Midfield fight, CSA article and Football Memories


I had a look at the story on the official site this morning about a compilation CD with various versions of the Celtic Song being released.  After the initial pleasure of seeing Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown on their feet unaided, what struck me most was the apparent body mass of the two players we would normally consider our midfield enforcers, Scott and Beram Kayal.

Against Paddy McCourt, Joe Ledley and Emilio, not to mention men of considerable bulk, like Charlie Mulgrew, they are comparatively svelte and diminutive.  The central midfield role is about mobility and football-intelligence more than anything else.  How you use your weight against an opponent is as important as having the weight to begin with, but when the margins between winning and not winning are so tight, getting the physical balance right is important.

I don’t think I’ve been happy with a Celtic 4-4-2 line-up for years but playing Scott, Beram and a couple of wingers across midfield feels like an invitation for more limited opponents to bully this area, something the Highlanders did very effectively the last time we visited Inverness.

After mentioning tomorrow’s Fans Against Criminalisation meeting in yesterday’s blog I read Joe O’Rourke’s item on the Supporters’ Association site on the same subject with a mixture of horror and foreboding.  The First Minister would be well advised to quickly reign-in whatever loose cannons he has roaming the corridors of power.  Well done to Joe for bringing this to the attention of a wider audience.

The guys from the Alzheimer’s charity, FootballMemories,org.uk asked me to bring their site to your attention.  They work with Alzheimer patients, using the universal platform football provides us all, to engage and invoke recollections.  The site has lots of great Celtic stories, take a look and add your own.

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  1. Now, philvis …



    Would you deny that that podium was anything other a naked example of sheer f5-ery?

  2. Philvis



    Its not luck thats for sure its def a tech thing…well done



    On another note



    Whats the Indian market like for footballers and did you play any part in ra berrs latest foray into said market



    Should we fear them making billions of ruppees from this venture







    Bada ,I have more important things to do,than podium chase.



    I was talking to the wee dog(a real wan) across the estate.

  4. playfusbal4dguilders on

    paul67 -unusually we disagree re-



    “How you use your weight against an opponent is as important as having the weight to begin with, but when the margins between winning and not winning are so tight, getting the physical balance right is important.”



    How we use the ball is far more important and an area Messrs Brown and Kayal really could to with some work on.



    I may have mis-read your article but this is fundamental.







  5. hamiltontim – I guess I have to take you at your word, Number Two. (thumbsup)



    Folly Folly – I refer the honourable member to the answer I gave some moments ago. (thumbsup)



    Thindimebhoy – Thank you.



    I’m not sure what you mean though, are you suggesting somebody at Rangers has the spare cash to afford a meal at the Ashoka?



    Mmmmmmmmm. Ashoka. (thumbsup)

  6. bunbury bhoy –



    Indeed I do though some time since I’ve seen him.



    Right, need to pack for my trip to my own brother in Rotterdam…




  7. bunburybhoy says:



    11 November, 2011 at 12:42


    click on the FB logo and ye should get it…or I could be wrong of course..






    That is no picture of Simon le Bon

  8. Gregg says:


    11 November, 2011 at 12:47



    Happy binary day – the last one in our lifetime (unless we live another 88 years, 1 month and 20 days)

  9. Gregg – Recently I watched a film called “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil”



    It was 45 minutes in before I realised it was a documentary, and not a mockumentary in the vein of Spinal Tap.



    To add to my confusion, one of the main guys in it is called Robb Reiner. (thumbsup)

  10. I used to “svelte and diminutive” too, but then you come to Germany and they feed you all these cakes and sausage and beer and it’s considered rude to refuse and…

  11. playfusbal4dguilders on

    bunburybhoy says:


    11 November, 2011 at 12:48



    from last post…..






    poppies, 2 minute silence and now a trumpet?



    what next?






  12. There was a rumour going round that Ratners were going it alone in the strip sponsorship. They are talking to 3 mobile.



    Let’s hope it is a one year deal to reflect the league they are playing. Possibly O2 the year after.;)

  13. saltires en sevilla on




    As you say this needs checked out ..and pronto.



    Tho’ I’m always a wee bit sceptical about people who make statements about their boss to support their own tribunal case. Union support or not.



    Makes one wonder what tune was being played on the oul’ whistle for the initial 8 or so years?



    Not suggesting the boss was/is whiter than whyte.. not saying that at all.







  14. If Salmond has any sense, and he is a clever politician whatever else you think of him, he will ditch the odious Christine Grahame. I can just see the statement … her own views, not party policy, disgusted by allegations, acted swiftly to remove her in the country’s best interests …



    Can’t see any changes being made to the bill though.

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