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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. JVR

     

    The transfer I personally remember most was Kenny Dalglish to Liverpool. My dad had sent me to the shops on Alderman Road for his paper and rolls. I read the headline and burst into tears in the newsagents. Was still crying when I got home from the shops. First time anything Celtic related made me cry, but certainly not the last. I was 11 and still at Corpus Christi primary.

     

    Hope you are well JR. Does V represent your middle name? 😊

  2. AKBW

     

    My father absolutely detested the Kelly and White families. Particularly Desmond White.

     

    My dad’s last game attended was 1977.

     

    The sale of Dalglish was the final straw for him. It saddens me to this day, that he never came to a game with me again.

  3. In my opinion, David Hay was a better player than Lou Macari, & Also a better Manager as well.

     

    As for DH a better Manager than LM, well that’s a No Brainer. DH as a Manager won a League

     

    Title back in Season 1985/86 & Also a Scottish Cup. DH was not a bad Scout for our Club, either.

     

    As for LM a Disaster, a barron Season, & a rumour about LM & A Fax Machine Preparation

     

    Approach, Before Matches, is that true?

  4. DELANEYS DUNKY on 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:05 AM

     

    AKBW

     

    My father absolutely detested the Kelly and White families. Particularly Desmond White.

     

    My dad’s last game attended was 1977.

     

    The sale of Dalglish was the final straw for him. It saddens me to this day, that he never came to a game with me again.

     

     

    Sad to hear about that DD.

     

    & DW was no good for our Club, he was running another Business using our Club’s Funds.

     

    I remember meeting this Woman in Kent, a few years ago, back in the 1980’s.

     

    & She was under the impression that DW was doing a good job for our Club.

     

    I informed her, that her opinion was far from the truth, in other words she had been misled.

  5. 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.

     

    ………………………………..

     

     

    The loss of Davie Hay was a total, unmitigated disaster for Celtic. The fault apparently lay at the door of Jock Stein. Davie asked for a pay increase of the princely sum of £10 per week. His rationale was that he went into tackles that other players in the team avoided. The outcome was that he picked up injuries which caused him to miss games and consequently miss out on win bonuses while others protected themselves and collected the said bonuses. His request was refused so he asked for a transfer. We lost the league and ten in a row as a result. Davie was apparently a friend of George Connolly. George related well to Davie and when Davie left George became unsettled and was unavailable for games for lengthy periods. It might be simplistic but it could be said that we lost 10 in a row and two world class players because of a £10 per week pay rise.

  6. TOSB

     

    You and my dad sing from the same hymn sheet.

     

    He used to say word for word, what you just wrote in your post.

     

    I seem to remember my dad blaming the board, and not Jock Stein for the Davie Hay departure though.

  7. The Original Sadies/Shaday Bhoy.

     

    Back in the early Seventies, £10 was a bit of money, like the equivalent value of £50 Nowadays.

     

    However & In Hindsight, it was a very stupid thing to do, not to give DH a pay rise which came

     

    back to haunt Us in the End.

     

    However, I would imagine back then, it was not just only Jock’s fault, no doubt the Kelly’s & the

     

    Whites, had the final say back then, when it came to our Club’s Finances Issues.

  8. If Davie Hay left for the want of a tenner a week it is indeed criminal …

     

     

    That’s the equivalent of James Forrest asking for a rise of just over £100 in today’s money …

     

     

    Some on here would be glad to see the back of him 😁😜

  9. Delaney’s , the V is my middle initial. I was named after my mum’s dad and my godfather who both shared the same first name with my middle name being the name of the priest who christened me.

     

     

    My dad told me the transfers of Willie Fernie , Bobby Collins and Pat Crerand were the ones that annoyed him most. Three excellent players who knew what playing for us was all about. He never liked Bobby Evans so wasn’t to bothered about him leaving. I think my dad was one of the few of our supporters who didn’t like Bobby .

     

     

    The Original Sadie’s bhoy. George Connelly only had two real pals at Celtic , Davie Hay and David Cattenach. When each left , George felt alone. His biography is a tough but honest read . George only felt comfortable when he crossed the Kincardine Bridge into Fife.

  10. onenightinlisbon on

    Brilliant stuff this morning re transfers.

     

     

    I was 14 when King Kenny departed for Merseyside. As soon as I hear I tore down the huge poster of him I had on my bedroom wall. Had a massive impact on me!

  11. Davie Hay was the hardest and bravest Celtic player I have ever seen. I watched him in a Glasgow Cup semi final against Rangers at Celtic Park. I’m sure it was played on a Friday night and we lost 4-3. Jock sent out a reserve team The Quality Street Kids and they played magnificently. Rangers sent out their first team plus the three officials. Davie Hay sorted Greig out that night and in future games between the two clubs it wasn’t Greig who was the hard man on the pitch.

  12. JVR

     

    My dad’s name was Robert.

     

    Strangely, his 5 favourite Celtic players were all called Robert.

     

    Evans, Collins, Murdoch, Auld and Lennox.

     

    My middle name too. 😊👍

  13. Davie Hay was the hardest and bravest Celtic player I have ever seen. I watched him in a Glasgow Cup semi final against Rangers at Celtic Park. I’m sure it was played on a Friday night and we lost 4-3. Jock sent out a reserve team The Quality Street Kids and they played magnificently. Rangers sent out their first team plus the three officials. Davie Hay sorted Greig out that night and in future games between the two clubs it wasn’t Greig who was the hard man on the pitch.

     

     

    You are damn tooting The Original Sadies Bhoy, &/Plus 3 Officials. Yeah back then, they could get away with more blatant Cheating back then, (The 3 Dodgy Officials) than what they can get away with nowadays, in

     

    high profile matches.

