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In any other season, the three points would have been secured by David Turnbull’s exquisite free-kick on 82 minutes, but the fragility around everything Celtic at the moment convinced no one the game was over.

A Hibs free-kick in added time saw three Celtic players get in each other’s way on the goal line, leaving three unattended attackers ready to pounce around the six yard line.  Another free kick conceded in a dangerous area, another example of defensive disorganisation and another tale of woe as Hibs scored their first goal and collected their only point in four games.

With Ryan Christie unavailable, David Turnbull moved to the right, allowing Tom Rogic a rare start in the advanced point of the diamond.  This may have worked on paper but on the field, it only demonstrated what a valuable asset Turnbull has become in the middle of the park.  15 minutes after moving into his accustomed 10 position, Turnbull won and converted a free kick that should have been enough against a Hibs team low on confidence.

Instead, the demons that haunted Celtic for most of the season returned.  Diego Laxalt conceded the free-kick, Turnbull was beaten to the header, Conor Hazard flapped at the second ball before Shane Duffy and Callum McGregor simultaneously attempted to clear, only managing to usher the ball in the direction of Nisbet.

After the game, I realised I felt worse after we equalised in added time against Hibs in November than on losing a late goal last night.  The points dropped in November felt significant, I cannot say the same about last night’s.

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  1. DREW1967 on 12TH JANUARY 2021 4:29 PM

     

    MARSPAPA

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ex wife was from 40 block Kingsway Court.

     

     

     

     

    Hung about Kirkton flats myself

     

     

     

     

    From early 70’s till late 80,s visited my aunt and uncles .

     

    from 78 spent most weekends there travelling into town for the dancing and frequented the “DRY DOCK on Sundays in the lounge .

     

     

    Friday nights and Saturdays, i would walk along and escort Bertie ( my uncle ) back home.

     

     

    There was a wee red ash park outside the flats and swings up the hill .

     

     

    Their Veranda 6 flights up looked out onto at the bus stop on Dumarton rd.

     

     

    you maybe know my cousin DOC !! :)))))

     

     

    he worked alongside DELANEYS DUNKY’S mum Mollie ( RIP) in Munros the butchers.

     

     

     

    Walkies time .

  2. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX

     

     

    I have watched it again after reading your post. i just don’t see what you are seeing.Turnbull should have been stronger.

     

     

    We will agree to disagree

  3. GENE on 12TH JANUARY 2021 4:58 PM

     

    Players are all over each other when a goal is scored -bodily fluids may be exchanged

     

     

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    Mate, no-one’s craving a change in fortunes more than I am, but we’ve got to draw the line somewhere!😉

     

     

    HH jg

  4. brucecassavetes on

    Was going to go on a 10,000 word rant but can’t be bothered.

     

     

    We’ve fucked it up big time.

     

     

    PL & DD have got the Rangers back.

     

     

    Lennon is seemingly unsackable.

     

     

    Shut up – and keep giving us your money.

  5. SFTB – my wee late Mum wasn’t a big football fan. But she loved the Lions. She’d often say, ‘Jock Stein said…..’

     

     

    So to paraphrase the gentleman himself, Celtic always have to take the officials out of the equation in a game because they’re always part of the equation in the system. Always have, always will.

     

     

    The MIBs have played their normal role this season. No more or less really. They’re a given. A ‘known known’. That’s why giving away a free kick, like Laxalt did with that lazy swing, always has to be avoided.

     

     

    And also because, under the tenure of several managers now (going back to NFL Series1), we’ve been totally inept at defending such crosses.

     

     

    HH jg

  6. BRUCECASSAVETES

     

    Thank goodness you stopped at less than 50 words as one of those was a sweary 😨

  7. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX

     

     

    I dint think we are going to get any common ground on this.

     

     

    The more I watch it, the more disappointed I am with Turnbull , two players jostling and one wants it more. I stand by my earlier description…outmuscled .

  8. Gene😉

     

     

    Phew.

     

     

    All joking aside, I do see many AGPs (Aerosol Generating Processes) during these lockdown matches.

     

     

    HH jg

  9. RC

     

     

    Think that might be ‘arsehole’ not ‘aerosol’ – and aye, we’ve seen all too much of that of late! A truly honking’ state of affairs.

     

     

    HH jg

  10. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    ever so sneakily, the sleekits are slipping in sweary words, the only house rule Paul has, but the sleekits dont like it, they would just love to plaster CQN wth swear words, aint that right sleekits?

