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. On my way to Glasgow.


    Planning to have a beer or 2 en route to Paradise.


    Are any of you guys doing the same?

  2. Kris Commons (is he injured or is there a ‘problem’ twixt him & Ronny?) is key to winning v Kilmarnock today. Play him up front with Guidetti and Stokes.



    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Gordon ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


    Ambrose ::::::::::::::: Denayer :::::::::::::::: Van Dijk :::::::::::: Izaguirre


    :::::::::::::::::: Brown ::::::::::::::::::: Bitton ::::::::::::::::: Mulgrew :::::::::::::


    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Guidetti ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Commons ::::::::::::::: Stokes ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

  3. lymmbhoy



    09:40 on 26 October, 2014





    Happy days



    Looking forward to seeing him nxt saturday



    Serious lack of rebelness in perth

  4. The Battered Bunnet on

    The relative calm before the storm.



    Well, not a storm actually, just 20mph winds, gusting to 40mph, and 4 inches of rain forecast.



    And a game of football to play in it all.



    In a world before 3 and 4G pitches, the game would have been cancelled due to an unplayable pitch, allowing me and the boy to get along to Celtic Park to watch the bhoys.



    Not now.



    Good luck to all with an interest in the SYFA Scottish Cup today. Best bring a change of gear, whether you’re playing or not.

  5. proudbhoy



    Will keep an eye on the score but there already seems something that is just wrong about shouting cmon chelsea!

  6. TSD & ryecatcher appear to be gone and that’s OK with me. However I must admit I did like Kojo and will miss him if his flounce is permanent, Yes, he held right wing views in some departments but he is not alone in the Celtic family in that regard. The main thing for me is that I firmly believe that he is a genuine Tim, and when you did take the trouble to decode one of his rambling Fitbaw posts he did talk a lot of sense. Now to balance that he also talked a lot of nonsense but he is not alone in that department either. I liked his input in the Live Updates blog so if you are lurking Kojo, kind regards & Keep the Faith.

  7. thunder road



    10:01 on 26 October, 2014





    I hear you.. Me da would say exact same thing.



    Iv cursed and wished them bad luck all my life , be surprised if they do me a favour.

  8. Today must be the day when Celtic start to show they mean business in this league.



    A win today moves them into Third place with a game in hand.


    They place Thistle midweek for a place in the semis of the League cup.


    They then play Inverness next weekend to leapfrog them into at worst second place depending on what Hamilton do.



    Now is the day for Ronny Deila to show there is improvement.



    Another performance like Thursday and the period of grace until Halloween will well and truly be over. He, his players and his staff need to step up today and not only step up but obliterate Kilmarnock.



    In political news Johann Lamont leaving was entirely justified but the interviews and analysis are even more interesting. There is going to be more trouble ahead for Labour and I am delighted. They are getting ready for a humiliation in May and yet again all us YES campaigners will be proved right about what will happen in that regard.



    We warned everyone. A shame 6% of the required number didn’t listen.



    We will have the last laugh here.

  9. Morning tims.


    I hope that RD picks both Guidetti and Scepovic today. Scepovic needs game time and as Thursday showed may take some time to get his eye in. Won’t make the game today as working again but will try to pick up a dodgy sausage. To all those going, have a good one and cheer the bhoys on to the rafters.



    corkcelt- tend to agree re Kojo.



    An Tearmann – doing fine big fella. Sorry I missed you on Thursday



    Weefratim – echo your sentiments about last night



    HH to tims everywhere.

  10. Ach for $770 id be cheering them on!


    Fingers crossed they dont make you dislike them even more!

  11. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    I’ve got the flu after my soaking on Thursday night at the Astra game but I’ll tell you what I’m going to get wrapped up in waterproofs so that you’ll only be able to see my eyes and I’m going in to support the Bhoys. If you’ve got a season ticket, get yourself along to see Big Bad John Guidetti score 3 and Big Bad Stefan Scepovic score 2.




