Tonight,Matthew,I’m Gonna Be Stretching My Lead!
Slightly late on parade,getting to be a habit the last week or so. We have a very important match tonight,though I think from now till the end of the season,our next game will be our most important. We are at home to Hibs,recently Lennyless due to unexplained circumstances. (
Put it this way,if Neil had been a wee Dutch kid of yore,and stuck his finger in a hole where the sea threatened to burst through and flood the vicinity,he’d have been arrested!)
From now on in,its turn-about home-away,until the split. Hibs look unlikely to make the top six due to underperforming disgracefully this season,but we all know they try that little bit harder,run that bit faster and tackle that big bit harder against us. I don’t know much about their playing personnel,like who is likely to be facing us,and I don’t care,for a change. It’s OUR personnel,our line-up that worries me.
So much for all the whinging about the squad being bloated and full of deadwood. We’ll be calling on a few of them tonight,due to an injury list from hell,and a rank stupid suspension. I won’t bother to list the injuries for you,just go to the webpage “Celtic FC Squad” and play eenymeenyminymo with it.
There’s a possibility that Brendan will bring back Craig Gordon tonight,and if he doesn’t,then that suggests Scott Bain may keep the gloves for the Valencia game. With Tony Ralston injured,and Mikel Lustig possibly also too,I think we will see Jeremy Toljan make his full debut. And I think Christian Gamboa will be on the bench! With no sign of KT returning yet,Izzy keeps his place.
Centre-half is where it gets tricky. We know Jozo is available-as we go to press!-but,erm,that’s it! Unless we risk one of our recovering players,it looks like Nir Bitton stepping in. And that causes a problem in midfield…
Broonie will be there,as will Cal-Mac. And I think they will play together centrally,with Cal-Mac possibly given a roving role. If freed from Centre Half duties,expect Bitton to play alongside Broonie instead. I’m hoping Ryan Christie has recovered from being bushwhacked on Sunday,because if he isn’t,I’ve run out of options,and even at that,I’m going to play Ewan Henderson alongside him!
Having cobbled together a midfield and a defence,and with James Forrest missing,,it should be easy now,eh?
Well,Scott Sinclair and Ollie Burke,assuming he wasn’t involved in that crash yesterday,and Eureka,I have it!
The squad is now stretched wafer-thin,and we need players like KT,Boyata,The Prestwick Pele and Ntcham back,and to their best,and a right few others too. Any more injuries and I’ll start believing in witchdoctors!
Elsewhere,Kilmarnock will fancy their chances at Dundee,and a win will only keep them in fourth place if a certain other result goes as I hope. A home win against the huns will see them leapfrog into second place,eight points behind us with fourteen matches to go-assuming we win,of course! I confidently expect Gerrard to have his greetin’ face on tonight,as he reads from a prepared Traynor script about how everybody hates his club. Aye well-“Nobody likes us and we don’t care!”-you should have thought that through…
Oh,and by the way,the first part is 100% accurate,chum!
So there you have it,a patchwork team stretching their lead,that’ll do me nicely thank you. It was a struggle to put a team together,but it saved you all from my planned rant about referees,or more accurately,the lack of sanction on them. Saved you for now,that is!!!
Above article by BMCUWP. Have a go yourself,it must be easy if I can do it! Any subject will do,mail it to
PS-my best wishes to the injured in yesterday’s car crash near Lennoxtown.