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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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04 Oct 2018 20:47:37
I wasn't expecting too much from tonight; so - although I hate seeing us get beat in any game - it's not a crisis or a disaster; however, when we lose one goal away in Europe - it's a sure thing we will virtually collapse.
Great first half defending after snatching that goal, but we are so nervy and soft-centred in Europe and failing to keep the ball for longer than ten seconds put us under a lot of pressure, but they were a very good team once they got going.

Anyway; it's all about domestic dominance and success for me, until we get the required quality we have been crying out for in these key positions, to make any sort of progress in Europe.
The manager has come in for some stick about his record and tactics in these games and maybe so? but he has to use who is available and tonight we were second best, although Mulumbu, Forrest, and KT were excellent and Eddy took his goal brilliantly.

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1.) 04 Oct 2018 21:18:42
OAB it’s just disheartening to watch us in Europe. We never really seem capable of delivering a good result unless there is turmoil at the other clubs ie Anderlecht

55 mins of hope destroyed by our biggest weakness that we have known for many a year

Defending.


2.) 05 Oct 2018 04:06:25
Kev T i agree if we had more solid defence maybe things may have been different.

Not just saying this cause im drunk but honestly can't remember till there that benkovic name. what's he actually done? Really need to tighten defence january but poses question if Boyata is sold, how quickly will new centre backs gel?

Regarding benkovic i've not a problem with club developing other clubs players in higher rated leagues, but i think he is going to be injury riddled player. I think he will be away back January if macguire is sold.


 

 

03 Oct 2018 18:48:26
We never expect fairness, honesty and integrity from the SPFL/ SFA so it was a stick-on we would be sent to Edinburgh for the semi-final.
Why can't the national stadium (or Murrayfield) be used for both games on different days instead of yet more favouritism shown to TRIFC 2012?
As the first club out of the hat and the games now scheduled to be played ON THE SAME DAY - our game should have been given the proper priority of Hamden instead of the contingency location, where Hearts played home games recently.
Yet another chapter in the list of biased decisions and obstacles put in place by The Establishment to try and derail Brendan's Bhoys.
It makes it all the sweeter when we succeed and stick it to them.

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1.) 03 Oct 2018 19:00:17
I don’t see how it’s favouritism OAB. We came out the hat first which means we should have been the Saturday game, they were always meant to be the Sunday so why should they be moved instead? What’s the downside of playing at Murrayfield as opposed to Hampden? Hearts playing there recently means nothing, it’s not a daft 3G pitch it’s a top class surface which should suit us perfectly.


2.) 03 Oct 2018 19:00:31
And no reason from the SFA/ SPFL As to why it's the Celtic game that is going to Edinburgh.


3.) 03 Oct 2018 19:23:45
Surely as Pedro said it should of been a drawn out of a hat, only fair way and nobody could complain.


4.) 03 Oct 2018 19:26:03
Its always been about 2 clubs rangers and now sevco.


5.) 03 Oct 2018 19:49:25
Kevdhoy we play in Europe also our game was never pencilled in for Saturday both Servco and ourselves were both for Sunday because of Europe we were first out the hat also so IMO we should have had the national stadium.


6.) 03 Oct 2018 19:53:47
Agree Tony the Sat was never an option the spfl have bowed to the klan.


7.) 03 Oct 2018 20:22:50
“IMO” is the key part tony seeing as you’re a biased supporter and therefore see everything from a Celtic perspective. The games were scheduled one for Saturday and one for Sunday BEFORE we knew who the 4 teams would be, so surely the first game out the hat would have been played on Saturday and the second on Sunday - unless it suited all parties to swap i. e. us or Sevco getting knocked out and the remaining EL team definitely playing on the Sunday.


8.) 03 Oct 2018 20:46:43
Maybe the Scottish Rugby Union didn't want Sevco's thugs wrecking their stadium.
You couldn't blame them.


9.) 03 Oct 2018 20:47:05
Kev; As I stated in the post - and others highlighted. It's not about Saturday/ Sunday switch - as both clubs have EL games.
It's about first team drawn given second choice venue.
Both semi-final games have merited Hamden Park for years, so they could easily have done that on consecutive weekends with minimum re-organisation of SPL fixtures as game is played to a finish.
This 'solution', also means we still have the scenario of four sets of rival fans attending volatile games on the same day.


