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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. what id give for a defence, featuring bobby Murdoch billy mcneil and john clark, especially john clark, he could read into a game, knew when to step forward or step back or maybe im just a sentimental old git.hh.

  2. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Anyone remember Gerrardiola complaining about artificial pitches when he was in America? Or did he not have someone telling him what to say when he was there?

     

    Maybe he was too busy watching “Rangers” games and noting all the bad decisions that were going against them…..

  3. Five minutes at Lennoxtown and John Terry would have those wandering minstrels of a defence sorted, disciplined and focussed.

     

     

    That’s if he could hear himself think above the cacophony of hands wringing and tuts of disapproval.

     

     

    The Leigh Griffiths Charcater Assassination spreadsheets will be getting dug out the hard-drives.

  4. Love him or hate him I do think we miss Nir Bitton bringing the ball out of defence and into attack.

     

    The problem with our recent performances against packed defences is fannying about at the back, overpassing the ball, and allowing the opposition to regroup instead of getting the ball forward quickly and hurting them before they can regroup.

     

    Aye I know ‘Bitton has become a better player in his absence.’ ?

  5. MIKE IN TORONTO hope you and seamus are well, interesting reading your comments on mlk, don’t know if this is true, but I think I read something years ago about mlk,s father not been too impressed about the friendship between jfk and mlk, because of his religious affiliation whats your take on it.hh.

  6. Can you imagine Terry an Griff out on the town together. I’m sure they’re both reformed characters now though.

  7. OGLACH,

     

    He/she who is without sin cast the first stone. Do you think all Celtic players have been angels and saints during their time with us? I’m not condoning lack of moral fortitude but if we picked a football team because of people’s moral fibre I think we’d be watching five a side.

  8. mike in toronto on

    BP1

     

     

    how are you guys keeping?

     

     

    I had never heard that. but you have piqued my curiosity… so I will have to see what I can dig up about it. Thanks.

  9. Paddy Gallagher on

    If Celtic are at the football poker table they may just be playing a blinder. Everybody writing them off as holding a bad hand. A couple of good signings already lined up (hopefully) and rolled out with perfect timing. Keep the faith, I honestly believe the way we dealt with Hibs was wrong and the way we dealt with Aberdeen was right. Smokescreen perhaps and big announcements to come…

     

    Something else I would just like to share, when we show an interest in buying players many come on here and shares opinion on who would be a good move and those who wouldn’t.

     

    Remember the very players we may be trying to bring in might just be reading the comments and feel aggrieved that they are written off before kicking a ball.

  10. CFC 5 a side team.

     

    Bain

     

    KT,

     

    Broonie,,

     

    Jamsie,

     

    Griff.

     

    Subs. Izzy, Ntcham, and Dembers. CG sub goalie

     

     

    Disclaimer. no player mentioned above has been suject to moral scrutiny. Talent only.

     

    ?

  11. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on 24th August 2018 7:10 pm

     

    OGLACH,

     

    He/she who is without sin cast the first stone. Do you think all Celtic players have been angels and saints during their time with us? I’m not condoning lack of moral fortitude but if we picked a football team because of people’s moral fibre I think we’d be watching five a side.

     

    ===

     

    No argument there but lets start by getting rid of the oft used term ” more than a just a club / football team”

     

    Obviously we are not.

  12. Please, please don’t listen or be bothered what the media say about Celtic. I couldn’t care less. When I can’t see the games on the television I listen on the radio. But at the same time I watch all the match updates on here just to be sure. GG for example.

     

     

    Forget the media. We can trust each other.

  13. PO quiz. Imagine that it is 2018 Paulo Di Canio is 25 and we are in with a chance of signing him and If we all knew he was a fully paid up member of the fascist party, salutes and all – would you be happy signing him?

  14. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    What’s happened to the onesie? Don’t see it so much these days.

     

     

    10iar

  15. MIKE IN TORONTO apart from Annette, we are all okay here she is just waiting for our lord to take her from her suffering, but at least she is pain free, and glad her daughter is in a good place and we have Jorge her beloved westie here with us, so far him and frankie and benny are getting on okay but keeping my fingers and toes crossed,let me know about the jfk and mlk thing.hh.

  16. Oglach,

     

    I’m playing the “Aberdonian card” again. ?

     

    Yes, if he made a statement distancing himself from previous behaviour and made a public apology. ?

  17. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Lidl’s ben bracken whisky’s drinkable. I’d still murder for a dram of Redbreast or Crested Ten

  18. OGLACH on 24TH AUGUST 2018 7:18 PM

     

     

    Like some religious people you take the moral high ground and judge us mere sinners so you can look down your nose at us. Geeza brek pal.

