And then we come to Mr. Madden

It doesn’t get any easier, does it? But let us look at the positives first. Some very good football in the midfield – frankly there is no real problem in that section of the field, and enough happened to make one say that Celtic, frankly, deserved better than they got. A brilliant goal from Anthony Ralston, and enough from the new Japanese import to suggest that we may have another Nakamura. Considering that he just arrived a matter of hours ago, he did well.

I was amazed to see Edouard still playing. He was, to be fair, a little more energetic than on Wednesday night but he still did not do enough. He really does now have to be replaced, and we must find a striker soon. No-one really wants to see Ajeti, it would appear, and until Griffiths gets a grip of himself, he will be of little value to us. But we certainly need someone to score goals, although to be fair, Forrest and Christie did have hard luck at the end against a man whom we should never have let go!

Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie

And then of course we heard everyone say “We need a centre half!” Well, we went and got one! And what happened? OK, it was his first game, and one mustn’t be too harsh on Mr Starfelt, but Nir Bitton is not by nature a centre half. The goal that was lost in the first half was crazy defending, with Gary Mackay-Steven all on his own, and the goal at the end was simply naive. “Tak a man apiece” is a simple rule for defending set pieces. Why can’t we do it?

And then we come to Mr. Madden. His mistakes tonight were important in that the game was tight, and therefore decisions matter. The disallowed offside goal was, to put it mildly, marginal, and full marks to Christophe Berra (who came across as a fair minded and decent man throughout) for agreeing that Mr Halliday deserved the long, lonely walk for that horrendous tackle on Callum McGregor.

That game might have gone the other way. We have lessons to learn, but we also have to work at training. We are already behind, but there are 37 games to go. A lot depends on how quickly we can learn from errors.

Ange Postecoglou is already showing signs of being “nippy” with silly journalistic questions.

One wonders if he realises just what he has let himself in for. He is on a steep learning curve, one feels, and it will be a severe test of the man’s temperament and nerve.

We really do have to get better soon. Some obscure Europeans are next on Thursday night. Time to brace ourselves. This may yet get worse.

David Potter

A few apologies due…

Not even a yellow…

Scotland’s finest officials at their best on day one of the new SPFL season 21-22.
The stills above resulted in only one being punished for off-side, I’ll let you make your mind up which one, unbelievable!!!


Raymond Carmichael

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.


  1. Why not stop Ange from being interviewed by the media completely. After the next dropped points, quite possibly next Sunday, Celtic will be at least five points behind them possibly in about 7th place he is only going to get slaughtered and he will get nippy and then he becomes Pedro II. A laughing stock. I reckon we will be 5-7 points behind them by September. That simply means you can describe Ange in 3 words ‘Dead Man Walking’. He is not getting the time, money or personnel he needs. If he had any sense he would walk now. This experience may finish him as a coach. Another John Barnes? Just do interviews twice a week with Celtic TV put them on freeview for all supporters or try and screw them for a fiver a month. What a shambles. I know people always say you don’t know how big Celtic is until you arrive. This is clearly garbage unless you are retarded. You never here people say this about Everton or Villa. Unless you don’t follow football or are completely stupid you should know what you are getting into. Ange has not done his due diligence.