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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    Any time i have seen Denayer he has not been impressive.


    At the EUROS he looked lost.


    At Sunderland the same.


    He does seem to be heavier but maybe bulked up to play in EPL.


    He has some skill and pace but i think he has zero positional sense.


    He also seems to either be late or early and that causes him to overcommit.


    He needs coaching.


    Ps i thought your boy Bitton did well when he came on against sevco.


    Still can’t believe i typed that:))

  2. Happy New Year to everyone!



    Not been on much recently as work has been busy but far more importantly the football has been excellent so not nearly as much to moan about!


    I’m in the camp of those who originally didn’t want Brendan and would have preferred the likes of Moyes or Keane because I thought we needed to gut the dressing room and bring in a team of guys up to the job!


    Shows how little I know!


    The job Brendan has done is nothing short of miraculous, the team on Saturday contained only two new faces yet we went to a difficult venue and won looking back. Given the number of games we played in December that result was outstanding, especially given the poor decisions that stopped us in our tracks on three occasions when our pace up front looked as if it was going to pay off!


    The zombies can hopefully delude themselves all day by thinking it was close and since self awareness isn’t their strongest suit Warbs and Tavs and the rest no doubt really believe they were in the game !


    Warbs strikes me as good NCO material, always smart on parade and willing to things by the number but incapable of thinking for himself or reacting well under pressure. He really is their equivalent of Ronnie, limited experience and well out of his depth at a big club. Hopefully he gets another couple of years at the bigot dome before the bears turn on him!


    Tavs or whatever his name is, is like many lower league players, not really that good but last year he was the great white hope, shining in a midden, so doubt the press talk went to his head.


    Like many modern full backs he doesn’t want to defend, preferring the glory of attacking and getting his name in the headlines!


    However enough of them!


    On Saturday big Erik started badly, perhaps caught out by the conditions, but fair play to him he never hid and in the end made a decisive tackle late on.


    Calum McG also was pretty poor in the first half but played well in the second.


    Forrest was the same. For me we won well despite several players performing below par for at least part of the game! That’s what should be really worrying our opponents.


    I truly believe that given the break and playing fewer games in the second half of the season, we will hand out a few stompings in the next few months!


    Now the board will hopefully get right behind Brendan and bring in the guys he wants to get us in to the CL again and do even better next season.


    Having suffered through the 1990s these are great times for CFC supporters- so enjoy 2017!




  3. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Just to be clear, this hasn’t been “awe naw’d” in any way. It’s straight from the Record!



    Rangers could have given Celtic ‘doing’ claims Barrie McKay


    The Ibrox winger insists they must now do everything to avoid only a third Old Firm whitewash in half a century.



    Barrie McKay claimed Rangers could have dished out a derby “doing” to Celtic and insists they must now do everything to avoid only a third Old Firm whitewash in half a century.



    The Light Blues fell a staggering 19 points behind their bitter rivals – who still have a game in hand – and five-in-a-row champions after a 2-1 Hogmanay defeat at Ibrox.



    It was Rangers’ third loss in a row against the Hoops this season and ended a 15-month unbeaten run at Ibrox but McKay is adamant the gap between the Glasgow giants isn’t as big as the league table suggests.



    And McKay believes Mark Warburton’s men – who took the lead through Kenny Miller before Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair netted for the visitors – could even have reversed the 5-1 hammering at Parkhead from earlier in the season if they’d taken their chances.



    Asked about the gulf the winger – who impressed for Gers despite the defeat – said “I don’t think it is as big as people make out. If we took our chances we could have given them a doing.



    “They took their chances in the last league game and obviously scored five. If we had taken our chances this time and kept them at bay we could have done the same to them.”



    Record Sport columnist Chris Sutton scored a last-gasp winner as Celtic beat their bitter rivals five times out of five in 2003-04 and that was only the second Old Firm whitewash in 50 years after Rangers managed it in 1963-64.



    After three defeats to Celtic this season – two in the Scottish Premiership and the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden – and with at least two Old Firm games to come McKay doesn’t want it to happen again.



    Asked about the prospect, the 22-year-old said: “We definitely don’t want that to happen. The fans want to see us beat them so it up to us as players to deliver that. They turn in up numbers and go to away games in numbers.



    “We proved on Saturday we can match them and if we had taken our chances it could have been a different game. We have got a great squad and a lot of great talents in the team.”





