Midfield protection


While Neil Lennon’s mind will be more engaged with preparations for next season than SPL results between now and then he will be a bit alarmed at how porous his midfield has been recently. Celtic have been leaking goals at the back in an alarming manner but the cover from midfield has contributed most to the problem.

Injuries have been disruptive but it’s surprising that the team shape has not been maintained, irrespective of who is playing.
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  1. newsnow rangers, headline from earlier today –



    McCoist looking for freebies Sky Sports 09:21

  2. Kojo,


    Unhappy poor people dream of being rich and think it would make them happy;unhappy rich people don`t have that dream.


    Happiness is the key, not money.




  3. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I see the top manager is spouting off again today:



    The Rangers manager said: “It is incredible. The fact there are no Rangers players in the national team does not help either, I do not care what anyone says. Where our club is at the moment does not help the national team.”



    Well – first of all they wanted to jump two divisions for the good of the wee teams. Now they want into a bigger SPL for the good of the national team. Is there no end to the selflessness of this club? Absolutely heartwarming…….

  4. Jungle Jim some online support for FAC lets hope we get a big turn out CQN doing its fair share


    FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 5m


    “@RyanMc67: @FACKilltheBill blackburn and district bus will be joining the rest of the buses there” < the latest bus to sign up. Great stuff



    FAC FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 5m


    "@Scott25567: Heading down early from Forfar to join the protest #killthebill" < Great effort Scott. Brilliant to see so many stand as one.



    FAC FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 6m


    "@MoonbeamsWD: @FACKilltheBill Around about 70 CQNers will be join FAC demonstration." <Fantastic to hear.The support online has been great.



    FAC FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 10m


    As seen at Pitt Street police station picket earlier today – fans not criminals #FAC George Sq, Saturday, 12 noon pic.twitter.com/MZRu4rtOaQ



    FAC FAC ‏@FACKilltheBill 11m


    FAC today picketed Pitt Street police station in protest at fan criminalisation #FAC pic.twitter.com/K6nVQcpAIZ

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    67heaven … i am neil lennon..!!.. ibrox belongs to the creditors



    18:03 on 2 April, 2013


    marrakesh express



    16:51 on 2 April, 2013



    I could not agree with you more…….. There is, and there always has been, a ‘law’ for them and a ‘law’ for us ….. If we had behaved like oldco over the past 20 years, we would not be in existence now …..they would not even have allowed US back into Scottish Football.

  6. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Saint Stivs



    Has he been caught raking through the bins outside Greggs again?

  7. ten men won the league









    The team is set up to defend and counter attack.



    In domestic duties lets have the team set up in a more attack minded line up. Starting with McGeouch on the right wing and Rogic in the middle with only 1 sitting midfielder.



    We have better players than any other team in the SPL, yet we are set out to contain the opposition first rather than attack them.’



    We tried that lineup at Motherwell last month. We were outnumbered and out kicked in midfield.



    Neil has to strike a balance between attacking and defensive players, something that’s giving him problems just now.



    Ideally I’d like to see Forrest and Samaras wide of a central striker, with Rogic supporting. Would stretch opposition teams, while still providing protection to our defence.

  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    18:07 on 2 April, 2013



    …and it was them who nearly landed Scottish Football in the poo ……. Fortunately, we got over it and, thankfully, THEY WILL NEVER GET OVER IT……

  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull



    The lofty peaks of third division football have gone to Steakbakes head it seems, next he’ll be telling us what a great manager he is…

  10. My Dear Kojo/Collie2…..



    Ah See That The ‘Great Dissembler’….



    Fae Cambuslang….



    Hiz Been Throwin’ Scurillous Accusations



    In Your Direction….



    And Generally Getting His Perm In A ‘Crimp’….



    Just Insane Jealousy ….Like With KK…



    An’ Sublimated Lust…



    (Ye Notice He Keeps Tellin’ Folk To Go An’ Get A Big Man-Hug….)






    Ye’ve Got Me Confused….



    With Yer Earlier Submission..



    Is Wee Jamsie Now Off The List Of Yer Fair Heided Brammers..?

