Celtic gain 3 points at Hamilton as Dons slip up


Was Kris saying goodbye today?

Was Kris saying goodbye today?

By @ShaunyNews Via http://thecelticnetwork.com/2015/01/17/celtic-gain-3-points-at-hamilton-as-dons-slip-up/

You won’t see an easier 2-0 looking back but looking back Craig Gordon had to make 3 superb saves, so this was an easy 2-0 but again our lack of cutting edge up-front showed. We have the firepower, we have the players, sadly the way we play is too narrow and we are easy to defend against. One pile driver and a deflection leading to a good finish by Henderson won it for us on the day

Commons threw his boots to the fans, I am told he was maybe saying goodbye. Why throw boots in? For me without someone suggesting it he looked to be saying goodbye, to be told it’s a ‘Maybe’ it makes it more than just a nice gesture, he isn’t happy he is having to leave, he loves Celtic and him and his partner are settled here

Celtic had all the possession today and the first goal was just superb. The ball was played from the wing into Commons he kept the ball rolling into the path of Matthews and his shot was unstoppable, no keeper was getting that, great goal and superb for Matthews

1-0 and one of the goals of the season from Matthews

1-0 and one of the goals of the season from Matthews

With 20 scouts in attendance for this game it makes you wonder who is being watches as Celtic have a few assets. But don’t discount some scouts being there for Hamilton’s Crawford, he had a few chances today

Second half I was watching and screaming for a 4-4-2 or even 4-3-1-2 as we have don’t have enough bodies in the box when we do actually get a cross in. Our second goal came from a superb cross from Matthews, missing the first defender, floated over to the back post, Izzy got a touch it fell to Henderson who hammered home on the half volley. Brilliant finish from the young lad

Good controlled finish by Henderson for 2-0

Good controlled finish by Henderson for 2-0

All in a good win, 3 points is all you want on a cold Saturday afternoon when you are missing key players for whatever reasons. Guidetti looks like he is 3rd choice striker now, maybe Ronny is bringing the kids head back to Earth, we all love  confidence but John maybe has shown too much, I am guessing of course

Man of the match for me was Nir Bitton, the lad controlled the midfield, got better as the game progressed and is getting more confident each week, the kid just plays the simple game, he is assured, confident, never gets flustered and his work-rate along with Johansen and others make us a very good team at pressing teams, as we did in the first half today

Cya next game

HH

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Celt’s tactically too easy to play against as County hold on for 0-0


He needs to sign a contract or say he is leaving, confidence is gone

He needs to sign a contract or say he is leaving, confidence is gone

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Watching Celtic today was like watching Groundhog Day, we were too open on the wings, the right hand side with Matthews and Ambrose is causing the whole team problems. In Midfield Bitton passed all day sadly it was side to side. Attacking we were way too obvious, I like to see the ball passed fast but we are overplaying and we are making it very easy for sides to camp in on us at home as many sides do. Guidetti needs benched, he needs to sign a contract or say “I am going at the end of the season” because his form took a dive when Celtic agreed £3 Million to get John in January.

Guidetti, Johansen, Brown had chances today and passed them up, Guidetti with 2 bad misses. We can call it bad luck in the last two games, goal chopped off, hit the post and bar, today Guidetti hit the post but our tempo was just not channelled in the right way.

The 1st half saw the above and Griffiths as well as Bitton shoot but miss. The opening 45 minutes was Corner, shot, corner, shot and so on, it was awful to watch. We were playing a team we should be sitting back off and allowing them or asking them to come at us then playing through them, we do neither, we allow the opposition to sit back and the opposition half has 21 players in it most games. Before the United defeat and today we were lucky, very lucky, in the last two weeks our luck has run out.

