Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen-Thoughts-Pics-…’Is Time Up On The Challenge From The North.!!

Youd Have Thought after the events of Thurs night in the Europa league against Inter Milan Celtic would have some kind of hangover ,but one thing ive found about Ronnie Deilas teams this season is their fitness,it’s very evident that this squad are fitter than any in the last few yrs,a lot of teams come back from european trips jaded and lose their next game ,but Celtic today never looked like losing …Aberdeen did start well and had 3 or 4 good early chances ,Craig Gordon had to tip over early on and the men from the north were creating openings ,a goal would settle Celtic down and a player ive been very impressed with and one who can be a star Jason Denayer popped up with a fine header from a corner …

To be honest in the same segment of play Celtic could have had a penalty as Virgil Van Dyk was wrestled to the ground,but Denayer rose above the Aberdeen defence to power a neat header into the net,throughout the remainder of the half Celtic broke up a lot of Aberdeen’s attacks and went in 1-0 at the break,deserving of the lead Ronnie Deila would have told the team that Aberdeen can still be dangerous and to go out kill the game,we’ve become accustomed to Celtic winning by big margins since the turn of the year and they weren’t going to disappoint the large crowd ,Stefan Johanson won a penalty after he was tripped in the box and lee Griffith stepped up to score with aplomb..Well deserved as he had a goal chopped of earlier in the match ,2-0 and the wind was slowly coming out of the Aberdeen sails..

Celtics control of the game became apparent after that second goal,much like the midweek game against Milan when Celtic went down to 10 men Inter Milan gained confidence,the 3rd goal was a work of sheer determination from Gary Mackay Stevens who was running the Aberdeen back line ragged a run down the pipe followed by a grass cutter shot beat Brown in the Aberdeen goal ,the player has settled very well like his counterpart Stuart Armstrong who also has been a fantastic acquisition..

The scoring for the day was rounded off by Stefan Johanson from a Adam Mathews cutback 4-0..a fine days work six points clear with a game in hand against St Johnstone on wed 4th march at parkhead ,the goal difference is massive as well so all in were looking good for the charge for the title………..HH

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OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Sunday, March 1, 2015

CELTIC…4
(Denayer 37, Griffiths 63, Mackay-Steven 69, Johansen 80)

ABERDEEN…0

A SENSATIONAL second-half showing saw Celtic run riot against Aberdeen to claim their 10th successive domestic success and cement their position at the league summit.Jason Denayer headed the Hoops ahead in scrappy first-half but Ronny Deila’s men clicked into top gear after the break, brushing aside the Dons with some blistering, attacking football.Leigh Griffiths doubled the advantage from the penalty spot just after the hour-mark after Stefan Johansen had been fouled by Mark Reynolds, before Gary Mackay-Steven bagged his first goal in Paradise.As Aberdeen’s resistance crumbled, Stefan Johansen swept in number four from Adam Matthews’ cutback as the champions delivered an emphatic statement in the title race, storming six points clear of Derek McInnes’ men, with a game in hand.

Griffiths had recovered from injury that saw him miss the Inter Milan match on Thursday night to the lead the line for the Bhoys, with John Guidetti dropping to the bench.The inclusion of the in-form striker was one of three changes made by Ronny Deila from the team who took to the field in the San Siro.Kris Commons and Efe Ambrose also came into the starting XI at the expense of Stuart Armstrong and Emilio Izaguirre, who didn’t make the matchday squad.Griffiths didn’t take long to threaten, controlling a long ball and firing wide from the edge of the box. But it was the visitors who looked the sharper and carved out the best chances in the opening exchanges.Craig Gordon, outstanding once again against Inter three days earlier, had to be at his best to make a reflex save from Niall McGinn’s curling effort, the goalkeeper tipping it on to the bar and over.

From the resultant corner, the loose ball dropped for Andrew Considine but he could only head overFormer Celt McGinn and Johnny Hayes were seeing plenty of the ball on either flank for the visitors, sending in a series of crosses.However, some disciplined defending denied the Dons any clear opportunities, with a weak Adam Rooney header their only effort of note from these promising positions.Gordon made a comfortable save from Ryan Jack’s shot but the game was now becoming scrappier as both teams cancelled one another out.However, a defensive mistake from Derek McInnes’ side helped the Hoops make the vital breakthrough. Goalkeeper Scott Brown’s poor clearance landed at the feet of Stefan Johansen.He drove forward and released Griffiths, whose shot forced the shot-stopper to turn the ball wide. When the corner was swung in from the left, Denayer rose highest to bullet a header into the net.

Kenny McLean tested Gordon with a free-kick as half-time approached but that opening goal had galvanised Celtic and they ruthlessly wrestled control of the match after the interval. Although defender Donervon Daniels flicked McGinn’s cross wide three minutes into the second half, from then on, it was all about the champions.Only a last-ditch challenge from Shay Logan denied Johansen after Armstrong had launched a breakaway, before Johansen failed to pick out an unmarked Griffiths in the box after racing clear. Griffiths saw a shot saved by Brown following Bitton’s pass and the former Hibs hit-man then had the ball in the net but was denied by a late offside flag as gaps began to open up in the Dons rearguard.Jack blasted over in the box as the Pittodrie side tried to stem the side but the Hoops quickly raced up the field to bag the all-important second goal.

