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31 Dec 2020 11:19:21
This Derby game has the same feel to when Celtic beat them at Ibrox on the 40th Anniversary of the ibrox disaster.
Rangers went into the game over confident because Celtic had problems especially in midfield.
I think Brown was missing and Strachan suspended McGeady for 2 games due to disciplinary issues.
Celtic played Mulgrew in the middle of the Park and Samaras scored 2 goals in a 2-0 victory.
I remember overhearing a couple of Rangers fans talking in the bookies the day before the game and they were betting Miller to score a hat trick.
I knew then they were building themselves up for a big fall.

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31 Dec 2020 11:47:58
BB I’ve watched them recently as I’ve had nothing better to do and as we’re due to play them potentially with the league at stake. Normally if they were playing out the back I wouldn’t open the curtains. They are a decent side on a decent run evidenced by some of their European results. But they are there for the taking if we play the right team two up top and start Soro and Turnbull. The fullback decision is a headache. If we sit in and invite them onto us they’ll take the three points. If we take the game to them on the front foot from kick off and get right in their faces we’ll lose goals but we’ll win. We need to win every 50/ 50 ball and I’d suggest making our presence felt in the first 15 minutes until the first yellow card comes out.

31 Dec 2020 12:20:10
The only decisions Lennon should have to make is which 3 defenders plays alongside Ajer in defence and in what order.
The other 8 players should pick themselves and if they all start, Celtic will win.
I pray that Lennon doesn’t change things, which would play into their hands.
The 3 decisions for Lennon are:-
Frimpong at RB with Ajer at CB.
Ajer at RB and possibly play Duffy at CB
Laxalt or Taylor at LB.
He can choose whatever he feels is right, as long as the other 8 players start.

31 Dec 2020 12:29:11
BB I’m for Taylor and Ajer at fullback because I think Laxalt and Pingpong would leave us exposed. But there is definitely an argument in favour of playing them. (1) We need to take the game to them (2) there will be space that we don’t usually get because they will have no fear and will come at us as they know it will all but finish the league if they can win and (3) Neils mindset should be we need to score 4 because we could lose 3.

31 Dec 2020 13:30:09
Totally agree about Laxalt and Frimpong. Even though Frimpong gives us pace and width, defensively he is weak and outmuscled too easily, whereas Laxalt is also unable to stop crosses and gives away too many free kicks in dangerous areas. It's a cruscial decision for NL.
If (as it appears) Jullien won't make it, that could force Ajer away from RB and into the centre because I don't think he would risk a back four of Ajer, Duffy, Bitton and Taylor - or would he?
Suppose Welsh is an option or what's the situation with El Hamed?

31 Dec 2020 13:33:00
Lennon has hinted today that Soro, Turnbull and Griffiths will all start at Ibrox.
That’s got to be positive news.

31 Dec 2020 13:44:14
OAB Ajer Duffy Biton and Taylor for me but I don’t think he will play Shane or he’d have got a run out yesterday. I’d play him rather than move Ajer from right back.

31 Dec 2020 14:34:34
Would love to see Ajer at RB JFP; as it took NL long enough to realize what a lot of us knew about Ajer's best place in a back four.
I think Bitton and Duffy would be too risky, but as I keep saying as long as we score more than them, I will be delighted.
The amount of chances we created against United was very encouraging and I think our best form is very close. Here's hoping.

31 Dec 2020 14:45:43
Jfp buzz I agree but to me the difference this time is 5 subs if not going to plan after 20/ 30 min change it don't wait till 70 min or so hh.

31 Dec 2020 15:05:15
Jic the 5 subs should indeed be to our advantage we have greater strength and depth which gives us options. It might not be about the starting 11.

31 Dec 2020 15:15:23
I’ve had a good feeling about Elyounoussi all week.
Moi won’t start the game but he’ll be dangerous if he’s given the chance.

31 Dec 2020 15:26:04
BB I like him and he’s the stronger of the two but Mikey can play there too and Nelly Noosy has a tendency to cut inside. Like Jic said the 5 subs gives us options to change.



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