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Celtic Diary Monday August 22: Hearts Hammerthrowers

The old tarrier carrier was dusted down and cranked up for the first time in many , many years as it’s pilot undertook his first mission since Peter Lawwell could be sort of trusted when he spoke to the fans.


I can’t actually remember exactly when I last drove to a game, but fair play to Highways England for introducing a three lane highway from Stoke to Glasgow to make the trip shorter.


Celtic continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 win over Kevin Clancy’s Hearts , who were ably supported by a couple of linesmen who seemed to be using semaphore to talk to their pals in the crowd, and ignoring the action on the field.


Let’s just say that some of the decisions, because apparently that’s what they really were, by the officials, need some kind of clarification. Like someone needs to clarify that they are actually assistant referees and not just a couple of Hearts fans who found some flags on their way to the game.


However, don;t let that become the major talking point of this game, which was an intriguing battle of wits between the two coaches.


Ange Postecoglou has a pretty predictable style, based around his players passing the ball to each other until one of them gets a chance to score a goal.


This usually involves lots of movement and imagination.


Robbie Nielson at Hearts too, has a predictable style when playing Celtic, and that’s to stop the movement and imagination that leads to goals.



And he certainly did that yesterday.


Their defence was usually quite high up the pitch, to use the technical term, which squeezed most of the play into an area of about twenty square feet, which by a remarkable coincidence is what Hearts players have at the end of their legs, and since that left them prone to breakaways they came up with a novel and refreshing solution.


They just fouled anyone who went past them.


Those breaks in the play interrupted the flow of the Celtic system, and although the Hearts had two sent off ( eventually ) and more or less everyone else booked, it made for a tense game, especially for the Celtic medical staff.



Nielson had a bit of a moan about the referee, and if you look closely you can actually make out the faint line of his deflector shields…



Robbie Neilson applauds Rangers Europa League heroics but Hearts boss  expects no impact on cup final - Daily Record




“When you come here, you need strong referees and if you don’t get that it can lead to difficult times. We made 11 fouls, had two red cards and five bookings. Celtic made 12 fouls and got nothing.


“So that is the difficulty when you come here to Glasgow. You need that strength and I don’t think we had it. We need decisions to go our way as well because there are times when they don’t when you come here. That’s only natural.

“The crowd noise and the pressure, you don’t get these big decisions. We just need to deal with it. It works for us at Tynecastle. When we come through here, sometimes it doesn’t work.”  



Yeah,,, that’s what it was.



At one point I did wonder if Neilson had actually gone down the 1974 Atletico Madrid route of throwing in his expendable players fully aware that they would pick up suspensions or a custodial sentence, but that would be perhaps a little too much, although the post match deflections suggest otherwise.



Their keeper did do very well, and maybe one or two outfield players certainly had the appetite for the game, but they were more or less just hell bent on disrupting the game for ninety minutes.


Still, it’ll be good practice for the visit of “rangers ” in a fortnight who will try exactly the same thing.




The frustrations of the Celtic players at the constant fouling maybe did have an effect, as one or two looked a little pissed off judging by their body language, but the introduction of Mooy and Hatate seemed to change that.


Their contribution was outstanding and if, as we discussed on our recent podcast, we do lose a couple of Scots based players before the window closes, they won’t be missed…..whoever they are.



Mooy has the streetwise personality we’ve been missing since the O’Neill days, and Hatate the pace and anticipation to be his sidekick…watch how often they speak to or acknowledge each other…this team is still evolving both in personality and style.


At an incredible rate, as the Western Australian press reported today



Builder Ange eyes 20th Celtic signing

Gavin McCaffertyPress Association



Ange Postecoglou has reminded fans he is only at the beginning of his Celtic transformation as he closes in on a deal for Montenegro international winger Sead Haksabanovic.

Postecoglou confirmed a deal to sign 23-year-old Haksabanovic from Rubin Kazan was close after Celtic went two points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership following a 2-0 victory over Hearts on Sunday.

