Lessons learned from Friday experiment


After every experimental line-up (such as Friday’s), it’s tempting to ask what the manager learned from the experience.

The partnerships on the left and right wings didn’t look right.  Emilio Izaguirre didn’t overlap as often as usual and Stuart Armstrong was less effective than normal.  A lack of space impacted the James Forrest-Adam Matthews partnership on the right.  Forrest was manhandled until he switched left or got inside the box, when he was able to play unhindered.

Ineffectiveness on the wings led to the same up front.  Anthony Stokes doesn’t get to play centre forward too often and didn’t really get much of a chance on Friday.  Stokes anonymity was the most glaring aspect of the game but I suspect the responsibility lies elsewhere.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on




    My daughter is my chef. Taught her young to love cooking. Todays roast chicken was immense. Thank you Julie. ;))

  2. Hi corkcelt,



    Would it be possible to send me an e mail. I will come back to you.The thought about Drogheda really was about cost.



    I know the area very well.



    Anyway if you have a chance drop me an e mail, I would appreciate t.








    By Easter 2016,I fear ACGR may be so mentally scarred by his time in Australia that he will be running around with pencils up his nostrils.

  4. Early game of golf in the morning. Plus getting evil looks from Mrs corkcelt for spending too much time on laptop.


    I’ll bid ye goodnight. Enjoyed tonight’s nostalgia on blog. HH

  5. late evening Celts



    Happy easter to u all and i know its a bit late ..



    sober or ish cant make my mind up .feck the Jamtarts knew they would surrender




    well done to Steve on the voice




  6. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    Ta. His dad sent a pic of him signing autograph for some young kids. Ill rip into him about that one. lol

  7. Keeping The Faith on

    He sure will Sipsini, thanks man.


    The same Bhoy once bought a house as he ended his bid with 1888 knowing the seller was a good Celt (just going by posters on kids walls etc) he wasn’t even the highest bidder.. Just the Greenest!

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jude, congratulations to josh on scoring against the second biggest cheats in european football, rubentus.

  9. Lennybhoy& ML5Bhoys


    My best day was in the Whifflet in2001 the day we won the treble,thousands joined in the march around the towm joining up from every scheme it passed,plod gave up trying to control it.(they have done their best to spoil celebrations since though)


    Goodnight all

  10. corkcelt



    Ach just leave the keys under the mat at the front door. You’ll not even know we’ve been there!






    ACGR doesn’t drink through his nostrils – not till the end of the night anyways! – so he’ll be fine!



    Which gets me thinking. Where’s that creepy acolyte of his these days?


    Show yerself acolyte guy!



    HH jamesgang

  11. Corkcelt



    If you think you’re getting evils just now…..!!



    Wait till breakfast 55 of 60 is getting dished up next year!!!!!



    Night Seve!



    HH jamesgang





    Good point. He might replace the pencils with straws…

  13. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Madden …according to some on here ..the best we have ..FFS ..you say …stonewall pen ..

  14. pfayr



    I too watched out for Wilson today. Not got to lace VVD or Jason’s boots IMHO. Not even if they had Velcro ‘sticky’ ones!



    Could mibbee warm the bench if Griffi needs someone to unwrap his tunnocks.



    HH jamesgang

  15. Bobbio



    Dinnae dinnae….. you’re just creating a party trick now!



    Right – bed for me.



    Love yous, Ya shower of Timmish ragamuffins



    HH jamesgang





    Good one,bud. It might cheer him up-but I doubt it!





    We wouldn’t change it though, my Bhoy and Daughter went for an Easter meal at their mutual friends today…no invite for me :((



    Daughter with the puppy eyes… A score down.



    Two minutes later my bhoy, puppy eyes, another score down.



    Caesar the cat comes in, ate like a horse only a quid down…atleast he gives out a purr in appreciation.

  18. See the thing about them feckin tea cakes



    if u have wan then two or six cause i know there are six in a boaks.



    u still think u hav had only the wan.




  19. Sips



    The Caesar I know doesn’t eat ‘like’ a horse……he eats a horse. One that he’s killed himself and dragged home.



    He’s obviously mellowing



    HH jamesgang

  20. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Nothing in his play suggests he should be anywhere near a CFC shirt





    That would finally tip him over the edge,ya heartless bassa!

  22. And finally on CQN Thought for the Day………



    ………verily, merrily, quintessentially I saw unto you………for it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for the Celtic away support to pass through the 4 Gates that were open to us in the north stand on Friday night.



    The polis had a horse.


    Ho Caesar, m’ere a wee minute…..



    HH jamesgang

  23. Hi Bud



    Surprised hee is finding it though lost of tims in tat part of the world




  24. Good to see on here…Said last week…Wilson Has found his Level at Hearts…Not in our Class…

  25. Not sure there was much experimentation Paul.


    Other than Stokes up top, u could argue that the starting 11 is as strong as we could expect.


    Commenting on Izzy and Armstrong down the left is a strange one too.


    I get that they didn’t have the best of games, but bar one game, Armstrong has played wide left since he signed…. So for me, Friday wasn’t experiment