Performing with an edge, naked opportunism


If you were a professional football player, you would love to be in the Celtic dressing room tomorrow evening.  You would have the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself; put in a big, meaningful performance.  Record a bit of history and create a uniquely memorable victory.

There are some players who are fraught with anxiety on such occasions, but there are others who NEED these games, need an edge, to reach their peak.  If we have a team full of the latter, Legia are in for a torrid night.

I’m doing my best to ignore the naked opportunism in our media this week.  There is no point complaining about it, lose heavily and you become vulnerable to those who live to revel in a Celtic defeat.  Don’t lose and you don’t give them (friends and foes alike) a chance.

We’ve been here before.  Artmedia, Braga, Utrecht, Sion (despite the reprieve) and Karagandy all exposed an aching heart.  European football is unforgiving, try to transition and you’ll find someone ready to exploit, but that doesn’t mean you are wrong to transition.

We might talk about this transition more later in the month but we have a game to win first.  Can’t wait.

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  1. Paul67,



    It isn’t just the SMSM who have had it in for our team this past week. Plenty on here have been doing their dirty work. Of course, many of them might well be the likes of Keevins, under assumed names. Just do as I do; ignore them. Unfortunately, for me at the moment, that means scrolling past most posts.

  2. Afternoon Timland from a hot hun free mountain valley.



    No been on for a few days.



    Am confused here, first we are told that we don’t need euro football, then we are told we don’t need CL football.



    Then we are told we do need CL football, and no CL football will result in us having to sell to make up the lack of CL football.



    Confused, I certainly am.



    Here is the thing tho.



    If we discount the porkies we were told in the begining about the no need for euro football, then the no need for CL football…..



    And we accept that we do need CL football to sustain the present status…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..



    Why in gods name are we gambling with not reaching the CL group stages ????????



    Someone somewhere is failing at their job……I wonder who that may be then ???




  3. Just Another Tim on

    Fancy yourself as the next Ronny Deila? Think your better than Stein? then here is the invite code to the CQN Championship Fantasy Football League, we are now approaching 60 teams entered.






    You have 11 days left to register your team & join the league.






    As an added incentive I’ve decided to offer some prizes for the top 3 come the end of the season. The winners will each receive items of their choosing from the Official Celtic Webstore to the tune of



    1st £100


    2nd £75


    3rd £50



    Or alternatively, winners can choose to donate any winnings to a Celtic charity of their choice.



    Also if by some miracle I end up in the top 3, the winnings will be passed onto the next placed team.




  4. LennyBhoy, Armstrong would be a decent replacement, but not the finished article.


    From a football point of view bringing Armstrong in and keeping Kris would make sense, from a business point of view the opposite is true. No prizes for guessing which, if either does, will happen.

  5. Controlled aggression, pick our moments and box clever, the gung – ho stuff without defending is not the answer.


    The match in Warsaw highlighted the fact we need to play to our strengths.

  6. We need to attack and attack with purpose, but it has to be built on a solid defense. Lose a goal and we are in trouble, keep a clean sheet and we have a decent chance.

  7. Paul67, I think we just might, you know the feeling, the experts would tell you no, logic too, but a feeling, we just might.


    LennyBhoy, totally agree, this is a game Kris will revel in.



    But we need a support backing the team.


    Get along and support the team, they need it.




  8. The winning line up for tomorrow night. Won’t happen as Mulgrew will play as will Pukki.





    Matthews Lustig (c) VVD Izagiurre


    =====McGregor Biton Johansen=====





  9. traditionalist88 on

    We must shoot on sight tomorrow night.



    We were going round in circles against Karagandy until Kris took a pop from 30yds just before half time.



    Commons and Griffiths in particular need to shoot on sight – you get deflections, corners, things happen when you take a pop.We might even score 3 goals. Passing side to side will be playing into their hands.




  10. Gary67



    I’d go with that team apart from McGregor who I’d replace with Henderson but doubt that’ll happen either.

  11. Gary67



    Exact same team that I would pick. Such a shame that Charlie is the captain or I think he would have been dropped after his horror show. Wee Jamesy is playing again so I’d give him 25 mins at the end to run at them.

