Celtic 4-0 Livingston Review
Well,this really was more like it. Our performance against Livingston at The Spaghettihad was easily our worst of the season but while Saturday won’t get us back the three points we dropped that day,it does go a long way to wiping out the bitter memory.
Injury concerns over Elhamed and Bolingoli saw them replaced for the start with Jeremie Frimpong and Jonny Hayes,with a midfield of Broonie,Ryan,Jamesie,CalMac and Big Tam. All of them were quite superb,though Hayes only lasted till just after the break,being replaced by Greg Taylor following an injury. Bloody typical of his luck since he joined us-gets on a run of form and goes down again. I hope it’s not too serious,but it probably would be if it was enough to finish our teak-hard Dubliner for the day.
We started the day as we meant it to be all day-on the front foot,allowing Livi no chance to settle. And really,how could they? We had Jeremie and Jamesie ripping up the wings,with Jullien,CalMac,Ryan and Tam spraying the ball about like it was a practice match. And while Eddy is always a handful,I reckon wee Frimpong must have backed himself for first goal-scorer and to score at anytime. He was simply unplayable on the day. Uncatchable too,despite the attempts to hold him back on a few occasions-none of which were punished by Son Of who had his usual lackadaisical day in the middle. Beating his opponents for fun on the inside or outside,firing in the shots,getting the ball across goal. It was all too easy for the young fella who just seems to get better every time he pulls on that famous jersey. But even at that,the first goal wasn’t for coming too quickly,or too easily. But when it did? Oh yes,well worth the wait.
An absolutely wonderful ball from Big Tam in the centre circle through to Eddy on the left saw him clean through. He took a touch towards the goal then dinged it over the onrushing goalkeeper to the far corner. Twenty minutes gone and we could relax and put on a show. And that’s what we did for most of the remainder of the game. How we were only that single goal up at half time is beyond me,but their keeper had a lot to do with it,for sure. Two of the best chances fell to Eddy,both supplied by James Forrest. The first,a sublime first touch from a dropping ball saw the shot saved by the keeper. The next,a reverse pass from him to Eddy’s favourite position on the left of goal saw him try to repeat his earlier finish,but again the keeper was ready for him. Frimpong meanwhile,well,he was having a worldie!
We came out for the second half and simply carried on battering them,but their defence was holding up well,with the keeper in inspired form. Broonie took a hand in proceedings twelve minutes in,hammering a shot through a ruck of players towards goal. To be fair,the keeper had it covered till someone stuck out a dodgy knee. Doesn’t matter to our captain,he’s claiming it! Earlier,Greg Taylor saw his shot hit the post as the action continued to be one way. And the third wasn’t long in the waiting. An excellent pass from midfield to Frimpong in acres of space saw him burst through to fire in a shot which must have bruised the keeper’s hands as he parried it high in to the air. When it came down eventually,Forrest ignored the crowd of defenders and hammered it first time into the net. Not the easiest of takes,and a superbly controlled finish.
Off came Eddy for a wee rest before Thursday night,with the welcome return of Leigh Griffiths putting a smile on the faces of the crowd. He didn’t take long to get involved either,only a late intervention touching his shot on the bar. Jeremie was still trying for his goal,and the easiest chance occurredwhen the impressive Taylor stroked the ball across goal,leaving him a tap in at the far post. Sadly for the wee fella,Ryan Christie thought he could get on the end of it with a stretch,only to put it past the post. I don’t think he was too pleased! Ryan tried to redeem himself with a shot to the postage stamp from the edge of the area but it was brilliantly knocked away by the keeper,then Frimpong put in a stunning cross low across the goal to Griff waiting about five yards out. Unfortunately,a strange bounce to chest height saw him bundle it past the post. And that was it for the day,or so it seemed.
Into injury time and Christie,our own Duracell Bunny,robbed a Livi player in midfield and sent it wide left to Forrest. Still with a lot to do,he burst through,gave the keeper the eyes from the edge of the area and sent him,me and most of the crowd the wrong way! Four nil,honour restored. Livi can count themselves lucky it wasn’t a lot more,but we are scoring freely again and that is a good sign at an important stage of the season.
The Man of the Match award? Usually if it’s a performance as good as this,I have no hesitation in giving it to the entire team. But there were two absolute standout performances by James Forrest in an unfamiliar left sided role,and Jeremie Frimpong. I don’t think anyone will grudge Jeremie Frimpong the bottle of champagne for that display. We most definitely have a find here,folks.
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