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At halftime last night, we were still confident of the win, despite the fact that St Johnstone had limited Celtic to very few good chances (Scott Sinclair’s header the exception).  What was more of a concern was the frequency with which we will face the team from Perth over a 10-day period.  We face them away from home in the league on Sunday, then the triple treble goes on the line six days later against the same side.

After the game, Brendan Rodgers changed positioning of the wingers at the break and the impact was immediate.  The win was deserved on the performance during the last 45 minutes, but still, it took two exceptional finishes to get us there.  St Johnstone did not attempt to attack Celtic all night.  If they play just as deep on Sunday, we may need more of the same from Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.

Anyway, you are not hear to ponder the happenings of last night, it is the 31st of January and your eyes are on the horizon.  What will your Celtic look like for the rest of the season?  A bit of work to do on the right back position, I hear.  We’ll know soon enough.

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  1. LA BELLA ITALIA .

     

     

    Spokesman for the Italian equivalent of the Beeb has claimed that the TV audience for last night’s Atalanta 3 – Rubentus 0 increased significantly as people became aware that Rube were 2 down .

     

     

    Roma’s official bus (players , management and suits ) attacked by a group of Roma Ultras after yesterdays Fiorentina 7 – Roma 1 . Bus bombarded with fruit / bottles / rocks and serious insults . Roma abandoned their plans to return to Rome on the train -they considered it too dangerous . They returned by bus instead !

  2. Re the ref last night…(I know, I know….) IMO Davidson Murray should have reasonably picked up two yellows and been sent off….subsequently not being available for selection and denied another opportunity to put the boot into another Tim………..

  3. Celtic 2 St Johnstone 0. When did I see that scoreline before!!!

     

     

     

    Whilst it may not have as much importance as that wonderful day in 1998, it will be remembered as the match we took control of season 2018/19 and a major step to 8iar. Whats not to like!

  4. traditionalist88 on

    GREENGRAY1967 on 31ST JANUARY 2019 10:45 AM

     

    It also confines the Sevco game to irrelevant history

     

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    In terms of the points they gained absolutely, but hopefully we have learnt some lessons.

     

     

    HH

  5. traditionalist88 on

    Report: Toljan could still join Celtic despite participating in training today

     

    By Bulinews TeamToday 10:36

     

     

    Jeremy Toljan is still likely to join Celtic on loan despite taking part in today’s training session with Borussia Dortmund, according to Fussball Transfers.

     

     

    Celtic target Jeremy Toljan is training with Borussia Dortmund today, according to Ruhr Nachrichten.

     

     

    But despite that, the right-back remains likely to join the Scottish champions on loan, Fussball Transfers understands.

     

     

    The German news outlet reported yesterday that the 24-year-old is set to join Celtic on a loan deal for the rest of the season that doesn’t include a purchase option.

     

     

    Toljan, 24, hasn’t played a single game for Dortmund since Lucien Favre took over as the club’s head coach before the season.

  6. Paul67

     

     

    Brendan being coy on transfers? – be hilarious if we sneak in one or two under the radar of SMSM their disastrous windows, and the cynics.

     

     

    Bundesliga RB will be more than enough to see us on to eight and the treble treble.

  7. mike in toronto on

    Recently, I Posted a link toan article on the Ajax system. Just for interest’s sake, I thought I would see if I could find The remuneration for their CEO, Edwin Van Der Sar.

     

     

    This link shows PL at 1.2 million pounds, so more than double, EVDS’s pay of 480,000 euros, which includes a base salary of 301,000, plus a bonus of 140,000

     

     

    https://www.investing.businessweek.wallst.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=238581255&privcapId=8209395

  8. GREENGRAY1967 on 31ST JANUARY 2019 10:44 AM

     

    Celtic 2 St Johnstone 0. When did I see that scoreline before!!!

     

     

    Whilst it may not have as much importance as that wonderful day in 1998.

