Discriminate application of the rules and a lack of defensive structure


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. Is Howe really that hard up for another month’s EPL wages that he’s holding up the announcement ? I really doubt that.



    I think our silence is because the incompetents are scrambling for a plan b now that Lennedy has blown his audition.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Well done West Ham last night.



    3 points moves them back above Spurs.



    Bit of daylight too between them and Liverpool (whose game in hand is away to Man Utd).



    Leicester looking good too but I’ve a nagging feeling they’ll rue the points dropped to 10-man Southampton last week.



    They have a tough run in (and fell away badly in last few games of last season).



    Final match (at home to Spurs) could be crucial.

  3. Go tell the Spartim on

    An Dun,



    We know he’s not hard up, but it could be a big chunk of change he’d be giving up, we could say the same about PL, should’ve he just leave just now?



    Stop frightening the children with the spectre of John Kennedy. I’d be interested to know just what impressed EH about JK? I’m suspecting it’s only out of politeness such things were mooted. Hope so.

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    And if rumours are to be believed ….


    (Caveat all rumours with big IF)



    … Leicester’s pursuit of Calum and Odsonne will be potentially more profitable for us if they have CL income.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith



    We’re Not Half of Anything




    Crossword clue:


    ` Rue irregular verb aloud.`



    Looks like the answer is `boulevard`. I get the `Rue` part but what about the rest?

  6. “MARKIEBHOY on 4TH MAY 2021 11:00 AM


    Beat me to it!!”




    Maybe not. You took a few seconds. I coudn`t see it last night and was still in the dark this morning :-))

  7. Hot Smoked


    I would have been down the Rue being regret road


    if you hadn’t said Boulevard .

  8. Wonder if today the lead article will end with …



    Still, as Viv said, tomorrow is another day!

  9. Having done a bit of digging I notice Eddie Howe left Bournemouth


    “by mutual consent” on 1/8/20. I am clinging on to the hope that


    he wanted out and there is some kind of covenant stopping him


    coming to us. The mutual consent may have been more on his side.


    I hope.

  10. Hrvatski Jim on

    CELTIC DAWN on 4TH MAY 2021 9:40 AM



    That is the wittiest comment seen on here for a long time. Have I Got News for You awaits.

  11. Christie to Norwich move being held up due to him insisting he takes the corners.

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    RC @ 11:07 AM


    Leicester target Ivan Toney , eddy not wanted






    RC – respectfully, is the above rumour or fact?

  13. CELTIC DAWN on 4TH MAY 2021 9:40 AM



    Philboy. Maybe Peter L and John K could help you out in garden from now on?



    PHILBHOY on 4TH MAY 2021 9:22 AM






    Do you think they’d follow my orders?







    Peter would order plants you didn’t want or need and John would plant them in the wrong places :)





    Worth a repost! Fairly brightened up my lunch break!

  14. spikeysauldman on

    just how much have these hun bassas been hurting with all these pops at scott brown in the msm ! really hoping he ups the sheep’s game and shoves it to them next season.

  15. HOT SMOKED on 4TH MAY 2021 10:56 AM






    Crossword clue:



    ` Rue irregular verb aloud.`




    Looks like the answer is `boulevard`. I get the `Rue` part but what about the rest?





    You’ve already worked out that it’s an anagram of ‘verb aloud’. The answer ‘Boulevard’ is irregularly expressed in the form of those two words ‘verb aloud’. Simples. 😄

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