You gotta move it, move it, move it!
First Monday of the new month,the month that sees us play our first competitive match in a couple of weeks. It should also see our full complement of players enrolling at Lennoxtown for the first time after their break.
It will be a huge shock not to have Broonie there,of course. But probably not as big a shock as that time he photobombed one of his team mates in a green mankini. The most blatant example of indecent exposure it has been my unfortunate experience to witness. No Broonie,no mankini. See? There’s always an upside!
More relevantly,AP will finally get the chance to see some of his “better” players up close and personal. For the first time. He has,as we know,a helluva task on his hands. At the moment,he doesn’t know the qualities of the players that he has available to him,so he has to assess all of that. And then,on the back of that,he has to analyse which particular areas need strengthening first.
Then he has to identify the players to sign who might be able to improve in these areas of the pitch-all without proper scouting reports!
In the meantime,CELTIC TV released a short video of him miked up during a training session and practice match. Admittedly with a lot of players missing due to international duty. It was a fascinating insight into how AP expects and demands football to be played.
The days of players strolling about at walking pace,casually passing the ball about while the opposition reorganise their two banks of four and five? Those are consigned to the dustbin of history,or the museum from which we should never revived such tactics.
Watching Celtic for the last couple of years has been an exercise in keeping the needles from your eyes,and the razor blades from your wrists. Actually,worse. Not just a penance,not even purgatory,it has been hell on earth.
AP says to get moving. Get the ball moving. Don’t give the opposition a breather,be in their faces,push and move,press press press. Take a breather at half time.
Then relax-AND CELEBRATE-at full time!
Lose the ball? Get it back. Got the ball? Do something,run with it or pass it,but do it at speed.
Makes you wonder,really,why other coaches hadn’t figured this out,eh? Give this man the players for his system,make bloody sure they buy into it,and I think we are on a winner. Sure,I still don’t expect him to win the league this year. But that small clip gladdened my heart no end. As,too,did that Stubbs-like pass from a defender to a player on the left wing who simply chested it down,couple of strides,back of the net.
Aye,it was training. I know that. But I’m willing to bet that wasn’t done in training last year.
You’ve gotta move it,move it,move it! To paraphrase the song…
Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It (Official Video) – Bing video
Above article by BMCUWP