Don’t blame defenders, this one was down to tactics


It’s a well-established fact that we don’t have Beckenbauer and Baresi at the back, so the reason why we chose to play so high up the field is the most alarming element of last night’s debacle.

Dedryck was bound to misplace a pass, or Efe was bound to misread play. We all knew this. Regret over the last time mistakes like this were made doesn’t mean they won’t happen again. So when the inevitable occurred, our two full backs were 30 yards in front of the line of opposition attack, with our defensive mids well into opposition territory.

Efe’s failure to cover Kamara and Dedryck’s pass were consequences of the main mistake of the night, which was tactical.  We didn’t lose the opening goal because of a bad pass, it was lost because we left an acre of Norway unattended.

Ronny, you should never have left so much space at the back away from home in Europe, we’re clearly not good enough for such an open system, not even close.  We’ve learned nothing since what was supposed to be a lesson in Warsaw, when the same expansive errors cost us.  Molde played rope-a-dope football, they could have watched us against Malmo, Maribor and Legia, as each opened their home games against us in exactly the same manner.

It must be an absolute joy to face a European opponent at home who leaves so much space at the back, begging to be exploited.  If we had played with the same tactics we used in Amsterdam I’ve no doubt we would have won the game – no one in that Molde squad would get into the Celtic team.

There’s more.  After dominating possession and creating genuine chances, the defeat looked inevitable from the 11th minute when we went behind. Body language changed in an instant and Celtic went out like a light.  I’ll spare you what I said at the time in case it’s misconstrued, but the evidence suggests there’s more to worry about than repeating the same tactical mistakes.

Celtic have nine months and one and a half transfer windows to get ready for the next Champions League qualifiers.  There’s plenty of time to put things right, but we can’t sleepwalk into another failure.  More immediately, we could be out of a cup if we don’t pull our act together this week.

The original Holy Goalie, our own John Fallon, will be signing copies of his book, and no doubt giving you his thoughts on current events, at the Supporters’ Club on London Road on Sunday from 12:30.  All are welcome.  There’s live entertainment too, so get along and check it out.

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  1. Acgr



    Or is it Sipsini :-)



    Apologies my friend can you bring your form tomorrow and I’ll get it from you before the game if that’s ok mate?

  2. ACGR


    She is as well as she can be, still struggling with getting things right, but getting there, slowly but surely.


    Aye, next time for sure.


    Take care and love to the family.




    PS….Winker :-)

  3. Now im off , Tonight i will Peruse the Glorious Ms Diamond Jackson, ….Im Happy , Hope Youre Happy Too….

  4. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    TET, I try very hard to scroll past everything TD posts but I see it when others reply and cut the text. I would really like to see his “list”. I think it would be every poster on here who disagrees with his DR based pish.



    BMCUWP for President, get the bunting oot.

  5. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    HT, are you snorting crystal meth?



    I sent you that form months ago. Did you get my email?




    Ya diddy:_)

  6. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    BGX, you must have the thickest wrists of any poster on this blog. Ok, td or neg2 might have thicker ones.

  7. Before i go…I Like TD67s Post, dont agree with them, but they entertain me..



    I Dont agree with Posters Calling each other names, ( think i called one poster who said Black Players dont make good Central Defenders a cock)…..Just my Thoughts….aw Sorry…i have called Certain Posters Dinosaurs….

  8. A ceilar Gone of Rust…..I take Massive Offence To Your Post….Disgraceful….Dont ever Mention me in the same sentence with Negannon again, otherwise , Consider your self Barred From Ms Diamond Jacksons Elite Friends List…( No more Free vids for you Bhoy)…HH

  9. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    HT, so why did ye no just say that instead of sending me the form I’d already sent you.



    I’ll bring it tomorrow. Although, given Thursdays debacle I’m trying to change my life so can make the agm. Doesn’t impact my pledge to give my votes to you. I know you will use them the way I intended.



    HH ya diddy

  10. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    I’m watching a movie about Nazi zombies and a swear one of the characters looks like Barry Feghead. Its uncanny so it is,

  11. Acgr



    I didnae send you anything ya icon you must have looked at an old mail!



    Cheers M it’s much appreciated but you should know we’re voting for Sipsini as El Presidente! :-)

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    SOAL, love it. Stray Cats, a band that was instrumental in the ACGR / current size 22 relationship success story.



    If I could go back in time I’d fire bomb Henry Afica’s, they have a lot to answer for.

  13. Less than 30k at CP tomorrow and a scrambled win if lucky – a draw would be surprising, with “tired legs” trotted out.



    Leigh Griffiths displays all the characteristics of a Hibs/Wolves player, after Molde defeat – how many ‘real’ Celtic players do we have – not many, if any.



    Ronny – a nice man, but he must go for the good of our club – strong man needed if squad to be galvanized – being considerate we could wait till end of EL group – however defeat on Wednesday, could be the trigger.

  14. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    HT…………………………… I apologise. I think I did look at an old email f*** sake man!!!



    I even printed it off and filled it in ……………………… again!!!!




    I unequivocally retract every post I’ve ever called you a diddy in.



    Yep, I do.:_)

  15. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    A Ceiler Gonof Rust



    I got a lock in HA with a botttle of JD .



    what a shame i was sleeping in the bog




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