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After the Bolingoli debacle broke, you will remember reading that Newco could be 11 points clear before Celtic kick a ball.  Sure, Celtic had two games in hand, but 11 points is an ominous stretch.  We need not have worried, as Livingston kept a clean sheet against Newco in the next game; their lead grew to 9 points, still a stretch, but one we could close by winning our games in hand.  That starts tonight, when we face the first catch-up game, against St Mirren in Paisley, with the tempting prospect of being able to go top of the table, on same games played, by Saturday.  Quite a turnaround from a potential 11 point deficit and credit to the way Celtic stuck to task during a turbulent August.

I hear St Mirren’s 3-0 defeat to Hibs did not reflect the balance of play.  It came immediately after they lost all three keepers to Covid isolation, while stand-in keeper Zlamal only met his new team-mates on the day of the game.  After starting the campaign with two wins in the opening three fixtures, the bottom half of the table has closed in on St Mirren.  Their three goals in the campaign so far earned two wins (Livi, Accies) and a draw (County), an extraordinary return for such a paltry tally.  No one has scored fewer in the league.

Fortified by the comfortable win in Dingwall, Neil Lennon will deploy the same formation tonight.  The most interesting call will be whether Olivier Ntcham retains his starting place ahead of Ryan Christie.  Squad management will also be a consideration, eight days from our Europa League qualifier.

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  1. Are we brave enough for squad management?

     

    I’d like to see GT back in the left berth. Soro replacing Broony at HT, and CalMac given a spell for Ryan C.

     

    LG’s continued banishment is ominous.

     

    3-0 to the good guys. HH

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  3. AKBW1888- bottom line is,the original fixture was scheduled for live TV,tonight’s game is not, which results in both clubs losing £82,500 due to that fud Bolingoli, as I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if St Mirren wanted us to pay for their loss.HH

  4. !BADA BING!! on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:15 PM

     

    AKBW1888- bottom line is,the original fixture was scheduled for live TV,tonight’s game is not, which results in both clubs losing £82,500 due to that fud Bolingoli, as I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if St Mirren wanted us to pay for their loss.HH

     

     

    !!Bada Bing!! Celtic can not be held to account, for Bolingoli stupid course of how he behaved.

     

    Yeah, & also this suggestion will do really good for both Club’s relationships, considering not

     

    so long ago when RD & JC was Managing our Club. St Mirren, recieved money from our Club,

     

    by way of us the Supporters paying for Staduim Capacity Tickets for two Pre-Season Friendlies.

     

    Full House, & one of the Club’s we played was Spanish when David Moyes was their Manager.

     

    Not long after he left the Man Utd post. & Also, as previous poster said, it’s also down to viewing

     

    figures.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! & It was the SFA who cancelled the August 2020 Fixture, not Celtic. So if it went in front of Judge Judy, the Claim would be unfounded, & dismissed (thrown out) end of matter, & lets move on.

  6. If it’s about squad mngmt then Brown rather than Ntcham should be the one to drop to the bench. One needs games much more than the other.

  7. Paul67

     

     

    One game at a time

     

     

     

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    HWGTIAR

  8. Tempo and pace tonight are essential dont start slowly knocking it left to right for 20 minutes and let them settle, direct and quick passing and movement from the off, 2 up front and go for it from the off.

  9. AKBW1888- I disagree, Bolingoli was a Celtic player at the time, and the Club have to take responsibility, whether St Mirren take it any further……..we fined him the maximum amount, that might pay for their loss.

  10. BourneSoupRecipe, A Cool Number 9, hopefully in the not so distant future, you will be changing that Cool Looking Number Nine, (9) too a Cool looking Number Ten. (10)

     

    & You are correct/right we will take each match, one game @ a time, your damn tooting.

  11. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    One game at a time.

     

     

    3 points tonight would be welcome (NSS – with “N” standing for No and second “S” standing for Sherlock).

     

     

    If I were Neil (I’m not, he’s way better qualified) I’d play Ntcham ….

     

     

    …. Having whispered a reminder in his ear beforehand that he’s played really badly here before and needs to get his finger oot.

