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. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Stories of Lawwell staying on in some capacity, still doing the rounds

  2. 25THMAY1967 on 3RD MAY 2021 5:22 PM


    If my source is on the money Howe will be announced tomorrow, will not take over till the season ends, Kennedy in charge till then,



    Eddy away………….20 million



    CalMac away………10 million



    Christie away……….7 million



    Griffiths……………….1 year extension



    Ajer……………………..new contract & captain



    Wait and see…




    _________________________________________________s ___________




    If Eddie Howe is appointed as our manager, Griffiths will have a shorter commute to work.

  3. An Tearmann on

    setting free the bears



    40 shades indeed..i lurk in all too.good to think freely and goin forward.i like the variation.keep smilin T




  4. Bada


    New boardroom shuffle – PL new chairman – Bankier new bus driver on Parks coaches –

  5. Tontine Tim on

    !!BADA BING!! on 3RD MAY 2021 8:28 PM



    Stories of Lawwell staying on in some capacity, still doing the rounds



    *it may be a prerequisite for him to stay on the SPL and/or UEFA committees just like peat after Airdrie were liquidated he became a director of Stenhousemuir.

  6. Go tell the Spartim on

    Walker, is he not banned from the Edwardian toilet block as well

  7. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    !!BADA BING! @ 8:34 PM


    Seems Celtic have banned Walker from CP





    If so, that’s a start.



    Hopefully the odious BBC Sport Scotland next.

  8. Saint Stivs on

    CROPPYBHOY on 3RD MAY 2021 2:11 PM



    I forgot to say that was an excellent considered post.

  9. I’ve been saying this for weeks on here. PL needs to be associated in an official capacity at Celtic or A.N. Other club, to continue on his climb up the ladder at UEFA , por cierto

  10. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Read one of the bloc’s more sanctimonious contributors telling us we’re just customers of a plc and effectively to zip it.



    It’s hardly a typical plc-customer relationship when the relationship is emotional rather than commercial, which means you won’t take your ‘custom’ anywhere else. An emotional monopoly arrangement if you will.



    A fact this plc has only been too willing to exploit this season with its appeals to the ‘Celtic Family’, get on board for 10-in-a-row yada yada.



    If this was just a standard plc-customer relationship 53,000 of us would’ve demanded and been granted a refund. As I have from airlines, hotel chains and other plcs over the past year.



    So with all due respect, pull the other one.

  11. lets all do the huddle on

    I’ve been saying this for weeks on here. PL needs to be associated in an official capacity at Celtic or A.N. Other club, to continue on his climb up the ladder at UEFA , por cierto




    he will get an honorary position at ibrox after the part he played in allowing the hun to run off with the league

  12. Saint Stivs on



    Read one of the bloc’s more sanctimonious contributors telling us we’re just customers of a plc and effectively to zip it.






    It is because it is boringly repetative.


    Unless you accept your 1/106,000 of a contribution to the PLC, your just putting yourself through an emotional wringer.



    ST TAMS is recruting for another Celtic website by the way.

  13. Go tell the Spartim on

    If I were in charge I’d invite the SMSM to their first and only press conference, I’d tell them I’m all for freedom of speech but they can spout their usual sh*te to their hearts content but they’ll get nothing from us, and I’d turn the cameras on them so that people can see for themselves who spouts this guff. The manager can give a press conference to supporters questions, not as prescribed as it is now



    It’s the small things

  14. glendalystonsils on

    Which part of ‘continue without disabling’ does that bliddy pop up not understand?

  15. Tontine Tim on

    As has been mentioned before at the start of the 1987/88 season we lost Chocky, Murdie, big Rambo and the wee sleekit trackie seller, club captain Danny McGrain was given a free and Davie Provan retired due tae ME.



    Mick McCarthy had been brought in by the sacked Davie Hay while Billy signed Chris Morris, Billy Stark and andy wanker, not really a like for like there. As the season progressed, Macca and wee Joe Miller arrived with an expenditure of 2.6m while bringing in 1.8m



    Meanwhile over at the bigot dome they spent just over 4m on 6 players unknown tae us the beast had been spending money they didnae have so the Marlborough man wanted out.



    On April 9 of that season while we were jubilant at beating the calvinists 2-1 with 2 very very late goals deidco who would finish the season in 3rd place 12 points behind us were losing 2-3 down at Cappielow, it just couldnae get any better.



    That November while we were on a high over the centennial double, bader at the urging of the beast bought the club on borrowed money and they then went on a 13+ year spree spending other people’s money, while as Gerry McNee said at the time we were only papering over the cracks.



    That IMHO is what’s happening over at hades.

  16. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 3RD MAY 2021 9:12 PM



    I’m guessing you’ve had both vaccines?

  17. Saint Stivs on

    GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 3RD MAY 2021 9:10 PM



    We could, maybe we should.



    But the contractual commitments to the sponsors are what is the relevant thing to the PLC.



    Them backboards with names on them will have a “time on tv” clause.

  18. Saint Stivs on



    Saint Stivs







    Hope you enjoy it 😉






    I might pop over and ask ONIL for his seat number.



    And what season book he had 30 years ago (cherished few, main standers or pools agents only).

  19. Go tell the Spartim on

    Saint Stivs



    I get your point but it doesn’t seem to hinder Triggers Broom, it’s not like we make much money from these contracts, but it all counts. Alternatively give them notice of a one strike and your out, it’s not as if the PLC are big on communication?