10.) 03 Oct 2018 21:24:55
The point is Kev there should have been a draw atleast that way no one could claim biast. And yes I admit I do have green glasses but I stand by there should have been a draw for who was playing where. OPENLY.


11.) 03 Oct 2018 21:29:45
It's wrong to suggest first team out is the Saturday match as had it been Celtic v rangers and neither team was in Europa League then the tie would never be on a Saturday. All this moaning is going to serve no good we should be embracing this tie and not looking for excuses.


12.) 03 Oct 2018 21:54:05
Celtics statement is spot on!


13.) 03 Oct 2018 22:29:30
Jim if it had been us against them the game being moved to a Sunday would have suited all parties and wouldn’t have caused any issues.


14.) 03 Oct 2018 22:34:58
Didn't we use Murrayfield for home Euro games approx 3 years ago?


15.) 03 Oct 2018 23:14:07
I understand that kev but my point is that some people are wrongly stating we were first out and that has importance and it doesn't have any importance. Normally TV companies or police decide when we play but on this occassion I understand us going to Edinburgh as I stated why previously.


16.) 03 Oct 2018 23:26:08
From a fans point of view surely there's much more of a chance to get a ticket, there should be around 30-35 thousand up for grabs and more if they don't sell their 50%. I don't see the big deal with playing in Edinburgh.


17.) 04 Oct 2018 00:55:17
The problem withMurrayfield is that the groundsmen will have already started to let the grass grow long for Scotland's Home Autumn Internationals that start early in November.


18.) 04 Oct 2018 14:21:20
I don't think Murrayfield is a bad shout for a game to be played there. But I think a draw for each game would have been a fair way to do it rather than a desision behind closed doors. But now we have to just get on with it And hope that the powers that be will think in future to be seen as fair and not open them selves to speculation of biasness against a team. But I will not hold my breath for that one.


 

 

29 Sep 2018 19:15:52
Never got to see the game or even join in the live chat as I had a 'family' gathering.
However, I am so delighted we won as when Sinclair's goal came up on the BT sport printer it completely clamped the Sevco contingent who, up til then had spouted some amount of shegite about how 'Boydy' is in the know and how Celtic are in complete meltdown - not to mention, they lipread Broony telling Beaton to 'effin send Boyata off' on Wednesday, as he apparently hates him.?
I made myself busy playing with the grandweans - and getting more sense, while they pontificated and sniped in fluent sevconian.
Until interrupted by my cheer as the goal was confirmed.
Then there was silence, sickly-sweet silence. Just can't wait to beat that mob again - if ionly for the peace and quiet lol.

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23 Sep 2018 15:06:14
Ten points from six games is atrocious - as is our away form.
The (unwatered) rubber pitch was once again a major talking point, and no doubt the home team sought to take an early advantage as we looked very uncomfortable with a change of personnel on this joke surface; but when we settled down after 15 mins and took a good lead and should have had a couple more?
That's about the only good thing I can say about today.

I was happy to see Griff, Sinclair and MJ getting a start as I thought there were a couple that needed 'resting', but Sinky was a severe disappointment and the Mulumbu/ Brown pairing seemed to affect both their performances?
I really don't know where we go from here, as there always seems to be half a team off-form and the style of play and predictability is encouraging every opponent - except Sevco to get a result.
The lack of goals is a big worry - as is the managers inability to motivate or insist on a change of tempo/ tactic to open a defense?
The shut-out run has now burst, but Boyata and Hendry was always a step back to the early errors and lack of confidence in each other and once again Gordon looks to be playing, wearing a straight jacket and diving boots - unable to use his hands or feet to good effect.

