Time for the afterburners.
A timely contribution yesterday by FOOL TIME WHISTLE,given the events at Easter Road last night. His article led to a spirited debate on the vexed matter of Strict Liability,but as always on here,I’m delighted to say that it was all carried out in a polite and civilised way.
Leanne Dempster apologised to Sevco and to Tavernier over the incident where a Hibs fan-who might as well start supporting another team as he will never be inside Easter Road again-physically attacked the Rangers captain. No harm was done to the player,although I’ll bet he was a tad shook up by it all,but that’s hardly the point. The next one could have a knife.
Of course,I don’t remember her making a similar apology last week when a bottle thrown from the same section narrowly missed Scott Sinclair. Instead,her club released a masterpiece of whataboutery by claiming that a bottle had also been thrown from the Celtic end,despite NO-ONE seeing it and no supporting evidence of any kind. Nor do I recall Sevco apologising when Broonie was wrestled by one of their fans in a recent game at Ibrox,but nevertheless…
THIS HAS TO STOP NOW!!!
Again I’ll say it,the police HAVE to do their jobs. They have stood idly by all season in the face of various and manifold cases of criminality,and again I’ll ask why? Again I’ll say that there has clearly been a directive from on high to this end,to let the fans hang themselves. Who knows the draconian measures being considered to combat this,but I doubt it will be pretty.
This opinion,btw,seems to be shared by HAMILTON TIM over on CQN,who reported that various meetings have recently been held with Celtic on similar subjects. The fans are making a rod for their own backs,and I fear we will all suffer.
Back to the football,and a draw at Easter Road last night provided more signs of a Sevco recovery under Gerrard.
Hibs usually beat them at home!
Another pointer to this is their points tally after 29 games. They already have 59 points,which is a vast improvement on last season’s miserly 58 at the same stage of the season. Clearly the money spent on the new management team,and in backing him with new recruits,is paying off big time. Of course,they have a difficult schedule in the last four games before the split,so these figures,for which all concerned should be congratulated,might be slightly skewed. Maybe best wait for the split before making comparisons. They have to face us and Motherwell away from home,with Kilmarnock and Hearts visiting Ibrox.
That’s a pretty difficult last four games-and last night was never going to be easy either. I could almost feel sorry for them,but for the fact that it means that four out of their last five league games have been against the cannon fodder at the lower end of the league. No wonder their goal difference improved!
Our last four games before the split are away to Dundee and St Mirren-who held us to a scoreless draw last time!-and home to the huns and Livingston. But before that,we start with a difficult home match against Aberdeen. This will be the first time Neil Lennon has taken charge of a home match as Celtic manager since we beat Dundee Utd 3-1 on Sunday 11 May and picked up our third title trophy in a row. I remember where I watched it too,and why and who with,but ATHINGOFBEAUTY will kill me if I glory about it on here. Suffice to say a Hootenanny wasninvolved,it was an enjoyable occasion,and I’m hoping for more of the same today. Hopefully I’ll find a link to it somehow and watch it on the oul’ iPad…
We don’t seem to be any nearer getting our medium-term injured back,so again we will have a midfield without McGregor,Christie and Rogic. At the back,Benkovic will still be absent as will Ralston,but Tierney can hopefully continue to play himself back to fitness and form. Up front will probably be as you were,except that I saw a photo of Oliver Burke wearing compression boots,which is a bit of a worry. If he’s fit,I’d probably play him,but where does that leave Eddie? And Vakoun Bayo must be champing at the bit for a place in the squad at least?
I’d give Bayo a sub spot on Sunday-edit,grateful thanks to ATHINGOFBEAUTY-against Dundee,with maybe 25 minutes to give us a show. Ollie today for me,run them ragged,with Eddie coming on for those last 25 to inflict more pain. With the same backline as last week,and Brown,Bitton,Henderson in midfield,there you go,Neil. Done your job for you,son-put your feet up and enjoy the match!
Aberdeen are always difficult opponents these days,no easy matches against them. I don’t expect today to be any different. They will throw everything they have at us,and that includes a lot of skill as well as a lot of aggression. They have a number of players who have little or no compunction regarding going beyond the boundaries of the laws of the game,and the referee will be aware of this. Whether he has the desire or the wherewithal to do anything about it remains to be seen. Past experience has not been promising,however. We could probably all name at least four Dons who will have been deserving of a red card by the end of the match-and that’s before it even starts! But likely as not,they will get away with it.
You have to ask yourself why,as their recent league form of only one win in four games has seen them fall well off the pace for second place. They are now nine points behind Rangers,and even with those four difficult matches to come for the huns,I cannot see them catching up. Their best-and only chance!-of glory lies in The Scottish Cup. They play Sevco in a replay at Ibrox on Tuesday night. It would NOT be good management of resources,in fact it would be downright stupidity,were McInnes to brief his team for today’s match without bearing that in mind.
Anywhere else,the manager would be reminding the players that the rest of their season revolves around Tuesday night,that all games are important but some are more important than others. Also,that same manager had his reputation trashed by Tuesday’s opponents after a job interview last season went sour,with their version of events taking pride of place in the SMSM which effectively labelled said manager as not being up to the job. If Aberdeen go toe-to-toe today with Celtic and leave themselves short on Tuesday I will not be the least bit surprised-but I will be disappointed in their lack of nous and of ambition.
But as we’ve all seen recently,there is little in Scottish football to surprise us anymore,and a helluva lot that disappoints us.
Above article by BMCUWP. FOOL TIME WHISTLE contributed a wonderful article yesterday. You can be centre of attention and debate too! Just send your article to Mahe on