Quantcast

Tactical victory for Lennon over The Bore

1519

Celtic were overflowing with fine performances last night but mostly this was a tactical victory.  Ajax dominated possession against Milan and enjoyed lots at the Camp Nou, so Neil Lennon knew what to expect.

Despite playing at home against our lowest-ranked opponent, we never chased the game, allowed Ajax time on the ball, and waited for the opportunity.  We had the intelligence across the field to outsmart Ajax, with agility (Forrest), combativeness (Mulgrew, Kayal) and experience in the box (Stokes) to get the job done.  We also have perhaps the best keeper in the competition.  Shhh.

At some point before the return game in Amsterdam, The Bore may consider that his team deserved to lose, just as Nir Biton deserved his red card.  Lunging into tackles inside the box is a recipe for defeat.  Take the ball or you take your opponents leg.  The noises from Ajax after the game suggested some bewilderment at the defeat; a well-worn track for teams to leave Celtic Park after Champions League games.

I hope de Boer carries that sense of entitlement into the next game, if he does, he’ll have learned nothing and his team will lose again.

Celtic’s area for remedial action is also clear.  Over three Champions League games they have not conceded in the first 75 minutes but conceded four times after that point.  This is not a complaint, it’s hard to maintain the levels of concentration, not to mention the physical effort, late in a game, but the stats suggest that, at this level, we wilt before our opponents.

The Dutch are known as progressive and tolerant people but the behaviour of Ajax fans (I hear from the moment they arrived at Schiphol Airport) was deplorable, without question the most violent European fans in all my time watching Celtic.

Football hooliganism is nothing like it was in the 70s and 80s but it is on the rise across Europe.  Remain ever-vigilant.

On a more prosaic fan issue…. We were not at a pantomime last night.  The moment between Nir Biton lunging forward with his studs up and the referee producing a red card was filled by a “Oooh” from many in the home support.

As soon as I heard this I knew the card would be red.  Biton may have gone without the sound effects, but we don’t need to authorise the ref to make a big decision.

All this and the Big Glasgow Derby coming up!!

Between now and Sunday you are going to hear lots about the collection on behalf of the Greater Maryhill Foodbank, taking place before the Thistle-Celtic game on Saturday.  What a great cause to be a part of.
[calameo code=000390171853d2bfc4f69 lang=en page=38 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]

Click Here for Comments >
Share.

About Author

1,519 Comments

  1. praecepta (12:20), when me and the missus went to see Celtic play in Barcelona in the UEFA Cup, we travelled over for a week’s holiday but without match tickets. We had been planning to go to the ticket office at the ground to ask about tickets, but on popping into the tourist information office in (I think) the Plaça de Catalunya, we happened to notice that they were selling tickets there… and at very reasonable prices. I think we paid about 25 euros a ticket.

     

     

    Links:

     

    http://goo.gl/maps/8bgrA

     

    http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Sports/_xMCfM9AMDl9R1k7h259R7Ar47ryPooc7yt-ek8MeK9I

  2. Ger it intae yur heed

     

    That the raingurs are deed

     

    they`re a tribute insteed

     

    and they tend to inbreed

     

     

    will they ever concede

     

    it was doon tae pure greed

     

    and many a misdeed

     

    from that horrible creed

     

     

    Oh ma poor heart will bleed

     

    when i finally reed

     

    that its Craig Whyte indeed

     

    who has the title deed

  3. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    tonydonnelly67

     

    Ok when so they drop the dime, and let everyone know who, Blue Pitch Holdings, & Margareta is? What’s the odds it’s round about the time the stoke exchange closes, any ideas?

     

     

    Not sure who is behind Margareta Holdings, but I’m pretty sure they want a pizza the dough. Sorry!

  4. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : Week 11 results & standings

     

     

    Kilbowie Kelt took the gold medal last week with Olympic Glory @11/2

     

    Other winners : fleagle1888 (Kings Palace @5/1), Cathal (Balthazar King @7/2), PF Ayr (Farhh @11/4).

     

     

    +£16.00 Rockon Neil Lennon (4)

     

    +£12.00 Bada Bing (3)

     

    +£ 7.50 fleagle1888 (3)

     

    +£ 6.50 What is the Stars (2)

     

    +£ 3.50 16 roads (2)

     

    +£ 1.00 bonbhoy (2)

     

    +£ 0.00 Som mes que un club (1)

     

    -£ 2.00 valentinesday (2)

     

    -£ 4.00 BULL67 (2)

     

    -£ 4.00 El Madrigal (1)

     

    -£ 4.50 Kilbowie Kelt (1)

     

    -£ 4.75 PF Ayr (2)

     

    -£ 6.50 Cathal (1)

     

    -£ 6.50 MHARK67 (1)

     

    -£ 6.80 voguepunter (1)

     

    -£ 7.25 Che (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 twists n turns (1)

     

    -£ 8.00 BMCUWP (1)

     

    -£ 9.19 Burgas Hoops (1)

     

    -£ 9.20 Sponsored by Cheetah (1)

     

    -£11.00 gordybhoy64

     

    -£11.00 green T

     

    -£11.00 leftclicktic

     

    -£11.00 Magnificentseven

     

    -£11.00 pedrocaravanachio67

     

    -£11.00 petec

     

    -£11.00 tommytwiststommyturns

     

    -£11.00 unionbearBhind

     

     

    *No selection (wk 11) : gordybhoy64, Magnificentseven

     

    *Non-Runners :

     

     

    Cheers, fleagle1888

  5. Morning all

     

    Out and about for most of the day. Still playing catch up on naps so looking for value and will go for

     

     

    Valbchek at 9/1 in 3 15 Donny.