The confidence is draining out of the team, the support and the manager must be a very worried man as we appear so clueless and toothless, so often this season.
Normally you would expect errors, decision making, lack of sharpness and set-pieces to be worked on relentlessly at training, but it doesn't look like it as we are showing zero improvement.
I can appreciate there were many negative factors in the close-season, like a WC 'hangover' for some players and the utter shambles of a transfer window; failing to replace quality players leaving the club and losing a star on deadline day left a bad taste in everyone's mouth; but we can't dwell on it for months, wishing and complaining and don't forget, our manager still has the top players in the land to choose from (just look at the opposition) .
Unfortunately someone needs to remind him and them about the excellent standards standards required at Celtic EVERY game.

Onward to the League Cup Quarter-final on Wed at Perth and I bet at present they are looking more forward to it than we are?
Come on Celtic - double-treble winners; Sort yourselves out and defend those trophies!

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15 Sep 2018 08:52:17
The failure/ difficulty to break down these packed defenses has been on the increase since last season; so has the lack of goals.
The worrying thing for me, so early in the season is the amount of players that are not performing to the levels we know they can.
It was there for all to see against Sevco, where the woodwork and goalie saved them from a hammering, but against Hearts, Hamilton and in the CL qualifiers against AEK, we were nowhere near what is expected and usually early season, we are much better.

BR has to take some of the blame for tinkering and failing to replace/ drop guys that are ineffective or just plain rotten.
Rogic and McGregor should have been hooked at HT for example.
The slow build-up and sideways passing just plays into opponents hands, giving them time to regroup and organize a packed defense.
We need much more pace and drive in these situations as the strikers are getting no service; but I am sure the manager and players must know this?

I know there were other factors last night, like the International break, a Friday night KO and playing a poor team 'pumped' up by a new manager with nothing to lose, but these are not excuses for the poor play, Ntcham's self destruct button or the result.
There is also the undeniable influence of the establishment, who are all too willing to take the inituative to influence games.
We saw it at Gorgie Road, Collum's blind spots against Sevco and that wee rat Dallas last night.
Again, this is no excuse, as it has been there for generations and can be overcome or neutralized by playing at our best consistently.

The season is still very young and at least we have sorted out the leaky defense (4 clean sheets in a row) , but we do need to work on sharpness, tempo/ pace and especially set-pieces as we will face many similar obstacles on the road to another successful season.

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1.) 15 Sep 2018 09:38:50
OAB

Excellent post nail on the head. Don't know if it's a bit arrogance in the team. For some reason or play is slow and predictable against so called weaker opponents.

The amount of point's we dropped at home last season due to this is frightening. We are the best team in the league. Just seen to go through the motions to often.


2.) 15 Sep 2018 09:48:25
First time poster here, after watching the games lad that season and the start of this season I'd agree it's the tactics 100%, our players are far better than any other in the spfl but when we spend 60min accumulated passing the ball around our defence then to brown then back to defence it's embarrassing, that is a tactic used if your team isn't as good as the other team to waste time then counter we don't have to go that we are better, we should be playing a 4132 formation against Scottish teams and stacking as fast as possible we used to smash teams 5or 6 nil now we are lucky to win by one goal and it's because of tactics, I think Rodgers is a great manager but he is the one that has to change we are not playing in the pl so his old Liverpool tactics need to be dropped as the opponents are not of them same quality if he doesn't change then I'm afraid we will struggle and he will have to leave for us to progress.


3.) 15 Sep 2018 09:49:48
The main difference I think we can point to in our more fluid and penetrative performances of yore is Scotty starting. Yes, his form has been shaky and defenders seem to have sussed him out--but just having to worry about him, and Tierney in combination, probably means they have to stretch their resources a bit more at the minute.

Didn't catch the game yesterday: how did the new loanee look at centre back?


4.) 15 Sep 2018 09:51:10
Good post oab the lack of creativity and goals is getting worrying how can you have all those good attackers on and not score. young eddy needs to start playing as well, just hope the weight of expectation with the price tag and the mousse leaving isn t affecting him, and a few others need to sharpen up big tam another one, might be time to give the griff a right good run of games and get the goals flowing.


5.) 15 Sep 2018 11:18:18
The bottom line us we have no one who can consistently beat two players to create space. It’s a sideways pass, a run to the line usually ending in a piss poor cross nowhere near any of our players. It’s as if they just hit it and hope. The players in the box too seldom get in the right place or anticipate where it’s going.

