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18 Feb 2018 13:21:46
Any news on Armstrong, Roberts and Griffiths? It's been a long, long time since we saw wee Paddy in particular and the three of them have missed a lot of football this season and must be bursting to get involved in the run-in.

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15 Aug 2018 20:44:03
cannot watch the post-match post mortem or interviews. Anybody and their dog could see the frailties and basic errors that cost us.
Always tried to stay positive and thankful for what we have achieved in our long history and recent years, but the team are not even doing the simple things correctly.
We attack and defend as a team, but why do players not match runners, pick up spare men, close down, mark, tackle, and block instead of ball watching, finger pointing and shrugging shoulders?

The first few games of the season have shown lapses costing cheap goals in games and a reduction in the goal chances we are creating and scoring shows them up even more and costs us £millions.

Unfortunately there have been other contributory factors with transfer targets missed and a lack of cohesion between manager and board leaving us short of class and in key areas on top of more injuries to strikers and a sulky Belgian refusing to play.
BR has maintained all along that we always need to improve, however not one improvement has been made and in the case of Hendry, maybe the opposite? Not that I'm singling him out as there were a few huffers and puffers out there that made little or no difference.

All in all a great time for our detractors and haters, brought on by our own faults, failings and a hesitancy from Board room to training ground and from Glesga to Greece. I think a huge clear the air is required between BR and Board followed by a clear-out of those not good enough to wear the jersey in order to maintain domestic dominance, have a run in the Thursday Cup and beyond. Lessons have to be learned from this summer - from all concerned - but I won;t hold ma breath and as for Boyata he needs to get tae F.

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15 Aug 2018 11:18:23
Everyone has dissected last nights game, lambasted the Board and discussed the teams shortcomings and where we have AGAIN failed to strengthen in key areas.
Many, many valid observations and points have been written - so I won't enlarge on them.
My biggest worry, is we have won only one, of our last five games and that is a crisis at any club, never mind the double treble winners and best team in Scotland.
This is by far the worst period of results/ performances under BR so far and it not only means no CL (prestige or cash) , but it gives optimism and encouragement to rivals, detractors and snipers and EVERYONE at Celtic Park needs to screw the nut, have a long look in the mirror and pull in the same direction to sort this out.

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1.) 15 Aug 2018 12:20:31
Once a Bhoy, good post. If you go back to January last year and add those results into this year, our performances and points gained is pretty poor. We have continued this season the same way we were going from last season, and that was backwards. Yes we won the Scottish cup but over the last 10 SPL games we didn’t score goals and dropped a lot of points compared to the year before.

However, what’s done is done. We lost last night and teams do lose. It’s dissapointing but we have to move on. Here is the concern. Celtic’s wage structure is much higher now under BR than it was before he got here. If you look at last seasons accounts and now take out the £25mill CL cash, this season Celtic will post a loss, unless we have a very deep run in Europa. I am assuming we get £7mill for Boyata, who has to go, and maybe another £2mill from other sales. However that money and maybe more needs to go into the team. PL does not want to post a loss, so, does he release any more funds for BR? I have no idea if Hendry, Hayes, Morgan etc were wanted by BR or not. They however are average SPL players. So has BR been handcuffed all this time by players being bought for him, or is his recruitment poor? Kouassi is another we paid £3mill for and is no where near the player we thought we were buying. I think that’s a sore point for PL. we maybe spend £3mill and the player still does not make it. Having seen what players BR has brought in or the club has brought in, is there a reluctance from PL to commit additional funds? We are about to find out.

The talk of waiting till the EPL window closes to allow us to buy is totally flawed. That was never a strategy. That was Celtic fans finding a reason as to why we had not brought in players upto now. Lustig has gone. Ajar and Hendry are still very young. Comper will never play a part, another BR signing. (who knows) . A massive risk was taken with Boyata, not getting him signed up before World Cup. He should have been punted as soon as he came back and the money used to bring in a competent CB, another mistake. McGinn, another error. Griffiths is no where near what he was, due probably to lack of game time. Sinclair off the boil but better last night. Rogic, who I have championed on here before, well what can I say. Not showed up this season. (Rogic get the finger out as I have a bet with Kev83) . So all is not well in Paradise. We also need to get more out of what we already have, so the players need to step up.

What we need to do and this is critical to the rest of the season. PL must release significant funds. BR needs to get the recruitment right. No more projects, buy players that can make a difference. We need a deep run in Europa, to do that we need players and the right players. We need to go on and win, not draw, but win the next 10 games, including Europa qualifiers and the Rangers game which is now massive. An for those who come on and say Rangers or Hearts are not a problem, go away. Hearts were not a problem, AEK were not a problem, really? The players never turned up on both AEK games. The refusal to try and carry the ball past the opposing player and wanting to take the option to pass it back then to the side is always going slow is down and cause our own problem. That is something for BR to resolve, but the players have not turned up for the last part of last season or this season so far, so Rangers and are a danger. We are not playing well enough to dismiss anyone. We give them 3 points and we give them momentum, something we are lacking right now.

