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Wide-open McDiarmid suits the champions

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St Johnstone are on a run of three wins, two draws and a single defeat in six games, a sequence that has seen them move away from the foot of the table.  Defeat at Livingston last midweek being the only black mark since they were being used as target practice by those in the bottom half of the table.

They started their league campaign at Celtic Park with a 7-0 defeat.  Maybe I’m just over-cautious from a few years ago, when the same result against St Mirren proceeded a cup exit to the same opposition a week later, but this kind of result can be misleading.  Those on the receiving end can use the hurt as motivation, while the team who dished out the win learn nothing useful about their opponents.

I expect Neil Lennon will have the squad ready for the battle of four consecutive away games; motivation will not be a concern.  McDiarmid Park is also a wide-open surface.  It is a yard longer and a yard wider than Celtic Park; I expect the champions to prosper.

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  1. A number of us have asked Celtic via JPT to forward a variety of correspondence to Peter Lawwell for comment. Will be interesting to see what response, if any, we receive.

  2. Timaloy- we are in a good position now,with guys getting back fit,Johnston and Forrest should be under pressure for a jersey after Saturday.

  3. TIMALOY29 on 29TH JANUARY 2020 1:22 PM

     

    TULLY57 on 29TH JANUARY 2020 1:16 PM

     

     

    Think I’d prefer Tom Rogic to get a chance before Ryan.

     

     

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    All things considered, Ryan has had a great season.

     

     

    Would you prioritize Tom Rogic over him? I like Tom but if he can’t play 3 games in a row then let’s give chances to those who can.

     

     

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    We’ll need the different dynamics that Rogic brings to the team….vision & passing.

     

    I thought he showed up well in the Thistle game and I’ve been disappointed in his non-inclusion since.

     

     

    I think back to his performance at Pittodrie when we banged in 3 or 4 goals before HT – Rogic was involved everywhere.

     

     

    Agree his fitness is a worry but when he is fit he gives us things nobody else can.

     

     

    Ryan’s been brilliant but especially early season. Think he has gone off the boil a bit latterly.

     

     

    I would give Tom a start tonight and my bet is that he will make the difference.

  4. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Cheatin’ Beaton tonight.

     

     

    Last time he ‘officiated’ whne Celtic played in Perth he gave Boyata for ‘dissent’.

     

     

    Dedrick probably called him, er, a cheat?

  5. Anyway, when are the huns getting their arses handed to them on a plate again in the high court – decision today?

  6. I’m sure you haven’t missed the news of the looming broadcast extravaganza that has seen warnings, expectation, doom-mongering and delight in equal measures across the land.

     

     

    TV manufactures, on-line-retailers and Paddy’s Market (now relocated to modern new premises on the pavement outside The Squirrel), are ready for a massive increase in demand for TV sets.

     

     

    Pet shops have been inundated with requests for celebratory goats, dressed in anything from women’s police outfits to Jabba the Hutt Masks.

     

     

    Hardware stores in Paisley Road West are struggling to keep up with demand for stopcock grease which despite warnings, purchasers still believe is the progressive way for the male of their species to take responsibility for contraception.

     

     

    Incarceration units ranging through overnight stays, weekly remand units right up to full secure units, are reporting a tsunami of pre-bookings (I ken where ye live ya bam!) for exclusive transmission of ITV 4 as their prime viewing experience.

     

     

    It is rumoured that TV licence acquisition in Larkhall has doubled ….YES! There are now 4 holders of the rare and treasured piece of quaint history.

     

     

    Intensive care wards in hospitals have decided on a precautionary telly free evening as they strive to reduce the potential demand for defibrillation apparatus.

     

     

    Out of kilter however with the reported flow is the atmosphere in The Gorbals, Coatbridge, The Garngad and Croy, where it seems that precautionary measures have witnessed a huge upsurge in purchases of tackety boots and sledgehammers.

     

     

    So get yersels ready for ITV4 the morra…. A not to be missed (especially if you have a shotgun) tumultuous televisual tableau of…….

     

     

    https://enematic.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/dream-nightmare-mair-like/

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Matt (who unfortunately has scheduled to clean the skirting boards at that exact time)

  7. TULLY57

     

    I agree that Ryan had gone off the boil towards the end of the year. Would love to see big Tam get a run.