  19. Dilligafbhoy on 24th August 2018 7:36 pm

     

     

    OGLACH on 24TH AUGUST 2018 7:18 P

     

    Like some religious people you take the moral high ground and judge us mere sinners so you can look down your nose at us. Geeza brek pal.

     

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    Moi religious ??? I haven’t been inside a catholic church in a decade let alone one of another denomination. No what I am referring to is morals – you know the BS we keep hearing about that allegedly differentiates us from THEM. Guess that is all B/S.

  20. Oglach, sorry if I got you wrong. but we are different from them, in my experience, vastly different, from them, their fans.

  21. If your of the Catholic faith, I advise you not to watch channel 4 news on catch up.

     

    No wonder Jesus still weeps.

  22. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Just started Fortitude Season 2 Episode 8 – no idea who did it but I reckon it was one of the daddies

     

     

    we’re gonna win the league

     

    we’re gonna win the league

     

    ee ai me addio

     

    we’re gonna win the league

  23. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    POGMATHONYAHUN AKA LAIRD OF THE SMILES on 24TH AUGUST 2018 5:48 PM

     

    BTW my fag packet calculations of signing John Terry on £70k per week from now until May next year comes to about £2.5 million. Doable and could be recouped by a good run in EL.

     

     

    why £70k a week.where did you get that fig from.he is currently earning heehaw .so £20k a week would look quite nice thank you.

     

     

    however if he wants the seventy then no ta.what about robert huth.??same for him ,on the dole at present i think.

  24. OGLACH on 24TH AUGUST 2018 7:23 PM

     

    PO quiz. Imagine that it is 2018 Paulo Di Canio is 25 and we are in with a chance of signing him and If we all knew he was a fully paid up member of the fascist party, salutes and all – would you be happy signing him?

     

    _______________________________

     

     

    Of course not. I don’t like Italians ?

  25. glendalystonsils on

    50 SHADES OF GREEN on 24TH AUGUST 2018 6:02 PM

     

     

    Just back from a date with scampi and chips.

     

    I agree wholeheartedly ,I would like to see McCann blacklisted for loans of our players. Don’t know if we tried anyone else or what the deal would be regarding % of wages paid ,which I suppose might also have come into it.

  26. FRIESDORFER

     

    Cheers.

     

    I also thought RUGGYMAN’S post was excellent.

     

    I have been saying for years that the Guardiola style was obsolete and easy to counter.

     

    He may have won the EPL with a very expensive squad but the coaching in that league is far from the highest level.

     

    What has he achieved in Europe in last 6 years with very expensive squads at Barca,Munich and City?

     

    He varied it a little at City this past season so maybe he is recognizing the need to vary the play.

     

    Zidane won the most important trophy 4 years in a row with a varied and pragmatic approach to individual games.

  27. Mahe the Madman on

    General Knowledge Questions

     

     

     

    1,,,Complete the following phrase,,” And all because , the lady,,,,,, ? “

     

     

     

    2,,,Which band was named after the Nazis sex slaves ?

     

     

     

    3,,,Which video game had characters called Inky, Blinky and Clyde ?

     

     

     

    4,,,Where is William Wallace sword kept ?

     

     

     

    5,,,Caracas is the capital of ?

     

     

     

    6,,,What is the currency of Egypt ?

     

     

     

    7,,,British rock star named after a classic American entree dish ?

     

     

     

    8,,,Who sang “ I got you Babe “ originally ?

     

     

     

    9,,,Which animal has types called horseshoe, fisherman , and fringe lipped ?

     

     

     

    10,,,Who employed the Oompa Loompa’s ?

     

     

     

    11,,,Supermans home planet was ?

     

     

     

    12,,, The Great Fire of London took place in…

     

    1553

     

    1666

     

    1591

     

    1741

     

     

     

    13,,,The Anthills Mobs car was called ?

     

     

     

    14,,,Which band released its debut album in 1983 called Kill Em All ?

     

     

     

    15,,,Which of these celebrities was born first,,,

     

    Elvis

     

    John Wayne

     

    Steve Mc Queen

     

    Clint Eastwood

  28. Kev I agree ,time these director’s were shown the door at Celtic Park,they want us the fan’s,to buy season tickets , merchandise etc ,which we step up to the plate and do,and what do we get in return,not much ie regarding quality players being signed,as for Corkceltic guy our club stagnate with supporters like him,my hope before it gets to late,that there is a few good Celtic Men and Supporters on the board,who can challenge Desmond and Lawell,and take charge of our Club,which can only be good for all Celtic Supporters.

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