The CL is done for this season, but if we take action as a club and BR and the players get on with it, we can still have a great season, but it starts today. Brendan, we know you are frustrated about lack of activity but leave it out now, we all know. PL, are you going to make matters better or worse.


2.) 15 Aug 2018 13:08:53
The waiting for the English window to close wasn’t just flawed it was disastrous. We were out before anybsigning from that, even if we bought any, wouldn’t have been able to help. Anybody who peddled that as a good thing really need to wake up and realise we need players in early or this happens.

Be interesting to see also these great more affordable players coming in now from the source that all those cited as the way forward actually turning up.

That’s not our market and to think it was shows a lack of grasp of reality. We can’t match wages never mind the inflated fees. Delusional.


 

 

11 Aug 2018 14:50:28
Tried to stay positive this week and although we have only lost one real game since close-season, it's pretty obvious we have a few issues and hurdles to overcome early doors - not to mention the negativity about transfers.
The team today - unfortunately not good enough to match a predictably aggressive and hard shower that were psyched up as usual and were lucky to keep 11 men.
Hayes, Eboue and Simunovic were very poor today and although Hendry made a few errors, he put in a shift. Sinclair and Griff have struggled to regain their best form for months and although it can be argued that game-time may be an excuse for a couple, if the manager thinks you're fit and ready - then sorry, no excuses.
We did rest half a team with Tuesday in mind and this could be the gamble of the season; either edging towards the CL group stage or turfed out into the Thursday Cup with the negativity, criticism and deflation and STILL in August.
The managers mood and frustration has clearly impacted on the team and support and whatever happens this coming week, we can see how much the team needs quality added, but even more importantly, we need to be bluntly honest about how many of the current squad really need a 'new challenge' and free up some funds and hoops jerseys for better more able replacements.

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10 Jul 2018 20:25:46
Well done Celts. A comprehensive away win and a lot of good performances all over the pitch; against an over-physical opponent and very lenient and poor ref.
The back three formation did leave us exposed at times, but thanks to a couple of good saves from Gordon defending from Ajer and Co. and a lack of quality from them, we kept a rare clean sheet in Europe.
However, we controlled the game and made chances of our own and Moussa was unlucky not to have scored and their goalie had a decent game, keeping it at three.
The fact that we have to play as early as the tenth of July is ludicrous for starters - as is the amount of qualifiers, while other spoiled, more favoured nations enjoy a normal summer break watching the WC.
However, them's the rules at present and there's nothing like competitive games to raise fitness, gain sharpness and build confidence for the season ahead.

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06 Jul 2018 21:03:05
Neymar - Nae-Mare!
As much as it chokes me to see all the favourites tumble out one by one - to England's advantage; I'm glad to see the back of that wee cheating, acting, spoiled wee nob.
Hazard/ DE Bruyne showed they're the real class act; so good luck to Belgium as they played to their strengths and held on even though they looked shattered.
Although another question mark over this VAR nonsense, where Brazil looked to have been denied a penalty after a foul by Kompany?
It just proves that a committee can still make as many honest mistakes as just the one mason in the black ha ha ha. cannot wait 'til it's used here - not.

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1.) 07 Jul 2018 02:22:02
That decision just backs up everything that Ed has been saying about VAR.


2.) 07 Jul 2018 12:05:53
Naw it didn’t. VAR has been right about 95% of the time. There have been errors, but let’s focus on all the decisions and don’t cherry pick to suit an argument that the stats don’t back up.

How anybody here in hun ref heaven would rather have them defies belief,

{Ed007's Note - Because it would still be 'Hun refs working the VAR', are people actually that thick they dan't understand that?
Have you got any actual proof that VAR has been right 'about 95% of the time' or is that just that you've agreed with that amount, just because you agree with the decision still doesn't make it the right one.}


3.) 07 Jul 2018 12:36:52
Naw, the point is the hun refs who have to make the call don’t have anywhere to hide. Are people too stupid to realise that. If they confirmed absolute mistakes they are answerable for them. Do you honestly think Celtic would see a VAR decision totally show a penalty, then these hun refs would say, no it isn’t and we are going to accept that?

Refs get away with honest mistakes because the make judgements in real time. Any ref in the VAR room, even the ones with a sash on, will know their decisions have the benefit of hindsight, can be evidenced and if they still favour the refs honest mistake it would put them in the spotlight as we would take this evidence to Eufa.

VAR any day.

{Ed007's Note - And UEFA would say what, ask even more refs to look at videos of the action? Where do we stop, when we get the decision that YOU want?
As I've said, ex-refs, ex-players and hundreds of pundits give their opinion on what happens during a game and it's very rare that they all agree, the VAR team's opinion might be different from the refs and that might be different from the fans.
It's all down to the opinion of the decision maker and as we've seen in Germany it is very far from a safe method of deciding games.
Oh and btw, UEFA wouldn't get involved, it would be the SFA/SPFL that would deal with any complaints, even more Scottish refs looking at videos and giving their opinion, and then what, get all the players back together to take a penalty that should have been awarded weeks ago, take points off a team 2/3 days after the game?
If you scream out for VAR then moan and want to run to UEFA when you don't agree with the decision you're making yourself look a fool.}


4.) 07 Jul 2018 13:28:23
Agree with ed to a certain extent. A hun cheating is a hun cheating won't change. Most pundits thought Brazil should have had a penalty last night. Person looking at VAR didn't. So still down to human descion.

