Scottish Fitba 2018-19: Falling and Laughing

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Final pass was lacking today but over all , cannae complain. They were far the better team until they started making subs, some were forced but I thought they started to stand back too much in the last 15 minutes. Craig Gordon was a bystander for the most part. Vast improvement over the last 4-5 weeks. Moving the ball faster, more direct. Am I the only one that thinks this is more than a coincidence since Scott Brown was injured? I feel his absence has been a catalyst for the more direct play. Of course, BR rants and raves about him being such a great player and he has more of an idea than me..but my eyes see something different.

May as well get this off my chest...when I was in Scotand I saw these unmanned speed thingies that tell you your speed. So anyways, a "frowny face" appears if you are going over, totally cracked me up. Never seen that before. Dunno what happens if you are under ..you get a smiley face? Probably a damning indictment of my driving habits.

Scottish League Cup Final on Sunday...
 

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A quick shout out for Kilmarnock, top of the league! I really like what Stevie Clark has done and how he has them playing. Probably only a matter of time before a bigger club comes sniffing around.

Celtc won the cup...Rodgers was away on Monday having some talks with a January transfer target -- wonder who that could be.

Lost in the shuffle: Scotland has been drawn with :Belgium, Russia, Cypress , Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan and San Marino. I have no idea how this happened, but how is Russia ranked below Scotland? Not that I have been watching are they really that bad?
 

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Unbelievable that Ajer missed that, truly

Rosenborg have leveled

And it's final in Leipzig, Celtic are through as Ntcham misses the penalty and scores the rebound
 
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It's only 1-0 to Rangers, but no mistake, Celtic are getting pumped at Ibrox. Second best in every way. Rangers are working harder, playing better football, pressing Celtic high up the field when out of possession. Celtic haven't turned up. They can't get anything going in attack, their passing has been atrocious.

Big wake up call for Celtic. Edouard and Tierney on the bench. God knows what Rodgers tells his players. cos that was an abject performance. Fair play to Rangers.
 

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If the result stays the same a Flute band is gonna pass by my street in about half an hour. for that reason alone I'd like Celtic to get a goal, but to be fair, they are so far off the pace in this match. They've been a disgrace to be honest.
 

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Is the flute band that bad?
The least offensive song is 'Oh when the saints go marching in.' I could go the rest of my life and never hear a flute band play that ditty ever again. Bar that tune it's quite a narrow set list.

Congrats to the Gers though, they were better than Celtic all across the park.
 

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Brutal performance. Even worse being at the in-laws and getting up to watch that in Arizona time zone.

Brown looks toast
Not one healthy striker with the first team
our best midfielder moved to left back
Rogic on international duty
Boyata reverting to Boyata of old
Ntcham looks like he would rather be anywhere else

Christie was the only positive for me today and he was poor. At least he never stops working.

The worst performance of a fairly poor season to date. The lack of effort was shocking.
 

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Brutal performance. Even worse being at the in-laws and getting up to watch that in Arizona time zone.

Brown looks toast
Not one healthy striker with the first team
our best midfielder moved to left back
Rogic on international duty
Boyata reverting to Boyata of old
Ntcham looks like he would rather be anywhere else

Christie was the only positive for me today and he was poor. At least he never stops working.

The worst performance of a fairly poor season to date. The lack of effort was shocking.
Pretty good summary. The seeds of this sordid display were sewn with a rancid summer signing policy. The manager takes a good chunk of the blame because their away form is gash. This result did not surprise me, I was fully expecting it. The world and his wife knew Rangers would high press, every time a team does it against Celtic they can't cope. I've seen it against Hearts and Hibs. Same woeful result. As much as Rodgers gets credit, I don't see him trying to make adjusments against the press. On top of that, he has had some weird player selections and formation changes away from home that have been proven not to work this season. Other than 4 weeks or so when both Ntcham and Brown were injured ( they played with higher tempo), they are very pedestrian. To combat the press, you need mobile central midfilders who can pass the ball effectively, Brown certainly is not one of them and Ntcham was completely off, gave away possession virtually every time. . I doubt they should be in the same team together. Rodgers stuck his best midfielder at left back. Makes no sense. Of course it helps if your keeper can distribute the ball to feet, Gordon can't and never has. So you stick a 19 year old winger as your lone striker? How about using Christie up front, McGregor in midfield, Hayes at left back? I don't get it.....

I'm not going to be too harsh on the fowards and wingers, they were starved of the ball.

This transfer window will make or break this team not only for this season but also the CL qualifiers, I'm not holding my breath but I live in hope.. the team has regressed badly. I suppose the one bright spot if you're a Celtic fan is that they are still top of the league with a game in hand, despite all the losses this season.

Welcome to my world by the way, AZ time.
 

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This really does not sit well with me.

"Born into Celtic" he said
Daily press interviews about how managing Celtic was his dream

He fell out with the Board and that is fine and I believe he should have been given more to spend on players he wanted considering his success (domestic at least). If he had left at the end of the year, I think most supporters would have accepted it and blamed the Board for not supporting him more.

Leaving at this point of the season shows a lack of character in my opinion and is spitting in the face of every Celtic player and supporter. He could have left a triple treble winner and an absolute legend at the club he claims to love. Instead he left for the money of a mediocre English club.

Welcome back Lenny. Hearts away is his first match which should go well. Lenny is a Celtic man and Rodgers was a fraud.
 

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He left because he loves money more than Celtic. He’s also self aware enough to know that he’s not a hot commodity. Premiership clubs, that are above mediocre level, aren’t lining up to kick his tires despite nearly winning the league with Liverpool. I don’t believe he gets a top division offer this summer.
 

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True to a point but I feel his ego feels do well at this EPL club and back to the big time.

Again, that doesn't bother me other than the timing and his constant I live for Celtic routine.

Lenny is a Celtic man

I know Fletcher is a Tommy Burns fan-

On what it means to play for Celtic: "When you pull on that jersey you're not just playing for a football club, you're playing for a people and a cause."

Again, if he had left end of year more power to him but this shows him for what he is

Bring the thunder Lenny
 

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Not a good look for Celtic. Clearly the relationship with the board had sowered. Rodgers isn't a mug. He knows where Celtic fall short - in Europe - and only money can really redress that and Celtic are tight arses.

The fact he nashed off to the Midlands as soon as he couldget out the door is telling. Leicester have nothing really to fight for this season. Just avoid relegation, finish mid table, plan for next season. Rodger's could have had a hand in the final part of that nae bother. Celtic have two trophies to fight for.

Lennon coming in is all well and good. The man who left Celtic for Bolton - has very little bargaining power. Life at Celtic > life at Hibs.

Celtic fans need to realise, and I hope they do, that the Celtic job is just that, a job.
 

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Hail Cesar.

The first British man to lift the European Cup and maybe my favorite sports picture with him holding the Cup over his head in Lisbon.

790 competitive appearances
9 League winners medals
7 Scottish Cup wins
6 League Cup Wins
1 European Cup win
 

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It still boggles the mind to think of Celtic winning the European Cup with a team full of local lads. Billy McNeill was a great great man off and on the pitch. And he was also a socialist...and proudly so. I hope i wasnae the only one who shed a tear or two reading all the tributes and looking at some of the iconic photays.
 

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Stevie Chalmers has now passed as well. Another inner-circle Celtic great and goalscorer of the most famous goal in Scottish history. As Fletcher said of Billy, his reputation was that he was a better man off the pitch than on it.....no small achievement.