Celtic vs Dundee Utd saga Ends With Another Fine Win 4 Games 3 Wins 1 draw 10 Goals For 1 Against..And A Nice Shiney Cup!!!

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    3 Wins 1 draw 10 Goals For 1 Against..And A Nice Shiney Cup!!!
    Before a Ball was kicked I said in an earlier post the law of averages would see us maybe lose at least one of the games against Dundee Utd,how wrong i was the first game ended in draw 1-1 in the Scottish cup a bruising encounter that saw 3 players sent off,and effectively set the tone for what was to follow in the coming weeks in the other games,a bit of a rivalry has been built up between the two clubs and all the games had needle,of course Celtic came out of the ties the happiest with a cup final win 2-0 ,a Scottish cup replay victory 4-0 and a league win yesterday 3-0 …ten goals scored 1 conceded….

    Over the four games 6 players were sent off and a list of offences in the games added to the suspense,at the end of the day Celtic were fitter and mentally more up for all 4 games ,united had a bit of fight in the first cup tie but Celtic showed their class in the following 3 fixtures,with standout performances from
    Commons,Griffiths,Johanson,Brown,Denayer,and Van Dyk……….

    Effectively the whole team played well in the games and i think they will be glad to play a new opponent ,with Aberdeen drawing against Dundee yesterday celtic opened up a 5 point gap in the league with a game in hand ,Celtic now go to St Mirren the basement bhoys on the 3rd of april ,with only a handful off games to go before the end of the season ,Celtic are looking good for the league title,and with a semi final against Inverness in late april in the Scottish cup,the treble is very much on in Ronnie Deilas first season as boss…

    All in all the last few weeks have been great im pleased with the teams progress and the club keeps moving in the right direction,sometimes a wee glance over the city makes things even sweeter ,while the hoops move ahead the tribute act in govan are again in turmoil ,that’s for another post ,today is about focusing on the champions of Scotland and the nations most succesful club Glasgow Celtic hh troops enjoy the rest of the season …..


    SPFL Premiership
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    CELTIC…3
    (Mackay-Steven 15, Guidetti 33, Denayer 45)

    DUNDEE UNITED…0

    CELTIC capped off their run of four games in a row against Dundee United with a scintillating 3-0 win over the Terrors at Paradise in the SPFL Premiership today (Saturday).A trio of strikes in the first-half from Gary Mackay-Steven, John Guidetti and Jason Denayer put paid to any hopes of Jackie McNamara claiming a victory against Ronny Deila’s side and helped the Hoops go five points clear of Aberdeen in the league with a game in hand.Today’s meeting marked the fourth consecutive game between the sides following their two tussles in the Scottish Cup quarter-final and their League Cup final clash over the past fortnight.The Hoops had emerged victorious in two of those contests, lifting the League Cup in the process, and accomplished that without former Dundee United duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong as the pair were cup-tied.

    The new Bhoys were eligible for today’s league clash, however, and immediately returned to the starting XI. Stefan Johansen was also restored to the side following suspension and John Guidetti replaced Leigh Griffiths up front.The Bhoys started on the front foot, keen to carry on their good form against McNamara’s side, and it wasn’t long before they raced into the lead when a good move from left to right saw Ambrose receive the ball on the wing from Brown.The Nigerian controlled the pass and picked out Mackay-Steven in acres of space outside the box, giving the talented winger time to take a touch to set his sights before he sent an unstoppable drive with his left foot beyond Cierzniak and into the corner of the net to give the Bhoys the lead.

    The patient play continued for Celtic, with United offering very little in attack. Any time the visitors won possession and came forward, Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk were on hand to break up play and sweep it back to Craig Gordon before the visitors retreated and the Hoops went on the attack again.The second goal then came just after the half-hour mark when precise passing from the Bhoys found Mackay-Steven and Guidetti on the periphery of the 18-yard box.The pair played a neat one-two before Guidetti let fly with his left foot. His shot took a slight nick off Souttar but it wasn’t enough to take it off target and the ball nestled in the back of the net.A string of bad tackles then came in from United and their lack of discipline became their downfall after Paul Paton scythed down Mackay-Steven just outside the box to give Celtic a dangerous free-kick. The midfielder was booked for his tackle but what followed hurt United much more.

