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30 Dec 2020 18:32:51
Any news on Julie Ann? Looked a sore one. To be honest wouldn't be overly concerned if he didn't make the Bronx as I've never been that impressed. Haven't seen him do much that Biton can't do. More of an aerial threat but Bition is better for me with the ball at his feet and coming out of defence and for all his aerial threat can't say I think he command his box.

From what I saw today Neil has to revert to Taylor and Ajer at full back. I know I'm in a minority of one but I'd have given Duffy a run out today to give us the option of playing him beside Biton at centre half. I love Broon but Soro must start as must Turnbull which I don't think is up for debate. McGegoor and Elouyassi for me and obviously French Ted and Teacake up front. Barkas in goal.

There was a bit of team spirit today and no evidence of not wanting to play for the manager. We need to be in their face and take the game to them from kick off. The last three games we didn't turn up. The last two games at Parkhead were nothing short of embarrassing. I can accept losing but heartless is unjustifiable. If they win fair do's I'll be sick but make the red hand sanitisers work for it.

{Ed007's Note - Lennon has said about Jullien:

"We don’t know yet. It looks pretty painful. He was in a lot of pain coming off and there was a lot of swelling. Hopefully, that will settle over the next couple of days but it’s too early to say."

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30 Dec 2020 18:52:20
Cheers Ed. 👍.

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30 Dec 2020 19:20:33
I actually thought Jullian looked shaky in the first half.
There might be still hope for Saturday if his knee is only bruised.
Jullian going off was the only negative about today.
The biggest positive about today is we look certain to go with our winning formation on Saturday.
Lenny has to play Soro and Turnbull after today’s performance.
It also looks like we will play an extremely attacking starting lineup on Saturday with Frimpong and Laxalt as fullbacks and also with Griffiths and Edouard up front.
I expect Celtic to concede at Ibrox but I’m convinced we will still score more than them.

30 Dec 2020 19:27:01
I would be very surprised to see him on Saturday, as his recovery time from previous injuries have been more than three days and to be fair it was a fair-dunt he got - saving a certain goal.
Which brings me to Barkas; I was delighted we managed another clean sheet as they wee clean through three or four times, but Jullien's efforts and poor finishing by United was more evident than any point-blank, or superlative saves .
I still feel in a one-v-one situation Barkas doesn't convince me, he is a solid last line of defense, fortunately the defense have cut out a lot of the stupid mistake; but failure to stop crosses and conceding free kicks is still a problem - because we are still vulnerable IMO and Laxalt is a major culprit.
On a very positive note we have a few players returning to something like their top form, we are creating plenty of chances and should have had six or seven goals today and the manager has a confident squad to decide on his best eleven for the crunch.

30 Dec 2020 19:40:53
BB the best form of defence as they say for Celtic on Saturday is attack. We need to play to our strengths and that’s not our defence. That means two up front is not up for debate. I think that’s an accepted fact. The midfield picks itself but the two full back positions are a bone of contention and are worthy of debate. Personally I think Pingpong and Laxalt are too lightweight for the Bronx plus playing them effectively as wing backs against a team who has width would leave us mega exposed. It’s Ajer and Taylor for me. But I take your point and that’s why I’m not Celtics manager. What we all agree on is the game needs taken to them and that we’re grateful we’re not one of them.

30 Dec 2020 20:10:25
Unfortunately biton isn’t the answer at centre back either . When he came on today he got pulled over to the side where ajer was defending a few times leaving a Utd player with a decent opportunity on one occasion . If he makes the same mistake on Saturday and gives probably kent that chance we could be in trouble. Personally I hope julien can make it although I’d presume after the noise we heard when he smashed his leg there’s going to be substantial bruising at best for a few days.

30 Dec 2020 20:27:30
You convinced me last week that our current winning formation is the way to go at Ibrox on Saturday.
It will be an attacking lineup but your right, the best form of defence is attack. 👍
There’s a freshness about this Celtic team.
I mentioned on Boxing Day that a depleted Hamilton side had played more combined league games than the Celtic starting lineup.
If we can just win on Saturday, I believe we will have the stamina to see the season out.
I can’t wait now, bring it on.

30 Dec 2020 20:38:27
we all obviously want julien to be fit but its a bigger blow that in my opinion if he's not fit what it does is probably make lennons mind up of keeping ajar in the middle with an other and play frimpong at RB i can't see him starting bitton and duffy in the middle.

30 Dec 2020 21:05:43
BB Keep the Faith 👍.

30 Dec 2020 21:09:20
Liam Ajer needs to play at right back eh?

30 Dec 2020 21:14:00
I say we go Taylor and Ajer as full backs as gives us a bit more solidity at the back, with this midfield 4 I don't think we need to rely on wide players as much as you have Calmac Christie and Turnbull supporting the front 2 and Soro anchoring. We will have an energy in the middle of the pitch that they haven't faced before, NL must not change the midfield 4 for this match in no way shape or form.
If Jullien doesn't make it then we have to go with Duffy and Bitton and hope they pull if out the bag.

30 Dec 2020 21:30:54
I think if we play Frimpong and Laxalt, we are going to get picked off. The reason Julien got injured was because our LB was out of position, and which is why Duffylooks vulnerable . Keep saying it but if we play with a secure back four, every other player we have will have the confidence to totally dominate them. ALL of our recent failures come from full backs being caught out of position, even the so called smaller teams had us sussed. Settling the defence solves most of our current issues.

30 Dec 2020 21:55:21
Agreed Chas.

30 Dec 2020 22:08:51
Frimpong wasn’t in the T. V shot when Clark missed his chance.
I was asking my son “where’s Frimpong”
When they showed us the replay from a different angle,
Frimpong was about 40 yards from his goals.
It was Soro that done well to put the Utd striker off.

30 Dec 2020 22:58:50
I think for every fan jfp he's got to be at RB but Lennon probably won't see it.

30 Dec 2020 23:01:31
I didn't see the game today Buzz but we have to be solid at in the full back area's to stand any chance of winning this match, if we can stop them out wide I believe our midfield 4 can win the battle and provide the service for the front 2. It is imperative we stop them getting the ball wide though.



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