The manager, captain, fans and successful teams


Anyone who has watched Celtic in recent weeks knows the impact Jeremie Frimpong has on the team.  He alone has the ability to run at and past defenders, without him, Celtic are significantly easier to defend against.  This has been clear from recent performances and his absence from the starting line-up against Riga was my principle concern before the game.

He did not start last night because when we go three at the back, it is Jeremie or James Forrest on the right.  After the game Neil Lennon told us James has struggled with an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, leaving us with the classic ingredients for recency bias.  James’ recent injury-affected form has been below the standard or Jeremie’s.  But of all the occasions you could make a case to start James Forrest, European qualifiers will be the easiest.  He scores and creates goals in qualifiers at a prodigious rate.

Also, watchers of Celtic in recent seasons will know that Injury is the Mother of Invention.  Where would Ryan Christie be without Eboue Kouassi and Olivier Ntcham picking up first half injuries at Murrayfield?  Jeremie is now likely to get a run at Hibs and Sarajevo.  What happens in the middle of the park is more intriguing.

Scott Brown took a knock that will keep him under observation between now and the Hibs game.  That clip on Scott’s Achilles’ gives the manager lots to consider.  After Hibs, we have four hugely important games: Sarajevo, then after the international break: Newco, Aberdeen away and Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final.  The roster becomes significantly trickier if we overcome Sarajevo, as we would have two Europa League games before next month’s semi-final.

I read many asking, why does Scott Brown play practically every minute of every game?  It is clearly not that you have spotted something that escaped the manager’s attention, Neil Lennon does not have a blind spot that tens of thousands of Celtic fans can see through, so let’s not pretend otherwise.

You have been watching football all of your life, so you know by now that what you see on the field is only part of the story.  Any team: footballers, salesmen, network engineers or shop staff, need a common culture and leadership to reach their best.  What a boss gets from his or her line manager in frontline performance, in any walk of life, is not the entire contribution.

I have a friend who is also a customer.  He tells me what I need to do with my staff and I tell him the same about his staff.  Neither of us take the others’ advice, because I am using the resources I have to keep my team focussed on our objective and he is doing the same.  I talk to him about practically every personal aspect of my life, but I don’t even go into the detail of this stuff with him, because it involves personal details about others.  In very simple environments like mine and his, teams are complicated things.

I would like to see Jeremie start more games and I am really keen to see central mid re-jigged.  From my seat on the couch, both are crucial to our outcomes this season.  But I know there’s a ton of human dynamics in every team that outsiders are clueless about.  The manager needs to keep this indoors while suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous opinion.  It can be a tough gig.  It is good that we have all ‘been there, done that’, when it comes to building a winning football team, so none of us exist in a fantasy that we are the true fonts of wisdom Neil Lennon really has to listen to.  I mean, can you imagine thinking like that?  Jeez.

Have a great weekend.

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  1. prestonpans bhoys on

    If true an interesting comment from video celts about the Huns Dutch opponents



    ‘The Dutch team finished 10th and only got in the EL through being beaten Dutch Cup Finalists’

  2. I heard nothing but am I the only one to think that Julien has downed tools because Lennon wants Duffy to play central in a back 3 ?

  3. Scaniel & others. Appreciate your support. I said before I was convinced SOT posted, his topic did not interest me, but I am 100% sure I saw it.



    PHIL HUN, OOPS Slip of the finger.


    Why on earth you cannot accept my apology is beyond me. I apologies when questioned by a number of posters for misleading them ,, but as I say, it was not a lie. Why would I lie. Like you I value SOT highly and hope he is OK.


    Your problem is you are an opinionated, narcissistic, ignoramus bullying twat hiding behind your keyboard.


    It just occurred to me, a Eureka moment if you will, maybe SOT has the same problem as me and is just fed up with the utter trash you come up with, yeah, that’s it. Sorted.



    Suggest you get your arse over the lodge making sure your trouser leg is over your massive big gob.




  4. Philbhoy.



    your a Celtic man😊 thats all that counts


    that is the only side am taking.



    Whats yir team for tomorrow?




  5. BREENY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 3:35 PM


    I heard nothing but am I the only one to think that Julien has downed tools because Lennon wants Duffy to play central in a back 3 ?






    seen him midweek, pushing the pram out with his good lady, slow walking,



    nothing in it.




    You said a wee while back you were out of here for good.



    And hey presto, your, back and with even more invective.



    That was another lie by the way.

  7. Right there is a GLESGA expression which applies to 2 CQN’r currently going at it all day /week.




  8. One night



    It’s been going for some time




    GENE on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 10:53 AM


    Kinglubo ,/ philbhoy




    Give it a rest

  9. All I did was reply to a poster who was grossly rude and insulting to me.



    And I did so civily.



    Surely that’s ok?

  10. onenightinlisbon on

    PHILBHOY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 4:18 PM



    100% – no one should have to take abuse on here.

  11. glendalystonsils on




    seen him midweek, pushing the pram out



    Was he throwing the toys out?-))



    Moving the goal posts now, typical hun.


    Poor wee you has been insulted, ironic after your slagging me and calling me a liar.


    Why don’t you get back on your Follow Follow site where you belong and stop contaminating this one, you are being boring.


    That is the last I will say, or maybe we should bury the hatchet , preferably in the back of your cranium.



  13. KINGLUBO on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 4:42 PM



    “That is the last I will say ”












    totally out of order,

  14. onenightinlisbon on

    KINGLUBO on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 4:42 PM



    Totally out of order pal. Your comment should be taken back and an apology issued.

  15. Oxford players have had to turn up at there away game in cars & Taxis, because there bus was cleaned by 80% alcohol based cleaner and bus has an anti booze device if detects alcohol in drivers section and can’t move for 6 hours. 😂😂😂

  16. any hoo its just turned Sunday oclock, cannae wait fur the gemm tonight


    this is thread is so yesterday lol



    im off tae ma kip (seriously, I am this time)



    PS promise not to feed the trolls anymore






    ten in a row xxxxx xxxxx

  17. to dream of ten in a row



    the first to 55



    and a double trebble trebble



    (the trouble with trebbles, i just cant get enough)



    to wake up ,later today to world peace next tae that lassie from the bank this mornin with the nice legs



    sweet dreams EVERYONE



  18. BIG JIMMY-that’s up there with yir favourite chumps stories.😉


    Hope yir feeling better and get oot for that pint 🍺or four 😉👍

  19. When there is a midfield battle to be won Scott Brown is your man.


    When the opposition surrender midfield to pack their box Scott Brown isnt needed and someone with better technical ability with speed is.


    I watched the great Danny McGrain go through the same phase Scott is now entering. He was good enough to play compared with the opposition but not compared to himself of earlier years.



    C’est la vie.

  20. King gubbo


    Why don’t you toddle off & give us all peace, your language is despicable, My grandson reads & posts on this site & doesn’t need your filth.