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A Europa League tie against Rennes on Thursday would normally set midweek pulses racing but when Celtic have such a crucial game ahead in the fight for second place Neil Lennon has a major decision to make, does he rest players for the Motherwell game?

Sunday’s game at Fir Park is set to become one of the most important games of the season for Celtic and I’m sure Neil would prefer a clear midweek to prepare for it, but resting players, with the inherent increased chance of defeat, could further damage fragile morale.

Celtic need a confidence boosting win but they need heads focussed on beating Motherwell even more. The consequences of defeat on Thursday are unpleasant, but the consequences of defeat on Sunday are incalculable.

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  1. Thr leader of the greek opposition is calle Adonis Samaras.

     

     

    I’m sure there is a joke in their somewhere, but damned if I can find it.

  2. Eyes Wide Open on

    bournesouprecipe says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 14:44

     

     

    Just adding on from your last paragraph – possibly the biggest root to our problems is Lennon has no control of his own footballing budget – he probably doesnt even know what it is.

     

     

    The man isnt in the room when we are negotiating a new contract with Kayals agent. he has no say on how far we push the boat out for a man he might regard as the single most important player at the club.

     

    He isnt in the room when we talk to prospective players’ agents and has no say in how far we push the boat out in terms of wages for the players he has identified.

     

     

    Wily old Harry Redknapp made his career on wheeling and dealing. He knew what his pot was and he did a fantastic job of ‘creating’ new money with player trading.

     

     

    Lawwell made my skin crawl when he used the phrase ‘intellectual purchasing’.

     

     

    This is the second reason we dont get the players we need, and instead get ‘projects’ or the ‘take you pick out of Pot A – African players, and Pot B – Asian players’ and il go out and try and get one or two in.

     

     

    Chris Sutton wasnt an ‘intellectual purchase’ from a financial point of view. signed for £6m with a further £7 in wages over 5 years.

     

    John Hartson roughly the same again.

     

     

    Lawwell would insist Lennon showed beyond a shadow of doubt how that one player will directly gain Celtic more than £13m. Through merchandising, prize money etc.

     

     

    The truth is they didnt – not directly.

     

     

    Indirectly they helped to take us as high as I have known in the 30+ years.

     

     

    But its all about pounds, pennies and shillings – the very thing we have squandered by not looking beyond the end of Lawwells nose (or bonus structure)

     

     

    To pay for leaders you have to spend big money on guys in their late 20’s or early 30’s.

     

     

    That is a big, big no no for Celtic.

     

     

    Look at our squad – and think why is there not a leader about the place..

     

     

    Therein lies your answer.

  3. saltires en sevilla on

    David Peter Deans says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:01

     

     

    you seem to have a right soft spot for Lenny

     

     

    did you ever respond to my q on the famine song re. your view?

     

     

    if you did, please accept my apologies …I missed it

     

     

    would you mind reposting the gist here now, or point me to the approx time/date?

     

     

    HH

     

     

    M

  4. I see there are still a few orc muppets about, you would have thought they would be more interested in their own team’s soon to be demise rather than trying to wind people up on here.

     

    How does it feel to be going bang, bust, up the swanee, out of business, milton keynes don-key types ?

  5. I hope Paddy starts the game on Thursday. He can’t be accused of being one of the “slackers” because he doesn’t play long enough. It’s time to give him a chance.

  6. bournesouprecipe says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:01

     

    Question

     

     

    Could Steven Naismith be made redundant whilst incapacitated, when Ragers go into administration?

     

     

    ……………..

     

     

    Ist on the list IMO

  7. Estadio

     

     

    Just read this review of Sharkeys.

     

    kirstygee

     

     

    (21-01-2009)

     

    A pub that doesn’t look too great from the outside and not exactly located in the greatest of areas either. But a usual haunt for students who are studying in Glasgow college of nautical studies. So if you want to meet some sailors or just fancy some cheap booze then this is a place possibly worth a visit. Though I wont be in a hurry to return now that I have left colege

     

     

     

    Hello sailor.

  8. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    bournesouprecipe 1 November, 2011 at 15:01

     

    “Question

     

     

    Could Steven Naismith be made redundant whilst incapacitated, when Ragers go into administration?

     

     

     

    Put it this way, he better hope he has good private medical insurance.

  9. Vinibhoy - Named Neil Lennon on his birth certificate on

    Afternoon bhoys.

