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Discriminate application of the rules and a lack of defensive structure

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The Rules of the Game do not discriminate between a first and second yellow, but it is the discriminate application of the rules that causes problems.  Two mis-timed – but not dangerous – challenges were enough for referee Nick Walsh to dismiss Callum McGregor, players are given latitude at the second yellow in the same scenario every week in the calendar.  When cast against the off-the-ball stamping, kneeing and kicking Celtic players have endured in this fixture without protection from referees, it is clear what we are up against.

Celtic took control from the off but the intervention of Walsh; awarding a foul against Scott Brown on the goalkeeper when no foul happened, awarding Newco a throw-in deep inside the Celtic half that should have gone the other way and three further fouls for shoulder challenges that went Newco’s way, broke the pattern of play.

Three of the four goals came from mistakes by our defensive mid, two from Scott Brown and one from his replacement, Ismaila Soro.  Scott wanted the win yesterday as much as you or I, but despite improved performances in recent months, the tank is empty.  Ismaila will learn from yesterday.  He was thrown into the game cold, there is a lot more to come from him.

For this third time in 2021, Celtic went to Ibrox and created a hatful of chances, at least on this occasion they took one, although many went a begging.   Creativity is clearly not the problem.

Odsonne Edouard got on the scoresheet and put in his most impressive and interested-looking performance in some weeks  Mohamed Elyounoussi again impressed, in a better-structured team he would be a star.  Kristoffer Ajer was man-of-the-match.  He repeatedly transformed defence into attack; too powerful, fast and skilful for Newco players to touch.

So where did it go wrong?  Teams practice how to play with 10 men and the first thing the practice is how to defend.  Not for the first time this season Celtic were porous, lacking a robust structure.  Defence protects the keeper and midfield protects the defence.  Scott Bain had little cover, the same could be said for the defence.  Our shape with 10 men was all wrong.

Still, as Viv said, tomorrow is another day!

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  1. Fantastic deflection lol.

     

     

    The article that finally finds the botom of the barrell.

     

     

    Every other Celtic site, and almost every comment on every forum and social media outlet, is about who is to blame for the general state of the club. The discussions aren’t always sensible, but the discussions are being had. This site’s editorial function is to not write what everyone else is talking about.

     

     

    it has become a parody. That article is hilarious.

  2. RC on 3RD MAY 2021 11:17 AM

     

    and if anyone think Ajer is the answer , they are living in cloud cuckoo land , Ajer is a major part of the problem.

     

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    Ajer seems a nice boy and a very good professional. However, he’s not the Centre Back we need. If he stays with us, then it’s either at right back or midfield. He’s very good with the ball at his feet and can go by players but is nowhere near a natural defender. We don’t have a first choice full back and it’s almost the same for the centre back positions.

     

     

    Whoever our new manager is, he’ll need our support and patience. Not so much a watershed game, as a watershed season.

  3. prestonpans bhoys on

    I think P67 instead of calling out the ref, start with the tactics, or lack of😱😵😯

  4. Think I can honestly say, this was not the article I was expecting today.

     

    I posted after the game that this was one corporate memory I’d wish to forget.

     

    We need an honest assessment of where we are, how we got here and how we get back to the top.

     

    We don’t need, in my opinion, deflection and excuses.

  5. Mr 67

     

    Well our board are happy with the changes to referreeing, I had this in writing to a question I posed to the Board prior to most recent AGM, just imagine how bad it could have been eh without our board’s interventions. I’m sure they are very pleased at their success looking at Walsh yesterday.

     

    Celtic Football Club is a shambles and all the plc care about is money and how to make it as easily as is possible, we are at rock bottom, have no-one in the first team to build a team around and no-one to help coming from the Academy, the Board are culpable as they appointed the Football Staff throughout the club and have wasted fortunes on duds.

  6. “When cast against the off-the-ball stamping, kneeing and kicking Celtic players have endured in this fixture without protection from referees, it is clear what we are up against.”

     

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    Hopefully our new CEO and (once the glacier melts and we have a new manager/dof/head coach), they start calling out, every single time, how the huns are treated in comparison to others. Even Andy Walker was banned by sevco for making a comment regarding their finances. Only lies allowed and no inconvenient truths.

  7. nothing to see here Timmy just move along and pick up all the cards scattered on the floor please.

  8. quadrophenian on

    What’s the digital equivalent of a record needle stuck on a scratch ?

     

    That bent refs – old-gen and new-gen – continue to sway games in their team’s favour is an old theme/meme.

     

    That Celtic’s leadership’s committed reticence to call it out and elevate it to a corrupt governance issue is the real nub of the matter; ref bias is an easy smokescreen to ensure that ties get levelled without players having to throw games. As I finally realised, Pete had no Plan B – this was executive mismanagement big-style!

