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Unwritten rules of football when you are head butted

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There was a more direct than normal look to Celtic’s play yesterday, perhaps after our display earlier this season on Rugby Park’s artificial surface. At Kilmarnock, we learned that our normal passing game is best suited to grass.  At Livingston, we learned that we need more practice at getting the ball forward early against tight SPFL defences.

Referee Kevin Clancy declined to show Livingston striker Menga a red card for head-butting Ryan Christie, almost certainly because Ryan remained on his feet.  There are many unwritten rules in football, one is that if a red card offense is committed, the referee will not produce one unless the victim drops to the ground.  Even if this reaction is unnecessary.

That incident aside, the game could have had a different outcome it the ref clamped down on repeat offenses early in the proceedings.

Livingston are defensively better than anyone in the league, apart from Celtic, but they have scored only three goals from open play.  This was a concern when they caused so much havoc in the Celtic defence at corner kicks, but it was the throw-ins from Alan Lithgow which were the greatest concern.  Lithgow can drop a throw-in into the six yard box, where the first touch from either an attacker or defender creates a bun fight in the most dangerous area of the field.

It cannot be beyond Celtic to develop the combination of strength and technique necessary to replicate this ability.

The squad would have left West Lothian in sombre mood after the broken eye socket injury to Kristoffer Ajer that will keep the defender out until after the winter break.  Compensating for this disappointment is getting to the top of the league table for the first time this season after Hearts loss to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

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  1. 50 shades of green on

    Count me in as a yes for Mick fae Swindon.

     

     

    I was gonna type ” free the Boaby ” but just didnae look right. ???

  2. BMCUWP

     

     

    It’s a no from me.

     

     

    I sent the bassa a text on Saturday and he never replied to me!

     

     

    Chancer!

  3. My mate phoned this morning to cancel our visit to the unveiling by John Clark of the Bobby Lennox statue in Saltcoats on Sunday.

     

    Apparently,the local contributors to the fund raising for the statue,have now included a memorial to the son of a local worthy, a British Army Sergeant killed in action 5 years ago.

     

    Can anyone verify this? i thought the statue was a tribute to a football great.

     

    HH

  4. Regarding plastic pitches,with all the modern training facilities up at Lennoxtown,isn’t there one there,if there is surely our club should be training on it a few days a week,so as when then go to places like Hamilton, Livingston, Kilmarnock,etc,then they would know what players that it suits to play on,just a thought.

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