  11. Jungle Jim



    Pal.. Face it..



    It is Faur,Faur Bettah..



    If ye Must be Unhappy..






    Be .Feeling.Unhappy.. whilst toting a Healthy Bank Balance..



    Than .. Feelin’.. Unhappy, without One!






    Still.. Laughin’

  12. is there still such a thing as player of the year, and team of the year for the lower divisions ?


    lets see how many zombies make the team.

  13. 67heaven, was it you that posted about MORE THAN and the huns, I was on holiday and never saw anything, were they upsetting the poor souls

  14. bournesouprecipe



    17:15 on


    2 April, 2013


    James Simpson, an Edinburgh physician, was the first doctor to use anaesthetics to relieve the pain of surgery in the mid 19th Century.




    Was that Ronnie’s brother or younger cousin?


    Back heel compliment to your memory.

  15. The Rangers manager said: “It is incredible. The fact there are no Rangers players in the national team does not help either, I do not care what anyone says. Where our club is at the moment does not help the national team.”



    Oh dear, does he no realise they are all pish, obviously not.

  16. whitedoghunch on

    Miki 67



    keep strong



    I had pesky Pneumonia a couple of weeks ago not nice

  17. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Evening all,



    Love the site Paul but blaming the midfield for the loss of goals by this Celtic team is, IMHO, resorting to cliche.



    Defensive solidity is dependent on the whole unit (and individuals within it) doing a job. Its really quite simple.



    1) Defend from the front. Strikers chase down balls. Don’t allow defenders time to make passes. (Celtic rating 4/10)



    2) Midfielders form a shield that moves from side to side or back and forth. (5/10)



    3) The back four move in a line and utilise the invisible extra man called the offside trap. This allows the defence to control the situation even when the other team has the ball.





    PS – having a centre back that leaves a big hole in the defensive line by dropping back toward our goal like Lance Corporal Jones shouting “Don’t Panic” has no place in modern football. Please take note Kelvin and Charlie.



    4) If the 3 above fail – a proper defender should step up and think “Right. Danger. Time to do my job” and deal with the situation on his own. (2/10)



    What if steps 1-4 above have been well executed but the goalie still gets called upon?



    Then the keeper steps up to the mark and gets ready to earn his money – Chances are the striker will realise the scarcity of the opportunity, panic and miss. (FF 7/10)



    Hail Hail

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    They’re all ‘taken aback’by SPL recovering legal costs from sevco, with LNS having actually found them guilty of side letters etc …..hahahahahahahahahahahaha ….

  19. Kojo



    16:40 on 2 April, 2013






    Very interesting post.



    I follow baseball (Redsox; how’d you Yankees like that 8-2 pounding yesterday? ;p) and note that the Dodgers (still belong to Brooklyn!) this season have become the highest spending franchise in MLB history as they chase the 2013 World Series. Your old buddy must have been full of fascinating insights and anecdotes.



    On that note – anyone wanting to see THE greatest sporting documentary series ever made should track down ‘Ken Burns Baseball’ (11 parts, around 25 hours viewing) which charts the story of the game from inception with remarkable archive footage and explains above all others just why baseball is THE American sport, so interwoven with society and cultural history as it is.



    You’ll have a new respect for the sport and its definitive methods of player selection and development, its farm systems and feeder teams – a taste of which some of you will have had on here over the past 12 months since Paul67 highlighted the ‘Moneyball’ methods from the great book written about the Oakland Athletics triumph in player analysis; football is slowly learning from it but we could do with adopting a hell of a lot more of baseball’s methods, particularly the player professionalism and discipline required to cope with a relentless 162-game regular season.

  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the exiled tim



    18:21 on 2 April, 2013




  21. My Dear,Dear,friend.. The Singing Detective.



    No such thing,pal..



    As Ah done Mentioned..



    Jamesie, his Dark Hair.. as All of Ma .. Fair Haired Bhoys Hiv..



    That is why ..Ah call them … Kojo’s Fair Haired Bhoys.






    Kojo’s… Dark Heided Bhoys..disnae quite gie ye the Preferred effect.