     

     

    PS: P67 IS calling out the shoite tactics in his last para – but he’s delicately polite about naming names.

     

    Chris Wilder pls.

     

    Let CalMac go and make Christie and Turnbull the new mid hub.

     

    And give Tony Ralston the last couple of games to show what he often showed glimpses of!

  9. And the lead article on the club website is about the Ladies team, not just here that avoids the issues.

  10. Garngad to Croy on

    The shape after going a man down was all wrong but we still played better in that unorganized chaos , than we did after the Manager had a chance to reorganize us at half-time !

     

     

    We can’t keep blaming the refs, it makes us no better than that mob when they blamed everybody and Owen Coyle’s granny before they went bust !

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “awarding Newco a throw-in deep inside the Celtic half that should have gone the other way ”

     

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    A 4-1 gubbing from a team we beat 9-0 over two games three years ago and we’re blaming a wrongly awarded throw-in? Good grief – it’s no wonder we’re in the mess we are in if that’s the attitude.

     

     

    Any update on the review of the management team?

     

    Last we heard:

     

    “The Board has come to the conclusion that our collective objective is best served by continuing to support Neil and his team”

     

    and

     

    “Neil and his management team are best placed to turn the team’s performances around and lead us on to success.”

     

    https://www.celticfc.com/news/2020/december/Board-Statement/

     

    A simple update would be good. Just something like:

     

    The Board remains fully supportive of Neil and his team. Unfortunately Neil resigned, but the others are still there so all is good.

  12. squire danaher on

    ZIGGYDOC1 on 3RD MAY 2021 12:18 PM

     

     

    CEO McKay will do as he’s told by Absentee Landlord Desmond and Consultant Lawwell.

     

     

    Apart from F McCann there has never been any serious desire by the club to confront cheating in my 53 years man and Bhoy supporting Celtic.

     

     

    Back of the Bus CSC.

  13. Avon Barksdale on

    Definitely need to look at our own weaknesses first but I do agree that there were a few decisions which went the wrong way. You could write a book about the refereeing abominations we’ve suffered at Ibrox. Last comment “tomorrow is another day” a subtle hint??

  14. onenightinlisbon on

    Extremely poor lead Paul.

     

     

    Are you not willing to point the finger or are you like Mr Desmond, delighted we have the “Old FirM’ back in play.

  15. Paul 67,

     

     

    It is your perogative to give your opinion on your own blog.

     

    My opinion differs greatly from yours.

     

     

    We really need white smoke tomorrow morning

     

     

    HH.

  16. The only notable thing in the lead piece is the last line:

     

     

    “Still, as Viv said, tomorrow is another day!”

     

     

    New mngr tomorrow. Good luck Mr Howe.

  17. The referee didn’t offer a Bolton and hibs failure the job in the showers, preside over the worst season since the 90s, sat on his hands as that incompetent blundered his way through the autumn, let the ex Bolton dud leave at a time of his choosing, install an equally if not more incompetent caretaker all while punting anything that isn’t nailed down and fattening up his own bloated bonus and obese arse. The OP knows exactly who’s to blame for this car crash of a season but still can’t bring themself to say his name. Sycophantic forelock tugging cowardice as per from Celticfakenews.

  18. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    What is it with all this Paul67 bashing? The article is his opinion on what he saw yesterday, surely he is entitled to call it as he sees it – just as we all do. James Forrest (the poster) clearly has some sort of anti Paul67 agenda, the only time he comes on here is to rabble rouse and ridicule the host. There has to be more to it than he wants him to write what everybody else is writing about.

  19. onenightinlisbon on

    GREENPINATA on 3RD MAY 2021 12:41 PM

     

     

    100% correct but equally people have the right to disagree.

     

     

    In this season of all seasons the acceptance of failure seems to be acceptable!

  20. JAMES FORREST @ 12:07

     

     

    Sometimes agree with you, sometimes don’t, but always ‘listen’ to what you ‘say’. To an extent what you say today has a some merit.

     

     

    The buck of course stops with the DD/PL & the Board – they shoulder the ultimate responsibility and must be held accountable.

     

     

    However, if they are to blame for this horrendous season, are they also to ‘blame’ for 9iar, a quadruple treble, an invincible season, the appointment of Brendan?

     

     

    Looking at this season in isolation, what else could have been done. A winning squad kept intact and the manager given £20m to spend. Gerrard got £7m to ‘strengthen’ a losing squad.

     

     

    This season is all about key members of the squad ‘downing tools’ – let’s also get to the bottom of that.

     

     

    There is a massive job to do and I agree with Chris Sutton that it will probably take more than one season to do it.

