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24 Aug 2021 01:00:25
I think Sunday is a free hit. We are miles in front of where we thought we'd be and they have stalled- which is a bonus. Honestly if we lose its no big deal as I think come the window closing and 3 new first team starters to come in, we will motor and catch up the 3 points easily. We need tested at the back and on the break and maybe AZ and Sunday will test us. Then I have no doubt we will win more than them so losing Sunday is not a disaster.

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1.) 24 Aug 2021 09:06:33
I would rather beat AX than sevco if I had to choose one and the reason I say that is. I think we will easily make the points up but if we don't get into the europa league that would have major consequences further down the line with signings.


2.) 24 Aug 2021 09:08:36
I'm not to sure to that extent of a free hit or no big deal if we lose but no doubt about it IF we do lose there's still no doubt we are on the right path there's no doubt we are back, I've said to a few people that mob are lucky the first derby isn't at Celtic park if it was we would have skelped them.


3.) 24 Aug 2021 11:43:00
The day playing they bar stewards becomes a free hit will never arrive. We need to go in and show we can beat them with no fear. We cannot accept that after our start we go there and lose, think what that will do to our confidence and how the Sevco press will play it. No way a free hit against them should ever even be considered. We need to put down a marker and if we go there and sh it it then that will be a hammer blow to us all. I am not saying we will definitely win as our defence isn't fit for purpose yet, but we must believe from mid to front we can run them ragged snd go out there believing that and delivering. We need at the bare minimum a draw, but I think we can go there and do them. I want our players to get away from the chronic rabbits in headlights displays we have endured too long. Go out there with belief and take these cants to the feckin cleaners. COYBIG.

{Ed007's Note - That defence that "isn't fit for purpose" has kept 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games.}


4.) 24 Aug 2021 12:03:49
I know that and appreciate they have been better, but going forward in the league and hopefully in the EL, I think we need another CB and LB as options. It is still vulnerable and this week will be their biggest test. I think you would be hard pressed to find any supporter who thinks we have it sorted. The Croatian looks the business and if we actually sign Scales he might be better, he looks good to me, but you never know. We definitely need another CB as waiting for Sterfelt to come good isn't an option for me. Wether we do bring in reinforcements is still not clear, but we need to. The defence have done better against home teams but against Alkmaar they looked vulnerable at times and that is my worry against teams who have better players. Im delighted we are going for Lovric nd the Greek guy, but, our main weakness is in the defence and we need to address that before it fecks us up.

{Ed007's Note - We haven't conceded in the league since the opening game against Hearts and after seeing the turnaround in the team since then I see no reason why that won't continue on Sunday.
So that's Starfelt written off already? 🤦‍♂️ Isn't him and Taylor part of that defence that kept clean sheets against Dundee, Jablonec, AZ and St Mirren, what did Starfelt do that was so bad in any of those games?
Paul said on the pod last night that TRIFC and their support are $hitting themselves for Sunday but some Celtic fans are getting their Tena in a tangle and losing focus on reality - have you watched us recently? Have you watched them?
I've not been this confident going to Ibrox since we were allowed in the Free Broomloan and they couldn't bear to see us party.}


5.) 24 Aug 2021 12:28:32
are we in for lovric or just wishing we are.


6.) 24 Aug 2021 12:45:50
I am not getting anything in a twist. I have watched them and so far mid to front we are better than under Rogers, however, Stefelt looks the weakest link. Would you disagree with that? As for confidence, I am too more confident of a win than I have been for too long, but to deny we still have problems at the back is nonsense. We do, I haven't written Sterfelt off, I don't have a crystal ball, but I do have eyes that he, so far, he isn't at it and is prone to mistakes. I want him to be brilliant, but so far, he just isn't. I also know they are rubbishting it, they have gone from 56 a cert, to feck all. We were all over them there last year then a defensive balls up derailed us. Self inflicted. I do want better than Taylor, who can't be faulted for effort and I would have him as back up, but if we really want to do well in Europe and at home, we need better. So another CB is a must, even if Sterfelt finds his game and is brilliant. One injury one suspension and its wheel out Bitton. And we all know how that turns out. No harm to Bitton, he is a midfielder, he is only played because we are never prepared and don't have actual Cb's, that needs to end. Maybe Scales is in for that, but that still leaves the need for a LB as we have no one part from the disaster that is Boli.

