Jozo and stupid mistakes


Success in football often comes down to who doesn’t make mistakes at the back.  For all France’s pace on the break, it was their sheer solidity at the back which saw them through the World Cup.  England reached the semi-final, with little more than a mid-table select, but they made remarkably few mistakes, and just as importantly, understood the importance of set-pieces – don’t give them away and exploit them when you get them.

Viewed through the prism of an educational World Cup, Jozo Simunovic’s chest-high Alashkert was worthy of a red card on the basis of sheer stupidity.  It was an intolerable mistake, a relic of a former era.

That Uefa doubled his suspension to two game is no surprise.  Perhaps they have a stupidity threshold.

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  1. Monaghan1900 on




    The innocent four year old Georgia is now in a place we can only dream about. I will pray for her loved ones who must be in dreadful pain. It is difficult to imagine much worse.

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Rockon 8.46pm



    Am a Paul McStay fanatic, Paul was hindered by our “bored” Paul scored on his debut, scored on his Ibrox debut at Pittodrie the lot, the young maestro was a goal scoring sensation who had to then change his game to suit the players he played with “that pesky board” yet again … by the way the in my opinion the board back then were more interested than money more than this board … but who knows …. the Celtic players I have saw in the flesh Paul McStay is my numero uno for ability and many other reasons, main one being “not leaving” eff MacAvennie. Charlie Nic, Kenny Dal and even Henrik …. there’s the door ?

  3. glendalystonsils on




    A wee one who should have had so much of life ahead of her. How must her family be feeling?



  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Neg 8.47pm



    Your posts have been good reading of late apart fae the odd dig at our host, I will still buy your book if you write it and get it published ….. but surely in July the team is doing no bad ?



    Enjoy Celtic …. life is far too short to focus on the negatives :-)

  5. GFTB


    Totally agree with the Maestro. Total Celtic man and family. Biggest shoulders in Scottish football carrying that team!


    Henrik came from a completely different background but got Celtic, and we got him.


    To me both are a great example of Celtic, open to all.





  6. Ol' Michael Finniginbeginagain on

    Any trophies stripped today ?


    Asking for a freen.





  7. itscalledthemalvinas on




    Don’t like to pick favourites because so so many have played their part over the years in so many games.



    . . . . . . . but if I had to make a choice it’s got to be Henrik. Closely followed by Talla Roads finest (just round the corner from our house) Danny McGrain. When I was a wee boy I chapped his door and Mrs Danny annwered. I asked “was Danny in” The bold Danny promptly came to the door and signed my piece of St.Georges school jotter which had been liberated. If I only knew then what he had done for us in the future I would have cuddled him.



  8. Radio 4 book of the week ‘Where the line is drawn’ by Raja Shehadeh West bank human rights lawyer is well worth a listen to on bbc radio i player and sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America episode 2 on Ch4 catch up is an absolute must see.





    You’re not a million miles away from making a valid point there. Or agreeing with me,as it’s otherwise known.



    But I reckon you and I are millions of miles away from agreement wi the board. And on too many issues.



    There’s yer problem,Neg. You and I have at best a peashooter. Wi nae peas.



    This isnae a knife at a gunfight,old mucker. This is a totally insignificant cry in the wilderness and theydon’t care cos they’re not listening



    Shame. Get used to being a prophet without honour.




  10. So many great players have worn the Hoops in my lifetime.



    I would say the very best was Bobby Murdoch, closely followed in no particular order by George Connelly, Danny McGrain, Paddy Crerand, Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Johstone and Henrik Larson. Imo, each and every one on their day world class.



    I’m sure I’ve overlooked many.

  11. TET very sad news,as is any death but especially poignant when one so young is involved,my condolences to the family and Mrs TET. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  12. Even in the replies so far George Connelly seems to be popular choice.


    Wish I’d seen him live, just before my time though.









    I looked at George and I saw our Beckenbauer.



    Think back to very early 70s,the great Brazil Italy Netherlands and Germany.



    The world stopped when those teams played. I’ll grudgingly add England,btw.



    All the great players from those teams,too many to mention-cue for a CQN list?-but for whatever reason,Beckenbauer über alles for me.



    And George was better.

  14. Best player in my lifetime has to be between George Connelly, Bobby M, Jinky and Henke, different players and I can’t choose between them, sad that big George only played a short time for us, he may well have gone on to be the player he really was capable of being, if you catch my drift.





    Good point.



    Strictly speaking,George walked out and left us in the lurch



    Kenny Dalglish stayed a few years longer than he wanted to-27yo is getting on a bit back then!-and got us a record fee.



    Who’s held in high regard? George.



    Go figure.



    George,quite literally had it all. From the neck down. He just couldn’t cope,and not just with football.



    I’m proud that he played for my club and delighted that I saw him do so



    I’m amazed that anyone can be above Bobby Murdoch,Jinky and Bobby Lennox.






    He is.

  16. DD


    TB favourite all time celt,eptisomises Celtic


    May he be in paradise. RIP.

  17. Well if anyone is interested here is my best ever Celtic X1 – players I have seen:






    McGrain McNeill Connelly Gemmell



    Johnstone Murdoch Auld



    Larsson Dalglish Lennox











    You might have a mail wi my thoughts on that!








    It’s a fag paper for me,mate. Honestly.



    And if I thought for one minute that George did it just to f us,he wouldn’t even be in my top ton.



