More worrying than the result


I know we had nothing up front, but Odsonne Edouard has looked more of a passenger in some games this season than Patryk Klimala and Moi Elyounoussi this afternoon.  The game was lost elsewhere.

Newco’s shape allowed them to dominate space whenever we had possession.  They were able to swiftly double up on Jeremie Frimpong and Diego Laxalt when the ball went wide, while they were compact enough in the middle of the field to keep Celtic from penetrating their final third.

Games are won and lost on mistakes and yet again we are talking about the defensive line at set pieces.  Connor Goldson’s ploy of standing offsite in the hope that a defender would break the line and play him on, was not subtle, but it was effective.  It was an excellent cross from the free kick (which wasn’t a free kick, but no excuses), Duffy was an enabler and Valarie Barkas could have done better.  Questions remain for both.

Culpability was less clear at the second goal, which was well worked.  With so many Celtic players in the box, you would expect one to get in the way of the drilled cross, but it fell to Goldson; teams who create chances get these breaks.  It was a deserved goal (again, no excuses, but the handball!).

The last time we dominated Newco was two years ago in a 1-0 win at Celtic Park when Olivier Ntcham controlled the game and scored the winner.  Stephen Gerrard learned from that day as Olivier has not had a sniff against them since.

Being ineffective up front and shaky at the back are worries enough, but the biggest concern is that we were unable to do anything to change the flow of the game.  An inability to control the any part of the game is more worrying than poor defending or not attacking.  It is more worrying than the result.

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    The last two lines you posted highlight further the prodigious list of fixtures we face, which oddly


    Include three SPL games all away, four if you include Hampden in a Scottish context.



    3- 5 – 2 4 – 3 – 3 5 -1 – 1 fake this, and fake that centre forwards, that degenerates to mindless


    berating of everybody’s unfavourite Celtic manager is the bit where I change the page, its not how


    I choose to support Celtic.



    Everybody and their aunty can pick a better team and adopt better tactics than Neil, or Brendan or


    or Ronny, or Gordon, or Tony or blah, blah, blah, blah, that’s what the internet is for, they’re on every


    Celtic site, they’re on all Social Media.



    Its all hot air sounding off, what you’re left with is the bit you reposted our manager, his players and a


    fixture list, the rest is a waste of time because there’s more important things in life.

  2. ST TAMS @ 3:12 PM,



    Thank you.



    NOTTHEBUS @ 3:30 PM,



    Yes, BR’s first Glasgow Derby, but we should remember, they were a non-league club four summers earlier;)



    PADDYMACOZ @ 3:17 PM,



    Good to see you posting, Melbourne Mick informed us of your health issues, hope they are behind you now.



    Had the pleasure of watching the match with a few bhoys and a pal from the dark side. A rare day out, enjoyed it!!



    ERNIE LYNCH @ 1:24 PM,



    He seemed to be explaining to Gerard what was happening on the pitch. A bit like Father Ted talking to Dougal.



    Missed this first time round…:))) Yes, I believe Beale is regarded as “the brains” of the operation.



    I saw your wee chat with TBB, three years ago in turnover Celtic were three times the size of Rangers, if ghey het Champions league next Season we could see parity.



    All Rangers need to do is copy Celtic’s business plan, but be less risk averse to overtake us. The fact is, as TBB states, they haven’t managed to sell “marquee” players, nor sort out their merchandising issues, that could easily change though.



    On the Covid-19 re-infection, I’ve had a positive anti-body test but have been advised to continue to take the same precautions.



    Hail Hail

  3. Iniquitous………….



    (Thought I’d log on quickly and easily to read thru some contributions.)



    Delighted to share the sentiment expressed in your statement with regards to my fellow Tims and their expressions of genuine concerns in light of our result yesterday.


    I’ll happily defer to your better knowledge of that other blog you mention.




  4. prestonpans bhoys on

    Best comment of the day award goes to:



    THE ONLOOKER on 18TH OCTOBER 2020 4:45 PM


    Moyes is never the answer…


    …no matter what the question is.





