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. Just reading back some folks floating the idea that Neil doesn’t do tactics … poppycock … any public utterance from the manager is designed to throw off the opposition managers



    Neil will be emphasising that no matter the tactics or formation , individually and collectively you need. The will and form to play well (effort is a given) irrespective of the tactics



    Celtic are coached including young Greg who is under orders to retain possession and recycle the ball , hence backward passes …



    Onto Sunday should be a good game

  2. I’ll be honest. Despite flashes of obvious talent, the dury is still out for me regarding Elyannoussi.



    However, with Lennon saying players don’t want to be here, transfer speculation rife and Eddie looking disinterested I must admit to being really impressed with Moi.



    His attitude is first-rate. He wants to be here, he wants to play and he’s eager to impress. If Lennon doesn’t have faith in Klimala, rather than play Christie up there I think it might be time to let Moi play just behind Ajeti either as a second striker playing just behind or as an attacking midfielder.



    Play players who want to play. This guy is desperate to play.

  3. Oh my days!…. Quote from Barry Ferguson, ©️ Daily Record



    “Rangers are a potent mix of legendary Walter Smith and Dick Advocaat teams” – Barry Ferguson



    Aye but they cannae beat Livingston & Hibs.

  4. Anyone interested,Houston Dynamo play tonight,8.30 on SS football.The brilliant Alberth Elis,who would love to join us,will be on the wing.Why we have not signed this guy,a mystery to me,and Izzy.Worth a watch if eff all else to do.

  5. EKBhoy,



    I don’t think anyone is saying he doesn’t do tactics – merely picking a formation is a form of tactics.



    In this day and age though the level of detail that some management/coaching teams* go into is incredible.



    For example in the same interview that Kieran Tierney gives where he states Lennon is a man manager he says that the information that he gets from Arteta is unbelievable. He says that he doesn’t even really need to think as he already been told wha will happen and what to do when a certain situation occurs.



    I’m all in favour of a man manager but equally I’m in favour of incredible coaching to go alongside.




    *some fans/keyboard warriors too – Villa-Boas and Rene Maric didn’t play the game but have made names for themselves due to their tactical awareness

  6. Huns full of themselves at the moment.Team and pundits.Reading the Bear Ass Den,they have dismissed Galatasaray.I have watched Galas two games this season,and they are much improved from last.The legendary Falcao,still banging them in.If they turn up,a problem for Turkish teams abroad some times,they are more than capable of turning this mob over.A definite class above anything they have played,led by the Turkish Broony,Arda Turan.We will see.

  7. Greenpinata, I always take a peek after they have had a bad result. great fun, I avoid it at all other times.


    They do exactly the same with us.


    That is one reason I get annoyed when ghuys go over the top with criticism after a poor performance, I’m painfully aware that hundreds of Huns are lurking pissing themselves laughing at the comments.



    So are we supposed to kid on everything is great with our performances, in case huns are looking in.



  9. PHILBHOY From earlier


    I used to enjoy most of your posts. Get this. I am NOT a liar. As I said I was convinced I saw posts from SOT and even told my wife how pleased I was to see he was OK.


    On another topic, I have have been wondering why so many posters .are leaving or have left this site, obvious to me. There have been many great posters who have gone, wonder why!!!!


    Are you sure you’re not a hun, because your behaviour is so very much hun like.


    I want you to apologise for your very sad comments earlier, you are wrong completely. Tell me, have you ever been mistaken or are you another perfect human being????? Watch this space.


    I am seriously considering not using this site again because of all the shit you and some other posters have come out with.


    Sure, you will say, I won’t be missed, that’s about your level.


    one thing for certain, I will miss you a damn sight less than arseholes like you will miss me.







    It does not matter what you said.You were not slaughtering Celtic,the players,or Lenny.An offence on here for some of these supposed fans.They love wallowing in each other’s misery.



    Yes I like to read what they are saying.Funnily enough,Celtic,our players and Lenny get less grief on there than on here.


    You can relay that to “Your friend”.




    Cannot remember.


    The best thing for you to do is get over to Govan and get your new top.


    You are self obsessed idiot.



    I am out of here for good.




  13. lets all do the huddle on

    because your behaviour is so very much hun like.





    people should immediately be barred from the blog for such shite patter



    what does it even mean?

  14. KINGLuBO made a genuine mistake- more honourable than an honest mistake – and immediately apologised for misleading the blog when questioned by many, including myself. No intention to mislead anyone. Some times the mind plays tricks on us. Please don’t turn this in to another McGinn saga.

  15. Maj H



    I’d take what players say in interviews with a pinch of salt.



    Most modern football is pretty sterile nowadays punctuated by the odd really high moments/ crazy games … I can believe that in the EPL where a bunch of big strapping lads can keep running about for 90 minutes , it will be a mandatory to over analyse the opposition on VT Hence KT comments on Arteta , Scottish football is not devoid of tactics but is a different animal , particularly with us , where we are and do win most games … needs a different approach both are correct for their particular circumstances.



    Whilst on Mo El is a terrific player and should be on the team sheet every week for me

  16. PHILBHOY on 25TH SEPTEMBER 2020 7:15 PM





    Mornin’ Bhoys, further to the post last night here’s a wee read from this morning’s Guardian, contained within which is a nice we outline of how things/football/managers and coaches change and evolve. It got me thinking about what could (should?) happen to this team should we win the 10 or not.






    Ave Ave

  17. What is it they say there is always hope?


    Our near namesakes the Boston Celtics who lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference final from leading positions, wont say winning, got it back to 1-2, then down again 1-3, and then facing oblivion came back last night with a 121-108 victory over the Miami Heat to take it to the sixth game. All games being played down in Orlando, and still a chance of a Celtics-Lakers NBA finals. It is Disney World down there!

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  19. I don’t know SoT but I saw his post too. Was nothing spectacular just a normal blog post can’t remember what it said but saw kinglubo’s kind words and thought that was that until I see whole threads about it. Bhoys and ghirls come and go on CQN. It’s a blog.

  20. Sky Bet offer


    Bruno Fernandes Even money to have a shot on target against Brighton.




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