Saturday, 7 March 2009

[Crosas] St Mirren-Celtic Glasgow

Celtic Glasgow played this afternoon the quarter-finals of the Scottish cup. Celtic was defeated 1-0 by St Mirren and is eliminated.

Former Barcelona midfielder Marc Crosas started the game and was subsituted twenty minutes before the end.



Marc Crosas joined Celtic Glasgow in 2008. Since Barcelona can buy Crosas back in the summer of 2010 for two million euro (read more here), this blog will follow the performances of the midfielder over those two years.



Sunday 10 August - League game 1: Celtic Glasgow-St Mirren 1-0
Non-selectable. Crosas has signed his contract and is presented to the fans before the match.

Sunday 17 August - League game 2: Dundee United-Celtic Glasgow 1-1
Bench.

Saturday 23 August - League game 3: Celtic Glasgow-Falkirk 3-0
Substitute. Crosas replaces Brown in the 73rd minute (3-0).

Sunday 31 August - League game 4: Celtic Glasgow-Rangers 2-4
Bench.

Sunday 14 September - League game 5: Motherwell-Celtic Glasgow 2-4
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Nakamura in the 80th minute (2-4).

Wednesday 17 September - Champions League group stage game 1: Celtic Glasgow-Aalborg 0-0
Bench.

Sunday 21 September - League game 6: Kilmarnock-Celtic Glasgow 1-3
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Hartley in the 74th minute (0-2).

Tuesday 23 September - League Cup 1/8 finals: Celtic Glasgow-Livingston 4-0
Not selected.

Saturday 27 September - League game 7: Celtic Glasgow-Aberdeen 3-2
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by McDonald in the 72nd minute (1-2).

Tuesday 30 September - Champions League group stage game 2: Villareal-Celtic Glasgow 1-0
Bench.

Saturday 4 October - League game 8: Celtic Glasgow-Hamilton 4-0
Starter. Crosas starts the game and plays for 90 minutes.

Saturday 18 October - League game 9: Inverness-Celtic Glasgow 1-2
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Hartley in the 95th minute (1-2). Yellow card.

Tuesday 21 October - Champions League group stage game 3: Manchester United-Celtic Glasgow 3-0
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Saturday 25 October - League game 10: Celtic Glasgow-Hibernian 4-2
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Wednesday 29 October - League Cup 1/4 finals: Kilmarnock-Celtic Glasgow 1-3
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Sunday 2 November - League game 11: Hearts-Celtic Glasgow 0-2
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Wednesday 5 November - Champions League group stage game 4: Celtic Glasgow-Manchester United 1-1
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Sunday 9 November - League game 12: Celtic Glasgow-Motherwell 0-2
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Wednesday 12 November - League game 13: Celtic Glasgow-Kilmarnock 3-0
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Sunday 16 November - League game 14: Hamilton-Celtic Glasgow 1-2
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Saturday 22 November - League game 15: Saint Mirren-Celtic Glasgow 1-3
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Tuesday 25 November - Champions League group stage game 5: Aalborg-Celtic Glasgow 2-1
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Saturday 30 November - League game 16: Celtic Glasgow-Inverness 1-0
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Sunday 7 December - League game 17: Hibernian-Celtic Glasgow-Inverness 2-0
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Wednesday 10 December - Champions League group stage game 6: Celtic Glasgow-Villareal 2-0
Injured. Crosas has a hamstring injury.

Saturday 13 December - League game 18: Celtic Glasgow-Hearts 1-1
Bench.

Sunday 21 December - League game 19: Falkirk-Celtic Glasgow 0-3
Bench.

Saturday 27 December - League game 20: Rangers-Celtic Glasgow 0-1
Bench.

Saturday 3 January - League game 21: Celtic Glasgow-Dundee United 2-2
Bench.

Saturday 10 January - Cup 1/16 finals: Celtic Glasgow-Dundee (2) 2-1
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Robson in the 64th minute (2-1).

Sunday 18 January - League game 22: Aberdeen-Celtic Glasgow 4-2
Bench.

