Celtic beat a somewhat less than adventurous Livingston side 3-0 last night, which , combined with results elsewhere, maintains the nine point gap at the top of the table.
Which, in turn, means , that with fourteen games to go, and two of them against our nearest challengers, the plucky new club from Ibrox, we need….oh hang on, let’s just ask the boss….
“There are 14 games to go, 42 rough maths that points and our target is 42 points, and if we get that we don’t need to worry about anything else.
I think I know what he means, We never stop.
The result last night was the 22nd win in 24 games. the 74th goal…..and for the sixth game in a row, Celtic stay on just seventeen conceded.
Given the criticism of our defence, and the fact it has had to be changed around so often, that’s a massive achievement that has largely gone unnoticed.
Angeball is about free flowing football, but it’s also about working hard when not in possession to shut down opponents, as he explained when yet again a journalist claimed that Daezen Maeda’s goal last night was “lucky “;
“You love that word, don’t you? It’s just so easy! How many runs does Daizen make in a game?
“It was a product of his hard work. Anyone who watches Daizen sees he’s constantly making runs and constantly in those areas.
“There were a couple of times he lacked a bit of composure, but he’s always there – that’s why he gets his goals.
“I’ve known him for a while now and sometimes people say he’s fortuitous, but it’s on the back of working his backside off when we have the ball. He gets the rewards from that.”
“It wasn’t going to be an open game, but we still controlled it well and had some half-chances in the second-half.”
“It is not just that we are keeping clean sheets, we are stopping the opposition even getting into our half at times.
“That is because our front players are working hard, our midfielders are working hard and it is backed up by our defenders who are always defending on the front foot. That is pleasing for me, yeah.
“The clean sheets are more a by-product of the stuff we talk about and work on. That is the pleasing bit.”
We never stop….
With the league more or less won, there could be an argument that a form of complacency will set in. But as we can see, the manager doesn’t do complacency,
Players, too, talk about being the best they can be, and all of this is a refreshing change from previous policies, which were all about just winning, and putting perhaps a little less effort in when the job was done.
It’s natural for someone, for instance, to pat himself on the back when he’s finished a job, and before that, ease off a bit as he reahces the completion of his task, but this doesn;t appear to be the case with Postecoglou.
This desire to improve is relentless, and something that needs a huge amount of focus and hard work.
Other teams may take the foot off the gas, but Celtic don’t.
This is clearly aimed at the Champions League next season.
Last time out we were fine margins away from progressing, missed chances, wrong passes and so on.
The work being put in now is to prevent that happening next season, and the signings being made now are being made to ensure we have the strength in depth for the cvampaign,
It really is night and day when compared with previous managerial planning.
VAR continued to spoil the occasion last night, but, and I’d really rather it wasn;t there, perhaps some good will come of it.
When Kyogo Fuhruhashi scored his second goal, VAR checked it for a possible foul at the beginning of the move. Then it checked it for offside, and finally sent out a request to see if his work permit was in order.
Next time, they’ll ring the library to see if he’s any overdue books, and no doubt they’ll look in his gaden to make sure he took that trolley back to the co op.
Whilst it’s ridiculous in one sense, and a clear case of forensic analysis to try to disallow our goals, it is having the knock on effect of making our passing crisper, our timing better and our finishing more clinical.
So stick that in your little whistles and blow it, you cheating swine !
Absolutely any excuse to use that gif. Pathetic.
So, as Celtic storm towards another title, you’d expect the media to be analysing the style of play, perhaps even praising it…well, maybe not taking it that far,
But at the very least you might expect a bit of criticism towards their favourites, if not on the pitch, but off it.
Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos, the multi million pound forwards will leave the club for nothing in the summer, if anyone wants them, and given the failures of Paterson, Bassey and Aribo when they moved on, clubs will be rluctant to take a chance on them for just their wages and a signing on fee.
You’d have thought the nedia would mention this, but they don;t do bad news for “rangers “, evidenced by the fact they still call the plucky new club Rangers, when it isn’t.
It’ll be hilarious when the liquidation process of the original club finishes, which should be soon, because all that once famous institution will get is a few lines at the bottom of a page somewhere…..
there are quite a few players out of contract this summer over there, and little money with which to replace them, and that explains why they desperately need a crack at qualifying for the UCL, and the certainty of a Europa group place if they fail.
With Hearts getting their tactics wring last night and suffering a humiliating defeat to the newcomers, second place is now pretty much assured, unless the Ibrox side completely collapse.
