Hatate, Rogic doubts will influence forward selection


With Japan already qualified for the World Cup, it is more likely Reo Hatate will feature in their home game against Vietnam, which kicks off tomorrow morning UK time.  Whether he plays or not, Reo will have a burdensome journey back eight time zones to reach Glasgow.  Even perfectly rested, it remains a huge ask to get his body clock adjusted for the weekend.

Daizen Maeda endured that journey last month ahead of the same opponents we face on Sunday.  Ange Postecoglou started the player on the bench, preferring the then out of favour Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Selection for left mid is likely to be Ange’s biggest worry this week.  We are likely to see no more than 60 minutes from whoever starts there.  The lack of certainty is likely to influence who plays left of the front three.  I expect the more industrious Daizen Maeda than Jota.

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  1. Good afternoon Teuchter are la.


    Won’t be long now till we visit the hate factory and hopefully slay them.

  2. Match the Ibrox mob for intensity 1st 20 minutes then our superior speed and passing game can come to the fore. my starting front 3 would be Jota, Giakoumakis and Maeda. In Ange I trust so whatever team he selects should be good enough to get at least a draw at the hatefest bowl.

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  4. Can’t agree Paul67…..



    Our team will be the Ross County starting line-up with the only question mark being Rogic or O’Riley…



    Front 3 will be the same – GG flanked by Maeda and Jota as it should be.



    The bench will feature Kyogo, Turnbull, Rogic, Forrest and maybe even Johntson and Dembele aimed at keeping the tempo high.



    Hatate, unlike Maeda, has a sleep home on tuesday and then 5 days to kick off. Plenty of time…




  5. Mentioned this the other day but I can’t see past a line up of Hart, Taylor, Starfelt, Carter-Vickers, Juranovic, Hatate, McGregor, O’Riley, Maeda, Giakoumakis, Jota. Run then ragged from the off and with five subs available including (hopefully) Kyogo, Turnbull, Abada, Forrest we can replace tiring limbs with a fresh press.

  6. the long wait is over on

    Barring injuries or any screamingly obvious loss of form or fatigue, why not start with exactly the same 11


    that blew them away at Parkhead on 2nd February?



    I would have thought that would strike the fear of God in to them.



    No team talk required – just tell those players to go out and do what they did before.



    It was only 2 months ago.

  7. LWIO,



    Good shout. Most of that team is in place – 9 of them a shoo-in but I’m thinking that an improving left sided Maeda and a Jota on the right feels even stronger. Both have a better chance of feeding big Gio too.



    I’m a big fan of Abada and think he should come on in the game but maybe not start.



    O’Riley over Rogic for me, for legs and movement only.



    Great choices to have and a long way from the ‘bring yer boots you might get a game’ place we were in December ’21..




  8. Go tell the Spartim on

    Teuchtar Ar La,



    Pity your Celtic leaning good wishes wont be conveyed to Canada’s mens national team due to some bigot running their social media platforms

  9. My how things have changed, with real replacements available in most positions. As Big Wavy says very different from December 2021.


    No complacency on the blog and absolutely none in Ange’s dressing room, he just would not allow it. Good to have some many options and more importantly to have them available either to see out the game or look for a winner. Not sure the Huns have any of the above.


    Here’s hoping I, for once, know what I’m talking about!

  10. The determining factor, as always, will be the officials.


    Expect a penalty or two and a red card and lots of fee kicks to sevco.


    We will need to be way better than sevco to win this game.

  11. ANGE POSTECOGLOU and his revamped squad are on the brink of “one of the sweetest league titles in Celtic’s history”(CQN).



    Absolutely no doubts about it – as Ange says, let’s go for the jugular – no fear. I’m happy to leave line-up speculation to the manager. If we go for it and fall short, there will be no recriminations…..and still an opportunity later to put things right. Tora! Tora! Tora! HH

  12. the long wait is over on

    BIG WAVY on 28TH MARCH 2022 1:13 PM



    Wouldn’t argue with any of that at all.



    it’s the intensity that matters, more than a personnel change here or there.



