Livi pitch an appropriate white flag


Before we get into the meat of the matter, I would like to record how impactful Kristoffer Ajer is at full back.  He is not a full back, of course, this is not even his second best position, but he can get beyond his man and send a dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty box.  This marks him as unique in our full back options.  Of the many lessons from the season, let one be that we need better full backs at both sides of the field.

Conceding fouls inside your own half is not considered a capital crime at other clubs, so we should temper our annoyance at Shane Duffy (or the absent, but often guilty, Diego Laxalt), but we all know Celtic cannot defend set-pieces.  At Livingston’s first goal, it was the otherwise excellent Kris Ajer who failed to track his man, not Nir Bitton, who stuck like glue to his opponent but was blamed by a scapegoat seeking Sky co-commentator.

When Livingston breached the Celtic defence for a second time, I was not concerned, as we were playing well and I expected a 30-minute onslaught towards the Livingston goal.  Instead, Livingston consolidated their position, aided by four substitutions in 17 minutes either side of the goal, which finished Celtic as a threat.  Credit to David Martindale.

Scott Brown’s ‘Get stuck into them’ cameo might have worked in a different era.  We have seen similar flailing arms go completely unpunished against us, but it was the last thing we needed last night.  By full time, the Livingston pitch resembled a very appropriate white flag.

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  1. While part of me would be delighted to get Eddie Howe, part of me would be furious that this wasn’t done while the league was still salvageable. Most of us could see the season falling apart and Eddie Howe has always been available.

  2. Neil signed a contract and he is due cash if gets bumped. Like any other employee.



    I wish it was October 2020 though.



    D :)

  3. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Bada Bing


    Yeah – they have got the recruitment model spot on. The owner is really into the data/stats side – although I am sure there is much more to it than picking names off spreadsheets!


    They seem to lose their best player(s) every year and still replace them. Could be lessons there too – how many left-backs are we on now since Tierney left?


    Recruitment is one side of it though – you still have to coach the players and they look a well-coached team to me.


    Thomas Frank is certainly somebody who would be worth looking at, although I think we should get away from starting with a name and look at WHAT we are looking for and then seeing who has those skills.

  4. I would guess a 1 year rolling contract means 1 year salary if fired without notice or resignation with 1 year notice

  5. squire danaher on

    !!BADA BING!! on 21ST JANUARY 2021 8:42 PM


    I haven’t seen anyone posting NL should go without getting what he’s due,or cutting a deal….






    I don’t know how you define it, but this site has been filled on a daily basis for weeks with people saying if NL was the Celtic Legend he is meant to be he would Do The Right Thing and go.



    I take that to mean that a large percentage of the support think he should walk away and forego what is is due.

  6. If they fire him now without notice he is due a year’s salary


    If they told him 6 months ago he’s due 6 months salary




    And why would he.



    ” I’ll just resign, even although I know they’ve nobody else never mind anybody better lined up? ”



    Then of course he also has the ‘where the bodies are buried’ ace up his sleeve, they couldn’t even sack Tony Mowbray properly.

  8. “BANKIEBHOY1 on 21ST JANUARY 2021 8:46 PM





    at it.”



    To whom do you refer, Mr Bankiebhoy?

  9. Let’s see and 1/4 is still very low odds, sometimes the bookies get a little bit of inside info.



    I think it’s on the cards and may be no bad thing, who knows ?



    Just don’t care anymore and sick of the whole situation. I would prefer if lenny done himself no more damage and I think the French connection have flung him under the bus.



    Not one have performed this season.




  10. SD- ive posted myself for him to go,but pay him off,cut a deal or gardening leave,just get him out

  11. If Lenny does want to go he could give them notice he’s resigning 1 year from now, then the ball is in their court.



    I think that’s how it works

  12. 31003 on 21ST JANUARY 2021 8:45 PM



    If it’s a one year rolling contract then he’s entitled to one year’s wages if he’s sacked. There might be bonuses to sort out too.



    The contract would probably stipulate what notice he should give if he resigns, though how realistic that is I don’t know.

  13. lets all do the huddle on

    If they fire him now without notice he is due a year’s salary




    If they told him 6 months ago he’s due 6 months salary




    i dont think thats right



    if they told him 6 months ago then he would just have stopped working 6 months ago because he would still get a years wages



    if you were told you could get a years wages without going into work would you still go in?

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Just caught a chunk of the first half of Liverpool vs Burnley.



    Two things jump out.



    1. Sean Dyche’s team are everything the current Celtic team are not.



    I wonder what kind of clauses he has in his contract?



    2. Andy Robertson misses Virgil’s promptings and set up. He is still a smashing player but nothing like his peak performance of previously.