County pair Scott Boyd and Paul Quinn battle made it hard day for Guidetti

County pair Scott Boyd and Paul Quinn battle made it hard day for Guidetti

The tactics seem ok on paper but for the opposition manager his message is simple, sit off and let them pass and shoot from long range. We looked like scoring but I felt it wasn’t going to happen early in the 2nd half. We are way too obvious in the way we play and if we don’t sort this we could find ourselves in a title race going into the last 5 games

Via Celtic Site - He best show better, frustrated he is, he ain't alone

Via Celtic Site – He best show better, frustrated he is, he ain’t alone

Ronny wants fast fit players but leaving last season’s top scorer and a player who can assist for fun on the bench is a huge mistake. Kris is no mug he knows his time is up, even if he signs a contract he will know he doesn’t fit into Ronny’s plans. This is a real shame. Ronny wants to entertain, he wants to improve, he wants goals. Well if I was him I would play the players I know can do a job

If we are not careful the new year could be a very hard 5 months

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Goal Shy Celtic Fall In Dundee


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Griffiths get’s a consolation for Celtic

Never seen such a one sides game in my life, 70% possession throughout but the ‘Ambrose Effect’ set the tone for the game. 2-1 in the end, we hit the post the bar a perfectly good goal chopped off, on another day we walk away with at least a point but our build up play wasn’t good enough today, we had total control of the game but the final third we must praise Dundee United they gave us no room and when we got that room the crossing was awful on both flanks. Our one touch passing game just wasn’t happening today with Johansen being main culprit, a lad on form yet today he looked half the player he is. Guidetti has stopped scoring and I think this make his permanent deal with Celtic go through quicker. We remain top of the league but will Ronny learn a lesson today in that Leigh Griffiths is assured at this level?

4 minutes into the game a ball into the box, right at Ambrose, one fresh air kick later and Nadir Ciftci still managed to get past Ambrose to get his shot away and 1-0 United. Terrible defending by a guy we really need out the side but with Denayer and Mulgrew unavailable Ambrose it is. Most games the team look at Ambrose in disgust and today was no different

Celtic had tons of chances but couldn’t get the ball in the net, we pushed left, right, through the middle, the defence was the best Ronny had today he had nobody else to play Centre Half for example, maybe one of the kids would do a better job? Eoghan O’Connell would be a decent shout instead of Ambrose. His mistake put us on the back foot too early and we were always chasing and trying to force play

Dundee United made it 2-0 and game over on 64 minutes and again bad defending by Celtic. Nadir Ciftci got a cross over an easy cross we should have stopped the ball floated to the back post James Forrest didn’t check the runner Stuart Armstrong who headed home with Gordon doing his best to get to it. Look at this goal again you will see Forrest stopped tracking Armstrong and let him go

Celtic did have the ball in the back of the net soon after a cross into the box Izaguirre chested the ball into the path of Scepovic brilliant goal but the far side linesman flagged for offside, the replay showed Scepovic was onside, this was with 10 minutes to go and I think had we got that one we would have got something from the game

Perfectly good goal by Scepovic adjudged offside

Perfectly good goal by Scepovic adjudged offside

Celtic got a goal on 86 minutes a good squared pass by Commons and Leigh Griffiths hammered home but with 3 minutes to go we left it too late. It was not for trying today. I wouldn’t be too harsh on the players today we ran the game. They say games are defined by moments and today we had many moments. The early mistake by Ambrose, the goal by Scepovic, I could go on. Some praise to United they played well in defence, we were too obvious in our approach today

Griffiths got two crackers in midweek for the development squad, he is a good goalscorer may be need him more? He is proven in this league

Griffiths got two crackers in midweek for the development squad, he is a good goalscorer may be need him more? He is proven in this league

Again man of the match was Nir Bitton he just makes things look so easy. I know in defeat it’s hard to find a man of the match but this was a game we controlled and Biton was architect of this

We are still ahead we have a lot to play for, heads up and onto the next game

HH

Shaun

Celtic Labour Into the Europa League last 32


Scored 2 should have made it 4-4 with late header

Scored 1 should have made it 4-4 with late header

Zagreb 4-3 Celtic and a game that in reality didn’t matter, a strange game in the sense that apart from a dreadful start to the 2nd half it’s a game we should have won. I know Ronny wanted to rest players and give youth a shot at European football but for me tonight, and I don’t like saying this, Commons made Johansen less effective. The first half we shot ourselves in the foot twice with two goals given away by Adam Matthews and a few saves by Gordon also kept Zagreb at bay. 

