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Organisational indiscipline remains a concern

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Yesterday’s win at Fir Park was huge for Celtic’s season but we should caution against talk of a corner being turned.  The team possessed the resilience (and Irish magician) to come from behind and beat the team who were second in the league, but we have been here before.

The Motherwell goal will cause Neil Lennon particular concern.  After losing a goal to an early corner kick against Rennes on Thursday, it seems impossible to believe that the team switched off at another corner kick, but only Beram Kayal was alert to the threat of Motherwell taking a short corner, and he was already covering a threat.

Organisational discipline is as important as having better players to the outcome of many football games.

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  1. Afternoon all

     

     

    I see the betting on Neil Lennon’s replacement, rightly or wrongly, has begun in earnest. Maybe the bookies know something we don’t, or they are just hoping to cash in on something that may, or may not happen at all.

     

     

    Some of the names, just don’t look to me to be the sort of guy who could take us up to the next level. I’m sorry, but Roy Keane was a great player in his day, but I’m not so convinced as a manager he is quite as influential

     

     

    If names are being thrown into the hat, would anyone mind if I made a suggestion? How about Michael Laudrup? Yes, I am well aware of where his brother Brian played, but I am not bothered about the dark side. I am more concerned about Celtic. Laudrup seems to have the habit of turning teams around, even if they are short of resources. He only left Mallorca because the Director of Football sacked his assistant Erik Larsen.

     

     

    He encourages good, attractive, attacking football. In 2009, he was favourite to take over at Athletico Madrid. The only reason he didn’t was because for some reason he and the club were unable to agree on terms.

     

     

    I’m not saying that Lenny is defintely for the off. I’m sure there are many on here who hope he isn’t. I have great fondness for the way he stuck by the club last season when under tremendous pressure from the lunatics. However, I’m not convinced that the current management team have got what it takes to keep us going in the right direction. I hope I’m wrong here. Really wrong. Just can’t help but get the feeling that just one or 2 more bad results, and that will be curtains.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. MadraRua says:

     

     

    7 November, 2011 at 14:08

     

     

    That’s it exactly. It hands a huge advantage to the attacking team in terms of height and momentum. The only thing they need concentrate on is flight of the ball.

     

     

    Surely, from a pragmatic pov Neil’s got to change this. It isn’t working. Every SPL side knows this and they rehearse corner after corner when they are due to play us.

  3. Paul

     

     

    After losing a goal to an early corner kick against Rennes on Thursday, it seems impossible to believe that the team switched off at another corner kick, but only Beram Kayal was alert to the threat of Motherwell taking a short corner, and he was already covering a threat.

     

     

    Biram was no-where near re-acting to short corner if you watch re-run.

     

     

    Richmond has surely refereed his last game. Absolutely shocking the number of free assualts on our players!

  4. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Cash machine users doubled their money when a hole-in-the-wall started giving out free cash.

     

     

    A fault at the Clydesdale Bank ATM in Stewarton Street, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, meant customers received double the amount of money they keyed in.

     

     

    It is understood that a queue formed at the faulty machine as revellers arrived to get their share of the “free money”.

     

     

    A member of the public posted on Twitter that around 100 people were spotted lined-up outside the bank at around 7pm.

     

     

    A spokeswoman for Clydesdale bank said the problem had been corrected quickly.

     

     

    She said: “We don’t operate our ATMs directly as they are out-sourced to other suppliers

  5. tomtheleedstim – Philvis – the girls from Malory Towers have no equal……..erm, I’ve heard.

     

     

    Tom, that’s more embarrassing than the Halloween I dressed up as the Bionic Woman…. (thumbsup)

     

     

    GiggsyBhoy – You’re a cool wee guy too. (thumbsup)

     

     

    Lurgan 53 – Then of course the wee girl was George.

     

     

    There used to be a Famous Five text adventure on the Spectrum.

     

     

    If you typed in “punch George”, George would say “Ouch! Adventures are jolly painful!”

     

     

    We made our own fun in them days. (thumbsup)

     

     

    ernie lynch – The SS didn’t wear XXXL sized clothing. (thumbsup)

     

     

    Lurgan 53 – Anyways. Greece in crisis and we’re discussing the Famous Five V The Secret Seven?

