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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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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.


 

 

07 Sep 2018 09:20:03
Press 'thumbs-up' if - like me -you hate International breaks.
PS: Why do they always seem to appear, just as we might be going on a wee run of form and consistency?

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1.) 07 Sep 2018 13:21:19
Give me league football any week. Any league! I think this desperate attempt by UEFA to spice international football up speaks volumes. Have you tried getting your head around this nations league thing by the way? It would give Carol Vorderman a migraine.


2.) 07 Sep 2018 18:00:33
cannot go it at all and 4 games in? What a bawache!


3.) 07 Sep 2018 18:34:04
I have little interest in international football even the World Cup maybe watched 3-4 games? Roll on next weekend get back to the real stuff showing these newbies who the dominant team in Scotland are. I know hearts are up there now but they won’t last the full season.


 

 

04 Sep 2018 12:51:24
It's official! Every club in Scotland can kick Celtic players when they are on the ground.
The establishment has always been very obvious in their biased and tainted treatment of our club and now it has been publicly rubber stamped twice in three games. Naismith and McGregor should have been red carded on the spot, but we expect 'honest mistakes' often happen with referres and now we can expect the same from The SFA Compliance Officer; so now every thug in the country has carte blanche to assault our players.

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1.) 04 Sep 2018 13:04:22
Its out of order. Pedro should be earning with wages and pressing the matter further. The video footage cannot be denied.

{Ed007's Note - OAB - The Compliance Officer did think there was a case to answer and passed it on to the next stage where three former match officials were consulted and there was no unanimous agreement to take it further. I take it that means it was a 2-1 vote in McGregor's favour.
The Compliance Officer done her job and done it correctly.}


2.) 04 Sep 2018 13:07:36
Open season now unbelievable decision.


3.) 04 Sep 2018 13:15:34
Is this actually a shock to anyone? Both Naismith and McGregor have been called up to the Scotland squad and the SFA acting in their best interests.


4.) 04 Sep 2018 13:18:38
That’s absolutely ridiculous I can’t believe it went unpunished.


5.) 04 Sep 2018 13:35:22
In no way am I shocked with the decision, this is the SFA we’re talking about for Christs sake! This biggest joke of a football association in world football! U get any other panel in the world to look at that, without knowing the team playing and it’s a ban every day of the week! But like I said, it doesn’t shock me in the slightest! Let them cheat their way through the season and help the tribute act out any way they can. makes broony lifting 8 in a row feel all the Sweeter!


6.) 04 Sep 2018 14:13:06
Ed seems even if it's 2-1 against McGregor they can't raise a complaint. Got to be all 3 agree.

{Ed007's Note - I know, Kev, they've changed the process for this season and unbelievably managed to make it even more of a farce.}


7.) 04 Sep 2018 14:56:40
Tell you this right now if one of our players get charge with the same thing the club should threaten to take it to CAS.

{Ed007's Note - The manager should come out and demand to know who these people are but that would make him look like a paranoid fanny making a veiled threat.}


8.) 04 Sep 2018 15:20:13
soeone made the point of both having been called up.
there lieth the answer.


9.) 04 Sep 2018 15:21:01
Both having recently been called up by an ex THEM manager
there lies the answer as to why punishments overlooked.


10.) 04 Sep 2018 15:49:14
shocking decision. Also mentioned before that i won't watch another Scotland game until that cheating person is gone.


11.) 04 Sep 2018 16:08:54
Even stevie g-string admitted I his press conference on Sunday that McGregor had lashed out and deserved to be sent off.


12.) 04 Sep 2018 15:39:45
Cheers for correcting me with the proper protocol in these matters Ed I was not aware it had to go through these extra channels, but if the ex-officials could have been anyone from Clarke, Dougal, Young, McCurry, Brines, Dallas, McDonald or similar, we are shafted ha ha.
Still think it's very dangerous ground to start these precedents even when an opposing manager thinks it's a red card offence. We will see?

