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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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 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

Rangers have 3 weeks of money left as the story takes a new twist – As TCN Re-opens


Are we ready for a re-run?

Are we ready for a re-run?

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

My source played for, many clubs in Scotland. He managed one of these teams in the 1990’s, and was a youth coach with Rangers till they died. He was my son’s coach for 2 seasons. I can’t and won’t say his name. He has been capped for Scotland also, he also appeared for a brief moment in Rangers colours in the movie A Shot at Glory which also starred Ally McCoist, Brian Cox, Michael Keaton and Owen Coyle and many other Scottish football players making an appearance

Well, we had a chat me and this chap. He has ear’s to many people in his role in Scottish Football. He is a “Liked guy” within the halls of the SFA. I wouldn’t say he was a brown nose (Not blue nose) but he does what he has to do in order to put a roof above his family’s home and feed them. Same as ANY other football guy, they are like you and I, they go where the best money is. Also I hear the SFA are trying very hard to keep this all hush hush and have TOLD certain media to say nothing. I wonder what the price was, if true of course. There is still that conflict of interest with Rangers the SFA with Campbell Ogilvie, an issue I am told would see the removal of Mr Ogilvie in any other league on EARTH

Looking back this was all to familiar, might be me

Looking back this was all too familiar, might be me

Mike Ashley gets funding from Laxey Partners, based in the Isle of Man http://www.laxeypartners.com/ They have told Mr Ashley that in no uncertain terms will they allow one more penny, yes a penny, to be put the way of Sevco. We all know people in business, like Charles Green, Craig Whyte/White use different names, sometimes just a middle name sometimes not, they use a spouses name. Check this, anything come to mind? 

http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/firmMainSearch.do and http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/indivMainSearch.do Others with better contacts than I can go over this and find what they need. I was once, with help from another, a good man, very close to getting a direct link between David Murray and Charles Green while Murray still owned the deeds. We were either 2 web pages away or a million, we really don’t know, but we were close I think. I won’t spend hours researching this anymore. 

The day Rangers DID actually die and a plan on a grand scale to keep Rangers alive began

The day Rangers DID actually die and a plan on a grand scale to keep Rangers alive began

BUT..With TCN to make a comeback with a brand new website http://thecelticnetwork.com/ with the boss Wullie taking over again, we may decide to look further and get a certain someone to say more. Also, you can follow the new TCN @CelticNetwork15 So it is brilliant news TCN will be back, all new and shiny 😀 I can’t wait , it will be amazing fun, I know the plans and a few stories that will be worked on, and a HUGE story to kick off with, in-fact. a MASSIVE STORY to make a comeback with, you will see, follow Wullie there, please, you won’t regret it

Well I am told Sevco, Rangers whatever you want to call them are 3 weeks away from being unable to function. They have no viable money to take from anyone. Ashley is being monitored by the SFA for duel club ownership or dealings. Rangers may try a mid-season ticket sale, but I am told this is not going to save them. So by the end of December the pot is really empty. Maybe Ashley’s loans were to help them till the Blue Knight’s came back or someone else. Remember a  Kieran Prior? A London financier who offered Charles Green mid August 2013 34 and 34.5 pence for Green’s five million penny shares. Well his name was mentioned. I am told Brian Kennedy has washed his hands with the current Rangers board. There are two brothers as we all know on the Rangers board who have ‘Whatever’ power, Sandy and James Easdale are in for self preservation. We are told by the media the Rangers board knocked back David King’s bid because they didn’t know if King would then get the Blue Knights in and reshuffle the game again.I don’t think we were told the full truth, the SFA ‘Might’ know, I am speculating yeah?

Why would Mr Prior come into play now?

Why would Mr Prior come into play now?

See the paper trail from David Murray signing over ownership of Rangers to Craig Whyte to now is almost impossible to trace back, this was of course done on purpose. The police have made 4 arrests and placed 2 arrest warrants out for Mr Whyte/White. I hear 2 maybe 3 more ‘may’ be arrested. So it looks like by January 1st Rangers won’t have a proverbial pot to urinate in. Many with much more info on all this will know more, if I have said something new please, go ahead and look. 

