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. Ah lhads, FFS, This whole thing is getting silly.


    The sad thing is there is an underlying genuine concern for the welfare of South of Tunis.


    He was a fairly regular Poster, didn’t announce a flounce but just stopped posting.


    Apparently ghuys including Paul tried to contact him re email etc just to confirm he was OK without any success.

  2. onenightinlisbon 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?




    Anyone who may have any reservations about team management or performance. “Hun like”, “pantywetter”, “Mineshafter”- Celtic Pravda Quick News features only…




    TAURANGABHOY says he saw SOT’s post as well.



    Why are people so dishonest, especially about a very touchy subject?



    So many posters have voiced their concern over SOT’s absence.



    I hope he is ok, but very concerned now.

  4. AN TEARMANN on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:53 AM


    a wee blast from the past.







    hrvatskijim i will get back to you.no hours in day at mo.great work







    The Fall of the House of Murray







    As tycoon David Murray’s once-thriving business empire folds with a barely audible whimper, Ian Fraser picks apart the disastrous sequence of seemingly limitless borrowing and bad decisions that precipitated the downfall




    Sunday 18 January 2015






    Reading that again for first time in ages. How him and his family were allowed to pick and choose what assets they could retain well, it is just not good business practice.



    His development portfolio, it is scandelous that he was allowed to continue to operate.



    Is “part of the great and good” some sort of masonic code.




  5. Why are we chasing this Alfie bloke?



    Is he another midfielder?



    If so, why?



    And if so will he get a game?



    And if so which of our recent midfield signings is surplus to requirements?



    Just as well Celtic are filthy rich.

  6. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Scott Brown goes into a city centre bar and the barman asks him ,’do you have a booking?…….

  7. An Tearmann, thanks for posting that article about , who some think , is the biggest chancer in Scotland, David Murray.



    Everything in that article points to his influence in business circles and what information he might possibly have which excludes him from any scrutiny .

  8. Turkeybhoy,



    Re your comment on Houston Dynamo, I would be very cautious about signing anyone from MLS. Whilst there are the odd gems they tend to move overseas such as Davies at Bayern and Reyna (Claudio’s son) at Dortmund overall the standard is poor.



    Senderos for example ended up at Houston after Rangers



    It looks as though your guy was sold on Monday to Boavista for $1m

  9. And Scott says ” yes it’s mandatory, the Celtic captain always


    gets a booking ”


    H.H. Mick

  10. If we play 3 at the back against Hibs forwards we are asking for trouble. I cannot understand why we have not tried El Hamed at left back where he performed solidly for Israel. Boyle v Taylor is scary.


    My team in a 4-4-2






    Bitton/Ajer Duffy. Ajer/Bitton El Hamed



    Frimpong. Christie/Turnbull. McGregor Elyanoussi



    Ajeti. Eduard

  11. TBFU



    Very good




    Scott Brown goes up to the bar and says ‘same again’


    the barman says ‘ that’ll be sideways back and across then ‘

  12. Breeny on 26th September 2020 1:50 pm



    If we play 3 at the back against Hibs forwards we are asking for trouble. I cannot understand why we have not tried El Hamed at left back where he performed solidly for Israel. Boyle v Taylor is scary.




    Has El Hamed played often at left back or was that a one off against Scotland??

  13. I keep reading on here quips about the weather forecasts and Ms. Judith Ralston. Not living in the U.K. I have checked out the links to the lady. While appreciating her appeal, (although she could lose a few pounds), I thought you lads of a meteorological bent would appreciate the forecasts available here from Mexican TV.




  14. Philbhoy



    take yir thimbles aff.😊



    liar. really?.an error was made and apologized for on blog.


    the bit between your teeth is called bullying.


    Ease up Philbhoy.this place is important,more so in these times,to Celts lurking,reading and posting everywhere.wè want them here,not leaving,saying what they want for the betterment of Celtic.



  15. The_Huddle



    Not sure but he played well and looks a versatile sort, in my opinion he could not be worse and I am suggesting Elynoussi in front of him and established centre backs beside him. I would be confident he would do a better defensive job than Taylor in a 442. Boyle could destroy Taylor, I would be surprised if he never.

  16. BREENY on 26TH SEPTEMBER 2020 1:50 PM


    If we play 3 at the back against Hibs forwards we are asking for trouble. I cannot understand why we have not tried El Hamed at left back where he performed solidly for Israel. Boyle v Taylor is scary.





    My team in a 4-4-2














    Bitton/Ajer Duffy. Ajer/Bitton El Hamed







    Frimpong. Christie/Turnbull. McGregor Elyanoussi







    Ajeti. Eduard





    I like 442 and would like to see us play it more often. I’d prefer just using one wide/winger type at a time. Mcstay, Burns, MacLeod and Provan weren’t too bad were they.




    In spite of the vitriol posted about me, to which I did not respond, you make me out to be the bad guy.







    Don’t think you are a bad guy,and I honestly don’t see any


    vitriol, I like your posts when your not a bit uptight.


    Have a wee cyber hauf on me, and get the Rebs oan.


    The CELTS will be here when we’re gone.


    H.H. Mick

  19. Ziggydoc1



    Somehow it is not mentioned as an option, I think because of Brown, take him out (I am a fan but ….) and it leaves more expansive options, this is what we are lacking. A fit Rogic and Griffiths also being missed.

  20. The Brighton Man U game has been mental, Brighton have hit the post 5 times and now given away a 96 min penalty

  21. lets all do the huddle on

    think var and the ref got those decisions right.



    brightons 2nd half penalty was never a pen



    man united goal was offside



    and under the current rules that penalty there is as clear as they get, tho im not sure i like the rule

  22. Very Rarely watch an EPL game, but home alone had it on in background.


    Crazy stuff altogether.


    Brighton are a bloody good team.


    Desperately unlucky.


    I thought about 30 seconds left when Brighton equalised,


    How Ref played enough time for Man United to kick off,play a bit and earn a corner, I don’t know.

  23. theBHOYfromU.N.C.L.E on

    Was driving along London rd this morning from Tollcross to Glasgow X,first time since our last fans allowed home game in March.It is going to be utter chaos if/when full attendance is back at Celtic Park as it is now single lane only (both ways) with wide cycle lanes now in place.


    Long line of cars at traffic lights on a very quiet day………luckily I don’t use that route on matchday.



    route67 csc

  24. I too watched the Brighton Man U game.



    some ending, undeserved, as an aside, could you see our players being allowed to man handle the ref the way those players just have.

  25. tuned in to Man U game extra time +5, Seaguls equalize +7, man U winner +10 lol . Difference in the F1 .oo4 seconds.


    time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so



    goodnight bhoys









    Just seen your post, lol, too busy pouring one for the ditch.


    Have you been here in Melbourne?


    H.H. Mick