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Sinclair, Johansen, take-a-pop Rogic, precocious Nesbitt

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After losing at home to Newco last month Motherwell comfortably overcame three lower league sides in the League Cup before delivering an excellent win at Rugby Park on the opening day of the league season. They will pitch up at Celtic Park tonight hopeful of catching Celtic with their eye on the European prize.

For Brendan Rodgers tonight will not only be an important cup game he wants to win, it’s another opportunity to improve the fitness of his squad ahead our Summer Cup Finals against Hapoel Beer Shiva, the first of which takes place one week from today.

Having only played 30 minutes so far this season, Scott Sinclair will be behind the rest of the squad in terms of match fitness and may be asked to play 90 minutes tonight. Stefan Johansen is another who could do with a full game under his belt. As for the others, it’s a balance between building endurance but making sure they get enough rest ahead of next week.

Tom Rogic’s new contract has been universally welcomed. I was late to the Rogic Appreciation Society, but it all came together last season. One of the specifics he brings is the ability to shoot from outside the box. Celtic play against packed defences most weeks (Scott Sinclair will learn that the space he exploited at Tynecastle on Sunday will be a rarity), so being able to take a pop from distance offers vital variation.

Keep an eye on Aidan Nesbitt’s progress on loan at Morton until January. Aidan (19) was at Partick Thistle for the second half of last season. Young, creative players don’t get prime billing in the bottom half of the Premiership, so a move to the Championship should give him a better platform to but on his precocious talents.

No mistakes tonight, Celtic.

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  1. Brendan has managed to sort out the squad, seems to have motivated them, brought in quality and beyond most of our expectations has got us through to the final CL qualifier. After sundays game it seems to me he’s created the beginnings of, momentum. Keep it going Celtic it’s a powerful weapon. HH

  2. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Delighted to see Rogic sign a new deal. Was beginning to fear he would be moving on. Gives us something different – creativity, vision and a goal threat.

     

    Not so sure about Forrest. Thought a move might be better for player and club. Don’t see him getting any better than he is now, which is about as good as he was around four years ago. Think the best we might get is a more consistent version.

     

    Would liked to have seen the likes of Nesbitt and Miller come through.

  3. St stivs,

     

     

    On reading the news I thought of you mate. :)

     

     

    I bet you hoped it was resigned not re-signed

     

     

    HH

  4. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Good luck to the Celts tonight. Heading out soon to Celtic Park and looking forward to a straight-forward win. No drama, please.

     

     

    Lots of positive news this week. Will be fun to watch Kolo Toure, James Forrest, Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair all on the pitch from the kickoff, giving the rest of the team some of that good energy.

     

     

    Celtic forever.

  5. To be fair I have been pretty critical of Forrest the last couple of years be if he can undergo a Bobby Petta-like transformation then I’d be delighted for him and us.

  6. If Toure & Tierney dont make it

     

    gordon

     

    janko lustig o’connell izzy

     

    brown mcgregor rogic

     

    forrest sinclair

     

    dembele

  7. Bobby Murdochs Ankle supportin Oscar Knox on

    OHITS,

     

     

    Saturday was the same, food and drinks in Glasgow, ended up in the Kempoch when we got of the train.

     

     

    Keep well G.

     

     

    Bma

  8. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    I need to be fair to james.

     

     

     

    In Brendan I trust, and I dont want to have any “told you so,s”

     

     

    so i really hope he goes all Bobby Petta on us, even for 1 season, and has his best ever.

     

     

    becomes a man.

     

     

     

    lets see how it goes.

  9. Brendan is undoubtedly the one for Celtic.

     

     

    His post-match comments after the Hearts match were great – one thing in particular ‘struck a chord’ with me; he talked about players having to “take a risk to win the game” – he has also previously asked the fans to “trust the players”, during a game.

     

     

    Under Ronny and indeed Lenny before him, the elimination of risk always seemed to be the starting point in our approach. There were occasions when our fear was palpable and pronouced, even against inferior opposition.

     

     

    It will be interesting to observe Brendan’s ‘game management’ during the season, on Sunday his positive outlook was there for all to see -if this combination of risk and trust is handled by the players, we should be in for an exciting, maybe sometimes a rollercoaster, of a season.

  10. traditionalist88 on

    Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on 10th August 2016 4:47 pm

     

     

    so i really hope he goes all Bobby Petta on us, even for 1 season, and has his best ever.

     

     

    ==================

     

     

    Preferably that, than signing for Rossvale Jrs… :)

     

     

    HH

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    In the crazy-money world of the EPL, £12m for Ashley Williams is a pretty decent buy….

  12. Lee Wallace feels most at home in his back garden…..where he has a newly laid “creeping bentgrass” lawn ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  13. A wee bird tells me Celtic will have a special guest watching from the stands tonight. A player whom Brendan hopes to make his next signing. Pleaded for a name but none forthcoming.

     

     

    Anyone heard anything?

  14. AULD TAM

     

     

    Not going tonight, But if anyone is going, Keep an eye oot.

     

     

     

    KLV

  15. Hoopy Birthday to TD67s maw……

     

     

    HT welcome back……

     

     

    KevJ….ye wer missed….maniac ;-))

     

     

    On JF re-signing….i’m in the wait-and-see if it’s justified category….happy that TR has though ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    InBrendanwetrustCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  16. AULD TAM on 10TH AUGUST 2016 5:22 PM

     

     

    As long as its no that Fanni, I’m no bothered.

  17. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Happy birthday to TD67’s Mum. Usual place and time for CCB and one daughter this evening. Looking forward to see changes made due suspensions. Could be an interesting night.See hammer thrower extraordinaire Lasley back from suspension. Bet he gets first boot at Sinclair.

  18. Auld Tam

     

    My guess ( and it is purely a guess) would be Fabio Borini. Where is Catman when you need him?

     

    JJ

  19. Auld tam,

     

     

    He’ll be easy to spot tonight then. Canny see it being a big crowd.

     

     

    HH

  20. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    20s beat Rovers one nil in the Jock Stein Friendship Cup Josh gave me his medal after it. H H

  21. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    If the team posted on other sites is to be believed then somebody is leaking info from the Celtic camp..

  22. So is it Borini? Saw the article on here earlier, No Smoke without fire on the CQN articles of late.

     

     

    wildcard.csc

     

     

     

    KLV

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