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Deserved away draw and two fortunate home Uefa draws

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Celtic got what they deserved at Rugby Park yesterday.  An inspired early goal by Ryan Christie limited the damage to two dropped points but that aside, Kilmarnock coped easily with everything Celtic could muster.  After being caught out by Christie, Danny Rogers in the Killie goal did not have a save to make for the rest of the game.  Who would have thought?

Post-match, Neil Lennon referred to Christopher Jullien’s slow start to last season.  After a poor performance at Fir Park he was dropped for the infamous defeat to Cluj at Celtic Park.  Chris got better then and he will do so again, but he lost Nicke Kabamba in dangerous positions three times in the first half.

He does not have problems with big stirkers, as was alleged on TV commentary; the significance of that goal by Lyndon Dykes at Livingston could not be more overstated.  But he is a big lad who clearly needs a better preseason.

Crossing was poor, control cumbersome and the physical battle was often too much.  The lack of physicality is a concern; we are small and light in several areas.  One of the hottest strikers in Europe spent much of the game a spectator, despite our most valued creatives playing.  It really was a team dropping points together.

The manager changed the shape of the team on 65 minutes but to no effect.  Olivier Ntcham had the last 10 minutes but by then Killie were settled and Celtic, increasingly desperate.  You know me and Olivier, I would have introduced him earlier.  Or, had him on from the start.

Neil has dropped points at Rugby Park before and he knows how to build a response.  No one was “thrown under the bus”, as he said later.  Until then, we have to live like others, not at the top of the table, for a change.

We are going to face a lot of packed defences this season and play on a few plastic pitches.  There can be no complaints, let’s just get better at overcoming both.

Given a choice of winning yesterday, or facing two away draws in Champions League qualification, I would take the draw with Killie and home times against Reykjavik, then either Ferencvaros or Djurdargens, the prospect we face after different types of draws yesterday and today.

Home ties until we are well into our season is a huge bonus.  There is still work to do, but the prospect of a Lincoln Red Imps rerun is receding.  Wish we could attend these games.

Sweden is Europe’s Covid herd immunity test case and the test has not gone well.  It remains to be seen what travel restrictions visitors from Sweden are in place when the second round takes place on 15 and 26 August.

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  1. PETEC on 10TH AUGUST 2020 6:50 PM

     

    Big Wavy .unleash the wee C’McG deep.

     

     

     

     

    He’d do a job there no end fella but in the absence of a No. 10 I’d have him there.

  2. Callum has Learn’t Everything from OUR Capitano.

     

     

    He will be exceptional in the position. That isnae His position Howevaaah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Soro

     

     

     

     

    Lets go.

  3. Admittedly this is probably one of the least eagerly anticipated man of the match votes but nevertheless there are still almost 3 hours left to put the names of your 3 superstars from yesterday in an email to me at CQNPOTY@GMAIL.COM . Results should be out shortly after 10pm.

  4. garygillespieshamstring on

    Celtic underground’ twitter saying we are back in for Toney with an increased bid.

  5. ERNIE LYNCH on 10TH AUGUST 2020 6:35 PM

     

    AN TEARMANN on 10TH AUGUST 2020 6:09 PM

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘If I can find a socialist who is rancid enough to. admit he/she voted for the war criminal’

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    I voted Labour when Blair was the Labour leader.

     

     

    === do you apologize for the war skank policies?

     

    you enjoyed staying within Tory spending limits?

     

    pfi’s the new profit inducing way to privately fund the. public sector?

     

    Marketizing/privatizing of nhs

     

    obviously not! stay nicely ensconced in his arse.====%

     

     

    Because the choice was between a Labour Government and a Tory Government

     

     

    CORRECTION YOU VOTED NEW LABOUR

     

     

    And the worst Labour Government is always going to be better than the best Tory Government.

     

     

    ===So not an ounce of apology for big Gordon of Dyscalcia and Alistair of 2toneheid recapitakizing the banking sector leaving tory to induce austerity in their ideological war on the poor,must have missed that in my readings of the socialism.

     

    The liars government done your “socialist’ arse in.right in.to the point the poor weak and needy don’t vote.for them now as sadly the last election showed

     

     

    I also voted for Labour when Corbyn was leader.

