Tales Of The Unexpected.
Well,that was a right turn up for the books,eh? Oh,I’m sure we can all remember watching our heroes giving some deid club a right doing,only to get sucker punched by an offside goal and a bloody unbelievable performance between the sticks. Usually by Andy Goram who,whatever I may think of him,was an outstanding acquisition for them.
Well,the boot was well and truly on the other foot yesterday! Fraser Forster is a giant of a man,and already has a reputation as The Great Wall. Yesterday,he gave us a performance such as I have never seen from a goalkeeper. A one man show as he re-enacted The Alamo at Mount Florida.
And just as well that he did too. Who would have believed before the match that we would only have one shot on target all day? That we would have to wait till the 25th minute for our first attempt? Or that we would only muster five attempts all day? And ONE corner!
Or that,truthfully,only our goalkeeper would bring his A-game to such an important occasion as this?
Yesterday was all about The Ten. Our tenth successive domestic trophy,an unparalleled record of achievement and consistency. The Ten,two words that give zombies the fear more than the words brain destruction ever could. And yet it was us who were the walking dead out there yesterday as we were hopelessly overrun and outplayed by inferior opponents. All day.
What is never in doubt with this Celtic team though is their heart and their desire. There were players returning-perhaps a shade too soon-who gave their all,and more. There were others,a good four or five,who played through the pain barrier simply to finish the game when we were already down to ten men and had used up all of our allocation of substitutes. Yes,there were few successes on the day-but there were no failures either.
Jonny Hayes is as fine an example of all of the above as I can think of. Maligned throughout his time with us as “Not Celtic-class”,it is difficult to think of a time when he has let us down. Yesterday,most of our-limited!-threat came from crosses by our temporary left-back. Very little of their threat came down his side of the pitch,and when he was nailed by the nearest hun thug just after we went down to ten men we all feared the worst. Iron Man shrugged it off and played through the pain. So too did our goal hero Christopher Jullien,following a disgraceful late rake down the achilles by Morelos,long after the ball had gone. If he was as deadly as he is dirty,the huns would have a player on their hands. What they have instead is a coked up liability on wages nearly as high as his state of mind. Though not quite as high as his opinion of himself.
I expect him to get slipped the malky at Celtic Park in three weeks. Subtly and in a challenge. Hopefully Chris Sutton can help out his old pal Neil by assisting in the training sessions.
There really isn’t a great deal more to say about the game from a Celtic standpoint. Lewis Morgan tried manfully one an entirely unsupported role,Jeremie Frimpong was harshly adjudged to have brought down Morelos for the penalty-and wrongly sent off as a result. Collum needs to brush up on the latest rule changes in this respect Eddy brought us the out ball we had needed all day,got halfed in two with his first touch for a free kick which led to our goal. He then put Michael Johnston clean through just afterwards,but the youngsters touch just prior to his shot was like a tackle,and the ball went well wide.
Jullien finished for his goal like a centre-forward,after the huns were guilty of defending too high a line at the aforementioned free kick. Marginally offside on the replays-but also on first viewing if I’m honest. I’ll apologise for that to my hun mates of course. Erm,naw ah wullnae!!!
Everyone else just ran themselves into the ground and they all deserve the plaudits for a wonderful achievement. Would it have been nice to have won it in the time honoured Glasgow Celtic Way? Yes,of course it would. But we have won plenty of trophies in that way,by “piling on the agony and putting on the style”
We have never,I don’t think,won a trophy due to the utter brilliance,time and again,of our goalkeeper. Yesterday was a day when our hearts were in our mouths all day as we watched an unrelenting tide coming our way,a veritable battering ram.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to see The Great Wall withstand everything that was thrown at him. Many of us already rated him as the best keeper we had ever seen play for us. Yesterday gave more credence to that opinion.
The Man of the Match award is probably the easiest decision anyone has had to make. Just WOW!!!!
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