Cup powerhouses face each other, spotting patterns to develop


Scotland’s cup duopolists, Celtic and St Johnstone, face each other in the League Cup semi-final.  They are the two most successful Scottish clubs over the last decade, having won the previous 10 domestic cups between them.  St Johnstone have won on their last four visits to Hampden, whereas Celtic have incredibly won their last sixteen successive visits to the national stadium.  Something has got to give but the winner of this tie will surely fancy their chances for the trophy.

Hibs, who are the last team to win a cup apart from Celtic and St Johnstone, face Newco in the other semi.  The latter hoping to reach their third major final having lost the previous two.  Hibs last won the League Cup 15 years ago.

Celtic comfortably got the job done against Raith Rovers last night without ever hitting the heights they reached in the previous round, when Hearts were battered before leaving with a flattering 3-2 deficit.  We await a return of that blistering football.

Goals change games and win trophies and it is vital that those occupying the supporting forward roles contribute.  Jota got his first goal for the club as he controlled a pass from James McCarthy before beating the keeper at his near post.  The Portuguese then turned creator for the second.  Raith keeper Jamie MacDonald only parried his shot into the path of Liel Abada, who headed into the net.

Abada has an incredible knack for finding space inside the box and arriving to occupy it at exactly the right moment.  20 years ago, I remember a Rangers fan complain to me that his team continually fail to mark Henrik Larsson inside the box.  All he saw was Larsson, in acres of space, despatching the ball into the net.

An innate understanding of space and time, and being able to anticipate what others will do, makes the attackers’ job look easy.  It is easy, if you are gifted enough to find the right place at the right time.  I know better than to burden Liel with unattainable comparisons, but this ability to find space inside the box has been so rare for Celtic recently, you wonder if he could follow the path others have walked from wing to centre.

If Celtic are to fulfil their potential, they need to be able to spot patterns like this and know what to do about them.

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  1. PHILBHOY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 10:43 AM


    …………..aye, but we like BIG JIMMY.








    Only because he’s a cult supporter. If he challenged your views you would turn on him.



    Such is the country we now live in.

  2. Early start tomorrow. Haven’t decided whether to watch the game on Pass or actually attend.


    Is the train strike still ongoing ?



    We need entertaining football combined with an enhanced match day experience. Dominic Mckay was the man to promote a better match day experience.


    Who will fill this necessary void ?



    And who voices our concern about traffic chaos due to unused, unnecessary cycle lanes.


    Traffic chaos = vastly increased emissions and reduced air quality. Who fights our corner.?



    PS : Great thought provoking post by sceptical citizen @ 02.48 hrs.

  3. Tam the ranter./jhb



    You are depressed.Does that come from being a tory apologist? Your despair is bordering is attention seeking.but you know that.


    No critique of your unionist crimplene last week,cantcriticise a brother unionist.same way not a word against your tory enablers and heroes.



    Claiming progressive policies historically while supporting and not criticising the vermin who want to do away with them.all on behalf of your broken schizophrenic union



    Cuts to uc/inc in ni


    Not 1 tax loophole closed


    Welfare state for the rich is alive and enabled.



    This is you👇 and I claim my 10p(give it to a foodbank.



  4. Toaty Trumper @ 10.28



    Big / heartfelt debate on CQN about modern day poverty.


    People putting a lot of effort into explaining their viewpoints.


    Very raw debate — as is most debate in this time of identity / not solidarity.



    And you offer nothing / absolutely nothing.


    I think that tells the world the depth of your politics / worldview.








    For the record any debate on the undeserving poor in a CFC forum needs careful handling.


    The English Victorian establishment vs the rural Irish poor is very enlightening.


    Especially in the 1840’s.

  5. Great game today against Utd with their new set up versus ours.



    If we did second teams a lot of Celtic supporters might pick Utd who have produced some great sides and fabulous players down the ages, in the golden era of Glasgow Celtic they gave us some great games. Like most clubs left behind by the sheer size and wealth of Celtic, Utd have been up and down the leagues to leave only Celtic, Aberdeen, and Rangers never to have played outside the top Scottish division.



    The gauling thing about Celtic’s away form is that Sevco are now very beatable unlike last season they now have a team filled with underperforming wantaways that didn’t get their big move, and who knows what else going on aside from more courts than Emma Raducanu.



    Would like another look at James McCarthy today, and with Greg Taylor out for 12 games Adam Montgomery weighs in just ahead of Liam Scales ?, but then you don’t know what AP might spring. CCV and Starfelt to forge a partnership, and there is choice at last, over on the right between Juranovic and Ralston.



    No reason why vintage Tom Rogic can’t keep the clock turned back, and there are goals galore in Abada, Ajeti, and Jota. Celtic tucked in quietly by Christmas and there’s no reason what so ever, with cash ready, we’ll tweak the squad in January and produce another ace.



    AP to make more use of his bench, and do ‘one game at a time.’



    Jock Stein CSC

  6. Toaty Trumper @ 10.49



    I give you IR35 — That wee GB policy went down well in the IT world …



    Not !!!.

  7. John Masson’s “Why don’t you go home” type of reply to a disabled Celtic supporter should never be forgotten.



    Imagine the outcry if a Tory / Labour MSP had made his remarks. ?

  8. Ernie


    Come on Ernie.his posts are embarassing.


    Omitting why a ‘new’socialist party followed her policies.


    Whose your team for today?



    This cult you talk of is that any socialist left in that right wing party called the Labour Party?



    Who or what do you stand for?


    Only knowing what your not.not knowing what you could be.a party once described as a left chasing right wing policies.shouldnt be a problem as Tony followed the witchz policies in every way,murdered 1 or 2 Iraqis but the good ol brit amnesia is currently attempting to redact history.


