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Perspective as Champions face Best of the Rest

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Let’s start by putting whatever perception lingers from Aberdeen’s result in Hamilton on Tuesday night into perspective. The goal they lost was only the second time they had conceded in six games. Incredibly, both were penalties. They have played an astonishing 617 minutes without conceding a goal from anywhere but the penalty spot.

Including those two penalties, they have conceded only four since Tom Rogic’s late free kick the last time we played them. This is a well-organised football team who have a script ready for Celtic. They will defend tightly, get the ball forward quickly and chase the life out of everything. The defeat at Hamilton was the first time they have dropped a point since Inverness withheld an onslaught to leave Pittodrie with a draw seven weeks ago.

Despite sitting second in the table with an impressive defence, Aberdeen are well below where they hoped to be at this stage of the season. One win from their opening five league games saw them struggle in the bottom half of the table. Clear evidence that their preseason plans did nothing for them in Europe or domestically.

The most surprising aspect of the Premiership table is that Aberdeen have recovered their natural position as Best of the Rest so quickly.

There’s a tangible confidence among Celtic fans right now. It doesn’t necessarily extend to travelling to face A German Team but most of us think we’ll take three points tomorrow. I know Aberdeen fans who were at Hamilton during the week also fancy their chances, especially if we are as wasteful in front of goal as we have been recently.

Brendan Rodgers will need to plan for tomorrow and for Gladback on Tuesday, a game which brings an end of a five week period with five intense sell-out games (and a few others). He used his options well at Ross County on Wednesday, wise selections are needed tomorrow also.

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  1. *** LAST MAN STANDING – THE PICKS FOR WEEK 9 ***

     

     

    Here are where this weeks hopes and drems have been invested (just the 7 games that involve the 38 remaining standers) –

     

     

    Hamilton [2] v Dundee

     

     

    Motherwell [1] v Ross County

     

     

    Rangers* [2] v Kilmarnock

     

     

    St Johnstone [22] v Partick

     

     

    Sunderland v Arsenal [2]

     

     

    West Brom v Manchester City [5]

     

     

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool [4] (5.30pm)

     

     

     

    * – also known as :

     

     

    Sevco

     

     

    The Deadie Bears

     

     

    Triggers Broom FC

     

     

    The Tribute Act

     

     

    The Zombies

     

     

    Rangers 2012

     

     

    The Walking Dead

  2. *** CQN COUPON ***

     

     

    As I posted a couple of times this week, the ole Couponeers are still keen on bringing in new blood so if anyone fancies joining in (there’s absolutely no financial commtment!) please feel free to email me at jobobaldie@yahoo.co.uk . In the meantime the current Famous Five are going with the following for this weekend –

     

     

    Awalkacrosstherooftops – St Johnstone

     

     

    Lennybhoy – Plymouth

     

     

    Jobo Baldie – Hamilton

     

     

    Pogmathonyahun – Leeds

     

     

    The Exiled Tim – Accrington Stanley

  3. Really looking forward to today’s game, missed the Ross County game:((( First game I’ve missed all season.

     

     

    Can see it being tight up there Aberdeen know their season is over if they don’t win.

     

     

    Celts to run out narrow winners

     

     

    3-1

     

     

    SP

  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Starry

     

     

    I quite like the sound of your “narrow 3-1 win” hope we get that today and another wee narrow win on Tuesday :-)

  5. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    GERRYFAETHEBRIG on 29TH OCTOBER 2016 8:46 AM

     

    WeeBigGeorge

     

     

     

    Keep us updated on the ticket front remember the rule… if only one ticket “ditch yir da” he can watch it in the pub and pick you up at the end of the game, best of luck am confident you’ll both get a ticket (hopefully) one or two fans had a late night and missed their supporters bus this morning :-)

     

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    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Thank you! Da says am the one thats gettin ditched! :D. No tickets yet but only at perthshire.

     

    Keepgoincsc

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HOOPYBHOY

     

     

    Best bet might be the bus park,then the pubs nearby.

     

     

    Good luck!

  7. Weather report from the north east: After a pink sunrise, the sun is now putting his had on a trying to break through light cloud. Not a breath of wind, and bone dry. Great day for a game of football.

  8. Marrakesh Express on

    Settle an argument guys. Anyone remember a pub up top of Buchanan St called The Loughswilly?

  9. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Starry – optimism is always good

     

     

    WeeBigGeorge – surely even your Da can’t get tickets before Perth :-) I won’t enjoy the build up until both your tickets are acquired, best o luck

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD

     

     

    Sounds of the Seventies is much better. Wi the legendary Johnny Walker.

     

     

    IMO!!!

     

     

    Sunday 3pm,though I listen to it at 3am on a Tuesday.

