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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. Probably one of the best players,and the best winger in America,Honduran,Alberth Elis,looks like slipping through our fingers,and going to Portugal.The player has only one year left on his contract,so would be a bargain.Shocking decision by us to let him go elsewhere.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Ed Milliband’s speech might very well have been impressive …..

     

     

    …. but it’s all about the outcome.

     

     

    The upper class buffoon currently has a parliamentary majority of 80.

     

     

    The Internal Market Bill cleared its first hurdle this evening …

     

     

    … by 77 votes !

     

     

    If you’re looking for “the rebellion” you’ll need to redirect your telescope from Venus.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  3. Big Wavy,

     

     

    Your the walloper.Today,12.42,”We are still without a LB of the required standard”

     

    Today,1.03,”Like our LB problem”Just who are you referring to?Your mind going.Can’t remember what you write.

     

    If I had to scroll by all your posts,be scrolling all day.Oh,and I don’t get angry at blowhards.Keep banging away at the keyboard,the world awaits your wit and wisdom.

  4. EXPAT-CELT @ 10:17

     

    This is from WEEBOBBYCOLLINS

     

    “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…”

     

     

    Like WBC, I have no Ads, but keep getting papped off, frequently immediately after struggling to log on. The ‘Remember me” function does not work. It is already a pain in the ass switching Java off and on while moving back and forth from site to site. And of course, getting papped off usually occurs when you are trying to reply to a poster, with the point being lost after a frustrating delay, this being a case in point.

  5. back in the 60s/70s nearly every team member came up from the youths, reserves, juniors.

     

     

    we maybe had 3 , 4, or 2 proper transfers in and out each season.

     

    maybe 1 or 2 during a season.

     

     

    i dont get why people wouldnt remember kay or fillippi,

     

     

    if your our age group as most on here r, signings were a big thing.

     

     

    if you know your history, you would know these things.

     

     

    like glavin signing. huge in its day.

  6. I actually feel the modern turnover of players , giant squads, ins and out by the revolving door, it means we never get settled, demanded by the fans it is just nonsense.

     

     

    I think i read, and probabaly wrong memory, but here goes, the original 9 in a row featured 44 regular players.

     

     

    our 2nd 9 in a row features 100+ .

     

    maybe 12 solid threads and 90 squad turnovers.

     

     

    I bet most on here would struggle to remember the team that won 1 in a row ? go for it ?

     

     

    this fascination with short term fixes is a waste oF money, resources, see what we buy, play them. go from there, give them a chance.

     

     

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    What happened in the League to lose the tenth successive title is really a continuation of the faults that had been seen at the start of the season being cruelly exposed in the second half in the New Year. By that point Ronnie Glavin had been signed after much beating around the fee from Partick Thistle. At the age of 23 he had been the Jags captain and leading player as well as a Scotland U-23 cap. Signed in November for a club record of £80,000, Glavin had been a target for a number of clubs and Partick Thistle, under manager and ex-Celt Bertie Auld were looking to cash in. Glavin arrived to add extra firepower and to help Dalglish who was turning out to be easily the most competent and rounded player in Scotland. After a successful scoring debut he found it not as easy as first thought to fit into the team and in January he found himself dropped as Stein wrestled to find a winning formula again.

     

     

    The catalyst that started to bring the house tumbling down was the 3-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox in January. Celtic did not play too badly but there were too many first team players that failed to hit form and this was worrying. With a further 4 points dropped in the next five games which included dispiriting draws away to Arbroath and at home to Dumbarton. With the goalkeeping crisis much in evidence Peter Latchford was recruited from West Bromwich Albion. Latchford came up and played in a Friendly and in wizard time he was duly signed on an initial loan deal and saw out the rest of the season as first choice keeper. At times the support and Jock Stein must have thought what they had taken on as Latchford was prone to the occasional howler and soft goal. But he would develop substantially from this his first season at Celtic. Despite trying everything the crisis could not be averted and Celtic would drop a further 13 points in 10 games to finish third behind Rangers and Hibernian. Needless to say this was a shock to the supporters who had come to see over the last 10 years the Championship as a permanent feature at Celtic Park and the League programme kicking off each season with the raising of a new Championship flag.