    Matchday now.


    Montgomery to start hopefully




  9. BSR….



    Re Dundee United….agreed, always had a soft spot for them.


    Hope we do them today mind. Don’t mind by how much or how many – just the 3 points will do.



    Couldn’t believe the chances spurned by Dundee yesterday…and Cummings “penalty kick” put the tin hat on a frustrating afternoon’s fitba, the least said about Sparky the better.



    Anyhoo – the devil seems to have all the luck at the moment.



    Love Life, Love Celtic CQNCSC

  10. I’ve got high hopes for McCarthy….he is finding his feet hopefully.


    He’s a big unit and will come in handy.



    3pts please Celtic.

  11. AT



    That story on Joe McCarron was heart-breaking.


    There are obviously some very stupid and misguided folks oot there.

  12. Greenpinata


    The ex livi mp who was Labour and orange order member for that area before the fascist voted out.


    How do you be a fascist and socialist at same time?



    Game now.




    Maybe see you up there.hopefully a victory too.




  13. ERNIE LYNCH on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 10:48 AM



    PHILBHOY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 10:43 AM



    …………..aye, but we like BIG JIMMY.






    Only because he’s a cult supporter.





    Only because he’s a Celt supporter.



    Fixed that for you.



    C’MON BIG JIMMY and THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Right, defo garden time.

  14. BANKIEBHOY1 on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 11:17 AM






    That story on Joe McCarron was heart-breaking.



    There are obviously some very stupid and misguided folks oot there.





    Sadly true my friend 😊,the poor man’s family appealing for privacy now while those sought out his rights have burrowed deep and are out of sight now.


    Rip Joe.prayers for his family left.




  15. BANKIEBHOY1 on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 11:17 AM









    That story on Joe McCarron was heart-breaking.





    There are obviously some very stupid and misguided folks oot there.






    There’s one or two in here as well.

  16. Saint Stivs,



    1951-52 season we finished 9th in the league.



    Can you imagine directors posing with the team if that happened nowadays.




  17. Good morning from a sunny Auld Reekie.



    Burnley78 – Enjoy your day with your Welsh visitor.



    Missing the game today due to a nasty chest cold. Will watch via my VirtualPass and hope to be fit for Thursday.



    4-0 the Celts.



    PS. Why does anyone believe a Celtic blog, on a Sunday morning, on a big match day, needs a lecture on the evils of Thatcherism? It wasn’t even posted in response to anything relevant.

  18. Ernesto………..there’s a guid chance


    those one or two are actually………… one and the same.



    I’m astounded of forehead how many “conversations” one multi-moniker can have with itself!




  19. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 11:58 AM



    ‘ It wasn’t even posted in response to anything relevant.’







    Read the thread again.



    You’ll notice that the old, old issue of the poor and undeserving poor was being discussed.



    The comment was relevant to that.

  20. Burnley 78………



    Enjoy your day with Tom! :)



    A good day in prospect no doubt, hopefully you’ll both be singing the praises of Celtic


    and the Dear Green Place.



    A few years back Big Sanna Bhoy ( of this parish) helped get tickets for two cousins from the States into a game – they are still hooked on us and the amount of merch they buy is incredible.




  21. Celtic Park.


    Glasgow 1st March 1906.



    Sir,-The bigotry and anti-Celtic feelings of the alleged fair-minded athletic Press of Glasgow got full vent last week, on the occasion of the Hearts lucky victory. Since this club was formed the aforesaid scribes have at all times taken every little chance they could to belittle the club and its followers, and to gloat over its defeats. This week one alleged critic pays a tribute to the fair-mindedness of the Glasgow public in cheering a Hearts’ success, but of course has no explanation of the lack of local patriotism in the silence which greeted the Celtic’s goal. This spirit of anti-Celtic feeling has been so drummed into the Glasgow public by these Saturday afternoon reporters that the public cannot see any good in the Celtic at any time. This, however does not concern the club or its following. Criticisms are only to be valued by the standard of character of those who write them, and a recent law case gave us a sample of what our football reporting has descended to.




  22. ERNIE LYNCH on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 10:48 AM


    PHILBHOY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 10:43 AM





    …………..aye, but we like BIG JIMMY.


















    Only because he’s a cult supporter. If he challenged your views you would turn on him.







    Such is the country we now live in.






    What EVIDENCE do you have that I support The SNP or CULT as you put it ?


    I can SLAG OFF ANY Party that I feel deserve it.


    I can slag off the SNP for various issues.


    I can slag off the Labour Party who sold me down the feckin swanee in 2009.


    I can slag off the Lib/ Dems….DESPITE TWO of their Ministers supporting me in 2009, at the time that the Labour Party and Gordon Brown as PM…werent interested in helping a working class man.


    I can slag off the Feckin Tories over a whole number of issues over the years, and who are just Scumbags of the highest order.


    Ive never voted for The SNP in my Life…so again I will ask for you to provide EVIDENCE to the contrary.


    You are just upset at the idea of Me or anyone else on here being angry with the Tory Govt ( for good reason)….all the while we have Tory/Unionist Chumps on here who deliberately refuse to SLAG Off the Tories…but are so quick to condemn the SNP etc every feckin time.



    As for me ” Turning on anyone” , who doesnt support MY views…Please explain WHY I MARRIED TWO Unionist Women, and lived with a few others ?


    Please explain WHY some of MY BEST Mates over many years have been Unionist supporters ?


    Please explain WHY I can have a few drinks with Unionists in my local Pub …WITHOUT…” Turning on them” ?