Turning points matter more than form


No one can convince you or I Celtic played well, against The ‘Well, yesterday.  Throughout the first half, the players looked like strangers.  At times, Motherwell ripped us open.  This was not league winning form.  None of that matters, though.

When you are not playing well, all that matters is you pick up wins until you get your form back.  Another injury-time win at Fir Park this season kept us within touching distance of the top.  When Adam Idah scored his second, you and I knew, and you better believe Newco fans knew, Celtic are still in this title race.  The Pretenders have the most effective trophy winning operation in Europe breathing down their necks, be sure, they will feel it.

Alistair Johnston returned at right back but looked like he had hardly played with Nicolas Kuhn before – he has hardly played with him.  Greg Taylor was a welcome sight at left back, he too looked estranged from his left wing partner, Daizen Maeda, fewer excuses there.

Tomoki Iwata made a rare and accomplished appearance in the deep midfield role, allowing Callum McGregor to partner Matt O’Riley in the more advanced roles.  Neither Callum nor Matt performed to their normal levels.  Kyogo was a virtual spectator.

Goals change games and Adam Idah scored two stunners which not only changed the game but may change the season.  His first, from a Taylor cross, his second, from Johnston’s cross; both full backs back and doing what is required.  The third came from another cross, this time Yang’s, who found Luis Palma to settle the nerves.  Hopefully Brendan will soon learn who his best wingers are.

The second half was peppered with the influential return of Cameron Carter-Vickers, such a steadying figure for Celtic, he snuffed out the persistent threat from Motherwell’s Theo Bair.  It was good to see the players with genuine smiles on their faces at the end.  There remains a lot to do but let’s hope this was a turning point.

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    one week the first clue was a picture of Celtic Park so I immediately said Paradise which was correct.



    I don’t get many others correct.






    Good evening, friends.


    It was indeed a game of two halves. Kicking off 5 points behind the current league leaders meant that nothing less than a win would do. But going in at the break a goal down and with very few players even approaching pass marks it didn’t look too clever. The half time introduction of Idah proved to be the turning point, scoring our equaliser only 6 minutes after coming on with a fantastically timed leap and bullet header. Yang coming on after an hour was equally crucial as we now had a wide man who actually looked to take players on almost every time he had the ball. As the 2nd half wore on our performance continued to improve but passing up chances – again – was concerning. But if you’re going to win a tight game, leaving it as late as possible is the way to go in terms of excitement. A 94th minute winner, and a 96th minute clincher made it a beautiful Sunday.


    We have now played 36 competitive games. We have secured 24 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats, scoring 73 goals (apologies, I had an incorrect total the 2 previous reports) and conceding 34. We trail in the league by 2 points and the team at the top have a 6 better goal difference. We have 11 league games remaining but a real fight to try to secure our 54th league title.


    My thanks to the 73 who voted this time around. The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.



    Hart: 33


    Johnston: 7


    Nawrocki: 1


    Scales: 0


    Taylor: 5


    Iwata*: 31


    McGregor: 4


    O’Riley: 0


    Kuhn: 0


    Kyogo: 1


    Maeda*: 7


    Idah*: 73 (a nomination from every single voter)


    Yang: 50


    Carter-Vickers: 6


    Bernardo: 0


    Palma: 1



    And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Motherwell are –


    Idah – 5 points


    Yang – 4 points


    Hart – 3 points


    Iwata – 2 points


    Johnston and Maeda – 1 point each



    The overall positions after 36 games played are as follows –


    82 points – Scales


    74 points – O’Riley


    57 points – McGregor


    38 points – Carter-Vickers


    35 points – Hart


    28 points – Palma


    27 points – Kyogo


    22 points – Bernardo and Johnston, A.


    20 points – Oh and Yang


    19 points – Maeda


    16 points – Taylor


    13 points – Idah


    10 points – Ralston


    9 points – Johnston M, Nawrocki and Turnbull


    8 points – Iwata


    6 points – Lagerbielke


    5 points – Hatate


    4 points – Bain, Bernabei, Holm and Kuhn


    3 points – Forrest and Welsh


    2 points – Abada


    0 points – Frame, Haksabanovic, Kelly, Phillips, Starfelt, Tilio, Vata and Welsh



    We have one more game to play in February when Dundee visit Celtic Park on Wednesday for a 7.45pm kick off under the lights.


