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Another home Glasgow derby against a team struggling in mid-table and another lead conceded. This is why consecutively winning so many games is historically difficult, not just in the Scottish league.

The randomness of Ade Azeez scoring at Celtic Park is what keeps football from going stale. Fortunately, that randomness didn’t extend to scoring a winner, so the potential of an unbeaten treble remains alive.

There were plusses. Eboue Kouassi made his first start, and Tom Rogic returned from a lengthy absence to replace Eboue shortly after the hour. Jack Aitchison, our youngest ever goal scorer, got the last 15 minutes, a valuable exposure to the heady heights of first team football.

I doubt Brendan Rodgers will be even slightly upset by the dropped points to the extent that he would be less keen to rest players for Kilmarnock on Saturday. Even though Kilmarnock are clearly world-beaters after securing a point against the greatest coach to finish in fifth place in Qatar.

In the next couple of weeks we’ll be shipping, In the Heat of Lisbon, with what is an absolute cracker of a T-shirt (below). If you don’t know what it is, I’m not going to tell you, but I think it’s just brilliant…..
lisbonteeoffercouchYou can buy the two of them here, £19.67 the pair.  Can’t wait.

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  1. With the League wrapped up would it not be beneficial if we allowed Kristoffer Ajer to play against us this Saturday? Normally I would agree for a loanee not to play against us, but it would be good to see how he would get on, esecially as he was part of the Killie team who kept a clean sheet against the “strongers squad” in Scotland last night

  2. I mostly enjoyed the game last night. Ebouie had a shaky start with a couple of misplaced passes but then I thought he came onto a game, simple crisp passing. We bossed the first half completely without really troubling their keeper. High balls to Roberts against a 6ft plus central defender don’t work.

     

     

     

    I was puzzled by Emilio’s substitution, if we wanted more in midfield we should have taken off a centre back or switched Lustig to right back and taken off Gamboa.

     

     

     

    We lost the goal almost immediately after that. Sviatchenko was poor to get skinned which cost us the goal which probably Gordon should have saved in all honesty.

     

     

     

    Not too much urgency after that until the last few minutes and we were careless at the back at times.

     

     

     

    Nevertheless the unbeaten run continues and we move onto Saturday where hopefully we have a fit centre forward to play!

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    Thunderbirds International Rescue Currently Heading Towards C*mbuslang…..

     

     

    To Dig SFTB Oota The Deep Hole She’s Got Herself In…

     

     

    [Why Bother…..!? Ed ]

  4. An Teach Solais on

    Our Phil working overtime today.

     

    Three very readable articles on his site today.

     

    Worthy of a read. Unlike some garbage. HH

  5. weebobbycollins on

    MWD @ 12.26…we shall wait and see! There will be many, many pairs of eyes watching (single eyes and glass eyes too) the events unfold…these guys (mib) are going to be performing under a very bright spotlight…hopefully, it won’t matter and any ‘suspicious’ decisions taken are mainly to stem the flow of Celtic goals…

     

     

    Regards

  6. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    JHJ on 6TH APRIL 2017 12:29 PM

     

    With the League wrapped up would it not be beneficial if we allowed Kristoffer Ajer to play against us this Saturday? Normally I would agree for a loanee not to play against us, but it would be good to see how he would get on.

     

     

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    A reasonable point, but, if we allowed one loan player to play against us, other clubs, who had to leave out our players, would have a just cause for complaint.

     

     

    Ryan Christie, for example at Aberdeen.

  7. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 6TH APRIL 2017 12:46 PM

     

    MWD @ 12.26…we shall wait and see! There will be many, many pairs of eyes watching (single eyes and glass eyes too) the events unfold…these guys (mib) are going to be performing under a very bright spotlight…hopefully, it won’t matter and any ‘suspicious’ decisions taken are mainly to stem the flow of Celtic goals…

     

     

     

    Regards

     

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    Bobby, I like your confidence but I don’t share it

     

     

    Getting a man sent off early would open the door for them.

  8. foghorn leghorn on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Do you know what size chest = XL in the tee shirt please?

     

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    36DD

  9. Reflecting on last night, maybe too many changes were made.

     

    Resting Stuart Armstrong and bringing him on later did not do anything for him as I thought he struggled to be his usual effective self..

     

     

    I just couldn’t fathom the substitutions taking off Issy, unless for an injury, moving Gamboa was a gamble and it did not help the lad…I feel Lustig is beginning to struggle in the later stages of games he did not have a good game on Sunday and again last night if anyone seems to need a rest it is Mikel ….

     

     

    Yet again Calum McGregor and Nir Bitton fail to step up to the mark when we need that wee bit extra from our midfielders…. When is Liam Henderson going to get the chance to prove himself with a decent run as has Calum …

     

     

    Hopefully next season Ajer will have benefitted from his loan spell enough to gain a start along with Simunovic as a settled central defence, he certainly looks capable…

     

     

    Still unbeaten and now use the next two games to get the semi final team ready and settled

     

     

    Hail Hail ☘️☘️☘️

  10. overseasbhoy on

    Eric complaining in the “press” about his lack of gametime? I think he is third choice for a reason – his performances have not been up to his usual standard of late.

