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Support and paradoxical intent

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I suppose it is inevitable, this far into a period of domination, that draws and defeats attract disproportionate criticism.  We are not used to defeats, recently we have not even been used to a season without a treble, so reactions to dropping five points in a week have few reference points.

In the social media era, players are not immune to what is being said about them, some of them no doubt reflecting on years of successful service behind them, who perhaps feel deserted when the call was made.

I know what you’re thinking, this is classic paradoxical intent.  We react to that which makes us anxious in a way that can only increase our anxiety.

Neil Lennon is dealing with the absence of Forrest, Edouard, Johnston, Jullien, Bitton, Elhamed and Barkas, and easing the return to fitness of Ajeti, Christie and Griffiths, while hurting at some painful results.

We travel to France tomorrow then back in the early hours of Friday before it all goes on the line, again, at Hampden on Sunday.  All while Aberdeen rest and prepare.  In these circumstances, this is a tough ask.  Tougher still without support, and I don’t mean supporters, I mean actual support.  This is a no-brainer time, circle the wagons and get back to doing what we always do.

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  1. Celtic head for Lille tomorrow and with France currently a hotbed of Covid let us hope and pray that we lose no more players travelling to this dodgy destination. Celtic played very well for an hour against Milan and it was the concession of soft scores that denied the team of at least a point. Interestingly Milan’s manager conceded that Celtic were the team he feared most in the group not surprising after the performance against Lazio last season

     

     

    Going back to last Sunday, Shane Duffy actually was doing ok up to the time of his brain storm on the hour mark when he tried the fancy Dan stuff instead of being quick on the draw like his namesake in the classic western and getting the ball to fk out of the danger area. Still think things will improve when Chris Julien comes back to partner Duffy at the center of the defence.

     

     

    Thought Aberdeen got away with persistent Fouling on Ajeti last Sunday which was never highlighted by the Sky team who were quick focus on Duffy’s push in the back before Griff’s super strike. Is there a better goalador in the game than Griff? Interesting to see who Neil goes with in France. Great if Eddie can make it tomorrow night.

     

     

    We are all caught up with this Ten talk but another poster mentioned during the week that the Hoops achievement of doing the Nine In A Row TWICE is a terrific record and worth remembering. Hoping the Hoops give it a right lash tomorrow night.

  2. The Wife got sent home thus morning from her work as a Pupil Support Assistant with kids with special needs/Autism to self isolate.

     

     

    Ffs hope the little bhoy in her class will be ok and obviously the good lhady🙏🙏🙏

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D :)

  3. I assume a lot of CQNers will have watched the short Netflix series “The Playbook: A coach’s Rules for life”.

     

    What did you all think?

     

    I thought each and every one was fascinating. Mourinho started off a real cock but it was still an interesting interview.

     

    I was fascinated by Jill Ellis and how she coached the US ladies team. Knew nothing of her before, but what a coach! And Scottish too.

     

     

    The basketball coaches featured, however, were on another level as far as seeing what a difference ciaching can make.

     

    If you have not watched the series, make time for it.

     

    Cree

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    CELTIC BY NUMBERS on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 5:05 PM

     

     

     

    Fantastic data, some amount of work gone into that. Many thanks for sharing. Interesting reading…

  5. DENIABHOY on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 5:23 PM

     

     

    I was fascinated by Jill Ellis and how she coached the US ladies team. Knew nothing of her before, but what a coach! And Scottish too.

     

     

    *I always thought she was english, no matter what she’s an excellent coach even though her alma mater is william and mary. I watch a lot of women’s “soccer” mostly because its honest, no play acting either. Right now the best female centre half is a Canadian lassie.

  6. Tontine Tim – I was assuming Scottish as her mum speaks with a strong Scottish accent. Her Dad is English.

  7. DENIABHOY on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 5:23 PM

     

     

    What did you all think?

     

     

    I was fascinated by Jill Ellis and how she coached the US ladies team. Knew nothing of her before, but what a coach! And Scottish too.

     

     

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    Is she available, should we be bold and appoint a wummin ?

  8. UEFA have today announced Scotland will have five places in next season’s UEFA Club Competitions, increasing from the four spots they have held in previous years.

     

    There will be sides representing the country in the Qualifying Rounds of the UEFA Champions League, the Qualifying Rounds of the UEFA Europa League as well as the newly introduced third UEFA club competition the UEFA Europa Conference League, which will begin in season 2021/22.

     

    Scotland will now have two sides in the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Rounds. The winners of the Scottish Premiership will enter from the Third Qualifying Round and the second placed team in this season’s Scottish Premiership will enter from the Second Qualifying Round.

     

    In the Europa League, there will be one place granted to the winners of the 2020/21 Scottish Cup and the club will enter into the Third Qualifying Round of the competition.

  9. Saint Stivs – maybe one day it will happen. If someone is good enough, why not would be my answer but not sure the male dressing room is ready for it just yet.

     

    Seems in the Uk most of the ladies teams have male coaches while in the US women coaches are common place.

  10. ST STIVS

     

     

    I think you said your main window faced south. Tonight, IF the sky cleared for you, you can see (smaller) Saturn then Jupiter, just west of south (or SSW to be pedantic). Very clear in East Kilbride for the moment, but not for long methinks.

     

     

    skygazingcsc

  11. SAINT STIVS on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 3:47 PM

     

    Thank you very much for this well researched and well written piece.

     

    I have a memory – no doubt inaccurate – that Pat Crerand was hit with a 6 week ban.

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    Bolingoli one down to PSG after 64 mins. Goal scored by Moise Kean who got papped out on loan from Everton.

     

    It is indeed a funny old game.

  13. HANKRAY on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 5:11 PM

     

    Thought Aberdeen got away with persistent Fouling on Ajeti last Sunday which was never highlighted by the Sky team who were quick focus on Duffy’s push in the back before Griff’s super strike.

     

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    On each occasion Ajeti challenged for the ball he was shoved in the back. Any similar foul by a Celtic player was penalised immediately.

     

    Sky don’t like Celtic. Boyd looked as if he died and gone to Sevco heaven after using all his fingers to compute the points gap.

  14. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 7:10 PM

     

    ST STIVS

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I think you said your main window faced south. Tonight, IF the sky cleared for you, you can see (smaller) Saturn then Jupiter, just west of south (or SSW to be pedantic). Very clear in East Kilbride for the moment, but not for long methinks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    skygazingcsc

     

     

     

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    saw them both when out in the car there.

     

     

    is it also mars to the west , low in the sky looking east, left of the moon ?

  15. FRITZSONG on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 7:16 PM

     

    SAINT STIVS on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 3:47 PM

     

     

     

     

    Thank you very much for this well researched and well written piece.

     

     

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    not my writing bud, copy and paste from the Falkirk Herald, and a suprisingly honest piece, i just recalled that was where i seen the pictures before.

     

     

    ta

  16. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 28TH OCTOBER 2020 5:49 PM

     

    I see that ex-ref Davie Syme has passed away

     

     

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    My Grannie and aunties who played a major part in my upbringing taught me that it was a sin to speak ill of the dead ……….. nevertheless

  17. Why are we going to France in the midst of a national lockdown? I’m not for lock downs, but if there is one in force, we should not be going there.

  18. 4 employees in our work off self isolating in the last 2 weeks.

     

     

    The mrs self isolating, 3 neighbours in my street of 26 houses had covid in last 4 weeks. I know of more testing possitive and self isolating and yet Huns have nothing.

     

     

    Hunbeilavable

     

     

    D :)