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#1 craig

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:01 AM

Place a £5 bet at McBookie on the game and if the bet loses, they will refund the stake as a free bet. I'm definitely going to do that.

 

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Rangers 21/5

Draw 31/10

Celtic 13/20

 



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:21 AM

 

STUART ARMSTRONG spent the last Old Firm day in Newcastle’s Bigg Market.

 
This time he wants to be involved at Hampden and enjoy the Tyne of his life.
 
The Celtic star might have been 150 miles away last February in England’s north east when Ronny Deila’s side were dumping Rangers 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final but he’ll be at the heart of the action in Glasgow’s south side when the city’s big two clash again.
 
For Armstrong it will be his first taste of the fixture.
 
Despite growing up in Scotland the midfielder hasn’t sampled the Old Firm experience before.
 
In fact he has never even watched a full one on TV.
 
Last season was the perfect example.
 
 
 
Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates after scoring their second goal
Fresh from helping Dundee United defeat Aberdeen in the first semi-final, Armstrong headed across the border with his girlfriend.
 
He might have been signing for Celtic 24 hours later but wasn’t watching them take on Gers at Hampden.
 
Armstrong, who was born in Inverness, said: “I was down in Newcastle with my girlfriend when Celtic played Rangers in the League Cup semi-final last season.
 
“That actually was the day before I signed for Celtic.
 
“I played for Dundee United the previous day and we won and then I headed to Newcastle.
 
“I didn’t watch it and I have never experienced an Old Firm game.
 
“Over the years I might have seen it in glimpses but I’ve never fully appreciated the event.
 
“Is it a new thing for me? That’s probably fair to say.
 
“When you are in the central belt it’s a massive event and the talk about this game since the draw has been huge.
 
“But when you live up north perhaps you don’t appreciate how big it is.
 
“It will be useful to have played in semi-finals and finals. I can take that experience into what is a really big game.
 
“But I don’t think you can prepare yourself until you have actually experienced it because of the sense I get.
 
“As derbies go it is probably the biggest I’ll have been involved in.
 
“I wouldn’t say I go out of my way to avoid the build-up or seek it out.
 
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Stuart Armstrong opens the scoring with a well-placed shot
“You hear things in advertising or on TV, you see little clips of previous games and what it means to the fans as well. So I’m under no illusions of how big this match is.
 
“Now Rangers are coming back to the top league and the fixtures will be returning. There will be a lot of 
build-up around those next season and it will probably be good for the league.
 
“It’s a big game, a big fixture. The fans probably look forward to it and the players look forward to it as well. I have experienced semi-finals, finals and European games before.
 
“So you get used to that level of expectation and pressure.
 
“It is a derby and a huge game but I think just focusing on the football is what matters.”
 
Armstrong might not have played for Celtic against Rangers but has put the Ibrox club to the sword in a Scottish Cup semi-final before.
 
Two years ago he and Parkhead team-mates Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci all scored as United dumped Ally McCoist’s team out in the last four at Ibrox.
 
Armstrong said: “It was a nice feeling. It was a full stadium and scoring got us off to a good start.
 
“We won the game so I have happy memories from that day and it took us into the Final as well.
 
“If we could repeat that then it would be brilliant.”
 
 
 
Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven celebrates his goal
Armstrong’s six-game unbeaten derby record for the Tangerines against Dundee also stands him in good stead but as he has explained this is going to be something completely different.
 
By his own admission it hasn’t been a perfect season for him.
 
Injury and a loss of form have seen him spend spells out of the team but he doesn’t see Sunday as an opportunity to right a few personal wrongs from a tricky bout of second-season syndrome.
 
Armstrong said: “Everyone wants to play in this game. You can see in everyone’s face they want to be involved and play their part.
 
“Not only playing a big semi-final against Rangers but also helping the team get into a final and being part of that success.
 
“I want to play my part for the team and if I do play a part I want to do it well.
 
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“I’m sure that scoring a goal and winning a game means a lot to everyone, the fans and everyone involved at the club.
 
“But I don’t look at it as an opportunity for me – it’s an opportunity for the team.
 
“This season has been tough at times but I feel more accustomed to the way of life at Celtic now.
 
“The amount of games, the amount of pressure to win and win well. It has been a good year of learning.”
 
Victory over Rangers would enhance the enjoyment of the education process and banish the memory of Celtic’s last two semi-final shockers against Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County.
 
Armstrong said: “Everybody at the club knows it’s a huge game we want to win.
 
“These derby games mean a lot more to everyone. If you get the better of your rival it means that bit extra than a normal league game.
 
“I’ve never lost a derby. We had a great record against Dundee home and away. I have never been on a losing side. That was good for Dundee United and it was a good feeling to have, getting one up on your rivals. If we could do that again on Sunday it would be good.
 
“I didn’t play in the Inverness game last season (Armstrong was cup-tied). The Ross County game was obviously disappointing but circumstances were difficult with the sending off.
 
“We had a great start and it petered out. But Dundee United beat Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final last season. We scored two late goals to beat them 2-1 so there’s mixed emotions there.
 
