Guidetti Is The Complete Striker..Football Does The Talking..Will Celtic Act

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I’ve been reading and hearing last few days that celtic are looking to sign John Guidetti on a full time deal, in my eyes this would be great business already the big swede has scored 5 goals in 7 games..It’s not just the goals though which have been good it’s the lads all round play, sometimes a player comes to the club and the 2 are made for each other when you think of players like Larsson,Moravcik,and Petrov….they fall into the category I’m taking about….

If the big striker is happy to sign on and Celtic can persuade Manchester City to let him go before the end of the season, the frenzy that could ensue from him becoming a free agent can be bypassed…Also adding to the players confidence now by committing a full-time contract could excel the player even more, ive no doubt Guidetti will score 25 plus goals this season, if the board have the future of the club at heart they will move quickly to complete the business at hand…

The fans have already taken go the big swede, what is it about players from that part of the world that seem to just work with Celtic.

We’re heading into a cup quarter-final tonight against Partick Thistle, with the possibility of meeting sevco5088 in the semi final,how good would it be to play them in a one-off game and big john to score a few, send them packing back to the lower division where they belong…

Il take the big fella to score a brace tonight in a 3-2 victory for Celtic…

There’s only one John Guidetti he puts the ball in the nettle all together now hh

God bless

I put the above post together this morning and it’s been posted after the match tonight which Celtic won 6-0 Guidetti scored a set piece hatrick only emphasising the need to sign this guy quickly or he will be snapped up,the 5 million man city have placed on the player seems good value to me..

I watched the game tonight and I was looking at the complete striker I’ve not seen that since Henrik larsson, that’s 8 goals in as many games and 2 great free kicks tonight…

If ever there would be a player to bring the fans back to Celtic it’s this kid 5 million today could be 15 million for us in 3 or 4 season s you don’t need to be a premier league manager to see this potential, I hope the wheels are in motion now to sign the lad on a good contract...the ball is in Celtics corner make it count hh

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Celtic Crush Thistle 6-0..Dancing Swede Guidetti Grabs Setpeice Hatrick..Scottish League Cup..Thoughts

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The First thing that struck me about tonight’s fine win was the….. passing,.. interplay and closing down all came together in one game…the teams been threatening to give a team a hiding in recent weeks it happened early season against Dundee utd but following that game we were up and down with our form,if the lads can put together a run and play like they have last 2 games the rest of the season  should be a treat….its no coincidence that Ronnie Deilas style of football may just be starting to shine through,credit where credit is due the manager has had a tough start to his Celtic tenure,i personally said he should be given time and my hope is now that the fans will join together as one and back Ronnie and the Bhoys …

I don’t usually like to single out players for praise as it’s a team game and we won as a team tonight ,but Guidettis performance tonight was outstanding,and Izaguirre and Lustig were different class ,looking around during the game you could see the desire of the players to win the ball back pressing thistle high on the edge of their own box ,the crossing from both flanks was pin point and with delivery like that week in week out the strikers should score a lot of goals….

The game itself was a decent watch not just for the goals but the passing and movement between the players was entertaining for the numbers who turned up on a cold October night to Celtic park,Mikel Lustig should have opened the scoring on 25 mins with a great header from the back post but the Swedish defender missed the chance ,the fans didn’t have to wait long to see another Swede score with a fantastic free kick from the edge of the box,Guidetti quick becoming a fans favourite blasted a topper of a free kick into the thistle net 1-0 …….

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First half came and went with the odd chance here and there, but the half ended with more to talk about the treatment Guidetti was receiving from the Partick Thistle players…. a shocking tackle by Brannigan on 44 mins looked like a leg breaker all the way and the thistle player was rightly sent packing by the referee,throughout the half the big Swede was subjected to some rough stuff ,but for the player himself he was to have the last laugh come the end of the game ….

2 nd half started at a fast pace and within 3 mins of the restart a unlikely scorer in Emilio Izaguirre scored after a fine 1-2 with Stokes who flicked the ball over the thistle defence and izzy slotted home 2-0… By now thistle looked a beaten team,but if you thought Celtic were going to ease up …then it was the total opposite within the space of 10 mins John Guidetti had completed his hatrick ,his 2nd was yet another brilliant free kick from 20yrds dead centre of the pitch,he’s certainly taken up the mantel of free kick taker and with the two beauty’s tonight long may that continue,his 3rd to complete his first hatrick for Celtic and claim the match ball was from the penalty spot 4-0 …….

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Anthony Stokes went off to be replaced by Lee Griffith and the replacement didn’t take long to get evolved in the scoring on 62 mins to make it 5-0 a bullet header after yet another brilliant Izaguirre cross ,it would have been about now Celtic could have shut up shop and played out the remaining 28 mins but with every pass and move you could see Celtic wanted yet more goals..

Hero of the night John Guidetti left the field on 63 mins to be cheered from the pitch and replaced with fellow striker Scepcovic a good nights work complete the big swede could rest his battle scared body ,the nights scoring was to come to an end on 68 mins when Griffith helped himself to number 6..