The defending champions have now gone 36 league games unbeaten since Postecoglou lost his first three away games in Scotland but the former Socceroos coach is not resting on his laurels.


Watching the game sober is like finding a new toy at the bottom of your bed when you’re a kid, and you spot things that others often don;t.


For example, one of our members didn’t even spot Hearts getting two players sent off and still didn’t seem entirely convinced when I mentioned it when I dropped him off at 10,30 last night.



The club haven’t finished their recruitment for this summer yet, with the manager admitting a deal for Sead Haksabanovic is fairly close, but , intriguingly he says he’s going to check with Etims to see when it’s done.







Fuck me, I’ve only been sober for two games and now he’s glancing at the diary.



Despite the changes at boardroom level, the club are still cynical enough to realise that Jota isn;t going to make them enough money at the shop when kids want his name printed on their tops, and with this in mind you can see why…let’s call him Sead….is on the radar.



Anyone would think the ruthless and somewhat thrifty approach of the Peter Lawwell years had reared it’s ugly head and poked its nose into the proceedings…… you know, sort of sneaking in the back door…






He was overheard mumbling something about


twenty fucking signings….fucking twenty ”  






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5 months ago

Dominated game.lots of great movement.just need to improve the final ball.
Hail Hail Brothers

John mcghee
5 months ago

Ange has turned celtic around plus won the league and league cup i just hope he takes celtic to the CL and gets a good run at it but if not we got the 40million to build up our team and hopefully get better and better and put that 2nd the ranjurs under the ground beside oldco cheating mob at liebrox.

5 months ago

Ah the Sevco are pure ragin again, but the best laugh was the Buffalo, as he walked off, the gleam on his face said it all. The pieman looked if he was choking on his Killie pies as well as his Sky fell in.
Hertz always give Celtic a kicking, Clancy as usual posted missing, linesman unsure about where Kyogo is so wave their flags furiously to catch his eye. The team looked stale, but it was a good victory to rub in the Orcs faces as they go ravin on about VAR and cheating officials, how to see the World as others see it.

5 months ago

Jens !
Unsure passing
Can’t carry it
Beaten in the air by Boyce (!) about five times.
Should have scored.
Starfelt ( from January on) better
Welsh better in many areas
Julien better altogether.
Tin hat on
Usual vileness from them but around half at least , older fans, applauded Yogi.

Phil McEachen
5 months ago

In the Irish, Sead translates as “Yes” . Very positive imho.

5 months ago

“We stabbed people 11 times, got two life sentences and five custodial sentences. Celtic punched 12 people and got nothing.”

Neilson is a total bell end

5 months ago

Robbie Neilson like other managers simply hate Celtic and all we stand for. They are unable to say we got beaten by the better team. It’s always the referee or the crowd or our own mistakes etc. luckily we all watch the same game there or on TV and it’s pretty clear who was the better team and who was the worst team. It’s also crystal clear what kind of fouls are being awarded rather than the number of fouls. Again just watch the footage and there is no mystery. Sorry Robbie you got well beaten by a much better team. Period!

5 months ago
Reply to  BroxburnBhoy

I’m surprised he didn’tgo on greetin’ about Kyogo’s “offside” goal from last season…fek me he’s such a fekking cry baby. Even with 2 linesmen on his side helping to defend his team’s goalmouth he still isn’t satisfied and wants more.

Woof Charlie
5 months ago

Hey, hey
Love, love
Yeah, yeah
Ah, ha
Freddies dead
That’s what I said
Let the man rap a plan said he’d see him home
But his hope was a rope and he should’ve known
It’s hard to understand
There was love in this man
I’m sure all would agree
That his misery was his woman and things
Now Freddie’s dead
That’s what I said

Woof Charlie
5 months ago

On Arsenal – ‘The club has reported losses of £213m over the last three years, while UEFA rules only allow €30m (£25m) over this period.’ They lost over 23 million in 20/21. Are they one of the 20 on the FFP shortlist?

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