Zagreb took the lead on 14 minutes when a cross to the back post left Matthews exposed, he jumped in allowing Pjaca to fire Zagreb ahead. 10 minutes later it was 1-1 when a Virgil Van Dijk free kick looped into the air Commons was first to the dropping ball to head the ball past the keeper, 1-1 and Celtic were starting to dominate. 2-1 and a deserved lead on the half hour mark when Commons’ free-kick cannoned off the bar, Biton headed it back into the mix and Scepovic turned and volleyed it home. 2-1 to Celtic and we were on top at this stage, I was thinking 3-1 we were doing well

For all Celtic’s possession on 40 minutes Zagreb made it 2-2 when awful defending by Matthews took a bad touch in the box instead of clearing allowing  Pjaca to fire home a deflected shot off Biton’s leg, 2-2 and half time. At this stage Celtic looked like we could go and win this game

The 2nd half started and before anyone could sit down and finish a half time beer or cup of tea it was Zagreb 4-2 Celtic. Gordon made two good saves but on 50 minutes a cut back to the edge of our box and the unmarked Brozovic to hammer home from the edge of the box, good finish to be fair but where were the runners tracking back? Things got a lot worse a minute later when Pjaca was allowed to run unchallenged and hammer an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past Gordon and into the far side of goal. 4-2 and game over it seemed

Then as Celtic do we came back into the game, McGregor, Commons and Henderson all had shots saved or just wide, with 80 minutes on the clock cracking one touch football played Izaguirre through he cut it back and it looked like a Scepovic goal but an own goal from Pivaric made the last 10 minutes tense, Celtic gave it a lot in the last 10 minutes and to be fair had we played like this throughout we would have won tonight with key players missing. Scepovic had a brilliant header come off the post on 87 minutes, Henderson chipped the ball over the keeper who done well to tip it over.

Celtic huffed and puffed but in the end bad defending and lack of creativity behind Scepovic didn’t help. I still think we needed Johansen behind Scepovic, Commons although hitting the bar for one goal and scoring himself was very poor tonight, I would always rather see Johansen bombing forward. Biton was good tonight and was my man of the match as he didn’t do too much wrong, he has started the last few games and tonight he done the easy things and made it look easy. We missed Brown and we really miss Lustig and Denayer for sure. 

We were already through but to lose our last 2 group games we did well to progress to the last 32. We will have Guidetti and maybe new players for that round. If we had been told we would finish 2nd and make it to the last 32 before a ball was kicked in this competition we would have taken it. 

Top of the league
Semi Final of the League cup
Still in the Scottish Cup
Last 32 of the Europa League


On paper it looks perfect, but in reality we all know we need to improve in defence, Gordon is saving us time and time again. 
Ambrose gives me chest pains, Scepovic showed tonight he can play and like everyone I hope he can take it from here, he looked like a proper striker tonight

HH

Shaun

FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS - LAST 32 HERE WE COME

FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS – LAST 32 HERE WE COME

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@CelticNetwork15 – THE ONLY CELTIC SITE THAT FOLLOWS EVERYONE BACK

Celtic edge past Thistle to go 3 clear in league (Goal)


Game in hand we had to win

Game in hand we had to win

This was our game in hand, we needed 3 points and we got them. We should have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes. Brown with a chip through to Tonev was close, soon after Tonev played in Matthews but his cross was cleared. 8 minutes in superb play gave the ball to Johansen his cross and Guidetti had his header saved. 2 minutes later Guidetti and Stokes linked up, cross to Johansen but his header  went wide.

That was the first 10 minutes and Celtic kept it going. Tonev who had a good game tonight got a shot away that was palmed away by Gallacher in goal. Then Van Dijk hammered a low shot saved and another corner. It was all Celtic, it was just a matter of when.

25 minutes in Guidetti played in Stokes a cross into the box and Tonev heads wide when scoring was easier. All Celtic and at this point 0-0 was just unreal. Celtic kept it up Van Dijk, Johansen and Guidetti with good chances then Thistle had a shot just past Gordon’s near post. Leading up to half time Celtic played the ball well, trying to beat 10 defenders is hard, Matthews had a volley just wide on 40 minutes it just didn’t look like we would score.  2 minutes later Stokes shot just wide and that was the first half, should have been 5-0 up but we were playing well