Every team will play against us like St Mirren, getting a player who has that ability is still the priority and here we are with still noone in who fits the bill.

Maybe Morgan can step in because Forrest can’t do it enough. Arzani seems to be out in the cold Lawell project, I don’t buy the fitness rubbish about him.

Seems like another complete waste of time and if the situation doesn’t change, he would be as well going back then loaned out to a club who will give the boy at least a feckin chance.

Anybody know what’s the situation with Morgan.

{Ed007's Note - Yeah the last 3 Melbourne City managers and the Australian manager were all lying when they said Arzani would need time to adapt to a new country and way of life, work on his fitness etc and to eradicate the bad habits he has picked up - the reasons that City sent him up here.
The only people who seemed to think Arzani was going to immediately become a first -team squad member were a small minority of Celtic supporters who either can't read or that think people go about saying the complete opposite of what they mean.
Maybe we should just release Morgan, I'm not buying this injury rubbish about him, he seems to be an out in the cold Congerton/Rodgers project and he would be better off being released so he can find a new club in January, that's now 8 months Morgan has been a Celtic player and Marvin Compper has played more than him.}


6.) 15 Sep 2018 11:49:50
I’ve never said he should be a definite first team player. But, coming on as sub now and again to see if he can step up should be looked at. Why bother bringing him in if we aren’t going to give him a chance?

We are woefully short of players who can beat more than one player. We need a player right now. Arzani it Mirgan are the only two who have a chance to change our dynamic. One is injured and one allegedly has attitude and fitness problems. Played in the WC but not good enough for our league? Do me a favour.

Last night again showed how we can’t break down a team who will probably be relegated. Piss poor and we need to try something else pretty feckin soon, especially with us embarking in the EL.

{Ed007's Note - Arzani will get his chance when he's ready and fit, wouldn't him being on the bench make him a first-team player?
Who's alleging that Arzani has attitude and fitness problems, that the first I've heard of it? Arzani just needs to build himself up to play a full 90 mins - something he has NEVER done in his career, he played 1252 mins over 24 games in Australia, that's an average of 52 mins per game. As a comparison, Tom Rogic played 1113 mins over 17 games (avg. 65 mins per game) at the same age as Arzani for Central Coast Mariners.
Arzani managed to play for 60 mins over 3 games at the World Cup - so who said he isn't good enough to play in our league and why are they connected? Boyata played for a team that came 3rd at the World Cup and a lot of fans want(ed) him sold because he isn't good enough for us, the same with Lustig.
I've already covered this umpteen times and explained why it would be a while before we see Arzani in the first team so there's no point me going over it all again.}


7.) 15 Sep 2018 12:23:46
Not wee Forrest biggest fan but was only one taking a player on last night. Nothing was coming down the left wing. Tierney was poor last night. Thought bringing Sinclair on out there would have stretched their back line.

Team needs freshened up. Be it with squad players getting a chance or new signings in January. Lack of scoring opportunities is alarming. Out with hun game.


8.) 15 Sep 2018 13:13:02
I read on here that his fitness was a problem that he has had in the past. If he needs to adapt. Adapt to what actually? Doesn’t every player going to a new club have to adapt? It’s not as if we are a completely different culture. We speak the same language, there are similar cultural norms here as exist in Australia. Is it his attitude? What does that mean? He doesn’t apply himself? Well, if he isn’t given a chance it’s hard to understand how he can put that right.

I’m just dussaoiibted that a player who looks to have something special isn’t in the EL pool especially as we can all see that losing Moussa Oaddy and Armstrong we are weaker.

Last night we huffed and puffed to no effect. Pack out the defence and we have no one to unlock that. No one. I won’t be holding my breath for the January window to sort that, so Arzani and Morgan for me are the only options. Give them a chance and if they aren’t buy someone who is.


9.) 15 Sep 2018 13:30:15
Morgan is just back from injury so he'll get his chance last night was to soon. Arzani patience is needed we trust Brendan will know when he's ready it was the same when rogic came in he took a while. al admit a thought he would have been ready a bit earlier due to the fact he played at wc but was ignorant to his development thought he was further on.