{Ed007's Note - Taylor is the weakest link in the defence and you're the first person I've heard saying anything else.
"waiting for Sterfelt to come good isn't an option for me" sounds awfully like you're writing him and off after only a handful of games.
I know you like a moan and looking for negatives in everything but your opinion on Starfelt is quite frankly ludicrous.
"Celtic players will be judged on their last touch of the ball or the last mistake they made" has never been more evident.}


7.) 24 Aug 2021 13:03:51
I'm hoping we go there and smash them. There is negativity in their camp already and I've seen a few "Gerrard Out" tweets already. If we hammer them then they'll be under pressure, something they never had to deal with last season as they got to build up a healthy lead we couldn't catch up. For all the gloating they done they're rubbishing it now after our start let's go out there and gub them and put them back in their box.


8.) 24 Aug 2021 14:35:48
I cn assure you I am not the only person who has commented that right now Sterfelt s the weakest link. Maybe you haven't heard or read the similar comments, one was, If you look at / welsh and Sterfelt, you would think Welsh was the £4m signing. there have been loads of others, including most of the podcast, but, if you think he is playing in a way that gives the support confidence you're in a minority of one. As for moaning, its not moving its highlighting areas that need addressed. You might not agree, nutlike me, you're only one Celtic fan, you may have people jumping on here to back you up, but that's the way it goes. every single Celtic outlet have raised concerns about the guy, your the first to say he's doing ok. He isn't, and even if he was, is ok for £4m ok? If he does come good that doesn't change right now he doesn't inspire confidence. We need another CB even if he turns into Maldini.

{Ed007's Note - So you and all these Celtic supporters I've not heard or read are ANYONE except you saying that Starfelt is performing worse worse than Taylor is? I don't think anyone on the podcast has said that either because I would have challenged it there and then.
Oh and byw I don't need anyone to back me up up mate, you're the one blabbing on about what other people are saying trying to gain traction for your own ludicrous opinions.
As I said, you're always moaning about something and looking for negatives but you've made yourself look a complete fool on here - again.}


9.) 24 Aug 2021 15:54:41
So anybody that doesn't agree with you, is making themselves look foolish? As I said your opinion is no better or worse than mine, Sterfelt has been a worry, Taylor is always a worry and he would never be first pick for me, but we have spent £4m on a guy who hasn't inspired confidence and looks shaky and vulnerable. To deny that is unbelievable. I never said he won't come good, I said up until now and the way we have been playing a the back Ralston and Welsh have saved his arse a few times, especially against Alkmaar where he was all over the place too often. As for looking for negatives, that's garbage, saying something isn't right or good enough isn't negative, kidding on its all great is far worse. We all know our weakest part of the team is our defence. Unless you think differently, then obviously its not. we need better defenders to make Anges philosophy work. We are still light at the back and an injury could see Bitton back. Right now Sterfelt has no competition fr the jersey and to keep everyone their toes you need that. I sincerely hope he turns out brilliant but that doesn't mean you can't say he has failed to inspire. Because he hasn't, regardless of how you see it.

{Ed007's Note - You said Starfelt was the weakest link in the defence - you said there is plenty of people who agree, where are they? You also said - although bizarrely you claimed you aren't writing him off - that waiting for him to settle and improve isn't an option for you even though you can't pinpoint what's he done wrong in the last few games where we have kept 4 clean sheets in 5 games.
It's not having a different opinion that makes you foolish, it's the unknown people that seemingly agree with you that makes you look foolish, you're obviosuly not confident enough to back your own opinion, I mean what absolute nonsense is this:

"I cn assure you I am not the only person who has commented that right now Sterfelt s the weakest link. Maybe you haven't heard or read the similar comments, one was, If you look at / welsh and Sterfelt, you would think Welsh was the £4m signing."

