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One for the Zonal Detesters, ‘Playing’ Ashley

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It was far from beautiful flowing football at Inverness yesterday but the players raised the tempo sufficiently to get the result. Leigh Griffiths scored a classic poacher’s goal. He missed plenty against Kilmarnock and Ajax but that’s part of the territory of being a striker.

I was delighted to see Carlton Cole make his first appearance for the club, and for anyone since last season. His first touch could have resulted in a goal but his sheer body mass caused sufficient panic in the Inverness defence that a goal resulted soon enough. There’s a lot of work ahead as Carlton looks to get match fit but he’s exactly the kind of foil we’ve missed this season.

For all the Zonal Marking Detesters……… We’re now man-to-man and we’re still conceding headers in front of goal. The problem was not resolved with the switch to man-to-man. Defending corner kicks requires a physicality and alertness which we’ve missed all season. The sooner we fix this and get back to zonal the better.

On the subject of physicality, Dedryck, this is your hand. A brick wall should have been thrown up in front of Miles Storey at the Inverness goal. I accept we have unresolved issues at set-pieces and that we’ll lose goals as a consequence. Goals conceded on Thursday – a deflection-come-ricochet, and a breakaway, had little to do with the defence, but yesterday’s Inverness goal was just rank bad defending.

At Carfin on Friday I told Phil MacGiollaBhain that there was no way Dave King could weasel out of paying Mike Ashley his £5m, having said he would do so. Phil referred me to the “glib and shameless liar” part of King’s past and not to be so naive. He could have a point.

Ashley holds the aces here. Any attempt to ‘play’ him will fail.
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  1. THE GREEN MAN on 30TH NOVEMBER 2015 12:16 PM Turkeybhoy You think things are bad now…wait until next season, when the zombies rise from the grave. They will poison the city with their vile bigotry and violence. Cant say I’m looking forward to it. Id rather play the North Koreans:) – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/inverness-v-celtic-live-updates/comment-page-24/#comments And they are much more handsome.Somebody should have a word with RD.He said we “Won ugly”yesterday.Sorry RD.Wrong team. – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/inverness-v-celtic-live-updates/comment-page-24/#comment-2729199

  2. I’d take a 1-3 win anytime in winter, at any venue.

     

     

    Zonal marking is good, we broke defending records using it.

     

     

    Why listen to pundits who, if they had the merest hint of tactical nouse would be using it managing?

  3. Cant be long before some of the sevconian gurus are dragged off to jail.

     

    Big Challs and Wee Craigy greetin like weans as they are sentenced.

     

    Should be good viewing.

     

    There should be loads of ugly booing Huns outside the court.

     

    Ah….cant wait.

     

     

    HH

  4. Good result yesterday, 5 wins out of 5 after Europa matches and 9 wins and 2 draws from the last 11 domestic matches. Well done Ronny and the bhoys.

     

     

    Also fair play to Callum McGregor for his efforts in the last two matches.

  5. I thought the Inverness goal was more down to Johansen and Armstrong faffing about and losing posssson in a dangerous area and not so much the fault of the defence.

  6. I enjoyed listening to Paul67, Phil Mac & Mr Fallon at the Hibs Club on Friday night.

     

     

    I also enjoyed the Guinness too, maybe a little too much!!

  7. I did not think the defence was at fault yesterday Paul.Midfield again lost the ball in a horrendous area,caught us out .Any contact from the CHs would have been a Red Card.Zonal marking,man for man,watching Goals on Sunday,both systems lost goals all over the place.Loads of defensive blunders,sitters missed.Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves.

     

    Early days for the defence.Lets see how they are in a couple of months with games under their belt together.

     

    I think Cole will cause havoc in a few defences.A bit to go in match fitness.Hope Rd keeps giving him game time.And Scott Allan.

  8. I counted six celtic players who got ‘should do better’ for the ict goal.

     

     

    For the record Stokesie wasn’t one of them!

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  9. 79CAPS

     

     

    It was actually a good goal from them. They pressed and won the ball high up the pitch and it was a good run from the striker and nice slide rule pass. If anything Jozo was out of position when possession was lost. he should have been closer to Boyata.

  10. Liked Ryan Christie yesterday laughing and singing along to the Carlton Cole song.

     

    Fantastic support from the fans yesterday.

  11. Turkeybhoy

     

     

    Yeah, the sevconian vanguard are undoubtedly the ugliest fans in the world.

     

    As well as being bigoted and educationally backward morons, their physical appearance just compounds it.

     

    They must be scunnered:)

     

     

    HH

  12. Paul67 –

     

     

    Agree with the comment re: defending t the ICT goal. However, some recognition should be given to the contributions further up the field that led to the chance in the first place. In particular Stuart Armstrong had a difficult game yesterday – hardly a cross was accurate, and the ball was given away cheaply time and again through basis error. It was one such giveaway that led to the ICT goal. Stuart did not look comfortable yesterday. This is in contract to his excellent performances in the past.

  13. TheTimReaper

     

     

    Yes, in the first half Inverness were doing what Celtic are supposed to do – pressing high up the pitch.