Hanging on to Beaton, Walsh et al in the transfer window was crucial for Beale, who knew he had no money to spend when he took the job from van Bronckhurst, who left becuase he knew he had no money to spend.
Again, there will be no analysis of this, and success in one or more of the Cups domestically will keep the hordes at bay until perhaps even next christmas, as hope springs eternal over there, even if the ground it’s planted in is somewhat toxic.
And now, caption time, because somethings do need an explanation…..
VAR technical crew reveal new weapon in the war on offside
And You Jota Have Faith
All Celtic managers have many obstacles to overcome, some of the obstacles even include within our own walls. We all know what these obstacles are. It strikes me that Ange has the strength of character to overcome all of the outside obstacles. I’m reminded of where we were when he took over and where we are now. MON, had the full financial backing of the board, that is until the bills came in and then it was left to the support to pay them. Wim gave us all that most precious of gifts, Henrik Larsson. Brendan made the stands full again. But this man and his back – room staff and players gave us EVERYTHING. Stein, Jock Stein…..
Opposition players look on the park , then look in the stand and go… Fur feks sake there’s two of them …
Awaiting approval ?
Cut it out … 🙂
Caption,Go on pull it,you know you want to
Caption – John Beaton in the VAR bunker instructs Willy Collum to send off Jota for leaving the field of play without permission………… should have gone to spec savers!!!!!!!
Well, it’s February 2nd, and you know what that means.
It’s Groundhog Day.
But in all seriousness, it’s now been a full calendar month since the bhoys have conceded a goal. 18-0 is the cumulative score line the last month. And best yet, most of these games are done and dusted before halftime leaving the 2nd half as a training exercise.
Caption: Jota asks…“Who’s this lucky chap standing next to me?”
Interesting when I pressed the first black bar on Mike’s comment it turned green, seriously. When I pressed Andrew Coyle it went blue, I would rather not have them Ralph. Video ASSISTANT Referee has taken over from the guy on the pitch who seems to have chucked it.
Just before you wake up, your mind wanders back to that most special day in 67. The Glesga streets were deserted and you watched the game on your B and W TV. The King of Italy standing beside Cesar on the plinth in Lisboa, but there was only one King standing lifting the cup and his name was McNeill. Later, when they came home the picture of big Jock carrying that big, big cup of the bus with the Glasgow cop looking on, being amazed at the size of the cup being held in big Jocks big miner hand. Taking black and white pictures of the players on the lorry around the park, passing the old dilapidated jungle. The support some wearing knitted hooped home made Tammies cheering our hero’s. On a lorry FFS. A day to treasure, a day to remember forever. Celtic – Celtic – Celtic.
What a year, what memories, how lucky to be alive at that special time. I look back and remember those players. As we celebrate Cal-Macs 400 games, remembering the number of games that Cesar played, thinking that he was alway’s playing and hardly ever injured at a time when tackles were made full -on, his strength and talent, his leadership. Those wonderful players with such different personalities, you couldn’t pick one out, because, it was their differences that made them so special, so unique. Friends united for one cause. Bob Rooney – Sean Fallon – Ginger Fallon, who was always there and then big Jock, masters of the Universe, our Universe. Much would come after, more super memories, more talented players far too many to mention, more special memories from a football club like no other, Magic.
That brought back memories Mike…and a tear to my eye. As you described, I sat on the carpet in my granny’s house with my perents, aunties and uncles and cousins, some younger and some older, watching on the wee B&W (grey and white) telly. One of my uncles was there in Lisbon, so we rather naively were also hoping to catch a glimpse of him. He lived in a tenement near Parkhead and Stevie Chalmers was Godfather at one of his daughter’s christening. When Inter scored with their penalty everybody groaned, even us kids, ‘cos that was when they would shut up shop and defend and play the game out. But big Jock had Celtic well prepared for any scenario and they pummeled the Italian champions and left them shell-shocked. A shot that echoed around Europe, a result not considered by the “experts” and a breath of fresh air that gave attacking football the kiss of life. My uncle’s up their in the other Paradise watching the Lions beating the angels, but he was so happy and bursting with pride when he came back from Lisbon. What that Celtic team of Scots did will never be replicated by all the mega rich “superstars” of today’s game. There like will never be seen again.
