Football’s hard, Armstrong, McNeill v Greig


Last week I suggested we were better with yesterday’s game over and done with, but I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying the occasion.  It may not have been the derby of Old, but it had traces of familiarity from my youth, when managers Billy McNeill and John Greig faced each other.

I watched the game back on television last night.  What an absolute pair of trumpets Warburton and Weir are!  Weir was sent to the stand for demanding Mikael Lustig receive a second yellow card, despite not receiving his first.  Warburton then explained this to the media, indignant that Lustig wasn’t dismissed for two yellows, still totally oblivious to the fact he hadn’t been booked.

Football’s hard.  Referees make mistakes.  But keeping track of who has been booked is remarkably simple.  It was Nir Bitton, not Mikael, who was booked early in the game.  Nir and Mikael have a similar, slight, build, but there’s 7cm between them, with different skin and hair pantones.

What does this tell us?  That the Newco management didn’t know their opponents well enough to tell them apart, never mind how they would play.  Remarkable, considering how often we’ve been on television this season.

Two weeks ago a Dundee United fan asked me what we’d done to Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.  Armstrong, he explained, was never going to make it as a wide player, he was effective for United through the middle.

I think we suffered for the loss of Tom Rogic, as Stuart edged himself into the occasion, but it may be Ronny Deila deployed him incorrectly.

Moments to cherish from the game: Moussa Dembele’s first touch to control Lustig’s cross at the fourth, and his reverse pass for Scott Sinclair at the third.  You’ve not seen control and awareness like that from a Celtic striker in over a decade.

We’ll touch on the longer-term issues of yesterday at a later date, after we’ve got Barcelona out of our system.

The one thing we all wanted from yesterday was to come through the game without further injuries.  Both Scott Brown and Tom Rogic, two of our central midfield three, retired early.  I’m not going to tell you we’ll take anything from Barcelona on Tuesday, but having Brown, Rogic and Bitton in the team will allow us to at least face the game in decent condition.


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    Magic day,mate



    Pub was rammed wi right good Celtic men and women.



    One of my skwaaad even got the correct score. Wishes he’d kept quiet about it,though. He got paid in communal beer tokens,haha!





    I bloody hope so,its my work PC.



    Just tried it on my iphone-it’s fine there too.



    Sorry for the screw-up,though.

  3. Magic Mick. First time I have seen the tribute act in the flesh. They are more like The Partick Junkies than Australian Pink Floyd. We have a period of fenian dominance for years ahead.


    Brendan knows the score like Jock did in this City. His put down to that famous Queens Park fan on Sky Luke was class. Do not be disrepectful towards Leigh ya fud. :))

  4. Bobbys


    No probs. Just did a quick scan and it`s me the cnut and no you. Had a wee read back there. See that hinging dolls, never in my name. I song the songs and felt the emotions for about three hours,but that will never be in my name.






    Aye.Spotted him right away.


    = = = = = = =


    Naw very subtle is he?24 carat ragman’s trumpet.



    Antwho,need some shut eye.


    HH bhud.

  6. Just like to say thank you Brendan 66 to 1 correct score with Willie Hills best fiver I’ve spent in a long time HH



  7. Morning fholks.


    Here’s a highlights package of Saturday’s game from timternet.It lasts 39mins 31secs so it’s about 39mins longer than Sportscene’s micro effort.


    Big Moussa’s second is a thing of beauty;power,pace,poise,and precision.Makes Senderos look like he’s just finished a shift on a building site. Or something. ;))




  8. Good mornong friends from a dry, mild but very very windy East Kilbride. Oh and there’s also one of those red sky in the morning thingies.



    Really looking forward to visiting my workplace this morning.

  9. TD67



    Good stuff with your bets……



    Quiet on here today wonder where the malcontents and board-bashers are hiding :-)

  10. I cannot believe that Celtic blitzed the ethereal entity 5-1 on Saturday and I have logged into CQN to read a bunch of miseries having a go at the CELTIC support. Unbelievable. Why can’t you just enjoy the bloody victory.

  11. Due to work commitments have only been reading the main articles… appears could continue that way for a while (at least am seeing the games).



    Great win on Saturday got everything right on the day. the media ad nausea ‘old firm’ was certainly annoying but we’ll need to stand steadfast on the new team theme.



    Looking forward to Barca now.



    enjoy everyone.




  12. From Tony Donnelly`s 7:16 link:



    “It was an Old Firm match in name only, just as this was Rangers in name only.”




  13. TOSB



    Just as I mastered the trick of walking and chewing gum at the same time, I find it possible to really enjoy our victory at the weekend and yet still think the hanging effigies were thoughtless and conveyed a message I hope it did not attend.



    I can also still have concerns about my club’s position about 2012 and have anxieties about tomorrow’s game and still be delighted about our 3 points and the manner of our victory.



    I don’t believe I can be uber-Celticed in my delight at the three points by anyone who chose not to comment or anyone whose only comment was to criticise those who criticised the display.



    Having said that, I do find it distasteful for any Celtic fan to harbour thoughts that this had anything to do with Kris Boyd’s brother. That IS a leap that is not justified.





    IMO,it was a joke,poor in taste and planning. Many of us have said or done something that seemed witty at the time and clearly wasn’t. I doubt there was more to it than that.



    Been there plenty of times,the shame and embarrassment is punishment enough.

  15. Still pretty quiet in here, wonder if some posters only post when Celtic aren’t doing well…..



    Am beginning to think Sinclair or Dembelle and 1-0 the morra






    As long as it’s Our Lady’s blue :-)

  16. Funny how great and rejuvenated Armstrong looked…..when played in his actual bliddy position!!!!



    HH jamesgang

  17. I’m looking at James Dolman on Twitter, was this hanging a rubber doll with a Sevco scarf allegedly at Celtic park a photo shop, or the real deal? Anyone see it? If it was done, then I’m afraid it’s bang out of order, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

  18. TONYDONNELLY67 on 12TH SEPTEMBER 2016 8:55 AM



    A spokesman for the Eire Go Brach Celtic Supporters Club in Belfast slammed it as “sickening”.



    They added: “Being a Celtic supporters club whose members and visitors are gathered from areas which are some of the hardest hit by suicide we totally deplore the actions of the mindless morons who were responsible for this sickening display.



    “The only thing ‘hanging’ should be their heads, in absolute shame at letting down their club and those of us who have had to walk behind the coffins alongside families grieving at the loss of a loved one through suicide.



    “Take yourselves away from Celtic Park and never come back.”