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BANGKOK 18 March 2019 20:37
Jonathan Fairfield

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Boyata out till end of year. Not good news. Jozo probably will replace him.

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That's a blow, was on a good run of form, a solid partnership with Fillip.

Reckon its now or never for Jose, much as I like him and do think there is a player in there, he is so prone to switching off, always seems to be injured, cant/wont play on lego pitches, just not sure about him now. There was a period with him and Eric the Dane where they looked solid but soon faded away. Joso seems to have went into terminal decline after the Hearts defeat last season, just never seemed to get that game out of his system.

Must say, recon Ajer is a better option, but he has that eye injury.

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Celtic managed to throw 2 points away at Fir Park. Sure a missed penalty and a Benkovic goal that should have stood but Celtic were dreadful especially in the 2nd half. It was maddening watching them arsing about and as so often lately very little in the final third.

 

Christie put us ahead after good work by Tierney. The missed penalty and the disallowed goal aside we had far too many passengers. Griffiths starting tonight had a shocker apart from the penalty miss. Ntcham was annomomus, Hayes was poor.

 

But it was in the second half we were worse. Sinclair on for Ntcham very poor and Edouard and Rogic did little to improve things. As last Sunday Celtic cocked up several breaks to make the game safe and were caught with a few minutes to go. It was a terrific finish across goal in off the far post. Gambia was shocking letting the ball hop and then being hustled off it. Lustig for all his faults surely would have dealt with it.

 

I know we were subjected to several "agricultural challenges" but Griffiths, Edouard and Sinclair seem incapable of riding those and are far too easily hustled out of it by legitimate challenges. As a result we have no one to hold the ball up and make chances for others.

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Should have been 3 or 4 up at HT & in the second half, we played like we were 3 or 4 up.

Standard of Referring again so poor, too many times, our players were totally taken out, with no attempt to play the ball.

Griff was so out of touch, Hayes is not on the same wavelength, and why play Ollie o the wing?

How difficult is it to put ball in net from 12 yards? And we are getting worse at corner's.

Will be interesting to see if Brown plays against Killie, much as I love the guy, its getting hard to argue his case, he just seems to slow things right down-great for seeing out a game out.

Gamboa at fault for goal, but he was taken out while in the air. I did think, up to that, he was having a positive game.

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Watched the "highlights" the other night. I am a glutton for punishment.🙄  Definite foul on Gamboa. Referee was very poor.

 

I agree regarding Brown. His lack of pace is slowing things down and not helping. Always good to have him on the squad but not on starting eleven. This may well be his last season with Celtic. A great servant but times wait for no one.

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A terrific display from the Bhoys and a 5-1 win over Killie. Celtic got off to a fast start with a goal in 5 minutes. Forrest got across his marker to sweep home a centre from Izaguirre replacing Tierney who had a slight strain and was not risked. Moving the ball quickly Celtic had the visitors under severe pressure. Rogic a good effort saved and just after the goalie made a good block from him. Edouard had 2 good chances within a minute which he missed through poor control and scuffing his shot. After 20 minutes Killie were starting to show sporadically. Gordon had to get down to block and Benkovic swept the loose ball away.

 

Just when you were beginning to get concerned Celtic struck again. Christie to Rogic a superb cushioned pass to Edouard who this time controlled well and fired into the top corner under some pressure. Sinclair has a dangerous centre with no takers as Celtic continued the onslaught. Killie were conceding frees and this cost them. A McGregor free was stabbed home by Lustig in 34 minutes and just before half time Christie had a superb free kick around the wall and in . The Bhoys came off at HT to rapturous applause from the faithful.

 

As you would expect the 2nd half while good was by contrast mundane. Benkovic conceded a penalty after 5 minutes when he sold himself at the edge of the box. 4-1 but Celtic kept up the pressure Forrest and Sinclair both hit the woodwork before Forrest made it 5-1 sweeping hope after a possible penalty. As expected Brendan made a few changes with an eye on next Thursday.

 

I would hope apart from Tierney returning the same 11 will start on Thursday night. Its a given that the Austrians will be formidable opponents.

 

A tongue in cheek piece on the second half :

 

https://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/celtic-fans-turn-on-their-team-after-dismal-second-half-draw-an-exclusive-by-keith-jackass/257867/

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Fine report, Salty old son.

Again I watched highlights of the game. A fine looking team performance. I think we may have seen the last of Brown. We seem to move the ball around much quicker when he is out. 

Looking forward to Thursday. May set my alarm for that one.

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Outstanding first half team performance, some of our first touch football was a joy to watch and with an end product. Izzy was filling in for KT and had a great game. That has now got to be our first choice starting 11-the 10 from yesterday plus KT. Sinclair does give the team good balance, links up well, just seems his final ball/finish is still lacking. Griff continues to piss me off, even his body language looks off at the moment.