  11. BHOYFROMSKY on 6TH APRIL 2017 1:06 PM

     

     

    When is Liam Henderson going to get the chance to prove himself with a decent run as has Calum …

     

     

    I thought the same thing as I spotted Liam on the bench, less than impressed that he was still sitting there while changes swirled around him. No petulance from him mind you. Just a thoughtful look as players came and went….

     

     

    Maybe in the run in…

  12. The Green Jedi on

    overseasbhoy on 6th April 2017 1:14 pm

     

     

     

    Eric complaining in the “press” about his lack of gametime? I think he is third choice for a reason – his performances have not been up to his usual standard of late.

     

     

    Correct, Erik has to man up and accept why he’s now No.3 & what he’s prepared to do to get back to been No.1

  13. Last night was nice.

     

    Always like to see the opposition clap us on.

     

    Whole scale changes are the answer,despite the fact it may put our unbeaten run at risk.

     

    A whole lot of players need a break.

     

    Would love to go unbeaten but the priority has to be the Treble and proper rest for our top players before CL qualifiers.

     

    Really like Gamboa, he has a lot to offer and Eboue looks a player after a Ropey start last night.

     

    Shame the Griff is injured as both him and Rogic should start every league game IMO.

     

     

    Anyway, onto Saturday

     

     

    HH

  14. MAGNUS on 6TH APRIL 2017 1:38 PM

     

    BHOYFROMSKY on 6TH APRIL 2017 1:06 PM

     

     

     

    When is Liam Henderson going to get the chance to prove himself with a decent run as has Calum …

     

     

     

    I thought the same thing as I spotted Liam on the bench, less than impressed that he was still sitting there while changes swirled around him. No petulance from him mind you. Just a thoughtful look as players came and went….

     

     

     

    Maybe in the run in…

     

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    It doesn’t help that Kouassi is now fit and Rogic is back. Getting crowded in there.

  15. What is the Stars on

    Last race at Aintree 5.15

     

    Been told Brian Ellison fancies Shearling

     

    5/1

     

    Best of luck

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    Paul67

     

     

    I’ve two order in for the boos and t-shirt – Duntocher one – Size M, Macclesfield one Size XL please

     

     

    HH

  17. Interesting article from last night’s Kilmarnock programme !

     

     

    “Tonight’s visitors are making their second visit this season to Kilmarnock having drawn 1-1 in an exciting and entertaining

  18. Interesting article from last night’s Kilmarnock programme !

     

     

    “Tonight’s visitors are making their second visit this season to Kilmarnock having drawn 1-1 in an exciting and entertaining Friday evening encounter last August. The most successful club in Scotland as far as the most domestic honours won, Rangers have made a welcome return to the top tier of the Scottish League after being demoted to the fourth tier after going into administration in 2012.

     

     

    Since returning to the top flight, the Ibrox club, by their own admission, have not had as good a season as had been expected of them by many people, and a really serious title challenge has never really came to fruition. This though is a rather unfair assessment, because the club has done remarkably well considering the controversy, adversity and turmoil it has had to endure over the last 4 years, from both outwith and within the club. Scottish football though is going to benefit in the long term that they have now returned to the first tier, and now that matters off the field seem to be improving, then they will be looking to make improvements on the field.

     

     

    Some people though, have been critical of them this season, their first back in the top flight since 2011-12. yet, they have reached the Semi Finals of the Scottish League Cup, only to lose 1-0 to their oldest rivals Celtic , the eventual winners of the competition. They have also reached the Semi Finals of the Scottish FA Cup, and are due to meet Celtic at Hampden Park on 23 April. Prior to last weekend’s fixtures, they were sitting in 3rd place in the Premiership – 8 points behind 2nd placed Aberdeen but with a 7 points advantage over 4th placed St Johnstone. A place in Europe next season looks a distinct possibility, whether they finish 2nd or 3rd, and of course they can still win the Scottish FA Cup as well. This to any other club would be considered a reasonably decent season, but expectations are higher as far as any of the “Old Firm” clubs are concerned, in comparison to other clubs. However, for what Rangers FC has had to endure, it was always going to be a really big task to make an instant challenge for the Premiership title, and more realistically. a place as runners-up or winning a Cup was always going to be a more realistic target”.

     

     

    I am unaware who is the author of said article , possibly Lee McCulloch?

  19. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    st j have scored more points than newco in the last ten games – the season has had an effect on their squad too.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GORDON

     

     

    Elbows couldnae colour it in,much less write it.

  21. Good evening friends. 37 posts in 5½ hours? Where’s Petec when you need him ;-)

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