Time to rest a raft of players


Celtic hope for their fifth win in run of five consecutive games away from Celtic Park at Motherwell tonight.  The fixture calendar does not get easy after this game, but the players will be glad of home advantage when it comes, consecutive games on the road takes a toll.

Motherwell have won three of their last five games, including a 3-0 humbling of Aberdeen, a decent return in anyone’s language, but the other two games in that run constituted a 2-0 loss at Livingston and a 7-1 drubbing at Ibrox.  This is a team which either gets it spectacularly right or just as wrong.

We have struggled at Fir Park in recent seasons.  A late penalty kept our Scottish record run without defeat intact last season, while we twice came from two goals down before Tom Rogic dinked a last minute winner the season before.  Add to the mix that we will pair up an unfamiliar central defensive partnership of Jozo Simunovic and Filip Benkovic and there is enough reason to hope that we take command of proceedings early on.

Leigh Griffiths is back fit and I would give him the nod tonight over Odsonne Edouard, who has carried the load up front on his own for weeks.  This might also be an occasion to rest others: James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney would each benefit from a seat in the stands.

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  1. Best team out tonight please Bhoys………..






    Ps – the shameful hun guff should be ridiculed.

  2. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on

    Ernie Lynch!!! :-)



    Anyone driving to the game tonight, the pantomime is on in the Civic Centre so there will be very few parking spaces in the area.


    It starts at 7pm.




    Oh yes it does!!!

  3. I’ve felt in the recent past when we make wholesale changes it badly impacts upon performance. However when you can bring in established first teamers like Brown, Ntcham and Griffiths it shouldn’t upset the team too much if at all.

  4. What is a raft though? Why does a raft have different meanings? How many make up a raft?



    Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety. Ben Hecht



    People reveal so much of their mental processes online, simply because the psychological effect of anonymity just means that a whole raft of inhibitions are left alone when people log on. Joanne Harris



    When anyone plays a mother on film, there is a whole raft of judgment in that a mother is a particular archetype or that every mother is the same. That’s complete rubbish. Cate Blanchett

  5. My prediction for tonight`s selection:




    Lustig Benkovic, Simonovic, Tierney.


    Forrest, McGregor, Brown, Christie,Sinclair.



  6. mike in toronto on

    TAL …



    Probably best not to remind him …I stood near him last year … he is a big guy! If you are going to pick a fight with someone down there, maybe best to stick with Ms. Grande!



    Have a great trip!




  7. Motherwell will be safe in the knowledge that their overly physical approach will be tolerated by ref.


    They will also know what constitutes conceding a penalty and red card will be different from that they faced against sevco.


    I expect a very physical approach from Well with little semblance to the beautiful game and allowing of 6 fouls before a card appears.

  8. DENIABHOY on 5TH DECEMBER 2018 3:50 PM



    In footballing terms I believe a raft is 2 more than a tinker and 3 less than wholesale.



    As far as tonight is concerned I’d got for a tinker.



    Hail Hail

  9. mike in toronto on

    so … before the game starts, and we get onto team selections…. I am still trying to wrap my head around yesterday’s debates …. let me see if I have finally got it straight….



    climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the socilaists at Nasa, including hitler, but since socialism doesnt really exist in reality, hitler couldn’t have been a socialist, which proves that global warming isn’t really true…..



    is that about right?



    so, help me out … did someone really go to the moon?




  10. MIT



    A rocket did go to the moon. Evidenced because it created a hole in the ozone layer that nobody talks about anymore.




  11. MIT



    so, help me out … did someone really go to the moon?





    Only in Hans Christian Andersen world ?

  12. a raft of



    a (whole) raft of (something)



    A very large number or collection of people or things. While this scandal was certainly the final nail in his coffin, the candidate had a whole raft of campaign issues that made his election problematic. While it’s been receiving positive reviews from critics, there’s a raft of fans of the series who are upset with the way the film turned out.




  13. Delaneys Dunky on

    I can see wholesale changes tonight.






    Gamboa Benkovic Simunovic Tierney


    Brown Ntcham


    McGregor Christie Forrest





  14. R̶a̶n̶g̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶ Sevco are braced for a fine from UEFA after a fan entered the field of play and confronted an assistant referee during the Ibrox side’s 0-0 draw with Villarreal in the Europa League.



    The supporter ran on to the pitch after Gers winger Daniel Candeias was sent off during the first half of the Group G fixture, and was huckled away by police officers.



    That’ll be three charges this year in Europe so far excluding the unsolved crimes

  15. Tonight will be a very difficult match imo, I think the odds of a draw at 5/1 are generous. To say they will be up for it and physical is an understatement. They will take confidence from their 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Fir park, if we are to take the 3 points a good performance will be needed. Looking ahead towards the end of the month, there is a very real possibility could drop half a dozen points before the winter break. I think the general complacency around is a winning the League is a concern. Unlike last season , i don’t think there is room to fritter away points here and there. Game in hand or not, we have been knocked off the top, i think how we respond over the next month will be instructive.

  16. Tough game tonight…Motherwell make it difficult for all teams at Fir Park



    On Sevco…UEFA charge them within a week…Broony attacked and objects thrown last year…SPFL!! Still waiting…disgraceful.



    Only changes for me Gordon in for Bain Ncham in for Rogic Griff in for Eddy. With last 2 to come on for last half hour.



    Kikinthenakas ???x2

  17. tonight they will do whatever they can to disrupt our play, fouling will go unpunished, the officials will have been told toe the party line, lizzies eleven need to be back,shower of orange bassas, come on celtic just beat them.hh.

  18. Aye whit complacency ?



    We have Keiran telling us he won’t even have a celebration Chinese meal after a trophy win because the next game is everything.



    The boss telling us they might have a little celebration in the January camp.



    Sinky telling us they will train through Christmas.



    And 3 if the top players on the bench ready to seize their chance.



    Where are you picking up complacency from ?



    I actually think we are more professional and more focused than ever before.




    It will be a dramatic slump in form or mind that will lose us points.



    Your post is complacency.

  19. glendalystonsils on

    While I agree that several players would benefit from a rest , I think a ‘raft’ sounds like it might spring a leak and end up like Tom Hanks in Castaway.


    Mibbe a wee sailing boat that you see on the pond doon the park then bring the raft on when the game is won.



    Robinson Crusoe CSC

  20. I noticed there was a bit of a debate going on last night about, among other things, Donald Trump.


    My opinion is that Mr Trump is a sadly misunderstood individual and time will tell how meaningful his term in Presidential Office was. The following short video is worth a watch as it shows how real Americans feel about Donald Trump and is perhaps a good indicator of the type of people who support him and his policies. I’ll leave you to make up your own minds.




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