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Last week we discussed how Celtic’s attacking set-piece strategy was to aim for Christopher Jullien, while others attempt to block defenders impeding his run, and what the arrival of Shane Duffy would do for options.  An hour into Saturday’s game in Dingwall provided the answer.  While Jullien made his customary run to meet a corner kick, Duffy picked his moment to rise and head his opening goal for Celtic.

Before the arrival of Jullien last year, Celtic’s corner kick effectiveness was awful.  We are not quite back to the Martin O’Neill era-level, but Chris and Shane have changed our threat level significantly.

Again, Albian Ajeti puts the ball in the net(i), his third goal since arriving last month.  We have seen so little of Ajeti that it is difficult to make a proper assessment of him, which makes his goal tally all the more impressive.

It seems incongruous that Vasilis Barkas had his best performance in the purple of Celtic in a game we won by five goals.  He made five saves, three of them particularly impressive, and County hit the woodwork twice.

As happy as Neil Lennon will be at the goals and manner of Celtic’s attacking play, he will be concerned we offered up so many chances to a weak Ross County team.  The years when Celtic could afford to simply out score the opposition passed long ago, we cannot continue to offer up the chances County and Hamilton have enjoyed this season.  You know how this ends if not arrested.

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  1. Pingback: Set-piece plans fulfilled and conceding chances Paul67 - Celtic FC News Aggregation

  2. Slabhoy - on the road to 10 on

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  4. Top of my bonfire this year will be Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Priti Patel…they will be joined by others in due course…

  5. SLABHOY – ON THE ROAD TO 10 on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:16 PM

     

     

    ‘Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.’

  6. Didn’t see the game on Saturday due to Sky being on the high-diddle-diddle with subscribers and we are getting the same treatment for Wednesday night’s match against St. Mirren. Nevertheless, delighted with the result on Saturday and interesting reading Paul’s and other CQN’rs, Celtic seem to give up a lot of chances to Ross.

     

     

    When a team plays to a high line which in essence is the old offside trap tactics you leave yourself open to dangerous counter attacks. Punishable by better teams but a good test for our new goalie Barkas. Great debute for Shane Duffy in his new Celtic jersey getting the third crucial goal to seal victory to add to his headed score in Bulgaria last week – 2 goals in three games not a bad return for a central defender. Ajeti has made an amazing start, let’s keep it going young man.

  7. JF remains a conundrum

     

     

    He definitely is not a left wing back. We would have been better retaining Johnny Hayes!

  8. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:17 PM

     

    ‘So, people being asked to do a lee wallace on their neighbours…this will end in big tears…’

     

     

     

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    I get the feeling that there’s going to be a bit of pushback to the whole rule of six thing.

     

     

    People can’t see how it can be justified when pubs and restaurants are allowed to stay open and paper pushers are being urged to travel to their offices rather than work from home.

  9. Next up, Jacob Rees-Mogg…but he is not allowed to be accompanied by his nanny so, he will have to change his own nappies…

  10. Paul67 – We know how this ends indeed Paul67…this could go to the wire and 7 games into the campaign we are stil without a LB of the required standard, a midfield system that works for the players we have and a back 3 that still has question marks on their fit as a unit – we have 2 central clones and not enough mobility or left peg either side.

     

     

    It’s gone be a helluva ride….

     

     

    I watch the starting line-up at St Mirren with interest for real change emerging…

  11. Eurochamps67

     

     

    is there a gazebo set up in your telly room for your vst?:-)

     

    good to see you on.hope all good on the health front.

     

    :-)

     

    HH

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Fair assessment Paul.

     

     

    With glass half full – there is genuinely something to be said for a team whose play initially lacked fluency, who gave up some chances, who missed a sitter …

     

     

    … And won 5-0 away from home.

     

     

    Other than a possible addition at left back we have now great talent and depth in the squad.

     

     

    What is needed now is drill, drill, drill.

     

     

    As Shane gets fitter and the defensive unit gels, we’ll give up fewer chances.

     

     

    As Soro and Turnbull integrate we’ll get better energy and cohesion in the midfield to marry with the awesome talent of McGregor and Ntcham.

     

     

    Up front? Get Ajeti fitter, Odsonne working the no.10 role, improve Klimala’s confidence and (Maybe) get Leigh back – sorted.

     

     

    Early days but if we rack up some points and get Europa League group stages – hopefully Neil can relax and begin to enjoy the outputs of HIS team.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  13. I think our whole team might be improved if we started with the bhoy Soro instead of our captain and, if needs be, bring Scott Brown on for the last 20 minutes or so. Imo, Soro covers far more of the pitch.

     

     

    James Forrest is what we used to call our outside right, not left wing back. Of our current squad, Greg Taylor fits that role best.

     

     

    Whatever formation we use against St Mirren, we must play Eduard and Ajeti or Klimala up front.

  14. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    In this respect we still have freedom of choice. I feel we are being exploited by the football charges. £12.50 ppv for game against St Mirren is in itself not a great deal but accumulated throughout the year it is simply not sustainable.

     

     

    Subsequently I will not be purchasing it. I will pick it up by alternative means.

     

     

    I do not blame the clubs in trying to get some revenue, but ordinary fans cannot sustain every club in Scottish Football.

     

     

    From a football perspective we are in a dire situation. Will a meaningful amount of supporters see a game live this season.? Celtic will of course survive this pandemic, but how many others will. ? League reconstruction in these islands is inevitable.

     

     

    I read the Aberdeen ” conditions of entry ” for Saturday’s trial. Rightly or wrongly this is not watching football as we know it. Staggered entry / exit times, photographic ID ( meaning you cannot give you ticket to family or friends) , wear face coverings at all times, no standing, singing or cheering, no bags, Controlled access to toilets. Continual monitoring. Etc etc.