     

    ===good for you.jeremy knows what I am talking of when I say the liar rode Labour into the ground.he voted against the liar time and again but by that time the liar was on his way to greatness in his own Heid.====

     

     

     

     

    Is there an SNP politician to the left of Corbyn? I can’t think of any.

     

     

    ask a member of the snp. I am not one.

     

    politics is bout power my unionist friend

     

    is Jeremy in power?- sadly not imo,a populist failure .and going back to the liar a poor new Labour govt is a Tory sweet wrapper as time has shown

     

    The nats are in embra. a populist success here

     

     

     

    As for the announcement that there’s going to be an announcement about the exams debacle, it should never have been allowed to happen, and any changes that are being made will only be because of 1. public outrage and 2.trying to get ahead of whatever measures Westminster takes regarding A level results.

     

    ==that’s you farting theories my unionist friend….you backed the liar you cred is mince.

     

     

     

    What I’d like to know though is what contingency plans have been made for proper online tuition if/when there’s a second lockdown.

     

     

    =and I look forward as to whatever reaction to those who have power from those who don’t have a chance of it( rollback to wee Jake and his lanurkshir palz)

     

     

    ps just knew your rancid lol

     

    hH

  6. Blogosphere abuzz with ‘Ajeti here for his medical’, ‘another bid in for Toney’ and’ left back in this week’ too.

  7. AN TEARMANN ,

     

     

    Deflection my friend.

     

    Do you defend the odious decision to mark down students because they come from a deprived area.?

     

     

    A decision that confines the poorest to continual poverty regardless of ability.

     

     

    Cheers and HH.

  8. celtic had over 70% possession yesterday – the reason we dropped points was because we didn’t score enough , we didn’t get enough balls into the box and we didn’t test their keeper enough.

     

     

    Julie let a guy spoil him but don’t forget broony was helping out and somehow managed to get on opposite side from the rectangle thing we are trying to defend!

     

     

    crappy pitch and no creativity from a rogic type is why we dropped points

  9. GREENPINATA on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:01 PM

     

     

    As someone who proudly didn’t vote to Remain in the EU you’ve got a bit of a cheek pretending to give a toss about young people.

  10. UEFA posting details of QR1

     

     

    Tue 18th August – Celtic v Reykjavik at Celtic Park ko 7:45

  11. RON67 on 10TH AUGUST 2020 7:28 PM

     

    CELTIC40ME

     

     

    and your point is , docent make you an out and out lone striker.

     

     

    What does? Attracting the interest of top clubs when you’re playing in that position? Scoring hat tricks?

  12. Do you know what’s interesting (or maybe it isn’t, but anyway….) – having just logged the first 40 emails, of the 15 players that played yesterday only 3 of them have so far failed to register a vote. So, poor as we undoubtedly were, 12 of our players have made it into at least 1 person’s Top 3.

     

    It really is “all about opinions” right enough!

     

    CQNPOTY@GMAIL.COM

  13. I thought Alcohol ads on strips were banned in UEFA Comps.No?

     

    Anyway,Copenhagen should already have scored a couple.Man U rocking a bit.

  14. CLQ2 opponents Ferencvaros v Djurgarden tie is following night at 7pm.

     

    Wonder if it will be live streaming somewhere ?

     

     

    Also looks like only tie of 17 to be moved to a neutral venue is Dundalk’s tie away to Slovenians Celje which has been moved to Hungary

  15. are numbers very coincidental. you get a number stuck in your heid, and it seems to appear often.

     

     

    celtic founded in 67 east rose street.

     

    tommy gemmell scored 67 goals as a full back,

     

     

    somethin else has than number , i just cant remember

     

     

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    PictureThis Scotland Retweeted

     

    Electronic Tims

     

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    Aug 8

     

    67 goals from a full back Grinning faceClapping hands signFour leaf clover #TotalFootball from Jock Stein before Ajax and Barca.

