Lawwell poodle Matthew Lindsay scraping the dregs from the barrel

monkey magic

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THIS has been nothing short of a car crash of a season for Celtic in which everything that could possibly go wrong pretty much has.

The Parkhead club’s chances of completing 10-In-A-Row in the 2020/21 campaign were jeopardised from the very start by the fact that some players wanted to leave last summer and were prevented from doing so.

Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too.
After just two competitive matches, their momentum was disrupted when Holyrood requested that two of their games were postponed due to Boli Bolingoli breaching coronavirus lockdown protocols.

Positive Covid-19 tests and periods of self-isolation for key men like Nir Bitton, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Hatem Elhamed and David Turnbull soon followed.

James Forrest and Christopher Jullien, automatic starters for Celtic on the wing and at centre half respectively, also suffered serious injuries that ruled them out for long spells.


And Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and Shane Duffy, new signings of whom so much was hoped and expected, failed to justify the substantial outlay it took to secure their services and make an impact.

Then came the Dubai debacle in January – a calamitous affair from start to finish that effectively ended their slim hopes of staging a late fightback. Yet, one important factor in Celtic’s annus horribilis has been largely ignored amid all the protests, political storms and poor performances. Their defending at set pieces has been nothing short of diabolical. The Jordan White goal they conceded at a second-half Harry Paton free-kick in the 1-0 defeat to bottom-placed Ross County up in Dingwall on Sunday night was far from a freak occurrence. Then came the Dubai debacle in January – a calamitous affair from start to finish that effectively ended their slim hopes of staging a late fightback. Yet, one important factor in Celtic’s annus horribilis has been largely ignored amid all the protests, political storms and poor performances. Their defending at set pieces has been nothing short of diabolical. The Jordan White goal they conceded at a second-half Harry Paton free-kick in the 1-0 defeat to bottom-placed Ross County up in Dingwall on Sunday night was far from a freak occurrence.

The weakness in their armoury may not be as headline-grabbing as their left back playing in a Premiership game just days after returning from a whirlwind visit to a country on the government’s red list that he had failed to inform them about.

But an examination of the goals Neil Lennon’s men have let in after corners, throw-ins and free-kicks in the past seven months show the failing has been every bit as damaging to their aspirations. READ MORE: Neil Lennon: Ross County defeat summed up Celtic's entire season - there's been a softness about us If Scott Brown and his team mates had done better when the ball was returned to play their bid to make Scottish football history and win their 10th consecutive title would very much be alive.But an examination of the goals Neil Lennon’s men have let in after corners, throw-ins and free-kicks in the past seven months show the failing has been every bit as damaging to their aspirations. READ MORE: Neil Lennon: Ross County defeat summed up Celtic's entire season - there's been a softness about us If Scott Brown and his team mates had done better when the ball was returned to play their bid to make Scottish football history and win their 10th consecutive title would very much be alive.

They are 18 points adrift of Rangers in the top flight and just weeks away from finally surrendering their grasp on a piece of silverware that has been in their trophy cabinet for the past nine years. If they had dealt with the dead ball deliveries and throws into their penalty box and just outside their area more effectively they would be just seven back with two meetings with their city rivals to come in their final eight Premiership outings. Leagues have been won from far worse positions. Celtic have drawn no fewer than seven league games this term. In four of them, they have let in goals after set plays. They have, too, lost four times. Switching off at corners and free-kicks has cost them dear in every one of those defeats. They are 18 points adrift of Rangers in the top flight and just weeks away from finally surrendering their grasp on a piece of silverware that has been in their trophy cabinet for the past nine years. If they had dealt with the dead ball deliveries and throws into their penalty box and just outside their area more effectively they would be just seven back with two meetings with their city rivals to come in their final eight Premiership outings. Leagues have been won from far worse positions. Celtic have drawn no fewer than seven league games this term. In four of them, they have let in goals after set plays. They have, too, lost four times. Switching off at corners and free-kicks has cost them dear in every one of those defeats.

