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. I’ll freely admit my own contributions here are are limited, repetitive and often inane,


    but the internecine poltico stuff is imo a total arse-collapser……….


    Clearly twitter does not afford sufficient scope for some.



    Unless it directly relates to Celtic its no effort to skip and scroll past.



    The bad airtime tho’ injures the experiences here – ! suspect that’s an objective for some o’ the sleekits too, who pop-up around Timternet in a miserable merry-go-round of many monikers……..



    The swearin’s bad enough……


    …….but bad patter’s hunforgivable!







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





    …………..aye, but we like BIG JIMMY.




    Thats very kind of you to Post that…remind me to buy you numerous Beers !


    HH Mate.

  3. At last !!!! It’s Celtic time, what a long day that was, couldn’t even go


    Down and kick a ball about with our young team, think they were


    all out partying with the young Shielas.



    Just a wee thought for all you auldies like me, think about this, over


    6 ft look like Johan Mjalby or Virgil Van Dyke wearing the world iconic


    Celtic hoops top, does it make you envious.


    These Aussie Celtic bhoys have got it made lol.


    Why were Glesga ghuys like me so scrawny?




    Thank you and anyone I’ve missed for the kind comments, we really are


    A club like no other.


    H.H. Mick

  4. Garden done, shower next, prep the dinner, enjoy the sun ’til the game starts, then perhaps, a glass or two of red..


    Naw, definitely a glass or two of red.



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Belfast / CFC bars — any tips regarding the best places to go?



    4 day world tour of the 6 countries running into problems.




    I think your posts are nail on the head and funny at the same time.


    You make your point without getting into long winded arguments


    When I see your post I always think back to the pubs I frequented


    Back in the day, The Treadle, Chandlers, and then up to the Radnor.


    Don’t suppose there called that any more ?


    H.H. Mick

  7. Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Juranovic, Turnbull, Rogic, McCarthy, Abada, Jota, Ajeti.



    Subs: Bain, Scales, Bitton, Soro, Welsh, Montgomery, Moffat.

  8. Melbourne…………Sir Michael………Cheers!


    Chandlers is still there, but I think The Radnor is renamed – it’s a while since I was back in the town.



    Hope the lockdown thing is improving with you ghuys?




  9. Sir Melbourne………..



    Did you ever hit the Duntiglennan or O’donnel’s in Duntocher?


    What about The Boulevard? ( aka The Bouley)



    Happy Hoopy Days!







    Yes to the Boulie, which was our pit stop coming home from


    Dumbarton, had a few up in the Goldie Hill, and got gubbed


    In the Dublet.


    Those were the days lol.


    H.H. Mick

  11. Unfortunately can’t make the game today so will have to make do with watching courtesy of VP


    expecting a sound display and a comprehensive victory [5-0] but then I always do



  12. Sir Mick…….The Goudie??? You were brave or fast!



    Can’t mind the Dublet….



    Dumbarton – Akrams????



    Afternoon my friend from a sun-drenched hun free Bulgarski……..CTV primed and ready to go.

  14. BB1 & MM – I Used to frequent them all them pubs in the day.



    Usually well oiled right enough.




    Oasis as well and another on a Sunday afternoon what a great day in this place but I cannot remember the name of it.



    D :)

  15. David – the Big “O”…………..



    Jeez what a place.


    Do you remember The Pep?


    Peppermint Park……….


    fantastic wee place, a fair few “spectaculars” there……




    I think it was the Doublet, thought I was a tough Govan bhoy


    got sent home to think again lol.


    H.H. Mick

  17. Getting edgy now, tunes are on CTV, I’ve listened to them all


    day, princess is in a great mood, must be the pink gin, told her


    It was low alcohol, we’re ready to party😎💕😀🎶🥳


    H.H MICK