Football in Glasgow is a zero-sum game

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They come and go, some kiss the badge, they all talk about how great the fans are.  Of all those who played with Celtic in recent years, it was Christopher Jullien, in a private moment, who asked, “Why would anyone want to leave Celtic?”  At the age of 26, he found his paradise.

We rated him not for what he said in private, but for his performances on the field.  He was the most dominant central defender Celtic had since Virgil van Dijk departed four years earlier.  It was his head, chest, leg, on the ball, when we were under pressure.  He could then pass the ball out of defence with both feet.

Of all the glories during our second nine-in-a-row years and the Quadruple Treble, the 2019 League Cup Final holds a special place.  Celtic were on the rack throughout; with an inspired keeper, Christopher holding the defensive line and scoring the winning goal, the win felt so much sweeter.

His 89th minute winner against Lazio was a perfect example of his aerial dominance.  Celtic were a shambles a year later, when he collided with a post at an empty Celtic Park, but they were not yet out of touch.  Had he remained fit, who knows?  As it was, the shambles continued.

Chirstopher’s exclusion from action on return from injury was down to team tactics.  Ange wants his central defenders wide, leaving them plenty of ground to cover, in the event of a breakaway attack.  This is not Chris’ forte, it wouldn’t work.

Best of luck, Chris, don’t be a stranger.

Ignore it all you like, but the most important game of the season in Scottish football takes place tonight.  It will determine the competitive balance, perhaps beyond even this season.  Football in Glasgow is a zero-sum game.

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  1. First sustained attack on Hun goal, fizzles out as PSV seem to get in each other’s way.

     

    PSV keeper holds, this time, a Kent shot.

  2. Stivs…….

     

     

    Broons I think……..

     

    St Margarets church in the background?

     

     

    MonTheMaggies CSC

  3. a couple of dodgy decisions going thems way already , PSV have a few poor players, this could go either way

  4. Difficult to understand why PSV are so slow in every aspect of their play. The press is non existent.

  5. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    SAINT STIVS on 24TH AUGUST 2022 8:15 PM

     

     

    Went back for another look as the guy with the big sidelocks was coming into my head …….could be wrong ..John Cushley ex celt?

  6. 67 European Cup Winners on

    THEBHOYFROMU.N.C.L.E on 24TH AUGUST 2022 8:23 PM

     

    He taught me English (some would say not very well) at St Pats Coatbridge

     

     

    67ECW

  7. The huns are playing far better than PSV. PSV are taking too many touches and their build up play is far too

     

    slow.

  8. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    67 EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS on 24TH AUGUST 2022 8:27 PM

     

     

    Have you seen the photo……..is it John Cushley?

  9. Not watching this game. However, sounds not unlike their European games last season.

     

    As a club, we need to concentrate on that which we can influence

  10. Has anyone told PSV what they are playing for?.Disinterested looking.

     

    Ref and linesmen.Joke.

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    THEBHOYFROMU.N.C.L.E on 24TH AUGUST 2022 8:30 PM

     

    No I have not seen the pic

     

     

    where is it ?

     

     

    67ECW

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