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Rogic will punish anxious Newco defence

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While we all want to have a party on Sunday, the first priority is to win the tactical battle.  Normally, I would be anxious to control the middle of the park, but Celtic’s impressive defensive record indicates midfield may not be as crucial.

Newco were the last domestic team to score against Celtic that was not a penalty (Hearts) or a goal that even the Motherwell manager admitted his team had to subvert the rules of sportsmanship to record.

By comparison, Newco have conceded 10 since facing Celtic in December; Celtic are defensively solid, Newco are not.  If the game is tight, we should be confident of defending and hopeful of exploiting some of the defensive anxiety that Newco suffered in recent games.

Brendan Rodgers had selection problems at Ibrox in December, resorting to play Mickey Johnston as striker (unsuccessfully) and Callum McGregor as left back (to his cost elsewhere).  Neil Lennon also has selection problems for tomorrow, but of a different nature.

Dedryck Boyata will start, but I’m not sure if Kristoffer Ajer or Filip Benkovic will partner him.  Heart says Ajer (one of our own), head says Benkovic (so impressive).  I expect Jeremy Toljan to get the nod over Mikael Lustig.

James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, Odsonne Edouard, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will all start, leaving one midfield space available for Ewan Henderson, Tom Rogic, Olivier Burke, Mikey Johnston or, at a push, Olivier Ntcham.

Tom terrifies this team.  If he has 60 minutes in him, he should start, and if he starts, he will punish them.  If Tom is not fit, Ewan Henderson has done enough to suggest he has the craft for this occasion.

The two games between these teams this season have ended in a comprehensive 1-0 home win for each side.  This is an historic high for Newco, but you and me have missed what we were beginning to regards as customary four or five goal winning margins.  Neil Lennon will want the win most of all, but you also know the manner he would like to achieve this.

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  1. Delaneys Dunky on

    TAL

     

    Know my limits. Bailed oot when the Islay malts started pouring. ??

     

    Want to see the match???

  2. TAL 12.41am

     

     

    We have a red headed manager who will not settle for 2nd best

     

     

    Neil is my type of Celtic :-)

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    GFTB

     

    There was a red head Celtic goalie, who was on the bench in Lisbon 67, in Malones today.

     

    You shoulda popped in. George McCluskey in too.

     

    YNWA

  4. The Huddle 12.53am

     

     

    Just stay up :-)

     

     

    I would love to have a life again with no phone … tracking device :-)

  5. GFTB on 31st March 2019 12:57 am

     

    ————-

     

    I always plan to stay up, but booze always beats me :O)

  6. DD 12.57am

     

     

    I was meant to be in Blantyre tomorrow but mother’s day is getting in the way on so many ways, personally if I had the chance to see my mum tomorrow Celtic would be chucked :-) … so it looks like am heading to Bailleston for the fitba, am not trying to be a smart arse but my phone has been pretty busy today is it really a new klub we are playing tomorrow ?? :-)

     

     

    G you enjoy your day with the family

     

     

    Viva la France …. French Eddy ??

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    The Huddle

     

    WOW! What a live track. Kurt and Nirvana at their best. You forget how good Dave Grohl is on drums. Cannae wait to see Foo Fighters at Bellahouston this summer.

  8. The Huddle …

     

     

    The booze has just beat me 2.03am.. that was a quick hour :-)

     

     

    It sounds very silly but before we play whatever Hun entity I canny sleep

     

     

    Even a wee bit of Kevin Barry doesn’t close the eyes ?

  9. Delaneys Dunky on

    GFTB

     

    Vive la France!

     

    I wanna be Edouard to score the winner and The Stone Roses on wi the rebs ??

  10. DD 2.09am

     

     

    Worked the best part of two decades across the road in bath street / India street and that was the first time in that boozer… very enjoyable, cracking game Argentina v France and cracking company … your “viva la France” shouts should have warned me that France were going to lift the trophy .. I stuck with Brazil as that’s my Celtic… god bless wee Neymar, would love to see him in the hoops :-)

  11. Delaneys Dunky on

    Pete

     

    God bless and protect the soul of Dolores O’Riordan. Loved her. Sad loss.

  12. Gerry Bhoy,

     

     

    Not on long got an early start. :))

     

     

    HH Bro.

     

     

    Annihilate them Celtic.

     

     

    Warp were wan of the finest record labels back in the day – more smokin’ Music. Celtic Slowing it down will mean we Will destroy them.

     

     

    Great to see wee Callum get game time back in his legs.

  13. Delaneys Dunky on 31st March 2019 2:04 am

     

    WOW! What a live track. Kurt and Nirvana at their best. You forget how good Dave Grohl is on drums. Cannae wait to see Foo Fighters at Bellahouston this summer.

     

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    Wish I’d seen them live, tickets bought but wasn’t meant to be, shame

  14. TAL 2.12am

     

     

    I think Neil now appreciates what he can have… I totally understand fellow Celtic fans maybe questioning his appointment… for me I am a Neil Lennon fanatic … but not blind loyalty he still has to deliver ….

     

     

    Canny wait … hopefully Neil can show Stevie Sevco you need more than a big mouth :-)

  15. Garry,

     

     

    Quench was my First introduction to trance Music frae Tower Records open to Midnight.

     

     

     

    Ring those Bells

     

     

    I’ll be Dreaming that Neil is Cool as a cucumber as we keep rattling the ba’ in the net.

     

     

    His treatment after the Shearer incident was shocking.

     

     

    SISS.CSC

  16. GFTB on 31st March 2019 2:22 am

     

     

    TAL 2.12am

     

     

    I think Neil now appreciates what he can have… I totally understand fellow Celtic fans maybe questioning his appointment… for me I am a Neil Lennon fanatic … but not blind loyalty he still has to deliver ….

     

     

    Canny wait … hopefully Neil can show Stevie Sevco you need more than a big mouth :-)

     

     

    ………………………………….

     

     

    Big Mouth Strikes again

  17. Petec 2.17am

     

     

    Enjoy ….

     

     

    Remember only the love will set us free :-)

     

     

    Hope you have a magical beautiful Sunday ?

  18. Petec

     

     

    Right back at ya

     

     

    Good night n god bless

     

     

    You are a Cqn good guy, I still feel bad when I left McChuills and you got landed with that AoW character :-)

     

     

    All kidding aside enjoy tomorrow I know I will … Sinky hat trick ?

  19. Lustig will start

     

     

    Jamesy will start

     

     

    Broony will star

     

     

    Neil Francis will start the bhoys he trusts ?

  20. Delaneys Dunky on

    SFTB

     

    Scott Brown Leader of Men!

     

    We will win today cause of Scott’s leadership and we are by far the better team.

     

    YNWA

  21. DD 3.03pm

     

     

    Some of our best weren’t brought up Celtic fans .. I love Broony even more so Lenny wanted him as a kid ..

     

     

    In my lifetime nobody will get near the Maestro

     

     

    That’s my hero

     

     

    Paul McStay CSC

     

     

    Never mind all his goals what about that pass to Chris Morris ????

  22. DD 3.03am

     

     

    I nearly panicked there when I thought you were bringing SFTB into the discussion and not GFTB… might have to change my acronym in case that SFTB gets me into trouble :-)