Training ground value in Friday night football


Two weeks of kicking our heels comes to an end tomorrow as Celtic return to action in the Premiership, before facing Rosenborg in the Europa League at Celtic Park six days later.  Coincidentally, both opponents sacked their manager ahead of Celtic games in recent weeks, Kare Ingebrigtsen left the Norwegians six days before he was due to face Celtic, while St Mirren sacked Alan Stubbs last week.

Ingebrigtsen’s departure did not help Rosenborg against Celtic, but their form since has been an impressive seven wins and a draw from eight outings.  They are now two points clear at the top of the Eliteserien table.

Oran Kearney may be able to effect a similar improvement at St Mirren, but Celtic should have enough to make tomorrow night’s game something of a learning opportunity for the Irishman, just as they did for Rosenborg’s interim coach, Rini Coolen.

Don’t underestimate the value in the extra day’s rest a Friday night game gives you.  Brendan will have an extra day at Lennoxtown, which is not dedicated to recovery or strength training.

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  1. No doubt tomorrow night’s game will be tough with the St Mirren players wanting to impress their new boss, but I still fully expect the 3 points to be heading to Paradise.



    As for Rosenborg, lets get tomorrow night out the way first and injury free please.






  2. 50 shades of green on




    Another wee piece of wisdom from the mind of Mr Keevins, he was for ever reminding everyone one that ” only 2 things are certain in life DEATH and TAXES, I believe hes stopped that one for some reason.




  3. St Mirren: New Boss =more motivated team. A seemingly `easy` fixture suddenly looks more daunting.



    Rosenborg , ` seven wins and a draw from eight outings. ` Paul 67



    That`s worryingly impressive. We will do well to get three points next Thursday.




  4. I would like to see Benkovic and Mulumbu get some game time tomorrow but Brendan tends to go with tried and tested. Does Ben Kovic play Right Back?



  5. _Husband_:


    My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home…



    _Sergeant_ at Police Station:


    What is her height?





    Gee, I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall.





    Weight ?



    _Husband :_


    Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat.





    Color of eyes ?





    Sort of brown I think. Never really noticed.





    Color of hair?





    Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown now. I can’t remember.





    What was she wearing ?





    Could have been pants, or maybe a skirt or shorts. I don’t know exactly.





    What kind of car did she go in ?





    She went in my Jeep.





    What kind of Jeep was it?





    It’s a 2010 Rubicon with Sprintex Supercharger with Intercooler, DiabloSport T-1000 Trinity Programmer, Teraflex Falcon 3.3 Shocks ,1350 RE Reel Drive Shafts, Method 105 Bead Locks, Toyo 37″ X 13.5″ Tires, Custom Olympic Off Road Front Bumper, Olympic Off Road Smuggler Rear Bumper with tire carrier, Seward Radius 4s LED Light, Seward 12″ LED Light bar, 50″ LED Light bar with, sPod LED switch pod with Boost gage,, Rigid LED Lights, 15# Power Tank, Rock Hard Cage, Rock Hard Under Armor, Posion Spyder Sliders, Posion Spyder Crusher Fenders, Posion Spyder Evap Armor, Posion Spyder Extreme Duty Trans-Mount Cross Member, Bushwacker rear armor, 5.13 Gears, Magnum 44 Front Axle, Off Road Evolution “C” Gussets, Cobra 75 CB Radio, Warn 10K on Front and 8K Winch on Rear, Bartact Seat Covers, Delta Quad Bar Xenon Headlamps,Tantrum LED Offroad Rock Lights, Teraflex HD Tie Rod, Teraflex Falcon Steering Stabilizer, Teraflex Alpine Long Control Arms Front & Rear, Teraflex 4″ springs, Teraflex JK Performance Slotted Big Rotor Kit, TeraFlex Monster HD Forged Front Adjustable Trackbar, Teraflex Front & Rear Brake Line Kit, Teraflex Bump Stops Front & Rear, Surprise Straps, Hothead Headliner, Teraflex D-44 Diff Covers, Wild Boar Grille, Rigid Ridge Hood, Drake Hood Latch’s & a Tuffy Security Drawer


    At this point the husband started choking up. . .





    Don’t worry buddy. We’ll find your Jeep.

  6. 50 Shades….”The Mind of Mr Keevins”….I may steal that very phrase as the title of my latest tome… What a frightening labyrinth to find yourself trapped in….AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!



