Celtic 3-0 Falkirk
This was a strange wee game,to say the least. It was encouraging enough in its own way that we had over twenty attempts on goal in each half,and that we had players who were getting themselves into scoring positions. It was a pleasant change too that we played at such a high tempo from the off,something which has seldom been seen this season. That was tempered of course by the quality of the opposition on the night and by the simple fact that it took us so long to score the opener!
It may be true to say that we could have played the game without a goalkeeper-Scott Bain probably improved his crossword skills during the match-but so profligate were we in front of goal,particularly in the first half,that the Falkirk keeper didn’t really have much to do either.
The main culprits were the recalled but misfiring Leigh Griffiths,and Ryan Christie. The latter was struggling to keep the ball down when he had an attempt on goal,while Griff honestly couldnae kick his own arse on the day! That didn’t stop him from trying,and to be fair he won a clear penalty in the eyes of everyone but Cheatin Beaton,but really,bloody hell. Miskicking when presented with a clear chance,and on three separate occasions…
The game was effectively won early in the second half when James Forrest,switched to the left and slapped one off the head of a defender and into the far corner. Christie followed up almost immediately by cutting in from the right onto his favoured foot and firing in a daisy cutter to the same corner.
A flurry of substitutions then followed,which broke up our rhythm a little without much reducing the number of chances we had. And the next goal was the best of the night,and as good a take and finish from a tight position as you will see. Kenny drove the ball low and hard across goal,and Mo killed it with one touch while freeing up some space for himself in the same movement. Faced with the advancing keeper,he placed a delightful dink over him and into the net. A finish which took me back a good few years,if you catch my drift…
If you haven’t seen it yet,read back to the comments on Saturday night where JIMMYNOTPAUL put a link to it. Time well spent,I can assure you!
This was obviously a game which we were expected to win,and win well. Falkirk defended their box fairly well,they were reasonably organised there but allowed us far too much of the ball to ever be a threat themselves. That shouldn’t detract from what was a very encouraging performance,even if it was one from which we probably learned very little that we didn’t know. Matters of importance now move from on-field performances to dredge some silverware from a hugely disappointing season to the more important off-field issues of managerial and playing staff rebuilding.
Will we see the fabled white smoke this week for the apparently favoured candidature of Eddie Howe,or as some fear has he used our interest to smoke out an alternative club which he believes may well be more to his liking? Time will tell on this,but he has always struck me as a thoughtful and intelligent man. I doubt other options are there for him either now or in the near future,and I doubt he will be offered a better or more rewarding challenge.
A thoughtful and intelligent man will know this,and I remain-if cautiously!-optimistic.
Above article by BMCUWP