The Latest Fantasy To Grip Celtic’s Enemies Is An Old One And A Daft One.

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When Kyogo got taken off at the weekend, there was rejoicing in La La Land. I am not joking.

Actual rejoicing. Check their websites. They were over the moon.

They look at this guy, who has 19 league goals, and conclude that without him in the final next week that we’re doomed.

What muppets they are, what a fundamental misunderstanding of this team.

Those 19 goals have been amazing.

But we’ve scored no fewer than 78 of them in that competition, so that suggests strongly to me that we can cope. The League Cup Final is not the be all and end all of our season.

It’s another game, and if Ange and the player decide he’s not quite fit – and I don’t want him to play otherwise – then we’ll simply replace him.

The new boy, Oh, has been bought for this.

What else do these people reckon we paid all that money for?

Ange trusts him to replace the big Greek, who was the league’s top scorer in the last campaign. One idiot on The Record “jury” basically said that this is what we get for taking the risk of selling Giakoumakis, as if this boy can’t play at all.

But Ange has said we’d have signed him last season.

He’d have been here long before now had the boss been able to get that deal done then. The boy has something, and that quality may even be something that takes the Ibrox side by surprise.

It has happened before. They wish they didn’t remember it, but if you press them then I’m entirely confident that they do. When Leigh Griffiths got injured shortly before our first match against the Ibrox club in Rodgers’ first campaign he already had plenty of goals against their team over the years and we threw a guy into that game who had never gone up against them before, and he proved himself an exceptional footballer in that match.

His name was Moussa Dembele. That match is still seared into their souls. His hat-trick capped one of the most complete performances I’ve ever seen in any fixture against any club from that ground, maybe even better than Larsson in the 6-2 game or Lubo in the two matches where he utterly destroyed them, once at Parkhead and once at Ibrox.

As with then, they didn’t think we stood a chance without our first choice striker. That second choice one proved pretty bloody effective and before long he was The Man and not Leigh Griffiths. Which he remained until the day he left Celtic.

So they are entitled to celebrate the injury to Kyogo and bang on the tables with their fists and think that they’ve won a watch if he turns out not to play. All I’d say to them is this; be careful – be very careful – what you wish for.

By the end of the game they might well be thinking, “Oh Christ. That boy can play.”

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  • Johnny Green says:

    Front line of Abada, Maeda and Jota…..job done.
    OH may need more time to fully bed into Ange’s system.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Oh, and a very Happy Admin 11th anniversary to everyone.
    The day they died was he best day of my life.
    Oh how we rejoiced! 🙂

  • Bennybhoy57 says:

    Jota maeda and hun skelper Abada should give Their back four sleepless night.
    Barasic can’t handle Abadas blindside runs.
    Hatate Taylor and Mooy all goal threats.
    Love Kyogo to start as he got his first at ibrox,but it just seems a game that he always misses through injury.

    • Peter cassidy says:

      Plenty of players can score goals in this Celtic team
      no problem if the wee lad is not fit oh could give there CB a problem it’s a cup final anything can happen 5 nil to Celtic.

  • SSMPM says:

    Complete absence of that anniversary in the papers. Burn in Hell Rangers. Go to the front door at 8pm and celebrate, clap and make some noise.
    On that day we all turned out for an ad hoc, hastily held street party, one of two great street party days of my life, matched only, well nearly, by the death of the witch Thatcher. Enjoy this day lads and lassies. Hail Hail

  • Geoff says:

    Going back a wee bit further to 69 cup final.
    Jinky suspended Yogi and Clark injured.
    Huns should hardly need to turn up to lift cup.
    Oops didn’t go to script.
    4-0 thrashing.

  • Sean567 says:

    Do they forget the 1st meeting of the season when kyogo went off after about 2mins and we smelled them 4-0??

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Knee jerk reaction and premature, over confidence from them as usual, they never learn, never will. Obviously at this time, its no the ideal situation. If Oh has tae come in we can adapt and hope the guy steps up. Wee detail in their snarkin they mightv’e forgot, we’ve guys all over the park more than capable of findin the net.

  • Stewart says:

    Is this the same crowd that said about kyogo when he first came,, he’s only 5ft7 wot is there too fear there,,wind an piss lot o them

  • Pedro says:

    Great article, but please don’t blaspheme, no need really….

    • Frank Kelly says:

      Good article, I agree.
      But the use of the word “blaspheme” implies there is a god. Most of us know that’s bull.
      Keep it to yourself.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    69′ cup final is legendary and that’s right, played without our 2 on form wingers that day. Tho that lot had their new signin, centre forward Colin Stein out tae and Alex Ferguson played. And they blamed him ever since. Hounded the guy out the door.

  • Suspiciousmind says:

    Remember it well Geoff. Making my way down the terracing as big Billy rose to score. George Connelly taking his goal like a veteran. Alex Ferguson booting everything that moved, sometimes even the ball. A great day. and many more since.

  • Frankie says:

    Happy anniversary huns

  • Michael Clark says:

    In all fairness I think every Celtic supporter will be hoping Kyogo Furuhashi is fit for the final. I like everyone else don’t want that lot from Govan getting one over us. Oh Hyeon-gyu has not completed a 90 minutes for Celtic yet so it is a worry if he starts the final. I appreciate Ange Postecoglou wouldn’t have this guy on the books if he thought he couldn’t cut it but he put Liel Abada on through the middle against St Mirren, leaving Oh on the bench!! That tells my that Ange isn’t comfortable with him yet. I sincerely hope I’m wrong but there’s no guarantees. Yosuke Ideguchi is on his way out yet Ange took him to Celtic and from what I’ve already seen Oh is no Moussa Dembele either

  • John S says:

    Celtic’s forward-line options are well-covered.

  • PAUL MCCANN says:

    happy administration day tell all the huns that you know that were top of the league and
    your no

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