  12. Bankiebhoy…papped oot again.(papped maself back in) I guess my name has come” up in the ‘his turn noo’ rota…

     

    So, you better watch out and stop laughing…he who laughs longer will be last!

  13. Grass pitch, majority of players fit and getting fitter.

     

     

    Get the line up and tactics right and we’ll win tonight.

     

     

    No comment on future games until they become the next one

  14. !BADA BING!! on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:54 PM

     

    AKBW1888- I disagree, Bolingoli was a Celtic player at the time, and the Club have to take responsibility, whether St Mirren take it any further……..we fined him the maximum amount, that might pay for their loss.

     

     

    No !!Bada Bing!! I disagree with your notion/suggestion. As mentioned we can not be held to account

     

    for this, & also as mentioned, considering St Mirren have been well Compensated from us in the past,

     

    by us Hiring their Stadium, & said matter is also down to the SFA & Sly TV Viewing Figures. Your

     

    Suggested course of Action, has as much chance of proceeding, than a Snow Balls Chance In Hell.

     

    No Chance, & A No Brainer End of small Debate.

  15. MACCLESFIELD TOWN football club wound up owing £500’000.

     

     

    Q BIG JIMMY on telling us he used to have a BURD from there.

  16. The quickest football we played was when Broonie was injured, Hearts League Cup Semi Oct 2018, and a few games after that, and we went with Rogic Christie and McGregor, Ntcham came on for Christie, just replace Rogic, with Ntcham or Turnbull and lets go electric again, with Broonie on the bench, if needed, por cierto.

  17. FavU

     

    Macclesfield has been on the brink for a few years – living beyond their means. Writing on the wall when they got relegated.

  18. SFTB @ whole morning’s work

     

     

    Interesting viewpoint with a couple of good elements included.

     

     

    However your starting point was a “Heatmap” which you tried to use as some sort of justification for claiming that JF (Old) is performing at an acceptable level.

     

     

    All tripe of course in that this “contraption” tells you where he was standing during a game.

     

    Not what he was actually doing at the time / how much effort he was putting into the cause.

     

     

    Consequently your attempt at “Monkey Management” needs work.

     

    JF (Old) is not paying well at the moment.

     

    His efforts are well below his talent.

     

    Boot up the “erse” time.

  19. The die is cast for Bolingoli, however I have not heard his explanation, only unsubstantiated rumour.

     

    Unlike some, no Snapchat photographs to act as judge and jury.

     

     

    To bame him for our CL exit is in my opinion disenginous.

     

     

    HH to all. COYBIG.

  20. !!BADA BING!! on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:54 PM

     

    AKBW1888- I disagree, Bolingoli was a Celtic player at the time, and the Club have to take responsibility, whether St Mirren take it any further……..we fined him the maximum amount, that might pay for their loss.

     

     

     

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    I don’t think an employer is held vicariously liable if the employee has gone off on a frolic of their own, which is literally what the Twerp from Antwerp did.

  21. ERNIE LYNCH on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:55 PM

     

    !!BADA BING!! on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:54 PM

     

    AKBW1888- I disagree, Bolingoli was a Celtic player at the time, and the Club have to take responsibility, whether St Mirren take it any further……..we fined him the maximum amount, that might pay for their loss.

     

     

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    I don’t think an employer is held vicariously liable if the employee has gone off on a frolic of their own, which is literally what the Twerp from Antwerp did.

     

     

    You are right Ernie, why should we be held to account, for a certain individual’s stupid behavoir, in their own personal time. If said matter, has not already caused enough problems as it is, it should be more compounded, no that does not make any sense, this whole so called scandel, should be nipped in the bud once & for all.

  22. Afternoon Celts

     

     

    I said to a friend yesterday that I thought Celts could go top o the league on Sat and hopefully stay there until the league is won or called to a halt. No one game at a time from me (smiley), we need to win both these matches and set ourselves on a winning streak. While I’m on a prediction roll, Hibs to beat Sevco on Sunday, should be a lovely weekend for the green teams.

     

    HH

  23. that heatmap “contraption” shows james “standing”.

     

     

     

    genius.

