Pretenders 0 – 2 Champions

Well there we go.

Never in doubt was it?

From that first kick off deep into touch which had all the watching fans saying “WTF?” ( Just imagine what Stevie G and Gary McA were saying on seeing that!) to the final run and goal from Johnny Hayes, Celtic simply executed the perfect game plan and laid down a real marker to the pretenders.

Every Celtic player knew their role and gave their all. Every starter ran their heart out and then every sub did the same.

Anyone worried about us being a bit fragile or lightweight needn’t have worried as the Hooped professionals covered space perfectly and gave potential threats like Tavernier nowhere to run. With Rangers contained, Celtic grew in confidence and began to push forward and even when Jermaine Defoe thought his chance had actually came, there was the excellent Elhamed to slide in and poke the ball out for a corner with aplomb.

The media had made a big deal about Celtic newbies in Bolingoli, Jullien and Elhamed facing such a big game but all 3 were excellent. A few eyebrows were raised when Bitton was declared as partnering Jullien with Ajer and Jozo posted missing. Big Nir strolled through the game before having to go off after tweaking his hamstring. On came SomePeopleCallMe Moritz Bauer at right back and Elhamed stepped inside…again, any worries were unfounded as both guys finished the game strongly.

An important aspect to note is also seeing the new guys taking such hard hits and just getting up and shaking them off. Elhamed took a sore one and recovered, Bolingoli was attacked by a studs up Ryan Jack, was soon smiling again, Jullien just had to laugh at Morelos trying a sneaky stamp on his toes and Moritz knocked the ball passed WATP Jordan Jones who then lashed out. As Moritz looked up, he could see Madden showing Jones red. Every one of our new guys now know for sure what our opponents are all about and even better out opponents know they cannot be intimidated by silly erratic tackles or sheer malice.

The brilliant defensive line up was expertly protected by Broony and Calmac. Our class duo controlled the game with ease and showed an inner strength many in the Media had thought posted missing. With our bases covered at the back,  lets look up front.

The score was 2-0 but could have been 3,4 or 5.

James Forrest appeared tired but again, his priority was close down space and help Elhamed when needed. Christie too wasn’t as dynamic as usual but ran himself into the ground. Mikey Johnston danced where possible and just when we though he was waning, up he stepped with a perfect pass. Ntcham when he came on was just sublime and Johnny Hayes scoring was a delight. The highlight and sheer heart pumping inspiration though came from Eddy up front,

As ever class rose to the top and when Goldson was forced into a silly pass that went straight to Mikey Johnston, Johnston strode forward, looked up and played the perfect pass to Odsonne who had kept himself exactly inline with the final defender. No one, not even the most blinkered of Rangers fans, doubted for a second that big Eddy would slide the ball past the prostrate MacGregor and into the back of the net…1-0 and cruising.

Eddy was simply outstanding. At one point he was up against 3 defenders. Did he panic? Not a chance, he simply turned, turned again, then again, before passing the ball to a team mate leaving the Rangers players chasing shadows. All of this was in a space of a few yards. Sublime skill from our star forward.

The wonderful sight of watching Eddy link up with Ntcham in the last 20 minutes was stunning at times and the Rangers players looked like they were running in Matrix time in comparison to the classy French duo who twisted and turned them inside and out. When they both linked up to release the energetic Johnny Hayes for his goal,  it was a brilliant counter attack and such play bodes well for the EL Group campaign ahead.

Please god don’t let any French side try and entice our man Eddy away before the window closes.

That only leaves the most important man till last.

Neil Lennon.

What a masterful and professional managerial performance from our manager.  Lets consider when he and his Mgmt team achieved:

  • He analysed the opposition and swatted them away with ease, in their own back yard.
  • He took all the criticism of himself, his players and his club  and he channelled a positive response.
  • He protected new players from criticism and they produced the game of their Celtic lives.
  • He managed to prepare a new defensive line-up to be as tight as a drum.
  • He steered a tired squad through a few major weeks of intense pressure.
  • He has laid down a firm marker that no-one can contest. Any challengers now know what they are up against.

