Brendan Rodgers was asked serious questions. Perhaps for the first time in his Celtic reign. His response was to produce a managerial masterclass. In recent weeks, it’s been hinted he has lost the Midas touch, that not everything he touches turns to gold. But Rodgers did not put a foot wrong against Zenit St Petersburg – before or during the game with the Russians. In this column a week ago I said it was a big night for the manager. There had to signs of progress.
So can Jack Hendry. And Dorus de Vries. Chuck Charly Musonda and Moussa Dembele into that mix as well as a few others. Thursday’s Europa League crunch against Zenit St Petersburg is not just a glamour tie. It’s a glorious opportunity for Celtic, the manager and some of the players to prove a few points on a huge stage. Of course today’s Scottish Cup clash against Partick Thistle takes precedence for the right now and no slips can be afforded in the chase for a back-to-back domestic treble.
The cranks and crackpots, myself included, who post on social media might not exactly the best barometer for public opinion so you have to take some of the stuff with a pinch of salt. But there are times I read things online and it leaves me absolutely stunned at the levels of stupidity. Celtic and Rangers fans go at it constantly but I can’t for the life of me understand why both sets of fans seem to be determined to talk down the value of their rival players.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".