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24 Aug 2021 01:00:25
I think Sunday is a free hit. We are miles in front of where we thought we'd be and they have stalled- which is a bonus. Honestly if we lose its no big deal as I think come the window closing and 3 new first team starters to come in, we will motor and catch up the 3 points easily. We need tested at the back and on the break and maybe AZ and Sunday will test us. Then I have no doubt we will win more than them so losing Sunday is not a disaster.


1.) 24 Aug 2021 09:06:33
I would rather beat AX than sevco if I had to choose one and the reason I say that is. I think we will easily make the points up but if we don't get into the europa league that would have major consequences further down the line with signings.

2.) 24 Aug 2021 09:08:36
I'm not to sure to that extent of a free hit or no big deal if we lose but no doubt about it IF we do lose there's still no doubt we are on the right path there's no doubt we are back, I've said to a few people that mob are lucky the first derby isn't at Celtic park if it was we would have skelped them.

3.) 24 Aug 2021 11:43:00
The day playing they bar stewards becomes a free hit will never arrive. We need to go in and show we can beat them with no fear. We cannot accept that after our start we go there and lose, think what that will do to our confidence and how the Sevco press will play it. No way a free hit against them should ever even be considered. We need to put down a marker and if we go there and sh it it then that will be a hammer blow to us all. I am not saying we will definitely win as our defence isn't fit for purpose yet, but we must believe from mid to front we can run them ragged snd go out there believing that and delivering. We need at the bare minimum a draw, but I think we can go there and do them. I want our players to get away from the chronic rabbits in headlights displays we have endured too long. Go out there with belief and take these cants to the feckin cleaners. COYBIG.

{Ed007's Note - That defence that "isn't fit for purpose" has kept 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games.}

4.) 24 Aug 2021 12:03:49
I know that and appreciate they have been better, but going forward in the league and hopefully in the EL, I think we need another CB and LB as options. It is still vulnerable and this week will be their biggest test. I think you would be hard pressed to find any supporter who thinks we have it sorted. The Croatian looks the business and if we actually sign Scales he might be better, he looks good to me, but you never know. We definitely need another CB as waiting for Sterfelt to come good isn't an option for me. Wether we do bring in reinforcements is still not clear, but we need to. The defence have done better against home teams but against Alkmaar they looked vulnerable at times and that is my worry against teams who have better players. Im delighted we are going for Lovric nd the Greek guy, but, our main weakness is in the defence and we need to address that before it fecks us up.

{Ed007's Note - We haven't conceded in the league since the opening game against Hearts and after seeing the turnaround in the team since then I see no reason why that won't continue on Sunday.
So that's Starfelt written off already? 🤦‍♂️ Isn't him and Taylor part of that defence that kept clean sheets against Dundee, Jablonec, AZ and St Mirren, what did Starfelt do that was so bad in any of those games?
Paul said on the pod last night that TRIFC and their support are $hitting themselves for Sunday but some Celtic fans are getting their Tena in a tangle and losing focus on reality - have you watched us recently? Have you watched them?
I've not been this confident going to Ibrox since we were allowed in the Free Broomloan and they couldn't bear to see us party.}

5.) 24 Aug 2021 12:28:32
are we in for lovric or just wishing we are.

6.) 24 Aug 2021 12:45:50
I am not getting anything in a twist. I have watched them and so far mid to front we are better than under Rogers, however, Stefelt looks the weakest link. Would you disagree with that? As for confidence, I am too more confident of a win than I have been for too long, but to deny we still have problems at the back is nonsense. We do, I haven't written Sterfelt off, I don't have a crystal ball, but I do have eyes that he, so far, he isn't at it and is prone to mistakes. I want him to be brilliant, but so far, he just isn't. I also know they are rubbishting it, they have gone from 56 a cert, to feck all. We were all over them there last year then a defensive balls up derailed us. Self inflicted. I do want better than Taylor, who can't be faulted for effort and I would have him as back up, but if we really want to do well in Europe and at home, we need better. So another CB is a must, even if Sterfelt finds his game and is brilliant. One injury one suspension and its wheel out Bitton. And we all know how that turns out. No harm to Bitton, he is a midfielder, he is only played because we are never prepared and don't have actual Cb's, that needs to end. Maybe Scales is in for that, but that still leaves the need for a LB as we have no one part from the disaster that is Boli.

