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26 Dec 2017 14:51:27
Another three points and a clean sheet is always appreciated, but we really should have hammered that mob today as they were garbage and gave the ball away countless times and only wayward passes/ crosses and bad finishing made it look respectable.
Once again Scott Brown was head and shoulders above everyone and we had other top performers in KT, Ntcham, Ajer once again and James Forrest, plus LG who looked very lively - first half especially.
McGregor and Armstrong (when he came on) were way off the boil, while the only long term concerns I have are Gordon, Boyata and maybe Lustig - who frustrates the life out of me at times.
The game was not as 'physical' as I expected at their midden and it was very unlucky for Johnny Hayes to get crocked in the only bad tackle of the game - even though he booked three Celtic players? Real shame for Hayes who seemed to be finally in the frame for regular football after such a stuttering start and I hope he can come back from this set-back.
The players can enjoy the eleven point lead with great satisfaction and pleasure and relish the opportunity to consolidate this against Sevco and then a well-earned break in the sun.

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1.) 26 Dec 2017 15:09:22
Lustig has been a great servant but he's not playing well let's the wide man get his cross in to often and Gordon just puts our defenders under pressure but we were very comfortable today. said after the herts game that it was maybe the best thing that could have happened we've really kicked on . and we may see a few new faces this month.


2.) 27 Dec 2017 10:58:44
I love big Lustig and his commitment, but he is losing a yard and his passing is becoming increasingly less accurate.

I'm hoping it's just a spell of poor from him because I do love the big dumplin, but cover for him is the least we need. We need a better defence, attaining that has to be done without sentimentality.

If you're good enough you're in.

No matter how long and committed a servant you have been.

I would say the same to my own sons, it's about what's best for Celtic. If someone is better then that's it. No complaints.


 

 

25 Dec 2017 14:19:18
Merry Christmas Ed007 and to all posters, readers and live-chat crew.
Have a healthy and harmonious time and hopefully a wining week on the pitch for Brendan's Bhoys.

Once a Bhoy

{Ed007's Note - Merry Christams to you too buddy.}


 

 

04 Dec 2017 00:55:45
Waited up to watch the highlights on Sportscene and was very impressed with Ajer, Ntcham, Hayes and obviously Edouard; who were given superb service and support from the likes of KT, Broony and the 'new improved' James Forrest when he came on.
I have been a critic of JF (especially in the Deila reign) ; but during the past two campaigns, he has made and scored so many important goals and is currently in great form - long may it last.
One thing that didn't come across in the highlights was the amount of bad tackles and challenges from the away side - some of which went unpunished by the specsaver guy.

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22 Nov 2017 23:18:17
The hammerings are becoming more frequent and although the top teams have all the money and best players we still make far too many basic mistakes and have too many 'invisible men' when the going gets tough. Lustigs injury did have some bearing but Boyata, simunovic and Gordon in particular were culpable, while Rogic and McGregor and Forrest at times found it hard to keep possession or find a teammate.
Broony and ntcham tried their best but we're often outnumbered and outfought.

BR should have improved the defence and goalkeeper in the last window however you can't expect to compete at this level if there is so much fear and panic in the minds of players he the pressures on.
The board has to back the manager, as there is no good banking so much CL profit while the team needs obvious improvement
Watching these horror shows is agony and it must be damaging to our young stars, who go from domestic deities to europes whipping boys on a regular basis and although it's not ideal preparation for our first cup final of the season it could be worse - we could have lost at home to Hamilton or failed to win 3 games in a row?
Hopefully a cup win will set us ip for the Anderlecht game and a chance to gauge how we can compete against a level maybe more suited to our resources and skill? However qualification for Europa will bring a new factor to the season with the Thursday - Sunday curse and more games than last term to contend with to achieve success.

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1.) 23 Nov 2017 05:29:01
Good and honest post once a boy. We aren't at the races in these big games and our already low stock across Europe's elite will continue to get worse as we have results like this. Additions across the back line definitely needed in January. However, a cup final to look forward to so need to get behind the team big time. HH.


2.) 23 Nov 2017 06:59:18
Ouchhhh that was sore. Too good for us.


3.) 23 Nov 2017 07:24:07
Said before we can't really judge our euro progress with the big money teams just now . if we beat anderlecht and get to Europa then we will get a better gauge of where we are in euro terms . does that stop us improving the quality of the team especially in the areas where a blind man with a blind dog can tell we need to improve . no . no more squad players best quality we can buy . if we want to just dominate a very poor spl then bank the money . but imo in Jan we need a goalie. an experienced ch (or two) . and if dembele goes a striker.


4.) 23 Nov 2017 07:27:29
I agree with most of your post Once a Bhoy but last night I thought Craig Gordon had a good game.
CG is a great shot-stopper but pretty poor when it comes to his distribution and penalty box control.
Yes, he lost seven goals, but the 10 players in front of him were poor and gave too many balls away. As for the goals, It was obvious that PSG saw our right hand side as the weak point and most of those goals involved their attacks built up from there.
Once again, they had players queuing up to have a pop at goal when the ball was deliver from the left into the centre, Could CG have done better? Maybe a couple of times but generally he did what was right.
Broonie had a poor game by his standards and, his goal apart, Dembele spent more time on the left wing than running at them in centre.
But, in fairness, not many teams will live with this PSG group who seemed to attack and defend in packs. Credit where it is due and they played us like an old fiddle.


