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  1. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good evening.

     

     

    Often, what you want to post 4 minutes after a defeat differs greatly than after 4 hours.

     

     

    Glad I waited (spared you my ranting drivel).

     

     

    Bad performance, symptomatic of flat Decembers since BR arrived. Ridiculously early starts to the season and too many games in autumn is the price of success.

     

     

    Past two seasons though this flatness has been mitigated by adequate summer transfer windows and a flying start to the league.

     

     

    Not so this year.

     

     

    3 home games in January after the break.

     

     

    Think I’ll take stock after them.

     

     

    If we are not top of the league I may even start to worry.

     

     

    Hail hail

  2. GFTB

     

     

    Ask me at the end of the season but at this stage last season it was more enjoyable watching the football Celtic played

  3. Assuming we spent all last week preparing for the Salzburg game, when exactly did the team have the time to practice the new formation and tactics?

  4. SFTB

     

    You can go back previous seasons to see what others cost.

     

    You seemed more than happy to use present values to dispute so i gave you this seasons costs which certainly refute the financially doped club excuse.

     

    Onguene dominated our players and looked a cut above a guy like Jozo who cost more.

     

    Believe he is French and was sold to German club for more than Salzburg paid due to indifferent form in Germany.

     

    My point is they seem to get far greater value from their coaching and scouting

  5. RON67 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:55 PM

     

     

    but why not go with morgan and johnston and play CMcG in the position he had been playing.

     

     

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    You would have started with Johnston and Morgan before Scott Brown and Ntcham?

  6. glendalystonsils on

    KINGLUBO on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:55 PM

     

     

    The worst thing about the Prime ad is when you try to post a comment it opens the ad page.

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Mickbhoy 7.03pm

     

     

    By all accounts Celtic v Killie was amazing fitba and you are correct end of the season matters … hence no panic in December :-)

  8. INIQUITOUSIV-can’t compare us to Liverpool,but agree with the rest ,regarding brown,I’m sure when GS was manager he had a blind spot for brown until he was injured and had to play robson and hartly and we beat THEM twice and ended up winning league ??

  9. FAN-A-TIC on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:57 PM

     

    RON67 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:37 PM

     

     

     

     

    the pairing of SB and ON was our downfall at the start of this season and only when they both were injured and out of the team did we up our game to a high tempo, quick forward passing team , now that they are back in the team we have returned to that start of season play , a big January transfer window coming up for BR , better get it right.

     

     

     

    This is a common misconception as Nt’cham played the full game when we turned it around with a 6-0 thrashing of St Johnstone.

     

     

    so with than analysis the problem is with SB

  10. THE_HUDDLE on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:57 PM

     

    IniquitousIV on 16th December 2018 6:42 pm

     

     

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    Great post

     

     

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    Indeed it was. Only thing is that we read similar after every draw/defeat.

     

     

    Thing is this – Brendan Rodgers always produces the goods domestically, when it matters most.

     

     

    HH. ?

  11. LAST MAN STANDING 11 WEEK 13

     

    Good Evening,

     

    Well, that was a close one. We almost had a winner, but Spurs had other ideas.

     

    So, we go again, as the Manc Twit Neville is wont to say.

     

    Next week is round 13 and the selections are becoming ever more difficult.

     

    There will be winners in among next weeks fixtures, but…..can the remaining two combatants pick’em ?

     

    Fixtures below for next weeks games

     

    Entries to cqnpredictor@gmail.com prior to kick-off time in the selected game.

     

     

    SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER

     

    Arsenal v Burnley (12.30)

     

    Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian (15:00)

     

    Celtic v Dundee (15:00)

     

    Hamilton Academical v Kilmarnock (15:00)

     

    Hibernian v Livingston (15:00)

     

    Motherwell v St Mirren (15:00)

     

    Chelsea v Leicester City (15:00)

     

    Cardiff City v Manchester United (17:30)

     

    SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER

     

    St Johnstone v The Rangers (12:30)

     

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)

  12. 16 roads. on 16th December 2018 7:14 pm

     

    Indeed it was. Only thing is that we read similar after every draw/defeat.

     

     

    Thing is this – Brendan Rodgers always produces the goods domestically, when it matters most.

     

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    Sure style should matter and not just the end result?

  13. Gerryfaethebrig on

    DD 7.17pm

     

     

    Hopefully they said good things about me :-)

     

     

    Gartsherrie is Green & White ??

  14. 16 ROADS. on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:07 PM

     

    RON67 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:55 PM

     

    but why not go with morgan and johnston and play CMcG in the position he had been playing.

     

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    Yes , why not.

  15. RON67 @7-13

     

    Was a bit naughty of you to cherry pick my response to support your view.

     

    Here is what i actually posted.

     

     

    This is a common misconception as Nt’cham played the full game when we turned it around with a 6-0 thrashing of St Johnstone.

     

     

    Nt’cham and McGregor anchored the midfield and we played Griff and Edouard up front.

     

     

    This gave us a more balanced side and freed up space for Rogic and McGregor to work due to both strikers runs creating space.

     

     

    Our present lack of strikers due to our profit first mantra is limiting selection and tactical options.

     

     

    There are many reasons for our struggles.

  16. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    But why oh why is it not obvious to our coaching staff that our set piece tactics are simply dreadful? Before Hibs second goal, Izzy feinted languidly as if he was going to take a free kick. It fooled nobody, and even worse, he stayed upfield. Ayer, Jozo and Benkovic were all in a position for a cross. What does Ntcham do? Stupidly whacks it off the wall with no one behind him except Brown. Prime exhibition of zero football intelligence.

