Protecting your keeper and defence


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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    For how long after the event are you keeping this particular JUSTGIVING site open?



    Might I suggest at least till the end of the month when everyone gets paid,then hammer the point home?



    My admiration for the guys and gals involved in this knows no bounds. Apart from the problem of transporting all that piles ointment,how are you gonna cycle across the Irish Sea?






    Good luck,folks-my donations will be in on the 26th when my bank account gets its post-Cheltenham transfusion!

  2. Clyde have tabled proposals to move to East Kilbride and even change the name of the club. If the move goes ahead, the club would be re-christened EK Clyde as part of a partnership with the East Kilbride Community Trust.



    Clyde have turned into a dirty hing oot who will crash at anybodies place for a while…

  3. Dead and Loving it on




    Think I have heard, time to move on , a few times over the last week, cant think where I heard it.

  4. Leigh Griffiths


    Wolves have an option to extend his contract for a year. The Hibee’s at work understand they will take that option and if they go down they will keep him to help them out of league one. If they stay up he will be punted or given out on loan to someone again. I think Doyle is out of contract too so they need an in form striker. Whether that is Griffiths or not remains to be seen at the moment but it’s unlikely he will be on a free.




  5. Tallyghoy I can see you banjoing the chauffeur and driving the Maserati the 200 miles yourself.


    If you do, be sure to rifle through his pockets and get the fuel card.

  6. Some random thoughts on our team:



    Efe is not a CB. A midfielder perhaps? Every game he tries to do what caught him out against Juve – tries to dribble the ball out of defence and lay it off. He gets away with it in the SPL. Better to play him in midfield where if he loses the ball, the ball is further away from our goal? Or is there a school of thought that says if he loses out to an opposition midfielder that can pick a pass we could be exposed more?



    3 at the back has not worked under Neil. We should ensure our squad has at least 2 RBs and LBs. I know the young Bhoy Chalmers can play LB but do we have any youths that can play RB?



    We look like scoring when we hit the byeline and cross it into the box. It was no accident the closest we came to scoring against Juve was when Sammi hit the byeline. We need to start doing this – FBs too.

  7. Dead and Loving it on




    13:55 on 11 March, 2013



    Could you stop being so disrespectful to dirty hing oots, that was all that was available to some people in the years gone by




  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    150k was what Wolves wanted for Griffiths,wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.


    See D.Riordan.

  9. The day I lose interest in “thems” demise, comic cuts statements, and support for Super Ally, is the day I give up my bampottery!



    Sevco, the gift that keeps on giving! (I think I may have read that on here before!)




  10. ballymenatoybhoy



    I like to call it bear baiting :)



    What about you, do you like bear baiting ?

  11. Rocket Man @13:59 after a season in any league the opposition wisen up to the strengths and weaknesses of a new player. More so after 4 or 5 encounters.



    Efe will go the way of many one year wonders.

  12. Dead and Loving it on

    Dean Saunders said last week that griffiths would be returning to Wolves for pre season training and he would have a look at him then.

  13. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    Laughing at them will never, ever, stop being funny. To me at any rate.



    To use a quote out of context – Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.



    Nevermind the weans, I’m loving laughing now!



    More green moonbeams please!





    Mea culpa,TALLYBHOY is scared to get the train now ,after being out wi me!



    There’s one or two people wary of that,tbh,for the same reason. I forget I canny walk as fast between the pub and the train as I earlier walked between the train and the pub……

  15. The Moon Bhoys on

    Paul 67



    Are you concerned at all that Neil’s tactical skills development domestically seems to have stalled? I love the guy to bits but watching us make the same mistakes time after time is to put it mildly, puzzling. A light weight midfield, we all know what that gets us in the SPL, normally a defeat. I cant work it out at all, he’s a smart guy who you would think would be getting more and more streetwise domestically, but thats not whats happening on the pitch.



    (Ghuys – I’m not having a go at Neil here – just genuinely puzzled)



    Would be interested to hear your own opinion Paul.

  16. Ntassoola



    Last year I had the great pleasure to be a passenger in a Maserati Quattroporte – a friend had hired one for the day and we went for a wee spin.



    The swine refused to give me a ‘shot’ just because i had had – ahem – a few(!) glasses of wine at lunch time!



    When I win the lottery I will buy one – €100k – should do it!




  17. The Battered Bunnet on




    I don’t understand the benefit for EKFC in tying up with Clyde.



    The club (EKFC) established the EKCT to manage the K Park facility and the development of the proposed stadium at Langlands.



    The club is expecting to play in the South of Scotland League next year with a club development plan taking account of the SFA’s ‘pyramid’ system opening up the route to senior football in the town.



    The club has a first rate training and academy centre, a new stadium in the pipeline, and a plan to bring senior football to the town in the coming years, all funded from within.



    What’s the point in teaming up with Clyde? It seems unlikely that the town could sustain 2 senior clubs. Seems to me, if the Clyde tie up is confirmed, that the development of the EKFC senior side will by kyboshed.

