Hamilton 1-4 Celtic Review
Well,I’m sure we’ve all had better weekends than the one just past,but hey,wasn’t it a peach? As we are a Celtic site,I’ll concentrate on the match. At least till nearer the end of the article!
As we all know too well,games like this really can be a banana skin for us,and it was certainly beginning to look that way after thirty minutes or so. Accies had taken the lead when their battering ram of a striker headed into the net from a corner. Our two centre-halves,standing four metres tall between them,were outjumped and outmuscled by a mere journeyman-and not for the first time either. It all brought back worrying memories of playing Livingston on a similar surface.
Thing is though,we were playing pretty well. Stephen Welsh,making his debut,was linking up well with James Forrest down the right,as well as holding his place in the back three. Greg Taylor was making good runs down the left,and our midfield three of Ntcham,Broonie and CalMac were controlling the game pretty well-most of the time!
As for Eddy and Griff,I think our days of playing one up front,domestically at least,are over. They really look to be settling into a partnership,and one which could have a great bearing on the destination of the trophies.
In fact,they combined for our equaliser! Well,not really. Griff was hauled down on the edge of the area as he turned his defender,leaving only the goalie to beat. Red card and a free kick,and a difficult distance to get the ball up and down in time. Piece of piss to Eddy though,as I Wanna simply stroked it home like it was a penalty kick.
With Hamilton a man short,we really started to dominate-but the lead was proving elusive. Accies were using their substitutes,but we had some quality on the bench too. For once,Lenny brought them on in good time,with Christie replacing Ntcham after an hour and Hayes on for Taylor five minutes later. Possibly the best was saved for last though-bringing Rogic on for Welsh effectively meant we had two at the back plus Broonie,but it meant that we were going for it!
The lead finally arrived from a most unorthodox piece of play-Jonny Hayes vaulting an advertising board to take a quick throw in! Ryan was lurking on the right and looked up to see Christopher Jullien taking up the striker’s role just inside him. His cross to the edge of the six-yard box was inch perfect,and Jullien’s finish was sublime. We were ahead at last,and the relief was palpable in the pub I was drinking in,that’s for sure.
We weren’t finished yet though. Eddy picked it up near the centre circle,disdainfully brushed off a few challenges before feeding it to Tam. He did pretty much the same before threading the most delightful pass through to Eddy to slide it home under the keeper. If you get the chance,watch this goal again. It was a peach.
So was the fourth. Griff had earlier sold the most outrageous dummy to allow Forrest to set up Eddy for his hat trick,but somehow he missed the easiest chance all day. Then it was Eddy’s turn for the dummy. He let it run to Griff who played it into space on the right for Eddy to pull it back for him to finish. James had other ideas though,latching onto it before Griff could and making it 4-1. You had to feel for him,he’d had an excellent game and drew a blank. Brought down with only the keeper to beat,hitting the bar with an otherwise superb free kick,generally giving the Hamilton defence a good going over. I’d have given him MOTM if it wasn’t for the sheer excellence of Eddy.
Just to remind you all,I Wanna only turned 22yo last month. Still a teenager when he originally joined us,he looked full of raw potential when Brendan Rodgers finally gave him his chance. Although he was on loan till the following June,I wanted him signed in October that season-I had seen enough to know we had a player on our hands. I wasn’t alone,of course-but I doubt many of us realised just how good he would become,and how quickly. He has added much to his game and is a much bigger presence all over the pitch. He is very difficult to stop when he has the ball,and inside the box or outside,he is deadly in the finish. If PL still can’t figure out what to do with that £60m or so on the bank,just give it to the big fella. You know it makes sense!
What makes no sense is the latest shenanigans on the soo’side. Aside from dropping points-thank you,God!-their attempts at the beatification of The Blessed Alfredo of Ned seem to be coming unstuck. Our benighted wee country-which doesn’t deserve a person like TBAoN,according to one halfwit-has been fed lurid tales of attempted sabotage of his brakes,all this after his saintly intervention back home in Columbia during the winter shutdown. Then the news broke that the culprit was actually a Private Investigator hired by Mrs Morelos to keep an eye on her husband! As Level 5 struggled to contain the shitstorm,Miss Colombia revealed some of the details of her trysts with The Wandering Star-with,allegedly,more disturbing revelations in the pipeline.
In such a position,it is always wise to return to the tested and true. At Ibrox,this is done by sending out a distress signal to Sky Sports to hold an in-depth interview. They really should have remembered that the last one didn’t actually end well,with South Africa Revenue Service seizing 35,000 bottles of wine from Dave King!
Nothing was left to chance with this one though. TBAoN doesn’t speak English,you see. Only enough,apparently,to know when he is being racially abused from the stands. So he could pretty much say what he wanted,rant away to his heart’s content-while the interpreter presumably read from a carefully prepared Level 5 script. Honestly,I think Jabba must be getting too fond of that red wine from his succulent lamb days if he thought that would work. Needless to say,it seems that the interview has been scrapped and all traces of it deleted. I look forward to its reappearance one day. Hopefully as a court exhibit.
A good weekend to be a Tim,I would say. Seven points clear of our rivals and with their manager throwing his players under every passing double decker. We just need to keep our eyes on the prize and not be distracted elsewhere. Everything is possible,Celtic.
Above article by BMCUWP. As ever,we are happy to receive contributions from our readers for Article of the Day. We always publish,so mail it to Mahe.