Taxed limbs and minds


I looked up at the clock, 80 minutes.  The closing moments would hold a disproportionate weight on our season.  After a couple of early chances, Motherwell did not cause Joe Hart any difficulty, but Celtic, unable to retain possession, could do no more than clear their lines and wait for the next wave of attack as yesterday’s games closed.

Winning leagues is all about getting the job done, not being a hard luck story.  Celtic, without a striker throughout the game, and weakened further through injury during it, won the three points, our fourth single goal victory in five league outings.  That freewheeling performance at Tannadice a week ago was the exception.

There is a hidden problem when games are so tight; players need to compete to the last kick.  This will drain energy further for a squad, with all the European games, internationals and unmatched ability to reach cup finals, already plays more football than any other in the game.  Limbs and minds are taxed.

My worry is not for the big games.  Adrenaline will pump in bucketfuls at Hampden and against Newco.  Not so much at Dingwall, Paisley or Perth.

As for the Europa Conference draw: anyone but Tottenham, please.  They were in the Champions League Final two years ago and have not slipped into obscurity that quickly.

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  1. A December mid week trip to Dingwall midway through a hectic schedule with lots of injuries, what could possibly go wrong?

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Emerald Bee from last thread …



    Thank you for your update.



    In truth, I suspected the police investigation had gone cold.

  3. Yes, if they make it, not Conte’s Spurs please



    Our defense, or rather defending, is now the bedrock for our continuing good results



    It’s not just Angeball/possession football either, we’re not conceding from corners or set pieces. He’s clearly not just a one-trick pony



    As Ernie said on the other thread, having a good keeper helps, as does having a better defensive center back partnership. Ccv’s stats fir winning aerial battles were exceptional when he came, watching Ajer jumping under the ball a couple of times for Brevtford earlier in the season brought back some unhappy memories

  4. After a poor start our form is better away from home.



    Ross county, st Johnstone’s and st Mirren shouldn’t be cause for concern

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  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “Adrenaline will pump in bucketfuls at Hampden and against Newco”




    Nothing like a game against a nine year old single trophy winning club to get the juices flowing. Doesn’t get any bigger. Forget the Champions League (I think we already have) – the old firm is what it’s all about!



    Congratulations to Ronny Deila. Four national championships across three different countries is some achievement. A good, progressive coach well suited to the modern game. Got the ball rolling for the younger players at Celtic at the time, who have developed their careers.


    Thought this was interesting:


    ” Ronny’s assistant is Nick Cushing, who was our women’s coach in Manchester. You can’t always do that, but we recommended Ronny to Celtic when he got the job there.



    Quite a year for former Celtic managers winning things.




    Perhaps suggests a degree of proficiency acquired through practice and experience by those responsible.

  8. Looks like the CL draw might have to be redone, think UEFA put Man Utd in the wrong pot. Athletico Madrid are complaining as they drew Bayern. Well you would, wouldn’t you.

  9. Big wavy on 13th December 2021 12:17 pm


    Will we ever see a Julien & CCV partnership ?



    I don’t reckon so.


    I fear the club may try to run the backline on an either or basis…either Cam or Chris with Blowfelt.


    I’d prefer we buy CCV and trade CJ to the highest bidder. HH

  10. Before any decision can be made on the lesser spotted Christopher Jullien we will need to get him physically and mentally fit.



    His latest injury is now a full calender year, and to think we took him to Dubai to hasten his recovery.



    Something is not quite right.




  11. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    CCV should be as high a priority as Jota.



    Do we have an option on his loan deal?

  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on



    The fear I have is that we let CCV go back to Spurs when CJ is declared fit enough to play.





    APM – Fear not

  13. Our defence is doing extremely well right now



    Why change a defence that concedes 1 in 5 domestically

  14. UEFA making an SFA of the Champions League draw. Should have got a blootered Rod in to do it.



    Chris Jullien has been out for almost 12 months now. No recent mention of him coming back, from within the club. There must be doubts about his future at top level football.

  15. And I fear Jota will return to Benfica because we’.ve got Mikey Mikey Mikey Mikey Johnston on the wing…………



    God forbid…

  16. Around October last year an outbreak of the Duffy40k/w virus was confirmed at Celtic Park, in answer to an urgent query from a supporters’ group in Brighton.



    It is rumoured that this virus added insult to CJ’s subsequent injury and induced a degree of lethargy in his fellow countryman Edouard. Fortunately OE has had the triple-wages vaccine at Crystal Palace and has made a remarkable recovery. CJ is still hurting and needs a longer recuperation.



    The fear I have is that we let CCV go back to Spurs when CJ is declared fit enough to play.




    more like we let ccv go and julien remarkably declares himself fit.

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