Johansen was felled in the box by Reynolds and the referee pointed the spot. Griffiths stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty away.Johansen and Guidetti then came close, before Mackay-Steven added number three, driving through the middle and firing in via the post.Celtic in were in full flow now and the home crowd were lapping it up. Substitute John Guidetti found the side-netting with a rasping drive as the chances kept coming.With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, they inflicted more misery on the beleaguered away side as Johansen swept home Matthews’ centre.There could have been heavier punishment for Aberdeen as the Bhoys cut through the opposition defence at will in the closing stages and the visitors were relieved to the hear the final whistle as Celtic Park celebrated a thumping win.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Ambrose; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Armstrong 11, Stokes 74) Johansen, Mackay-Steven; Griffiths (Guidetti 63)
Not Used: Zaluska, Wakaso, Forrest, Henderson

ABERDEEN (4-2-3-1) Brown; Logan, Daniels, Reynolds, Considine; Flood, Jack, McLean; McGinn (Goodwillie 70), Rooney (Taylor 84) Hayes (Pawlett 33)
Not Used: Langfield, Smith, Robson,Shaughnessy


Next Match

Celtic v St Johnstone
Scottish Premiership
4th March 2015
Kick Off 19:45

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 Celtic Romp to 4-0 win …                        

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Celtic 4-0 Aberdeen
Possession: 53%-47%
Shots on target: Celtic 8-5 Aberdeen


 Celtic Facts:::

Stefan Johansen has scored in his last five domestic matches for Celtic.

Celtic have won all three home League games in 2015 at Celtic Park 4-0. (Aberdeen, Hamilton and Motherwell)

Celtic have scored 29 goals in 2015, conceding just 5.

Celtic have scored 56 League goals this season, more than any other team in the League.


My Player Ratings:

CELTIC v Aberdeen (4-2-3-1)

Gordon:       8    Matthews    7   Denayer       9    van Dijk       7    Ambrose      7  Brown          7

Bitton           6   Commons     —    Johansen     9   Mackay-Steven   9    Griffiths              10

SUBS:

Zaluska                —   Guidetti                 7    Stokes                    5   Armstrong             6

Wakaso                –     Forrest                —     Henderson          – 


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A ..Month That Could Make ‘ A Season’ ..!!

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Inter Milan 1-0 Celtic

After the 3-3 first leg draw at parkhead a week ago the hoops went into tonight’s game requiring a win to progress,of course a 3-3 would mean extra time and 4-4 would see us through,celtic started really well pressing inter Milan back into their own half,Gary McKay Stevens was causing the Milan defenders a few issues and he himself had a great chance to score,his low shot of a nice break didnt clear the goalkeepers legs however ,but the early signs were good ..

Celtic were passing the ball very well and its been something that’s been very evident in the teams play since Ronnie deila arrived at Celtic ,the attacking elements of Celtics heritage must have brushed of on the Norwegian coach as he’s implemented it into the current squads play ,Inter Milan must have felt that this was going to be an easy night knowing Celtic had to come at them all they had to do was hit on the counter but stay nice and solid as 3-3 was a result that would see them through…

Celtic though were up and at em from the kickoff and in the first 30 mins probably edged it ,2 penalty claims were denied by the referee who to be honest looked out of his depth for a game so big,the Stuart Armstrong claim for me was a stonewall PENALTY.. but yet again in europe we were denied ,no matter the team were playing well…. until VirgilVan Dyk got sent of with a 2nd yellow card having been booked earlier for a soft foul ,the 2nd challenge in question wasnt even that bad but the referee had his mind made up and the big Dutchman had to go…


 

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It’s at this point the game changed ,Ronnie delia had no choice but to take of an attacking player and throw on a centre half,unfortunately for celtic it was Gary McKay Stevens our best performer,on the back foot now Milan started to come into the game more and up until the half edged it on chances..

As the 2nd half kicked off Celtics task was a hard one 10 men against 11 away from home requiring a goal and a win to go through,another part of the teams play that’s impressed me this season is the pressing in the opponents last 3rd ,on several occasions the Milan players were pressed back to their own box and had to be very clever to clear the ball or find passes,few chances were coming either teams way but the game was entertaining much like the previous week just without the goals…

Craig Gordon though was providing the Celtic faithful with more reasons as to why he is an able replacement for Fraser Forster ,numerous point-blank saves and one spectacular reflex clearance that was just fantastic ,throughout the whole of the european campaign Gordon has been our star performer ,the longer the game went on the italian confidence grew and to be fair to our lads they never panicked,the goal that would eventually win the tie was a thunderbolt shot from (Guarin 87)  one of Inter milans best players it flew into Craig Gordons net like a rocket,it came so late there was hardly time for Celtic to get back into it,now they required 2 goals …. so all was lost…!!

