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. SpaghettiHair – earlier.



    Good read. All points well made and helped clear-up the important distinction


    between the Tin-foil hat AntiVaxxer brigade…………. and those of genuine Tims asking reasonable questions around this tremendously challenging issue we all face together.










    Great post, measured, factual and respectful. Pass on my thanks to your wonderful daughter I have lost several friends to the virus and I know how difficult it has been for all NHS workers and their families. Being 70 + I have been jabbed or jagged I will certainly take the 2nd one when my turn comes round and I hope return to Celtic Park in due course and begin to enjoy some kind of normality again.


    Hail Hail stpatricksbhoy.

  3. Re the McCoist centre, I drop my daughter off at her work up in that area ,I rather childishly give


    that place the Viccy when passing.


    I’m all grown up now so I avoid it by going round the top road (Greenhills rd) .hh

  4. 79CAPS on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:05 AM



    No material difference?





    Smoking? Timescale probably decades of addiction, by which time damage probably irreversible..



    Refusal to have a vaccine? Timescale involved probably hours, perhaps days. No accumulated damage. Can be reversed at any time. No addiction involved, though admittedly may be mental health issues at play (which pretty much rules out any possibility of treatment being restricted, though if it came to it, might justify rationing of scarce resources).

  5. HOT SMOKED @ 9:22 AM,



    When left wing conspiracy theorists and right wing libertarians are on the same page we need to be asking some serious questions.



    Neither seem to have the motivation or wherewithal to improve a bad situation.



    They maybe wise to go about their little self-centred lives keeping their morale sapping thoughts to themselves.



    Hail Hail

  6. CHAIRBHOY on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:21 AM


    HOT SMOKED @ 9:22 AM,







    When left wing conspiracy theorists and right wing libertarians are on the same page we need to be asking some serious questions.







    What left wing conspiracy theorists are you referring to?

  7. Ernie @ 10.05



    Talking about timescales doesn’t convince me that there is a material difference. The NHS offers help to stop people smoking and most smokers don’t take up the offer. I don’t think they should be denied treatment if they get lung cancer. It’s a matter of whether you accept the principle of universal health care. I think you should also differentiate between people who try to influence others not to take the vaccine and those who merely make a personal choice not to be vaccinated without trying to convert others to their viewpoint.

  8. The Battered Bunnet on




    I switched to vaping a little over a year ago after what my my GP described as 35 ‘packet years’ on the smokes. For those considering it, do it. It works a treat, and you save yourself a ton of money, let alone the discomfort of standing outside in this weather.



    But I recall a short episode a few years ago that might raise a smile. I coached the EKFC U19s for a few seasons, and (naturally) didn’t smoke on the touchline. It wasn’t the ‘bad example’ thing as the players were all pretty much grown up, it was just smoking was banned at K Park, presumably considered poor form to flick fag ash on the brand new 3G pitch.



    Anyway, by the time the game ended I’d be pretty much gasping for a fag, and generally lit one up in the car park outside the club house.



    So there I was one afternoon, dragging on a cigarette after the match, chatting to a few of the players about the game just ended. One of them – a clean-cut boy, Iain, always well groomed – looked at the fag and said to me quite directly: “That’s a disgusting habit.”



    I looked at him, looked at the fag, took another draw and replied: “Yes, it is, isn’t it. But it’s my disgusting habit, and I can do it in a public park without getting arrested. Can you say the same about your disgusting habit?”




  9. Clarkey might just be one of the better viable options open to us, but………






    I think the meeja and his Hampden bosses were quick to neutralise Clarkey’s potential value to Celtic.



    I got the feeling they were allowing him to close that door?



    He was quickly corralled into the comfortable O&& F&&&, “bubble” bollix and the mood music played Louden clear………that he saw O&& F&&& gold-fish bowl thing ( ie Celtic) as bothersome etc etc………..



    He’s got the capability to address our current issues but does he have the necessary smarts or character to to dodge the hunned-up hurdles that would be put deliberately in his way? Dunno.



    In the interim, I wish Neil would stop mentioning thems in any way shape or form.

  10. VP- a couple of neighbours here in EK,have went to Fernhill for their jags,I would settle for that…

  11. If it is Stevie Clarke, I’m sure there will be zero compensation, as that’s what Oldco paid the SFA for Myth….won’t there?

  12. TBB






    “Oh, you are awful!”



    What was the reply from the young fulla?

  13. !!BADA BING!! on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:33 AM



    Aye big mhan,safer that way…..mind the locals though :O)

  14. Bada – I was going to put in a reference to the Auld Indulged Ned in my rant but couldn’t face it……….


    If we remember how totally different the mood music was around that relic and his seamless Blazer swap……………….!







  15. 79CAPS on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:30 AM




    ‘The NHS offers help to stop people smoking’






    But not to help people reconsider their refusal to have a vaccine.



    Which rather suggests that there is a material difference, does it not?

  16. BGFC @ 10.01



    The Westminster and Holyrood administrations have both failed.


    Just a case that they have failed in there own specific ways.



    BoJo just hasn’t got a clue and reacts to the policy that best fits his character.


    St Nic is totally out of her depth and promotes difference over delivery plus her supporting cast are particularly useless.



    BoJo spends lots of money through his pals if he can arrange it.


    Self isolation should be his political obituary — says everything about our failure.


    Gig economy — say no more.



    St Nic has nickel and dimed the response throughout — rationed testing to save money in Aug / Sept.


    No drive to do anything new or innovative just stand in front of a lectern and pout.