The semi final draw will take place on sat where Celtic will be joined by Aberdeen,Sevco5088,and Dundee utd….ties to be played ..end of Jan start of Feb

Tonight was one way traffic and the football philophosy of Ronnie Deila seems to be becoming more evident game by game if the fans can just unite now behind him and the team i think our season can really be a successful one …i think we can expect a treble this season …what combination that treble is I don’t know but I think it can be achieved to win the 4 trophys on offer would be a big ask ,i want 3 il settle for 2 …hh

Next match

Celtic v Inverness CT
Scottish Premiership
1st November 2014
Kick Off 15:00

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Official Match Report

League Cup quarter-final
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CELTIC…6
(Guidetti 30, 52, 56 Izaguirre 48, Griffiths 62, 68)

PARTICK THISTLE…0

GOAL-machine John Guidetti hammered in his first Celtic hat-trick as the Hoops thrashed 10-man Partick Thistle 6-0 in Paradise to book their place in the League Cup semi-final.The Swedish striker demonstrated his dead-ball dexterity with two fantastic free-kicks either side of half-time, and he claimed his treble from the penalty spot with just 56 minutes on the clock.

By that stage, victory was already assured, with Emilio Izaguirre scoring his first goal in four years for the club to give the Scottish champions a three-goal cushion.Thistle’s cause was not helped by Stuart Bannigan’s red card seconds before the interval for a crude challenge on Guidetti.

And substitute Leigh Griffiths compounded the visitors’ misery with a late double to seal the Hoops’ spot in the semi-finals, with the draw taking place on Saturday evening. Anthony Stokes returned to the starting XI as Rony Deila made three changes from the team who defeated Kilmarnock 2-0 on Sunday.The striker replaced Stefan Scepovic, with Mikael Lustig and Charlie Mulgrew also restored to the side.

Adam Matthews and Mubarak Wakaso dropped out.Clear chances were a rare commodity in the opening exchanges as both sides vied for supremacy, though former Celtic youngster Bannigan did give a signal of the visitors’ intent by firing over from 25 yards after intercepting Mulgrew’s clearance.

Lustig had shown plenty of early enterprise down the right, and it was the Swede who carved out Celtic’s first opportunity in the 13th minute. His inviting cross was met by an unmarked Stokes at the far post but the Irishman couldn’t divert his header on target.The Jags replied with a flowing move down the right which culminated in James Craigen flashing a low effort narrowly wide for the post. Celtic had to up their game – and they did.After a spell of sustained pressure, Johansen picked out Lustig’s well-timed run into the box with a lovely ball and the defender’s header was blocked by Fox at his near post.

On the half-hour mark, the breakthrough arrived. Guidetti was fouled on the angle of the box and the striker picked himself up before finding the top corner from the free-kick, with a powerful, curling effort.

Buoyed by their opening goal, Celtic were now piecing together some slick passages of play but were wasteful with the final ball.That gave Alan Archibald’s side hope – Nathan Eccleston took aim from 20 yards but Craig Gordon was right behind his rasping effort and made a comfortable stop.However, a moment of madness from Bannigan on the stroke of half-time left the visitors with an uphill task.

The midfielder recklessly slid in on Guidetti on the touchline and referee Kevin Glancy had no option other than to give him his marching orders.Guidetti looked in considerable pain but he was able to continue after treatment – and he would inflict further agony on the Maryhill side after the break.However, it would be an unlikely source who would plunder Celtic’s next goal – Emilio Izaguirre.

The popular Honduran hadn’t found the net in four years but he fastened on to Stokes’ flick on and steered the ball under Fox with a superb right-foot finish. His delight was understandable and evident.Moments later, Guidetti effectively ended the contest with another stunning set-piece from 25 yards. This time Fox didn’t move as the ball whizzed past the keeper into the top corner.

The 22-year-old could sense a first Celtic hat-trick was in the offing and only three minutes later he could lay claim to the match ball.Sent tumbling in the box by Abdul Osman, referee Glancy pointed immediately to the spot. There was only one candidate to take the penalty, and Guidetti made no mistake, thumping the ball emphatically into the corner.With progress now ensured, Stokes was replaced by Griffiths and it only took the former Hibs hit-man four minutes to make his mark.Johansen’s pass sent Izaguirre scampering clear down the left and his pinpoint cross was clinically finished by a Griffiths header.

Guidetti then left the field to a rapturous reception and probably to Thistle’s relief. But despite the absence of the super Swede, Celtic continued to run amok and they quickly broke Thistle’s resistance again.

Fox had already almost been disposed by Guidetti but he failed to heed that lesson in the 68th minute as Griffiths blocked his clearance and the ball trundled into the net.Mubarak Wakaso, Stefan Scepovic and Griffiths had further chances in the closing stages but Thistle were spared further humiliation as Celtic booked a semi-final spot at Hampden.

CELTIC (4-3-3) Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen; McGregor (Wakaso 46), Guidetti (Scepovic 63),Stokes (Griffiths 58).
Not Used: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Kayal

PARTICK THISTLE (4-1-4-1) Fox; O’Donnell, Balatoni, Seabourne, McMillan; Elliot (Carroll 64), Craigan, Osman, Bannigan, Lawless (Higginbotham 57; Eccleston (Doolan 59).Not Used: Gallacher, Stevenson, Frans, Wilson

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Ashley To Write New Chapter In Sevco5088 Saga..

