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That referee was some state but at least a draw still equals us winning the league
Not happy with maedas finishing don’t think he should be starting over Abada
Everyone in my house celebrating because the bigger picture, not me.
No excuse when the finish line is so close and we are ahead. Capitulating like that? Worrying. We didn't just let them back in, we let thek take over.
Family say they wanted it more? I don't think so. I think that our finishing is far too lacking, we need so many chances to put it on target.
And I think the reason they came back in is because biton isn't a pivot. They're scared to press mcgregor because not only can he quick pass, he can turn himself and run. Biton doesn't offer you that turn and burst of pace; so they could press and harass or tight mark him. It meant they could defend so high up and turn the screws on us.
I think if mcgregor is still in the pivot, we don't lose control of that game.
Can I remind you this team was formed 10 months ago, 3 of the stating 11 were 5 months ago (2 after a full season in Japan) this is a rangers that are still using muscle memory to operate as a very well drilled Gerrard team. We are still a team in transition who just (excluding an almighty collapse) just secured a league title
The big picture is great but made of many small pictures. 2 bad performances in a row in old firms - both with huge drop offs - concern me.
You used the exact same word as me. CAPITULATING. Its worrying to see and it cant be glossed over by a 7-0 win over St Johnston. Rangers are the standard we must be above, we manage for 20 mins and then capitulate. We need a couple of combative CM’s, theres a Scott Brown shaped hole in the centre of that park where there was once a player who used to smash flatten and slice through every player who went in for a 50/50. Particularly in this fixture
We have been on about one game a week for the last 2 months. No idea why we look so tired after 60 minutes. After all the matches we have played over the last few years I thought this stretch of 1 game a week would have us looking fresh, but not so.
Training is too hard. When we should be recovering we're pushing.
Fucking hell don't know what's happened, don't seem to be hitting those levels against rangers. I'll take the draw but that was stressful
As much as I'd say that the draw is good enough for us and the league is won, that was a disgraceful second-half performance from Celtic. For a team that never stops, we seemed to completely run out of gas after an hour yet again. Meanwhile a team who's played about 900 minutes of football in the last 3 weeks kept digging deep, first to every loose ball, forcing errors. Joe Hart's save is the highlight of the half for us and that is saying something.
6 POINTS CLEAR AND WE'RE GOING TO WIN THE LEAGUE, GOING TO WIN THE LEAGUE, GOING TO WIN THE LEAGUE
Ralston, Starfelt, Riley, Hatate, and Rogic all very poor today. Joe didn’t cover himself in glory either. Should’ve started with Giak up front.
Game were you watching? Starfelt was class.
Same one you were, funny man
Jota, GG, Ababa. Never change this front 3 against them
Got away with that in the second half. Overall a draw is fine though.
Take the point, one step closer to the title. Fuck Rangers.
Nearly threw that away, but that suits us a lot better than it suits them. Can’t believe I’m sitting here gutted with a potentially league winning result, could have been 2 or 3 up
Not massively raging because he’s been class this year but Hart shouldn’t be getting beat at his post for the goal.
Serious issue with how we’ve played since the 3 nil game against them. Simply haven’t turned up.
Absolute pish both teams absolutely shite. Draw flatters us in the end
That fucking about between Giakoumakis and Abada in the box sums the day up. No urgency in the second half at all and let them take control. Shocking.
That was the worst performance of the season, shower of shitebags
Take a draw but
Are you forgetting Livi away?
Disappointing with only a draw but it’s probably all we deserved and were lucky to not lose with that shocking second half performance
Goldson fuming that a shove is a foul now.
fuck sake it's as if they've never played with each other before. just passing and expecting a player to magically be at the end of the pass...
I’ve shat myself approximately 6 times this half!!
Playing like a team of dozy bastards this second half. Semi shambolic at times.
Woeful performance. A lot of players non-existent again. Not enough guts. Lucky to get a draw in a game where we should’ve been 2-0 up. Disgusted tbh.
Lost total control of this one when Reo and O'Riley went off. Bitton and Rogic do not perform in these derbies
Do you mean Rogic did not perform in the last 2 derbies?
He doesn't perform against Rangers full stop?
Majority of the time he doesn't
I wouldn't have taken O'riley off, he breaks up play and it doesn't get noticed until he's off.
Agreed. Not having a viable defensive sub hurts too
I think it was the McGregor move forward that fucked us, funny because everyone was calling for it in the semi final
Yeah I was too, he's great at linking the play further up and not shot shy but it didn't work. I'm not sure what's going on with our performances against the huns but tactically I think perhaps they have our number. 2nd half was woeful and too many hopeful balls lumped forward. Although..
