Rogic, defending, Derk, Ability Counts


Whatever maligned Celtic during the recent dark days when they dropped points to Hamilton and Dundee has cleared up. Hearts made the very best of a chance in the opening minutes on Saturday but the response was swift and conclusive.

Patrick Roberts deservedly picked up the accolades for his goals but the contribution of Tom Rogic should not go unrecorded. In creating the second goal he demonstrated ball-winning skills and creativity, a priceless package for a midfield player. Let’s hope he’s over his head knock for tomorrow night.

Mention should also go to Stefan Johansen, who played the deep-lying midfield role until Rogic went off, when he moved into the advanced position. His blind flick onto Roberts at the third goal was sublime.

The most pertinent comment I heard on Saturday was “It’s good to have the goalkeeper making saves again”. Craig Gordon appears to have his confidence back, perhaps as a consequence of the defence performing better.

For most of the second half Celtic defended more deeply than we’ve seen throughout the league campaign. With a two goal advantage, Griffiths and Johansen were asked to run into space, while the rest of the midfield became compact. As a consequence, Hearts had plenty of the ball, and created a few half chances, but they never carved Celtic open.

Had we been that compact during the European qualifiers our season could have been different.

There’s a process I go through when we sign a new foreign player: do I add his name to the spellcheck or not? I decided long ago I wasn’t prepared to pollute my dictionary with the names of transient players. Derk Boerrigter’s name still appears with wavy lines below in my word processor three years after his arrival.

His name will go down in Celtic annuls alongside Rafael Scheidt. We spent millions on them, they both went down with innocuous injury moments after starting for Celtic and that was pretty much that. In his opening 30 minutes for Celtic, Derk produced evidence that there was a football player hiding inside his psyche, but he soon found the rigors of the professional game too challenging.

He leaves Scotland with millions in his bank account and with a lot of frustrated people at Lennoxtown.

Did you read during the week that the Association of Irish Celtic Supporters’ Clubs raised €500 for the Foundation’s Ability Counts Ireland Project? The Ability Counts Project offers children with Downs opportunities to develop motor skills and team-working through football and dance. This is one small frontline of all the fundraising, badges, buckets, zip wires and dinners Celtic fans participate in.

It’s an important part of the relationship thousands of us have as Celtic supporters.

Consider getting involved. The Foundation is holding a H.E.L.P. Pilgrimage on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May. Participants will walk the 17 miles between St Mary’s, Calton, Barrowfield, the Jimmy Johnstone statue and gardens at Viewpark and back to Celtic Park.

A 17 mile walk is no small feat, but most feet are capable of it, so get involved here.

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  1. glendalystonsils on

    jamesgang on 5th April 2016 10:05 am



    Just catching up on today’s warfar…..oops sorry, blog and this post of yours stood out amid the mayhem.



    A great point about Ronny coming from a very different, more civilised and tolerant background.



    At the risk of him turning down the job, he should have been briefed on the historic prejudice the club (and all connected with it) faces from the officers of it’s own football association, match officials and all sections of the media.


    It all must have come as a great shock to him.

  2. An Teach Solais on

    Regarding alleged in-fighting within the Resolutioners, can we just stop the bruised ego outrage a la Eoin MacNeill. At least he had an argument over the failure to collect the guns from the Aud.


    Let’s support the people who have worked so assiduously on our behalf and get the case submitted to EUFA Everything else is a distraction.


    Also our opponents will be monitoring this site.


    All injured egos can be massaged after the war is won. Just my thoughts.



  3. mike in toronto on




    Just on football… Favourite player was Larsson.



    But favourite Celt ( a much higher honour) …. Tommy Burns. What was it he said, “when you pull on that jersey you’re not just playing for a football club, you’re playing for a people and a cause.”



    ( Note, not “when you pull the on that jersey, you are not just playing for a PLC, you are playing for a bottom line and dividend.”)



    We have had some great footballers. But TB represented all that was good about Celtic. TB is the only one I would say is a hero of mine.





    He knew what was important, and lived his life accordingly.

  4. TET



    I’m not defending him, all I’m saying is he stepped up when they needed votes, so I’m thinking he’s entitled to his say right or wrong,


    As for my friend? It could be bollix?



    Kill Ultra


    “I’m sorry if I haven’t stated my case very well. I’m not remotely interested in knowing identities of donors, and, of course, I respect their right to anonymity. I believe strongly, however, that any initiative organised on behalf of a large group of people, and where money is involved, should have proper fiscal accountability. Is it not a legal requirement in Scotland?”



    SFTB replied: How do you propose to do that without


    a) You or some other party who contributed to the Resolution getting to know (whether you are interested or not) the details of the other subscribers, who did not sign up to have their anonymity revealed? or


    b) Cause unnecessary professional expense for the Resolutionists to satisfy what is only a suspicion (of collusion with the Board and corruption by the Resolutionists?) without any proffered evidence?


