Result gives platform for progress


Last night’s win didn’t look on the cards until the opening goal; Astra were passing the ball better and creating as many chances as Celtic.  It looked like the game we expected – without Commons or Guidetti. However, we find ourselves top of the group with 7 points from 9 at the halfway point, having recorded a draw away to top seed Salzburg.

There’s still a lot of work to do, a win away at Astra next time out in no way guarantees qualification, but we stand an excellent chance of progressing and a decent chance of topping the group.

Having thumped Ross County at the weekend there was a notion we’d turned a corner, which fed some of the frustration last night, despite the result.  What we saw was very poor passing from a disjointed team.  Players were receiving the ball in too little space, where options were already closed.  This impacted the effectiveness on Callum McGregor and Mikael Lustig in particular, but it seemed when every Celtic player looked up there wasn’t a good pass on.

This is all a consequence of change.  We look disjointed because we are disjointed.  We’re disjointed because we’re rebuilding.

The relevant questions are:

Do we need to rebuild?
Are we making progress?

Yes, we need to rebuild.  The squad, tactics, training and other processes are all going through change.  For so long we watched Celtic squads remain constant and grow old (under Martin O’Neill), or out tactics become rigid (under Martin and Gordon Strachan), to the point that we were crying out for some experimentation.

The above is seldom disputed but the question of progress is more important.  Right now Celtic need results.  They need to survive in the Europa League long enough to test and improve their passing, movement, instincts and, where necessary, squad.

Last night’s win wasn’t pretty but it was vitally important.  The next challenge for this team is also important; we need to go to Romania and put on the kind of performance we did in Salzburg.  If we can do that, we’ll have earned a platform to build on.

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  1. What is the Stars on

    Starry plough, there is no need to be abusive, though I appreciate that you may not be able to express your feelings without resort to such abuse

  2. What is the Stars



    You’re the one that came soon calling people names, funny how folk like you always pull the victim card out as soon as they’re called on the shit..

  3. Blindlemonchitlin on

    It’s all true. Peter Lawell’s long reaching Fenian Hand must be behind this latest attempt to snatch away the dignity and rich cultural legacy of Rangers (2012).



    Consider these FACTS.



    Mike Ashley owns Sports Direct. They own Slazenger.



    Slazenger sponsor James Michael “Jimmy” Anderson, the high profile English cricketer. Cricket is an establishment and middle class sport used for over 150 years to entrench British dominance in client states ( like the 6 counties). So far so true blue.



    But wait, James Michael “Jimmy” Anderson is an ex alumnus ( latin, scary) of at St Mary’s and St Theodore’s RC High School, Burnley and when he married his lovely model wife Daniella Lloyd they did the deed at at Holy Angels’ RC Church, Hale.



    They’re everywhere! Abandon ship!

  4. Meanwhile over on Borrow Borrow…



    It is easy for those of us that live thousands of miles away to say what others should be doing, but why the fluck are 10,000 Rangers fans not outside Ibrox now with pitchforks setting fire to stuff? There is probably a 3 in 4 chance that we will lose the club forever tonight and still people are talking about weekend boycotts or half time walkouts and such….

  5. What is the Stars on

    Starry plough, I think the ostrich analogy is very apt. I would not regard it as an abusive term. Tell me do you think ronny is a good manager. As you know I don’t. And i have yet to talk any celtic fan who does. The best that I have heard from ronny fans is”give him time” get behind him etc.

  6. We’re all having a laugh at the spivs at rangers milking the club of every penny they can get their hands on. Look at Celtic’s spivs!



    Fans have been consistently pouring their hard earned cash into season tickets , match day sales and merchandise , but take a look at the team on the park – i understand economics and can accept our place in europe while TV money creates an unfair balance , we should be much better despite this.



    Goalkeeper – we took a huge gamble and got lucky – without gordon our season would be in tatters


    Center Backs – Loans and potential with no long term stability for the club


    # 10 – We don’t have one


    Striker – Last minute loan deals , again no long term stability.



    Thats the spine of the team as wobbly as a jelly fish.



    I like Ronny Delias ideas but he needs to tone it back and start getting solid set up before playing winger on his computer games.



    Maybe the spivs at celtic are saving for the rangers coming back – if so , i’d be disgusted that our european win in ’67 did not inspire us to greater aspirations beyond the pit of scottish fitba

  7. Henke's Flowing Locks on

    winning captains


    19:18 on


    24 October, 2014



    Pitchforks and fires, can just picture the scene….! haha




  8. wc



    Enjoy your day out tomorrow with TG. Would it be in the West End?