Rangers centre half Connor Goldson capitalised on that weakness in the first Old Firm game of the season at Parkhead back in October when he got on the end of a James Tavernier cross in just the ninth minute and nodded beyond Barkas.

The defender added another from open play in the second-half so his opener wasn’t vital to the result. The home side, missing Christie and Edouard, were absolutely dire. They didn’t manage a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. That encounter, then, is disregarded in this review of Celtic’s myriad set piece slip-ups. Would remaining on level terms have seen them grow in confidence and possibly scrape a draw? It is highly unlikely given how bad they were that day. READ MORE: Neil Lennon apologises to Celtic supporters for letting them down after defeat to bottom-placed Ross County In many of their other draws and defeats, however, the flaw has been hugely damaging. Against Hibernian at Easter Road in November, Scott Brown conceded a penalty with a clumsy foul on Martin Boyle after the visitors had failed to clear a Stevie Mallan free-kick. Scott Bain saved the Kevin Nisbet spot kick only for Jamie Murphy to net the rebound. The defender added another from open play in the second-half so his opener wasn’t vital to the result. The home side, missing Christie and Edouard, were absolutely dire. They didn’t manage a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. That encounter, then, is disregarded in this review of Celtic’s myriad set piece slip-ups. Would remaining on level terms have seen them grow in confidence and possibly scrape a draw? It is highly unlikely given how bad they were that day. READ MORE: Neil Lennon apologises to Celtic supporters for letting them down after defeat to bottom-placed Ross County In many of their other draws and defeats, however, the flaw has been hugely damaging. Against Hibernian at Easter Road in November, Scott Brown conceded a penalty with a clumsy foul on Martin Boyle after the visitors had failed to clear a Stevie Mallan free-kick. Scott Bain saved the Kevin Nisbet spot kick only for Jamie Murphy to net the rebound.

Just seven minutes later a Ryan Porteous free-kick from deep inside his own half wasn’t intercepted and Nisbet atoned for his earlier miss. “The second goal was awful,” said Lennon afterwards. “It’s just people standing watching.” His team scored two late on to level. But they fell two behind after two set plays. Chris Kane scored after a throw-in to ensure St Johnstone drew at Parkhead in December, Callum McGregor turned a Rangers corner into his own net at Ibrox in January and his men lost, Nisbet equalised for Hibs in the East End in injury-time after Conor Hazard flapped at a Mallan free-kick and Duffy failed to clear.Just seven minutes later a Ryan Porteous free-kick from deep inside his own half wasn’t intercepted and Nisbet atoned for his earlier miss. “The second goal was awful,” said Lennon afterwards. “It’s just people standing watching.” His team scored two late on to level. But they fell two behind after two set plays. Chris Kane scored after a throw-in to ensure St Johnstone drew at Parkhead in December, Callum McGregor turned a Rangers corner into his own net at Ibrox in January and his men lost, Nisbet equalised for Hibs in the East End in injury-time after Conor Hazard flapped at a Mallan free-kick and Duffy failed to clear.

That last game was played while most of the Celtic squad and management team was in quarantine after their ill-fated trip to the United Arab Emirates. But when they returned against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena the following week Ciaron Brown was allowed a free header in their box at a Julien Serrano free-kick and put the hosts in front.

Against St Mirren at Celtic Park just 10 days later, Edouard cancelled out a Kristian Dennis opener in the first-half only for a Kristoffer Ajer to fail to deal with a Joe Shaughnessey throw-in wide on the left. Kyle McAllister crossed to Ilkay Durmus who volleyed past Bain. Then came White’s winner at the weekend. It is little wonder Lennon is so exasperated. His team would, despite everything they have had to deal with, still have a real chance of doing 10-In-A-Row if they had handled set pieces better. “It wasn’t a problem for us last season, but it has been a real problem for us this season with more or less the same personnel,” he said on Sunday. “You have to go and head the ball, you want to block runners. It’s not good enough.”

