Midweek football-get used to it!
Welcome to the second half of the league season. Tonight Celtic host St Mirren in the second of a run of seven home games,split only by a visit to St Johnstone at the start of next month. That’s a 1230 kick-off on a Sunday,so I’ll be able to watch it for,a change.
Well,it’s a result for me,and it’s important Celtic get a right good result tonight. I have no axe to grind with St Mirren-despite them trying to kill me and hundreds of other Celtic fans by forgetting to open the Exit gates at full time back in the 80s-but I’d like to see our team starting to motor through the gears.
And that starts with the defence. Every one of our defenders should be looking forward to an easy night of it,and that’s without taking anything away from the opposition. St Mirren should really be too preoccupied with their own defence,trying to combat our forwards and attacking midfielders,than to hold out much hope of giving our lads at the back a hard time. And that’s why I can’t get a fixed odds coupon up,because matches aren’t won on paper,they are won on the field.
St Mirren aren’t having an easy time of it this season,second bottom and only two points clear of Dundee. Another two points adrift of our opponents on Saturday,Hamilton Accies-and I’d say that those three will fight it out for the relegation places from here on in. I hope they decide to concentrate their efforts on the games that look more likely to yield them points,rather than busting a gut against us! So with these two fixtures looming,I think it may be time to bring back Eddie. Give him a chance to find his shooting boots,and an opportunity to team up with Tim Weah when he comes on in the second half.
I’d probably rest Broonie for this one,and if not then definitely on Saturday. The engine still ticks over nicely,but going full-throttle too often is maybe not so wise nowadays. Allow Callum to perform the Spearchucker role he was growing into earlier in the season,the confidence he will get from playing that role to perfection will do the whole team good in games to come.
All in all,it looks like a pleasant enough evening for the Celtic support. Aye,it will be cold-it’s winter in Scotland,after all!-but with only a light breeze it could be a lot worse. A few goals sprinkled around to get bums off seats and sharing some body warmth is just the thing on a night like this-cheaper than the Bovril and much more palatable! So get yourself along to the match if you can,cheer on the troops,and if your seat is anywhere near The Directors’ Box,point out to them that there’s little more than a week of this transfer window left!!!
Sadly,this site cannot let today pass without offering our condolences to all who knew and loved Emiliano Sala. There seems little prospect of any survivors from his flight,which seems to have crashed just off The Channel Islands.
R I P Emiliano
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