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http://news.stv.tv/west-central/297080-rangers-board-accepts-2m-offer-giving-mike-ashley-control-of-club/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29761396

Rangers: Mike Ashley funding deal staves off administration

 

It’s been a while since I’ve cast a thought to sevco 5088 why because I don’t see them as relevant, it’s hard to take the tribute act seriously along with their crazy………………….. dillousional..fans..i still follow the titbits of news on the Internet and the daily rags but to be honest there a distant memory, you see Celtic have moved on and are so far ahead of Them that the thought of a return to the big leagues for sevco5088 fills me with the need to piss myself laughing…

The fun continues down Edmondson way where they stutter daily trying to survive it’s really a disaster waiting to happen,the funny thing is 2 and a half yrs into the demise of big brother rangers, tax cases are at appeal and cases against the dead club are still on going, it’s said that it will take 5 yrs to sort out the mess of the oldco,this is the dream scenario for me personally,if the tribute act can survive the next few yrs…the pain of the oldco will come back to haunt the bastard club, hector the tax man won’t dismiss the chance to recover monies owed…..

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While Ashley and kings consortium’s fight over the Bones of Charlie greens sevco the uncertainty continues on whether the ailing tribute act can see out the month of November financially with wages and overheads due,what always surprises me how a club can survive like this for 1 season far less the 2 and a half of sevco5088 s existence, anyone who’s not perhaps clued up on the govan clubs affairs may have come across this post and be asking who the he’ll are this sevco5088 mob…..

Well let me enlighten you their a club formed early 2012 from the ashes of the once premier league club rangers football club who were Administrated then Liquidated, they play in the same stadium wear the same strip, but don’t be conned by there dillusionary fans it’s a new club a new history and there a disaster waiting to happen,the events of the last 2 and a half yrs have been a comedy cavalcade to follow,off the park the infighting has been ongoing daily…………..

On the park there have been a few shambolic events in divisions 3 and 2 from previous seasons, now there struggling to keep up with Hearts who top the championship ………….9 points behind already and in a dogfight for a playoff place, the team is held together by a group of hasbeens,hatchetmen,conmen,and betting cheats….and a manager in ally mccoist who is. Clueless and tactically nieve,the next few weeks if not months will be an interesting period……….

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when you’ve witnessed the death of one of the most vile disgusting institutions in Scottish football history, it’s refreshing that the phoenix club of that institutions very existence hangs in the balance, how many happy moments can a Celtic fan have in one period, some might think me bitter to want sevco5088 to die I want justice not too much to ask when, big brother rangers conned the taxman out of 140 million quid of taxpayers money and continues to claim the same club moniker………….

il be happy when they remain no more and ibrox is raised to the ground only then will I believe justice has prevailed,im just hearing as I write that Mike Ashley has gained control of sevco and is putting in a 2 million pound bridging loan and they were according to sources just 48 hrs from a liquidation event. ,the next chapter in the sevco5088 saga has begun…hh god bless

Richard Gordon was joined by Chris McLaughlin, Richard Wilson, and Tom English, as they discussed the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s loan of £2million pounds to Rangers – which according to one senior Ibrox source was just 48 hours away from going into administration.

CLICK ON THE LINKS TO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST…………………………..

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Astra Provide Stern Test But Celtic Prevail 2-1

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We started this game very nervously and throughout the first half on the pitch and on the sideline it was evident that we weren’t expecting Fc Astra to be as technical as they turned out to be,several times in the first half they put together fine passing moves that nearly produced a goal,aided by some sloppy passing by the hoops, had it not been for 2 great Craig Gordon saves in the first half we could have been looking at going in a goal down at the half.

Scepcovic had the majority of the chances for celtic first half and was unlucky several times not to get his first goal which would come second half, with Salzburg winning comfortably at half time in the other game Ronnie Deila knew 2 nd half Celtic would have to drastically improve there game, the fans were becoming restless as the half closed and like all off us were hoping for the hoops of old to come out after the break.

We missed Commons badly with his drive and eye for goal, and the on form Guidetti would have been a massive threat up front…as the second half started Celtic did look a bit sharper in there passing but the cutting edge and final ball still wasn’t coming with a lot breaking down in the final 3 Rd, set peice crosses produced a few scares in the Romanians box but it wasn’t till the introduction of Tonev for Mcgregor and Wakaso for Mulgrew that celtic started to carve there opponents open.

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Scepcovic got his long-awaited goal from a header 1-0 and shortly after Johansen got number 2 with a crunching shot off a Astra defender high into the net, at 2-0 it should have been comfortable but yet the unease could be felt in the stadium even more so when the Romanians scored a dubious goal that appeared to hit an arm on 82 mins.

The linesman behind the goal seemed to miss the incident and Celtic were in for a nervous final 8 mins, Wakaso continued to be a danger for Celtic and maybe deserved to have started the match considering his 2 previous outings in the Europa League, a cleverly disguised shot late on from a tight angle nearly produced celtic 3 Rd goal and had Scepcovic been sharper he would have scored from the keepers pary.

Over the piece it wasn’t a comfortable night like most expected but 7 points from the first 3 games and top of the group makes for positive reading, next game is the return against Astra in Romania in a few weeks and the minnows will have taken great Confidence from their efforts in Glasgow, if Celtic can up their game and win over there, then the 10 point mark will be achieved before the 2 final games against Salzburg at home and Dinamo Zagreb away.

