Juve let heart rule the head


Were you impressed by how smartly Juventus opened last night, pressing Barcelona into conceding a corner?  It was an ambitious opening.  In the days after we beat Barcelona in 2012 one journalist took all sorts of abuse online for recoiling against the suggestion Celtic put on a ‘brave’ performance.

He conceded Celtic’s was a brilliant performance, but defending your 18 yard line was more sensible than brave.  What Juventus did last night, pressing Barcelona, leaving space at the back, was brave.  It was foolish too.

Juventus are a remarkable team and have just completed one of the best seasons in their history.  They had a right to think they could have a go at Barcelona.  They came close too, for a while after they equalised Barca were penned back, but the game turned when Lionel Messi found 50 yards of space ahead of him.  You can’t leave Messi with that sort of freedom.

Three minutes into the game Juventus fans would have been encouraged, they had already forced Barca back and made an attempt at goal but the cost of all this expansionism was space in their own box.  Even this great Juventus team should have gone into yesterday’s game knowing their limitations.

If they played within them, were they good enough to sneak a win against Barcelona?  Quite possibly.

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  1. Going away to ring the bells in announcement of Celtic Park’s new safe-standing-Jungle-area….there is a God….int there…?



    …..oot. YNWA.

  2. The Lee Strasberg School of Method “blogging”












  3. I am trying to convince an elderly neighbour of mine



    to subscribe to Celtic TV, his eyesight is failing due to



    macular degeneration but he loves to listen to the fitba



    on saturday afternoon . Loves Celtic , canny work a computer



    but his wife can, so with the £40 package will he get a live



    commentary every saturday , from Celtic men, and can he view the



    game that night on the computer.



    Hope that makes sense, its his money so don’t wan’t to promise



    him and then not deliver.




  4. Spirit of 67


    Yes to both questions.


    Sorry about yer name spelling I phone thingy


    H H

  5. South Of Tunis on

    Yuccy .- way down south.



    28 degrees at 08 45.Pitch black cloud cover and not a breath of air..Super clammy ..Electrical storm and a mega downpour forecast @ noon.



    Oot n aboot earlier. Somebody has been busy spraying – 6 – on road bridges etc .A wee reminder re how many European finals Rube have lost.

  6. Morning all.



    Bright and mild down here. Thank you, God.






    never heard of “watery Willies”. Where was it? Do you remember Frank Haffey swinging on the crossbar? What a character. I still vividly recall my teacher, the one and only Miss Brogan, in St Michael’s (when we moved to the new school in Springfield Road) telling us to sing Hail Glorious St Patrick as we sung it in Church not as THEY sung it over there (nodding to Celtic Park).

  7. Parkheadcumsalford



    I went To St Michaels, and was there on the day it opened, my teacher was Miss Carroll,

  8. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    I must say it is with more than a tinge of sadness that I see that Colin Jackson of the deid team has passed away.


    Only 68.Awful.I was standing in a pub in Clydebank a good few years ago when he came in.


    Was very surprised at that as the pub was mobbed with Tims.


    As it happened,he stood beside me and I told him I was at the game when he netted his greatest ever goal.


    He obviously thought I was Hun and asked which goal it was.


    “The wan when ye headed past the Girvan lighthoose to give us the league..”;-)


    The never to be forgotten 4-2 win wae 10 men and here was the man who handed it to us.


    I have to say he was brilliant about it.


    Rest in peace Bomber.

  9. “Aiden didny play there again under WGS ”



    Board puppets or not Board Puppets, as declared by our correspondent from the world of the tabloids, no other manager has played Aiden through the congested middle.



    WGS, Valery Karpin, Robert Martinez and MON (both at club and international level) have preferred to offer him the wider, more open spaces of the wings, within which to work his magic. Playing that position earned him a £10m transfer and 76 international caps.



    We all saw a good performance from Aiden in that LC final but maybe, just maybe, those highly paid professional dunces, (WGS, Karpin, Martinez and MON) know a wee bit about what works best in the long run.



    Did I ever tell you that I saw Tommy Gemmell being a very effective centre half for Celtic but that eejit Stein kept picking him at left back.





    I mentioned that one too,same reason,when I commented on his death. Felt a bit guilty but I think he’d have been fine about it.



    Someone said earlier that he told Murdo,after scoring THAT fourth,that he was on his Christmas card list for life!



    I recall Colin Jackson playing for the huns for many years,I don’t ever recall him playing LIKE one.





    Big Tam was some keeper anaw,btw…

  12. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    He was a very,very limited player.


    However,I will never forget him for his friendliness that day.





    I doubt even Colin Jackson himself thought he was Franz Beckenbauer…

  14. Morning Timdom



    Lovely cool but bright early May morning.






    HH jamesgang

  15. pmarsh22,



    As you went up the School, did you have Miss Brogan or Mrs McMillan? In my day, they took the 2 classes of Primary 6 & 7. Did you go to the old school beside the original Forge? Did you go too to Elba Lane? It’s still there, behind the “new” school, although I presume the buildings have been updated.





