Time to waken up your ideas,Celtic!
There’s still only one topic in town,though there are some which lead on from there. And that is Sunday’s fiasco.
I really had no wish to view any of it again-in fact,I was for offski after the second goal on Sunday,were it not that I had a review to do. But needs must.
There are a couple of things noticeable in the mercifully brief highlights shown here.
The first goal is a particularly bad one to lose. Kent positively hares after a ball he has no right to get to,while Lustig patiently waits for it to arrive instead of attacking it. Result is that the clearance is charged down,Kent retains possession and wins the free kick.
There is only one Rangers player standing beside the ball,and Tavernier is all right foot. So an inswinging cross. The Celtic players line up alongside the Rangers players to attack the cross-all facing the Celtic goal!
Be honest,that’s schoolboy stuff. The only outcomes from this are that the ball becomes a danger to our goal if a touch from either side occurs,or it becomes a danger to our goal if no touch occurs. Attack the bloody thing while facing away from our goal and get the ball clear,but there was zero chance of that happening the way we lined up to defend it. And even if by some miracle we had cleared it,who were we clearing it to? All eleven of our players were in the box,so the ball would have come straight back in. Bloody amateur hour.
I have no idea who has been coaching this team to defend these types of free kick into our box,but I’m pretty sure that’s not how it was done even a few months ago.
The next thing that becomes apparent is how much of Rangers possession and chances came from loose passes by Celtic players. Now,I suggested on Monday that our two midfielders were getting swamped by their five opponents pressing them right away,giving them no time to control the ball and pick the pass,but the number of times we were forced into a stray one-touch pass was shocking.
We were trying to play the ball through a packed midfield while we were getting little going down our wings. They had five against our two in there,the gaps were obvious and we couldn’t find them.
We had three players in particular out there who are blessed with incredible speed. Edouard,Burke,Johnston. They didn’t receive one ball all day to run onto,until late in the game when Eddy was given a chance to leave his man for dead and tee up Burke. He couldn’t decide which foot to hit it with,so hit it with both to sum up his day.
Meanwhile,our manager has been watching the same dross we all were,but waited over an hour for his first tactical substitution. Looking at his subs bench,he wasn’t exactly heavy on attacking options either. But neither substitution offered a shake-up in our formation,they were pretty much like for like,and it was the formation on the day which had led to such a poor performance in the first place. Perhaps he could have brought Ntcham on for Rogic first,and gone 4-3-3 with Burke wide right,Eddy left and Johnston through the middle. Playing a more orthodox three in the midfield might have given us the option of having players near enough to pass to that we could get a bit of space and time on the ball to play it forward! That we will never know,NL certainly can’t hear me from 400 miles away.
Overall,it was a damning confirmation of what many of us have been saying for long enough now,and that is that the team needs to be built upon from a position of strength. We are now too far down that road,the team needs rebuilt as badly as the one that Fergie left behind at Manchester United,or Dalglish at Liverpool in 1991.
Money was thrown at both,but the signings were wholesale and at the same time piecemeal. No thought on how they might fit into a team,because the team that had brought the success was gone.
Pennypinching-for whatever reason!-has gone on too long. Woe betide those the fans hold responsible if we fail to win the league for the next two seasons.
Another day,another baleful statement from Jabba. This time decrying what he views as Rangers players being held to different standards. I presume he wants fair refereeing across the board,and he has a point. We can start with the huns losing Flanagan,Kent,Morelos and McGregor during actual playing time for assaults on players from one team alone,never mind the other cases of blatant thuggery which have gone unpunished. Jabba old son,yer starting to sound like that addled old soak Leggat. I can draw no finer comparison.
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PS-best wishes to Mahe’s pal who is stricken with MS. Another of those diseases which medical science still hasn’t got to grips with.