10.) 17 Sep 2018 01:09:17
I am sorry to have to say it, only an person could blame Brendan for tinkering .
It's unbelievable that any sane person could post that . Celtic have a mammoth amount of games to play, at least two per week except when nearly the whole first team squad are away on International duties . I remember in the 1960's the great Jock Stein regularly changed his team and formation .
I heard many criticise Jock for many things but never for being a tinkerer.


 

 

 

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31 Aug 2018 16:34:34
I know BR gets paid the big bucks to manage the club, but the two unsettled and seemingly rebellious players are down to the Board and apart from French Eddy, they have been less than helpful for the past two months, contributing to the friction, bad feeling, low moral and ultimately affecting our (failed) CL campaign.

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29 Aug 2018 21:28:08
I would lean toward the incompetence although once they signed Edouarde, there would have been a lot of smug back patting.

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28 Aug 2018 08:20:04
Selling him before our next two games, while Eddy is injured is too risky; but the board will never knock back £15-20m after losing out on the CL, so it's going to be a nervy week of waiting and hoping, regarding possible ins and outs.

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27 Aug 2018 10:34:53
Watching last night's Sportscene and it's the first time I have seen Sevco Steve's team so far. They reminded me of the Jock Wallace side of the 70's power and pace, kick and rush football and although I thought Motherwell looked to have outplayed them (particularly in the second half) , we will need to be strong and especially quick at the back down either wing to cut out crosses.
Apart from that if you look at the bigger picture, OK we have had defensive problems and our strikers/ attackers are off the boil; but we have dominated possession in almost every game and a better final ball and finishing will make all the difference.
The best TRIFC 2012 team ever assembled have just conceded three and sit a point behind a struggling Celtic - what's all the fuss?

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23 Aug 2018 17:35:08
Surprised to see Johnston, but he must have the managers eye and it leaves plenty of options on the bench for a plan B.
COYBIG - Carry on from the last 15 mins of the Thistle game and give us a wee result and a big lift.

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22 Oct 2018 22:46:43
The club have over a full team of 'passengers' that rarely feature at all in the managers plans:-
De Vries
Gamboa Simunovic Compper Izzaguire
Arzani Allen Bitton Eboue Benyu
Hayes

Leaving Bain, Ralston, Hendry, Ajer, Mulumbu, Johnston, Griffiths, Sinclair and Christie to add to the starting 11 that beat Hibs.

Obviously we need cover for every position, but we scertainly need to offload quite a lot of deadwood to raise cash for better quality. The wage bill is around £63m and obviously there will be players reluctant to leave on current wages and of course there's the problem of persuading other clubs to take our 'rejects' without losing money in the long run; but we do need to downsize.

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22 Oct 2018 15:16:15
I can go back several decades watching Celtic and I can't remember us beating many German teams in European competition - maybe two or three wins in all - so we always find them tough opponents.
I don't expect a win, but another good performance like the last two or three games, might get us a wee result?
If not, I won't be too disappointed as long as we continue to pummel domestic opponents and retain our trophies.

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21 Oct 2018 15:21:37
Preaching to the choir here. The guy is done and should have been replaced last summer; however, BR doesn't seem confident enough in Bain to drop him for any length of games.
His shot-stopping from dead-ahead has never been a problem, but his positioning, speed of reaction and distribution are all dodgy at best.

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20 Oct 2018 13:28:30
The annoying International break came at a bad time for us, as like us - I'm sure the players were desperate to play the next game as soon as possible and go on a long winning run.
As usual the OTT negative press and mischief making has never stopped and it is a perfect incentive for the players and I hope BR plays the same side that hit St Johnstone for six and played so well?

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17 Oct 2018 17:04:04
It's pathetic, considering it's a 'home' tie for Levein's louts.
The Celtic team has carried Scottish football on it's back in Europe for over a decade and our support have helped fill every stadium in the country week-in, week-out so ticket allocation should reflect the demand of true fans and regular payees - not p/t glory hunters.

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