That reads like a deranged Peasant venting all his rage and anger out in what he thinks is a cathartic rant. lol

He'll be on a Celtc fan podcast soon with that litany of victimhood.
 

insanicdrunk

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Here’s the article


THIS has been nothing short of a car crash of a season for Celtic in which everything that could possibly go wrong pretty much has.

The Parkhead club’s chances of completing 10-In-A-Row in the 2020/21 campaign were jeopardised from the very start by the fact that some players wanted to leave last summer and were prevented from doing so.

Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too.
After just two competitive matches, their momentum was disrupted when Holyrood requested that two of their games were postponed due to Boli Bolingoli breaching coronavirus lockdown protocols.
Glasgow Times:

Positive Covid-19 tests and periods of self-isolation for key men like Nir Bitton, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Hatem Elhamed and David Turnbull soon followed.
James Forrest and Christopher Jullien, automatic starters for Celtic on the wing and at centre half respectively, also suffered serious injuries that ruled them out for long spells.

And Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and Shane Duffy, new signings of whom so much was hoped and expected, failed to justify the substantial outlay it took to secure their services and make an impact.
Glasgow Times:

Then came the Dubai debacle in January – a calamitous affair from start to finish that effectively ended their slim hopes of staging a late fightback.
Yet, one important factor in Celtic’s annus horribilis has been largely ignored amid all the protests, political storms and poor performances.
Their defending at set pieces has been nothing short of diabolical.
The Jordan White goal they conceded at a second-half Harry Paton free-kick in the 1-0 defeat to bottom-placed Ross County up in Dingwall on Sunday night was far from a freak occurrence.
Glasgow Times:

The weakness in their armoury may not be as headline-grabbing as their left back playing in a Premiership game just days after returning from a whirlwind visit to a country on the government’s red list that he had failed to inform them about.
But an examination of the goals Neil Lennon’s men have let in after corners, throw-ins and free-kicks in the past seven months show the failing has been every bit as damaging to their aspirations.
READ MORE: Neil Lennon: Ross County defeat summed up Celtic's entire season - there's been a softness about us
If Scott Brown and his team mates had done better when the ball was returned to play their bid to make Scottish football historyand win their 10th consecutive title would very much be alive.
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They are 18 points adrift of Rangers in the top flight and just weeks away from finally surrendering their grasp on a piece of silverware that has been in their trophy cabinet for the past nine years.
If they had dealt with the dead ball deliveries and throws into their penalty box and just outside their area more effectively they would be just seven back with two meetings with their city rivals to come in their final eight Premiership outings. Leagues have been won from far worse positions.
Celtic have drawn no fewer than seven league games this term. In four of them, they have let in goals after set plays. They have, too, lost four times. Switching off at corners and free-kicks has cost them dear in every one of those defeats.
Glasgow Times:

Rangers centre half Connor Goldson capitalised on that weakness in the first Old Firm game of the season at Parkhead back in October when he got on the end of a James Tavernier cross in just the ninth minute and nodded beyond Barkas.
The defender added another from open play in the second-half so his opener wasn’t vital to the result. The home side, missing Christie and Edouard, were absolutely dire. They didn’t manage a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.
That encounter, then, is disregarded in this review of Celtic’s myriad set piece slip-ups. Would remaining on level terms have seen them grow in confidence and possibly scrape a draw? It is highly unlikely given how bad they were that day.
READ MORE: Neil Lennon apologises to Celtic supporters for letting them down after defeat to bottom-placed Ross County
In many of their other draws and defeats, however, the flaw has been hugely damaging.
Against Hibernian at Easter Road in November, Scott Brown conceded a penalty with a clumsy foul on Martin Boyle after the visitors had failed to clear a Stevie Mallan free-kick. Scott Bain saved the Kevin Nisbet spot kick only for Jamie Murphy to net the rebound.
Glasgow Times:

