Energy in abundance but discipline key


If you cast your mind back 50 weeks to the visit of Barcelona to Celtic Park you may remember we took to the field with a so-called skeleton squad.  Captain, Scott Brown, was missing, as was Hooper, Stokes and Izaguirre.  Of those outfield players on the bench, only Paddy McCourt had made a dozen appearances for the club.

We lost Lustig and Samaras to knocks during the game, replaced by Watt and Kayal, respectively (yes, an 18-year-old striker replaced the right back).

The script was written.  We have another enormous challenge ahead tonight but I would rather tackle Ajax than Barcelona.

There will be an abundance of energy from the crowd, and from the Celtic players, but discipline is all important.  Don’t make unforced errors, don’t take unnecessary risks, don’t pull jerseys, and most importantly of all, don’t concede free kicks in dangerous areas.

The team who makes the fewest mistakes will win the game; we don’t need to be desperately creative, just stick to task.

This is our Cup Final, let me at them…
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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers forza oscar and mackenzie



    12:36 on 22 October, 2013



    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…..wait ‘il he ‘sees’ the home strip….hahahaha

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Reverse podium AGAIN?



    I could easily get paranoid,you know….

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on

    Having said that,I got the Maestro’s number on his birthday.






    Great planning,bud.

  4. sftb ( from the last thread )



    Fair do’s, – but you get my drift about ‘attacking’ a superior side to Clifftonville, Elsfborg or Karagandy.



    Our Barcelona, Milan or Juve type results are with break goals, built on resolute defending, and we now need the Ajax at home scalp, for the collection, or any chance of CL progress.



    Of the Euro sides you quote at least two from any four are ‘regular midfielders’ except Man City * who were thrashed *



    I still hope Joe Ledley plays, as he’s more holding than Sammi or Forrest, giving us a three of a kind, Kayal Charlie and Ledley, and as you say Stokes tracks back, – so I’d leave Pukki on the bench.

  5. Murdochbhoy supporting Fearless Oscar on

    Perhaps taking whatever chances present themselves would be equally imporant as discipline.

  6. Ach well, I will set for 5th, not bad on the phone. To all those going tonight, enjoy. By the looks of things I will be in Corby in the KK club which looks like a little oasis, unfortunately I will be sober.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Very true,mate.



    He previously put the dullness of the colours down to the dullness of his sight.



    He’ll think the op has failed,ffs!

  8. bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers forza oscar and mackenzie



    12:36 on 22 October, 2013






    Will do,budMy Dad had his first cataract op yesterday. His sight is vastly improved in that eye already.So much so,he now reckons our new away top is s…e!



    Funny, hope yer well… P




  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Looking for parent and child for this evening for my cousin up from engerland.



    Any help appreciated. Sure he would buy two full price.

  10. Good Luck to the Bhoys tonight and enjoy the evening all of you lucky enough to be in Paradise.



    Like many others I will be watching in from abroad and wishing I was there.


    I live in a city with a huge football team in 1. FC Köln, very passionate supporters who turn up 50,000 strong even in Bundesliga 2. Although not a supporter I have many friends who are and believe me, how they dream about just being in the Champions League.


    We are truly fortunate to be able to call ourselves a Champions League team and whilst the vagaries of football finance dictate that for now we have a fairly uneven playing field to negotiate, we should nevertheless be thankful and enjoy the experience of coming up against the best Europe has to offer.



    Ajax will be a tough one; they have the pedigree and the players to expect to be in Europe after the New Year.



    Remember win, lose or draw, this is the show and The Glasgow Celtic are there.



    Hope to see a few of you in Amsterdam in two weeks.




  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Fine and dandy,and I hope your mate will be too.



    Enjoy the match tonight. I hope your lass is a lucky mascot!

  12. saltires en sevilla supporting wee oscar on




    good shout



    I reckon the team that keeps the heid; wins the double head to head



    securing minimum 3rd place







    just popped in for a quick visit as i tend to be a lurker these days, but Im like the duracell bunny on speed just now.


    Very, very nervous about this one tonight. I agree with Paul, least mistakes wins it, but also a wee bit of magic and/or luck especially never goes amiss either!



    Cant wait now. As usual very little work done today as the anticipation grows.



    Enjoy the game everyone and to those, like me, who are lucky enough to be going, Sing Loud and proud as always.






  14. Is it cooncil or murdoch telly tonight?


    I’m going to the game but just like to record it so I can watch the glorious victory all over again when I get home.







  15. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    This is our Cup Final, let me at them



    Paul that sounds like a Deliah Rallying Cry



    howabout gerrintaethum instead. if nothing else its a wee bit mair glesga

  16. bognorbhoyle oscar in my thoughts on

    Sitting besides 6 Ajax fans at gatwick


    They seem like no bad guys l.p.

  17. Kolncelt


    12:47 on


    22 October, 2013






    You are lucky to live in such a fantastic city mate.

  18. Doc,



    im soooo glad my, ahem, productivity, is not monitored on Home CL days.



    lets just say, boot, erchie , up the would be involved somewhere!



    BTW this Ajax mob tonight will be loud too. need to silence them and quickly.






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