{Ed007's Note - Taylor is the weakest link in the defence and you're the first person I've heard saying anything else.
"waiting for Sterfelt to come good isn't an option for me" sounds awfully like you're writing him and off after only a handful of games.
I know you like a moan and looking for negatives in everything but your opinion on Starfelt is quite frankly ludicrous.
"Celtic players will be judged on their last touch of the ball or the last mistake they made" has never been more evident.}

7.) 24 Aug 2021 13:03:51
I'm hoping we go there and smash them. There is negativity in their camp already and I've seen a few "Gerrard Out" tweets already. If we hammer them then they'll be under pressure, something they never had to deal with last season as they got to build up a healthy lead we couldn't catch up. For all the gloating they done they're rubbishing it now after our start let's go out there and gub them and put them back in their box.

8.) 24 Aug 2021 14:35:48
I cn assure you I am not the only person who has commented that right now Sterfelt s the weakest link. Maybe you haven't heard or read the similar comments, one was, If you look at / welsh and Sterfelt, you would think Welsh was the £4m signing. there have been loads of others, including most of the podcast, but, if you think he is playing in a way that gives the support confidence you're in a minority of one. As for moaning, its not moving its highlighting areas that need addressed. You might not agree, nutlike me, you're only one Celtic fan, you may have people jumping on here to back you up, but that's the way it goes. every single Celtic outlet have raised concerns about the guy, your the first to say he's doing ok. He isn't, and even if he was, is ok for £4m ok? If he does come good that doesn't change right now he doesn't inspire confidence. We need another CB even if he turns into Maldini.

{Ed007's Note - So you and all these Celtic supporters I've not heard or read are ANYONE except you saying that Starfelt is performing worse worse than Taylor is? I don't think anyone on the podcast has said that either because I would have challenged it there and then.
Oh and byw I don't need anyone to back me up up mate, you're the one blabbing on about what other people are saying trying to gain traction for your own ludicrous opinions.
As I said, you're always moaning about something and looking for negatives but you've made yourself look a complete fool on here - again.}

9.) 24 Aug 2021 15:54:41
So anybody that doesn't agree with you, is making themselves look foolish? As I said your opinion is no better or worse than mine, Sterfelt has been a worry, Taylor is always a worry and he would never be first pick for me, but we have spent £4m on a guy who hasn't inspired confidence and looks shaky and vulnerable. To deny that is unbelievable. I never said he won't come good, I said up until now and the way we have been playing a the back Ralston and Welsh have saved his arse a few times, especially against Alkmaar where he was all over the place too often. As for looking for negatives, that's garbage, saying something isn't right or good enough isn't negative, kidding on its all great is far worse. We all know our weakest part of the team is our defence. Unless you think differently, then obviously its not. we need better defenders to make Anges philosophy work. We are still light at the back and an injury could see Bitton back. Right now Sterfelt has no competition fr the jersey and to keep everyone their toes you need that. I sincerely hope he turns out brilliant but that doesn't mean you can't say he has failed to inspire. Because he hasn't, regardless of how you see it.

{Ed007's Note - You said Starfelt was the weakest link in the defence - you said there is plenty of people who agree, where are they? You also said - although bizarrely you claimed you aren't writing him off - that waiting for him to settle and improve isn't an option for you even though you can't pinpoint what's he done wrong in the last few games where we have kept 4 clean sheets in 5 games.
It's not having a different opinion that makes you foolish, it's the unknown people that seemingly agree with you that makes you look foolish, you're obviosuly not confident enough to back your own opinion, I mean what absolute nonsense is this:

"I cn assure you I am not the only person who has commented that right now Sterfelt s the weakest link. Maybe you haven't heard or read the similar comments, one was, If you look at / welsh and Sterfelt, you would think Welsh was the £4m signing."

