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Scorers: Jota (17) Turnbull (52)

Saturday 16th October 2021

Fir Park, Motherwell K.O. 3pm


Back to domestic duty today and a very tricky trip to Fir Park and a Motherwell team who have been in form of late and a point ahead of Celtic in the table. Just two changes were made to the starting team that beat Aberdeen in a hard fought victory at Pittodrie before the International break, Out went young Montgomery and Bitton to make way for Bolingoli and Rogic. There was also a place on the subs bench for the tricky Mikey Johnson after a start stop to his season so far.

This game was going to require bottle and a bit of temperament thrown in for the Bhoys to better their position in sixth place as Motherwell had won three home games on the bounce and, as we know, are no mugs. It was Motherwell who started positively with their first attack in 7 minutes when Starfelt was rounded by Tony Watt who...
A Fir Challenge For Bhoys
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Jota joy as the Hoops secured their first league away win of the season

Saturday, 16 October 2021
15.00 BST
Fir Park

This weekend's return to action following the international break, with more than a few questions still hanging over them.

But Ange Postecoglou believes that the team is now much more settled and ready for the challenges that lie ahead, beginning with the relatively short trip to Lanarkshire this weekend.

"It has been, right from the start, probably 'unsettled', is the right word" said the Hoops' boss.

Ange will be keen to build on the away day record after success at Aberdeen

"It has been unsettled but after the Aberdeen...​
With the disappointment of Thursday night still fresh in the mind, and with a string of poor results in recent weeks, we travel to a tricky away tie at Aberdeen. The home side are on their own run of poor form and this could be one where we take a much needed away win. Scott Brown will face us in his first appearance against Celtic since leaving on a free in the summer.

Ange has made a change in the midfield area with Bitton coming in for Rogic, who drops to the bench. I imagine he will sit in the holding mid role and allow McGregor to get forward more in the left hand side of the midfield three.

After early pressure from Celtic with a header from Jota and a long range effort from McGregor, it was a high press from Aberdeen that brought the closest early effort when Samuels had a shot from 20 yards that flashed wide. Celtic got a corner right after that should have seen Bitton give Celtic the lead. A lovely flighted ball by Turnbull saw the Israeli...
Having lost three of the first six league games, Celtic welcomed Dundee United to Celtic Park with a sense of optimism of getting a win. The injury woes had been getting increasingly worrying, but a home tie seemed like a good way of getting a run of wins started after some woeful away results.

Ange's team pretty much picked itself, with long term injury victim Jullien, still out, along with McGregor, Kyogo, Giakoumakis, Taylor, Dembele, Forrest and Johnston. Ajeti - our only fit first team striker would remain upfront and only Moffat on the bench could come on in a forward capacity to change anything. It is a sorry state of affairs and testament to the problems of losing so many players in the summer, without bolstering the squad with the quality replacements needed.

The first major action came from work down the right between Abada and Ralston. The full back was involved in a coming together with McMann on the right, but he recovered and got to his...
Bhoys Uniting For Home Run
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Jota notched up his first goal for the Hoops on Thursday evening

Sunday, 26 September 2021
15.00 BST
Celtic Park

Sunday's clash with Dundee United is yet another crucial step for Celtic as they seek to reclaim their League title. And even though the campaign is only six games into this season, given the current wobbles away from home, it is imperative that they continue to make the most of every match which is held at Parkhead.

After Thursday's comfortable victory over Raith Rovers ensured passage to a League Cup Semi-Final showdown with holders, St Johnstone, all attention now returns to the league, and the visit of Dundee United.

The Tannadice club - who,...​