Critical autumn fixtures provide comfort for Celtic

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A big pitfall in the autumn fixtures is who you face after a demanding European game.  Teams are more likely to drop points domestic away from home immediately after an away European game than in any other scenario.

A few years back, Celtic had the misfortune of four domestic away games after European fixtures, a wave of complaints perhaps ensured these fixtures are now evenly spread, as they are this time.  Following our Champions League games, we have away trips to St Mirren, St Johnstone and Livingston, and we face Livingston, Hibs and Dundee United at home.

Livingston caused Celtic lots of problems last season, so facing them twice will cause some concern.  In their corresponding fixtures, Newco have home and away games against Aberdeen, who are a perennial thorn in the Ibrox club’s soft underbelly.  Points will be dropped by whoever is unprepared.

Celtic, Newco and Hearts – likely to be Scotland’s group stage competitors, are all kept apart after European games, to assist fixture scheduling problems.  Motherwell and Dundee United may surprise everyone and qualify for the Conference League groups.

Between the league kick-off at home to Aberdeen on 31 July and facing Ross County on 12 November, when club football breaks for the World Cup, Celtic will play 16 games in the league, six in the Champions League and probably two in the League Cup.

24 games in 15 weeks sounds like a lot, but it will be our lightest load at the start of the season in many years.  Others are likely to play 28 games in that time.

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  1. Vinniethedog

     

     

    Which dropped cross? Hopefully not the point blank one Gio scored. Great striking there

  2. Moderator1888 on

    Personally, I am glad Barkas is gone

     

     

    We have added another great keeper to our stable

     

     

    We should be rejoicing

     

     

    He was great with a very average Dundee Utd defence in front of him

     

     

    He will be brilliant with our team in front of him

     

     

    Chill the pill and lets see what happens

  3. vinniethedog on

    Don’t think anyone isn’t rejoicing Barkas is away…..this just seems lazy to me….

  4. Moderator1888 on

    VINNIETHEDOG on 17TH JUNE 2022 7:07 PM · EDIT

     

     

    Don’t think anyone isn’t rejoicing Barkas is away…..this just seems lazy to me….

     

     

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    Maybe, but he is a good choice

     

     

    Reminds me of a young Craig Gordon, good shot stopper, scary at crosses and with the ball at his feet

     

     

    I think he will do well

  5. bigrailroadblues on

    “I love the smell of burnt pasta in the morning “. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Garngad. 😂

  6. BIGRAILROADBLUES on 17TH JUNE 2022 7:10 PM

     

    “I love the smell of burnt pasta in the morning “. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Garngad. 😂

     

     

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    Listen you, ya Govanhill cad, leave those Garngad ruffians alone, ya ‘soo side bully :)

  7. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 17TH JUNE 2022 4:03 PM

     

    BORGO67 on 17TH JUNE 2022 3:34 PM

     

     

     

     

    Bobby Madden going to start refereeing games in England. Got to be more to this story.TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 17TH JUNE 2022 4:03 PM

     

    BORGO67 on 17TH JUNE 2022 3:34 PM

     

     

     

     

    Bobby Madden going to start refereeing games in England. Got to be more to this story.

     

     

     

     

    Yes there is. He’s relocating to England to take up a new day job.

     

     

     

    And so the master or Celtic Quick News has spoken.Take heed..

  8. WAVY on 17TH JUNE 2022 7:50 PM

     

    Anybody know how you can moderate a moderator ?

     

     

     

    Yep,get him into this Century,that would be a start.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    :)

  9. Moderator1888 on

    BIG WAVY on 17TH JUNE 2022 7:50 PM · EDIT

     

     

    Anybody know how you can moderate a moderator ?

     

     

    :)

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    Muhahahaha

     

     

    HH

  10. Tom McLaughlin on

    TURKEYBHOY

     

     

    Strange comment.

     

     

    It was reported on the radio this morning that he had succeeded in applying for a ne

  11. Tom McLaughlin on

    new job in England through his non-refereeing full-time career and was relocating to take up his new position.

     

     

    He said he took the opportunity to apply for a refereeing position at the same time.

     

     

    Hardly controversial and certainly not a secret.

