Textbook in Trondheim, hope in our hearts


Celtic delivered a textbook performance in securing the win in Trondheim last night.  Rosenborg are bottom of the group and were effectively out of the competition before kick-off, but only a year ago Anderlecht came to Glasgow after five Champions League defeats and wiped the floor with Celtic (Anderlecht remain a poor side, accruing only two points in a weak Europa League group this season).

This was Celtic’s third away win in European group stages, but the second in two seasons.  If we have genuine ambition to progress in Europe, we needed to win games like last night’s.

The contrast between this performance and the one in the same stadium in Augusts’ qualifiers was stark.  In the earlier game Celtic were poor in possession, unable to impose themselves on a Rosenborg team who needed a goal to draw the tie level.  Instead we ground out a 0-0.  Last night, the passing, pace and control from Celtic was vastly better.  Rosenborg didn’t get a sniff.

James Forrest ended a spectacular month by creating the winning goal for Scott Sinclair.  Scott still had plenty to do to guide his header into the top corner of the net.

Defensively Celtic were imperious.  Any anxieties were limited to what potentially could happen when the home side were able to lob a set piece into the box, but chances were limited, giving Craig Gordon one of his easiest games on the road this season.

By full time, the players looked exhausted.  My mind immediately turned to Aberdeen players, who will have watched from the comfort of their homes.  It is easy to say, “Go again”, but players are not machines.  Sunday will be the seventh time they have climbed the domestic mountain in succession.

Legs and minds will be tired.  If Celtic lift the trophy at Hampden, heroics will be required.  But this is Celtic, so we have hope in our hearts.

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  1. Celtic were allegedly scouting Shankland a few seasons ago ( Ronny years)


    It was reported Shankland let it be known, he would not play for Celtic


    Only telling what I heard

  2. DD.



    Wife was in jubilee hospital earlier this year, used to go into a wee cafe about a mile fae the place, a grand fry up so it wiz.



    Was run by a sort co operative.



    Lassie that ran it said they helped youngsters off the drugs and drink and back in tae a work environment.



    Lovely people.



    Great service.



    And a brekkie tae die for.



    Hail Hail remember noo!!!!.




    Read the piece in the Herald…



    My interests was peaked after I read your comment, you see after our awesome display on Thursday I carried on watching the Telly and saw the Steven Gerrard Sevco Rangers play.



    In all honesty… my thoughts were our attack was better, I’ll leave that there;)



    But on reading the piece it seems the Herald based their findings on two bits of data…



    Goals scored v Expected Goals scored






    Shots on target.



    Now how many Celtic supporters would be surprised to learn we’ve not been at the races regards shots on target but none the less, SGSRangers have scored a few goals.



    What I would say having and converting six penalties help… but how much?



    Well, let’s take a look at examples…



    Carl McHugh conceded a penalty for Motherwell. It was clearly a penalty… question is, was it a sending off? It clearly changed the game, 1-1 at that point and SGSRangers went on to win 7-1.



    This game helped the goals scored scenario and the shots on target.



    Another game we could look at is the Hamilton 1 – 4 SGSRangers game, when again at 1-1 The SGSRs were awarded a penalty. Clearly as Hamilton were in the ascendancy this was a game changing decision.



    Now let’s exam the three decisions,



    You can say that in the McHugh case the referee got that right. Was it a sending off?



    Now Hamilton’s Alex Penny hand ball against SGSRangers, the ball played him, you could argue for a penalty but is was harsh.



    One things for sure if Hamilton’s Alex Penny’s ball to hand was a Penalty against SGSRangers then Hamilton’s Matt Kilgallon’s hand ball was definitely a Penalty and in the Carl McHugh category so a sending off. (Its worth mentioning as an aside, for me the second Penalty awarded against Alex Penny in the same SGSRangers game was a dive by Morelos).



    So let’s look at the stats…



    Goals scored v Goals Expected differential…



    Celtic 1



    SGSRangers 8



    Now looking at just three games and three Penalty calls you can see that those Refereeing decisions alone could account for that difference.



    So the Herald piece just reinforces my belief that honest mistakes make a huge difference in football games…



    Hail Hail

  4. South Of Tunis on

    CHAIRBHOY @ 1 43 .



    ” honest mistakes ” .



    Absolutely . ! .



    One of the many aspects of Calciopoli in 2006 was the degree to which Moggi and Giraudo were attempting to influence the media coverage /reporting of Honest Mistakes . Those which had a negative impact on Juve were given big licks by certain people in the media , those which favoured Juve’s rivals for the title were also given big licks and those which favoured Juve were simply erased from history , never discussed etc etc . .

  5. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    Well another Saturday gone and still can’t find a hun to talk fitty


    with, you would think after that magnificent fighting draw with


    Spains Villanotreal they’d be clamouring to give me an earfull


    but no, maybe the’re away doing their laundering ( money )


    cough …cough.


    Ho.. ho..ho


    H.H Mick

  6. Good morning from a dreary Toronto airport on my way to sunny Florida where I will immediately establish a boozer for tomorrows game. Thanks to MIT for all your helpful suggestions :-)


    Like, I think it was Jamesgang, said, I loved BSR’s mis-heard lyrics of yesterday :-) It is a brilliant addition to an already excellent array of fantastic humour displayed by one of the funniest guys on the blog. Hats off!


