Dropping Gordon was ballsy, now manager has other decisions to make


After the defeat at Ibrox on 29 December, we anticipated changes, but the most significant decision Brendan Rodgers made was the most unexpected.  Celtic’s man of the match that day was goalkeeper, Craig Gordon, without whom the score would have been significantly worse than the 1-0 defeat.  Remarkably, he was dropped and has not played since.

The reason for this has nothing to do with Craig’s ability between the sticks, it gets to the reason we lost control of the game: how quickly and accurately we move the ball.  Despite a man of the match performance, Craig was dropped because Brendan realised our game plan can be easily dismantled if we are pedestrian in possession.

While Scott Bain is better with the ball at his feet than Craig, and Craig’s liability in this area is limited, central midfield was significantly more culpable for what went wrong at Ibrox.

Since then Callum McGregor has been restored to his normal midfield berth, Scott Brown has retained his place and Olivier Ntcham has been absent through injury, so the manager has had no major selection choices to make in this area.  Olivier is now fit and in with a chance of making his first appearance of the year in Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie, while just as we were at Ibrox, we are short at left back, where McGregor moved to fill in.

Brendan has some big decisions to make this week.  A central mid of Brown and Ntcham is not right for the football we play.  In taking the least expected decision, to drop Gordon for Bain, I hope we saw a sign that Brendan values the velocity with which we circulate the ball.

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  1. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 5:15 PM



    KINGLUBO @4.53. There are no “Catholic ” teams playing professional football in Italy.Some of the players might be.Most recent survey re Religion and the over 18s in Italy revealed that @25% of that cohort identified themselves as being “Observant Catholics”



    *spent 10 years working in the construction industry which was at the time predominately Italian, a bit like the Irish in the UK at one time.



    Most of the men did not attend church on a regular basis that was left tae the wives tae take the weans there.



    Was also involved with the RCIA and the majority of converts were spouses of Catholics who didnae attend Mass, they joined so as the could assist their weans in their religious studies, had one Hindu woman one year.



    On the other hand Portuguese men are more devout as are Croatians.

  2. The judicial panels weans now after being tied up are being shown photos of the Goonie monster Alfredo Morelos.



    D. :)

  3. SAINT STIVS on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 7:11 PM



    wembley lions,






    *oul Ronnie although an FA Cup winner twice was never capped until he joined us. When the Big Mhan freed him fae Easter Road and we offered him terms he phoned his da, an ex deidco captain, tae ask if he would be ok with him joining us, his da’s response was along the lines of hurry before they change their mind as they’ll look after you.

  4. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    we’re gonna win the league


    the huns are stoopid bassas


    and now you’re gonna belive us


    and now you’re gonna believe us


    and now you’re gonna believe us


    the refs need some training

  5. Snyde going to read out Morelos result after break…… Drum roll…. Stage managed or what



    A feckin joke. Panel at SFA getting their story right as we type



    D. :)

  6. glendalystonsils on




    Tommy Wright has asked his players to ‘man up’ ahead of Sunday.



    Whatever could he mean?

  7. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    3 match ban for nut cruncher Moreloss. I think the bampots are beginning to have an effect.



    Keep up the pressure. End the masonic influence in Scottish football.

  8. mike in toronto on

    I will admit that I am surprised that Morelos’ ban was upheld. On the evidence, he was clearly guilty of violent conduct… but that hasn’t really applied to him before…



    McShagger and Morelos are their two most important players, but they have a decent enough back up keeper, so he can be replaced for a game or two … .



    So, I thought the deal would be Morelos’ red cared would be rescinded, in return for which, Simo would be let ‘let off’, and McShagger banned .. so they could say ‘see how fair the system is’…

  9. So, after rankers game managed to get the essential 3 points against one of their closest competitors…they lose a couple of players…am sure Deke McInnis will be pleased

  10. hahahahaha that was worth a look on ff just to see how a Hun spells ” disciplinary committee”…..




    smiley stupid stupid Huns thing





  11. 50 shades of green on

    DAVID17 on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 7:36 PM


    Crayons at the ready….




    Gone beyond that I think….



    Pitchforks coming out ????

  12. WEEJOE on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 7:36 PM


    Wow! What a turnaround. Have Celtic been ‘working in the background’?



    No IMO,the pressure from Clarke and McInnes bore the pressure….we said heehaw as usual…

  13. Well colour me red, white and blue…



    I did not see that coming.



    Well done the SFA………:)

  14. It’s meltdown over on Fester Fester. The poor wee soul Moreorless is innocent and it’s a witch-hunt. It’s about time the thug was punished.

  15. Rangers media is brilliant just now.



    They are claiming a witch hunt against Morelos, which has completely shocked me. I had no idea Morelos was a witch.



    There’ll be a statement coming soon!

  16. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Right decision, clearly, but much less of an issue for them now that they have Defoe.


    You have to ask why he got off with all the other ones. Or do you……

  17. prestonpans bhoys on




    Looking forward to it, it will be a belter, no prisoners taken, or no surrender in their tongue????

  18. fergusslayedtheblues on

    radio saying McGreggor cited because Madhun said he didn,t see the incident .


    Footage clearly shows he saw the whole thing from yards away and did not give it .



    Is he a cheat or a liar



  19. Good Evening to all the contestants in GG4 who haven’t yet made a pick for round 6.


    You will have in your inbox, a reminder of the weekends fixtures, fresh and waiting to be replied to :-)


    If you haven’t received an e-mail, it’s because we have your pick already !



    Good Luck to all

  20. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Evening all.



    In the midst of the “review panel” debate an important angle is in danger of being overlooked.



    Q. Have Celtic played a single minute’s football in the SPFL this season against 10 men?



    ( I actually don’t know, struggling to recall)



    Assuming Johnson accepts his 2 match ban this must be the 4th or 5th time this season a player has been punished retrospectively for violence against Celtic players?



    So begs the question – why are referees reluctant to red card Celtic’s opponents at the time?



    Hail hail

  21. Morelos makes them tick. Missing 3 gamnes is huge. Defoe cannot play the lone striker role.



    Anyway hell mend them….

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