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Thistle: every dog has its day

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A lot of water has flowed since September, when Celtic eliminated Partick Thistle from the League Cup.  Celtic went on to win the Cup and claim their 10th successive trophy, topped their Europa League group, but slipped last time out, Thistle have dropped into the play-off position, second bottom of the Championship.

Despite this, tomorrow’s Scottish Cup opponents beat second placed Inverness home and away since they lost 5-0 at Celtic Park and recorded a win a Dens.  So they are a team who can get their act together on occasion.

Celtic should be in peak condition after the winter break.  Firhill is a ground most of the team will be familiar with, the only note of caution will be our performance against Dunfermline at Celtic Park in August.  Dunfermline are only three points ahead of Partick but took Celtic to extra time in this season’s League Cup, the only side in four seasons of domestic cup football to be level at the end of normal time.

Thistle, on the other hand, are likely to remember what happened when they faced Jock Stein’s Celtic in the 1971 League Cup Final.  Every dog has its day.

It will be good to see our former player, Kenny Miller in a Thistle shirt, the fourth Glasgow team he’s represented.

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  1. On that “influence” thing……….

     

     

    The cause that we fight for as Celtic supporters can be waged on several fronts.

     

    The huns have the media and Shortie is a guid example.

     

     

    Every little helps…..

     

     

    This type of repetitive low to medium intensity interference has a knock-on effect.

     

    For weeks now, “dominant display”, “rampant rangers” – “in-form……sumbdy” strolls past, easy etc etc etc have featured prominently in game write ups or opinion pieces associated with hundom.

     

     

    I was back late last night so missed anything about thur game until I checked in on here and then had a swatch at Shortie.

     

     

    I immediately looked for the ” penalty”….and wasn’t disappointed.

     

     

    I felt sure that Stranraer would have been humped with a heavy scoreline. Shorties puff piece had all the hallmarks of the Laptop Loyal with thems “easing past” lowly Stranraer – ad nauseum……etc etc,. However a cursory glance at how the game actually unfolded tells a different story. First goal from a fraudulent corner…aye, then a wee insurance with the required ” penalty rangers” aye again.

     

     

    Now, if the hun narrative is established that they are a free-wheelin’ rampant, ragin’ goal machine then that does something to the general psyche and builds an expectation and adds a little something of inevitability ………..which can lead to teams being beat before they step on the park or the fans have taken their seats.

     

     

    That’s what we’re up against, now, more so than ever.

     

     

    HH

  2. Does anyone know how far Morelos is away from a further booking accumulated ban ? Surely he cannot he far from the 5 needed for a further ban ?

  3. *** CQN PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019-20 ***

     

    ** THE RELAUNCH **

     

     

    Good afternoon, friends and I trust that we are all eagerly awaiting this evening’s game and, of course, the resumption of the ole CQN Player Of The Year competition.

     

    There’s no change to the format. So anyone (i.e. posters, lurkers, friends, family) can have their say after each game by deciding on their 3 best performers and putting those names in an email to cqnpoty@gmail.com . Voting opens at the final whistle today and remains open until 10pm (Celtic Park Time) on Sunday evening.

     

    I then tally up all of the votes and ascertain who were our top 5 performers. The best gets 5 points, next best gets 4 etc.

     

    There are 2 tables shown below. The first, the most important one, shows the current standings in the race for the title. Below that I’ve shown the total votes and games played for all players (29) that have featured in the first 27 games. Games played includes appearances as a substitute.

     

    I look forward to a deluge of emails over the next couple of days.

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    **CURRENT POINTS TABLE**

     

    Brown – 60 points

     

    Edouard – 40 points

     

    Christie – 38 points

     

    Jullien – 36 points

     

    Frimpong – 34 points

     

    McGregor – 33 points

     

    Forrest – 28 points

     

    Elyounoussi – 22 points

     

    Ajer – 22 points

     

    Forster – 20 points

     

    Ntcham – 20 points

     

    Bolingoli-Mbombo – 13 points

     

    Bauer – 11 points

     

    Hayes – 8 points

     

    Elhamed – 8 points

     

    Taylor – 5 points

     

    Griffiths – 4 points

     

    Bitton – 4 points

     

    Bayo – 3 points

     

    Johnston – 3 points

     

    Robertson – 2 points

     

    Morgan – 2 points

     

    Rogic – 1 point

     

     

    **Total votes (appearances) since the competition started on 29 August 2019**

     

     

    555 – Scott Brown (26)

     

    407 – Ryan Christie (22)

     

    404 – Christopher Jullien (25)

     

    396 – Odsonne Edouard (22)

     

    325 – Calum McGregor (26)

     

    319 – Jeremie Frimpon (14)

     

    298 – James Forrest (25)

     

    223 – Kristoffer Ajer (26)

     

    218 – Fraser Forster (24)

     

    214 – Mohammed Elyounoussi (13)

     

    170 – Olivier Ntcham (19)

     

    153 – Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (17)

     

    93 – Jonny Hayes (17)

     

    76 – Hatem Abd Elhamed (9)

     

    70 – Moritz Bauer (9)

     

    60 – Nir Bitton (14)

     

    53 – Mikey Johnston (10)

     

    48 – Greg Taylor (5)

     

    34 – Lewis Morgan (9)

     

    30 – Vakoun Bayo (9)

     

    24 – Leigh Griffiths (10)

     

    18 – Scott Robertson (1)

     

    17 – Tom Rogic (12)

     

    4 – Craig Gordon (3)

     

    1 – Scott Sinclair (3)

     

    0 – Karamoko Dembele (1)

     

    0 – Anthony Ralston (1)

     

    0 – Jack Hendry (1)

     

    0 – Marian Shved (1)

  4. BURNLEY78

     

     

    I believe he’s in Colombia, thats far enough not to receive

     

    a further ban 8-))

     

    H.H . Mick

  5. B78,

     

     

    He is so far away it isnae cricket.

     

     

    He is the most charitable guy Ever.

     

     

    TontineTim does not under estimate Celtic getting 9 in a row nevermind 10.

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