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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. park t bus n blootir it simples on

    Man Utd fans are in the right to be upset at THEIR club being swindled from them.

     

     

    All fans have to demand fan ownership.

     

     

    Fitba players are needed not multi millionaires who are more interested in their Instagram profiles.

     

     

    What were Man Utd fans supposed to do? Organise a share purchasing campaign like deluded and woefully out of touch Celtic fans are curretly doing?

     

     

    How long will that take? How much will it cost? How much richer do some people need to be before they’ll move?

     

     

    Violence is not to be condoned. But its the voice of the silent majority and they’ll get louder, the more conceited and out of touch PLC boards continue to push them away.

     

     

    It’ll probably lead to a general strike with all politicians sacked which would be a good thing.

  2. The Ghood will prevail on

    Paul67, for pity’s sake. Your club has been wrecked by a thousand self-inflicted cuts, and yet you analyse the refereeing performance. Your tagline references ‘lazy journalism’, yet the first duty of proper journalism is to hold power to account.

     

    This mess we find ourselves in … it could all have been so different. We could have been miles ahead of therangers for a generation, perhaps even forever, something our grandparents could only dream of. But Lawwell and his pals blew it. Done with this blog.

     

    Adios, good ghuys.

  3. An Tearmann on

    St Stivs

     

    me x 3.

     

    2 retirees

     

    1 640

     

     

    emotionally in.next year too.my 2 “bhoys” have been going since a league cup final in the sun.its Celtic for them and me.:-)

     

     

    we go again

     

     

    hh

  4. Good afternoon all and hope that you are all enjoying the break if not the weather this Bank Holiday Monday.

     

    P67 has done many fine things for the Celtic community and provided a platform for our discussions for many years and for all that he deserves our thanks.

     

    However one of the reasons that I contribute my tuppence worth so infrequently now is that like the Lawwell regime the blog has grown staid and stale.

     

    Was the ref poor yesterday? Without a doubt but does that explain why we lost?

     

    Only someone blind to all our many failings would highlight the ref as a significant factor yesterday.

     

    And of course even if we should take the option of blaming the ref, the next question should be why didn’t we use the opportunity that 2012 afforded us to clean up that side of the game in Scotland?

     

    The answer would of course point the finger back at CFC PLC and the man on the ground, Peter Lawwell.

     

    I have no doubt in my mind that in his own mind PL is a fan. However he carried out the board and Dermot’s bidding for so long now that he has become severely detached from the other fans in the support.

     

    Our current board remind me of the last days of the once might Soviet Union. The directors box resembles the line up you used to see atop Lenin’s Tomb for the May Day or October Revolution parades.

     

    Old grey men feebly waving at young people they no longer represented nor knew what they wanted or hoped for!

     

    As others far better qualified than me have pointed out, the shelf life for a CEO should be about 7 or 8 years maximum, to keep the organisation fresh and forward looking.

     

    Peter has been the main man for the best part of 20. The good work of his early years in bringing down the debt while still winning things against the financially dope up huns is now long past.

     

    The opportunity of 2012 to bring Scottish football in to line with the rest of Europe and to root out the anti Celtic, anti Catholic malaise at Hampden in the SFA and League set ups squandered in the attempt to placate the Blue Pound.

     

    He couldn’t even secure the recognition of the new entity as a new club, so that now we have to endure not only the poor refereeing decisions but also the galling 55 drivel being spouted by the great unwashed!

     

    I normally admire loyalty in a person or organisation but to persist with this current line I’m afraid that P67 is starting to treat the people on here with the same distain as the board treat us in the support.

     

    When Rodgers did a runner we got £9M for him and the people he took with him. PL and the board replaced them with an out of work manager who had already been found wanting as our manager.

     

    That lack of ambition finally bit us on our backside this season and yesterday in particular.

     

    Sad that I am to say it but unless the blog and P67 admit the real failings that have brought about our downfall then it will become increasingly irrelevant and be consigned to the dustbin of history just like the old Politburo!

     

     

    HH

  5. Saint Stivs on

    THE GHOOD WILL PREVAIL on 3RD MAY 2021 2:09 PM

     

    Done with this blog.

     

     

    Adios, good ghuys.

     

     

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    please dont go, or if you do go take me with you, start a blog of our own

  6. ONENIGHTINLISBON on 3RD MAY 2021 1:22 PM

     

    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

     

     

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    Our Board and boards throughout the UK will shudder at yesterday’s scenes at Old Trafford. Following the super league fiasco, fans want to take back control of their clubs. In reality it won’t happen but the days of fat cat executives milking clubs dry for their own benefit are over. Lawwell can thank his lucky starts he announced he was ‘retiring’ some months ago. Had he not done so, one shudders to think what chaos would have ensued following yet another debacle yesterday. When thinking about who is to blame, keep that in mind.

  7. rebelbhoy72 on

    Paul

     

     

    I have been quietly following this site for many years.

     

     

    It saddens me to see how its membership and content has deteriorated over recent times.

