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Defending to win against Zagreb, Sevco roulette

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Dinamo Zagreb dropped points for the second time in 10 league games this season on Saturday when they drew a blank against bottom of the table Slaven Koprivnica.  Slaven took only one point from five league games in August, and lost heavily to Zagreb on the opening day of the season, but have tightened up at the back in recent weeks.  Parking the bus on Saturday was enough to curtail the Croatian champions.

That blank score line was a rarity for Dinamo, who had scored in all but one of this season’s 18 previous outings.  After losing their first leg at home to Zagreb, Aalborg shut up shop in the Champions League qualifier in Croatia and overturned the first leg deficit.

So what can we expect on Thursday?  We’ve kept only one clean sheet in the last 10 outings, and that was to lower league Hearts, who missed a penalty and struck the crossbar.  Looking at Celtic’s defensive record, Dinamo will fancy their chances of getting a goal.  Like most teams away from home in Europe, they will plan to defend first and foremost, and take their chances on the break.

Having collected a vital point away to the top seed on match day one, the group opens up for Celtic if they can beat Zagreb this week, but how should they go about achieving this?  If St Mirren, Motherwell, Dundee and Inverness can score against Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb will do so, unless Celtic protect their back line considerably better than they have so far this season.  Celtic are likely to need to score two or more to win the game.  Without Goals Guidetti, this sounds like a big challenge.

Going on form, it’s in Celtic interests to ensure this is a tight game, deny Dinamo space to break into, and use their own speed to attack when opportunity arises.  We’ll need to hold the ball, and that means Kris Commons will have to play, no matter how fit he is, but I would be tempted to give him a deeper role than usual.  Johansen and Brown have critical roles to play in protecting the defence but they will need Commons available to bring calm to proceedings.

I see The Telegraph have taken a punt on Craig Whyte, et al’s, Worthington Group being in sufficient funds to mount their threatened legal challenge to Sevco Scotland Ltd, now known as Rangers International PLC, for acquiring the legal entitlement of Sevco 5088 Ltd.  Sevco 5088 had irrefutable entitlement to the assets of liquidated Rangers FC but this entitlement was assumed by Sevco Scotland, then owned and controlled by Charles Green.

Green and Craig Whyte both claimed to control Sevco 5088 when the company’s entitlement was assumed by the other company.  So what does all this mean?  There’s nothing in The Telegraph story that we didn’t know two years ago.  Even if a journo had first-hand information from a prime source, you’d have to wonder what value you could invest in what any of these characters say.

Until Our Hero spins the roulette wheel at the Ibrox Casino, everyone’s chasing shadows on this one.

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  1. Afternoon Timland from a warm hun free mountain valley.

     

     

    From FF.

     

     

    Sure has made my day.

     

     

    “Tonight was one of the worst days/nights off my life. When a bird shat in my pint outside in the Louden, I thought my luck was in. I then lost about £100 in 5 minutes in the bookies. When we were 1 down I placed a bet, 2 down I also placed a bet. Even at 3 down, I thought that Hibs had done feck all. The only money I made was £50 on a goal between 45-55 minutes and Rangers being ahead on 65 minutes. Unfortunately I bunged it all and more on Rangers to score again and in the end lost £455 on the night. What a pile of shite.”

     

     

    And I bet he drank it as well >}

     

     

    HH

  2. According to the People’s official web site they have paid off their short term loans and therefore the security against the car park and Edminston house have been removed.

  3. The Honest Mistake loves being first

     

    13:14 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    Posting this link to Wee Evie’s mum’s blog in the hope that thoughts and prayers make a difference in this life or what lies after. Difficult to even imagine what they are going through. God bless them.

     

    http://enablingevie.moonfruit.com/blog/4563020335

     

     

    heartbreaking and makes you appreciate what you have.

     

     

    I helped at a fundraising event on Saturday evening raising funds for a disease that breaks the hearts of the families and which outsiders simply cannot comprehend. the event was to raise funds for Parder Willi Syndrome again I watched this family do everything they could for their son and brother but to no avail and on 23rd december 2013 at the age of 26 he passed, heartbreaking

     

     

    thankful for my family and friends

     

     

    HH

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family

     

     

    Good luck sir I’ve never met you but know from your posts your Celtic through and through and thats enough for me .KTF

     

    HH

  5. Bawsman

     

    13:22 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    tonydonnelly67

     

    13:17 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    A wee birdie was telling me we are about to see a show of Scottishness on Sunday from a section of cough! Cough! Celtic supporters, a show of the saltire of which has never be seen at Celtic Park, will it be for our passion of being Scottish, or someone’s political statement, here we go again, allegedly!

