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. RIP ArchbishopTartaglia



    Recall that he spoke out about police harassment of Celtic fans at Pittodrie a number of years ago after a match that he attended.

  2. ST TAMS on 13TH JANUARY 2021 10:48 AM


    Dare any supporter criticise board or management.




    Instead we should be remembering being founded in 1888, wtf




    Keep girning .:-)

  3. St Tams at 12.42


    A truthful an honest article you say. So you agree with this bit.




    Celtic aren’t at all used to being told they are in the wrong; and certainly not from Scottish football officialdom



  4. Apart from the amalgamation of all the things that have conspired to make this season so difficult to bear,perhaps the restrictions imposed in response to Covid 19 are at least partly responsible for our angst in trying to deal with our Club`s failings?

  5. Very sorry to hear of Archbishop Philip’s death …



    Used to crack the odd joke with him on his way to Celtic Park of a match day (he used to park his car down Fordneuk Street way).



    I was also fortunate to be at Big Billy’s funeral mass at St Aloysius’, when he seemed to blow his own ‘Guidance on Homilies at Funeral Masses’ out of the water, thrilled as he was to be lead concelebrant at the funeral mass of one of his own gods (as it were).



    May he rest in peace …




  6. stpatricksbhoy on

    God Rest Archbishop Tartaglia. St Mungo pray for him. Another one of the good guys gone and season ticket holder as well .RIP.

  7. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on 13th January 2021 1:12 pm



    Which Echo chamber? The Unionist proddies are bad one? The pro Board one? Or the sack the board one?

  8. “CLINK\O/ 4X3 on 13TH JANUARY 2021 1:48 PM


    St Tams at 12.42



    A truthful an honest article you say. So you agree with this bit.




    `Celtic aren’t at all used to being told they are in the wrong; and certainly not from Scottish football officialdom` ”



    I haven`t read the article but I find it hard to believe that anyone who expressed that view is being `truthful and honest`. The kindest thing I could say of the Guardian author is that he is ignorant of the way of things in Scottish Football.

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Re young Harper


    I’ve been told he has had 3 games since March in reserve league and 1 training session since year news day prior to being stripped for his debut



    That added to nerves obviously contributed to his cramp and lack of sharpness

  10. Really Paul lolol ……..is it possible to impeach a CEO…….. Asking for a ………..in fact the whole of the CELTIC SUPPORT


    PHILBHOY on 13TH JANUARY 2021 1:23 PM



    I suspect you knew his brother JOHN .What a character.




    Tony was a few years older than me and I recall he had two older brothers but I don’t remember much about them.



    I met Tony when we were both alter bhoys.



    Played football with him a few times, magic.



    Hope you are having a great day!

  13. St Tams,



    I haven’t read the article but if it is as you describe it is just about the first time I have known him to criticise Celtic fairly. Imo, he is as bad as English.

  14. Hard enough for boys coming into this team,ask them where they think they play best,then try and accommodate them,don’t be playing them in positions they are not used to.

  15. CHAIRBHOY 11:12:



    You are either confusing my post at 8:12 with other posters or deliberately spinning nonsense to attribute claims on BR that I didn’t make nor think.



    What I actually said was that Brendan Rodgers was in discussions with a club in China in early summer of 2018. The DD article and quotes confirm this as fact.



    I also said that the Celtic board were were taken by surprise on this. Again, DD is quoted as saying that BR told him about the talks and offer from China so this isn’t social media rumour. I also heard it from someone who worked for Celtic at the time and I have no reason to believe why Celtic wouldn’t be surprised by BR speaking to or wanting to speak to a club in China in early summer of 2018. This is well before John McGinn went to Villa.



    Finally I said this was the beginning of the end for BR and Celtic. Again DD confirmed this in the article. He said it was then inevitable that he would eventually accept another offer and took steps to protect the club and renegotiating BRs terms with a get out clause and fee (all above board as you said).



    I’ve not blackened anyone’s name with social media rumour. The DD article backs up my original post.



    Take it easy. Hail hail

  16. Young Hendo version 1 didn’t get a fair crack of the whip



    Version2 came on in Europe, played well and disappeared out the squad for the next match.



    HH jg

  17. A number of years ago, Archbishop Philip and I flew out to Milan for the Episcopal Ordination of a mutual friend who is now Archbishop Of Milan. At the end of the Mass, Archbishop Philip came out of the sacristy where Bishops had vested and with phone in his hand there in the middle of the great Duomo of Milan told me what the Celtic score was.



    He was a true supporter. Phil, I hope your are in the Heavenly Paradise along with wee Jimmy, Big Jock, Tommy and the rest of those greats who past through Parkhead gates. Rest in Peace.

  18. Back 4 for Saturday.


    Ralston, Welah Duffy and Taylor.



    Actually liked the look of Harper, but is obviously a bit away from first team material.



    Didn’t think any of the subs made any impression. As for MJ. Get him out on loan.



    I also kept an eye on Porteous and thought he had good game

  19. onenightinlisbon on

    The “Keep The Faith” brigade would have happily allowed Celtic to play their matches in Cambuslang…sleekit or what?

  20. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Many thanks to all for the birthday wishes yesterday.


    My CQN jumps about like crazy but daughters have reminded me to thank you all


    Thought I had .

  21. glendalystonsils on




    The thought that could have happened gives me shudders .

  22. onenightinlisbon on




    Me too but there are some who would agree that black was white if it came out of Celtic Park.

  23. glendalystonsils on




    Just goes to show what can happen when your club is in the hands of the wrong people . Thank god those days are gone……………..oh, wait a minute ……..

  24. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    We are all collectively on a complete downer and each of us has to find ways of managing that.



    Ewan Murray, Dave King, STV employees, Sky Sports employees, BBC Sport Scotland employees …..



    Unsurprising I suppose that some will seek out and draw comfort from, or relate to, the views of just about anyone.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  25. R.I.P. ArchBishop Tartaglia… I never knew the Man but by all accounts on here is was a Good Man and a Good Celtic Man.


    Hes in heaven now scolding wee Jinky no doubt !





  26. Back to


    The disappointing thing is that we didn’t really enjoy the guad treble as we were already on a downer – at least I was

  27. The Ewan Murray article, unsurprisingly, fails the test of “good” and “honest” on many levels but this is the most damning



    “t cannot be emphasised often enough that Celtic should be in a different competitive stratosphere to this, owing to the years of leeway afforded by Rangers’ financial implosion.”



    “Financial implosion” , yir substantial Erse, Ewan!

  28. spikeysauldman on

    was mentioned on here yesterday…


    earlier CNN talking about CEOs buying the vaccine for their employees ;-(

  29. SFTB



    If the sentence was completed honestly with, ‘following their liquidation & reformation as a new club’….would you accept the wider analysis?


    HH jg

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