Over the 2 games Celtic and its fans showed what a fine club and support they are ,Inter Milan’s fans even applauding the Celtic faithful as they exited the ground ,Mancini praise for the club was a nice touch also ,it maybe over for another season but Celtic can be proud of their Europa league campaign hh


 

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Inter Milan 4-3 Celtic on Aggregate
Inter Milan Go Through……
HH

Celtic v Aberdeen 8th March 2014 Celtic Park Glasgow

Celtics European exploits might be over but the games come thick and fast from here on in ,the first encounter this sunday against Aberdeen is a top of the table clash that if Celtic avoid losing in would go a long way to the clubs push for 4 in a row ,a win would take us 6 points clear with a midweek game against St Johnstone in hand ,Aberdeen come into the game on a 13 game unbeaten run and like Celtic form has been good ,there no doubt Celtic will be hurting from the European games ,but I think they’ll get back on track,the next 4 weeks sees us play Aberdeen then St Johnstone in the league,Dundee utd in the Scottish League cup Final and then the Scottish Cup Quarter Final  the following week ,and to round of a treble of games against Dundee utd a league game end of March…so all going well the picture should be clearer by the end off the month …………..


 

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Aberdeen will certainly come with a game plan and im sure this will be a great game this is the best run the club has been on for 10yrs so they will be at 100 per cent ,we have to make sure that the events of the last week don’t effect the teams moral ,europe is gone the real trophys are there to be won now,im sure Ronnie deila and John Collins will have told the players to focus one game at a time the first challenge being the dons on sunday ,a packed Celtic park will make for a fine atmosphere and a worldwide tv audience on sky should be ready for a powder keg Contest the games between the 2 teams are often hard-fought …if I was to predict right now the outcome of the match of course I want to win ..but im going to go for a 2-2 draw in a tough Encounter!!!!

The Games Against Dundee utd

To play a team twice running isnt unheard of but 3 times in a row doesnt come up often Celtic and Dundee utd will go head to head between the 15th of march and the 28 th march in the league cup final the Scottish cup quarter-final and the league …im not a betting man never had much luck at it but id say the law of averages dictates we could lose at least one of the ties ,so by choice personally id want to win both cup ties ,if were to lose one let it be a league game as we can recover that,im looking forward to the games but the teams will be sick of the site of one another come the end of march…


 

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Jackie McNamara is doing a great job at Dundee utd and their s a big celtic connection in there dugout,of course there will be no love lost during the games,the fans have been kinda blessed with a period of football like this,while we look over the city to the tribute act who are struggling badly it must fill the fans with joy knowing were still watching the football David Murray dreamed off for his deceased Glasgow rangers,it truly is a joy to be a fan of Celtic in this period 3 in a row soon to be 4 ,cups and a product on the park only sevconians could dream off ..if we can’t be happy with that then im at a loss to know what could warm the heart more than seeing THEM suffer ………..

HH


 

Some video Highlights Enjoy…………

TIFO from the home Leg Against Inter Milan

Celtic 4-3 Aberdeen, 16/03/2013

Celtic 2-2 Dundee Utd (2006)


Celtic v Inter Milan Games Home And Away slideshow 

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Milan – Here Come The Celts!

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As thousands of Celtic fans visit the Italian city for the Europa League tie, The Shamrock looks back to the first time the support descended on Milan – for the 1970 European Cup Final v Feyenoord.

Milan Here Come The Celts

More fans travelled to Milan in 1970 than Lisbon in ’67.  These Bhoys (below) went by motorcade – leaving from the front door of Celtic Park and driving all the way to Italia.

Milan Motorcade at Celtic Park 1970

The Belfast Tims had taken over most of the Milanese landmarks:

Celtic fans in Milan 1970 with Rotterdam fans

The Celtic support brought colour as well as noise to the city

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The Dutch fans were happy to join in the fun.  They were the only ones still dancing the next day though.

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Giant hooped hats appeared to be de rigeur around the San Siro and the city that month.  Milan Fashion Week was just in its infancy:

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Banners, flags, scarves and hats were the order of the day!

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These fans…

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The Rumjacks Featured Playlist

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New Page Added Liverpool Fc..Various Category Will Have Reblogs And Various World Football

Welcome along to the blog for a long time ive been wanting to add a dedicated Liverpool fc page and ive done that ,the bond between the 2 clubs is special and the addition to the celtic footsoldiers blog will enhance and hopefully bring in new readers from a wider audience….

Celtic is of course my first love but i hold a special place for liverpool as well so it was a no brainer to add the page ive kicked it off tonight with a breif outline of what its all about,a blog starts of with a few posts and pages and develops into something that takes up many hours of time,the blog was started on blog.com 3 yrs ago and was moved over to wordpress around 21 months ago…

Its been a pleasure to write about the clubs i love ,its hard work and when you get good feedback it makes it all worthwhile,i have so many ideas going forward but il drip feed them to the site,as you can apprecieate time is precious but writing about football is a passion ,in closing id just like to say a big thank you to all the subscribers and all the people who share on social media,sometimes its hard to get the message out there ,the blog is ever developing and with the new edition of the liverpool page i hope some fans from the merseyside club will get involved hh and god bless to one and all………..

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Lost in…Glasgow (Celtic)

Lost in…Glasgow (Celtic).