 

In the post match Press conference, Lenny deservedly took his opportunity to address all the doubters, the TV and Press Media and also including Celtic fans and well done as he was totally vindicated after a brilliant result in Stockholm and a brilliant result in Glasgow.

Hopefully he enjoys a few days break as we enter the International match period.

Bravo Lenny, bravo.

PS..Sorry, I almost forgot Fraser Forster was playing. To be fair, so did the big man after such a quiet afternoon!

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1 year ago

Allez Les Verts.

On y va!

paddybhoy67
1 year ago

Just watched the game on Celtic TV. At 34.54 … clearly hear Bolingoli being racially abused.
“A Club for All”, my arse.

paddybhoy67
1 year ago
Reply to  paddybhoy67

True, Charlie … but this is no ordinary shite. This is a black player lying on the ground after being assaulted by Ryan Jack and being racially abused – a hate crime.

1 year ago
Reply to  paddybhoy67

Report it

paddybhoy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

I have, Pedro, to Celtic’s fan rep … where else do you suggest? I mean, it’s not like you have to turn the volume up: 34.54 to 35.15. I dunno if the Celtic commentators heard it

paddybhoy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro

I did, Pedro, to Celtic’s JP Taylor. Who else should I report it to?

Mike
1 year ago

Durty Hun pricks, its follow followed them since they were formed, like a bad smell. From dipping into charitable monies, always moaning, always complaining, always looking for special treatment, always doing the dirty, always cheating, it takes a Hun like mentality to act like they do as a club and their players take their lead from those above. Its our misfortune to always be associated with them, that is why I detest it so much when we are always tagged a part of the( – ) fill in the space. So you can imagine my joy at yesterdays game and how our players played, with talent, courage, grit and determination, they adhered to the plan, filling in spaces, shutting them down, smothering their play. We all have our favourite players, but yesterday was a team performance from the manager and his team to the players. Where new friendships were forged in adversity our new band of Celtic brothers, coming to a stadium near you… B R I L L I A N T.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Despite the studs up erm challenge from Apple-Jack and other missed opportunity’s to book players. Give me Mad-Hun every day of the week before the Cheat-Hun- Beat-Hun, he is as sly as they come and fairdoos to the linesman who continually got his calls for offside and other calls correct…

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Mm, remember the game a couple of years ago when its level in injury time and a stonewall penalty for a foul on Griffiths not given?

Its easy to give a read card to a hun deep in injury time when we’re 2 in front.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Agreed but one swallow and all that.

I think he’d still revert to type in a tight game.

JTT
1 year ago

What a sweet victory. Especially as we were treated to a rousing rendition of Sloop John B(tune for the famine song) just before the players came out. “Anyone, Everyone” my arse!
GIRFUY

Good bless Neil Lennon.

HH

1 year ago

sevconian silence is golden.

Oh don’t it hurt deep inside.
To see sevco do something there on hire.

sevco huneyed FC.

TicToc
1 year ago

Great article Desi, agree with just about every word.
After Cluj there was only ONE way to go and Lenny and The Bhoys have done just that. I’d felt relatively calm going into the game and quietly fancied our chances. But my faith was tested when I found out both big Kris and Jozo were not available. My, er, ‘faith’ was helped when I knew Bitton was starting as I’d hoped he’d get a starting slot in any case. To see our back line put in such a fantastic performance in that poisonous shit-hole was one of the most uplifting things I’ve felt for some time; well since we ‘uplifted’ the Treble Treble. 🙂 It’s been a remarkable few days even for a Tim.
There really is something magical about The Celtic and it’s just another fine day to be part of THAT family.
HH

Uralius
1 year ago

Holy fkn sheite! Where did you read that CS?