Why are you comparing Starfelt to Welsh when the entire thread is about Taylor and Starfelt? In fact don't even bother answering, I'm bored and you can go back to just trolling posts with negativity - how come you never pull me up about posts not going up, the trolling ones I just delete? Maybe the posters that don't think you're a Celtic supporter are right - see how easy it is to just to say something and say others have said it?}

10.) 24 Aug 2021 17:40:50
Don't put a stop to this - I still have a 1/ 3 of my popcorn bucket left and my 3D glasses have never had such a run out in a long time!

The boy Starfelt has, in my opinion, got some confidence/ settling in issues but he has not been horrendous. We could go through our whole team and find find fault with all of our players if we want to. Starfelt is no diddy and his performances will improve as he gets games under him and learns the system Ange wants better.
Starfelt can be seen in the same initial phases of his Celtic tenure as VVD or Larsson et al so let's all get behind him and give him the chance an international deserves.

The future's bright, it's swathed in green and white.

{Ed007's Note - 👍👍

11.) 24 Aug 2021 18:23:30
Magicpole you drove me up the pole never a positive comment enjoy the football and maybe win lose or draw support your team and the manager instead of slagging players who have played 4 games Glasgow’s green and white.

12.) 24 Aug 2021 19:45:33
can i ask again are we in for lovric as the op said and if christie stays do we need a lw as much as a lb or cb.

13.) 24 Aug 2021 20:35:58
FFS Magic! The boy came in and got thrown straight into the team and has played something like 7 games in 21 days.
Not everyone hits the ground running.

14.) 24 Aug 2021 22:28:02
Frank, read the bottom of the thread below and you'll see a positive post by Magicpole today.
There was a bit of a contradiction in what he finished off with though - "let's focus on the future with Ange and his team, no matter who they are".

15.) 25 Aug 2021 01:21:31
Must say I was half expecting Anne Robinson to make a post on this thread. If I think back, as someone else has said, anyone of our players could at some stage or other been considered the weakest link. It is true that at the moment the backline is weakest but ceertainly since Jow Hart came in that has been changing. In the game against hearts Celtic had 74% possession with 19 shots but only 7 were on target resulting in 1 goal for Anthony Ralston. Perhaps the forwards are the weakest links because if they scored with their shots the fact that hearts got two goals wouldn't have mattered as we would have scored more. Interesting that our goal came from a defender that until his recent performances most would have considered not good enough for Celtic.

16.) 25 Aug 2021 02:34:59
Got bored reading this thread after 1st few comments. Last season we lost to them cos we weren’t up for it not cos they were better players but they had fight and a will to win. Now we’re going to be up for it ange won’t treat them differently to anyone we play or where we play those mutants won’t know what’s hit them. We’re a much different animal now. These games used to be won or lost in midfield I don’t see this one being the same they won’t play a high line and flood the midfield cos our front 3 will rip them apart. Last season we were so predictable and easy to play against not this season. I’m going for -2 Celtic this time I’m that confident.

17.) 25 Aug 2021 08:04:35
Hail Hail Welshy88.

18.) 25 Aug 2021 08:29:02
Well Big Ange isn't concerned about clean sheets although they are nice aslong as we out score our opponents we will always win the game and Ange has us set up for that. So I couldn't care if we concede 2, 3 or 4 goals as long as we score 1 more than them I will be happy. Scotland or the UK are the only countries in Europe that are obsessed with clean sheets. I could not care as I say aslong as we out score the opposition we will always win. Rant over.

19.) 25 Aug 2021 09:28:26
Let this one go lads we are improving in the defence. Big Ange is showing our under performing players a better way. Starfelt yes hot and cold it's getting better Taylor Ralston huge difference. Well done Ange for the turnaround. Taking players who could do better and showing a better way. Loving your work. Big man.

