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Culpable defence, but that’s not all

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The most pleasing aspect about last night was the manager’s reaction afterwards: “Yet another soft goal”. “We don’t defend a basic ball into the box”.  But, before Cristian Gamboa and Craig Gordon pick up the tab for a bad night in Lithuania, more went wrong.  Much more.

Goals change games and you can be sure games will change when Celtic are defending the way they are right now.  Gamboa losing his man for the goal was in keeping with what we should expect.  Cristian is good going forward but is not the most diligent at the back.  We need a backup, backup, right back.  Right?

Despite all that’s going wrong in defence, I am just as concerned about how the midfield is operating.  Our passing was again poor.  Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring after two minutes and opened the Suduva defence late in the game for Moussa Dembele to shoot wide, but for the rest of the game his passing was as inaccurate as it was against AEK and Rosenborg away.

Callum McGregor, so often a key to unlock packed defences, was ineffective.  I would like to see him play the deep lying playmaker roll over our next three games.  There he can dictate the pace and accuracy of our passing, leaving space for Rogic to play in front of him.

Moussa Dembele is our best striker, but the shape of the team left him isolated and looking just as out of sorts as Odsonne Edouard did at home to AEK.  We have potent strikers who see little of the ball.

On the positive side, Suduva were as poor a team as I can remember playing in recent seasons – and I include the Gibraltareños (as they will be known after March) in that.  We will reach the Europa League group stage.  How effectively we compete there will be determined by the arrivals over the next seven days.

Dinner for four at the Walfrid at Hamilton game on Sunday!

Courtesy of Intelligent Car Leasing, we are raffling a table for four at Sunday’s game against Hamilton Accies in aid of your Foundation.  If like me, you watch football in the bitter cold and wind, even in July and August, this will be a fantastic day our for you and three friends!

It’s a free bar.  And you get the chance to support the Celtic FC Foundation.

To win, contribute to this MyDonate page.  Suggest a minimum of £5 donation, but donate less if you cannot afford that.  Your money does straight to the Foundation as they prepare for the difficult winter period ahead.

Then, please forward your confirmation email to celticquicknews@gmail.com with the words “Central defender” in the SUBJECT line. Competition closes at 11.00 Saturday.  Winner will be informed on Saturday afternoon – so include a phone number if there’s any chance of missing your email (it’s happened).

Good luck, and remember: Central defender.

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  1. 50 shades of green on

    SAINT STIVS on 25TH AUGUST 2018 1:46 PM…

     

     

    Borrocks forgot about the buzz bomb coming home..

     

     

    And who the fek is lumsden, did he play for the first team..?

     

     

    Cracking question though ( yours not mine)

     

     

    H.H

  2. Sky sports pundits.. Oh it was handball but it was a great delivery, ho ho ho?

     

    Whit?

  3. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ TURKEYBHOY on 25TH AUGUST 2018 11:56 AM

     

     

    “The total spent around £30 million,with loan fees ,signing on fees.Of this only £ 3.2 million spent on defence.”

     

     

    The accounts for BR’s first year showed we spent £7m. Are you trying to suggest that we have spent £23m in the last year?

  4. What is the Stars on

    Hearts running away with the League.

     

    Only Stevie Gee express train can stop them now

  5. 50 shades of green on

    PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 25TH AUGUST 2018 4:41 PM

     

    Bigrail,

     

     

     

     

    Preferred Nessons when I lived there, nice

     

     

     

     

    @@@@

     

     

    Now guys my memory ain’t the best, but I seem to remember my maws best pal or my auntie Margaret ( same persron) ran the Vicky bar for a while and her daughter ran Nessons for a while..

     

     

    If im wrang again, ach who cares, 2 bloody decent pubs..

     

     

    Honestly widnae know anyone who drank in them then.

     

     

    But still remember going in to the Vicky bar and being treated like a lord,

     

     

     

    H.H

  6. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    motherwell play steven gerrards rangers tomorrow according to bt.emdy know motherwell managers name.???

  7. 50 shades of green on

    FAVOURITE UNCLE on 25TH AUGUST 2018 6:05 PM

     

    motherwell play steven gerrards rangers tomorrow according to bt.emdy know motherwell managers name.???…

     

     

     

    Now thats fookin funny.

     

     

    P.s Naw

  8. North Cyprus (Baku no more) Bhoy on

    Or, rooted to the spot, like our defence on Thursday night. :-)

     

    HH

  9. Saturday afternoon during the SPFL and not even half a page of comments since 2.00 pm? Everyone at Ikea?

     

    Here’s hoping for a BIG reaction tomorrow from everyone: manager, players, board and fans. Let’s get some kind of momentum going before special stevie comes calling. Hard to imagine that 4 months ago we beat them 9-0 over two games.

     

    Surely to God it is not possible to have lost that kind of dominance so quickly?

     

    Have a good Saturday night, hope Motherwell remember how to bully the huns tomorrow :)

  10. BP1 all good here apart from Cheeko continualy walking around the house.

     

    Definitely think the poor wee mite has dementia.

     

     

    Hope you are all well

     

     

    D. :)

  11. North Cyprus (Baku no more) Bhoy on

    The way we’ve been playing lately, I’ll settle for any score-0 a week tomorrow.

     

     

    HH

  12. DAVID66, sorry to hear, that all well here Jorge seems to be fitting in with frankie and benny fingers crossed ,give me a prediction for tomorrow .