  12. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    Paddypower offering 5/1 for Hibs to beat the new team, worth a tenner bhoys, would pay for your expensive drinks in Edinburgh tomorrow :)

  13. Gary67






    Think that line up is about right but unsure if McGregor can perform the defensive duties required in a midfield 3. Might work if we’re on top and controlling the game, which is maybe the gamble we need to take given the requirement to win by 3. It would take everyone performing well.

  14. traditionalist88 on

    Rangers supporters have come on here before and been welcomed as they talked about football and were civilised etc.



    However can we get rid of that out and out HUN b*****d ‘The Singing Detective’ once and for all?

  15. Snake Plissken on

    Play for set pieces as well tomorrow.



    Their keeper looked VERY shaky at those.



    We have not got the pace to run in behind so shooting from distance and set pieces.



    After every challenge, hit the deck. Give them a taste of their own medicine and try very hard to get them a man down.



    I wonder how they’ll cope with that especially if it happens first half.



    Put someone on the Serb and cut off the supply to him (not Kayal because he is a liability). Stop him and they are far less effective.



    Scott Brown said that the players remember the over-celebration of their opponents and want to ram it down their throats because they acted like they were already through.



    I like that kind of talk. I hope they are smarting and that motivates them fully for tomorrow.



    A 2 goal lead by half time, hopefully playing 10 men and we’ll see what they are really made of.



    This is the only way we will win.

  16. Why don’t we just sell anyone in our first team squad who has a pulse? Makes sense tae PL.

  17. saltires en sevilla on




    Yes the players should see this as opportunity to show what they are made of. We have always has weak points in our team and those that like to focus on that. continually, without pause.



    We are not daft and know our weaknesses but mileage in banging on about that a few days before kick-off.



    I suspect it won’t be pretty, but we can be effective, and we can score 3 or maybe even 4 or 5.



    We need a raucous crowd and a positive vibe – even expect to lose a goal at some point…still prevail.



    We have a few players who can still make it happen and ‘thereafter we build and Go from strength to strength!



    We are getting closer to 70% positive, or at least defiant, now :-)



    Likeisay 99% by kick off



    who cares about Thems that ain’t?!

  18. Paul, I admire your positivity….although I seriously doubt your contention yesterday that you were ‘reliably informed’ about Legia’s tactics.



    Don’t let your journalism get lazy……:)



    I am just deeply disappointed that we have undertaken these most important games without having done anything to strengthen our chances.



    We will get what we deserve, I am afraid.

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon



    Agree 100% about ISIS. I am an atheist, but I can accept religion and respect the religious as long as the faith is largely personal – when you end up telling others what to do then it becomes a worse than normal problem. I say “worse than normal”, because when you know that God is telling you what to do, then you have few more powerful restraining influences.



    As regards the “right wing” phrase, I used it as illustrative of where the reports where coming from; there are a lot of left wing people I wouldn’t trust with any power (that’s true of people generally!). There are few clear boundaries in this debate.ISIS however, are well past any boundary.



    I do feel that Hamas, and indeed most of the Palestinian leadership over the last 40 years, have too often had their own political agendas. The sad thing is that Israel is letting itself down;as a parliamentary democracy, founded to free it’s people (if not the Palestinians) from repression. Freedom from repression should be it’s reason for existence, it should have higher standards. Instead, it seems to have become a country without tolerance. Animal Farm, springs to mind.



    Kris Commons has probably been our best value buy since Lubo, but if the money being talked about is on offer (and I doubt that) then I’d take it. As long as we get a good replacement, which is of course, “the big if”.

  20. Was thinking about the last Celtic players debut game that really got me thinking ‘this is a gem’ – Nakamura sprang to mind.



    We could do with something similar now.

  21. I also like the look of thsi team



    ==============Forster (for Sale)============


    Matthews (* for Sale) Lustig (c) (for sale) VVD (* for Sale) Izagiurre (for Sale)


    =====McGregor (youth for Sale) Biton (for Sale) Johansen ( for Sale) =====


    =============Commons (* for Sale) =============


    ======Griffiths (nutter for Sale) =====Stokes (nutter for Sale) =======




    MWD says AYE – STOP chasing the WANYAMA!

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