Standing in, or walking to, the right place


I watched Moussa Dembele’s goal on Saturday again. Danny Wilson left his post which gave the Celtic striker the opportunity. The weight of his mistake was immediately apparent to the Newco player, who swung his fist into the turf three times.

Wilson made a mistake which will damage his reputation, but in violently punching the pitch, he was acknowledging the error, and its consequences. You’ll seldom see a player displaying this level of dissonance getting grief from a team-mate.

Compare that to the reaction to Scott Sinclair’s goal. Newco had two central defenders on Dembele. As the move developed, Tavernier was on Sinclair, but the Celtic midfielder jogged 10 yards clear of his marker.

Just as Stuart Armstrong played the ball to Patrick Roberts, Tavernier looked around, but not in the direction of Sinclair, who was already free. When Sinclair converted Kiernan yelled at Tavernier

Part of the game is just standing in, or walking to, the right place. Failure to do this isn’t an indication of lack of talent, more, Newco have not done the basics on the training ground.

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  1. Hola.


    So we pump the new team = we welcome the Old firm? Nonsense.


    We rejoice it putting a bunch of cheating, triumphalist, thieving, would be supremacists in their place, in their place.


    Just reminds them that they died and the tribute act isn’t up to much.




  2. northeast ghirl on

    Morning from a bright and cold North East. Has anyone noticed that Celtic were given 7000 tickets for Saturday, is that the norm?



    Great result and well done to the supporters, gave them nothing to slight our great club.




  3. Great times to be a Celtic supporter. As I said to my bhoy, leaving the ground on Saturday, savour the experience of singing “Go home you Huns” at Ipox.


    Glorious times indeed



  4. I take your point Paul, but you could ask, who was marking Kenny Miller for their goal? You can do all the coaching and preparation on the training ground, but you can’t legislate for players ball watching and switching off. Good defenders sniff the danger. Tavernier is an awful defender.

  5. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on





    one of the Most important facts after Saturday is that it prevents the SMSM going into their default puffed out chest position..



    We can sit back & read or listen to their spin picking it off and exposing all the nonsense.



    That’s if we choose.. I tend to get reporting second hand,not being able to stomach any of the media..



    So sit back with the pop corn and enjoy..



    They will realise one day,accepting liquidation and taking up golf or watching the “rugby” would be easier than the fantasy life they lead..








  6. In terms of bringing players in, I would like to see us sign Roberts on a permanent deal. It’s a no brainer for the boy. We could offer Man City first option on a buy back. Also another midfielder to supplement Rogic, Brown and Armstrong. What a 3 that is btw. And another right back, Jon Flanagan isn’t really getting a game at Burnley where he is on loan from Liverpool. That could be an option.


    Tavernier…………defender, nope, never the guy’s attributes are all in the opposing half of lower leagues.



    I’m sure I read one of their players stating they could have given the Celtic “a doing” ?



    Serious question, just what are they feeding these guys………….





    I think Brendan will be looking at that trio and hoping to supplement, actually enhance that area, with a better player.

  9. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Celtic were obviously thinking about Nagbe from early in the season. His attendance at the Barca game confirms this.




    I wonder have we cooled our interest due to the emergence of Stuart Armstrong in the position that Darlington was earmarked for?




    Perhaps we are therefore looking at other positions, which Brendan considers need strengthening.




    Just a Happy New Year thought.

  10. Paul67



    You’d think galactico James Tavernier would know how to mark the back post, he’s only 25?



    Why didn’t he learn on the way down from Newcastle, Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield, Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Wigan, Bristol City, to Sevco.?



    WeeDiddyTeams CSC

  11. Thetimreaper. 12.07.


    Bang on.


    The Italian theory is the perfect game is 0.0. No mistakes that led to a goal.


    What a time to be a Tim. We should all enjoy it while we can.


    Hail Hail.




    Thanks for Wagner/ Logical song link.


    Scotty Sinclair is defo my favourite and his other half is not too bad either 8-))

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    TTR 12.12pm



    I thought Flanagan would be an option, BR will probably look at players has has worked with and hopefully the type who will integrate well into a seemingly very happy squad of players





    I think Brendan will be really pleased with Stuart’s promise. I’m being really harsh of course, using the word “promise”, but despite the fact he has came on fantastically well, he still has some way to go. To seal that deal, I’d like him to convert the fantastic positions he finds himself in to fantastic goals.



    Like I wrote a very harsh assessment, but it’s within his grasp.

  14. Big Pierres two front teeth



    To answer your query…..yes I do, since Brendan Rodgers has taken charge, as the football has been a joy to watch compared to fare served up by Lennons and Delias teams. I have subscribed to a season ticket every season since we played at Hampden and before that cash at the gate. However dur the during the Lennons and Delias tenure the season ticket remained in the drawer on more than a few occasions and you couldn’t give it away.


    Despite what BMCUW may say I have no regrets over anything I have posted in here , the rebel tune he is referring too , The Fields of Athenry, is now so well worn out just like his patter. As a matter of fact the increased tips I got when I played it are financing a wee sojourn to the Carribean in early March, so my season ticket will be available for the ticket against them on the 11 March I don’t think I’ll have any problem getting somebody to take the ticket for that game. Do you ?



    Sorry did I forget to mention the away European games I’ve been too



    Just to sum up as you can probably see I am more interested in going to watch Celtic play than I am in going to Hootenannies etc etc etc

  15. glendalystonsils on

    You could argue that all goals are preventable if every player on the pitch did his job perfectly.


    Thankfully football is played by fallible humans whose humanity makes them capable of moments of genius as well as mistakes.

  16. South Of Tunis on

    Victories in that stadium are rare .



    I saw Celtic play there 34 times . . . They won 7 of those games.


    Big Pierres two front teeth



    There’s a wee appeal for love in there, somewhere………….

  18. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on 2ND JANUARY 2017 12:18 PM


    Tavernier…………defender, nope, never the guy’s attributes are all in the opposing half of lower leagues.




    I’m sure I read one of their players stating they could have given the Celtic “a doing” ?



    Serious question, just what are they feeding these guys………….





    Err, world class breakfasts apparently.

  19. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    Yes, that is the final piece missing from his game.


    Like you, I think it will come.



    He is too intelligent not to realise that you have to put the ball in the place where the keeper isn’t.


    I think that he is the player I am enjoying most at the moment.


    This is coming from someone who still thinks that Bobby Murdoch was the finest midfield player that I have witnessed.

  20. CultsBhoy - Believes in Brendan on

    Paul 67 and other fellow posters




    I’d be cautious about highlighting poor coaching or technique for Since airs goal. It looked like a carbon copy of Kenny Millers goal to me.



    Therefore any deficiencies are mirrored in our own team defence…?



    For me that should also be noted by BR this transfer window. A right back and a centre half required. Someone mentioned Denayer earlier I’d love to see someone of that ilk in. I always felt he was the better footballer in our central defence.. He just lacked the physical presence of VVD.

  21. mike in toronto on

    I know some on here were looking to sign Jordan Larson. It looks like he has left Helsingborg and signed for NEC. NOt sure, myself, if it would have been the right move for him to come to Celtic… his dads boots probably a bit big for him to fill.



    Of course, now that I have said that, he will likely go on to score 30 goals this season! :)

  22. mike in toronto on

    Speaking of ex Celtic striker, I see Hearts have ended their loan of Tony watt… shame to have his natural talent, but bounce around the way he has.

  23. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on 2ND JANUARY 2017 12:58 PM






    Jason, should become a midfielder.





    That’s where he has been playing for Sunderland at times this season. I saw him play that role at Old Trafford. He didn’t look great to be honest.

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