     

    I am sorry to say to you that your unwavering support to Lawwell has made this site a laughing stock. You are forever going to be on the wrong side of history on this one but there is still time for you to do the right thing. For fuck sake, just call it as it is so this site,along with all the others, can bring about real change,

     

     

    Or else we are doomed to continuously repeat the same cycle over and over again.

     

     

    #Celtsforchange2041

  8. “Footballers are millionaires managed by millionaires owned by billionaires, they could not be any more disconnected from regular people and this has been the case for a long time.” por cierto

  9. Saint Stivs on

    #Celtsforchange2041

     

     

    why bother coming on and saying that to Paul, he wont read it, wont care a jot.

     

     

    and 2041 is a long time to wait for these changes.

  10. Haven’t seen the game, but the scoreline was what I expected – given we went down to 10 men so early then maybe we dodged a more serious hammering. There was no way this team could muster up a strong performance – it was a complete dead rubber in an empty stadium and more than half the team know they won’t even be here in a couple of weeks. It’s been a forgettable season and I hope a one-off. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

  11. Saint Stivs on

    DAVID17 on 3RD MAY 2021 2:13 PM

     

     

    Fan ownership for any of the mega branded clubs is a pipe dream.

     

    They cant afford to buy the billionaires out , and once the gates open again, those same fans will not boycott the clubs, it just wont happen.

     

     

    They tried it and created United of Manchester or whatever it was called, it wont happen again.

     

     

    It was just an excuse for violence the scenes were actually shocking.

  12. Saint Stivs on

    MNCELT on 3RD MAY 2021 2:19 PM

     

    Haven’t seen the game, but the scoreline was what I expected – given we went down to 10 men so early then maybe we dodged a more serious hammering.

     

     

    —————–

     

     

    It was a summing up of everything we seen on the pitch the rest of the season.

     

     

    Defending was woeful, But we again made enough chances to have had a different outcome, but we did not take them/

  13. prestonpans bhoys on

    I’ve been in IT for over a 1/4 of a century and I take my hat off to the blog, how you can login and move to the third page then find yourself logged out is remarkable👏👏👏👏👏

  14. park t bus n blootir it simples on

    The scenes in Manchester are a cry for help before football is stolen altogether and murdered on some billionaire bankers tax haven island.

  15. Saint Stivs on

    PARK T BUS N BLOOTIR IT SIMPLES on 3RD MAY 2021 2:24 PM

     

    The scenes in Manchester are a cry for help before football is stolen altogether and murdered on some billionaire bankers tax haven island.

     

     

    The scenes were a disgrace and will change nothing.

  16. The AC Milan Ultras issued a good statement on the proposed Super League, pointing to the hypocrisy of the protesting fans, because in their view football was destroyed as a sport and turned into a business when the Champions League was created.

  17. Saint Stivs on

    PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:24 PM

     

    I’ve been in IT for over a 1/4 of a century and I take my hat off to the blog, how you can login and move to the third page then find yourself logged out is remarkable👏👏

     

     

    ————-

     

     

    did you try swithching it off and on again ?

     

     

    -)

  18. prestonpans bhoys on

    SAINT STIVS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:30

     

     

    Are you looking for a job😂😂

  19. Sliding Doord

     

     

    Barkas proves an absolute bargain .His international and CL experience proves invaluable. Duffy is the no nonsense CH we have been crying out for for years. Captain of Ireland and the epitome of all things Celtic, Ajeti discovers the Swiss Form and bangs in goals for fun .Sure we have maybe lost millions of holding onto Ajer and Eddy when any other season they would have been asset managed , but it was al worth it.

     

     

    Ten is done, Our Captain and CEO have a tickertape Farwell down the Celtic Way. Neill announces he’s stepping aside , his legendary status is assured.

     

     

    The dawn of a new Era

  20. MARSPAPA on 3RD MAY 2021 1:23 PM

     

    Maybe we should hand back the cup we won when big Roy stole a shy…….

     

     

    ——//

     

     

    Understatedly hilarious my friend.

     

    Made me smile, albeit darkly.

     

     

    I’m glad today’s article has now explained our malaise. It was the throw ins what done it. And CalMac’s decision to introduce tackling into his repertoire (sadly from the Paul Scholes school of tackling)

     

     

     

    Comparisons to the aged politburo, adorned with self-awarded medals, atop the Kremlin are well made.

     

     

    And cqn is Pravda – which ironically translates as ‘truth’

     

     

    HH jg

  21. glendalystonsils on

    If we can’t or won’t do something about the refereeing , we have to follow Jock Stein’s philosophy of being good enough to beat the opposition AND the referees .

     

     

    That can be achieved by having the right management and players .

     

    Brendan Rodgers prepared for playing with ten men and achieved victory over Sevco when ‘Red Card Ross’

     

    sent Jozo off at Ibrox .

     

     

    That was never going to happen yesterday because we don’t have the management or players capable of it .

