Celtic vs Ross County preview
Today we see an almost nostalgic Saturday 3pm kickoff at home for the Champions and an even rarer co manager team in the opposition dugout an all !
In our quarter season review I opined that these next three games where crucial points to pick up if we have genuine aspirations of retaining our title.
The table leaders have a harder three game run which helps make it imperative we are right there to capitalise on any slips , that will be occurring at some stage undoubtedly.
I watched yesterdays press conference to prepare for this piece and as usual analysed the still image of Lenny who was non plus to me. One thing noticeable was the number of views, about 6k which might be a little under average.
However the next video automatically queued for anyone watching that is Stevie G’s sermon ,, which had at the same point attracted over 30k hits.
A glance at the larger than ours obviously comment section also showed quite a few Scouser’s just dropping in to gauge how he was looking facing the hacks’s and their microphone’s. A cheeky wee butchers to see how the face would fit.
The difference in viewing figures tells me the light blue fans are far far more hyped and hopeful than us.
They are grabbing every piece of media going thinking this is “ The “ season and devouring everything available .
We are just going about our business. Fans arent panicking one bit and trust in the gaffer.
The hacks gave Stevie a much easier ride btw and even asked him why Liverpool would beat United , no kidding.
For the manager of month with the player of the month who hit the top of the league he could have been more excitable , but fair play mentioned trying to keep his charges grounded while he himself remained aloof.
Lenny didnt fall for any of the traps the media set for him , wise to the game and how its played.
On the team front we have the obvious suspension in Ryan and Olly sounded 50/50 after rolling his ankle in training on Thursday. El Hamed also isnt 100 percent after a virus forced him to miss the first of an International double header.
Apart from that we are hunky dory to go out and put on a show.
Theres a big gap in the middle should Olly not pass muster and we could well see Big Tam come in with an appearance to cap off that wedding date .
Apart from that the question is whether to keep with the natural left winger in Elly and we are expecting a yes especially at home when we could really do with these points .
Bauer at right back is probable after El Hamed’s news , cant see why the gaffer would have brought it up if there wasnt going to be a swithc of sorts and all was fine.
So expect the usual Frazer with Jules and Kris in front of him to yell at.
Boli and Bauer is the most likely combo at wing back.
Scott and Calmac and James are the three cert’s in the middle.
We would expect Ellynousi going wide left with Tam at the tip of the midfield diamond supporting Eduoard who else.
If we didnt just have a break and need these points it would be perfect for Bayo to garner minutes that may be vital later.
The Staggie’s ( love the nickname ) are the surprise package so far and will be delighted with their 5th place spot going into this clash. However with Livi and Killie only a point behind they may just finish in eighth position. As mentioned a double manager duo which peaks the curiosity and one wonders how the dynamic will work tomorrow at the biggest stadium in the land.
Lets face it though , we should spank RC fullstop. Now and always especially at home.
Despite the mason in black we should be aiming to go out and blow them away putting down a marker that we fight hard for what is ours.
A proper victory is called for and sorry Ross County but youre in the way.
Prediction,,, A statement making 4 goals and clean sheet performance to show the world we aint going nowhere but back to the summit.
Come On You Bhoys In Green !!!