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Pat McCluskey, one of the 44

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Pat McCluskey, who died yesterday, was one of the 44 players who won nine-in-a-row first time around.  He was from a generation of Celtic players who returned to the club when their careers ended, as fans and in other capacities.

Pat was a popular figure on for Supporters’ Nights, where he would share tales of how it was in those other glory years and give his take on current events.  Celtic players are different today.  For a start, few come from the neighbourhood and many live elsewhere after leaving football.  The loss of Pat’s generation will not be easily filled by those able and prepared to give up their evenings to meet fans.

My earliest memories of Celtic are patchy; mostly of big crowds and travelling to and from games, without specific memories of the games themselves.  The Scottish Cup Final in 1975 was different.  Hampden in the sun, Paul Wilson (twice) and Pat with the goals, now both sadly lost.  I know for sure that Pat’s penalty and Paul’s headers are the earliest goals I remember.  That was the first team I knew well and could recall effortlessly (I got it wrong when I tried this morning: Steve Murray!!).

Celtic pivoted that season, nine years of unfettered success ended.  Billy McNeill retired and Jock released Jimmy Johnstone, but Pat, Paul, Billy and the others made sure there were no mistakes against Oldco Airdrieoneans in the final.

Pat is a part of our rich history. Our sympathies to his family and friends.

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  1. Coneybhoy,

     

     

    Thanks fella. Brown for me is the guy to come on late in a game to close it out. His leadership qualities, drive and passion are best suited for that. Too slow to catch the nippy CM and never been a Pirlo-type so can’t grow old gracefully. The risk of course with Neil’s sentiment – we get over run in midfield against decent teams, try and shoehorn Ntcham in and bugger up the system.

     

     

    Moi is a number 10 and think he can play behind / beside Ajeti (who he knows well) and Eddie. I’m excited about that. Get us a Sinclair first season clone on the left.

     

     

    GT’s sample is small and opposition has been poor but I’ve seen a guy with no trick to beat an SPFL RB and that results in us slowly recycling the ball. He’s not a dud and a decent talent but I have that vision of coming on here when the luck runs out to a chorus of “GT is not a LB” when up against a decent team.

     

     

    The Hungarians best player is their RW. Let’s see how he gets on tonight.

  2. Delaneys Dunky on

    Big Wavy

     

    Elhamed is the first name on my team sheet for tonight. He is our best and most solid defender. I would have Greg Taylor nowhere near the squad tonight. I am afraid, he is way out of his depth at this level, considering he struggles in the SPFL. Never Celtic standard. Killie is his level.

  3. BIG WAVY on 26TH AUGUST 2020 11:42 AM

     

     

    GT’s sample is small and opposition has been poor but I’ve seen a guy with no trick to beat an SPFL RB and that results in us slowly recycling the ball. He’s not a dud and a decent talent but I have that vision of coming on here when the luck runs out to a chorus of “GT is not a LB” when up against a decent team.

     

     

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    I don’t really agree with this point. It’s not the LB’s main attribute to be skipping past defenders like Jinky. It’d be nice to have of course.

     

     

    Tierney didn’t really do it much of that. What we had in Tierney was a player who was fast, powerful and was able to make quick decisions with the ball.

     

     

    Taylor has shown some of that ability too. Unfortunately, the team collectively has struggled to make the breakthrough against Dundee United and Kilmarnock. This means Taylor is often faced with a packed opposition defence and no classic number 9 to aim a cross at.

     

     

    Opposition teams are playing with a narrow packed defensive block. Leaving both our fullbacks with space when they receive the ball but nothing in front of them. Elyounoussi, for example, has been pretty poor in those two games in front of Taylor. Failing to find space with his movement.

     

     

    Greg Taylor had the second-most touches of the ball against Dundee United and Kilmarnock. I think he’s suffering a bit from the Samaras effect. In the tough moments, if you are the guy who’s always on the ball trying to make something happen you single yourself out for criticism.

     

     

    In my opinion, Frimpong has been poorer in the few games we’ve had this season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dropped tonight.

  4. HANKRAY on 26TH AUGUST 2020 11:19 AM

     

    Timaloy………I think Greg Taylor has shown great improvement in his recent form. More agressive and making some great runs down the left but he has to avoid getting his crosses blocked by defenders on occasions. Coaching hopefully will improve that part of his game.

     

     

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    I’d agree I’d like to see an improvement in his crossing.

     

     

    Hopefully, as we begin to score more goals collectively he will find himself with more space and more to aim at when he picks the ball up.

  5. DD – Agree with that. Like Big Tam.

     

     

    Timaloy29 – In a league where 90% of the teams sit in and we don’t defend, we need a gallus, marauding, attack-minded LB – KT dropping a shoulder, or Izzy in his pomp recently or that goal Bolingoli produced for Eddie against Cluj are beyond GT.

  6. weebobbycollins on

    Big Wavy…I feel you are being obsessively negative re Taylor and Broonie…sure, you are entitled to express and post your opinions, however, when have we ever had a flawless team? If someone has leadership qualities, passion and drive, why would you only bring him on late in the game. To close it out? What does that mean? And if you are losing?

     

    Anyway, 2-0 tonight…Taylor and Broonie to score… (Broonie 89th minute)😊

  7. WeeBobbyCollins,

     

     

    Nonsense post mate. Takes the man not the subject. Tell me about their qualities and argue the facts.

     

     

    Brown comes on late as his impact for 90 minutes against faster, fitter and younger is diminishing. Happens to us all and not his fault. It’s how Klopp manages Milner to greater effect. Similar ages and similar players.

     

     

    Not rocket science.

  8. weebobbycollins on

    Big Wavy…I bow to your no nonsense post. “Takes the man not the subject.” Eh?

     

    I see things differently…thankfully.

  9. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 26TH AUGUST 2020 12:28 PM

     

    Big Wavy…I bow to your no nonsense post. “Takes the man not the subject.” Eh?

     

    I see things differently…thankfully.

     

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    I’ve no idea what you see. You don’t appear capable of sharing it.

  10. Did I read somewhere that when asked about turnbull, Neil L replied that he had no idea what was happening . I hope that’s not true . The manager not knowing who we were after .

  11. weebobbycollins on

    Btw…I see the the qualities and the defects…I just don’t get obsessive about them…

     

    I’m a good guy to sit next to at the game.😊

  12. Btw…I see the the qualities and the defects…I just don’t get obsessive about them…

     

     

    I’m a good guy to sit next to at the game.😊

     

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    Ah, one those who keeps it all in. Great for a blog :)

  13. For what it’s worth (based on my 3 years of managing Subbuteo Celtic :)

     

     

     

    Barkas

     

     

    El Hamed Julien Ajer

     

     

    Forrest Christie McGregor Ntcham Moi

     

     

    Klimala Edouard

     

     

    Subs: Brown, Bain, Taylor, Bitton, Frimpong, Soro, (Is Ajeti allowed to play in this one?)

     

     

    Could go with Frimpong on Left and move Forrest to right but Klimala would keep them busy at the back and we need to dominate the middle of the park but move the ball quickly.

     

    Love Broonie but would look at moving the ball with pace with this setup and if comfortable then bring him on second half to shore things up.

     

     

    The left wing does concern me slightly with Ajer prone to diving in and not being covered by MOI.

     

    Gone with Ajer over Taylor for the physical presence and hopefully if we are placing the pressure on them in the middle he would not be overly exposed.

     

     

    Just my thoughts :)

     

     

    Any other options happily considered :)

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