     

     

    INIQUITOUSIV on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:42 PM

     

     

    spot on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Fairhill Bhoy 7.24pm

     

     

    I wish about 5 of us got sent off :-)

     

     

    Minging… not one pass mark

  18. Not happy.

     

     

    Not for the first time over the past 2 seasons we have given Hibs a leg up be it home or away.

     

    Lets be clear we should NOT consider them as having any relationship with Celtic,as over the years they have not been supportive on many matters

     

     

    This is the team who had half a stand empty rather than sell to Celtic,add to that the ” closing down ” they were allowed to put us under with a flexible interpretation of rules by the incompetent Referee,fresh from his last oversight.

     

     

    Nchamp and Edouard are not hungry fighters,another pair playing as if they are passing through,and of course Scott Sinclair very poor.

     

    Compare and contrast to Christie who for the past 5/6 games transformed us by his urgency,we need more like him with his attitude,not please,more tourists.

     

     

    Lets wait and see if Hibs apply the same level of intensity on Wednesday,or are allowed to.

  19. DAVID17 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:04 PM

     

    It’s important not to fall into the Celtic plc trap that has everyone benchmarking against Sevco. That is what Lawwell does and that’s why he’s not fit for purpose.

     

     

    Today we were abject. This season we’ve dropped 15 points after 16 matches having only won 3 out of 9 away. It is nowhere near good enough for a club of our resources.

     

     

    We should set our own standard, if we do that as we have done in the past we would be miles ahead. This season has been a calamity from where we ended last season. The Chief Executive and the Board failed to support the double treble winning Manager, undermined him and left him with a weaker squad by Brendan Rodgers own admission. A completely unacceptable situation. In fact it’s worse than unacceptable, it’s scandalous.

     

     

    Lawwell is culpable, he has been negligent and complacent. He lacks the necessary vision or ambition to take the Club beyond the Sevco dystopia. The Board are simply happy to cash in on the bigot buck, the nett effect of which will be to drag us back to our opponents. Lawwell needs to go and he can take most of his Board colleagues with him.

     

     

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    Well worth a repost, well said.

     

     

    Only 000’s of empty seats will free the Celtic supporters from their Old Firm orientated PLC board.

     

    And, it’ll have to be done ‘quickly’ so that we don’t get caught sleeping at the wheel, when the influx of dangerous Ulster-Scots arrives from the, soon to be reunited Ireland. Can you imagine the Cel-out from the PLC board, in an every day is the 12th of July environment!

     

    Tic, toc.

     

     

    Nurse! Nurse!

     

     

    Oot.

  20. Boyata is a huge loss to our defence – Stating the obvious CSC.

     

     

    If he goes in January we’re in trouble.

  21. GERRYFAETHEBRIG on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:18 PM

     

     

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    That statistic speaks volumes.

     

     

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    THE_HUDDLE on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:18 PM

     

     

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    End of October, beginning of November we were fairly turning on the style – only a few weeks ago against Killie the football on display was scintillating.

     

     

    We could do with a little bit more consistency, but we have played a ridiculous amount of games since July.

     

     

    HH. ?

  22. RON67 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:22 PM

     

    16 ROADS. on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:07 PM

     

     

     

     

    RON67 on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 6:55 PM

     

     

     

     

    but why not go with morgan and johnston and play CMcG in the position he had been playing.

     

     

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    Yes , why not.

     

     

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    Why not say so before the game started?

     

     

    HH. ?

  23. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Peter Lawell is a terrific CEO

     

     

    Not my cup of tea but does his job well… any of the moaners got a replacement or is it just easier to be negative ?

  24. An Dun on 16th December 2018 7:34 pm

     

     

    Boyata is a huge loss to our defence – Stating the obvious CSC.

     

    If he goes in January we’re in trouble.

     

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    We turned down the big bucks in August for him so at this point we’ve written off getting any cash in.

     

     

    Would be very surprised if we sell in January.

  25. GERRYFAETHEBRIG@7-39

     

    That may be the case.

     

    But he was less than terrific in securing the managers transfer targets in the summer.

     

    Lets hope he is terrific in the January window.

  26. 16 roads. on 16th December 2018 7:35 pm

     

    End of October, beginning of November we were fairly turning on the style – only a few weeks ago against Killie the football on display was scintillating.

     

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    We play good football in spurts, more down to individual players turning it on rather than a team ethos.

     

     

    I don’t look at Celtic over the past 2 seasons and think we play football the “right way” if you know what I’m getting at. We get results, we score lots of goals sometimes, but we are a very slow paced team.

  27. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Callum MacGregor has played 39 games this season so far … it’s December … Callum played his 200th game today and Scott Brown made his 499th appearance… ridiculously impressive

  28. FAN-A-TIC on 16TH DECEMBER 2018 7:27 PM

     

    RON67 @7-13

     

     

    Was a bit naughty of you to cherry pick my response to support your view.

     

    Nt’cham and McGregor anchored the midfield and we played Griff and Edouard up front.

     

    This gave us a more balanced side and freed up space for Rogic and McGregor to work due to both strikers runs creating space.

     

    Our present lack of strikers due to our profit first mantra is limiting selection and tactical options.

     

     

    i was referring to our play in general at the start of the season with both SB and ON playing , not only one game against St.J

  29. THE_HUDDLE – I understand what you are trying to say, however it’s all about winning trophies when all is said and done.

     

     

    Can I ask you a question while you’re here?

     

     

    Do you think that we will retain our league title this season?

     

     

    HH. ?