St Mirren vCeltic 3-4-2019
Last nights game was watched live by our own East Coast correspondent Fan-a-tic who was kind enough to draw up a match report . Many thanks partner .
St Mirren 0 – Celtic -2 Scorers (Weah and Christie)
Bain; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Izaguirre; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Weah, Burke,
Subs: De Vries, Toljan, Rogic, Benkovic, Sinclair, Edouard, Christie
Positive looking line up but my fears of Lennon as a coach have grown after some very insipid games with poor tactical decisions.
The fact the not one of our promising youth are included is no surprise from Neil.
The line up has goals in it but will our tactics allow such?
Were playing in 3rd kit and i hate that strip.
Fairly pedestrian opening with not much fluidity.
9 minutes great through ball by McGregor sets up Ajer who skies it well over.Should have done better.
14 minutes and we take the lead with a Weah header after Lustig has shot saved.
20 minutes Burke shoots wide after great McGregor pass.
29 penalty Celtic for StMirren handball
Ntcham misses then hits rebound of the bar.Was a poor effort.
Lost rhythm after that and the half petered out until 44th minute when McGregor has shot blocked after JF cutback.
Livelt start to second half with both Burke and McGregor having shots saved in first 5 minutes.
The Bain makes a great save from volley at edge of box.
Resultant corner causes panic but we clear.
58 Bain makes 1 on 1 save after we get caught napping at free kick.
Christie replaces Ntcham.
Christie forces decent save fro Saints keeper after just coming on.
69minutes Benkovic replaces Lustig.
Two quick shots by Christie and Weah but both just wide.
Ed then replaces Weah.
To much hesitation in our play that slows game down.Also the legacy of Brendan’s safety first passing is still there.
84 minutes and Christie volley deflected for our second goal.
Keeper then holds face as if hit by something when flashbang goes off.
It looked faraway from him though another object seemed to go a few feet behind him.
88th minute and StMirren come close but we clear off the line after Bain made the original stop.
5 minutes added but relatively quiet ending.
Some nice interchanges in our play but we seem confused as to wether to remain safe or be positive.
Our passing to often is behind man and our mindset cautious.
Christie and Ed both looked dangerous when they came on.
Strange game as we could so easily won by a lot more.
Although the points were collected last night by all accounts the team was flat again with Lenny still failing to coax a style of play from the team , who look disjointed but are winning due to better quality on our behalf for the most part .
This will worry many as already next year is looking tough to face the qualifiers with any optimism . The defence needs a splurge , yet with the current stand in manager not blowing away any doubt like Ole did at United then there just remains an air of uncertainty around the club .
We face a huge summer . It cannot be understated.
The suits really really need to earn their money here as to get it right sets the club up for the magic 10 and they get their name associated .
I note Lenny doesnt seem to play central defenders that wont be here next year ie Benkovic and that he gave a run out to Jozo last night but kept playing Kris.
I think hes seeing if Jozo can put a few games together .
He plays and finds a bit of form from here until the end of the season then I can see him back and starting in these early qualifiers next season.
He breaks down again and I doubt we see him play again. Cut price deal and cut our losses .
Have a read at this story and switch Aborigine for Celtic fan and tell me how far away that is ?
Meanwhile it has been quite a crazy few days of finger pointing and off the chart allegations of who exactly is to blame .
Our Captain has clearly won that “ prize “.
Just last week I read an online rumour that he was crocked and retiring at the end of the season . That should have sent the alarm bells ringing there and then but no need .
He wouldnt have signed on for another two years if he didnt think he could offer something and we all know will revel in the next two seasons if all goes to plan .
Unfortunately that target the media , and certain people within the game itself helped with , painted on his back will shine even brighter now . He will need help more than ever even if he wont admit it himself .
This could also see the Plc themselves come under a lot of pressure inadvertently as there are a few players the fans would go ballistic over if they found themselves repeatedly attacked while the suits stay silent .
Scott would be near the top of that list . Hes a strong dedicated bhoy of course , been around the block and is an old warhorse who will never shy from a scrap ,, he is also our leader and these next two years are already big on and off the field.
I have already read concerns about the Ibrox game for him , and not only from players ffs.
It could get ugly over there , very ugly .
The head says rest him a lot now in the league and keep him for the Cup games , and certainly dont play him “ there “
The heart says Unleash the Dragon and let Broonie do his thing every week . And especially play him over there !
Would you pick him ?
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