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Good luck in Europe , you'll need that but anything can happen now.

 

Rosenborg will learn from their experience , a new coach in next season and new players so who knows , maybe they will face Celtic again in the Europa League ? 

 

But first you need to secure the title in Scotland, seems it's more open now than for many years. 

 

 

 

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Yes it was a dreadful performance. Hibs very worthy winners. Kieran Tierney the biggest miss. Izaguirre was too slow a couple of seasons ago and when caught upfield as he was for both goals hasn't a hope of getting back. Jozo very easily left for dead for the opener.

 

In general apart from Forrest the side were rubbish. When Hayes comes on as a sub things are really bad. He had the worst corner of the season and that is no mean feat an observation made on one of the forum accounts. Johnstone or Morgan much better options as they showed when they breathed a bit of life into the side.

 

Shocking tackle from Brown who was very lucky not to be sent off.

 

Very depressing day. Between Thursday and today we are carrying more passengers than Ryan Air.

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32 minutes ago, balo said:

Good luck in Europe , you'll need that but anything can happen now.

 

Rosenborg will learn from their experience , a new coach in next season and new players so who knows , maybe they will face Celtic again in the Europa League ? 

 

But first you need to secure the title in Scotland, seems it's more open now than for many years. 

 

 

 

I think your countrymen bought us a stay of excution. I would be amazed if we went any further in the tournament.

 

Yes the title is by far the most important objective. And by no means certain especially after today's shocking display.

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A comfortable 3-0 win last night. One change Ralston for Ajer was not terribly reassuring. The almost forgotten Ralston went on to have a fine game . Early on his dangerous centre had no takers in front of goal. He was getting acres of room but further crosses all over hit. But then after a good pass from Edouard he shot pass the goalie from close range. He has a good engine and gets up and down without too much effort. Hopefully he can go on to have a decent run in the side. 

 

Within 2 minutes Forrest breaking through was fouled in the area by a "tackle" that would have been applauded in Murrayfield. Sinclair scored with a well taken effort. Otherwise disappointing again. Edouard then went off injured and must be doubtful for Saturday. He needs a rest IMHO as apart from setting up Ralston his was the usual frustrating display. When I saw Hayes getting up from the bench I was horrified but thankfully only to let young Johnston get ready for action. Just on HT he made it 3 with a superb goal in off the underside of the bar.

 

I had to keep reloading the stream I was on so I saw little of the 3rd quarter. Ntcham wasted a good chance due to lack of pace. It was hardly riveting stuff as the points were in safe keeping. 

 

Hopefully Tierney, Boyata and Rogic will all be fit for next weeks away games. I would not be confident with last nights line up. 

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A comfortable win in the end, second half seemed about being just killing the game, reserve energy. Ralston made the most of his chance, showed good energy, getting into great positions, good on the ball, sure his crossing was not great at times, think I counted 5 crosses in the first half. Johnston too was positive, these are the type of players that should be capable of making an impression against the likes of Motherwell. Both Sinclair and Eddie continue to be poor. Eddie is injured now, not sure how serious but that’s our only striker out, the guy has been badly in need of a rest. What has become of Jake, the kid who scored when only 16 a few seasons ago? Guess we are just going to have to go with a false No 9. Sinclair has used up most of his first season credit with me. Also, it was noticeable that Izzys legs are gone, this back up position for KT needs addressing also, ideal scenario would be to buy a new fullback, who is comfortable on both wings, hard to find, I know. There seems to be some young American guy lined up for right back, plenty of positive talk about the kid.

 

Great so see that CMcG has committed till 2023, must say that he does not seem to have same influence on games when Brown plays. With Dundee up next, he may be rested for the game, another who has a lot of game time recently. Would be good to see some of our injured players get some game time against Dundee.

 

In Europe, we were drawn against Valencia, not that bad of a draw.

So onwards and upwards, 3 games left before winter break, nothing less than 9 points required.

