Time To Make The Sheep Nervous!
Couldn’t resist the headline,and let’s be honest,there should only be one team which is nervous about tomorrow’s match. That’s the opposition,an Aberdeen side which languishes in fourth spot in the table,and which has rarely looked much better than that position suggests. Celtic,on the other hand,are clear at the top,have better players,and are looking for that Treble Treble to put themselves in the history books.
So why should we be nervous? Well,I’ll discount the so-called Hampden Hoodoo afflicting Neil Lennon. Most of that has been down to downright cheating-the worst examples are the penalty awarded against Joe Lesley for stopping the ball hitting the floodlights against Hearts,and THAT penalty we didn’t get against Inverness Caley,as clear a case of the genre as you are likely to see. And as I said,we have the better players all over the park. In French Eddie,we have a top top striker,and we have goals in midfield. So why the trepidation?
Well,my main concern is our current form. We aren’t scoring goals and we aren’t creating chances. We aren’t attacking the ball in the vital areas,our passing is poor and our invention even worse. In short,if we play as we have been in most games since BR left,we can forget about that Treble Treble. However,we know we have players with the ability to unlock a defence,to turn a half-chance into a goal,to play the killer pass. We just have to have them turning up on the day,fully fit and raring to go!
Is that likely,given recent displays? Well,I think it’s more likely that Aberdeen will do their utmost to defend deep and hit us on the break,kick us off the park and hope/know Thomson will let them away with it in the interests of “game management”. That’s cheating by the ref,whereby he is selective in his application of the laws,in case you didn’t know.
That’s about all this Aberdeen side have in their locker-raw,physical aggression. Oh,I don’t doubt that there’s a football player hiding in some of them,and I’d be worried about an unexpected flash of brilliance,but I’m more worried about the ability and willingness of our players to cope against a plethora of elbows,kicks and knee-high tackles. But then,Neil Lennon’s teams have never been known for lying down in the face of aggression. “Do unto others” is his motto. “Only do it first”
And that is how we have to approach this match,to my way of thinking. Come firing out of the blocks,let the opposition know we are up for it,put down a few markers and then let the game commence. This will give our danger men-Eddie,Tom Rogic if fit,Ryan Christie-the confidence and courage to go about their duties and book our place in the final next month. A chance at revenge against Inverness Caley,what’s not to like?
Oh,and in case that’s not incentive enough,the final is on 25th of May. The anniversary of a certain other team of legends creating history.
This is your time,lads. Your shot at immortality. Treble Treble,cue for a song…
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