This is a most enjoyable read and I’d recommend to anyone looking to experience the celtic park ( paradise) effect,a nice wee run through of one fans day start to brilliant finish ,excellent piece well written ,celtic fans come from all over and sharing our experiences is what the clubs about hail hail and enjoy the re log God bless …. Hh

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Scottish Premier League Review: February 21-22

Originally posted on ukfootball365:

Aberdeen 3-0 St Mirren

Celtic 4-0 Hamilton

Dundee Utd 0-2 St Johnstone

Inverness 3-3 Kilmarnock

Motherwell 0-1 Dundee

Partick 1-3 Ross County

Celtic remain three points clear of Aberdeen, who moved further clear of Inverness and Dundee Utd. Dundee have brought Hamilton into the fight for the top 6. Ross County are now level on points at the bottom with both St Mirren and Motherwell.

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Gaffer on the lookout to strengthen

It’s good the boss is thinking ahead with regards to strengthening,we don’t want to be caught short going into the new season …hh

Gaffer on the lookout to strengthen.

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Celtic Park Prepares for Milan-Pics-Links-Thoughts!!..

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18 and a half hours to go till the biggest game of our season ..the first leg in this game will be crucial to our European campaign,there’s no bigger name than Inter Milan and when the 2 teams lineup tomorrow night the stadium will be rocking,there’s a TIFO to look forward to prior to the game and it’s always exciting seeing what the green brigade lads come up with,ive been looking forward to the game since the draw …


 

2 prestige games in a week in the European competition that i personally think is Celtics level,ive been on the wrong end of fellow fans being disappointed in those comments but when you look at it ,the champions league isnt a fair representation of the teams involved ,its run by money for teams who have exuberant wealth ,that’s why I don’t rate it try putting a Bugatti Veron against a mini that would about sum it up at least the teams in the Europa league are pretty even,the champions league there’s only going to be a winner from 4 teams ,Chelsea,Barcelona,Madrid,Bayern Munich,etc…


Anyway more about the game ahead celtic park is looking stunning as usual and the atmosphere tomorrow will be fantastic,the game is live on bt sports as well so a worldwide tv audience will be watching,its been said that Chris Commons might make the game and if he does what a boost it will be for the team,take a wee look at the goal below he scored the last time the 2 met……………


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Gary McKay Stevens and Stuart Armstrong could take their european bow as well ,im not sure how Ronnie deila is going to approach this game he sais he will be very wary of his opponent but in my opinion its our home game and we have to go on all out attack cause that’s what they will do next week,I believe Mancini is already looking to stay tight and a draw would be a great result for his side,im sticking with my 2-0 prediction I made a few weeks ago,whoever the gaffer decides to play up front I think there are goals in them Griffith has been on good scoring form and Guidetti is a goal of getting on some sort of run again,so what better game to do it in than the Milan game..


 

These nights only happen a few times a year and its something we all look forward too,the right attitude in tomorrows game and we can take something positive to Italy next week ,its been a good season so far and to still be in europe after the turn of the yr is a huge bonus,inter Milan certainly havent been flying and its only in there last 2 games theve hit any kind of form,so we have a chance,hopefully next time I write it will be good news in preparation for the return leg,enjoy the match wherever your watching,and remember celtic football club is unique like its fans ,it’s a honor to follow such a great club HH GOD BLESS…..


 



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SEVCO 5088 aka (rangers 1873-2012 deceased Quiz)

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The Cheek Of ..Milan!!!!

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SEVCO GROUNDSTAFF PREPARING THE TRAINING FACILITY FOR THE INTER MILAN TEAMS VISIT THIS WEEK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me start by saying what is it with italian clubs and sevco, Inter Milan are choosing to train at tax evaders Murray park, just like Juventus did a few yrs ago, again there right up sevcos arse, whats in it for Scotland’s shame and what have the Italians got to hide, personally I take this as a huge slap in the face and celtic should too, it’s disrespectful, I hope this backfires on them big time the fact there giving that club any credibility baffles me…then again Italian clubs are not unaccustomed to a bit of cheating…

To say I’m angry is a bloody understatement, I could be cursing and spitting bullets but I’m trying to keep it clean,maybe their still miffed we beat them in 67 long time to hold a grudge…no matter I hope Celtic are at there very best Thursday night,the beggars over in govan might be hosting and providing for the Inter Milan side but lock up your valuables Reberto..cause there s a lot of crooks and villans in that neck of the woods, it might even benefit Celtic them not training on our pitch before the game, whatever happens this action sets the tone for the match…

Celtic should feel confident going into the game a 8 match winning run and some neat football, only 1 goal conceded in that time and some fine performances within the squad,meanwhile the Italians form has been patchy theve won there last 2 but prior to that form was ropey to say the least, im looking forward to another big European night under the lights in the best stadium in the world for atmosphere, that is down to the fans mainly but the stadium seems to become electric on these occasions, many have played on the hallowed turf of paradise and said they never experienced anything quite like it,hopefully it will disrupt mancinis..side, it’s a chance for celtic to show what there all about I’ve got my heart set on a 2-0 home win here’s hoping hh

Celtic v Inter Milan

UEFA Europa League

19th February 2015

Kick Off 20:05

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Celtics Run Goes on Despite Late Surge from St Johnstone


 

Celtic went into Saturdays live TV game knowing a win would put them 6 points clear of Aberdeen having played there 2 games in hand and the real state of the league would become clear, a close 2-1 victory at the end of the day was enough to ensure the points and the only downside to the day was the conceding of a goal the first in 7 games, the story of the game was pretty routine and what the celtic fans were pretty used too last few months, celtic passed the ball about smartly, and within 36 seconds lee Griffiths had latched onto a Nir Biton pass to tuck the ball under goalkeeper Manus..

