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More cunning than Tiger Woods at a cocktail bar

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I’ve been meaning to speak to you about this for a while; thought I would wait until the new season, see if anything changed, maybe we could avoid having the chat.

There are different ways of watching football games.  There’s the way we watch World Cup games, as unpartisan observers, which is completely different to the way we watch Celtic games.  If I’m watching a game in the English lower leagues with a one-time Celtic target, I’ll watch him closely, usually paying scant regard to anyone else.  The same is true if I’m watching the likes of Wigan with Sean Maloney.

When I watch a game before writing a match report I often get a different perspective.  The game flows in the normal manner but I then have to look at my notes and compose a report.  It’s the notes that are often unexpected, they tell a story of incidents, not of what is essentially a pursuit which flows for 90 minutes.  For Celtic, the incidents overwhelmingly, often as much as 80% of the time, involve one player.

He’s not the quickest, the most industrious, or the strongest, but Kris Commons makes things happen at a level no one else at Celtic comes close to.  The evidence screams out at me every time I check my notes.

I’m sure Celtic will recognise this with a new contract but there’s reason to worry about this now.  What if he’s injured, what if opponents figure out they better stop supply to him, what if his form shades, as it did two years ago?

I like the look of the squad.  Lustig, Matthews, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen, Forrest, Biton, Stokes, Griffiths, Forster and van Dijk offer consistent standards of performance, most look comfortable in Champions League football, but the dependence on one creative talent feels like an unnecessary vulnerability.

As I said, football is not an incident-dependent sport, like golf, it is a flowing pursuit which requires industry, concentration and strategy, without which, the creatives would end up playing lower league football.  But to win games, you need someone to invoke six of seven incidents more cunning than Tiger Woods at a cocktail bar*.

*Kris Commons behaviour at cocktail bars is impeccable, he is capable of on-field cunning only.

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  1. can i have raspberry on that champions league ice cream

     

     

    I fear that if I don’t start ageing more quickly then they may converge!!!

     

     

    uffaCSC

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  2. Just a personal opinion on our current Celtic team.

     

     

    Last nights set up, sure I read on news now, that the team would be set up to play in their normal circumstances of NFL set up and style ?

     

     

    Kris Commons best position is playing just off the main striker or behind a front 2,

     

    Anthony Stokes cannot play as the Main striker, wanders out of position too often, and rarely in box if a cross does come in, poor disciplined player tactically ? And low work rate.

     

    Disappointing, as there is a player there, if applied himself right.

     

    Leigh Griffith can play through middle, but we seem to move him for stokes, which is not working (end of last season)

     

    Interesting Griffiths playing in Kris role ? He has the skill and touch, with pace, not sure if he has the intelligence of Kris for the role

     

    We need to find a way of fitting a fit Nir Biton into the team, giving midfield a base to work from, I would also give young Liam Henderson and Stefan Johansen an extended run in midfield, both can see a pass

     

    I also think there is avery good player in Adam Mathews, could he be developed as aside right midfielder ?

     

    Like a few Efe’s concentration at times is concerning his pace saves him a lot of times.

     

     

    Talking of pace, we urgently need a major injection of this up front

     

     

    There you go Ronnie, get it sorted :-)

     

     

    Hail Hail

  3. Weefra

     

     

    You’re right. There is a lot of goodness on here.

     

     

    Will be thinking about you on the day. Will cheer on your behalf. Your Mum will have the best view for this match!

     

     

    KTF.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  4. Weefra, will keep your Mum and all the family in our party ares through Next Tuesday

     

     

    Oh and the Bhoys will give you all a Wee lift on Tues night

     

     

    Hail Hail

  5. WeefratheTim on

    jamesgang

     

     

    Aye, along wi ma dad who she hasnae seen for over 20 years. I would love to be a star in the sky when they two meet, Dad-wit the hell kept ye>>>>Mum-have you got yer deef aid in>>>>Dad-I don’t need it up here>>>Mum-why did you leave me all alone 21+years ago??? >>>>>>>Dad-Eh, I think my ole deafness has come back on. That just explains them. Wit a couple.

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  6. WeefratheTim on

    cowiebhoy

     

     

    Thanks for that buddy, really appreciated.

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  7. Cowiebhoy,

     

     

    Have to say your assessment is much as my own. Efe, particularly in CL, worries me at CB, which is his best position. Just wish the management could work on his concentration (and his timing of his jumping).

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WEEFRATHETIM

     

     

    Brilliant,mate!

     

     

    Hope it all goes as well as possible. She had a grand innings,and she’ll be missed.

     

     

    Always a sign of a life well-lived.

  9. Weefra

     

     

    Sweet. Literally. The Big Mhan will be laughing at the pair of them!

     

     

    Cowiebhoy

     

     

    You said it all pretty much as I would about the whole team.

     

     

    Early bath and then a doc about Chris hoy at 9. No need to measure his body fat %!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  10. Hrvatski Jim on

    Stroemsgodset 0 – 1 Steaua Bucuresti Full Time

     

     

    Ronny is being missed already.

  11. squire danaher on

    Weefra

     

     

    I buried ma wee mammy the day of the Villarreal UEFA QF in 2004. It was a very bittersweet day for obvious reasons but throughout the day and night I was in the company of good Celtic men who she loved as her own.