     

     

    Our period of total domestic domination had to come to an end sometime – nothing lasts forever. We’ve had no real challenge for ten years – looks like we have one now when we are at our weakest.

     

     

    Gerrard was given three years to be successful – Ibrox played a long game with the stopping of 10iar the overriding target – will our new man get the same leeway? He just might need it.

  21. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    As predicted, the hint of a better tomorrow and completely ignoring the real causes of this disaster. Blindly obsequious to the end. Where’s your dignity man?

     

     

    As for blaming the ref… risible. Nick Walsh was a pupil at St Andrews Secondary in Carntyne, where he was taught by my best mate. He was an excellent goalie for the school team and Glasgow Schools Select I’m told, but too short to make it as a player. Became a ref at my mate’s suggestion.

     

     

    He share my buddy’s love of the Celtic. So don’t give me the ref was against us claptrap. You’re gaslighting your bloggers. Pure damage limitation propaganda.

  22. SQUIRE DANAHER on 3RD MAY 2021 12:39 PM

     

     

    Apart from F McCann there has never been any serious desire by the club to confront cheating in my 53 years man and Bhoy supporting Celtic.

     

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    You make a valid point.

     

     

    I was there the day that a section of the Celtic support booed Fergus as he raised the league flag.

     

     

    “You can please some of the people……etc”. Still true today as it was then.

  23. The Battered Bunnet on

    Sometimes Paul you need to put the heuristics down and engage the facts.

     

     

    We have played that mob 5 times this season, lost four and drawn one.

     

     

    No amount of throw ins or shoulder charges can disguise the reality that Celtic – from top to bottom – completely blew it. Searching for squirrels is a bit embarrassing tbh.

  24. ROCK TREE BHOY on 3RD MAY 2021 12:48 PM

     

    What is it with all this Paul67 bashing? The article is his opinion on what he saw yesterday, surely he is entitled to call it as he sees it – just as we all do. James Forrest (the poster) clearly has some sort of anti Paul67 agenda, the only time he comes on here is to rabble rouse and ridicule the host. There has to be more to it than he wants him to write what everybody else is writing about.

     

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    Simple answer.

     

    We were dreadful yesterday and put out first 11 which has been downscaled in quality dramatically, due to the worst CEO any club could possibly have.

     

    These are the real issues if P67 wants to get serious.

     

    Instead he is going on about shy’s.

     

    It is delusion on a grand scale.

     

    The current situation happened when Lawwell decided who he wanted to sign for the club, not Rodgers, and everything has snowballed from there to where we are now.

     

    Anything else is just trying to pull the wool over peoples eyes.

  25. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    As James Forrest says, this is rock bottom. All better options in the deflection playbook have been exhausted. He knows most won’t buy it, but a few will bite and there’s that last desperate possibility of a diversionary argument.

     

     

    All failed regimes eventually reach this point. As a propagandist P67 is just following form.

  26. An Tearmann on

    onenightinLisbon

     

     

    you wont get an explanation of Celtoc for 10

     

    it was another season.

     

    the historical signifigance to 10 is yours.

     

    it is you who will have to deal with not getting 10

     

    Celtic go on.No apology given

     

    you might get a tenner of your book and an apology for bad transmission

     

    but nothing will be offered for(the planned) failure at Celtic.

     

    just trying to save you a lot of(and others too) repetitious guff.

     

     

    in short your relationship with plc is money based.your emotions are their to be harvested.if you dont like it.stop it.

     

     

    https://twitter.com/celtic_now/status/1388866457124155392?s=19

  27. bhoywithseethrougheyes on

    I find it hard to believe that Calumn’s sending off was wrong under the new rules, I would have been expecting an uproar were that the case.

     

    If it is the case that he should not have been sent off will we be pursuing an explanation? Nothing to do with sour grapes or can’t take a beating, but rules are rules and must be applied fairly without fear or favour.

  28. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “Mohamed Elyounoussi again impressed, in a better-structured team he would be a star.”

     

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    He would be a star in a team that can carry a one-in-five performer. There’s no way we should even be thinking about a permanent move for him. Forget guys like him and Jullien – mid-late twenties, not good enough and not going to get better.

     

    Either players who are good enough (like Ajax did with Tadic and Benfica with Vertongen) or younger players who can develop.

  29. ernie lynch on

    PETERLATCHFORDSBELLY on 3RD MAY 2021 12:58 PM

     

     

    It’s a bit simplistic to think that referee bias is solely down to which team they support. There’s a lot more to it than that.

  30. onenightinlisbon on

    AN TEARMANN on 3RD MAY 2021 1:14 PM

     

     

    Customers R us….

     

     

    Respect to the Man Utd fans yesterday (apart from the few who went too far)

     

     

    Can see us going down that line to be honest.