    Celtic took the set-piece quickly and worked the ball into the area where it landed at the feet of Denayer. He took a touch with his right to steady himself with his back to goal before rolling the ball beyond Cierzniak with the sole of his boot.It was a moment of sheer class from the Belgian defender and summed up Celtic’s stunning first-half.With the game essentially won in the opening 45 minutes, Celtic began the second-half patiently. United on the other hand were fired up and took possession shortly after the restart.The visitors enjoyed a decent spell of play, pushing the Hoops back into their own half but a shot from distance from Telfer and an effort on target for half-time substitute Ryan Dow was all McNamara’s side could muster.That period of pressure from the Taysiders sparked the Hoops back into life and the Bhoys returned to their slick passing on the edge of United’s area.

    The high pressing approach won the ball back in great areas for Ronny Deila’s side and led to a good chance for Armstrong outside the box but the midfielder’s shot was off target.The manager then introduced Stefan Scepovic for John Guidetti, before Kris Commons and Liam Henderson also replaced Mackay-Steven and Armstrong.The fresh legs helped the Celts maintain control and they continued to sweep forward in search of a fourth.Henderson looked lively down the left and looked in the mood to make the most of his game time. The young midfielder did well to get involved in the play but he couldn’t find the final ball to create a chance for the Celts.Nir Bitton, who looked as assured as ever in midfield alongside Scott Brown, then had a go from distance, as did Efe Ambrose, but neither could find the target.It mattered little for the Champions, though, and they saw the game out in possession before the manager toasted the win with yet another set of Ronny Roars for the Celtic faithful.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong (Commons 70); Guidetti (Scepovic 70).
    Not used: Zaluska, Griffiths, Fisher, Forrest, Henderson.

    DUNDEE UNITED (4-2-3-1) Cierzniak; McGowan, Souttar, Fojut, Dixon; Paton, Rankin, Butcher (Dow 45); Telfer (Muirhead 77), Spittal (Anier 77); Ciftci
    Not used: Szromnik, Spark, Connolly, Erskine.

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    St Mirren v Celtic
    Scottish Premiership
    3rd April 2015
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Celtic 4-0 Dundee Utd Scottish Cup Replay Trebles On !!


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No links tonight for the game as uefa have blocked any tv coverage of the game due to champions league games ,so there’s a bit of multi tasking going on all over Scotland with hoops fans listening in on radio or getting updates online…of course that’s if yer no at paradise watching the game ,celtic are playing very well and don’t look in danger of losing the game 20 mins to go and the Scottish cup semi final looks well in site,goals from denayer and Griffiths have the hoops on the front foot ,i thought we would have one blip along the way considering we were going to play united 4 times in a fortnight but it looks like after our fine league cup win on sunday we will be progressing to the semi final of the scottish cup as well….

Of course im listening to the game as i write the post,so who knows ,if we negotiate the game tonight we will only have the league tie on saturday in this saga to come ,you could say we have Dundee utds number after recent results,were flying and dont look like letting up ,nearly wet myself there as we could have number 3 ohhhhhhhhhhhhh wow just after that comment commons bangs in number 3 brilliant what a display from the team ,can’t get any better for the team tonight commons 12th goal of the season ,and he becomes our top goalscorer for the season 1 ahead of guidetti and Griffiths ,i said on sunday commons would win us the cup and he set us on our way,what a good bit of business celtic completed signing commons again….

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7 MINS TO GO and were still pressing for more goals this team never lets up,for any Ronnie deila doubters im sure there’s humble pie a plenty since the turn of the yr the team are flying…

2 sendings off stokes and Ryan mcgowan holy shit this fixture is turning into a real battle 6 in 3 games ,no pictures but its a real battle listening on the radio is nuts,2 mins to go big Virgil van dyk makes it 4 yessssssssssss hh

GAME OVER 4-0 RONNIE ROAR

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Celtic lift First Silverware On The Way to The Treble….

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Celtic were simply brilliant on sunday afternoon ,ive mentioned the fitness that’s evident in the current squad before ,but with every passing game you can see the teams energy levels are at a high,it’s all down to the managers regime of high tempo pressing of the opposition and all out attack,Dundee utd were quite simply swept aside in the final had james Forrest not missed the penalty it would have been 3-0 ….

Goals from commons and Forrest would win the cup on the day and celtic to be honest never looked like losing,stokes and biton played out their skins ,while broonie and Johanson ran the utd midfield ragged,our goal never really came under threat and big Craig Gordon had a quiet day,it’s the first trophy of 3 and Ronnie deilas dream is part complete,the games to come in the Scottish cup and league are going to be interesting…

A treble is very hard to achieve but i think this team has what it takes,im pleased for them and the boss …i always had a good feeling about Ronnie deila he’s taking celtic in the right direction,the Scottish cup replay will be a tough game but i think we have uniteds number and im going for a similar scoreline on wed night…. HH



Scottish League Cup

Hampden Park Sunday, March 15, 2015

CELTIC…2 (Commons 27, Forrest 79)

DUNDEE UNITED…0

RONNY DEILA captured his first trophy as Celtic manager after his side beat Dundee United 2-0 at Hampden today (Sunday) to lift the Scottish League Cup.An attacking attitude and disciplined performance from the Hoops was capped off by goals in either half from Kris Commons and James Forrest to give the team the first piece of silverware this season.Forrest had a chance to grab a double when he won a penalty late on but Radoslaw Cierzniak saved to deny the winger.

