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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. McLeod is involved with Level 5, McCulloch no idea why he got the Celtic media job after his service with Clyde or Radio Sevco, must be a dearth of available people or maybe nobody cares who gets these jobs, much like the Security guys who are drawn from the ranks of retired Police Scotland personnel.

  2. Good evening friends.

     

     

    Highlight of last night was pre-match bumping into ole St DBBIA himself at a very sparsely populated gazebo.

     

    And very well you were looking too, sir.

     

    With 5 minutes to go a lot of folk in close proximity to me in the safe standing section were sharpening the knives. It’s true what they say about small margins and that late goal certainly improved my Friday at work.

     

    Rugby Patk is up there with my least favourite games to watch. But watch I shall in the hope that (a) we freshen up the starting eleven a bit (b) we adopt a ‘forward whenever possible’ to our ball movement and (c) we win and stay 2nd in the league as we continue our quest for 8 (EIGHT) in a row.

     

    45 minutes till the Tommy Burns film on Alba.

  3. Mahe

     

    God bless you.

     

    Just eaten the best Turkish mixed kebab ever.

     

    Fu as a puggy, therefore happy man.

     

    Pink Floyd Division Bell blasting out.

     

    Life is good.

     

    YNWA

  4. GENE

     

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    Or, maybe i’ve already got the best method, which i’ve been deploying since MO’N walked, keep my season ticket money away from the complicit PLC board’s hand’s, keep it in my pocket, and comfort myself in the knowledge that, at least the complicit PLC board urny shafting me!

     

    Or, I could be like you, pay up, shut up, sit at the back of the bus, and suck it up.

     

    Fairhillbhoy – Who cares what you think ?

     

    HH

     

    Laters.

     

     

     

     

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  5. Kev

     

     

     

    Being a PLC gives anyone the opportunity to buy shares and gain control of the club – so instead of just coming on here and insulting supporters with your gullible tag – go and form a movement e.g. ‘Celts for Change’ – start buying share – if you really want the board out then’ that’s the way to do it’

     

     

    punchandjudyCSC

  6. GENE

     

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    Or, maybe i’ve already got the best method, which i’ve been deploying since MO’N walked, keep my season ticket money away from the complicit PLC board’s hand’s, keep it in my pocket, and comfort myself in the knowledge that, at least the complicit PLC board urny shafting me!

     

    Or, I could be like you, pay up, shut up, sit at the back of the bus, and suck it up.

     

    HH

     

     

     

     

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  7. Jobo

     

    Got a ticket for Rugby Park today courtesy of J McCormick of this parish.

     

    Cannae wait. Great away ground atmosphere in Kilmarnock

     

    YNWA

  8. DD

     

     

    The The The (or just The The?) show was great. Musically, one of the tightest shows I have seen in ages. The arrangments were updated, so not as 80’s synth sounding, but still recognizable. And Matt Johnston came across as a really nice guy. All ’round great show. Go see them if you have a chance. I think you would enjoy them.

     

     

    The Proclaimers are in town on Sunday night. I may go see them. I had birthday cake with them 30 something years ago at a show.

  9. BP

     

    There is a wee Turkish style sausage left.

     

    The biggest eat I have ever had for £8

     

    Magic munch.?

  10. and again

     

    Kev

     

     

    Being a PLC gives anyone the opportunity to buy shares and gain control of the club – so instead of just coming on here and insulting supporters with your gullible tag – go and form a movement e.g. ‘Celts for Change’ – start buying share – if you really want the board out then’ that’s the way to do it’

     

     

    punchandjudyCSC

  11. Bada

     

    Thanks – Mrs Gene watching some film – so got Tommy Burns set to record

     

     

    God Bless Tommy Burns CSC

  12. MIT

     

    Matt Johnson is a genius. Knew you would love him. Seen him many times. Once with Sinead O’Connor. Once with Genius Johnny Marr. Once with Jools Holland.

     

    TheThe CSC

  13. this is the way

     

     

    Kev

     

     

    Being a PLC gives anyone the opportunity to buy shares and gain control of the club – so instead of just coming on here and insulting supporters with your gullible tag – go and form a movement e.g. ‘Celts for Change’ – start buying share – if you really want the board out then’ that’s the way to do it’

     

     

    punchandjudyCSC

  14. J McCormick

     

    Pleasure to meet you too. Especially since you were giving me a ticket to see oor team.

     

    Thanks again J.

     

    YNWA

  15. Saw something on social media earlier linking to the official Sevco site and news that a ‘limited number of official new strips’ could finally be bought, but only online via one specific Sevco-related site. Decided, just out of curiosity, to follow the link. That was just before 8pm when i was told I was in a queue, that the page would reload every 15 seconds and that I shouldn’t navigate away as I’d lose my place.

     

    As I’m still in the ques does this mean (a) that most of their 500 million worldwide fanbase are ahead of me or (b) that they don’t actually have any for sale yet but are trying to create an impression that demand is high?

     

    Just in cae I make it to the online till before 9pm (Tommy Burns Time) if anyone want me to purchase their lovely away strip just let me know whether you’d prefer the sash to be blue on top of red or red on top of blue…..

  16. Turkeybhoy

     

    Villarreal are playing their big local derby on Sunday against Valencia. They played their 3rd team last night. Huns are on that pill deludamol.

     

    YNWA

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