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. quadrophenian on

    SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 3RD MAY 2021 3:41 PM – mature view; hear hear!



    I said earlier I would be OK letting CalMac go; great player – struggling atm – would hate to see him stagnate and not fulfil his potential like a Paul McStay. The fee for him has become more essential to the rebuild.



    And while we all pretend-spend our transfer kitty, with so many positioned needed, we know it’s buying us Eng Championship level players right?



    TRFC ban Walker. We ban Walker. #nothalfofanything #hollowfollow

  2. Tontine – great reading, thank you



    Spidey – sound analysis….made for scary, horrific reading. But, as ever, thank you



    Marspapa/SFTB – there may well be two great seats up for grabs just to the left of the dugout. I’m presently still paying a mortgage in London, while renting to be back close to the kids and my dad. My daughter starts Uni in October.



    So Economics may force me to carry through what my head advises, but my heart goes against.



    HH jg

  3. Tomorrow is the first day of the working week after the bank holiday. White smoke should be seen soon, how do I know this, I don’t know for sure, just what I hear. A planned photo shoot later in the week (Thursday) to do with the new kit would be an deal opportunity for the new manager to be captured in his new kit. How do I know this; I just do.


    Until we meet again…


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  4. Alasdair MacLean on

    TONTINE TIM at 21:38,



    Thanks very much for your reply there.


    It’ll take me weeks to digest it fully, but just to let you know how much I appreciated it.


    Through Delaney’s Dunky knowledge, I always think of a Celtic scarf on the wall of a pub in Stavanger, “Renton CSC”, when I read your posts.


    Still have the photo of it!

  5. NICK


    Yes he loved his music.




    Great read as usual, hope you have a publisher lined up.

  6. Greenpinata on

    How we desperately need white smoke this morning.


    We can only hope the powder is dry thus eliminating the possibility of a damp squib



    HH to all.


    Leicester City and Everton are among a “host of clubs” preparing to make bids for Brentford’s 25-year-old English striker Ivan Toney. (Athletic, subscription required)



    WELL WELL who,d a thunk it PETER.

  8. Good morning cqn from a wet and windy Garngad



    Hopefully today is the day we announce a new manager.



    Although I am 99.99% certain its Howe, I just cannot fathom out why he was not here when NFL left.



    Anyhoo have a good day yall



    D :)




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    what a predicament you find yourself in pal.



    Unfortunately Kelly nor I are in the position to take the off your hands even only for a season. Till you sort your housing / work situ out.



    Take care big yin, as wee Frank would say, see you at the corner. 🤗👍

  11. If Eddie Howe is soon announced as our new manager, which of these possible responses will be most popular on CQN:



    a) Well done Celtic; worth the wait;



    b) Too late now, Celtic ,we should have got him in October;



    c) Just a deliberate ploy to sell Season Tickets.

  12. 67 European Cup Winners on

    I have never understood why today is such a special day for announcements !!!


    Yes its the first day The london Stock Exchange is open after the end of April


    But I don’t see the significance of the end of April !!!



    If someone (Eddie Howe) is under contract surely that contract would end at the end of May – as


    the season is still going


    Are we presuming Bournemouth are stupid enough to contract their Manager to the end of April with a couple of games to go



    Listen no one more happy than me if Celtic announce Eddie Howe to LSE this morning


    But I just don’t get the excitement about today !!!




  13. Over here we were told it was 99% certain and the announcement would be today.

  14. MARSPAPA on 4TH MAY 2021 8:16 AM






    A bit late, Celtic but worth the wait so I will renew my Season Ticket.

  15. HOT SMOKED on 4TH MAY 2021 8:10 AM



    Whoever we appoint, there will always be an element of “b” for me as the season was still salvageable and most of us on here knew the game was up for Lennon.



    However, I’d be happy to wait for Howe than having appointed Keane, Ross or Alex Neill last month.