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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  1. That was some stat – how many of those european wins got us LEAGUE points ?



    What was posted up was that NFL wouldnt win us 10, cos we dont molicate teams.

  2. Let’s be honest, if Lennon was to leave the club, do you really see the board splashing out on a top coach – especially during these times?



    They pulled a rabbit out of the hat with Brendan but top coaches come with top egos and want a budget. Neither is palatable to PL.



    Let’s face it, if Lennon walked tonight we’d be looking at Jack Ross, Steve Clarke or Roy Keane. Not for me…

  3. Rock Tree Bhoy on





    ROCK TREE BHOY on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 4:42 PM




    That’s right keep looking back, that’s the issue…






    Well when you are talking about who’s won what – is there any other way to look?



    Are you able to look forward and tell us who is going to win the trophies this season?






    as soon as we get any kind of set back the usual suspects – and ONIL – you are most certainly one of them – come out with the same old rubbish – sack the manager – how novel.

  4. If Liam Brady wasn’t up to the job who is to blame?


    If John Barnes wasn’t up to the job who is to blame?


    If the manager is a failure then whoever appointed the manager accepts the blame.

  5. in most games this season celtic have struggled against ANY team that sits compact in their own half and then break against us.It sticks out a country mile, we just do not have the answer to it.


    If i can see it then 100% the celtic coaching staff can. I am not sure who is to blame but surely by now we should have some sort of game plan against these tactics. Otherwise its going to be a long long season

  6. we are all told on here that John K. only puts the cones out, but what does Lenny’s other sidekick do ,every time the camera is on the dugout his head is down staring at a clipboard , what has he brought to the team.

  7. No Bobby Does It Petta on




    That forest sounds lovely. Lucky to have that on your doorstep!



    A loss at Pittodrie will put Neil under immense pressure, and, I think, might just lose us the league. The Hun are at home against Wee Diddy FC. And there is no winter break (their implosion) to save us this year.




  8. glendalystonsils on




    A lot depends on whether Lenny would admit to needing the help which none of the other backroom staff looks capable of providing . Although , going by his on-camera reaction to games like this , he would not make such an admission .

  9. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    How many players in the history of the Scotish game have won more medals than our current captain ? Yet some feel it’s okay to have a pop. Very very early in the season, huns had no real dramas yet, sit tight hold on and enjoy the ride tims




    He played today like he was wearing every one of those medals.

  11. Paul 67


    More worrying than the result is that Neil doesn’t learn – even at half-time there’s an opportunity to do something different – nada



    If you always do what you always did you’ll always get what you always got.

  12. Strange how this is very reminiscent of old co going for ten, a team of well organised pros with a team plan up against supper stars and a ageing manager



    Of course it is all Lenny’s fault. We wouldnt be so anxious about the TIAR if he wasn’t in charge.


    If he had have lost even one of those five titles he got then maybe we wouldnt be getting so upset about a derby defeat or not reaching the ten.



  14. onenightinlisbon on

    ROCK TREE BHOY on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 5:30 PM



    I am more than happy to praise the manager when he gets it right.



    If we stick by him we will not win the ten. Am I allowed to say that?

  15. jackiemac on 17th October 2020 5:45 pm



    Rangers are better than us in every department.







  16. Keep reading no that Ntcham is best midfielder we have


    So after 4 season, he is still not a guaranteed first team starter


    And 90% of games is as well sitting beside me


    Not got the correct attitude in my view



    Morelos been cited by FtSPFL compliance officer yet ?


    Or will he be ???



    PS, we are still a team will No Structure – who is to take control of this area ??

  17. A fiver for your thoughts on

    Long time lurker only posted couple of times


    Don’t give a flying fxxk what vitriolic replies I receive


    I’m 58 supported Celtic all my life lived and worked abroad last 20 years


    Love Celtic


    Want them to be as successful as possible


    We have wrong board of directors and wrong manager of team


    Going nowhere


    Brendan Rogers was first manager since Tommy that could have taken us to a different level of football


    Board fuxxed him


    Seen this shit coming for long time


    Most of you in this site need to wake up and smell the coffee

  18. Gene-I thought I read that KT having already had covid meant he was more immune to the virus.Or something along those lines 🤷‍♀️


    Some of you may recall him from the game at hades where Joe Craig was fouled in the penalty box and with the players surrounding the trooser lifter the huns broke away with their greatest living thug scoring while in an offside position. I believe Jock had tae tell Neilly tae calm down the players as they were ready for walking off.



    OK TONTO i see you have managed to avoid the simple task of printing a name again.Now can i ask you did you ever go to confession ??????????????? so how did you explain















    Now i am not saying you did any of above heaven forbid but if a friend had asked you what to say what to say how would you have explained it.

  20. onenightinlisbon on




    You must be a hun with outrageous views like these surely?



    Or maybe a pantywetter or mineshafter.



    Or perhaps a realist……

  21. Not only did the Huns play the same system as last December’s 2-1 win at CP, they finished with more or less the exact same team (Helander for Katic).



    Neil told us the thinking started straight after that. It seemed to result in adding 1 more midfielder to the mix.



    And some people think it is all about to click after this.



    Wake up ffs.




    Then that would require WGS coming in as an assistant. Again, unlikely.



    I get your point but in a round about way it sounds like you’re not happy with his coaching staff.



    I’m not sure how good Gerrard is, the jury’s still out but I think he’s surrounded himself with a decent backroom.

  23. Rock Tree Bhoy on




    ROCK TREE BHOY on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 5:30 PM



    I am more than happy to praise the manager when he gets it right.



    If we stick by him we will not win the ten. Am I allowed to say that?






    Say what you like mate – it’s a blog.

  24. What would you give for a John McGinn playing for celtic today , that’s when all our current problems started.

  25. A fiver for your thoughts on

    WGS would’ve won game today


    Same as BR would’ve


    BOD not interested in progress


    Making enough doing fxxk all

  26. A fiver for your thoughts on

    WGS would’ve won game today


    Same as BR would’ve


    BOD not interested in progress


    Making enough doing nothing

  27. The only good thing about today is our league position isn’t damaged but how we move forward I haven’t a clue, stick or twist

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