McInnes deflects from farce of a game


There was so much to cover in yesterday’s win over Kilmarnock it is probably best if we start with how the day ended. Derek McInnes’s feeble post-match contribution that Hyeongyu Oh should have received a red, not a yellow card, for a high boot, was a classic defective move.

This game was a farce from the outset as McInnes tactics failed to give his team any chance of competing in the game. On 31 minutes he made two substitutions which filled some of the gaps in his midfield. By then, the score was 0-4, soon even Callum McGregor slipped into casual mode. Celtic are miles stronger than anyone else in the league and can have no complaints when opponents sit in and defend. We can, however, expect them to be tactically ready for the game. Kilmarnock were not.

They only retain a chance of avoiding relegation due to their plastic pitch, which has earned them 26 of their 28 points – their 2 points away from home are 9 fewer than the second worst away team in the league. They are untutored at how to play on grass and no amount of loose talk from Derek McInnes can hide this fact.

Kyogo exploited all that empty space in the middle of the park, with a solo effort that put his side ahead before his team-mates broke sweat. A crisp passing move culminated in Alistair Johnston pitching a cross for Daizen Madea to head home, before a Matt O’Riley double completed the champions’ scoring for the day.

The day started with Ange Postecoglou dropping Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers from the squad due to the pitch. With a 12-point lead this was the correct decision, but I am never comfortable with the mental sign players get when others are rested. It means ‘this game is less important that those to come’, which is correct, but often induces a lack of intensity. Celtic got the job done before slipping into second gear.

A great season is drawing to a close with Celtic looking ever-stronger.

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  1. I’ve moaned before about the plastic pitches ( as we all have ). They are an outrageous advantage to the home teams. Kilmarnock wouldn’t be in the SPL without theirs. Also their ludicrous behavior regarding not selling empty seats to our supporters only furthr raises my hackles. I am praying they go down.

  2. McInnes said he had a player who shouldn’t have had a player sent off,for a similar chchallenge to Oh…..but wants Oh sent off……the logic of a bitter twisted hun.

  3. What is the Starz on



    Put me down for my usual 3 candidates


    Jonny Hayes,Liam Scales and Jonny Hayes

  4. Prestonpans bhoys on




    He also said it was the same VAR officials which one of the blogs said was a load of 💩💩

  5. Mcinness did his impression of Nielson at full time. Can these guys not see how utterly pathetic such comments on the back of a hiding are ?



    Anyway, its very much all about Hampden now. The two week count down has started.

  6. The referee choked the life out of the second half, seeing fouls nobody was claiming for,to run the clock down, if we put 6 or 7 past them ,McInnes would have been bagged

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Couldn’t care less about McInnes, but really impressed with Johnston at the first goal – pushing his opponent back towards his own goal. Bit freakish that it ended up in a goal for Celtic, but still really good defending. I can certainly think of a few of our former defenders that would have been diving in to try and win a ball that didn’t need to be won and probably giving away a foul.


    Three more points in the bag!

  8. bournesouprecipe on

    High time the SFA were clamping comments from Derek McInnes who blamed Celtic for being so good, whilst his own club has been dying on its feet through bad management for years. Where would football be without the travelling but severely restricted Celtic away support?



    Bad enough being in Kilmarnock in the first place but on a Sunday morning, for a midday KO arriving from all over Scotland England and Ireland is not a proper match day experience. The mausoleum of Rugby Park complete with faux grass is committing Hari Kiri year, on year refusing Celtic supporters money. McKinnes’s wicked deflection, might not last till summer, and another unmediated Zombie dying in a ditch.



    An easy enough act to follow are Setterday Sevco, futility and the hope that kills them outclassed in every 24 hour cycle. AP slots in his buys in the system that stays the same, as his squad charge towards new records every week.



    Matt O’Riley and Tomi Iwata have both stepped up following the injuries to Reo Hatate and Aaron Mooy. Matt has benefited from his benching and the J league player of the year, could keep the jersey for a spell.



    Kyogo just scores, and if his skill and infectiousness isn’t enough to drag you along to Parkhead for a rare as shyte from a rocking horse Saturday 3.00 shot, who is?



    MOM Tomi Iwata

  9. Paul 67,



    Excellent article.



    Mcinnes is just a very poor manager and always has been.



    Under Ange its an easy six away points for us, but I still hope they go down.




  10. Apart from the 3 points, the positives from the plastic pitch were the performances of Kobayashi and Iwata. Despite limited appearances, they both showed they will fit into Ange’s system and cover for any injuries we may face.


    We will need cover playing in the CL.