Second half saw Mulgrew swap for Bitton. Van Dijk passed through the Thistle defence to Tonev his shot hit the side netting. Thistle were countering us and had the odd half chance. Then came the goal. Johansen who can deliver a ball played  a cracker into the box, there was big Virgil Van Dijk who hammered home from 6 yards, well done big Van Dijk. For all the good play it was a set piece that got us in-front. He is playing well as the Transfer window is close to opening

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

Van Dijk cracks home the winner

Thanks to @celticgoals

With 20 minutes left Double switch for Celtic saw Guidetti and Tonev off, Scepovic and Commons on, for me I didn’t think it was time to make these changes as Thistle kind of came back into it. A few minutes after Commons came on he should have scored, great move Stokes played it into Commons and his shot was too near the keeper. Scepovic should have made it 2-0 with a double chance and it seems this kid just won’t score.

At this point it was ‘Lets see it out’ Then step up Craig Gordon. Doolan was in and a great shot saw Gordon pull off a super save to keep it 1-0. For all Celtic’s good play we still are not finishing teams off

3 points clear in the league, a game we will forget easy. Decent win. Ronny said afterwards he wants better but is happy with the points.

Man of the match: Virgil Van Dijk – With the transfer window about to open he is playing brilliant. It is a worry but Ronny is adamant he is staying

HH

Shaun

Celtic Ease Past Hearts in Scottish Cup (GOALS/RED CARD)


We are slowly turning into a solid close group of players

We are slowly turning into a solid close group of players

The order of the day was to get a win and get into the 5th round of the Scottish Cup and job done. The game was put to bed on 8 minutes when Morgaro Gomis  was sent off for Hearts for a 2 footed dangerous challenge, from then on it we controlled the game. The midfield were good today with Biton my man of the Match. Sky Sports gave it to Scott Brown but Biton made everything look so easy, he walked through the game. Johansen again put in a shift, today Izzy didn’t have his best game but got a few cracking crosses in, 2 goals from Van Dijk a cracker from Stokes and a Guidetti penalty put us through, it should have been more than 4 but we take this

On 8 minutes a reckless challenge by Gomis with a two footed high challenge on Scott Brown saw the Hearts captain see Red, from then on it was all Celtic. Celtic took the lead on 27 minutes after threatening for the previous 20 minutes, a corner from Stokes was headed clear, Forrest hammered it back into the box and Van Dijk as cool as you like slotted home for 1-0 and control of the game

Gomis Red Card

Gomis Red Card

A deserved red card for Gomis

A deserved red card for Gomis

Van Dijk makes it 1-0

Van Dijk makes it 1-0

Celtic had a ton of chances in the first half but were up against 9 defenders, our passing in and around the box is getting FANTASTIC the more we get into this season, one touch passing I love and when it comes off its superb, I think Ronny has now put his stamp on this team but there is a long way to go, we need a few more players and more tactical training, I think it will come, Ronny has been very lucky in many games but in football I would rather be lucky than good, but Celtic when on song are superb

The second half was just wave after wave of Celtic attacking both flanks and through the middle. I said above our one touch passing is a joy to watch but sometimes we can over do it. 2-0 came when Guidetti was fouled, he took the penalty and game over for sure

Guidetti won and scored the penalty

Guidetti won and scored the penalty

3-0 was a cracking goal and only 5 minutes after the 2nd goal, Stokes collected the ball 25 yards out, turned his man and shot hard and low into the far post, brilliant goal from a player who is as fit as I have seen him. Ronny maybe needed Stokes to get fitter and playing him on the left wing is working, him and Izzy match up well, great goal from an improving player

Brilliant goal by Stokes

Brilliant goal by Stokes

4-0 was on the hour park when a superb Johansen corner was aimed for the head of Van Dijk and up he went to hammer home a bullet header. Brilliant goal from Van Dijk and good to see him get 2 goals. As a team we were good today, could we have been better? Sure we could have but we were up against 9 defenders the whole gave so it was no surprise 3 of the goals came from set pieces.

Van Dijk powers home with the head for 4-0

Van Dijk powers home with the head for 4-0

Celtic are top of the league
Semi Final of the League Cup against Rangers
5th round of the Scottish cup
Through to the knock out stage on the Europa League

I think if we were told this when Ronny was made manager we would have taken it and we do. Improvement is needed, we really do need another Centre half and a Creative midfielder and possibly a left winger, Wakaso, Tonev and Berget can’t seem to tie this area of the park down. Thanks again to  @CelticGoals for the goals above.

