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

HH

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Celtic ease past Saint’s to go 6 clear in League (Goals)


Two for Brown, should have got more

Two for Brown, should have got more

A bad start today, first five minutes we could have been 2 or 3 down but we sorted ourselves out and got an early lead on 3 minutes through Scott Brown,  Stokes had the ball wide squared it across the 18 yard line and Brown lashed it home for a good early lead, sadly we couldn’t keep a clean sheet today again the right side of defence with Matthews and Ambrose hurt us, 10 minutes on the  clock and 1-1 when Sean Kelly side footed a cross that should have been cleared

Brown 1-0 Thanks to @CelticGoals for all the links:

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After that point, to be fair it was an easy afternoon. Guidetti had a few chances and more worryingly went off injured in the 2nd half. Forrest was replaced due to a migraine and Biton made way for Henderson. 2-1 Celtic on 15 minutes ball into the box Guidetti helped it on to Forrest who was at the back post and he rattled home to get Celtic back in front.

Good to see him back and scoring he makes a difference

Good to see him back and scoring he makes a difference

2-1 Forrest

We didn’t have to wait long for the 3-1 four minutes in-fact, James Forrest squared the ball from the right wing and it was almost a carbon copy of the 1st goal from Scott Brown. At this point it was fair to say the game was over as a contest.

The 1st half saw us have a few chances with Biton having a few pops at goal and Guidetti missing a few chances but we went in 3-1 at the break

3-1 Brown

The 2nd half was all Celtic and I am still wondering how Scepovic didn’t get a hat-trick with his half an hour on the park, 3 times he was through and just had to get it on target, he hit the post missed a good cross, basically just not his day. All the lad needs is a game like today and a few goals and I am sure the goals will come, the longer he goes passing up all these chances the harder it may be for him

Celtic made it 4-1 on 67 minutes after threatening a few times this time Stokes the scorer. Johansen has been doing this whole game, he closed down a Saint’s defender won the ball squared it to Stokes in the box who slotted home. Scott Brown had a chance for a hat-trick with 15 minutes to go he got a good shot away and injured his foot on the follow through, he seemed ok

Stokes thanks Johansen for his goal and work rate

Stokes thanks Johansen for his goal and work rate

4-1 Stokes

I still don’t know how we  never scored more today, Scepovic like everyone I want to come good but it seems the lad is feeling the pressure when chances are coming easy. We will see where he is in the new year. Guidetti took a sore one on the ankle  or shin and you could see he was frustrated he is very much a confidence player and today wasn’t his day his demeanour said it all

Man of the match: Scott Brown, 2 goals and ran the show in the middle of the park, I am liking the Brown, Johansen, Biton midfield, it allows Johansen to play behind the striker and Biton or Brown will push left to allow Stokes to go into advanced areas

all in 3 points, 6 points clear, when you look at it all on paper, 10/10 Ronny so far but there is still ‘something’ not there yet, I am sure it will come. I am not sure on Commons not playing, he was CRUCIAL for us last season. With Griffiths also not getting on it seem  Ronny is going with his 2 strikers  Guidetti and Scepovic more often than not

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

Guidetti Puts Partick To The Sword As Celtic fire into the Semi’s (Video)


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This lad just gets better and better, we MUST get him signed

Shaun Gibson

Shaun Gibson

http://thecelticnetwork.co.uk/2014/10/29/guidetti-puts-partick-to-the-sword-as-celtic-fire-into-the-semis-video/

http://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/guidetti-puts-partick-to-the-sword-as-celtic-fire-into-the-semi-s-video/102829?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TwitterFeed

For the first 20 minutes of this game Celtic were in a game with Partick, the away team were creating chances with Celtic hitting on the break. Say what you want about Ronny and his team, when they play, THEY PLAY! The game changed on 43 minutes when a terrible tackle on John Guidetti by Stuart Brannigan and off he went. Celtic were already 1-0 up at this point with a superb free kick from new Celtic star player Super John Guidetti, he won the free kick and hammered it high into the net, this was half an hour in and seemed to settle Celtic as we got more into the game
Half time, Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle

Guidetti 1-0 Video. Thanks to @Celticgoals 

Partick go down to 10 men

Partick go down to 10 men, video below

Wakaso replaced Callum McGregor at half time and Wakaso to be fair can cross a ball well. 2 minutes into the 2nd half it was 2-0, Stokes played the ball over the Partick defence with a chip, he was looking for Scott Brown but over hit it, there was Emilio Izaguirre to get to the ball and hammer home for 2-0
We waited under 5 minutes for 3-0, again Guidetti with a free kick and this lad just oozed class. If Celtic have not already offered this kid a deal I would be surprised. I am told he was on £15,000 a week at City with bonus’s that were huge should he play 1st team football, so we should be able to offer the kid a 15 year contract! Joking aside I would be throwing a luxurious 5 year deal at the kid, he is the best player since Larsson in that position. He has a mixture of Nakamura, Sutton and Larsson in there and that is a hard player to find. We have him, let’s keep him!

