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  1. I find it mental we can get this level of stats in this division, while dealing with cameras that follow baldy linos and can't see past sections of the stand they are enclosed within, and a complete lack of highlights from most games.
  2. Despise the pair of the c**ts and the amount of Celtic fans who are simply unable to take a good slagging about this is hilarious. Theyve been getting torn in to us for years and cant take a bit back. I've found my Rangers supporting mates have been far better at taking a ribbing about things than the Celtic ones, so enjoying their little spell in the doldrums. Why do you care that I care?
  3. More points dropped at home. You love to see it.
  4. That was rank rotten. From the first few goal kicks, it was obvious the long kicks wouldnt work with the wind. It made for 50/50s on or before the half way line and kept the ball coming down our throat. I'd have changed the approach after 5 or 10, but in 90 we didn't change it once. If the full backs come and offer with Arbroath pressing pretty high, they would inevitably have received the ball under pressure... so if playing it out from the back then wasn't an option, they could have hoofed it clear, which is all Hemming was doing anyway! Arbroath had their tactics spot on. Their keeper judged his GKs perfect with the wind assistance, playing them down the throat of Nouble, whose first touch, ability to take a ball in, link up play, play on the turn, quick feet, strength, were all amazing. The first half hour in particular was the best centre forward performance I've seen in ages. It took far too long for Euan Murray to lamp him consecutively on the left shy line and the byline - both great challenges that won the ball but left some on him and quietened him down a bit. So impressed with the big guy, an absolute monster able to hold off several defenders and beat them with skill and pace. So unlucky not to score. As I said, their tactics from the back were night and day to ours. They judged it so much better with the wind in their favour. There was one piece of play early first half where the keeper pinged a lovely low ball to their left back who went on a run, played it to their attacker, cut inside, and if he had got his shot away earlier would probably have scored. I was very happy to get in at half time 0-0. We had Euan Murray and his outstanding blocks, Zach Hemming and some good saves, and sheer luck that they hit the post, to thank. I have serious doubts about TW's ability to change a game. We were so spoiled with Clarke. What change came about as a result of his half time talk? He said in his post match interview that we hadn't trained to go long and had planned to play football. Sort it at half time then. Tell your keeper not to go long, with kicks that the wind took all the way through to the opposition goalie. What did his substitutions achieve? The game was crying out for a change and nothing that TW did had any sort of positive effect. It was maddening. 80 minutes in, Fraser Murray takes a free kick that had to land at the back post, 7 or 8 yards out... and with the wind he hit it straight out of play. The previous 80 minutes should have been a f**king clue! Take a bit off it! A very off night for everyone really, bar Murray who was a rock and Hemming who won us the point with his late double save. I shouldn't moan as much when the point takes us top, at least for today, but I thought Arbroath started so well and looked a bit more vulnerable second half without the wind assistance - we could have won that game if we had played better. Overall the trip has been fantastic, though. Staying in a top class B&B with the whole family, and really looking forward to explore Arbroath today. Brilliant to tick new grounds off at the age of 34!
  5. It can only be Hemming or Murray. Gave it to Murray. The clearance on the line is sensational, what reading of the game, and he also succeeded in keeping Nouble a bit quieter by lamping him one about half an hour into the first half, which was long overdue.
  6. Another clean sheet. The double save at the end wins us the point.
  7. Get a grip the lot of you, set up goals in the previous two games and the game before that scored two. Clowns. Hoofed the ball all night, how is a winger going to get involved in a game like that?