     

    Great news about Naismith, horrible little cheating rat!

     

     

    I think he’ll be a huge loss to them.

     

     

    Hopefully we’ll get a few of our bhoys back soon. Izzie and Commons would be a nice starter.

     

     

     

    79caps says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:09

     

    I agree mate. He deserves a proper chance. 70 mins at least to show what he’s about.

     

    Lenny keeps telling him to be patient. Thursday’s a perfect chance to reward him.

  10. For whats its worth team for Thursday…………………….

     

     

    Forster

     

    Matthews Rogne Majstorovic Mulgrew

     

    Wanyama Ledley

     

    Forrest Stokes McCourt

     

    Hooper

  11. Stringer Bell – Thr leader of the greek opposition is calle Adonis Samaras.

     

     

    I’m sure there is a joke in their somewhere, but damned if I can find it.

     

     

    Does he have difficulty striking? (thumbsup)

  12. celtic *o* lennon on

    bournesouprecipe says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:01

     

     

    How funny would that be :-0

     

     

    You would think they wont keep someone they have to pay when he cant play for 9 months. Never mind stevie plenty time to practice your hand signals while no playing GIRUY!

  13. Marrakesh Express on

    Whether its his column in the Daily Ranger, the Sunday Mail or on Snyde, Uncle Tom Keevins feels free to hatchet our club and our support at every turn. And he acts with impunity. There is not a chance he’d get away with a fraction of this criticism over Govan way and he knows that. The impending tax case and admin/receivership/liquidation of the huns was kept well planked under the carpet until as late in the day as possible, therefore saving the orc from anguish for as long as possible.

     

     

    But when it comes to us its a negativity fest. Its never balanced out by Keevins or any other member of the LL unless its to say that we have just as big a problem with our fans. Some of them should read the marvellous post by Kitalba 11:12 yesterday, just to remind them of what the club they hold in high esteem (over us) really stands for.

     

     

    Uncle Tom was at it again last night (ok I wont listen again) while the tax case and admin issue was played down and underhyped. I said 8 years ago that the DR should have been banned for life from CP after the Newcastle stitch-up of our players. Today, I would ban one journo for a start and its Keevins. He is a constant purveyor of grief and makes a living out of causing trouble at our expense.

     

     

    HH

  14. celtic *o* lennon on

    Timfaetx says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:15

     

     

    For whats its worth team for Thursday…………………….

     

     

    Forster

     

    Matthews Rogne Majstorovic Mulgrew

     

    Wanyama Ledley

     

    Forrest Stokes McCourt

     

    Hooper

     

     

     

    Mine:

     

     

    Forster

     

    Cha Rogne Mulgrew Matthews

     

    Wanyama Kayal

     

    Ki Forrest Ledley

     

    Stokes

  15. Googybhoy

     

     

    Wee Kirsty….she was the one wae the beard and a liking for a shanty or two.

     

     

    I may reply to her comment. :-)

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Estadio

  16. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Marrakesh Express

     

     

    I agree keevins is a total fud who I dislike intensely.

     

     

    He probably just goes to work and does what his boss tells him to do.

     

     

    Like a lot of guys on the blog.

     

     

    With respect.

  17. celtic *o* lennon on

    celtic *o* lennon says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:21

     

     

    Timfaetx says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:15

     

     

    For whats its worth team for Thursday…………………….

     

     

    Forster

     

    Matthews Rogne Majstorovic Mulgrew

     

    Wanyama Ledley

     

    Forrest Stokes McCourt

     

    Hooper

     

     

    Mine:

     

     

    Forster

     

    Cha Rogne Mulgrew Matthews

     

    Wanyama Kayal

     

    Ki Forrest Ledley

     

    Stokes

     

     

     

    Should have also added Cha banned from doing back passes to the goalie ;-)

  18. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    bournesouprecipe says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:01

     

    Question

     

     

    Could Steven Naismith be made redundant whilst incapacitated, when Ragers go into administration?

     

     

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

     

     

    2010 Never Again

     

     

    Is this the Steven Naismith that tried to “do” the Aberdeen player last weekend and done himself instead?

     

     

    The same Steven Naismith whose goal celebrations have been decidedly masonic in nature?

     

     

    The Steven Naismith who sneers and snarls at opponents and referees and dives when there is a gentle breeze blowing in his direction?

     

     

    The very same Steven Naismith who typifies everything that is rotten about the Huns?