Well done the Bhoys

Man of the Match : Nir Biton, controlled everything with ease

HH

Shaun

Bitter Sweet as Celtic progress in Europa League


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Very hard game to sum up tonight, a 3-1 defeat I don’t think we deserved I think 2-2 would have been fairer, for 70 minutes Celtic pressed well and created chances. But the newspapers and official UEFA website will say “Celtic are through to the last 32 in the Europa”

Salzburg came out all guns blazing and were 2-0 through Alan and could have had another few. Then from nowhere a cracking cross and Johansen brought it back to 2-1, brilliant finish from an ever improving player

The 2nd half Celtic owned, Griffiths with a header, Commons with an open goal but Ambrose got in the way, we created so many half chances, we got to the goal line so much but the ball back into the box was not good enough. I think Ronny with 5 minutes to go knew we were through but 2-2 would have been perfect.

This was going on for 2-2. a night of joy and despair

This was going on for 2-2. a night of joy and despair

McGregor was poor 1st half but in these first 20 minutes Celtic were either taken aback or Salzburg were just amazing. The positive for me is we are through. The 2nd half Celtic were superb, we owned a superb side, to lose a 3rd goal in the dying seconds was just a downer

We are through, Guidetti can play and this might sway him to sign. Celtic are 3 players away from being a better side. An attacking midfielder another solid centre half as Ambrose fell asleep at Alan’s 2nd goal and he is bad for ball watching.

We now take on Hearts to keep ourselves in all competitions. If we beat Hearts we are top of the league, in Europe past Christmas and although it is hard to see there actually are signs of good things coming. Gudetti can now play in all games and this will help

A young player getting better, Johansen got us back to 2-1

A young player getting better, Johansen got us back to 2-1

We deserved 2-2 but we are through to the last 32, we have a chance to sign players or get Commons and Guidetti signed up, whatever Ronny needs to do

I will take this all day long, we have been ok in Europe away this season, we could win our last one and top it all off. So let’s look forward to the next game. We were VERY unlucky not to walk away 2-2  tonight. We were playing a very good side and we made them look ordinary for large spells of the game. Denayer was missed, Lustig was missed, Forest should have started.

All that matters as we slowly improve

All that matters as we slowly improve

But, If, etc, we are through, moving on

HH

Shaun

Celtic stay top with hard fough 2-1 win over Dundee (Goals)


Strange celebration, but this is what we love about this guy

Strange celebration, but this is what we love about this guy

Reporter Shaun Gibson

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3 points is all that matters today. Denayer off injured we hope he is ok for Thursday. We were not superb today, we seem to make it hard for ourselves too often and today was no different.
Dundee had most of the ball in the first 15 minutes pegging Celtic back in the early staged. I thought the relationship, as Ronny would say between defence and midfield and strikers wasn’t there today. Commons and Forrest got some time on the park, so looking back in was an ‘ok’ day.
Celtic then came more into the game, the link up play improved, Commons, Forrest, Guidetti, Van Dijk all passing up on good chances. Just before half time some wonderful wide play by James Forrest winning a free kick 2 yards from the corner flag stand side. Commons whipped in a killer cross, Stokes made a back to front post run and headed home with power, 1-0 Celtic and a goal from the training ground for sure

Goal video thanks to @CelticGoals

Stokes powers home for 1-0 just on half time

Stokes powers home a header for 1-0 just on half time

Denayer went off at half time, he seemed to be ok as he walked off so let’s hope precaution is the reason. Ambrose is a decent player, once every now and then. I don’t think he is a bomb scare, he is just too relaxed, when 50,000 people and everyone watching around the World get all panicky, Efe just seems to be confident. He nearly got caught a few times but Craig Gordon and Van Dijk saved him.
2-0 came 9 minutes into the second half, again Forrest with a superb run got himself to the goal line cut it back to the penalty spot and ‘Super John Guidetti’ doesn’t miss from there. 2-0, game over, let’s all relax with a cup of Bovril and enjoy the rest of the game…
…NOT

