Monthly Archives: November 2011

Celtic 0 – 1 Atletico Madrid: Respectable show spoiled by unlucky goal

Celtic now must travel to Udine and win after succumbing to a slim defeat to group winners Atletico Madrid. Arda Turan’s ever-so-fortunate first-half strike flew over Beram Kayal’s head, and the unsighted Fraser Forster’s hands weren’t strong enough. Though the … Continue reading

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Celtic Vs Atletico Madrid – Tactical Preview

Group leaders Atletico Madrid have travelled to Glasgow ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League crunch match taking star striker Falcao with them. The €40m striker had missed the last two La Ligua matches through injury and may be fit to play. … Continue reading

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Celtic 5 – 0 St Mirren: Celtic punish St Mirren’s tactical travails

Celtic strolled back to within 4 points of the SPL front-runners after an enjoyable 5-0 win over St Mirren at Parkhead. It’s difficult to pin-point the highlight; Georgios Samaras’ (match-winning?) opening efficacy, Gary Hooper’s hat-trick or youngster Dylan McGeouch’s astonishing … Continue reading

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Celtic 2 – 1 Dunfermline: Tactical experiment (largely) pays off

After 70 minutes of fluid and blistering attacking football, Celtic somehow managed to lose their grasp of the game, if not the three points. With every match a must-win in the pursuit of Rangers at the top of the SPL, having … Continue reading

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Inverness C.T. 0 – 2 Celtic: Red-card allows Celtic to improve

Terry Butcher’s aspirations of shutting down Celtic on the banks of the Moray Firth were swept away when midfielder Greg Tansey was controversially sent off after only 36 minutes. Neil Lennon’s side were then able to improve to secure a … Continue reading

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Lennon’s search for the Perfect 10

It’s been a season of ups and downs so far for Celtic, mostly downs, perhaps, but the pursuit of league leaders Rangers is still as dogged as ever. The 12 point gap is commonly explained by various eminent flaws – … Continue reading

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Motherwell 1 – 2 Celtic: Brutal ‘Well can’t deny Celtic

Neil Lennon went 4-2-3-1 in a grueling match dubbed by many as a “must-win”. Stuart McCall’s disruptive strategy tested the visitor’s mettle, but after seeing another goal conceded early, Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper grabbed one each for their side to seal … Continue reading

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Celtic 3 – 1 Rennes: Celtic battle-back for first Europa League win

Celtic recorded a much needed win over Stade Rennais in the Europa League on Thursday night, having had to come from behind after conceding a cheap early goal from a corner. But Rennes travelled with an even more porous defence, … Continue reading

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Celtic Vs Rennes – Tactical Preview

Europe is everything and nothing for Neil Lennon – his priority being to claw back a woefully conceded 12 point SPL disadvantage. But European performance sits higher in the Celtic psyche than for the average Europa League club. On paper, … Continue reading

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