  8. Watching @Lorielus own @Longballexpert with these brilliant bits of analysis is like watching an alleycat toy with a small mouse. Can we have some more of this, please? I'll stick the popcorn in
  9. The worst start to a league season in 23 years. No domestic away wins in seven months. Six losses out of seven on the road in all competitions this season. A fourth defeat in five games. The statistics do not make pleasant reading for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, with the 1-0 reverse at Livingston leaving his side languishing in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership after six games. "We've played well in every game," the Australian told BBC Scotland, while questioning his side's consistency in the league. "It's not good enough. If we want to be successful we can't continue not picking up results in these games. That's the test for us." Are Celtic on the cusp of finding their feet and going on a positive run, or do their problems run deeper? Beleaguered Celtic lose at Livingston Reaction & how it happened Poor on the road Last season, Celtic finished 25 points behind Rangers and ended the campaign without silverware. Neil Lennon left as manager in February, with John Kennedy steering the ship until the summer. Yet, throughout the campaign Celtic only lost five league games - three of which were to Rangers. They have now suffered three defeats already this season. The last time Celtic started a campaign so poorly was in 1998-99. Back then they were the ones who had just stopped Rangers' attempt to win 10 titles in a row, but drew four times and lost twice in the opening eight games of their title defence. This season they have played free-flowing attacking football at times. They scored six against Dundee and another six against St Mirren. Even in Spain on Thursday away to Real Betis, they were 2-0 in front and had plenty of chances, but lost the game 4-3. That attacking verve was missing in West Lothian. Alarmingly they have not won away from home domestically since 14 February. That's nine games, six of those defeats. "It's a staggering statistic for a team like Celtic," said former Livingston boss Gary Holt on BBC Sportsound. "I've been impressed with them, but how do you deal with adversity, and is that mentality that they haven't won away from home getting into them?" Celtic's points totals after six games Lack of match winners Striker Odsonne Edouard has departed for Crystal Palace, Ryan Christie has moved to Bournemouth and Leigh Griffiths is on loan at Dundee. It's a new era at Celtic Park. Japanese star Kyogo Furuhashi scored seven goals in his first eight games, but he is out of action for at least a month after being injured on international duty. James Forrest and captain Callum McGregor are also sidelined. Albian Ajeti scored in midweek against Real Betis in the Europa League, after two goals five days earlier in the 3-0 Premiership win over Ross County. The Swiss striker has scored those three goals in eight games, but made little impact on Sunday. "That was just Livingston's second win in 19," said Holt. "Celtic did nothing, they disappointed me, they were trying to score the perfect goal. Livingston had the best chances in the game. "Kyogo does stretch the game, he comes short, he goes into the channels, and Ajeti doesn't do that. The two centre-backs will never have an easier game. "Sometimes when you're missing the main focal point of the team it can fester into the rest of the players, they just think 'we're a goal behind, we don't look like we're going to score'." Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner questions whether Celtic rely too much on Kyogo. He told BBC Sportsound: "Possession doesn't get you anything if you don't have an end product. "The players that are out on the pitch should be able to create more than that. They did start the season off really well, they were scoring goals. They've gone back a bit today. "They need to get their players back, Kyogo is key to them, but they can't rely on one player. The rest of them have got to step up now." Celtic results 'not good enough' - Ange Postecoglou What's coming up? The fixture list looks testing for Celtic, especially when their away record is considered. Three home games in a row are up first; Raith Rovers in the League Cup, a Premiership game against Dundee United, then a Europa League meeting with Bayer Leverkusen. Then comes a tough October. Their next three Premiership away games are at Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibernian. Celtic failed to win at two of those venues (Pittodrie and Easter Road) on their last visits. Motherwell and Hibernian are also, ominously, above the Parkhead side in the table. Although five teams are above them, Celtic fans are probably only looking at Rangers. They are already four points behind their Glasgow rivals as they try to wrestle the title back across the city. Steven Gerrard's side were heading six points clear of Celtic before a second-half Motherwell goal denied them a 22nd consecutive Premiership win at Ibrox. "It could have been a lot worse," said Bonner. "They [Celtic] got away with it, with Rangers drawing, and the day before Hibs and Hearts drawing. "They can't afford to keep dropping points and creating that gap to Rangers."
  10. I mentioned this the other day in my MOTM vote, that it was my son's 8th birthday last week and two of the players sent him videos. A mate of mine had reached out to some players asking for videos for him as a surprise. Fraser Murray and Zach Hemming both got back with short videos, which was absolutely fantastic of them. Like any 8 year old, the wee man always has a current favourite player - over the years this has variously been Magennis, Boyd, Brophy, and now Hemming. So to get a video off him absolutely made his day!! Love when players do stuff like that. It takes them all of 10 seconds, but the impact it has on the kids can't be measured.
  11. 6 games played, NINE points dropped. You've got to love watching these horrible bastards stumbling from one f**kup to another.
