Celtic Diary Sunday November 1: Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad..So far

 

If there was any truth, and there isn’t, in the media stories about Ronny Deila’s job being in jeopardy, they were dispelled again yesterday. The second of the so-called three games he needs to win was comfortably dealt with yesterday, and surely now we can all see that he is the man for the job.

For a number of reasons.

Leigh Griffiths is now on sixteen goals for the season. The first Celtic striker to have hit this amount since Henrik Larsson. If only we’d paid ten million pounds for him, and then maybe, just maybe, people would recognise that he is actually quite good at what he does.

And the system of one up front is delivering. Well, more often than not, anyway.

You still don’t see many tops at the ground with his name on the back of them. Probably , i suppose, that the police would think you were him and have you in the back of the van.

His header yesterday was probably the goal of the season so far, as the forward hung in the air in exactly the same way Larsson would do before sending the ball beyond the dons keeper.

And he also won the sliding competition as well.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates after opening the scoring against Aberdeen

Yet Rony Deila wasn’t impressed with him, as such.

“The manager had a dig at me for not passing the ball. But he always does find something to moan at me about. He just wants more goals, he wanted to kill the game off. 

Fair enough, if Ronny keeps moaning, and Leigh keeps scoring…

“I was maybe a wee bit selfish looking for my hat-trick – but if you had offered us a 3-1 win we’d have taken that all day.

“The gaffer just wants me to keep going for the full 90 
minutes. After I get one, he wants me to get two and three.

“But if I play in every game and score one goal, I’ll be delighted.” 

I think we all will.

I got a bit of stick for suggesting, and betting with a fellow traveller, that Griffiths would score forty goals this season. Funnily enough, no-one mentioned that on the way back.

Though to be fair, apart from a quick, er, refuelling stop in Lockerbie we were all asleep.

Ronny spoke about Leigh;

 “The only thing I was angry with today is that he didn’t play in Stuart, instead shooting himself from 19 yards.

“Apart from that, the first goal was high class and the cross from Kieran Tierney was very nice as well.

“Leigh is getting more and more mature. He still can lose concentration a little bit but he smells danger all the time. He sees when things are happening and is a great finisher.” 

Which, when you are in the stand, as opposed to watching on tv, is immediately noticable about Grifiths. He thinks about his game, you can see it when he isn’t on the ball.

Like Jozo Simunovic, who will be, based on yesterdays perfromance, a more than capable replacement for Denaayer or van Dijk. Whichever you choose. He, too, thinks about the game, and is always on hand to support the player either in possession out of position. In much the same way as Paul Telfer would always be on hand to give Shunsuke Nakamura an outlet.

Something else I noticed yesterday was the amount of pointing and moaning that Stefan Johansen does. Which probably is useful. Somehow.

 

In his withdrawn position in place of Scott Brown, it appeared that sometimes he was taking his duties a little more seriously than he should, and was neglecting his own game.

Celtic, of course, won the game 3-1, which meant that aberdeen slipped from second to third and now Hearts are the main challengers, which has to be good for the game. Six points adrift, the Edinburgh side have improved considerably over the la couple of years, and will go from strength to strength.

Scott Brown, who has not been playing at one hundred per cent of late, missed the game. Will he be ready for Thursday ?

Ronny Deila;

 “No I don’t think so.

“But the injury is not major. You always want Scott Brown in your team but we have players who can do a job here. 

And big Simunovic, who will be vital to Celtics hopes of extracting revenge on the Norwegian group pacesetters , will he play, after limping out of yesterdays game ?

“Jozo hasn’t played so many games but has now played three games in nine days. So we hope it is only cramp and he will be ready for Thursday.” 

 I think that picture sums up how we should feel about that.

Tell you something else, according to Night of the Living rednecks on KDS, it’s a good job we didn’t get the train yesterday. Halloween certainly brings them all out.

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I’m probably going to go back to bed now.