  14. Got to say…Big Boyata should have tackled the Caley player, long before he got in the box.

     

     

     

     

    HH

  15. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Hopefully a fully fit and match fit Carlton Cole can fill a void that has been apparent for some time.

     

     

    He is already halfway there. Some of our much loved Strikers had to earn a song, he has come with one.

     

     

    HH to all Celtic Supporters.

     

     

    PS : When I mentioned “fill a void” I didnt mean physically, I meant blah, blah.

  16. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Think we need to get a new CD in in Jan. Doesn’t need to be a world-beater – just somebody solid and experienced.

     

    If Boyata doesn’t show improvement at least we will have somebody for the CL qualifiers who is familiar with the setup.

  17. THE GREEN MAN on 30TH NOVEMBER 2015 12:44 PM

     

    Got to say…Big Boyata should have tackled the Caley player, long before he got in the box.

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    The strikers first touch and run was good, Boyata couldn’t take the chance, if he got it wrong he was off. Sensible decision to let him go and take your chances later rather than play with 10 men for an hour.

  18. “Zonal marking is good, we broke defending records using it.

     

     

    Why listen to pundits who, if they had the merest hint of tactical nouse would be using it managing?”

     

     

     

    Bawsman,

     

     

    Abso flippin lutely.

     

     

    Spot on

     

     

    HH

  19. How many goals now has Dedryk Boyata both directly and indirectly cost Celtic so far this season?

     

     

    At what point and what cost do you realise you cant turn a pig into a puma?

     

     

    When a man consistently gets the basics of defending wrong, its not more games he needs – its the high road.

  20. The Battered Bunnet on

    For the Cally goal, we had possession without purpose.

     

     

    Bitton then fired a 5 yard pass at Johansen at hip height, and all he could dowas fire it 10 yards at Armstrong’s chest. Little surprise that Armstrong’s touch was poor and he was robbed.

     

     

    The goal was lost by our poor football in possession.

     

     

    It could have been avoided by Boyata taking Storrie out and swallowing the inevitable yellow card, the only thing Boyata can be criticised for, although it was original offender Bitton who ought to have stopped the play 15 yards earlier.

     

     

    Worth noting that Simunovic was 25 yards wide of Boyata and 10 yards ahead, leaving Boyata the only Celtic player behind the ball when Armstring was robbed. When our defence comprises just one player, you can hardly blame that player in isolation for losing a goal.

  21. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Seems like none of the MSM (surprisingly!) have picked up on King’s comment that the club would have a strong balance sheet. Yes – that’s right – the CLUB! Let the guard down there eh – surely the “holding company”?

  22. Last 3 goals we’ve lost have all been due principally to midfielders losing the ball.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  23. I totally agree with the lads saying Boyata was right not to dive in. I was actually shouting at the Telly don’t do it. The ICT lad had a lot to do to score, obviously he did it and fair credit to him. it wasn’t easy. But Wee Willie would have had Boyata back in the dressing room in a flash, I’d prefer to play ICT at 1-1 with 11 rather then 0-1 with ten.

     

    Apart from that I think Jozo & Boyata are coming along nicely, in time they could make a very decent partnership.

  24. The Battered Bunnet on

    As for Ashley, if it took no more than an hour for Dave King to gather investor commitment to pony up £5M, the only sensible inference is that Ashley’s made them an offer they can’t refuse.

     

     

    Ashley’s a Retailer. He wants the Rangers IP. Rangers have a loan from Ashley secured on the IP. The loan is in default. Ashley is a litigation junkie. Join the dots.

  25. well done Andy Murray, there was chat last night of a knighthood, then i see facebook commenting on SAINT Andrews day, i think thats going too far :¬))

  26. Jozo looks good. Not great, but deffo good.

     

    Boyatta’s getting better.

     

     

    IMHO of course!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  27. TET

     

    I can see you’re getting more and more rissed off at the blog. Don’t stop posting just scroll on by. Like the msm starve of oxygen you’ll feel better.

     

    HH

  28. ‘For all the Zonal Marking Detesters……… We’re now man-to-man and we’re still conceding headers in front of goal. The problem was not resolved with the switch to man-to-man. Defending corner kicks requires a physicality and alertness which we’ve missed all season. The sooner we fix this and get back to zonal the better. – ‘

     

     

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    Man-to-man simply makes players stand up and be counted – and we’ve had too many players hiding behind the zonal marking system while we ship barrowloads.

     

     

    It’s no quick fix but at tleast it will allow us to see who’s got commitment, focus and the will to contest a ball, all sadly lacking this season when crosses have hit danger areas.

     

     

    No hiding for the shirkers with man-to-man, no throwing arms in the air and looking around to shift blame; they have to get in there and get it right, which adds focus to a defender’s game.

  29. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    The Battered Bunnet on 30th November 2015 1:02 pm As for Ashley, if it took no more than an hour for Dave King to gather investor commitment to pony up £5M –

     

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    Surprised it took him an hour.

     

    He’s got £30m burning a hole in his pocket. Hasn’t he…..?????

  30. BSR

     

     

    I will correct that for you………………..

     

     

    RIFC in dock decision to repay a loan!

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