Celtic 5-1 Hamilton Accies
Strange wee day yesterday as we unfurled our ninth flag after winning the title yesterday,and none of us were there to watch it! Normal service of course for the likes of myself,who simply sauntered down to the pub to watch it,but there would have been sixty thousand there in normal circumstances. Still,we all know the score by now,and we can only hope that the good old days come back sometime soon.
In one respect at least,it was just like the old days. I Wanna had his shooting boots on,and started the season like he finished the previous one. Nothing spectacular about him yesterday,but he calmly picked up another matchball for his hat trick. He was 3/1 to score the first goal yesterday. He probably won’t be that price very often in future. Maybe the bookies had been listening to a dumb schmuck from Tarbolton who told everyone that he reckoned that Eddy’s pre-season body language suggested that he didn’t look interested.
Body language,Boydy? Stick to learning English,son. There’s a hat trick for you,from a man who simply terrorises defences by his mere presence.
Of course,this was far from a one-man show. Greg Taylor marauded the attacking positions in his left sided role,laying on the first two goals on a plate. Frimpers went past players like they weren’t there-unless they managed to clean him out,as happened a few times. And he even managed to get a goal at last! Jamesie was clearly intent on adding to his tally for the club. He is currently stuck on the magic number of 88 for the club and hasn’t quite achieved twenty a season yet. While he didn’t add to that yesterday,it might be worth a punt on him to get the twenty this season. He certainly looked up for it.
Our Massif Central of Jullien and Ajer spent more time peppering the Accies goalkeeper with shots and header than they did defending ours at the other end-Jullien in particular can count himself unlucky,with some good saves by Fulton and another effort clattering off the post-and really the rest of the team were doing what they do. Tidying up,keeping an eye on things,probing and creating the openings.
Having said that,Hamilton showed early on that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers. They had a couple of early attempts,and Scott Bain took full advantage to remind our new Greek star who it was that had the gloves at the moment. Mission accomplished for him as he put in a solid if unspectacular performance. Certainly did nothing wrong,and we will know he can be relied on when needed.
But to the goals…
Frimpers charged inside and central before being sent sprawling as he laid it off to Eddy. A touch and left to Taylor who took a touch himself before coolly squaring it for the onrushing Eddy for the easiest of tap ins. A simple goal,aye,but perfect in the execution as the final cross was inch-perfect in a tight area. One nil,and order up the beer.
The second one was similar,with Frimpers again laying it inside and seeing it spread wide to Taylor. Again,he played a superb pass across the face of the goal,taking out the defenders and the keeper. This time though,Jeremie hadn’t been cleaned out and was allowed to continue his run and get on the end of the final ball for his first goal for the club. Certainly no more than he deserves since we first saw him ten months ago. What a find! Suffice to say that he celebrated it in his usual exuberant fashion!!!
Having said that,Hamilton weren’t too pleased-and so they showed a few minutes later with another foray up the park. This time,from a soft free kick,they swung it to the far side of the area before Scott Martin swung a boot at it from the edge of the area. A couple of deflections from CalMac and Jullien gave Bain no chance. It was 2-1 at half-time but there was no panic and only one winner,that’s for sure.
And two quick goals from Eddy after the break would soon calm the nerves.
The first one came from a superb pass up the right touchline from Ryan. Jamesie ran on to it,looked up and first time across goal to you guessed it,an onrushing Eddy for another finish that he made look easy. Absolutely clinical. It’s the mark of a good striker to make goals like this look like a piece of cake. We all know that it isn’t. We should all be delighted to have him,and let’s hope he can find a pen soon for that new deal. The hat trick was a tad different though,Christie bursting into the right of the box before seeing his shot parried out by the Accies keeper. And straight into the path of-aye,an onrushing I Wanna,who tapped it home. Not once for his goals yesterday did he require more than the touch to finish. Like I said,clinical.
By this time,Forrest was getting a tad miffed about not scoring yet,and he would have had a couple had the keeper not pulled off some fine saves. And not just from him either-he denied Christie and Mo too,as well as stopping wee Frimpers who clearly fancied a hat-trick of his own! But in truth,the job was done. Largely one way traffic as the game petered out. Ollie had already been on the pitch for about twenty minutes before a late triple change saw the introduction of our new Polish Pele. He didn’t need much time to show his quality,getting on the end of a terrific through pass from Christie. Another first time finish saw him roll the ball across the keeper to the far corner of the net.
5-1 against opponents who will see their more important games this season as being against teams at the other end of the table. Of course it sounds a bit of a foregone conclusion when I put it like that. But we were impressive yesterday nonetheless. And no more so than the fact that all of our goals were a one touch finish,and usually from an equally swift build up. Very seldom did any of our players dwell on the ball yesterday,always having an eye on moving the ball on as soon as they received it. I know I moan sometimes about a perceived lack of coaching in some areas,particularly about the gaps between the defence and midfield,and our tendency to be beaten too quickly on the break,but there has clearly been some work done on the pass and move,take and pass aspects of our play. Watch it again if you get time. It’s difficult to be too impressed by a performance against Hamilton Accies-and I mean them no disrespect when I say that-but there were certainly a lot of positives yesterday.
Not least that it means that I get the chance to be a happy bunny on a Monday. And that’s good enough for me!!!
Man of the Match for me was the hat trick hero. Honourable mentions to our two wide boys from Ayrshire.
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