    Not top ten,top ton.



    But,naw. Best I’ve seen in any colours,Gordon

  20. Jungle_ Juice_Fueled_The_Lion's on

    The flame of Neganon 2, will burn eternal, ‘neath his rebel flag on thee oul Jungle roof.


    Celtic’s name may have changed, and its soul was probably sold, in 1994 but, the Jungle ethos that might just be outside of Parkheid stadium just now, will more than likely be growing in numbers of bodies, as the £49 same club lie is laid bare on the alter of truth, probably on the Celtic Way, and probably sooner than we think ;


    Take care.



  21. Neganon I don’t thnk you call the way it is but the way you think it A lot of your posts seem to be opinion dressed as fact, I found your last post particularly obnoxious re Paul 67 who I am sure can speak for himself Just give us verifiable facts and we’ll take it from there. H H Hebcelt

  22. TET – Tragic News.



    Oglach @ 1:44 pm,



    ”Celtic 1st team squad for game against Hearts Dec 2017. We lost 4-0 which doesn’t really have much to do with the question I am asking.



    1 Gordon 63 Tierney 20 Boyata 5 Šimunović 23 Lustig 8 Brown 21 Ntcham 11 Sinclair 42 McGregor



    49 Forrest 9 Griffiths



    Subs: 24 de Vries 35 Ajer 88 Eboue 15 Hayes 14 Armstrong 22 Édouard 10 Dembélé



    1 transfer window has closed and another is about to close in a couple of weeks or so. Now does anybody really believe we have actually strengthened / improved the squad? Granted we have extended T. Rogic’s contract and have signed O Édouard on a permanent deal. But it is basically the same set of players.



    I think the only additions to the 1st team squad in this period have been S. Bain, Jack Hendry and M. Compper none of which could be considered as regular starters, albeit due to injuries and international call ups Hendry has had a run of games. There was also the disastrous loan of CM from Chelsea but the less said about that the better.



    Now in the same period we have lost Stuart Armstrong and Paddy Roberts, who were integral members of the 1st team squad, injury permitting. As well as losing a number of fringe players Liam Henderson etc.



    Have we strengthened? Are we simply treading water or is the squad weaker? Will we sign a player who could actually be considered as an improvement on the players we already have?



    Great post and it raises a few questions. It was preceded by an excellent post from setting free the bears @ 1:40 pm



    My thoughts – we have certainly strengthened, I believe that point (Tynecastle) was the lowest of Brendan Rodger’s tenure. I seen it as an natural lull and kick back as it were and was kinda in the post. The bitter sweet thing is, I want to see Clubs like Hearts improving as that’s good for the Scottish game. However that result gave credibility to the abject Ann Budge and the woeful Craig Levin. So Hearts on the back off it, can look forward to mediocrity, while the other Clubs in Scotland push ahead.



    After that game I would say that Griffiths, Armstrong and Sinclair struggled in the new year but as rule we seen a great improvement in that team. Don’t get me wrong, we laboured but there was obviously a great deal of work going on behind the scenes… it’s brought great dividends. This can be personified by the form of OE or it could be observed in the pace, strength and fluidity of the football, the team have been playing recently before the season proper gets on it’s way.



    The way some of our ghuys are playing are simply sublime… compared to that day.



    Now if you are narrowing your horizons and looking at “who’ve we brought in? Then for me this is the wrong question.



    Our approach to squad management seems to me to be light years away from “who are we bringing in”.



    The policy that tried to replace Hopper (who for me was an okay striker – not in my top twenty though) with Mo Bangura, Lassad Nouioui, Miku, Ciftci etc, etc, etc



    Millions of pounds worth of players, millions of pounds of salary…



    …Now take all their transfer fees, all their wages and combine them into one Edouard.



    A great player, a great asset and dare I say it… a great goal scorer.


    Much, much better use of resources… Some say we had him anyway – NO WE DIDN’T



    The exact same argument can be made for midfield…



    As I’ve said before, if I could stick…



    …No ins – No Outs



    I would bite your hand-off for that.



    The nature of the transfer window though is you have to twist sometimes.



    Hail Hail

  23. BMCUP


    Only seen all the guys you mention on dvd.


    By all accounts if George Connelly was playing today, he’d be looked after better, and earning 100 grand plus per week.


    Troon Celt- Tommy Twists- what a great player and man. See what Broony says about him.





  24. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    ‘Anger as Peter Robinson says Northern Ireland should prepare for a united Ireland’ Belfast Telegraph!



    2 leffe blondes and a Jameson- have I lost touch with reality?

  25. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Neg2 8.47pm



    What about the Celtic fans that do enjoy the event ?



    Sometimes others have differing opinions



    Is that allowed ?

  26. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Not that he would want one ….



    But surely one of Kevs monikers has apologised to BMCUWP surely as P67 requested



    Nah, didn’t think so


    ROCKON. 950



    Can I borrow your DvD collection?!



    Even videos will do,just magic watching those guys.

  28. NEGANON2:


    You are entitled to your opinion but to call anyone an apologist for racism and a liar will not be tolerated…post deleted.

  29. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Tallybhoy 9.33pm






    McNamara Reiper McCarthy Boyd



    Burns, Lennon, McStay, Lubo



    MacAvennie & Larsson



    Gutted I have left out so many :-)