  4. theglasgowcelticway on



    I thought we were as dominant on Saturday as any game. I believe during Newco’s best spell they didn’t really create any clear cut chances and wee were always a break of the ball or a linesman getting a decision right from being level. We battered them in the second half. Our ability to keep a hold of the ball and their lack of same ability meant they tired as we made them chase the ball. When we scored the second my response,after the usual celebration was,about time. I also found it significant that their best two chances came in the last ten minutes when a winning Celtic side were so miffed at not being further ahead that they were caught up the park,if it had been a tighter league they chances would not have happened as we would have closed the game out.

  5. mike in toronto on




    Hope you had a nice holiday pal!



    It’s funny… at Celtic, vVD checked all the boxes for a modern CB, whereas I thought JD was too small and not commanding enough in the air to be a top level CB in the modern game. But I thought JD was a better player and could transition to a top level midfielder, where height and heading are not as important, and would go on to be the 50 million pound player.



    Shows what I know!



    Seriously, it shows how important the right fit, the right club and coach can be to a players development. VVD got them at Southampton, but JdD didn’t seem to find that after he left Celtic. He seemed like a nice lad, so I hope it works out for him.



    NB looked okay when he came on. But I’m not even going to try to pretend that I haven’t given up on our bet. There is still a good player in there, but he doesn’t suit the pace in Scotland, and particularly the pressing game that. BR favours. For his sake, I hope he gets a move away for somewhere that suits his game (Italy, or Spain maybe) before his confidence is damaged for good

  6. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    FAN-A-TIC on 2ND JANUARY 2017 2:16 PM



    Ps i thought your boy Bitton did well when he came on against sevco.



    Still can’t believe i typed that:))





    I’ll keep this to make sure we remind you of it when you next try to criticise the big mhan!



    nirbitton CSC








    Scrrenshot that mate, the poster will be banned sine-die…………

  8. VFR


    Armstrong’s part in a very good move for Sinclair goal was phenomenal.


    He picked up the ball just inside their half and played the ball to Paddy who returned it to him with a brilliant reverse pass as he attacked the space.


    The final pass was perfectly weighted for Sinclair to poke home.


    The value of a properly implemented system that allows players to be positive and attack the space with the understanding that the team adjusts to them vacating a defensive area.


    Brendan has improved most players individual performances from last season but a properly implemented system has made it easier for players to shine.

  9. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Anyone know if the German press go on about how 1860 Munich can close the gap with Bayern?

  10. SMSM I remember an article from an early NTV about Scottish sport journalists (sic). It stated that out of the 16 main sports writers 1 had previously worked for The View (Andrew Smith) and 14 had worked on the Rangers News… To me this sums up why I never pay attention to what they say..

  11. VFR800 IS NOW A MONSTER 821 on 2ND JANUARY 2017 2:44 PM


    FAN-A-TIC on 2ND JANUARY 2017 2:16 PM




    Ps i thought your boy Bitton did well when he came on against sevco.




    Still can’t believe i typed that:))







    I’ll keep this to make sure we remind you of it when you next try to criticise the big mhan!




    nirbitton CSC


    Feel free.


    I refrained from criticizing him in the last game when he came on gave the ball away frequently.


    He stayed goal side at Ibrox .made a good forward pass and had a decent shot.


    All of the above are rarely seen which is why he has become a bit part player.

  12. The Battered Bunnet on

    It’s fair enough to point out Tavernier’s lack of awareness Paul, but you ought to have mentioned the very same mistake by our own right back who watched on absently as Miller walked onto the cross for his goal.



    The majority of goals, from open play or set pieces, are scored at the back post, six yard line. That’s the shape of the game.



    Accordingly, training is concentrated in that aspect of the game, both attack and defence, and the career of a full back is determined in part by how well he defends that position. Wide midfielders are also often required to defend that space when the defence “shuffles” across, or when the opposition double up on that side.



    For Tavernier and Lustig, read Roberts for Miller’s chance late on, which came back off the post. Watch Roberts, who is aware of the danger, knows the job, and who is sprinting into the position. He knows he needs to get goal side of Miller. It’s been drummed into hm since he was a kid. Inexplicably, he slows down as (whoever it was) shapes to cross the ball. The result is Miller had 10 yards of room to finish.



    No idea why Roberts stopped the sprint, he had only been on the pitch for a short period of time after all. It’s not as if he had bust his lungs on a 50 yard dash after 80 gruelling minutes of graft. Perhaps he knew he couldn’t catch Miller? But at least he knew what was about to happen, which is more than can be said of Tavernier and Lustig earlier.



    Point being; back post six yard line. It’s where the reputations of strikers and full backs are made and broken.

  13. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Blinkin Flip



    EBT McCann co commentating Sunderland v Liverpool on NBCSN



    Denayer not playing

  14. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    Confirmation from rm ….