    Hail Hail






    I think Brendan will play Benkovic,Boyata,Ajer,as a back 3,with KT doing his usual,up and down the wing.Lets him play his 5 across the middle,and two up front,whoever is included in any of these positions.Very strong no matter who he picks.Would like to see Mulumbu getting some game time as we have 5 away matches coming up,and he looks perfect to help out Broony.Lets Ollie roam further up.Cant see anything but a convincing Celtic win.

  8. Bada


    I liked that. A very different experience from Celtic Park on a CL night but brilliant nevertheless.



  9. TB



    ” Cant see anything but a convincing Celtic win. ”



    I am seldom like that away from Home even though everything indicates that I should be !






    Morning MACJAY , Pat Quinn sadly passed away suddenly passed away last week, RIP PAT



    *sad news about wee Pat another that should have worn the hoops, saw him get on the train at brigton one night after one of our big European games, he had a huge grin on his face. He would be with the hibbees at the time, well at least he got tae play for the Big Mhan.



    All the best ate St Stivs, he’s a good lhad that always says something nice about me and the wee Dundee manager lol, ooops went to far with the last bit.

  11. Arbroath vs Edinburgh City – Live on BBC ALBA – Friday 12th October



    Harrumph ! That will greatly affect the attendance in Paisley !




  12. Just read Celtic by Numbers article on the refereeing of Celtic games. Very interesting and most useful comparison was SPFL v European games. In any year we are referred more favourably in Europe than the SPFL.


    This is based on numbers adjusted for possession. Quite a stark difference between the SPFL and Europe.


    Now I see that someone at the SFA has gone to UEFA to ask for their interpretation of this use of the word ‘brutality’ in connection with recent incidents.


    It is yet another coincidence that every single decision of the compliance officer or their appointed panel has either seen decisions negatively impacting Rangers being rescinded or reversed to their favour.


    I presume that EUFA rules are interpreted equally and fairly into each member countries rules and that any disputed words are highlighted and dissected. Why has it taken until now to look for guidance from the UEFA folk that set the rules?






    That was Mbappe getting a red for shoving someone. Brutality?

  13. Bada………..



    That Sutton vidjoe…..



    The bloke wi’ the crutch!






    ” Tequilla!”

  14. Dubaibhoy-Ur they still deid? on

    I watched the video that was posted with the Elvis soundtrack and didn’t think the video + soundtrack worked too well together – hey,ho just my opinion, however in the middle of the video was something I hope the Celtic Museum will recreate.



    I think we are the only champions of Europe that have paraded the trophy on a coal lorry. The exhibition staff should be scouring vintage vehicle sales to find a coal lorry and recreate that scene. It is an important piece of our history that says everything about the Lions and our visionary board. It’s as quintessentially Celtic as the East German mullet and stonewash jeans combo is East German…




  15. A quick word on understanding the blue mindset.



    When you define “right” by the letter of the law rather than the spirit of it, you will have the greatest of difficulties understanding those who are guided by the spirit and vice versa.



    Here endeth the lesson. :)

  16. Lustig injured should allow Benkovic to slip in at the right hand side of a big, bruising, mobile partnership with Ajer and Boyata.



    If fit, I’d love to see Mulumbu slot in beside Broonie and move Olivier up a bit



    5 forward players with plenty of movement would be – KT, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic and Edoaurd……



    Arzani, Morgan, Sinclair, Hayes, Griff and Christie all options for running the wee legs off the defenders in the final quarter….



    Lovely jubbly csc

  17. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Like many, I was surprised to read of the donations from Willie Haughey and Tom Hunter towards the purchasing of Hampden for the SFA.



    I don’t think that either man has “traditional” links to the eternally corrupt organisation, therefore I wonder if the money had a quid pro quo element to it.



    Could it possibly be tied to a commitment to clearing out the crooks from the SFA?



    Probably far too much to hope for.

  18. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    HOT SMOKED on 13TH SEPTEMBER 2018 3:20 PM







    I would say that that is far, far , far too much to hope for !!











    Inclined to agree with you.


    It’s the hope that kills you!

  19. Christina Trevanion might not know much about the weather…………..but who cares?



    Just gorgeous!

  20. Franny,


    Dont get BBC Scotland here.If she is anything like my girlfriend on Countdown,I will certainly have a swatch in October.

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