  20. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 3RD MAY 2021 9:18 PM



    That figures – Blocked pop ups is how it starts. You’ll be quoting from the balance sheet and talking about talking about G.O.Ds soon




  21. An Tearmann on







    Yep .I’m Pfizered up to the hilt -))






    tell me does it help after yest.:-)



  22. Tontine Tim on

    Wee bit aff topic here and no political either.






    I am a little sensitive to the “Presbyterian” jibe as I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to educate people away from prejudice: that Christian protestants should not be generally associated with the bigoted Orange Order or the ignorant, brainwashed haters that support the football club in Ibrox.



    *When you took umbrage at my comment re calvinists, Scotland and Switzerland I was a bit perturbed, however your comment above gives me a better understanding, I suppose to quote Eric Burdon “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood”.



    I was comparing both strands of that particular branch of the protestant faith as being equal and how they would favour each other.



    In the Vale of Leven where I was born and bred, in the 18th century when it was an agricultural community there were around 340 inhabitants then it was discovered that the local River Leven produced the chemicals required for bleached, dyed and printed textile goods as a result of the growing cotton industry, the population expanded very rapidly to around 20,000.



    The demand for labour was met by migration of Highlanders who had escaped the Clearances to Argyllshire, Perthshire and further north, a Gaelic speaking minister was sought tae preach to the CoS members who had ventured south, as well as the Irish escaping the potato blight.



    Unlike the mining villages of Lanarkshire, Lothian or God forbid the land that time forgot Ayrshire the lol was nowhere to be found, in fact the nearest one was and still is in Dumbarton.



    Not that there aren’t any bigots, but few and far between though in my time living there.



    In the early 1950’s the picturesque village of Balloch at the mouth of Loch Lomond had a housing scheme built and along with it came the only church in the area, this was an RC church, however it was more as a result of the tourism than growing population and it paid off as the church was debt free early doors from the money the visitors brought in.



    I can recall as a wee bhoy going tae Mass there on a Sunday and friends and neighbours walking to the local church in the nearby village of Jamestown carrying their bibles and my mother saying they were probably better Christians than us as they were going tae church because they wanted too and not like a lot of us who were concerned that if they missed Mass they would be condemned tae the fires of hell.



    Around 20 year later 2 of the CoS in Bonhill and Alexandria amalgamated and a new building arose in the Village.



    It has always been a highly ecumenical area and the lovely ladies of both churches would often get together for joint events such as bus trips to Oban with excursions to the holy islands of Iona and Mull.



    It was also common in the 60s to see the Rev. Currie aka the Happy Padre and Father O’Sullivan walking along Main Street Renton blethering.



    I have no doubt that there are lots of areas in the country similar to this and the extremists pockets are to the exception.



    As for Martin Luther and the reformation, I wouldn’t blame him and his flock as opposed to the church hierarchy let’s not forget only the privileged were able to read scripture including the bible, Giovanni di Lorenzo de’ Medici, Pope Louis X, was the last non-priest to be elected Pope but seemingly well read on canon law which seems to have been a catalyst to the reformation.



    Pope Leo X is best known for his wasteful habits, lecherous activities, and hedonistic quote, “Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy It.”, he also was a patron of the arts and education and founded a Greek college in Rome as well as rebuilding St. Peter’s Basilica, to do this he sold documents called indulgences that pardoned people for the sins they had committed.



    Martin Luther, an ordained priest unlike his “boss”, objected to this granting of indulgences for the rich and famous stating “he is richer than Croesus, he would do better to sell St Peters and give the money to the poor people” a bit like St Francis of Assisi around 300 years earlier.



    Where he differed from Francis was his belief that there were too many sacraments which contradicts canon law and was therefore excommunicated.



    Marin Luther like Henry VIII both went to their graves convinced they were Catholics although the latter attacked Martin vociferously and his reforming for which he received the designation Defender of the Faith from Leo which current monarchs still use.



    I have often thought that Martin Luther was more sinned against than the sinner and frequently wonder how I would have reacted to this had I been around then.



    Fortunately for me the reformation never reached the Emerald Isle prior to plantation, or parts of the Outer Hebrides were my ancestors hail hailed from.



    Hope I haven’t bored you here with my wee diatribe and apologise for possibly touching a nerve earlier on this last week.

  23. Go tell the Spartim on




    I enjoyed that wee read, for what it’s worth. History, is oft written by the victors, but we know there’s always more to the story, three sides usually.



    Off topic, surely we should try Ajer, if he stays at centre midfield, less onus on him missing headers

  24. TONTINE TIM on 3RD MAY 2021 9:38 PM



    ‘Marin Luther like Henry VIII both went to their graves convinced they were Catholics’






    They were in for a shock then.









    A few measured posts, happy to say.

  26. Not that there aren’t any bigots, but few and far between though in my time living there.



    Sadly, Tontine, there are more than you think.



    In my 33 years working there they, and their offspring, regularly raise their bigoted heads.



    They may not have a lol but the flute band is its replacement.



    Having said that, they are greatly outnumbered by decent people.



    Enjoy your Tontine Histories.



    Take care.

  27. glendalystonsils on

    AN TEARRMAN @ 9.37



    After yesterday , the only thing that will help is a double dose of the Howe and Harkin vaccine! ;-))