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As this clean sheet run has continued, every time Fraser Forster has made a good save, I’ve found myself suggesting that the defence is not playing as tightly as it used to.  We quickly regard exceptional performance as the norm.

Fraser has, of course, been exceptional, again, this season.  Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk are fast and commanding.  Virgil has a presence about him, like Wanyama, but bigger.  On the flanks, despite the lack of competition, Emilio Izaguirre is performing at his best, while Adam Matthews, Mikael Lustig and Darnell Fisher have shuffled through the right back position as availability dictates.

I have a notion that Scott Brown is also worth credit for the defensive performance.  He seems to have grown this season, perhaps as a consequence of fitness.  This is his best season yet.

Ultimately the game is all about tactics.  Any team can keep a clean sheet but 10-in-a-row (get used to reading that) is a consequence of team plan, which is where Neil Lennon comes in.

Tomorrow is the final day to confirm tickets for our CQteN St Patrick’s Day Dinner on 14 March at the Kerrydale Suite.  The dinner will raise funds to build a kitchen at Kholoni Primary School in Mchinji, Malawi, where 1200 kids currently attend without food facilities.  If you have lost your invoice email me, celticquicknews@gmail.com

See you there.
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  1. tallybhoy

     

     

    17:19 on 30 January, 2014

     

    Miss Tally passed her driving test on Monday.

     

     

    It was held in Irvine, which happens to have one of the biggest CSCs in the country – yes Ayrshire!

     

     

    The unseen Fenian hand strikes again.

     

     

    HH!!

     

     

    True story

     

     

    Failed my first test at Knightswood. My instructor , Mr Fitzgerald, told me don’t worry you’ll pass the resit.

     

     

    A week later as I was sweating in waiting room my examiner came out and asked for me. My instructor said he will ask you if you were at game on Saturday?

     

     

    What will I say, I asked? Just say aye but you thought the bears could play better.

     

     

    I passed

  2. My Mum failed her driving test three times, getting the same examiner.

     

     

    See refused to take it again and just began Driving – most unlike her.

     

     

    She didn’t express herself in those terms but I got the feeling she thought the examiner was a masogynistic wee bigot bas……..

  3. STV News Headlines manages to show Ratcho scoring against us,as he was hunted by St Mirren today after a trial

  4. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    tonydonnelly67

     

     

     

    16:32 on 30 January, 2014

     

    Enjoyed that link

     

    Thank you

  5. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    !!Bada Bing!!

     

    He has still got his wee job showing the Zombies round the hate factory :)))

  6. Marrakesh Express on

    I got round to asking a Sevconian in work yesterday about his thoughts on the big story.

     

    Here’s his reply or near enough.

     

    ‘$#@#/n devastated mate..me and my old man canny take any more..feels like death every $#@#n day…#@#$n finished wi fitba..

     

    ..I mean all Murray did was push the rules to the limit and we got stitched by Whyte’

     

    So it all Whyte’s fault? I asked.

     

    ‘Aye, and my da heard at a meeting last night he still &@#$n owns us!’

     

    I really did try not to laugh but I’m pretty weak willed.

     

    One raging hun.

     

     

    Hh

  7. !!Bada Bing!! @ 18:01,

     

     

    “STV News Headlines manages to show Ratcho scoring against us,as he was hunted by St Mirren today after a trial”

     

     

    Seen the BBC after Bazza was announced as potential Champioship Manager of the month, the former Rangers and Scotland Captain managed to get several Rangers clips in – had no idea he was such a prolific goalscorer.

     

     

    What’s wrong with the “former disgraced”

     

     

    Must have been saving all the movable type for the Hero’s return.

     

     

    BTW How did he get on, didn’t see the score on reporting Scotland, wee bit strange after such a fanfare.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  8. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Chairbhoy 17:46

     

    If he does there will have to be firm and decisive rule changing and history writing.

     

     

    Never been a problem for them before!

  9. Had many a converstion with a ‘raging hun’ when I was over for the festive season.

     

     

    ‘Peace n goodwill n all that?!’. Aye right!

     

     

    Didnt have to say much – just laugh a lot!

     

     

    HH!!

  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Joke Brown on shortbread – the Championship will be the best league in Scotland next season.

     

     

    Eh?????????????????

  11. tallybhoy

     

     

    17:19 on 30 January, 2014

     

    Miss Tally passed her driving test on Monday.It was held in Irvine, which happens to have one of the biggest CSCs in the country – yes Ayrshire!The unseen Fenian hand strikes again.

     

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    I am a founder member

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

     

     

    HH

  12. From the TSFM

     

     

    The Driving school is sponsored by Opus Dei or OD motors Ltd which is a subsidiary of Vatican Invest Vehicles company registered in Rome which has links to P2autotraders an offshore investment vehicle based in the Isle of Man I think that should give the follow followers something for there Legal Beagles to chew on or stew over!

  13. BSR

     

    TET

     

     

    Rumour starting time

     

     

    Chicharito

     

     

    Nobasisinthiswhatsoevercsc

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  14. From FF

     

     

    DVLA is an anagram of Vlad who came from Eastern Europe so was probably a Fenian….

  15. micktt

     

     

    Never been a member of the Irvine CSC, but have been there as a guest a few times.

     

     

    Not for a few years ‘tho.

     

     

    Ayrshire – and Italy – are green n white!

     

     

    HH!!

  16. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    Richie #TeamOscar

     

     

     

    14:09 on 30 January, 2014

     

     

     

    Take a moment from your busy day and give this a listen:

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJW71rMVQyE

     

    _________

     

    I followed your link after listening and found this

     

     

     

    Karine Polwart – Sorry

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3syd8kF2fVI

     

     

    And somehow a totally unrelated Amido Balde Vid :)))

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu18eGqCaqo