St. Mirren 0 – 4 Celtic
For all that the scoreline was comfortable in the end,it was a hard watch for most of the game. In truth,St Mirren were a million miles removed from their performance at Celtic Park ten days ago and offered very little except a stubborn resistance for most of the match,but bar that three minute burst towards the end,Celtic were huffing and puffing and simply going nowhere.
A harsh summary of a comfortable win at a difficult venue? Perhaps,but few who watched it will argue the point. The final scoreline and the goals? Well,you’d have to have a heart of stone not to have lapped them up.
We started the match with the same eleven who performed so creditably on Saturday against Motherwell,with two centre backs,two full backs,two forwards (who really do not play as a unit) and four across the middle. Still no place for Soro,but Broonie anchored the midfield well enough which left the other three free to probe away at the St Mirren defence. And it was one of those three,Tom Rogic,who fired us in front after fifteen minutes. Up till then,St Mirren were coping comfortably with our unimaginative attempts to fashion our possession into a scoring oppoprtunity. But a sharp interplay with Johnjoe Kenny on the right saw him drag the ball along the line of the box before angling one into the bottom far corner.
An excellent goal out of nothing-but Goodwin won’t be too pleased by the defenders allowing him onto his laser-like left foot!
After that,the first half really just petered out. You got the feeling that the players were just looking forward to a half-time Bovril,and it’s difficult to blame them for that. St Mirren’s new mascot-a brass monkey-was last seen heading to a blacksmith’s for remedial surgery! Fair play to the Saints for getting the game on at all in those conditions,even if I thought the players should have done their bit by running about a bit more..
The second half was just a continuation of the first,truth be told,with the only thing of note being Stephen Welsh on the end of a hospital ball from Ajer followed by a shocking challenge on him from Obika. Stretchered off,and we wish him well and a swift return-the young fella has probably been the lone bright spot in a write off of a season. Various substitutions followed at the standard times,with Duffy,Christie,Klimala,Griff and Mo on for DT,Welsh,Ajeti,Eddie and TR. And with about twelve minutes to go,the second half was looking very much like the first-but with fewer goals.
Just then,Celtic burst into life with three goals in a three minute spell. It all began with a free kick,about thirty yards out,ideal stuff for DT. Christie instead fired it against the wall,and again,with the ball spinning out towards Taylor on the left. As he ran into the box,a push from a sinning Saint gave us a penalty which Eddie calmly lashed into the top left corner.
Sighs of relief all round,but we had barely got our breath back when Christie made amends for his hash of a free kick when he worked a one-two inside the right of the box,opened his body and placed a cracker just inside the far post. And there’s a sentence which sums up this lad’s season of frustration,interspersed too infrequently with flashes of what we know he is capable of. I was still warming my hands applauding it when DT popped up on the opposite side of the box to fire it low inside the same post for the fourth!
That’s twelve goals without reply in our last three games,and the kind of results which we have been lacking in for long stretches this season. I wouldn’t dare suggest that it heralds a new dawn,a turning of the corner-it is far too late for that now anyway-but it sure beats watching what we had to endure for so long either side of the turn of the year in particular. And while we weren’t really too pretty in possession very often,the goals were well worthy of any game.
Do it a bit more often,Celtic. We could do with something to smile about in these trying times. We have four more games in the league this month,and more of the same would do very nicely,thank you!
Above article by BMCUWP
That’s 10 scored and only one conceded in our last three- eating into the Hun GD advantage 😀
6 games to go til the split. All winnable.
Last game v Huns at home. They would be twelve points ahead with 5 to play.
( both teams win all games up til then).
We truly have gifted them this league. A disastrous January- 6 points out of 18, is self inflicted.
Three games where they should have played with ten and went onto single goal wins is a gift to them from the brotherhood of the LRA.
We should be breathing down their necks.
And watch Slippy and Co cope with real pressure.
C’est la vie- it is what it is.
One solace is our absolutely honking play on the park and antics off it has camouflaged how average to poor they are. And a reflection of the poor competition in the league generally.
But “ invincibles” in the league they remain.
Strange season indeed.
Good morning, friends, from a still freezing cold, snow covered EK.
Bobby, if I may just ask you to correct one part of your fine report. You say “That’s twelve goals without reply in our last three games, and the kind of results which we have been lacking in for long stretches this season.”. (Ahem) our last 3 games have seen us manage 2 4-0 wins but a 2-1 win against Motherwell. 😉
Anyway, chasm closed to just 18 points and 20 goals. Onwards to the weekend…
Correct,lads. I just repeated something I overheard the commentator say.
A mere detail!
Given the performance for 75% of last nights game we can’t even say a corner has been turned.
Where the hell were these players in December and January particularly?
BOBBY, thanks for that summary, went and watched a movie with the mrs with about 16 minutes to go, thought this is gonna be a boring 1-0 or st mirren will take a point, couldnt believe the scoreline when i got up ,👍
Sounds like we should have had a whipround at the start of the season for a subscription to Netflix for you!
