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If we are looking for reasons why Celtic have dropped so many points in recent weeks it is revealing that we have not kept a clean sheet away in the league since Boxing Day, and that was to bottom club Dundee.

Losing goals, of course, is seldom about the last line of defence, and losing goals this consistently is seldom even an issue with defence, in dominant teams, defenders are seldom taxed.  It is more likely a consequence of the shape of the team.  Goalkeepers should be protected, as should defences.

It’s the midfield we should be looking at.  Dominate possession and stop leaving spaces for the opposition to exploit; we’ll stop losing goals and start winning games.
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  1. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH

     

     

    I enjoy not buying any Sottish papers now…Sevco Herald spin relentless ….when they go out of business they may reflect on letting their sports journos , business writers and all, spin such rubbish..

     

     

    HH

  2. The midfield…

     

     

    Ledley, Brown, Kayal, Wanyama, Commons, Forrest, Rogic and McGeouch

     

     

    For some bizarre reason we have played the likes of Mulgrew, Ambrose, Matthews and Stokes in there as well in recent weeks.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NTASSOOLLA 1235

     

     

    That’s a vicious-looking beast.But I think half-a-dozen motivated TIMS wi pick-axes could do the job just as well.

     

     

    Though we could use the machine to dig up the fabled ROSARY BEADS at the penalty spot!

  4. Dead and Loving it on

    Wonder if anybody knows where I can pick up a Bugatti Veyron in Glasgow before Friday

     

    as I was thinking of asking that Anne Hathaway out for a drink and a meal, I have lined up Raymond Blanc to cook for us and Rod Stewart for the entertainment.

     

     

    Well they started it.

  5. The huns are becoming ever more divorced from reality – never thought this was possible.

     

     

    Their ‘brothers’ in the msm continue to feed their delusions – and the eejits lap it up.

     

     

    Next season they will still be in the bottom tier, and still handing out thousands of free tickets in order to artificially inflate crowds at that asbestos-ridden dump and blot on the landscape.

     

     

    In contrast CP will host the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games – which will be beamed around the world, giving CFC more exposure.

     

     

    They are light years behind us – and will be forever!

     

     

    Feed the bear!

     

     

    HH!!

  6. Truth_Beauty_and_Freedom on

    Ntassoolla @12:35pm

     

     

    Hi Ntassoolla,

     

     

    That’s a hilarious link, thanks, but I am now waiting on someone Photoshopping that monster twice with both iTox and Hampdump in the Backgrounds! :-)

     

     

    Yours in Celtic,

     

     

    TB&F.

  7. Hi Paul67,

     

     

    “If we are looking for reasons why Celtic have dropped so many points in recent weeks it is revealing that we have not kept a clean sheet away in the league since Boxing Day, and that was to bottom club Dundee.”

     

     

    That is quite a stat, especially in the light of a 21 – GA for the whole of last Season in the SPL.

     

     

    It highlights once again the glaring inconsistencies with Celtic over the last few Seasons.

     

     

    Is it down to NL beginning as a rookie Manager and having to rebuild a team/squad?

     

     

    I was always interested in Gordon Strachan’s early comments as Celtic Manager – It would take him 3 years to build his team.

     

     

    He subsequently went on to win the Championship in his first three seasons, then lost in the fourth.

     

     

    Neil has done very well, very quickly but you get the feeling that if we can’t stem these inconsistencies it will blight his tenure.

     

     

    yorkbhoy @ 12:33,

     

     

    A pal-o-mine puts it thus…

     

     

    Turnover is vanity

     

    Profit is Sanity.

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TOMMYSBHOY 1250

     

     

    Brilliant-they’ll get wet when it rains,just like we did at our end whether it be Ibrox,Hampden,or even Celtic Park!

     

     

    It always used to p… me off,that. Especially at Hampden where the dust clouds from the black ash would mix with the first shower. Ended up like a miner at the end of a shift!

     

     

    And memories of everyone who couldnae get into The Jungle couried under the wee strip of corrugate at The Celtic End at our own ground,while huns were bone-dry……..

  9. The third goal did appear to be a disaster for the Celtic defence but I think that Kelvin Wilson was sure that it was running through to Fraser Forster and the ball bounced up ideally for the forward instead.

     

    Result, misery!

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DEAD AND LOVING IT

     

     

    Thinking of doing similar,but can only manage Anne Widdicombe,Raymond Baxter and Andy Stewart.

     

     

    Pretty sure I can only contact two of them via the ouija board,but as you say,they started it…….