     

     

    It’s electrifying. (thumbsup)

  6. Forgive my indulgences; Micky McConell is a brilliant song writer from Fermanagh and a decent man to share a drink with. Over the years he has written some absolutely brilliant songs, but the world being what it is, he will never get air play unless he looses 40 years, grows boobs or goes on XFactor.

     

    His most famous song is “Only Our Rivers Run Free”, which he wrote when he was 17 !

     

    My own Favourite is a beautiful song about the troubles called “Peter Pan and Me”.

     

    Although some people might not agree with the words, I find the imagery in the first few verses to be as descriptive as I’ve ever heard.

     

     

    But, as Arlo Gutherie said, that’s not what I came here to talk about…….

     

     

    Check out his lyrics to The Famous Five…..

     

     

    BALLAD OF THE FAMOUS FIVE

     

     

     

     

    Dear old Enid Blyton – I thought of you today

     

     

    As I helped my eldest kid to put her books and toys away

     

     

    For there upon the bookshelf, I could scarce believe my eyes

     

     

    Were dozens of adventure books about your Famous Five

     

     

    And it swept me backwards through the years for I had read them too

     

     

    And marvelled at their bravery and deeds of derring-do

     

     

    But nowadays it’s just as well that you’re not still alive

     

     

    To see what time and life has done unto your Famous Five.

     

     

     

     

    Young Julian was the leader with a good staunch British heart

     

     

    He got a scholarship to Oxford where he studied mighty hard

     

     

    He took law and criminology until that fateful day

     

     

    When he suddenly discovered that crime does really pay

     

     

    So he opened massage parlours up in Bradford, York and Leeds

     

     

    Where fat old men and Swedish girls do foul and filthy deeds

     

     

    Now he peddles dirty movies – plastic macs and whips and chains

     

     

    Oh Enid love, I’m not surprised you hang your head in shame.

     

     

     

     

    Georgina hated being a girl and that’s why, I suppose

     

     

    She told everyone to call her George and dressed up in men’s clothes

     

     

    But in our youthful innocence in those far-off distant days

     

     

    We never realised that young Georgina was a Gay

     

     

    She came out of the closet when she met a girl named Jill

     

     

    Who is now her live-in lover in a flat in Notting Hill

     

     

    And she says she’s very happy – says it’s good to be alive

     

     

    The odds seemed much against it when she joined the Famous Five.

     

     

     

     

    Young Anne, she was the quiet one who lived in mortal dread

     

     

    Of smugglers and jewel thieves and foreigners with beards

     

     

    Her nerves got taut as fiddle strings with all the stress and strain

     

     

    So they put her in a madhouse for the criminally insane.

     

     

    And Tim, the faithful terrier, at last ran out of luck

     

     

    When he bared his teeth and argued with a forty-three ton truck

     

     

    Poor Tim found out the hard way what is meant by overdrive

     

     

    Farewell four-footed, furry, flattened phantom Famous Five.

     

     

     

     

    Young Dick could never settle after all the things he’d seen

     

     

    He was into booze and Evostick before he was thirteen

     

     

    He had been dried out three dozen times when he reached twenty-two

     

     

    So he went off to South Africa like all the losers do

     

     

    And I’m not surprised he’s happy there – in fact it is his right

     

     

    Don’t all the bad guys dress in black and the good guys dress in white?

     

     

    If he stays away from black women and white rum he might survive

     

     

    In that spirit of peace and freedom, much beloved by Famous Five

     

     

     

     

    For the Five stood for integrity, the Five fought the good fight

     

     

    When all the bad guys dressed in black and the good guys dressed in white

     

     

    So nowadays dear Enid, it’s just as well you’re not alive

     

     

    To see what time and live has done unto your Famous Five.

     

     

     

    http://mickeymacconnell.com/index.html

  7. Doug C

     

    The spl lacks the calibre of coaches who can teach teams to move as a cohesive unit.

     

    We ourselves are very rarely a flowing complete unit.

     

    This requires precision and attention to detail on training ground.

  8. Enid Blyton’s real name was Enid Blyton.

     

     

    Mary Pollock’s real name was alsi Enid Blyton.

     

     

    Thankyou Mr Google.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Estadio

  9. emusanorphan says:

     

    7 November, 2011 at 15:09

     

    Biram was no-where near re-acting to short corner if you watch re-run.

