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15 Feb 2019 11:00:47
"Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference"
I agree to some extent with everything that has been said on here after the match but I think the wisdom of the serenity prayer needs to be applied. No amount of money spent is going to create a team that can genuinely compete at this level whilst we compete in Scotland. The English Championship can pay higher wages and even if we could afford their wages the better players don't want to come here. It is useless howling at the moon. We do not have the power to change this.
What can we change? I believe we have a very, very good manager and i don't believe we would be celebrating a double treble or invincible year or be hopeful for a treble treble this year without him at the helm. BR maybe needs to change tactics according who we are playing. Playing the ball out from the back is a very good policy as hoofing it up the park is 50/ 50 who ends up with it. However we have seen in the league with lesser competition that if the put in the effort and press us high it is possible to beat us. I mean if a team like hearts can beat us 4-0 with high pressing who should be surprised that Valencia beat us 2-0 Last night we were punished for a couple of errors but I can think of another 2 or 3 in our area that could easily have been punished. I honestly believe that at times we need to defend in 10 and boot the ball up the pitch if we are to have a chance of beating better opposition, win ugly rather than lose because when I think of playing the Celtic Way that does not include losing.

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15 Feb 2019 11:22:44
We all want the team to improve and be more competitive in Europe, but we will never be more than we are at the moment if we revert to 1980s Wimbledon long ball tactics every time we come up against a team we think are better. We would not get better results either this way as you don't automatically "win ugly" just because you put 10 men behind the ball. Good European teams will more often than not rip that system to pieces.
These players need to experience trying to play their own game against the best opposition possible so that we improve our football style over time, and I think we can play good football on our day against all but the very very best teams.

15 Feb 2019 14:13:49
Two good posts. I agree with IOG that we shouldn’t change our tactics though. It might get the odd result in the short term but longer term, we need to stick to the plan and try a develop a game to complete. Bottom line is, we played a team that was assembled with £150M and they looked every bit a £150M team. We just need to deal with it.

16 Feb 2019 10:56:37
Thank you Isleofgreen and COYBIG for your replies you have convinced me in that I was wrong in latter part of post in that changing tactics against superior opposition is not the solution but rather practice and experience so as to cut out stupid errors. Unfortunately playing in Scotland we will get neither.



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