Sympathy for the devils


Having criticised Newco’s players for their statuesque appearance ahead of Celtic’s goal on Sunday, we should probably add some context. I watched the game again yesterday (didn’t we all) and honestly, Raskin had every right to expect referee Don Robertson would award a foul against him for his challenge on Matt O’Riley. He knew what he did and stopped accordingly, his team-mates saw it too, I have no explanation why Robertson looked the other way.

The game finished without controversy because Celtic won a game which saw Kyogo assaulted on two occasions, without appropriate consequences. On Saturday, I wrote ‘Newco’s other midfield strategy [will be]– “get in amongst them”, which is a euphemism for kicking and elbowing people.’ You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to predict this. Our game’s best talent must be protected.

My other big takeaway from watching the game over was the positive contribution from Tomoki Iwata. In his 30-minute contribution he covered a lot of ground, always with his head up, looking for (and making) a telling pass, or to get in the way of danger. I would consider him for a start on Sunday.

The game’s bookings were also informative. Daizen Maeda got his yellow for battering into Cantwell, in my book, marking the card of an opponent who was giving out the same with impunity. Callum McGregor took one for the team late on to stop a breakaway.

Early on, Newco fullback, Barasic, was cautioned for a lunge at Matt O’Riley. Fast forward to late in the first half. When Barasic collapsed inside the Celtic box, Greg Taylor physically manhandled him to his feet. This was bait for Barasic, who either had to suck it up, or get into a spat with Taylor and pick up a second yellow. He sucked it up and was diminished as a consequence. Greg Taylor has a strategic brain.

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  1. Tour of the Far East


    Champions League Revenues


    Champions League Prize Money


    Add on Fees from Transfers Previously made


    We’re going to need a new and far bigger biscuit tin.

  2. Greenpinata on




    Unexpected windfalls like previous transfer add ons should go towards stadium upgrades and enhancement of the match day experience.



    So much has been done, but sooooooo much to do.



    We never stop.



    All in my opinion of course, prior to the taxman getting his paws on it.




  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    What GP just said.



    And remain humble as a club of course.



    Things can change quickly if minds not focused.

  4. Former Rangers defender David Robertson urges Ibrox manager Michael Beale “to do what Walter would do” in reference to multi-trophy winning Rangers boss Walter Smith, as Beale seeks to restore the club’s fortunes. (Record) – so you mean cheat then?

  5. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    All IMHO



    I find the “most successful” bauble count passingly interesting (the data) and amusing (mainly around the Sevco fans’ belated realisation and subsequent response).



    If anyone feels compelled to push this agenda I’d remind them we are already the most successful club.









    Oldco got a 16 year start and went out of business 11 years ago.



    If (BIG IF) we win a treble we catch them with 5 years to spare.



    PS – This angle makes Sevco response trickier if they continue to peddle continuity.



    In which case we’re neck and neck with an opponent who has a 16-year start and CLEARLY have won more trophies per annum.

  6. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    And this is where it gets speculative.



    I don’t have facts.



    Point of view might be laced with CD.



    Resolution 12.



    I suspect the club leadership had a change of heart after asking for, and receiving, the particular silver bullet.



    “Let’s not KILL their history !!!



    A waste of time and energy



    The battle will be played out in Scotland.



    It will be hugely subjective.



    Incontrovertible facts will be twisted beyond recognition.



    Parochial vested interests will circle wagons.



    F*** them all !



    Let’s take it outside this bigoted backwater …



    …. ally with Europe



    …. push FSR …..



    …. and CRIPPLE their future instead !!!”

  7. 18 yard man on

    SAINT STIVS on 3RD MAY 2023 12:02 AM



    Ask your fellow Celts…



    While not disagreeing in any way with the sentiments expressed in your comments, I think you may be double-counting our titles. I think that the 22-23 title will be the 53rd, not the 54th as you state.


    Happy to be wrong, though…🍀

  8. McPhail Bhoy on

    Saint Stivs


    You say that ICT have been offered 10,000, does that mean Celtic get 30,000 with the possibility of more? I’m going with a conservative 30,000 as there are all sorts of tickets which neither club gets, sponsors, hangers on etc.

  9. bigrailroadblues on

    Good morning all from Slatterys. Full Irish breakfast and a fine pint. Be rude not to.

  10. Park Road 67 on



    Slattery’s a fine establishment and a fine breakfast and pint indeed, enjoy !!

  11. What is the Starz on



    Slatterys of Capel Street..


    Have a pint in McNeills (just down the street,same side)..Until relatively recently McNeills was a musical instrument shop (last 10 years maybe)


    It was a famous music shop which made the bugle that sounded The Charge of The Light Brigade..Notta lotta people know dat

  12. bigrailroadblues on

    Park Road


    Aye, love the place every visit.




    You learn something new every day. 👍😁

  13. They can stick their coronation up their arses!



    They can stick their homage and allegiance well up their arses too!



    However, I do hope their next shite is a porcupine.



    I hate the huns too.



    Absolute middens, the lot of them.

  14. A wee visit to Edinburgh today for a wee(ish) bevvy session with a good Celtic mhan.



    He is also a Club Sponsor.



    Can’t imagine what we”ll be talking about.



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Never mind the charge of THE LIGHT BRIGADE remember DADY CROCKET ,remember his song KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER. Well there was a CELTIC SONG using same music and it went “we all remember 1953 the coronation of her majesty she put out a cup for the boys in blue but CELTIC stepped in and lifted that too”



    ok anyone know all the words. It was very popular in ANDERSTON.


    Rangers predicted to reach Champions League group stages and be in higher pot than Celtic, possible opponents.





    THE SCOTSMAN That’s them done league n cup double already.’

  17. bigrailroadblues on

    Bobby Madden chucks it because of because of “discriminatory remarks”. Where do you start with that?

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