     

     

    If it is…..wouldn’t it be really ironic if Karma has paid him a visit.

  19. Victor Wanyama should start in midfield.

     

     

    In every game he has came on and made a major improvement to how the team plays. That inlcudes Saturday by the way, while we did not win, he still made a difference to our play.

     

     

    Árd Macha

  20. Interesting selections. we all have out own ideas.

     

     

    Looking into the more likely line up based on the experience of this season I’d say more likely is:

     

     

    Forster

     

     

    Stokes tried at right back

     

    Mulgrew

     

    Wanyama

     

    Ledley

     

     

    Forrest

     

    Ki

     

    Kayal

     

    Anybody but McCourt

     

     

    Hooper

     

    Samaras, since he’s fit

  21. Eyes Wide Open says:

     

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:05

     

     

    Wily old Harry Redknapp made his career on wheeling and dealing. He knew what his pot was and he did a fantastic job of ‘creating’ new money with player trading.

     

    _________________________________

     

    Whenever wily old ‘Arry goes to a new club expect plod ten minutes later.

  22. Philvis

     

     

    Nice one! That was good.

     

     

    I’m guessing you went to St Pats with that level of accumen? Either there, or Rosehall…..

  23. Árd Macha says:

     

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:26

     

     

    Victor Wanyama should start in midfield.

     

    _______________________________________–

     

     

    Dead right.

  24. I’ve just scored a line through Steven Naismith’s name in my wee black book.

     

     

    Right, who’ll be next. Mmmmm. Thatcher or Ann Diamond??

  25. McNair is the greatest on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:23

     

    Marrakesh Express

     

     

    I agree keevins is a total fud who I dislike intensely.

     

     

    He probably just goes to work and does what his boss tells him to do.

     

     

    Like a lot of guys on the blog.

     

     

    With respect.

     

     

    Keevins is playing with fire – when the Orcs go there will be retribution I can imagine someone accusing him of being the unseen fenian hand alongside Jabba for suppressing the truth for years – that would be hysterical.

  26. Stringer Bell – I’m guessing you went to St Pats with that level of accumen? Either there, or Rosehall…..

     

     

    Accumen?

     

     

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    (thumbsup)

  27. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Mcnair…..

     

     

    I hope they all get what they deserve.

     

     

    Every last damn one of them.

  28. Eyes Wide

     

     

    We’ll where does it all leave us?

     

     

    One thing for sure is that if NL took the job under those terms and conditions he knows, he’s now on his lonesome, and may not get a fourth window look in.

     

     

    His two predecessors were also suspiciously viewed as not having full control over who was, and wasn’t signed, or indeed what the budget was, so no change there.

     

     

    He’s struggling, and I wish him nothing but good will, but “basics” have not been righted, or maintained and he’s the same as any other manager regardless of where you shop you will get pluses and minuses, in the transfer market.

     

     

    I believe he missed the biggest most important signing when we failed to bring in Ramis and that was a long time ago now.

     

     

    If he changes the way the team is set out, ( which is where we started ) it’s his only chance, it’s not a mystery.

  29. McNair is the greatest on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:

     

    1 November, 2011 at 15:37

     

    Mcnair…..

     

     

    I hope they all get what they deserve.

     

     

    Every last damn one of them

     

     

    I concur its going to be fun!!!

  30. Thomthethim

     

    players or coaches to blame?

     

    Both culpable.

     

    But real issue is coaching.

     

    Our. System and lack of proper implimentation is the biggest issue.

     

    Opposing coaches know our tactic of playing two deep lying square passing centre miss means our only threat is from wide.

     

    The spacing is awful all over the field and there is no cohesion so we dont have a proper team structure.

     

    Our ballwatching combined with no specific task for our central defenders leaves us permanently vulnerable.

     

    Zero off the ball movement and a fear from players to take responsibility.

     

    All of these problems could be addressed at coaching level.

     

    Unfortunately we don’t have those personnel at present.

  31. Team for Thursday

     

     

    Cha, Rogne or Loovens, Mulgrew, Ledley

     

    Kayal, Wanyama

     

    Forrest, Ki, Sammi

     

    Hoops

  32. Gregg- They are experts at this, they need to pad out 6 hours with no commentary, Motherwell fans Fraser and Gordon desperate only to talk about Rangers’ invincibility or Neil Lennon getting the tin tack.

     

    With the piped junior match crowd in the background for additional “atmosphere” it is an unmissable experience.

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