Why are you comparing Starfelt to Welsh when the entire thread is about Taylor and Starfelt? In fact don't even bother answering, I'm bored and you can go back to just trolling posts with negativity - how come you never pull me up about posts not going up, the trolling ones I just delete? Maybe the posters that don't think you're a Celtic supporter are right - see how easy it is to just to say something and say others have said it?}


10.) 24 Aug 2021 17:40:50
FFS Ed.
Don't put a stop to this - I still have a 1/ 3 of my popcorn bucket left and my 3D glasses have never had such a run out in a long time!

The boy Starfelt has, in my opinion, got some confidence/ settling in issues but he has not been horrendous. We could go through our whole team and find find fault with all of our players if we want to. Starfelt is no diddy and his performances will improve as he gets games under him and learns the system Ange wants better.
Starfelt can be seen in the same initial phases of his Celtic tenure as VVD or Larsson et al so let's all get behind him and give him the chance an international deserves.

The future's bright, it's swathed in green and white.

{Ed007's Note - 👍👍


11.) 24 Aug 2021 18:23:30
Magicpole you drove me up the pole never a positive comment enjoy the football and maybe win lose or draw support your team and the manager instead of slagging players who have played 4 games Glasgow’s green and white.


12.) 24 Aug 2021 19:45:33
can i ask again are we in for lovric as the op said and if christie stays do we need a lw as much as a lb or cb.


13.) 24 Aug 2021 20:35:58
FFS Magic! The boy came in and got thrown straight into the team and has played something like 7 games in 21 days.
Not everyone hits the ground running.


14.) 24 Aug 2021 22:28:02
Frank, read the bottom of the thread below and you'll see a positive post by Magicpole today.
There was a bit of a contradiction in what he finished off with though - "let's focus on the future with Ange and his team, no matter who they are".


15.) 25 Aug 2021 01:21:31
Must say I was half expecting Anne Robinson to make a post on this thread. If I think back, as someone else has said, anyone of our players could at some stage or other been considered the weakest link. It is true that at the moment the backline is weakest but ceertainly since Jow Hart came in that has been changing. In the game against hearts Celtic had 74% possession with 19 shots but only 7 were on target resulting in 1 goal for Anthony Ralston. Perhaps the forwards are the weakest links because if they scored with their shots the fact that hearts got two goals wouldn't have mattered as we would have scored more. Interesting that our goal came from a defender that until his recent performances most would have considered not good enough for Celtic.


16.) 25 Aug 2021 02:34:59
Got bored reading this thread after 1st few comments. Last season we lost to them cos we weren’t up for it not cos they were better players but they had fight and a will to win. Now we’re going to be up for it ange won’t treat them differently to anyone we play or where we play those mutants won’t know what’s hit them. We’re a much different animal now. These games used to be won or lost in midfield I don’t see this one being the same they won’t play a high line and flood the midfield cos our front 3 will rip them apart. Last season we were so predictable and easy to play against not this season. I’m going for -2 Celtic this time I’m that confident.


17.) 25 Aug 2021 08:04:35
Hail Hail Welshy88.


18.) 25 Aug 2021 08:29:02
Well Big Ange isn't concerned about clean sheets although they are nice aslong as we out score our opponents we will always win the game and Ange has us set up for that. So I couldn't care if we concede 2, 3 or 4 goals as long as we score 1 more than them I will be happy. Scotland or the UK are the only countries in Europe that are obsessed with clean sheets. I could not care as I say aslong as we out score the opposition we will always win. Rant over.


19.) 25 Aug 2021 09:28:26
Let this one go lads we are improving in the defence. Big Ange is showing our under performing players a better way. Starfelt yes hot and cold it's getting better Taylor Ralston huge difference. Well done Ange for the turnaround. Taking players who could do better and showing a better way. Loving your work. Big man.