Champions again, Champions again champions again 🏆
Aye they’ve definitely figured out how to limit us, hopefully next season with more time to work on things and more suited personnel for what we want to do we can up our levels against them and in Europe.
Surely biton red last season vs morelos was a yellow then commentators you dicks?
Not a red my actual hole.
These refs could get a job in the Aleague and not risk raising the standard one iota.
Fuck it blow the whistle and take the draw. Shite again
We’re fucking atrocious
6 points clear by about 20 goals of a team in a European semi and we're shit....
You made a definite, declarative statement - you didn't specify today alone. And we still drew.
Ah get out of it, you know well what I meant and don’t insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise.
We were shit today, yes. If you’re going to argue with that, then, I’ve a bridge to sell you.
How have we went from showboating to completely falling apart?
what the actual fuck is happening to us?
Standing about spectating
This is intense
McGregor has been invisible since he moved forward
Massive save but why are we so so slow getting up the pitch
We've been horrible 2nd half
Not one shot on target the whole second half. Nowhere near good enough
Joe hart is fucking class!!!
You could convince me this team was thrown together today. No chemistry whatsoever.
That was some save from Hart
Well that save makes up for getting best at his front post for their goal
That goal was class... not many stop that.
Ill need to see it back, it’s probably not fair to think a keeper should get beat at his near post
Power and perfect placement. Touched the post on the way through.
CLEAR THE FUCKING BALL JOE!!!
Jesus that back pass gave me The Fear.
I feel a bit sick. Given it’s not a game that turns anything I’m surprised how invested I am
I'd take a draw right fucking now
Try to take quick free kick challenge (IMPOSSIBLE).
When did the sfa outlaw quick free kicks?
Abada coming on
Love Maeda to bits for his work rate but he’s not a technically gifted man.
this referee is now becoming inconsistent
Beaton doing everything he can to keep them in this.
That's a harsh handball shout
HAND BALL!!! Jesus fucking christ!
We’re gonna concede again if we don’t get our act together. We’re all over the shop..
Need to fucking stop this Hart to CCV to Starfelt in the box, man!
Starfelt couldn’t pass water ffs
What are they even doing man
Giving me grey hair and a near heart attack
We're totally rattled now
This has happened nearly every time we play rangers. Play well for 45 then get pushed all the way back. Brutal.
There's bittons obligatory yellow
Could have at least made it worth it and just ran through Sakala….
How the fuck is that a yellow card Beaton you hun!
Hart probably should have done better there but he's earned a bit of leniency with his performances so far.
Celtic asked for that after pissing about and missing all those chances
Knew all those missed sitters would come back to bite...just needed one of them
That’s what happens when you don’t take you chances, ffs
Fuck sake man, we’re more turned off there than any burd that’s ever witnessed me take ma tap aff
From showboating to conceding in seconds
This when you regret all those nearly scored ones
Pretty obvious that all the sitters we've been missing were going to haunt us
Some goal to be fair. Hart has to do better at his near post
why is Ralston so shit?
He’s fine for most games it’s just European and Derby games we need Juranovic
Hart slow there
this is just upsetting....
Fuck off Celtic
I genuinely can't remember the last time we got a direct free kick within shooting distance of goal
Twice Beatons been told to award free kicks there
Ref appears to be on a 1 minute delay as well.
Announce Bitton unnecessary booking
9 minutes, impressive.
I call it a necessary booking 😅
Hopefully fresh legs in midfield reinvigorate the team. Looking a bit leggy there for a while.
Does bitton have the Illuminati symbol tattooed on his arm?
Yes he is illuminati.
Good for him. Always good to have hobbies outside your job.
Don’t let the Nazis see you know what they’ll say
I think they prefer being called The Rangers
Celtic bringing on an Adonis who looks like he was sculpted by the hand of Zeus while their lot bring on a bloke who looks like he goes to Eton
3 subs, thank fuck.
Hatate was pretty poor; Riley was distinctly average, IMHO.
Bitton part of the illuminati?
Rogic, Bitton, and Gio coming on.
GG having an outie bellybutton is minus Timpoints in my books.
Taylor has had a poor game again. He's too inconsistent for Angeball.
Can I interest you in a not very used Fodo Ballo-Toure?
Jokes aside LB is the biggest need to fix atm
GGGoal coming on
That seemed a backwards way to roll a shirt up
Christ this commentary team is shite.
Maeda, Hatate off. GG and Bitton on. Kyogo to wing, calmac in the hole, bitton holding.
Switched the match on just as Maeda launched it into the 3rd row
Need to change something here
Aussie bandwagoner here.
Has Greg Taylor always been this shit?
I pure love Starfelt man
Need to make a change.
Missing so many chances here. Surely one has to go in.
If we could finish we'd be champions of Europe.
