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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. Evening champions ….hoping your all over your groin strain…..

     

     

    Back to the Celtic .James Forrest…..braw news …nine till now…..that is what you call a wee

     

    bit of Celtic …well happy for himself …..but more for his nearest and dearest….

     

    a wee question ..?

     

    What does your boy do ?…..he is James Forrest ….and he is a professional football player at Celtic…oh btw he has been looked after by ourselves and Celtic since he was nine years old..

     

     

    Now that is braw….awfy braw….

     

    When that rigging goes…..we are decked….well happy with what’s happening ….it will be an interesting

     

     

     

     

    season….guaranteed they are all moaning about us winning lots of games ….

     

     

    Braw.

  2. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    Can someone tell me the point of “undisclosed fee” when players move to a new employer ?

  3. “undisclosed fee”…..thawt that meant….lazy journalism…..is it not best business practice not to disclose financial arrangements…..for sell on value….

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    justguessinCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  4. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    !!BADA BING!! on 10TH AUGUST 2016 6:47 PM

     

    Ex- a tax/vat dodge?

     

     

    Shoorly naw. The figures will in club accounts I’d imagine, so what’s the point ?

  5. Evening all

     

    Been having problems with the site recently. What does the error message unresponsive script mean, and how do you fix it

     

     

    Haventaclue.csc

  6. exslae

     

     

    They’ll make up pesh anyway.

     

     

    Sinclair fee quoted from 3 million to 4.5 million.

     

     

    Likely it was a nominal fee & just to pay up what remained of a contract.

  7. Celtic subs :

     

     

    Fasan

     

     

    Cifcti

     

    McCart

     

    Ralston

     

    Henderson

     

    Christie

     

    Armstrong

  8. Hertz have new stand application up on Edinburgh City Council website.

     

     

    New stand, same old prejudices.

  9. ExSlaemuirBhoy on

    SUNNYJIM on 10TH AUGUST 2016 6:54 PM

     

    exslae

     

     

     

    They’ll make up pesh anyway.

     

     

    So true

  10. MIKE IN TORONTO on 10TH AUGUST 2016 6:06 PM

     

     

    I think we might have the people in place … Sviatchenko and/or Ajer would do for this role. Particularly, once we get our players back from injury, Kolo and Jozo or O’Connel could be our centre backs, which would free up Erick to move forward a bit.

     

     

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    I disagree mate. It confuses me why people want to shunt our centre halves, into centre midfield roles. Forever saw people suggesting Ambrose for defensive mid. His biggest problem is getting caught on the ball, so move him further up the field where he will get less time? Never made sense to me. I don’t think Sviatchenko could play there effectively either.

     

     

    Ajer being younger his position is yet unclear, but he was fairly average playing centre mid in the Irn Bru cup against Annan. Gave away the ball in dangerous areas and while not terrible, you would think with his physical attributes at that level he would stand out. I think he is still very raw and will need time. Miller, Nesbitt and Aitchison showed some promise, but the only player that looked ready for the 1st team was Ralston, who was head and shoulders above everyone else.

     

     

    I still think Bitton can play defensive mid if he can get back to 2014 / 15 form, people say he’s slow but Pirlo played there for Juve and Italy and he makes Bitton look like Usain Bolt. That said a centre mid is almost certainly what Rodgers is looking to bring in.

  11. glendalystonsils on

    Aye, give it to them tight tonight.

     

     

    I think I read somewhere that Brendan was concerned about the. team lines being leaked. We’ll have to get that sorted.

  12. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 10TH AUGUST 2016 7:03 PM

     

    Aye, give it to them tight tonight.

     

     

     

    I think I read somewhere that Brendan was concerned about the. team lines being leaked. We’ll have to get that sorted.

     

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    Hopefully he’s raging and will read the riot act if that’s true.

  13. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Celtic Dawn

     

    On my phone ad block leaves u to the site and posts

     

    At work on laptop it’s a nightmare

  14. Glen D

     

    You went from ` I THINK ` I read ` SOMEWHERE` to `We’ll have to get that sorted. ` pretty quickly!

     

    So it definitely happened, did it? 0:-)

     

     

    JJ

  15. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    Only a fool would predict the score.

     

     

    Especially with Griff and paddy out.

     

     

    So I think it will be 6-0 with doubles for sinky and dembele.

  16. DAVIDOPOULOS on 10TH AUGUST 2016 10:52 AM

     

    I would go for:

     

     

    Gordon

     

    Janko Lustig O’Connell Izzy

     

    Brown Rogic McGregor

     

    Forrest Dembele Sinclair

     

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    Spot on this morning

  17. SAINT STIVS SAYS SACK THE BOARD on 10TH AUGUST 2016 7:08 PM

     

    Only a fool would predict the score.

     

     

     

    Especially with Griff and paddy out.

     

     

     

    So I think it will be 6-0 with doubles for sinky and dembele.

     

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    I’d be content with 6. :-)))

  18. MiT

     

    Good thanks. hope you are too.

     

    I agree re Erik and Kristofer, but we still need someone with vision :-)

     

    A Pirlo kinda bloke, tho I doubt we will get someone half as good but we can dream

     

    HH

  19. Reggie- agree, but Bitton was an attacking MF at previous club..Ambrose 1st game was a LC tie and he played defensive MF ,never lost or gave away a ball all night HH

  20. Reggie,

     

     

    Ajer being younger his position is yet unclear, but he was fairly average playing centre mid in the Irn Bru cup against Annan. Gave away the ball in dangerous areas and while not terrible, you would think with his physical attributes at that level he would stand out. I think he is still very raw and will need time

     

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    Was what I thawt ;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    mindreadersCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  21. The lurkintim…..

     

     

    I don’t want to get tied up in semantics…..

     

     

     

    Braw

  22. Ambrose, Ajer, Bitton, Sviatchenko and Johannsen could all play defensive midfield (though not at the same time).

     

     

    They all have the skillset and would work well with the right coaching from BR and his team. With the exception of Sviatchenko and Ajer, they have all had a turn at this role.

     

     

    As far as big Efe is concerned, I am certain that much of his troubles are down to confidence (or the lack of it) and concentration (ditto). Both of these shortcomings can be worked on and resolved.

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