Well you all kinda did

Well you all kinda did

I have no reason to not trust my source. 

HH

Shaun

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Celtic v Hamilton – Live Text Commentary


Need a win today

Need a win today

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews @TCNLiveblog

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Live text commentary from kick off, team news, tactics, formation and more

12.17

Todays bench: Zaluska, Scepovic, Berget, Tonev, Griffiths, Kayal, O’Connell

Starting 11 today – Gordon, Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Johansen, Wakaso, Commons, Stokes; Guidetti
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Celtic Hammer Dundee United as Champions League awaits (Goals)


New bhoy Berget got 2 today

New bhoy Berget got 2 today

Author: Shaun Gibson

Author: Shaun Gibson

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Celtic  were clinical as they were a joy to watch today. With a little pressure on Ronny and his men before kickoff it looked a hard game, in the end a brilliant 6-1 win and good a performance  I have seen from Celtic in a long time. We controlled the game from start to end. New boy’s Berget and Denayer both got goals, Berget getting 2 and he could have had 4. The only sour note today was James Forrest pulling up with a hamstring injury on the lead up to our 6th goal, as the final whistle went he was standing there looking gutted, let’s hope it’s nothing too bad for the kid

Celtic took the lead on 3 minutes, Corner from Commons, the ball fell to Denayer and he hammered it home high past the United keeper. Great start to his Celtic career. Celtic had several chances after this with our passing superb today, this was a master class in passing football from Celtic. If this is what the future holds with Ronny, bring it on!

Superb first game for the young Belgian defender

Superb first game for the young Belgian defender

Celtic  made it 2-0 when a Stokes corner was put into the front post and Commons was there to head home, running away holding the side of his face. 2-0 and so very easy.  3-0 was a gift but you have to be there to win, the United keeper rolled it to his centre half, Johansen made a run from half way took the ball from the United player and hammered home to win the game on 33 minutes. Berget was in and hit the bar just before half time but we went in 3-0 at half time, clinical, superb, and I loved the passing game we played today, we really were superb today.

The 2nd half was more of the same, Kayel came on for Johansen, just to rest the lad, all Celtic and we got our 4th goal on 58 minutes a brilliant cross from a free kick by Commons, he hammered it with curve to the back post and we seen Mulgrew and Stokes argue over it after the game, all in fun, I don’ think the ball moved so maybe Commons goal. But all that mattered was we got the 4th goal early.

Who got the 4th? Mulgrew claimed it

Who got the 4th? Mulgrew claimed it

All Celtic as the 2nd half progressed, if we had a Gary Hooper type player we could have had 10 today (Look out for that one) Berget showed he can play today with 2 goals, and it was him that got the 5th goal on the hour, Corner by Commons to the back post headed back into the six yard box by Ambrose and there was Berget with a diving header. With the game having seconds to go Forrest played a superb ball through to Kayal wide right a cracking cross and Berget was there to hammer high and home. 6-1. United got a consolation on 70 minutes with Gordon unable to get near it. He made a few saves early on proving he is still that £10 Million pound keeper.

Sadly James Forrest pulled up after his pass through to Kayal for our 6th, at the full time whistle he stood there holding his left hamstring looking gutted. He could be out for a while again. Neil McCann made a good point in the Sky Sports studio, Forrest runs kind off hunched up, when sprinters are running they are up and level, maybe he needs to look at his running style, who knows.

We now go to Maribor in Slovenia this Wednesday and I think we are in better shape than we were against Legia. Confidence will make or break a dressing room and two league wins to start the season won’t harm this group at all.

All goals here: http://www.goalsaim.com/celtic-vs-dundee-united-6-1-highlights-2014-spl/

Final Score: Celtic 6-1 Dundee United

Man of the Match: Jason Denayer, he is very like Van Dijk and is only a kid. If there is ANY chance we can keep this kid, we should push the boat out. Brilliant debut.

