Tis The Season To Be Jolly
Or should I say-Bah,humbug! I freely admit that Christmas has never really had much significance for me personally. Normally quite the happy go lucky type,it just seems to bring out the grouchy cynical bastert in me. My house has always been a tinsel-free paradise,for example,and as for a tree-well,you can guess where I think that should reside,should anyone ever be brave enough to ask me why I haven’t got one. Being banned from partaking in my first Christmas back home this century hasn’t helped either.
And don’t get me started on the twice a year drinkers who take half an hour to order up a round because they didn’t think to ask their friends what they were bliddy drinking before they got to the bar! I suppose I should be grateful that I can still get to a pub where I live-may all your problems be little ones,right enough…
That doesn’t mean,however,that I rain on everyone’s parade. Well,not deliberately. I know that it is important to most people,a welcome break from the rest of the annual slog,and of course,well,it was never for adults anyway. It’s a festival for kids really. Nothing better in life than a huge smile from a kid,someone who got a bigger surprise than they expected,and from an unexpected source too.
So it was last Wednesday,when The Saints went marching past the hun,and if ever something was unexpected,that was it. That they were on a ten game run unbeaten meant nothing to most of us,as nothing was what we thought they would get from the game. Of course,their game plan was thrown into disarray with the late call-off of their star man,Dallas12,during the warm up,and some of us wondered at the time whether Gerrard had the game plan to adapt.
Anyway,so much for The New Invincibles,but what has this got to do with Celtic? You might well ask,I was just enjoying writing that for the hell of it! But it has everything to do with Celtic. This site,in common with most other Celtic sites,has been highly critical of our performances this season,and I don’t think we need to apologise for being right. If anything,or display on Sunday as we clinched an unbelievable FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TREBLE proved that. But let’s leave that aside,let’s not even discuss the reasons why we are right and that things need to change dramatically in late spring/early summer. It’s Christmas,smile.
That St Mirren have reached the semi-final means that they won’t be available to play us on 24 January. Add The Scottish Cup Final on Sunday and the two fixtures previously postponed means that we will be four fixtures behind by then. They are currently seven points plus games in hand-potentially another twelve points,and nineteen in total. Bloody hell,how do we overcome this? Well,there are a lot of free midweeks for us in January and February,so I’d expect those games in hand to be cleared by then,and while we haven’t been performing to scratch this season-hence that seven point chasm-I told you ’tis the season to be jolly,so pay attention. Only an optimist can expect us to win the league this season,and as I’m not much known for being one,I feel it is my duty to explain to you how it will happen.
Last Saturday saw a pretty poor performance from them against Dundee Utd,and far from their first. A draw would not have been a harsh result. It would have been more likely too if McLean had done his job and sent Morelos off in the first ten minutes. Two more performances like that with the result falling on the fair side of the ledger and there’s your gap more than halved. Of course,if we screw up at the Victorian lavvy,it doesn’t really matter how badly they perform elsewhere,so the three points there is an absolute must. Sometimes you can’t expect everyone else to do your dirty work,and it’s high time that Celtic stepped up to the plate. And although the result against St Johnstone was disappointing,I said in my match review that I thought much of our performance that day was a vast improvement,and we have built on that in the two games since.
It is down to the players to continue to build on that,to get back into a winning groove and get their mojo back. I’ve already stated my preferences on starting line-ups and I’ll leave it at that. As I will a few other things in the spirit of this article. And as for their huge goal advantage? Well,two draws and a defeat to us will eat into that,and us winning the games in hand will have us going neck and neck again. And then? Well,it’s game on. 2020 has been a nightmare but 2021 doesn’t have to be.
Get the lads winning again,get the doubt spreading amongst that lot. See what happens-because strange things happen at this time of year and strange things happen at Celtic Park too.
After all,It’s A Wonderful Life…
Above article by BMCUWP