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. There’s a link between Soro and Turnbull being thrown in,to the little impact,Harper, Oxo Flex,Dembele made on Monday night, lack of game time.Lennon’s inability to nurturing young players into a first team squad, is there for all to see.What we have seen is the same players getting flogged to death,and causing long term injuries, to Tierney, Forrest,and soon to be McGregor, who is a shadow of the player he was.

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  3. No idea how Turnbull managed to spend so much of the first 3 months of this season on the bench. After only a handful of games, it’s clear he’s already our second most valuable asset. Onwards and upwards.

  4. BT






    A sad day indeed!



    RIP Philp.



    Wee prayer said for BORGO and his family too.

  5. A reasonable analysis of the football Paul67. I think we need legs and we need the best available players.



    Tom is among the best but his legs don’t last. DT is a young guy who is approaching the run of games required to get him 90 minute match fit. Hendo has shown he can last the pace in games at senior level. Felt sorry for Harper who looks to have ability but not quite yet the physical attributes to play against experienced players. (Andy Walkers comments on him were pitiful by the way)



    Ability and fitness to compete. Top two criteria for a start at the weekend

  6. squire danaher on

    God Rest Archbishop Tartaglia



    Apparently radio reporting he tested positive for COVID shortly after Christmas, died peacefully at home.



    Turned 70 on Monday.

  7. Sorry…’transformed Celtic’…



    From WHAT to WHAT, given we’re even further back than before?



    (Apols folks; but this emotional hangover is a stayer!)




    Happy 75th Birthday FAVOURITE UNCLE and Happy Saint Mungo’s day! 😊 🎂🍾🍻🥃🎆🎇



    I never knew that about today, Thank You! 😊.


    I first went to Primary School in Saint Mungo’s Townhead in the 60’s and was baptised in and made my First Holy Communion in the nearby Saint Mungo’s Cathedral. Whenever I go back to Glasgow, I always go back for a visit as a sort of Pilgrimage!



    I hope you have a Blessed and a Fantastic Day! 😊



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



    Yours in Celtic, 😊 🧣 🍀



    TB&F. 😊

  9. onenightinlisbon on

    MARTIM1980 on 13TH JANUARY 2021 1:09 PM



    Can you give an example of the lies you speak of?

  10. Danic, I remember Nakamura in his first game and came away knowing we had a talent. Henrik too thecfirst time I saw him in the flesh for Celtic. I got the same feeling watching turnbull against Lille. He is, as they say these days a player (im not doing the daft social media spelling)



    Hopefully a long term servant to the club. Certainly an asset. Soro too. Not flawless but tactically astute and aware and knows how to make space for himself. Lambert and MxStay were the best I’ve seen at doing that in tight midfield areas.

  11. I think Turnbull is an excellent player, the lob pass he has is a joy to watch and should reap goals for the team, however he cannot last a full game, maybe lack of games who knows but he tires as our whole team does from 70minutes onwards.

  12. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    A great big Hoopy Birthday to Favourite Uncle from me and Wee BGFC !!!



    Sad re: Archbishop Tartaglia – strangely coincidental with Glasgow’s Patron Saint’s Day.



    I didn’t see Walker’s comments re: Harper – although wouldn’t be surprised about anything he said. Thought the laddie faded in 2nd half, but was OK before that. Saw some comments that they may have had a hard, full training session before discovering during the day that they were involved.



    Personally, I really enjoyed the game on Monday (apart from the ironic late goal) – good effort in bad circumstances not of the players’ making. Lack of prior game time for the younger players – e.g., Dembele – did not help any who were involved.










    THANKS .My best pal at the Mungo was CHARLIE KELLY he lived in PARSON ST.


    He was great player .He played in same ST MUNGOS primary school as TONY GREEN .

  14. Paul 67


    The only role’s that need discussing is that of our manager and gutless overpaid incompetent blue pound loving CEO who was complicit to the 5 way agreement and spineless in calling out EBT’s and blatant cheating ?

  15. One night, no I’m too busy to repost such volume of content from the blog comments.



    It’s as if anyone here a) is part of the Celtic coaching team.


    B) sat in on all board meetings.



    Majority of what’s said around the majority of this is speculation.



    What we see on the park a different story. We can all call that as we see it- that’s football 😉

  16. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    The league is gone, therefore I don’t want ‘January signings’.



    I don’t want this manager spending another penny.



    We have enough to secure second and a CL qualifying birth. A decent Scottish Cup run is a bonus.



    All resources should be saved for the new manager.

  17. I hope this is taken in the spirit it is written:



    Question: How often have you been happy as a Celtic Supporter?







    I served mass at St Mungo’s Garthamlock with Tony Green for years.



    He should have played for Celtic.

  19. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on




    I thoroughly enjoyed Monday’s game too up until injury time.



    The young players had to suddenly step up, couldn’t have been easy with such short notice and circumstance.

  20. lets all do the huddle on

    thought harper and dembele looked weak



    cant be compared to turnbull and soro getting regular starting places, both of whom can physically look after themselves and the ball



    we need to get away from having wee weak boys in the team. we just get scudded about by other teams



    i wouldnt like to be the next manager. the rebuilding job required is incredible, wont be done over 1 transfer window and wont be sufficiently funded anyway

  21. PeterLatchfordsBelly on




    Some ludicrous reasoning in here. A licence for non-accountability for leaders in any walk of life.



    Should I be denied my right to vote in an election because I haven’t sat in on cabinet meetings?



    Should I be denied my right to strike because I wasn’t in the Board meeting that cut my salary by half?



    Must you be party to the detailed process to pass judgement on the implications?



    Abject nonsense.

  22. lets all do the huddle on

    i dont think we are getting value for money from our lennoxtown youth products



    are we trying to produce the wrong type of players?

  23. Celtics troubles would seem an opportunity for a few wee / big…………trolls.



    Thur urgent and unwavering invective is never, ever replaced with the genuine delight, joy and high spirits that normally characterizes Timdom.



    These are not normal times and we are grasping for hope.



    The critical faculties, we share, as Tims are rightly needed now and while they will genuinely wish the best for Timdom they’ll also be able to recognise our enemies masquerading as concerned citizens of Celtica.




  24. 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.



    why must Ewan start and in what position, in place of whom.

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