  11. Bobby murdochs curled up winkle pickers

     

    i always found that strange..the wee strip of corrigated asbestos at the celtic end..then they build a big fekn new roof at the hun end..early seventies??why was that!?hamdump i understand but not our own grun

  12. The third goal on Saturday was a keeper’s ball all the way.

     

     

    This addmision from the fingertips of a long-standing member of the Goalkeeper’s Union as well.

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DEAD AND LOVING IT

     

     

    When you get to my age,yer joooooost happy if they’ve got a pulse……

  14. Sevco will play Elgin City on Saturday for the FIFTH time this season.

     

     

    When they talk about ‘Armageddon’ you wonder whose they are actually talking about…

  15. ballymenatoybhoy on

    So when does leigh griffiths actually don the hoops? only a matter of time surely – SPL’s answer to GB. Exciting player – nice guy.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TOMMYSBHOY

     

     

    I think it was cos when their sweat-and-urine-stained uniforms got wet,the smell constituted a health hazard.

     

     

    To this day,the smell around Kilwinning on walk days is blamed on the nearby ICI complex.

     

     

    Despite being shut for years.

  17. Fraser Forster decided to start his dive when the ball came back out of the net at the first goal.

     

     

    Chico Muldini fell over his feet, keeping his buffon in place for the second.

     

     

    Kelvin Wilson was only trying to deflect the Celtic supporters Efe Ambrose ‘bomb scare’ cliches

     

     

    CampaignForGrass CSC

  18. I have just received an invitation to spend the weekend at George Clooney’s villa on Lake Como.

     

     

    He’s asked me loads of times – was never able to fit it into my busy and hectic schedule.

     

     

    I will be picked up at my house on Friday afternoon by limousine – a Maserati Quattroporte I believe – and driven to Pisa Airport to board a private jet to Milan. From there it will be a short hop by helicopter to George’s gaff.

     

     

    A weekend of entertainment has, apparently, been laid on. Among those due to make an appearance are:

     

     

    – Billy Connolly;

     

     

    – Kevin Bridges;

     

     

    – Neil Young (and Crazy Horse);

     

     

    – Bruce Springsteen;

     

     

    – (Rev) Al Green (on Sunday);

     

     

    – The Pogues (they are doing the bar);

     

     

    – …and other special guests.

     

     

    Have informed all my hun acquantances – they are all dead jealous.

     

     

    Should be some weekend!

     

     

    HH!!

  19. This spell in the lower leagues was a chance for Rangers to implement a football philosophy, of investing in the scouting network and youth development programme to ensure that when the club finally returns to the top flight, its foundations are strong. McCoist has spoken of the difficulties in signing players and the need to focus on gaining promotions, but the journey back should be based on a sustainable football model, one that identifies promising talent, buys it cheaply and sells at a premium.

     

     

    These are defining months. The side needs to improve, despite its limitations, and the football department needs to be maximised. “Everybody is playing for their future, including the coaching and management staff,” McCoist said.

     

     

     

    DON’T SACK MCCOIST!!!

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Leigh Griffiths is out of contract at the end of this season. His scoring record for Livingston,Dundee and now Hibs is excellent,no doubt about it.

     

     

    He would be a major management task for Neil Lennon,and I don’t think he really needs that. But,if we can sort his head-which we never managed with Derek Riordan,whom I really rated-we would have a striker on our hands.

     

     

    On a personal level,though,too much of a risk.

  21. greenyinfurrafenian on

    tho ann widdicombe (and pump) was the tory pin up girl for years, it was annabelle goldie that lit my bonfire

     

     

    torytottie csc

  22. The combined rule book for a proposed 12-12-18 league set-up in Scottish football next season “has confirmed there will be no fast-track route for Rangers back to the top flight,” according to Stephen Halliday of the SCOTSMAN.

     

     

    That £100 million Turnover will have to wait for another season…

  23. Leigh Griffiths not for me, it would just shove Tony Watt down the pecking order, next season I think you will see Tony being developed into a first team player in the way we did with Wee Jamesy..

  24. ballymenatoybhoy on

    why so many posts focused on Rangers, sevco or huns whatever? Never understood that on this site? When we have this mentality we are no better than them! Seems to me like we don’t really want to move on – maybe some people here are missing them?!

  25. WeeOscar4Life on

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    We will be supported by 16 support team members over the 2 days also.

     

     

    Our team is made up of CQN’ers, KDS’ers, friends and family members and non Celtic supporters.