  11. Stephen Welsh is twenty one years old next week, and has made just over twenty league and cup appearances in that time, fifteen for Greenock Morton, in season 2019-19. Could well have been more had he not been recalled this time last year for no purpose whatsoever. Played not too bad last night alongside Shane Duffy, and could benefit from game time either at Celtic or elsewhere. I only mention him to highlight yet another glaring weakness at Parkhead, our complete failure to develop young players. I have been critical of Academies over the years, and the Development League is no substitute for real player development, which is best achieved by being introduced to the top team and working with the first team squad. Or was anyway, with Shaun Maloney, Liam Miller, Aiden McGeady, and John Kennedy, and more recently Kieran Tierney. We will not produce many, or not for Celtic anyways, but we should be able to develop some young players in the way that others have produced McArthur, McCarthy, Snodgrass, Armstrong, Robertson et al. Another area that needs to be re-addressed in the near future.

  12. BRUCECASSAVETES on 12TH JANUARY 2021 5:26 PM

     

    Dafty Rangers can nae come back they are deid.. go back and tell FF ,,you tried…

  13. JG

     

     

    “Celtic always have to take the officials out of the equation in a game because they’re always part of the equation in the system. Always have, always will. ”

     

     

     

    Which is why I acknowledged that I was not pointing this out as an excuse for dropping points or for this season’s failures.

     

     

    I am merely surprised that diverse posters, including Paul 67 in his leader (or PL himself, as many deluded believe), see nothing wrong with that Hibbee left arm or the climbing. Poor Erik merely had his arms round Clint Hill’s waist (as Clint was doing the same to him) but Clint knew that falling to the ground would “buy” the decision, whereas DT was ignored as he was felled.

  14. Madmitch

     

     

    DD is showing himself to be no business man.

     

     

     

    ==============$$$$

     

    This atop your calum macgregor sillyness

     

     

    You do make me laugh.

     

     

    HH

  15. onenightinlisbon on

    In any other season we would maybe have not allowed ourselves to travel across the world during a global pandemic. In any other season we may not have appointed a piss poor manager in the showers etc etc….

  16. Another worry last night was the young players, Harper,Oxo Flex,Dembele, they looked a mile off it,major development issue, difficult I know to come into the team right now but they are 18/19,we play teams every week with 3/4/5 of the same age,and can handle it.Another symptom of Lennon’s refusal to play youngsters, we should be using them from the bench,when games are going well (I know, I know) .Who was the last one through Lennoxtown to hold down a jersey? Tierney about 6 years ago? Our problems as a Club are much deeper than not having a right back in the squad. We have 35 full time coaches at Lennoxtown, at all levels, how much is that every year? We need a complete overhaul on and off the park.

  17. Bada @ 6.05

     

    Agree 100%, huge amount of money being spent here, for limited return

     

    ( suppose we can quote the odd gem like Kieran, and Calum)

     

    Not good enough though

     

    We should be seeing at least 1 per season

     

     

    Fingers crossed Stephen Welsh get a chance

  18. Mikey Johnston did not surprise last night , this boy will not make it at Celtic.

     

    This is a guy who got cramp on 70mins against the huns at the Dec 2019 game.

  19. On our youth set-up, here are 2 articles to tip you over the edge.

     

     

    One of those quoted in the top 60 best young talents in world football is a certain Liam Morrison of Bayern Munich.

     

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2020/oct/08/next-generation-2020-60-of-the-best-young-talents-in-world-football

     

     

    And from last year, 6 proteges of world football – Karamoko Dembele.

     

     

    https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Article/Les-prodiges-du-football-europeen-4-6-karamoko-dembele-fort-indecis/1068030

     

     

    Mmmmmmm

     

     

    HH

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I thought about posting similar last night but as it was during the game I thought better of slaughtering the set up , we produce players for lower level teams but not players who would grace our first team ..

     

     

    Value for money doesn’t seem to be part of the set up yet we squander millions on projects every year

  21. ROCK TREE BHOY on 12TH JANUARY 2021 5:48 PM

     

    ever so sneakily, the sleekits are slipping in sweary words, the only house rule Paul has, but the sleekits dont like it, they would just love to plaster CQN wth swear words, aint that right sleekits?

     

     

    True.That is a shout.and i have been guilty myself.not from now on.our club our blog

     

     

    BFTB & RC

     

    Ta for info

     

     

    HH

  22. ST TAMS- Rogic was subbed from a reserve team last night after 66 minutes, no wonder he failed a medical a couple of months ago.

  23. ROCK TREE BHOY on 12TH JANUARY 2021 5:48 PM

     

    ever so sneakily, the sleekits are slipping in sweary words, the only house rule Paul has, but the sleekits dont like it, they would just love to plaster CQN wth swear words, aint that right sleekits?

     

     

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    PHILBHOY loves a sweary now and then , i can assure you there’s nothing sleekit about him, a big Handsome Tim i may add.

  24. If Neil Lennon gave more game time to players like Shved ,Bayo Kimala,Dembela,we might be in a better position today ,everything is down to him ,tactics are all wrong,I know one thing Ronny Delia was a better coach than him,that mans problems was players like Mulgrew ,Commons they disrespected that man,and John Collins was another coach a good fitness manager,them two put the boot into him to.