Set-piece plans fulfilled and conceding chances


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. Having seen Roy Kay and Joe Fillipi in their mid 30s playing for us,Mark Reid was a very consistent LB,and a cup final Hunskelper

  2. INIQUITOUSIV/WEE BGFC-never had a problem on iPad/iPhone on here when turning off JavaScript.


    So aye it dis!😉

  3. Wee BGFC


    Hope your first day at Strathclyde University went well. So chuffed your hard work and studying paid off, and you were accepted.


    Wish you every success G. 💪🍀💚

  4. Vasilis Barkas slips and accidently miskicks the ball which finds James Forrest mid way inside his own half, the bold bhoy wastes no time, swivels beats two men, races up the wing beats another two men, cuts inside and shoots past the despairing keeper for a great goal.



    Does Barkas get an assist?

  5. DD,



    Considered response. Thank you.



    I am aware of the almost legendary marking of Cruyff by Sinky though that was far and away a high watermark performance. Mark Reid also scored a Hampden penalty in League Cup Final if memory serves so that gives many plus marks. I also think, on occasion, the memory makes the past seem brighter than it was. I remember somebody telling me that if it wasn’t for the clock timing matters, people would swear that Roger Bannister was faster than Seb Coe!



    Not aware of Roy Kay, so some homework to do.






    Doesn’t work for The Exiled Tim, Eurochamps and others. So cannae unnerstand the hassle is exactly right!

  7. FB


    Aye, you are probably correct for once. 😜😂


    You no meant to be wining and dining your good lady in Auld Reekie? 😉

  8. EPL rule



    The flag will also be kept down for tight marginal offside offences . When a chance on goal is about to happen, the assistant referee will be advised to keep their flag down until the play has passed.



    Once the chance on goal is made – be it a goal scored or an unsuccessful attempt – the assistant will then raise the flag to signify the potential offside offence, not before.

  9. Very recently, and after many, many untroubled years, I too am getting papped off the blog for no apparent reason and have to log back in again. It is very frustrating and I think Paul should address it, even to say he doesn’t know why…

  10. DD-this weekend coming is our wee weekend away holding hands walking around primark and looking into each other’s eyes blowing kisses.😉


    Canny wait 😉




    I have several devices lying around (Kindle, Galaxy 10, PC/Windows and iPhone), some quite old but I rarely have problems logging in here. I have followed the expert tech advice offered here and they work.



    Really unsure where the issues are – is it logging in or the ads?

  12. MPShanks


    Roy Kay played mainly at left back, alternating with another ex Jambo Andy Lynch.


    Think I saw him play once at right back. A cup tie against a lower league team, possibly Stirling Albion. Not a player I rated, however as a kid watching Celtic, I compared all our players to my favourite ever Celtic player Danny McGrain. Unfair comparison, I know, but was still in primary school when Roy Kay played for us. 😊

  13. Roy Kay made 5 appearances scored 0 goals 0 assists weren’t recorded in those days.



    Joe Filipi made 32 appearances scored 0 goals assists weren’t recorded in his days either.

  14. Labour’s amendment (to throw out the Bill) defeated


    Ayes 213 No 349


    Bill to be re-read and voted on.


    Judging from those numbers Boris Bill will pass later this evening

  15. DD-our nephew was in charge the day Stirling beat them a few years ago.He played for Motherwell and actually scored a cracking diving header against us moons ago.Can you see who it is yet 😉🤔

  16. prestonpans bhoys on




    Pretty sure Joe Filipi was cash plus player exchange to Ayr, but he wisnae that old. Still pish though!

  17. Jock Stein signed Andy Lynch as a winger from Hearts in 1973, but successfully converted him to the ole


    left back role.



    While with Celtic he won three Scottish league titles and the Scottish Cup twice. He scored the only goal in the 1977 Scottish Cup final against ………..Rainnnnnnjjjjjjjurzzzzzzzz.

  18. prestonpans bhoys on




    Just did a google video big Shuggie heads and ball head uses two hands aff the line⚽⚽⚽

  19. McLaughlin, Brian (1971-78) – The Celtic Wiki



    The talented Brian McLaughlin was a gifted wide midfielder who was to never fulfill the potential he initially showed in the Hoops mainly due to a tragic injury.



