The Time Is Now,Celtic!
As I said at the weekend,there is little doubt that Celtic are in a spot of bother at the moment,and that it is a case of self-inflicted wounds. But we have to put these travails behind us and concentrate on the immediate and medium term future.
There are twelve days left of a thoroughly disappointing-at best!-transfer window,and the actions we take during that period will have a large bearing on our season. But it is the action we take on the pitch during that period which could define it.
We start tomorrow with the first of two legs against AIK Stockholm. It is vital that we win this tie as a failure to do so will lead to even more drastic downsizing than we have hitherto witnessed over the last fifteen years. That’s not a very pleasant thing to contemplate for sure,but it is the only answer that our brains trust in the boardroom ever come up with.
It will virtually guarantee the departure of Callum McGregor,Olivier Ntcham and Odsonne Edouard before the start of next season,which in turn will virtually guarantee a repeat of the current shambles in Europe.
Additionally,we face two equally important games domestically. The first is at home against Hearts on Sunday and the following Sunday sees the brave and foolhardy 800 attend the latest bigotfest at Ibrox. I’ll stick my neck out and say that I used to love going there in my teens and in my twenties,but it was never as poisonous then as it is now. Sure,they hated us for ninety minutes or so-and we gave back as good as we got-but they have really ramped up the songbook since then. It’s absolutely vicious now,and you wouldn’t get me near the place.
Particularly not in The Copeland Road Stand,as happened on one somewhat unfortunate occasion! Besides,we usually won then,so no problem. And no problem with the crowds afterwards as that mob had disappeared like snaw affy a dyke by the final whistle…
If we lose out in Europe,we will suffer on and off the pitch as I’ve outlined above. And I’ll be honest about the games against the huns and their mini-me wannabes-and that is that we NEED to take those six points. The huns have a far easier task on paper on Sunday,away to St Mirren,and I really can’t see them dropping points there. They are simply too focussed on the job in hand for that to happen.
No,not Rangers,stupid. The referees. Just watch. In fact,don’t. Nip down to the bookies and ask to place a bet on a penalty to Rangers and a red card for St Mirren. I wish you luck because I couldn’t get that bet placed for their match against Hibs.
The game against the huns will take care of itself of course,and we can’t dwell on it as the other three beforehand are hugely important. But if we go into it two or even three points behind and then lose,the shitstorm will be of epic proportions. Flood warnings will be in place due to the precipitation from salivating huns in the media,feeding like hyenas on our still-warm corpse. Instead of the laughable mantra that The Rangers Are Coming,it will be The Rangers Are Here. The headlines and indeed the copy will have been typed up in advance because they’ll all be down the boozer getting blootert as they celebrate a plan finally coming together.
You know what? I’d like to see their plan coming undone,and then they can go to the boozer and cry into their Treble Treble vodkas. Or this
Now,how do we go about this? There are worrying tales coming from the dressing room about player dissatisfaction and we can make a start by nipping that in the bud. Every player has to remember that he is a well-paid professional footballer,and a few of them could do with remembering that word professional. We don’t have time for playground squabbles,personal likes and dislikes. Professional. Go out and play as though you own the f….g place and that you’re certainly gonna own your opponent. Gonna take him home in your back pocket,in fact. In pieces,if necessary.
Start displaying the pride in the shirt that the support have. In fact,give the support back some of the passion we have given you over the years. This is Celtic. We don’t do second-best,we don’t accept third-rate. We are winners,it’s what we are used to and we would like it to continue,thank you very much.
As for the manager,he has been dealt a poor hand and played it like a beginner. This is no time for fannying about. You only have one right back that you can trust. Play him. You only have one left back who has never let you down-Jonny Hayes-so play him. You have a problem at centre back due to injuries and departures so pick two and tell them to learn how to play as a unit,they are there for a while. And coach them inbetween games-as well as during it,if necessary.
Do the same with your midfield and forward line,let them get used to playing as a unit. Frankly I don’t care who you pick there,Neil. Just as long as each player is comfortable in his role and has been successful there in the past. And coach them too. And another thing-the upcoming international break? The perfect time for additional coaching,because there are one or two of our players who won’t make their national squads and it’s easy to see why. No slacking,just coaching. Get used to it.
As for the transfer window? Well,what our CEO did and didn’t do last year was a sacking offence in my opinion,as I’ve said before. He hasn’t learned and he won’t listen. I’m not even sure that he cares,to be honest. He should,though. I doubt history will be kind to him anyway but he WILL be held responsible by the majority if we get kicked out of Europe. He WILL be held responsible if we end up five or six points behind the huns on the first day in September. He WILL be held responsible if he f…s up The Ten. He would do well to reflect on that and support the man he appointed.
He would do well,in fact,if he used the money the fans provide for the purpose they provide it.
Football,Peter. It’s what we do. So just do it.
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