Part I disagree with ed. Caley cemi-final no one could have said that wasn't a penalty, after a tv review. So got to make the cheating harder.

{Ed007's Note - You can always pick out specific incidents that it would help - remember Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in the WC 2010? - but overall it wouldn't make much difference up here except give the ref's a back up for their honest mistakes, if a ref gives a dodgy penalty and VAR agrees it's a pen does that mean it's not dodgy?
Whether it's the ref on the park, VAR, pundits and ex-players in studios or guys like us on here or in the pub it all comes down to personal opinion and interpretation.
Look at THIS, surely VAR will either show the ref was bias or not or is that all down to people's opinion too?
As long as people agree with the decisions they're happy but when they don't agree it's a different matter, Magicpole's already wanting to run to UEFA if he doesn't agree with a VAR decision!!
It's a pointless conversation anyway, it'll never be brought into Scotland, we don't even have goal line technology up here!}


5.) 07 Jul 2018 14:20:55
If Scottish Football where to introduce Var it could very well co-incide with the return of Hugh Dallas as a major player in Scottish Football . Hugh himself, and many others would see him as the ideal person to control VAR implementation.

{Ed007's Note - The list of applicants to be head of VAR would be longer than one for the job of rubbing sunscreen onto J-Lo's butt!}


6.) 07 Jul 2018 17:58:57
That's why the Mason's are likely to take their safe option Dallas.


 

 

 

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13 Aug 2018 18:28:31
This just in:- looking to play big Forster at Centre half.

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22 Jun 2018 22:13:44
We seem to be Southampton's feeder club as that is the fourth player we have sold them in recent years.
Not complaining as we get decent cash and sell-on bonuses, but is it sheer coincidence that we supply them with so much talent?

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15 Apr 2018 13:56:59
Didn't know Armstrong was out. That's disappointing as he has looked like his old self recently and is more direct than Ntcham, plus he makes others play around him.

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11 Mar 2018 11:00:33
Baptism of fire for Bain, but Dorus has never looked up to it.
Would have loved to have seen Edouarde and Dembele play together and rip into them, but with so much quality on the bench we have several options if required. Strong feeling there will be a red card and penalty today and weak Willy Collum will be pushed to his limit.

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10 Mar 2018 11:23:29
Even before his injury, I thought Forrest was always favourite to start ahead of Roberts; as BR seems to prefer his style and the fact he is a permanent feature. It's disappointing for me, as after last season, I saw Roberts as a possible long term addition and enjoyed his flair, trickery and eye for very special goals - and assists.

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17 Aug 2018 08:13:22
It's imperative that we put this CL disappointment behind us and get our priorities right for the season ahead.
We need to bolster the squad with as much quality as is affordable and available, while getting shot of wage earners that have no place at Celtic Park and spare any sentiment.
We need to get fit, hungry and playing the way we can to regain the confidence and consistency that has earned the double treble.
I'm sure the players are as sick of the bad publicity and lack of respect as the rest of us and we need to put them in their place.

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16 Aug 2018 20:27:57
The worrying thing now - on top of the CL exit and loss of cash - is the inevitable anti-climax whenever we do sign someone.
We will not spend millions, we will not attract the CL quality we have been craving to improve the team and we may even settle for yet another loan or two? I sincerely hope not because we clearly need a lift and more quality in key areas.

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16 Aug 2018 19:09:04
I love seeing Brendan's apparently random comments on their own at the top of a page. It's like playing 'Jeopardy', where you have to guess the question or the topic it relates to ha ha.

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16 Aug 2018 15:07:25
Part of the reason Hendry looks lost is because he is feeling the pressure of playing at a big club with huge expectation every week. He has also not been paired with an experienced stalwart to help him settle down and cut out the errors. Ajer is another young prospect and Simunovic has seriously went downhill since he came.
Ideally we place Boyata with the right type of leader and organizer and by the way - I don't think Gordon has helped the situation.

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16 Aug 2018 10:22:33
This has been a bugbear of mine for far too long.
We have always earned plenty of corners and free kicks with our attacking play, but these past couple of years has seen a drastic fall in the quality and delivery and obviously goals as a result.
I can't believe for a minute that these are not practiced and planned in training and there must be a good few of these International players that can deliver decent balls?
On the other hand we seem to struggle with basic defending, tackling and picking up runners from midfield so maybe our focus is on fitness and not technique, tactics or teamwork?
While I'm nit-picking; we scored a very good goal when KT hit the by-line and crossed for Sinclair and need much more of this from our wide men instead of cutting inside and playing sideways - especially on the right - Forrest and Lustig take note.

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