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Scottish Premiership Celtic V Motherwell Sat 18 Feb 15:00

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Im going to hide in a dark room with no telecommunications. Wake me up when its over!

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I'm in hope rather than expectation that it'll be less than 5 on Saturday, can't defend worth a fuck

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Almost a game we can discount as it seems so improbable we will take anything else from it beyond a hiding. Setting ourselves up to try and keep things tight seems pointless given we cannot defend. Perhaps we should start a couple of our youngsters with the hope that they gain something from the experience? With the caveat that we can replace them if things are not going for them. Seems more sensible than throwing them on when we are three or four down.

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I will be avoiding this one at all cost, as I fear the worst. I hope the final result doesn’t end up in the Scottish football stat history books for all the wrong reasons. :( #DoubleFigures

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Fuck this game. I'm going incommunicado for it and heading to the Chicago Auto Show instead. I doubt I'll even log in to here until the Monday either when everyone has calmed down.

 

But, aye, we'll probably win

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Nothing to lose with this one and if Celtic are in the mood and we defend like we did at Pittodrie then it will be a severe pumping, but who know this may be one of those freak results that finally end Celtics unbeaten run,

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Could be as many as Celtic want it to be. I really fear a record spfl defeat is on the cards here.

 

With the exception of McDonald coming in I fully expect McGhee to name practically the same team to allow them to atone for last night/'make the same mistakes again.

 

I'd play

 

Griffiths

 

Tait (pish, but who else is there at right back?)

Heneghan

Jules

Ferguson

 

Lucas

Campbell

Pearo

 

Ainsworth

McDonald

Moult

 

 

Ridiculous line up? We're getting horsed either way and losing 6,7,8+ 0 anyway so might as well drop the continual series offenders.

 

Same team for v Dundee but with McHugh in for Lucas.

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Just because we have been horsed on the Wednesday doesn't necessarily mean the same will happen a few days later.

 

I think most of us have been through enough seasons to see us pumped and then play well, and the opposite.

 

Not saying we will win, and I think a defeat is on the cards. But, set up and play like we did against them in the 4-3 loss at Fir Park and there is a glimmer of hope....maybe...

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I'll be putting a wee chunk on Celtic - 2 @ 4/6

 

They never seem to do well when I take them in a bet.

 

A £1 on us a 22/1 to make me feel less guilty about it...

 

Just want this weekend out the way really.

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Could be as many as Celtic want it to be. I really fear a record spfl defeat is on the cards here.

 

With the exception of McDonald coming in I fully expect McGhee to name practically the same team to allow them to atone for last night/'make the same mistakes again.

 

I'd play

 

Griffiths

 

Tait (pish, but who else is there at right back?)

Heneghan

Jules

Ferguson

 

Lucas

Campbell

Pearo

 

Ainsworth

McDonald

Moult

 

 

Is Tait not suspended? Presumably MacMillan will step in.

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My admiration goes out to any ‘Well fan who is going to Celtic Park on Saturday, there may have been a time in the past I’d have done the same but definitely not now.

To fork out 30 bangers to watch our keystone cop players impersonating footballers and a manager who is embarrassing the club on a now weekly basis, is not something I wish to spend my hard earned limited cash on.

This encounter may well mirror the slaughtering of the Tutsis circa 1994

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I'm glad I'm an old man who has been watching us for so long I don't take games so seriously any more.

 

The kind of season we're having is about average for us in the SP(F)L. This Celtic side is one of the best I have seen in recent times and we have no expectation of any kind of a result.

 

I hope the players approach the game with that attitude and just go out and have a go and see what happens.

 

Once this game is done and dusted, the real work starts and it's much more important we pick up points against our peers before the split.

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This encounter may well mirror the slaughtering of the Tutsis circa 1994[/font][/size]

Not sure if you were 100% serious but do you really think that comparing a football match to an incident of so called ethnic cleansing in which hundreds of thousands of people died is an acceptable response on this forum..well out of order in my view.

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Not sure if you were 100% serious but do you really think that comparing a football match to an incident of so called ethnic cleansing in which hundreds of thousands of people died is an acceptable response on this forum..well out of order in my view.

Official Statement: Firstly I’d like to apologise to anyone effected by my comments on ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and the comparison to an upcoming football game of relatively no importance!!

I would like to re-iterate I fully support my initial comments on non-attendance at the game and general poor football and management on show, however, to anyone thinking I was in anyway serious in my comparison to slaughtering …can I just say…..i wasn’t, it’s just a sick sense of humour which obviously causes offence to some people……I hang my head in shame!!