    In short, what do you want precisely? How will anonymity be preserved? What will be the professional costs to the Resolutionists to satisfy your curiosity?



    SFTB. Your questions are well put, but I’m really stuck for time and this will have to do for now.



    a) I don’t want names or details of other subscribers, but surely it’s reasonable to know the name of professionals involved, and for a breakdown of the expenditure incurred to date for legal services, commissioning reports, etc.



    b) I am prepared to pay personally at a commercial rate for such documentation as described above. Names could be redacted, so protecting the anonymity of individual donors.

  6. THE EXILED TIM on 5TH APRIL 2016 10:22 AM


    “Morning Timland from a cold and damp hun free mountain valley.



    I see our anti Res 12 poster has upped the ante, the divide tactic has now been deployed.



    Kill Ultra



    You sir are scum.”




    The divide and rule tactic re Resolution 12 was employed by the Board of Celtic and its collaborators; not by me.




    Y NOT67 on 5TH APRIL 2016 10:29 AM





    “Scum? Bit harsh, seen as the guy bought into it giving them his shares for the vote to go through No?”



    Thanks Y not67. Your supportive, non-abusive, non vitriolic post is most welcome.

  7. An Teach Solais on

    KIll Ultra


    May I ask :-Do you wish the matters contained In Resolution 12 to be adjudicated by EUFA or not?


    On a footnote, if you have not contributed financially and you have no evidence of external funding, why do you need to know who is paying the costs to date?


    There are those out there who would like to resolution 12 either and die, perhaps by attacking the Resolutioners to the extent that they just give up. Let’s pull together and submit it to EUFA. HH

  8. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Y Not 67






    Just to clarify that Morrissey and Canamalar are still fully engaged and involved in all that Res 12 is about and does. Both are in contact on a regular basis and are agreed on current strategy etc so I don’t know where the supposed “in fighting” is coming from.



    We all have slightly differing points of emphasis though if that counts as in fighting?

  9. What is the Stars on




    Surely once Canamalar is involved there is going to be fighting ( whether in or out fighting)



    By the way,dont tell him I said that

  10. Y Not 67,



    I’m glad to read that you think there is nothing wrong with asking questions.



    Hope your not becoming a ‘malcontent’.

  11. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Kill Ultra



    The reason that Res 12 was adjourned further in 2014 and 2015 was that by the date of the AGm in those years we were working towards a specific goal with the knowledge of the board of Celtic PLC and making direct enquiries of the SFA.



    By both of those dates, the SFA had been warned and advised by Celtic PLC that “these guys and the issue will not go away” and the SFA were encouraged to answer our questions and comment in so far as they could.



    Now, they haven’t given full and frank answers, and as I have said recently they may have a plausible excuse for that while the criminal proceedings are running.



    However, that excuse will not last or hold forever and in the meantime they have been pointed in the direction of their own duties and obligations which they must fulfil Res 12 or no Res 12, criminal trial or no criminal trial, etc



    Ongoing — every hour every day.

  12. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Radio Scotland report on Sevco mentions the L word.


    Then says “Rangers” were relegated to the fourth division!

  13. An Teach Solais on



    Well said, sir. Hope that interim submission will soon be laid before UEFA.


    Unity is strength.


    Thank you all for your endeavours. HH

  14. BRTH


    It is noticeable to me at least that you almost always conduct yourself in a personable and courteous manner, even when you are at odds with a poster.



    Yet you and Auldheid in matters relating to RES 12 seem to be in purdah when you’re fellow requistioner and other posters dish out the most vile abuse to anyone who questions your handling of RES 12.



    Your position on the moral high ground is rather shaky when you allow attack dogs to defend you in this way don’t you think?



    For better or worse you have taken on the mantle of the requisitioner and that role carries some responsibilty with it.

  15. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    BSRUser Actions





    CelticFC SLO




    Received today from a very kind man, here’s hoping for a winning debut tonight at Dens

  16. Tony Donnelly 10..05



    Yes you are wrong Anthony :-)


    nowt unusual in that.




  17. The Resolute Mr Pastry on

    WESTENDOFEASTEND@10:57 – I don’t see Roberts starting tonight – he will probably be on the bench and msy not be used if things going well.



    I expect Mulgrew back with GMS playing off Griffiths:





    Lustig – Boyata- Svaitchenko- Tierney




    Brown – Biton – Johansen






    Subs: Bailly, Roberts, Armstrong, CKR, Mcgregor, Allan, Rogic.



    This would allow us to be solid at the back with Mulgrew pushing-up to give five accross the middle when attacking.



    I believe that ultimately we will play with three at the back when Simunovic is fit – ideal formation for Europe.

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