Uralius
1 year ago

If we get Wanyama that will free up Calmac for left back. Holy Fkn Sheite!

Una
1 year ago

After seeing slippy gs interview i had a feeling they were going to try and sign kent 2 day,their masterplan must have been beat Celtic sign kent the league is ours. Total mugs they built themselves up for that doing yesterday. As good old Monti says stupid stupid buns

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Aye arses the lot of them!

BroxburnBhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Seems odd to me that a financially distressed club like the tribute act could afford 7 million pounds and wages to sign Ryan Kent? They can barely afford to keep the lights on. Worth the tax authorities not to mention Liverpool checking if they actually have the money for this?

The Cha
1 year ago

Pompatus of Love.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Met Biton today was nice to pass on my congratulations in person. First time I’ve said ‘ you made an old man very happy’ to a bloke though.

The Cha
1 year ago

I sure don’t want to hurt no-one.

but he put that nice JJ man in crutches.

BJF
1 year ago

I think Lenny mention about 5 times how Celtic has been written off good, he got them tactics and the motivation spot on. Boli settling, Jullien imperious, Elhamed st full back or central defender awesome signing. As usual media make too much about home fans noise or nervous guys on their debuts these are professionals and all looked totally comfortable, even Bauer despite the assault. Did second Rangers have an off day, no they had the day Celtic permitted them to have, nothing more nothing less. BR couldn’t have motivated the team the way Lenny did, couldn’t have varied the play either. Chris Sutton said the squad looked thin on Thursday night but 4 in if the full back comes.

BJF
1 year ago

Oops fat fingers on the phone, “mentioned “” the tactics” don’t want the pedant wetting himself.

1 year ago

Great article Desi. You speak for many of us. Like many, I was fearful for our shifting back four, plus newbies to Mordor. They did a brave job. If Taylor comes in, we’ll have good competition for every position. Our centre back injuries are worrying though. Ajer/Sumo/Bitton. That was a big match yesterday and could well count for a lot by the end of the season. Those unexpected (by me anyway) 3 points at Ibrox will be important in the longer run. Our best 11 (4-2-3-1) at present.
Forster
Elhamed/Ajer/Jullien/Boli
Brown/McGregor
Forrest/Christie/Johnston
Well done bhoys! Many thanks.

1 year ago

Forget Edouard!

1 year ago

Forgot Edouard!

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Reserve team
Gordon
Bauer Bitton Hendry Taylor
Kouassi Ntcham
Morgan Rogic Hayes
With Aranzani Bayo Shved Sinclair New guy from Southampton still to play then the squad is starting to take shape. Only another 2 centre backs and a midfielder required. To help us compete in Europe and at home.

jimmybee
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Not forgetting griff as the striker of course

jimmybee
1 year ago

Remember lads its only 3 points if we don’t strengthen then Lawwell really is a cunt.
We have to strengthen now when we are in front dont leave it till January Thursday Sunday games will take their toll we need quality brought in.

BJF
1 year ago

Glad to see Greg Taylor is on his way but where did Sevco get £7m to sign Ryan Kent (BBC Scotland), I thought they were broke.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

I am guessing Dave has spent the Europa League money , before its been put in his account.
Lets face it they will only pay a nominal fee upfront , and Liverpool will get him back when sevco go bust

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  BJF

Its part of the RHI Tarrif from the DUP, Cash-For-Ash scheme, the DUP raise it and the Huns spend it, the DUP cooncillors get free tickets into Hun-Land, its a win-win for Huns.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I’m not sure Weered will see his tax money be used like this as a win-win. 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

My name is being bandied about… Let the bastards burn… The DUP will pay heavily for their mis-deeds. They have aligned themselves to those who would willingly cut them from their precious union. The ordinary unionists are seeing them I their true colours now as a self serving shower of greedy baztardx. Hell will have them. The RHI findings will end a lot of them obsequious kuntz

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I wont tell him if you don’t. 😉

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

My lips are sealed.

