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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  1. prestonpans bhoys on 12th September 2016 11:27 am



    vfr800a8 on 12th September 2016 11:14 am



    I agree with you for those of us in the 50+ club in the standing area its some exercise we go through per game :0)




    Maybe we should get a less vigorous standing section!



    FAC the Act




  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    Ernie, they dont have the intellect.


    Its attack dog reaction every time.


    How do they dilute the respect Celtic fans have worldwide?


    Well….not by stupidity, thats for sure.


    Its crass, and the work of idiots.


    Its transparent.




  3. frannyb67 on 12th September 2016 11:49 am



    Bmcwp 11:22



    Of course she gets two presents the woman a star 0:) HH




    My wife doesn’t get two presents.



    I just give her one and she seems very happy with that! :>)



    FAC the Act




  4. GEAROID1998



    Thank you Geared for your post, hopefully now we can put The DollGate to bed…



    A wee bit of perspective always goes a long way, I doubt the jokers will be finding it funny the day.



    The strawclutchers in the media will do anything to deflect from the absolute horsing the shambles of the dead club got:))



    Bring on The Barca

  5. Pps


    There were a lot of dummies appeared with a “loyalist” band on the turf of Windsor park last week and I’m still waiting to see it reported in the press. What makes this all the more galling is that said “loyalist” band were on their way to a commemoration for Brian Robinson who was shot after murdering a Catholic at Ardoyne shops. Someone who was quite literally attempting to be up to his knees in Fenian blood.

  6. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    These Hun journos are drowning in a raging sea of Celticness:)


    It hurts them to the very marrow of their bones.


    They are outmatched, on and off the field.


    Karma is a bitch:)




  7. VFR800A8


    I’ve heard of doctors giving gym membership sort of prescription s, now if we could get them to give out season tickets to the standing area… wow paradise indeed.

  8. Had to laugh at the bitterness of some sad,hurtingbealing,hun hack today.


    Cast his net far and wide,and managed to drag up,some skinhead right wing Fascist,that dragged himself around Mordor for a short spell,now “Starring”in some tinpot league in Outer Sub-Transgolia,to let us know he hopes Barca beat Celtic on Tuesday,and that he does not like us.


    This is probably the best example of the term”Hun scum”you could wish for.

  9. STARRY PLOUGH on 12TH SEPTEMBER 2016 12:04 PM


    It’s like a Wee Free piss up in here the day…


    = = = = = = = = =


    Paddy R,Jamesie F,Calumn Mc or Messi,Neymar,Suarez


    Wit wee 3 yi on aboot?Hopefully the latter,don’t want oor bhoys on eh swally afore a big game. ;))



    Did you enjoy your weekend mhate?Big Mouss looks a proper star in the making and a Celtic legend at 20,naw bad.


    Sinclair’s our most intelligent player,has as much effect off the ball as on it.


    Toure knows what he’s up to on the pitch,it’s a joy watching him during games,strolls it.


    Future’s ours.




  10. Not for the first time in my life I’m confused ?


    All the praise that is being heaped on Brendan Rodgers is beyond me, so I mean what has Brendan Rodgers ever done for us ?



    Unbeaten in domestic football ? Aye OK.


    Sitting proudly at the top of the SPL. Aye right I get that.


    Excellent new signings.Aye right okay.


    The reincarnation of James Forrest Aye right OK.


    The unloading of certain players clearly not good enough. Well, aye OK then.


    The squad playing super attacking football. OK I get that.


    A barrowload of goals being spread throughout the team. Right okay then


    A super spokesman for Celts especially when dealing with Hun media. Aye OK then.


    Qualifying for the Champions League. Right fine.


    Earning the club approx £30 million. Fine okay then.


    Excellent ability to change tactics during play.Aye okay then.


    A fantastic feel good factor surrounding the club and fans. Fine okay.


    Due to all of the above the Celtic shop tills are rattling with more sales. Okay fine.


    Improved coaching methods being applied to all playing staff. Right okay.


    Even at this very early stage of his Celtic career he has put the fear right into all associated with Sevco. Right I get that.


    He has brought back the thunder to Celtic Park. Fine okay then.


    Opposition clubs are running scared coming to Celtic Park for the first time in a long time. Aye okay


    We are slowly bringing back respect from big clubs in Europe. Aye fine then.


    The football so far is extremely entertaining..the Celtic Way. Right okay.


    We look capable of regaining world wide respect once again as a club. Fine okay then.


    We look to be heavy favourites to land a domestic treble for the first time since season 2000/2001…15 years ago ! Aye okay then.



    So then, Ill ask the question once more, apart from the above what has Brendan Rodgers ever done for Celtic ?


    LOL, LOL.