     

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    What a day that was. One of the defining moments in Celtic history. A day when the KOK and Harold became more relevant to an army of school children than the history lessons from 1066.

     

     

    What a day. Only some of us had tickets. Subsequently we have them away and spent the day in the Gallowgate with thousands of others. Bright sunshine and street parties until night, then the police horses came. ( But that’s another story)

     

     

    HH.

  9. Lennybhoy,

     

     

    Cheers for answering my question in the last thread. Gumny is just back from an ACL rupture so medical reasons could be right.

     

     

    Anyway thanks again.

  10. The ref last night.

     

     

    I commented to my son after about 20 mins – “ Broonie is playing well. Reading the game well and breaking up the rare St Johnstone attacks before they get anywhere near our box”

     

     

    10 mins later I said to him

     

    “ you know that comment I made about Broonie, well the ref is doing exactly the same job for St Johnstone.”

     

     

    Honestly, I don’t know he was, but I’ve rarely seen a ref get in the way of Celtic passes so much. In addition, there were subtle and not to subtle attempts to disrupt Celtic’s flow.

     

     

    I truly try to ignore the referee bias so evident over so many years. I’ve always thought the only contribution( non – contribution) I can make is to never ever attend a cup match or a Scotland match.

     

     

    I’m of the opinion Celtic need to badger, harass and lobby the authorities at every opportunity, although it’s unlikely to make much impact. UEFA? Same chance of success I’d say.

     

     

    That ref is definitely another one who will feature regularly in the honest mistakes league.

  11. JOE FILIPPIS HAIRCUT on 31ST JANUARY 2019 9:51 AM

     

    For me Oliver Burke is never a striker.

     

     

    Joe, he might not have a ‘history’ in that position, but his movement across the whole front line plus occasionally coming deep has been a revelation for us. I’ve long moaned about the lack of movement up front making the defenders job easier. If a CB just has to mark a CF then it comes down to who wants it most – if a CF is constantly moving however the CB has got to keep making decisions, like should I go, stay, pass him on, are my fellow defenders switched on? We all loved big Moussa but he relied helluva lot on his touch, strength and pace when he got the ball (brilliant as that could be!).

     

     

    Next time Big Ollie is up front take a few moments to watch him when the ball is being played in midfield or on the wings, his movement might surprise you. It certainly surprises our opponents.

  12. Go tell the Spartim on

    Im at a loss, what was the solitary effort on goal last night from St Johnstone, i cant recollect.

     

     

    Re: PL ill keep it short, he gets paid far too much for what he delivers

     

     

    Lustig had a really good game last night, rumours of his demise are greatly exaggerated

  13. BSR

     

     

    For a treble treble we will need to be 2 goals better or more than every team we meet in every game from now until the end of the season. Anything less and the referee influence which will range from a 1 goal to a 2 goal start for the opposition.

     

     

    For ten in a row that means another 53 league games times at an average of 1.5 goals we need to find. That makes it 80 additional goals required in 2 and a bit seasons.

     

     

    However: when we get to 9 in a row we may see the referees step up their game. Will the 80 goals be enough? It might well be we will need Pele Eusebio and Maradonna upfront with George Best, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the bench just for insurance.

     

     

    Maybe Celtic need to strike a compromise with the SFA and SPL by asking if we can start the season on minus 10 league points in exchange for fair refereeing? In addition, we will start every Scottish cup tie 1-0 down .

     

     

    I think this is a winner…….

  14. GREENGRAY1967 on 31ST JANUARY 2019 10:44 AM

     

     

    Celtic 2 St Johnstone 0. When did I see that scoreline before!!!

     

     

     

    Whilst it may not have as much importance as that wonderful day in 1998.

     

     

    ——————-

     

     

    What a day that was. One of the defining moments in Celtic history. A day when the KOK and Harold became more relevant to an army of school children than the history lessons from 1066.