  14. My first memory of a significant player leaving was of Lou Macari. I carefully removed his head from the Celtic pictures that covered my bedroom walls and ceiling. I didn’t want to ruin the Hoops. I think most of the photos in those days were in black and white.

  15. I remember back in the early Seventies, I managed to get a hold of a ticket for the Scottish Cup Final against Old Co. The match finished 1-1 & went to a Replay the following Wednesday Evening. My Late Father, bless

     

    him, did not like Me going to those matches against Old Co, due the trouble that was associated with them.

     

    I was only a young Teenager back then, so I could understand his safety concern. Anyway, in the Replay we

     

    won 3-1 with Caesar scoring the first goal with a header, & Lou Macari grabbing the second.

     

    So Lou Macari in his career with us, did score some important goals.

     

    I also remember Paul Wilson had a good record, of scoring goals against Old Co.

     

    & I also remember Paul Wilson @ St Ninians Secondary School in Kirkintilloch back in 1970.

  16. AKBW

     

    My first Scottish cup final that my dad took me to was 1972 v Hibs. Cesar opened the scoring. Remember it well, and I was 6 years old.

     

    The last Scottish cup final that my dad took me to was 1975 v Airdrie. Paul Wilson scored a double, and it was Cesar’s last ever game.

     

    Great memories.

  17. Delaney’s great choice of players by your dad.

     

     

    We haven’t had many players called Robert over the last ten or twenty years other than Robbie Keane.and Robbie Deas that I can think of. Bobby Petta’s first name was Alfred.

  18. The transfer that first affected me was that of Paddy Crerand to Man U. I remember hearing of Davie Hay’s going to Chelsea because he couldn’t get a pay rise. Two great Celtic players, imo. The saddest loss of all, because it shouldn’t have happened, was that of George Connolly. One of the finest footballers I have had the pleasure to watch in a Celtic jersey.

  19. JVR

     

    Off the top of my head, Robert Douglas is the only other one I can think of.

     

    Wish we signed Robert Lewandowski, before he signed for Borussia Dortmund. We had a chance to, but opted for Gary Hooper instead.

  20. Delaney’s , big Rab, how could I forget. I met Rab last year , cracking guy. I thanked him for being One of the few to publicly condemn all the grief Neil was receiving in his first spell as manager. He also spoke well of his time with us.

  21. Delaney’s Dunky

     

     

    Talking about us missing out on great strikers like Lewandowski. Apparently, Didier Drogba and Momo Sylla are great friends. When Momo was at Celtic Park and Drogba was at Marseilles, Drogba begged Sylla to get Celtic to buy him. Momo told him that there was no chance of him getting a game because we had Larson, Sutton and Hartson ahead of him!

     

    !

  22. DELANEYS DUNKY on 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020 11:38 AM

     

    AKBW

     

    My first Scottish cup final that my dad took me to was 1972 v Hibs. Cesar opened the scoring. Remember it well, and I was 6 years old.

     

    The last Scottish cup final that my dad took me to was 1975 v Airdrie. Paul Wilson scored a double, and it was Cesar’s last ever game.

     

    Great memories.

     

     

    Yeah Delaneys Dunky, those where the days my Friend, excuse the pun, but it was true. The Seventies was

     

    also a good decade, indeed. The 1972 Scottish Cup Final I’m sure that was the match that Dixie (John) Deans

     

    scored a hat-trick in. If my memory serves me well, we won the match that day 6-3. Also Dixie Deans score

     

    another hat-trick against Hibs, in a League Cup Final, around that time as well.

     

    Talking about the 1972 Scottish Cup Final, I managed to get a ticket for that match as well.

     

    I was only 13 years old back then approaching 14. My late Father, did not mind me going to that match,

     

    Because I remember tapping him for money, for my travelling expenses & spending money over @ Hampden. I also remember when I got back Home that day, my nostrils was full of black dust, cause

     

    my ticket for said match was in the Old Co End @ Hampden. Yeah I was also in the same end, for the

     

    1975 Scottish Cup Final against Airdrie, & you are right, Paul Wilson scored twice that day, & it was

     

    Caesars last match for us as a player. It was also a beautiful Sunny Day, weather wise, on that particular

     

    day, fond memories indeed. Hail Hail

  23. Delaney’s , Robert Lewandowski is up there with Marco Van Basten as one of the best centre forwards I have seen.

  24. INIQUITOUSIV

     

     

    I had logging issues when I was logging into a device that was shared by others. My kids have their profiles and passwords and I had mine and when I LOG OUT then that is when CQN asks me to re-log. Also, when I use several devices in the same day for CQN (don’t ask why) then I will be asked to log in possibly because the site is detecting multiple logins from several devices.

     

     

    That’s all I can say – it might not be an issue with CQN WordPress but a tech issue from other software.

  25. AKBW

     

    It was 6-1 in 1972.

     

    Dixie hat trick.

     

    He also scored a hat trick in a 6-3 League cup win over Hibs the following year. Harper’s a barrel of shite scored 3 and picked up a losers medal.

  26. JVR

     

    Robert Lewandowski is my favourite player in the world just now. Not just because of my ancestry 😊🇵🇱

  27. BORGO67 on 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:10 PM

     

    Paul Wilson would have been twenty back in 1970.

     

     

    Yeah Borgo67, Paul Wilson was born in 1950.

     

    However, I did see him in the School Corridor of St Ninians School in Kirkintilloch.

     

    So he was either visiting his ex high school, or seeing someone he knew there, &

     

    also he was 19 years old when I seen him, because it was around August 1970

     

    I remember it well because I had just started to go to St Ninians back then.

  28. Paul Wilson also played in the same primary school team as Denis McQuade. My brother also played in that team.