For some reason, I’m a little tired.

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John Mccloy in tasmania
5 years ago

Excellent performance yesterday but still a few heart in mouth moments.

mike
5 years ago

Ralph Celtic played well over the past few games and there was a time if Broony wasnt playing i would be very concerned.The sqaud somehow seems better balanced.Now if Ronny could sort out his tactical problems for Europe then i would be a happy Tim…H.H.

charlie
5 years ago

great performance by the hoops yesterday roll on thursday COYBIG

charlie
5 years ago

by the way does pandering to the bigot broadfoot mean the daily record is tainted by the sectarian brush

Morto
5 years ago

Don’t want to put a dampner on things but that’s yet another late goal from a set piece. We need 90+ minutes concentration not 87.
Still a good performance yesterday though, lets hope for more of the same mid week.

Andy
5 years ago
Reply to  Morto

Absolutely 1 particular player watched the ball with a complete disregard for where it was going and whether or not a player was going to get on the end of it.

star of the sea
5 years ago

Nice t-shirt Craig’s got on, some creditors waiting on their money back from the castle of the grey skulls? Or is it his local supporter’s club waiting for 10 in a row?

Bgbhoy
5 years ago

2 wins against domestic opposition and he’s the man for the job?? Let’s wait till after molde and Ajax before we make that decision eh?? 2 good wins doesn’t wipe the memory of molde away from me. I can’t forget how pathetic the performance was with no passion or fight. And that wasn’t a one off and that’s my problem with the guy. Love to be proved wrong and hope he gets it right. As for the Forrest goal. What a touch and finish. Was causing problems all day through the middle. One of the best players this season

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Bgbhoy

The players were the reason for the result in Molde not the Manager.
Too many just never turned up on the night.
Was it the pitch,the weather,the attitude of it’s only Molde? who knows but what we do know is when ,5,6 or 7 members of your squad are below par on the night at that level there is a very good chance you are going to get gubbed.
Like you say let’s wait and see how they perform in the next 2 games at home under the lights.
Let us hope they turn up and perform as we know they can.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Pish!

John
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

And Malmo?

DantheMan
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Monti, I know you are a committed Tim but Charlie is more grounded and almost always mirrors my view. I think there was fault on both sides in Molde Ronny did not get it right on the night but if any of the players had turned up that night it might not have been the mitigated disaster of a game for Celtic as it turned out.
Yesterday was another good solid performance against a good Aberdeen side with Griffiths Rogic Biton Simunitinovic Tierney all turning in 5 star performances and the rest got four in my opinion, totally different team performance from Molde. I have a feeling we will beat Molde and Ajax leaving us with a difficult game in Turkey to qualify depending on other results. Hail Hail !

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Dan,
Yeah, that ” both sides ” bit is my point.

star of the sea
5 years ago

“Come on Princess, I’ll haud yer haun and you slip yer big Souness in here!”

bgbhoy
5 years ago

yes charlie lets hope…. however its the manager that motivates the team etc, as gutless as malmo, maribor and legia… its happened to much where it counts… last chance saloon for ronny is these next 2 european games……

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

You are playing for Celtic in Europe that’s all the motivation you should need to do the basics right.
Like pass a ball 10 foot to feet for example.

DantheMan
5 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

Molde and Malmo away I will give you were poor Legia was a game which came too early in the season .They were already into there season and had a settled side and were a good quality Polish side not to be underestimated.. It is now history lets just see what Molde and Ajax produce at CP . We are still in the competition .

Andy
5 years ago
Reply to  DantheMan

@ the lot of you. The tactics were at fault. With the 2 full backs bombing forward out CBs are moving into a wider position with a holding midfielder dropping between them. Now that works perfectly domestically because here in Scotland we love a good counter attack down the wing, but in Europe when folks have done their home work. They flood through the middle with a striker and 3 midfielders over running our holding midfielder before our CBs have a chance to react. By the time they and the full backs start backtracking it’s too bloody late. We saw it in every game where we got overturned by “lesser” opposition.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Andy,
Good post!