    Hail Hail!

  3. the performance was nothing to do with moving the ball forward quick enough. The team WERE moving the ball forward quickly in the first half – the problem was inaccurate passing and more alarmingly, inability of forward players to take a pass and develop it. The number of times it broke down at Kyogo was telling – the difference to the whole team when Idah came on was fantastic. He held the ball up, brought others into play, ran the corners and forced play or possession. Kyogo is not good with the ball at his feet – for me he is an impact player going forward OR a #9 who plays off a deeper Idah.



    Kuhn is a worry – but I’m hoping its about settling in and getting used to Scottish fitba – he looks like he wants to dwell and play training passes. Needs to be more dynamic and expressive. Judgement reserved but I’m not hopeful.



    I thought Iwata was solid and looks composed – benefits mcgregor and O’reiley and lets them play – as does Idah presence.



    I’m more concerned about the refs and Var than them – they always get the extra minutes, the early bookings to take sting out of opponents and the subjective decisions we don’t get in both boxes. Therefore, we need to steamroller teams – we may be too flimsy to do that!

  4. Bhoyjoebelfast



    Great questions. Sorry can’t get them all.


    Here is my efforts.



    Allen McKnight


    Chris Killen ?


    Carey the St Johnstone lad I think ?


    McGovern was back up as big rab was suspended



    Dont know who the 14 cap Welsh guy is a guess might be Naylor



    John Hartson


    Joe Ledley


    No idea re the testimonial.

  5. Reggie



    I know exactly who my source is. As far from right wing as you could imagine.



    I also know she called the social services and police regarding the furries situation. A child identifying as a cat eating from a bowl on the floor.

  6. Who was the last Celtic player to score a header like big Idahs?


    I reckon the last I saw like that was either Sutton or Hartson……

  7. BURNLEY78 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:40 PM



    A guy in my son’s office (banking) identifies as a wolf. Sits at his desk and takes meetings and such wearing a mask. Howls when he feels like it.


    I’m guessing he could break a few rules and still keep his job as they’d be scared to sack him for fear of being accused of whatever

  8. BURNLEY 78 @9.38


    1)Allen McKnight


    2)Cillian Sheridan


    3)Graham Carey


    4)Michael McGovern.




    1)Adam Matthews


    2)John Hartson


    3)Joe Ledley


    4) Mark Hughes■ A bit cruel …


    Take care BURNLEY 78.


    ● If I get time tomorrow..England and Scotland will be the related links●

  9. PHILBHOY on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:56 PM


    OH against Aberdeen !



    I’ll give you that……..but there’s not many

  10. I DID say like Idahs



    Not just a headed goal…..a headed goal like Idahs




    Climbing higher than between 2 defenders and BULLETING a header beyond the flailing arms of the goalie

  11. 31003 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:51 PM


    BURNLEY78 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:40 PM




    Are those two stories— cat and wolf — genuine?

  12. HOT SMOKED on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 10:29 PM


    31003 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:51 PM



    BURNLEY78 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:40 PM





    Are those two stories— cat and wolf — genuine?



    Wolf man yes

  13. idah showed up like sutton and hartson of old



    As in he got between the defenders and put it about



    We have not had someone with the physique to do that for a number of years



    We should, on an occasion, just abandon the pass about the back pish



    And just punt it



    Let idah create a little chaos



    And feed off it



    That ^^^^^ tactic



    Should be used




  14. 31003





    Now I can`t decide whether to go to bed or prowl the streets all night .



    Bed has won so


    goodnight all.



  15. The Scales debate is put to bed for a while now because of Nawrocki’s latest injury.



    I suspect we may have got our Jozo replacement in Nawrocki.

  16. the scales debate is right up there with the starfelt and taylor debate






    The bhoy has done well



    What the feck else is he meant to do



    I liked starfelt



    I like taylor and I like scales



    Right now our problem is midfield to strikers



    Not fecking defense

  17. BURNLEY78 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 9:40 PM





    I know exactly who my source is. As far from right wing as you could imagine.



    I also know she called the social services and police regarding the furries situation. A child identifying as a cat eating from a bowl on the floor.






    So no credible source that’s all you had to say.



    I remember kids at my school who pretended to be jedi’s and wizards, that was in the 80s, they didn’t call them woke, they called them kids.