Just seven minutes later a Ryan Porteous free-kick from deep inside his own half wasn’t intercepted and Nisbet atoned for his earlier miss. “The second goal was awful,” said Lennon afterwards. “It’s just people standing watching.” His team scored two late on to level. But they fell two behind after two set plays.
Chris Kane scored after a throw-in to ensure St Johnstone drew at Parkhead in December, Callum McGregor turned a Rangers corner into his own net at Ibrox in January and his men lost, Nisbet equalised for Hibs in the East End in injury-time after Conor Hazard flapped at a Mallan free-kick and Duffy failed to clear.
That last game was played while most of the Celtic squad and management team was in quarantine after their ill-fated trip to the United Arab Emirates. But when they returned against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena the following week Ciaron Brown was allowed a free header in their box at a Julien Serrano free-kick and put the hosts in front.
Glasgow Times:

Against St Mirren at Celtic Park just 10 days later, Edouard cancelled out a Kristian Dennis opener in the first-half only for a Kristoffer Ajer to fail to deal with a Joe Shaughnessey throw-in wide on the left. Kyle McAllister crossed to Ilkay Durmus who volleyed past Bain. Then came White’s winner at the weekend.
It is little wonder Lennon is so exasperated. His team would, despite everything they have had to deal with, still have a real chance of doing 10-In-A-Row if they had handled set pieces better.
“It wasn’t a problem for us last season, but it has been a real problem for us this season with more or less the same personnel,” he said on Sunday. “You have to go and head the ball, you want to block runners. It’s not good enough.”

CELTIC’S COSTLY SET PIECE SLIP-UPS

Glasgow Times:

Date: Saturday, November 21.
Potential result: Hibernian 0, Celtic 2.
Actual result: Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.
Set piece slip-ups: Penalty conceded, free-kick, 52nd minute; Kevin Nisbet goal, free kick, 59th minute.
Outcome: Two points dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Sunday, December 6.
Potential result: Celtic 1, St Johnstone 0.
Actual result: Celtic 1, St Johnstone 1.
Set piece slip-up: Chris Kane goal, throw-in, 79th minute.
Outcome: Two points dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Saturday, January 2.
Potential result: Rangers 0, Celtic 0.
Actual result: Rangers 1, Celtic 0.
Set piece slip-up: Callum McGregor own goal, corner, 70th minute.
Outcome: One point dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Monday, January 11.
Potential result: Celtic 1, Hibernian 0.
Actual result: Celtic 1, Hibernian 1.
Set piece slip-up: Kevin Nisbet goal, free-kick, 91st minute.
Outcome: Two points dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Wednesday, January 20.
Potential result: Livingston 1, Celtic 2.
Actual result: Livingston 2, Celtic 2.
Set piece slip-up: Ciaron Brown goal, free-kick, 15th minute.
Outcome: Two points dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Saturday, January 30.
Potential result: Celtic 1, St Mirren 1.
Actual result: Celtic 1, St Mirren 2.
Set piece slip-up: Ilkay Durmas goal, throw-in, 37th minute.
Outcome: One point dropped.

Glasgow Times:

Date: Sunday, February 21.
Potential result: Ross County 0, Celtic 0
Result: Ross County 1, Celtic 0.
Set piece slip-up: Jordan White goal, free-kick, 71st minute.
Outcome: One point dropped.

Total points dropped: 11.
 

rossgers

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So what does it say?
If they could defend set pieces they would be 11 points better off, 7 behind with a further 6 in the bank after they pump us twice. So 1 point behind with 6 to play, Rangers will crumble, the 10 is on.....then he wakes up. :)) B-D:shh:
 

Walters80

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Aye and Rangers could have been 26 points clear if we hadn't drawn 4 games this season so his point is what exactly?
 

chosen few

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Their fatal flaw was employing a dinosaur as head coach who causes bitterness and rancour wherever he goes, they also upset their better players, they replaced good players in forster and biscuit hips with absolute dross, the manager backed an unfit racist junkie waster failed to replace captain Broon who's career has been on a downward trajectory for years and can only kick and wind up young opponents, and they pay out an absolute fortune in wages for the privelage which is nice, basically they are mismanaged from top to bottom, Dave King saw it and it is now in plain sight for all to see.
 