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Celtic played out the first half in control and St Johnstone didn’t offer much in attack, whats surprised me in the last few months how easy Van Dyk and Jason Denayer make defending look, they both like to roam a bit as well, often moving into the opponents last third helping the attack, it’s refreshing to see defenders play this way..

2 nd half I thought St Johnstone were trying a bit harder but any resistance was soon dispelled as celtic would score the 2 nd on 52 mins from Stefan Johanson a familiar name on the score sheet,Celtic were cruising at the stage but the hosts were given renewed hope when they pulled a goal back with just under 20 minutes left on the clock. Tam Scobbie was afforded space to cross from the left, resulting in a melee. When the ball broke loose, O’Halloran forced it home.

2-1 and our clean sheet run broken it was going to be an edgy final 20 mins…with Milan on the horizon and already a few injuries Celtic would have hoped for a better and easy ending to the game, the only real scare came near the end when Craig Gordon had to smartly make a double save, proving again what an able replacement he has been for Fraser Forster, it finished 2-1 and Celtics run continues, Thurs night sees the visit of inter Milan before we’re back to league duty on Sunday against Hamilton…

HH


 

OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

Scottish Premiership
McDiarmid Park, Perth
Saturday, February 14, 2015
ST JOHNSTONE…1

(O’Halloran 72)

CELTIC…2

(Griffiths 1, Johansen 52)

CELTIC preserved their perfect start to 2015, seeing off a late St Johnstone fightback to claim a deserved 2-1 victory at McDiarmid Park. Leigh Griffiths slotted into the empty net inside the opening 60 seconds to as the Hoops burst from the blocks with intent.Playing some sparkling stuff, the champions came close to increasing their advantage several times before Stefan Johansen doubled the advantage seven minutes into the second half.

Michael O’Halloran reduced the deficit in the closing stages to set up a frenetic finish but Ronny Deila’s side held on, helped by some heroic goalkeeping from Craig Gordon, to seal an eight successive win in all competitions, the perfect way to head into Thursday’s glamour UEFA Europa League meeting with Inter Milan.Following Wednesday’s impressive 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle, Ronny Deila only made one change to the starting XI, with Griffiths restored the side at the expense of John Guidetti, who was named among the substitutes.

And the Hoops hit-man took only 36 seconds to make his presence felt as he sensationally opened the scoring. Nir Bitton was the architect, picking a hole through the home defence with a pinpoint pass to send Griffiths clear and he calmly rolled the ball under the onrushing Alan Mannus. It was the second successive game Celtic had broken the deadlock within the opening minute and they maintained their incredible intensity and tempo to quickly fashion further chances.

Only a desperate block denied Scott Brown after receiving Adam Matthews’ cutback and Griffiths lashed a first-time volley wide as the beleaguered St Johnstone rearguard struggled to cope.They did earn some respite around the 10-minute mark, getting their foot on the ball and winning a free-kick on the right. When the set-piece was knocked down in the box, Michael O’Halloran could only scoop a shot straight at Craig Gordon.

An early injury to influential midfielder Murray Davidson didn’t aid their cause, and he was replaced by Chris Kane.The movement and link-up play between Celtic’s attacking quartet of Gary Mackay-Steven, Stefan Johansen, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths was causing consternation for the hosts.And when Armstrong’s surging run has resulted in a corner, Virgil van Dijk’s powerful header was close to being converted by Griffiths, with Mannus grateful to grasp the loose ball on the line.

After Kane had headed wide from O’Halloran’s cross at one end, Celtic swiftly responded as Griffiths controlled Mackay-Steven’s pass in the box and unleashed a rasping effort, forcing Mannus to make a sprawling save.Despite the frequency of Celtic’s attacks, Tommy Wright’s men were playing with plenty of spirit and were finding some joy down the flanks. Both Steven MacLean and Kane won headers from corners, though Gordon was untroubled.

But Mannus has to be at his best to deny Mackay-Steven shortly after, springing to his right and getting a hand to the winger’s ferocious strike from 20 yards.With Mackay-Steven in particular continuing to wreak havoc, Celtic regained the ascendancy as the interval drew closer – Brown was unable to generate sufficient power to test Mannus from Johansen’s pass and Griffiths had a shot deflected over.

Mackay-Steven then shot across goal, after another penetrative thrust into the area, with Matthews unable to control the rebound.And on the stroke of half-time, Jason Denayer glanced a header over – but the Bhoys only took seven minutes after the restart to increase their tally with a well-worked goal.Armstrong’s accurate pass was flicked on by Griffiths into Johansen’s path and the Norwegian kept his composure under pressure to slam the ball home.

Brown had been typically tenacious, working in tandem alongside the assured Nir Bitton, to control possession and drive the team on.And a lovely interchange between the skipper and Emilio Izaguirre down the left forced a foul and gave van Dijk the chance to try his luck from the set-piece. His low drive deflected wide.Brown was next to threaten, collecting a pass from the left in his stride and hitting the target but he was unable to find a way past Mannus, stretching as he shot.