5.) 23 Nov 2017 09:11:07
Some great points made but if we are being realistic the TOP teams can do that to anyone on any given day. PSG (far better team this year) and Barcelona hammered each other in last years tournament and I agree it must be a blow to our confidence but we will never be able to compete with clubs spending £600m on players. that's 20 years Champions League money to us in 1 season! . or 300 years SPFL winners money!


6.) 23 Nov 2017 09:37:18
Tiny Gordon should have saved at least 2 of they goals last night.


7.) 23 Nov 2017 11:08:26
I did think that gordon was a good shot stopper but he hardly saved any last night and his positioning and reactions are getting worse - not to mention distribution.
I remember two games in particular in the nou camp where David Marshall and Fraser Forster saved us from absolute hammerings against top class teams but we really lack that defensive organisation and quality last line of defence these days.


8.) 23 Nov 2017 13:17:53
Gordon isn't good enough. His distribution is woeful most of the time and you just don't feel safe. We need three defenders and a goalie.

Nitcham has been a major failure for me . He isn't the player we hoped for.

This will focus the mind a lesser tanking would have painted over cracks.

It's over to Celtic, these humiliations were set up by making a total fecking arse of getting in defenders in the summer. And it was a total balls up. We didn't even have our best two cb's who aren't good enough and Bitton playing in defence shows you how farcical a situation we are in.

Get it sorted Rogers and if you do our home domination is further cemented.

Just get it done and give us a better chance in the Europa.


 

 

18 Nov 2017 18:19:29
Hard going today and it was obvious we needed LG to make that difference in attack as moussa was struggling without service from both wide men - who were rank today.
Sinky definitely needs a rest as he has struggled all season but he seems undroppable and it puts extra pressure on the superlative KT to do a double shift.
Anyway, it was a very hard won three points against a stuffy defencive team, an awful pitch and a pathetic referee.
Three hard games in a row coming up against Motherwell and I really worry more about the lack of protection against dirty tackles and serious injuries than the results.

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1.) 19 Nov 2017 07:41:07
Sinclair just had a fortnight off he'll be back always good for a goal.


2.) 19 Nov 2017 17:21:23
He just had a rest.


 

 

 

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14 Jan 2018 12:15:36
It's been a nightmare season for the wee man considering he had virtually no pre-season preparation and this contributed to his injuries and stop-start second spell.
He has proved what he can do when fit and confident and I would be delighted if we could secure PR on a long term deal.

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05 Dec 2017 18:59:40
A team (and bench) named for attacking and getting the job done.

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02 Dec 2017 14:37:47
Maybe too many changes to start with, but surely it's about time Hayes started showing some sort of form and Edouard could surprise them? However, I reckon the bench will be relied on at some point.

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26 Nov 2017 14:06:31
A very strong team with plenty options on the bench.

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30 Aug 2017 09:23:08
This frustrating situation has arisen ever since transfer windows were introduced, where we have needed to strengthen or replace and the club leaves the support hanging and guessing until the deadline - usually ending in disappointment apart from Lawell securing his pay rise and bonus.

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16 Jan 2018 09:17:26
I was there for the original nine-in-a-row when we had some of the best players ever to wear the hoops and we never sang about getting ten titles after the 5th, 6th or 7th and enjoyed one season at a time - playing some great stuff and raking in the silverware.
No-one is disputing how far ahead we are in terms of finance, class and ability, but football (especially where Celtic are concerned) has a habit of biting you in the arse and I will always appreciate and enjoy all success like the rest of us - one season at a time.

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15 Jan 2018 19:32:27
It's highly unlikely we will spend millions - especially in a January window, when the market is so confined and limited.
The squad we have was capable of an undefeated domestic treble and although we do need more quality for Europe, we have done very well up til now, considering the injuries and form-losses to date.
Hopefully the break will have refreshed and renewed our ability to dominate domestically and with the recovery of Roberts and Rogic and the return to form of Sinclair, Armstrong, Dembele etc etc plus a possible new face or two, we should be just fine until summer.

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14 Jan 2018 19:15:31
There's no doubt that BR brought out an improvement in some existing players who otherwise might have been out the door, but he has had a few 'windows' to shuffle the pack and he has generally stuck with most of the squad he inherited - so he must see enough in training to satisfy himself that we only need to tweak things or replace any star players that attract bids that meet our valuation?
We all know that quite a few players have so far failed to reach last seasons high standards and consistency, but hopefully this break will help recharge and refresh, as well as add a new face or two to give us a wee boost for the run-in and beyond.

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13 Jan 2018 15:56:05
Off the top of my head; Charlie Nicholas, Andy Walker, Frank MacAvennie and Shaun Maloney had fairly average returns after their initial spell in the Hoops. - Although Bertie Auld did excel in his second period and became a legend.
It would seem difficult to recapture the initial form and success, but there may be other exceptions that I can't remember?

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12 Jan 2018 11:55:20
I am not a fan of this 'Ten In A Row' talk as I've supported Celtic long enough over the decades to know the dangers of complacency and over confidence and have seen us suffering some setbacks, shocks and sadness along the way.
Historically, we have failed to strengthen from a position of strength and we must learn from past experiences and strive to improve at every opportunity and the manager knows this.
Having said that, we have never been in such a healthy position domestically and BR will no doubt have long term objectives/ plans.
We have plenty of young potential and talent at present, but we will add quality and experience as and when it becomes available, however, it is not always easy to lure good players to this football backwater where our rivals have practiced a sharp 'Brexit' for years and our co-efficient is as low as Barry Ferguson's IQ; but we still seem to manage.

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