20.) 25 Aug 2021 09:33:51
So we bring in another cb who also needs time to adjust to his team mates? Central defence is by far the hardest position to settle in. You need stability. Chopping and changing it isn't going to help anyone. And while I'm here, i don't get all this negativity towards taylor either. He apparently has some sort of rangers connection which seems to blur peoples opinion of him. I'm sure he had more touches in the last game than every other player except turnbull. And something like 90% pass completion. I'm sure someone on here will have exact figures.

21.) 25 Aug 2021 14:01:24
Starfelt has had hairy moments at times since he came in but so have all the rest. Ralston's been fantastic but made a poor error which could easily have led to a goal against AZ when he tried to be cute and skin the winger. Starfelt hasn't done what Kyogo or Abada have done so far and had a "big game" where he's a complete standout but that's not to say he's been particularly bad either. He could have been slightly quicker in his decision making and more accurate in his distribution at times but so could any of the back four.

22.) 26 Aug 2021 20:23:02
Sterfelt is s feckin nightmare. Like i said he was, and plenty of others, you might have missed it, but if you say he's ok, then you're wrong. Admit it. If he is ok, how bad do you want us to become? Are you going to post this, or do a Pravada? We need another CB. End of.

{Ed007's Note - Where did I say we didn't need another CB? Can you actually read, can you understand what you read or are you going to just make more stuff up?}



15 Aug 2021 01:37:11
I reckon the thing with the Brazilian boy on loan fae City rather than the Croatian RB is that the inverted FB style we are playing is same as Peps and the Young lad may be familiar with how to play it. If Peps taught him we just need to put that into practice. Might actually be a good shout. Maybe try a 2yr loan?


1.) 15 Aug 2021 08:39:39
He hasn't played for Pep yet though, they bought him and sent him on loan to Spain last year. We really need to get away from developing other teams young talent, if we are going to develop anyone it should be our own talent. In my opinion we should only be using the loan system in an emergency or with a loan to buy deal, I know things are difficult for everyone right now in terms of bringing players in but we have now had ample time to bring people in. I am still confident we will have another 2 or 3 players in before the window shuts.

2.) 15 Aug 2021 08:45:39
In my opinion a few loans is to be expected. We can’t expect such a large rebuild to be done in one window with every player coming in to be purchased. Loans are fine by me as the amount of players needed for the entire rebuild is much more than your average season. This will take a few windows to be fully rebuilt and if we need loans to cover positions till more funds are made available next summer then I’m all for it as long as the players brought in on loan improve the team even if it is only for 12 months.

3.) 15 Aug 2021 09:12:30
As long as there better loans than last year.

4.) 15 Aug 2021 21:10:57
Loans are a great idea if they’re used correctly, it can give you the chance of seeing how someone fits into our club or the system we are trying to play without splashing out on a huge fee first . Although I agree there’s no point in loaning someone that there is no realistic chance of signing permanently…… maybe an idea is to only use loans that have the option to buy clause In them.



28 Feb 2021 20:38:14
Confirmed by a very good source that the reason manager hasn't been announced yet is that once Crystal Palace guarantee safety Roy Hodgson will be announced Sporting Director with Eddie Howe manager. Hodgson contract ends in June. Deal for Howe done.


1.) 28 Feb 2021 22:06:10
Can’t see it but I think that would be great.

2.) 28 Feb 2021 22:35:55
At Palace, that isn't stopping us getting a Sporting Director and manager.

3.) 01 Mar 2021 01:04:56
Why would he give up a managers position for a DOF one? Why would he come to Scotland? Howe I can see but no change Hodgson.

4.) 01 Mar 2021 17:20:03
He is about 75 and could make a good dof.




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02 Dec 2021 22:19:58
Starfelt excellent. Team performance poor, Ange performance poor. Why didn't he bring on Abada for the invisible Forrest or Mccarthy for Rogic? Could have seen that game out way more comfortable. We don't have to always try to be Brazil 1974. See the bloody game out!