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  bgbhoy

bgbhoy,
Exactly, well put!

hailhail
5 years ago

Happy with the performance and result but am I the only one that has a problem with Gordon at the goal! How far off his line was he?

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  hailhail

He’s been culpable for several goals like that on the quiet.
Not at his best recently for me.

Corktim
5 years ago

Good win yesterday,bot still concerned with boyata,lost Rooney a good few times ,and still making far too mistakes for me,simunovic looks decent.

Ewanbhoy
5 years ago

Onwards and upwards we go, finally we can play with a settled defence so hopefully we should stop losing silly goals.
As for Europe, well we all hope to show good form and win, but even if we fail to progress from the group this year Ronny is going nowhere!!!!
Instead of jumping on his back and starting another media frenzy, give the man your support and he will deliver big time for our club . It’s bad enough, as Ronny said, that the media attack us if we lose a game but when our own support joins them, well that really gets my back up.
In Ronny I trust…….hail hail

charlie
5 years ago
Reply to  Ewanbhoy

well said ewanbhoy

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Ewanbhoy

ewanbhoy,
Our fellow supporters are allowed to voice their opinions on all things Celtic.
If they differ from your own opinions then so be it….
There are issues at Celtic on the playing side and the fact remains, Celtic are now losing regularly in Europe, doesn’t matter how much we all back Deila, he needs to show progress in Europe…and he hasn’t! HH

ewanbhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti my point was that when they feed the media frenzy like on phone ins and stuff, that does Celtic no good at all and just gives the media what it wants.
Of course we all have opinions and are free to share them but why not do in house as they say and do it between ourselves.
H H

DantheMan
5 years ago
Reply to  ewanbhoy

Why are Celtic Fans still listening to SSSB and reading Redtops . Just stop it.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  ewanbhoy

Ewanbhoy,
Agreed the phone ins are not very productive mate.

Monti
5 years ago

Hibs 1 things 0

BroxburnBhoy
5 years ago

I agree that Leigh Griffiths is looking like the first choice for up front. He is scoring freely and making his own goals in a few memorable cases. Very satisfying humping Hearts and Aberdeen in the space of a few days. And outside a few outlier errors ( never seen a team that is error free, even the All Blacks get scored against ) we have played well in those games. Now onto Molde at Celtic Park. We know what to expect. They will hit us on the break so eyes wide open. Also I feel if we play the high pressing game well Molde will crumble. This will be down to the players and their ability to play that game. For me I think we are sitting pretty comfortably in the competitions we are still in.

BroxburnBhoy
5 years ago

And I see Sevcos Warburton has been working late again and postulating what will happen lose, draw or win today. I feel that he is worried the tribute act will get humped. Oh I hope so.

5 years ago

Oh naw 1 1 deflation jammy c..ts

Monti
5 years ago

Hibs 2 Things 1

Hasn’t been a bad week like…..

Whoriskey
5 years ago

I think if there is another performance like the Molde one then some of our fearty players should be shown the door, not Ronny.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Whoriskey

Whoriskey,
Agree with some of that, if we have players who can’t step up a level, then they should be moved on, at the same time, we can’t stick blindly behind a manager who constantly is being found wanting in Europe.
It’s been a good week for Deila..
.but that’s all it is.
Thursday against Molde is the biggest game of our season now, this is where he will and should be judged.
Good luck to him and the players on Thursday!

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Whoriskey

Defo no time for bottle mechants either you can cope with the demands at the higher level or you can’t.
That simple.

charlie
5 years ago

has the warbmiester lost the dressing room like mc innes ha ha

charlie
5 years ago

someone borrowed the majic hat for halloween and lost it ha ha

London celtic
5 years ago

Was anyone else impressed with Johnny Evans yesterday? Really looks a player

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  London celtic

Johnny Evans?