Sasa5Papac

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"Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too"

Have we had fans in and I just didn't notice?
 

Clicker

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To be fair it looks a bit suspicious, every time the opposition has scored more goals than them, they’ve lost.
I blame those pesky Masons.
 

Camby loyalist

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"Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too"

Have we had fans in and I just didn't notice?
Was literally just about to post that, an absolute embarrassment of an article and I have enjoyed reading every single word. Hahs
 

The Crimson King

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For fck sake that's grim B-D

Up there with the oft-spouted "Rangers would be in a worse position if it wasn't for Allan Mcgregor you know".

Aye, if our goalkeeper didn't do the job he was paid to we'd lose more goals. And yes if you lose goals then you generally earn less points. Well done. You've figured out how football works.
 

Calvinist

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Only Celtic fans were banned from going to stadiums apparently

Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too.”
 

Jase

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Be fair men. The lack of fans has been a big disadvantage for them.

Who knows what the outcome would have been if all clubs were made to play BCD.

Some folks need to just run things past their brain before committing to print.
 

bkerr72

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Know Matt well as we were both members of the same golf club in the past he's a good guy but that piece from him today is embarrassing. Take the Livi game that he's used they would have dropped points anyway if the linesman done his job properly and flagged Bitton offside.
 

Gsweet88

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“they would be just seven back with two meetings with their city rivals to come in their final eight Premiership outings. Leagues have been won from far worse positions.”

Nice to see him confirming last years title was tainted lol
 

Div1872

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Know Matt well as we were both members of the same golf club in the past he's a good guy but that piece from him today is embarrassing. Take the Livi game that he's used they would have dropped points anyway if the linesman done his job properly and flagged Bitton offside.

Next time you meet him at the golf tell him Div1872 from FF says he’s a phucking Tarrier arselicking bastard
 

RFCStu

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There has been some amount of utter garbage written about that mob this season but this is on a new level altogether.
 

Gdawg

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In summary:

  1. they would have been much better if they knew how to defend
  2. they would have been much better hadn't signed a load of shi*e players
  3. they would have been much better if they hadn't chosen to go to Dubai during a global pandemic
  4. they are the only club in world football to suffer by not having fans in the ground

It's also an undeniable fact that all these shi*e players that cannot defend would have been world class colossus's if the mhanky unwashed hordes had been there to cheer them on, instead of waiting for them outside to brick the team bus.

I feel they are the moral victors and should be awarded "the 10" via a zoom call :)
 

BSPECIAL

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Absolute shite written by an absolute fud. Could have been summed up as "not good enough,bought fanny players.and realistically a much,much better team has won the league"
 

DougieJones

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Dont remember such articles last season when Tav was out with appendicitis at a crucial time, Morelos was shit out of form/suspended and Helander out from October. If those 3 factors hadnt happened maybe we couldve been zoom champions! This article is direct from Lawwell‘s desk, no doubt about it.
 

bkerr72

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Next time you meet him at the golf tell him Div1872 from FF says he’s a phucking Tarrier arselicking bastard
Both no longer members he left about 10 years ago B-) . He certainly wasn't one of them back in the day that's for sure!
 

stonewall Jackson

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So according to this clown if the tarriers had defended to a better standard the points difference would be closer.

That's it.
And he actually gets paid for this sycophantic drivel.
 

Realger34

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Not having any fans cheering them on from the stands because of the pandemic immediately put them at a disadvantage too.

F.uck off with this pish!
 

WBD

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Imagine going through all those games analysing only to come to the conclusion if yet granny had baws :D :D
 
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