Confidence, abrupt changes and the keeper position

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Joe Hart is already away and, according to an interview he gave to Swiss media, Benjamin Siegrist is leaving too, despite two years remaining on his contract.  Reducing the goalkeeper count from three to just Scott Bain can be interpreted that Celtic are confident with their options at this time.

Whereas fringe outfielders often get a chance to play in the era of five substitutes and the need to rest players, backup keepers can go years without seeing competitive action.  Then when they are thrust into it, as with Scott Bain in May 2023, the rustiness is often on display.  It is a career where the overwhelming compensation is the wage, not professional development.

Joe was one of a few transformational signings we made in the summer of 2021.  The first-choice keeper target feels like the biggest transfer decision of the summer.  Great, if we get it right, but whoever comes in to replace Benjamin could be equally important.

When Gordon Strachan started as manager in June 2005, David Marshall was first choice goalkeeper and expected to retain that position, with new signing Artur Boruc as backup.  That scenario soon changed as Gordon realised what a gem he had in Artur.  The following seasons saw Celtic reach the knockout stage of the Champions League twice, with Artur becoming one of the highest rated keepers in Europe.

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  1. We need precison passing and well timed challenges, ie not of the Porteous variety

     

    Hope Steve Clarke has the team playing like clockwork, wi nae alarm calls

     

    And remember, every second counts, play to the last minute

     

     

    They may be wearing Rolexes but if ye really want tae know the time get a Timex

  2. Charlie Mulgrew was on the open goal podcast yesterday and he nailed it

     

     

    He reckoned we didny know what we were doing

     

     

    As in we havent drilled the basics like who goes where in attacking/defense

     

     

    What to do in basic phases of play

     

     

    You should watch it – was very revealing

  3. Prestonpans bhoys on

    That was not a good interview by Clarke on BBC, the job of the interviewer is to ask questions and reactions from the teams defeat. Touched on being arrogant, pressure is a telling thing.

  4. Also, congrats to Charlie Mulgrews bhoy Joshua Mulgrew, who signed his first pro contract with Celtic at 16

  5. Prestonpans bhoys on

    If you don’t want to listen to rat McCann the game is on other BBC channels rather than BBC Scotland

  6. Pat (Admin) Nevin praising wee Billy after he passed the ball out of play

     

    Cringe moment

  7. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Gilmore puts ball straight out of play.

     

     

    Ralston’s fault according to the clown co-commentator.

  8. Brliant finish from shakiri

     

     

    ralston needs to forget that and get on with his game

  9. sftb

     

     

    Maybe. But Gilmour’s poor positioning, lack of a challenge on the Swiss wing back (13) and then when the ball breaks back to him, he takes too long to control it, and ends up rushing a jab back to Ralston who plays it back, unseeing, into Shakiri’s path, who finishes in a superb manner

  10. CELTIC MAC on 19TH JUNE 2024 8:43 PM

     

    sftb

     

     

    Maybe. But Gilmour’s poor positioning, lack of a challenge on the Swiss wing back (13) and then when the ball breaks back to him, he takes too long to control it, and ends up rushing a jab back to Ralston who plays it back, unseeing, into Shakiri’s path, who finishes in a superb manner

     

     

    *thanks as thats the way I saw it plus the english commentator over here was so enthused about oor bully’s pass that led tae the opener but nuthin about calmac’s role in it, suppose he forgot his name tae

  11. fourstonecoppi on

    So..ell ye what Scotland playing tonight and all we get is engerlund and their teams history and chances ffs. Get them tae fuk

  12. Weebobbycollins on

    I don’t know why so many are on Gilmour’s back. He may not be the greatest but he’s a fine wee player. Does it have anything to do with the fact he played for the huns?

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Didn’t know there was a BBC1 England viewing option.

     

     

    Duly switched.

  14. glendalystonsils on

    WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 19TH JUNE 2024 9:01 PM

     

     

    Agree about Gilmour . He’s got a bit of skill which is in short supply in the Scotland team .

  15. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 19TH JUNE 2024 9:04 PM

     

    What a difference in the group in Berlin discussing the game, led by Gabby Logan. Very positive, in contrast to wee McLeod and McCant. Big Joe excellent.

     

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    Agree mate, bbc Scotland can fek right off.

  16. bournesouprecipe on

    McCann EBT starts the second half where he left off in the first, slaughtering Tony Ralston

  17. tontine tim

     

     

    Interestingly, Davie Moyes at HT, blamed Hanley for his pass out to Gilmour in the air, which made it tricky for him before it went back to Ralston. Comedy of errors.

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