Guidetti gets on the end of a Forrest pull back for 2-1

Guidetti gets on the end of a Forrest pull back for 2-1

Goal video thanks to @CelticGoals

Celtic lately have done this, got ahead and then lost a goal or didn’t get the 2nd goal, thankfully luck has been on our side the last 2 months or so. Games we should have dropped points we never, so with no Brown and a few injures, Lustig also, we take today’s score.
Dundee did manage a goal through Clarkson, a fine signing for Dundee he has turned out to be. Ball into the box, nobody willing to attack it and 2-1. It made the last 20 minutes hard but looking back I think we had more chances to get a 3rd goal. Kayal had the ball in the net on 92 minutes and I will have to see it again, he looked onside to me
We now await Red Bull Strasberg on Thursday, we need to win. I hope we can fill the stadium and get the job done with a game to spare. Top of the league, nearly through in the Europa League with room to spare and in the Semi Final of the league cup, in reality we can’t ask for much more after the start to the season we had

Final score: Celtic 2-1 Dundee

Man of the match: James Forrest

HH

5 Month Report Card On Ronny Deila


This job means a lot to Ronny, no doubting it now

This job means a lot to Ronny, no doubting it now

By @ShaunyGibson  Used to be @ShaunyNews

6 June 2014, just over 5 Months ago now since Ronny was announced as Celtic Manager. We were unsure and probably still are in some quarters. At first we all liked the way he spoke, his philosophy on football and the way he wanted to play. I think since then Ronny has grown into being the manager of one of the top sides in the World. Ronny will look back at some of the things he has said and cringe all managers do. But what we are slowly seeing is the winner in Ronny starting to appear. He is not shy with the media anymore, I remember he did an interview and people wrote about how his hands were covering his face and tried to say whatever about why he did it. Looking back I think Ronny underestimated not just the job at hand but the expectation level that comes with being Celtic manager.

On Sunday against Aberdeen we had a chance to go top of the league, we had flown back from Europa League duty on the Friday giving Celtic just one day to prepare for the game. Looking back the game was huge. The scenes at the end with the fans and the players were superb, then in step Ronny Deila, what we seen was a man with the weight of the World taken from his shoulders, till the next game that is. We seen the hunger in the man, we seen the fire in his celebration with the fans. This I think will be a defining moment for Ronny and his players.

I have always believed a football manager must believe in himself before his players will believe in him. Sunday showed proof that Ronny has his dressing room for sure. The player respect their manager. I think at first it took a while judging body language at the time. We have the Stokes refusing to shake Ronny’s hand in pre-season, something I think Ronny would have told Stokes was a NO-NO!

Ronny StokesLooking back to that moment I really did think ‘Ronny doesn’t have his dressing room’ I managed much lower level, East Of Scotland with kids and adults, I knew when players didn’t like me, but 9/10 I got them on-side. 2 options are open to you as a manager, work the player out the club or sit down with the player and show friendship is there outside football, I believe this is what Ronny did with Stokes back then in the early days when we were rolling teams over in pre-season. As a player, if your manager puts his hand out, you best well shake it!

As we toiled out of the Champions league and were given two shots at it we ended up in the Europa league where we not need 1 point from a possible 6 or for Astra to take something from Zagreb. So we could be top of the league, last 32 of the Europa and Final of the League cup come the end of January. If all that happens, Ronny will have won his doubters over, well some.

Starting to run games for Celtic

Starting to run games for Celtic

A big plus for Ronny and Celtic is the sudden huge improvement in a player Ronny saved from the scrap heap back in Norway 3 seasons ago in Stefan Johansen, he is starting to create and score goals, he is a midfield player we have been crying out for. Many tried to compare him to Joe Ledley and unfairly in my opinion, Johansen is a kid at this level at the ripe age of 23, he will only get better and better. Craig Gordon has been superb, Denayer a huge plus and the team when all fit you see a decent side there. I think Brown getting injured in pre-season didn’t help Ronny but when others may have faded into the background, withdrawn into themselves, Ronny made himself show in-front of the media, he was asked awkward questions but here we are early November and we have a Manager who is learning to cope with the Scottish media and the Scottish game and Celtic as a club.We are seeing a team come together, Ronny was hit by “You must give your team chips” The European way is hard way in Scotland, maybe as a country we are ready for new ideas, look below, the players are bonding well and this ‘might’ keep players here, understand not all player are after a pay check, Larsson was one, he wanted moments and he got them

