Movement of front 3 sets Celtic loose


Jablonec are not a great team, but we faced a few who fall into that category since our last away win in February without scoring four goals and creating enough chances to easily double that.  Ange Postecoglou continues to learn about his squad and unlike away to Mitjylland a week earlier, we were well prepared.

Yesterday I asked to “see more of [Liel Abada’s] timed runs into the box”.  The evidence continues to arrive; Liel is a player who will score and create goals at a rate we have missed in recent seasons.  This knack of arriving in the box and the right time, in the right place, before a cross arrives is golden.  Think Alan Thompson at his lethal best.

Kyogo Furuhashi made the most of his full debut.  The movement of the front three caused Joblonec problems and it was Kyogo’s movement that created the goal opportunity.  Nir Bitton picked him out with a 30-yard pass, a pristine first touch and the deftest dink did the rest.  As I heard from a teenager at the time, “That goal is a solid 9 out of 10”.

As anyone who watched the game, or caught John Hartson’s remarkable reaction, will know, the defence is still not right.  We lost two dreadful goals.  You will have noticed Carl Starfelt was the closest defender to both goalscorers when the ball went into the net.  He did not start that way when the key forward passes were made.

For the first, Bitton was on his heels, body shape was wrong and Starfelt was left the impossible task of making up ground.  The second goal was more of a structural problem.

Starfelt and Bitton were both marking strikers in the middle of the field and the full backs were in advanced positions when Celtic lost the ball.  Ismaila Soro has covering duties but he was ball watching when the scorer made a run from deep.

We cannot leave two at the back against two attackers or we will see a lot more damage from similar deep runs.  Although we can blame Soro for ball watching, we need to shape the team to accommodate what will inevitably happen during a game.  Ismaila’s starting position was all wrong, he cannot get drawn into the role of supporting the player in possession at the cost of loitering deep.

It was great to see Joe Hart between the sticks and John Hartson was right, if a little hysterical, we still need defenders.  Perhaps a few.

Would we have won so comfortably if Odsonne Edouard started?  I’m not convinced.

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    That was an interesting photo of a young Bertie Auld. (BA) for some of our posters.


    Have you come across any photos of him sporting a beard? Can’t remember if this was his 1st or 2nd spell. He grew the beard because he had a “foul” shave.


    Don’t know if Bobby Shearer was involved in that ;-)))

  2. !!BADA BING!! on 6TH AUGUST 2021 7:55 PM


    TB- not sure if Turnbull has lost a bit of confidence, a couple of times in games, he’s hesitant to shoot, last year he would have hit it….well documented he fades after 65/70 minutes, not sure why.



    There may be just a dip in form.i think the fitness thing is across the board and atop that we are playing in a different tactical game,i hope in time and i am sure he will in time.hearing some people were aghast at fitness levels.a centre back and a couple of full backs and McCarthy and he will be alright




  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    ‘Would we have won so comfortably if Odsonne Edouard started? I’m not convinced’.



    Who knows, he did diddly squat when he came on, so the answer is probably no.



    He’s leaving Celtic and most of us hope and want to see the back him, so making such a point misses the elephant in the room – he came on ahead of Ajeti.

  4. glendalystonsils on

    If we could get anything close to what we paid for Ajeti we should punt him and try to make a serious attempt at replacing him with a genuine CF .

  5. Because I am fascinated by everything historically Celtic, cam across this gem of a page.



    Dont click on it if all you want to do is snarl about the here and now






    You are here: Home / Uncategorized / Celtic Football Club


    Celtic Football Club


    by John Gorevan 2 Comments



    Managers and Players of the Celtic Football Club that owned Pubs in and around Glasgow.



  6. B,mouth v W Brom.1-1,kick and rush,few bad tackles,no football,couple of Sinky lookalikes,and B,mouth as bad as us at crosses.

  7. !!BADA BING!! on 6TH AUGUST 2021 7:52 PM


    Let’s be honest, if Eddy was sold last summer, we would have been up there with torches and pitchforks….




    When we thought he might be leaving, I said give him £100k per week – he’ll win us the 10 and we will get our money back no problem – fantastic judgement on my part!!!