     

     

    The reality was that the flow of players coming through had dried up. Though Dalglish was without doubt the most accomplished footballer in Scotland he could not do it all by himself. The midfield lacked a David Hay type player. George Connelly, whilst a gifted sweeper and defender as well as having exquisite skill, was now emotionally fragile. McNeill was reaching the end of his career as too was Jim Brogan. Add to that a lack of bite upfront, despite Paul Wilson having his best season ever, it was more a collective malaise within the strike force that saw them missing chances and playing underpar when before they had been the Green Machine.

     

     

    The retrieval of the season came with the Scottish Cup winning 3-1 against Airdrie who were in their first Cup Final since 1928. By this point the League had already been lost so it was with absolute faith that Jock Stein sent them out onto the Hampden pitch knowing that they would return with the cup. At the end of that game Billy McNeill announced his retirement.

     

     

    If the club felt low at having to bear the loss of the tenth successive League title then they could console themselves with two trophies at least. Things could not get worse. Could they?

  7. Not having seen..

     

     

    The game?

     

    We really NEED TO up it.

     

     

    8-0 would say something no eway .

     

     

    Not on it Lady Godiv

     

     

    Lenny, is on it.

     

     

     

    The buy product is A new hun 2.

     

     

    Contrived?

     

     

    I don’t know.

     

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    You ae Allowed to be Afraid.

  8. Mpshanks.

     

     

    That illustrates the point. Your 5 years younger than me. Who was the first signing you remember. The first big transfer out ?

     

     

    Mines was Lennox going to Houston. Wtf.

  9. Any advice welcome guys on how to get the game on wednesday . I don’t have sky . I was under the impression our season ticket got us our games . I’m an old bhoy so not tec savvy .

  10. some fine reading tonight.😙.

     

    topped personally by thia post.

     

     

     

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:41 PM

     

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

     

     

    I had the good fortune to watch this game

     

     

    https://youtu.be/n6DcOuLwe3Q

     

     

    in his company in the family bar in Glen mentioned. in the wiki.great wee spot for eating now, if your ever about Donegal.it is a stunning drive/cycle over Lough As Salt road to me moniker:-)

     

     

    :-)

     

    cheers

     

     

    HH

  11. SS,

     

     

    First big transfer out I remember (rather than subsequently read about) was Kenny. I was seven.

     

     

    First big transfer in I remember (rather than read about) was Alfie Conn. Remember big Shuggie too but probably remember him playing rather than signing I think.

     

     

    As an aside, no need for Wtf in your post. That is how things escalate on Internet. People generally don’t converse that way when first speaking. Trust you take that in spirit intended.

     

     

    HH

  12. Good morning cqn from a wet but very mild Garngad

     

     

    Not much to say except COYBIG.

     

     

    Cannot wait to see the Hoops tomorrow night, which 11 first team will Lenny pick, which formation will Lenny pick.

     

     

    Another rammed meeting about scenario planning for a second wave awaits…Hunbeilavable.

     

     

    Of course we are exempt from breaking new rules because its work, a very smart virus this fecker.

     

     

    Must dash

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D :)

  13. Saint Stivs on 14th September 2020 11:43 pm

     

     

    back in the 60s/70s nearly every team member came up from the youths, reserves, juniors.

     

     

    we maybe had 3 , 4, or 2 proper transfers in and out each season.

     

     

    maybe 1 or 2 during a season.

     

     

    i dont get why people wouldnt remember kay or fillippi,

     

     

    if your our age group as most on here r, signings were a big thing.

     

     

    if you know your history, you would know these things.

     

     

    like glavin signing. huge in its day.

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Signing D Provan and then the Rhino – I still remember hovering over the radio trying to listen to the details through the crackle of the poor reception from MW 810. Truly exciting – as was signing Joe Craig (think that was much earlier) – anyway – at times spending money like there was no tomorrow ( about £310,000 in total???????????????)

  14. This Alfie Doughty to Me, sounds like another prospect signing, which Charlton FC, will not let let said

     

    new proposed prospect signing, go cheaply. Aiden McGeedy, who played with said prospect last

     

    Season, said about “Prospect” yeah he has got pace, however his crosses leave a lot to be desired.

