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

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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. prestonpans bhoys on

    Wits

     

    That would be big Pedro sorting oot the SFA, god bless him and his driveway😁😀

  2. Asking for a friend, John McCormick.

     

    He is in Oban on Sunday, looking for a bar to watch the game.

     

    He is a CQNer , just can’t access account just now.

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

     

    Eurochamps67

  3. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    I’ve heard of ” Unleash the Kraken ! ” but ” Unleash Da Foe ? ”

     

     

    There’s NOTHING as dumb as a Neeley Dunn.

  4. Alasdair MacLean on

    I reckon what would have been the straw that broke the buffalo’s back for the “panel” was the kindergarten keek with one eye as he was rolling in mortal agony…

     

     

    All caught on glorious Technicolor…

  5. Showing Mrs Emeraldbee the stuff about the Sevcos and she picked up on Moreloss.

     

    “Is he a poof”? she asked. ” Whit?” I responded (given that she’s sooo PC). “Well, at the Bigotdome he kicked Broony’s balls then grabbed Ryan’s scrotum. He obviously has a thing about Celtic players’ balls”.

     

     

    Who can argue with logic?

  6. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Well well well. Didn’t see that concatenation of verdicts coming from the Blazers of Staunchness.

     

     

    My first reaction is that they have indemnified themselves against charges of cheating, so setting the stage for the cheating to go off the scale in the run-in.

     

     

    But maybe I’m just being cynical.

  7. On a lighter note my wee season ticket holding, football playing 6year old grandson has been asked (phone call to my daughter) to attend Firhill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for a training camp.

     

     

    Probably loads of kids going, but thrilled he even got asked. He loves playing footy with his wee team and his auld Granda and watching the hoops.

     

     

    I just hope he enjoys himself.

     

    So proud.

     

     

    D. :)

  8. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to Statement O’clock, and a splutterfest of truly epic proportions.

  9. fergusslayedtheblues on

    !!BADA BING!! on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 8:48 PM

     

    Exactly and I believe that the reason most of our refs are so poor ,is that instead of making decisions as they see it ,they have a biased agenda and that affects their judgement ,hence so many seemingly inexplicable decisions .

     

     

    HH

  10. Pog..loved yer clip so much I watched moreloss getting shot 8 times before I realised it was on a loop ;-))

     

     

    In the beginning there was nothing…then Chuck Norris Roundhouse kicked that nothing in the face and said “Get a job”. That is the story of the universe being born ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  11. fergusslayedtheblues on

    DAVID66 on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 9:05 PM

     

    On a lighter note my wee season ticket holding, football playing 6year old grandson has been asked (phone call to my daughter) to attend Firhill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for a training camp.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Probably loads of kids going, but thrilled he even got asked. He loves playing footy with his wee team and his auld Granda and watching the hoops.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I just hope he enjoys himself.

     

     

     

     

    So proud.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    D. :)

     

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    Great stuff D66

     

    and BIG congrats to the wee man I know how much he loves the game

     

    a BIG HAIL HAIL

  12. Masonic, orange Scottish coppers to be sent to the dark north of Ireland on brexit day!

     

    What do they know ?

     

     

    BBC Scotland website a few days ago.

  13. stephbhoy on 8th February 2019 8:55 pm

     

     

     

    ‘what could celtic football club do that hugh could not?’

     

     

     

     

    ***

     

     

    Are we to assume that you are not aware of the circumstances of Torbett’s departure (the first time)?

  14. Gaelic games were the number one sports in our house when I was a kid but at this time of the year the Five Nations took Centre stage. We had no interest in club rugby but I always remember supporting Ireland fervently in that tournament.

     

     

    Ireland play Scotland tomorrow in Murrayfield. Just wondering if others are interested and who you will be supporting?

     

     

    Ireland ladies beat Scottish ladies tonight 22 – 5.

  15. ERNIE LYNCH on 8TH FEBRUARY 2019 9:17 PM

     

     

    Ps we live in a society that states your not guilty until proven so.

     

     

    Once proven fair play, but we are not the judges

  16. We are so very Lucky to have Brendan here @ this Time.

     

     

    The Established Cheaters are going to go radio rental about Glasgow being Green and White.

     

     

    CelticTV

     

     

    I thought Callum was easily the MOTM. I hope Oliver has eased his mind and shows he is Top Quality.

     

     

    We need the Broonie just because – he is battle hardened and is a Leader of Men. I know he knows he won’t play all the Time noo.

     

     

    I really hope Mika signs on again, as a backup in Scotland, playing for Celtic – Loadsa games. ;))

     

     

    Keep on Winning Celtic.

  17. Almore,

     

     

    Scotland to win…narrowly..18-16….to keep our 6 nations hopes alive…sorry(ish)…well you did ask ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  18. Almore

     

    I am a big fan of Rugby and particularly the Sic nations.

     

    Yesterday,I received this email from a Welsh mate of mine :

     

     

    A friend of mine has two tickets for the 2019 Six nations game Wales V Englandbox seats. He paid £ 500 each but he didn`t realise last year when he bought them , it was going to be on the same day as his wedding.If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place…it`s at St Micheal`s Church at 3pm.

     

     

    Hope all is well,Big Al

     

    JJ

  19. stephbhoy on 8th February 2019 9:36 pm

     

    Oh and if he came back the second time am I to assume that gosspi was dismissed?

  20. Hot Smoked…no sure why Almore would be interested in going to yer mates wedding…;-))

     

     

    Am here all nite ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

  21. The Rugby?

     

    I won`t know who I want to win until I have started watching the game. I do, though, think Ireland will be too strong for Scotland but the latter are no mugs this year.

     

    Goodnight all.

     

     

    JJ

  22. Asupporterwhogotlucky on

    Good to see wee dug shitz face, finally got a deserved 3 match ban, made all the more sweeter when someone told me the appeal costs a grand to the club making the appeal. The boys in the blueroom must be wondering where the money drain ends.

     

     

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    David66

     

     

    Hope the wee fella has a great time.

     

     

    HH

  23. Hot Smoked,

     

     

    £1000 for 2 tickets- mental.

     

     

    Different World fitba frae Rugby and why the rules are different for Some and others.

  24. What is the Stars on

    David66

     

    Great news for the young lad.

     

    Hope he enjoys it.

     

    Might even grow up to be a better player than his granda.

     

    Keep the faith and take it easy on the salads

  25. TLT The original email continued :

     

     

    `…the bride`s name is Holly. She`s 5ft 4″ ,about 9stones and she is a good cook.She`ll be the one in the white dress.`

     

     

    I thought it was funnier to stop where I did ie 3pm. Maybe I was wrong :-))

     

    `night.

  26. Almore

     

    The last time I had any interest in a rugby game was in teh early 2000’s, sitting in the bar in Rathcoole cheering on the Irish team, bloke asked why a jock was wanting Ireland to win, apart from the obvious, I had a hundred euros on Ireland -20 points, didn’t lose the bet ;-)

     

    Can’t see anything like that score the morra tho.