Squad management with two objectives


We seldom see squad management in action just as starkly as the have over the last week.  Brendan Rodgers rested players in each of our last two games.  We banked six points and the manager will consider it a productive exercise.  David Turnbull opened the scoring in both games, James Forrest, Luis Palma and Oh all scored, while Kyogo and Cameron Carter-Vickers each missed out on a starting line-up.

Odin Holm came back into the team, Tony Ralston returned to the scene in Dingwall, while Yang made an impactful appearance on the bench against St Mirren, rewarded with a starting place at Ross County.  The only two outfield players who were not rested for a minute were Liam Scales and Greg Taylor, an indication of their importance to the team during this period.

Oh desperately needed gametime and a goal, he scored a second across the two games, but the effort was ruled out by a ridiculous VAR decision.  If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.

Brendan’s primary objective would be to keep as much energy in the legs as possible ahead of tomorrow’s game in Madrid, where Atletico have the advantage of playing their most recent game on Friday, two days before Celtic were in action.

The secondary objective could be even more important to the season.  Oh, Holm, Paulo Bernardo, Yang and others all need to develop as Celtic players.  We will need to lean on them to get the job done.

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  1. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Happy birthday Celtic.



    An T – brilliant link. Cheers.



    Our founder did Mary’s Meals 100 years before Mary’s Meals.



    Truly humbling.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    BTW – good article Pablo.



    Brendan knows what he is doing.



    Yang, Holm and Bernardo coming along nicely.



    Credit due also to David Turnbull.



    Guy scores goals.

  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    The early red card also turned CCV’s afternoon into a stroll.



    I know Paul mentioned pre-match the possibility of hooking him early if we were well ahead.



    Turned out there was no need.



    Hopefully the rock is good to go Tuesday.

  4. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Ridiculous comment from the host…….”. If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.”.



    It is a real worry and if not addressed properly will have real negative consequences at some stage.



    varce csc



    Ridiculous comment from the host…….”. If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.”.



    It is a real worry and if not addressed properly will have real negative consequences at some stage.




    Absolutely. It’s an utter disgrace. The evidence is there. We need to use it. Don’t wait till it’s too late. BTW, Athletico lost 2-1on Friday

  6. P67


    “If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.”



    We are not further ahead in large part because of VAR and the different standards to which it is applied by the VAR operators.



    The honest mistakes this season I think will only increase – the Oh “foul” for Scales job was up their with Fortune’s disallowed goal for me but thankfully Brendan does not want to “take it on the chin”.



    Whilst it is harder to expect consistency between games (where different refs/VAR refs have their own “take” on the rules) how Oh has fouled an opponent in that instance but has not been fouled later in the same game (full on shirt pull) I still cannot explain short of selective application.



    This is where VAR should be used by Celtic to get the likes of Dallas as far as possible away from such decisions. The on field refs always have the “didn’t see it” excuse (or the Collum I can see it even though it was behind me?!) but the VAR refs have no excuse.




  7. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Sevco will batter the rest of the league. VAR remains a factor. We had two good goals chopped off on Saturday at 0-0. Plus clear shirt tugs unpunished. They have had 4 pens in a week.

  8. onenightinlisbon on

    If we were not ahead and so much better than the rest, the VAR situation would be a real worry.



    This is more than a worry Paul and being ahead puts us in the strongest possible position to speak out but as we all know, the board are cowards and will do nothing.



    Assed to that the obvious cheating going on re Sevco penalties. In any other country in the world the situation would be investigated but in ours, if it’s even mentioned, ii’s sour grapes and an “Old Firm” issue…..



    The board are getting paid millions a year and should be protecting our club and our supporters but their silence is deafening…..

  9. bournesouprecipe on

    Guy walks into a bar and the barman says ‘what you having donkey ? ‘



    Mate says to him you going to let him speak to you like that?



    Guy says, Hee haw hee haw he always calls me that.

  10. Funny how things work out in hunned-up scoddish fitba………………


    The Tims get goals chopped off while the Huns get precious penalty practice.