{Ed007's Note -
When their manager was asked if he would have had any complaints had McGregor been sent off, he said:

"No. I wouldn’t. He’s lashed out. Of course I will speak to him about it. Look, I’m honest, I’ll tell you what I see. I’m not going to sit here and do otherwise. If something’s blatant, it’s blatant."


 

 

03 Sep 2018 18:55:42
Was there a game on Yesterday? Not a highlight, summary, interview or report, never mind the result.
All I saw was phone-footage and witnesses/ victims statements of the crush outside the ground before KO; with no comment, incidentally from Police Scotland.
Guess if they don't talk about it they can pretend it never happened?
It must be killing them ha ha ha.

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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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25 Sep 2018 09:42:33
The distractions and events behind the scenes will always affect moral and the carry-on with Boyata and damaging departure of Dembele must have caused disruption in the dressing room - especially when the manager seemed to be undermined by his board?
However, you are spot-on Ed, where the 'bottom line' blame lies.
Senior players who have been over the course - some with several managers - are shirking responsibility and failing this challenge.
We saw it with Deila when senior players were more than happy to tread water and let the manager take the flak and it can't be allowed to happen again.
They are happy to ride along on the crest of a wave of success, but when grit, graft, guts and guile are needed right now, we are getting half-hearted performances, fear and finger pointing.

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24 Sep 2018 20:52:40
Totally agree and think we are all on a downer these days, - wondering when the real Celtic will eventually turn up.
It's obvious we have been spoiled rotten for a while now and it's very unsettling and disappointing watching the way we have been playing (or not playing) with so many players well below par.
The biggest worry for me is the managers demeanor and apparent inability to motivate or rectify the most obvious of problems and his interview after the game was very matter of fact; almost defeatist and he seems to have lost his enthusiasm and appetite?
We all know that there was real friction between him and Lawell during the window and the after-shock from the CL exit and transfer window debacle has really rocked the club to the core.
We all hope we sort ourselves out, improve performances and get back to winning ways, but I feel we are currently missing the managers spark and confident swagger and it's filtering through.

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24 Sep 2018 12:40:19
We have all been waiting for that spark and jolt back to the form and performance we know they are capable of, but the disruption and disharmony of the last three months seems to have affected everyone.
There were glimpses of improvement before the International break, but that seems to have affected/ hampered some players even more.
Thankfully, it is still very early in the season and a couple of good results and performances will boost confidence and trigger recovery.

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24 Sep 2018 10:05:41
The squad 'maintenance and control' has gone to pot in the past two years with far too many players that are not up to it, or not trusted to be given a run, while some of our better players have been sold without being replaced with similar or better standard.
The majority of that list above would not be missed tomorrow, while unfortunately other regular first team players have, so far performed way below what they can.
Some have said complacency had set-in after the 'Invincible', then double-treble seasons and I can understand that to a point, but I can't understand the persistence with the sideways passing, slow play and lack of urgency and tempo - every single game - giving opponents encouragement, time and space to nullify our attack.
BR (like the rest of us) was obviously disappointed after the 'window' and the CL exit; but he has seemed to have also lost a lot of the enthusiasm and motivation that got us this far?
However, absolutely no point dwelling on somethings that can't be reversed, addressed, or improved until the new year.
I have mentioned before, the staleness in tactics, the playing of off-form players and our very poor dead-ball choices and delivery and these things should be hammered home in training as clearly the back-room staff and players need to get back to basics, fast.
The confidence and consistency will only return with hard work.

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23 Sep 2018 23:12:26
I was so angry and frustrated after the final whistle - and then went on to discover from the Sevco faction of the family that they once again had an easy time of it and felt even worse. However, there is nothing better than watching a glimpse of our very unique, magical and blessed history to put things in perspective.
We have had some of the best players, charismatic characters and superlative talent that ever graced these shores, associated with our club and our history is like a fairy tale of good v evil and triumph over adversity and no club in these isles will ever come close to our individuality, achievements and traditions. We are the famous Glasgow Celtic FC without equal, without prejudice and without a broken history.

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