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More worrying than the result

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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. glendalystonsils on

    AN DÚN on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 8:45 PM

     

     

    I might raise some ire by saying this but a bit of Ronny Deila’s professional approach and Brendan Rodgers control of his playing staff are managerial qualities we could do with right now.

  2. lets all do the huddle on

    Liking Ntcham doesn;t mean I have to hate Scott. He’s a victim of an undefined role in the midlfield as much as everyone else.

     

     

     

    ntcham is the best midfielder in scotland and will go on to higher levels than most of the other players in the country can ever dream of

     

     

    but he was hung out in the right today because brown and calum were picked to play central

     

     

    thats the managers decision

     

     

    and fault

     

     

    think of the players you would definitely have in their best positions in the starting 11 and then build the team around that

     

     

    instead of thinking you cant leave certain players out so have to put square pegs in round holes to accomodate

  3. Whilst I’ve been critical of our board in the past, there can be little doubt the manager has been well backed of late.

     

     

    I don’t believe any change at board level will make a difference in the short term.

     

     

    We need to maximise the resources at out disposal. We have the best squad in the league, IMO

  4. A fiver for your thoughts on

    AN DÚN on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 8:40 PM

     

     

    Not winning the league this year will do a lot more damage than not doing the ten. We’ll go into next year with Ajer, Christie, Eddie & Ntcham moving on. We’ll likely see Laxalt, Duffy and Moi move on.

     

     

     

    We’ll have a major rebuild with very limited funds. The hun will be two qualifying rounds away from £30 million.

     

     

     

    Lose the league this year and the generation of domination is lost

     

     

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    100% agreed

  5. So is Ntcham’s failure at Celtic down to Lennon?

     

     

    (I know he’s played well a couple of times but………….)

  6. Not posted on here for a long time.

     

    Looks like something is seriously wrong in our camp, as today’s opponents beat us pretty easily.

     

    It’s a big job trying to fix things but areas I would focus on are

     

    1 Complacency. It is disappointing when you see Griif and Ajeti aren’t fit to start but players had last weekend off.

     

    2. The manager has a very inexperienced coaching team. JK has been around a while but he has almost no experience outside Celtic, whilst Gavin Strachan came from Peterborough

     

    3. A lot of the managers strengths come from his energy which is often a reaction to supportive fans and hostile opposition fans.

     

    4. The tactics are non existent, a couple of times we hit opposition on the break and looked dangerous

     

    5. The summer signings, except Ajeti aren’t contributing.. The keeper has yet to make a big save, and Duffy looks like a more experienced version of Kevin McKenna.

     

    A couple of last ones, I am not sure the manager believes in himself, his confidence looks low.

     

    On Friday morning I would have a new contract ready for Ajer. If he plays as he has recently he will get taken apart, but hopefully realise he is 2+years away from a first team role in Seria .

  7. Like everything in the world today it’s all about the muney, the OF is needed to keep the cash rolling in, without them we are fecked, financially wise, they suits are not like us, they only see the £££ signs and they couldn’t give a flying feck about anything else, the ten means nothing to them, they need the competition else the game goes stale, that’s the simple reality of things, IMO of course.

  8. The main question for now is can Lenny go to the well with the players and ask them to go again after such a demoralising defeat. Can he get another big run out of them up to Christmas. In just a few days he will have a host of players to choose from. There is more than enough talent and experience in that dressing room to get it sorted. The buck stops with Neil. He isn’t a quitter but if he looks around the dressing room and cant get them going he needs to have chat with Peter.

  9. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Watched a bit of City v Arsenal. High tempo, energetic football.

     

     

    With no fans.

     

     

    Every week Neil Lennon is drawn in to negative SMSM questions about lack of fans etc. etc. etc.

     

     

    He falls for it every week.

     

     

    Paul has highlighted it before – give players an excuse to shirk and they’ll take it.

     

     

    Neil Lennon does it every week.

     

     

    Constant negativity from the manager feeds threw to the players.

     

     

    Covid is Covid.

     

     

    It is what it is.

     

     

    Every team has no fans.

     

     

    Don’t use it as an excuse.

     

     

    Get on with it.

  10. THE EXILED TIM on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 9:01 PM

     

    Like everything in the world today it’s all about the muney, the OF is needed to keep the cash rolling in, without them we are fecked, financially wise, they suits are not like us, they only see the £££ signs and they couldn’t give a flying feck about anything else, the ten means nothing to them, they need the competition else the game goes stale, that’s the simple reality of things, IMO of course.

     

     

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    Sorry not buying it. Peter wants 10 as do others, Neil has been backed with £££.

  11. Deila was very critical of player conditioning when he came in.

     

     

    We simply don’t work hard enough off the ball. We do not press and we do not match runners.

  12. FAIRHILL BHOY

     

     

    I was thinking of the words to “A boy named Sue”.

     

     

    He wisney te be messed wi@.

     

     

    Hope you and your princess are safe and good!

