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“It’s Not Horrendous” – Expert Defends Celtic Stars Mistake In Excellent Twitter Thread

It was a moment of craziness that left every Celtic fan last night. Not Bitton’s red card (although that obviously did) but Vasilis Barkas attempt at saving FC Midtjylland attacker, Evander’s free kick.

Barkas seemed to pull out of the save and the ball crashed off the inside of the post and into the back of the Greek goalkeepers net.

To seek answers to why Barkas had chosen to make that decision, Twitter account celticbynumbers contacted goalkeeping expert John Harrison. Harrison is a University of Cambridge Astronomy PhD graduate and a freelance GK analyst specialising in statistical analysis.

So if you are going to ask ANYONE for an opinion, it will be him.

And what he said will raise some eyebrows amongst the Celtic support. Harrison said although it was not a horrendous mistake, Barkas did make a cardinal sin for a goalkeeper in this excellent thread:

celticbynumbers replied to Harrison with a point not all will agree with, ” John it is actually the first big error in his Celtic career. His issue with some is that he just hasn’t made many saves over the expected – eg his goals conceded > post shot xG and he hasn’t yet made game changing saves in big games like his predecessor Frazer Forster.”

Not many Celtic fans agreed with that assertion and in fact pointed out Barkas’ errors in the Glasgow Derby that led to a defeat to our arch rivals.

Whatever happens from now on in, Postecoglou is now met with another headache. Will he stay with Barkas for the return leg or move for Bain?

My money is on he’ll chose Barkas but surely a new goalkeeper MUST be on Ange’s shopping list now?

J League Expert Reveals How Celtic Sensationally Beat Premier League Clubs To Furuhashi

Celtic’s signing of Japanese star Kyogo Furuhashi has been nothing short of a revelation this summer.

Not one hint of speculation surrounded the move and Celtic, according to J League expert Alan Gibson, have stolen a march on the big guns from not only the English Premier League, but also the Bundesliga by capturing the Japanese international.

Speaking on The Only As Good As Your Last Game podcast, Gibson said of Furuhashi’s move to the Hoops, “I think it’s a bit out of left field because we (the Japanese media) really thought that the Dutch, Belgian or perhaps German clubs would be the best fit for him.

“Celtic, or even the Premier League teams due to working permit problems perhaps, didn’t really enter into it until the last few months.

“He’s probably played in enough games in the national team for the last two years to qualify now especially if they take into account the COVID corona problems.

“So, perhaps, in the next month or so we might have seen Premier League clubs being a bit more interested because they realise that they might be able to get a work permit.

“But Postecoglou knows him very well and he snapped him up before anyone else did, so good luck to Celtic.”

There is absolutely no doubt the move for Furuhashi shocked the Scottish media and the Celtic fans loved that. Here’s hoping there are more surprises coming Celtic’s way as Postecoglou looks to strengthen the squad this summer.

“Box Office Gold” – Ange Postecoglou Is Trending On Twitter. Celtic Fans Love Him

Ange Postecoglou is one thing if anything. Brutally honest.

Brutally honest but cutting on the edge of disrespectful and the Celtic fans love it.

They love it because they have had enough of the usual sound bites from the club and former manager Neil Lennon.

His press conference today was simply brilliant. The way he bats questions away and is already starting to put little bits of pressure on the Celtic board is simple, effective and refreshing.

During the clubs pre match Champions League press conference, Ange was asked if he could potentially pull out a wildcard over the next 24 hours for the tie against Midtjylland and the look on Callum McGregor’s face tells you all you need to know about Ange’s answer:

But it wasn’t just his reply to the press that impressed the fans today. His dig at the fitness levels of the team is a clear, but familiar swipe at the previous manager.

Ronny Delia also made the same assertion after taking over from Neil Lennon’s first reign as Celtic manager and it seems we have gone full circle.

One thing is for sure, the Hoops fans love him and are ready to back him.

They understand the size of the job ahead of Ange and the club and are willing to give him the insurance policy of time.

However, if anything does go wrong at Celtic this season there is one thing for sure, the finger of blame is being pointed squarely at the suits.

Here is a selection of tweets from the fans after todays conference:

“It’s Small P*N*s Syndrome” – Podcaster Solves The Mystery Of Sevco’s “55” Claim

If there is one thing that our rivals fans do that confuse the hell out of Celtic supporters, it’s the claims they make. Like “Going for 55” or “Most successful club in the world” or the stupid 5 stars above their badge (what even is that anyway?).

On the A Celtic State of Mind, Screamacelica episode Kevin Graham and Russell Boyce where shooting the breeze about Celtic and their pre season adventures down south when the conversation turned to the genuine worlds most successful club, Al Ahly.