  11. P67



    Athletico played 14 hours before us and not 2 days. Plus flew back from Tenerife.






    Not sure the current board are even paid 1 million never mind millions. Few are even operational.



    That said I take the point and was heartened to hear Brendan questioning things for the first time.

  12. Bada B



    Spot on Re scales.






    Absolute garbage Re board view of cheating. You really have not got a clue.

  13. onenightinlisbon on

    THE EXILED TIM on 6TH NOVEMBER 2023 12:44 PM




    100%. They simply don’t want to rock the boat.



    Nicholson stated at the AGM over a year ago that they were watching how VAR developed and remember this was in the wake of the shambolic display of the officials and VAR at Tynecastle shortly before.

  14. Prestonpans bhoys on

    If the board was ever going to comment on var and inconsistencies then the RC game would be the one. It had everything that is perverse about our game and we won it too, so no ‘sour grape ‘ pish.



    However if they haven’t commented by cop today, then forget it, it’s never going to happen!

  15. The Club need to mark a few cards re VAR and the persistent cheating, as I said on Saturday, it’s always better to call it out after a win,if we say nothing and wait until it’s in a Derby game,the SMSM will bury the truth…..

  16. ONIL


    “but as we all know, the board are cowards and will do nothing.”



    I don’t for one second think they are doing nothing. Indeed, I think we have had some fair VAR decisions in the last derby game, the week after some “honest mistakes”, that were correct but that we likely would not have had were we not pressing the issue behind the scenes.



    That we do not do so publicly is annoying though perhaps considered “professional”. Even if we can’t share the full letters (or any of the responses which are likely marked confidential) we can share with fan media which incidents we query and when – and perhaps even give some detail – e.g. asking for clarity why Oh’s shirt pull was not a foul when the Sevco Hearts game was etc.



    To be fair, they probably believe as I do that if they were more public it would actually have a negative effect as the MIBs circle the wagons ably assisted by the ever selective SMSM. It seems only £1broke clubs that can publicly slag off refs and yet still remain the main beneficiaries of the refs




  17. If I remember rightly, Beale when he arrived got some really dodgy decisions in his favour that turned draws into wins. They’ve done the same for Clement, in the end it holds them back .


    They’ll probably win the league cup and go on a good run in the league but we’ll win the league again .


    The cheating sticks in my craw and to be honest sometimes I feel like chucking it but in the end we always come back stronger. They are so thick they can’t even see this.

  18. Almore



    I believe that P67 has sent you my email address.



    Can you please end me an email .




  19. bournesouprecipe on




    Wonderful, the ole Celtic corinthian spirit, onwards and upwards with the Jock Stein mantra/deflection.



    ‘ They can’t chalk them all off ‘



    It’s worse than that, we have the technology (Jim) that is ruining the flow of world football, and we have Hampden masons seeing what they’ve always seen or not seen, times two.



    Offsides from highly dubious unexplained camera angles, shirt grabs for some but not for others, it’s……….



    Varcical CSC

  20. onenightinlisbon on

    QUADBHOY on 6TH NOVEMBER 2023 1:01 PM



    There is enough evidence for the club to publicly call it out.



    The level of cheating is now plain for all to see and the fact that we say nothing on;ly gives them scope to continue with it.

  21. Prestonpans bhoys on

    As champions we pay the most for this var rubbish. Give notice that we are not contributing to this nonsense next year unless the var officials are outsourced. Hook up to the English var, that will do.

  22. “Varcical”……..




    BSR – kwality Bhoy….



    If it wasn’t so enraging it would be v funny.




  23. The only thing VAR has achieved in Scottish football is give huns twice the opportunities to materially impact our games and those of sevco. That was always the fear and from the moment it was introduced, that’s how it has worked out.



    Forget waiting till it cost’s us dearly, call it out now, ask the question why Goldson gets a pen for a shirt pull and one week later OH does not. Keep asking the questions and remove funding if the answers are not satisfactory.

  24. In the digital age, no reason why a VAR panel watching TV monitors in,London, Munich,Paris,Madrid etc ,can’t do games in Scotland and vice versa….

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