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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. 50 shades of green on

    Morning Tims.

     

     

    Firstly to Onemalloy condolences mate on the passing of your uncle.

     

     

    ##$#$$$$$#$$$$$$$$$$$

     

     

    Sat 3oclock kick off 1st v 3rd nice….Mon the hoops.

     

     

    Hope there’s a good few changes from mid-week, more akin to last weekend would be nice. Although we will have a change in defence and I would imagine the kick oot keeper will be back.

     

     

    H.H

  2. Not wanting to start on a negative

     

    Quite a few players have been criticised on here since Wed night game

     

    Surprised no one mentioned Craig Gordon

     

    His ball distribution was abysmal, at one point he tried to play out from his goalkeeper position with a ballpoint behind him towards the corner flag ( poorly played we gave away a shy about 2 yards from the bye line.

     

    Now his playing the game with his feet pulls teams on top of us

  3. LAST MAN STANDING 11 WEEK 11 UPDATE

     

     

    Good Morning,

     

    The choices have been made for round 11 and the picks this week are…..

     

    TravelBhoys Pardnur – Arsenal

     

    Gutenburg _ Arsenal

     

     

    With our final two contestants both picking the same team, This means that should Arsenal lose or draw today, then the prize fund will be split equally between our Two Last Men Standing. Should Arsenal win ( at home to Huddersfield ) then we carry on, and a new set of fixtures will be announced tomorrow.

     

     

    Good Luck !!

  4. Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the scottish football league

     

     

    They come from bonnie Scotland, they come from county Cork,

     

    They come from dear old Donegal and even from New York,

     

    From every street in Glasgow they proudly make their way,

     

    To a place called dear old paradise and this is what they say.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the scottish football league.

     

     

    There’s Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,

     

     

    There’s Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there;s ever been,

     

    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes,

     

    And sixty thousand Celtic fans who proudly shout the news.

     

     

    Celtic, Celtic thats the team for me,

     

    Celtic, Celtic on to victory,

     

    They’re the finest team in Scotland, I’m sure you will agree,

     

     

    We’ll never give up till we’ve won the cup and the scottish football league.

     

     

     

    Repeat to fade or until you see the Stadium CSC

  5. CRC – many happy returns youngish fella?? from a snow covered Toronto. Enjoy your day mate.

     

    Slainte

     

    Tony

  6. CRC

     

    Many Happy Returns M.

     

    Three points and top of the league for your birthday please Celtic.

     

    YNWA

  7. CRC. Happy Birthday Marc.

     

     

    ONEMALLOY. Prayers and condolences on your sad loss. May he rest in peace.

  8. Re-VAR

     

     

    Now that the SFA are openly discussing the possibility of it then now is the time to make sure that we do not allow them to be part of the Panel Making Decision. It would be totally useless to set this up if they then pick who they want to adjudicate the decisions. Totally Useless! por cierto.

  9. Today’s very promising looking CQN Coupon……..

     

    Jobo Baldie – Portsmouth

     

    Pogmathonyahun – West Ham

     

    Awalkacrosstherooftops – Leeds

     

    Bobby Murdoch’s Curled Up Winkelpickers- Luton

     

    The Exiled Tim – Ross County

     

    Lennybhoy – Sheffield Wed

     

    Gerryfaethebrig – Hearts

  10. IWITS: i wasn’t aware of that. While still at school he used to sell match programmes outside Lansdowne Road before Ireland matches.

  11. PC- Fleming and Co too scared to demote Son of Satan, i wonder how the rest of the refereeing ‘fraternity ‘ view Dallas Jr meteoric rise to fame?

  12. How hard can it be to sort the Boyata situation? Give him £25k a week and a bung to sign a 3 year deal with an option to leave in the summer if valuation of £9m is met. 10% of transfer fee goes to him and agent. Thank you, next.

  13. I’ve just found out from my mate that his 6 yr old daughter had a tumour removed from her brain in April.

     

    We had lost contact mainly due to living in different states in oz.

     

    The tumour was only discovered because his wife insisted on an MRI scan, doctors were trying to fob her off.

     

    My mates attitude is amazing and he insisted that I told him about my family as we hadn’t caught up in a while, I tried to be brief but he enquired more till he knew we were well and what we were up to. This was happening as he was on the way to the hospital to see his daughter who was about to undergo her fith bout of chemo.

     

     

    He told me how grateful he was that I called and all the other support they’ve received and said it’s just what life throws up sometimes. I struggled to maintain my composure such was his positivity and his genuine interest in my happenings.

     

     

    For those on here that pray, I ask you to set aside a prayer for my mates daughter Estella

     

     

    HH

  14. Got a ticket for Stoke v Ipswich wondering if they’ll trash their own toilets

     

     

    Full strength team for today – same as last Sunday with Gordon simo and broonie coming in – sinky on the bench

  15. I am heartened by the highlighting of both bent & incompetent Scottish Referees,

     

    At this stage even the most rabid Orange MIB will be on their best behaviour.

     

    The trick is not to let the fuss die down but keep the pressure on for proper reviews & the introduction of VAR.

     

    WE are not looking for soft decisions just an honest game & a level playing pitch.

     

    As I mention a level playing pitch there should no plastic pitches in the Premier Division. It makes a mockery of the game, that and nonsense like deliberately letting grass grow long & any tampering with pitches need to be stopped.

     

    Can you imagine a League without honest mistakes, we could be winning trebles for years to come.

  16. Corkcelt

     

    I am not confident that this will change anything – I remember when Fleming was appointed Paul67 penned an article of hope.

     

    mmmmmmm

  17. Gene

     

    Cheers

     

    Estella can’t consume food normally and is being fed through a tube, she’s lost her hair and a ton of weight.

     

    Every prayer is greatly appreciated.

     

     

    HH