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Echoes of greatness in Imperious Celtic

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There are good ways and bad ways to win the League Cup; yesterday was perfect. The atmosphere reminded me of the 1997 final at Ibrox, where a similar result was achieved against Dundee United. That was our first League Cup in 15 years, but there was a more substantial reason to be optimistic then. At that moment, we began to believe that this could be the start of something significant.

Contrast that with the sentiment two seasons later, as we left Hampden having beaten Aberdeen in the same final. We’d won a trophy but celebrations were muted. We were miles behind in the league and that season had splurged significant resources on players who failed to deliver.

Celtic’s performance yesterday was imperious. It was controlled, oozed competence throughout the team and subjugated the second best team in the land with little fuss. Dare we start to believe we are at the start of something significant?

We dare.

The “start” of something significant is an unusual phrase to describe five-in-a-row champions, but having plateaued as merely champions in recent seasons, the Celtic Movement is on the march again.

These are exciting time – enjoy them.

What did you like most about the win yesterday? I’m really pleased at how effective and important our central defenders are becoming. They helped deliver a trophy without the loss of a goal in any round, but, more importantly, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko regularly morph into deep-lying playmakers.

At the opening goal, Simunovic wasn’t so deep-lying. Having carried the ball into the opposition half, he won a tackle 30 yards from goal before feeding Tom Rogic. Can you imagine how disruptive it is for opponents to have to deal with a central defender that high up the field? Who picks him up and what are the subsequent consequences?

Those of you old enough to swoon at the great No. 14 will remember when the world first discovered Total Football. As I watched Scott Brown drop behind his own defensive line to create space for others to move into it all came flooding back. The concept which ‘did for us’ a couple of times in the 70s echoes in what you’re now watching. This is Total Celtic. It’s difficult to get right but if you achieve it, it’s very difficult to play against.

This is why we’ve won a cup without conceding. This is why we plucked a guy from Fulham who appears to have geometrically appreciated in value. This is why a guy who didn’t get a lot of football at Aston Villa last season was given special treatment by Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. This is why Stuart Armstrong and James Forrest are looking like new, better, players. They’re not, they are just working in a vastly better system.

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  1. Awwww naw

     

    the voting numbers off the huns site on res11

     

     

     

    For – 43,454,429 (74.6%)

     

    Against – 14,795,321 (25.4%)

     

     

    Total votes cast on the Resolution was 58,249,750. This represents 71.5% of the Company’s issued share capital.

  2. MiT

     

    If I were in your position I would go for Killie, but as I am oot my advice is worthless, best of.

     

    HH

     

    …………………………..

     

    Starry

     

    Feliz Cumpleanos to your young wan.

     

    HH

  3. mike in toronto on

    jobo …

     

     

    he must be confident …. hhmmmmm …..now I’m getting worried …. you cant tell him to be respectful to his elders, could you?

  4. mike in toronto on

    TET … but I think Killie’ have won fewer games at home than Dundee have away this season …

  5. I’m still on a high from yesterday, when our club is together then we are an unstoppable force, these are good times with the prospect of great times ahead, let us all enjoy them and have a party every time we see Celtic play !

  6. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    LEFTCLICKTIC on 28TH NOVEMBER 2016 7:01 PM

     

     

     

    Thanks … I assumed that over 95% voted.

     

     

    How big is the cardihuns share holding …

     

     

    I presume less than 0.4% going by teh above figures

     

     

    HH

  7. *** LAST MAN STANDING 8 ***

     

     

    As many of you know there are just 2 still standing, Mike In Toronto and Deccyrollercoaster. In terms of club teams, both finalists already have 8 teams tat they cannot select to win – Aberdeen, Arsenal, Celtic, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham and Rangers*

     

    In addition, Mike can’t pick Hearts or St Johnstone whilst Deccy cannot choose Inverness or Everton. To win that is.

     

    It’s possible to choose a game to end in a draw, even if you have already chosen those teams previously.

     

    So, from this coming weekends fixtures the games to choose from are as follows –

     

     

    Saturday 3 December

     

    Motherwell v Celtic (12.15)

     

    Manchester City v Chelsea (12.30)

     

    Hamilton v Partick

     

    Kilmarnock v Dundee

     

    Rangers* v Aberdeen

     

    Ross County v Hearts

     

    St Johnstone v Inverness

     

    Tottenham v Swansea

     

    West Ham v Arsenal (17.30)

     

     

    Sunday 4 December

     

    Bournemouth v Liverpool (13.30)

  8. embramike supporting Res 12 on

    Of the last 22 @ScottishFA cup draws from March ’09, @celticfc have been drawn away 19 times – surely some kind of coincidence ?

  9. MiT

     

    I would always go home if at all possible, the odds are usually in your favour, but I don’t envy you your choices, I got knocked out for trying to hold on to better teams for the latter stages, it could have worked, it didny.

     

    HH

  10. EMBRAMIKE SUPPORTING RES 12 on 28TH NOVEMBER 2016 7:13 PM

     

     

     

    Of the last 22 @ScottishFA cup draws from March ’09, @celticfc have been drawn away 19 times – surely some kind of coincidence ?

     

     

     

    As someone much wiser than me has said ” We weren’t PARANOID enough”.

  11. G 100 D evening CQN

     

     

    Another day closer to 101 :-)

     

     

    See this FtSFA cup, the home gate is shared between teams drawn, not such a big money earner

     

     

    Hail Hail

  12. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    So Rangers are given an away Scottish-cup tie ………….some of you guys are due a big helping of humble pie ?

  13. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Was listening to some of the sheepies last night on the choo-choo, boy have Celtic filleted them. Not so much gloom and doom, more resigned to never getting anywhere near us again.

     

     

    The journey will have helped them :-)

     

     

    They do however, fancy their chances on Saturday.

  14. Bada

     

     

    Brilliant series we didn’t realise we’d missed the second one so we’re about half way through that before we start on the third series.

  15. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    HAMILTONTIM

     

     

    All sorts of celebs there these days HT…..Kolo Toure was driving along the same road the other week.

     

     

    Think the “Christmas lights” at the construction site just added to this morning’s ambience.

     

     

    Can’t think why I was in such a good mood :-)

  16. mike in toronto on

    adi …. I think RC have only won 1 league match at home all season … but have drawn a few at home lately, so that is a possibility …. heaarts have drawn 3 of their last 4, including 2 away ….

     

     

    so, a draw in this one might be a decent shout.

  17. mike in toronto on

    adi … but, doing a rough check … only about 13% of SPL matches have ended in draws this year …. so, statistics not on my side on that one …..

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