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There were so many pleasing aspects to yesterday’s performance.  Perhaps most importantly, we won a game and scored goals without our primary creative fulcrum, Kris Commons, and without playing our backup fulcrum, Charlie Mulgrew, in a creative position.

Several players will return for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off decider against Helsingborgs but Tony Watt has given Neil Lennon plenty to consider.  He was by some magnitude the best player on the field, and was considerably more threatening than his strike partner, Gary Hooper, who has had no genuine competition for the main striker position since arriving at Celtic two years ago.  I’ve felt for some time that Gary needs to be pushed.  Tony might be the man to do this.

Do you remember six years ago we mocked Paul Le Guen’s Rangers with, “You’re fourth in the SPL…”  Poor Sevco are fourth in the fourth tier of Scottish football.  Give that guy McCoist another 5% of the shares, he’s absolutely priceless.

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  1. They were very poor today. At times could not pass the ball to a colleague. It’s gonna be a long hard season, but I think Berwick will improve as the season continues and put today’s hiccup behind them.

     

     

    Dan

  2. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    The third division teams will get used to mibbery, the way the SPL teams have had to.

  3. Can any lurking Capetonians help me?

     

    Do they still show the Celtic games at Mitchell’s in the Waterfront?

  4. The feature of yesterday’s game was how Celtic kept their wide players deep most of the time, playing the balls into the channels for the strikers. This stretched the play and nullified Butcher’s clustered midfield.

     

     

    Aside from the headlines surrounding Watt, Wanyama and McCourt were both brilliant, while Hooper, despite not scoring, looked strong and sharp. Izzy had a confidence boosting game, and Lustig (particularly 1st half) at long last looked like a player. The central midfield pairing of Wanyama and Twardzik blended superbly well. The only disappointment was Wilson, and the slackness in defence at the end.

     

     

    From an attacking point of view, it was an effective change from the long ball up to Sammi with Commons as the creator, and although Lenny will want to rely on his tried and tested on Wednesday, in any other circumstances this would give him food for thought.

  5. TET

     

     

    Really excited about this young man and his emergence should benefit all our strikers.

  6. I saw the first 45mins of the Sevco game. They are truly a dreadful side. Both teams looked of 3rd Division standard.

     

     

    If Sleekit Sally stays in charge, there must be serious doubts that they will get promoted

     

     

    They are being humiliated on a weekly basis. I just can’t get enough of it

  7. “Rangers’ old ambition to play league football in England was realised in circumstances they would not have imagined”……… From the BBC match report. LOL!!!!!

  8. Snake Plissken on

    I didn’t watch any of the game but saw the link pronto after laughing my head off at the 1-1.

     

     

    I think this notion that they are going to romp it all the way through the leagues has been well and truly shattered.

     

     

    Once the novelty factor dies down and the reality hits home of where they are playing watch the crowds vanish.

     

     

    Rabble rousing and calling people bigots has a limited lifespan and when it goes there is little they can do to get these folk back especially if performances and results are like today’s for the foreseeable.

     

     

    Remember even with league reconstruction they’ll have at least 2 years of lower league football – it will be soul destroying and we’ll continue to slag them to the point that they won’t be admitting to supporting them anymore.

     

     

    Even with referees giving them a draw today, it is still soul destroying and the humiliation and the pain is going to continue for at least one more year.

     

     

    And that’s before we get to stripping titles and cups….

  9. Cathedral View on

    If Sally owns 5% of the club does that mean he can’t/won’t be sacked as manager……..ever? :-))

     

     

    cv

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the exiled tim

     

     

    15:06 on

     

    26 August, 2012

     

     

    That’s exactly what happened…..

  11. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    It is hard to defend the game against charges of corruption when you see the goal Berwick had disallowed. Is this what the need for a strong Rangers leads to?

     

     

    Lets settle for calling it incompetency but it is simply not good enough and changes to how referees are provided, monitored and whom they report to are required to make our game squeaky clean – This is from a CU article:

     

     

    http://celticunderground.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=693:sfa-reform-one-down-three-to-go&catid=45:season-2010-2011&Itemid=80

     

     

    The Referee Service

     

     

    This would be split with the SFA doing the recruitment, training and match appointments (having taken the nature of the game to be officiated into account). However the monitoring and evaluation would be the province of the customer, using referees or ex refs from anywhere to mark to a standard set by the customer.

     

     

    This spilt of responsibilities would prevent any one person being in a position to exert his own influence on referees as a result of being part of the appointment and evaluation process. It would safeguard the SFA from the kind of suspicion that led to the referees’ strike and lead to a higher standard of referee because the customer would be setting the standard not the supplier (as happens everywhere in business but football)

     

    If it did not improve quality, it would free the SPL/SL to hire their own referees from wherever they could get them. A bit of competition never did anybody any harm and that includes our referees who, if they reached higher standards, would be in more demand outside Scotland.

  12. Mc.Coist will not be replaced.

     

     

    His sole function in that swamp is to further the illusion that they are the “same” club.

