Gordon positioning, return leg fitness exercise

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The immediate benefit of last night’s 0-3 win away to Alashkert, is that the manager can use Wednesday’s return game as an opportunity to get squad fitness to the required level, without having to worry about qualification.

We have 180 minutes football to get ready for Rosenborg or Valur.  The former are 16 league games and five months into their season.  And you do not need to be reminded, Rosenborg dusted themselves down after defeat to Celtic last season to end Ajax’ interest in European football before the end of August.

Did you notice Craig Gordon seemed anchored to his six yard box, allowing space between him and the defence for long balls to be pitched into?  Not sure what the plan was here but it didn’t help.  There is a newness about the defensive line-up which would benefit from the keeper taking a more active role.

Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele looked a real handful.  Both held the ball and withstood attention from multiple opponents.  James Forrest got a goal and, technically, two assists, although his contribution to the opener was a shot he will try to forget.  James produced the difference between Celtic and Rosenborg a year ago, his experience at this level will be valuable in two weeks.

There will be tougher tests for Lewis Morgan but his directness impressed.

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  1. Yaass!

     

     

    My son is in Benidorm, said last night that a lot of England supporters there were behind Celtic. Which is nice.

  2. HOT SMOKED on 11TH JULY 2018 9:29 AM

     

    VFR & Marspapa

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Because deep-rooted prejudices and nationalistic brainwashing are difficult trait to be rid of, I find it difficult to support England with any real passion but I do want them to at least reach the Final. Then, I will possibly get behind La Belle France.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    JJ

     

     

    Thanks for tagging me in a reply … politeness costs nothing 👍

  3. Marspapa,

     

    From last night….

     

    “Slabhead” is what Harry McGuire is called by his team mates. A reference, i think, to his large forehead.

     

    Decent player, by all accounts, but Mbappe will have some fun, should they meet in the final.

     

    Hope not, btw. 😉

     

    🇭🇷

  4. HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPY Birthday to BMCUW

     

     

    My bro was unfortunate to arrive the day after you :))))))))))))

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LEFTCLICKTIC

     

     

    Wish your bro all the best tomorrow,mate.

     

     

    I avoided it by ten minutes!!!

     

     

    HH

  6. An Elvis impersonator has been involved in a car crash.

     

     

    He’s ok but he’s all shook up.

     

     

    HH!!

  7. BATEEN BHOY

     

     

    I wondered what you had printed , i thought it was predictive text and spent a while trying to work out a name lol.

     

     

    Mbappe is an excellent player ….fortunately for England they are blessed with pace across the back 4 …i’m sure they’ll try and stop the supply to him and play a sweeper type to combat Mbappes blistering pace , how they stop the 4 or 5 stars is another question .

     

     

    IF !! they get through 😀

  8. Neustadt-Braw on

    went into the chemist the day…”Have you got Viagra?”

     

    ” Do you have a prescription ?” says he ….

     

    “No” I replied glumly …

     

    “But I have a photograph of her!”

     

     

    Braw

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PATMCGRATHTAKESAPENALTY

     

     

    Way down,he didn’t mean any harm. He’s hardly the devil in disguise-you’ve just got a suspicious mind.

  10. South Of Tunis on

    JIMMYNOTPAUL @ 10 18

     

     

    Barn Owl

     

     

    This is great IMO —

     

     

    The Secret Life Of the Owl -John Lewis Hempel .

     

     

    A beautiful little hardback for less than ten of your pounds

  11. Jimmynotpaul on

    Marspapa. 12.30

     

    B. I know I replied about England to VFR and didn’t tag you in, if that irked you, then I apologise for my lack of politeness my poor excuse would be distraction.

     

    You would be one of the last on here i would wish to offend.

     

    If, however, the post was not aimed at me, then i apologise for being paranoid. :-)

     

    Hail Hail

  12. JIMMYNOTPAUL on 11TH JULY 2018 1:00 PM

     

    Marspapa. 12.30

     

     

     

     

    B. I know I replied about England to VFR and didn’t tag you in, if that irked you, then I apologise for my lack of politeness my poor excuse would be distraction.

     

     

     

     

    You would be one of the last on here i would wish to offend.

     

     

     

     

    If, however, the post was not aimed at me, then i apologise for being paranoid. :-)

     

     

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

     

    Not at all aimed at you T.

     

     

    Just in general …..then i get people texting me a response rather than replyng on here 😀

     

     

    Tells you more about me i suppose lol.

     

    Anyhoo …glad you had a good break .

  13. if the alleged 2nd bid of £2 Million has been rejected by hibs for J.Mc.G ( i don’t think he is worth it or anywhere near it ) then we should offer them nothing and sign him on a pre contract in Jan, in BR we trust.

  14. Callum Mcgregor was my player of the year last season, i’m sure he’ll be up there again this season . Good warm up looking forward to the return leg and getting back to Parkhead 😀👍🇮🇪

     

     

    Anyhoo , need to go and get ready , theres a golf course nearby i’m going to duff my way around .

     

     

    Catchyeez .

  15. fieldofdrams on

    BSR, re the OO statement, I think at one point they confused ‘principal’ and ‘principle’.

     

     

    Unlikely, therefore, that they went to a Kafflick skool.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    JOHN51 .

     

     

    I once went to Tupelo,Missisipt to buy saome choons .

     

     

    There was a church there — The Assembly of God church — big plaque outside stating El the Pel was one of them.

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