Van Dijk’s physical presence had posed problems for the Perth side from dead-ball situations throughout the game and the Dutchman was unfortunate to see a thumping volley deflect wide from a corner.Celtic were cruising at the stage but the hosts were given renewed hope when they pulled a goal back with just under 20 minutes left on the clock. Tam Scobbie was afforded space to cross from the left, resulting in a melee. When the ball broke loose, O’Halloran forced it home.

Mackay-Steven and substitute Liam Henderson replied for the Hoops, and the latter was agonisingly close to killing off the contest in the final five minutes.Anthony Stokes did well to reach the byline and his cutback was met by Henderson but it ricocheted off a defender and spun inches wide.And Celtic had Gordon to thank for them leaving with maximum reward, with an outstanding double save from Brian Graham and Dave Mackay as the clock ticked down.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven (Efe Ambrose 82), Johansen, Armstrong (Henderson 68); Griffiths (Stokes 62)

Not Used: Zaluska, Guidetti, Scepovic, McGregor

ST JOHNSTONE (4-5-1) Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Scobbie, Easton; Croft (McFadden 65), Davidson (Kane 14), Millar, Lappin O’Halloran; MacLean (Graham 76)

Not Used: Banks, Wright, Caddis, G. Miller


 

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español televisión discusión sobre fútbol (aka Spanish Rangers video)


I saw this on social media a few days ago and i had to add it cause its well funny..the guys laugh is nuts and the text goes well with the video,a big well done for that one …..HH………………………

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Alcohol and Scottish Football Lethal Mix/Unless

Alcohol and Scottish Football Lethal Mix/Unless.

I posted this last year when the idea emerged off alcohol coming back to football events in Scotland,my views havent changed on the matter it would be a tragedy waiting to happen and any discussions on reintroducing it should be scrapped ,there is a place in certain sports for the selling of alcohol and it’s not a sectarian Scotland,sorry but its a no brainer,most of the thugs don’t need a substance at the moment to kick of so allowing the use of it at a football stadium is a scary prospect for young kids ,parent and there family’s attending matches ,for me keep the football alcohol free within the stadium HH

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Debut Delight For New Bhoys As Celtic Move 3 points Clear/Highlights/Pics………..

Partick Thistle 0-3 Celtic 11th FEB 2015 Premier League Firhill, Partick


OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

SPFL Premiership
Firhill, Partick
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PARTICK THISTLE…0

CELTIC…3
(Mackay-Steven 1, Armstrong 30, Johansen 66)

A DEBUT goal apiece for Celtic new Bhoys, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, set the Scottish champions up for a convincing 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill tonight (Wednesday).The duo both marked their first start under Ronny Deila with a strike each after Mackay-Steven opened the scoring inside the first minute after capitalising on a scramble in the box before Armstrong slotted home into an empty net following good work by John Guidetti.

Stefan Johansen scored with a well-taken shot from distance on the hour mark to kill-off a second half revival from the hosts and send the Hoops three points clear at the top of the SPFL Premiership.New Bhoys Armstrong and Mackay-Steven made their Celtic bow in place of the injured Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes, and the pair slotted in to the attacking front three alongside Stefan Johansen in a supporting role to main striker John Guidetti, who replaced the injured Leigh Griffiths up front.

The Hoops roared forward from kick-off and immediately won a corner from the right and the set-piece led to the opening goal.Johansen’s low ball-in was only partially cleared by the Jags defence before it broke to Mackay-Steven inside the area. The winger took a touch to take it beyond Conrad Balatoni before poking the ball under the onrushing Scott Fox to put the Celts in the lead.It was an incredible start to the match for the debutant, who scored his first Celtic goal just 38 seconds into his first start.

Fellow new Bhoy Armstrong almost mirrored his former Dundee United colleague with a strike of his own moments later but his effort was parried wide by Scott Fox.The game’s lightening start continued for the first 15 minutes as Thistle did their best to counter-act Celtic’s early dominance but it was the Scottish champions who looked more like scoring next as Johansen volleyed a shot at goal before Armstrong saw a curling effort from 18 yards drift wide.

The midfielder then joined his fellow debutant on the score-sheet on the half-hour mark as Celtic went two in front after a great piece of play from Mackay-Steven.Virgil van Dijk played a searching long ball over the Jags defence for the winger to run on to and he showed blistering pace to beat Stephen O’Donnell to the ball before turning cleverly inside the box to set up Guidetti.The striker gathered the pass and was forced wide but he had the intelligence to cut back inside and find Armstrong unmarked, leaving the midfielder with an empty net to curl the ball into with his left foot.

The champions continued to turn the screw as the half went on, using one-touch passing to pull Thistle across the pitch and picking their time to spring the attack.The Jags were completely outplayed for the majority of the opening 45 minutes but began to show signs of encouragement near half time when O’Donnell supplied a powerful curling cross from the right into the Celtic box but Taylor’s header sailed over the bar.Thistle came out the blocks for the restart much quicker than they had in the first half and carved out a chance with a shot from Christie Elliott but the winger’s effort was miles off.

Taylor then forced Gordon into his first real save of the match with a low shot from the edge of the box but it was easily gathered by the Hoops keeper.The Jags played much tighter to Celtic but the Bhoys remained patient and did well to pick the hosts off in their own half. Johansen then got a shot in from distance but he failed to connect properly and his left-footed effort trundled wide.Alan Archibald’s team were then in the ascendency and displayed much more conviction in their passing and tackling but their second-half revival was struck down with one swift blow by the champions when Johansen finally found the back of the net.