I believe we can make second phase of this competition and from there let’s see who we get, don’t forget also the winners of this competition get automatic entry to next seasons champions league…now there’s an incentive hh and God bless

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4 Games To Shape The Season ‘..!

Celtic v Rangers

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After the 5-0 demolition of Ross County on Saturday it could be perceived that the team has turned the corner and a run of positive results are about to be achieved, first up is Fc Astra on Thurs night in the Europa League a win would put us on 7 points after 3 games and could be seen as a good platform for the 3 remaining fixtures..Fc Astra have been the whipping boys of the group so far but celtic can’t underestimate the Romanians who will probably go all out for a victory .

..On form we should win this easy but I don’t really see this game being a total walkover and we may have to grind this one out, So caution will need to be the order of the day,i think Ronnie Deila will have to go with a solid midfield 5 in a 4.5.1 flat formation with Stokes the lone striker,win the midfield and we win the game it’s not about big scorelines it’s about points and 3 points is a must from the game, id have Brown,Johansen,Kayal as the middle 3 with McGregor and Mulgrew either side of them…

If a win can be achieved then there’s no reason why we cant progress from the group to the second stage ,it was always my belief that the Europa League was Celtics level,im not trying to say we should not get a chance in the Champions League because as league champions that’s our right but in recent yrs the gulf between Celtic and most of the other clubs financially is huge ..Europa League will i believe provide Celtic with another decent run in europe like 2003…

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Celtic v Kilmarnock           Sun      26th Oct 2014       1300 k/o

Nxt up in the league is Kilmarnock who are having a decent season so the hoops will need to prepare for the Ayrshire side after there Europa League outing on Thurs 23rd Oct,Celtic can climb the table with a win and start eating into Hamilton’s lead at the top ,there’s a game in hand to be played against Partick Thistle so the clubs true position in the table isnt really clear yet,but if the team can follow on from the 5-0 drubbing of Ross County in this home fixture ,the fans may start to believe and get behind Ronnie Deila….

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Following the Killie game were on League Cup duty against Partick Thistle in the first Glasgow derby of the season ,at this stage of the competition i would hope Ronnie Deila puts out his strongest squad possible,im not one of these fans who devalue a trophy ,there all there to be won and the League Cup is no exception ,Partick Thistle are a team ive always had a wee soft spot for and if i wasnt a crazy mad hoop they’d probably be my team,having said that i think Celtic will be too strong on the night and progress to the next round…..

Celtic v Inverness    Sat 01st Nov 2014      1500 k/o

To finish the run of 4 games Inverness Caley Thistle come to paradise and theve become something of a bogey team for the Celts down the yrs so of all the 4 games i see this being the hardest of the lot ,i think if i was Ronnie Deila id sit the players down in front of several recent losses or draws against the highlanders to instill an air of caution to the group not to get complacent..

If these 4 games can be negotiated with good league points in the Europa league and Premier League and the bonus of a cup win,the fans will see Ronnie Deilas football philopsy coming to the fore…………………………

Predictions

Celtic 2-0 Fc Astra                Thurs   23rd Oct 2014      20.05 k/o
Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock           Sun      26th Oct 2014       1300 k/o
Celtic 3-2 Partick Thistle     Wed      29th Oct 2014       1945 k/o
Celtic 1-1 Inverness               Sat       01st Nov 2014      1500 k/o

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Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

Originally posted on A Sign of our Times:

On the 11th day of November many people throughout the UK will pause and reflect upon the fallen who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

And if you wander into the realms of Scottish Football, you will quickly arrive at the conclusion that there are those amongst us who deserve special praise for their patriotism and dedication towards this solemn occasion.

The Rangers Football Club for example has a large following of fine upstanding citizens who seem to become more dedicated each year towards Remembrance Day.

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The club itself has in recent times allowed members of the armed forces into their stadium on match days so the adoring crowd can show their appreciation of the people who sign up to defend Queen & country. From the outset, a more dignified show of gratitude you could not possibly get.

However if you take a closer look, things aren’t what they…

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Another ‘ Bump ‘ In The Road ………

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I didn’t see the game today and I didn’t catch highlights yet but I’m sure I can guess the reaction of most fans, I must be the most patient fan I know cause, even though I know we got beat I’m still convinced this will be a good season, maybe I’m wrong nieve..i don’t know but I always said me personally I’m giving Ronnie Deila a season to see what he can produce, this is a transitional period the club has needed for yrs, if it doesn’t work out come May then fair enough change it…

I’m as passionate as the next fan about the club,i want Celtic to win everything but there will be bumps in the road along the way, our form is so up and down this season even the most relaxed fan like myself are feeling edgy, but I’m not in the sack the manager brigade the guy has a contract for the season let him fulfil it and see how it plays out, if he doesn’t deliver you can be assured the celtic board will replace him, but to call for his head one week then praise him the next is crazy, ive learned in my 40 yrs of following this football club our fans are the most fickle bunch..

