Team looking like strangers needs time on the pitch


Picking up maximum points this early in the season when you are joint top of the table alongside St Mirren does not always induce angst.  Immediately after a chastening defeat, things are different.  Celtic slid from control to crisis within 90 minutes last weekend and must collect full points tomorrow to steady our communal nerves.

On paper, you and I should be able to play central defence for Celtic and still collect three points against St Johnstone.  The Perth side lost 0-2 at Hearts on the opening game of the season before going down by the same margin at Ross County two weeks ago.  Their most encouraging aspect of August, so far, was that due to not making it out of their League Cup group, they had two weeks to prepare for the trip to Celtic Park.

Defeats to Stenhousemuir, Ayr and a 0-4 home loss to Stirling Albion were only offset by a win over Alloa.  Rookie manager, Steven MacLean, travels to Glasgow tomorrow with nothing to lose.

News that we will be without Maik Nawrocki and Cameron Carter-Vickers for two months has inevitably impacted Brendan Rodgers plans for the final week of the transfer window.  I am sceptical that we can move the dial greatly in the short period of time we have before going to Ibrox, but enduring half a Champions League campaign without our two first choice central defenders is arresting.

Almost as important as the result, will be another 90 minutes on the pitch for a team that looked like a collection of strangers for parts of recent games against Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

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  1. When the fixtures came out, the aim was to get to Poundland on full points,win tomorrow and we’ve done that,worry about the Sevco game then.I remember going there in the 90s,with basically a reserve team,got a 1-1 draw,Paul Byrne scored,so keep the faith.

  2. Hearing a number of Glasgow pubs have been forced to close early today.



    A spokesperson says the short term outlook is bleak.



    Haste ye back BRRB!

  3. PHILBHOY on 25TH AUGUST 2023 3:10 PM


    Harry Souttar on loan from Leicester?



    A rumour.




    I’ve only seen him play for oz in the world cup. Not syre he’s a ball playing CB but he was outstanding defensively in the world cup. I was surprised that Leicester bought him. BTW, his brother had a decent game the other night.

  4. Harry Soutter early days



    You joined Celtic Youth Academy in 2006 and played through the age groups – how were you spotted?



    I remember going to a Summer Skills camp that they had put on in Forfar, and John Holt, a coach, was there. I think I was the only kid who went there who didn’t have a Celtic top on – I remember having an AC Milan top on, and he put my name forward.



    It was between them and Dundee United who I was going to sign for to be honest. The standard of players, facilities and coaching at Celtic was on another level which made my mind up for me, and we also had some amazing European trips….only really us and Rangers were getting that kind of set up andopportunities in Scotland. We were going abroad as Celtic U9’s about 3 or 4 times a year! My brother was at Dundee United, and I remember that every yearwe got new kit, bag and stuff like that whilst my brother kind of had theirs for a couple of seasons, ha, ha! I loved my time at Celtic and still have friends from my time there.



    When I left there I signed for Dundee United. It wasn’t a case of being gutted or anything, I was growing quite dramatically at the time, perhaps they didn’t think I was of their standard, plus they wanted me to go to school there…….I wasn’t bitter, I just saw it as a chance at another club. Academies are tough environments, and this stuff happens to thousands of kids. Just a case of getting on with it……

  5. bigrailroadblues on

    Good morning all from Staten Island. Going to my cousin, he’s set up a bar in his garden. The mad impulsive fool.



    Good morning all from Staten Island. Going to my cousin, he’s set up a bar in his garden. The mad impulsive fool




    Surely you mean ” STATE” n Island ?




    HH Mate.

  7. News just in BRRBs cousins bar has just shut down due to the Mad Glaswegian riff raff element of the family drinking it dry.



    God bless poor M.



    D :)

  8. Harry soutter ex celtic youth academy….heard he now favoured dark side …well his brother does play there !….to be honest I don’t care if he can defend !!

  9. Burnley78 – thank you for the offer. ALMORE sorted me out with a couple of tickets. Cheers.

  10. Bit worrying that our go-to man McGowan is claiming we will spend the week looking at only a loanee CH & a LB.



    Only a GK if Siegrist leaves.




  11. Get a temporary CH in quick.








    B,bbbbut these are all experienced Internationals,even played at the World Cup,


    Don’t care,next




    CQN selection committee.

  12. Gotta go folks.



    Meeting of the CQN Selection committee starts at 4pm.



    Bada, remember you’re notetaker…







  13. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Harry Souttar short term loan would make sense if Leicester are willing to do business.



    Rodgers knows his abilities, or lack of :-)



    He has been out of the match day squad past few weeks.

  14. St.Stivs



    Have a great night tonight amid some great tims.


    at your evening tonight.




  15. onenightinlisbon on

    Souttar had an excellent world cup. Who cares if he supported the huns? Many who went on to great things with us also followed them.

  16. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Didn’t Cal Mac, James Forrest and Greg Taylor come from Hun supporting families?



    Makes no difference…

  17. We’re talking fully fledged hun-top wearing, Harry Soutar. Idol of FF for his trip to Seville.



    Feck that. Could do without the circus. Get somone in temporarily who doesn’t carry that shite around with him.



    And, more importntly, he’s crap.


    Biut more worryingly, Rodgers didn’t think so.




  18. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Yikes, just googled big Harry Souttar and indeed he was in Seville supporting the Zombies.



    Screw that.



    37 registered players with 4 out on loan





    I’ve been manning this deadwood bus for weeks but not a sinner in sight yet !!




  20. bournesouprecipe on

    Vassilas Barkas had a King Billy tattoo on each buttock!



    What a waste of time and money that was.

  21. Story by Sean Clifford



    Greek journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos has provided a major update on Luis Palma’s future.



    Chorianopoulos indicates that there is a strong possibility of Palma signing with Celtic, with an agreement in principle between the two clubs, costing €4.1m plus bonuses.



    Palma’s potential arrival at Celtic would fulfill their search for another wide option and fit their strategy of recruiting young players with the intention of selling them for a profit in the future.



    His statistics also make for pleasant reading in his time at Aris, where he has notched 17 goals and 11 assists in 52 appearances for the Greek outfit encompassing all competitions, as per Transfermarkt.



    The Honduran arriving at Celtic would also spell the end to a long, drawn-out search for another wide option at Parkhead. Wolverhampton Wanderers star Daniel Podence was considered according to reports; however, it always seemed unlikely that the Hoops would fork out anywhere near the funds needed to satisfy his mooted £12 million price tag.



    Scotland international Ryan Fraser was also courted by Celtic, though he is on the verge of completing a season-long loan move to Sky Bet Championship side Southampton, as per The Daily Echo.