  11. Brilliant first half yesterday. Three things we should be looking to improve: throw-ins (they are woeful and often end up going to the opposition), corner kicks (low return of goals for the amount of corners we get) and penalties (wasn’t confident that Kyogo would score yesterday and generally, we don’t seem too confident at taking them). All the Japanese boys were excellent yesterday.




    Thanks to SFTB for giving me his Season Card before he went to Japan with his Missus for two weeks.


    This means that I will be in the Lower MAIN Stand for the game against Motherwell this Saturday.



    I am really looking forward to being in PARADISE once more.


    I can only hope that SFTB remembers to bring me back a Photo of KYOGO’s Hoose ?





    HH to SFTB….and all the other GOOD Guys on here.

  13. Young ” YUKI” looks to be a VERY ELEGANT Player.


    I was very impressed with him yesterday, especially on that so called Football Pitch.


    I have high hopes for the Bhoy, as I am sure ANGE does also.



    Maybe we will more of YUKI once the League is officially WON ?


    McINNES is just another loud mouth bitter HUN. I hope that him and his Killie Mob get relegated. His Killie Directors would be noting the Killie ” Fans” leaving after just 20 minutes ?




  14. GG


    It’s not cover we need for the CL.


    It’s better players. Hopefully, Kobayashi and Iwata are 2 of them.

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Agree with An Dun earlier.



    “Celtic won ‘cos ref pure done it !” shelf life is dwindling.



    Managers peddling this come across as parochial and inept.

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Smaller clubs need to better define success and take their fans with them (cliché alert) …



    … “On the journey”



    Even if that journey is a slow crawl.



    Derek McInnes could have wrapped this up by saying.



    “We tried to be expansive against the best team in the country.



    It didn’t work. Responsibility is mine



    Really pleased with how we shored up in the second half, took the game to them and caused them as many problems as they caused us.



    If we repeat that in the last six games, catch a few breaks with decisions which, to be fair, we’ve not been getting recently …



    … I’m confident of the outcome”

  17. Bemused how anyone could interpret Kyogo’s body language at the missed penalty as lacking confidence.

  18. AIPPLE on 17TH APRIL 2023 2:37 PM









    Enjoy the Murderwell game mate. Happy for you!











    Cheers Mate.


    I am VERY hopeful that The Celts will put on a SHOW !


    God Bless em..


    We shall not be moved.



  19. I hope mc Innes keeps his job at killie for two reasons he hasn’t got a clue , and it will keep him off the rangers couch on sportscene . Can we please stop giving that Keevins air time , we are making a personality out of this bitter auld man , he like others and a good few are ex celts are only allowed to remain in the job if they follow the script of there hand shaking masters . Why do we even let these people near anything to do with our club . HH

  20. South Korea manager Jurgen Klinsmann says Celtic striker Oh Hyeon-gyu is in the perfect environment to take his career and play to the next level. (Daily Record)



    Kris Commons predicts his old club Celtic will “hit double figures” against a league opponent under Ange Postecoglou one day as they head for a record points tally. (Daily Mail, print edition)



    Ange Postecoglou reckons Yuki Kobayashi has barely put a foot wrong at Celtic and says the Japanese centre-half is up for the challenge of battling Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers for a regular starting place. (Daily Record)

  21. Celtic FC B







    Jan 20


    🗣 “Over the next 6 to 12 months, I expect a number of those [#CelticFCB] players to get an opportunity – not because I’m kind hearted, it’s because they’ve deserved it.”



    #CelticFC Manager, Ange Postecoglou praises the work done by the B team players and staff






  22. as well as ange giving the bhoys some gametime, i am hoping at pne point all our japanese and korean all get in the starting line up one fixture together.



    i wonder who else will be bought when the window opens, and is there more of them lined up already from the j league.

  23. Hamill 🇺🇦






    Apr 16


    Yuki Kobayashi 🆚 Kilmarnock



    🦶 121 passes (game high)


    🎯 93% pass acc


    🦶 18 passes into the final third (GH)


    ✈️ 7/7 long balls comp. (GH)


    🛫 6/10 aerial duels won


    ⛔️ 3 clearances (team high)


    🌪️ 1/1 dribbles completed


    💥 1/1 tackles won



    Assured for just a 2nd league start 👏🏻

  24. Celtic Football Club








    In 1892, Brother Walfrid relocated from Glasgow to London and founded a church and school that still stand today 🍀💚





    continue Walfrid’s vision 1⃣3⃣1⃣ years on, with 5⃣0⃣ asylum seekers and refugees participating in a tournament in Mabley Green on Saturday ⚽️






    Celtic FC Foundation and Hackney Council team up for refugee football tournament



  25. To you bookie types.:-)


    Odds on please if you can make or build a bet.



    1.remaining unbeaten in league(thus record pts)


    2.Hit 119 or more goals in league(record goals)



    A Double of above?




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