Who’s Got The Balls For It?
In just over one hundred hours from now,we will probably have a better idea of how our season is going to shape up. By that time we will have played our first six-pointer of the season,our visit to The Big Hoose-which must stay open,even though UEFA are likely soon to drive a coach and horses through that particular plan. That,of course,comes hot on the heels of both teams having an important match in Europe tomorrow evening.
And then there is the imminent closure of the transfer window at 11pm on Monday night. I’d say that if we carry out our business competently in each of the three we can confidently look forward to a bright and cheerful nine months.
Of course,if we had carried out our business in a competent and timely manner when we should have done,none of these three events would be causing us the slightest concern. But we didn’t,and the post-mortems on here and elsewhere won’t matter one jot to the suits who will clap each other on the back at the AGM,vote the old boys club back into their positions of power and carry on ignoring us.
(As an aside,in the film version of Carry On Ignoring Us,who would play the main characters from our particular farce of a board? Discuss.)
Back to the fitba’ and we will start with tomorrow night. Celtic gained a 2-0 victory at home against AIK Stockholm last week,an excellent result which puts us on a good footing for the return leg. However,our defensive frailties were still apparent despite the clean sheet,and I suspect we will have to score over there to ensure progress. Worse,I haven’t a clue how Lenny is going to set out the team,or who he is going to play!
I think we will have Craig Gordon back in goals,with Kris Ajer and Boli as the full backs. I’m pretty sure he will play Christopher Jullien at centre-half-but will he pair him with Jozo or Nir? My feeling is that it will be Jozo,so let’s hope he can keep the heid for the ninety minutes.
Up front will surely be I Wanna,with probably James Forrest wide right. I’m thinking he won’t go with a wide player on the left,as Boli and Eddie both prefer to come in from that side anyway. That frees up four places in midfield.
We already know that one of them will be Broonie,and I’d be amazed if he didn’t pick CalMac and Ryan Christie. That leaves the final place to be fought over by Ollie,Nir and Michael Johnston. Whichever one he picks will define whether CalMac plays a deeper or a more advanced role. I have a feeling that he will go for the more disciplined approach of Nir,even though I’d hardly rate as his biggest fan. Personally I would leave him on the bench as cover in defence or midfield,and play Ollie. But I don’t pick the team.
As I said,I think we have to score the away goal on the night-but over on the other side of the divide,TRIFCo have to avoid losing one! After a scoreless draw in Warsaw,they need the same again plus penalties-otherwise they have to win on the night. I think the huns will be bricking it,if I’m honest. And I’m equally sure that Legia will fancy their chances of a goal. I hope they get a few. And I think they will,certainly enough to progress. I’ll be looking at the fixed odds coupon that morning for sure,and I can feel a wee punt coming on.
Should the above come to pass,Sunday will take on a different look. The masonic distress signals will have been flying back and forth for the previous 48 hours or more,and we will have our backs against the wall even more than is normally the case.
They will have seen the disappearance of a near-£10m income stream,and will be faced with the inevitability of losing their only two saleable assets-and at fire sale prices. Prices much nearer to their true value,I should add. Sunday’s result will therefore become the be-all and end-all not only of their season,but also very possibly their very existence. The officials on the day will know their responsibilities but there is a limit to what they can do.
That limit is in our own hands. We simply cannot give them the opportunity to influence the result on the day. We have to be ferocious in midfield,tackle and press,don’t let them settle,don’t let them get the ball forward to Polaris Defoe or The Colombian Marching King. We have to be vigilant defensively too,no losing your man or being caught out of position. Up front,we have to take every bliddy chance that we get,none of this five attempts to get one on target. Be clinical,their defence is garbage anyway.
And at all times,be disciplined. We can’t allow the officials to scream RedCardRedCard into their mikes. Just don’t give them the chance!
Win on Sunday and we can put them in their box. Especially if they have been turfed out of Europe tomorrow night as well. This is a big few days for us. And for them.
Who’s got the balls for it?
Above article by BMCUWP. My last word till our First Anniversary Edition on Saturday,so yeezuraw allowed to relax for a bit! Take the time then to write your own Article of the Day. We are always delighted to hear your thoughts,and we always publish ASAP. Mail it to Mahe