     

     

    I don’t remember any of the game apart from it being the first featuring 22-a-side….

     

     

    Your wee mammy is in a better place now, you did her proud m8

     

     

    Hail hail :D

  12. WeefratheTim on

    BMCUW

     

     

    Aye and then some. You know the story, she was a wonderful wife, mum,grandma and great grandma. Her life is to be rejoiced which she enjoyed to the full with our dad. The world owes her nothing, she enjoyed everything the world produced. And I mean that in every sense it was meant. Ghod bless my wee mum.

     

     

    Weefra Hh praying to Wee Oscar.

  13. Weefra

     

     

    Never easy making the arrangements, thoughts will be with you and yours next Tuesday,

  14. weefra that solves a mystery for me, i now wear hearing aids and never go out without them, but in the last few years of his time on this earth my dad was prescribed one hearing aid now back in the eighties they where a bit chunky so we all asumed he never wore it out of vanity (and considering ,as an optician, the NHS glasses he prescribed to others) but it was just forward planning,he wouldn’t have to listen to her for an eternity!!! ….brilliant wait till i tell the family they will howl……..on second thoughts , wheres my hearing aids?……..ye cannae beet a good plan eh? eh? ..eh?

  15. vinniethedog on

    Weefrathetim,………….the only consolation I can even try to give you is ……the pain becomes less….and it turns into wonderful memories that never end…..

  16. RWE

     

    20:10 on

     

    16 July, 2014

     

    An orc walk in Benidrom – whit?

     

     

    About ten years ago, made the mistake of actually choosing to go to Majorca for a mid winter week (January).

     

     

    Most miserable 7 day holiday ever, and we have never gone back to the island.

     

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    Mhate the Neanderthals would bring any place down.

     

    Majorca is a beautiful Island ,many good resorts ,Palma and the towns oop North and East are worth a visit.

     

    HH

  17. Mon The Hoops! on

    80 mins gone: Legia Warsaw 0-1 St Patrick’s Athletic

     

     

    nearly scored again..

  18. Delaneys Dunky on

    Weefra

     

     

    Will be thinking of you from Spain on Tuesday. Fly out to the place of the Orc walk tomorrow. 11 Tims fae my family will brighten up Benidorm wi green n white. :)

  19. Article is dead right, you need an outlet, someone to make things happen.

     

    Even someone to give the ball to when your under pressure and playing with your back to the wall

  20. WeefratheTim on

    squire danaher

     

     

    20:53 on 16 July, 2014

     

    Weefra

     

     

    I buried ma wee mammy the day of the Villarreal UEFA QF in 2004. It was a very bittersweet day for obvious reasons but throughout the day and night I was in the company of good Celtic men who she loved as her own.

     

     

    I don’t remember any of the game apart from it being the first featuring 22-a-side….

     

     

    Your wee mammy is in a better place now, you did her proud m8

     

     

    Hail hail :D

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    danaher

     

     

    I owe everything to my ole mum. She owes the family nothing, due to her steadfast Govan upbringing. (If that makes sense). She was loved from so many quarters you would not believe, but could drop anyone who disagreed with her with one sharp whip of her tongue. Aye, Clyde Built indeed, and by ghod, she was.

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  21. Mon The Hoops! on

    FT Legia 1-1 St Pat’s

     

     

    Athletic were under the cosh for most of the last 15 minutes but not a bad away goal to take back to Dublin

  22. WeefratheTim on

    Thank you all so much for your thought and comments, they are well appreciated. My mum had a wonderful life which was blessed by having my sister (an angel, still alive) and, of course, the runt, me. We had a very privileged upbringing because my dad managed to work as a labourer through all sorts of economic upsets. And work he did. Which was the philosophy he passed on to myself and my sister, work, and you’ll survive. I believe I have had, roughly, 6 weeks sick leave in a 51 year working career. My dad and mum were correct. Luv them.

     

     

    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  23. What is the Stars on

    Weefra

     

     

    You seem like a very nice man

     

    You mum and a long and fulfilling life which has unfortunately now come to an end

     

    Sorry

     

    All the best

  24. vinniethedog

     

     

    21:05 on 16 July, 2014

     

     

    Weefrathetim,………….the only consolation I can even try to give you is ……the pain becomes less….and it turns into wonderful memories that never end…..

     

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    That is one of the Finest things said on this blog, IMO.

     

     

    And it will certainly be one of the most comforting.

     

     

    Wee Fra, Ye ur a big Strong Man. I only seen Dad cry once, so be prepared.

  25. McDowellcelt god bless wee oscar on

    Feeling more confident about these qualifiers after seein st pats draw with Legia Warsaw who I thought wud be a tough challenge if we met them!!

  26. Just watched a rerun of Igloo Country.

     

     

    Kris Commons was Celtic ‘s best player last night and had to be single minded and shoot for goal anytime the opportunity presented itself.Unimpressive end result most of the time.

     

     

    The movement of the guys alongside him was underwhelming.

     

     

    Must do better Celtic.

     

     

    Teams waiting to eat us soon without serious investment in that squad.