     

    I hope that rain goes off , as I think I am sitting near the front of east stand tonight.

  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    BSR

     

    With respect to your point, after tonight, the journeys to Hamilton, Motherwell and Cumbernauld shouldn’t be too taxing.

     

    🍀😃

  9. “They started their league campaign at Celtic Park with a 7-0 defeat. Maybe I’m just over-cautious from a few years ago, when the same result against St Mirren proceeded a cup exit to the same opposition a week later, but this kind of result can be misleading. Those on the receiving end can use the hurt as motivation, while the team who dished out the win learn nothing useful about their opponents.”

     

     

    I think you are right Paul.

     

     

    Southampton vs Leicester City is a perfect example

  10. !!BADA BING!! on 29TH JANUARY 2020 1:27 PM

     

    Timaloy- we are in a good position now,with guys getting back fit,Johnston and Forrest should be under pressure for a jersey after Saturday.

     

     

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    I agree. Fear that Forrest is never really under pressure when NL is his coach though.

  11. Klinsmann who is his manager said Dedryck was outstanding

     

     

    then lo and behold they got walloped 4-0 by Bayern

     

     

    so not that outstanding

  12. ROBINBHOY on 29TH JANUARY 2020 1:24 PM

     

    A number of us have asked Celtic via JPT to forward a variety of correspondence to Peter Lawwell for comment. Will be interesting to see what response, if any, we receive.

     

     

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    Good to hear. Hope you get some answers and let us know how you get on.

  13. Bamboo, we have three stands, there should be loads available at the ground.

     

     

    Speaking of the ground, it’s raining in Perth and while the pitch may be big, it’ll be soft.

     

     

    I’ll tell yeez what else, wrap up warm cos it is freezing here.

  14. Nice wee giggle there having a quick look at The Bear Assed Den,to see if anything mentioned on the court hearing.Should have known better.But this wee gem caught my eye,on Morelos doubt for tonight.

     

    “FEKIN NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS,FEKIN CATHOLIC RAIN.”

     

    “TWO BEST PLAYERS IN SCOTLAND OUT TONIGHT,NOW WONDERING IF GOD IS A PRODDIE”

  15. Having watched us play in Perth, I’d never have thought the pitch was that big! Especially not compared to CP.

     

    Just goes to show how the size of the surrounding stands affects your perspective.

     

     

    Turkeybhoy, as an historian with a father who is a theologian, let me make this clear. God can’t be a Proddie cos he’s been around since the beginning and they’re a mere 16 century invention. He can however be a Tim, cos despite being eternal, he only really got intae the fitba about 1888.

     

     

    🤷🏼‍♂️😉🙃🍀🍀

     

     

    HH jg

  16. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Here’s a free lesson for Celtic’s under-educated PR department – the mindless insertion of inappropriate adjectives is better self censored.

     

     

    Option 1: Celtic stars are delighted to support the Shirts for Jordan campaign following the tragic death of footballer Jordan Sinnott.

     

     

    Option 2: Celtic stars are supporting the Shirts for Jordan campaign following the death of footballer Jordan Sinnott.

  17. Yep Guy, that certainly reads better. No news from the Huns case. Used to be the case that no news was good news but I’m not too sure if that applies to the Huns.

  18. HOT SMOKED on 29TH JANUARY 2020 1:58 PM

     

    Where is our Legendary Court Reporter?

     

     

    Hopefully pi$$ing himself laughing..

  19. Expecting a comfortable Celtic win on a night that I think will see us increase our goal difference advantage. Could be a sticky night at Ibrox.

  20. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Going by that logic it must surely be: ‘Here’s a lesson for Celtic’s PR department – the insertion of adjectives is better self censored’?

     

     

    #verboseCSC

  21. GuyFawkesaforeverhero

     

    the other night when Bauer was booked for elbows up

     

    Tom Boyd remarked ‘he was only trying to get some levitation’

     

    Foootball and good English do not seem to live together well.

     

    And I include my own shoddy scribbles on here in that

  22. AN DUN – I have no idea what the lastest court appearance is for in this never-ending merry go round but it seems to me that judgements are always appealed in some form or other by either sevco or Ashley and kicked down the road for another few months.

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