Monthly Archives: September 2012

Celtic 0 – 0 Benfica: Sturdy Celtic can’t bring forwards into play

Celtic drew 0-0 with Benfica after a cagey match rooted firmly in a midfield battle. With both sides depleted, neither could create clear-cut chances, with a goal always more likely to be derived from a defensive mistake or a stroke … Continue reading

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Celtic vs Benfica: Tactical Preview – defensive woes for both sides

Two familiar foes go head-to-head on Wednesday night with serious contrasting problems to contend with and no clear indication in the Betfair Champions League betting tips on who will be the likely winner. Celtic’s big issue has been form with … Continue reading

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St Johnstone 2 – 1 Celtic: Saints’ hard-work is wake-up call for lazy Celtic

While Benfica had a weekend off to prepare for Wednesday’s crunch Champions League group opener, Celtic fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of St Johnstone in Perth. Kris Commons’ early opener appeared to set Celtic on their way, … Continue reading

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Scotland 1 – 1 Macedonia: Scotland given a lesson in transition

Scotland’s World Cup qualifying campaign lies in tatters and Craig Levein teeters on the brink after a drab 1-1 draw with Macedonia. Nikolce Noveski struck an early lead for the visitors before Kenny Miller tapped in a barely deserved equaliser just … Continue reading

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Scotland 0 – 0 Serbia: Low margins rein in high expectations

When you’re a team as contradictorily limited and ambitious as Scotland, the margins between defeat and victory are so slim. That’s why the two most “successful” managers of recent times have been so cautious, so dependent on defensive football, using set-plays to … Continue reading

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New dimensions: Miku and Nouioui

The end of August saw a particularly satisfying conclusion to this summer’s transfer window, with Neil Lennon able to address key problem areas within his squad. A 3rd goalkeeper in Slovakian Lubos Kamenar, another centre-back, as Lennon describes “in the Wanyama … Continue reading

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Celtic 2 – 2 Hibs: Not quite enough in reserves for depleted Celtic

Going into the match lacking 8 first-team starters while off the back of Wednesday’s tough Champions League qualifier against Helsingborg, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Celtic. And with the exception of Kris Commons (still shaking … Continue reading

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