    As a Celtic ‘S’ form youth signing in 1968 he was viewed as one of the most promising and gifted youngsters in Scotland. Brian McLaughlin came from a very strong Celtic background and it was no surprise when the Falkirk born player signed senior terms with the Hoops in August 1971.



    Highly regarded by Jock Stein, he was given his debut in the 6-2 League Cup thrashing of Clydebank on 22nd September 1971 as a 16 year old, and within a couple of years the teenager had forced his way into the first team picture on a regular basis.



    By the summer of 1973 Brian McLaughlin had forced himself into first team contention, a major feat given the talent available to Jock Stein at that time. In July 1973 he scored a memorable goal against Dundee in the Drybrough Cup in a 4-0 win when he ran across the penalty and suddenly turned and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Thomson Allan in the Dundee goal. He played in the Drybrough Cup Final four days later at Hampden against Hibs and played well although Celtic lost 1-0. He was outside-right on the day that Celtic won 2-1 at Ibrox on August 18th and an illustrious career beckoned as Brian McLaughlin’s talents were regarded as comparable to Kenny Dalglish’s.



    Tragedy struck on 8th September 1973 when Brian McLaughlin was badly injured by a bad cynical tackle from Clyde’s Willie McVie. Jock Stein was said to be visibly upset at seeing Brian’s mangled knee and although he returned from injury he was never quite the same. To this day Celtic players who played that day talk of the horror of seeing Brian McLaughlin’s terrible injuries. Danny McGrain said it was the worst injury he had ever seen and to this day he will never forgive McVie for what he did.



    He returned late on in April 1974, and came on as a sub to grab Celtic a draw at home v Morton in the league. He scored a lovely goal when he ran through on goal and lobbed goalkeeper ex-Celt Roy Baines. It boded well.



    Into the next season, he was though given little opportunity in a campaign that saw Celtic finally relinquish the league title. He played a minor role, making only a single appearance as a substitute in the league against Morton on 5th April 1975, but in the summer of 1975 Brian McLaughlin began to miss training sessions. With Jock Stein hospitalised after his horror car crash at Beattock and not around to lend a firm guiding hand, the player’s talent looked likely to go to waste as Brian McLaughlin went AWOL and fled to relatives in County Donegal, although Sean Fallon was able to persuade him to return.



    Celtic arranged a season’s loan at Finn Harps for the player but when Brian McLaughlin returned from Ireland for the start of the 1976-77 season he buckled down and had a fine season in the reserves. Under normal circumstances he could have expected a first team call up but the Celtic side was settled and on a great run to the League and cup double. His last chance was in the early months of the 1977/78 season and although he scored against Jeunesse Esch in the European Cup he never played for Celtic again after the 1-0 defeat at Firhill on 8th October 1977.



    After 20 appearances and one goal, Brian McLaughlin went to Ayr Utd in November 1977, a deal which saw full back Joe Filippi arrive at Celtic. On 31st December 1977, Brian McLaughlin inspired Ayr Utd to a memorable 2-1 win over Celtic with a brilliant individual goal in the last minute. It gave the Celtic fans a taste of the talent that fate had conspired to deprive them of.



    After retiring from football, Brian McLaughlin ran a pub in Donegal.



    Although he never was able to fulfill his true potential with Celtic due to the injury, Celtic was still his love and he remained as passionate a supporter as any other supporter until his untimely passing.



    Tragically, Brian McLaughlin was found dead in Aug 2009 in a canal in Falkirk. There were no suspicious circumstances.



    He is fondly remembered by those who knew him.




  20. Another significant step on the path to a Putin style ‘democracy’ in the uk. If you haven’t started stockpiling for January you’d better start now…

  21. DD-you mentioned Stirling and it brought back a memory.You’re one the Celtic encyclopaedia on here and I was asking if you knew the bhoy who scored against us and was part of the coaching team that did them (Stirling manager away getting married)🤷‍♀️😉

  22. prestonpans bhoys on

    Jeunesse Esch that was 5:0, in those days the European programmes were huge, half the size of……….should I say it, the Daily Record😵