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Managers are keen to use record transfer players

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Football is all about the creation and utilisation of space.  The first thing Leigh Griffiths did to create the goal last night was leave space in the box for him to exploit.  If Leigh occupied the traditional centre forward position, there would have been no space for him to leave his marker and the goal would not have happened.  This is a striking example of football intelligence.

Until that moment, Celtic were disarmingly impotent.  Too often this season we have been dependent on opponents making a defensive mistake, and, if like St Mirren they don’t, we look laboured.

It was difficult to assess Filip Benkovic against St Mirren on Friday, he was never pressed and was skinned once, but you could see what all the fuss was about last night.  The Croat looks the real deal: fast, good in the air and comfortable on the ball.  He will take more responsibility in the weeks to come.

Celtic improved when Brendan Rodgers abandoned his initial plan on 57 mins, replacing Tom Rogic and Forrest with Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston.  Almost immediately, Callum McGregor burst into newly available space (my word of the day) in the box.  From then on Rosenborg were under pressure.  The entire stadium knew the game was there to be won, we just needed our chief goal-scorer on the field.

When managers break transfer records for a player they are keen to play him, but leaving Odsonne alone inside the box isn’t working.  We have options for Rugby Park on Sunday, but our treble goes on the line at the League Cup quarter-final at McDiarmid on Wednesday.  We need to be ready for it.

I’m nine days from the Great Scottish Run half marathon, which I’m totally unprepared for.  The ‘Why did I say I’d do this?’ thought has occurred, but you know why.  If you and I cannot do our best for the Celtic FC Foundation, we are missing a whole lot of what it means to be Celtic.

The Foundation means we can connect right back to that hall in Calton in November 1887, when Bro Walfrid said, “Let’s form a football team to help feed the poor.”  This is where we came from and, if you and I have any say in the matter, it remains a central part of where we are going.

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  1. BACK TO BASICS – GLASS HALF FULL on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 1:17 PM

     

     

    “Through Peter Lawwell’s continued involvement in the Board of the European Club Association, the Club Competitions Committee at UEFA and the Professional Football Strategy Council of UEFA, the Club and the game in Scotland are well represented in this very important arena”

     

     

    No wonder the crooked, corrupt, vested interests at Hampden and (dilapidated) Ibrox are desperate to get PL out of the picture and are using all available means to foment unrest.

     

     

    *and that’s about the size of it, how many on here were desperate tae stop that mob getting 9, the Bunnet knew it was crooked and concentrated on giving us a stadium tae be proud of and financial stability.

  2. ‘GG on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 1:46 AM

     

     

    GFB These are the best days of our lives.

     

     

    *absolutely, I was a lhad of 17 summers when Jock came back and by the time he left I was 3.5k miles away and married with 2 weans. I loved that period but this is way better.

  3. Tontine

     

    Danny is the best thing to ever come out of Drumchapel.

     

    Danny McGrain 2

     

    World Class

  4. Wow – That is an incredible Goal.

     

     

    I hope the Young Man does very well down there. Always Love seeing Celts do well when they move on, likewise I always want Celtic Supporters to do well.

     

     

    Move on, learn, and take the challenge from the Hun seriously.

  5. Petec

     

    First time I have heard that Morrissey Marr classic performed by Noel Gallagher.

     

    There is a light and it never goes out.

     

    Manchester Magical Musicians.

     

    YNWA

  6. Melbourne Mick will be in your neck of the woods in mid December, visiting Sydney, Mount Martha/Mornington and Melbourne. Will be in touch nearer the time, Mrs Hebcelt and i are doing a grand tour of South East Asia Nov – Jan. looking forward to meeting up Hail Hail Hebcelt

  7. Livingston conceded 3 to us on the first day, then have only conceded 1 in their next 5 matches. Crazy stat. 3rd in the table.

  8. Looking forward to my trip to Rugby Park tomorrow. 3 points please Celtic. Hearts draw a boost

     

    YNWA

  9. THE_HUDDLE on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 4:51 PM

     

    Aston Villa 1-2 Sheff Wed

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Steven Fleming (67 mins)

     

     

    VG :))

  10. Petec

     

    Underground fae Partick to Shields Road. The Stanley is round the corner. See you Wednesday about 5pm mi amigo.

     

    YNWA

  11. Garry,

     

     

    Cheers, Njoi the game the morra, I think Celtic will be Very Good down there.

     

     

    A TB tribute will be Celtic scoring 5.

     

     

    See you and BRRB Wednesday for a few.

     

     

    HH

  12. !!BADA BING!! on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 5:02 PM

     

    Ratface McCann will definitely get his Harry Potters now?

     

     

    ——

     

     

    Back in the studio with Kris and Kris though ?

  13. NAEBALANCE misses penalty.

     

     

    st mirren lose 3 yes 3 goals to hamilton yes F ….KIN hamilton.

  14. BACK TO BASICS – GLASS HALF FULL on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 1:17 PM

     

     

     

    “Through Peter Lawwell’s continued involvement in the Board of the European Club Association, the Club Competitions Committee at UEFA and the Professional Football Strategy Council of UEFA, the Club and the game in Scotland are well represented in this very important arena”

     

     

     

    No wonder the crooked, corrupt, vested interests at Hampden and (dilapidated) Ibrox are desperate to get PL out of the picture and are using all available means to foment unrest.

     

     

    ———

     

    Hardly, they’ve just voted PL back onto the SPFL Board.

  15. FAVOURITE UNCLE on 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018 5:11 PM

     

     

    NAEBALANCE misses penalty.

     

     

    *Livi now managed by an ex-Celt

     

     

    st mirren lose 3 yes 3 goals to hamilton yes F ….KIN hamilton.

     

     

    *i blame it on the plastic pitch

  16. Hertz dropping 2 points makes our game a bonus tomorrow. 3 points won wi style please.

     

    Glad I am going

     

    YNWA

  17. Pat Bonner

     

     

    Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

     

     

     

     

     

    ” I don’t know where Dundee go from here. They need three points from somewhere and I don’t know if Neil McCann will stay in the job by the time they face Hamilton next week. I hope he is as he gave up that TV job to take his chance

     

     

    I don’t know where Dundee go from here. They need three points from somewhere and I don’t know if Neil McCann will stay in the job by the time they face Hamilton next week. I hope he is as he gave up that TV job to take his chance”

     

     

    *wonder if he prefers Campbells or Heinz or mibbees Baxters a good craft name.

  18. Petec

     

    E’s are good. He’s Ebeneezer Goode.

     

    Anyone got any Vera Lynne’s?

     

    Lovely

     

    Shamen CSC

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  20. Petec

     

    Richard Ashcroft is a genius

     

    Thank you for that video.

     

    I’m never coming down.

     

    YNWA

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