When it’s going well we’re the best in the world but have an off day and we’re the most downbeat bunch you’ll ever meet,nothings going to be won in Oct all that matters is end of may, ive still not seen the game as I write this and I don’t really need too, im sure there was plenty of effort from the team and it was just one of those days…we’re moving into another international break, today was not good but the teams around us are dropping points as well so there’s no need to panic..it will happen for us I’m sure..once the momentum builds we. Will put a run of wins together and get to the summit, once we do I don’t see us giving up top spot..so patience is needed HH

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Celtics Solid 4 Points After 2 Games In The Europa League

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How good was it to beat Dinamo Zagreb last night …ive not seen as good a game as that at parkhead for a while in europe …listen celtic had the first half but the Croatians had the second and made it very nervy for the fans,but the hoops defended very well and in the last few games the fitness of the players has been apparent,in goals Craig Gordon was immense his saves in the 2nd half especially kept celtic in the driving seat,and with Van Dyk and Denayer having a great game at the back our defense was amazing,i was really pleased for Craig Gordon getting the clean sheet it’s what his confidence needs …he’s been really unlucky in the league games so far this season ,Fraser Forster was always going to be a tough act to follow but Craig Gordon has come in from the cold and been very impressive…

Its been mentioned several times now but the lad from man city Jason Denayer is a class act ,he has a good football brain already for one so young and his defending has been first class,a solid central defensive partnership with Virgil Van Dyk is being formed and we can be glad to have the kid on loan,if i was Celtic id be enquiring about buying both loanees from city Guidetti and Denayer because both have been excellent…..

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Chris commons scored the all important goal last night a fine strike after a neat celtic move involving himself and Anthony Stokes ….scoring on 6 mins certainly settled the hoops down and the fans in the stands all 30000 of them were in fine voice,the upper tiers were closed and even though the old stadium was half full the atmosphere was good,the Croatian team were probably glad it wasnt a sell out as the noise would have been even more intense…

Collectively Celtic played well but special mention to Craig Gordon as ive spoke about and Jason Denayer ,but also Wakaso Mubarak deserves a mention …that guys fast and everything he does is at pace he looks like he has a pass to and an eye for a defense splitting through ball,all in all ive been impressed with all the new guys even Alexander Tonev looks decent,Stefan Scepcovic may take time and im hoping he can lift his game in the coming months….

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So 4 points from the first 2 games is a decent return and now we have a double-header against fc Astra who look like the whipping boys of the group …so 2 wins there could give Ronnie Deila his 10 points before the last 2 games are played ,already this tournament is proving a better environment for the team ..i really believe we have a chance of a good run in the Europa league,ive said it many times its our level,we simply can’t compete with the so-called champions league millionaires,its great to participate in it but we aint going to win it so why bother…..

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From what i here Ronnie Deila and John Collins have certain players working closely together forming better understandings and partnerships and it’s certainly working if you think of the Izzguire and Stokes link up play recently ,the new gaffers football philosophy will take time to be instilled with the team but bit by bit we can see improvements on the park and its all coming together nicely,also Ronnie Deilas tactics in games is evolving and he’s not shy to make early substitutions ,i particularly like the idea of using the subs in the game early instead of throwing them on at 89 mins pointless really,its been an up and down start but im quite confident from what ive seen we will have a productive season HH..GOD BLESS..

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Group D

P Pts
Celtic FC Celtic 2 4
FC Salzburg Salzburg 2 4
GNK Dinamo Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 2 3
FC Astra Giurgiu Astra 2 0
Last updated: 03/10/2014 12:19 CET

 

Official match Report

UEFA Europa League
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Thursday, October 2, 2014

CELTIC…1
(Commons 6)

DINAMO ZAGREB…0

KRIS Commons’ early strike earned Celtic a priceless three points against Dinamo Zagreb to boost their hopes of progressing to the UEFA Europa League knockout stages.Last season’s Player of the Year swept home in the sixth minute after a lovely piece of interplay between him and Anthony Stokes cut open the visitors.The Hoops had to survive some heavy pressure in the second half but, helped by several heroic saves from Craig Gordon, they held firm to move joint top of the group after two games. Commons, Jason Denayer and Aleksandar Tonev were all restored to the starting XI following the 2-1 win over St Mirren last weekend. Eoghan O’Connell, Callum McGregor and the ineligible John Guidetti dropped out.

After a cagey opening five minutes, Celtic made the perfect start as Commons fired them ahead following an incisive passing move. Stefan Johansen and Emilio Izaguirre were involved initially, before Commons collected a return pass from Stokes and lashed a shot beyond Eduardo. Urged on by a jubilant home support, the Hoops immediately went in search of a second as Tonev shot wide and Izaguirre embarked on a number of enterprising forays down the left.Zoran Mamic’s side failed to threaten until the 19th minute, when Wilson Eduardo headed over unmarked from Ivo Pinto’s cross from the right.

However, the Hoops were still enjoying the bulk of possession, patiently probing for further openings, with Commons always a threat through his clever movement and inventive play.Celtic were looking comfortable but a speculative effort from Wilson Eduardo almost wiped out their advantage, the striker’s ferocious shot from 25 yards cannoning off the bar.At the other end, a nervy looking Eduardo nearly gifted Celtic a second. After being closed down by several Hoops players, he passed straight to Commons inside the six-yard box. He couldn’t react quickly enough, however, much to the shot-stopper’s relief. As the half wore on, the Croatian champions were looking more menacing – Ivo Pinto and Wilson Eduardo came close with efforts, before the latter forced Gordon into a superb save with a thumping volley.