     

    Put bluntly, there will be absolutely no match day experience.

     

     

    We had debate after debate on here about security checks, searching and personal identification at grounds. Well that particular debate has been categorically concluded.

     

     

    It is difficult to argue against safety. Today it is safety, tomorrow it will be control.

     

    Many will re-evaluate their positions, and who can blame them.

     

     

    Anyway from a Celtic perspective. Woohoo. 5 goals playing the Celtic way.

     

     

    HH to all, the journey continues.

  15. Ernie…If this government can break the the law, then so will many others. We had a visitor on Saturday…so, did I break the law? The hilarious thing is, we have a curtain twitcher very nearby…

     

    He doesn’t look like lee wallace…but one never knows…👀

  16. Soro played 12 minutes whilst 5-0 up. Let’s wait and see.

     

     

    Fault lies with those deciding what constitutes the going cost for recruiting key talent (like our LB problem), especially at DM where the need has been great for a few seasons as SB declines but we’ve wasted our time with Kouassi and now given Soro a wee cameo at the end of a game we are cruising.

     

     

    If it’s Soro, play him dammit. If it’s not, then open the chequebook (copyright BSR) and spend the friggin money.

     

     

    Repeat above for the LB conundrum.

  17. Greenpinata………….Is it possible Sky Sports can renege on their contract with subscribers and pull Celtic games from it’s platform and make them pay-per-view as done recently?

  18. Common sense? ….. “Guidance is fine. Voluntary self-isolation is fine, and strongly advisable for the more vulnerable. Most of them will do it by choice. But coercion is not fine. There is no moral or principled justification for it.”

     

    As a so called vulnerable person, I agree with the above…this government is making me start to feel rebellious…

  19. GREENPINATA on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:56 PM

     

    My friends in Celtic,

     

    In this respect we still have freedom of choice. I feel we are being exploited by the football charges. £12.50 ppv for game against St Mirren is in itself not a great deal but accumulated throughout the year it is simply not sustainable.

     

    Subsequently I will not be purchasing it. I will pick it up by alternative means.

     

    I do not blame the clubs in trying to get some revenue, but ordinary fans cannot sustain every club in Scottish Football.

     

    From a football perspective we are in a dire situation. Will a meaningful amount of supporters see a game live this season.? Celtic will of course survive this pandemic, but how many others will. ? League reconstruction in these islands is inevitable.

     

    I read the Aberdeen ” conditions of entry ” for Saturday’s trial. Rightly or wrongly this is not watching football as we know it. Staggered entry / exit times, photographic ID ( meaning you cannot give you ticket to family or friends) , wear face coverings at all times, no standing, singing or cheering, no bags, Controlled access to toilets. Continual monitoring. Etc etc.

     

    Put bluntly, there will be absolutely no match day experience.

     

    We had debate after debate on here about security checks, searching and personal identification at grounds. Well that particular debate has been categorically concluded.

     

    It is difficult to argue against safety. Today it is safety, tomorrow it will be control.

     

    Many will re-evaluate their positions, and who can blame them.

     

    Anyway from a Celtic perspective. Woohoo. 5 goals playing the Celtic way.

     

    HH to all, the journey continues.

     

     

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    Not trying to be smart here as I don’t live in Scotland or any part of the UK are these ‘conditions’ to be found in pubs and restaurants and if not why? Are football supporters being treated differently?

     

    I really fail to see the public health issue with bringing a bag to an outdoor event, unless of course you can’t bring bags into pubs and restaurants which are of course mostly indoor venues. Controlled access to toilets, now I’d imagine your average stadium has many more times the toilet facilities than most pubs and restaurants I’ve been too, this seems strange also.

     

    As you say GREENPINATA not a match day experience at all.

  20. Apologies for not replying earlier but got logged out and couldn’t get logged back in.

     

    It’s the reason I rarely post now. Scunnered with the hassle getting onto the blog.

     

     

    Anyway, An Tearmann, wee Nicola disallowed my Gazebo in ML3 lockdown, but health is good, thanks.

     

    Majestic Hartson, it looked to me that Ollie was given a creative brief on the right side of centre. It appeared more natural to his talents. I think when he is allowed the freedom to create he can be our most influential midfielder.

     

    The team balance also seemed better as Calmac was more on left of centre linking that area.

     

    I reckon Lenny is searching for the right blend of some very good players, some of whom may not necessarily fit into the same side. Is he going to stick with Broonie, (no Soro) & Calmac, leaving 3 places for

     

    Christie, Jamesie, Frimpong, Rogic, Ollie or Turnbull?

     

    Edouard with Ajeti, or Moi, Griff or Klimala?

     

    That why the manager earns the big bucks.

     

    The regulation 5-0, especially away from home, will illicit no negativity from this Tim.

     

     

    Eurochamps67

  21. Afternoon all,

     

     

    If it’s to be three at the back then it’s a straight fight between JF and Frimpong for the right wing back jersey. As everyone says it’s the left side that may be an issue.

     

     

    At the moment I would be playing Ryan Christie wide and leaving the central three as Brown, McGregor and Ntcham. It may take away some of Christie’s goal threat but am I alone in being frustrated with him for months now? – is there an element of selfishness crept into his play?

     

     

    It’s then between Ajeti and Elyannoussi to play next to Edouard, depending on form.

     

     

    TJ

  22. I have no problem paying money directly to other clubs to watch our away matches. The more of it’s going directly to them.

     

     

    In pre Covid times, I wouldn’t have had a ticket for Dingwall anyway, and would have seen none of the game. Same for the Buddies match this week.

     

     

    HH jg

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