     

     

    sack the sports scientists,

  24. BADA BING

     

     

    If we are held responsible(as a club) would that give credence to the huns wanting to deduct points from us.

  25. quadrophenian on 16th September 2020 12:03 pm

     

     

    Are we brave enough for squad management?

     

     

     

     

    I’d like to see GT back in the left berth. Soro replacing Broony at HT, and CalMac given a spell for Ryan C.

     

     

     

     

    LG’s continued banishment is ominous.

     

     

     

     

    3-0 to the good guys. HH

     

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    Leigh Griffiths is injured but has resumed training alongside Rogic, both are too soon to be included in tonight’s squad.

     

    Ps hope you’re right about 3-0 but I’ll take any 1 goal victory for Celtic.

     

    HH

  26. Don’t know about the majority of you ghuys and ghals, but I just can’t wait for the transfer window to “slam shut, so I know who is staying and who is going. We will find out soon, but my worry now is the players who are looking to jump ship, are they really focused and willing to give their all, hmmmm.

     

     

    KINGLUbO

  27. We just need to keep winning games and hope that Sevco stumble. That has been the pattern up till now,

     

     

    If they don’t stumble then we need to win the Head to Heads. We might need to play 442 against Sevco in order to keep it tight.

  28. After my unerring 6th sense,in predicting Saturdays score,( loud cough ),a wee bit less certain tonight,going for 4-0, for a tenner,and 6-0 for a tenner.Just cannot see Saints coping with us.

     

    IF WE PLAY WELL.

  29. VMHAN – re Leigh, meeja report he’s overcome the injury but def lacking game sharpness. So he’s certainly slid down the order which is Ed, Albian, Paddy and then LG. I dont think we actually need 4 wage draws in that posi.

     

    Hope if we get a couple of goals ahead, love to see Lenny bold enuff to ‘trust’ the 2nds to do a job, while resting the usual suspects. HH

  30. From an online article, BIG DATA AND SPORT

     

     

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    Sensors that collect big data

     

     

    It was the German national soccer team that made soccer another sport of statistics. Leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil,the coaches of the German team trained their players in a special way. During practice, each player wore small devices with embedded sensors so that the German IT company

     

    SAP could monitor their movement and health status.

     

     

    SAP specializes in big data analytics. Big data refers to large, complex data sets that are created in a digital environment. They include not only numbers but also text and video data. Because data streams are usually collected by computers at short time intervals, a vast amount of data is collected, which is why big data experts are needed to analyze them and extract meaningful information.

     

     

    Via the sensors attached to the players, SAP was able to measure their training load, breathing rate, heart rate, etc., and collected as many as about 12,000 raw data per minute.

     

     

    As a result, a single training session produced hundreds of thousands of raw data about each player. The coaches leveraged SAP’s analytics about their players in strategy setting and individual practice planning, which led to winning the World Cup.

     

     

    Storing and analyzing soccer data is also supported by camera tracking technology. In Europe, a huge amount of raw data, including those about the movement, distance and speed of each player, the

     

    distance between players, and the direction of the ball, is produced by 16 cameras placed around each soccer field. Based on such raw data, more than 2,000 pieces of analyzed information is provided almost in

     

    real time.

     

     

    Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, actively applies such real time data to games. During a half-time break, he checks the data created during the first half of the game with his players and

     

    discusses whether they should change their current strategy or not. In the past, managers determined a player’s conditions based on what they saw and felt, and decided who to replace, and when. Today’s managers, however, are able to establish strategies scientifically, based on accurate statistics and visual data.

     

     

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    I hope Neil is using similar, and not relying on what he saw and felt.

     

     

    Or maybe he just dips into CQN at halftime

  31. one of Hibs’ goals at the weekend was a handball and St Mirren should have had a penalty from a blatant handball

     

     

    From the highlights, it still looked like Hibs deserved the win but St Mirren were not pushed aside as the scoreline suggests

     

     

    need to be on it 1st half tonight

     

     

    my daughter has a camogie match tonight at 6.30pm so i won’t pay for PPV , take a chance on Hesgoal and if all else fails, watch the BBC highlights later through manual tuning of Sky dish.

     

     

    very complicated watching Celtic these days.

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