     

     

     

    What a day. Only some of us had tickets. Subsequently we have them away and spent the day in the Gallowgate with thousands of others. Bright sunshine and street parties until night, then the police horses came. ( But that’s another story)

     

     

     

    HH..

     

     

     

    Watched the match in Dom Rep on Mexican TV. By the luck of God if found it on a channel in my room. To make things even better, two rooms up from me had a large butchers apron with RFC (now deceased) printed. Hence a lot of drunken abuse later on that day! Didn’t see him for near a week until the Cup Final day following Saturday, again he disappeared after their diet version gubbed them!

     

     

     

    The previous weeks match V Dunfermilne just kicked off as we were boarding our flight out. The longest 9 hours of my life waiting on the result. A win would have secured title of course.

  15. TRADITIONALIST88 on 31ST JANUARY 2019 9:45 AM

     

    CELTIC40ME on 30TH JANUARY 2019 6:45 PM

     

     

    What’s up with Boyata?

     

     

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    Apart from his dodgy positional sense, the habit of getting spooked on big occasions and the fact hes not committed to Celtic, I think he has a minor injury and will be back very soon.

     

     

     

    Yet,i would argue,up until his injury he was a player of the year contender.hes shown a fair bit of mental strength to turn in such a consistently good level of performance after the summer contract shoit and Celtic supporters called the green brigades banner.

     

     

    He was professional and done his job well whilst wearing the hoops,I am confident and content he’ll see his contract out,,he did have a mare against nooklub,but youl accept am sure there were many faults.

     

    Hope your good :-)

     

     

    HH

  16. We will rue the day we let Lewis Morgan go. He has hardly been given a chance. Before anyone says he’s just gone on loan I don’t think we will see him in the hoops again. I’m confident he will impress at Sunderland and they will eventually buy him, if not them some other will. I wish him the best of luck.

  17. Go tell- I thought Lustig was excellent, Broonie had his best game since he returned too IMO,we really need these guys experience in and around the squad, specially at this stage of the season. HH

  18. An Atalanta suit –

     

     

    ” Inter have bought a right back / centreback for 5 million euros . That done they loaned him back to the club who sold him to them.. People should note that the next time they make unsolicited bids for our defenders “

  19. TWISTS N TURNS on 31ST JANUARY 2019 11:06 AM

     

    The ref last night.

     

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    Totally agree it was very deliberate, me and my Mrs Shad the same conversation a new addition to the Referee’s influence on our games.

     

     

    HH

  20. Jeepers Dilligaff, How can you say that. What about Christie?, You send players on loan to get game time. Morgan is our player just like Weah is a PSG player & Burke West Brom. What happens in the future is anybody’s guess but I wouldn’t write off Morgan as a Celtic player yet.

  21. Go tell the Spartim on

    Bada

     

     

    It was interesting to hear BR say El Capitano ((C) Francesco Totti) – i await SoT rebuttal on who it really referred to first. has his legs back, my worry and observation since SB’s return is that he looked a little leggy and slow, but as someone else pointed out, he’s already in front of his man before they realise thats where they should go. Was good to see, couldnt fault any of the players last night.

  22. CORKCELT on 31ST JANUARY 2019 11:59 AM

     

    Christie is a good example. But for an injurie to Ntcham against Hearts in the semi at Murrayfield when he came on and changed the game we might have seen Christie going out on loan this window too. I seem to remember him getting quite mixed revues on here before that.

     

    Yes LM is still our player, but he seems to get on with Ross and enjoys playing for him and vice versa. I’m sure he will get plenty opportunity and game time the rest is up to him of course. All I’m saying is, if he does well they will make a bid, and if its decent enough, we won’t turn it down.

  23. traditionalist88 on

    Interesting to note that before today there were only 17 transfer deals completed by EPL clubs and spending 1/4 of what it was this time last year.

     

     

    HH

  24. Go tell- i think the support are much more patient when teams come to park the bus, which is practically every home game…

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