Lessons learned in bad times


Celtic are arguably better off for players for the No. 10 role than any other position.  David Turnbull is the current preferred occupant, but Ryan Christie was the man in possession before he was moved to the right, while Tom Rogic got the nod on Monday and Olivier Ntcham has played there before.  This almost certainly explains why we have seen so little of Ewan Henderson, a player who has never let us down and provided a memorable start to the second Neil Lennon era at Tynecastle two years ago.

One of the truisms in football is that you learn more from bad times than good.  This season’s big lesson was delivered during a dead rubber Europa League game, moving David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro from the stand to the pitch transformed Celtic.

Ewan is no more a right sided midfielder than David Turnbull, but his substation into the action on Monday, allowed David to move into the middle, where he created and converted the chance Celtic scored from.  Both must start against Livingston.

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  1. Neil Lennon & McCartney on 13th January 2021 7:52 am



    HH brother. 






    Hrvatski Jim on 13th January 2021 10:15 am



    Largely ignored news over here for the most part. A few have been to death in the last few weeks with another couple to come I believe.

  2. GL


    Who is going to sack him he controls the club answers only to Desmond, we are a dictatorship as a club no better when the old board were in charge.

  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    It’s. sobering thought that the attributes of Soro and Turnbull were discovered by accident.

  4. glendalystonsils on

    Loads of number tens . How we doing for the number 5 position ? Or the managerial position ?CEO position?

  5. Moving out non performers to let fresh talent in —- where else could we apply this ? Just wondering…

  6. Go tell the Spartim on

    We don’t learn any lessons, Turnbull getting a start was a fluke and a last resort.



    The only lesson we have learned is the contempt were held in by the PLC.



    If there’s no significant change in the boardroom, CEO office and managers position then that merely confirms it. Bank balances will be affected both mine going up and the PLC’s going down, quite considerably I’d guess

  7. glendalystonsils on

    At least Turnbull only had to wait weeks for his chance . Soro had to wait almost a year . It must have been his useless identical twin who showed up so badly in training .

  8. The anger has been replaced with apathy.



    Unbeaten till the end of the season, loosing the league buy the smallest’s of margins, 2 victories against Sevco and a Scottish cup are the minimum of what’s expected.

  9. onenightinlisbon on

    The Turnbull and Soro inclusions were flukes, Lennon shows, yet again, how poor his judgement is or maybe how much loyalty he has to players who maybe should have been dropped.

  10. “This season’s big lesson was delivered during a dead rubber Europa League game, moving David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro from the stand to the pitch transformed Celtic.”



    That’s the big lesson this season? This is either an insult to our intelligence or a damning indictment of our ability to learn lessons, possiblly both.



    That won’t really make things any better re. the bigger picture, unless it’s mainly the young boys playing.

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    If talking formations for Livingstone we could do with a sturdy right full back for their aerial assault.



    How fit and ready is Anthony Ralston?



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  13. ‘the No. 10 role?’



    I think that’s a role that’s been shared to all good an effect by our manager and CEO



    HH JG

  14. st tams on 13th January 2021 12:42 pm


    Good and truthful article in the Guardian today by Ewan Murray






    Indeed, but………..



    Andy Walker, a man immersed in Celtic, was wonderfully coruscating during Sky’s Monday night coverage. “What the Celtic support deserve is a bit of contrition from someone with a bit of backbone at this club,” said the former striker. “They are being short-changed and it’s completely unacceptable.”

  15. Re-Posted from last thread:



    SCANIEL – Protest Songs



    MY all-time-favourite Protest Song is ‘Deportee (Plane crash at Los Gatos Canyon) by Woody Guthrie.



    Substitute the word ‘Deportee’ for ‘Immigrant’, ‘Taig’, ‘Fenian’ etc., consider Trump’s wall, and the words are every bit as powerful today as the day he wrote it! 😊. The more things change, the more they stay the same! 😊. (Perhaps another future Anthem for the Green Brigade? 🤔)



    I first heard this in the 60’s from my late and much-loved Uncle, Colin Henderson (who taught me my first 3 chords on guitar) . 😊 At that time I was way too young to understand the true meaning of this song, and was more interested in the exotic-sounding ‘Rosalita’ 😊, but now it is one of my favourite songs to play. 😊



    Here is a beautiful rendition of this song by Ani Di Franco and Ry Cooder:




    Enjoy! 😊



    Take Care, Keep Safe, God Bless and Hail Hail,



    Yours in Celtic, 😊 🧣 🍀



    TB&F. 😊

  16. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Fav Uncle


    Seems correct although I can’t find anything on Archdiocese Twitter site

  17. P67 — I that it?


    Re-arrange the No.10’s on the deck of the Titanic CSC?



    Thin stuff — PL must be holding back some nuggets for later.


    Alternatively he has no clue and is currently in the bunker underneath his heated driveway wondering if JS is available to play at CB at the weekend.



    If that is all you have — better to say nothing.



    Have we improved the squad yet?

  18. Some of comments on here are bordering on the bizarre. Either hunterlopers or the cabin fever has trully set in.




    Statements originally presented as speculation (and recognised reasonably as such) are now being presented as factually accurate (by many it seems unable to form their own opionion) and evidenced when they’re not.




    Some of the posts are just plain lies and eternal moaners.

  19. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Roll up, roll up…..fastest finger gets to be first to hurl abuse and make snide comments in the CQN echo chamber.

  20. ‘Ewan is no more a right sided midfielder than David Turnbull, but his substation into the action on Monday…’


    This substation P67…is that what accounts for his electric pace, current game time, or the massive ‘pylon’ by disgruntled Celts.



    Are we really reading an article hinting that Jan signings will be replaced with a revolutionary (and cheap) policy of bedding in youth prospects to a team that should have been securing 10-In-A-Row ??



    And on the topic of truisms…clearly we all hope you learn more from utter, rampant mismanagement than from maintaining your unassailable position in your marketplace. HH





    Thanks .



    I was just about to post FEAST OF ST MUNGO .today MY 75TH birthday.


    ARCHBISHOP baptised my eldest son when he was in BISHOPBRIGGS 45 years ago.

  22. This idea that newly-signed players need to achieve ‘Celtic match fitness’ levels…..



    Increasingly believing that’s ‘de-conditioning’ cos we’re a flimsy and unfit squad when looked at in the round.



    As for the notion that we stumbled upon Turnbull and Soro, they were both scheduled signings LAST season, to meet glaringly obvious needs. The dugs in the street could see it.



    HH jg

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Happy birthday Danny


    Sad day for the city and the church



    RIP Archbishop Tartaglia 🙏

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