How Celtic lose cups: red cards and penalties


I don’t know anyone who was confident Olivier Ntcham would score with his penalty against St Mirren earlier this month.  Our stats have been awful this season.  Ryan Christie scored his only attempt in a comfortable win over Hearts.  Moussa Dembele also scored his solitary attempt, against Alashkert, but Olivier and Scott Sinclair have each missed two, while Leigh Griffiths missed against Motherwell.  Seven out of 12 have been converted.

Those of you who are old enough to remember the last time Celtic did not win a domestic trophy will recall we went out of that particular Scottish Cup semi-final on penalties.

If you were Derek McInnes, you would have spent all week planning for this eventuality.  Hopefully, the point is not lost on Neil Lennon.  Celtic will take the game to Aberdeen, but if the tie is level in the latter stages of the initial 90 minute period, Aberdeen will sit every-deeper and play for penalties – which they will have a decent chance to win.

That reversal in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final aside, Celtic have only exited a cup tournament since Neil Lennon’s first tenure as manager after being reduced to 10 men.  Efe Ambrose conceded a penalty and was sent off in the 2016 League Cup semi-final against Ross County, and Craig Gordon was sent off in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness.  The latter remains an infamous refereeing performance for the failure to award a penalty and red card Inverness’s Josh Meekings for punching a goal-bound header off the line.

Objectively, if Celtic are going to be stopped from collecting a treble treble, it is most likely to happen on Sunday, as a result of either a red card or a penalty kick competition.  We can plan for both.

Expect Aberdeen to wind up whomever they think is vulnerable to some referee attention – I’m looking at you, Scott.  The script has been written on this one.  Do not get drawn in, play the game on our terms, if anyone loses composure, let it be their daft full back (again).

None of us have confidence in our penalty takers, but practice helps (despite luddite beliefs).  Training will be light tomorrow.  It should consist exclusively of penalty kick practice.

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  1. Marspapa



    Same section as you but I am down near the front and hoping it does not rain.





    BIG JIMMY @ 9:20 AM




    Ayr Player named “Bell” scores ….and immediately runs ( IN Celebration) towards the Stand occupied by Dundee Utd fans…Arms Raised etc etc ( like Scott Brown v Sevco)…..SLIDES along the turf on his knees to the opposing fans still Celebrating in front of opposing Fans ( Unlike Scott Brown v Sevco).




    NO MENTION from 3 Hun Commentators ( EBT Thompson, Dodds, McCann)..that Ayr Player “Bell” should ALSO face a notice of complaint for ” Not Acting in the Best Interests of Association football”…( Like Scott Brown is )….NO mention in the media since Friday either.



    Celtic should use the footage of Ayr Utd player “Bell” in his Celebration…to Broonie’s hearing ( among other evidence) to The SFA and ask….” Why hasnt Ayr utd player “Bell” also been Cited…..ESPECIALLY as this “Celebration” has happened AFTER Broonie was “Cited”…Just a thought.




    Be careful about giving them ideas!



    The boy is a Tim and a close relative of a CQNr



    They would be happy to throw the book at another Tim :-)

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    LAZYDYNAMITE on 14TH APRIL 2019 12:22 PM


    I think the whole promotion of womens sport on the bbc is completely over the top.





    Agree with what he said.






  3. Cheers JOBO ;))



    SFTB SEAT…… 0064.



    PS… JOBO , I’m one of the grateful fans , who gets to these big games and the Rangers games , due to the fact people have their own reasons for not attending , i am forever in their debt for them thinking of me when their ticket becomes available.

  4. By the way, you’ll be relieved to learn that I have no intention of carrying this list over to the ‘live updates’ article which will no doubt be up pretty soon….





    HAMPDEN – Bournesouprecipe, Eurochamps67, BGFC, Wee BGFC, Ivehadtochangemy mind, Call Me Gerry, Son of Jobo, The Battered Bunnet, Paul67, Bada Bing, Lennybhoy. An Tearmann, Malorbhoy, Nye Bevans Rebel Soldie, Fred C. Dobbs, Like No Other (plus 2 sons, 1 daughter and 1 son in law), Tiny Tim (if someone calls his moby with the offer of a ticket!), Marspapa, Setting Free The Bears


    LOCAL(ish) PUB – David66, Cathack, Bigrailroadblues, Glasgowbhoy


    HOOSE (own or relatives) – Jobo, Bateen Bhoy, The Long Wait Is Over, Daughter of Jobo, Big Packy 1, Delaneys Dunky, Thecelt45, Headtheball (dodgy stream), ‘GG, Bankiebhoy1, NorrieM, Kinglubo, Suoersutton, Friesdorfer, Favourite Uncle, Laztdynamite, Tobago Street, Oglach


    HOLIDAY – Greenpinata, Pogmathonyahun, Almore



  5. Marrakesh Express on




    Thanks for that mate, I was about to post something similar. The big Tim is on his way to Hampden as I write, metatarsal injury and all.



  6. Today’s confirmed semi-final starting line up ……



    Bain; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Hayes, Edouard



    Subs: De Vries, Toljan, Rogic, Benkovic, Sinclair, Weah, Ntcham

  7. playing both Christie and Hayes ….awfy braw trolling of the Dandies ….



    smiley Celtic will have this wrapped up in the first half hour thing




  8. All 4 loan signings on the bench, maybe Neil planning for next season already :-)



    Enjoy your day fellow Celts, wherever you are whatever your doing



    Mon the hoops

  9. Jobo – Add me to your ‘in the hoose’ list. Celtic TV with one eye on ‘GG and the CQN updates. I



    I would have liked to see another front player on the bench rather than have both Rogic and Ntcham there. Also surprised Lenny went for Jozo instead of Benkovich. Looks like he’s sticking with the full-time employees for this one. If Scott, Callum and Ryan bring their game today we’ll be fine.

  10. Jono. Enjoyed your tale about meeting Mrs Jono. Liked your report of the Bhoys against Aberdeen. What a pleasure to read full names of players and not need the Rosetta Stone to figure out who every acronym is. Watching Celtic TV in Indonesia. HH

  11. Fess19, no worries and thanks for your kind words. Anyeay, I believe the Live Updates is now up!

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