Fondest Regards - Mio

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Official Statement: Firstly Id like to apologise to anyone effected by my comments on ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and the comparison to an upcoming football game of relatively no importance!!

I would like to re-iterate I fully support my initial comments on non-attendance at the game and general poor football and management on show, however, to anyone thinking I was in anyway serious in my comparison to slaughtering can I just say..i wasnt, its just a sick sense of humour which obviously causes offence to some peopleI hang my head in shame!!

Fondest Regards - Mio

Forgiven my Son.

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You never know. 97-98. On the back of a 6 game losing streak, Celtic had just lost the previous game(against Oldco) after winning 8 on the bounce. Bear in mind it's a Celtic report, but....

Celtic 0 Motherwell 2
AS one of the very few men on this planet who has conceded a penalty in a World Cup final, Wim Jansen knows a thing or two about self-destruction. He will have recognised all its hallmarks in this desperate and unexpected defeat.
The rest of us recognised the twist of this afternoon only too well. It was familiar for anyone who has witnessed Celtic's flawed pursuit of the league championship these last three years. Opportunities, manic desire and periods of extreme dominance - particularly in the first half hour - were theirs.
But so too were misfortune, hot-headedness and error.
The match began with a clutch of assaults and near misses on Motherwell's goal and ended with Mickey Weir tapping in to an empty goal, and home supporters draining prematurely from the stands. In between Regi Blinker got himself ordered off in a haze of stupidity and Celtic lost both their shape and the initiative.
"The referee is under intense pressure from an intimidating crowd but I thought that he was really strong," said Alex McLeish, referring to Blinker.
McLeish's team, cobbled together in the wake of an injury crisis, contained three 21-year-olds, a 23-year-old and Lee McCulloch, who is 19. The response to the early buffeting and emotion that boiled around the stadium was exemplary.
"I tried to get the message to them not to punt it and to use the extra man. I'm really pleased with the work we put in. The work ethic is a most important thing for us this season," McLeish said.
How typical Celtic should encounter this banana skin on a day when Rangers presented them with an opportunity by dropping points. The Celtic players will be put through a training session today, to begin the build-up to Wednesday's Old Firm game.
"We know it will be hard to prepare ourselves following these two defeats," Jansen said. "We know we have to change some things."
These might well involve an alteration in midfield where Paul Lambert's calm and steady play served to highlight the impetuosity of those around him.
Lambert was a casualty, substituted in the 79th minute after some bruising moments. He had his eyes opened to several new aspects of football during his time in Germany. They will have been popping at some of the old madness of the Premier Division here.
Lambert's team-mates began as if desperate to get apologies for the Rangers game in at once and their sheer vim nearly brushed Motherwell away within 10 minutes.
Celtic could have scored six times in this period. Henrik Larsson headed one cross against the bar and nodded another in, but was judged offside. The striker incurred a nosebleed in the process, re-opening a certain training ground wound.
Craig Burley slipped when clean through and a Blinker cross eluded three team-mates on the line. Before that, Alan Stubbs had padded forward like a great big policeman, first to almost knock Stevie Woods into the West Stand with a free kick, then to head against Simo Valakari on the line.
If Stubbs was fortunate to be playing, having almost fractured an eye socket against Rangers last Saturday, Blinker was extremely so given his insipid Ibrox display. He will be lucky as a Lottery winner to escape censure from Jansen after this. A bout of pawing with Kevin Christie ended with the Motherwell player prostrate in the 35th minute and the Dutchman banished. Willie Young indicated an elbow had been used.
What compounded Blinker's folly was his team had just lost a goal and were in a bewildered state. Owen Coyle's shot from the edge of the box had promised little danger but a double deflection, the last off Stubbs' knee, took the ball past Jonathan Gould. It was Motherwell's first meaningful attack.
Willie Young is clearly an addict of opprobrium. Three weeks ago he was booed from the pitch at Ibrox and here he was blithe in the face of the anger of Celtic fans. The red card, a disallowed Burley goal and two penalty denials a minute into the second half were all part of this fearless official's canon.
Motherwell grasped their chance magnificently, packing their box like a bunker and chasing every cause. Up front they treated every opportunity to break as if it were treasure and were rewarded in the last minute when Dougie Arnott's careful ball was knocked into an empty net by Weir.
Celtic had the possession but never the composure to retrieve the game, even before Weir scored. Their best chance in the second half was a Marc Rieper header wide. Rieper ended up playing centre forward and seemed pretty alien to some of the subtleties of that position. His afternoon, like Celtic's, finished in the wrong territory.

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