20.) 25 Aug 2021 09:33:51
So we bring in another cb who also needs time to adjust to his team mates? Central defence is by far the hardest position to settle in. You need stability. Chopping and changing it isn't going to help anyone. And while I'm here, i don't get all this negativity towards taylor either. He apparently has some sort of rangers connection which seems to blur peoples opinion of him. I'm sure he had more touches in the last game than every other player except turnbull. And something like 90% pass completion. I'm sure someone on here will have exact figures.


21.) 25 Aug 2021 14:01:24
Starfelt has had hairy moments at times since he came in but so have all the rest. Ralston's been fantastic but made a poor error which could easily have led to a goal against AZ when he tried to be cute and skin the winger. Starfelt hasn't done what Kyogo or Abada have done so far and had a "big game" where he's a complete standout but that's not to say he's been particularly bad either. He could have been slightly quicker in his decision making and more accurate in his distribution at times but so could any of the back four.


22.) 26 Aug 2021 20:23:02
Sterfelt is s feckin nightmare. Like i said he was, and plenty of others, you might have missed it, but if you say he's ok, then you're wrong. Admit it. If he is ok, how bad do you want us to become? Are you going to post this, or do a Pravada? We need another CB. End of.

{Ed007's Note - Where did I say we didn't need another CB? Can you actually read, can you understand what you read or are you going to just make more stuff up?}


 

 

15 Aug 2021 01:37:11
I reckon the thing with the Brazilian boy on loan fae City rather than the Croatian RB is that the inverted FB style we are playing is same as Peps and the Young lad may be familiar with how to play it. If Peps taught him we just need to put that into practice. Might actually be a good shout. Maybe try a 2yr loan?

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1.) 15 Aug 2021 08:39:39
He hasn't played for Pep yet though, they bought him and sent him on loan to Spain last year. We really need to get away from developing other teams young talent, if we are going to develop anyone it should be our own talent. In my opinion we should only be using the loan system in an emergency or with a loan to buy deal, I know things are difficult for everyone right now in terms of bringing players in but we have now had ample time to bring people in. I am still confident we will have another 2 or 3 players in before the window shuts.


2.) 15 Aug 2021 08:45:39
In my opinion a few loans is to be expected. We can’t expect such a large rebuild to be done in one window with every player coming in to be purchased. Loans are fine by me as the amount of players needed for the entire rebuild is much more than your average season. This will take a few windows to be fully rebuilt and if we need loans to cover positions till more funds are made available next summer then I’m all for it as long as the players brought in on loan improve the team even if it is only for 12 months.


3.) 15 Aug 2021 09:12:30
As long as there better loans than last year.


4.) 15 Aug 2021 21:10:57
Loans are a great idea if they’re used correctly, it can give you the chance of seeing how someone fits into our club or the system we are trying to play without splashing out on a huge fee first . Although I agree there’s no point in loaning someone that there is no realistic chance of signing permanently…… maybe an idea is to only use loans that have the option to buy clause In them.


 

 

28 Feb 2021 20:38:14
Confirmed by a very good source that the reason manager hasn't been announced yet is that once Crystal Palace guarantee safety Roy Hodgson will be announced Sporting Director with Eddie Howe manager. Hodgson contract ends in June. Deal for Howe done.

SmkmeAkipper

1.) 28 Feb 2021 22:06:10
Can’t see it but I think that would be great.


2.) 28 Feb 2021 22:35:55
At Palace, that isn't stopping us getting a Sporting Director and manager.


3.) 01 Mar 2021 01:04:56
Why would he give up a managers position for a DOF one? Why would he come to Scotland? Howe I can see but no change Hodgson.


4.) 01 Mar 2021 17:20:03
He is about 75 and could make a good dof.


 

 

 

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24 May 2022 00:59:04
So here's the thing. Its all admiral that Ange never owned a bus an won't Park it in champs league. but wee Gio saw his team taking a pummelling from dortmund at ivrox and quickly changed to a back 5. It got the job done. We are not asking for a whole new angeball system, but tweaks are needed and that is what make top mangers the best. Let's not be naive all over again.

