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Key action for Celtic tonight is in Brussels, not Paris

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I can tell how much you are looking forward to this one tonight……….. Paris Saint-Germain thoroughly humbled us at Celtic Park in September. They are have won all Champions League games and dropped only four points from 13 Ligue 1 games this season. This is a team without obvious weaknesses and with spare capacity to burn. We will do well to come closer on this occasion than we did in September.

What will be just as important, are events 200 miles north in Brussels, where Anderlecht face Bayern Munich. Even a point for Anderlecht will be enough for the Belgian champions to take a viable game plan to Glasgow for match day six. Anderlecht have zero points after four games with a three point deficit to Celtic. After Celtic’s 0-3 win in Brussels the Belgians will almost certainly need to finish above Celtic on points, and that will mean taking something tonight.

If Anderlecht can reduce the deficit to two points, they will come to Celtic Park hoping for the combination of missed chances/random red card/penalty that any underdog can exploit.

You might be feeling sore later, but if Bayern Munich do their business appropriately, we will achieve our European objectives for the season, no matter what happens in Paris.

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  1. BIG JIMMY on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 11:51 AM

     

     

     

    Yer a man after my own heart.

     

     

    But you missed some thing out. What about the ladies? ;-)

  2. BIG JIMMY on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 12:00 PM

     

    Nicola Sturgeon was smashing bottles of Champagne against boats yesterday ?????????

     

     

     

    I remember in my younger days I tried to join the Royal Navy.

     

     

    During my interview for the job, this Admiral said,

     

     

    ” We’ll Big Jimmy….so you wish to join the Royal Navy….tell me….. can you swim” ?

     

     

     

    ” Why…have ye no got any feckin boats” ?…….was my reply

     

     

    HH

  3. BARNEY64 on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 12:02 PM

     

    BIG JIMMY on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 11:51 AM

     

     

     

     

    Yer a man after my own heart.

     

     

     

    But you missed some thing out. What about the ladies? ;-)

     

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    Ive loved so many wummin over the years….just a pity they didnae like me !

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BIGJIMMY

     

     

    Karamoko’s brother scored against my local team last night.

     

     

    A number of us were lucky enough to see the potential Genius last Easter. U-16 competition in Dublin,player of the tournament.

     

     

    A star is born.

     

     

    I hope he continues his ascent,and continues in his love for The HOOOOOOOPS!!!!

  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Tactically and formation-wise I’d try to get it as close as we can to the Bayern home game.

     

    The only change I might make is to bring in Ntcham for Sinclair, with Armstrong going further forward.

     

    (Rogic, Sinclair and Simunovic in on Sunday).

     

    Keep concentrated – watch the off-the-ball runs, stay goal side and keep the ball when we have it and we could give them a game.

  6. Paul 67,

     

     

    Very true. Let’s hope our new Bavarian friends can give us a wee boost. Regarding our own game, if we give it our best shot with no regrets, then I’ll be happy regardless of the score.

     

     

    HH. COYBIG.

  7. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    I will be interested to see if Nir Bitton is picked over a fit (but maybe not match-fit) Jozo Simunovic.

     

     

    Bitton has been excellent of late and it would be a sore one for him if he is benched; however, maybe the deeper understanding of the position that Jozo has is required for tonight; who knows (apart from Brendan Rodgers)?

     

     

    I’d definitely have N’tcham playing in his home country alongside Brown in midfield. Part of me also thinks that Kouassi could be a gamble worth taking to create more dig in the middle of the park.

     

     

    Gordon

     

    Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney

     

    Brown

     

    Forrest, N’tcham, Kouassi, Sinclair

     

    Dembele

     

     

    Roberts, Griffiths and Rogic to make an appearance at some point.

     

     

     

    KTF

  8. CELTICFOREVER on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 12:11 PM

     

    would prefer neymar to get a broken leg rather than a red card

     

     

     

    or both

     

     

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    It happened to Gasgoigne when sent off in the FA cup final for Spurs so maybe.

  9. BIG JIMMY on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 11:44 AM

     

    Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele’s brother wins EFL young player of the month award

     

     

     

    The 21-year-old is in his first season at the club but is impressing at the League Two outfit.

     

     

     

     

    Karamoko Dembele might be being tipped for big things at Celtic but older brother Siriki is showcasing his own skills down in England.

     

     

     

    The attacker plays in League Two for Grimbsy Town and has scored four goals this season.