    Big Gia was very unlucky not to score in the Feb game. I hope (expect is too cocky) he cant be that unlucky again.

  13. TAL


    Watched the game in the Irish club, great atmosphere and brilliant win.



    Go Tell@1:18pm



    Can you please explain.

  14. Tom McLaughlin on

    Sick of all this negative talk about referees out to cheat us and that we need to play so much better than the huns to have a chance of beating them and the officials.



    It is paranoia and towel-throwing nonsense. Who cares who the referee is and what school he went to and what hun boozer he drinks other people’s money in.



    We ARE much better than the huns and can destroy them again like we did 2 months hence. Forget the referee and trust in Ange and his bhoys



    Bring it on.

  15. Tom,



    It seems to me that our older generations have become normalised to the bizarre masonic rituals that pass off as refereeing in this country.



    I’d like a fair shout at the very least when we cross the line. We should continue to lobby against these feckers.




  16. When is comes to the ‘running’ of Scottish football, integrity of officials (referees) and financial fair play, we are not paranoid enough!

  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Former footballer Neil McCann has lost a £200,000 battle with the taxman over his work as a TV pundit.



    The ex-Scotland and Rangers star, 47, had moved into commentary work when he hung up his boots.

  18. Sorry tom . We have every right to feel concerned with any match official , I in my day have seen games change completely due to the corrupt officials in charge and I bet so have you ,so as far as being a panty wetter regards the Glasgow referee association I am duly a member . Just one of many examples was us being done out of a treble in cup semi v Inverness in 2015 , that was deliberate cheating . So please don’t come away with knocking guys who acknowledge the fact that we are up against it in scottish football , next installment is very much due on 3rd April at the victoriana lavvy ,watch this space pal

  19. Poppy Byron




    · 4h


    LAPD dusted Chris Rock’s face and found fresh prints

  20. BOGNORBHOY on 28TH MARCH 2022 3:45 PM


    Poppy Byron




    · 4h


    LAPD dusted Chris Rock’s face and found fresh prints






  21. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Japan Vs Vietnam kicks off 11:35am BST.



    Our game against Sevco is a mere 85 minutes later on the daily clock.



    Simplistic perhaps but why don’t we simply keep Reo on Japanese time …



    i.e. ready for his bed around 5pm BST



    … Until after the match on Sunday?

  22. As someone who witnessed celtic scoring against the huns and the referee letting the game start while 6 or 7 celtic players were still celebrating with only 3 or 4 in position for the kick off ….I have never ever seen or heard of that in ANY game anywhere in the world!!!!….yes you bet I’m paranoid

  23. On this day in Celtic’s history – March 28


    By Joe Sullivan






    Here we take the opportunity to revisit some Celtic games and tales from this day in the club’s past.



    How did the club fare on this day in the past?





    Celtic first played on March 28 back in 1896 when they defeated Third Lanark 4-1 in the Glasgow League. Johnny Campbell scored twice while Sandy McMahon was also on the scoresheet. The Glasgow League was originally conceived to make up for the limited amount of fixtures in other competitions, but it only lasted from 1895 to 1906 and was also known as the Inter City League amid that run when teams from outside Glasgow also joined. The competition meant that teams from the city could meet in the league and Scottish Cup as well as the Glasgow Cup, the Glasgow Charity Cup and the Glasgow League. When it started, the national league only amounted to 18 games per season, but as that gradually moved up to 34 matches, the lesser league became unfeasible and lost its attraction to both the teams and the supporters.