Amidst this spell of pressure, Tonev replied with a shot from distance, which Eduardo coped with comfortably. The keeper had greater difficulty dealing with Virgil van Dijk’s powerful attempt just before the interval but he did enough as Celtic held the advantage at the break.Commons and Johansen combined moments after the restart and only a last-ditch tackle prevented the Norwegian driving through on goal. Wakaso then cutback the ball back, with no takers.But after this encouraging period of play, the Hoops were forced into some desperate rearguard action.After the visitors had mounted a breakaway from a Celtic corner, Wilson Eduardo was left in acres of space to apply the finish but he was denied by the outstanding Gordon.

Arijan Ademi headed over and Domagoj Antolic had a shot blocked by Jason Denayer as the pressure mounted.A succession of corners at the other end provided some respite but Celtic were back on the defensive again as Denayer had to make a crucial interception to thwart the Croats.Gordon came to Celtic’s rescue again, saving from Marcelo Brozovic, before Wilson Eduardo blazed over.Denayer was close to converting Stokes’ searching free-kick, substitute Leigh Griffiths shot wide and Stokes lofted an ambitious chip over as Celtic offered a response.But that was the prelude to a late onslaught from Dinamo, with El Arabi Hilal Soudani spurning two late chances to grab a leveller. However, the battling Bhoys held them at bay to seal their first victory of the group stages.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen; Tonev (Berget 87), Commons (Kayal 68), Wakaso (Griffiths 77); Stokes
Not Used: Zaluska, Henderson, O’Connell, Fisher

DINAMO ZAGREB (4-3-3) Eduardo; Ivo Pinto, Sigali, Simunic, Pivaric; Ademi, Brozovic, Antolic (Coric 74); Soudani, Cop (Henriquez 59), Wilson Eduardo (Pjaca 84)
Not Used: Jezina, Machado, Santos, Vukojevic

 Man of the Match: Craig Gordon

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Guidetti.. is…Double Trouble For Saints

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Celtic had to scrap a bit this afternoon to get all 3 points against St Mirren in a very physical match there were some real hard challenges going in from both teams,the game wasnt a spectacle and Celtic will play much better in games this season,what was pleasing to watch was the fitness and effort of the players from Wakaso,to Brown,to Van Dyk right through the team you can say there all a wee bit sharper,i think Ronnie Deila and John Collins have highlighted the fitness factor a few times and theve been working on improvements in those areas….

Earlier this morning i put a wee mini-pod out suggesting Celtic would get a 2-0 win with John Guidetti scoring both goals well he scored one and had a huge hand in the 2nd so i was pretty close apart from the final score which was actually 2-1,i think again you could see the big swedes worth …such a strong big striker and that’s him scored in the last 2 games ,he had to go off with a knock on 70 mins but i hope he’s fit for the Dynamo Zagreb game on Thurs night …

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Chris Commons was missing today through injury and he’s another im hoping makes the game Thurs night,Wakaso came in for Commons today and he did a good job he’s a very pacy winger and he can pass the ball too …apart from a few wayward through balls i think the Celtic fans appreciated his efforts today and that was evident when he was substituted as he was given a warm round of applause ….

I’ve also noticed Ronnie Deila seems to be getting to grips more with his tactics he switched to a 4.4.2 on 60 mins pairing Stokes with Guidetti and it worked well giving the swedish striker a partner to play with..,small things like this you see in a game and its improvement game by game,we go up to 3rd in the table today alough there’s a round of games getting underway as i write so we will have to wait and see where we are end of play today…

We will be back to having a game in hand though so no need to panic,its Hamilton up next at home next sunday…theve been playing well so it should be a decent game,the kick offs been moved to 1pm for the match and hopefully the fans will turn out for that one …..crowds have certainly been down this yr and the old stadium isnt quite the same half full ,with a decent run of results i think the fans will slowly start to regain interest…

I have to say i felt sorry for Craig Gordon today his mistake led to the equalizer and the big fella can’t buy a clean sheet the now,hopefully that will turn round for him soon cause the potential there for him to be a great keeper in the hoops,looking forward to Thurs night if we can build on the draw we got in Austria against red bull Salzburg with preferably a win ,that would put us in a good position in the group…

The season is well and truly up and running now were always slow starters but last 2 games have been better in all round performance and 2 good wins ,lets push on now il take a treble and a Europa cup please hh GOD BLESS...

St Mirren v Celtic Premier League Pre-Match Thoughts 27th Sep 2014

 

Official Match Report

SPFL
St Mirren Park, Paisley
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Celtic…2
(Guidetti 42, 62)

St Mirren…1
(McLean 47)

A JOHN Guidetti double sealed the points for Celtic in today’s lunch-time battle with St Mirren. The Swedish striker netted shortly before half-time and on the hour mark, either side of a Kenny McLean goal, to give the Bhoys the win in what was an end-to-end encounter.The match opened brightly with Celtic using good link-up play on the right wing to create several early chances.

Callum McGregor turned well on the edge of the box to set up Stefan Johansen but his left-footed shot was deflected out from the Saints box.A clever ball over the top of the Buddies backline then found John Guidetti in space but Marian Kello rushed off his line to clear the danger for the home side in a crunching collision with the Swedish striker.

