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Well-rehearsed Celtic earn merited point

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Two weeks ago we spoke about the fine margins which determine results in the Champions League. Last night’s share of the points was a great example. While Borussia Monchengladbach were the better team at Celtic Park last month, they relied on two defensive errors to settle the game. Had Celtic stayed error free they may have won.

Last night we were error free (you could nit-pick about the Gladbach goal) and got a better result. A result which surprises on the upside or downside has the potential to overshadow an actual performance, but our point was deserved.

It didn’t look that way early on. Although Celtic defended comfortably for the first 15 minutes, we were unable to hold the ball. The abiding memory of that period is Tom Rogic with three black shirts around him the moment the ball arrived at his feet. Even long balls to the later-impressive Moussa Dembele were offering no relief.

We didn’t create anything the first time we got possession inside the Gladbach box, but this was the most important passage of play in the game. We retained possession for more than 20 passes, allowing players to settle, and perhaps giving Borussia more defensive duties to consider. At no point thereafter were we pinned back inside our own half.

Dembele had no right to get around the defender and into a shooting position at the penalty. He knocked the ball to the defender’s left and ran past him on his right, in the middle of the box. It took craft and strength. It’s been a while since we’ve had a striker who would have been capable of this kind of move.

Honourable mentions to Scotts Sinclair and Brown. Sinclair clearly worried the Gladbach defenders, who could only outnumber him when he drove deep into their half with the ball tied to his feet.

The most striking aspect of the performance was how we performed defensively. With squad players Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa at full back and Mikael Lustig partnering Erik Sviatchenko in the middle you would be forgiven for worrying we might see the kind of disorganisation witnessed at the Camp Nou on match day one.

Instead we looked well-rehearsed, while Craig Gordon was back at his best.

Callum McGregor’s should have won all three points with a gilt-edged chance near the end. That could have made the difference between third and fourth in the group, but a win would have flattered us.

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  1. Great news on the OBAF Act. Even the SNP balloons, who to a man and woman voted against today cannot continue with this ridiculous legislation. Stephen Quigley, Jeanette Findlay and all others who campaigned against this nonsense, take a bow!

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD

     

     

    According to this,my post is only the third on the article!

     

     

    Moderators on speed?

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Why do the English commentators think that Spurs are superior to Bayer Lev?

     

     

    They have just stopped short of mentioning “plucky Germans”.

  4. Has there been problems with the bhlog? Found it difficult to access it last night and a seven hour gap between posts?

  5. Almore.

     

    It’s the new moderators they are a bit severe. :-))

     

    Yes there was some issues with the blog last night.

  6. Dropped my mobile ( on the couch) and 5 pages of posts disappear ???

     

    I was enjoying the read back an awe

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    HT

     

     

    The Cqn “police” are now deleting pages, am glad I missed all the mud-slinging (if any)

     

     

    JNP

     

     

    Thought we were going to sneak our 2nd away win last night :-)

  8. The good thing abut this problem with blog is that there is none of that glory hunting, self aggrandising, podium embracing nonsense.

  9. Thomthethim

     

     

    Very funny. Maybe wee Nicola is moderator 2!

     

     

    Gerryfaethebrig

     

     

    May be no bad thing! :-)

  10. Gerryfaethebrig.

     

    I know. It’s amazing I was watching at 1.0 thinking I’ve watched this movie too many times. Once it was 1.1 adrenaline pumping and then difficulty sleeping afterwards.

     

    Did you enjoy your day off?

  11. I was reading back and clicked on to the next page, and they are all gone!!!!!!

     

    Do do do do, do do do do, do do do do, do do do do……………………………………

     

     

    Have we entered the Twilight Zone:-)

     

     

    Still feeling very chuffed with our team after last night.

     

    Progress is Green and White!

  12. No doubt we will somehow manage to beat Barcelona at Parkhead and this will be taken as confirmation that we should be seen as one of the top teams in Europe.

  13. HAMILTONTIM on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 8:25 PM

     

    I’ll crack the jokes…:)

     

    P67’s on the case.

  14. Right Paul67 what’s going on here. Had read up to page 5 or 6, popped out to the shops and return to find that about 200-odd posts have disappeared!

     

     

    Around 5.30pm I only said “good evening”…..

  15. Gerryfaethebrig on

    JNP

     

     

    There is a never a bad “day off” school run 9am, lunch run 12.30pm nursery run 1pm, pick up from school 3pm…….will at least I get to sit down at work, the Mrs had her wee dig she does it all every day (apart from the lunch run)

     

     

    Watched the game with a few bhoys last night, pub was mobbed and with minutes to go the young team were shouting “get it in the box” me, I was actually ok with us keeping the ball, that point last night keeps the interest going for all supporters, if we chased a winner and they broke and scored our euro campaign would be over apart from beating both Barca & City, anyway as you know the glass is definitely half full :-)

     

     

    HT long way to go but that wee result in Holyrood is a step forward, for you and many others who have put the hours in

  16. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    whit just happened , i clicked onfor the next page and i ended up on the previous article

  17. H.T.

     

    On that note, James Dornans comments were cringing, surely even the SNP were embarrassed by them.