     

    Reading between the lines, said prospect sounds like another Greg Taylor project. If said prospect,

     

    can play @ leftback, nah not impressed, considering Charlton FC last Season, where Relegated from

     

    the English Championship, into the English 1st Division, which they call it nowadays, aka to us older

     

    Folk, as the old English Third Division. What we need is a No Nonsense/Take No Prisoners/& Solid

     

    Leftback. Or come next Season, If & I mean “If’ we fail, too get past all the Banana Skins that is put

     

    in front of Us, to get into the CL Group Stages. Then no doubt, there will be the usual groans &

     

    moans on here, like what has been going on for the last three Seasons.

     

    Too many prospect signings of the past, which has not worked out for Us.

     

    We need to concentrate, @ bring in new additions which will fill the bill, fit for purpose, end of.

  15. Here, some joker has posted a three & half hour video, of the Hearts v The Bhoys 2019 Scottish Cup Final.

     

    Their (The Poster) Handle is HeartsFC VHS Archive, courtesy of Premier Sports One (Old Setanta Sport TV)

     

    Well done to that YouTube poster, it’s well worth a View Folks.

  16. Talking about YouTube Posters, their is also another good YouTube Poster, by the name of Paul Dykes. His channel is called “Celtic Minded” Paul & His Guest’s give their honest & fair opinion of our Club, in other

     

    words, in which direction we should be looking @, etc-etc. Paul, sometimes puts up posts, from Fans who

     

    prefer other Clubs, however Zombies, yeah we all know who they are, with abusive remarks are straight

     

    into the delete folder, & sin dived/barred. Well done Paul Dykes & Celtic Minded YouTube Pod Cast.

     

    A good show, with even sometimes, some Musicians playing original Celtic Songs. Good luck Paul, with

     

    the idea of having a phone-in as well. Check it out Folks, you will see & hear what I’m talking about.

  17. Paul67 et al

     

     

    For those interested in the progress towards developing a preventative vaccine for Covid 19, tune in to Radio 4 at 9 am this morning for the ‘Life Scientific’. The mighty Jim Al-Khalili will be interviewing lead scientist in the project, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University. Should be worth a listen, although as always, keep in mind the words of the appropriately named Public Enemy.

     

    Don’t believe the Hype.

  18. Talking about Covid19, check this link out:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HupV6GRPLw

     

    Certainly Wise Food For Thought Folks.

  19. Willie Wallace £30,000 Heart of Midlothian

     

     

    My big brother asked the paperboy coming in our gate ” What are you so chirpy about? ”

     

     

    he replied ” We’ve signed Willie Wallace from Hearts ”

     

     

    Some things live long in the memory CSC

  20. First Celtic transfer I remember was Davie Hay to Chelsea. I remember my dad being very angry about this, as he used to say that Davie Hay would have been future Celtic captain to succeed Cesar. He was annoyed about selling Lou Macari to Man United, but absolutely raging on the sale of the Paisley Bhoy. Both became future Celtic managers. Wish we had seen them longer as Celtic players.

  21. First Celtic signing I remember was Stevie Murray from Aberdeen. My dad reckoned he would be a Celtic and Scotland superstar. Sadly, injury prevented that from happening.

  22. DELANEYS DUNKY on 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020 9:25 AM

     

    First Celtic transfer I remember was Davie Hay to Chelsea. I remember my dad being very angry about this, as he used to say that Davie Hay would have been future Celtic captain to succeed Cesar. He was annoyed about selling Lou Macari to Man United, but absolutely raging on the sale of the Paisley Bhoy. Both became future Celtic managers. Wish we had seen them longer as Celtic players.

     

     

    Well Said Delaneys Dunky & True.

  23. Delaney’s. , the first transfer in I remember was Evan Williams. One or the priests at St Laurence’s, was the cousin of Evan’s wife. He was very proud to have a Celtic player in the family.

     

     

    The first transfer out I have memories of was Lou Macari. My dad wasn’t too upset about Lou going as there were rumours going round of him having financial issues.These rumours were never substantiated. He was beelin when Davie Hay was transferred as he was such a great player for our team .

     

     

    The transfer that affected me the most was Kenny Dalglish as it had come after such a fantastic season for us.