Verdict reserved on new midfield mix


Oh’s first last night was a classic six-yard box striker’s goal.  He got a marginal touch on the ball, enough to divert it around a defender and into the net.  His second demonstrated more of his abilities, as he outpaced his marker to collect a through ball before finishing below David Marshall.

Let’s remind ourselves.  Oh is a 22-year-old athlete, strong and skilful, who puts the ball in the net when he gets a chance.  It is our job to mature him into a great player.  Successful clubs in our peer group do this all the time.

There is a theory that if Celtic get an early goal, they can settle into a format which allows them to relax.  There is a counter theory, which I prefer, that after Celtic score early, their opponents are denied the luxury of being able to defend without thoughts of attacking.

Hibs knew from the third minute they would need to score in order to take anything from the game.  Their late consolation was deserved, as they should have scored twice earlier – and I’m not counting a worrying few seconds as we struggled to clear a corner kick.

Did the new central midfield mix of Tomoki Iwata, Callum McGregor and Matt O’Riley work?  We got the result but without controlling for other variables (the early goal, for example) we will not know for sure.  It is certainly how I would start at Kilmarnock on Sunday.

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  1. TINYTIM on 7TH DECEMBER 2023 9:41 PM


    I’m really not a fan of Brendan making public statements about players .


    It must be humiliating and demoralising for the players involved .


    His latest statements about MJ are shocking .


    No human being should be assessed in such a public manor .


    He has gone down in my estimation for it.













    Ref Palestine –





    Read Twitter/X post from Yanis Varoufakis at the end of the piece.



    BBC appears reluctant to show the main image , second image ‘said to show’ ……




  2. bigrailroadblues on

    Good morning all from Govanhill. It’s Friday and it’s funtime. Let the good times roll!!!!

  3. Good morning all from a 4 degree, dry at the moment but wet under foot Garngad.



    Work shortly, let the good times roll…naw wait…🤬



    Bring on the Kilmasonic.



    D :)



    Evening all.














    I hope you are feeling a bit better.






    Cheers Mate.


    I am slightly better…not much.



    i had hoped to go out for a few Beers Today ( FRIDAY ), but that aint gonna happen due to this ” FLU BUG” ?


    Hopefully, I will feel well enough to go out sometime next week ?



    I hope that you and the Family are all Fit and Healthy.


    HH Brian.

  5. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Good morning from the Trossachs a blistering 6°, will get my shirt aff for a morning coffee on the decking….after it stops raining 🌧

  6. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good morning CQN.



    Praise be to the early risers !



    Don’t know how you guys manage it.

  7. I agree with Nick from late last night. Brendan had no need to single out Mikey Johnston. This is yet another dent to the player’s confidence.


    Deal with it in private. Somehow I can’t see Joe Hart getting the same unfair exposure after numerous mistakes.

  8. bigrailroadblues on

    And a further good morning from Alfredos. Some of the clientele would frighten the Marines. And that’s just the women.

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Interesting comments re Brendan and Mikey.



    During (and after) the Stein era it was often reported that one of Jock’s great strengths was his understanding of each player’s psyche.



    These reports were often distilled down to the overly simplistic



    “he knew who needed an arm around the shoulder and who needed a kick up the backside”



    Mikey has underachieved.



    One good half of football seven months before his contract expires can’t mask that.



    As far as I am concerned, Brendan can manage that underachievement any way he sees fit.

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