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Ah back home tomorrow after two weeks of drink and fun in Northumberland and the lakes.

     

     

    Liver needs a good rest😵😱

  13. prestonpans bhoys on

    BRRB

     

     

    July still on? Heard there’s an event at 31 july time 4:30 Celtic Park time😱

  14. IniquitousIV on

    Just saw the photograph of The Hun Lundstrum and Reo on the BBC SCOTLAND Sports page under the title SPL FIXTURES 2022-23.

     

     

    Unfortunately, it is set up so that it cannot be copied over.

     

     

    The picture is shocking. It clearly shows an ugly faced low brow Hun (yes, he clearly has one) bending over and getting into Reo’s face, in a clear and obvious attempt to intimidate . Reo is holding him off with his right hand, with head bowed and not looking directly at him.

     

    It is a very telling photograph.

  15. bigrailroadblues on

    Prestonpans, any time mate. Always available for selection. And Celtic F.C. have still not informed me about my season ticket. A very poor show. I may take to the drink.

  16. the long wait is over on

    INIQUITOUSIV on 17TH JUNE 2022 8:33 PM

     

     

    Or , perhaps, Reo is just trying to get away from that comical high pitched whine Lundstrom calls a voice.

     

     

    Must be like a dentists drill to the brain from that distance…

  17. the long wait is over on

    Just logging in for the first time today.

     

     

    Scottish football introduces VAR.

     

     

    Bobby Madden heads South.

     

     

    I wonder if they are , by any chance , related.

     

     

    PrivateEyeCSC.

  18. Tom McLaughlin on

    SAINT STIVS

     

    how much is a FA employed referee paid per match compared to Scotland ?

     

     

    No idea. However, Scottish referees are part-time.

     

     

    In England, EPL & Championship referees are full-time professionals while League1 and League2 refs are part-time, which is why Madden can only referee the 2 bottom leagues.

     

     

    Scottish referees don’t receive an annual salary but are paid £800 per game.

     

     

    Professional refs in England are paid in the region of £50,000 salary plus £1,500 per game.

  19. the long wait is over on

    TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 17TH JUNE 2022 8:50 PM

     

     

    Genuine question.

     

     

    Are those figures for every level or just at the Premiership?

  20. Tom McLaughlin on

    THE LONG WAIT IS OVER

     

     

    That rate is just for professional refs who officiate EPL & Championship games.

  21. fergusslayedtheblues on

    I am looking forward to seeing a rested Reo next season .

     

    He had such an explosive start to his celtic career that it would have been hard for him when his level dropped off a little .

     

    At the start he seemed to be very aware of what was round about him and looked more than capable to hold his own with some of the roughhouse treatment on display ,his passing was crisp and his range and accuracy was impressive .

     

    His level did drop and he seemed to be caught in possession more as the season wore on but whilst watching the you tube video of the season , I noticed some excellent passing and vision from him still in evidence in the latter games .

     

    I think it is understandable that he would be feeling the effects of a very long season this term and if he can use the close season to recharge his batteries ,I am hoping we will see a resurgent Reo showing what he has to offer .

     

    HH

  22. Tom McLaughlin on

    THE LONG WAIT IS OVER

     

     

    If you meant Scottish referees, then yes, all refs get £840 per game in all 4 leagues.

  23. bigrailroadblues on

    FSTB, I’m looking forward to seeing a rested David66. Last years version would have us all in jail. 😂😂

  24. the long wait is over on

    TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 17TH JUNE 2022 9:01 PM

     

     

    I was referring to the English rates.

     

     

    Thanks for the replies.

  25. Tom McLaughlin on

    FERGUSSLAYEDTHEBLUES

     

     

    Great post.

     

     

    Hatate effectively played one and a half seasons without a break.

     

     

    Kyogo and Maeda both got time off through injury. You are right in saying we should see the best of Reo next season.

     

     

    Can’t wait.

  26. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Madhu has a job outside football?

     

     

    Whodathunkit.

     

     

    What is that job.

     

     

    I recall talk of him having a whopper of a tax bill to pay.

     

     

    I assume England pays referees more?

     

     

    PS – if Siegrist does sign, first thing he should do is apologise to Liel Abada for trying to cripple him.