     

     

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    You can support our cyclists and support team by making a donation to this event by clicking here (remember to leave your blog name for us to thank you):

     

     

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    We would like to thank Burns Interior Design, Morrisons Facilities Services – FM Division, Gardiner & Theobald Surveyors, ProAir Conditioning, Firewater, DAMM Environmental, Access, AJ Print, Oracle, Project Pipework & Piling, Business Continuity Services and Sublime Designs for their sponsorship of the WeeOscar4Life cycle’s to Belfast. If your company would like to sponsor this event please drop an email to weeoscar4life@gmail.com

     

     

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    On 15th/16th of March 100 cyclist will set off from 5 locations in the UK & Ireland for Belfast to raise funds that will go towards helping Wee Oscar Knox (check out the wee man himself – http://youtu.be/oVyxi7ypT4Y) fund the Immunotherapy treatment he so desperately requires. We will be leaving from:

     

     

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    Leeds – 7 Cyclists

     

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    We will be supported by 16 support team members over the 2 days also.

     

     

    Our team is made up of CQN’ers, KDS’ers, friends and family members and non Celtic supporters.

     

     

     

    You can support our cyclists and support team by making a donation to this event by clicking here (remember to leave your blog name for us to thank you):

     

     

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    We would like to thank Burns Interior Design, Morrisons Facilities Services – FM Division, Gardiner & Theobald Surveyors, ProAir Conditioning, Firewater, DAMM Environmental, Access, AJ Print, Oracle, Project Pipework & Piling, Business Continuity Services and Sublime Designs for their sponsorship of the WeeOscar4Life cycle’s to Belfast. If your company would like to sponsor this event please drop an email to weeoscar4life@gmail.com

     

     

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  26. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DEAD AND LOVING IT

     

     

    FFS,that’s not how you spell pus!

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    TALLYBHOY

     

     

    Have a good time. Surprised George is still letting The Pogues do the bar-I told him it was a bad idea last time I was there.

     

     

    I had to send out for a kerryoooooot,and wisnae best pleased when the local offie only had Peroni.

     

     

    Best leave a stash in the bushes,mate.

  27. Totally agree bigyinmilan..forsters baw awe the way..striker and defender taken right oot if need be!!but he jumped out like a big jessie fir fresh air…hope he can learn from it..theyr second goal was school boy defending all the way through it..couldnt beleive ff couldnt comanded his six yard box..anyway in the past now and hopefully a blip h.h

  28. Leigh Griffiths?

     

     

    The poor lad obviously fell from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

     

     

    Not for me I’m afraid.

  29. BMCUW

     

     

    I think George is feeling the pinch – or gettin’ a bit tight-fisted. He’s asked everyone to bring a cairy-oot!

     

     

    “Just bring what your’e drinkin'”, he said!

     

     

    HH!!

  30. Dead and Loving it on

    Ally McCoist is going to be the first name in a managerial hall of fame, with the likes of Jock Stein, Alex Ferguson , Bob Paisley, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Brian Clough ….

     

     

    Sir Alex states, I don’t know why Ally has not been Knighted yet.

     

     

    Well they did start it.

  31. “Dominate possession and stop leaving spaces for the opposition to exploit”

     

     

    We require a combiantion of spoilers (Lenny or Big Vic types) and ball players those who make a team tick and can pick out a pass (Maestro, Lubo,Paddy McC types). We, sadly, do not have that eleusive midfield combination at present.

  32. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Leigh Griffiths is a talented player.

     

     

    The best thing he could do is join Hibs next season. Then he has an opportunity to continue his development with his favourite team and maybe start to sort out his issues off-the-pitch.

     

     

    He still has time to make a big move – and if he gets his head sorted out I’d consider taking a punt on him in a couple of years if he’s still doing the business.

  33. ballymenatoybhoy

     

     

    Maybe some people love laughing at them and others on here get upset at that…

  34. From the Herald article, and ignoring the fantasy financial figures (if we’ve learnt anything from ibrox statements, we’ve surely learnt that) –

     

     

    “With Puma, I negotiated that we get a very high royalty rate on everything, even what we sell in the shop here at Ibrox.”

     

     

    Not the use of the first person, “_I_ did this”. This personal angle is clear in all missives emanating from the major figures at Ibrox. Charles green is often telling you what Charles Green has done, not what rangers have done. These people are in it purely for personal gain and it suggests some short-termism on their part, this guy can’t resist using a rangers interview as an opportunity to enhance his own CV.

     

     

    Love him or hate him, I can’t recall the last time I heard Peter Lawwell taking personal credit for anything.

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