Aye-It’s The Hope That Kills Them!!!
What a Beautiful Sunday,although we contrived to let the huns back into it with a poor second-half display. Two loose balls,two quick passes to Eddy,two goals. One superbly finished on his own and the other a slide-rule assist to Jamesy to slot home just as that lot were getting their hopes up.
It should have been a lot easier,especially after Rocket Man Morelos flattened Broonie and was red-carded. Kent did the same was not even spoken to (I expect the Compliance Officer to take a different view) Gerrard says both were provoked? Garbage. If you watch the Morelos incident,he pushes Brown in the back first before Brown brushes against his knee. With Kent,Broonie pulled the ball behind his back before dropping it. I doubt any court would consider either as provocation to justify a serious assault.
I don’t think we will see Boyata again after pulling up with a hamstring injury,and I genuinely think we need to tell KT-who had a cracking shot superbly saved-to bugger off,get some rest and top medical advice,and not to come back till he’s fit again.
100% fit. Nothing less.
But the game itself? Well,let’s have the thoughts of THE EXILED TIM and of MAHE…
Celtic vs Rangers match report
First and foremost thoughts and prayers go out to the three victims of the cowardly attack after the game yesterday . Hopefully the attackers are caught asap . Youre all far more precious than three points.
The game itself will not go down as a cracker by any means although it did provide some throwback to games of yore in that for a spell we see attack vs counter attack consistently.
Neil’s brief will have been simple . just dont lose. The three points and physiological boost that would give , allied with the temporary nature of the gaffers position and fans getting nervous , could have seen us in territory thats best not thought of at all .
However no doubt craving that hotseat position fulltime there was no doubt Lenny would not have settled for a draw at all but sent his bhoys out to win and thus advance his claim to the throne.
The first half seen our team of choice on top without hitting first gear , the breakthrough goal coming from my own Joint MoM Odsonne with another fine cool calm collected finish .
He is raw but the talent is there , its should be a pleasure watching him grow.
The Buffalo showed he has a lot of growing up to do . I had blogged on Friday night he would be a good bet to see red ,, he has surely blown his chance with Stevie G now and it will be interesting to see how much wedge he pulls in .
Of course dont expect anything but an inflated fee to be announced as a feel good factor.
The second half started with Hayes off who had been quite effective even if his corners werent.
It seemed Stevie had fired them up a bit as well as they started playing a bit and gaining confidence . The goal Kent scored was well done and showed a bit of skill ,, but again Dedryk was weak in the tackle and was taken advantage of .
Smelling blood now and having silenced the park a bit der Hun actually fancied their chances and this was just reinforced when the ref miraculously never sent off the goalscorer for throwing a punch . The pundits claimed he must not have seen it and neither did the assistants . Its the only explanation and as such he will receive a ban similar to Morelos hopefully. This will see Stevie under even more pressure with those two out , just what he needed .
But its all Scott Browns fault !
The Captain just delights in these games now , having 30 under the belt he should know whats needed . He was at his impish best ,, strolling , smiling , tripping , cajoling .
I think we wont realise just what exactly we had until hes gone but this was one of his best derby displays.
The real rock though and other joint MoM was big Kris Ajer , as predicted last week he will be the mainstay of this defence under Neil . Whether he thought he was playing for his position he was simply immense, a rock they bounced off , and his very slight touch saved an equaliser to his enormous obvious delight .
He has been quite a find to be honest , and once again will be the most experienced ( in playing for the club ) of the back two for any qualifiers early next year and we will all lean heavily on him. Yesterday will be a huge confidence booster for the young man. Notable also was big Mik who shut this doubter up,, good game big lad.
As for Neil himself he will be pure delighted although he could not have legislated for such an injury hit day , and would probably admit that in hindsight playing Kt was not the most clever thing .
He will know the three points have all but confirmed the league title , and has a few games left to show he can get a style of play to go with the points to aid his case in getting the big seat . At this stage of the season victories are the most important thing and the lads can now stroll the league while hopefully saving the big performances for the cups.
Morelos gives Stevie and easy out also , his cred will not have fully evaporated yet but its almost gone. His big summer buys Davis and Defoe have been a waste and thats a black mark now , his transfer dealings .
As for the ref , the best time to speak out is after a win ,, saying something about yesterday would have all our backing although with the promised incoming Var system the Kent punch at Scott would have been caught within minutes and didnt see it will be a thing of the past . Hopefully.
All in all , a good day all around !
Hail Hail Mahe
From THE EXILED TIM…
Today was the proverbial game of two halfs, we could and should have been one up after a couple of mins , Ncham had a decent chance close in but for a good reaction save from McGregor we would have been in the lead.
We kept up the pressure on them and they had very little to offer going forward, our final ball was wasteful at times, we were battering them, 27 mins in they had a free and from the resultant kick we broke at great pace, Eddie shrugged off the challenge from goldson and with Broonie racing in on goal I kinda expected him to pass it to him, instead he did what all top strikers do feign in the box and slot it away for the opener, nothing less than we deserved, a couple of mins later Broonie was running just behind morelos and clipped his heels, instead of ignoring it moreloss elbowed Broonie in the face, the ref never saw it but thankfully his assistant must have and for his troubles the cheating hun saw red, 100% deserved.
We continued to lay siege to their goal but wasteful finishing saw them going in only one down at half time.
For the start of the second half Sinclair replaced Hayes, a strange substitution I thought but as they were down to the 1o men Lenny obviously thought that Sinclair was a better option going forward, his hunch if it was that nearly paid off when Sinclair had the chance to make it two but he brought out another very good save from the hun keeper, then for some unknown reason we seemed to take out foot off the gas and let them into the game, they took our invitation with both hands and when they scored through kent in the 63rd min we appeared to be unsure of what was happening, our problems were compounded when KT had to go off and was replaced by Toljan, we had to shuffle things about, our woes were further compounded when Boyata tried tostop kent in the box and pulled his hamstring, the same kent who should have seen red for hitting Broonie in the face knocking him to the ground, astonishingly the cheat with the whistle didn’t even have a word with him, the game by this time was end to end, 10 v 10 in reality it could have gone either way, we were our own worst enemies at this point,Calmac made a superb interception gave the ball to Eddie who fed James F who slotted the ball home.
All in all we fully deserved the three points, forget all the hun mindset that we got away with one, they did, they should have been at least four down at half time, they got away with it, we gave them the chance to get back into the game, yet we scored when it mattered and took the well deserved three points.
As for Lenny’s subs today, I don’t know, he obviously saw reasons for them.
My MoM in the first half was Eddie closely followed by Lustig, he didn’t do much wrong Eddie continued to impress in the second half as did Kris, he was immense today but Eddie for me just shaded it.
Thanks,lads. I couldn’t have put it better myself-so I won’t! I’m off to dig up highlights of it to watch again and again. I’ll fast forward through the scary bits…
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