The boys reminisced about the time Celtic won the Wembley Cup in a pre season tournament that involved Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Al Ahly when Graham solved that famous mystery of Rangers* and why their fans continually bleat about their 55 titles claim. And he didn’t disappoint,  “It’s amazing the amount of clubs that actually claim that. These wee clubs.

“What’s the point? Your next one (title) is always going to be your best one.  The next one is the one that you’re looking forward to.  It’s like counting your money.

“It’s like having cars outside and counting your cars.

“I guess it’s like having wee man syndrome, small penis syndrome I’ll call it.

“If you have to shout about how many things that you have won, you just have got a small penis syndrome.

“You’re just a small club if that’s the way that you measure your success.”

Brilliant. Succinct and straight to the point. I’ve never understood this celebration of 55.

I know WHY they do it. Clearly it reinforces their idea that the old Rangers never died and the 55 is the signal of the continuation of the dead club.

We all know it’s bullshit and so do they.

Sacre Bleu! Postecoglou dealt Double Transfer Blow As Targets Set for France

Celtic have been dealt a double transfer blow today as reported targets Ado Onaiwu and Brandon Soppy are set seal moves to France.

Onaiwu was seemingly on Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s radar as a reunion with his former Yokohama F Marinos striker was looking on the cards.

The clear connection between the two made the move seem obvious and Onaiwu addressed the speculation in a press conference after a J League fixture less than a week ago, “I’ve read about the speculation about my future, but my only thought at the moment is to try and catch Kawasaki Frontale in the league because they are nine points ahead of us.

“I think I’ve had a pretty good season and a lot of that is down to the chances created by my teammates.”

The Daily Record reports that Onaiwu could be set to move to Toulouse in the next 48 hours in a move that may be a blow to the Celtic gaffers plans.

In another transfer twist, second Hoops target Brandon Soppy has been the subject of interest for French Ligue 1 club Lille.

Celtic were linked to Soppy by transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano as the Italian journalist tweeted, reported by Vital Celtic, that Soppy was next on the Parkhead list after apparently sealing the Carl Starfelt deal from Rubin Kazan.

The report says a £4m deal could be done as the 19 year old full back enters the last year of his contract.

Will Ange have an insurance policy up his sleeve if he misses out on both targets? The Celtic fans will certainly hope so.

“Fulfill Your Dream” – Iniesta’s Class Tweet to Celtic New Bhoy

As the Celtic fans await the arrival of new signing Kyogo Furuhashi, one man that is desperately sad to see his team mate go is the legendary Andres Iniesta.

Iniesta was Furuhashi’s team mate when he joined Vissel Kobe back in 2018 and the 131 cap Spanish superstar is a huge admirer of his Japanese team mate and was clearly emotional in an interview where he paid tribute to his now former team mate, “Today is a sad day because we are saying farewell to Kyogo, but he is going to Europe to make his dreams come true.

“I came here to show him my respect. He’s a professional who has realised his goal.

“It’s going to be tough in Kobe without him, but I’ll do my best to get some positive results.

But his praise did not stop there. Iniesta took to Twitter to post his emotional farewell in Japanese and Spanish as he wished his friend good luck on his move to the Glasgow giants:

Translated, Iniesta wrote:

Friend, a pleasure to share your wardrobe with you and see your growth. I am very happy that you can fulfill your dream of playing in European football. Good luck,@kyogo_furuhashi

Clearly both players had a very close bond and Furuhashi has also publicly spoken of the influence Iniesta has had on his career.

With an endorsement from Iniesta, it does seem the Celtic fans are in for a special treat when Furuhashi pulls on those famous green and white hoops.

“It’s a shocking state of affairs“ – Sutton Blasts Celtic Board’s Euro Preparations

Chris Sutton. Celtic fans love him. Straight talker and tells it how it is. Doesn’t sugar coat anything and when Sutton tells you the club is in disarray with their preparations for the Champions League, you better take notice.

In his weekly column, the former Celtic striker, took aim at the people he believes are responsible for the mess the club find themselves in just 5 days before the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland.

Sutton points the finger straight at the Celtic board and says that their dithering over appointing a new manager quick enough is the main reason the club find themselves so under prepared, “The club is all over the place.

“It’s a shocking state of affairs. Every season when it comes round to the Champions League we seem to be talking about the same situation, the same dilemma because Celtic haven’t acted quickly enough.

“But this is not on the manager this year. This is on the hierarchy for sitting on their hands.

“Celtic fans always have hope and expectation for qualifying for the Champions League group stage. This season I don’t think that’s there.

“In my opinion they’ll be lucky to qualify for even the Europa League group stage.