  18. Ntassoolla



    That is what I am worried about. I think he is a good athlete and tries to play fitba (which is nice) but gets beat too many times in the air (Dundee Utd, Juve) for him to be a CB in our team.



    Anyone who watches the U20s – do we have a RB that could do an emergency job?



    I read we are looking at Marcos Alonso and he would be a good squad player but better than we have?

  19. Any of the fans here had a feeling that it doesn’t matter what we do we’ll never get a level playing field? Has it been re-affirmed in the last few weeks?



    Well some (most?) of the players are fans, or have become fans too.



    Talk about demotivating. That would do it for me.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS @14:04 reveals ” .. I forget I canny walk as fast between the pub and the train as I earlier walked between the train and the pub……”



    When I was a wee bhoy my first away game was at Firhill.


    Like Parkhead, we walked.


    The speed of my dad and his pals on a Saturday morning once out of site of my mum was something to behold.


    Come Saturday evening that affliction from which you suffer BMCUW would invariably strike them. No matter the score.

  21. WeeOscar4Life on




    Thanks. Pretty sure though there already had been a donation from your good self. Your are on the RoH!



    Might meet to put a strike through your name now. :-)))

  22. Tallybhoy be sure to visit that friend and not give him a shot on many occasions.



    I once was given a nice new company car as aprt of a promotion with an insurance policy on which I could name 8 drivers. I had friends coming at me from all directions. I drove that car very little. Not least, because, rather embarrassingly, I hadn’t a driving licence at the time.

  23. Steinreignedsupreme on

    The Moon Bhoys 14:06 on 11 March, 2013



    Neil Lennon is a young manager – three years in the job.



    He will continue to make mistakes. We just have to accept that.



    It’s easy to forget where Lenny is in his career because of the success he has already achieved. But we can’t have Barcelona nights on a constant basis – there will be other setbacks.



    No doubt Lenny is the man for the job though, and the thought of him winning ten-in-a-row is already terrifying Zombies everywhere.

  24. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    14:27 on


    11 March, 2013



    ……and don’t forget what he also had to overcome for the first 2 seasons……

  25. tomtheleedstim on

    MARCH 11, 2013 · 12:09 PM ↓ Jump to Comments


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    Unfortunately we have had to make the decision to move to a wordpress free site. The reason we had to make this decision is because our hosting company and some of their clients were sent abusive and threatening emails. This is now in the hands of the Police and therefor we have no further comment to make.



    We will have to look into starting a new forum as this free version of wordpress does not allow for a forum. We also can’t seem to transfer users over.



    We would like to make one thing clear. To the bigots and trolls we ‘Don’t Do Walking Away’ , you will not stop SPL Fans United with your vile threats and petty intimidation. The vast majority of Scottish football fans are decent law abiding tax paying citizens and they will prevail.



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  26. Crossing Her Shapely Legs,Encased In Sheer Black Silk,Sexy Vixen-About-Town Ann Widdecombe Gasped As She Tossed Her Luxuriant Raven Locks….



    A Slight Frown Crossed Her Delicate, Classically Heart-Shaped Face…



    With The Milky Complexion Of A Latterday Cleopatra….




    So Beloved By The Pre-Raphaelite School



    Then It Was Gone…..



    Like A Solitary Dark Cloud…….



    On A Perfect Midsummer’s Day….



    To Be Replaced By The Quizzical Uplift Of


    Of Her Refined Left Brow…



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    As She Hooked The Last Of The Recalcitrant Moules Mariniere From Their Delicate Porcelain Shells…



    “Who, Precisely, Is This Granny-Worrying BMCUWP Person..”



    ” And Where Has He Been All My Life..??”



    “Let’s Just Make Sure That This Pickled Auld Bar-Fly Stays Exactly Where He Is….”



    “Permanent Cordon Sanitaire Around Swindon …Pretty Please….!”









    Foxy Temptress ,Annie,Chills Out After Grooving To Hendrix At I.O.W ’70…..

  27. Doctor Whatfor on

    Just been on a wee visit to the Annan Athletic website. Apparently Daniel Orsi who scored their second goal on Saturday is on loan from a Div 2 team. Cheats they are. This is the kind of skulduggery that Sally has to contend with. Will no one play fair with them?

  28. Estadio Nacional on

    In a team where the manager picks two or sometimes three defensive midfielders in midfield I don’t see how we could try and firm up midfield.



    To me the recent results have been through changing the centre half partnership and the manager not being able to motivate players.

  29. !!Bada Bing!! on

    tomtheleedstim-Disgusting but not surprising,after all it was their failed Manager who started the vigilante witchhunt .

  30. !!Bada Bing!! on

    EN -I think a major factor is the squad is too big .This creates too many perceived options and bringing guys in who are not match fit due to lack of top team games.HH

  31. Every time my wife sees Griffiths on TV, she reminds me that he’s fathered about 6 children to as many women, and doesn’t want that type of player at Parkhead!



    So there, conclusive proof of his unsuitability!




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