  12. G67-heard from a player who has same agent as Henderson,that RD doesn’t rate him and will move him on.

  13. Corkcelt



    You talk sense my mhan , totally agree re Kojo.



    Hope your daughters wedding went well?



    Away to look out the hoops for the game.



    I think Killie are in for a helluva skelping!!!




  14. !!bada bing!!



    10:16 on 26 October, 2014





    What age is Liam ?



    Was very impressed anytime i saw him last season… Hard worker and can pass it about.



    Be very dissapointed if thats the case.. Frustrating with how badly are midfield had been biton and henderson havent been given a fair chance.



    Tonev, derk,berget, pukki and balde are the 5 need shipped out asap. Must be 40/50k a week going on them.



    Surely we could sign 1 quality player for that.



    I see james mcclean got a couple yday.. He would be great signing.



    Despite what that tune ryecatcher said i belive there is some good players in that championship who would jump at chance to sign for us.

  15. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Strange …in resounding defeat victory is seen




    Sturgeon as First Minister…FFS

  16. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Off to the game ….yeeha

  17. I got caught on Thursday night, soaked right through to Ma underpants, so if you see something that resembles a condom wi a celtic scarf an a Fergus Bunnet heading up the Gallowgate today, jist shout, how’s IT gawn tony ;)

  18. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Bada bing / proudbhoy



    With the amount of crap players on show this season it beggars belief that Henderson is being overlooked



    Not a fan of Deila …..not impressed with his eye for a player…footballing idealist …

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

    Corkcelt – agree re: Kojo. Always liked his rambling football-related posts, has good insight re: youths, kc in europe, etc.



    Apparently let down by some seriously inappropriate posts – I haven’t seen many of these personally, but certainly seen comments from others about them so couldn’t say too much about that.



    He has taken criticism re: style of posting – I like it, I must say – somthing different, in fact his posts were some of those that attracted me to CQN when I was looking to supplement my RCT fix (and would be great to see some RCT input again).






  20. Thanks Burghbhoy, Wedding was absolutely brilliant, we had a ball.


    We keep saying today must be the day when the new era begins, but I genuinely believe today is indeed a vital one. Nothing less than 3 points will do plus a decent performance. We need a strong 3 man line ahead of defenders, Brooney & Stefan are bankers but there must be a question mark over Charlie, Biton, Kayal or Efe to fill in for me.

  21. Canny believe I slept in for 10am mass this morning,



    Anyway, just over 2 hours for the hoops to bring a smile back



    Bada, seen your comments on Henderson, find that astounding, and some have said, tells us a lot about Ronny



    My team for today, same as I have put up





    Lustig, Denayer,VVD, Izzy


    Brown, Henderson, Biton, Johansen


    Scepovic, Guidetti



    I believe Commons still injured, and time to play others in their actual positions



    Hail Hail



    Oh and 3 – 0 to the Bhoys



    CRC, mind Ma tickets :-)

  22. Naw a don’t!!!!!



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    C’MON THE RONNY BHOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Would like to see both Guidetti and Sceptovic start.


    However, after Ronny saying he took a risk on Thursday by playing 2 up front when we needed a goal and then reverting back to 1 up front as soon as we scored, I don’t think he will do it.


    Any win for Celtic will do me, if so, that will become 3 victories in a row and hopefully help build confidence.

  24. Lennybhoy I have it , thanks



    Spare ticket available today Bhoys – lefty you about ?


    Daughter just told me not going, as she needs to get ready for the Lola Commons do



    CQN corner about 12.30 if anyone wants it :-)



    Hail Hail

  25. Only one I would give a chance today is Grithiffs, he at least deserves a chance to make an arse of it like some have been doing week in week out, other than that I’m happy.

  26. Up and over,



    Browns best position is Right Mid


    Agree on Johansen not Left mid, but neither is Stokes


    Johansen just needs to offer some protection and support for Izzy, and can step inside and support front



    Just my opinion :-)



    Hail Hail