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Kilmarnock remarkable defence and form

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And from nowhere, our return to Celtic Park is to play the league leaders: Kilmarnock.  Steve Clarke has a quiet demeanour but however he projects his ideas on the training field, he is vastly more effective than (arguably) any other manager in the country.  Our record against Kilmarnock under Clarke is two draws and two defeats.  For a club that spent half a century getting roundly spanked at Celtic Park, that is a remarkable stat.

Four wins in four games, all with clean sheets, means Killie will be confident of limiting Celtic to few genuine chances, especially when they review video from Wednesday’s game at Fir Park.  It is, therefore, more important that we move the ball quickly and our passing game as as crisp as possible.  This means a midfield with Christie, McGregor and Rogic.

Odsonne Eduard will lead the line on Thursday against Salzburg, but I am split on whether he or Leigh Griffiths will be best up front tomorrow.  I would be tempted to play Leigh but suspect the manager will go with Odsonne.

We held a halftime lead at Rugby Park earlier in the season before losing in the final seconds of the game.  Dropping three points from a winning position is always a sore one, the players will hopefully revisit that feeling tomorrow.

Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal Bucket Collection

The Foundation undertakes work from Haiti to North Glasgow, but the Christmas Appeal concentrates on those in the UK and Ireland who need help at this time in particular.  The many homeless who need cover and will benefit from a warm meal.  The families with children without enough money to put food on the table and heat their home.

Those of us who live ‘normal’ economic lives will find extreme poverty is impossible to fully comprehend.  Because of the Foundation, some homeless will be warmer, some children will receive gifts and feel like a normal child for once.

As you enter Celtic Park tomorrow you will see people shaking a bucket to collect for the Foundation.  Bring some money along.  The magnificent work of the Foundation is yours, done in your name, fulfilling the cause of your club.

Be a part of it and tell your pals to do the same.  Thank you.

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  1. JIMMYNOTPAUL

     

    Yes I saw the draw earlier Girvan might have a wee chance being given home tie , can’t see game against Cumbernauld being on tomorrow the weather is horrendous overnight and tomorrow ! Hope you are in good health HH !

  2. Calton Tongues, He is an absolute hero, I am lost in admiration for such a selfless heroic deed.

  3. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Petec – jesus , playing Toyah ! Love it

     

     

    Any thoughts on what the ,music of jinky would have been ?

  4. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul, our chum came over very well.

     

     

    My Bankies supprting pal is still thawing out from their last game at Girvan.

     

     

    Our team has a great incentive to win tomorrw.

  5. CALTONTONGUES on 7TH DECEMBER 2018 9:02 PM

     

    TET,

     

     

     

     

    He’s a feckin eejit but, I brought him up well.

     

     

     

     

    😎🇮🇪👌

     

    ———-

     

     

    CT

     

     

    That bhoy is a true hero,like to buy him a drink when he’s better…..hawf pint should do it :O) God bless him.hh

  6. Park Rd 67.

     

    I was talking to Paddy earlier, we both agree with you.

     

    Hopefully an early inspection to save a long wasted journey.

     

    I can’t remember if I told you, 2 weeks ago Irvine Vics called Paddy, big time Charlie on their Twitter feed.

     

    I’ve been giving him it tight ever since.

     

    What about the Ayr game tonight, called off 45 mins before kick off, because of winds.

     

    That’s a joke, it’s not like high winds weren’t forecast. If you travelled from Inverness you would be raging.

     

    Hail Hail

  7. Corkcelt,

     

    Thanks, He used to post on here as Calmachie Bhoy…. me and HT used to guess what his blog name was then he posted something only I would know so knew his blog name. I then asked should it not be Camlachie? He then confessed his daughter set up the account and both didn’t know how to spell Camlachie 😂😂😂

     

    BTW, Daughter is now a Teacher 😎

  8. KEV

     

     

    I agree with much of what you say regards who will live were after a united Ireland is achieved.

     

     

    To that end I try desperately to talk my son into taking his young family from these hostile shores.

     

     

    I know all countries have domestic issues with race colour or creed, but when I look at the innonence in my grandchildren’s faces I shudder to think what they might face in this country if a united Ireland brings my fears home to rest.

     

     

    Hope you are well KEV

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH

  9. CALTONTONGUES.

     

    You are entitled to be very proud of him.

     

    The human race need more like him.

     

    Hail Hail

  10. DD,

     

    HH,

     

    MIT,

     

    Cheers, he’ll be lurking as usual listening to Steak & Kidney Devine songs 😂 I only took him to watch Celtic and, as they say, the rest is history 🇮🇪👌😎🍺😂

  11. i’vehadtochangemymind on 7th December 2018 9:23 pm

     

     

    hahaha petec

     

     

    it’s gonnae pish down tomorrow

     

     

    nicer times :

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66quTi26YLY

     

     

    night night

     

     

    ……………………………………………………………………………..

     

     

    The Wee Man said he wisnae going the morra. That has never been heard of before. He didnae want to go Skiing in France via Switzerland because he thought Celtic would hump Sevco again and I’d booked everything etc.

     

     

    Thankfully we went Together and he missed us Drawing at home against the Sevvies.

     

     

    He’s going on a Works night oot. WTF.

     

     

    I’m getting so OLD.

     

     

    UTAH SAINTS

  12. Delaneys Dunky on

    Pete

     

    No better tune will be posted tonight than Adagio for strings.

     

    Expecting to hear it on Judgement Day.

     

    Wunderbar San Pedro

     

    YNWA

  13. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    After a very sticky night here in Melbourne there are showers

     

    predicted today but it won’t dampen our big weekend down the

     

    rebel peninsula.

     

    PADDYMAC has the flags all ready, the burgers and sausages

     

    are just dying to be thrown on the barbie and my car is full

     

    of Celtic stuff including a lovely soccer trophy which the wee

     

    mhans football club donated to our CSC.

     

    I’ts looking like a massive turnout and our wee town should

     

    be packed with hoopies.

     

    Haven’t heard from HEBCELT yet, i think he’s on his way down

     

    from Sydney, hope he makes it along with all the other tims

     

    coming from far off places.

     

    And all to help the sick kids, what a club, the Celtic family eh…

     

    H.H Mick

     

    P.S Don’t know if i’ll be able to make a post when i get back on

     

    Monday, hands might be a bit shaky 8-))

  14. JIMMYNOTPAUL

     

    I spoke to Girvan chairman earlier he wasn’t very hopeful game will be on tomorrow but an early decision would be made ,

     

    DELANEYS

     

    Looking forward to the Bankies hitting town on Jan. 26th tell them to head for the Athletic Tavern better known as Big Mick’s HH !!

  15. I don’t often make predictions on our games until 5 minutes before the game. The closer to kick off the more confident I am.

     

     

    So not sure why I have this overwhelming feeling that tomorrow, regardless of the team line up, that we will give Kilmarnock a doing tomorrow. 3 or 4 goal margin.

     

     

    Perhaps, it’s the knowledge that we need to beat Kilmarnock to go top AND beat whatever score Sevco get against Dundee.

     

     

    I’ll be there.

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on 7th December 2018 10:19 pm

     

     

    Gordon and Simunovic only changes from Sunday’s team…

     

     

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    Is that what you are hearing or thinking?

     

     

    I agree with your thinking.