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Forrest may have to sacrifice himself

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Games this season on artificial surfaces at Kilmarnock and Livingston produced a single point between them, so Celtic have questions to answer at New Douglas Park, Hamilton, tomorrow.  The Lanarkshire side were dogged at Celtic Park in the first meeting between the teams this season, losing only 1-0.  We can expect them to pack their 18-yard-box for the duration of the game, no matter the score.

The Livingston draw last time out was welcomed as a point gained as leadership rivals Hearts lost the same weekend.  The teams are now neck-and-neck at the top of the table.  Hearts have lost three and draw one in their last four outings, failing to score in any of these games, so although the trip to St Mirren tomorrow looks like an easy game for a team with title aspirations, no game is easy when you are as off form as this Hearts team.

At times like this, the early kick-off adds pressure to Celtic.  Anything but a win will give Hearts encouragement.

James Forrest has been in the Celtic team for eight years but he has never been the focus of attention, as he is right now.  Accies will double up on him, with a third body ready, if necessary.  Sometimes the star player has to sacrifice himself by drawing defenders towards him in order to make space for others.  I expect to see some of this tomorrow.

Earlier this week we spoke about the commitment of those who spent their Saturday night sleeping out at Celtic Park to raise funds for the Foundation.  The annual Christmas Appeal Bucket Collection takes place in two weeks, ahead of the Kilmarnock game on 8 December.

I do this every year.  It is a chance to see the generosity of Celtic fans first hand.  If you would like to participate, email or call: cfcfoundation@celticfc.co.uk or call 0141 551 4204.  The Bucket Collection a great Celtic Park experience, you will have a great time.  More here.

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  1. Celtic totally dominant. Denied an absolute stone wall penalty after 3 minutes, but still at one nil the points are not yet secure.

     

    I hate games on plastic pitches so just 3 points and no injuries will do for me.

  2. Seldom seen a player in a celtic jersey so bereft of dig, bottle, fight than Scott Sinclair. He’s got zip in his locker. A ballet dancer.

  3. Good to see the bhlog back. Something seriously wrong with it though as it is increasingly harder to post and for the second time in a couple of days all posts have gone missing.

  4. The ref or would 12th man be a more apt title had a clear unobstructed view of stonewall penalty.

     

    He just chose to cheat.

     

    Hamilton have no need to worry about our wide men in SS and JF as neither of them wants to face forward.Every ball to them results in a backless.A risky tactic as they are just inviting dangerous tackles from behind which the cheat with whistle will accommodate

  5. Celtic ahead by the length of Almada St, as expected.

     

     

    Celtic don’t get penalty decisions and certainly never inside a few minutes.

     

     

    The goal was a thing of great beauty and even after Hamilton change systems at HT, we should seal the game with two more goals minimum.

     

     

    The only thing certain for the second half is that Imrie will get booked.

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    SoT

     

     

    Is that right? Originally, for the first two years or so, Z magazine was called Zeta, but there was already another Zeta publication (dealing with injustice, but focussed on Mexico, if my memory is correct). So, I thought Zeta became Z because of copyright issues.

     

     

    Either way, I did like the film as well.

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    King Lubo

     

     

    ‘Good lawyer’ jokes… i’m going to leave that alone … too easy … there would be so many, it would probably crash the blog again!

     

     

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