1.) 03 Dec 2021 07:35:16
You do know we had 3 forced substitutions.

2.) 03 Dec 2021 07:36:14
We won the game and u was screaming for abada to come on about 65mins in, but a win is a win and we thoroughly dominated the game apart from about 10 mins late on when we couldn't keep the ball but we always looked the more likely to get another goal.

3.) 03 Dec 2021 09:49:29
Thank god you're not in charge, would have finished the game playing with 9 men.



26 Nov 2021 11:06:24
I think we all agree that we don't yet have the strength in depth at this level but last night we need to adapt and if we are in a position where we are a goal up against a good side away from home, then there's no shame in ditching the philosophy. Big Ange got it completely wrong when he still wanted to go toe to toe with a very good team with a far weaker front 3 after we made the subs. There's what, 15 mins to go and we are 2-1 up, under the cosh and he plays the same way. Play Abada up top on his own, bring on soro and scales or Murray instead of Ajeti and MJ, and see out the game in a 5-4-1. Flood the edge of our box with bodies and eliminate any space. Yet we still want to go all out attack. It's not just a better squad that we need to go to next level. We need to be more Street wise.


1.) 26 Nov 2021 12:17:49
I admire it in a way. Anyway it's a work in progress, for sure we need a stronger bench but hopefully another transfer window or 2 and that will happen. Very proud of the bhoys last night.

2.) 26 Nov 2021 19:11:29
You do make a good point and Ange could’ve put Soro in to help McCarthy and flood the midfield.
I felt sorry for Ralston because Leverkusen always had a spare man, wide on their left.
Ralston couldn’t get tight because it would’ve left too much space inside.
Five in the midfield would’ve helped in that last 20 minutes.
Only Lyon have scored more away goals than Celtic from 32 clubs but we only picked up 3 points from the 9 possible away points.

3.) 26 Nov 2021 19:53:39
I just see the flexibility to change things and see out a game after we do all the good work, would be an added bonus to big Ange's tactics. Angeball is great but if we kicked the ball out the park every chance we got in those last 12 mins they ain't scoring twice.



01 Nov 2021 18:21:24
I think we really need to let Ange bring his people in. Do we actually have a no2? Or just a backroom team. Ange needs someone he trusts or at least someone that'll say to him to alter his tactics against the anti-footballers and grind out the result. We need a management team, not a manager with coaches- which we currently have.


1.) 01 Nov 2021 20:24:06

I agree 100% it’s concerning how Ange doesn’t appear to have been backed from a management perspective. The board looks amateurish. Ange will know where his own weaknesses are and who he would have in his backroom to compensate for them. It would be a miracle if Kennedy and Strachan were they the two men in his eyes. When guys like Ange take on positions of responsibility they know what they need to support them. Or did the board see him as a stop gap after the Bournemouth Bottler bolted but Ange has turned out better than expected despite very little backing?

2.) 02 Nov 2021 10:39:08
JFP, like you I have never believed Ange selected Kennedy or Strachan to be his trusted assistants.

If Ange is going to be backed then for the love of God, back him 100%. Let him bring in the coaches/ assistants of his choice to give him and the team the very best chance of success on the park.

☘ ? ☘.

3.) 02 Nov 2021 11:42:44
Agree with you guys; in a previous post, I said we were almost ineffective at set-pieces and especially corners where we very rarely cash-in and it has been a problem throughout different management tenures, but the coaching staff have remained the same.



27 Oct 2021 17:18:01
No way should we switch to 3 5 2 to get kyogo upfront. We are really starting to click and would probably send Starfelts confidence back to square one. Him and CCV are coming along nicely. I'd stick with kyogo out right. Yes he's not got same impact but by geez if he starts having an impact there, what another weapon we'll have from that position. GG might not last 90 and its an option to move kyogo to the middle after 70 mins. Don't start messing around with formations as things are looking good.


