Key decision of the year for Neil Lennon


If you thumb through the pages of the Celtic Quick News comments section you’ll find a couple of overlapping areas of indifferent form being reported.  One for Beram Kayal and one for the team as a whole.  You’ll also note several contributors commenting that Beram’s form improved after his new contract was signed, settling speculation surrounding the player.

It may be coincidental that Beram’s form seemed to pick up after his future was settled but the fact that this happened a few days after the pivotal 3-3 draw at Kilmarnock suggests a whole lot of what has been going right at Celtic was linked to the Israeli’s form in this crucial central midfield area.

Neil Lennon has a huge tactical decision to make.  Get it wrong and he will not be able to replicate the impressive run of 10 consecutive wins.  Before making a decision, a good place to research would be videos of Celtic’s run up to and including that Kilmarnock game.  Knowing some of the things to avoid is a good start.

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  1. James Forrest



    I’m not sure how you feel Labour and the other Parties would have to reform. For example they are already called The Scottish Labour Party, The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party! They would be able to call on their heavyweights who sit down in London and have them contest elections for the new parliement. I’d guess they’d actually be better, stronger parties.

  2. DBBIA



    I wish you hadn’t done that. The type of sunburn that only Ayrshire folk and ‘Ferry residents can aspire to.

  3. James Forrest is Lennon on




    In a sense, in that the Labour Party would be stronger as Scottish Labour, I agree, but merely because it would be a different creature, with a different social philosophy, than London run Labour … yet I do believe a reform would need to happen, and in strictly constitutional terms it would be necessary.



    How could a party funded, and run, from England operate as the Voice of Scotland? There would be months of fighting as Scottish Labour MP’s tried to decide whether they wanted to serve in London or be run from Edinburgh. Guys like Jim Murphy? No way they would “come home”, not if England had the nuclear arsenal!



    The constitutional chaos into which the other parties would be plunged would be catastrophic.

  4. The Battered Bunnet on




    Wee Lorraine’s welcome in the gazebo anytime, but she might be a bit chilly…

  5. If I recall correctly after we drew 3-3 with Killie we stuttered to a draw with Hibs. A late winner against Motherwell got us winning again and a few solid if unspectacular victories got the train back on the rails, coupled with some confidence boosting Euro league performances and the Orcs beginning tio show signs of frailty.



    As much as I admire Kayal’s ability my own thinking is that the recovery was down more to a growth in confidence as the weeks went by with players being released from the pressure they were under with each passing victory and then getting back some room for error as the dark side began to implode.



    The re-emergence at this time of Samaras as a decent player and Wanyama as a confident and able deputy either at centre back or in midfield was just as important. So too was the relatively settled side we were able to play despite injuries to some.



    Big Dans injury threatened to destabilise the defence after it had foud some consistency but the settled and confident midfield in front of them as well as the displays of Wanyama, Mulgrew and to be fair to him Loovens as well when called upon (not to forget Rogne particularly against Jelavic) have seen our most stable period of the season continue in to the New Year.



    As long as Scott Brown stays wide right I’ll be confident enough whatever team Neil Puts out.



    We have options in the middle of the park. That said I think if we could get a loan deal for a decent CM player we might be advised to do it. Injury to Ledley or Wanyama or both could prove costly.



    Kayal will be missed but what we have built upon in the last three months is the biggest factor of all in any sport – CONFIDENCE.

  6. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    West Ham bid for Jamie Mackie at QPR,might be worth an enquiry?


    shimmies 33- not seen you on for a bit,any transfer gossip?

  7. TomtheTim – stunning hypocrisy from Lord Taylor there! ‘If a majority wants independence it shouldn’t be binding on the whole of Scotland’!!! ‘If a majority in the Lowlands or Strathclyde wish to remain in the Union they should be allowed to’!!! Democracy Unionist style.



    I hope he agrees that if a majority in Counties Derry, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Armagh want to be reunited with the 26 counties of the Republic. Antrim and Down being the only two counties with Unionist majorities (and I would say that the good people of South Down may well have a strong case using Taylors logic to join the republic too!) may have to apply to become part of Scotland if they want to remain viable! He’s making a great case for Irish Unity there!

  8. bournesouprecipe says:


    13 January, 2012 at 14:18


    How many Surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?






    Zen Buddhism





    If,perchance,the gazebo should be full,try a placebo instead-you won’t notice the difference!




  10. JF



    If Murphy, Darling etc don’t come back to stand for the Scottish Parliament they are in my opinion guys who don’t give a toss about their country or their constituants and are only interested in feathering their own nests. We’d be well shot of the. For those who don’t like Salmond, you still have to admit he actually cares about his country and its people. If we gain Independence it will be time for the other politicians from Labour, the Tories etc to prove the do as well.

  11. shimmies33



    i want the best team celtic can field on the park regardless and paddy isnt even in best 18 imho!



    Agree with that, but I’d still have him in the team :-)



    My XI for tomorrow:



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Forster ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::



    Cha :::::::::::: Wanyama ::::::: Mulgrew :::::: Izaguirre



    :::::::::::::::::::: Brown :::::::::: Ledley ::::::::::::::::::



    ::::::: Forrest ::::::::::: McCourt :::::::::: Samaras :::::



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Stokes ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::



    Beautiful, isn’t it?



    (bournesouprecipe, I’ll dot yours later on – have an appointment with my elbow exfoliator)

  12. Baba Bing



    Plenty options & can’t be easy for Lenny, An on form Samaras is as good as anyone on in the left. HH

  13. bournesouprecipe says:


    13 January, 2012 at 14:18


    How many Surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?




  14. James Forrest is Lennon on

    greenjedi says:



    Believe me mate, Murphy would chuck his Scottish seat and be looking for a safe berth in England the second the result was in. He would gravitate to the centre of maximum power, and if what’s left of the UK held a UN seat and the nuclear launch codes that is exactly where he would want to be.



    I can’t speak to Darling, as he’s always struck me as a moderate, reasonable and very principled man … but Murphy? The idea, the very notion, he gives a toss about Scotland is laughable. He cares about Jim Murphy; that is the be-all-and-end-all of his mortal existence mate.

  15. This, from the BBC site —


    ” Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Victor Wanyama have been named Clydesdale Bank Premier League Manager and Young Player of the Month for December.”– is hardly surprising but the article was accompanied by a picture of Vic and a smiling Lennie in playful mood. Now that IS surprising! The times they are a changin` ?




  16. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Just seen the back of the rags there dearie me.Jack Irvine earning his corn (Farmfoods lamb cutlets )

  17. Di Canio, Annoni, Elliot, Nakamura, Donati



    I got a surrealist watch for my Christmas, but it died when I left it in the car on a hot day.

  18. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    RT- Is that the Lord Taylor who got jailed for stealing tax payers money? If so,we wont be taking any lessons from him.

  19. bournesouprecipe says:


    13 January, 2012 at 14:23


    CQN pre quiz quiz



    Name the five Celts signed from Italian clubs?















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