BOBBY, your moniker has gone back to bobby murdochs 👍
BOBBY its back👍
Hi host,was only checked into SC f or 5 mins ,was able to log onto the latest post without going in via yesterday’s posts
I watched the game and wished we had a CH to relieve big Kris into the mid field He was my man of the match for trying, David Turbull was my man of the second half
IfKris leaves some manager is going to turn him into one of the top midfielders in Europe , it will be a great loss to us
Good Morning all.
Sad to say, I couldn’t even muster up much enthusiasm when we scored the first and second goals. Just about got there towards the end with the 3rd and 4th, but my oh my, it was a hard watch overall. Still and all, happy with a 4-0 result for the good ghuys. Arctic Sun out in Bonny Dundee, with temperature to match. Have a great day one and all, and stay safe.
Jimthetim: That’s some ‘cooking sherry’ you were ‘ swaalowing’ last night! Still going at 3.30am!!
Like the way you always get the SHOJ in to your mix😇.
As to the game, liked the result not the performance. The man from Lurgan was watching a different game from me. Four brilliant moments in 90 minutes is not a great team performance.
Good point previously re Govan Works X1 and NOT down to 10 men three times…..coincidence my arse!
I always want the team to win but of late I can’t be arsed even watching the games, apart from maybe the European place there’s nothing to play for, even the SC being played out is in jeopardy. My main concern is the total overhaul and much needed rebuild thats required.
Points thrown away by us , points garnered by them with officials help – if and buts I know but there could be a 12 point or more swing right there.
Abject failure on our part, downright cheating on theirs.
But as I’ve said it is what it is and was ever thus re their “achievements”.
The one comfort being they are not in an unassailable position going forward next season and beyond.
Quite simply get a grip Celtic. As Auldheid has alluded to – time to tool up.
Kris Ajer is an exception to the mediocrity around him for the most part this season.
He hasn’t let us down in the several positions he’s been asked to play.
Along with Broony the only player with dig, who gets in about the opposition and supports teammates.
Will be a loss when he goes.
To late now but what if we’d had a coach this season?
Last night we were poor but with some great skillful moments.
Goal -1 Kenny takes throw in to Rogic who returns pass.Kenny then gives a great ball back to Tom who cuts inside and hits a great shot into corner of net.Watch goal again and see how Ajeti shows great awareness by pushing his man inside to create the space Tom shot into.
Goal-2 Turnbull seemed to have moved from his first half wide peripheral position to a more productive centre left.He shows great skill and vision to turn and flick with outside of foot a great ball for Taylor who had attacked space to be fouled for a penalty that Ed dispatched with aplomb.
Goal-3 Turnbull hits a clever diagonal pass to Rogic who side foots to Christie who curls ball into far corner with a deft shot..
Goal-4 Turnbull again from the left channel after a knockdown from Christie.It was another good example of attacking space.
To sum up not much cohesion but individual skills from our better players triumphed.
There is obviously skill in abundance at Celtic and it’s a crying shame we never employed coaches who could utilize such talent.
Big Kris was excellent last night in the Norwegian type conditions. Easily my man of the match. Continue to be impressed by JJ Kenny. Would definitely be looking to extend his time at Celtic. Thought the first and third goals were sublime. Enjoyed my porridge and toast this morning. Was willing us on to a fifth goal.
Happy memories of seeing a Celtic team in lime green win in Paisley 5-0 in 1986.
Many Happy Returns Norrie M.
You pull another year away from me. 👍😁💚🍀
Garry , fan-a-tic
Kenny is a very positive addition. Would make every effort to keep him.
Better balance to team.
We would be at the Huns heels if we’d changed things when it became obvious we were watching the same old stuff week in week out.
Happy Hoopy Birthday to Norrie M
I actually think that Kenny highlights an imbalance in our team. Saint Mirren, like Motherwell on Saturday, targeted our left side and Greg Taylor. Everything that Saints tried was on their right side. Teams have identified that Kenny is a strength in our team, and Taylor a weakness.
At least Kenny cuts down the opposition options by 50% 😀
Started a new job in Edinburgh early’86.
Office was half Hibs/ Jambos and me.
At tea break on Monday following that momentous day the Hibs lads produced Dundee Cake and we toasted Albert Kidd.
A true BP style story.
I started work in the Western General Edinburgh in 1987. I enjoyed telling all my Jambos colleagues, that my best day at the fitba was Love Street the year before.
They never really liked this uppity Weegie Fenian. 😁😂
Have had a few run ins with Bitter Jambos in my time in Edinburgh.
They detest Celtic- my Edinburgh born Celtic buddies in turn have as much a dislike for Jambos as Huns.
I definitely get on better with Glasgow bluenoses, than I ever did with Embra Jambos.
Seen more trouble at Tynecastle too, than I ever have at Ibrox. No fond of Hertz or their scummy support.
Worst mistake ever was getting a ticket in Wheatfield Stand for a game in early 2000’s.
The spittle laden venom was a shock. Total scum.