     

     

    Aye he did. He initially ran towards the corner before being ordered back to the post by Forster.

     

     

    Like you say, watch the re-run.

  10. Blah! Blah! Blah! Escaped criminal.

     

     

    Blah! Blah! Blah! Famous scientist.

     

     

    Blah! Blah! Blah! Dastardly smugglers.

     

     

    Blah! Balh! Blah! Bioled sweets.

     

     

    Boiled sweets?

  11. A few points on the Zonal Marking & Adam Mathews playing Higdon on-side.

     

     

    Heard someone on radio a few days ago stating why zonal marking at set pieces was favoured at some clubs …

     

    Old fashioned man marking (everyman get a jersey and stick to him ) approach allows attacking teams to block the path to the ball of your big defenders.

     

    The opposition know where the ball should be delivered ( in theory) so they can manoeuvre their marker into the ‘wrong’ position before the ball is in motion.

     

    Zonal marking is supposed to allow defenders such as Charlie or Dan a clear run and jump to attack the ball ! .

     

     

    Adam Mathews debate:

     

    For set pieces the responsibility for getting the defence to come out as a unit ( ie shouting OUT ) should always be the man on the opposite side from where the cross is being delivered ( usually furthest away Full Back as he can / should see everything)

     

     

    If you have a central defender taking this responsibility ,it will eventually come unstuck (as he is unlikely to be aware of what is going on behind him)

     

    My experience was always that nobody comes out until the shout is given .

     

    As a right back it was my responsibility to shout when corners were coming from our left ( at corners coming from our right ,my position was always on the near post).

     

    The hesitation of Mathews may indicate that either the shout was not given ( or perhaps by the wrong man)

     

     

    The Onlooker

  12. TopCorner,

     

     

    A massive big THANK YOU for posting those vids of the bhoys heading for the bus after the game last night. It provided some personal insight that not many get a chance to see. I had a good laugh at Kayal when Stokes gave him some penmanship :)

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    gsu

  13. MadraRua – He sounds like a fun guy to be around.

     

     

    Are there any more cherished childhood memories on which he can droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven?

     

     

    Maybe a song about how Bagpuss is a morbidly obese racist with Type 2 diabetes and a serious catnip addiction? (thumbsup)

  14. McPherson in the Herald today is clearly smitten by the ‘haircut which time forgot’. Most of his Herald piece is taken up with the detailed instructions McCall gave his players. Inexplicably, McPherson omits the critical directives which were – put Forrest out of the game early on, kick, hack and barge from the first whistle. Charlie won’t do a damn thing and even if we force him to send one of us off near the end keep on kicking.

  15. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Saw a slight and I mean slight improvement in Forster but he still worrys me greatly. If Romanov is willing to sell Kello go gettim Lenny!!

     

     

    Yesterday the ball bounced up past his nose he let it drop to the ground then decided to try and pick it up. Luckily the well player made a mess of it!! He’s got the reactions of a sloth!!

     

     

    Him and big Dan could cost us the league if they havnt done so already!!

  16. saltires en sevilla says:

     

    7 November, 2011 at 12:22

     

     

    That is an excellent shout. Big Mick was. Very decent CB. A big mean CB that attacked the ball exactly what we need now.

  17. In this month of remembrance and some heartfelt posts a couple of weeks ago, can I recommend the’ Light up a Life’ event which will be held at St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie on 27 November. It’s a very simple service held outside in the cold before the Christmas tree is lit up.

  18. The Spirit of Arthur Lee says:

     

    7 November, 2011 at 15:12

     

    Cash machine users doubled their money when a hole-in-the-wall started giving out free cash.

     

    A fault at the Clydesdale Bank ATM in Stewarton Street, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, meant customers received double the amount of money they keyed in.

     

    It is understood that a queue formed at the faulty machine as revellers arrived to get their share of the “free money”.

     

    A member of the public posted on Twitter that around 100 people were spotted lined-up outside the bank at around 7pm Police were called as a result of complaints from the general public about the length of the queue apparently ordinary customers could not get access to the ATMs due to a Mr Craig Whyte, D Murray and A McCoist who were frantically shovelling fivers into a JJB poly bag

  19. philvisreturns says:

     

    7 November, 2011 at 15:26

     

     

     

    Bagpus racist?

