Tactical call leaves Celtic impotent


The big decision of the day was to move Callum McGregor from central mid to left back, leaving Celtic with a Scott Brown – Olivier Ntcham central midfield partnership.  This was the central mid pairing we started the season with, when form was at its poorest for years.  Due to injury, the side changed at halftime at Murrayfield in the League Cup semi-final against Hearts, infusing the season with fresh impetus.  Without that change in October the league table would look significantly different right now.

Jonny Hayes could have started at left back, as he did at Pittodrie on Wednesday, allowing McGregor to partner either Brown or Ntcham, but Brendan Rodgers’ gamble did not pay off and Celtic did not compete throughout the 90 minutes.

We hoped for tactical changes at halftime but injuries to Filip Benkovic and Mikael Lustig limited what the manager was able to do.  Odsonne Edouard replaced Mikey Johnston on the hour, which improved things, especially when Callum McGregor was able to get into the box in support, but Newco had control of the game throughout.  It was a one goal victory that could easily have been four.  Special mention goes to Craig Gordon, who repeatedly got his teammates out of trouble.

Although we got little from James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, Ryan Christie and Mikey Johnstone, we were forward so seldom, it is difficult to be too harsh on any of them.  Dedryck Boyata’s chances of a big money offer next month were not enhanced as he repeatedly mis-controlled and mis-passed.

We had two late chances to equalise, McGregor put the ball in the net but was marginally offside, and Ntcham had a great chance blocked, but a draw would have flattered the champions.

I seldom complain about officiating, but Morelos kicked, punched and stamped on Celtic players off the ball, without caution.  I assume referee John Beaton missed each incident but we should see retrospective action.

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  1. RobertTressell


    Great to see you back on.


    Went for Broonie’s baws wi his toes, then went for Ryan’s baws wi his fingers.


    Personally I think he was coked oot his nut yesterday.


    SPFL don’t drug test players. They leave it to the clubs.



  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Delaney’s – agreed. Keep it simple and, while BR is at it, pin the Sevco News ‘fiddle’ comment on the wall before next game.



    Team talk done.



    Turkeybhoy – “Anyone read The Scotsman today”?.



    Don’t know the answer but i do know that less than 13,000 now paying for that privilege.



    Two years from now that rag will be gone.



    Hail hail

  3. Back to Basics


    Celtic Park in March will be different story. Would give them animals zero tickets.



  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Am not holding my breath re the compliance officer but IF Moral-less is banned …..



    Celtic should make a formal complaint to the SFA about the multiple incidences this season (and last) of players committing acts of violence against our players not being punished at the time.



    We’ve been denied opportunities to play against 10 men more than once as a result.



    Hail hail

  5. Delaney’s Donkey – thanks for the welcome back!! Alfredo needs counselling and a big hug or something. He’s a very angry man. Hunnish in his demeanour. It’s almost as if the requirements of their scouts is to find people who snarl or can at least be turned in to snarling low life by exposure to bigotry. They have had no shortage of that type over the years.

  6. Had a look at the fixtures between now and the split.



    Celtic have NINE home games and FOUR away.


    They will play away from CP only Three times before Easter.



    Given the away form has caused us most concern this should ease any worries.



    Should Celtic do proper business in the coming weeks that is a hell of an advantage.



    Celtic have –




    Airdrie H


    St Mirren H


    Hamilton H


    St Johnstone H


    St Johnstone A


    Hibernian H


    Kilmarnock A


    Motherwell H


    Hearts A


    Aberdeen H


    Dundee A


    Sevco H


    St Mirren A


    Livingston H




    Plus whatever the cup brings and all the pretenders play each other and a certain club have 8 away games in that time vs teams around them and/or who have given them problems.



    If Celtic do their job in the next few weeks that is a hell of a leg up since away form has been the issue in the early part of the season and of the away games Celtic have won 6-0 and 4-0 at two of the venues. They have scores to settle with Hearts and Kilmarnock away as well.



    Those are good fixtures and better than anyone else currently chasing.



    Every cloud has a silver lining.

  7. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    DD – even if we don’t give them tickets there will still be at least three of their fans present.






    Hail hail





    Caltontongues post was deleted this afternoon and 31003’s post deleted.

  9. Bhoys, Worth noting – FACTS


    Out of contract in 6 months time at Celtic :


    Goalkeeper- De Vries


    Right back – Lustig & Gamboa


    Centre Half – Boyata & on loan Benkovic


    Left Back – Izaguirre


    Midfield – Brown & Allan




    We already know we need 1 possibly 2 Strikers


    ( do not expect to see Griffiths back anytime soon)



    January is not best time to buy, but we need to be building for 2019/20 season Now


    Big big January, which didn’t need to be the case had Brendan been supported in Summer


    I will repeat


    We need at least 1 first team ready now


    Right back


    Centre Half


    Left back


    And 1 or 2 strikers



    For me where we currently find ourselves, doesn’t say a lot for any forward planning ?


    Whose fault ?


    Brendan wanted McGinn as long term replacement ( 6 months time ?) for Brown


    And Pacinni to replace Lustig in the summer,


    Who did he get ?


    Mulumba – who didn’t even make squad yesterday

  10. Gordy


    Magic pal thanks. Bands like SLF and Ash helped towards the peace process. Barbed Wire Love classic kafflik proddy love affair in Belfast. ???

  11. Snake P


    Another great blast fae the past on CQN.


    Hope all well in Slovakia.





  12. Norrie


    My son who knows John McGinn remarked to me that McGinn wi Broonie would have made a difference. See if Villa want a swap deal. Olly for John.



  13. Gordy


    What I would do for a date with Cerys Matthews. Big love for her. One of my favourite females singers. Up there wi Dolores O’Riordan rip. Great huge female voices.



  14. I watched the highlights on Sportscene with my reluctant youngest Bhoy who didn’t want to go through the pain again. We both felt after watching the highlights that we were definitely the masters of our own downfall and that we made the huns look much better than they really are. A good team would have punished us severely on our display yesterday especially playing at home supported by their baying hordes.


    Brendan definitely takes the blame for the team selection but I still firmly believe he would have turned it around in the second half by hooking Ntcham and moving Calmac to midfield but unfortunately the two injuries made that impossible.


    Sportscene also highlighted how ineffective Ntcham was and to be honest his lack of movement was shocking! Also if you watch again you will see that Beaton was perfectly sighted for the Morelos kick on Broonie and the stamp on Anthony Ralston – cheating at the highest level. The Club need to call him out on this and shame the FtSFA. Things will never change whilst we sit meekly by and accept this cheating. It’s no wonder that Celtic fans are beginning to suspect complicity within our Club with a rigged game. You might have gotten away with it pre-Internet but I’d like to think there are still enough of us bampots about to call them out.



    Hail! Hail! PMTYH ?????????

  15. Pog


    The Great Scottish Fitba Swindle.


    Ever get the feeling you’ve been conned?


    John Lydon CSC

  16. Fred


    Morelos the squirrel tonight. He should have been ordered off for bootin Broonies baws. Thereafter Broonie played like a man wi severe baw ache for over 80 minutes.



  17. Fred


    Morelos gave them the excuse to ignore the offside goal by Calmac. Programme management by huns.



  18. Fred


    From the position that Madhun’s Apprentice boy fae EK was standing, it was impossible to call offside for sure 100%.


    He cheated. His flag went up. He knew the ref, Red card red card Ross and his brother Madden fae EK lodge would all approve.


    Same as it ever was.


    David Byrne Dumbarton Harp CSC

  19. Pog


    It was Fredo.


    He cannae talk English and is a wee bit silly.


    A Scottish ref said that.

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