My mistake was getting Hearts end tickets for Scottish Cup semi final 1988. My mate James and I took some kicking when we scored the winner. Gorgie scum.
https://belfastmedia.com/documentary-shines-light-on-celtic-supporters-as-more-than-just-football-fans Documentary shines light on Celtic supporters as more than just football fans 🍀
Lowlife Best avoided
Gordon64 . 11.57.
Thanks for posting that link . HH
Thanks,mate. A superb read,and I will try to see the documentary too.
Any news on Stephen Welsh?
Think the lad looks fairly decent in our defence.
Don’t think he will be a great centre half, lacks pace, height and heading ability for me, but seems to be a good reader of the game. Steady enough player.
I watched most of the game last night but much of my focus was not upon the “action” taking place in the game. Instead I concentrated upon the behaviour of the coaches and the players. To be honest their behaviour reflected my own. They and I are just going through the motions……doing what is expected but little extra. Most of the game consisted of Celtic playing aimless ball…..moving the ball from player to player but without any clear purpose, other than possession. This is a reflection of the coach’s inability to fashion a plan of how we should play against a particular opponent. In the first half, virtually no chances were created even against an opposition that had nothing to offer. Ajer was the bright spark with his surging runs up the park. Brown, now a shadow of the player from two years ago, disappeared from the game for long periods and frequently had his headlamps sucked out as opposition players glided past him. McGregor remains lost in deep space located in another universe. Brown and McGregor…….two examples of the coach’s strategy of playing old buddies. What effect must that have upon triers like Henderson and Soro? I think we know the answer to that. Klimala, the forgotten man, got a cameo but how must he feel? He works his socks off in the off season and pre-season never to be given a run of games. Whilst a chancer like Griffiths gets more chances than Boris gets to make a correct decision.
Sure we all know that the season is a wash but the lunacy of keeping this coaching team in place to destroy what little faith players have in the club, is yet another symptom of a Board that has little concern for the core business whilst it studies the income statement.
Frankly, I do not know what level my allegiance will be at by the end of this season. Could this be my “Ally” moment? Let me explain.
My “Ally” moment was created in the late seventies when Ally’s Tartan Army went to Argentina to sweep other countries aside as we won the world cup. I was not alone as I suffered crushing disappointment due to unrealistic expectations fuelled by an emperor who had no clothes. Never again would I let my expectations nor my support for Scotland get to those levels pre-Argentina. And they never have. This season is Celtic’s Argentina. Only the snake oil salesmen are different. A price will be paid and not just losing the league.
Sounds like an interesting book,especially for those who saw the great man.
The match between us and Ajax in 1982 lives long in my memory. Only time I’ve seen us hammered two each. Ajax were outstanding that night-and to match them,so were we! GARRY still hasn’t given us his long-promised article on the return leg.
i’ve taken an interest in the interactions when players are being subbed and none of them look that pleased. Its like a disconnect between the players and Lennon rather than being annoyed at being subbed. It’s similar when the players are trooping off at the final whistle.
Very good post.
Hope you have not tempted fate re Argentina 1978, and one of our players tests positive for drugs this season. That would cap this season from hell.
Not surprised yer pissed off,disillusioned,dispirited. We all are. This is more than a bump in the road,it’s driving off a cliff that many of us had already warned of.
But we will be back. And bliddy angry anaw.
Ach, hope you had forgotten about my first ever European away match.
“When it’s Spring again,
We’ll sing again,
2-1 in Amsterdam!”
My first away match was slightly different,and only two years ago in Valencia. Huge thanks of course to Hugh and Sheila in particular.
It was a fantastic time over there,and for that the credit goes to my sisters who came up with the idea for my Dad’s 80th birthday. But the actual game was scary! Not that Ultras or anything bothered us,even being in the Valencia end. Just that it was a L-O-N-G way down!
I’ve never been in a stadium with such a sheer drop,straight up!!! Or down,if you get my meaning…
Wonderful trip,and very grateful for it. But scary at times…
Interesting article,given that some big hitters are now coming out in favour of an inquiry into Maliciousprosecutiongate.
Looks like it was written by a ten year old,right enough. So much for the Record’s political Editor. Standards are falling faster than me in Valencia if Celtic had scored that night!
Aw,wait-dis the Rapid game at Old Trafford count as an away game?
Great dayooooot ruined by the result.
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talking of your first european away game, have never been to any, outside of scotland ive seen celtic at liverpool leeds and bolton but they were friendlies, but hey my first european home game was celtic v mtk budapest think 1964 or 5, remember it well because my uncle packy lifted me over the parkhead turnstile, wouldnt mind but i was 35 at the time😎 that is not a true story, just remember the parkhead floodlights dazzling in the sky, think we won because my uncle packy went straight to the fish and chicken bar on alexandra parade and bought us all fish suppers, and that is a true story.👍
It was the year before I was born Celtic played MTK Budapest, 1964. Celtic won 3-0, but went out 4-3 on aggregate.
GARRY, cheers buddy, i would have been eleven then, but just remember the parkhead floodlights, that is something you never forget👍