Celtic 1 – 0 Aberdeen
Our second victory at Celtic Park against Aberdeen in the space of eleven days,and one which saw John Kennedy take his place as interim manager for the first time. I’m not sure what he or any of us learned from it,to be honest. It was a very difficult watch,two teams playing without a lot of confidence or fluency. And it wasn’t helped much by the “added value” VST stream continually breaking down.
I think most of us missed the first five minutes or so,and frankly had we been spared the rest of the game we wouldn’t have had much to complain about! But the picture arrived at a timely moment,perfect for us to catch a superb point-blank save from Bain. From the resulting corner,we broke up the pitch and Eddie managed to get a weak shot away from the edge of the area. The wicked deflection it took was the difference between a casual save and going a goal behind,with DT and RC doing the necessary legwork beforehand.
Sometimes you get the breaks…
Shortly after that,the Dons keeper was called into action to prevent DT from doubling the lead,and we actually looked to be playing reasonably well at this stage,with a lot more running off the ball than we have been used to recently. Patryk Klimala was restored to the front line for the first time in a while,and he looked sharp and eager enough. One excellent cross from Kenny across the six yard line took out most of the Aberdeen defence,and Paddy can count himself unlucky not to quite get there in time,his studs only being enough to glance it past the post. Soon after that,he couldn’t quite get to a cutback-but he was getting into the areas which is more like what we need there.
We ended the half a goal up,but well on top. And then,well,we might as well not have bothered coming out for the second half. We once again fell into our usual 70 minutes and knackered malaise,but this time we probably did it from the start of the second half. The only thing of note was a failure by Eddie to make a simple pass to Soro to finish,but that really summed up his second half. He just didn’t cut it in that period and has quite honestly been a shadow of the player we know this season.
Having said that,had we played as poorly as this all season-we have,often!-and won,I probably wouldn’t be as bloody miserable about things as I am at the moment. We got the type of break on Saturday that we didn’t get last weekend,haven’t had very often this season. But really,this had tame end-of-season nothing-game written all over it. It is a long time since we had games like this stretching in front of us,and I hope it is a bloody long time before we have to endure them again.
Possibly the only shining light yesterday-apart from the eagerness of Paddy-was the performance of Kris Ajer. I for one won’t grudge him his long-desired move to bigger and better. This is a lad who has clearly decided that the best way to achieve that is to perform to the best of his abilities in order to be in the shop window. I wish we had more like him in that regard.
Above article by BMCUWP.