The Norwegian picked up the ball in midfield and drove forward, finding space in the centre as a run from Guidetti pulled the Jags defence apart.The midfielder then lifted his head and slammed a low shot from 20 yards beyond Fox and into the back of the net to put the Celts 3-0 up.That sent some dejected Thistle fans for the exit and their frustrations continued as they claimed for a hand ball off Jason Denayer in the box but had nothing given.Guidetti then had a chance to get his name on the score-sheet when Johansen picked the Swede out with an accurate chipped pass into the box but the striker smashed his side-footed shot over.

Ronny Deila then replaced Johansen with Liam Henderson and Adam Matthews with Darnell Fisher.Thistle made a double switch too, replacing Christie Elliott and Lyle Taylor with Kris Doolan and Kallum Higginbotham as they chased a goal.Higginbotham fired a shot off with 10 minutes remaining after cutting inside from the left and went close again with an effort from a training ground set-piece but Gordon was equal to the shots and Celtic remained in control..

Mackay-Steven took the applause from the Celtic fans as he was subbed for Callum McGregor before full time.Ryan Stevenson found space to fire in one more shot for Thistle but it was comfortably saved by Gordon, securing yet another clean sheet for the Hoops and another win on the road.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews (Fisher 72), van Dijk, Denayer, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven (McGregor 82), Johansen (Henderson 70), Armstrong; Guidetti
Subs not used: Zaluska, Ambrose, Scepovic, Stokes.

PARTICK THISTLE (4-5-1) Fox; O’Donnell, Booth, Balatoni, Bannigan (Fraser 80), Stevenson, Frans, Elliott (Higginbotham 72), Osman, McDaid, Taylor (Doolan 72).
Subs not used: Gallacher, Craigen, Lawless, Richards-Everton.


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Celtic Cruise Control In Scottish Cup 5th Round Tie!!

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Celtic arrived on Tayside for a lunchtime kick-off against Dundee in the Scottish cup on the back off 5 clean sheets, some good form since the turn of the yr means celtic were full of confidence going into the game, 1 change from the league cup tie a week previous with Stokes making way for Forrest, Griffiths started up front again for the hoops and it didn’t take the on form striker long to get in on the goals, another super header on 7 mins giving the hitman goal number 7 for the season…..

The ball in from Lustig was class and Griffiths finished the chance off really well his 2nd headed goal in a week,Celtic pass the ball very comfortably these days and I think it’s a big part of Ronnie Deilas style of play,one player who is developing well is Nir Biton the quiet man of our midfield he plays the role with little fuss, his passing and breaking up of play is top class and he does everything with little effort a sign of a really good player,he’s certainly one who has impressed me this season….

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Dundee came into this tie a bit late in the half and Craig Gordon did have one save to make, Dundee s goalie on the other hand was fairly busy throughout saving from Forrest and Johanson on several occasions, Celtic went in leading 1-0 at half time and looking comfortable ,after the break the opening exchanges were fought in midfield with Johanson showing his class, and it would be the midfielder who would score number 2 from a Griffiths header parried by the Dundee goalkeeper who was to be fair having a good game,no Dundee players were sharp enough to clear the ball from the Griffiths effort and Johanson tucked the ball away..2-0….a repeat of last Sundays scoreline against sevco..

With 19 attempts on goal throughout it showed the dominance of the hoops today, we move into the quarter-final draw on Monday and are looking good for the treble,its early days but Ronnie Deilas football philosophy is starting to shine through,he’s won the fans around as well, the Ronnie roar is a big part of the celtic experience at match days and you can see what it means to the boss, if he can win the treble with the club it will be the first time in a long while, a few down points from the game are the knocks Lustig and Commons took during the game and the next few days should highlight the extent of the injuries, hopefully both will recover soon….

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Official match report

Scottish Cup fifth round
Dens Park, Dundee
Saturday, February 7, 2015

DUNDEE…0

CELTIC…2
(Griffiths 6, Johansen 47)

CELTIC cruised into the Scottish Cup last eight and kept their treble dreams alive after a dominant 2-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park.Leigh Griffiths handed the Hoops the perfect start when he glanced home from Mikael Lustig’s cross as the visitors burst out of the blocks.The champions should have added to their tally before the break as they cut open the hosts time and time again.

But Stefan Johansen sealed a one-sided win within moments of the restart, converting the rebound after Griffiths’ header had been saved by Scott Bain. And now Ronny Deila’s men can look forward to Monday’s draw for the quarter-finals as they close in on another domestic prize.James Forrest returned to the starting XI at the expense of Anthony Stokes as Ronny Deila made one change to the team that triumphed at Hampden last week in the League Cup semi-final.

And the winger was soon in thick of the action, latching on to a pinpoint pass from Kris Commons inside the opening two minutes that took him inside the box.However, with his progress blocked, he teed-up up Commons on the edge of the box. His first attempt rebounded back into his path and then he volleyed over. It had been a confident start from the champions and they duly broke the deadlock in the sixth minute.