Tom
5 years ago

78th minute-AMBROSE comes on as a substitute.
79th minute-GORDON makes his first save in the match.
COINCIDENCE?

deadhead67
5 years ago
Reply to  Tom

was bugger all to do with ambrose ya fanny

deadhead67
5 years ago
Reply to  Tom

nothing to do with ambrose get a grip

DantheMan
5 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

Dead man walking Deadthing. Gone at Christmas.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

Deadhead,
There is only one fanny on here, well maybe two….but you are by far the biggest!

Now fuck off!

charlie
5 years ago

somebody said ronny was doing the roar and laughng along with the hibs fans today mans a legend

Monti's Mrs
5 years ago
Reply to  charlie

That makes him a legend?

DantheMan
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti's Mrs

OMG, I”m struggling with Monti now his Mrs. Has joined in . Look out Charlie there may be trouble ahead. haHaHa!!!!

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Dan,’Monti’s Mrs’ is in fact, Bob the Hun.
Trolled me for long enough on Video Celts.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti's Mrs

Deadhead,
There is only one fanny on here, well maybe two….but you are by far the biggest!

Now fuck off!

deadhead67
5 years ago
Reply to  charlie

a diddy not a legend

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  deadhead67

How many diddies have managed Celtic and won League Titles elsewhere with unfancied teams?

Whoriskey
5 years ago

Hi Monti

I’d have to disagree about our manager being constantly found out in Europe and suggest it is our players that are and have been found out in any number of European away games over the last however many you want to count seasons. No matter what system you play if the players panic then you are fecked. If players suddenly can’t pass to each other or continue to blooter the ball nowhere near the net then that’s it. Zonal marking is highly effective when defenders play to its strengths but rubbish when they don’t…just like man marking. I still think it is crazy to get rid of a man who is prepared to take the flak and build us a good team just because some of his senior players stop playing for him when they get the hump. Give our manager a chance to build his team…we’ve saw what they can do when they all get it for ninety minutes.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Whoriskey

Whoriskey,
Let’s just disagree on this one mate, that’s fine.
Sometimes I think I’m being too heavy on Deila and I’m generally not like that, maybe he is a good manager and needs more quality signings to progress in Europe, whatever one it is, we aren’t doing well enough in Europe, I’m not accepting failing to qualify for the CL year after year….it isn’t good enough!

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti I agree we should be targeting the CL every year.
Simple fact of the matter is our new forced approach to Finances is hamstringing us as is our Domestic League.
Deila has stated what way he sees us playing,why we will play with this System and what benefits it will bring as we progress.
He’s bang on with everything he has had to say.
It just takes time bud some players won’t make the transition they will be replaced by players who can hopefully.
He needs all of our Support though bud we need to accept there will be blips along the way.
Same as there will be highs too.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Charlie Saiz,
Not got a problem with anything you’re saying there Charlie, I just think we aren’t acting like a big club.
Celtic are just floating along caught up in a malaise of mediocrity…it does my fucking head in…We are a Champions league club, will somebody just make it fucking happen?
Charlie, the treble means NOTHING to me,I don’t give a fuck about the treble, I want us to be respected again, punching above our weight in the CL… Surely to fuck we all want that!

Funkyy
5 years ago

I agree with Charlie, ewanbhoy,Broxburnbhoy and others. What “motivation” do players need exactly? It’s such an easy cop-out to blame the manager and sack the manager when players “perform” like they did against Malmo and Molde. I get it that a good manager can inspire players, but the baseline should be that they perform to the best of their individual abilities every time they step out onto the pitch. There shouldn’t be such a fluctuation between a player’s standard from game to game. But it’s great being a player, have a good game and you’re idolized and up for interviews and photo sessions with the media, have a shite game and you hide away while the manager faces the flak.
You have to laugh at the paradoxes in the criticism of Craig Gordon..many folk on here have been attacking him for not coming off his line..then today somebody criticizes him for coming too far off his line!! The defenders slept, but the Aberdeen player was off-side…fortunately the result wasn’t affected by the linesman attending to his guide dog.
Well, I said a week or two ago that Ronny could turn this gloom into good tidings if he got the team to play well and win these four games Hearts, Aberdeen, Molde and Ajax…he’s done two of them and now we go for Molde’s throat on Thursday. Now we know them first hand, and they think they know us, but we can show the the real Celtic on Thursday and I believe we will. This game will show if we are progressing and if (when) we win it we can really turn the season around against Ajax.
Then the manic depressives on here can have a huddle and cheer up!! lol