    Lennon thought we played well in the first half . So there were no need for changes according to him.

  6. lets all do the huddle on




    Lennon thought we played well in the first half . So there were no need for changes according to him.








    i didnt share his thoughts but maybe he can see more from the dugout than i can on the telly!!

  7. Let’s all


    Managers like to be in the dug out and technical area so they can shout instructions to the players – not much sign of it yesterday.

  8. RC



    “you know what , one of the most galling things about yesterday’s game was once again our defensive positional line at one of them’s goals from the free kick , we have 2 international’s centre backs playing and an international goal keeper and we decided and not for the first time to all stand on the 18 yard line very close to our goal , why oh why do we not take them away from our goal honestly school bhoy stuff , we then allow thems player to stand 17 yards from our goal and instead of holding the line for offside our international centre back panics and plays him onside , everyone and their granny knows that them’s do this every game and once again a glaring over sight from our so called coaching staff.”



    If they hold the line and play him offside then the other 4 or 5 blue shirts who were onside compete with one another for a free header from 6 yards out! By the time Tavernier struck the ball everyone was on the move although I still think VAR might have ruled Goldson offside…it was tight. It was a great delivery and we didn’t get to it. Ajer just stood and pointed at Goldson without getting any tighter. Had goalie come for the punch he wouldn’t have got there either.

  9. I believe both David Murray and Dermot Desmond miscalculated.


    Murray built up huge debt in the belief that there would be a European league and he wanted rangers to have a seat at the table. His words not mine. If this had happened rangers value would have gone through the roof and he would have made a killing. Fortunately for us, he was wrong.


    I believe Desmond bought most of McCann’s shares in the belief that there would be a British league. If this had happened celtic’s value would have gone through the roof and he would have made a killing. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong.

  10. MISTERTAXIMAN on 18TH OCTOBER 2020 5:42 PM



    we where far too deep to start with and not for the first time , and he would have been offside if duff I mean duffy did not move to play him on side.

  11. NOTTHEBUS on 18TH OCTOBER 2020 5:08 PM


    The release of Jozo and Johhny Hayes has got to be questioned.





    We also pushed Scotty Sinclair out of the door. I have yet to see anybody better. This was a player who was happy and proud to wear the hoops.




  12. RC,



    Yes, releasing CG was a strange decision and increasingly looks a bad one.




  13. Turkeybhoy St Sivs BSR Corkcelt & Bankiebhoy … you are peeing against the wind … the back slappers and told you do brigade are out in force … we were shoite yesterday, Neil got nearly everything wrong and his players didn’t do anything to help him out …. ONE domestic defeat (so far) this season isn’t a crisis the matter how much some want it to be …. 4 wins in the last old firm fixtures out of 21 isn’t a great record … I used old firm for one reason if they were a new club why are you all getting your nickers in a twist … why let a new club get to you … the Huns won yesterday and players like Elyounoussi (who I like) and Ntcham (who I think is a Timposter) weren’t interested … 100% behind Neil Lennon … blind faith ? Nope … Neil knows how to win trophies since he walked through Parkhead gates in the year 2000….. maybe the “entitlement brigade” should actually appreciate what they have … again WE were shoite yesterday …. no argument here … but if you are wanting to enjoy the titles and cup successes and afraid the odd loss should not send you over the edge



    100% behind Neil … serial winner 🍀

  14. Whatever Neil Lennon is or isn’t doing at the moment he is not coaching and he is not managing Celtic Football Club. And you can take that to the bank.

  15. Loving watching the English football this season, high quality and awful quality every match. But great watching.



    Spurs 3-2 West Ham

  16. GFTB,



    Good to see you posting.



    To anyone who has watched the games this season our performances have been dire. This was not a one off performance yesterday.



    Have we ever, in the entire history of our club played the huns ( new or old versions) at Parkhead and never had a single shot on target ?



    Cheers and HH.

  17. When fans start pining for the past you just know we are at a low point.



    Bring back Wanyama and Kayal – anyone else???