    Speaking to BRTH last night he mentioned something from Roy Keane’s book regards Craig Gordon’s first training session at Sunderland. Apparently nobody could score against him in two hours and he was given a standing ovation at the end of the session.



    We have won a match with that man.

  9. Good evening all.






    Was well impressed with your “rainy weather attire” last night. You truly are a meteorologist genius. No one else clocked the downpour would have been as severe. :-))). Nice to meet again, pity the game put a dampener o…………, oops, didn’t need to. Hahahaha.



    Weefra HH praying to Wee Oscar.

  10. eldiegobhoy



    Tommy is in Dunblane so will be there or thereabouts.



    Incidentally if anyone wants a copy of Tommy’s excellent book it is now only a tenner on cqnbookstore.com

  11. Agent Monaghan.


    Once again, great post.


    Always makes me smile.


    They are delusional

  12. So a long say at work and all hell breaks loose in, well, hell



    Brian Kennedy to save them? Pie in the sky.



    Ashley has them by the short and curlies

  13. WC



    Shame I won’t make it but please pass on my regards.



    Tell him I once crossed his path at Duck Bay Marina on Loch Lomond side. He was at the peak of his days then but sadly was wearing a daft colourful sweater which wisnae in keeping with a Celtic legend.

  14. Ronni-watch.



    not stalking just pure co-icidences .



    Just out the bishy co.



    Ronni in , training gear on, blue shorts on (whits that all aboot).


    Picks up 6 cans of diet coke & a packet of cheesy doritos.



    must have company tonight.

  15. WITS



    That question has been done to death today, do yourself a favour and read back, some great football posts here today before you start shouting about who is what and where their heads are at.

  16. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I still have not given up on Rony but I have read big VD wants a move to arsenal in January and Denyair would not be interested in a permanent deal at Celtic he is looking forward to going back to City. Commons and Broonie are out of contract in the summer Guidetti Tonyev Wackaso may well be back at there own clubs so will we get the best out of these players ? We keep being told it would be good if we can keep Craig Gordon so there must be some doubt or it would not keep cropping up.So Rony doesnt have his troubles to seek so maybe he is doing a better job than he gets credit for lets see where we are in December.H.H.

  17. now to last night,



    first half was ronni dier.



    second half , better but just by doing the simple things, crosses, guys in the box, simples.



    broony had a way off night.



    sepovic i actually like, watched him from behind the goal whole second half, didnt stop, very unlucky.



    play him and guidetti, and play the ball fast back to front , and we will score.

  18. WeefratheTim –



    Great to see you too that night. I’m sure I mentioned that my coat is a mere copy of an original first adorned by our own bournesouprecipe so he’s the man to contact about supplies. It fair did the trick whilst queuing to get in last night ;-)

  19. What is the Stars on

    Starry plough, so that’s all you can in his favour “scroll back”. Ok no point in getting bogged down in a silly row but I have yet to see or hear any of ronny s loyal defenders say anything convinincing about him. Other than give him time, we must support him etc and the best of all ” it’s hunnish” to want him out. Of course there is the diet, the fast attacking football and the progress and the sarcasm of course

  20. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    winning captains



    pitchforks and fires, its the first thing that springs to mind as opposed to boycotts. They really are a breed apart




  21. bournesouprecipe on

    Joe Filippis Haircut



    That’s good you haven’t given up on RD, but you should really give up on SMSM.

  22. Ronnys post match comments concerned me.


    Saying he took a risk by putting 2 up front but once we got the goal to make it 1.0 went back to one up.


    My thought at the time was thank goodness he’s playing 2up but looks like he doesn’t plan to repeat it unless he feels he has to risk it. I just feel in the spl in particular we should play 2 up front at home.

  23. JFH



    VVD in my opinion has chucked it because he knows where he’s moving to and doesn’t give a toss about his level of performance with Celtic. That of course will see him out of the Holland squad p.d.q. but does he care?

  24. bournesouprecipe on




    And I bought the Tartan Away top, but it’s better modelled on ole Jobo Balde.

  25. Right, own up, which of you are “Sean” the Govanite who has just been on the phone in just then ;-)

  26. joe filippis haircut,



    Jeeso Joe, you fair cheered me up with your post :(



    You’re probably right though, we should be way ahead of were we are at the moment, why have we shot ourselves in the foot with our penny pinching?



    Last minute panic buys for appeasement, last minute loan deals for appeasment, a rookie manager that was meant to be a number two!



    It’s not worked and our team is all over the place with a steady flow of supporters getting fed up and not going to watch the games anymore.



    Thanks for that drink Marspappa :))




  27. Just a thought and accepting that we’re not bringing many young players through the ranks who was the last home grown central defender we’ve had in the last five years?



    And I’ve given up on JF.

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