    Celtic faced Third Lanark again, this time in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup in 1914. The Hoops won 2-0 thanks to goals from Andy McAtee and the fantastically named Ebenezer Owers. The Celts took two games to defeat Clyde in their opening round (0-0 and 2-0) before travelling to Forfar and winning 5-0. In the quarter-final, Motherwell were beaten 3-1 at Fir Park, and after the 2-0 win over Thirds at Cathkin, the Celts faced Hibernian in the final. The final went ahead at Ibrox on April 11 and 56,000 took in a 0-0 draw. The replay was played on the Thursday with the Hoops having beaten Queen’s Park in the league on the Monday. Jimmy McColl replaced Owers (playing below in the first game), and the new man scored twice with barely 10 minutes played before Johnny Browning added another two in a 4-1 win for the Hoops in front of 40,000. Just two days later, the Celts played their fourth game in eight days and lifted the league title with a 3-0 win, again against Hibs.






    Another meeting with Third Lanark came in 1960 and again it was Celtic who came out on top. A 4-0 league win was recorded courtesy of goals from John Colrain (below), a Neilly Mochan penalty and a Stevie Chalmers double. The 8,000 crowd on a Monday night at Celtic Park saw Mochan take control of the game and, aside from scoring from the spot, he set up the other three goals while the Hoops also hit the woodwork twice in the first half.







    Celtic travelled through to Tynecastle on this day in 1970 and fought out a goal-less draw with Hearts. The game came just four days before Celtic’s European Cup semi-final first-leg against Leeds United, when a George Connelly goal was enough to give Jock Stein’s side a 1-0 victory. However, despite having no goals to cheer at Tynecastle the Celtic fans in the 26,000 crowd had just watched their side clinch the title for the fifth time in a row. The Hoops came close to the winner in the 50th minute but Jim Cruikshank saved Tommy Gemmell’s penalty. The Lisbon Lion took 37 penalties over the course of his Celtic career and only three of them weren’t converted – unfortunately, this was one of them . Still, 34 out of 37 ain’t bad.





    Celtic’s last action on this day came 18 years ago in 2004 and it was also Henrik Larsson’s last visit to Ibrox in the Hoops. The league outing came just three days after knocking Barcelona out of the UEFA Cup. And Martin O’Neill’s side triumphed against their rivals, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Larsson and Alan Thompson. Not only did the win put the Hoops 19 points ahead at the top of the table, but it was their 30th successive unbeaten game and, just two league games later, they lifted the league title before going on to also win the Scottish Cup that term.

  24. vinniethedog on 28th March 2022 3:56 pm



    I was there that day, I have no doubt that the ref would have let the goal stand had they scored from the KO.


    Never been so angry at a football match before or since.

  25. Go tell the Spartim on

    Tim Horton



    it is rumoured, note rumoured, that the guy that runs Canada’s national men’s football teams social accounts, has banned every single canadian CSC from their twitter and other platforms. Again, its rumoured that the person responsible has form for such a thing. Whilst Toronto isnt as bad as it once was, there are still rumoured subtle undercurrents.

  26. If our play is on the same level as our 3-0 win at Celtic Park – the referee will be immaterial – just as he was that day! Ange won’t be interested in getting any excuses in first – we approach this game with confidence & let the Ibrox team do the worrying – it’s a pressure game that they must not lose – imo. HH.

  27. SCULLYBHOY on 28TH MARCH 2022 4:43 PM


    “Tora, Tora, Tora” was the Japanese code to begin the attack on Pearl Harbour. “Tora” is a Japanese word meaning “tiger,” but the full phrase is considered an abbreviation for totsugeki raigeki, which means “lightning attack.” Tora! Tora! Tora! was also the name of a 1970 blockbuster film that was more popular in Japan than the United States.




    Also an early Depeche Mode song; might even have been Martin Gore’s first writing credit

  28. Tom McLaughlin on

    I am not for once denying that there is institutional bias against Celtic and that there have been numerous unbelievable refereeing decisions against us over the years.



    What I was getting at was the constant drip drip of moans and groans about the referee IN THE BUILD UP to every Glasgow derby; the airing of excuses before the event; the raising of the white flag before a ball is kicked.



    We are Celtic. To hell with the referee.

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