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. Morning all.



    Very misty down here today. In fact, the first time I have heard a foghorn since I came here. Still, if it turns out anything like yesterday, there will be no complaints from me.

  2. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Murdo has just boarded Aer Lingus flight to Dublin, got hitched on Saturday and me the wife & 6yr old daughter are off to Santa Ponsa for a family honeymoon

  3. roy croppie



    21:14 on 5 April, 2015






    Broomloan Republic




    roy – the best version of YNWA that I’ve had the great pleasure of taking part in at the ‘present’ day ibrox was on the night that we had, the Broomloan and the Govan Stands in the LCSF…the huns just didny have an answer :)



    Unfortunately…we lost that game when, big Mike Galloway stood on the ball and it broke to Hately to roll into the net…think the huns were doon to 10-men as well just to rub it intae us as was the way of things at ‘that’ time.



    You posted a pic of the walk-on at Easter road on our way to the centenary double…I recall seeing it again ‘that’ night after the game on Sportscene…I recall Archie saying(as the camera viewed the ‘walk-on’ fae the back of the terrace)…”It’ only a matter of time before, Celtic are officially Champions and, who would argue with that sight?”…I always detected that Archie, new that ‘we’ were/are the good guys.



    Anyway…Roy Croppie…your stuff is beyond description…just keep it up son and ye’ll soon be a CQN-Legend…jist like me :)….Hail Hail



    Nye Bevans Rebel Soldier – Keep it lit Oh Ghreat Whaan :)


    Hail Hail






    07:56 on 6 April, 2015




    Enjoy yerself…Congratulations and I wish you all the very BHEST of luck and guid health, and stay safe fella – Hail Hail


    Tell Murdo that I dont buy his paper anymore since he and Hugh departed the scene…and of course…tell him I’ll try to bump into him at CP one day….Thanks pal.


    Hail Hail




  4. theglasgowcelticway on

    Just looking back at roy croppie’s pictures last night.



    “Enclosure bhoys 83”



    That would be the last game of the season, Nicholas’s last game for us, first time round.


    I was there with my father (rest his soul) and we were 2-0 down at half time but we’d played really well.Always remember his “This game’s not over yet ” comment to me.



    4-2 at the end and the rest as they say is history.



    Scrutinized the picture.Would loved to have seen my dad and me in it but it’s not to be.

  5. Keeping the faith 00:33



    My brother n I were staying with a sevconite friend in mill hill for that game. We met him before game n he came with us but left at half time as he couldn’t take seeing so many happy bhoys. Problem was we didn’t know where he stayed but headed to Victoria bus station after game thinking mill hill can’t be that big a place n when we got there who was sitting against a wall eating a kebab but our landlord for the week (there was no gutter press taking photos of him though)

  6. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on




    Have a fantastic honeymoon and enjoy the sunshine with your family .



    Hampden in the sun coming soon and hopefully a cup final to top the season off



    Just sitting here thinking about the Ronny roar around hampden if we complete the treble on May 30th

  7. Charlie Nicholas last game was the best walk on I can remember at half time. Funnily enough the 4 guys I know in the picture ran the Charlie Nicholas bus in ek

  8. ….PFayr supports WeeOscar


    23:16 on


    5 April, 2015


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



    My opinion.The best we have.You might think different.Never a stonewall penalty.The other decision some going on about,the “Advantage” to Hearts.He had blown as soon as the Hun clattered the Hearts player,the ball then went up in the air,and some Hun tried then to head it back to his keeper.Is he supposed to be a fortune teller as well.


    As I said,I have seen them all,and he is by far the best.IMO.

  9. theglasgowcelticway on




    20:47 McGarvey and Tommy.




    Remember the game.It was bonfire night.By the time we were getting back to Springhall you could smell the bonfires starting in the damp air.Tommy played a one two at the edge of the box and it come off a Hun too then he side footed it into the net.



    I cherish those memories because sometimes I forget that the team we played against that day are no longer with us.Deid,, defunct,they are an ex team.

  10. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    On the horsey front,Irish National,like Lot’s Of Memories@14s,


    not a tip just a speculative pick.

  11. Morning all from a misty South Ayrshire coast. That’s two days running now.



    Not seen fog/mist in years here.



    Whit’s goin’ on?!




  12. theglasgowcelticway



    08:45 on 6 April, 2015




    Yer bang-on mate wi yer stuff about that game…as I recall, we were starting to turn the corner after a bad run…even remember Murdo missing a pen at CP v’s Hertz in a game were, Frank McGarvey scored a brilliant volley…we also cuffed Sporting Lisbon 5-0 at CP and, were feeling guid going to ibrox 2-1 tae us and being in the Broomloan chanting – “Relegation!”…to the huns was grand ole stuff…what was bad about the ibrox game…Davie Provan go injured and was out for a few months…we missed him, especially in the Nottingham Forest games…but, having done well in the two games and still going oot…as was the morm in those days…Nottingham was all about the Celtic fans introducing the guid local folk to the priceless experience of ‘Celticness’ that, even the police were taken aback by the sheer different classiness of the Celtic fans…if ever there was a time when the saying that – “Celtic are the fans…..” – rung true it was, in Nottingham.


    Anyway…..the walk-on in the 4-2 game at ibrox at HT was truly incredible…I remember Murdo shaking his fist at the Maestro…before the huns players reappeared for the 2nd half… and pointing at the fans as if to say…”We’re doing this…for them!”…how right he was.