     

    =======================================

     

    Pretty ballsy for a minority GROUP to do this, they’ll probably get the same reception fat Alex got when he doorstepped the Ryder Cup presentation. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

     

     

    Dont think so.Not many morons at Celtic Park.Plenty on here though.

  6. dena29

     

    Whit did you do to the blog :)))

     

    Will you make it on Sunday ,was thinking the K.O time might suit you slightly better.

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Dena

     

    Obviously my quip about your earnings wasn’t enough for you to remember me by..

  8. Go tell the Spartim on

    Jag er Delia

     

     

    I think thats one of the major problems, if Johannsen played anything remotely like he did, on a part time basis mind, when he came we might have looked marginally better, and maybe the RD plan would actually be visible to the naked eye, presently it remains a mirage in RD’s mind, sadly.

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    More grafitti on my leg. Think I’ll just get a permanent tattoo with this blinkin arrow on my leg.

     

     

    6.00pn at the earliest tomorrow night. Never fasted that long even ash Wednesday or good Friday…

     

     

    Thanks for the kind wishes and texts sent folks but the honest mistakes post is what it means for people to suffer…

  10. I agree with Paul’s opening article…

     

     

    Play Commons from the start, but for the benefit of the team, he needs to know it is a midfield role he is performing, and a work ethic, and defensive responsibility is paramount

     

     

    4-3-3

     

     

    ———————- C.Gordon——————-

     

     

    Ambrose. Denayer. VanDijk. Izzy

     

     

    ——Brown. Commons. Johansen—

     

     

    McGregor. Scepovic. Wakaso

     

     

    Depending on Commons influence on the game, he could be withdrawn for a Kayal or Bitton

  11. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Looks like Stubbzy (we bit of english twang there) can cut it as a manager. Just saying like!!!

  12. !!Bada Bing!!

     

    13:57 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    More political stuff from the GB? I think we know how this will end up.

     

     

    So waving a Saltire is now being classed as political on here.FFS,getting close to Hun Media for nonsense on here.

  13. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family

     

    15:43 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    Dena

     

    Obviously my quip about your earnings wasn’t enough for you to remember me by..

     

     

    O I’m so sorry,no offence meant but I will need to bring a notebook with me cos my memory is shot, every week I have to ask at least half a dozen bhoys their names again. again sorry

     

     

    HH

  14. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    ruggygman

     

    swap mcg and johansen for biton and kayal to have a chance of winning the midfield

  15. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    If it gets tuff Johanson will be useless!! Griff must get a shout since Guidetti is out.

  16. “every week I have to ask at least half a dozen bhoys their names again.”

     

     

     

    Dena,

     

     

     

    Context is everything:)

  17. Blantyre Tim

     

     

    Hope you did not receive your new injury whilst you were at the Jiggin in old D&G last weekend :-)

  18. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    dena

     

    with the posters who have multiple blog names you could meet the same person 6 times and you would think it was someone new each time.

  19. Gene’s a bhoys name….

     

     

    So a middle to front shape of 3,2,1

     

     

    Brown Bitton. Kayal

     

     

    —- Commons Wakaso —-

     

     

    ———–Scepovic————

     

     

    I have to say, I could live with that.

  20. Geordie Munro

     

    16:01 on

     

    30 September, 2014

     

    “every week I have to ask at least half a dozen bhoys their names again.”

     

     

    Dena,

     

     

    Context is everything:)

     

     

    :-))))))))))))))

     

     

    HH

  21. Gene's a Bhoy's name on

    ruggygman

     

    the 3, 2 could become a 5 when needed

     

     

    off to pick up the grandaughter from nursery

     

     

    happygrandadCSC

  22. The first is a letter from Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow to departing First Minister Alex Salmond. Never have I witnessed a senior cleric suck up to a politician so shamelessly. Truly he has earned Private Eye’s Order of the Brown Nose (OBN).

     

     

    Dear First Minister,

     

     

    You have announced your decision to step down as First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party. On behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, I want to acknowledge your long and outstanding career in politics, and your distinguished service as First Minister of Scotland. With good reason, you have been described as one of the most able and influential political leaders that Scotland and the United Kingdom has ever produced.

     

     

    The Bishops are especially grateful for your recognition of the important place of religion and faith in Scotland, for your support of Catholic education as making its own distinctive contribution to the good of Scotland as a whole, and for your sensitivity to the issues around religious freedom which are emerging in our country as they are elsewhere. You have also shown real concern for those in our society who are less affluent and less fortunate. And of course, you have always been a wonderful champion and ambassador for Scotland at home and abroad. We hope that your political successors will be inspired by your example and continue to protect and promote these same values.

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