     

     

     

    His impressive performances have resulted in him being named as the English Football League’s young player of the month for October.

     

     

     

    READ MORE

     

     

    Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele shows off stunning technique in Lennoxtown training video

     

     

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    Message to Brendan Rodgers,

     

     

     

    Play KARAMOKO DEMBELE from the start v PSG tonight…not only would this kid give the PSG defence the runaround, but he would upstage the brat Neymar and his mates !

     

     

    PSG – 1 V KARAMOKO DEMBELE – 5….Correct score…right whats the feckin odds at the bookies ?

     

     

    LOL.

     

     

    HH

     

    BIG JIMMY on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 11:49 AM

  10. WHAT IS THE STARS on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 12:17 PM

     

    Never wish a broken leg on a footballer…no matter who they are

     

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    Yer right mate…..I hope Neymar breaks his two arms.

     

    HH

  11. 50 shades of green on

    Am I the only one hoping we dont better Anderlechts score tonight ,so that the last game is another magical night under the lights in December?????.

     

     

    Thought so:-) :-):-).

     

     

    H.H

     

     

    And never wish bad on another person folks, cause Karmas a bitch.

  12. What we must not do tonight is get involved in any silly personal battles, especially with the likes of Neymar.

     

     

    We can’t afford yellow or red cards tonight that would reduce our team options for the Anderlecht game.

     

    We need tonight to pass quickly and trouble free so we have a full squad to choose from in our last CL game.

  13. Bom dia

     

     

    Not really a Tough choice tonight for Brendan.

     

     

    He’s indicated developing the club not just this group of players is his mission. To do that we need to experience the demands posed at this level.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WHATISTHESTARS

     

     

    Absolutely correct,mate. I posted similar,but it seems to have been cyberscrewed.

     

     

    Neymar is a nasty wee piece of work. I’ll sincerely wish him the worst game of his career tonight,followed by about 300 just like it.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BARNEY64

     

     

    Gascogne committed two red card offences that day. A forgotten Kung-fu kick on the chest of Garry Parker,and a much worse shocker on Gary Charles.

     

     

    Had he been sent off,as he deserved to be,for the first one,his career and his life could have been so so different.

     

     

    Sliding doors,indeed.

     

     

    Btw,he only received one yellow that day. Shocking refereeing.

  16. Short visit on folks

     

     

    Eurochamps 67,Best of luck with everything,we met briefly at the entrance to Estadio back in may,I hope all goes well.

     

     

    Celtic.All the best.:-)

     

     

    Enjoy Paris

     

     

    HH

  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    “…humbled…” is a term I strongly dislike.

     

     

    It suggests an initial arrogance and expectation that I don’t think most of us had.

     

     

    I don’t think we ‘humble’ the smaller teams with much less resources than us when we run up a big score against them – the same is true with PSG vs. us.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  18. I hope our bhoys get stuck in tonight and don’t stand off them like the first game…..so 40/1 KT and Lustig to get carded on Skybet is a possibility……

  19. Bmcuwp, in my mind I had him getting red carded as he was being taken off on a streacher, funny thing the Ol memory. But you are of course correct.

  20. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    BARNEY64 on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 12:21 PM

     

     

    IMHO the game has been passing Armstrong by recently and we cannot afford anyone to be less than 100%. N’tcham and Kouassi are much tougher than Armstrong and they, along with Brown can also play a bit! We will be defending for long periods of the game and I thing that Kouassi would be a better option than Stretch. Also, when the game needs a lift I do think Rogic has more in his locker than Armstrong; big Twinkle Toes is possibly the best controller of the ball we have on our books!

     

     

    Forrest and Sinclair to provide the creativity when the midfield commandos get the ball to them and serve it up to big Moussa.

     

     

     

    KTF

  21. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 22ND NOVEMBER 2017 11:23 AM

     

    THOMTHETHIM

     

     

     

    I nearly passed out on Saturday,£4.85 for a pint of Guinness. Had to have another one to recover.

     

     

    *****

     

    Aye, but us up here in Donegal will be all right when we go “back to Northern Ireland”- Lord Kilcooney.

  22. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BARNEY64

     

     

    The only reason I remember it is because I loved Clough,and his football philosophy.

     

     

     

    So I was screaming for the red.

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS (12:06pm): Let’s hope that Dembélé stays at Celtic for a couple more years before joining Real Madrid or PSG for £50M, whereupon he can be replaced by the new Dembélé as he makes the break-through to the first team.

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