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Celtic Diary Monday August 29: These Are Better Days

Celtic set a new record way win with a 9-0 drubbing of Dundee United yesterday, a result that surprised a few experts….

 

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One can only wonder what would have happen if they had folded.

 

 

An early injury to Joe Hart, who was forced to have a bit of his head stapled back on after a collision with Stephen Fletcher delayed proceedings, but as Celtic settled into their stride against a competitive United side, the result was never really in doubt,

 

Kyogo Fuhruhashi scored a first half hat trick, which was added to in injury time by Jota, and after the break Liel Abada got a hat trick, with the prolific Carl Starfelt and Josip Juranovic, after a clever one two at a free kick with a Celt in the wall, which when put together meant we’d seen something that will stay long in the memory.

 

 

With the midweek games starting next week with the League cup visit to Dingwall, and two games in quick succession against sides who contested European finals just a few weeks ago, then we might have just hit form at the right time.

 

 

The well established pattern of play meant that Abada came in to replace Maeda who started on the bench as he was earmarked to replace Kyogo on the hour, as Giorgios Giakoumakis stayed at home with some sort of illness.

 

The change was seamless, which shows that the work on the training ground is paying dividends, with all hands knowing exactly what their job was and how to do it.

 

 

Five wins out of five, five great performances and already a few enforced changes in personnel, although you wouldn’t notice.

 

 

 

One other thing you probably haven’t noticed is how much thought goes into the players movement and overall team shape, how they adapt to the flow of the game and so on, illustrated here superbly by Quan Tran Tue on Twitter

 

 

 

 

Kyogo remains dormant, in an offside position, until play catches up with him when he then, perfectly legally, joins in, a tactic used by players such as Lionel Messi and others in the past.

 

 

It’s why you get some less well informed pundits, managers and supporters claiming offside. Simply because they don;t know any better.

 

 

The team is starting to become streetwise, it may not yet have the experience required to perform at the highest levels, but that will come of the manager can keep this squad together.

 

 

Which brings me to talk of a few bids for a few of our players.

 

Yes, they are happening, and as far as we can ascertain, with the exceptions of those such as Alben Ajeti, well, alright, Alben Ajeti in particular, they’re being given short shrift by the manager and by the players being asked about.

 

 

There’s still a few days of the window left, so anything can happen, but it seems like Celtic Park is one big happy family at the moment, and no one wants to leave.

 

Except alben ajeti, of course, who has had not only his squad number taken off him by the manager, but his capital letters removed from his name by at least one website.

 

 

 

We all got what we wanted when Real Madrid came out of the hat in the UCL group stage draw , and the general narrative seemed to be that the prospect of facing one of the elite and probably the most famous football club in the world had got the Spaniards all excited.

 

We were the same, I suppose, at learning we were playing them.

 

We shouldn’t discount Liepzig and Shaktar Donetsk, as they are both capable of a high standard as well, but you’d have to say it’s probably the kindest draw we’ve had in a while, and at least this time we’ve a manager who will not be by any means complacent.

 

 

Combined with a home opener against Real, which might just give us a bounce into the competition, there’s no reason to be anything other than optimistic about going into the knockout stages…..

 

 

 

And….just think how much better our players….and managers will be when they’ve read this……

 

 

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The author deserves great credit for managing to identify and explain any tactical philosophy in operation that season, and no doubt Gerrard himself has picked it up again as he strives to keep his job at Aston Villa….

 

 

 

 

Of course, everyone is an expert when it comes to tactics….

 

 

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There is a real fear running among our city neighbours, who genuinely think that Ange Postecoglou is just someone who got lucky, someone who is waiting to be found out, presumably by their own manager, who admittedly has done well with the collection of cart horses at his disposal, but what scares them most is that they have peaked, their moment in the sun was the Europa league final last term, and whislt they thought it was the start of something special, the loss of two key players while Celtic continue to strengthen has terrified them.

 

They’ve started on the referees, with Don Robertson neglecting to send off Jimmy Sands for a red card offence when he was already on a yellow, after just fifteen minutes when their eventual 4-0 win over Ross County was still a 0-0 draw…robertson can;t really be blamed, he knew if he sent him off he;d be “Collumed “…that is, sent to the First Division for a few weeks, until he’s remembered what the company line is….

 

 

 

 

Last time out we had this….

 

 

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John E Mitchell
Peter Lawwell has discovered how many players Celtic have bought…
Today….
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Paul Cochrane
1 month ago

At 3-0 down, Morelos is helped from the bench at Celtic Park…

Mcklintop
1 month ago

During World War 2 the shipyard loyal refuse to discuss the elephant in the room.

Arsene Parcelie
1 month ago

Greggs take delivery of the contents of their jumbo sausage rolls

Cartvale88
1 month ago

Caption
Dundee Utd bring in a goalie nothing will get by.

Monti
1 month ago

At the post match warm down did anyone else see Matt O’Riley on his phone?
Agent?