The match was a much calmer affair than last weekend’s 1-1 draw in the Scottish Cup but Dundee United still saw a man sent off when Sean Dillon was dismissed for a high challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Celtic made just one change to the team following last weekend’s draw with United and reintroduced Kris Commons in place of James Forrest on the right wing.The Bhoys started the match the brighter of the two sides and looked comfortable in possession, stroking the ball about patiently in search of an early opening.

Virgil van Dijk almost put the Bhoys in the lead inside the first two minutes when he rose well to meet a corner from Anthony Stokes from the left but the United defence cleared the ball on the line.Leigh Griffiths’ dogged determination then carved out another chance from seemingly nothing when he intercepted a slack back-pass from Callum Morris to Radoslaw Cierzniak in the United goal and rounded the keeper, but his shot hit the side netting from a tight angle.

Jackie McNamara’s side threatened at the other end early on too after they won a free-kick on the edge of the Celtic box but the Hoops dealt with the set-piece from Paul Dixon and cleared the danger.Commons seemed to be relishing his return to the side and as the match wore on he began to pop up in pockets of space around the United box. The attacker had couple of shots from distance which were off target but were an indication of his intent.

The Celtic star then came good on those threats and put the Hoops into the lead in emphatic style just before the half hour mark.Stokes picked up the ball in space on the left and crossed into the box but the United defence played the ball straight back out to the Irishman. The attacker readjusted his sights and played a lower cross into the middle to find Commons, who hit an effort at goal, which went through the legs of Jaroslaw Fojut only to be fantastically saved by Cierzniak in goal.

The keeper’s efforts were in vain, however, as the ball landed back at the feet of Commons, who made no mistake at the second attempt and hammered the ball beyond the outstretched goalie.The Terrors were a man down at the time as their captain Sean Dillon received treatment off the park but he soon returned to the action.Celtic went on the hunt after the restart and had United on the ropes.

Callum Morris had to think fast to thwart Griffiths in the box before he pulled the trigger, and then Ryan McGowan was booked for a late tackle from the side on Scott Brown. Commons then forced another great fingertip save from Cierzniak with a shot from the right before Ryan Down threatened with a header on the end of a long throw from McGowan at the other end as the match sparked into life again.Cierzniak was called into action again by Commons just before half time when the attacker controlled a ball cleared from a Stokes’ corner but his shot on the half volley was straight at the keeper.

The United players came out for the second half and drove forward from the restart. McNamara’s side won a corner straight away but Celtic cleared.Stokes then went close to setting up Griffiths at the other end but the winger’s cross was just inches ahead of the Celtic striker. United then sat back in their own half to soak up the Hoops pressure but their game-plan took a blow on 55 minutes when their captain, Dillon, was shown a straight red card.

The defender was caught out of position up the pitch and slid in late on Emilio Izaguirre in midfield in an attempt to get a foot on a loose ball. but his tackle was high and hard and caught the Honduran square on the ankle, leaving the left-back writhing in agony and the referee with no other option.Paul Paton then left Efe Ambrose on the deck as the nature of the game threatened to boil over but Celtic remained composed.With United a man down, Celtic began to turn the screw and focused much of their play down the left wing.

Johansen almost got on the end of a trio of crosses from the left flank but Fojut did well to clear on each occasion in the absence of his captain. United were on the rack, however, and it seemed like only a matter of time before Celtic would score again.Ronny Deila brought James Forrest and John Guidetti into the action in place of Commons and Griffiths as he sought the second goal to kill the game. That strike almost came from a Celtic corner when Jason Denayer rose to meet the ball in but his header went over Cierzniak’s bar.

The deciding goal wasn’t far away, though, and it was substitute Forrest who grabbed it for the Bhoys.The Hoops drove forward down the right through the Scotland winger and he played a ball out to the left to find Johansen in the box. He was forced wide but managed to shift the ball back in to Guidetti who, with his back to goal, spotted Forrest in space 20 yards out. The Swede laid the ball off for the attacker who showed no hesitation before curling a ball into the net beyond Cierzniak.

