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How will the Old Firm face up?

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Looking ahead to the vital SPL match between Rangers and Celtic, lets leave aside the debate about missing Old Firm players for the International friendly with Croatia.

For now.

Or at least until we all have a chance to check out the team lines ahead of kick-off on Saturday.

How will the two teams face off?

Will Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, start with five in his midfield?

Will Walter Smith add five to make ten?

Will anyone be able to pass the ball more than three feet?

Who should start for either side? Should Kris Boyd gain a place up front from kick-off?

Will Barry Robson replace Shunsuke Nakamura?

As you can tell, I'm asking more questions than answering, as picking a team is tough.

Thankfully, that's not my job, although I'm hoping that, as football fans, you will make it yours.

Enjoy the debate!

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posted Mar 29, 2008

1252: Georgios Samaras plays in Scott Brown but the Celtic player fails to get the ball out from under his feet and keeper Allan McGregor does enough to scramble the ball away. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink protests because he believes Brown was clipped by Steven Whittaker. He gets a yellow for his efforts.

says it all

well done rangers not a biggot and notblind rangers used the ball better than we did but 2 very dodgy reffing decisions. no pen and no yellow for a blatant dive not to mention same player lying on the turf for 4 mins then only 3 added on???

saying that i don't think we would have scored if we played till midnight.

ps the 4 pull outs from the scotlnd sqaud managed ok good to see

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posted Mar 29, 2008

I see there's nothing about Kevin Thomson being injured BECAUSE he dived, tried to cheat, just like Kirk Broadfoot.

Only thing that separated the teams (except Naka's persisted appearance) was one well-taken chance.
Celtic controlled it, Rangers were disciplined and well-organised. Luck was the only decider

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posted Mar 29, 2008

The moaning has started already, when will they just face up to the fact that they are never gona get the better of Walter Smith. Why didn't Celtic play the same 4-5-1? Barry Robson is a decent player and I'm sure the Celtic front two could have played all day and not scored. At least a draw would have given Celtic the chance to take the games at their place. Not sure WGS got his tactics right today.

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posted Mar 29, 2008

I'm afraid that once again I'm experiencing "GroundHog League". It feels like the last time Smith was in charge of Rangers. Rangers are rubbish [Please, what serious side has to revert to 7 at the back whilst at home] but, despite Celtic enjoying most of the play, Rangers win. Why? I believe, because Celtic are, at this moment in time, even worse than Rangers. Walter Smith knows that and so he lets Celtic beat themselves. Gordon Strachan [I would love to see him getting sacked, but I can't see it happening]has despite the results, and his stats [let's face reality, Celtic have only done well under him because Rangers were weak and disorganised],systematically failed to move Celtic forward from the great foundation left to to us under the Martin O'Neill era and it is only now that Smith is back at Rangers that we are starting to see that. Walter Smith has put a challenge to Strachan that wasn't there previously and Strachan is incapable, as a manager, of answering it. Think about it, would Strachan's predecessor reside over such a weak Celtic side that was incapable of even scoring against Walter Smith's Rangers. I think not. Infact, I believe that under our previous coach his Celtic side would do to Smith's Rangers what all Celtic fans are crying out for, and put them in their place. by the way, as a point to other comments on this site, I'm afraid it is unlikely that with fewer points than Rangers that Celtic will win the league this year. It is now looking more certain that Rangers will celebrate an easy treble.

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posted Mar 29, 2008

Celtictrue - Think you are being a bit hard on yourself mate. The SPL is not rich in money or talent. If we didn't have the EPL to compare it to, we might think differently. Maybe you are right about GS, O'Neil had Thompson/Lennon/Larsson and a whole host of other great player. Celtic are still in transition. Celtic won the league due to a poor Rangers team - lets face it Hearts were second, how often does that happen. Thatís how poor we are. Rangers are not pretty to watch but grind out results. That won't work next year, especially now that WS has steadied the ship. Watched the second half today and it seemed like we were going back to the old days where Celtic played us off the park - but we still won. League is not over - too many points to play for. Good Luck
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posted Mar 29, 2008

I don't know why Celtic didn't play Nakamura, McGeady and Hesselink - they're the most high profile players!

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comment by bushy (U9546034)

posted Mar 29, 2008

WE PLAY DEFENSIVE - WE WON
ONE UP FRONT - WE WON
WE ARE LUCKY - WE WON
CELTIC WERE UNLUCKY - WE WON
EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES. TAKE IT ONT THE CHIN LIKE WE DID WHEN CELTIC WERE WINNING, DONT SHOW YOURSELVES UP AS USUAL BLAMING THE REF OR CONSPIRACIES.
THE LEAGUE ISNT OVER....BUT WE WON TODAY..

PS GARY CALDWELL SAYS CELTIC ARE A BETTER TEAM AFTER RANGERS WINNING 4 TIMES IN A ROW AGAINST THEM WITHOUT CONCEDING A GOAL

MEANWHILE BACK ON EARTH GARY CALDWELL...

I DEFENDED MCGEADY PREVIOUSLY BUT HIS BEHAVIOR TOWARDS THE END MEANS HE DESERVES ANY STICK HE GETS.... HERE YOU GO AIDEN YOU AND ARTUR CAN HAVE A COMPETITION TO SEE WHO SPITS THE BIGGEST DUMMY

HAIL THE FAT SLOW GOALIE!!!!!

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comment by bushy (U9546034)

posted Mar 29, 2008

HAHAHAHAHA YOU GOTTA LAUGH, KEVIN THOMPSON WAS STUPID TODAY BUT HE IS NO MORE A CHEAT THAN NAKAMURA WHEN HE CHEATED AT ST MIRREN TO THE BENEFIT OF WIN AND ANYWAY KARMA IS COMING BACK TO BITE CELTIC'S BACKSIDE AND WE ALL KNOW WHY.....

EVERYONE SING..."DRY YOUR EYES MATE, I KNOW YOU WANT TO SHOW US HOW MUCH THIS PAIN HURTS BUT YOU GO TO WALK AWAY NOW...ITS OVERRRRRRRR"

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comment by desmond (U9290611)

posted Mar 29, 2008

It doesn't matter how they will match up. It's all over now.Celtic have not had any success against Rangers since Smith's return. Way to go Gordie, from three golden eggs to three duck eggs, plus of course the CL. Three strikes normally means that you are out, I think Mr.Strachan has overstayed his welcome.Now that the season is over perhaps the Celtic board could start looking for a replacement. Maybe the board should get a shake up as well. Get rid of these guys who join the team just to make a fast "buck".Half of them do not want to come here in the first place. They only come when the "so called interest " from bigger clubs dies.Really disappointed in the Boruc issue,saying that he intends to leave Celtic.He is a good goalkeeper, there is no doubt, but he would be still playing in Poland if not for Celtic. Anyway, we have a few months grace to seperate the wheat from the tares and get the dross out of "Paradise". There is always next year.

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posted Mar 30, 2008

make scottish football even more of a laughing stock.If the top brass dont come down hard onthose diving players (THAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD)more's the pity

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