Tag: Celtic

Clearing Up A Few Loose Ends: Celtic, Portsmouth And (Briefly) Wednesday

It’s the football scandal of a generation. And it won’t go away. Colleen Rooney, photographed blatantly sipping a cool drink by a holiday swimming  pool… while there’s a recession on!! I mean not one single British passport holder anywhere else in the world has done that in the last week. As to whether that shite really does sell newspapers, that’s a debate for someone else to start. I don’t know enough to offer an informed opinion, so I won’t offer any opinion. Something for Mail columnist Martin Samuel to ponder next time he writes about Uefa’s “financial fair play” regulations.   But elsewhere in football, while the lenses and laptops have flitted back and forth across the M62, there have been one or two real scandals. I’m confident most of you will have someone say that “there’s no use arguing with referees, they won’t change their mind.” Well… wrong. And I’m not talking about Tom Huddlestone at Fulham, where referee Mike Read gave Spurs winner after the hulking Spurs midfielder suggested Read and his assistant ought to have a chat about the use of said assistant’s flag. At Fulham, Read had not decided whether Spurs’ William Gallas, standing in an offside position, was actually “offside” as per the laws of the game. Thus we had a remarkable situation. No, not Read’s discussion with his assistant before giving the goal....

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Morris Woodman’s Tactical Chalkboard: Celtic

Morris Woodman is England’s most successful football manager.  In 13 seasons in the crucible of the Zambian top flight, his team Spartak Thunderbolts are yet to lose a single game.  During last summer’s World Cup, Twohundredpercent’s own Mungo McCrackas met up with Woodman and asked him if he would be willing to provide weekly tactical analysis of the British game for our site.  He said yes.  Specifically, he said he would do it for a large sum of money which we are far too professional to disclose the full details of. Since which time, we’ve all had to stop eating, wearing clothes or living indoors.  But it has possibly been worth it, and we can now present the first of Morris Woodman’s tactical chalkboards.  This week: he looks at how Celtic can bounce back from their midweek European disappointment. Click picture for full...

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County Deepen Celtic’s Woes

When the draw for the Scottish Cup semi-finals was made all the talk was of Rangers and Celtic being kept apart for a potential Old Firm final. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Rangers didn’t even reach the semis in the end, losing to a scruffy but deserved last minute goal in their quarter-final replay at Dundee United; but it’s Celtic’s semi-final humiliation at the hands of Ross County which is the real story. County have attracted few headlines since their admission to the league in 1994, being often overshadowed by near-neighbours Inverness who were admitted at the same time. But while Inverness have made faster progress – and look well placed for a quick return to the SPL following last season’s relegation – County have risen surely but steadily, with relegation back to the second division in 2007 as only a temporary setback. In November of that year Derek Adams took over as manager. It was a bold and forward-looking decision – Adams was only 32 at the time – but he’s a feisty character a little in the Billy Davies mould, capable of appearing both thoughtful and pugnacious. He immediately set about justifying his appointment, the team going on a run of ten straight wins over the turn year as they coasted to promotion. The following season saw first division survival only on the final day...

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Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

Some ill-advised comments made by the Celtic chairman John Reid at last year’s club AGM may now be coming back to haunt him, as rivals Rangers seem to be coasting to a Scottish Premier League championship. Mark Murphy takes a look at how the two clubs have progressed this season and finds that Reid’s bullishness couldn’t have come with much worse timing. As Rangers fly off into the sunset with the Scottish Premier League (SPL) trophy safely tucked under one arm and possible  new owners under the other, I wonder if Celtic chairman John Reid has pondered the advisability of his premature triumphalism at Celtic’s Annual General Meeting last October. Reid dominated the show, as he does. And thinly-veiled attacks on “other clubs that are local and who have had a lot of publicity” were mixed with not-veiled-at-all attacks on “a boring crowd of Holy Willies… (on) the other side of the city.” This was not thought to be a reference to Partick Thistle. Celtic’s AGM discussed a relatively healthy set of financial results for the financial year to 30 June 2009, at a time when Rangers’ £31m debts were the talk of the footballing town. And Reid got all superior about the financial strategy of “borrowing endless amounts of money,” claiming: “that way lies ruin…fans and shareholders know that” and insisting that following suit “is what we won’t...

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Celtic & Rangers Frozen Out Of The Premier League

The Premier League has decided that it doesn’t want The Old Firm and the baggage that they carry with them. It may take a change of attitude towards their neighbours for Celtic and Rangers to turn their own fortunes around, though – are they capable of such a transformation?

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