up any points away from home so this is one of our best chances to rotate this season.



    I’d be bolder with Bayo though. Edouard is one booking away from suspension in the Europa League. That’s one booking away from Bayo starting vs Cluj or Rennes. He did well in his starts against Hearts & Thistle. Give him a chance again. I’m probably in the minority but I rate the big man.

  11. BSR…..



    Passed it yesterday about 12.00 lunchtime….looks like it’s shut…..sad!!



    Hail hail




  12. Bayo apparently has a knock. Giving us no choice but to play Eddy. Hopefully, he can at least do 20 mins off the bench

  13. A pity Afolabi out inured as well, might have been a chance for him to get a bit of game time off the bench once the game had been put to bed or maybe that should read providing the game had been put to bed.

  14. Hunderbirds are Gone on





    I agree I’d like to see Mayo get a few run outs under his belt




    Is that Cos he’s cool as a cucumber? Like an iceberg in fact. I think he may Romaine our back up striker all season.



  15. So Bhoys pull together in all kinds of weather


    Don’t show the white feather wherever you go


    Be like a brother and love one another


    Like stout hearted men from the County Mayo

  16. 67 European Cup Winners on

    To the bhoys looking for Paul67 to enter the res 12 debate !!!!


    One of the great things about this Blog is we get an inside view as (I believe) Paul67 has a line to PL


    So CQN is a positive honest reliable alternative to MSM


    Yes it can be seen as a PL media outlet


    But overall this is a good site for site info


    For this I am grateful



    I too have had one or two comments on Paul67 not addressing the elephant in the room


    The McGinn debacle, Paul67 saw nothing wrong with PLs position (I thought PL messed up and we lost a great player)


    Negativity towards B Rogers I believe is defending PL from the issue (PL was part of the reason BR went)


    No comment on PL transfer (or lack of) activity frustrated me greatly


    (In fairness to PL he did pull one or two rabbits out of the hat at the last minute)



    So I have my issues with Paul67 avoiding some heavy stuff and obviously Res 12 is heavy



    Anyway the point is – you will not get Paul67 challenging our board (wright or wrong)



    Take what you want from Paul67s comments (or no comment) but he still provides us with a great Celtic Blog


    and more importantly he still supports the same team as you and I



    Hail Hail




  17. Jimthetim53 on 28/10 at 11.19 pm



    … the SFA would be frozen by fear



    That would explain their glacier like speed regarding Res 12 and CAS

  18. Maybe Ryan could start up front tomorrow as Bayo is injured. That gives Eddie a rest and means TR can play again

  19. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Yeah c’mon Paul67, give us a comment on Resolution 12 so we can get fired into whatever is your thinking!

  20. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    BORGO67 – good shout, definitely worth a try at some point, maybe after Eddie has tied up the points.

  21. our semi final officials:


    Referee:Bobby Madden



    AR1 Graeme Stewart



    AR2 Douglas Ross



    Fourth Official Steven McLean

  22. BORGO67 on 29TH OCTOBER 2019 4:08 PM


    Maybe Ryan could start up front tomorrow as Bayo is injured. That gives Eddie a rest and means TR can play again






    I would start Eddy.



    St Mirren have been hopeless away from home so hopefully, we can take him off for somebody like Christie earlier with the game won



    Bayo could be back in contention for the weekend.



    It’s unfortunate that Eddy will have to start every game but the supporting cast will be back from injury shortly and we can at least manage how many minutes Eddy plays at that stage.

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