Soft capitulation adds to stress


A good number of us managed to avoid a panicked reaction after the defeat to Midtjylland on Wednesday.  That position can under stress on Saturday evening.  Despite making Hearts look every inch a promoted side who were unable to pass the ball, Celtic again lost to a team with a fraction of their resources.  It was a soft capitulation.

Carl Starfelt endured a nightmare debut.  Skinned by Ginnelly in the build up to the first goal, he tried to make amends but only succeeded in surrendering his position goal-side of Liam Boyce.  Boyce continued to torment the central defender for the rest of the game.

Hearts winner was a textbook copy of Midtjylland’s opener on Wednesday.  An angled free kick into the box should have been met by a Celtic defender before it dropped enough for an attacker to make contact but John Souttar had freedom of the Celtic area to choose his spot.

Anthony Ralston earlier looked to have set Celtic straight with a sublime goal that, like Callum McGregor’s on Wednesday, deserved a better result.

Bobby Madden should have red carded Andy Halliday for an uncontrolled lunge that ended with his studs in Callum McGregor’s ankle, but the referee chose to caution the player instead.  Liel Abada made another perfectly timed run into the box to score but Greg Taylor was adjudged offside.  The decision was generous to the home side.

It hardly needs saying that Starfelt will get better.  Christopher Jullien took weeks to settle into Celtic in less stressful times.  Kyogo Furuhashi was given the closing 11 minutes but was unable to make an impact.

Ange Postecoglou has two days on the training field with the players to practice attacking the ball when defending set pieces before they fly to Jablonec.  If he is to effect a remarkable recovery this season, it has to start soon.

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  1. !!BADA BING!! on 2ND AUGUST 2021 9:31 PM


    Joe Hart, 3 year deal



    Not sure if he fits the style of playing from the back that Ange prefers?



    Time will tell. a change was definetly required







  2. goalkeeper Joe Hart will undergo a medical with Celtic tomorrow after agreeing terms on a three year contract. Spurs will receive £1M for his sale.

  3. Paul The Spark on

    Quite pleased it’s a 3 year deal and not a loan. We need experienced players committed to the cause.

  4. prestonpans bhoys on

    Thought Hart was like Foster and can’t play with his feet. Wonder what our managers thinks since contrary to his method of tactics




    If you will be back on time for the St Mirren game were will you watch it?



    Also if you are in touch with WITS can you tell him I’d love to meet up again when we are over.




  6. Read earlier that we had James McCarthy on our books as a youngster, As far as I know not so, he did have a couple of games for our youth sides but he never put pen to paper and eventually signed for the Accies who had a renowned youth programme.



    We were eventually offered him before he went tae Wigan for 1.2 m, however, that big useless twat, an earlier version of Eddie Howe IMHO, elected tae buy costa fortune for 3.8m.



    He only decided tae play for his grampa’s homeland after being refused by his own birthplace when poxy knoxy told him he was a breest or words tae that effect. He has often said since then if Scotland had offered him the chance he would have grabbed it with both hands.

  7. Go tell the Spartim on

    Depending on what ITK er on differing sites you read, some are suggesting, Scales, Hart & McCarthy are done deals 🤷🏻‍♂️

  8. Celtics lack of ability to get transfer deals over the line is truely spectacular. Since january 2021 celtic have picked about £32 + million from transfers fees and dropped millions off the wage bill. It would be nice to see some decisive action designed to improve the first team.



    Dont mind bringing in the boy from the league of ireland, lots of good players scattered about different leagues and having watched Greg taylor over the last few years I am happy to see anyone with a bit of pace down the left.




  9. Almore –



    This small world is always made better by the arrival of a few more Hoops.



    Whats really telling is that despite the recent results – we had a laugh and enjoyed the company.


    They had quite a thirst. I wish I was 20 years younger!







  10. TonyRome: if St Mirren game is on Sat I probably won’t see it. Sunday? I can check out Bad Ass in Temple Bar. I’ll text WITS to let him know you are trying to get in touch.



    Not on here much, especially after bad results, so if you don’t hear from me ask P67 for my email addy and I’ll get in touch that way.

  11. BankieBhoy1: when you ignore the gloom and doom it’s great to be aTim.



    But I’m angry as hell with the doom & gloom.

  12. 🎶I dreamed I saw Joe Hart last night


    Alive at 33 (plus 1)


    Says I “But Joe you cannae kick”


    “I never could” said he


    “I never could” said he🎶🎶



    🎶From Barkas, Hazard then to Bain


    With every cross and kick


    Takes more than Zones to score a goal


    Says Joe “But I ain’t Greek”


    Says Joe “But I ain’t Greek”🎶

  13. Almore…..



    Agreed……..We are Blessed To Be Tims….