     

     

    It’s the Continuity RFCIA.

     

     

    As I posted on the last thread, another combined effort from all clubs’ supporters will be required to stop them being elevated to an unearned position, following the imminent league reconstruction.

  13. HT

     

     

    Always been a believer in if your good enough, your old enough.

     

     

    Seen the bhoy a few times in the next gen games, he showed his class there, but against players of the same age it’s hard to judge, but from what I have seen against murderwell and ict the young fella has what it takes to be a top class player.

     

     

    I just hope Lenny tells PL to get him signed up, or we could well lose him.

     

     

    The likes of Newcastle could well afford to pay him silly money and sit on him.

  14. Andy Thorn sacked as Coventry boss. John Salako, former team-mate, on SSN ‘Andy’s done a fantastic job there’.

     

     

    Let’s examine ‘fantastic’. Win percentage of 22% (13 from 60). Took them down, Three games played this season, three draws.

     

     

    Salako continues ‘he took them forward’.

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    cathedral view

     

     

    15:21 on

     

    26 August, 2012

     

     

     

    LLLLOOOOLLLL…!!!!

  16. ”The Berwick disallowed goal is like a new signing!’ Mark HATEley.

     

     

    Joking aside I have just seen it and I am speechless – ‘though not surprised.

     

     

    Berwick should ludge a complaint!

     

     

    Welocome back Paul67! Where were you?

     

     

    Tony Watt must start on Wednesday – I DEMAND it!

     

     

    HH!!

  17. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY looking forward to game on Wednesday,

     

    team starting to show a fair bit of confidence.

     

    Hail hail.

  18. TET

     

     

    He’s still very young, if he does have 18 months left on his contract I’d expect him to sign at least one more with us to further his development.

     

     

    If progression continues then he will be in the position where more financially attractive offers will be on offer.

  19. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Tallybhoy…

     

     

    Think Tony will get a few SPL games, before CL involvement……

  20. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I was an advocate for a Stokes-Fletcher frontline before the latter headed south to Burnley but I will concede the Gary Hooper is the best striker out of the three. Even so the contribution by Stokes over the last two season should not be underestimated. Hooper may have the edge but Stokes has scored 40 goals in 80 matches and last season scored league, cup and European goals. He also is a player who does not suffer gladly be it those that try to hurt him or those that try to let them. Hooper looked pretty comfortable alongside Watt and he also looked pretty pleased for young Tony’s efforts. Nothing wrong with having goalscoring players, at one point Celtic had Chalmers, Lennox, McBride and Wallace all available, and needless to say that team scored a whole lot of goals. Tony Watt given the game time (his phrase not mine) offers more on that front, and that is something to look forward to, whoever he is playing alongside.

  21. Bloke109

     

     

    If you read his name very quickly it looks like that of a German striker who played for us in the 1990s.

     

     

    Mort

  22. The Ghood will prevail on

    I’m really enjoying getting back to all things Celtic after justice prevailed and newhun was forced to be reincarnated in division 3. Particularly as things are looking up on the field for the Bhoys.

     

    However, watching that disallowed goal on the link sent a shiver down my spine. It must be down to cheating, pure and simple. I can think of no other explanation. If anyone has one, please share.

     

    I believe that the brotherhood is still strong among officialdom. Scottish fitba still requires root and branch reform or we are simply going to be facing the same age-old problems in a few years’ time. My club has been cheated out of enough trophies. Berwick were today cheated of their right to a famous victory. These peepil have no shame.

  23. Mention of Andy Thom reminds me of that goal he scored from a hunner yards against the huns at Ibrox. What a strike that was.

  24. I am hoping, and praying, that we draw ‘them’ in both cup competitions.

     

     

    By comparison the 7-1 and 6-2 games will look like close-run matches!

     

     

    Big Vic and Kayal can take care of Black and ‘elbows’!

     

     

    Young Tony would run riot against that defence!

     

     

    HH!!

  25. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TALLYBHOY

     

     

    Read you reply from yesterday once I came to this morning.

     

     

    Yer august golfing toon is only two stops away by train.

     

     

    I’M IN!

     

     

    And looking forward to it,too.

     

     

    BTW,thanks to SNAKE PLISSKEN for the link earlier.

     

     

    IMO,that has to be the most questionable disallowed goal I’ve ever seen.

     

     

    It even makes “that” Jorge Cadete decision look legitimate.

     

     

    The third division might as well get used to it.

  26. Bloke 109

     

     

    Remember Andy thorn from his playing days at mainly crystal palace, think he played for a while with the gorgie huns. Did he score against old co?

  27. Right, with Pan’s people now a fast fading memory (Cherry Gillespie phwoar!), just how observant are youse Glaswegians?

     

     

    Where did I wander this morning as I dwelt on the memory of Louise Clarke, 405 lines, British Relay and digging up John Logie Baird to fix our tube (rather than you tube).

     

     

    Miscellany

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Estadio

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