  11. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Morning Bhoys from a dry calm central scotland.Well we have a tough match today and will have to be at the top of our game if we are to leave Aberdeen with our unbeaten league record in tact. If Aberdeen lose the game any challenge from them in my opinion would be dead in the water so come on bhoys lets put them to the sword as we march on. H.H.

  12. Marrakesh Express on

    Parkhead and bmcuwp

     

     

    Although the 60s decade shades it for me over the 70s (mainly due to Beatles Who Stones Kinks doing their best stuff then), I agree that Sounds of the Seventies is now a better show.

  13. And of course predictably the usual suspects in the clique circling the wagons with the same old rhetoric, they never let you down, and have nothing new, I’m used to it.

  14. Marrakesh Express on 29th October 2016 9:48 am

     

    Aw c’mon. Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street were 70s albums.

  15. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Yogonotic 9.52am

     

     

    No link ?

     

     

    Epic fail ya hun

     

     

    Send your £9k links to Govan they need the money more than us

     

     

    Mon the hoops

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD

     

     

    I know what you mean,bud. Amazing the memories a choon can invoke…

  17. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Good Morning All.

     

     

    Still on some very strange drugs after the Op so sleeping like Alan Rough at the near post!

     

     

    Shame about the injury to KT but these things are to be expected. As long as he is sensible and allows a decent time for recovery he will be fine.

     

     

    Domestically, Izzy is a good replacement though he will have to come up to speed quickly to be ready for Europe.

     

     

    Re the accounts published the other day – let me put it this way.

     

     

    An accountant of my acquaintance was sacked by a mutual client for being too damn pessimistic. He had produced accounts which showed an annual loss and was able to break this down further to losses per month and then per week.

     

     

    When he got to losses per week he said ” In this week here, you lost £400. Now the question is, in the next week will you break even AND make an additional £400 to make up for the losses the week before? Or if that week is the same as the one before, in the third week will you break even and then make an additional £800 to make up for the 2 previous weeks?”

     

     

    When the client didn’t like the true answer to those questions he sacked the accountant! But that didn’t change the truth or the figures.

     

     

    As Blantyre Kev pointed out, those accounts are atrocious. On going and never ending losses eventually mean close of business and there is no money to improve that team or deal with ground improvements or expansion plans.

     

     

    What you are watching is a company going round and round before eventually going down the plughole.

     

     

    Anyone putting more money in is just going to see that go down the plughole too. There has to be radical surgery to save that business.

     

     

    Who is up for the Top of the Table challenge?

     

     

    Come on support the hoops and the real Daniel Blakes of this world by pledging £3/goal to the Celtic Charity Foundation Sleepout.

     

     

    The money is very VERY badly needed.

     

     

    https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesmcginley2

     

     

    HH

     

     

    BRTH

  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    GERRYFAETHEBRIG on 29TH OCTOBER 2016 9:39 AM

     

    Starry – optimism is always good

     

     

     

    WeeBigGeorge – surely even your Da can’t get tickets before Perth :-) I won’t enjoy the build up until both your tickets are acquired, best o luck

     

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    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Tgat makes 2 of us! Thanks very much!!

     

     

    HH

     

    WEE BGFC

  19. Looks like the socialists are upset that CFC are taking a one week winter break in Dubai , lol, honestly you couldent make it up, CT in on this one? Have to be right? HT got tickets for that gig?

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MARRAKESH EXPRESS

     

     

    All of those bands-and many more-made the sixties an amazing decade for music.

     

     

    The Seventies by comparison was a desert.

     

     

    But it wasn’t all bad. Some cracking stuff. Including Stevie Wonder’s golden era.

     

     

    That’s my music choices for tonight,then!

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    A shame for young Tierney that he’ll miss a number of big matches, matches he very much earned the right to play in, but his injury (from reliable accounts) is pretty straighforward. Ankle ligaments heal very quickly, and HebCelt’s suggestion yesterday of 6-8 weeks is spot on.

     

     

    Doubt he’ll appreciate the winter break in January, mind you.

     

     

    Over to Sg Izaguirre to buckle swashes on the left for Celtic.

  22. MARRAKESH EXPRESS.

     

     

    The LOUGHSWILLY .

     

     

    Yes – late 60s. Cowcaddens – Cowcaddens St ? . Near Cafaro Brothers and a ” bookshop ” which sold Durex and had Tit mags wrapped in orange cellophane . in the window

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TD67

     

     

    Who’s upset about it? It’s a training camp,we need the weather to be decent for it.

     

     

    Beats a fortnight in Aviemore.

  24. Marrakesh Express on

    Gorbalstam

     

     

    Aye brilliant but 60s just ahead for me.

     

     

    Td67

     

    Hoose or pub with your amigos?