    It gives us a strength the sleekit huns are intimidated by.

  14. Bankiebhoy1- Good to hear.



    I wish I could be arsed doing a 3rd of what you are doing, re cycle, swim and run.



    Hail Hail



    D :)

  15. Joe Hart ain’t great but he’s an up grade on what we have. Start him Thursday, drop Bitton and we may start to look competent at the back again.

  16. Joe Hart.


    Obviously not an Ange signing, as he is hopeles playing the ball out with his feet.



    We are digging ourselves into a big hole.

  17. David 66,



    start tomorrow matey.


    If you get fed up, just start again the following day.

  18. A 34 yo keeper with Hart’s CV for 1 million is on the face of it, a great bargain.



    He’s had his struggles for form since leaving City but if we recuperate Hart like we did Forster, then this will be a great signing.



    Now for a Right back, Left back, left winger, holding midfielder and a CB…

  19. Tom McLaughlin on

    What is all this “Hart not an Ange signing” bollocks? What exactly does an “Ange signing” actually mean?



    Any new manager at any club will be given details of available players who might be a good fit. Ange has already rapped the knuckles of idiots who suggest he knows nothing about football outside Japan and Australia. He will certainly know who Joe Hart is.



    So he is told that Joe might be achievable. He would have discussed the pros and cons and probably even spoke to the player and/or his agent.



    Ange ain’t stupid. He knows GK is a problem position that needs fixed and fast. So in the end he agrees and terms are discussed.



    But he’s not an Ange signing, I read. So is an Ange signing by definition an Australian or a Japanese? Anyone else is what? A board signing?



    Honestly, I despair.

  20. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 2ND AUGUST 2021 10:38 PM



    The different time zones make all the difference. Ange isn’t allowed up past 11 so he won’t have seen any English football probably ever



    Our posters in Australia won’t have heard of Hart either.

  21. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 2ND AUGUST 2021 10:38 PM


    What exactly does an “Ange signing” actually mean?’








    A signing target he has identified because he thinks he will fit into the style of team he wishes to build.



    This looks like a panic buy.



    When did the penny drop that a keeper was needed?

  22. squire danaher on

    AP is widely publicised as wanting footballers – including GKs – playing football throughout the field. He does not want GKs hoofing the ball up the pitch.



    The proposed GK was binned by a coach at Man City who dictated his GK should be comfortable with a ball at his feet and dropped him for hoofing the ball up the pitch.



    Why would AP want to buy such a goalkeeper ??

  23. itscalledthemalvinas on

    At the end of the storm there’s a golden sky !


    Just looked at my emails, the famous Glasgow Celtic have offered me a season ticket..I’m taking it.


    Was about 6300 in the waiting list last year so read into that what you will.Does the Larg s bus let drink on the bus or is it a holy show ?

  24. Maybe Hart isn’t the best at playing out from the back. It can be coached, you know. Meanwhile he’s generally a first class shot stopper, I believe he’d have got a strong punch to the Midtjylland goal at Celtic Park; and what’s more, he’s perceived as a ‘name’ and that alone does things to opponents.



    Aged 34, for £1,000,000? With any amount of rehabilitation of his reputation – and by definition, that would be good for us – we’ll make that back even if he’s here for three years.




    When did the penny drop that a keeper was needed?



    Would you prefer John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan – just told him Barkas and Bain were shyte?

  26. In the words of my Tottenham-supporting friend :”he done allright when he came in for us, he’ll do fine for you”



    I’d take “fine” right now

  27. squire danaher on

    An “Ange signing”??



    More like a “The Great Desmondo” signing



    Faded EPL bling being purchased by TGD as a supposed GIRUY to the “Entitled” support.

  28. What I think I’m trying to say is goalkeepers need to keep goal first and foremost, and I believe that Hart would be/will be an upgrade on what we have currently based on that one measurement.

  29. Stevie Woods turned around both Craig Gordon and Fraser Forster, I know some will say why ‘what about our present custodians ?,



    Well maybe, they are just not up to playing for a club of our standing, lots of pressure, both from our own supporters, however, the SMSM hover like vultures.



    Sorry Paul, well f^^^ them







  30. squire danaher on

    FIELDOFDRAMS on 2ND AUGUST 2021 11:01 PM





    I do not disagree that J Hart would represent an upgrade on current GK capacity at the club.



    My points are



    1) who is directing the effort to sign him


    2) if not the manager then who, and


    3) what is the manager’s position regarding a proposed signing which seems at odds with his style of play