Welsh inclusion arrested a persistent problem


It all looked too easy.  There was a collective holding of breath when Stephen Welsh was replaced midway through the second half but Celtic’s movement exploited a St Mirren team who bossed them in Glasgow less than two weeks earlier.

Tom Rogic started proceedings with a throwback to some of his classic performances.  His close control and ability to shift from right to left in an instant created space inside the St Mirren box despite the defence packing around him.

Scott Brown continued to look rejuvenated, as did Ryan Christie, who came on for Albian Ajeti and confused defenders with his perpetual motion.

St Mirren are a solid side, one of the form teams in Scotland.  After last night, we were left wondering what could have been?

Let’s hope Stephen Welsh makes it for Perth on Sunday.  I suspect a solid back four has a lot to do with the run of three consecutive wins, with 10 for and 1 against.  Stephen may never be Baresi, but his inclusion in the line-up for these three games arrested a persistent problem.

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  1. Eddie has now scored 5 games in a row….we’ll miss him.



    As we will with big Kris Ajer at the back.



    2 big sets of shoes to fill in the summer methinks.




  2. NTB @ 1.05



    Opinion on AA — based on what I have saw of him.


    Looks like a good penalty box striker but also good at holding the ball up.



    Looks to have a bit of talent — just needs some confidence and support.


    We are not playing to his strengths — JJK needs more work to get him to the bye-line.

  3. BW @ 1.34



    Get in some quality coaches and there is a chance they might stay.


    Freshen up the squad and get in new on field leadership and they might stay.


    Be serious about CL / EuL football and they might stay.



    PL leaving the building will help — no more back sliding and transfer trouser snakery.



    If they do go they will be big shoes to fill.


    Just a case that we will need to work harder to get quality replacements.

  4. re Ajeti



    i just dont see a penalty box striker. I’m not sure what I see. He’s not especially fast, still to see him have a decent shot from distance. Cant remember a header at goal. , doesn’t look t hava trick.



    More a no 10 if anything dropping deep.



    I see more hope with Klimala then Ajeti.

  5. Odsonne Edouard remains an incredible talent. But what has happened to his shooting prowess ?



    We have not got the best out of him this season. That much is fact.


    A magnificent player who maybe needs fresh coaching techniques. I will be sorry to see him go.



    He will also be taking the best song in football with him, how much is that worth.



    HH to all.

  6. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on

    I think Rogic and Edouard link up well on the edge of the box.


    Look at that chance they created that Eddy should have buried.


    Both have quick feet and are intelligent players.

  7. Notthebus


    If you care to watch Rogic’s goal last you will see the role Ajeti played in creating the space the shot went into.


    That’s the intelligence and instinct of a penalty box striker.

  8. Stephen Welsh is 1.88m


    Sergio Ramos is 1.84m


    Fabio Cannavaro 1.75m


    Kris Ajer is 1.98m


    Nir Bitton is 1.96m



    Heading ability is about skill once you are over 6ft





    Fabio Cannavaro at 1.75m was a one off. What a player; spring, strength and great at holding shirts

  9. GREENPINATA, 12:45 excellent post , spoken to quite a few who have said much the same , as I said earlier! But having COVID at present, would definitely take vaccine, my mother in law got hers and she stayed here sat ! She had no symptoms yet so maybe vaccinations are working

  10. SW is not 1.88M tall — he is 1.83 at best.


    Noticeably smaller than OE and TR when they were in the same wall last night.

  11. I’ve posted on here on many occasions regards kris ajer , how I thought him a weak link in the team , I am delighted to say presently he is making me extract my opinion on him . I think now we will miss him when he leaves if he leaves , still has some rough edges But he has certainly improved . Everyone knows our defence has been abysmal over a period of time , and that it was an area needing emergency surgery not TLC , not my call regards replacements but much needed quality is needing brought in , whoever comes in to coach the club I hope our scouts have found the types we need to get our side ready to reclaim our title and get the side ready for an assault on Europe .

  12. JT @ 2.41



    You have to judge every player through the NL / JFK / GS filter.


    They would make a 2003 HL look crap.

  13. WISHAW TIM on 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 2:25 PM



    There ate many of us on here who have had Covid 19.. Thank God we are all well and still able to post our thoughts However j am very mindful of those who have not been so lucky.



    From a Celtic perspective as this is a Celtic blog.. If our leaders telll me I will be able to go to Parkhead when most of us have had the vacinne, then sign me up.



    However if the majority of the population have had the vacinne and we are still in virtual house arrest and lockdown, then what is the rationale.?

  14. Just got a call from the doctor.


    ” we wondering if you’ll be having the covid vaccination”


    “I thinking I’ll be giving it a miss ”


    “thats fine – I’ll put you down as declined”


    Very friendly -no pressure ,sounded like I wasn’t their only refusal.


    Thats it ,I feel good ,and the sun is shining.

  15. GREENPINATA! Agreed! See the sleekit coward bankie oan 😂😂absolutely shitebag of a guy! Or burd

  16. BAMBOO on 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 2:55 PM



    If you get Covid will you be expecting to get treatment from the NHS?




    Take the vax and your still locked up and have to follow the restrictions . For a long time I reckon.


    And apparently you can still get the virus and you can still infect others .


    Dont know if it will work against virulent variants and mutations.


    Still have got to get the second jab ……….then whats the betting that covid vaccinations become an annual event.?


    Big Pharma laughing all the way to the bank.

  18. Bam @ 3.05



    Fair play to you for putting yourself in public view and then talking absolute *hite.


    It would be great to find out more about your background to work out why you are so bat*hit mental.


    What thought processes and viewpoints got you this place?

  19. GREENPINATA on 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 2:52 PM


    WISHAW TIM on 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 2:25 PM





    ‘However if the majority of the population have had the vacinne and we are still in virtual house arrest and lockdown, then what is the rationale.?’






    The rationale of having the vaccine is that it reduces the chances of being seriously ill from Covid.



    That’s good for the individual concerned.



    It’s also good for everyone else because it means the NHS won’t be overwhelmed having to treat Covid patients and will allow others to access the NHS for all the other ailments that afflict people.



    It may though be some time before we can get back to normal given the various new variants and other unforeseeable issues that arise along the way.



    You’ve just got to try to behave like a responsible grown up rather than an over indulged toddler and deal with the reality that we are all faced with.



    And if it’s good enough for both the Popes AND Willie Nelson it should be good enough for the rest of us.

  20. BAMBOO on 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 3:09 PM









    I had 3 weeks of horrible coughing last year . Similar to a bad flu but different .







    Cool story, bro.



    How about answering the question though.

  21. Everyone who has contributed towards the NHS is entitled to treatment, irrespective of whether or not they have been vaccinated.

  22. ernie



    (btw – only just clieck as to your name – doh !)



    are you saying that anyone who fails to take preventative measures for any ailment should not get nhs treatment ?