Celtic 4-0 St Johnstone
Over a month since our last home game,and around another three months until our next one. And I’m not sure that anyone has been missing anything. Last night was a bit special,as it was Broonie’s last appearance at Celtic Park. He certainly gave us something to remember him by with a quite terrific pass for Eddie to score the second. Karamoko Dembele too reminded us the talent that he can be,and I remain hopeful that last night’s cameo role won’t be his last for us.
But in truth,this was a poor side that we faced,weakened by Covid withdrawals. 4-0 certainly didn’t flatter us,but despite that,the BBC poll voted St Johnstone players around 15% higher than our own. Yep,gubbed 4-0 and voted better than the opposition by a wide margin. In fact,Grant Middleton was their POTM,based on those votes.
The game actually started quite tamely,with Barkas making his return and Adam Montgomery-good Kilwinning name,that!-making his debut at full back. Saints had a couple of early chances,but halfway through the first half,we came to life. A careless handling of the ball from a passback saw us given an indirect free kick just inside the box,and a wee touch to Turnbull saw him drill it low under the jumping wall,Thommo-style-for the opener.
Seconds later,it was two-and I doubt we’ve scored a better one all season. Broonie took possession deep central in his own half,saw Eddie free in his favourite position on the left and launched it. Eddie controlled it with a touch,running into the area,and casually dinked it over the keeper with his second. Eddie,son,all season we have been waiting. You will leave us in the summer and we will have some tremendous memories of your time here. Sadly,tinged with some well deserved bitterness due to this season.
The rest of the game was quite pedestrian,to be honest. Both sides looked at least happy with the score,until our new Player of the Year Kris Ajer stepped up with a deflected shot to make it three about ten minutes from the end. A few minutes later,the wee man,barely on the pitch,took a great pass from Turnbull and slid it calmly under the keeper.
There is little doubt that a number of our side are for the off in the summer. I am delighted that DT isn’t one of them,and I remain a fan of Dembele and hope that he gets his chance to shine. My thoughts on most of our want-aways are no secret. In my opinion,only Ajer has done us a turn this season,while the others have frankly been a disgrace. To us,themselves and their profession. Not for them,a place on the murals which adorn the ground. No chance. They had a chance to be legends and they spat the dummy.
But we are Celtic supporters. Tomorrow is another day,etc. There have been many lows in my 54 years as a fan of this club,and the highs more than make up for that. We will be back,there’s no doubt about that. Dembele,Montgomery and Welsh showed that there is still life in our youth system,Turnbull showed that we can still occasionally sign a decent player. We have one more game to go,and let’s not get angry about this season.
Let’s get even!
Above article by BMCUWP