The pattern of the match became clear in the opening minutes with Celtic on the front foot and St Mirren happy to hit the Hoops on the break.They did that to great effect through Thomas Reilly who collected the ball in midfield, broke forward and unleashed a superb strike from 30 yards which crashed off Craig Gordon’s crossbar before being shepherded out of play by the Hoops defence.

It was an early warning sign from the hosts, which Celtic took on board as they focused on closing down the space on the edge of the box quicker.Van Dijk was next to test the Saints’ resolve but his shot on the stretch from an Anthony Stokes free-kick came off the defender’s heel and launched high over the south stand.

Celtic then had a claim for a penalty waved away when Guidetti was challenged strongly in the box but the referee waved play on.St Mirren continued to sit deep which forced the Hoops to play patiently and wait for an opening.An early pass from Guidetti then created that opening and set Mubarak Wakaso sprinting down the left touchline after he broke up a rare St Mirren foray forward.

The Ghanaian winger had Reilly beaten for pace but was brought down as he went past the St Mirren midfielder, which saw referee Craig Thomson bring out the first yellow card of the match.The Hoops continued to press St Mirren and got their reward moments later through the endeavour of Scott Brown.

The Celtic captain burst through the Saints defence on the left of the box and played a low ball into the six-yard box where Guidetti stole half a yard of space from his marker and poked the ball past Kello. It was just reward for the striker’s efforts and put the Bhoys 1-0 up heading into the break.St Mirren replaced Jeroen Tesselaar with Gregg Wylde for the start of the second half but Celtic remained unchanged.

The switch for the home side injected new life into their play as they focused attacks down the Celtic right and won an early corner.Craig Gordon collected the ball easily from the set-piece but his quick throw-out was intercepted and played back into the Celtic box where Kenny McLean finished from close-range to draw his side level.

Wakaso was then booked as he slid in on Kello as the Hoops sought an instant reply.Wylde’s pace tested Celtic again down the St Mirren left flank and the winger left Ambrose in his wake before playing a ball across the box. Callum Ball got a flick to it but Gordon had his near post covered and gathered easily.

The Hoops then switched to a 4-4-2 after Stokes joined Guidetti up front and it was the Swede who scored shortly after to restore the Bhoys’ advantage.The striker won a free-kick on the edge of the St Mirren box after being brought down by Jim Goodwin, who was booked for persistent fouling.

Celtic stayed up the pitch after the set-piece was taken and Stokes played a through ball into the box for his strike partner, which Guidetti collected before firing past Kello with his left.The Swede was then replaced by Stefan Scepovic after signalling a problem with his thigh to the Celtic bench as the Bhoys pushed for another.That left space for St Mirren, however, and Gregg Wylde made a darting run down the Celtic right but his ball into the box was cleared by van Dijk.

James Marwood then made way for Ross Caldwell and Ronny Deila replaced Stokes with Jo Inge Berget shortly after a van Dijk free-kick had skimmed the side netting of St Mirren’s goal.Celtic retained their dominance over proceedings after the switch and went close to getting a third 10 minutes from time but Scott Brown’s shot from outside the box went over the bar, as did an effort from Callum McGregor from the same position.

St Mirren still had confidence they could draw level, however, and committed men forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages.Wylde, again, was the main architect of their chances and his crosses from the left proved testing for the Celtic defence but van Dijk was on hand on each occasion to clear the danger.

Nir Bitton replaced Wakaso as the Hoops looked to maintain control of the proceedings but the Buddies won a late corner as they pressed for a late goal.Van Dijk was once again dominant in the box and his towering header cleared the danger and helped seal the win for the Bhoys.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, O’Connell, Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen; Wakaso (Bitton 89), McGregor, Stokes (Berget 76); Guidetti (Scepovic 66)
Subs not used: Zaluska, Fisher, Kayal, Tonev.

ST MIRREN (4-5-1) Kello; Naismith, Kelly, McGinn, McLean, Goodwin, Marwood (Caldwell 74), McAusland, Reilly (Morgan 85), Ball, Tesselaar (Wylde 46)
Subs not used: Ridgers, Baird, Brown, Yaqub

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The Saltire and the Union Jack

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Excellent post the feeling won’t go away because the unionist undertones,in scotland are louder than ever,its sad that they polluted the referendum with there sectarian hate….

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1410893869063_wps_81_GLASGOW_SCOTLAND_SEPTEMBEBy Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

Living in a Border County with Northern Ireland as a neighbour I am regularly reminded of the importance of flags and emblems in that part of the United Kingdom.

They are visible markers of a divided society and a way of marking out territory; they also serve as a warning to outsiders. This is particularly true of what has become known as the PUL (Protestant Unionist Loyalist) community.

Although the nationalist tradition to an extent reciprocates it is the people within the Loyalist community who go for flags, emblems and painted kerbstones in a big big way.

Indeed there have been recent unsuccessful attempts by US Special Envoy Richard Haas to broker a deal on these flags and emblems as a way of moving forward to a shared future.

On George Square last Friday night in the immediate aftermath of the Independence Referendum there was little…

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Guidetti On Target As Celts Beat Hearts 3-0

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John Guidetti got off the mark tonight in the cup tie against Hearts with a fine volley off the left post of Neil Alexanders goal ,prior to that goal the big swede had 2 other great chances to score,after watching him for 65 mins slowly his sharpness and fitness are coming back,he took the goal very well and the signs are good that he can have a very productive season in the hoops…..