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Izzy gets into the action with 2-0, great run from a Stokes chip over the defence

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Guidetti makes it 3-0 with a SUPERB free kick, 3 in a row now, Video below


4-0 came on 55 minutes Guidetti had the ball in the box stand side and was fouled, penalty and he slotted home for a brilliant hat trick for a man we are all growing to love, I get the feeling John is loving us back. He is good friends with Jordon Larsson, yes, Henrick’s son. So I am guessing John has been told how special a club we are. John had tried the Premiership and got nowhere, he is the type of player who NEEDS wanted and adored by all around him, he gets that from the fans, his team mates and the club, as Ronny said “This looks like his home” Let’s hope a deal has been offered already as John can speak to anyone in about 8 weeks

Penalty scored and a Guidetti hat trick

Penalty scored and a Guidetti hat trick

Stokes came off for Griffiths on the hour mark and it was Leigh who made it 5-0, a superb run and cross by Izaguirre and Griffiths headed home, delighted he was and rightly so, he said he would fight to get into the team and he did himself no harm tonight.

Griffiths heads home his 1st

Griffiths heads home his 1st and Celtic’s 5th

Celtic at this stage were just powering through Partick, Van Dijk had a shot on the turn curled just past the far post as Celtic kept creating and on the night it could have been 10 easy. Scepovic came on with half an hour to go and he should have buried a couple of chances. 6-0 and the final goal was comedy gold but Leigh Griffiths won’t be complaining. Partick Thistle right back played the ball back to the Thistle keeper he went to kick long but Griffiths was having none of it, he got a foot to the goalies kick and it went in, 6-0 to Celtic and the Semi Final of the League cup awaits. The draw is on Saturday at 5pm. Do we dare dream of getting Sevco? or would we rather hammer them in the final? I don’t know, maybe not getting them at all would be better, it will only generate money for them

Man of the Match – John Guidetti – The best find in many a year, we MUST get this lad signed

Final Score. Celtic 6-0 Partick Thistle

HH

Celtic Ease Past 10 Man Killie 2-0


Guidetti make it 1-0 with a cracking free kick

Guidetti make it 1-0 with a cracking free kick

http://thecelticnetwork.co.uk/2014/10/26/celtic-ease-past-10-man-killie-2-0/

http://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/celtic-ease-past-10-man-killie-2-0/102634?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TwitterFeed

With 3 points a must today, we go to 4th in the league 3 points from the top with a game in hand. After all the negative talk and play on the park we could in 2 weeks be top of the league and into the last 32 of the Europa League. Strange as it is the final for this season’s Europa Cup is National Stadium, Warsaw, we couldn’t could we? 

Today’s game was over as a contest on 33 minutes when Manuel Pascali pulled back Scepovic who was through on goal. Then Kilmarnock took off Alexei Eremenko, strange one I thought at the time. Then up stepped Super John Guidetti to hammer a super free kick 25 yards out low into the bottom left of goal. 1-0 and from there on in it was Celtic, it was a training match, and I was glad the players went down a gear. We have big games coming up so we take the breaks when they come. 

Straight red for Pascali on 33 minutes

Straight red for Pascali on 33 minutes

We had several chances in the 1st half through Scepovic who’s movement was really good today, we just were not finding him, McGregor had a good 1st half getting good crosses in and coming inside for the odd shot. Wakaso was nowhere, I don’t know the story with Wakaso, we won’t see him for a month now probably. The first half ended 1-0 and I was just happy 3 points looked on the cards. Winning ugly is something we are doing just now, playing badly and winning, this is a superb sign. We have shown against Dundee United and Ross Country and a few others what we can do on form so we hope it clicks soon

The second half was all Celtic, we had a ton of chances, Johansen, Guidetti two players in the thick of it. I thought Scott Brown had a good game, he just sat in-front of the back 4 and knocked the ball about. It was 2-0 Celtic and 2 goals in 2 games for Scepovic. Izzy played the ball to Wakaso, a good ball to the back post and Scepovic did what good strikers should do by shooting back across goal, great finish for a player we all want to do well. 2 goals now in 2 games, the lad will be buzzing. Ronny took him off right away to give Griffiths game time, Johansen off for Mulgrew then Wakaso for Tonev, all without Commons, Stokes and Forrest, showing we have a really decent squad just now

