Bit late on parade,my apologies. Long shift last night. Though my 12 hours was probably more pleasurable than the couple of hours everyone connected with Dens Park endured. I’ve only seen highlights obviously-but there were a few of them!
To really appreciate how good October has been for us,I think it’s worth drawing the comparison with August and,particularly,September. I’m largely going to ignore results in Europe while I do so-we are simply not set up to be competitive in a group stage. In fact,it can be argued that we are being set up to be competitive only for the qualifying stages,though I’ve been talked out of doing an article covering that contentious opinion.
August saw us win fairly comfortably against newly promoted Livingston in the league,and against relegated Thistle in the League Cup. It also saw us lose to Hearts and then scrape past Hamilton in a dreadful display. Form roughly equivalent to quarter of a century ago,in my opinion.
It got worse. September sucked. 1-0 League wins against Rangers and Aberdeen,and against St Johnstone in the League Cup,bookended dire displays in a 0-0 away to St Mirren and a 2-1 defeat at Rugby Park. We were clearly in a bad place,couldn’t buy a goal-seven goals in six matches is a disgraceful return from a club like ours. Fortunately,our defence,while giving us heart attacks,was holding up fairly well.
We didn’t turn into October in great heart. Still ahead of Gerrard’s Rampant Rangers,we were labelled a club in crisis. Aye,I know-I wasn’t too happy with things chez nous,but for us to be labelled that while Gerrard is lauded to the rafters while being a fair bit behind us speaks volumes. SHOUTS IT!!! actually. Well,I did say I wasn’t going to mention Europe,so I won’t. And if I don’t,it allows me to ask a serious question on the back of results last month.
Are Celtic back in business? I spoke a few weeks back about how we needed our mojo back as a team,but also for some players individually. I particularly referred to Scott Sinclair on that one. I said I wanted my Scott Sinclair back,and in the last two games,he has looked much more like his old self,oozing class and dripping with confidence. Please stay on the tablets,Scott. Tom Rogic is in the form of his life,teams struggle to get near him to kick him nowadays,his goal last night was simply effortless. And James Forrest,seems that the Prestwick Pele brings out the best in us. Last few games have seen him come out of his shell-more importantly,off that touchline. Pulling defenders all over the place,he pops up everywhere,delivering the final pass,getting the finishing touch,you name it. And Callum McGregor was made for that deep-lying playmaker role,metronome passing,head up and have it.
As a result,we have scored 15 goals in three league games-against 7 in 6 previously. And three going on hunners in the semi v Hearts. And those goals have been gratifyingly spread throughout our front men-although James Forrest has been a tad greedy,which I hope he always will be,in this form!-which is a strange thing to say when we only have Edouard up front.
But that’s just it. We don’t. All of our midfield have an eye for goal,and when the confidence is flowing and yer eye is in,you’re gonna go for it,not pass it sideways like you did in September.
Aye,I think we’ve got our mojo back. October rocked. Bring it on!!!
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