Big strong centre forwards are hard to find and if he can gel with the likes of Commons and Stokes then their should be goals a plenty this season,Celtic played really well in the game and you could see the level Hearts have dropped to since relegation .im not knocking there young players there’s a few decent ones in the team ,it’s a fixture celtic used to struggle in and they simply didnt tonight..

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Right from the off you could see Celtic were the hungrier team to succeed in this cup tie …of course Hearts have more important matters trying to win the championship and i think that’s where there focus was,not to take anything away from a fine Celtic performance though Ronnie deila had his tactics spot on,i think playing Stokes wide left to link up with Izzaguire was a definite masterstroke that was a joy to watch,the link up play from the 2 players was great,Stokes even trying and pulling off a fine backheel pass in the 2nd half that was done with pinpoint accuracy..

After john Guidetti scored his goal celtic looked comfortable …a few brief hearts attacks didn’t bother the Celtic rearguard to much as half time approached Celtic looked happy to go in 1-0 at the half…
Celtic switched Denayer for Eoghan O’Connell at the start of the second half ,and Hearts first real chance was a shot off the crossbar with Gordon looking beat then they were awarded a soft penalty in my opinion,which Hearts kid Osman Sow blasted over the bar…

Celtic won a penalty off their own almost immediately when Swedish striker Guidetti was harshly pushed in the Hearts box and mr reliable Chris Commons stepped up to slot the penalty away 2-0 …,an own goal was to follow from the Hearts defender Eckersley and at 3-0 Celtic were cruising the passing was good and Scepovic and Tonev got another run out replacing Mcgregor and Guidetti,Celtic will now play Partick Thistle in the quarter-final with a home draw at parkhead …..

Ties will be played on 28 and 29 October.
Scottish League Cup quarter-final draw:

Rangers v St Johnstone

Hibernian v Dundee United

Aberdeen v Hamilton

Celtic v Partick Thistle

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Official Match Report 

Scottish League Cup
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 
Celtic…3
(Guidetti 24, Commons 56, Eckersley o.g. 60)
 
Hearts…0
 
CELTIC sealed a comfortable 3-0 win in the League Cup third round at Celtic Park tonight (Wednesday), aided by some slack play by the Hearts defence.Hearts started the brighter of the two teams but sealed their own fate by giving away a penalty seconds after missing their own spot-kick early in the second half. And then Adam Eckersley handed the Bhoys the win after he chested the ball past his own keeper.
This all came after Celtic had exerted their own dominance in the first half, with John Guidetti giving the Hoops the lead, although it was a nervy start for the Scottish Champions.Osman Sow tested the Celtic defence in the opening stages with a series of piercing runs and forced Jason Denayer into a late tackle in the opening minutes which saw the young defender go into referee Willie Collum’s book.
 
The Championship leaders pressed the Bhoys high up the pitch but Celtic managed to carve out their own opportunities as the teams sized each other up.Stokes turned well on the edge of the Hearts box to fire a shot just wide before Guidetti saw a header saved under the crossbar by Neil Alexander.And Ronny Deila’s side soon found themselves in front.
 
A long ball from defence found Emilio Izaguirre on the left and the Honduran left-back made a darting run to the byline.His cross into the box was headed by Danny Wilson into the path of Guidetti who fired the ball into the back of the net on the volley from close-range for his first goal in Celtic colours.The Swedish hit-man was close to making it 2 -0 almost immediately after the restart when McGregor’s right-footed shot found the striker in the box but he failed to capitalise on the chance.
 
Celtic were dominating proceedings and another Izaguirre cross almost created another goal, when it was deflected off Gomis, but Alexander in the Hearts goal did well to save.Hearts were presented with an opportunity to equalise just before half-time when Walker pounced on a back pass from Izaguirre, but his shot came crashing back off the bar.Celtic switched Denayer for Eoghan O’Connell at the start of the second half as Hearts came out searching for an equaliser, and they were presented with a great opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was penalised for a challenge on Osman Sow in the box.
 
Hearts’ Swedish striker stepped up and fired the ball high over the ball. It was a chance that the Edinburgh side were left to rue, as Celtic went up the park and won their own penalty.Guidetti was barged off the ball by Alim Ozturk, and Kris Commons took the resulting penalty, firing home to put Celtic 2-0 ahead.And Hearts sealed their fate with an own goal from Adam Eckersley, who chested an Anthony Stokes cross past the stranded Alexander to make it 3-0 for Celtic.
 
Celtic’s dominance continued, however, with Alexander doing well to save close-range shots from Stokes and Izaguirre, who had combined well together down the left-hand side.And while there would be no more scoring, Celtic progressed to the last eight of the League Cup in comfortable style.
 
CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, van Dijk, Denayer (O’Connell 45), Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen;
McGregor (Tonev 71), Commons, Stokes, Guidetti (Scepovic 63)
 
Subs not used: Zaluska, Kayal, Bitton, Griffiths,
 
Hearts (4-5-1) Alexander; Paterson, Wilson, Ozturk, Eckersley; Nicholson, Buaben, Gomis, Walker (El
Hassnaoui 77), Carrick (Holt 63); Sow (Keatings 77).
 
Subs not used: Gallacher, McHattie, Robinson, McGhee
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