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Lennon and Solbakken rematch

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Celtic had the chances to put tonight’s tie to bed in the first half in Copenhagen, but profligacy in front of goal and a subsequent revival by the home team mean we have to win the game and earn the right to be in tomorrow’s last-16 draw.

The absence of suspended Ryan Christie and injured Olivier Ntcham leaves Neil Lennon with fewer options than normal.  Tom Rogic is a straight replacement for the No. 10 role, but Tom has seen little football in recent months, it will be asking a lot of him to play an entire 90 minutes.  The same is true of Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Ahead of the first leg Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken told reporters he expected Celtic to play three at the back.  He read Neil Lennon’s plans wrong, which probably gave Celtic the early advantage.  Solbakken compensated at halftime.  These are two experienced European managers, how they match up and then how they change their formations during the game, will go a long way to determining the outcome.

I was happy enough to see Newco progress last night.  We go to Ibrox three days after the first leg of the next round of the Europa League, better to go when both teams have had a strenuous midweek game than have the home side rest up.  There is still work to be done on several fronts.

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  1. tonight will be a walk in the park….Celtic Park…

     

     

    smiley well a hope there is a bit of running aboot tae thing

     

     

    Braw…

  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    Difficult tie tonight, reminiscent of the Cluj return in the summer.

     

     

    It’ll need performances from the entire team.

  3. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Maybe overly optimistic, especially with Christie out, but we have many options and in form attacking threats.

     

     

    HH

  4. In theory Celtic should win this easily.

     

     

    But last night’s result suggests that the theory might be unreliable.

  5. AN TEARMANN on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 11:22 AM

     

     

    Let time take it’s course.a little patience ‘re Patryk me thinks.

     

     

    To be fair I am a wee bit suprised at taking the Meejah world’s point of view,ie 90 minute cynic said this,the ,athletics Celtic writer said that.sun says,rekkkord states etc etc.its definitely info age!!,what gets me is we are watching our club week in and out for years,do we not trust and have confidence to trust our own eye?What we see etc.its one of the joys of cqn the dissecting of a game post match,real fans explaining their point,(yirsel including u) of much more value and valid than someone of paid opinion who happens to be good at English/reporting

     

     

    Trust our own view,

     

     

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    To clarify, the 90 minute Cynic is a Celtic fan podcast. They interviewed Ryan Hubbard an Englishman that covers Polish football and has recently wrote a book about it.

     

     

    Kieran Devlin writes for The Athletic and is a lifelong Celtic fan. Generally covers it from a Celtic point of view.

     

    Comparisons with the Daily Record and The Sun are not valid

     

     

    What is true is that we have seen very little from Klimala and we have seen he’s dropped behind Bayo in the pecking order. Does that mean Neil Lennon believes in Bayo? Well his choice to play Lewis Morgan up front instead of Bayo would suggest not.

  6. Copenhagen hold at present European record for not conceding more than 1 goal in 28 consecutive games

     

     

    I would settle for 0-0 or 1-0

  7. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    I don’t think Copenhagen have conceded more than 2 goals in Europe in a long time. The imperative is to keep a clean sheet tonight as if they score I would wager on the tie heading to extra time.

     

     

    @ TIMALOY29 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:19 PM

     

     

    I think Bayo was injured during the period that LM was playing upfront. He certainly wasn’t on bench for either Rennes or Sevco game.

  8. With Christie and Ntcham out,I can see Dembele making the bench, there won’t be a lot of creative players on it,if required.

  9. Kieran Devlin writes for The Athletic and is a lifelong Celtic fan. Generally covers it from a Celtic point of view.

     

     

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    Sadly, as we see across Social every day, that doesn’t mean jack sh*t. It’s an opinion piece. As an example:

     

     

    SydneyTim writes for The Athletic and is a lifelong Celtic fan. Generally covers it from a Celtic point of view. He believes James Forrest is a waste of a jersey.

  10. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    The big concern is if an offer lands on the table for Eddy in the summer that we can’t say no to and/or the player wants to go.

     

     

    Gut instinct + evidence to date suggests that Bayo and Klimala will not be either good enough or ready to carry the burden of striking responsibility next season.

     

     

    Lets hope it doesnt come to it for a long time but we may need to have a couple of striker targets who are ready to go in the first team to support Leigh.

     

     

    Make or break few months for Bayo, Klimala may get a bit longer if his attitude is good and shows he has thw quality in training and reserve fixtures.

     

     

    HH

  11. Copenhagen are physical tall and organised, they dont concede many goals, their keeper had an incredible game in their home match,we could have bagged 4 away goals but for him, he is as important to them as FF to us, a quick start and take a few of the created chances will hopefully quell their enthusiasm.

  12. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    JC2 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:24 PM

     

    Copenhagen hold at present European record for not conceding more than 1 goal in 28 consecutive games

     

     

    I would settle for 0-0 or 1-0

     

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    Is that a thing…no more than one goal…

     

     

    Anyway, not sure how far back that goes, a few years I’d suggest?

     

     

    They’ve conceded 24 goals in 22 games domestically in Denmark this season which is probably a better barometer. Not very impressive defensive stats. By comparison, Midtjylland, top of Danish league, have conceded 13.

     

     

    HH

  13. Siempre

     

     

    We spend the money on a replacement. We pair him up with the Griff. We have alternatives biting at their heels, we have money to spend on the problem and we have precedent that we have been able to keep the show on the road when key players leave.

  14. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    BIG WAVY on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:39 PM

     

     

    Absolutely – just that when Dembele left Eddy was able to step up and take on more responsibility.