The strike signalled the end of the brief United revival which had preceded it and the winger had a chance to get on the score-sheet again moments later when Celtic won a penalty after he was dragged down in the box by Paul Dixon.The playmaker stepped up to take the spot-kick but Cierzniak stuck out a leg to thwart the winger.The day truly belonged to Celtic, however, and their overall play, discipline and attitude got them the win they deserved and Ronny Deila’s first trophy as Hoops manager.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton (Henderson 83); Commons (Forrest 69), Johansen, Stokes; Griffiths (Guidetti 69). Not used: Zaluska, Scepovic, Fisher, McGregor.

DUNDEE UNITED (4-3-3): Cierzniak, McGowan, Dillon, Fojut, Dixon; Paton (Erskine 70), Butcher, Rankin; Dow, Morris, Bilate (Anier 59). Not used: Szromnik, Telfer, Connolly, Spittal.


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30 mins to kick off Celtic V Dundee Utd League Cup Final thoughts HH

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Sunday 15th March 2015

League Cup Final

Celtic v Dundee Utd

Were just recovering from a fiery Scottish cup quarter-final between Celtic and Dundee utd last weekend ,3 sendings off ,tackles flying ,irate managers and players,refereeing mistakes and a decent football match despite all the furor,1-1 it ended and the 2 will lock horns again on Wednesday night 18th march at parkhead,whatever your view on the sendings off all that matters for us Celtic fans is big VVD is free to play in todays final…

The contests between ourselves and Dundee utd are taking over the month of march ,up next is todays league cup final and bhoy am i looking forward to the game,the familiarity may become an issue but we need to take each game as it comes ,win the cup final today and just move on to the next one ,a solid base to a treble could be achieved today with a win at Hampden ..

Cup finals don’t come around to often and this one has mixed fortunes for the hoops losing more than theve won ,todays game will be a bruising encounter im sure there seems to be a bit off needle between the clubs and it can be good to spice things up,on the pitch we need to stay composed though and not be losing any players to silly challenges ,be professional and remember what this trophy means to the club and the fans..

Ronnie deila will have the team well-drilled and prepared for the job ahead ,of course today we wont have the services of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mckay Stevens who are cup tied so the guys who come in will have to fit in to the way the teams been operating last few weeks ,if Nir Biton is fit he will no doubt be joined by Scott Brown and Stefan Johanson in the engine room..

Building a team around these 3 players is whats made Celtic such a force this season and with Virgil Van Dyk and Denayer at the back and Craig Gorden in goals the nucleus of a fine side is in the making ,even if it is till the end of the season,up top i think Ronnie Deila will play Griffith from the start with Guidetti on the bench ,il take any win today just to get over the line and im not seeing an open final ,probably very cagy and im predicting a 2-1 celtic win ….

The man I think can win the cup for Celtic  is Kris Commons I believe he will get on the score sheet today he’s never far from the action and if he’s on song could be the difference between the sides ,it’s a one-off game and anyones game ,lets just hope for a good final and to be entertained ….
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So ‘The Dave King ‘And The 3 Bears Era Has Begun!!

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So the Dave King three bears era has begun ,and like the last 3 tenures already the mistakes made previously are arising again ,do they ever learn …the team on the park are woeful drawing there last 2 games since the takeover all the talk about a new dawn is pie in the sky,even a new manager in Stuart mccaul can’t lift the govan gloom,Hibs have already opened up a 7 point gap even though sevco have 2 games in hand will they win them…

They play hibs next weekend …lose and it might be just too much to win second spot,Hearts are closing in on the title and hibs are determined to follow their rivals back to the premier league,sevco will be left in the championship for another yr,so much for winning back to back promotions ..

On the park the problems are clear the team is rubbish to many prima donna and hangers-on ,20 million King claims to be bringing to the table,lets just break that down ,the stadium is falling apart the pitch is a disgrace,they still owe Mike Ashley money and probably others we don’t know about,Murray park and the Albion car park are both in disrepair ,all this before they can spend a penny on a player…

Dave King has backed a dead donkey sevco were at the point of no return back in 2012 under Charles Green,its got that bad that fans have been called upon to take up tools and repair the sinking ship all led and promoted by a bigot and racist on twitter who started recruitment ,will they ever learn associating themselves with unsavoury individuals like that…

THE co-ordinator of a volunteer army of tradesmen to refurbish Ibrox has stepped back from his involvement after becoming the latest high profile Rangers fan to be embroiled in a row over racist material.