     

     

     

     

    No. No. No. No. No.

     

     

    ‘BBC Four series, Children’s TV on Trial, has discovered that Bod, Mr Benn, The Tomorrow People and Bagpuss all served to undermine traditional values of respect for authority during a volatile decade.

     

     

    “I was in a right state of discontent in the 70s about Heath and the miners and the three-day week,” said Oliver Postgate, co-creator of Bagpuss and the Clangers, pink woolly creatures that communicated through whistling sounds.

     

     

    “The Government was being subverted by politics so I said, ‘Can I make a Clangers special about the folly of politics?’ ” The result, Vote for Froglet, was shown during Harold Wilson’s successful election campaign of 1974 but was swiftly withdrawn and has not been broadcast since. A rescued clip shows a didactic Clanger arguing: “Party politics is just a question of power. Are you listening to me?” and proposing a government of the Soup Dragons.

     

     

    Postgate introduced industrial unrest into Bagpuss, with an episode in which the mice go on strike, chanting, “Mice not sing, mice not work. Mice strike!” He said: “This was just part of my inconvenient political concerns at the time.”

     

     

    http://www.thephora.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-24778.html

     

     

     

    Postgate was a lefty.

     

     

    Though not as much of a lefty as Arthur Ransome, author of the classic, quintessential English upper middle class, children’s book of derring do Swallows and Amazons, who played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky’s secretary.

  20. The Battered Bunnet on

    I see Deitmar Hamann has resigned from Stockport. Is this the latest episode in curse of Willie McStay? Or an opp for him to step up again?

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    Ernie

     

     

    Was Mary, Mungo and Midge the first example of an alternative family community?

  22. ernie lynch – The Government was being subverted by politics

     

     

    Classic.

     

     

    Though not as much of a lefty as Arthur Ransome, author of the classic, quintessential English upper middle class, children’s book of derring do Swallows and Amazons, who played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky’s secretary.

     

     

    As George Orwell put it about the English intelligentsia, “take their cookery from Paris and their opinions from Moscow”

     

     

    Finally, of course, being a pinko lefty doesn’t mean Bagpuss wasn’t a racist. I never saw any black cats on that show. (thumbsup)

  23. The Battered Bunnet says:

     

    7 November, 2011 at 15:41

     

     

    I said to the Hibee’s at work that they should have got McStay in when Calderwood got the job. They may get it right this time.

     

     

    They seem to think that Billy Stark will get it though.

     

     

    Interesting…..

     

     

    LB

  24. We will find it,

     

    We will bind it,

     

    We will stick it with glue, glue, glue

     

     

    We will stickle it,

     

    Every little bit of it

     

    We will make it like new, new ,new

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

     

     

    MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan CSC

  25. Heard on Talksport that Hibs have appointed Billy Brown as caretaker manager????

     

     

    Jambo Jim’s whingin, greeting faced sidekick????

     

     

    Seriously????

     

     

    Hibess will be deeeeeelighted about that, will they not?

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  26. I see that lot are playing Corby Town tomorrow night, surely not trying to rip off- sorry- capitalise on the large Scottish population in the area?

  27. For all of those on CQN missing a day without a poppy debate then go tune yer tranny into Talksport right now, yeah having a poppy debate!!!

  28. Paul , good article. I think regardless of the defensive strategy (zonal or man for man) , having settled defensive unit is probably more important. Constant changes which have been forced upon us has been tough to manage/coach – personally , i think the best strategy in this situation is man for man – this is what most players are raised with and respond to instinctively. Zonal is for a settled team.

     

     

    Dont know bout you bhoys, i’m still angry about the motherwell game – The celtic board need to do something , can anyone shed any light on whether they are or not – it was scandelous and for me, the reason scotttish football is never allowed to develop. I seen plenty young technically gifted players in my day and all of them were kicked around with no protection – we need cultural change and SPL/SFA is the leading example.

     

     

    TV zoomed on Peter L and he was shaking his head at a dubious decision – Peter, stop shaking your head and start shaking their foundations. Celtic fans will stop supporting if the product is corrupt! whats the point.

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