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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. Celtic Dawn,

     

     

    Not seen that fault message reported before….not a techie…..sorry, don’t know…..;-((

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  2. KLV-I think if we make CL,there won’t be as many out the door as first thought,we will need a decent sized squad,we could still trim it a bit though HH

  3. Just to temper expectations, remember these score from last night:

     

    Alloa 1-0 Inverness

     

    Dundee Utd 3-1Partick Thistle

     

     

    Hamilton 1-2 Morton.

  4. And a hope all these morning after thingies.. Have not affected your judgement !!!

     

     

    Tet …good evening …what do you think …plonk for the win …or go daft???

     

    You know am daft ….but a love be told to…!!!! Smiley thing

     

    Best to J

     

     

    Braw

  5. Neustadt-Braw,

     

     

    Thrashin & tied up…..masochistic….;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    brawadmissionCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  6. mike in toronto on

    Reggie ….

     

     

    Football and CQN would be a bit boring if we all agreed …so, appreciate you taking the time to give it a thoughtful reply. Cheers!

     

     

    I agree my idea is not ideal, but we dont seem to be getting a proper midfielder in …. so, it is about getting the best of what we have ….

     

     

    and with Toure looking good, once we get Jozo back, we will have a surplus of CB’s…

     

     

    and I think Eric, while not fast or tall, has a presence and a footballing intelligenceth at would suit itself to a slightly more advanced role…. and we NEED someone to fill that role.

     

     

    and if we can stick attacking midfielders as left wingers, whhy not a CB as a defensive midfielder? :)

     

     

    I have been one of NB’s biggest fans, but he seems to have lost interest last season … but, he can pass the ball, so if BR can get him focused, I think he would be a star for us … gives us the passing midfielder we need …given the players we have, I would play Erik and NB in the middle …

     

     

    I havent’ seen enough of Ajer yet… and agree he is still a bit raw (nervous?), but I think there is a real talent there … and would like to see it brought out sooner rather than later ….

     

     

    Have to run to a meeting, but will check back in later.

     

     

    Enjoyed our chat. Cheers.

  7. Hot Smoked,

     

     

    since when has realism dulled our expectations….on game night….;-))

     

     

    FTSFA

     

     

    H.H.

  8. TET …those were different posts….doh …

     

    Have a lot of braw threads running at the moment…smiley thing

     

     

    Again

     

     

    Braw …..4 + for me

  9. Lurkintim….wee jimmy used to tie a few big lads up in knots…..as their lanky knobbly kneed legs tried to kick him…..

     

     

    Braw .

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