     

    Sectarianism and football were ugly brothers, the defining picture of sectarianism in Scotland has always been football.

     

    I had to double check that he actually said that. Where do you start with that?,but that is the mind set you are up against folks.

  18. Superb result last night and could maybe even should have been better. Very well received bu Borussia supporters. Met a German pal from Düsseldorf who told me that the German fans all wanted to be there to enjoy the atmosphere we created. He wasn’t disappointed.

     

    Not sure hoe Griff gets back in???

     

    HH

  19. as they used to say ……… Previously on The West Wing

     

     

    598 COMMENTS

     

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    COWIEBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:13 AM

     

    In the last 30 secs of the game last night, we had 4 players pass the ball around the halfway line or there about, with the full Borrusia team in their own half defending

     

     

    What’s wrong with wanting the ball punted into the box at that stage ?

     

     

    We still had 4 players available to defend any potential break if ball had been lost

     

     

    And yes I know many may think better keeping possession and garaunteed 1 pt with €500k

     

     

    We may have created a chance of 3pts and €1.5m with a 2nd goal

     

     

     

    Anyway, still a happy Bhoy

     

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

    BEATBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:15 AM

     

    Davidopolous

     

     

     

    Not everything cancelled.

     

     

     

    April fools day.

     

    PHILBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:17 AM

     

    BSR

     

     

     

    I’ve got a mate coming up from London for that game.

     

     

     

    Was talking to him at the weekend and he say’s business might get in the way.

     

     

     

    Anyway short story is he has offered me the ticket If he can’t make it.

     

     

     

    Midweek games are no good for me so if I get the ticket it is yours.

     

     

     

    I’ll know by the weekend, however, if you get a chance of a ticket, grab it!

     

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:18 AM

     

    Phil

     

     

     

    Good man

     

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:18 AM

     

    PS

     

     

    Sharkeys is a so called Celtic pub in the Gorbals, sing any rebel and your papped out the door, it’s a kid on Celtic pub, not recommended if you’ve got a wee bit of the rebel in yi.

     

    JONTY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:19 AM

     

    Blantyrekev.

     

     

    Merchant city either the fanzone or

     

     

    bar home.

     

     

    City centre go for kitty o’sheas or rhoddy dhus waterloo st outside central station.

     

     

    Pub grub in kittys pretty decent.

     

     

    Malones good too.

     

    THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:20 AM

     

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:09 AM

     

     

    *********** Wanted ***********

     

     

     

     

    Celtic v Barcelona ticket

     

     

     

     

    ***********************************

     

     

     

     

    I have a used one somewhere, if that is any good.

     

    HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:20 AM

     

    Highlights of game on now on BT SPORT 3.

     

     

    Sky channel 417

     

    AULDHEID on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:21 AM

     

    Next week is International week when even the meaning of life can be done to death. So lets enjoy the warm glow of a creditable performance but if you want to think ahead to next week perhaps this latest from E Tims on Res12 will get an airing?

     

     

     

    http://etims.net/?p=10253

     

    BEATBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:29 AM

     

    BSR

     

     

     

    There’ll be plenty available as lots of supporters have stated how bored they are with Celtic v Barcelona games.

     

     

     

    The groans as the draw was made!

     

     

     

    Messi, Suarez, Neymar, yawn!

     

     

     

    Confident of being there!

     

    DAVIDOPOULOS on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:29 AM

     

    beatbhoy

     

     

     

    Mate, I will be the April Fool…that’s the date!

     

    BEATBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:31 AM

     

    Davidopolous

     

     

     

    Well, if the wedding’s as good as the christening, should be some day!

     

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:32 AM

     

    AULHEID

     

     

     

    yes I posted it earlier, but it’s the same old same old, going after the board, good article till they came away with the same old blame the board crap, it’s like a broken record, according to e Tims everything bad in Scottish football is CFC fault, it’s just so predictable IMO.

     

    MOONBEAMSWD ‘STAND UP ON 15 FOR THE GB’ on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:42 AM

     

    Auldheid

     

     

     

    If the baw is in your half, in your possession and the opposition have retreated into defence and you do nout with how how can you win?

     

     

     

    This will determine how big, small or in fact whether the PLC has any baws!

