Cri de Couer
My grateful thanks to REBUS67 for this offering,which saves me from having to ponder that pile of pish from last night.
I do not know if this will ever be published but, in writing it, I have already achieved my purpose. It frees me from my emotions.
I want to thank my club, Celtic, for its existence. I reviewed my allegiance to the club and was surprised that it is over 60 years in duration. I was attracted to it because of its values and although these have been somewhat diluted, they are still worthy, especially when benchmarked against those of some other clubs. Celtic is my club and will always be my club, but I shall no longer support it. I shall cancel my CelticTV and no longer check results on a regular basis. For me football was always about Celtic. The result versus Copenhagen has freed me from my addiction to Celtic…something I never thought possible. Certainly the loss hurts but that is not the reason that I am leaving. There is something reassuring that a club with player value at 42 million can outplay and beat one valued at twice that at 90.1 million(Celtic). Results should not just be about financial advantage, there should be other factors at play, for example desire to win and strategy. That is what makes the game interesting. Similarly, it is reassuring that a club valued at 28 million(Cluj) can upset one valued at 90.1 million. These results show that a club is improving. Sadly, I cannot say that about Celtic. Look at our performance after Copenhagen scored their goal. Desperate, shapeless and totally lacking in guidance from the touchline, describes the scenario. It was embarrassing to see three or four Celtic players chasing the ball and, if one retrieved it, hoofing it up the park.
Copenhagen are a modest team that has a manager who has some knowledge of tactics and above all, understands thecapabilities of his player pool. He cuts his cloth accordingly. Before the Celtic tie he was forced to sell his top striker, but he had an aging one on hand to replace him. His faith was repaid in that this replacement scored two goals over the two games. Where am I going with this? In short, Copenhagen are a modest club that is well run and has a manager who understands what his team can do, and what it cannot. Players are sold but replacements are immediately available. They have an established way of playing. Contrast this with Celtic, a club that is good at selling but not so good at finding immediate replacements. In terms of on-field activity, what is Celtic good at playing….4231 or 352 or 433 or something else? Do we have an established back line, or an established midfield? Can the management team make adjustments to change the flow of a game?
On paper, we should have beaten Copenhagen and Cluj, and Malmo and others over the last few years and the Board has to recognize this. Yet here we are again…simply underachieving. Not just by losing the game but by being royally outplayed in the part of the game that matters…defending and scoring. Cluj did the same to us, as did Malmo etc.
I am convinced that there is no single reason for this failure. Problems are systemic…recruitment, coaching, succession planning…you name it. It is a many headed hydra and, frankly, I have had enough of making an emotional investment in it.
Good luck Copenhagen! You were not wonderful, wonderful, but you do know what you are doing. You will not win the Europa but enjoy your well earned adventure .
Again,my grateful thanks to REBUS67. Said it all and then some,old son.