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. bournesouprecipe on

    Dallas Dallas



    I’ve relations that are DU fans and they know exactly what happened, but it’s c’est la vie



    I have no difficulty with the new club fans wanting to be called Rangers, same stadium, shirts etc,



    As long as they know it’s not factual and based on myth and FANtasy.

  2. bsr


    spot on we seem to be the only ones not prepared to shrug it off as being in the past. I get fed up pointing out to my english friends that the old team were and the new team are cheats.

  3. bournesouprecipe on

    Simulation or to give it it’s proper name cheating is a blight on the game, and it’s a growing trend. From any highlights I’ve watched of the game this weekend there has been cheating, which is condoned by the EPL commentators with the line like “ there is the contact so he’s entitled to go down “ .



    The only highlights of football fully analysed in Scotland is the EPL and cheating occurs every week, and it is reaching epidemic proportions. The two incidents which spring to mind same day different games where Wayne Rooney felt a hand on his shoulder, and clearly throw himself pole axed to the ground.



    There was no award but no yellow for cheating, sad thing about him is he such a good player. Steven Naismith didn’t bother with waiting for any contact but once he’d made it to the box he did his trick as if both his feet had suddenly been lassoed with an invisible rope, whipping him to the ground.



    No award, but no yellow card either for best man falls, although he got one with dive against the more naïve referee v Gibraltar. It’s not as if they’re not aware of it in the greatest league in the world, Januzaj of Man Utd has more bookings for simulation than he has goals this season.

  4. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas



    I was reading back this morning and saw you mentioned


    Gerry McNee’s book “You’ll never walk alone”, a great


    Celtic book.

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well unless the Rangers go bust which is unlikely as now they have been taken out of the glare of the markets they must have a better than good chance of joining us next season in the SPL’ Hibernian have no staying power and Motherwell will lie down as for Falkirk and Queen of the South I dont fancy either of them for promotion.The only good thing for Celtic will be the extra revenue from playing them at least 4 times I think they may do better in the SPL than many of us think and unpalatable as it is they may well challenge for a European spot.H.H.

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bourne, i just think if more fans from other clubs could act on what is going on, the sevco lie could shown up for what it is.



    Nye, i bought the book by mcnee and his jimmy mcgrory autobiography , a lifetime in paradise, over thirty years ago and enjoyed them both.




    Its just a pity mcnee turned into a parody of himself . I believe he is a cousin of charlie gallagher. Charlie took two of the most important corners in our history whicj lead to vital victories in 1965 and 1967 respectively.

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Sipsini, i know thanks. I try to not to mention what is called rangers as much as possible in football talk at work,. I normally say the ibrox club .

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

    Joe filippi



    Until this year I would have agreed 100% on Motherwell lying down to rangers / sevco over the years



    But without McCall As well manager and in fact being in charge of sevco now – in conjunction with the disaster dropping to the second tier would be for motherwell – I think they will be right up for the play offs



    How sweet would it be if wee skippy won the play offs

  9. theglasgowcelticway on




    Watched “Goals on Sunday” this morning and they were blaming the ref saying, that it should be like rugby and have him declare his decision to the fans on the pitch.Football is faster than rugby.I could be wrong but,when I watch rugby, players tend not to cheat or try and deceive the officials.Don’t think I can say the same about football.

  10. bournesouprecipe on




    Now you’re talking, that’ll have ole DBBIA back after his Lenten break.



    *Final season of Mad Men starts tonight in the USA ( available in Rug’len Monday morning) :-)

  11. GordonJ



    For the avoidance of doubt my ‘troll d1ck’ comments earlier were exclusively for the 70% rocket.



    HH jamesgang

  12. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas



    GM was always worth a read,he pissed me off when I


    used to buy the notw,I ran into him in the toilets of La


    Florentina some 20 odd year’s ago, couldn’t resist having


    a go,he handed me my erse.

  13. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    To ignore the Sevco situation is to acquiesce in it



    It’s the big lie



    The biggest scandal in Scottish football …

  14. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Gordon J



    Very disappointed to read your posts above. I always read your posts with interest but today you have been insensitive and disrespectful to many of your fellow Celtic supporters.