     

     

    We probably won’t have that when Eddy goes so will be more pressure to get into the market quickly and get it right.

     

     

    HH

  15. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    !!BADA BING!! on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:30 PM

     

    With Christie and Ntcham out,I can see Dembele making the bench, there won’t be a lot of creative players on it,if required.

     

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    Absolutely. Posted last week that amidst all the shouts for Bayo, Kilmala, Soro, Shved etc to get game time the young bhoy Karamoko may well be top of the queue. Lenny was at the match the other day and will have been impressed.

     

     

    HH

  16. From last thread, January buys have a much better chance of getting game time at Sevco as their form is patchy, Since the Winter Break he have a 100% win domestic record so Lenny cant just drop players who are doing the Business week in week out to accommodate Soro or Polish Paddy. Also we are in a battle on all fronts and to quote Lenny himself every point is a prisoner.

     

    In a way we are victims of our own success.

     

    The Hun win last night has upped the ante a bit for tonight, there are shades of Cluj haunting me just now.

     

    Sorry I never took up Yoga, Could do with some relaxing technique for the afternoon.

  17. The Battered Bunnet on

    I read elsewhere that 26 scouts were at the Braga match last night.

     

     

    That’s nothing. We’ll have a Brownie playing for us tonight.

  18. Siempre,

     

     

    Odsonne today is a far better player than he was when Moussa left. Posters on here were in panic mode after Dembele left. We’ll be alright if the scouts get it right. I haven’t given up on Bayo and Polish Paddy. They may still make a big impact on the team during their stay with us.

     

     

    Keep the faith

  19. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    Eyes on the ball.

     

     

    The more distraction for a knackered hun squad, the better IMHO.

  20. I’m not usually cautious, but I would start 4-5-1 tonight, we were outnumbered in MF second half last week, get possession and play ourselves in to the game.Remember Cluj,a good 1-1 away result and….

  21. SIEMPRE CELTIC (FORMERLY TRADITIONALIST88) on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 12:38 PM

     

     

    It goes back for 28 games that’s how long

     

    record before them was AC Milan

     

     

    It is all dependent on opposition but since Athletico MAdrid they have played

     

    among others home and away

     

     

    Zenit

     

    Atalanta Italy

     

    Red Star Belgrade

     

    Slavia Prague

     

    Dynamo Kiev

     

     

    Denmark has a higher coefficient than Scotland and Copenhagen higher than Celtic

     

     

    so No mugs

  22. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    BIG WAVY on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:00 PM

     

    Siempre,

     

     

    Odsonne today is a far better player than he was when Moussa left. Posters on here were in panic mode after Dembele left. We’ll be alright if the scouts get it right. I haven’t given up on Bayo and Polish Paddy. They may still make a big impact on the team during their stay with us.

     

     

    Keep the faith

     

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    Yes, but Odsonne was still far more advanced then than Bayo or Klimala will likely be in the summer. Or possibly ever, who knows.

     

     

    HH

  23. Bada Bing

     

     

     

    Disagree fella. Celtic are favourites for the tie, at home in front of the proverbial 12th man. I want us on the front foot and going for their pretty static defence. I’d play the 2 up front, stick 5 across the midfield and have 3 at the back. Blow them away.

     

     

    We don’t really do cautious, not at home.

  24. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    JC2 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:02 PM

     

     

    It goes back for 28 games that’s how long

     

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    Well done.

     

     

    The point being that if it goes back a few years, which it does, personnel can have changed greatly. Also, you have posted a very selective list. Lets look at a few others included in that great run:

     

     

    Quarabag

     

    The New Saints

     

    Vardar

     

    Riga

     

    Lugano

     

    Malmo

     

     

    So factoring in that the makeup of their defence may have altered in part or even in full and the fact they have a poor defensive record for a team going for a title in Denmark, I’d say its nothing to be overtly concerned about.

     

     

    Pumped by Midtjylland 4-1 in November too, 2-1 by Hobro(?) and 3-1 by Brondby.

     

     

    A bit of luck last week and better decision making from the usually reliable Callum McGregor and we’d have score 3 or 4.

     

     

    HH

  25. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Also included in Copenhagens ‘great’ run:

     

     

    KuPS

     

    Starjnan

     

     

    Two up top, no fear Celtic.

     

     

    HH

  26. Not a prediction of who will play but the team I would put out is Forster Simunovic Julienne Ajer Taylor Calmac Broonie Frimpong Griff Eddy Moi , a seemingly lopsided but actually very well balanced team imo ..

  27. SIEMPRE CELTIC (FORMERLY TRADITIONALIST88) on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:13 PM

     

     

    I hope you are correct

     

     

    BUT sure somebody in Denmark could say pumped 2-0 by Livingstone

     

    (thought he was a missionary)

  28. RPMCELTICFAN

     

     

    James Forrest will be the first name on the teamsheet (to quote BSR).

     

     

    Tam and Moi will jobshare tonight over 90 minutes given both’s fitness levels.

  29. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    JC2 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2020 1:21 PM

     

     

    I hope you are correct

     

     

    BUT sure somebody in Denmark could say pumped 2-0 by Livingstone

     

     

    (thought he was a missionary)

     

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    Thats why I gave you stats across the season first, a more reliable barometer.

     

     

    Copenhagen – 24 conceded in 22 games.

     

    Mityjjlland – 13 conceded in 22 games.

     

    Celtic – 17 conceded in 28 games.

     

     

    They may be big and powerful looking so goals from corners may not be an option but hey we had years of not scoring much from corners and won a treble treble :)

     

     

    HH

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