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Superior fitness and mental fortitude will deliver for Celtic

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Having pummelled Newco repeatedly this season there is a notion that we’re going to do it again on Sunday. I’d be tempted to hold that result. St Mirren, an inferior team, demonstrated for 57 minutes how far blanket defending and a bit of organisation can take you. If Celtic record an impressive result at the weekend, they will have to be at the peak of their powers.

We can expect Newco will have watched replays of the opening 20 minutes of our Hogmanay tie dozens of times recently. They will do their best to capture what worked for them during that period, and attempt to replicate it on Sunday.

We started slowly that day, which is not entirely out of character, but one or two also looked spooked by the occasion. Newco started on the front foot, again, something they repeatedly do, but just as they have done throughout the season, they soon ran out of steam.

There is not a great deal they will be able to do about Moussa Dembele, short of cutting off supply to him. As a consequence, they will stick tight to Scott Sinclair, who will have work to do to even get involved in the game, never mind hurt the opposition. This is no bad thing, as while Scott is our most productive player, the team will be full of players hungry and capable of hurting the Newco defence.

This is a game which could be in the balance with 15 minutes remaining, but which Celtic could score three times in the closing period. They have the superior fitness and mental fortitude.

Our greatest danger will be from officialdom. Conceding a penalty, a red card, or both, opens the only door possible for Newco to take anything from the game. Keep cool heads as we’ll do just fine.

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  1. Paul 67

     

    Agree re the refs. Think it was telling that Brendan mentioned last years semi in terms of how bad the officials performance was.

     

    He’s publicly marking their cards

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Bon Voyage to two great men.

     

     

    R I P Tommy

     

    R I P Jim

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    A poster “named” BRENDAN LARSSON posted right at the end of the last article.

     

     

    It appears that he could do with a bit of assistance,if possible. Anyone who can help a fellow Celt knows the script.

     

     

    HH

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    R.I.P. Bill Leak

     

    Cardiac arrest.

     

    Age 61.

     

     

    Much honoured cartoonist with the Australian newspaper .

     

    A fearless fighter against the curse of political correctness.

     

    Forced to relocate his family after death threats from whoever.

     

     

    Je suis Bill Leak.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    “Our greatest danger will be from officialdom. Conceding a penalty, a red card, or both, opens the only door possible for Newco to take anything from the game. Keep cool heads as we’ll do just fine.”

     

     

    I hope,given the officials’ known leanings to the dark side,that Celtic have asked an impartial expert for an impartial assessment of their performance. Someone like Dermot Gallagher,a renowned former referee from England.

     

     

    And that they have informed the SFA that his report will be with them-and UEFA-immediately they return from their weekend in the local ludj.

  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Some lovely posts this morning, taking wee yin to school , then going down to The Park to say farewell to Big Tam.I will say a farewell from all of the guys on here who can’t make it, or are going to Jim’s funeral.HH

  7. Goooood Morning CQN

     

    And it is a goood day to celebrate the lives of both a Lisbon Lion legend in Tommy Gemmell

     

    And our own CQN legend Jim Devine

     

    May you both Rest In Peace

     

     

    YNWA – Hail Hail

  8. As I am at work today, I cannot be present at Jim’s funeral this morning but my thoughts and condolences go out to him and his family today. As I will be in Uddingston and Bothwell this morning, I will get the chance to slip out to Daldowie at 12 for brief respects to our departed Lion, Tommy.

     

     

    The memories will be strong for both of our departed.

  9. Paul67

     

     

    Conceding a penalty, a red card, or both, opens the only door possible for Newco to take anything from the game.

     

     

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    Bobby Madden doesn’t need any advice from you, Timmy!!

  10. Hi, I’m looking to raise some money for charity. I have two season tickets available for the game on Sunday.

     

     

    Does anyone know if I’m allowed to raffle the tickets (all money to charity), or if there is a better way to do this?

     

     

    Thanks

  11. Of course we CAN hammer Sevco on Sunday but we also MIGHT struggle to break them down and there IS an outside possibility that they would be the first team to take points from us since Inverness and a snowball’s chance that they might be the first since Gladbach to beat us this season.

     

     

    In our head, where we only replay the highlights, this has been a season of scoring 6s (twice) 5s (4 times) and 4s (on 8 occcasions) but we have also won 1:0 (Dundee, Sevco, Aberdeen (2x) , Kilmarnock, Hamilton, & St. Johnstone). We have won 2:1 on 4 occasions and had one other single goal win -the 4:3 vs Well.

     

     

    So, discounting the 2 and 3 goal games as competitive, but in the end, comfortable wins, we have 14 massive wins and 12 victories by a single goal. I reckon it is closer to a 50:50 chance that it will be a narrow or a massive win. Being at home edges it into the comfortable territory but, if the likes of Hamilton and Dundee, can, on occasion, keep the score down, then so can Sevco.

