Target top of the table by Saturday


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. Adi – Martin anytime scorer.😂



    I’m with my old fenian friend DD 0-5 the good ghuys



    Must dash, laters.



    D :)

  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    INIQUITOUSIV – some man :-))



    Revolutionary indeed – seems to have caught on now with us (too late as-per-bliddy-usual).



    TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ – love that song actually, but not the sentiment behind it when weaponised to target us. In fact, is is an absolute disgrace that it was allowed to go on so long – rank racist goading we all know, but can’t be proved. So – screw St Mirren and their ‘lost’ £82k – that’s what I say.






  3. Team for tonight …



    NL is now behaving like a high wire act — dancing along at a great height.


    We have a safety net in that we have 5 subs — but the team is honking.



    In two hours we will have an answer.

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