Randomness led to disjointed Celtic


On Friday we spoke about the mental energy deficit Celtic players would have after coming through the previous week’s upsets and triumphs.  Neil Lennon picked up on the theme after the Aberdeen game, giving his players due credit for coming through a difficult week in rude shape.

Credit to Aberdeen, who scarcely crossed the halfway line during the opening period, but had the better of the second half at Celtic Park on Saturday.  It is easy to point to the missing McGregor, Christie and Rogic, and to a lesser extent, Ntcham, and realise why Celtic were so lacking in creativity, putting things right in the short term is a different challenge.

I am grateful for the return of Nir Bitton after such a lengthy absence, but he is not the player we need or are missing.  Changes were required at halftime, but the last thing we should have done was to remove Ewan Henderson, our creative mid, leaving Bitton and Scott Brown playing holding roles.  This only served to invite Aberdeen forward.

Neil is still figuring out how to use his forward players.  We tried various combinations of Oliver Burke (central then right), James Forrest (right then central), Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston, with Odsonne Eduard and Timo Weah making second half appearances.  We appeared to be throwing players on to see what would happen.  The result was as disjointed as it sounds.

Odsonne Eduard always improves the team when he comes on from the bench, but his impact is not as easy to measure when he is on from kick-off.  I expect he will start at Dundee and against Newco.

James Forrest is 27 years old and whatever else you can say about him, he is a winger, not a central defender or a full back, and not a No. 10.  We have a solid partnership of Kieran Tierney and Sinclair on the left.  Jeremy Toljan, our new right back, should be developing a relationship with Forrest, not Forrest, then Burke, then Weah, or as it transpired, no one at all.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Ernie, I agree with you 100% re the inflexibility of Brandon Ravers regime at times, but at least domestically, there appeared some semblance of a plan B.







    NFL seems to be stuck with a mid-table mindset, and I defy anyone on here to justify the thinking behind Saturday’s substitutions…






    Both J.F. and S.S. were performing poorly .

  2. ConeyBhoy



    Au contraire McGregor was banned for misbehavior whilst abroad with Scotland and then the follow up ‘ V’ sign to Scotland live on TV. He was re invited by a new Scotland manager and now he’s retired a week or two after more misbehavior at his club.



    Au revoir, and good riddance unfortunately we’ll still have to suffer his cat like qualities and downright thuggery at Sevco.

  3. HAMILTONTIM @ 8:00 PM,






    Wonderful Effort From All Involved – Well Done!!



    CELTIC MAC @ 8:21 PM,



    Maintaining our home record is a must… we have made Hampden our second home in recent Seasons, long may that continue…



    Hail Hail

  4. fairhill bhoy on

    TET-yes weebaw called me an alkey and last week it was the plastered plasterer.


    BSR called me a jakey last year.


    All a great laugh and only banter eh😉

  5. onenightinlisbon on

    Neil was the only choice, in my opinion, to take over considering the position our former manager left us in. I just hope that after leading us to the end of the season and hopefully winning the last two trophies on offer, we say thanks and appoint a coach that will take us forward. Neil is not the man for the job.

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Lenny is on the proverbial hiding to nothing.


    Thank you , Brendan.



    Lenny has stepped into the breach at what appears to be very short notice .


    Thank you , Lenny and all the best .


    You`ll need all the positivity you can get from our loyal support .

  7. Celtic Mac



    “Getting a bit worried reading that Lenny made good decisions back in the Ross County semi-final.”



    I did not say it was a good decision; just a quick one.



    To my untrained eye, N’guemo was no worse than the rest in that first half. I have a strong memory of Andy Hinkel almost refusing to cross the half way line as if he was under instruction. So much so that, at one point, someone passed it in front of him and it went into Ross’s half of the field; Andy collected it and vrought it back into our half all the time looking towards the dug out. We played with some fear that day, I recall- although we got cheated too.

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    And I apologise to jobo if he was offended by my ‘snide comment ‘,it’s only banter 👍

  9. DAVID17 @ 9:04 PM,






    He owes a lot to the Management approach of Neil McCann!!



    Hail Hail

  10. glendalystonsils on

    A man who only had his own interest at heart has been replaced (at least for now) by a man who has Celtic’s interests at heart. We should be glad of that for now and support Lenny. Beyond this season I would prefer to explore whatever options are available.

  11. Jobo…noticed you neglected to name the manager and had Burke extending his loan/being bought…is that a forecast ;-))



    FB…that’s whataboutary….but I’ll leave it at that

  12. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    good point paul67 – Toljan needs the support of knowing what’s ahead of him

  13. McGregor the shameful goalkeeper is a disgrace to his profession and try’s to maim his fellow professionals at every turn. If I remember correctly he does not conduct himself well in his private life either, but that aside he is a disgrace of a footballer.


    He is a thug, cheat and liar. All in my opinion of course



    D. :)

  14. THELURKINTIM – I don’t do forecasts ;-) I think getting Burke to extend his stay woukld be a great move. Anyway, aff oot noo….

  15. To be honest FB…I’m not on every day and dependent on mood…don’t always read back….but I would condemn any attack on a fellow poster if I read it on here

  16. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Big weekend coming up for the rebel peninsula bhoys and ghirls.


    St Patricks Sunday in the Re-Publican Main St Mornington will be mega


    judging by how many people have told me are coming down to




    And if all those lovely ghirls from the St Kilda Celts s.c turn up like they said


    it’s sure to be mayhem.


    As usual big Ritchie will start at 2 o’clock with the rebs and then it’s party


    into the night.


    Any visitors looking for the pub just spot the giant tricolour hanging outside


    the building, you can’t miss it as it covers the whole exterior lol.


    Morningtons green and white.


    H.H Mick


    P.S regarding Celtic’s smallest player, did wee Bobby Craig not have that title?

  17. fairhill bhoy on

    THELURKINTIM-fair play.I don’t come on every day either,but reading back on last night wasn’t the best,and still waiting on some to explain

  18. MM..sounds like it’s gonna be a green and white blast…am gonna see if I can astral project to be there in real spirit ;-))



    FB…am pretty sure, once upon a time, I called him Weebaws…noo I jist scroll on by him….mibbe best if you do it the same…scroll by him that is ;-))




  19. Melbourne Mick on




    O.K then i’ll stick an astral spirit on the bar for your arrival 8-))


    Forgot to mention First Guinness free for all our CSC members.




    H.H Mick

  20. fairhill bhoy on

    THELURKINTIM-good advice I know,but he keeps dragging me back in😉


    And I probably keep him relevant 🤔

  21. glendalystonsils on

    Kris Commons…’it’s not diving , but it’s a form of diving’………….??

  22. Melbourne Mick on

    Just a wee anecdote from last weeks ladies tournament at our


    soccer ground.


    Standing waiting for all the teams buses to arrive, with Guinness


    in my hand as usual, then , there it was, the St Kilda S.C bus.


    Single file they marched up to the park with the hoops gleaming


    in the sun, a big blonde ghirl leading them off and with my auld


    eyes i swear it was like big Billy and the lions in Lisbon.


    So had to give them a ” c’mon the hoops ”


    Maybe i’m drinking too much Guinness.


    H.H Mick

  23. Will Douglas Ross cast his Brexit vote early tomorrow, so he can take up his regular place at Poundland tomorrow night? The amount of games he gets involving us and thems,is well worth keeping an eye on.

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