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1.) 24 May 2022 13:09:48
I agree to an extent, Rogers tried the same and we got some hammerings in Europe under him . We struggled in the europa and conference games at times, we are obviously stepping up at least a level again. If we go toe to toe with the Highest level footballers we will get a few beatings, and it doesn’t become enjoyable getting beat 6-7 1.


2.) 24 May 2022 14:08:38
Ange will stick to his guns but, for me, it's about our shape and set up when we lose or don't have the ball.

If he doesn't tweak it we'll get punished. Bodo did it, home and away and they are nothing compared to the teams we might face in the CL.

☘️ ☘️ ☘️.


3.) 24 May 2022 17:10:35
Or we might just hand out a few hammerings to teams who'll be geared to attack us, instead of the 10 behind the ball we see so often in SPFL. it's all about opinions guys but we're allowed some optimism. After all, who amongst us seen us turning around last season's debacle in one campaign and 2 transfer windows, coupled with the range of injuries we just soaked up and got on with. Hail Hail☘️??.


4.) 24 May 2022 17:16:03
Unless we have access to the same funds and players as the Barca's, Real's and Liverpool's etc it doesn't matter what system or formation we play. Would you do need to do though is not to not allow quality players time on the ball otherwise they will hurt you!
If we can continue to qualify for the Champions League year after year then it's the only way we can attract the quality needed to help us compete. Once every 5 or so years won't cut it I'm afraid.


 

 

12 May 2022 23:05:50
3 inches from another treble. If CCV disnae hit the bar at hampden.

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26 Apr 2022 17:20:50
The big question for me isn't who starts up front. Either way it's strong. I think it'll be the midfield 3 that has the question mark. Will we go as is, with hatate and Rogic? This means after 60 mins O'Riely and Turnbull will come on. This gives zero thought to big GVB on how his team will play and gives us a no surprise element. Will Ange throw a curve ball and with 5 subs available (GG and K-man will switch at some point) do we start oreily and turnbull, and be strong in midfield and take no nonsense off the thugs they have posing as footballers? Then send hatate and rogic out for start of second half and throw a second curveball. We know we can win these games in 45 mins. My concern is that if Ange goes his favorable line up then it plays right into sevco hands. We need to give them something to unsettle their thuggish gameplan.

SmkmeAkipper

1.) 26 Apr 2022 18:57:34
SmkmeAkipper

Great question.

We were bullied and lost the game in the middle of the park park no doubt. So tightening it up initially with Turnbull and O’Riley could be a shout until the yellow cards come out for them. The problem is that point never came for Madden. It’s the worst refereeing display I’ve seen for a long time even by Scottish standards. Lundstrum and Barasic were shocking and dodged bookings for tackle on Rogic and obstructing Hart. Blatant cheating. For me however it wasn’t that the opposition were thuggish it was the fact they were allowed to be thuggish by the referee.

Against Ross County the referee made a few mistakes. Notably Kyogo’s goal was onside for me and Maeda was onside when play was stopped. But he nipped the first bad tackle in the bud which was the difference. The problem is Ange needs to pick the team before he knows how the referee will perform.

I think he’ll play with same midfield to play his own game trusting that the referee can’t possibly be that blatant and biased again. Or can he?

Up front it’s either or for me but again the choice between GG and Kyogo to start is also a factor of the above.


2.) 27 Apr 2022 08:17:25
Yip we got run over in midfield. We need to win that battle. Sadly Ange won't change, he's got us this far and deserves to play his way. Would like us to buy a nonsense Broony/ Lennon type in the summer to push calmac further forward.


3.) 27 Apr 2022 10:10:17
If the ref had done his job properly we would have controlled midfield.