With regard to Brown, he will have an important part to play, coming on to kill the game. And there will be injuries and suspensions, so I see an important part for both SB and French Ollie.

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Get well soon, LG, Celtic family are right behind you, believe there will be a tribute at the 9th min tonight, great stuff. In time of trouble, YNWA.

Griff issue should further charge emotions tonight, expecting a cracker of a night, have to go for the win, team should pick itself, Saturdays team plus KT. Visitors may rest a few but will have quality replacements, with a point to prove.

 

Not ideal time for recruitment but an important transfer window coming up soon and, after making a total pigs ear of the last on, a chance to strengthen must surely be priority. For me, key areas have not changed for now-Right back, Center half, left sided attacker and a strong striker who can hold up play.

Biggest challenge in the next few windows will be offloading the dead wood-DDV, Gamboa, Ralston, Hendry, Comper, Kouassi, Allen, Hayes, Biton, Benyu. This 10 out and 3 or 4 quality players in would be good business.

Lots of speculation about the future of head of recruitment, seems he is not too popular amongst the fans, probably fall guy for recent transfer window failures, guess we really don’t know what he does or does not achieve. I know who I would replace him with-Ronny Deila, made some awesome signings.

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We made it! A big thank you to the Norwegians in the end.

Craig Gordon's howler made me think we were sunk, but hope springs eternal.

Guess there will be some gloating when we meet you-know-who in a few weeks!

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Celtic made it to the last 32 when Rosenborg grabbed a late goal to draw in Leipzig which was a highly unlikely outcome. 

 

We were outclassed by Saltzburg. From the start they were all over us. Swift passing, movement had us chasing shadows. We were not helped by the inability of several players to make any impression. Rogic had a nightmare and Edouard and Sinclair displayed all the usual failings. The ball luckily failed to cross the line after coming off the bar and Gordon made some terrific saves. Lustig was injured early on and replaced by Ajer mid way in the half. He made a suicidal back pass soon after but Gordon got us out of jail again. 

It was hugely relieving to reach the oasis of HT on level terms,

 

Sinclair was replaced by Brown and it helped to stop some of the pressure on us. Christie was badly injured as he tackled and carried off. This is surely bad news as he is likely to be out for some time. Ntcham replaced him. Celtic were seeing a bit more of the play but the menace of Salzburg was always evident. They struck midway through the half. An excellent centre and a powerful close range header which Gordon got a hand to but couldn't keep out. Sadly this was not the only bad news as some moron hit one of the Saltzburg players as they celebrated. Hopefully he can be identified and banned. EUFA are unlikely to be impressed. 

 

The visitors cliched it with 12 minutes to go with Gordon's howler. I hate seeing these kamikaze passing at the back in dangerous situations, and would much prefer hoofing it upfield. Celtic were making efforts to get back into and Ajer missed a great chance close in. It could well have gone in without any intervention. Then came the dramatic news from Leipzig and suddenly the faithful were in full voice. I switched to watch the closing stages and Rosenborg held on to claim their only point in the group and put us through. It was only on replay I saw the penalty which Ntcham netted on the rebound.

 

Judging by possible opponents I would not be optimistic of our chances og going further. Hopefully we can get some decent recruits before then to give us a fighting chance.

 

Lets hear it for balo. Hopefully he meets a Celt today who will buy him a drink or two.

 

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Never expected Norwegians to get anything out of their game, a big thanks to them. We were totally outclassed, they are a very good side, their pressing without the ball and their link up play was outstanding. Eddies lack of hold up ability again exposed.

Christies injury is a blow, looked nasty, hope he will be back soon. With Griff out, reckoned he was an alternative in case anything happened to Eddie. Get well soon, Ryan. His injury should see some game time for Ollie, not a bad alternative.

Gordon made some fine saves to keep us in it but then drops a clanger. Felt a bit for Aussie Tam, just one of those games when nothing came off for him. Sinclair is really starting to hack me off, just won’t tackle and there is no alternative, just Hayes??

Quick turnaround, Hibs away on Sunday. Expect to see Gamboa and Ollie start, Eddie is looking tired but we don’t have any choice.

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Absolutly shocking performance. We did have 5 first regulars missing-so did Hibs-but were able to call on some big stars. First minute conceded, what a space their guy had on the left hand side. Their keeper never had a save to make until around the hour mark, Brown a tad lucky not to see red for a dreadful tackle, I did think Sinclair was decent in first half, always seemed to find his teammates with his passing.

Second half, Ollie came into it a bit but our passing was poor, we seemed to take too much time on the ball and found Hibs hungry. Their second clinching goal came from a quick break again, acers of space vacant on left side. We did deliver several low crosses into the box but no one to attack the ball. Eddie so poor again. Johnstone and Morgan showed well when introduced, Hayes corner summed him up.

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