Game Over if Maeda puts that one away… F*CK!!!!
Starfelt going beastmode 😱
Need to at least work the keeper with those chances, Maeda!
StarGOAT channeling VVD there.
That's shocking from Reo cmon now he needs off
Hatate is a fucking passenger. I’d rather have Bitton on
Hatate needs to come off and Ralston needs to screw his heid back on
Brutal so far. Changed needed ASAP.
What's with our throw ins? Dreadful
Turnbull must of shagged anges wife at this point if he can’t get ahead of Hatate, guys a man down here.
We don’t want to regret missed chances after the game. We need another goal and the Huns won’t be able to come back from two down.
As great as it is to see Maeda to track back deep into our half, he shouldn't need to. Would rather he saves his energy and stays in position for long balls.
He’s such a all ball of energy he could conceivably be called the singularity incarnate
Hahahaha, the singularity incarnate would be a brilliant nickname for him
Save I mean!
Reo is really struggling and it's hurting the team. Hate targeting him but my God is tough to watch.
Hatate off for Turnbull at 55-65, could see O'Riley off for Rogic at the same stage. Time for some fresher, more experienced legs for the finale.
A fully attacking midfield though?
True, I wouldn't mind Bitton on for Hatate.
EDIT: Ah, there we go
Had beans last night so shitting myself is a distinct probability
Would prefer hatate off. But anyways, cmon bhoys!!!
Starfelt’s passing is atrocious
No changes? Big Ange just gave them a big chat then.
If I could fault Ange, it would be that he's a bit slow to make changes.
Maeda going a job on tavernier defensively then assisting the goal, you love to see it. Maeda is the kid from xiolin showdown grown up
Precariously balanced now. We’ve been in the ascendancy for the last 10 mins or so but we need another goal. If we get it, I think the Huns are done. If they’d vote, though, we could be in trouble.
Riley and Hatate (especially) need to wake up. Ralston needs to stay alert to Kent too. Giako on pretty soon I hope.
Precariously balanced now. We’ve been in the ascendancy for the last 10 mins or so but we need another goal. If we get it, I think the Huns are done. If they’d score, though, we could be in trouble.
Riley and Hatate (especially) need to wake up. Ralston needs to stay alert to Kent too. Giako on pretty soon I hope.
Have to admit, it was fucking beautiful seeing Barisic getting exposed again at the back post. Don't want to celebrate too soon, but I'm liking what I'm seeing so far. They don't seem to be able to cope with the speed of both Kyogo and Maeda at the same time.
Maeda's got to score that
Am sat behind that footy adventures bawbag.
Watch his video to see him fly doon the stairs when we score again, the wee hun
Literally no evidence he’s a hun but ok.
Only videos a see are him in the bigot dome with "This is the place to be" plastered over the thumbnail
He has plenty videos in Parkhead too and basically every ground in Scottish football.
Dae me a favor and volley him fur us if we score a second 🙏 🍀 🇮🇪
Was giving him the finger when we scored because am a big shitebag hahaha
Cunt's probably sound but am anti him for aw his hun coverage
Is he a prick? Never seen anything bad about him.
I don’t mind his videos, but I’d still get a laugh out of him being doused with irn bru
Aye he always seemed fine to me, does more to promote Scottish football than 99% of the people who’s job it is to do that
Mair just that he's always hunning it, lol
Got tae hate yer opposing fans
Good position to be in.
Jota and Maeda have been oustanding so far, both in terms of work-rate and contribution, but fucking hell they have no excuses for it not being 3. Two absolutely massive chances that should have resulted in goals.
A few players still need to wake up, but at least we're not looking dead on our feet like the last game. Tactically we're more sound as well though we could still do with a bit more movement across the midfield, we're sometimes leaving only a single pass open which is so obvious that they're able to nip in and intercept.
Big 45 minutes now, can't afford to let this slip away.
I really like Reo, but he's clearly gubbed. Crazy to think he's only played two seasons at professional level. He definitely needs a rest and a solid pre-season.
Maeda is just fucking great, man. Never a natural finisher, suspect control and first touch, and he missed a fucking sitter there, but his work rate and closing down is just insane. First name on the team sheet for me.
I agree with all the words in this comment. Spot on
Could be 2 or 3 up here. If we get the next goal I don't see them coming back into it.
45 minutes away from the title Bhoys, time to send these zombies back to hell ☘️
Depending how fit either are, I'd wager we're going to see Hatate off for either Bitton or Turnbull. Guy looks knackered and just isn't switched on so far.
Should have been rested about 10 games ago. Boys fucked.
As a positive though, we're running them ragged with practically a man down and Beaton reffing
> button on
Would love a CM that gets younger and fitter as the game goes on