The Livingston games over the last few years have been horrible games to watch. Wednesday was an excellent performance. We completely smothered them. I would expect lots of nonsense being spouted in the media at the minute (budgets. If we actually get a VAR decision in our favour, Manager leaving) because people are realising,under Ange, we are going to be very difficult to challenge.
ange backs jota, he’s cut out to please the fans
I like big GG and I think we need a forward like him in the team. 90% of our games are played in the thud and blunder of Scottish fitba. You need big, glaekit forwards who like their flat latte’s stewed. Oh may be that guy but Greeks are mental. I like Greeks.
Wherever he goes he’ll never get the love and encouragement he got from
Celtic fans. I was saddened to know he was on the way out. His strength was
his physical presence inside the box where he wasn’t easily stopped. Add to that his “one touch” goals and he was a menace for the opposition for the whole 90 minutes. Outside the box his link up play was his “weakest” ability, and promising attacking moves tended to break down as he hit a bad pass to an opposition player. But he could improve on that…every player has room for improvement. I’ll bet there’s not many opposition players who’ll miss him.
Funnky, Still have those black and white pictures, they bring back such wonderful memories. I have big Jock and Jimmy Gribbins autographs when Jock was a Celtic player, he signed his autographs back then as … John Stein. After the 2019 Celtic AGM I was feeling a bit despondent and wondered how I could reinvigorate my feelings for the club, I settled on reading all about Celtics glorious history. I discovered the first ‘Lions, Jimmy McMenemy’s team, renewed my feelings for the 1931 Scottish Cup winning team, Jimmy McGrory – John Thomson and Peter Scarff – Alec Thomson etc.
But I focused on the ‘Lions, the team that I grew up with and those wonderful players and management team. As you say, what they achieved will never be done again. I like reminding people of all that they achieved.
But most of all it was seeing the people behind the players.
Morning Mike, hope you’re very well. The Tommy McInally story is something else as well. The supreme entertainer, this guy showed plenty of George Best type traits both on and off the Park. 4 hat tricks in his ever first 8 games for the Bhoys, it seems almost surreal to imagine the fun the spectators would’ve had watching him circa 1919/20 lining up alongside Patsy Gallagher and Napoleon.
Morning mate, yes, there is not enough space to fill in the details of the superb talent that once graced Celtic Park. Hope you are good too. I just posted about the Begbies Taylor financial report into Scottish football. Twelve clubs out of 42 in the SFL are under financial strain. It doesn’t make for good reading, but it needs the SFA to get off their jacksies and bring in more sponsorship. Speaking about George Best, did you know that there was three Jim Baxters? Apparently he had a factory that produced Scotland shirts and each one he wore playing against England in 1966. Take Care.
Yeah, there are financial problems in several leagues in Europe, even affecting some of the bigger clubs. I won’t hold my breath w iththe SFA but I don’t like seeing teams go under, with one notable exception of course. First time I heard about this Baxter Story. Looking forward to tomorrow, I imagine you’ll probably be going if the weather ain’t too bad.
Yes, along with the two grandsons and yes the weather forecast is good. Baxter’s 66 shirt was up for sale with a huge valuation, doubt if it would have achieved it, but two of the same shirts suddenly appeared, one from his Testimonial dinner and if Chick Young said it was – ‘The One’, that tells you that it wasn’t. The correct one was exchanged with Alan Ball after the game and passed on to another English player. The auction house said that everything about ‘their shirt’ had the correct provenance, down to the correctly dated Umbro shirt label. The auction house one was withdrawn because of the controversy, they were in a no-win situation. Looking forward to the morrow. All the best.
You too Mikey. Cheers for the story – interesting stuff. Might post a wee comment about the morra’s fixture later on. Enjoy the game mate.
Blimey, 4 hat-tricks in his first 8 games.
Who is this Haaland impostor? 😉
Pity it’s a bit late to extract Tommy’s DNA, we could’ve cloned him. 🙂
Being a Buddy, I was a St Mirren supporter until I was about 9 or 10 years old due to
my dad not wanting me to be hurt going into the “Old Firm” crowds..in those days, as you know, there was quite a bit of fighting going on and bottle throwing. But I got fed up seeing St Mirren
getting gubbed and I loved Jock Stein’s Celtic and the way they played….who couldn’t love them? What they gave us is priceless and ours forever.