    About a fortnight ago,a guy overtook me like a bliddy idiot,on a blind spot too. Van all marked up in his company logo,etc.



    About a week later,he drew up behind me at the lights in Oxford,just before we hit the road back to Swindon.



    Bugger me backwards if I didnae stall it twice. Canny remember the last time I did that.

  17. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    tricoloured ribbon



    08:45 on 8 June, 2015



    That just may be the case….

  18. tricoloured ribbon



    Only according to the calendar mhate, not the thermometer!









    HH jamesgang

  19. latchford



    23:58 on 7 June, 2015



    Lawwell’s job is to keep us in business and make sure we have a manager that can win us trophies, the managers job is to win the trophies and get us into the champions league group stages.

  20. weet weet weet(GBWO) on




    08:20 on 8 June, 2015





    I went To St Michaels, and was there on the day it opened, my teacher was Miss Carroll,



    Me to,teacher was miss O’hara




  21. South Of Tunis on

    ” Being a Manager is all consuming . The public can talk about the beauty of their first goal but all I saw was 2 of my players failing to follow the instructions they had been given “.



    Max Allegri 8 6 15

  22. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    Ronny needs the tools to get on with the job and that means cash.

  23. SoT



    So so true.



    Laters Timdom. Glasgow beckons.



    HH jamesgang

  24. I recall Colin Jackson primarily for his ‘jostling’ of, Joe Craig to the ground in the Rangers penalty box on 7th January 1978….which led to the crowd trouble at the Celtic end for the rest of a game that….to this day…still causes a bad feeling.



    Colin Jackson wasn’t to blame for that days events….not in the slightest. To cut him some slack with the benefit of hindsight….it was an attempt at playing Joe Craig that went wrong…that was all.



    Some folk celebrate Colin’s goal in the 4-2 game as, the goal that gave Celtic the title and, deprived Rangers of their 3rd treble in 4 years….good for them.



    Would these same folk have held Johnny Doyle(RIP) in contempt of that league title had, Celtic failed to overturn that game….?






    Colin Jackson RIP.

  25. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    south of tunis,


    The acceleration of the move in the lead up to the first goal was phenomenal.


    Not sure any defence could have handled that.

  26. Tricoloured Ribbon on



    It was written in the stars mo chara.


    I’m yer proverbial pessimist,but even down to ten men I had a feeling we would do it.


    Aitken and McCluskey were brilliant that night.


    George McCluskey was a fantastic player in my opinion.



    Oh,by the way kev,


    You are nominated to unfurl the league flag then take a walk round the track wae full reminiscences of the oul Jungle and the Tricolour flying high..

  27. Tricoloured Ribbon







    Big Roy and, George McCluskey were superb players and, I thank them for all the memories they gave.



    Unfurl the league flag….?…..me…?



    The Tricolour….?…a big yin with a green 9 on the white bit….now we’re talkin:))))



    Btw….that’s the flag that us BlantyreTims used to drape over the – white no 9 exit thingy – near the huns end in the Jungle:)))….oh happy days.



    Seriously….If I were to appear inside Celtic Park to unfurl the flag…..it would be the same as it happens if, I go into chapel….the statues awe run oot the back door shouting…..


    …..”…ah thoat he was off oot…?”…..only difference….if I were to go into CP…a 60,000-clique would all be texting each other saying…”Dont’ applaud!”….:))))


    Hail Hail





    I wouldn’t have held John Doyle in contempt had we not won that night. I’d have forgotten it by the next time I saw him.



    But he’d have been ‘getting his blessings’ on the bus home,for sure!



    Anyway that’s thankfully hypothetical. What a night that was!!!!





    Never heard of the prodigal son?



    You’d be welcomed back by Celtic and its followers just as warmly as by The Church.

  30. For all those who went to St Michael’s, Fr O’Rourke is celebrating his Diamond Jubilee on the 28th June. Those who went to the old school may remember he used to play football with us in Salamanca Street.

  31. spiritof67 @ 7:42…



    Re your Celtic TC subscription query.



    See below a copy of one of the “Frequently Asked Questions” from the Celtic website.



    “What do I get on an Online subscription?



    With an Online subscription subscribers will be able to watch replays of Celtic’s SPFL and UEFA matches following the holdback period, which will be from 10pm to midnight following the match depending on the competition and broadcaster rights. When possible due to availability of rights or coverage of matches domestic cup matches will also have a full match replay available following the holdback period. For all matches a live audio commentary will ba available. Subscribers will also be able to watch The Huddle Online, Celtic’s news magazine programme, exclusive coverage of the club’s media conferences and exclusive interviews and features. Online subscriptions are only available to subscribers inside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man”



    Good value in my opinion.

  32. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on




    09:09 on 8 June, 2015




    Rugby at Easter Road?



    Really hope they stay out of our league if that is happening. Their pitch will end up worse than Motherwell’s.






    Greengo could always buy Murrayfield with the money he gets when he sells ipox …. :)

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