     

    Quote Tweet

     

     

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    @74frankfurt

     

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    Tommy Gemmell of Celtic. (Apps 433, Goals 67)

     

     

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ee4MWMDX0AAmZ7L?format=jpg&name=small

  16. UEFA posting details of QR1

     

    Tue 18th August – Celtic v Reykjavik at Celtic Park ko 7:45

     

    UEFA posting details of QR2

     

    Wed 19th August – Ferencvaros v Djurgarden in Budapest ko 7pm.

     

    Those 2 dates clash with the Champions League semi finals but I assume we will have someone at the Wednesday game ?

  17. FRANKTERRY on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:12 PM

     

     

    The the millionth gazilionith time , i did not vote for Brexit. Proudly or not.

     

    But who cares,more deflection.

     

     

    Didn’t hear you call out this disgraceful treatment of youngsters from deprived postcodes.

     

    Selective scorn indeed.

  18. CELTIC40ME o

     

    What does? Attracting the interest of top clubs when you’re playing in that position? Scoring hat tricks?

     

     

    OE is never at this moment in his career an out and out on his own striker, his best position as has been mentioned before by others is driving at defenders from the left hand side causing havoc and scoring from that position makes him an alleged target , not being a target man on his own.

  19. AN TEARMANN on 10TH AUGUST 2020 7:29 PM

     

     

    Childish, incoherent and self indulgent drivel.

     

     

    As per.

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    ERNIE LYNCH on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:40 PM

     

     

    Not taking sides but when you start hurling insults you have lost argument.

     

     

    Did you read PHIL today.

  21. RON67 on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:40 PM

     

    CELTIC40ME

     

     

    his best position as has been mentioned before by others is driving at defenders from the left hand side causing havoc and scoring from that position makes him an alleged target , not being a target man on his own.

     

     

    no one’s suggesting he’s a target man, you can be a lone striker without being one.

     

     

    last season he played every game in Europe and every game against the huns up front on his own, its performances against those oppositions that sell a player to a top club.

  22. I think Eddie could easily play on the left or the middle of a front 3, he might even be more effective coming in from the left, but to say he’s never a lone striker ignores everything he’s done at Celtic in that position.

  23. CELTIC ace Boli Bolingoli is under investigation by raging club chiefs after sneaking off on holiday to Spain in defiance of strict Covid-19 quarantine rules.

     

     

    Bolingoli, 25, didn’t tell Hoops bosses he’d been to the high-risk country, failed to isolate when he returned — then played in Sunday’s game against Kilmarnock.

  24. CELTIC40ME

     

    no one’s suggesting he’s a target man, you can be a lone striker without being one.

     

     

    lone striker = target man

  25. That’s unforgivable from Bolingoli. I suspect there will be repercussions for the club along the lines of Aberdeen’s.

  26. ERNIE LYNCH on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:40 PM

     

    AN TEARMANN on 10TH AUGUST 2020 7:29 PM

     

     

    Childish, incoherent and self indulgent drivel.

     

     

    As per

     

    – endearment from the liars fag!

     

    not a word on wealth redistribution,from rich to poor i mean,not the way Gordon’s bail out left us after a banker dunnit and ran away.

     

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    GREENPINATA on 10TH AUGUST 2020 8:01 PM

     

    AN TEARMANN ,

     

     

     

    Deflection my friend.

     

     

     

    Do you defend the odious decision to mark down students because they come from a deprived area.?

     

     

    I don’t defend it one bit.i stay in such an area.opportunity hope and chance got ripped out of here years back.i fight it like f from inside here.The calibrating of results up to the exams is wrong,how they gauged the actual results is wrong.the pleasing of the aspiring schools/areas is boak inducing.the manipulation of data to make middle class areas good is hardly surprising as wee nulla gently right hands the capitalists with her appointments from Buccluech estates on land reform and her “exbanking^ sector pals in charge of covid regen.We know what they are doing.

     

     

    A decision that confines the poorest to continual poverty regardless of ability.

     

     

    =It does not my friend.we are working continuously to improve and make a wee bit better.as you know it’s the betrayal of that hope and opportunity I am big on.=

     

     

    Cheers and HH.

     

     

    peace ;-)

     

     

    ps did your lot not leave a letter apologizing for leaving us with no money.lol.

     

     

    hh