  18. they’re not positives but-


    we got a lot of players to return to fitness


    a lot of players have tasted defeat when they shouldn’t have


    there is experience in the team and management


    it’s early


    los scumos have one plan and one plan only (it’s effective, don’t get me wrong)


    nobody’s going nowhere so get over yourself you well paid roasters


    there’s a lot of quality on the squad


    noobs have been bedded in already which is ahead of the last couple of years


    there is competition for many places


    boyd thinks they’ve won the league already

  19. and andy walker kept me with it at the end – ‘the last time this happened to the celts, it was a long time before they lost again’ sweet jebus , I’ve called him awful things on here

  20. lets all do the huddle on

    what a come back



    if lennon leaves i think we should get the west ham manager in place of him



    does anyone know anything about him?




  21. Greenpinata 6.16pm



    Took a couple of weeks off, real life is stressful enough :-)



    Again we were terrible yesterday and Neil deserves to be questioned but until we actually start losing trophies (which might not be a bad thing :-) I will try and hold my wheest

  22. I’ve been in the dugouts at Celtic Park.



    How anyone can see what’s going on from there is beyond me.



    Especially if yer wee an fat.

  23. GFTB on 18TH OCTOBER 2020 6:11 PM


    I am with you 100%


    great post…..



    Of course we have issues and problems.


    But seriously if celtic [and they won’t] binned Neil Lennon this season before he even got the chance to win the league it would be a disgrace.


    Some of our fans need to suck it up , grow a pair of balls and stop greeting.


    I DON’T KNOW if we will win the title this year.


    It is a matter of FACT that the opposition are light years ahead of anything the previous managers at Celtic had to face.


    Disregard the recent Rangers games in the past couple of seasons and Neil Lennon’s celtic team have as good a record as any recent celtic manager.


    I am not going to crucify him and demand he be sacked….never in a million years.


    And if we go down this season to the other side we go down with our dignity and heads held high.


    We have had the most incredible run of success ..incredible .I am thankful for those brilliant times and if it comes to an end I refuse to turn into a spoiled dick and start degrading true celtic legends like Neil Lennon.


    I love Neil Lennon and I will back him till the day he is no longer here.

  24. SFTB



    Nice of you to admit for the first time we do have problems, that’s a start that’s progress.


    I know when our regression started and it was before the McGinn fiasco. I know because I pointed it out at the time but I was told to hush by yourself and others because at that time Sevco were rubbish, as if that matters when you want Celtic to improve and progress.


    It started when we first needed to freshen the squad and our answers were Comperr and Hendry, 2M for two defenders when we had qualified for successive champions league was a disgrace to give a manager.


    We then compound the error on the next window and again I pointed it out. You clapped.


    Just like you’ve clapped all season despite us producing horrific performances. We told you the first decent team would beat Celtic we were correct again.



    To highlight your need for ridiculous positivity yesterday’s was a cracker, I didn’t reply because I didn’t want to be accused of bringing the mood down before kick up.


    You pointed to a weakness in your mind of 2 Sevco international players on their BENCH as if it was some sort of positive while we had 2 players who had only made a few starts who were starting, Welch and Klimala.


    That was shark jumping of the highest order.


    Of course we were that bad that they weren’t even needed.


    Any comment on these 2 questions.



    Calum McGregor we have internal issues?


    You attribute no blame to our manager so if we have a great squad why have performances been so bad all season?

  25. I don’t believe anyone on here has any ill feeling towards Neil Lennon.



    However, in every industry worldwide people are promoted to a level of incompetence.



    Football is no different.



    Time for change.

  26. Lazydynamite 6.33pm



    The same fans will be “celebrating” when Neil delivers the 10



    Most dismiss the media then churn out the media’s message .. Gerrard is great Neil is the devil …



    When we start losing domestic trophies Neil should be judged … until then right or wrong (blind faith) we should be 100% behind our manager …. question him ? Definitely…. turn on him ? That’s just hunlike