    Yep,he is not firing for whatever reason.A midfielder has to be able to take the pass,hold,or turn.He is doing neither.Losing possession in bad areas.2nd goal other night,an example.I like the boy very much,and hope it’s just a wee run.

  9. lets all do the huddle on

    B,mouth v W Brom.1-1,kick and rush,few bad tackles,no football,couple of Sinky lookalikes,and B,mouth as bad as us at crosses.







    but sadly both of those teams would wipe the floor with us



    they have too much power and pace for any part of our team to handle

  10. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Just watched the McCarthy presser.



    For a minute I thought I was watching a character from ‘Only an Excuse’, but if he walks the talk he can come across as Bugs Bunny for all I care.



    Quick quiz – when he shines for Celtic, which SMSM journo will be first to ask him about ‘turning his back on Scoddland? ‘ Will it be in the week pre-Mordor?

  11. RC,



    Is Biton a CH,


    Naw,don’t think so.He does try to do what he is paid for,but he is not a CH,so should not take as much stick,because he is not great at it.Wish we had more who could pass like hi.Thats what they get paid for.

  12. Quick quiz – when he shines for Celtic, which SMSM journo will be first to ask him about ‘turning his back on Scoddland? ‘ Will it be in the week pre-Mordor?






    he will be booed from the offset, scottish born irish player playing for celtic

  13. glendalystonsils on

    TURKEYBHOY @8.38



    You could say the very same about the ‘scout’ who scouted him .

  14. GEEBEE1978 on 6TH AUGUST 2021 8:53 PM


    Brighton finally bid for Eddie…






    cant be true, the sages said he is counting down the contract for a bosman mega deal in january.

  15. fairhill bhoy on

    SAINT STIVS-yes it was.


    The boy on the door said they didn’t except it to be this busy 🤷🏽‍♂️


    Honestly son😉


    Typical Celtic

  16. I have no problem with people like Sutton & Hartson lambasting sloppy play.



    My problem is when they only do it to us.



    Cannae mind any bad Hun play/players getting the treatment.

  17. fairhill bhoy on

    THE BLOGGER-he said em more than hatley 😉


    But he will do em busting a gut for us soon enough.

  18. Is it not very simple? As a Celtic man you can understand his frustration but he has a duty not to do stuff on national tv like undermining a new signing in his second game.



    He has the privilege of making a living out of his connection with Celtic, he shouldn’t be undermining our chances of success

  19. fairhill bhoy on

    Fred-I would rather have Sutton/Hartson saying what they think.


    Before any x sevco player.


    Would you rather they toe the party line like Rae,Walker,extra

  20. He can do what he likes I suppose but he’s fair game for criticism if he’s going to make life more difficult for a new and very important Celtic signing

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    As I said on another blog, new ST card dropped in today, I’m taking both to Thursday game. Knowing CFC’s IT Dept what could possibly go wrong😵😱

  22. fairhill bhoy on

    I don’t think big John has to worry about his next pay day.


    I like him saying like it is


    It hurts obviously


    But I genuinely believe he only wants the best for us

  23. Entertaining 2nd half of blood and snotters, in the English game.Convinced Huddle was correct.We would be wilting at this pace.100MPH.



    I love Hartson,just thought that after 4 goals away from home,he could have focused on that,while mentioning,the bleeding obvious.We need defenders.He knows fine well we are in the market for some,and that defence won’t be there much longer.Out of order for me.

  25. Pundits/ Commentators should be free to say exactly what they feel. False praise is no praise and is actually an insult to our intelligence.


    Far too much censorship and stifiling of debate resulting in robotic discussion of no value.



    The only comment I would make is ” What’s kept him ?



    I fully accept the point made earlier , that he should have voiced his opinion in such manner during NFL’s tenture.




  26. RC,



    Why give the guy a hard time then when he is asked to play CH.Does his best.

  27. fairhill bhoy on



    Yip I get all that.Just think he was just being a fan and was getting caught up in the moment.


    I think John is on our side.


    I hope you and the family are keeping safe 🍀

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