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  1. THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM

     

     

    I don’t think any tactics can allow for the sort of mistakes we made to give them two goals last night. Maybe the second goal could have been avoidable with a deeper lying let back, we do seem a bit susceptible to balls down the channels with a back 3, but I think a left wing back who has the pace to get up and down better than Taylor would also help

     

     

    Normally you’d think two goals at Livingston would be enough. We hit the post and had a couple of other decent chances as well.

     

     

    I think our defence is going through a bit of a shaky spell, I don’t think Lenny’s tactics are entirely to blame. he did try something different last night from the normal 3-5-2 as well

  2. I’m not tempting fate: I’m asking a question (possibly for a friend):

     

     

    Is ‘quadreble’ a real word (yet) … ?

     

     

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  3. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    Sunday 12th April – Scottish Cup Semi-Final

     

     

    Celtic vs Aberdeen K/O 3pm

     

     

    HH

  4. CELTIC40ME on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:10 AM

     

     

    I think it’s more selection than tactics.

     

     

    Maybe I’m projecting here but I think a lot of Celtic fans would have wanted to see Frimpong start the last few games.

     

     

    I also think fans are unconvinced on Taylor as a wing-back.

  5. TIMALOY29 on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:27 AM

     

     

    I don’t see how a different team selection would have helped last night – unless you want to drop Forster and Julien who ultimately cost us two points.

     

     

    Taylor doesn’t convince at left wing back but on nights like last night I’d rather him than Boli. Same for Ibrox

  6. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    CELTIC40ME on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:33 AM

     

     

    Taylor doesn’t convince at left wing back but on nights like last night I’d rather him than Boli. Same for Ibrox

     

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    To be fair, Bolingoli was excellent last time at Ibrox and a real factor in our win.

     

     

    HH

  7. At the business end of the season any manager is going to choose his go-to guys, hoping for some that they play themselves out of poor form but knowing that they have in their locker the experience of winning trophies.

     

     

    Neil has Fraser, Callum, Scott and James as shoe-ins. He has a favoured CH partnership in the 2 Kris’s and a worldie up front in Eddie. Arguably that is 7 players who will always play. I think since the Rangers game you could argue Ollie makes it 8.

     

     

    There’s 3 fluid positions arguably – RB, LB and a No 10 / LW.

     

     

    Had KT and Lustig stayed (2 tremendous players) you would have added him them to the ‘go-to’ list but in both areas we’ve struggled to replace like for like. Not a surprise.

     

     

    Then it’s a wealth of attacking variation that remains the next category – Leigh, Ryan, Tom, Moi, Mikey J when fit.

     

     

    Ultility backup in Jozo and Nir.

     

     

    That for me is a big reason we don’t look like rotating.

     

     

    Once we’ve secured the league then chance to play, in the right environment, Soro, Bayo, Klimala, Dembele, Robertson, Henderson, Arzani, etc.

     

     

    It’s a bit risk averse (you see English teams flood their lesser priorities with youngsters) but Neil won’t, and I don’t think we would let him.

  8. BIG WAVY on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:41 AM

     

     

    We’ve built a rod for our own backs – we wouldn’t accept playing a much less experienced group in the League Cup when its the perfect opportunity to give players a chance while resting overworked first teamers.

  9. SIEMPRE CELTIC (FORMERLY TRADITIONALIST88) on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:35 AM

     

     

    He was, but he’s been a liability since then.

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    CELTIC40ME on 5TH MARCH 2020 12:05 PM

     

     

    Ibrox wasnt his only good game, but agree he generally wasnt able to convince that he could maintain that level.

     

     

    HH

  11. Celtic40Me

     

     

    I agree fella. It’s a clear reason we hit December each year on empty.

     

     

    If we did a poll of Celtic fans, would we play the kids in the league cup and early Scottish cup rounds, raising chances of going out?

     

     

    I’m not sure, espeically if the Huns won it, we would be as pragmatic.

  12. Hard to be too critical of players on that pitch, we made a few bad decisions and two colossal errors to gift them two goals.

     

     

    Forster and Jullien are two of the main reasons we are doing so well in the league and were immense in Europe for us.

     

     

    They will have learned their lesson and we gained a point versus der Hun, who are imploding as we speak.

     

     

    Nevertheless we deserved at least a point.

     

     

    Onto Saturday, another three points to be won an a decent grass pitch for a change!

  13. CELTIC40ME on 5TH MARCH 2020 11:33 AM

     

     

    I don’t see how a different team selection would have helped last night – unless you want to drop Forster and Julien who ultimately cost us two points.

     

     

    Taylor doesn’t convince at left wing back but on nights like last night I’d rather him than Boli. Same for Ibrox

     

     

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    Individual mistakes are there to see.

     

     

    But we looked far more dangerous going forward with Frimpong on the pitch. If he and Griff started in the place of the ineffective Elyounoussi & Taylor we may have scored more goals or have had more possession in their half.

     

     

    Putting less pressure on our CB’s

     

     

    Frimpong has been excellent for us all season and really lifted the team when he came on. He has the ability to influence games.