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Jonathan Fairfield

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A 3-0 win which was hardly unexpected. 2 from Sinclair from tap ins and robbed of a hat trick by a ludicrous offside decision. The real icing was young Weah who came on with 20 minutes to go and showed lighting speed to beat the keeper for no 3. His speed and movement look very promising indeed and hopefully he will get decent service in the games ahead.

 

Aidrie defended in depth and frustrated Celtic for a long time with disciplined defending. Celtic helped them with more slow ponderous play. Sinclair had a poorish penalty saved and then skied over off his instep but he was at hand when the keeper stopped a shot from Burke but only set it up for a tap in by Sinclair. He showed awareness for the 2nd when he reacted quickly after a good block from the keeper. But you have to wonder will he disappear as before when the going gets tough.

 

Bain saved the jerseys just on half time when Izzaguire and Brown's lack of pace was badly exposed.He made 3 or 4 excellent blocks before he got any assistance from his colleagues. It emphasizes the worrying situation re Tierney and there appears no sign that he will resume in the near future. On the other side Ralston had a good first half but looked dicey at times in the second half. Although far from perfect I would take him any day over the pedestrian Lustig. 

 

Hard to say about Burke on one outing. with 10 days to go one hopes for more strengthening at full back.

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Totally uninspiring performance against a poor lower league side. Missed another penalty-that's a few this season. Pathetic again from corners. 28 min on the clock before we tested their keeper with Forrest. Same old.

Agree about Ralston, like his attacking style. Forrest was quiet and has been since his Scotland hat trick, hopefully does not slip back to his previous inconsistency.

Other flank is a worry, Izzy is a spent force, KT will be out for a while, we do have Miller back from Dundee and, although not his natural position, would be a better option than Izzy. Sinclair missed an absolute sitter, played poorly and still should have had a hat trick. He does get into good positions.

CMcG looks inhibited when playing alongside Brown.

Burke was poor but I feel there is a player in there, ha is strong and fast, Young Tim looked lively, scored a good goal after a delightful pass from Boyata.

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Don’t reckon Celtic will get an easier game all season, Saints were so poor. Still we had to do the job. First half started well, RC delivers a quality cross and Burke heads in from close range, did hit it at the keeper, who should have done better. SS, who had a good first half, then gets fouled and bravely steps up to convert penelty. CMcG should have made it 3 after good set up play by Burke but blasted over. Forrest poor in first half. New signing inturduced to crowd at HT.

Burke nets his second after a good double save by keeper before being replaced by TW, who cracked a post immediately. A great pass by the impressive Henderson saw another superb finish by the lively TW.

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Yes very limited opposition. Important we fully avail of run of home games to hopefully begin to shake off the posse. 2 early goals made for a relaxing evening. I feel we could be far more ruthless in the final 3rd. Of no consequence here but further down the line in more difficult away games it could be crucial.

 

Young Tim very impressive again in his 20 minute cameo. His speed off the mark will hopefully make him a defender's nightmare. Burke took some flack on Saturday but did well even though I probably would have saved the first one myself. Glad to see Sinclair continue to take penalties. Even the great Messi has missed quiet a few. Still feel SS disappoints close to goal in open play.                                                                   

Looks like we will be without KT for at least another month. It would be a worry if we had to rely on our pair at full back.  Gordon and Boyata not starting. Perhaps Brendan felt it was a safe game to play Bain and Ajer. 

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What do you Bhoys think about BR being linked with the Leicester job, and others? He seems to have run his course with you and surely wants to get back to the EPL. Who would you like to see replace him?

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The media lapdogs are desperate to see the back of him. I don 't believe he would be interested in the Leicester job even if it was available.

 

If BR were to leave tomorrow I would imagine Steve Clarke would be the front runner. Whether he would be interested would be another matter.

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Agree about Clarke-and he is a Celtic fan also. There is no chance of BR going in the middle of a season.

Full backs are a big issue, surely BR should have tried someone else at left back, its not as if we were going to have to do a lot of defending against the like of St Mirren. Izzy is just not up to it, he was dead on his feet in the second half. I would much rather have seen Miller or Hayes tried out, but at the end of the day, we just need to bring in some better quality. Again, maybe its the bloated squad that is the obstacle.

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Good news about KT and Aussie Tam.

Tam not played since boxing day and missed the Aussie game yesterday with suspension and thankfully, Aussies were beaten, so should see him back in the hoops soon.

