Celtic 2 – 0 Hamilton
A workmanlike and pretty comfortable performance last night saw us take all three points for the first time this year. Usually when we record a decent win without getting out of second gear,it suggests that we were well in control,on easy street,strolling about the pitch. You know,like we used to do. Like we got used to watching,and watching too with a nice wee smile on our faces,because everything in the garden was rosy.
Not so much,last night. Once again we dominated the possession while creating few clear cut chances. Indeed,it could be argued that our much-maligned talisman Griff was the difference,given that he scored the first and fed Eddie for the second. For the first,I very much doubt if any of us were screaming-“Shoot!”-when he got the ball under pressure at 25 yards out. Beat the player,then get the shot away,maybe. Not Griff. Sure,he didn’t have time to look up-but he could see the white arc of “The D” at the edge of the area. That was enough for him,as he drilled it low inside the post.
An early goal against a lower ranked team,and at home,usually leads to an onslaught. In terms of direction of traffic,that certainly proved true. In terms of goals or goal opportunities,it didn’t. Griff somehow let the ball pass through his legs from a CalMac cutback,and that was it for the first half.
Although we were rarely troubled at the back,this is a fragile Celtic team at the moment,and we all knew that we needed at the very least a second goal. That way if we lose one,we don’t need to panic so much! And it was Griff again-but this time as a provider,a few minutes into the second half. Eddie spent most of the game coming deep and not moving forward from there,but on the one occasion,McCAFF,that he played and moved,Griff found him with a pinpoint ball. Beating a couple of defenders to it and rounding the keeper was the instinctive mark of the Eddie-who was once known as I Wanna-that we knew and adored for three years.
He was substituted after his last involvement in the game. The goal was his last involvement,the substitution took place nearly forty minutes later. Montifuck,Eddie.
I’ll take the three points,because it has been a horrendous season,and a horrendous three months in particular. But the performance honestly didn’t scream-“We are back!” If I’m honest,it whimpered about going through the motions. The saving grace is that watching it on VST saves you all a heluva lot of time and money on the night.
I got an interesting mail from a trusted correspondent yesterday. Now,MAHE and I agreed from the start that we won’t deal in rumour on the site,and frequently I’ve sent info-with permission-to other sites to check out and publish. They might be able to prove it,I can’t. The info gets published and everyone is happy. This one though might be different,as it is the equivalent,in my opinion,of nicking the charity bottle off the bar in your local.
Our CEO raised his head above the parapet earlier this month for about the first time since the shower scene,as he attempted to justify the jolly to Dubai. Rumours such as were printed on e-Tims-a site which I have great faith in-on Monday about that trip weren’t new to me,but Lawwell also tried to shift the focus of that interview to the great things that The Celtic Foundation has achieved over the years.
To be fair,there is every reason to be proud of that. We all are. The fans work wonders raising millions through it for the less privileged,indeed the poverty stricken,in our society and worldwide.
We are,after all,a club founded for the benefit of charity.
I always thought that The Celtic Foundation was the charitable arm of Celtic FC,and I’m 100% certain that it was once the case. That Celtic provided all the necessary undertakings of the foundation on a Pro Bono basis,much as lawyers,accountants,hell lots of firms across the world do. Most of them,capitalist to the core,don’t even mention their good works-how many of us take out an advert in the paper when we make a donation to charity,ffs?
So Celtic,it seems,have decided to be different. They’ve set the foundation up as a separate entity,and any Celtic staff previously involved were given the choice to TUPE over to it,and be paid by it from donations. Meanwhile,the club takes the good publicity from it without incurring the costs.
Kinda reminds me of another company that we allowed to use our name until it became a source of embarrassment and shame,but heyho. Shame might have been the wrong word,because it is obvious that our board are utterly shameless. The above must prove that.
Above article by BMCUWP