1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

My middle name is intel

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Burn Baby Burn.

1 year ago

How a couple of games can change impressions and general vibe! NL showed he has tactical nous and influence a game with his subs and evaluating opposition. My apologies to Boli, I thought he would freeze on Sunday but he played his best game as of yet for us. He only gave the ball away twice on the ground and that header at the end to Moron, who didn’t know where the goal was because Forster was standing in front of it. Boli wasn’t the only guy who gave the ball away – lots of misplaced passes but we outplayed and outfought them. The whole team were immense. We have a whole team waiting in the wings that could come in and play and win this league.
OE Odsonne Edouard

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

And a reported 50k a week … lol.. silly billies

BJF
1 year ago

All to come at best second!

jimmybee
1 year ago

See Skrtel has left Atlanta by mutual consent he could do a job for us.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

have they not kicked him out after just 1 game ?

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Does he do any groundwork Jimmy?

Mike
1 year ago

Some funny names coming in to Celtic, Boli Mbombo, ElHamed, Frimpong, Bauer Brown, that’s no bomber brown is it?

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike have you looked at the full list of Scottish names 😉

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Like the count of Monti-Christo?

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike… Monti crispo wasn’t that bad.
You spelt it wrang

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

But he was still a count.

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Mike.. Yes but counts on his fingers only

London celtic
1 year ago

Happy with the Taylor signing. Is Jackie mc namara an agent now?

BJF
1 year ago

Sunday was achieved without Jozo, Ajer, Elyounoussi, Taylor, Rogic, Sheved, O’Connell and whoever comes in. Lot of activity and recruitment and I hope the quality matches the quantity but if Jullien and Elhamed probably Boli are aing to go by plus Forster recruitment looks to be in a better place. Reasons to be cheerful eh!

BJF
1 year ago

“ anything”

1 year ago

C S… Leave it until 11.59 pm

Uralius
1 year ago

Ok PL I’m tying up the guillotine rope, but I’m keeping the blade sharpened! Vive Le French Eddy!

Mike
1 year ago

One thing seems certain and that is that we are in the process of building a young and very talented team. The Quality Street Gang, series two. A whole series of 17-18 year old players to add to young Karamoko Dembelle, Okoflex, Luca Connoll etc. etc. A very good move to bring them in now and integrate them in gradually into the first team squad. Those slightly older but still young players leaving Celtic on loan, like Ewan Henderson, Tony Ralston, etc. to take the Kris Ajer route, going out on loan to other SPFL clubs to continue learning their trade. Its a hard life for young talented players but once they have made it, the rewards are large. Good luck to them..

Mike
1 year ago

SNAP.

1 year ago

Mike… To see the apparent influx of young talent into Paradise is a signal moment to savour. The panty wetters now reside in the crumble dome. They’re truly screwed and the window is still open as I write … HAIL HAIL

1 year ago

Replies exit left again ffs

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

C S… Our Father who art in… Ah forget it Lord

1 year ago

C S… A fine usage of the vernacular 🙂

1 year ago

NURSE… PAMPERS PLEASE

1 year ago

This summer we have brought in a whole lotta youth.
Two 16/17 yr old goalies -one is Davie Hays grandson the other an England youth intl.
One 16/17 centre back -Scandinavian
Frimpong -full back
O’Connor Centre back Irish
O’Connell centre Mid Irish
Olafabi – centre forward Irish.
Plus, Forster, Bauer on loan (Bauer option to buy), Elanoussi.
Jullien, Boli, Taylor, Elhamed senior contracts.
I can’t see Ralston getting another game with Frimpong ahead of him. Good luck to Ralston, Henderson and Aitchison and Welsh out on loan.
HH

Monti
1 year ago

Desimond,
Good to see you back!!

I’m just happy as fk!

Jordan Jones? I hope your injury isn’t too serious……erm, COUGH COUGH

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