Frank Lampard’s tactics against Celtic makes a mockery of EPL’s ignorance on Scottish football

Despite the fact we didn’t win our last remaining game in the Sydney Super Cup this week Down Under in Oz, we certainly improved our performance level in the match against English Premier League side Everton. Ange wanted a response and by the looks of things, he certainly got it. We pegged Everton back and made them look very average indeed.

Lampard setting up with a back five and trying to soak up the pressure versus Ange’s Bhoys just goes to show the trepidation from the team languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table. His admission that we are a ‘possession team’ and that he had to concede the ball against us tells the story frank (pun intended).

We have to sit and listen to the same old, endless, havering from those in the media down the road. They take every opportunity they can to take pot-shots at the game up here and slag off Celtic too. TalkSPORT have quite the penchant for it both past and present. Our UEFA Champions League group stage performance was pounded by those of an Anglo-centric opinion.

 Reo Hatate  is tackled by Evertons Neal Maupay (R) during the Sydney Super Cup football match between Everton and Celtic FC at Stadium Australia in Sydney on November 20, 2022  (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

The Sydney Super Cup made an absolute mockery of that supposition. We proved that we are a far superior side to the Merseyside club in our performance against them. They looked very average and I know people will point to it being a meaningless fixture. But if that was the case, why wouldn’t Lampard just take the shackles off and go for it?

Could it in fact be because we would have mauled his side if he’d decided to make things more open? I mean it’s not as if there isn’t strong, experienced players in their squad. James Tarkowski and others have a wealth of Premier League game time and experience under their belts. It would have made it a far better game if he had just been open and went for it.

James Forrest of Celtic FC competes for the ball with Vitaliy Mykolenko of Everton FC during the Sydney Super Cup match between Celtic and Everton at Accor Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Scott Gardiner/Getty Images)

Perhaps he was thinking that the last thing his relegation-threatened team needed was a hefty defeat to shatter confidence before the domestic scene comes around once again. After all, we are merely the poor relations from up the road, right? It was a very revealing game indeed for looking into the real psyche of how this current Celtic team is viewed on the outside.

Our European foes to a man all expressed their respect for us in the big boy’s tournament this year. Although I would have preferred if they had been slagging us off out of spite after we had beaten them. Still, it’s signs that all point conclusively to the fact that this team is going places under Ange Postecoglou. Our development is undeniable and there’s yet still more to come you feel.

Frank Lampard knows the score.

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.


  1. It works both ways. We blamed our defeat to the time difference and fatigue. Everton just arrived before we played them so they have the same excuse as we did have against Sydney. Not saying we wouldn’t have beat them if both teams were fresh though. Doesn’t mean we don’t need a proper striker though. Kyogo and Jacki have shown they ate spfl/europa league at best

  2. Dominating games against any opposition is totally meaningless if you don’t win,or goal scoring record from chances made against better opponents than in the spl is abysmal.we desperately need a quality goal scorer as kyogo and giakoumakis fail against better teams than in the spl.

  3. In case you hadn’t noticed, half the Everton kids were not first team players. We were entitled to boss them with a strong line up. Lack of composure in the critical moments (becoming a habit) cost us a win against opponents who blooded some young talent.

  4. That Price is a dirty wee basta, but it’ll only be a matter of time before he’s caught & left hurting by a lunge similar to those he dishes out!

    Their whole backline are overly physical in challenges, but thats their whole gameplan, be intimidating at the back & clinical on quick counter attacks, the latter part of which we’ve been regularly picked apart by in European competition.

    As has been said in another comment on here already, and elsewhere throughout this campaign, we’re missing that killer instinct in and around the opposition box; our build up play until that point is superb but then our attacks fizzle out through lack of creativity on & off the ball; we definitely need to go into the transfermarket looking to upgrade our attacking threat through the middle to front, and seriously work on the basics with players we allow to stay