1.) 27 Oct 2021 17:30:55
Kyogo has to start in the middle, I would leave GG on the bench, and bring him on for the last twenty minutes.

2.) 27 Oct 2021 18:09:28
Kipper makes a good point and we can still put Kyogo through the middle when Giakoumakis goes off.
I read that Hibs have been conceding a few goals recently from cross balls.
I’m not sure if it’s only been since Porteous has been out the team.
Maybe it’s something Giakoumakis can take advantage off tonight at some stage.

3.) 27 Oct 2021 18:28:39
4-4-2, kyogo up top with giakoumakis.

4.) 27 Oct 2021 18:47:27
MJ must be doing well in training for Ange to get him back in the fold. Subs bench is stronger.



20 Oct 2021 17:30:57
Things are coming together nicely but we need a presence in the middle of the park. Not sure if it's a tackler or someone that can read the game and intercept, but someone with muscle that can protect the defence. Someone disciplined that could be the final piece in the jigsaw- after a LB that is.


1.) 20 Oct 2021 18:47:31
Although only cameos so far I think scales could be the lb.

2.) 20 Oct 2021 19:18:04
Lambert or Lennon or pray Turnbull can develop some Paul McStayesque dig.

3.) 20 Oct 2021 19:27:27
Oh to have Broony back, but 10 years younger. HH.

4.) 20 Oct 2021 20:01:39
jfp. i noticed turnbull was playing the deeper out of him and rogic and rogic was up top helping out kyogo. maybe ange is trying to coach turbull playing a bit deeper into his game.

5.) 20 Oct 2021 20:11:14
26 + 6 = 1

I think a bit deeper would suit Turnbull and Celtic.

6.) 20 Oct 2021 20:23:29
yeah mate creating from deep. turnbull has a good delivery on him spraying balls over the top from deep kinda the way jota did last night.

7.) 20 Oct 2021 20:31:00
I remember someone posted their Motherwell supporting friend mentioned that Turnbull is good at playing the deeper role.




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21 Nov 2021 18:07:41
Get him signed up and negotiate the payments. I'm sure if we have to pay 2m upfront in Jan there's still cash to strengthen elsewhere.




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23 Jul 2021 16:23:45
I think Hart's a great shout.




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26 Jun 2021 23:46:16
Coming weeks? Then 10 days quarantine. That's them out of all the euro qualifying games. What's the point then?




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15 Jun 2021 21:35:49
MarkM88, yes we should prioritise Central midfield. You really think soro, Turnbull and magregor as our only real midfielders will be enough. Good players- although Soro still has a long way to go to really convince- but if that's our midfield next season we are toast. It's powderpuff, need a real enforcer in there or a dictator. Someone to control the game. I think we need 2 more centre mids.




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01 Mar 2021 17:20:03
He is about 75 and could make a good dof.





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02 Dec 2021 18:08:44
Id stick with Mccarthy. I thought he was composed, kept possession, and showed signs of a killer pass. Only reservation is that he has no pace. Hopefully his positional sense will come good.




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26 Nov 2021 19:53:39
I just see the flexibility to change things and see out a game after we do all the good work, would be an added bonus to big Ange's tactics. Angeball is great but if we kicked the ball out the park every chance we got in those last 12 mins they ain't scoring twice.




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26 Nov 2021 15:36:12
If we sign a first pick LB in Jan then he must be at least 6 ft. Seriously. Also if we sign a. n. other from J league we could be the smallest team around. We need height or we will lose goals from crosses every big game we play.




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20 Nov 2021 19:43:09
We'll have to accept the mistakes and they will continue to happen as its part of the plan. That's where the goal game from. Twice in the build up to the breakaway for the goal we passed to Hart and twice we coulda lost it. But it led to counter which led to Clarkes sliced clearance and then the goal. If Hart punts it up each time then it'll come straight back.




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12 Nov 2021 19:11:04
Biggest mistake? Underestimating them. Complacency! Believing the hype about the gap.