  13. THE EXILED TIM on 17th October 2020 9:01 pm

     

     

    Like everything in the world today it’s all about the muney, the OF is needed to keep the cash rolling in, without them we are fecked, financially wise, they suits are not like us, they only see the £££ signs and they couldn’t give a flying feck about anything else, the ten means nothing to them, they need the competition else the game goes stale, that’s the simple reality of things, IMO of course.

     

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    You and Ernie might be right but how does losing the league, CL chance and the cost of replacing the coaching staff (plus increased transfer spend) make financial sense to Celtic PLC??

  14. Oh and lose the league and season ticket sales will drop next season. more money lost to Celtic PLC

  15. lets all do the huddle on

    Sorry not buying it. Peter wants 10 as do others, Neil has been backed with £££

     

     

     

    true

  16. If we lose the league — and after today we are in a bad place — what happens next?

     

    Will the happy clappers / the board lovers / the NL apologists offer any sort of response?

     

    Will the PL placemen / the DD supporters / the BOD astroturf feel any sort of shame?

     

     

    We are second rate from the car park attendant to the coaching staff.

     

    However for too many this was not an issue even as we collapsed as a football side.

     

    When will we get change and what will bring the happy clappers onboard?

     

    Today has been a long time in coming.

     

     

    Yet still we have people happy to work down the excuse mine.

  17. THE_HUDDLE on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 9:09 PM

     

    Oh and lose the league and season ticket sales will drop next season. more money lost to Celtic PLC

     

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    I’ll buy two.

  18. Gavin Strachan’s employment was a favour to his old man from an old mate.

     

     

    Strachan was an underling at his club for donkeys.

     

     

    WTF did anyone at Celtic think he could do for us?

     

     

    Seriously?

     

     

    Also how much is Strachan getting paid?

     

     

    £1000 per week?

     

     

    £2000 per week?

     

     

    £3000 per week?

     

     

    £4000 per week?

     

     

    £5000 per week?

     

     

    £6000 per week?

     

     

    £7000 per week?

     

     

    Should I go on?

  19. D17 @ 9.03

     

     

    So who is to blame for today’s shambles?

     

    PL gave the job to NL — if NL is not up to it then PL has to go as well.

  20. lets all do the huddle on

    We simply don’t work hard enough off the ball. We do not press and we do not match runners.

     

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    because we dont have enough players who are physically big enough, or athletic enough to play that way

     

     

    we have too many wee boys and nicey nicey tippy tappy players to play that way

  21. PHILBHOY-me to 😉

     

    All good here.She turned 50 last week and has went down hill ever since 😉

     

    But a love her so will probably stick around 🤷‍♀️😉

     

    Hope you and the girls are good.

     

    Poor today

  22. lets all do the huddle on

    no way is that a penalty

     

     

    and ive got a bet on them as well but thats ridiculous

  23. D17-T_H

     

    The board made their decision when they didn’t back Brendan after the invincible season, imo of course.

     

    All they did was count the money that BR brought into the club instead of spending a fair chunk of it to keep us miles ahead domestically and a possible force in europe, he walked cos of the lack of backing, had he done what many on here keep saying he would struggle to work again, the football world is a closed shop and the folks who are at the top are in total control, DD is many things but stupid and gullible he is not, BR walked with the blessing of the board and a nice wee £9 mill bonus that should have been invested in another top coach, I said so at the time so it’s nothing to do with todays result.

     

    They need the competition, end of, again IMO.

  24. MADMITCH on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 9:15 PM

     

    D17 @ 9.03

     

     

     

    So who is to blame for today’s shambles?

     

     

    PL gave the job to NL — if NL is not up to it then PL has to go as well.

     

     

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    Maybe.

     

     

    What i know is Peter will stay calm and support Neil. Where that ends, i don’t know.

  25. Lenny= sacked from Hibs

     

    Duffy = can’t get a game for Brighton

     

    Elly = can’t get a game for Southampton

     

    Diego = can’t get a game for Milan

     

    Ajeti= can’t get a game for West Ham

     

    Shite.

  26. TICKETBUS on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 9:19 PM

     

    Lenny= sacked from Hibs

     

     

    Duffy = can’t get a game for Brighton

     

     

    Elly = can’t get a game for Southampton

     

     

    Diego = can’t get a game for Milan

     

     

    Ajeti= can’t get a game for West Ham

     

     

    Shite.

     

     

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    Dear dear. Have a lie down.

  27. UNCLE JIMMY on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 8:59 PM

     

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    You can’t blame NFL for Lawwell preferring cheaper options to David Marshall and John McGinn.

     

    You can blame NFL to deal with the hand he’s got without throwing in the towel before a match.

  28. Neil should go back to basics and build the team around the best players. Eddy is the main man, he doesn’t want to play up top v 3 or 4 hammer throwers. The spark this team needs is Eddy up top with Griff or Ajeti. Let the no9 take the hits and give Eddy a free role.

  29. EXCATHEDRA44 on 17TH OCTOBER 2020 8:14 PM

     

     

    You quote Pilate and act like Judas. Judge the man in the mirror before you judge Tierney.

     

     

    Your Pontius Pilate quote works well here though, just not in the manner you intended. You are judging while not looking at the facts then wash your hands of the comment.

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