     

     

    The 3 shortest odds scorelines on oddschecker are 2:0 and 1:0 (both priced at best odds of 13/2) and 2:1 at 7/1. A 1:1 draw is only 9:1 though a comfortable 3:0 is shorter odds than that.

     

     

    A 1:0 for Sevco is available at 25 to 1 but I would not touch that particular gamble. I suspect some Hail Mary punts being made by those ever optimistic bluenoses though.

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    I have no fears about an irrelevant league game from the Mibs on Sunday, their target will be at the end of next month…….

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    PAUL67

     

     

     

    “Our greatest danger will be from officialdom. Conceding a penalty, a red card, or both, opens the only door possible for Newco to take anything from the game. Keep cool heads as we’ll do just fine.”

     

     

    I hope,given the officials’ known leanings to the dark side,that Celtic have asked an impartial expert for an impartial assessment of their performance. Someone like Dermot Gallagher,a renowned former referee from England.

     

     

     

    And that they have informed the SFA that his report will be with them-and UEFA-immediately they return from their weekend in the local ludj.

     

     

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    Like the psychologist that Alan McDonald hired to analyse Hugh Dallas and his body language in THAT game?

     

     

    Oh how they laughed at us.

  14. prestonpans bhoys on 10th March 2017 8:48 am

     

     

    I have no fears about an irrelevant league game from the Mibs on Sunday, their target will be at the end of next month…….

     

     

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    Exactly. Hence why Craig Thomson isn’t refereeing this one.

  15. Thoughts today with CQN legend EDB. Jim RIP and say high to our other friends who have passed to the other side.

     

     

    And to those who will be there to celebrate the life of Jim YNWA.

     

     

    Also my thoughts and prayers with Tommy. I hope the fans come out in great numbers for you today.

     

     

    Sad day all round. I won’t make either unfortunately.

     

     

    MWD

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 10TH MARCH 2017 8:39 AM

     

    Got your reply mate…thought you had flounced me…:)

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  17. non dee ploom on

    Don’t know if it’s already been said but could the Ibrox club be in line for a world record as in the longest Imminent appointment ever in world football 8>).

  18. I’m sure today will start out sad for those attending Tam and Jim’s funerals. As the hours pass memories , stories and laughter will fill the air , glasses will be raised a mighty hail hail said in their memory . Two good men gone but not forgotten .

     

     

    No one walks alone .

     

     

    Af oot…

  19. PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 10TH MARCH 2017 8:48 AM

     

    I have no fears about an irrelevant league game from the Mibs on Sunday, their target will be at the end of next month…….

     

     

    PG, completely agree. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we actually get the BENEFIT of some dodgy calls by the Mib this Sunday; that would make it much easier in the really important game in April for the Mib to do some real goat-fiddling with the semi-final.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DAVIDOPOULOS

     

     

    Naw,not quite. A respected former referee simply analysing the performance of a highly-paid professional.

     

     

    You know,as an alternative view to the supervisor in the stand. Like the one who reported last weekend’s Sevco v Hamilton cup-tie with such ruthless veracity.

  21. Please do read the next article on CQN – Willie Henderson’s homage to Tommy Gemmell. The comments are full of respect, affection and sincerity. They describe what a footballing rivalry should be.

     

     

    Like everyone else, my thoughts today are with Tommy Gemmell and EDB

  22. Getting An Tearmann at the next stop…

     

    Let us all remember Tommy and Jim who brought joy to us all, may God Bless their Souls.

     

    Until we meet again…

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LENNYBHOY

     

     

    No,nay,never!

     

     

    Apple have the cheek to call their iPhone a mobile phone. Hardly the case when it’s plugged into the wall almost constantly.

     

     

    Explains why I’ve never given up my oul’ Nokia.

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HRVATSKIJIM

     

     

    Everything I’ve heard about Willie Henderson-and read on here-has pointed to a first-class gent. He seems to be widely respected by Celts,be they fans or former players.

     

     

    His attendance today is no surprise. But great stuff nevertheless.

  25. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    non dee ploom on 10th March 2017 8:58 am

     

    Don’t know if it’s already been said but could the Ibrox club be in line for a world record as in the longest Imminent appointment ever in world football 8>).

     

     

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    I heard a rumour that his arrival is so overdue they are thinking about delivering him by caesarean section…

  26. My boss is Peter Principle on

    BRENDANLARSSON on 10TH MARCH 2017 8:16 AM

     

    Morning all,

     

     

     

    It is with a fair degree of embarrassment that I post this, but with young kids and bills to pay, needs must…

     

     

     

    Having been made redundant last year and having taken up work that is quite a bit below what I was earning, I am looking for some extra work to help boost my income.

     

     

     

    I work 5 days a week so can work the other 2. All jobs considered.

     

     

     

    I have set up an email if anyone can help – [email protected]

     

     

     

    Thanks for reading (and hope you don’t mind Paul)

  27. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    I know, but there will be hysteria if that were to happen and they would be queueing up to have a go at Celtic trying to apply undue influence on the game….and then a referees strike.

     

     

    Actually, this might be a great idea!!! :)

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