Dangerous expectations at pivotal weekend


There is a belief in football that the seemingly small game after a significant victory is dangerous.  Players psych themselves up for a big and important task, but they are not machines.  When that task is achieved, the mental energy for the next game is never the same.

You, me and everyone at Celtic knew the incredible importance of last week’s games at Tynecastle and Easter Road.  Neil Lennon got his second tenure off to a winning start and then kept the treble treble dream alive.  The expectation that we will beat Aberdeen tomorrow is overwhelming.

I don’t like this scenario.  Aberdeen will not compliantly roll over.  They are a better team than Hearts or Hibs and if we win, we will earn it the hard way.

This could be a weekend the league pivots.  If Newco drop points at Easter Road tonight and Celtic win tomorrow, the remainder of the campaign will be like a procession.  But if this scenario is reversed, every game will be played under intense pressure until the lead is extended.

Neil Lennon’s Hibernian took four points from Newco within a week in December, significantly weakening their challenge.  New manager, Paul Heckingbottom, will know that tonight he has an opportunity to put a stake of personal credibility in the ground.


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  1. Mon the Lenny.


    I am Neil Lennon, we are all Neil Lennon.



    Now let’s tear these sheep apart.



    D. :)



    I have left this rather late tonight and it is cold. The priest Fr Murphy was in. I had a discussion with him on the situation. He said he enjoyed our talk and was somewhat enlightened, when he was leaving.



    On the subject of priests, I received a small note from a Fr S. C. from Tralee, Kerry, and some holy pictures of Our Lady. The thought touched me. If it is the same man, I recall him giving a lecture to us in Cage 11 some years ago on the right to lift arms in defence of the freedom of one’s occupied and oppressed nation. Preaching to the converted he was, but it all helps.



    It is my birthday and the boys are having a sing-song for me, bless their hearts. I braved it to the door, at their request, to make a bit of a speech, for what it was worth. I wrote to several friends today including Bernie and my mother. I feel all right and my weight is 60 kgs.



    I always keep thinking of James Connolly, and the great calm and dignity that he showed right to his very end, his courage and resolve. Perhaps I am biased, because there have been thousands like him but Connolly has always been the man that I looked up to.



    I always have tremendous feeling for Liam Mellowes as well; and for the present leadership of the Republican Movement, and a confidence in them that they will always remain undaunted and unchanged. And again, dare I forget the Irish people of today, and the risen people of the past, they too hold a special place in my heart.



    Well, I have gotten by twenty-seven years, so that is something. I may die, but the Republic of 1916 will never die. Onward to the Republic and liberation of our people.

  3. Another first fo Celtic. The Cheltenham Gold cup trophy will be paraded at half-time today. We can even have our pictures taken in the Kerrydale with it.



    Nice to see where our dosh has gone to over the years.




  4. I don’t pretend to know about history and politics.



    But what I do know is that it takes real courage, conviction and incredible human resolve and belief to starve oneself to death in the name of a cause.



    Incredible strength shown by Hunger strikers and freedom fighters, not just in Ireland but all over the world.






    D. :)

  5. South of Tunis



    Ah, Etta James, the gal can sing


    The OAP with the coke, were they by any chances the parents of Moreorless???



  6. Neustadt-Braw on

    pog …pass auf für deine Grotto….



    smiley flashing lights thing




  7. Good luck to the Tic today, I hope the concentration is spot on and we play the way we can, get the points on the board and stretch the lead at the top,destroy any lingering hope Sevco may have of catching up. I do not think for one minute this game will be easy though.

  8. At the end of this season we could see 10 or so first teamers depart due to contracts ending. We could see a further 8 first teamers move on the following season. That gives celtic a great opportunity to trim the squad and it should be taken. We may also lose one or two we would prefer to keep.



    We need a good quality rightback and centreback from the start of next season. that is the priority, not buying up another 5 or 6 players.



    We need to create space in the team for our young players. we seem to have a wee group coming through that could thrive if given chances.



    We should be aiming for a 20 man first team squad with the best academy players given chances to shine.




  9. One game at a time and all that, but win today and Celtic would need 5 wins from the last 9 games, as long as one of the victories is against Sevco, to guarantee the title.



    Caveat emptor: did this in my head, so plenty margin for error!



    And avoided saying ‘only’.

  10. overseasbhoy on



    Good morning from Cambodia.


    Just need somewhere to watch the game tonight.





    Paddy Rice on the Riverside works – but avoid the distractions on street 136 next door….

  11. Think 20 would be a bit tight Stephbhoy. I never count the goalies but in normal circumstances you would definitely need 2 outfield players for every position plus 3 or 4 utility players. Given the amount of games we play I wouldn’t say no to about 27/28 outfield players.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    CELTIC: Bain; Toljan, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, Bitton, Forrest, Henderson, Sinclair; Burke.


    Subs: Gordon, Lustig, Hendry, Hayes, Weah, Johnston, Edouard

  13. Confirmed line up v Aberdeen



    CELTIC: Bain; Toljan, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, Bitton, Forrest, Henderson, Sinclair; Burke.


    Subs: Gordon, Lustig, Hendry, Hayes, Weah, Johnston, Edouard



    Now off to John Lemon, the best Celtic Bar in the Costa del Sol HH

  14. Jobo



    Yes – Avenida Bonanza right in the centre of Benalmadena (!) between the Costa and the Arroyo