BR revealed that he expects to have KT back playing in a few weeks, great news.

Looks like Ralston has an injury again, just as he was about to establish himself, shame and hope its not long term.

Expecting to see some changes today for Hamilton game. 3 games in 7 days a bit much for some players.

Will be interesting to see who plays in goal, hard to drop Bain and he does a lot better with his sharpness of play. Gets it flowing a lot quicker than CG.

 

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Another 3 points in the bag, against a limited Hamilton side, they offered little in a creative sense. Couple of keeper clangors saw us 2 up before SS converted a good Lustig cross. Keeper had a decent game, apart from 2 errors.

Was well impressed with Burke when introduced, strong, sees a pass, not afraid to take a strike, I am excited about this guy. Forrest played well also when introduced. TW missed a sitter when 1 on 1, Sinclair was very positive. Brown looks to have lost a yard of pace, Lustig worked hard but is so negative, seems obsessed with passing the ball backwards to Brown, Izzy linked well with SS but is clearly in serious decline. And we were our usual totally crap from corners, cant believe that nothing has been addressed about this under BR's watch. Another clean sheet for Bain and defense, although not much to do.

Next up is our game in hand against St J, they have pace on both wings and will be a step up in quality from last 3 games. Looks like no Aussie Tam, as he is being given some time off, will hopefully see French Eddie in the squad, would also be great to see AR & KT back. Don't know what the score is with Boyata???

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Unable to get a stream so only saw highlights. When you consider their keeper was badly at fault for first two hardly a great performance. Lot of chances missed.

 

Now more problems for Wednesday night. 3 of our 4 first choice back four missing and a suspect right back.

Not a reassuring scenario.

 

https://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/double-injury-blow-for-celtic-a-glimpse-into-the-future/264401/

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Same here, unable to stream, so had to go Retox. See that the Ukrainian gut is in Glasgow for medical, another attacker, not hat we need right now.

That's a major blow but, again, goes to highlight our recruitment issues. If the right back issue had been addressed, that would have given us an option of moving ML into centerback, where he has done reasonable in the past. Another negative is that it may prevent Hendry going on loan.

I fear that this breakdown in our recruitment process will lead to BRs departure.

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Now 6 points clear of chasing pack.

Frustrating first half, totally dominated but unable to find a goal, a few decent chances, SS with a header and Burke should have done better by laying off, RC close with a free kick. Forrest looked lively. Saints proved difficult to break down and offered nothing going forward.

Second half upped the tempo and saw 2 quick goals, CMcG stroked ball into net and a brilliant finish by RC saw us coasting. Good to see French Eddie introduced for last 25min. Overall, a good team performance, with SB and CMcG totally controlling the game. Bain continues to impress with his distribution/composure.

4 wins out of 4 since winter break, done what had to be done, although against poor opposition, still got the job done. Starting to get players back also, Eddy fit now, would expect to see Tam back next.

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Satisfactory to convert game in hand into 3 more points.  Anything less than 4 home wins would have been disappointing given the poor opposition. Little or no demands defensively.

 

Now we are more likely to run into sterner opposition in the future. Unless BR can pull a rabbit out of the hat today we will be without a more reliable right back. Who knows with KT. Best case scenario back soon short of match practice. Benkovic out for 4-6 weeks. Boyata?

 

With Eddy back we have got more front options now so you would hope goals will be in good supply. Now that we have a 6 point gap from the posse hopefully we will not fritter it away. Things look more optimistic now than in the aftermath of the Glasgow Derby loss.

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Certainly more positive looking ahead.

New German RB should be able to hit the ground running straight away, hopefully there is an opportunity to buy at end of loan. If not, hopefully someone else is lined up, same with center back position.

We also have an option at LB too with the American finally onboard. Just need KT back pronto.

I have no worries about midfield and attack, plenty of options.

So disappointing to see that only 1 of the deadbeats shipped out, with 7 new additions, totally bloated squad/wage bill now. Still, should see some offload in the summer when contracts expire. Would like to know whos contracts expire in summer-Allen, Gamboa, Izzy, DDV, Boyata,?? Any more?

So its onward and upwards, with the 6 point cushion, and new additions, should see us over the line.

Next up is an away trip to Saints on Sunday, early kick off. May need to rest some, as 5 games in 2 weeks is a big ask.

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