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. frankterry



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    Hun player pulls COUNTY player to ground and scores.NO VAR.????????????????????????????????????????/

  3. is it only me that thinks that should have been a foul to county, the hun wrestled him to the ground, from behind,

  4. County scored and ref blew for a sketchy foul on goldson 10 secs before



    But only blew as it was obvious county were in



    Board need to get their fingers out and do something

  5. Roofe uses the County player ,two hands on him to get leverage,no foul.County,goal chalked off for phantom foul.


    And so it continues.


    Tavernier just scored so,now switch to the EPL game.

  6. Board will do NADA, nor will the Manager say anything, last week proves it.Open season for cheating again.

  7. onenightinlisbon on

    MODERATOR1888 on 26TH AUGUST 2023 12:58 PM



    Board is populated with cowards who do not want to rock the boat.


    Happy we are in the back seat of the bus,


    Same with all the dodgy VAR decisions last season. Nicholson said at the AGM they were biding their time and we are still waiting.

  8. Another ‘honest mistake’ denies VAR the chance to look at a probable good goal.



    Roofe choke holds his marker and gets a shot it.



    Ross County sh1t the bed after that.



    Notable things for next week, their defenders fall over at every opportunity. No need for our wee guys to give them that excuse.



    They thrive on chaos, even loose balls of their own making – control in midfield and taking care of the ball will be vital.



    Also, regardless of how much they go on to win by today, we should not be fearing this shower of sh1t3. Our injury lust will make it harder than it should be, but they are not in any way to be feared.

  9. David Munro is the referee he of the dodgy hand ball penalty at Celtic Park against o riley

  10. Cha ge of game,still shocking refereeing.Bournemouth player chopped down blatantly on edge of box,shocking tackle,play on.Spurs almost score in the aftermath.

  11. It’s unbelievable that we can win anything amongst this level of cheating.wouldn’t waste any time watching it most obvious away on the card.

  12. Whatever happens next week,we cannot allow their full backs time and space to cross balls at will.I know we take the piss about Tavpen,rightly so,and he may not be the best defender,but,dear me,he is effective going forward.Hopefully,we get Palma out training with the team,and playing,and Yang on the right.

  13. In the Hun game,the Referee let 3 obvious shoves in the back go in favor of the Huns,then gives a foul for something only he sees to deny County a goal.


    We will see if Malky Mc Kay is ” Ragin” after the game.

  14. Absolutely bhoys that was a WWF foul by Roofe – how it didnt get sent for review is… sorry it’s not a mystery.


    Any great protestations from Malky ???



    The fix is in (even tho it was a nice 2nd goal).



    Few County players taking it easy. Coincidence or whit ;))

  15. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Scottish game is bent.



    Keep shining the light.



    We keep winning.



    Don’t hold your breath for Malky’s complaints.



    He’ll say something … but it will be mealy mouthed pap about the big two.

  16. We can’t complain about decisions in other games,but by fek,we should be going apeshit about the robbery in ours.Have we ever?Our Board seem incapable of taking any action on blatant cheating against us.Done behind closed doors,a portfolio of evidence,my Arse.Nothing changes.

  17. A charity that looks to give children the chance of a unique match day at Celtic Park is set to reach a major milestone.




    Founded in 2010, The Kano Foundation has helped thousands of children experience the famous atmosphere at Celtic’s ground, free of charge.



    And this weekend the charity will celebrate a significant landmark as they are set to bring their 15,000th kid to the ground.



    The milestone put into context would allow the main stand to be filled with young people twice over.



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    The Kano Foundation believes all children regardless of background and circumstance should have access to sport and professional sporting events.



    And they offer free places at home league matches to groups and individuals under 13 – giving a modern-day ‘lift over the turnstile.



    Chairman Mark Kingsman is quick to point out that none of this would be possible without the donations of their supporters, or the trustees and volunteers who give up their free time to make this happen.




    Mark said: “Many football fans, no matter who they support, have fantastic memories of their first-ever match. Standing with their family or friends, neck hairs bristling as that first tumultuous chorus echoed around the stands.



    “Picture yourself on the terraces, wearing your scarf while gleaming at your tightly-clasped programme, with the smell of pie and Bovril wafting around your nostrils.



    “But now imagine you never had that chance. Out of reach as social circumstance makes it too unaffordable for you. Sadly, in these hard-pressed times, that’s the reality for many.



    “At the Kano Foundation, we are changing that with the help of people who have similar memories and want to make sure others do too, either by volunteering or through donations.



    “Reaching 15,000 kids is an amazing milestone and we look forward to the next 15,000. Who knows – one day a former Kano kid may even have been inspired enough that they will pull on the jersey for the Hoops.




    “All thanks to everyone who has played a part, big or small.”



    The forthcoming match against St Johnstone will see groups from Newtown Rock Boys Club, Port Glasgow Boys Club, Rossvale Girls Under 12, Kilsyth Athletic, Cumbernauld Colts, Carbrain United, and Burnbank Boys Club.



    The lucky 15,000th kid will be welcomed onto the park where they are sure to receive rousing applause.



    Growing from just a handful of seats initially, the Kano Foundation now offers over 180 kids’ tickets per home match.



    The charity works with individual families and clubs, ranging from youth football groups to community projects providing diversionary activities aimed at preventing young people from getting involved in anti-social behaviour.



    In doing so, they’ve established respect among the wider voluntary sector by enabling them to help their own service users.



    Tom Boyd, former Celt and Kano Foundation patron, said: “Being part of this work is an absolute pleasure.



    “Knowing we have given over 15,000 young people ‘hairs on the back of the neck’ moments is astounding.



    “We show football not only as a positive experience but also as a way to give encouragement and confidence to young people.



    It can deliver important messages about respect, health and well-being, team building, as well as social skills.”

  18. There was a train of thought over the years that there is a “deal” in place between us and them for “commercial reasons” !!!!



    Does anyone think there is anything in that




  19. KingLubo


    Yes, so much so they even gave it a name…The Old Firm.


    When they died in 2012 we had chance after chance to put a canyon between us, we didn’t, we have never complained about the cheating cos all it would do is make sure they were second every year, they have to have the hope, we need them just like they need us and it will always be this way as long as we are in scotland.

  20. In Europe ? Three maybe two …


    In Scotland as many as he likes … If the hun are 3/4 up and in 88 th min they may consider a stiff talking to him …😜

  21. CELTIC: Hart, Johnston, Lagerbielke, Scales, Taylor, McGregor, Turnbull, O’Riley, Yang, Kyogo, Maeda.


    Subs: Bain, Haksabanovic, Abada, Holm, Kwon, Iwata, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston

  22. @ Stivs…Fantastic milestone for The Kano Bhoys…A great night was had by all.


    Great stuff mate…..