    Kieran Tierney, with a season to acclimatise to the EPL under his belt, is already looking like a better player. 3 years younger too.



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith




    From memory they put BTM on garden leave, which I thought at the time was a cheapskate move, and would be seen as such by any future replacements, so cheapskate and short termist.

  16. Ray Singh-Carr on

    Another day where the corporate governors of our great Club have continued to fiddle while we have continued burning. An astonishing level of incompetence/intransigence. Shocking. Hopefully hell has a special corner for them. They have trampled on the dreams of the real Celtic support.

  17. Pochettino was on gardening leave from Spurs for over a year, about 100k a week…..it’s very common

  18. Sean Dyche and a lot of the EPL managers tactics is not to lose – Celtic expect to win every game so they’re player selection etc is on that basis.

  19. Huddle



    They can tell him now his contract will not be renewed a year from now. He can tell them similar.


    If they told him that 6 months ago but want him out now they will still have to pony up the remainder…..6 months

  20. lets all do the huddle on

    tierney has been terrific lately for arsenal. their play all seems to be geared around getting the ball to him and they look a much better team for it



    previously they had been been a team of highly paid individuals who looked like they couldnt give a shit, punching well below their weight



    sounds familiar

  21. Dermot Desmond wants Lenny to remain in place .


    No matter whether Lenny resigns or he is served notice to quit .


    The club know that they will have to pay him for 12 months from the point that either party serves notice.



    I have no doubt that Dermot has sanctioned PL to look for another manager .


    Dermot himself may be involved in that search and the recruitment process.



    But it is obvious that Dermot has decided that we are better with Lenny in place for the time being , than we would be without him.



    But make no bones about it PL is following DD’s instructions.




  22. If Lenny was Uber successful, got a better deal elsewhere and resigned right now, he’d have to pay them a years worth of his salary

  23. Finishing touches now being applied to Eddie Howe’s Celtic contract with details still to be finalised in Jason Tindall’s (assistant manager) offer. It is expected Howe will be unveiled by Friday 29th with Martin Reilly now negotiating Neil Lennon’s severance package. Dermot Desmond had hoped to have matters completed by Monday next week but the hold up is is purely on minor contractual / legal details. Eddie Howe will be the new Celtic boss.



    That was just sent to me

  24. lets all do the huddle on

    If they told him that 6 months ago but want him out now they will still have to pony up the remainder…..6 months




    yeah but if they told him 6 months ago then that is the start of his years notice



    so down tools…



    anyway, we are guessing his contract situation but 1 years rolling contracts seem to be the popular choice for recruiting managers



    bottom line is that if this is a stand off between NL and PL then it is us and the team that are suffering while they collect cash



    the PLC should pay up now, but it might upset PLs bonus

  25. lets all do the huddle on

    If Lenny was Uber successful, got a better deal elsewhere and resigned right now, he’d have to pay them a years worth of his salary




    i think that is right



    but right now he looks more Uber driver than Uber successful

  26. lets all do the huddle on

    You can’t just down tools on notice. That’s a sackable offence. No monies due at that point




    ahh, i see where your coming from about telling him 6 months ago




  27. 1/4 ? Eddie Howe don’t know about him coming,If Newcastle get beat this weekend,I’m sure Eddie will be the Geordies new manager,I keep seeing on here about James McCarthy coming to us ,not for me injury prone,and I would think he will turn out like Duffy,as for coaches there are plenty of them out there ,Germany,Italy ,Spain ,Norway,etc

  28. SID on 21ST JANUARY 2021 6:50 PM



    Burnley 78



    Last night you embarrassed yourself telling us how we could still win the league, your delusion is almost comical.



    Tonight you state an entitled fan base is what’s deterring potential managers not a meddling CEO.



    You’re quickly becoming a joke figure






    Come on Sid.i think your better than above post.Youv been posting years and you,like me would have seen some jokers over the years.



    By all means wire in,breakdown Celtic and all things this year but shiting on the hopes of a Celtic fan,at any time,making it out a joke is just wrong.Hope is why we have a continious history.That hope is ours,the fans,




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

    CLINK\O/ 4X3 on 21ST JANUARY 2021 8:30 PM


    This was not a dig at you BGFC.





    No worries – and thanks, that’s very nice of you to say so :-)))



    Everybody’s just pissed off and thoroughly scunnered.



    Problem with blogs is that writing something down has much more permanence than mouthing off in the pub. Gives the casters-up free reign to steam into people about things they may have said months or years ago!!



    I’m sure most would be embarrassed at some of the things that come unbidden from our mouths at times, especially if they were rendered indelible by being recorded on a searchable blog site :-))






  30. 31003



    Let’s have a friendly bet .


    One pint of Guinness to the winner.



    I say that Eddie Howe will not be the next Celtic manager .