    Hail Hail

  13. Tallaght Bob on

    Fail to see what the point of this article is. Every time RD tries something new and it isn’t an immediate success we get the negativity bit. Point is re the “wingers” particularly Forrest. Yes he was being manhandled by Tesselaar (again) but Jamesie boy needs to man up. A little bit of rough stuff and he doesn’t want to know. (Shades of Maloney) Mathews is the same and whilst a good footballer he needs to look at full backs like Tesselaar and dare I say Ryan Mc Gowan and know when to rattle into a tackle. Stokes is capable of being anonymous anywhere on the park, and is more often than not, so what’s with the responsibility lies elsewhere comment?


    When teams set up the way St Mirren did, as we did against Barcelona, to stifle the opposition, you need your wingers/backs to be brave about going wide where they are liable to be kicked. Forrest isn’t brave enough for that and frankly hides by coming inside. That’s why he will never be the player he could be.

  14. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Kevj…..take care ya eejit,I’ve not to call you a daftie,that 67


    fhella says so,smileyfacething.

  15. Good morning friends and a Happy New Tax Year from a dry, fairly bright though overcast East Kilbride. 2 more sleeps then off to Puerto Pollensa for a week but trusting that my daily reports from ole EK will be covered ;-)

  16. theglasgowcelticway on




    Nottingham Forest games? Always remember Maestro missing a chance in the last minute down in Nottingham, one you would have expected him to score.We totally dominated the away leg but were suckered at home.The sway in the jungle that night was incredible.Does my memory serve me right? did they bring Jimmy Greaves on to the park before the game? and Altered Images too?

  17. I always remember murdo during that walk on talking to Nicholas n I still think he was trying to get him to change his mind about leaving but ……

  18. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Heading up to CP to get SCSF tickets,hopefully near the halfway


    line and at the back,then on to the gardening centre,oh what joy.



    Have a great day cqn.

  19. Good Morning Bhoys



    Did you know that on this day in 1917 America entered the First World war. And in 1993 Celtic tobered Airdrie 4-0



    Hail Hail




  20. theglasgowcelticway



    09:19 on 6 April, 2015




    I’m sorry but, canny recall JG or, AI…Claire Grogan, right?



    Nahhh, sorry…dizny ring a bell…although, I remember the ‘Wolfetones’ FB marching on the pitch at Old Trafford during the Rapid Vienna game :)



    Yeah, the sway in the Jungle that night was like the, Real Madrid game…spooky…I think the Forest fans had half the front stand at CP?…no sure…remember the battles wi…Murdo v Steve Hodge…Celts v Forest it was a case of the cream came to the top…sadly for us.



    Hail Hail

  21. Charlie Nicholas made a big blunder in choosing Arsenal ahead of Liverpool or staying put at Celtic. He was obviously attracted to the bright lights of London but his footballing skills didnt fit with the Arsenals physical style. He did achieve his ambition of becomeing a playboy and later a crap pundit.

  22. Nye Bevans Rebel Soldier




    When ye consider some of the stuff I get called on here


    I aspire to be a ‘daftie’….or, an eejit…jist tae keep 67 Heaven


    onside :)


    Take Care Jungle-Scarfer :)



    Away this time…..oot.


    Jobo Baldie



    where you staying out there ,have you got your own place.???i’m off in july.

  24. theglasgowcelticway on




    My main memory of the Forest game at CP was us having an indirect free kick inside the box a rarity in those days because the pass back rule wasn’t in place then.The Forest players crammed the goal line and nothing came of it.The more I think of it I’m pretty sure Jimmy Greaves did come on before the game.The whole place booed then he said something funny and everyone was laughing.Again it could be my dodgy memory.

  25. In the second leg I think it was a case of Brian Clough out-smarting Davie Hay tactically in the game and in the build-up. I dont think Forest were really the better team.

  26. South Of Tunis on




    Spent the afternoon / early evening in a shebeen in St Anne’s .Great choons, jerk chicken , Red Stripe Crucial and Cockspur Rum.Remember very little re the game – but do remember how cold it was.The wee shebeen was like being in Kingston – outside was like being in Siberia..



    A lovely spring day – way down south. Great day for taking the dogs to the beach.

  27. Professor Green


    01:06 on


    6 April, 2015





    Were you on the 21:45 into Edinburgh flight?




    Sorry I didn’t reply last night , yes ,that’s the one.

  28. Favourite Uncle –



    Half Board in a hotel the name of which currently escapes me. I’ll let you know when my Trip Advisor review has been published ;-)





    Ithink Paul hit the crossbar in the Forest game.



    And 2nd leg,big Roy should have put Wigley into the jungle before their second!



    Btw,for some reason I still had my ticket intact next morning. Still puzzled.

  30. Nye Bevans’ rebel soldier


    07:48 on


    6 April, 2015


    Good Morning Timland.



    I was reading back,roy croppie I’m running out of superlatives


    for yer goodself.



    Lot’s of post’s about Love St 86,I remember we player there a


    couple of months before in a rearranged league game, it was


    0-0 until the maestro popped up in the last minute to smash


    the ball into the net,little did I realise what a vital goal that


    would turn out to be.




    Was at that game…talk on vogue bus on way home,we started to believe in winning







    Glad you and yer better half had a ball,mate. My mate is currently quaffing a pint of your product.

  32. Was in the Celtic end for the Nottm Forest game. Place was heavin’.



    Typical 1980s Celtic performance in Europe.








    Looks a tad draughty!



    Mighty impressive. Where is it,in case WHITEDOGHUNCH wants to know?