4.) 27 Apr 2022 11:37:39
I know this won't be popular but if we don't want bullied in the midfield I would start with McGregor, O'Riley and McCarthy.
I wouldn't have Turnbull anywhere near the team as he is to lightweight and wants far to much time on the ball, which he won't get.
We can then bring Rogic and Hatate on for the last 30 mins.
I would also start with Maeda, GG and Jota and then let Abada and Kyogo run at them for the last 30 mins.


5.) 27 Apr 2022 13:35:39
Ange has plenty of choices Jonbhoy and hopefully the correct choice is enough to win Celtic the game on Sunday.


 

 

27 Mar 2022 16:41:03
Does anyone think there's a chance that Scott Brown will come in as assistant manager in the summer? Big Ange still hasn't brought in anyone and I think if he really wanted his own team he'd be kicking the boardroom door down. I think he's happy with the support and team he has but it still leaves a place. Personally I think it doesn't look like he needs a no2 but I'd love to see SB in the dugout. Could this be a long term plan as Anges replacement. What better way to learn the role from the big man himself. SB looked lost as a player with injuries and fitness but when BR came in SB really stepped up to the plate and we could not have asked for a better captain to lead this club at that time. I think he deserves a chance to come home and be part of more domination.

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{Ed007's Note - What's Scott Brown done to warrant being part of Ange's staff? He's got zero experience in coaching and even if the board told Ange he could bring in his own No.2 I doubt Scott Brown would be in the top 100 people Ange would think of.
We need to move away from the nepotism and jobs for the "bhoys" and if Scott Brown ends up being Ange's long term replacement then God help us. Let's hope when the time comes for Ange to leave or be replaced the board have a bigger and better vision than going down the ex-player route just for the sake of of.}


1.) 27 Mar 2022 17:39:51
That a wind up? I know international weekends are boring but come on.


2.) 27 Mar 2022 19:58:08
heart ruling head a wee bit.


3.) 27 Mar 2022 21:26:35
Remember the state we were left in with appointing ex players as a manager. Ed is spot on if Ange needs a member of staff he will pick his own man.

{Ed007's Note - If he ain't good enough to work under Jim Goodwin, not good enough to get the St Mirren gig and his only coaching role has ended with Stephen Glass being sacked what would he have to offer as a coach? If he wants to come in and start with the youths etc then fair enough but the fact he applied for - and expected to get - the St Mirren job shows that he is basically trying to use his reputation as a player to try and get a manager's job.
It was Brown's agent that leaked the story to the press that Brown has "been offered a quickfire route back into football by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers" when all that happened was Rodgers invited him down to have a look at Leicester's set up and methods etc, I honestly don't see Brown ever becoming a good enough coach/manager to take over at Celtic if the Club want to move forward and progress on and off the field.}


4.) 28 Mar 2022 15:40:16
I want old school celtic no where near us as manager or assistant manager.
They are blinkered imo.
It takes us Bach the way.
Ange needs his own men in to replace what we have. If ange thinks the guys he used to work with as assistant manager etc can be better I'm sure he will change it. Let's get the league to bed first see what happens.


5.) 28 Mar 2022 20:57:52
We went left field with Ange and that has paid off. A lot wanted a known man but we proved that there are many great coaches out there if you are prepared to loom beyond the horizon, so why would we go the nepotism route and look backwards. Onwards and upwards for Celtic.


 

 

15 Mar 2022 14:28:42
Guys- happy to assume we'll pull of another treble so here's something for opinions.
With CL money next year, do we cash in (albeit small fees) for rogic and forrest, and replace.

Will we look to play Angeball with a proper holding mid. Pushing Cal forward with a view to Europe.

Buy a LCB and put Starfelt on the right. I think this guy will continue to improve and be a top signing.

SmkmeAkipper

1.) 15 Mar 2022 14:56:32
Don't get ahead of yourself mate wee could end up with one trophy .


2.) 15 Mar 2022 14:57:17
Some achievement to win 5 trebles in 6 years.


3.) 15 Mar 2022 15:35:17
My question wasn't really about the treble more about what direction we will go. I think we need to maybe replace the old guard and buy a proper defensive mid.


