Thrice Bitton

“You did scout Sinclair, didn’t you?” “Scout Sinclair? I thought you said SCOTT Sinclair!” All you want is the dullest of 0-0 draws, perhaps nick an away goal, so you can talk about maturity, calmness, development and being a good European side. And you get a 7-goal thriller with defensive calamities thrown in. Football, eh? … Read More

Killie Carpeted

“See that empty stand?” “Aye” “The pie stall is just behind it” Celtic overcame the slow and awkward (I’m talking about the 4G pitch, not the Kilmarnock centre forward!) to register another clean sheet and away win. The 19-year-old defence once again proved impregnable. Happy to keep possession and rack up a season high 800 … Read More

Concerning “Packing”

The “Packing” and “Impect” concepts were introduced in Germany and the firm responsible can be found here: This is a commercial organisation and they have introduced the concept with an aim of selling the data and insight to clubs. Therefore, in the unlikely event they ever found this inconsequential blog, they probably hate that … Read More

Ca’ Canny

Watching these Champions League Qualifiers for many of years, they are to be endured not enjoyed. But on a remarkable night in the Celtic Park maelstrom of rain, noise and colour, Celtic rendered the journey 1/3rd of the way around the world to Kazakhstan virtually a sightseeing tour with a 5-0 win against FC Astana. … Read More

Into The Known

When Celtic played FC Astana in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round, 1st leg in season 2016/17, it was Rodgers’ third game in charge. Every match had seen a different formation as he wrestled injuries, especially to defenders. Sinclair had not arrived and Toure was working up to match fitness. The Bhoys had struggled in … Read More

The Art of Olivier

“Wull ye no think o’ the wains, an’ call the polis???!” In the type of game more typical of championship winning seasons than 4 or 5 goal romps, Celtic played within themselves against a Partick Thistle side determined not to repeat the 4 and 5 goal romps of last season on this perfect pitch. Instead … Read More

Griffiths Bites Back

The Champions’ defence opened with a 49th unbeaten domestic game as flag day was marked with a dominant win over Heart of Midlothian. With 75% possession and 713 passes completed, to 145 by the visitors, there was slight disappointment at losing the first goal of the season. Much of the game resembled a training match, … Read More

Norwegians Blue

? “One of us made history, you made The Song of Norway” ? Celtic made it four European away games undefeated, and recorded their fourth clean sheet of the season, in Trondheim, as Group Stage football was guaranteed. The mouth of the cash river that is Champions League football has been reached. Navigating to safe … Read More