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Saw it, he was also watching something.
Porn?

SteveNaive
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Aye, and Hatate in bare feet ! Can’t do that at the Klan’s place… too much broken glass.

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Monti

Only you in the house,supporters were at the game.

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

It’s actually a video doing the rounds. So by your deduction, if you weren’t one of the 2905 lucky enough to get a ticket you’re not a supporter.

Monti
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

” only me “???
Lol

Spudscave
1 month ago

Elephant to the Docker in the white shirt. Is it true Celtic scored 9 against Dundee Utd Aye says the docker Whit says the elephant ye’ll be telling me pigs can fly next

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption……..

Nothing to see here………says Mr Don Robertson.

Alan Ryan
1 month ago

” Can we place that in the room marked ‘ Ah yea but United were absolutely shite to be fair ?’ “

Whitearra
1 month ago

Caption : ‘Me, I’d be shitting maself…. awfurfucksake…’

charlie
1 month ago

goodness gracious me yon zombies ar gettin worried efter next week theyl be wishin they never rose fae the deid heh heh

charlie
1 month ago

morelos imports a counter weight for his new see saw

tony carlin
1 month ago

Docker to the SFA. “ where dae ye want this 5 way agreement pal?”

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago

Caption……

Davie Dodds isn’t as mobile as he used to be.

Francis
1 month ago

“We’re removing the elephant from the room for the forthcoming referee’s meeting”

Sancheto
1 month ago

Caption – if I had the wings of a sparrow and I had the arse of an elephant I would fly over ipox tomorrow and on the barstewards below below and barstewards below!

Sancheto
1 month ago

Ah, it doesn’t like emojis so insert Shite after the and(s) and I am sure you get the picture!

John E Mitchell
1 month ago

Morelos, after pledging his future to rangers*, joins the club on their mid-season tour to Skull Island.

Una
1 month ago

Caption

Morelos arrives for medical at harland & wolfe welders

Bognorbhoy
1 month ago

Caption …
Meanwhile down at Sunderland docks ,cargo is unloaded at the jumbo jetty …

Owen Mullions
1 month ago

Caption
Morales finally secures transfer to China

James T. Watt
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

That’s ‘Morelos’.

There’s no A in it and the E comes after the R and before the second O.

Try saying it phonetically …

Mo-Re-Los

Mo-Re-Los

Try the phonetic method before embarrassing yourself by writing on the page as you’re clearly not very good at spelling which is surprising considering how many times you’ve read the guy’s name.

James T. Watt
1 month ago
Reply to  Owen Mullions

Morelos.

Ewen
1 month ago

Alfredo Morelos swoops in to Glasgow following his week on the health farm.

Cesar
1 month ago

Sky are to launch a new Babestation channel for Sevco subscriber fans only. Big fatties in G-Strings might be a winner but it’s no ma cuppa tea.

TicToc
1 month ago

Caption: “Just swing the elephant’s arze round a bit then a couple of quick jerks until it drops its ‘load’ on them 3 huns.”

henkesdreadlocks
1 month ago
Reply to  TicToc

He’ll yeh, copious amounts of elephant diarrhoea, might make them smell a bit better.

The Cha
1 month ago

They’ve started on the referees, with Don Robertson neglecting to send off Jimmy Sands for a red card offence when he was already on a yellow

It was a last man foul, so should’ve been a straight red and not a 2nd yellow. If he hadn’t had been booked previously, he probably would’ve got a yellow, which would be wrong as well.

Afterwards Robertson shrugged his shoulders, as much to say, there’s no way I’m going to show a Red to a Hun.

This is the wretch that several times took no action when Tic players had been seriously injured, which were afterwards upgraded to Red but no punishment given to the failing MiB.

Expect more of the same, as he knows he can get away with it.

I thought Fletcher should have been sent-off yesterday for a kick to the head of Hart. I understand that he was going for the ball but it was reckless and dangerous and should have got the ultimate sanction.

In the end, I was glad he didn’t, as the result would have been put down to United being down to 10, like last week’s risible ‘beat 9-man Hearts’ reporting, for sending-offs in 89 and 90 mins.

The only sour note yesterday was that we blew another 10. 😉

The Cha
1 month ago

Ah, Mondays are my immoderation days. 🙁

Uibh fhaili
1 month ago

A week to go until the first Glasgow derby and borna’s first nightmare is an elephant falling on him

Woof Charlie
1 month ago

Caption: Is it true you never forget?
Yes. Could you run a caption competition for me?

Funkyy
1 month ago

That “RaoulDuke11” well known member…..another more apt word for “member” would be pr1ck, d1ck, pen1s.
As for his comment “bury the fat slug”…last I knew Traynor was still breathing.

Mr Mah Jest Stick
1 month ago

Caption:

ETims censorship:

Heavy as an elephant with only a fraction of the memory.

You mad about ETims or just plain mad? Why not buy the t-shirt at http://etims.spreadshirt.co.uk/