The Bhoys They Couldn’t Beat

On Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Ronnie Deila led his Celtic team out for the final time before his two-year tenure at Celtic Park came to an end.  Deila's reign at Celtic promised much but due to several unfortunate incidents, including that potentially Treble stopping handball against Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final, and a lost … Continue reading The Bhoys They Couldn’t Beat

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Going Toe-to-Toe with Bayern Munich: A Tale of Progress and Hard Luck

In my pre-game post I spoke of tonight’s clash with Bayern Munich as representing something of an Acid Test for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic; another opportunity to test themselves against one of Europe’s top clubs, albeit this time one slightly weakened by injuries.  Despite missing the likes of Lewandowski, Muller, Ribery, Neuer, and Bernat, Bayern Munich … Continue reading Going Toe-to-Toe with Bayern Munich: A Tale of Progress and Hard Luck

The Acid Test: Celtic vs. Bayern Munich

So far Celtic’s Champions League campaign has gone pretty much according to script and expectation.  A Match Day One thumping at home to PSG was not a wholly unexpected outcome given the vast wealth and talent available to the Parisian outfit.  Match Day Two saw Celtic exceed expectation with an uncharacteristically comfortable away win against … Continue reading The Acid Test: Celtic vs. Bayern Munich

Life Expectancy of a Scottish Football Manager

There is an old saying in football that you have got to be mad to be a goalkeeper.  The same must surely be true of managers; or at very least you must be mad to think that going into management will lead to secure long-term employment. The departure of Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager after … Continue reading Life Expectancy of a Scottish Football Manager

Scotland: Two games from history or Oblivion

After a thoroughly disappointing start to the qualifying campaign, in which Scotland mustered only four points from their opening four games – including a sub-standard 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania, with the point salvaged in the dying embers of the game - Scotland find themselves in the surprising position of holding their destiny in … Continue reading Scotland: Two games from history or Oblivion

Celtic Summer Transfer Window 2017

Improving on last season’s Invincible Treble winning squad within the strict confines of the Celtic transfer budget was always going to prove to be a difficult task for Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team.  Faced with overcoming Celtic’s famously frugal board, it was highly unlikely that any high profile or high value transfers in to … Continue reading Celtic Summer Transfer Window 2017

Celtic 8 – Astana 4: It was Never in Doubt (honest)

Give me 8-4 before kick off last week and I would have bitten your hand off, now, somehow it seems like an anti-climactic qualification; one where from a position of great power we are now happy to have crawled over the finish line. For long spells tonight Celtic were simply not at the races in … Continue reading Celtic 8 – Astana 4: It was Never in Doubt (honest)

Celtic Vs. Rosenborg: First Leg Fall Out

While last night’s result and performance was far from ideal from a Celtic perspective, the tie is still alive and finely balanced at the halfway stage; all is not lost nor as bad as it could have been if Rosenborg had taken their chances. The build up to last night’s match was hardly ideal with … Continue reading Celtic Vs. Rosenborg: First Leg Fall Out

The Armstrong Dilemma

Stuart Armstrong is the latest in a long and ever increasing line of Celtic players to be linked with a big money move down south to the riches and glamour of the English Premiership; in his case the talented midfielder has been associated with a potential transfer to the likes of Southampton (which Celt hasn’t … Continue reading The Armstrong Dilemma

Leigh Griffiths: More than the sum of two freekicks

It’s amazing what scoring two incredible freekicks in the space of 4 minutes in the powder keg atmosphere of a Scotland vs. England match can do for your reputation.  Derided pre-match in certain quarters as not being International class or for only scoring goals in a ‘tin-pot league’, Leigh Griffiths has since been catapulted to … Continue reading Leigh Griffiths: More than the sum of two freekicks