     

     

    Hoping it finds the form of 18 months ago, when it beat highly rated Swiss Spirit in the Tattersalls Millions. Likely to be off the pace he’ll hopefully flash home late under Ryan Moore. Great each way bet I feel at a decent price.

     

     

    Good luck all.

  6. MHARK67 prayin for OSCAR KNOX on

    Today’s gluepot is

     

     

    WEXFORD 16:00

     

    MITEBEALL FORLUCK

     

     

    Cheers Lhads good luck all

  7. Going for the Racing Post Trophy today. Doncaster 3.50 CHIEF BARKER.

     

     

    Good luck guys.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  8. Che (Standing Beside Wee Oscar) on

    Hawkeyethenoo 315 Donc

     

    Usually runs better over 6f good think that 5f with today’s soft ground may just be right for it.

     

     

    Happy punting.

  9. Walkon 3:05 Aintree……a daft Celtic fan selection, but

     

    I’m on a shocking run punting wise,just thought might as well.

  10. 16 roads - Wee Oscar the Celtic warrior. on

    Greetings.

     

     

    15:10 @ Leopardstown – Good Strike – NAP!

     

     

    Good luck.

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on

    Heading to Doncaster for my Saturday Stoatir.

     

     

    Somewhat in the 350.

     

     

    Happy punting,folks.

  12. My thanks to BMCUW for being kind enough to relay my selection last week, while I was doing my Kunta Kinte impersonation around the Swilly.

     

    You brought me the bit of luck that broke my ‘duck’.

     

     

    I will leave the feast of top class racing to the better judges & try to find a winner at the humble end of the game.

     

     

    MY FREEDOM ( 5.45 Wolverhampton.)

     

     

    Good Luck to punters everywhere.

  13. Oscar positive thoughts unionbearBhind on

    bygones of bird 1:55 Aintree

     

     

    in the hope that it has retained its ability over smaller obstacles, and at a price.

     

     

    best of luck everyone!

     

     

    HH

  14. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : Week 12 results & standings

     

     

    green T is now off and running for this season (Kingston Hill @7/2).

     

     

    Kilbowie Kelt (My Freedom @2/1) and PF Ayr (Highland Colori @15/8) are both running into form, with back-to-back winners.

     

     

    +£15.00 Rockon Neil Lennon (4)

     

    +£11.00 Bada Bing (3)

     

    +£ 6.50 fleagle1888 (3)

     

    +£ 5.50 What is the Stars (2)

     

    +£ 2.50 16 roads (2)

     

    +£ 0.00 bonbhoy (2)

     

    -£ 1.00 Som mes que un club (1)

     

    -£ 2.50 Kilbowie Kelt (2)

     

    -£ 2.88 PF Ayr (3)

     

    -£ 3.00 valentinesday (2)

     

    -£ 5.00 BULL67 (2)

     

    -£ 5.00 El Madrigal (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 Cathal (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 green T (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 MHARK67 (1)

     

    -£ 7.80 voguepunter (1)

     

    -£ 8.25 Che (1)

     

    -£ 8.50 twists n turns (1)

     

    -£ 9.00 BMCUWP (1)

     

    -£10.19 Burgas Hoops (1)

     

    -£10.20 Sponsored by Cheetah (1)

     

    -£12.00 gordybhoy64

     

    -£12.00 leftclicktic

     

    -£12.00 Magnificentseven

     

    -£12.00 pedrocaravanachio67

     

    -£12.00 petec

     

    -£12.00 tommytwiststommyturns

     

    -£12.00 unionbearBhind

     

     

    *No selection (wk 11) : gordybhoy64, Magnificentseven, pedrocaravanachio67

     

    *Non-Runners :

     

     

    Cheers, fleagle1888

  15. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : Week 12 results & standings

     

     

    green T is now off and running for this season (Kingston Hill @7/2).

     

     

    Kilbowie Kelt (My Freedom @2/1) and PF Ayr (Highland Colori @15/8) are both running into form, with back-to-back winners.

     

     

    +£15.00 Rockon Neil Lennon (4)

     

    +£11.00 Bada Bing (3)

     

    +£ 6.50 fleagle1888 (3)

     

    +£ 5.50 What is the Stars (2)

     

    +£ 2.50 16 roads (2)

     

    +£ 0.00 bonbhoy (2)

     

    -£ 1.00 Som mes que un club (1)

     

    -£ 2.50 Kilbowie Kelt (2)

     

    -£ 2.88 PF Ayr (3)

     

    -£ 3.00 valentinesday (2)

     

    -£ 5.00 BULL67 (2)

     

    -£ 5.00 El Madrigal (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 Cathal (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 green T (1)

     

    -£ 7.50 MHARK67 (1)

     

    -£ 7.80 voguepunter (1)

     

    -£ 8.25 Che (1)

     

    -£ 8.50 twists n turns (1)

     

    -£ 9.00 BMCUWP (1)

     

    -£10.19 Burgas Hoops (1)

     

    -£10.20 Sponsored by Cheetah (1)

     

    -£12.00 leftclicktic

     

    -£12.00 Magnificentseven

     

    -£12.00 pedrocaravanachio67

     

    -£12.00 petec

     

    -£12.00 tommytwiststommyturns

     

    -£12.00 unionbearBhind

     

     

    *No selection (wk 11) : Magnificentseven, pedrocaravanachio67

     

    *Non-Runners :

     

     

    Cheers, fleagle1888

     

     

     

    ***REVISED TABLE*** (gordybhoy64 removed)