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Celtic vs Motherwell Preview

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Tomorrow’s encounter with third placed Motherwell has the makings of a fine game of football. Well Manager Stephen Robinson, who has been linked with filling the vacant posts at Hearts and the N Ireland national team, has done a pretty remarkable job at Fir Park in recent times, bearing in mind the number of key players he has lost at the end of the last couple of seasons. He has an amazing knack of finding new players to fill those voids from England and elsewhere (I think they’ve currently got more Englishmen than Scots in their first team squad), very often guys with potential or who have quality and some experience but never really got the breaks their talents merited down south, gets them to work to their strengths, gives their confidence a badly-needed boost and moulds them into a very competitive outfit on the field. He’s obviously a great motivator and man manager and recent results speak for themselves. Third position and third highest scoring team with a string of impressive wins against the likes of Hibs, Hearts, Livi and Killie. Not bad for a club operating on a shoestring budget. Sure, they had a nasty hiccup a few weeks ago when the sheep took them apart on their own turf but they were seriously understrength that day while they can consider themselves less than fortunate not to take something at Ibrox the other week.

After our European bliss this game is not to be taken lightly.

Robinson’s got a number of men that are really playing out of their skins at the moment and those would include big Declan Gallagher and Pete Hartley in the centre of defence, the ultra consistent RB Liam Grimshaw (POTM for October), top scorer (with 5 goals including a fine one against us) Liam Donelly, fellow midfielders Allan Campbell (MOTM last week against Livi) and Liam Polworth, while bustling centre-forward Chris Long also has an eye for goal. Donnelly is suspended for the game at CP so it’s unclear as to who his replacement might be – will they go for Mark O’Hara (steady but unspectacular), 21 y.o. Barry Maguire or even finally give a debut to great Dane Casper Sloth (love the name). Maguire was totally out of his depth in the recent Aberdeen mauling so would constitute a weakness for them in midfield were he to start.

The Steelmen have a completely different style to the ultra-defensive Kilmarnock; they’re dynamic and direct although they have no problem recoiling and getting bodies back quickly into their own area when under attack. In fact they’ve been playing with a Barça style (don’t take me too seriously) 4-3-3 and are likely to go with pretty much the same players who have been so successful for them of late. Their forward players are likely to sit much deeper for much of the game, however. They’ll probably go for something like this tomorrow:


Grimshaw Gallagher Hartley Carroll

O’Hara Campbell Polworth

Cole Hylton


Over in Paradise we can only hope that the players have had sufficient time to recuperate from their superhuman efforts the other night in Rome and that noone else, other than Elhamed, has received any kind of injury problem. We all know that at least 2 or 3 changes should be made for a tough league game in such circumstances although I’m sure Lenny won’t go overboard and field an almost unrecognisable team. So, with Elhamed out and Bolingoli unlikely to be risked Frimpong and Taylor seem likely options to start. Nir Bitton might also be given a rare start either in midfield or in a CB role.

It might be a temptation to give Calmac a break just for once. Perhaps Rogic could come in with the intention of resting Ryan Christie and we might even see Mikey Johnston make a comeback. If he’s somewhere near match fit I’ve got no problem with Griff making the bench and possibly coming on in the 2nd half to take some of the weight off big Odsonne’s shoulders. That would depend on how the game is going, of course.

One of my biggest disappointments so far this season regarding our playing staff has been the often mysterious events affecting our Ukrainian international Marian Shved. It’s a pity as the young man has bags of skill and could have been a very useful understudy to James Forrest but I instinctively have a bad feeling about this one. He’s under contract for a few years but I just hope this doesn’t turn out to be another Boerrigter or Compper catastrophe.

Anyway, we should be fine in this game if we keep the heid. Plenty of grit and determination with our natural fast flowing, varied, incisive vertical football doing the rest. We’re bound to create heaps of chances so ideally we’ll be clinical in front of goal and grab a nice cushion of two or three goals early doors.


Frimpong Ajer Jullien Taylor

Brown Bitton

Forrest Rogic Johnston


Subs: Gordon, Bauer, Hayes, McGregor, Christie, Elyounoussi, Griffiths

Prediction: Celtic 3 Motherwell 0

Scorers: Rogic, Edouard, Forrest


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CELTIC 4-2-3-1






Celtic 4 Motherwell 0

Edouard 2

Ooooooooohhhh Papa Francesco

Tim Buffy
4 years ago

What the f**k is “vertical football”?

Yoker Bhoy
4 years ago

Good question. It’s probably an expression I’ve picked up after too many years living out in Spain. It means passing the ball directly forwards rather than sideways.

4 years ago

Kind of how you said it would be Yoker. I was slaughtering Eddie for his lack of movement, link up play and control…then he scores superbly. He should have had more but we need Griffiths or someone like him to convert those chances made again today. I thought we were sluggish all over except for one player. I’m embarrassed now by previous statements from myself saying he wasn’t Celtic class. He was all that and more today. What a shift he put in defending, chasing, heading clear and overlapping. Well done Johnny Hayes, very well done.

Tim Buffy
4 years ago

Thanks for educating me, Yoker. Either I should spend more time in Spain or you should spend more time back home.

Yoker Bhoy
4 years ago

We can maybe communicate in Spanglish some day. 😉

4 years ago

If you stick to words of one syllable, TicToc will be able to communicate. 🙂

4 years ago

Why are posters names not in bold & where’s the reply button?

Yoker Bhoy
4 years ago

Cheers for the feedback Steve. I think Johnny’s contract runs out next summer so I really hope he’s given a new deal (at least two years more) as he’s been a huge asset to us this season. He might be 32 but the guy’s an athlete, like another Broonie albeit in a completely different area of the park. Squad players like him and Bitton have been immense because although they might not often be first choice, their attitude is absolutely spot on, they’ve got experience at European level and when called upon, we don’t really notice any dip in overall quality.

4 years ago

He’s a winger his hold up play is good skill wise. He never rag dolls defenders. He’s be ideal with 2 up front getting second balls but we can’t play 2 up front especially in Europe. Dembélé a much better no 9 Edouard is a midfield/forward. Griffiths an all round better striker.

4 years ago

Why has the reply facility been switched off

4 years ago

cause naebody wants tae talk tae ye weered hehe

4 years ago

saiz dae you never get tired ae listening tae yersel dry yer eyes ffs

4 years ago

saiz you said maist number 9 s would have relished the service he got yesterday ……….name thum

4 years ago

thats no maist no 9s did you mean celtic number 9s if you did a forgive ye he he

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