    “Only yesterday, a disgusting vile bigot broke a minutes silence in memory of Rangers supporters who have lost their lives while attending matches at Ibrox.”



    “we can say what we want about the tims but we can’t blame them for breaking the silence here, it was one of our own calling them fenian bxxxxxxs about 2 seconds into it then after they responded with Bobby Sands (what does that alone even mean?) one of our boys shouted Hope You Die…which given what we were trying to observe was highly inappropriate”

  15. ‘GG on 2ND JANUARY 2017 4:33 AM






    An inspirational name. Brendan’s namesake Aaron is working his magic against the Detroit Lions. He has thrown 4 TDs tonight to destroy the team in blue.



    *IMHO Dallas are the best team this season (forget NE sevco, cheating bassas) but the Packers are the form team right now, and that’s what counts at this time of the year.

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Happy new year to all celts.



    2017 already?



    Only eight more years to go before the Daily Rectum goes out of business.



    Hail hail



    Well spotted about Roberts.


    A great individual talent but not yet a team player?


    Is this why he is not a first choice by Brendan?


    Lustig had a poor game on Saturday which is rare.


    He was guilty of overcommitting and chasing all day,


    He seemed rattled.

  18. theglasgowcelticway on

    Am I missing all the great chances that Newco had? Apart from the goal I remember a header from a second half corner which was comfortably saved,Miller’s chance and a late run into the box that required a good tackle. We had two woodwork,Forrest in on the keeper;Armstrong in on the keeper,Dembele’s sitter;Armstrong ‘s shot from 12 yards with only the keeper to beat and the two wrong offsides in the first half. Could easily have been 6.

  19. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Presumably Barrie McKay also doesn’t think there’s much of a gap between Sevco and Kilmarnock and Hamilton, as the difference is the same as to Celtic.

  20. BUDDY MORRISEY on 2ND JANUARY 2017 1:45 PM



    In 5-1 game the BBC stats have us with



    57% possession, with 20 shots of which 9 were on target , we had 3 corners and committed 12 fouls



    Rangers 43% possession, 6 shots, 2 on target 1 corner and 13 fouls.




    1-0 game



    Celtic 58% possession 24 shots, 8 on target 8 corners 18 fouls



    Rangers 42% possession 8 shots, 3 on target 1 corner 6 fouls




    2-1 win



    Celtic 50% possession 23 shots, 10 on target 11 corners 15 fouls



    Rangers 50% possession 10 shots, 6 on target 4 corners 14 fouls



    No very close at all!






    Compare with Thistle at Celtic Park



    Celtic 63% possession 19 shots 8 on target 9 corners 10 fouls



    Thistle 37% possession 10 shots 4 on target 4 corners 11 fouls



    Must have missed any of their players coming out and saying they could have gave us a doing.



    Re: Bitton, I think he gets a bit of a raw deal. Poor last season as were many, he doesn’t play well with Brown, they both want to drop deep and take the ball off the centre backs. As with Armstrong, sometimes you don’t know what you have until they get a run in the team at their most effective position. That isn’t going to happen while Brown is playing at a level few people thought he was capable of so he might move on, but I wouldn’t chase him out the door. Incidentally I also think that would be Henderson’s best position.



    Good song for Sinclair posted earlier, I’ll just add what seems to be an obvious one for Rogic:



    Tommy! Oi



    Rogic! Oi



    Tommy Tommy Rogic Oi Oi Oi

  21. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    FAN-A-TIC on 2ND JANUARY 2017 3:17 PM



    Lustig is bound to have been tired after 9 games in December …..

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    67 heaven


    I know my da was and he missed the trip to Manchester, he is 75 though ☘️☘️

  23. Fair enough Paul67, Wilson was at fault in part for that goal.



    But I would like to point to the intelligence of Moussa who fooled him into his error.



    As the corner is floated in. Moussa at the edge of the box faints to move forward into box, Wilson reacts and gets caught moving forward and also blocked from tracking Moussa who then moves towards back post direction coming in at an angle on goal. Wilson sees this as he tries to pick him up again and heads where he believes Moussa is going into the centre of six yard box while Moussa stops takes a couple of quick steps back into position and loads of space.



    The goal IMO was 100% of Moussa’s making as were both the errors Wilson made in due to Moussa’s intelligent box play.



    So for me a fantastic goal by Moussa in that he not only scored a wonder strike but also not once but twice walked his covering defender out of position with his intelligent fainting and running.



    Great goal Moussa. You sold Wilson a dummy twice and bang punished them superbly with a sublime strike.




  24. Before trying to write off Gamboa as an alternative to Lustig,I think the boy should be given a real chance at it.He has improved vastly in his time with us,can bomb up and down all day in support of his wingers.Far too many willing to write players off.