“And it’s put Postecoglou in an impossible position. The Aussie has gone into clubs before and shown he’s not scared to make changes.

“But he’s been here such a short space of time, how can he analyse what he has in front of him and have a clear plan?

“He hasn’t got a chance. This is stuff of miracles if he can get a tune out of this team and turn round a 25-point gap on Rangers.”

If you’ve read everything I’ve read about Ange Postecoglou then you will know that he thrives under this kind of environment but that still doesn’t take away from anything Sutton has said.

But it is also nothing new. Celtic have always left their transfer business to the last minute. In fact, I’m surprised Sutton is surprised.

“I Think He Needs Windows” – Pundit Warns Celtic Fans Better Prepare Themselves To Wait For Glory

As Ange Postecoglou starts to add some new faces to his Celtic squad, the fans have been warned not to get too carried away or to expect too much from this transfer window.

Clyde 1 Superscoreboard pundit Gordon Dalziel has claimed that Postecoglou may need THREE windows to build the team he needs to challenge for the title again, “I said since the day one. I think he needs transfer windows, not just this one.

“I think he’ll need windows. I think he’ll need January and I think he needs next summer.

“I think it needs patience. I’m sure every Celtic fan would love him to hit the ground running and get off to a terrific start.

“But it’s such a big job and, and there’s nothing, there’s nothing really happening apart from him and his enthusiasm to get the Celtic fans excited.”

I have a feeling almost every Celtic fan knows this window will not define Celtic’s team or season this year but THREE windows?

Potentially we could be talking that could mean another trophy less season to allow Postecoglou the time to build a squad to win the title.

With next seasons league champions guaranteed automatic entry into the Champions League group stages, that is a lot to ask of not only the fans, but the club as a guaranteed £14m will be lost to the club if they don’t win the league next season.

Never mind the supporters, but is the board ready to give that up?

Mark Guidi Writes Off Celtic Star Before A Ball Is Kicked.

It seems that life under Ange Postecoglou is going to be an interesting one. New style of play, new signings and players allowed new beginnings, it seems not all players are afforded the same courtesy by journalist and Go Radio pundit, Mark Guidi.

Speaking on the show, Guidi has totally written off Greek international keeper, Vasilis Barkas, and reckons that he isn’t the keeper Celtic need to go on and win the title, “On the evidence of last season, I can’t go on evidence of what it’s been like under Postecoglou for Barkas for the past two or three weeks.

“But on the evidence of last season I have to say no. You could almost feel the colour draining from him and that was without crowds.

“He doesn’t strike me as the kinda guy that would instil the rest of the team with confidence. I might be doing him a disservice.

“If you want to give people the benefit of the doubt and I’m all for doing that too. Anybody, whether it be Barkas or anybody moving into a new country with COVID, you can’t socialise, you can’t live normal lives, maybe not being able to get your loved ones over.

“But purely on the evidence of him being out on the pitch for 90 minutes of various games last season. I don’t think he is a title winning goalkeeper for Celtic.”

Well there you go. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t bet my mortgage on Barkas keeping a clean sheet every game, but he isn’t an international keeper for no reason.

Discounting that last season we didn’t have a settled defence, the whole team was rancid, the manager didn’t even know which keeper he wanted and that he had just come to a new country, Barkas is not afforded the same compassion as the rest of the squad.

You just wonder what is the agenda here regarding Celtic players with this pundit?

Geordie Media Report 65 Cap Winger Was Told to Join Celtic In January

Former Celtic target Christian Atsu has told how he was directed to join the Hoops in the January transfer by Newcastle United.

The experienced Ghanaian international winger was surplus to requirements at St James Park and revealed that five hours before the transfer window closed he was expected to make the move to Glasgow, “Five hours before the window closed, they asked me to go to another club,”

“Five hours to close!

“The club knew my position, why I’d stayed. With five hours’ notice, that was never going to change. It was impossible to make that decision. My family comes first.”

The report says that instead of making the journey up north, he decided to spend the rest of the season in Newcastle’s u23 squad.

Atsu is now a free agent and as he searches for a new club, he wouldn’t reveal Newcastle boss, Steve Bruce’s reasons for wanting him to make the move to Paradise.

Atsu started his career at Port and after Chelsea paid £3.5m for him back in 2013, his career never really go going as he failed to make a single appearance for the London club.

After loan spells at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga and Newcastle, Atsu finally made his move to the Geordies permanent when he signed for them in 2017.

With 65 caps for Ghana, Atsu has a wealth of experience that could be utilised at Celtic Park and with the 29 year old out of contract, would it be possible for the Hoops to resurrect their interest in him?

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