The Joy Of Six
A week ago at Celtic Park,Hibs gave Celtic a tough match. The sort of performance against the league’s top dogs-and away from home too-that gets their fans dreaming of better days to come. That their latest new manager might just be the fella they’ve been looking for all these years. Truthfully,their performance gave a few of us Celtic supporters some hope too-that they might be up to taking points off the huns last night at Easter Road.
Well,rank stupidity like that is why the bookies are minted-indeed,the boss of Bet 365 has had over half a BILLION quid paid to her in the last two years. Not all of it by backing the huns to get beat,but it all adds up! I’ll be honest,I thought there was a decent chance that Hibs would have held them to a draw last night. Not that I’d have been daft enough to add to Ms Coates’ bonus,mind. That fallacy was blown out of the water by two goals in ten minutes,thanks for the points and the half-time refreshments,see ya later.
I pointed out a while ago that we were in a title race whether we all agreed or not. That while there is little doubt in my mind that we are a better team than them,they are a far better team than everyone else. I’d say that the league table backs that up. We are two points and one goal better off than them after 17 games each. Effectively,the equaliser that Aberdeen scored at Pittodrie a couple of weeks back is the only difference between us,and that’s in the week before Christmas.
Now,we certainly can’t complain about our own form. Two points dropped,ironically at Easter Road,because the referee decided on a new interpretation of the laws regarding the award of a penalty-twice!-and a nightmare performance against Livingston. We are actually ten points better off than we were at the same stage last season under Brendan Rodgers! But still the huns won’t go away because they go into every game they play with the expectation of a victory. Sure,every team will tell you the same thing-but there’s a big difference between wanting to believe something,and knowing it to be true.
We have a six-pointer against them next weekend. And another two before the end of the season too. I’m sure Neil Lennon won’t have to tell the players how important those games are,and they give us our best chance of increasing the gap on them. In fact,we really need to treat the other eighteen remaining matches in exactly the same way,keep applying the pressure on the southside zombies in the home straight during their short-but-already-too-long history.
(21 six-pointers to add to our tally so far of 46/51? Aye,beat that!!!)
So the first six-pointer is today,at home to an Aberdeen side who have been woefully short this year of even their last few seasons’ flattering to deceive. But they are still a team who know how to up their game against us. In Derek McInnes,they have a manager with no fondness for us whatsoever,and one who knows his job is on the line as his new employers didn’t cross the pond to buy a team of also-rans managed by a never-was. He and a number of players are playing for their future,and they know it. A decent performance today and a point or three will give them some breathing space,a chance to convince the doubters in the boardroom and in the stands that they are better sticking with the devil they know.
Celtic should have their “Bah,humbug!” face on today,no early Christmas presents just because their fans are dressed in Santa colours. I fully expect three points today and again on Wednesday as we tell the huns that WE are in control,and I expect that point to be emphasised the following Sunday when we put some fresh air between us and the putrid stench following in our wake. Have a party by all means,but give the gatecrashers a good kicking when they turn up.
I don’t expect to see any experimentation over the next three games,and Lenny will be hoping for top performances every time from his top Bhoys. I expect us to line up the same way in all three matches,subject to availability.
Forrest Christie Brown McGregor Johnston
Possibly Hayes or Boli might get the nod in front of Taylor,possibly Ollie might get the nod in front of Michael Johnston. It matters not. Play the same eleven each time,batter the opposition,get the goals and then take a nice wee break for three weeks. You players can enjoy your rest during that time;it will have been well-earned,especially if,as I expect,we have that gap between us and the rest.
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