    I have my own wee mis-heard lyric that I will share when I have more time. Must dash.



  7. South Of Tunis on

    Never mind a pound – here’s 10 euros .



    The ” interesting ” owner of Palermo FC , Maurizio Zamparini ( a man who described Lafferty As “the epitome of vulgarity “) has sold the Club to a London Investment company for 10 euros . . Zamparini bought Palermo in 2002 and has employed 46 Managers since then : Palermo are currently top of Serie B. I hope they get promoted -chance to watch Serie A games a reasonable travelling distance from home .

  8. SOUTH OF TUNIS @ 2:01 PM,



    Yes, I can imagine Juve being past masters.



    Although for me the cheating has always been there, the memory of that night in Turin when MO’N got sent off will remain seared, I simply couldn’t believe what was happening… one of UEFA’s most honest referees to boot.



    Still no matter how powerful the Italian authorities did the right thing in the end.



    That Morelos penalty mentioned in my earlier post with any number of likewise incidents are scrutinized with “there was definite contact”.



    Compare that to last Season when Sinclair got a penalty against Motherwell not only did he cheat to get the penalty he potentially ruined the career of a young defender (who got sent off for being last man and not maiming Dembele) who was distraught.



    It’s interesting, once you know the way they “work it” it adds another dimension to the game…



    Last season while watching a Glasgow derby my fellow tim beside me turn round and said, do you know, the games ten minutes in and all we’ve talked about is the ref’s (Bobby Maddens) tactics for the match…



    Hail Hail

  9. South Of Tunis on




    The Italian equivalent of the Beeb made/broadcast a documentary to mark Juve’s Centenary . One of the many revelations was that they have a Research Department . One thing it researches are Referees – what they allow , what they don’t allow , how strict , how lax , how many fouls before they book you etc etc . . They are very thorough when it comes to preparing for a game .

  10. The Ibrox Chairman’s has acknowledged the presence of organised crime is at Ibrox.



    Why has he taken so long to speak out?



    Police Scotland must respond .




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  12. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    What channel is the Wilder/Fury fight on?



    Thanks in advance of any replies.

  13. Delaneys Dunky on

    Sean Thornton


    Dalmuir is a tight wee community where Tims look after each other.



  14. Nye Bevans’ rebel soldier,



    In the uk, B.T. box office. Although there might be other channels.

  15. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    Remember the murder of Gerard Lawlor,as he walked along Antrim Road.He was wearing a Celtic top,some say this sealed his fate.The Celtic top and his GAA club shirt were placed in the coffin as Gerard was taken to his place of eternal rest.RIP young man……cut down by savages.

  16. CORKCELT on 1ST DECEMBER 2018 4:07 PM



    Superb read 16 Roads, I’d love to see them win tonight.






    Let’s hope so CC.



    Magnificent achievement to reach an Ulster final though,regardless.



    BHOYJOEBELFAST – That is correct.



    HH. ?

  17. Delaneys Dunky on



    Remember my dad taking my sister and I to a match in 1973. We had just won 8 in a row.


    My sister who was 7 asked my dad, “Why are the Jungle singing Get in a Row hello hello?”


    Misheard lyrics ?



  18. Delaneys Dunky on



    Like Aiden McAnespie, Gerard Lawlor will forever remembered by the Glasgow diaspora.


    Tiochfaidh ar la

  19. What is the Stars on

    16 Roads


    Great read about St.Endas


    That guy Niall Murphy represents the Loughinisland families


    His dad posts on here…(I think)

  20. DD



    Aye seen a few of the legendary taps!!!.



    As fir the hospital!, first class experience, canny speak highly enough of the place.



    Even the Mrs couldnae fault it!, and she can moan.



    Hail Hail.

  21. Delaneys Dunky on

    Sean Thornton


    All the clever Tims I know in Dalmuir, work in Jubilee. They are Tims who care and love their job. They do not care for people for money. It is a vocation.


    Dalmuir is Green and White.


    Bankie huns call Dalmuir Little Ireland. They are just jealous of our fenian community.



  22. WITS – It’s difficult to describe how remote and isolated that club was – basically on a mountain,behind a country road that was notorious during the troubles.



    The surrounding area was once a Unionist stronghold of South East Antrim.



    Nowadays their club is enveloped by hundreds if not thousands of private Nationalist homes.



    Amazing turnaround in demographics.



    The club stalwarts were brave beyond belief.



    That Niall Murphy is a genuis, I wasn’t aware that his father posted on CQN.



    HH. ?

  23. Last week the sheep got grubbed by Motherwell who lost tae livi the day. What does that tell you, nothing actually.



    IMHO the sheep will finish in the top 3 behind us and kilmasonic, the bufftie sides have now found their level.



    I reckon that the sheep are well aware of where they will ge at the end of the season and lay doon last week tae give us a fall sense let’s hope we don’t buy that.

  24. Delaneys Dunky on



    Brendan Rodgers is my favourite ever fox. That bhoy has Scotland sussed. He will win his seventh trophy in a row with ease tomorrow.



  25. Delaneys Dunky on

    Am I the only non Irish resident posting tonight. Magic to see Ballymurphy and Cork bhoys on CQN.



  26. 16 ROADS. on 1ST DECEMBER 2018 3:52 PM


    Good luck Naomh Éanna:



    Another amazing story J, a wee prayer said for all involved and a victory tonight.