HH

Shaun

St Johnstone Vs Celtic – Live Text Commentary – 7:45pm UK time


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Live Text Commentary from 7:15 with team news and tactics. Via @TCNLiveblog, or here at TCN

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila: “We have played a lot of matches in pre-season and a lot in the Champions League but now the league is starting and it’s important to use it to get good results and develop the squad and the team in the right direction. “We want to perform well and will do everything we can to do it. “We know that St Johnstone is an opportunity for us to show ourselves as a good side and we’re going to do that.”

LEGIA WARSAW VS CELTIC – MATCH PREVIEW


Champions League Qualifier in Poland. Wednesday 30th 19:45 Kick Off

Champions League Qualifier in Poland. Wednesday 30th 19:45 Kick Off

AUTHOR: Shaun Gibson

AUTHOR: Shaun Gibson

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TCN will be doing live text commentary on site for this game. I will be starting one hour before kick off.

Wednesday is our post important game of the season, till the next one. I have spent a lot of time on their website and forums and the Legia fans are not confident. But Henning Berg changed a few things in defence and Legia went 16 games conceding only 12 goals, then for some reason I can’t work out he rotated his defence and they started to leak goals, so Celtic and Ronny will know the weakness in the Legia defence is there. But aided by defensive midfielder Tomasz Jodlowiec, Legia’s back line managed to keep an impressive nineteen clean sheets in all competitions last term, and was key to their league title success. Centre-back pairing Jakub Rzeziczak and Dossa Junior impressed for large parts of the season, with Inaki Astiz able to step in to cover when needed. The defensive midfield cover also allows the full-backs – Tomasz Brzyski on the left, and either Bartosz Bereszynski or Lukasz Broz on the right – to get forward.

Legia have played 2 Champions League and 2 league games winning one and losing one and sit 8th in the Poland Ekstraklasa league. Their  first competitive game of this season was against St Patrick in the Champions League at home 1-1 draw. Game two for them  was a league match against Belchatow  at home and a 0-1 defeat. Game 3 was the return leg in the Champions League beating St Patricks 5-0, 5-1 on aggregate. Their last game on the 26th against Cracovia Krakow gave Legia a 3-1 win away from home.  The 0-1 defeat to Belchatow went down badly but Berg played mainly second string side, Belchatow won the Polish Second Division last year and beat Legia 1-0 at home, Berg got a hard time in the media as you can imagine. Their 2nd league game against Cracovia Krakow was not too impressive either, Cracovia finished 3rd bottom of the Ekstraklasa top league last season.

Legia have brought in two players so far this season in Igor Lewczuk signed from Zawisza Bydgoszcz who finished last season 6th place 21 points from league winners Legia Warsaw who won the league by 10 points. They also signed Arkadiusz Piech from Zaglebie Lubin who were punished same was as Rangers and demoted one division due to corruption and last season did the same.

Players they lost were midfielder Daniel Lukasik to Lechia Gdansk and Striker Michal Efir to Ruch Chorzow. Injured and doubts for Wednesdays game are Brazilian winger Guilherme and Striker Henrik Ojamaa.

Legia play a 4-5-1 with Serbian Miroslav Radovic who was the Ekstraklasa league player of the year last season,  given almost a free role behind the striker. With Ojamma injured they will probably play Marek Saganowski on his own as the lone striker, who was a £1.5 Million signing for Southampton in 2007 then sold to Aalborg BK for £2.6 Million a year later. His value has now dipped to well below £500,000.

They won the league last season, 19 clean sheets in all competition. This is a good hard test for Celtic. If we can get out of Poland with a 0-0 or a  1-0 win we will do well. I think in the return leg Legia will be more dangerous. I have noticed in defence Celtic are letting too many crosses in throughout pre-season. We are very attack minded and I just hope Ronny doesn’t have us too attacking and forget to close the back door. This is a game we will win if we play as we can. We have better players, worth more money and on higher wages.

But this is a potential banana skin. I think we will sneak it, but this will be a tough tie to negotiate. Stokes is fit and will travel. James Forrest and Scott Brown remain sidelined

Shaun

HH