     

     

     

    NaeSquirellsJustActionBrownShirts@GIRFUYco.uk

     

     

     

    MWD

     

    KEVING on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:46 AM

     

    I never held out much hope for us last night but, I’m glad that this morning I’m wiping egg of my face and using it to make French Toast. Yeah, history didn’t repeat.

     

     

     

    For us to turn 1 point into 3 at this level we require to up our speed of thought and take one less touch in the final third. That’s something we can develop as the raw ingredients are in all players but they need confidence in their football intelligence.

     

     

     

    While Armstrong wasn’t at his best his aggression and energy was a delight and a compliment to Brown. His ball retention was distinctly poor, he lacked physicality for the night and his thought process was laboured, but he showed personality and willingness.

     

     

     

    Oh, how I wish we could combine Tom Rogic’s Brisbane Zidane feet with the sharpness (both physical and mental) of Stindl. A “Rogindl” would be worth 3 Dembele’s.

     

     

     

    But, from Gibraltar to Gladbach has been an enjoyable ride.

     

     

     

    Under 600 comments though. Not enough doom and gloom for some!

     

    THETIMREAPER on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:51 AM

     

    Perhaps we have an opportunity to build some kind of long term partnership with BMG on the basis of two good spirited encounters..

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 11:52 AM

     

    PHILBHOY

     

     

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE

     

     

     

    If RebelYell can help wi swapping addys,let me know.

     

     

     

    I might suggest an address in Swindon to send the ticket to,but that’s the chance ye take(!)

     

    JUDE2005 IS NEIL LENNON \O/ on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:01 PM

     

    GREAT RESULT AND DISPLAY LAST NITE FROM THE BHOYS!!

     

     

     

     

    Ps did emdae hear the hurtin hun refer to Chris Sutton as Chris Satan on SSB the other nite??

     

    PHILBHOY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:01 PM

     

    BMCUWP

     

     

     

    A Swindon Hoot?

     

     

     

    Who’d be up for that?

     

    TIMALOY29 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:06 PM

     

    Broony in the squad for Scotland vs England

     

     

     

    Charlie Adam not in the squad. Is that any surprise after he criticised Strachan on national radio yesterday?

     

    DAVIDOPOULOS on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:09 PM

     

    Sevco have been given an injury boost…

     

     

     

    Krancjar requires knee surgery….

     

     

     

    Now, didn’t someone tell them that he had injury problems????

     

    PAUL67 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:09 PM

     

    new article posted.

     

    DAVIDOPOULOS on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:09 PM

     

    P.S. will that mean £50k a week worth of players will be sitting on the sidelines??

     

    MICKBHOY1888 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:11 PM

     

    That was a proper public holiday in Gladbach yesterday…..their equivalent of B&Q was even shut

     

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:16 PM

     

    Some are just never happy, look hard enough you’ll find a negative, ffs?

     

     

     

    http://celtsarehere.com/brendan-rodgers-oconnell-snub/

     

    WEEMINGER on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:18 PM

     

    While I was urging the team to get the ball forward quicker in those last few minutes, with hindsight I’d have been gutted to throw away a slim chance of staying in Europe for no chance at all.

     

    VFR800A8 on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 12:31 PM

     

    bamboo on 2nd November 2016 9:02 am

     

     

     

    Garbage; Gordon’s distribution was excellent last night, the best it’s ever been. he found his player 28 times from 32 attempts. So quantify “awful distribution”. As for the other “appraials, I won’t even comment!

     

     

     

    Davidopolous, are you upset diddums?

     

     

     

     

    KTF

     

    LUCKY CODY on 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 8:27 PM

     

    I enjoyed the game last night from a good sports bar in Covent Garden called Philomenas

     

     

     

    Took the opportunity to read Stewart Weirs ( Head of Sport for The Herald ) match report. Wow —hurting big time. He makes Matt Lindsay look like Paul the Tim.

     

     

     

    Together Weir & Lindsay with the promptings of Traynor have turned The Herald into a Sevco fanzine. I remember the Herald used to have balance with good journalists like Archer, Paul, Reynolds, Spiers etc. When I have a quick check on Weirs Twitter timeline it is understandable that the Herald Group Sports / Football dept consists of Weir, Lindsay, Mullen, Fisher, McPherson , Graeme, Chris Union Jack etc

     

     

     

    I am amazed that The Herald / Sunday Herald / Evening Times have allowed this situation to happen and ignore the support of the biggest club in Scotland.

     

     

     

    I can only see the circulation decline of the Herald accelerate and sponsors to drift away. It seems we have the lunatics in charge of the asuylum. The Herlad group will go through considerable downsizing and by end of next year the Sevco Sports Dept will be half its current size.

     

     

     

    They brought it upon themselves.