     

    We have on opportunity to change that , but will we ? Even if it takes an extra season?

  22. THE GHOOD WILL PREVAIL

     

    Can I suggest Sentinel Celts, where everyone is allowed to post their opinion without personal attacks and actually take their head out the sand .

     

     

    Not like a few on here

  23. onenightinlisbon on

    ST TAMS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:48 PM

     

     

    Sound like a plan, this place getting more like Pravda every day.

     

     

    Asking for credentials……..

  24. Madmitch @ 1.42

     

     

    That was actually a very decent effort

     

     

    Can you explain though,

     

    Steven McManus, called up to support John Kennedy from his youth role

     

    And Darren O’Dea, still a youth coach ( not involved with 1st team, that I am aware ??)

     

    What have they actually done to generate your resentment towards both of them ?

     

    Both had been coaching at other clubs, and building reputations, returning to Celtic as Youth team coaches

     

    Not 1st team

  25. park t bus n blootir it simples on

    SAINT STIVS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:28 PM

     

    PARK T BUS N BLOOTIR IT SIMPLES on 3RD MAY 2021 2:24 PM

     

    The scenes in Manchester are a cry for help before football is stolen altogether and murdered on some billionaire bankers tax haven island.

     

     

    The scenes were a disgrace and will change nothing.

     

     

    And you know this how?

  26. squire danaher on

    GLENDALYSTONSILS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:44 PM

     

     

    With all due respect.

     

     

    Your argument is simply that Celtic not only accept but tolerate being cheated on an ongoing basis.

  27. park t bus n blootir it simples on

    Revolution or continue to live on yer knees and look where that’s got you.

  28. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    LAMBERT14 on 3RD MAY 2021 1:09 PM

     

     

    I respect your opinion but really do not need Paul 67 to tell me what is going on, we can all see it, how Paul sees it is up to him and in the long run what he thinks wont change anything.

  29. park t bus n blootir it simples on

    SQUIRE DANAHER on 3RD MAY 2021 3:26 PM

     

    GLENDALYSTONSILS on 3RD MAY 2021 2:44 PM

     

     

    With all due respect.

     

     

    Your argument is simply that Celtic not only accept but tolerate being cheated on an ongoing basis.

     

     

    +++

     

     

    If like Celtic PLC, and Celtic season ticket holders don’t stand up to anything how will change come about?

  30. Alasdair MacLean on

    BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB – HAIL, HAIL, WEE OSCAR on 3RD MAY 2021 1:43 AM

     

     

    ALASDAIR MACLEAN on 3RD MAY 2021 12:29 AM

     

     

     

    I recognise that post.

     

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    Caught!

     

    Mucho apologies!

     

    Easier to copy and paste yours than direct from companies house website – which I have done a few times.

     

    It’s just that, in the face of the “55” lie, I think the truth should be published or publicised as much as possible … especially when there are likely to be lie-propogating interlopers about.

  31. squire danaher on

    PARK T BUS N BLOOTIR IT SIMPLES on 3RD MAY 2021 3:30 PM

     

     

    I have said before and will say again.

     

     

    The only thing our Board understand is money.

     

     

    Hit the bar stewards where it hurts.

  32. NM @ 2.55

     

     

    SMcM = 16 months coaching at Motherwell after retiring from football.

     

    Moves onto us and is given a role with the youth team in Jan 2019.

     

    Along with DmD who joins in preparation for the great rift that will be BR leaving.

     

     

    The issue is not SMcM it is the lack of quality in the CP coaching set up.

     

    We lose BR within a month of him joining and now he has to learn from NL and JK.

     

    We all know their capabilities and we just hoover up ex players and tell them to get on with it.

     

     

    Absolutely no imagination or effort — just rummage through an old phone book and see who you find / remember.

     

     

    We need new coaching blood.

     

    BR should us the way things should work.

     

    No favours to mates just people who can do the job.

     

     

    SMcM needs to spend more time away from CP so that he gets more experience of other environments and other coaching styles — bringing him back into a coaching desert after just over a year at Motherwell is no good for either party.

     

     

    Then we have the strange case of JK — he has been a coach at CP for nearly 10 years.

     

    The only thing of note about this time was that he was PL’s man in the dressing room.

     

    He offers nothing for that 10 year investment — again not good for him or us.

     

     

    And now we are to DO’D — I am surprised SP has not been mentioned or GL / BB.

     

     

    We are fishing in a small gene pool.

     

    And it shows.

  33. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    THE GHOOD WILL PREVAIL on 3RD MAY 2021 2:09 PM

     

     

    This mess we find ourselves in … it could all have been so different. We could have been miles ahead of therangers for a generation, perhaps even forever, something our grandparents could only dream of. But Lawwell and his pals blew it. Done with this blog.

     

     

    __________________________________________________________________

     

     

    Good Grief, its hardly the blogs fault!

  34. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    If you believe the plc are motivated by the same things you are then you’re exactly the mug they’re looking for.

     

     

    Not one more thin dime.