Saturday 24 January - League game 23: Celtic Glasgow-Hibernian 3-1
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Robson in the 78th minute (3-1).

Wednesday 29 January - League Cup 1/2 finals: Celtic Glasgow-Dundee United 0-0 (pen 11-10)
Starter. Crosas starts the game and plays for 120 minutes. Scores penalty.

Sunday 1 February - League game 24: Inverness-Celtic Glasgow 0-0
Substitute. Crosas replaces Nakamura in the 64th minute (0-0).

Saturday 10 January - Cup 1/8 finals: Celtic Glasgow-Queen's Park (3) 2-1
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Donati in the 42nd minute (1-0).

Sunday 15 February - League game 25: Celtic Glasgow-Rangers 0-0
Substitute. Crosas replaces Brown in the 83rd minute (0-0).

Sunday 22 February - League game 26: Motherwell-Celtic Glasgow 1-1
Bench.

Saturday 28 February - League game 27: Celtic Glasgow-St Mirren 7-0
Starter. Crosas starts the game and plays for 90 minutes. Goal. Assist.

Wednesday 4 march - League game 28: Kilmarnock-Celtic Glasgow 1-2
Starter. Crosas starts the game and plays for 90 minutes. Assist.

Saturday 7 March - Cup 1/4 finals: St Mirren-Celtic Glasgow 1-0
Starter. Crosas starts the game and is replaced by Samaras in the 74th minute (1-0).



Table
1. Celtic Glasgow 63
2. Rangers 60
3. Hearts 48
4. Dundee 43
[...]

3 comments:

pep said...

from the minute-by-minute report on Celtic's official site:


00:00
Scottish Cup Quarter Final
New St Mirren Stadium, Paisley
Saturday, March 7, 2009
ST MIRREN v CELTIC
PRE-MATCH PRE-AMBLE: Gordon Strachan has made one change to the side which beat Kilmarnock during midweek, with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink returning up front for Georgios Samaras.
CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, O’Dea; Nakamura, Crosas, S Brown, McGeady; Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald.
Subs: M Brown, Hartley, Conroy, Samaras, Loovens.
Weather conditions: Windy/Constant drizzle
Playing surface: Good

00:19
Crosas closes down a back pass to Smith, with the keeper's clearance just missing the Celtic midfielder. St Mirren then put the keeper under pressure with another hard and fast back pass. Smith clears under pressure.

00:34
Patient build up by Celtic. Crosas picks out McDonald, his lay off almost finds Vennegoor of Hesselink.

00:43
Murray stpudily pulls down McDonald. Free kick Celtic, 25 yards up left channel. Naka takes, Camara hooks it away at the near post. Celtic maintain pressure with Crosas finding McDonald, whose flick on is then cleared.

00:74
CELTIC SUB: Samaras on for Crosas.

kamikaze kontiki said...

This guy sounds really good. I think if Fabregas is still being considered then Crosas is a much better option for the same type of role. His experience in the Scottish league is likely to have hardened him, improved his tackling and probably given him a good idea of the stamina required in physical fast paced encounters though the frequent substitutions reported are not quite testament to this.

The only problem is where to fit him in. The LM position is a key to Pep's plans and is used by him in a manner quite different to the normal defensive midfielder, pivot role. So I dont think Crosas will fit in automatically there but the other spot we can use him in is ruled by Yaya n Busqs. Still I hope we bring him back. I m sure he will be able to adjust, can be rotated so maybe at times he can take the Xavi spot and at other times one of the other too.

The important thing is to bring him back at the right time. Now, he has big game experience after playing in the Old Firm Derby and other top of the table matches. Leave him for too long in the SPL and the untidiness and the dour style of EPL and SPL will become a defining aspect of his game and we would have wasted a great prospect brought out of our youth system. I especially don't want to see him sacrificed while at the same time we coax and cajole Fabregas to return.

AJ said...

I think the Cesc option will only be considered in 2 or 3 years time. I believe Marc has one more year to go before we have the option to take him back. I think its the perfect time to take him back then. By then Cesc would cost cost more and all... Marc does seem to be the better option as Xavi's heir in the centre of our park.

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