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Superb team performance, Johnstone, who was superb with his link up play, scored with a brilliant turn for first and added a second after HT. Benko added third and we are left bewildered that the score was only 3, could and should have been a lot more. We did switch off after our first and they had a half chance but they were poor overall. Bain had little to do, but I liked his quick throw outs. Ralston was full of running, passed well and showed great energy getting forward, still not sure of him defensively. Sinclair had a great game, just poor finishing. Great to see RC back. We played some very crisp passing at times, will have pleased manager.

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Did not see as unable to get a stream. Johnston another assured display. Good to see Sinclair played well and Christie returning to action.

 

Our away form has been very iffy. Big question now is the starting eleven for Pitroddie. Presumably a few of the big hitters were rested with two away games in mind. The one certainty is no TR for the Glasgow Derby. Both look difficult fixtures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, certainly some big calls for next 2 games. Manager does have his favorites and has previous for always reverting to his old reliable. I would expect to see:

CG return in goal.

ML back at RB, although I would play AR against Aberdeen.

DB to replace Joso. Joso has done little wrong but has not had a lot of defending to do. He is very predictable on the ball and negative also, I reckon his substitution yesterday was more to do with Ayer getting game time.

KT at LB, Izzy has been pretty effective with his link up play.

I would expect a midfield three of CMcG, TR & RC against Aberdeen, with JF, SS and Johnstone up top.

With Tam being hooked for last game, expect to see Brown back, so want him in that tunnel and the engine room, never plays bad against that lot. Must say, poor decision by Aussie team manager.

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A welcome win at Pittrodie today after an eventful game. The heroes were Sinclair and Edouard who have attracted plenty of criticism of late. Sinclair scoring 3 and Edouard making a stunning impact from the bench in the 2nd half.

We had gone ahead early when a superb ball from Christie sent McGregor away, his centre bounced off the shin of a defender to Sinclair who was on the spot to score. Boyata returning after injury looked rusty and we were having difficulty clearing our lines. A stupid tackle by Izaguirre when he had no hope of stopping a centre conceded a penalty which produced the equalizer. McGinn was lucky to stay on after a studs up challenge on Christie.  

 

Izaguirre was hooked at HT replaced by Hayes who was decent enough. He won't give you anything in forward areas but he had one excellent tackle in the area and did ok. Celtic were now having plenty of the ball without looking very threatening. The arrival of Edouard changed things dramatically. What was really annoying me was the lack of decent ball to Forrest who as a consequence was very quiet. Edouard played an excellent ball to him, Forrest a good centre and Sinclair in between too defenders finished with aplomb. 

With 15 minutes to go you hoped this would be enough but Celtic were still looking uncertain in defence. Aberdeen got a second penalty when Shinnie went down theatrically after the slighest contact from Lustig. It looked to be a dive but it did expose Lustig's lack of pace.

 

It looked like 2 points thrown away but Edouard receiving from Forrest twisted around and dinked superbly over Lewis and in to go ahead again. Within 2 minutes he burst past 2 defenders pulled it back and the lurking Sinclair completed his hat trick. Still time for Aberdeen to pull one back from a corner as Ajer on for Benkovic went to sleep from a corner. Thankfully we held on for a huge 3 points.

 

So on to the Glasgow derby on Saturday. It does'nt look like Tierney is going to make it. Hopefully Boyata will be more like his usual self after today's outing. Benkovic has been giving away a few silly frees lately diving in on tackles he has no hope of winning. We cannot afford to give them any help. Who the presumably two full backs are is going to be cruical.

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Massive 3 pts after drama at Pittrodie, what an impact Eddie had. With both teams starting to tier, he was the ideal man to bring on. So reminded me of when introduced at Ibrox last season when he netted winner. I think he is so good coming in from the left.

2 dreadful decisions from Ref nearly cost us, Shinnies blatant dive (And he was on about class after cup final?) and that 2 footed, studs up tackle that could have done serious damage to Christie.

Must say, especially in first half, Gordon was dreadful with his distribution, especially in first half, looked like BR  was going mental at one stage. Sometimes, if a secure pass is not on, put laces through ball. Boyata did have some goofy moments too.

Izzy was totally reckless for their penalty, sort of tackle you would never expect an experienced pro to make.

Must say, not surprised to see him hooked at HT, cost us against Hibs also.