“This is a different game completely. We just need to focus on this one.”
 
 

 



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:44 AM

Maybe a half fit Waghorn. No Harry Forrester. Craig Thomson as referee. I am not quite as confident as I was after the Dundee game!!

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:37 PM

Maybe a half fit Waghorn. No Harry Forrester. Craig Thomson as referee. I am not quite as confident as I was after the Dundee game!!

 

I love how both fans think Craig Thomson is against their team. My impression has always been that he hates both of us, usually in favour of Hearts. Mind you, I've heard from several sources he's actually a St Mirren fan.



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:27 PM

I love how both fans think Craig Thomson is against their team. My impression has always been that he hates both of us, usually in favour of Hearts. Mind you, I've heard from several sources he's actually a St Mirren fan.

I think this emphasises the points I made on the Leicester referee thread pretty eliquently indeed



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:31 PM

I love how both fans think Craig Thomson is against their team. My impression has always been that he hates both of us, usually in favour of Hearts. Mind you, I've heard from several sources he's actually a St Mirren fan.

St Mirren fan, like El Chico is??



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:34 PM

St Mirren fan, like El Chico is??

 

Aye....the Chicster is a Famous Glasgow Mirren fan..... ;)


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:36 PM

I'm interested in OF fans views on walter Smiths comments regarding Rangers fans being justified in feeling bitter at being relegated to the bottom division and also if they think it might add more spice to the cup game this weekend (for the record I spoke to a Celtic fan today who thinks it will)



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

St Mirren fan, like El Chico is??

What this guy?? :-D :-D



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:50 PM

I'm interested in OF fans views on walter Smiths comments regarding Rangers fans being justified in feeling bitter at being relegated to the bottom division and also if they think it might add more spice to the cup game this weekend (for the record I spoke to a Celtic fan today who thinks it will)

Listen to the Scottish Comedy FC podcast. Ross Craig, one of the presenters, is a Rangers fan and is very well balanced. He likened Smith to a mad old uncle.

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:00 PM

Listen to the Scottish Comedy FC podcast. Ross Craig, one of the presenters, is a Rangers fan and is very well balanced. He likened Smith to a mad old uncle.

I liked Tom English's take on him on BBC radio Scotloand a coule of days ago, not everyones cup of tea English, and certainly not Rangers fans cup of tea I'll bet.  His quote on rangers fans and their opinions on being demoted was interesting, on Walter smith saying Rangers fans were bitter about the way they were treated he said 'that perception was their reality'



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:25 PM

I don't think it will add any more spice to the game personally, it as an OF game and I'm sure will need little encouragement to be explosive. The atmosphere will be something special for both sides and I hope their is not a nasty feeling in the air.

 

As for Walter Smiths comments, cant speak for all fans but I do think there is an element that will hold a grudge..........



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 10:35 AM

Celtic could win the trophy without facing any Premiership teams in the competition!

Anyone but?

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:11 PM

Interview from Rangers manager Mark Warburton, would post one from Celtic but their online press conferences are not updated regularly the Celtic channel.




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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:18 PM

Another good interview given by the manager and good to see him giving Celtic respect and realising where we need to get too.

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:14 PM

Warburton, professional as usual. No question there is a  gap between the quality of some Rangers and Celtic players on paper but I believe that we are better than some of the teams who have beaten Celtic this season.

 

Ronnie Delia is not going to be in charge of Celtic next season so we can't read too much into this game, however much like the first Hibs game of the season in the Petrofac Cup a big win for either team will definitely set the tone. If we can avoid a big loss and can play the way he have throughout the season then we will be in good shape for the Premiership.

 

Can't say I'm expecting a win but no matter what happens tomorrow I know we have closed the gap significantly and we are 100% improved from the sad team that surrendered without a fight in the League Cup Semi last year.



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:38 PM

Warburton, professional as usual. No question there is a  gap between the quality of some Rangers and Celtic players on paper but I believe that we are better than some of the teams who have beaten Celtic this season.

 

Ronnie Delia is not going to be in charge of Celtic next season so we can't read too much into this game, however much like the first Hibs game of the season in the Petrofac Cup a big win for either team will definitely set the tone. If we can avoid a big loss and can play the way he have throughout the season then we will be in good shape for the Premiership.

 

Can't say I'm expecting a win but no matter what happens tomorrow I know we have closed the gap significantly and we are 100% improved from the sad team that surrendered without a fight in the League Cup Semi last year.

 

Hope you will be able to catch the game Donald.....should be a better performance than last year...................hopefully!


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:47 PM

Hope you will be able to catch the game Donald.....should be a better performance than last year...................hopefully!


Hope he's no lifted...... :D

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:52 PM

Hope he's no lifted...... :D

 

Doubt it....ra bears know how to behave....plus he's in Perth WA.....

 

I've a feeling I missed something there.....


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

Doubt it....ra bears know how to behave....plus he's in Perth WA.....
 
I've a feeling I missed something there.....


:lol:

Saying nothing more, as its a wee joke about a serious matter,

In which I'm 100% sure Donald is not a party too......





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