After another slick attacking move, Mikael Lustig scampered down the right and delivered an inviting cross towards the near post. Griffiths was there to meet it and guide a header into the far corner.Moving the ball around with pace and purpose, Celtic were looking a threat every time they ventured forward, and only a last-ditch challenge from James McPake denied Johansen after Commons had picked him out with a raking pass.

The chances kept coming as the Hoops’ pressing and passing continued to dazzle Dundee, with Commons, Scott Brown and Forrest all trying their luck.And the scale of Celtic’s self-belief was underlined when defender Jason Denayer burst forward and took aim from 30 yards.Home shot-stopper Bain wasn’t troubled by the Belgian’s speculative shot but he was called into action midway through the half as the Hoops cut the hosts open once again.

Forrest stole possession on the halfway line and fed Johansen, before racing on to the return ball from the Norwegian. His angled drive was saved by Bain, with Griffiths and Johansen denied on the rebound by some desperate defending.It has been one-way traffic in the opening stages but the Dens Park side finally mustered a reply as Kostadin Gadzhalov volleyed wide from the edge of the box.

Celtic responded with the move of the match, involving some delightful interplay between Commons and Johansen down the right. Griffiths came close to applying the finish touch but Bain thwarted him from close-range. After a piece of pinball in the box, former Celt Gary Irvine blasted over, before Commons spurned an opportunity to double the lead, dragging a shot wide after a delightful dummy from Griffiths had opened up the space.

The 31-year-old had another sight of goal six minutes before the break after tenacious play from Griffiths sparked a quick breakaway. Electing to shoot first time in the box, however, Commons failed to make a clean connection and Bain was able to make a comfortable save.
The Dundee shot-stopper then denied Johansen after he had shrugged off the attentions of McPake and burst into the box.A deflected drive from Paul McGowan forced Craig Gordon into service but the final effort of the half fell to the visitors as Griffiths volleyed over.

Ronny Deila’s men really should have been further ahead at this juncture, given their complete dominance of proceedings. But it only took 70 seconds of the second half for them to move further ahead.Lustig’s deep cross was met by Griffiths at the far post and, although Bain managed to get a hand to his header, Johansen was on hand to hammer home the loose ball. Celtic certainly weren’t satisfied by their advantage as they went in search for more. Forrest found Johansen after an incisive run and he then supplied Griffiths, who couldn’t find the target from an acute angle.

Even the loss of the impressive Lustig with a worrying injury didn’t diminish Celtic’s momentum as the home side struggled to maintain the tide of constant attacks.
Luka Tankulic did draw a save from Gordon but only the width of crossbar saved Hartley’s from falling further behind when Johansen’s swerving cross caught out Bain.As the game entered the last 15 minutes, Stokes, on as half-time substitute for Commons, controlled a long pass, swivelled and shot narrowly over.

Griffiths flashed a shot wide and Izaguirre scooped over as the Hoops coasted through the closing stages to take their place in Monday’s draw for the quarter-finals, much to the delight of a jubilant travelling support.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Lustig (Matthews 53), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Stokes 46), Johansen, Forrest (Guidetti 74); Griffiths.
Not Used: Zaluska, Ambrose, McGregor, Henderson

DUNDEE (4-2-3-1) Bain; Irvine, McPake, Gadzhalov, Dyer; Stewart, (P.McGinn 36), McGinn, McGowan, Stewart, Wighton (Clarkson 58); Tankulic (Black 89)
Not Used: Lethern, Konrad, Black, Allan, McBride

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Envy.’Its Sevco’s Middle Name!!!!!..

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It must be so tough being a fan of the tribute act from Govan sevco…aka Rangers if your delusional, first your club dies a horrible death with administration then liquidation,you become the laughing-stock of world football and then charlatans and con men, crooks,gangsters, all sorts of unsavourys try to pick at the bones of the club known as Scotland’s shame, yet the fans after 3 yrs still follow blindly, picking up a newspaper or reading social media on a daily basis must be so painful,god I have to actually applaud them for their devotion………………..

Across the city Celtic Scotland’s most successful football club are thriving,the envy the Zombies must be feeling is off epic proportions, while daily the comedy cavalcade throws up negativity down at Edmondson drive across the city celtic are reveling in a cup final to come in march after there walkover of sevco5088,3 new talented young players in Stuart Armstrong, and Gary Mackay Stevens and Michael Duffy plus the bonus of Chris Commons resigning for a further 2 yrs, a last 32 double-header with Inter Milan in the next few weeks,top of the league and favourite s to win the Scottish cup,a solid business plan, a shrewd board who are protecting the interests of the club and a bright new manager who I believe will take Celtic forward, yes I could go on, but I’m not one to gloat…lol

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I don’t feel sorry one bit for our neighbours across the city, everything they have went through they deserve in fact I hope it goes on for yrs to come,remember this is the reincarnation of the football club that swindled 140 million pounds out the public purse, while Celtic move forward they are left in our dust, they are as insignificant now more than ever…..

In the league cup tie Celtic proved just how far ahead they are of the tribute act, the comedy gold continues daily and Now the battle for control takes centre stage again, after 3 yrs you’d think someone would have the balls to sort this mess out,it’s a poison chalice to be avoided at all costs, im happy watching from the outside as people come and go and bleed them dry, yes there fans have every right to be envious, it’s so good to be a Tim hh God Bless

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