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Also the Chris Graham recruitment to the board for all off 3 days till all the nasty stuff about him comes out and he resigns and goes into hiding ,then there’s the bigot and bomber who targeted Neil Lennon and other prominent figures back in 2012 showing up at ibrox and lording it up ,that’s 3 individuals who in the space of a week have thrown more mud on sevco….

http://m.stv.tv/news/west-central/313742-chris-graham-quits-as-rangers-director-over-prophet-mohammed-tweet/

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Rangers 1873-2012 are a newspapers wet dream there’s news every day,scandal,comedy,etc…i cast a thought to that mob every once in a while there so irrelevant to me now,my club Celtic are so far ahead of them there but shit on a shoe ,i used to want them just to expire but ive come more to realise last few yrs there suffering is there penance for their crimes in the last 25 yrs…

All the cheating,all the tax evasion all the lies,all the false titles and cup wins …let it go on i get a good laugh on a daily basis keep up the good work sevco and mr king well done to you hh

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Sevco5088 Rewind”Sevco Conundrum Mud Sticks”

Originally posted on The Celtic Footsoldiers:

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In recent months ive found myself writing less and less about sevco,i kept asking myself why …..am i bored off the whole affair after all its taken up my thoughts for the last 18 months ,i quickly began to realise that like that niggly pain you sometimes get form a old sports injury or mishap down the years it doesnt quite go away…and it rears its ugly head again at some point just to remind you hey im still here,now this is just like whats happening all over again down govan way..
 
sevco will have you believe that alls well and there on the road to some kind off recovery,well this couldn’t be further from the truth..there burning money again like big time texas gamblers the players might be different but the results will be the same,this pariah club who…

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Sevco5088’Pain-No Gain’

Originally posted on The Celtic Footsoldiers:

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The news coming out of ibrox park on Thurs evening 24th april was nothing new sevco5088 are again on the brink of oblivion ,well the first time for this particular club big brother rangers 1873-2012 died in 2012 ,the newco have been bumbling along for the past 2 and a half yrs from one tragedy to another….they still cant get their house in order ,major shareholder and alleged crook sandy easdale has claimed he very worried about the position of sevco ”’is it the club your worried about mr easdale or the large amount off wonga that’s your concern…
 
Listen guys like this are 2 a penny in my estimation, there all charlatans none of them care about sevco or the fans who like to believe there following the same club they did pre-liquidation,Craig whyte came followed by Charles green and both are chasing sevco for millions,as a normal…

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New Balance x Celtic – The latest team to join the NB Football family

Originally posted on The 12elfth Man:

Celtic and New Balance have just announced their link up as the brand will start supplying the team kit, training wear and equipment from next season onwards.

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It sees the Scottish giants join a host of other New Balance sponsored clubs from the biggest leagues on the planet.

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Big things expected from the NB world. We await with great anticipation as football and lifestyle worlds collide to create damn awesome things.

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It’s Time To Play Musical Chairmans!!!!!!..

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It’s Time To Play Musical Chairmans!!!!!!..

The merry-go-round that is sevco5088 takes a new twist tomorrow when they hold their EGM,finally after 2 venues in London knocked the parasites back it looks like the whole thing will go ahead behind closed doors at the bigotdome,thing is we will be chewing over the debacle before lunchtime …

Dave king is the new proposed saviour of the masses …he’s been there done it before and made a arse of it , so along with Paul Murray and the other stooges , we will for the near future at least have some new goons to laugh at ,this sorry mess has been keeping my sides splitting for 3 and a half yrs now …

First it was White then it was Green now it’s King, like the 2 previous charlatans Dave king comes with an impressive cv for tax avoidance so he should fit right in I suppose ,I can never really be serious when I write about SEVCO,to be honest I’ve stayed clear off blogging about them last few months,but the latest episode is comedy gold….…

Does any one really believe the blue Knights will save SEVCO , stop stalling on the
inevitable,eventually a parasite dies , granted it bleeds its host for a bit first , but some where down the road it all comes to an end.The sevconians need someone to look up to as there saviour there the blind masses , King is the pied piper and he’s about to lead the people HH

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T.I.F.O..’s From Around The World……

Theres no doubt our very own green brigade have been producing excellent Tifo’s for some time now Inter Milan recently was a clever piece of art …i also liked the Tifo against Salzburg in the Europa league qualifier,that was the first proper game id taken my son too and he loved it,even more so as we were right next to the display,ive been following Celtic for 40 yrs and i like where the group are going with regards to their colour and noise they bring to home matches..ive added a gallery below and to the main gallery page which i hope to keep adding to ….

 

 


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GOD BLESS ….

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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 Go Through……
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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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