Scepovic makes it 2-0 and his 2nd goal in 2 games

Scepovic makes it 2-0 and his 2nd goal in 2 games

My man of the match goes to Scepovic, his movement was something I really kept an eye on, he found himself alone in the Killie box a lot we just couldn’t get the ball to him. In Guidetti we have a player we hope we can sign for a few years and a proven international player in Scepovic, so Ronny has many riches in the attacking department, just more often than not we don’t get the ball to them but it will come, I am sure 

Goals thanks to my good man @CelticGoals 

Onto midweek against Partick Thistle in the League Cup Quarter Final

HH

Ugly Win In Paisley As Celtic Beat Saints 2-1


Ronny gives his captain instructions

Ronny gives his captain instructions

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson @TCNLiveblog and @ShaunyNews

http://thecelticnetwork.co.uk/2014/09/27/ugly-win-in-paisley-as-celtic-beat-saints-2-1-goals-video/

http://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/ugly-win-in-paisley-as-celtic-beat-saints-2-1-goals-video/101190?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TwitterFeed

Not a game we will remember at the end of the season but 3 points and an ugly 3 points at that. When you are not playing at your full potential but can grind a win out that is a good sign. We all know there is much work still needing done by Ronny, he has two Right backs due to be fit this week in Matthews and Lustig, Forrest we don’t know, Denayer not fit today as well as Commons. With Griffiths not in the final match squad we know we have players coming back

The first half was scrappy and very little came our way in chances, St Mirren hit the bar early on but apart from that they never really threatened much in the 1st half. Celtic had a lot of the ball but St Mirren doubled up at full back and we struggled to get width. We had a long shot from Stokes a cross to the back post Van Dijk couldn’t get to quick enough, the possession in the 1st half was 65% Celtic but it was hard to see it that way as we created very little.

We were all looking at the time and getting ready for our half time pie when a superb move gave Celtic a 1-0 lead right on half time, Scott Brown was played in wide stand side he hammered a cross 2 yards from goal, Guidetti threw himself at the ball, Sky TV said it looked like a Goodwin own goal, at half time they showed it a few times, I paused it and watched a few times, the ball hit Guidetti’s knee on the way past the keeper, it was confirmed as a Guidetti goal after the game, either  way, half time and 1-0 Celtic

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

The second half was  50/50 possession and 5 minutes in St Mirren made it 1-1. A cross in by the Saints and Gordon came and caught it, he then threw the ball to a breaking Wakaso the ball held up on the grass, played wide, cross in and shot brilliant save by Gordon but there was McLean the only player alive to hammer it home, a self inflicted goal but with it being early in the half we had time to make up for it.

20 minutes into the second half Celtic got our 2nd goal, and a bit of praise for Ronny here, he moved Stokes up beside Guidetti and within 5 minutes it worked. Brown played the ball to Stokes 22 yards out near the edge of the box, he took a touch and a disguised pass almost behind him landed right at the feet of Guidetti who stayed calm to hammer home for his 3rd goal in two games.

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

Van Dijk had a free kick inches past the post, Berget came on for Stokes with around 10 minutes to go. Wakaso had a decent game but I look at him running and think he would be better played behind a striker. Nir Bitton for Mubarak Wakaso was the last change for Celtic on 88 minutes to eat up time and it worked, final whistle and we headed back home with 3 points

We all want to see great play and expansive football every game but the sign of a decent side is one  that wins while not playing at peak game. Today was an ugly win, we take the 3 points and look forward to Thursday and Dinamo Zagreb at a 20:05 kick off

The 2 goals thanks to @CelticGoals 

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1-0

2-0 (1)

2-0

Till then, enjoy your weekend, the win and 3 points

TCNLiveblog Man of the Match : Guidetti for his goal and commitment to always chase nothing balls and never give in, just heard he has been credited with the 1st goal, so 2 goals today

Shaun

HH

Celtic Vs Aberdeen – Live Text Commentary


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Live text commentary 10 minutes from now, team news as I get it and up to the second live text commentary. Will we see a start for any of the new players?

12.25

Tonev and Scepovic start with Guidetti and Wakaso on the bench. Good to see new players I hope

 12.23

subs: Zaluska, Bitton, Guidetti, Stokes, Wakaso, Kayal, OConnell

 12.23

subs: Zaluska, Bitton, Guidetti, Stokes, Wakaso, Kayal, O’Connell

 12.23

Starting 11 Gordon, Izaguirre, van Dijk, Denayer, Ambrose; Brown, Johansen; McGregor, Commons, Tonev, Scepovic