    I think you, Greenpinta and whoever else who believes this Daily Mail right wing nonsense need to spend a little less time online and look after your mental health.

  18. REGGIE on 27TH FEBRUARY 2024 12:27 AM



    My mental health is fine, but many thanks for your concern. Since today I identify as a teapot, I see some Deja Brew.



    I hope you are just as concerned about the mental health of a generation of youngsters who’s mental health has been severely impacted by lockdown when the science showed there was virtually no increased risk to them or to their peers.


    As a society we did not manage risk correctly.


    That is where your concern should lie.



    CQN was originated to combat lazy journalism. We do not need to follow any MSM narrative. I wholeheartedly support that rationale.



    For clarity and incase you are offended . Apologies, I am not really a teapot it was a joke.



    Cheers and HH.



    PS ; I hope you enjoy the game on Wednesday

  19. Good morning all from a still happy Garngad.



    Need a good win on Wednesday, let’s keep going Celtic.



    MOD/Paul67 – please remove that post from Clunk’s at 2.02am a shocking post and probably deserves a red card, but that’s down to you, as to what you want your blog to become. Shocking.



    D. :)

  20. Cold and chilly here in G74 hopefully we keep the key players fit for the run in and hit form and keep winning. It will soon be spring.

  21. HOT SMOKED on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 5:19 PM


    BURNLEY78 on 26TH FEBRUARY 2024 3:55 PM







    If Brendan was being sexist then surely that is also true of nearly EVERY female football player who refers to her teammates as `girls`”







    And are we being sexist when we refer to the Bhoys ? Come on you boys in Green ? Boys of the Old Brigade ?







    I am sure there will be many, many more examples . Unfortunately, highlighting that kind of comment allows for real sexism to be dismissed and doesn`t help women at all.







    HH Mate.

  22. News just in….



    NO ONE is to call a Female GUIDES a ” GIRL” any more. From now on the ” GUIDES” wish to be called..” The WUMMIN GUIDES “.



    ALSO….” Pop Groups like….” GIRLS ALOUD and EVRYTHING BUT THE GIRL….are to be renamed in case those names ” Offend” anyone ?


    Almost EVERY Time I am in my local Pub….I hear Females describing their Female Friends as ” GIRL FRIENDS”, No matter that those ” GIRL FRIENDS” are 60 years or over ?




  23. In the song from 1972 ” TELGRAM SAM” by T-REX and the late great Marc Bolan…….Towards the end of the song Marc sings…” I’M A HOWLING WOLF”.



    I saw T-REX Twice in their hey day ( Early 1970’s)…BEFORE Marc went downhill ( Champagnes and Cocaine…I believe)…They were SUPERB playing LIVE at Gigs.


    It was called ” TREXASTASY”….Due to the excitement they caused among their fans.



    At that time, I was one of their fans…until wee Marc lost the plot with some poor song writing and a doomed TV show.


    I first listened to T- REX when they were known as ” TYRANNASAURES REX” in the late 1960’s. I had all the Albums.


    MAGIC !




  24. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    SMSM in its element over the past 24 hours.



    You have to wonder how the two feminist organisations no one had ever heard of until yesterday got wind of what the manager said?



    Were they glued to the radio listening to the post-match `’reaction” from Fir Park and just happen to hear the manager’s comment or did BBC Scotland approach them for faux outrage in order to whip up a storm over nothing 🤔

  25. BIG JIMMY on 27TH FEBRUARY 2024 8:26 AM




    At that time, I was one of their fans…until wee Marc lost the plot with some poor song writing and a doomed TV show.




    He had some great acts on that tea-time show. As did Ayshea (Lift off). Some amazing acts in the early 70s. I think she went with Roy Wood. I’m sure you remember her, Jimmy😉

  26. ZIGGYDOC1 on 27TH FEBRUARY 2024 8:50 AM




    i will take your word for it that Marc had some great ” Guests” on his TV Show as I didnt watch EVERY week.



    Anytime I DID watch it, I was rather sad as the show was very ” amateurish” and Marc didnt come across as being too well at that time IMHO ?


    Little did we know about the ” Champagne and Cocaine” binges.



    I have watched a Documentary a few years ago, and some of Marcs old friends and family CONFIRMED that Marc was too fond of Champagne and Cocaine Cocktails from the mid 1970’s ?




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