    Yer pal..who thinks yer swell.



    Still.. Laughin

  22. Oh my aching sides.


    A petition to ask a politician to do as he said he would. Novel.


    Horny rabbits? Should that be “horned?” Do I need to read Watership Down more closely?


    No Huns playing for Scotland? Aye that’ll be the day Ally.

  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    This ongoing sevco saga is becoming absolutely hilarious ….even the bhun pundits / LL are struggling now to keep their ‘defence’ of derhun plausible….no, sane ……hahaha

  24. Jack Thaler



    Motherwell away was a game we dominated possession wise but lost due to individual mistakes from Izzy + Ambrose. Our forward play improved significantly as soon as Hooper appeared alongside Sammi.



    I also remember Paddy coming on as sub at Fir Park in Nov 11 and tearing them a new one. That sparked our unbeaten run to the top of the league.



    The football we are playing now will not bring the missing fans back next season.

  25. So the SPL are to try and claw back 500k legal costs from either deadco or nearly deadco, nobody appears to know which,


    Good job nearly deadco won that case eh?

  26. The missing fans at Celtic Park will return in droves if Peter Lawwell as club spokesman speaks out against the cheating and corruption in Scottish football .


    C’mon Peter, dare you!

  27. angelgabriel on

    SFTB 17.55



    .In the Juve game James Forrest was not match fit.


    Why he was allowed to play 90mins when out of position (in the 2nd half)


    and so obviously off the pace baffled me then and baffles me now.





    BTW,I like a fit Commons & Forrest in the same team.

  28. Can we loan Paddy to Aberdeen.



    I think he would be a sensation, like McGinn

  29. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Che-North Korean Quick News reported Oldco won their case,laughed out of court on fact.

  30. TSD



    “Ye Notice He Keeps Tellin’ Folk To Go An’ Get A Big Man-Hug…”



    Not folk, ya eejit. Just you.



    You’re the one who needs it.



    Your attitude to hugs, not being manly, suggests a lot of sublimated homo-eroticism. This manifests itself in your desire for a big strong authoritarian leader, a stern father figure to administer the discipline you got hooked on at Amplefunds.



    When, all along, what you needed was a wee hug from your mammy and a wee reassurance that “dark-skinned people and those of other religions are not out to get you, my silly sausage”

  31. angelgabriel



    That may be true.



    I was limiting myself to the observation that we all have a lot of pet hypotheses on what does and does not work at Celtic, and that we don’t always test those hypotheses against the available evidence.

  32. the callers are asking “why are rangers getting a bill from harper mcleod”.



    em, because you actually lost the tribunal, but for whatever reasoning LNS decided they had no sporting advantage.



    still got to pay.







  33. Sandman



    Ah am Glad that Ye found that Particular Posting of Mine, worthy o’ the appellation..






    As you have mentioned.. the Dodgers are Now Spending like a Drunken Sailor.


    Thur Spending is Out of Control.



    We hiv seen ither Franchises do the Same..



    But.. It nevah seems tae Dae Much Good..



    The old idea of Rolling Yer Ain.. Wiz the Best wan.



    You are correct.. Baseball is a Helluva Intriguing



    It is whit is known in the Trade.. as



    A Cerebral Wan.



    The wan ,being .. A Sport.



    Ah luv the Game.. It suits Ma Intellectual Mein.



    Ah hiv seen the Series oan Baseball.. by Ken Burns a few times..oan Ma Local..


    P.B.S. station..



    it’s a Great Watch.



    Ah hiv Known Tommy, fur Years.. When Ah lived in L.A.



    where Ah followed the Dodgers..



    Ah went tae His Restaurant in Pasadena.. all the time..



    That is where Ah first Met Him.




    He is a Great Guy.. and a Very Astute wan..



    He is the Epitome of the






    which wiz the Title of his Book…



    And.. He is a Pape.. as well..



    Ah Luv Tommy.. and Tommy Luvs Me.. Ah think!






    Still.. Laughin’

  34. squire danaher on




    16:34 on


    2 April, 2013



    The only blue I ever wear is jeans.




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