Hayes, Burke and the exceptional Sinclair


Jonny Hayes and Oliver Burke are rightly receiving praise following the drubbing of St Johnstone yesterday, deservedly so.  I have a latent worry that Callum McGreogr will be moved to left back against Valencia on Thursday, as he was at Ibrox in December, but Jonny’s solid performance will hopefully see Brendan Rodgers maintain faith in him for our Europa League tie.

Burke is a handful to play against.  Still only 21, he has the speed and power to stretch a defence, which will occupy the thoughts of Valencia scouts as they plan for Thursday.    They will not want to leave space for him to exploit.

It says much the form of Scott Sinclair that his hat-trick was one of the less noteworthy aspects of the game.  10 goals in 9 games since Christmas is exceptional.  He has the experience and engine to find space.  Watch his run for the opening goal against St Johnstone.  When Oliver Burke crossed the ball, Scott was 20 yards from goal and not on any defender’s radar, but he made up 18 yards to get on the end of the cross.

All three players need confidence to be at their best.  If we want to come through a difficult February in good shape, helping them maintain their confidence will help.

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  1. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Said after the last game we still had two gears to go through. Think we might have reached one of them yesterday! Still much more to come though.


    Tempo, intensity, movement all vastly improved. Really stretching the pitch, long and wide. A real determined look about the team, and I am sure the manager too.


    Special mentions for Scott “done nothing since his first season” Sinclair, Scott “finished” Brown, Oliver “why are we signing him” Burke and Jeremy “another Compper” Toljan.

  2. Anyone passing through EK,Stewartfield Way at Morrison’s roundabout, has temporary lights,a nightmare with a wait of about 20 minutes in each direction

  3. Watched all of Valencia 0- Real Sociedad 0.



    Strange game – looked like both teams were happy with a 0-0 . The Valencia Manager didn’t look happy – the Valencia support didn”t sound like they were happy with what they were watching .



    Sociedad had most of the ball , Valencia had the better chances -they missed 2 really good chances . The defender -Jose Gaya looks to be a player . I think Valencia look good but they are not great.. Mid table team in a very good League

  4. Scanned the rags in supermarket,some nomark called Scott Arfield,is telling me, another nomark called Ross McCrorie,is the best midfielder in Scotland ,there is no midfield player at any other club in the country, that would make our bench.

  5. That awkward moment when you’re left refreshing the old article wondering where everyone has gone.com

  6. GLASSTWOTHIRDS and WITS – I’d posted this just afore P67 opened this new thread…



    Remember back in the auld days…


    When we were screaming for Sinky to get tae


    When wur CEO couldnae sign a decent fugin RB


    When we wur gnashing the wallies at having to take a West Brom sub on loan


    When we’da hunted Dedryck and Jozo


    And when wee Jonny was never in a month of Sundays good enough


    When Ryan was never of the right quality


    When – hate to say it but some did so – Broony was done






  7. Anybody else wondering where the wizard of Oz will


    fit into this team? glad Brendan’s the manager and not me.


    H.H Mick

  8. Difficult game ahead on Thursday night.


    And who arranged that date anyway? How do you fit in watching the game in between courses of a romantic meal conundrum?

  9. MICK – HH from the city slicker.


    I agree – he’ll have to graft and fight for a place.


    El Griffalo too.



    PS No show at gowf; disc issues

  10. Ah Ye’re all very smart having a go at the mineshafters as they commented on our inadequate squad and our disastrous Transfer Window. Mad Mitch was right when he called for a full clear out and start from scratch.


    Anyway while ye were all being fooled into a sense of complacency as we skelped a Pub Team on Sunday, how many of ye noticed Brendan’s body language. He frowned after one of the goals a sure sign he is offski.


    As a renowned mineshafter posted, it is obvious that Brendan is gone come June, fact.

  11. Sorry your missing Sunday, big crowd coming, the ex head


    chef from Celtic Park’s gonna be busy.


    H.H Mick

  12. Am I too previous to say that TR and LG (wishing nothing but his fast, full recovery) do not have the speed, tenacity and movement to fit into this 10IAR-chasing squad?

  13. Afternoon.


    Reading the last couple of pages on the last thread. Top notch CQN, wonderful words from Matt . Cracking tunes from Mr& Mrs SoT. Then magical clips from the movies involving the master Albert Finney . Class.



    “ the only way to deal with temptation is too yield to it “


    What a line . I might just use it ;-)))



    Btw . Celtic were magic yesterday, every player, played his part. Good squads win trebles. HH

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on



    Yeah – sometimes I think the name of the site should be changed to Celtic Over-reaction News!


    December was a really tough month, with the number of games and the squad really stretched.


    The new additions have made a big difference, but the whole team looks refreshed and the competition for places is much better. You can see that there has been a lot of work done on the tactical side too.


    Can’t be too complacent, but if we keep going like this nobody will get close to us.




    And revisiting MMICK’s question – where do the WIzard and Griff figure in the way BR likes his bhoys to play?

  16. FUBARbhoy



    If it’s true love, she’ll understand about the football. And if she doesn’t, well…

  17. However, he will get some game today when the Hoops’ second-string face Falkirk at Cappielow.



    Bayo will also be joined by fellow first-team players Dorus de Vries, Marvin Compper and Scott Allan who haven’t featured in some time.

  18. CORKCELT on 11TH FEBRUARY 2019 12:49 PM


    F.U.B.A.R. Anyone who puts his burd ahead of the game is a fearty.



    I agree, as I always say, I love you all year round doll, can you bring me in a can?




  19. Yesterday the commentator mentioned Celtic’s first Scottish Cup tie with St. Johnstone in 1932, a 4.2 win in which Charlie Napier scored a hat-trick. http://www.celticfc.net/fixtures/1955.



    Charlie Napier was known as “happy feet” due to his flight of foot and two-footedness, scoring 92 goals in 200 games for Celtic, mostly from the No. 10 inside left position. My dad talked about him a lot.






    It made me think about who would be his modern day equivalent and it has to be Tom Rogic.

  20. AngelGabriel, If you are borrowing the giving in to temptation line be aware that it is copyright of Oscar Wilde so don’t lose the run of yourself and claim it as an original.

  21. Paul67



    What a bizarre latent thought.



    No way BR would make the same Callum McGregor mistake twice, especially since Izzy’s ankle remains intact.



    If Izzy doesn’t make Thursday’s starting line up maybe he’ll play Jonny Hayes or switch Toljan to left back, and bring Lustig’s Legs , to right back.



    Don’t forget the new extra man Disco Lights.



    Three more sleeps © JB CSC

  22. What is the Stars on



    Re Angel gabriel



    The movie was A Man of Now Importance in which Albert Finney plays a Dublin bus driver who is obsessed with Oscar Wilde


    Its a little gem of a movie to be honest

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