We are on a good run now and I truly believe we have a gem of a manager in Ronny. His tactics are becoming more visible, his formation I can see now, he plays a very attack minded game, when say, Izzy goes forward, the left winger sits, when Van Dijk comes forward with the ball you will see Brown, Mulgrew or Johansen fill the gap. It takes a long time to create this knowing what is around you on the pitch. Ronny said himself he had very little time to coach the players so much of his coaching will have been done during games and going over videos of games. Either way, I really think we are slowly starting to see something happening, it could be superb. Add in Guidetti who by all accounts wants to stay, the future looks good good for Ronny and Celtic
HH
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10 man Celt’s battle back to go top


IT'S COOL LADS, I GOT THIS

IT’S COOL LADS, I GOT THIS

Today was about one thing, 3 points and top of the league. We were lucky in the end but the websites the length and breadth of Scotland will show Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic and Celtic top of the league. The JOY AND EMOTION from Ronny was there for all to see. This was a HUGE game for our manager. When we were beat at home from Hamilton there was an international break and the wait to make up for the defeat and I know this feeling, you want to play the next day never mind the next week to get the defeat out your system, what we seen with Ronny at full time utter joy and a release of so much tension. Ronny will now relax in the international break. I said a few weeks ago Ronny may have changed his “We want to beat Barcelona” philosophy to just know he has to win games, we are winning ugly and I LOVE THAT. When you are not at 100% and you are winning this is a good thing because you can only get better, we are now on a good run, we are in pole position for last 32 of Europa league, so tonight we are happy

Johansen Goal

JOHANSEN SLIDES IN TO LOB THE BALL OVER THE KEEPER FOR 1-1

Aberdeen took the lead on 26 minutes when Andy Considine’s shot comes back off Lukasz Zaluska and Adam Rooney was there to knock the ball into the net, Zaluska should have done better but as the game went on he made some top saves.
A player I really like and give man of the match to a lot got us level, a brilliant run from Johansen who got to the ball before defender and keeper to dink the ball over both after a great ball into the box from Stokes, brilliant goal by an ever improving player and a superb spot by Stokes
Possession in the first half was 60%/40^ for Celtic, seconds half was 70%/30% for Celtic.

UTTER DELIGHT AND RELIEF FROM RONNY! Thanks to @CollectCelticFC

When the ref made a howler of a mistake in sending off Scott Brown on 81 minutes we felt it could be a bad end to the game but what we seen is what we want to see. Ronny said after the game “When Brown went off, our leader, we needed more leaders and we got them, we are coming together as a unit, we are top and we want to stay there” Games like this can define a manager going forward. Confidence will be rushing through the veins of the team right now and it comes from the top, from the manager. The way he was cuddling the players at full time was a joy to see. It looked like 1-1 and not top of the league with 10 men and we would have had to accept this, but this team are starting to show something, all the weeks and months of hard work, I think are starting to come together. On 88 minutes a superb corner from Johansen was fired into the back post, I could hear screaming 100 mile away in Aberdeen over my screaming when Van Dijk was as cool as any Dutch player to tap home at the back post for a 2-1 Celtic win.

VAN DIJK FIRES HOME AND FIRES CELTIC TOP OF THE LEAGUE

VAN DIJK FIRES HOME AND FIRES CELTIC TOP OF THE LEAGUE

When the 4th official put up 3 minutes I was screaming “Slow it down, take it into the corners” And we did this well. We are adapting. Seeing the players dancing and jumping all over each other in-front of the fans tells us all one thing, these guys are all on the same page
It was good to see James Forrest come back, he did ok, but he needs 5 or 6 games to get near to match fitness. Guidetti was starved of any service the whole game, there were errors, but when you win 2-1 away in what is your hardest fixture of the season, with 10 men and to go top of the league, THAT IS WHY WE LOVE CELTIC! Aberdeen’s Shaleum Logan red carded after game, Football just throws Irony at us all the time 😀

Man of the match : Stefan Johansen, he is improving very fast and scoring goals as well
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