Managers are keen to use record transfer players


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. celticrollercoaster on

    BIG PACKY 1 on 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018 12:26 AM


    Thank you. Enjoy that beer



    Petec-hope you are well?







  2. CRC



    May I add my congratulations to your daughters achievement and I hope she goes on to much better things, am just glad she has Mrs CRCs brains :-) I will be jointing LMS before next Friday keep up the good work M

  3. Throughout a long (and much longer than I ever thought it would be) life, I just had two basic criteria by which I measured my readiness to venture forth and face a world that always was at odds with the tombola existence inside my head.



    Every morning I went through those two tests…..



    1. Put my socks on standing up….no leaning on anything allowed.


    2. Do a Cossack dance?



    Till just over a year ago I never really had a problem, but then sadly Irene Cara, Fame, Laminate Flooring, besocked feet and a leap in the air brought my world crashing around me.



    I lay on the floor for a while and refused to believe that it was more than twisted I hobbled around for a week, the five minute saunter to the pub taking 40 minutes. Eventually I gave in and attended the Vicky where they showed me the mess that I had made of the break, torn ligaments and general trauma of the joint.



    I got a stookie ….which to be fair after decoration I was quite proud of.



    See pics at http://alturl.com/buu2y



    It’s over a year now but the damage was sufficient to ensure that Cossack dancing and socks on standing up remain an ambition. But additionally the lack of activity has probably allowed other creeping ailments to enter through the open door of ‘getting on a bit’.



    My unhappiness at proving humanly frail has known no bounds, and as always I have recorded my angst for posterity as follows.



    Joints are achin’, hands are shakin’


    Knees are creakin’, bladder leakin’


    Walk’s a stumble, speech a mumble


    Sod this getting auld!



    Snotters runnin’, ankles done in


    Scalp aye itchin’, sides wae stitch in


    Bowels are seepin’, wind won’t keep in,


    Stuff this getting auld



    Always grumpy, heartbeat jumpy


    last three teeth, gum-bleed beneath


    Hair weave rug frae nose an’ lug


    Screw this getting Auld



    Jawline saggy, eyes aw baggy


    Shoulders droopy, mind’s gone loopy,


    Death mask grinnin’, Reaper winnin’


    Ach Feck this getting Auld



    Hail Hail




  4. celticrollercoaster on




    Thank you my friend.



    Fixtures out later day for week 1. Think we are about 90 strong heading towards the magnificent 100



    Will check and update later. Been chilling last couple of days







  5. Gutenberg 12.14am



    Don’t disagree but I knew they were cheating since MoJo but the rules don’t apply…



    Stopping 10



    I loved Harold but Mr Brattbsck played on the shoulder Henrik & Harold stopping 10 was pretty special



    By the way if the ones I listed I can assure you there were no incorrect answers :-)

  6. Europes Finest has been Closed. Laughable Don’t watch those games.



    Horrific but it is what it is.



    Celtic getting 8 Titles in a Row will be Remarkable.



    The Refereeing has been abysmal in Every single one of those Seasons where Celtic is Concerned.



    And not good for Celtic.



    It is so Sad Referees who are actually good at what they do dinnae make it in SCOTLAND.

  7. CRC 12.42am



    Like many others you are my CQN if it wasn’t for P67 you might not have had to put up with my rubbish face to face :-)

  8. GFTB. Gerry need to go to bed up 6-30 in the morning, before I go yogis bar is not there anymore because the asda is there now, is jim brogans bar still there.hh.

  9. Big Packy



    I think Yogis might be down Kirkwood area … as a Summerlee Bhoy we still have our boundary’s and Kirkwood is full of Kirkwood people :-)




  10. Petec



    Your religious stuff doesn’t bother me am a rubbish catholic but …. I need to make sure my daughter is brought up the same way as me….. when she hits 16 and tells me to bolt I will be devastated but it is expected … I will never try and influence her BUT on Thursday night she was jumping about the living room like a nutter I blame that JohnBay guy that used to post on here as it was him that paid for her first game at paradise

  11. Petec



    Celtic is beautiful



    We reside in beautiful days



    Although Tommy Burns as manager was amazing fitba



    My Celtic never need to win and by the way I was in the lower Broomloan when Ray Wilkins put that in the postage stamp when some Celtic fans started leaving they got “told” to get back to their seats …. result apart I loved that day :-)



    My Celtic never need to win :-)

  12. Half Hail


    Tommy Burns


    Two finals


    85 & 88




    Two late goals




    2 1




    Floated back


    Tae Dundee




    He lived a life




    Tommy Burns



  13. By the way am thinking about gatecrashing Wednesday in Shields Road … if invited :-)



    More or less to meet you Petec already drank with the other two

  14. Gerry nae seats in that enclosure, I was there too on that day.



    An unbelievable strike by Ray (RIP).



    Never went to the Hate Factory since. I stayed to the end howevaaah. A St Pats/ Bellsmyre Bhoy unti I Die.

  15. Petec it was in the Broomloan road… we queued up at Celtic Park andcwdnt through the Celtic end turn styles £7 @ ticket none of the 49 & 50s back then ….



    Maybe we were the 10hr wait £7 gullibiles



    I wish I was one of the Celtic fans going to Killie tomorrow ????

  16. Gerry, dinnae take the pish out of Kevin.



    If you have an issue deal with it.



    I have enough to worry about.



    Aidan is going to Nightclubs.

  17. Petec



    Whit ?



    No issues with any poster on here



    Not sure why you brought the most negative poster on here into the conversation



    Not for me CSC

  18. No been on in a whiley


    Amazing the wiy ye speak


    When yer back in Dundee


    Em in Tayport


    An em really happy


    Fev nil


    The morun



    Hail Hail

  19. Bada 2.12am



    If you do let him know my mobile is still the same but going from


    iPhone 20 to iPhone 88 I lost al my contacts …. my number is still the sane and I will take it as a compliment if the big chap dinghys me :-)

  20. BP- if you look at the lighting in the Jack Ruby underground car park, you can’t get a similar place right now all these years on…..

  21. Petec 2.08am



    That’s a poor post



    I didn’t mention anybody but you are pandering to an attention seeker

  22. Bada



    My friends & family loved his company if it wasn’t for Cqn I would not have met our Weet Weet Weet …. ask him my friends & family loved him …



    Georgian CSC

  23. Em in Tayport


    An eh want to watch the gem the morra


    Will travel.


    Even across the water


    Suggestions ?


    No been here for years


    Thanks in advance


    Hail Hail

  24. Gerryfaethebrig,



    I’m Nothing…Nothing at all.



    Aidan shoots me down for saying I bought the Bros Album.



    It is absolute Cringe for a cool Dude Today.



    Get yersel along to the Pub on wWwednesday, yer Beer will be sitting waiting,

  25. Just watched the Tommy Burns programme…….wonderful, we are truly blessed to have this man to be part of our history. Fantastic family, I remember being at Celtic Park, listening to the service on the loudspeakers, Billy Stark……an amazing eulogy ,a guy who shouldn’t be forgotten

  26. Bada B… I hope the Suits realise things,



    January is not a Good Time to recruit.




    Thank the Almighty that Brendan is our Manager.

  27. Gerry,






    Broonie is oot on his feet. He is a fighter like KT.




    Hopefully the 2000 crew are gonnnae come Through.

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