 

That's 2 good games on the bounce now for Sinclair, so hopefully, that's him back on song.

CMcG seems to be a tad withdrawn within himself when Brown is playing. Brown did play well.

No doubt KT is a massive loss or us.

Ajer too easily bullied for their 3rd. Saying that, all 3 goals were totally avoidable.  (Cosgrove did demonstrate how a penalty should be struck).

 

So massive game left as we travel across town before winter break. Looking like KT will miss out, I would like to see CMcG play L/B with Ollie coming into midfield and Eddie in for Tam.

 

 

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Totally outplayed, Boyata back to his bomb scare worst, Lustig totally exposed, it’s also crystal clear that Brown and Ollie don’t work together. Can’t believe Johnston was not tried out on the wing when it was never happening for him up front.  How many times did we kick out the ball for a throw in?

Christie tried hard but none of our flair players performed. Ralston was solid with his defending, Gordon made some great saves but pathetic distribution.

This defeat highlighted a lot of what we already knew. A chance to regroup now and lots of big decisions to be made.

Need to focus on league now, we are still in pole position but we cannot afford to throw away any more points, especially after European games.

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A well deserved win for The Rangers in the Glasgow Derby. Celtic were dreadful and fortunate to escape with a 0-1.

 

We were overrun in midfield where Ntcham and Brown were far too slow to compete. As a consequence we spent most of the game firefighting. Boyata gave the ball away several times in dangerous areas putting us under even more pressure. Gordon apart from a hospital pass to Boyata kept us in with a series of good saves. Lustig again cost us with his inability to stop crosses cost us again.

 

Jack availed of the chance to score with Gordon beaten by a deflection from Brown. In a fast moving game that was 3 players who were far too slow to compete with the opposition.

 

McGregor was easily our best player. He was the only player to carry a threat and was marginally offside when he netted late on to almost snatch a draw which would have been undeserved on the run of play. He was a huge loss in the middle of the park. Young Johnston and later Edouard had little chance with desperation clearances and no help from behind apart from McGregor. 

 

Hopefully the the powers that be will realise we cannot keep carrying passengers when the going gets tough. No one is going to hand us the title and the break will see us making significant improvements in playing personnel.

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It's a race now, Rangers outplayed Celtic today. I watched the game on a poor stream, but what I saw was a Rangers team full of fighting spirit, they just wanted more and were all over Celtic.

Gerrard really have transformed this team.  I still think you will win the title, but it will be a close one.  

 

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A welcome break, coming at a good time, need to regroup big time. And strengthen.

So far, 3 rookies in, Burke should provide back up for Forrest, the other 2 seem to be the same old, work in progress. And none are target men/hold up play. So upfront, seems we are covered but, for me, we need a short term proven striker, someone like Peter Crouch, Benteke. The 3 additions should see Sinclair back to a bit part player, he just can’t seem to kick on.

Defense is still a major worry, Lustig in long term decline, Boyata not committed and no cover for KT.

So we are crying out for defensive signings.

Disappointing to see that none of the dead wood dozen or so, none have been moved on.

Also, worrying that Aussi Tam has suffered a hand injury and it’s also rumored that he has been carrying a long term knee issue.

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Now almost 3 weeks into the window and the major issues still not addressed-defense. A contributing factor to the lack of quality recruitment seems to be the lack of movement with the dozen deadwood.

 

Later today, a cup game against lower division opposition. Will be interesting to see the team selection.

For me, both Ralston and Johnston have shown enough to jump ahead of ML & SS. We may also see one our loan signings start upfront instead of Eddie, who is recovering from injury. Bain may start in goal, CG is never going to improve his distribution. Ollie should start alongside CMcG, with Christie in the no 10 role.

 

Disturbing to read about KT, seems to be a bit of a mystery, looking like he will be out for a while longer. Seems to me like its a combination of being asked to play too much and some of those red card type tackles he has been subjected to over the past few years finally taking their tool. Guy needs more protection from Refs and his game time needs better management. Lack of adequate back up could also be a contributing factor, Izzy has been in decline for 3 years now, and this issue not been addressed-and now we pay a high price with KT out of action.

 

 

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