When to whip and when to not


After the adrenaline-fuelled dramas that a return to the Champions League after five long years provided, Celtic are off to Paisley on Sunday.  There will be an inevitable drop-off in in energy levels, the players are not machines, after all, as we take on an opponent with more robust objective from the game.

While Celtic have four days to recover and prepare, St Mirren will be 15 days without a game when they take on the champions.  During this period, they will have been able to do some endurance training and get plenty rest before what will be a committed 90 minutes’ effort.  They will not be easy to overcome.

Whatever motivational chat Ange Postecoglou gives before a game, it cannot always have the same intensity.  I expect he fully animated the players for the games against Real and Shakhtar, but words overused lose their affect.  Can he really whip them up for St Mirren?  I doubt it, in fact, I don’t even think he should.

Our baseline performance must be substantial enough to pick the points in Paisley.  The next big emotional effort is three weeks away, save the inspiration for then.  One more push before the break.

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  1. Lots of ephebiphobia about today:_




    Here’s Plato on the subject:-




    “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets, inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”




    Peter the Hermit (not sharp-suited at all) said in 1274:-




    “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint … As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behaviour and dress.”





    and the article I knocked this from here:-








    Grumpy oul’ men csc

  2. Paul, Paul, Paul,g



    no no no no no no no.



    We go again, we never stop, we pick a team that is fit and ready to give their all, and we go again.



    Another goal fest, and why not.



    No excuse, no european hangovers, no the travel done for us, they get an extra day recovery becuase it is a sunday fixture, what is not to like ?



    Next up, that international break coming up.


    Teams with no players called up, should be allowed to play rearranged fixtures, get on top of the backlog, bring forward suitable fixtures if need me, but just use the time,



    Teams with players called up should also be allowed to decide if they want to play a game,



    Exceptional (stupid decisons made) times, need creative solutions.

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  4. With at least one other player chomping at the bit to replace any ‘under motivated’ starting 11 I think there will be plenty on show in Paisley come Sunday. I know they’re not machines but they are professionals and professionals who have reached and are demanded to have a very high standard.



    The following from the RTÉ sports news, the national madness shows no sign of abating,



    England boss Gareth Southgate did not hold a press conference on Thursday to name his squad for the Nations League qualifiers.



    “We recognise the country is still in a period of mourning and my thoughts remain with the Royal Family,” he said.



    “While it is important to explain some of our decisions around selection, we didn’t feel it appropriate to hold a full press conference, when it might divert attention from where people’s minds should be at this time.”



    ‘Where people’s minds SHOULD be’!!!

  5. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on

    The motivational speech should be stronger for these games.



    Lads, if you want to enjoy hearing the Champions League music and play against global superstars then St Mirren et al must be taken care of swiftly and professionally otherwise you’ll be sitting on your couch watching it on BT Sports.

  6. Applause 0 Raspberries 1



    St Mirren 0 Celtic 4



    Read in the voice if James Alexander Gordon




  7. Can’t wait for this nonsense with the mourning gestapo to be over so they can concentrate on their real passion, being poppy fascists.



    Funny (not really) that in a democracy you can’t choose not to mourn or take part in a minute’s silence or applause or not wear a poppy.



    Makes me wonder what those who died fighting for our freedom would have thought of the anti-democracy in which we live.

  8. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    We have a good enough squad now to be able to make a few changes and still take care of the likes of St Mirren comfortably. Opportunity for the likes of Ralston and Turnbull to get a start. Would also get Abada back into the starting lineup.

  9. Hart,


    Ralston, CCV, Jenz, Bernabei


    O’Riley, McGregor,Turnbull


    Abada, Kyogo, Haksabanovic



    Subs coming on : Jota, GG, Mooy, Maeda & Abilgaard.



    4-0 to the anti-monarchists




  10. lets all do the huddle on

    the content of the article was very different to what i thought it would be when i read the headline




  11. WHAT IS THE STARZ on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2022 12:30 PM


    the concept or royalty and royal families is an abomination that should consigned to the dustbin of history.


    Descendants of robber barons and organised crime gangs that still control unfathomable amounts of wealth.





    All true. However, their propaganda is very good, it can even make people they use and exploit want to defend them.

  12. What is the Starz on



    It’s like the scene in Monty Python “Life of Brian” where the poor old devil chained up in a dungeon waiting to be crucified goes on a rant about crucifixion being “the best thing that ever happened this country, nail em up,I say”

  13. Burnley78


    I left response at end of old blog



    Enjoy St Mirren



    Ps more lighting front of shop in Silverburn,I nearly walked past it late the other evening,must get in when it open :-)




  14. WHAT IS THE STARZ on 16TH SEPTEMBER 2022 12:30 PM






    But not the whole story.



    And you have to be alert to the possibility that as they are an easy target they are being used as a shield by the real enemy.



    This is what Rosa Luxemburg had to say about the German monarchy at the time of the 1918 German insurrection.



    It’s particularly pertinent when considering the actions of Celtic supporters and their reactions to current events. It’s not like there isn’t a representative of the real enemy much closer to home that the royals ever were.








    ‘The revolution has begun. What is called for now is not jubilation at was has been accomplished, not triumph over the beaten foe, but the strictest self-criticism and iron concentration of energy in order to continue the work we have begun. For our accomplishments are small and the foe has not been beaten.



    What has been achieved? The monarchy has been swept away, supreme governing power has been transferred into the hands of the workers’ and soldiers’ representatives. But the monarchy was never the real enemy; it was only a façade, the frontispiece of imperialism. It was not the Hohenzollerns who unleashed the world war, set the for corners of the globe afire, and brought Germany to the brink of the abyss. The monarchy, like every bourgeois government, was the executive of the ruling classes. The imperialist bourgeoisie, the rule of the capitalist class – this is the criminal who must be held accountable for the genocide.’




  15. BSR @ 12.42



    RBL = £15 for standing.


    CFC @ P/head = £15 wouldn’t get you in the car park today for the DC.



    The economy / economic attitudes of the UK today are heading down the rabbit hole.

  16. I’ve said before, I love Celtic, loved them since Donald Duck was an egg. I am proud of the club, will defend them to my death and we are just such a fantastic support, indeed, like no others.



    Never have I ever been embarrassed by them , not once.


    BUT, the stupidity of the disgraceful banners regarding the queen, etc, made me sick.


    I am an anti monarchist, believe me, but that behaviour, apart from showing the world just how pathetic some fans are, do absolutely nothing to enhance Celtic’s reputation, quite the opposite in fact.


    Those responsible should be named and shamed and made to pay the clubs fine. Dont tell me we don’t have the expertise to find their identities, we do.



    Never have I been more disgusted, such a shame.





  17. EL @ 1.07



    The establishment use the monarchy for pleb control.


    Queenie only did what they allowed her to do.



    Distraction central to keep the moon howlers off their back.


    And very successful it is too.

  18. Burnley78,



    I have indeed fella. All that passing backwards in Poland will have exhausted him….







  19. Nigel Farage, Piers Morgan, Jeremy Kyle, Simon Jordan . Im proud to be on the opposite side to these right wing goons. Up the Celts! Oh and not one of them mentioned the famine song/FTP etc etc being sung the other night at Mordor.

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