4.) 15 Mar 2022 16:19:18
Av got you there mate I still think wee need an enforcer in the middle of the park wee are you lightweight at times .


5.) 15 Mar 2022 17:45:52
I don't want to jinx us or take too much for granted at this stage, but looking at the bigger picture, we definitely have the makings of a very good team and strong, versatile squad. Many of these guys have excelled all expectations in their first season and those who stay should get even better and more confident IMO. Europe was hit and miss with some very good performances mixed with the same old story of bad mistakes, conceding too many and obviously inconsistency.
However, as I said these players will learn and improve as will Ange with what he has experienced over the past eight months or so.


 

 

 

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23 Jun 2022 21:48:34
Not sure he turned us down to chase the dollar- maybe he chose the best team in Europe over playing in front of Barkas or Bain, with Laxalt and Jon Jo Kenny either side!

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20 Jun 2022 20:42:17
He was mostly good. Had a few great games but also a couple of stinkers. I'd bite EPLs hand off for 25m and give most of it to Ange.

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11 May 2022 13:44:02
Not sure why we want to push calmac further forward. The boy won poty in holding role. Agree we need a bit of dig in there for certain games but I think when we push calmac up after 65 mins when we make subs and bring Bitton on, we seem to lose control. I agree we need a tough tackler option for certain games.

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{Ed007's Note - McGregor might have won POTY but he will never be good enough defensively to play as a CDM. If we continue with him there then we can expect more struggles when we come up against teams who outmuscle & outfight our midfield.
Bitton can't play the role Ange wants in a CDM and neither can McGregor - Bitton doesn't have the vision/ability/mobility and McGregor doesn't have the physicality side of the game and can't tackle for toffee.}


 

 

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07 Jan 2022 11:11:18
Exactly Buzz. He would be a back up for us, but prob be close to first pick for them.

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07 Jan 2022 11:11:03
Exactly Buzz. He would be a back up for us, but prob be close to first pick for them.

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13 Jun 2022 17:08:10
Was just about to start the same post. I can't see anyone not improving next season and I think we will blow teams away. Barring injury GG could hit 40 goals. That's even with rotating or playing with Kyogo. I think as a sub GG could hit 25.

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03 Jun 2022 21:05:00
Ok but still think you are doing the guy a wee bit of a disservice by saying he was practically unheard of and without any CV and staying in a fancy hotel in London for 2 weeks (when he has already took his country to a world Cup, probably instrumental in choosing a base for the tournament then moving to J league, probably without his family initially) was a huge hurdle to overcome. I get your post and am extremely grateful in what he's achieved. but in hindsight and now knowing his background, the move should not have been a difficult one and the board/ previous regime have pulled an absolute blinder. Li g may it continue.

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03 Jun 2022 12:12:19
I stopped reading at "came as an unknown manager and not a lot on his cv". Maybe we in the UK goldfish bowl didn't know him but seems fairly known throughout the world by top names in the game. His managerial CV includes a world Cup and league titles. much much more than Rodgers, O'Neil, Slippy, and numerous others. Just pointing this out.

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11 May 2022 13:38:20
I'm definitely all for adapting for Europe. We've shown we can do bavks to the wall defending and if we put someone beside Calmac maybe we can be a bit more comfortable rather than this hairum scairum getting ripped open everything the opposition breaks. We also need a bit of luck with the draw. Every team they came up against are pants.

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11 May 2022 10:24:46
I agree. But I also wonder if we should move our captain further up I to the role most of us on here would love to see him in. Big but though. he's just won poty in the sitting role and maybe we should accept that its his position now, taking the ball from the centre backs and dictating the whole game. Maybe Ange sees gucchi or Mccarthy as this player but I think we need someone who will only play as required. Cal mac is 1st choice in that position but if away in Europe or at tougher grouds maybe an experienced cdm who is happy to come in. Like Bitton but better. Even short term dare I say it "Keano". I don't think we want to alter our style all the time.

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