  12. Thought we were excellent today. Disappointed how we started, thought Jags got on the front foot quickly and we didn't do enough to stop them. We werent hunting folk down in twos out wide, we were allowing crosses, conceding chances. You start games like that you're asking for dropped points. Thankfully we were able to relieve the pressure by starting to execute our own plans, which seemed to be balls over the top - not aimless hoofs, but well placed passes. Robinson had a great game, thought he took the first of these well, and don't know how he hasnt scored. Him and Shaw then linked up well - the feet from OS to get in the box were fantastic, again how he hasnt scored is a mystery! Murray was also very unlucky with his chance. Second half I thought the instructions were clear, get the full backs and the wingers hunting in packs and stopping folk from getting down the channel in the first place. We werent giving them anywhere near the same opportunity to get wide and get a ball in. Often we were winning the ball back in the middle or restricting Thistle to turning back and passing it around the middle or back, which was a big improvement. Got more on the front foot through the likes of Rory and Robinson. Robbo did well to win us the pen. TW right to choose Shaw as we want him off the mark but christ it was a honking pen and a worse rebound. Great play Robbo to get us the OG not long after. As for Shaw's wonderstrike, what a way to follow up a missed pen! My wee boy has been going for about 6 years now and I'm struggling to think of a better goal he has seen in the flesh. Keen to see a replay, they dont come much sweeter than that. Thought the subbies off the bench were good too. Saw a debate the other day about best squad in the division and think on today's evidence it has to be us. Good options off the bench with the likes of Burke, Stokes and Burrell still to come back. Few pints in Wintergills before and after the game then a pizza on train down the road... if Carlsberg did Saturdays
  13. Margot Robbie could pump you and you'd complain about the colour of pants she put on afterwards
  14. Another massive game. They're coming thick and fast. Let's beat this mob and start climbing away from any of these diddies who were thinking about mounting a challenge to the mighty.
  15. Went for Hemming at my son's insistence. I'm sure the fact he sent him a video for his birthday this week had nothing to do with it! Was gonna go for Robinson. Thought he was excellent.
  16. 7 games 5 clean sheets 2 conceded
  17. Booked accommodation a while ago, 10 of us from my family going up, including the 3 year old! Should be a cracker
  18. Probably one of our worst performances under TW, but got the job done, which is what winning the Championship is all about. Winning games like today is a great sign. Hemming was good when called upon. One of Haunstrup's better games today I thought. Murray is one of the best signings we've made in quite some time - a fantastic defender. Sanders looks like raw talent, prone to mistakes but with some clear ability - I think we can afford to let him develop, as long as he doesn't start to cost us games, which he is surely in danger of. Naismith was fine, though I still find him slow as a week in the jile at times. Thought the midfield trio of McGinn, Alston and Polworth all had poorer games by their standards. None of them were terrible, but they've set a pretty decent standard to date and didn't hit it. Second half this was summed up by Polworth failing to beat the first man at a corner, then minutes later absolutely wasting a free kick. McKenzie doesn't offer nearly enough going forward and I was happy to see him getting hooked for Armstrong, who I would have started - but I was even happier that he gave Wright good cause to change his mind! Great bit of following up, flung himself at it like a bullet, even if it was possibly going in any way! Murray drifts in and out of games but feel when we get the ball to his feet in a good area we are always a danger. Shaw drifted in and out too, but when he was good he was very good. Looking to turn balls quickly and get through on goal, which is what you want. Can take a ball in and can flick it on well for a team mate. Hassles and makes a pest of himself. For me, a clearly better option than Cameron. I would be disappointed if we played like that every week as I don't think we'll always get the 3 points, but we take them and move on to two big games against our nearest competitors - Thistle and Arbroath. Lets open up a gap.
  19. By my reckoning: 6 games 4 clean sheets 2 goals conceded For me the only foot he's put wrong was the ICT goal - not much he could have done to keep out the goal v Morton in the cup. Long may this form continue!
  20. Euan Murray. That early tackle at the back post is as good a tackle as I've ever seen live. I want to see a replay, but it looked like a fantastic piece of defending to stop a certain goal from where I was sat.
  21. Decent signing, was steady for us last time round and had a good career since. I like Naismith but I do feel he needs some competition - probably hasnt quite hit the level expected yet.
  22. Probably a long list of vaccines you need to produce proof of before it being deemed safe to enter that piggery...
  23. Has never particularly impressed me tbh. 8 goals for RC last season is not bad. Hopefully capable of scoring some more in the Championship... I'll certainly be rooting for him!
  24. Disagree completely. There were some good balls put in to the box. Polworth slipped an excellent ball into Cameron's feet in the box in the second half. They maybe didnt look like chances because of who was on the end of them!
  25. Agree about all the s**t that comes with it, but got to disagree that most of them are pish. I enjoy them, anyway.
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