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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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Friendly findings – back to square one?

Given the shambles surrounding domestic competition in Scotland, Europe has become more significant than ever for Celtic. Not just for Neil Lennon, who after two disappointing continental campaigns needs to prove his managerial credentials outwith the SPL, but for the … 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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Georgios Samaras scores for Greece: What went right?

Greece leapfrogged Croatia in Group F of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, after last nights tumultuous 2-0 win. The match began in unsettling circumstances with a section of the home support instigating a confrontation with the travelling fans. English referee Howard … Continue reading

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Neil Lennon: Reasons for optimism

“This is the beginning, not the end” was the defiant declaration by Neil Lennon after a 4-0 thumping of Motherwell in the final game of last season. The impressive, normally title-winning points haul of 92 points, wasn’t enough to pip … Continue reading

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Europe is all and nothing for Neil Lennon

As Neil Lennon trudged off, head bowed from the St. Jakob-Park back on the 28th of August 2002, little did he know that the disappointing 2-0 defeat to FC Basel would turn out to be one of the most pivotal defeats … Continue reading

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