Celtic 2-0 Hibs Review.
Morning,all. Back to normal today with a review of yesterday’s match.
Hibs were a very decent work out for us today, and fair play to Jack Ross, he didn’t have them kicking the crap out of us either There were moments,mind you,but when it’s in a players DNA that they can foul us with impunity it’s a given that they will now and again.
Lenny went with a different set up today-three at the back with Jullien, Ajer and Biton, Frimpong and Boli as wing backs, as ever Broonie and Calmac, Forrest, Ntcham & Eddie. A very attacking line up and for the most part we were on top. After some great build up down the left the ball came to Ntcham and I was ready to jump out of my seat but he missed what I deemed a sitter. A couple of minutes later a mix up in the defence gave Hibs a chance. Sometimes Boli tries to hard in my opinion-he does the hard bit then gives the ball away far too easily, and his positioning at times also leave a lot to be desired, but there are those on the park who should be talking to him about this.
What a difference a top top players makes to the team! To get class you have to pay for it-take note Pedro-and Eddie is class. His movement and awareness is superb for a wean. Most strikers would have taken a pop at goal but Eddie saw the young Frimpong in space on the edge of the box and gave him the ball. The young fella didn’t make any mistake and buried it. Nothing more than our play deserved,1-0 at half time but we could and should have had another couple with any luck.
Start of the second half Forrest and Calmac combined well on a couple of occasions, but the Hibs defence were crowding us out. 55 minutes young Frimpong again terrorised the Hibs defence and put in a world class ball to Eddie who skied it over the bar when it looked easier to score. For the next five minutes Hibs put us under a wee bit of pressure but we held firm-it was our own doing as we kept giving the ball away when it was easier to keep it. On the hour we broke and Scott Allan took Broonie out. We were in the clear,yet brother Beaton decided to stop the play and have a word-he should have booked him but that would have hampered him so all he got was a talking to. A shocking decision after stopping the play.
We kept probing and looking for that killer pass. Hibs were defending well, but after 65 minutes they had no answer to some superb close inter passing. The ball to Eddie from Forrest at the back post was a peach and the goal was even peachier!
It was to be his last action as he was replaced by the Griff just after that. After another great footballing move involving most of the midfield Ntcham played the ball to Forrest who should have scored but his shot was deflected for a corner.
We are still pish at corners btw.
We kept pressing forward and were in complete control but on the 80th minute Horgan put the ball in and big Jullien headed the ball towards our goal and it looked in all the way. Unbelievably big Fraser got a hand to it and kept it out! On 83 minutes Mallan was booked for a cynical foul on Ajer and Forrest was replaced by the Wizard of Oz. In the 85th minute,another great passage of play by Frimpong when he stuck the ball into the box and the Griff headed it when he should have left it for Rogic who looked in a far better position but you can’t blame the Griff for that. A minute later Calmac put Boli through in the box and his touch again let him down. A couple of minutes later a super ball from Broonie to the Griff who spun and his shot went just wide.
All in all a very very decent display.
The stadium MoM was Frimpong and it’s hard to argue with that, but a very close second in my opinion were Ntcham and CalMac.
The day that the powers that be in Scotland ban Orange walks from it’s streets will be the day that Scotland starts to heal.
Above article by THE EXILED TIM,with grateful thanks. As ever,we encourage our readers to submit their thoughts for Article of the Day,and we always publish. Mail it to Mahe