At the end of last year Begbies Taylor carried out a survey into the finance’s of Scottish football. They reported that despite Covid relief monies, and the National Lottery cash, 12 out of the 42 clubs in the SFL were under financial stress. They must be facing further pressure because of the high costs of power that every individual faces. How is the Valhalla of the SPFL coping, they too must be flat – lining. With the introduction of VAR which is paid for mostly by the Scottish Champions, ie. Celtic FC, here’s a suggestion – that the SFA get of their fat jacksies and start trying to find extra sponsorship. Income, is the only way that Scottish football can survive. The Scottish game needs new innovators, people not peepul who know how to govern the game. When the SPFL is soooo bent or targeted at just the one club it will never survive,it will just fade away into dust. Arise then men of honour and shake the barley Scottish fitba needs you.
Later today in Perth, another win is essential, ‘Against All (MIB) Odds’ as Phil Collins would say (If he knew about MIBs). We’ve got the best Celtic FC squad ever IMHO and so, let’s remember part of our history in song, as Tims do:
Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye, we are The GLASGOW CELTIC,
Wherever we go, we fear no foe,
For we are the Glasgow Celtic.
Aye, Aye, Aye Aye, Simpson is better than Yashin,
And Yogi is better than Eu-se-bio,
And Johnstone is better than anyone.
Help here please if there’s more to that above as that’s all I can remember.
This (the wee song above) is intended as a wee kinda addendum to stuff Mike’s been posting recently. You’ll never really “know the history” if you don’t seek it and question your Tim ‘elders’.
We can expect a pretty competitive game today but maybe not a classic on that McDiarmid Park cowfield. The playing surface leaves a lot to be desired it and I wouldn’t be surprised if their groundsmen watered it excessively this morning to hinder our style of play as much as possible. At least Callum Davidson has boldly stated that the saints will not be overdefending and will try to push forward at every opportunity and make a real game of it.
After a poor run of 4 consecuitve league defeats they looked very bright as they brushed Motherwell aside at Fir Park in midweek. They also gave the huns quite a few problems during their narrow defeat at Ibrox to exit the Scottish Cup. Their only ‘new signing’ to come in the door during the window was big Zak Rudden, on loan from Dundee, but the bustling traditional style centre forward is still to make his debut with Davidson more likely to go with veteran strike pairing Stevie May and Nicky Clark today (both of them seem to have been around forever but are still only about 30, so have plenty of fitba left in them).
Veteran ex-sheepster Andy Considine has provided some stability to the Perth side’s defence while the highly competitive pivot Melker Hallberg (ex-Hibs) has shown a lot of consistency alongside the much improved Cammy McPherson in midfield. Their right-sided wide player Drey Wright could also be one to watch – he tends to blow a bit hot and cold but is full of energy and scored a nice goal at Fir Park the other night.
Delighted with the way the team has been playing lately, totally focussed and with bags of scintillating football. The line up is expected to be along similar lines to the other night although the in-form Mooy could well start this one. Not sure if it’ll be Abada or Maeda to start but either way we’re going into this one with a pretty formidable strike force. Like to see a bit more of Oh and hope he can make a significant impact in the second half.
Prediction 0-3. COYBIG
Are the Celtic players wearing aerogard?
For god’s sake, feed the forward players.
Oh its complicated.
Rock, paper, dynamite.
First, and most important today, many, many thanks to BG and Henke for advice for my nephew, he’s loving it that much he even takes it to “Market”! 🙂
A great result in Perth today as we remain 9 points clear with a 25 goal advantage, DESPITE VAR and the usual suspects. Today, however, I thought we got “lucky” with some calls. Is this to pretend about ‘levelling up’ in a certain match at the end of the month?
Paranoid? Nae FN way!
But what are they saying about me when they do that huddle? 🙂
They say that the master craftsmen of today are few and far between. Though the Lanarkshire Football Referee Association is conveniently trade assisted.
To occupy our time while the officials take 4-5 minutes to check the VAR thingamajig, a recital of,
Be thou my vision, would succour.
I felt sorry for Andrew Considine today. And in HD.
The SFA/SPFL have outsourced the Scottish Football ground conditions to the policy, support and regulations of the Scottish Forestry.
Economic and environmental benefits. The game itself is to give.
Dismantling in Rd.25. Next.
For a Jags doing and a Cup Final, has to be worth a fiver?
Ian Crocker`s chortle when Wright scored needed no further process.
If a Celtic midfielder has an off game, he still takes two oppositional players out of the game.
We were lacking a turn on the ball to attack their box.
A basic rule to change:
Give the linesperson a can of magic spray to mark the position for the throw in.
If encroached, the opposition restart play with a free kick.
Made the spray different colours so those at home can have a flutter on which colour it will be.
Scrap that. The SFA will corrupt that.
Are sevco FC players feigning injuries?