  17. 79CAPS on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:37 AM



    I’m not sure how you’ve arrived at that conclusion.



    My point is that there are probably mental health issues, to a greater or lesser extent, involved with some, though by no means all, of the refuseniks, and for that reason none of them would ever be refused treatment for Covid 19 should they require it. But If it came to the point where a scarce resource had to be rationed, for example ventilators, or an ICU bed, and the doctors have to chose between some who has refused the vaccine and someone who has not then that would be a valid and reasonable consideration when considering who should be allocated the resource.

  18. TBB…………….






    ( just wink at ‘im every time ye see him! )



    MicDrop CSC.





  19. So i make a ‘run of the mill’ response and now suddenly………..



    MADMITCH on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 9:52 AM


    FSC @ 9.47


    Your credibility lasted until “Westmonster”.



  20. I want structural change at the club changing Neil for Steve will not do it for me.


    I was hoping we could have had a proper assessment and restructure from a position of strength post 10IAR, sadly we have thrown that away ans as usual are in reactive mode.



    Wee point I was sent on Whatsapp earlier to frame the state we are in, our win against St Mirren was the first against a top 6 team since 29th Sept, let that sink in.



    Or manager thinks the disciplinary system is a problem…………..

  21. fourstonecoppi on 12th February 2021 10:47 am



    Totally with you there mate, irony of ironies, the man who wants rid of Calum McGregor.

  22. St Nic has nickel and dimed the response throughout — rationed testing to save money in Aug / Sept.



    And your evidence for this?

  23. Whats happening now cuts right across right and left politics.


    We are in danger of losing our way of life forever.


    The elites have most of the people where they want them. Frightened and blindly obedient .


    They are making their big power grab. The plan is working better than they can ever have hoped for.


    And its working so well that they will keep it going for a long time yet.


    Already talk from SAGE and certain government officials that restrictions will stay in place for the rest of the year. Thats no going to see Celtic way into next season .


    This nightmare is much scarier than a virus or risky vaccines.

  24. i have yet to read any covid deniers on here


    I have yet to read any who will refuse the vaccine mention that they they think others should also refuse


    I have yet to read anything on here where underpaid and overworked care and nhs workers efforts are not praised


    I have yet to read any who will refuse the vaccine mention they are living life carefree/maskfree/like a trump voter/whatever


    Some are swayed by their hatred of the self-entitled – does that make them self-entitled


    Some are swayed by their governments’ total incompetence/lying/recketeering/profiteering/grandstanding on the covid issue


    Some are swayed by some of the known facts about the vaccine – from the govs/main stream media


    The very same folk may have family who work in the care sector/nhs, carers, nurses, junior doctors


    The very same folk may have family who have had covid – brothers/nieces/their partners


    I dont think that automatically makes them selfish/self centred/self righteous any more than I think that those who follow the gov rules without question are



    I’ll get my coat (and my tin hat)

  25. bamboo on 12th February 2021 10:54 am



    Ah Mr Trump you have arrived at last. I knew the social media ban would wear you down.



    Bing Bangery of the highest order.



    Mon the Elites!!!

  26. ERNIE LYNCH @ 10:28 AM,



    Just in general, there are a few who contribute here.



    Don’t get me wrong, as a yout’ in the 70s and later, I’ve expounded the values of counterculture, admittedly while living a rather *conservative life.



    I’m very much of the view “the hippies were right”.



    However, many with left wing views, it seems to me, have been sudduced into the conspiracy theory industry.



    It was always the case, but is now amplified by social media, dogma can cloud one’s judgement. You may feel you have a true grievence but there is a time, place and appropriateness in broaching this.



    In my opinion, greater challenges face our society at the best of times, as you know, these are not the best of times.



    *with a small “c”



    Hail Hail

  27. HOT SMOKED on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 9:54 AM





    I agree. Very disappointing and even if CQN does not represent the wider support re Sevco, I feel the Manager should educate rather than reinforce.


    Cheerio for now.






    Completely agree, just when you thought that Lenny couldn’t sink lower, he plays the OF card! Celtic and other clubs are victims of poor (cheating?) refereeing and only one Club Sevco get the benefit of the doubt and have benefitted quite considerably in the last few matches in particular when they had players who clearly in any other league set up would have received red cards, they are not victims in this. Hard to believe that Lenny can lump them in with us and cry foul. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that he was trolling us now. I know patriotism is the last bastion of the scoundrel, is OFism the last bastion of a manager on his last legs?

  28. it is a problem. Just not THE problem



    it favours one team.



    (Clue : Not Ours.)



    It is however a convenient distraction to allow the hacks not to mention the huge advantage the huns have gotten by being allowed lots of penalties, lots of leniency when it comes to red card decisions especially in games where it ‘s at least reasonable to speculate that they might have goat beat or spilled points.



    The media love to equate us with them, again because it allows the mouth-breathers to relax and forget the disparities between both clubs.



    Having read todays guff – you might get the impression that Celtic and thems are treated the same in disciplinary terms…..( No Laughin’) …….the truth is just hidden in plain sight.

  29. MCPHAIL BHOY on 12TH FEBRUARY 2021 10:58 AM



    “Completely agree, just when you thought that Lenny couldn’t sink lower“



    What does that mean?

  30. Bam … @ 10.54



    At least you have put your head above the parapet.


    Still talking nonsense — pure frontier gibberish nonsense though.



    What way of life are we losing?


    How should I recogniose it when it happens?


    What do I look out for?