  15. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    PFayr. You are correct fella but it appears that only the Celtic support see it and are interested.The others are happy to turn a blind eye in my opinion they are going to get away with it.H.H.

  16. bournesouprecipe on




    I think that technology will come to football.



    Unfortunately it might still not solve cheating, it’s such a difference to in ‘contact’

  17. Captain Beefheart,



    Just in and reading back, indeed you are correct. I should have used the term ” Rangers” should be an irreverence to us, on the earlier post. ( ref below )





    My friends in Celtic,



    Easter is a time of peace and goodwill, but watching the Sevco game pushes that to the limit.



    I know “Rangers” are dead and are an irreverence to us, but I tune in to enjoy their demise and bask in more turmoil.



    Hate is a word I am loath to use, especially today and I cannot go along with new fangled concept of “hate the sin, but love the sinner”



    I’m truly sorry I feel like that but I can’t change a lifetimes feelings being brought up in the west of Scotland.


    I will always be wary of any “Rangers” reincarnation and I envy our supporters that can truthfully ignore them.



    HH to all.






    Many thanks for your pick up and it seems I am actually agreeing with you.




  18. bournesouprecipe on




    It’s not finished yet.



    Celtic’s silence for example might not be maintained.



    The inevitability of having to play against them draws ever closer, and Celtic opinion is naturally heightened given that we are spoon fed unwarranted oldfirmism.

  19. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    North East Derby



    Reasonably entertaining ……not a great deal of quality football on view

  20. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    dallas dallas where the heck is dallas



    16:07 on 5 April, 2015



    You should say the club that rents Ipox ….!!!!!! …..just be accurate / truthful

  21. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    Not by a long chalk…certainly not insofar as I’m concerned



    CFC will know that they will have to be very careful in how they deal with Sevco and how they represent them ….

  22. theglasgowcelticway on




    Agree.Technology will come in and it’s to be encouraged.However, the mentality has got to change.I have no problem with what Larson used to do.Wait for a rash tackle to be made, take the hit and the penalty.Michael o Neil’s backing of the young Utd boy when he clearly dived shows it’s endemic in the game.Maybe the answer is for refs to award more decisions even after advantage has been played,possibly stop the diving.Remember Scott Brown going through one on one with the keeper at Ibrox.Brown was clipped which allowed the keeper to close him down before he’d regained his balance.We lost that game 1-0.In my view the ref should have brought the play back and awarded a penalty.

  23. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    The hun will be back next season,I’ve never thought


    otherwise despite what I read on here.



    They will take the humping’s next season in defiant


    mood,2016/17 they will abandon ship just like they


    did in the early 80’s.

  24. I watch a lot of rugby and there is plenty of cheating – just that there’s little (not none) play acting.



    The refs refer loads to the TMO – not only tries but bad tackles, foul play, whether a kick is in touch if it’s near the corner flag etc.



    Even then the TMO gets it wrong.



    Rugby has lots of stoppages anyway so people don’t complain too much but it would slow football down dreadfully. We have seen plenty of football decisions where people aren’t sure even with multiple replays.



    For a match like Catania Palermo, I would advise that the TMO is 200 miles away.

  25. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Gordon J



    Good of you to come back on and apologise. Like others on here I respect your beliefs and your right to hold them. I didn’t like reading about one of the most important things I believe in being belittled on Easter Sunday,the most important day in the Christian calendar.

  26. Bournesouprecipe


    Cheating is ruining the game.


    Like you said the justification of there was contact so he is entitled to go down is cringeworthy.


    Here in the USA people are getting turned off by the pathetic pussies playing the once beautiful game.Credibility is dwindling fast.


    Technology and retrospective punishment will eventually be necessary.


    O f course this will not make it’s way to Scotland till a hun result is impacted.



    Bob Kelly i believe said television will be to the detriment of football and i believe he is right.


    Not only football but all sports are being devalued.


    It is my only way to see Celtic but for the odd trip to Scotland but it’s impact has been disastrous for the club.


    Once the media gets control the profit driven agenda over rides sporting principles.


    Referees perform with an eye on their masters preferences rather than perform the task of applying the rules fairly.


    Scotland is an even more blatant example of this form of cheating.

  27. theglasgowcelticway on

    I’ve always wondered how a player who’s been hauled back can fall forward.Great goal on.

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