    I think BR is looking for a midfielder to allow us to play 4 across the middle,who can also get forward to support the front two in Europe.If it was not for Europe we would need no one.


    I was delighted to hear about Ajer putting on a bit of bulk and now becoming a CH.If this boy developes the talent he has into this position,i think we could have another VVD.


    I would sign Wee Paddy in a minute.Once again he proved his worth with the pass for our winner.As against City,its all you need in many games.That one flash of magic.Invaluable in the CL.He will only improve.

  25. a light insanity on

    Anybody else fed up drinking and re -watching the highlights? No, didn’t think so. But I wil need to find a flaw to annoy Tony Donnelly…

  26. IN my opinion,yesterday’s celebrations was about wishing the supporters a happy new year



    Could have been any team ;)




  27. TURKEYBHOY on 2ND JANUARY 2017 3:58 PM



    I wouldn’t write off Gamboa at all. I just think if you are looking at improving the 1st team then right back would probably be the top priority. Whether that comes from within with Gamboa or Ralston, or through the transfer market, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s a glaring weakness, the only one we had was the no.8 which Armstrong is now excelling in, and I have a lotta man love for Lustig, but thats the area I think we could improve on the most.



    I thought Roberts would be POTY this year, at his age a dip is not unexpected, but if City want him back to have a look at him in the summer then it’s hard to plan ahead. Presumably they are monitoring his progress though, so perhaps since he has been struggling to get a start they may be willing to let him go. Or perhaps they’ll want him on loan somewhere else.



    Very relaxed about the window, confident any resources will be focussed on quality not quantity.



    I was not initially impressed by Gamboa but in his last few games he has settled down and played well.


    I thought Brendan may have brought him on early in second to match MacKay pace for the struggling Lustig but we started so well it was not necessary

  29. When you read wee Barry spouting they could have given us a doing, you have to laugh, only playing to the gallery and justifying to the hoards they are not that far behind, they are stupid enough to lap it up, they must be the most stupid collection of supporters on the planet, and on reading this piece today, it confirms for me they are indeed the stupidist brain dead, deluded scum on the planet.



  30. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 2ND JANUARY 2017 12:38 PM



    Victories in that stadium are rare . I saw Celtic play there 34 times . . . They won 7 of those games.



    *had a wander through the caverns of my mind there and I reckon from my 1st visit when big Frank contrived tae throw one intae the back of the net practically on his doorstep tae give them an undeserved 2-2 tie until I left the country for the 2nd time I’ve been there around 13 times.



    A Wispy double on the Fife Beckenbauer’s debut on the day of the black walk at Bellahouston Park (who makes these decisions) saw my 1st victory there.



    My main memory of that day was a punch up in the Celtic end during the 2nd half when we were coasting as allegedly rival teams got intae it and the cartoon that morning in one of the rags depicting Jock when asked if he was going tae the ”walk” that day replying “aye the cake walk”.



    My next victories were the 3 in 4 weeks over them with Kenny and his lace tying being the 1st one, and then only 1 more in another LC game 2 seasons later.



    I actually missed the 4-0Glasgow Cup tie for romantic reasons, as 10cc would later say “the things we do for love”. It was NOT a lucky ground for us and even in our glorious Lisbon year we only managed a 2-2 tie in a game we clinched the League and one of sir sean’s Tim moments before crossing over tae the dark side.



    My last visit there was a loss when they only managed about 3 shots on goal while we peppered theirs with the ball hitting the woodwork and various hun defenders instead of going in, our goalie actually left a rain sodden ibroke with his shorts as white as when he went on the park that day. I left the country again at the end of that season.





    It’s worrying that such minds are (presumably) in the same locale.



    Did you note the contributor’s nom-de-plummet ?

  32. TET


    saw another contributor (didn’t read the article)



    glasgowtaxpayer – couldn’t make it up

  33. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    TET. That poster has some serious mental health issues. He uses the word disgusting in just about every paragraph as well as vile, scum etc etc.



    If he truly believes what he has written then he is living in a hell of his own making.



    What a waste of a life.

  34. glendalystonsils on

    I see Jordan Larsson has signed a 3 year deal with NEC Nijmegen in Holland. By the time that deal is up he will still only be in his early twenties but with 3 years experience of playing at a much higher level than in Sweden.


    I would not be too surprised to see him at CP after that.

  35. THE EXILED TIM@4-39


    That is one of the most deluded things i have ever read.


    I have visions of a guy sitting in a padded cell drooling all over his paper.


    HUNS whaes like em?