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. bournesouprecipe on

    Transfer Style Guide



    21) Should Celtic sign a player who has previously been linked with Rainjurz, it is clear in all cases that the IBrokes giants had no real interest in the said player. The hugely dull nature of this affair should include “ Gers walked away “ or “Gers reject “

  2. Tom McLaughlin on

    First game of season for me today. Really looking forward to a few goals and 3 points.



    Still on special soft shoe and walking stick for outdoors but being picked up at my door and down to Leith for supporters bus. Short stroll from bus to turnstiles so all good.



    4-0 Celtic




  3. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 26TH AUGUST 2023 10:15 AM



    All the best, Tom. I guess you wont be able to make it to CQN Corner but it would be good to meet you if you did manage.


    Regardless, I hope we both see our team win and in some style.


    Drive over to Dundee then the Supporters bus from there to Paradise.


    Cheerio for now and


    Hail ! Hail !

  4. Good luck to the Bhoys today..



    No more feckin injuries, a convincing win and a clean sheet please.



    Give Iwata some minutes for next week’s double pivot…



    The deadwood bus remains booked and ready to go, whenever you’re ready Mr Nicholson…




  5. Incoming new Celtic star Luis Palma’s father has revealed his pride at his son’s move and insisted he can’t wait to see him play Champions League football.



    Celtic are on the brink of snapping up Honduras international winger Palma in a deal believed to be worth £3.5 million to Greek side Aris. His first club Vida will be due a percentage of the fee too and his father, Don Enrique, admits he’s thrilled at his boy’s long journey from humble beginnings at La Ceiba to the pinnacle of European football. He said: “Luis’s biggest dream in his life has always been to play in the Champions League in Europe and now he will get to do that with Celtic. When he called me to tell me about the transfer to Scotland, I told him how proud I was of him. Although I made it clear that it’s important he keeps his feet on the ground because his path still has a long way to go.



    “He has matured a lot in recent years. Now he will play in the Champions League – the world’s greatest tournament. I will be a very proud dad. I believe he will travel to Scotland over the weekend. He’s come a long way from when he kicked a ball here. I remember his grandfather giving him into trouble because his football was destroying his vegetable patch! But all he’s ever wanted since he was very young was to kick a football about. His favourite toy was a plastic football that you could buy for just 5 lempira.



    “We used to get calls from his school saying he wasn’t in class and was spotted kicking a ball around instead. When he was getting older, we gave a lot of jobs to strengthen him like chopping firewood. We used to pay him in tacos! He made his debut as a 17-year-old for Vida and scored against Progreso in that first game. Since then, it’s been easy for him.”



    Palma is a key member of the Honduran team who have three games coming up next month – a friendly against Guatemala and two CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers against Jamaica and Grenada. But his dad confirmed he won’t be making himself available for the first game…which is just as well for Celtic as it’s on the same day as next week’s Derby showdown.

  6. scullybhoy



    “…we used to pay him in tacos!”



    At that point Big Pete took an interest…

  7. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    77 Sunset Strip………watched the ever so believable Moon landing in this establishment …….a boarding house in Albert rd Blackpool…… name at the time.

  8. Big Malky perhaps might upset the applecart.



    I know, I Know



    Who’s the Fool Time VAR guy?



    We are in incredibly safe hands….. o_0

  9. bournesouprecipe on



























    If Abada is injured as rumoured , Yang on the left switching Maeda to the right.




  10. Tom: Enjoy the game today. It should have been my first game at Celtic Park too but I screwed up my flights and am double booked on flights for September 16th. 😡😡😅




  11. bournesouprecipe on

    Scheidt was a scam or an early version of.



    Story goes Brazilian FA gave out phoney belony caps for friendlies to help their clubs attract interest and transfer money from teams in Europe.



    Obviously Celtic were duped in the pre Pistol Pete days, and it couldn’t happen now – or could it.



    Barkas Ajeti CSC




    Thanks for the pictures of Daniel Fergus. Brilliant, truly world-class player and a right gentleman.



    Spotted him sitting at a bench outside the Drovers in Inverarnan as we stopped for a pint on the way back from Glencoe. Mrs Emeraldbee did the decent thing and went in for the beers and I stood next to Danny and had a quiet word. He invited me to sit down and we had a quick chat about his time with Celtic and, in typical Danny fashion, played down his role in the team, insisting that they were all just that, a real team! His wife and mine came out together and we moved to another table, giving the great man his space.



    Lovely memory for me.



    Ave Ave

  13. Celtic Mac on 26th August 2023 10:29 am






    “…we used to pay him in tacos!”



    At that point Big Pete took an interest…








    😀 😃 😄 😁



  14. Celtic are willing to offer Palma a wage of £500,000 per year, which works out at around £11,000 every week.



    He might be able to buy his own tacos factory.



    But hopefully he will be worth it………………



    Palma has been a standout performer in Greece with his current club, supplying 21 goal contributions in 36 games last season – scoring 13 and assisting eight.

  15. Prestonpans bhoys on

    SCULLYBHOY on 26TH AUGUST 2023 10:59 AM


    Celtic are willing to offer Palma a wage of £500,000 per year, which works out at around £11,000 every week



    I read somewhere he’s currently on €75k pa. Some pay rise!!

  16. Prestonpans bhoys on

    If memory serves me right Scheidt’s first ever touch of the ball, he put it out the park!

  17. Terrific young CH ,Bellis,Man City,been out on loan.Him or Died for me.350 games in EPL,World Cup,England International.Would do the job required on loan.Ange might be up for it.

  18. Don’t worry be happy.



    Give your furry friends an extra pat pn this international dog day.



    That must be worth a round of a paws.



    HH., have a paw some day ye all.

  19. Celtic F.C. v St. Johnstone F.C.


    cinch Premiership


    26/08/2023 3:00pm Celtic Park


    Referee:Matthew MacDermid




    Ross Macleod




    Graham McNeillie


    Fourth Official


    Chris Fordyce




    Andrew Dallas




    Drew Kirkland

  20. The bhoy from uncle



    I too watched that Holywood production from a boarding house in Albert Rd. Blackpool.


    Imagine that.