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Then donate a £5 😉

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Funkyy…
I fucking know your talking about me lol! HH

BroxburnBhoy
5 years ago

I had a sneaky feeling that Hibs would burst the Sevco bubble today and I thought the way Warburton was talking pre match, he expected it too. Great timing as the money runs out again and the creditors have yet to see a penny. I would advise Ronny to show our lads how Liverpool pressed high as a team against Chelsea. When ones goes to press other have to press the open players nearby. It’s a team effort. I’ll repeat if we can play this type of game against Molde we will beat them. I’m looking forward to it. Three big games in a row if we beat them cmon the bhoys in green

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

This is HOW he wants us to be playing BB injuries have not helped as Johansen Forrest Armstrong Brown are all key to pressing high.
Whilst Commons adds a goal threat and a good pass he lacks the pace needed to keep up.
When you press you have to press as one any gaps and it useless as the opposition then has an out ball.
The arrival of Rogic has injected a bit of pace again and when Brown returns and Johansen hits his A game then I think you will see an increase in pace and pressing.
I think he’s going to increase the work rate once they start firing on all cylinders this happened last Season the early form was poor and it took time for the stamina and fitness levels needed to play this way reached the correct levels.

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Lubo didn’t have pace, neither did Nakamura..

Both players were fucking class for us, The fact remains, if you go through the list of all our midfielders and all our attackers, Commons is STILL the most creative player in our squad.

Deila has fucked him about since day one….I expect Commons to be our most influential player on Thursday!

BroxburnBhoy
5 years ago

You know optimists live 30% longer than pessimists

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

Not sure if that is correct!

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti

For example, if an optimistic fellow was standing six feet away from a hungry lion, it won’t fucking help him if he’s optimistic about his chances of survival.

Gerry
5 years ago
Reply to  Monti

Nice one Monti!

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

You can spend the rest of your days counting them down or you can spend the rest of your days enjoying them while they last.
Your own choice.
In the words of John Hodge..
Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself.

Choose your future.

Choose life.

andybhoy
5 years ago

Ah! but what if he had an AK 47 and he was the kind of chunt that you wouldnae kick if he was 6 months deid?

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

If it was Efe with the Ak-47, he wouldn’t be able to get the safety aff!

Funkyy
5 years ago

Monti…the optimist would be sure that a pessimist was gonna come along any moment and he’d be able to scamper while the lion chewed on the pessimist!!!
The pessimist’s last words would probably be a garbled “…knocked out…Champions…out of his depth…pish..” lol

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Funkyy

I’d fuck the lion up then show the optimist an Efe Ambrose dvd….he would then be a pessemist …lol

COYBIG!

Monti
5 years ago
Reply to  Funkyy

Lol

Monti
5 years ago

Anyfuckingway,….big hand for the Hibs today…perfect end to the week!!
Listening to the monkeys song book today…fuck all has changed….scum!

Monti
5 years ago

Watching the monkeys game today, I was delighted to see Hibernian win…

Bob, you aren’t the brightest bulb are you?

Stupid stupid Huns!

Well done Stubbsy son!

Tal.

Monti
5 years ago

The only thing I fear in life is death, not seeing those Hoops coming out the tunnel..
.
If there is life after death, place me somewhere in Paradise!

Celtic.

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