Rebuilding? No, Rejuvenation!
I’m very suspicious when senior players with zero sell on value publicly announce an allegiance to the club.
Of course most tend to be Scottish and Irish, though there is the occasional outlier.
But as soon as we are linked with an aging star/name the first thought is always does he still have it?
And then of course you’re caught in the trap of playing him to find out, whether to the teams detriment or benefit.
I should probably point out that this article is heavily biased.
Look, I knew, just knew, Ian Wright was over the hill.
We had just watched a stream of has beens waltz through like a pre retirement final dance, and all had flopped.
Tommy Graveson must have been one of the most drawn out, then celebrated signings of my supporting life.
And he was soon benched.
So was Kasim Richards, and Carlton Cole.
Across the city many fell for Joey Barton’s ‘watch me boss the league’ bullshit until he was embarrassed into walking away.
The Scottish Premiership is not a retirement home, is not the relaxing nirvana that some footballers crave. I witnessed Ian Wright accept a swansong cameo, and he was useless. Didn’t need the money, wrong system, plain and simple EPL fodder as me mate Maggie Mc Gill often states.
The exception to the rule, as far as I know, was Keano saying sorry nothing to offer you that’s acceptable to me, so let’s just tear that agreement up and shake hands.
That stint wasn’t a top up, but a true case of ‘let’s match up while we can’.
And now we have EPL experienced stars Hart and Mc Carthy in.
Are they EPL fodder as so many others have been or actually signings we should celebrate?
Only time shall tell.
Our clubs history is littered with ‘later on’ players, Lubo being perhaps the most popular of recent times. It’s not the creed that counts as usual, but how they respond to the new surroundings, the new demands, the big club feel that accompanies signing for Celtic.
The hit rate on aging stars isnt good,,
Yes Lubo stands out but there’s many failures to cancel him out.
Hart and McCarthy sounds like a divorce attorney team, but may just become the spine of our team. One might ask why not earlier but that’s spilt milk once they sign, and welcome reinforcements they are.
Joe Hart will have a kid in front of him, almost certainly, so he should come in with instructions to vocally instruct that defensive line back and be fully commanding in rear guard situations.
While I don’t necessarily like these signings I understand them. Joe brings vital experience along and has had some Heartbreak pardon the pun along the way.
I’m sure a giant club at this stage feels unexpected, and may just be the shot in the arm he’s looking for. Let’s face it he thought he was on his way out, not up.
A fresh unexpected challenge later on in life is one you can fully throw yourself into, or just avoid if you want the easy life, and no doubt he had the cash to live the easy life.
Joe Hart has taken on a challenge, he didn’t need to, and he’s rich, so if he accepted a challenge it’s clearly because he wanted one.
Win win? Let’s hope so.
McCarthy could become our own Steven Davis. I swear he’s the most important signing they have made recently, his on-field knowledge invaluable and his body rarely injured through circumstances mysterious and otherwise. Our post Scott Brown lynchpin had been Soro, who has his detractors but deserves a starting slot to these eyes.
Ange looks like a horses for courses type of manager so in the bigger games shall we witness Mc Carthy with Soro alongside to provide the double screen? Makes sense to me though leaves only one slot for both Turnbull and Captain Calmac, both of whom are nigh on unstoppable these days.
That’s Big Ange’s problem now, and why he gets the big bucks presumably.
The pieces of the puzzle continue to be assembled, by whom is anyone’s guess, but certain dressing rooms need a few been there, seen it, done it and have the t-shirt types to talk them through the campaign, to help prepare each time they are lucky enough to pull on the jersey.
It’s early of course it’s clear Joe and James are here for the rejuvenation aspect, and not relaxation as it’s the wrong manager and system for that altogether
Our size and passion can help rejuvenate the men, while they themselves have helped rejuvenate our title aspirations alongside the hopes and dreams of millions.
Somehow the boss has managed to turn a bunch of ragtags entering a period of rebuilding into a rejuvenated unit whose attack has the ability to terrorize defences.
And now the crowd have returned in full to bear witness to new hungrier players taking the place of the old guard, which will help rejuvenate the supporters’ passion and subsequently urge the players to fight all the way for this year’s title, which is truly there to be taken.
Glasgow Celtic are looking very much rejuvenated, are building up a head of steam, and at this pace shall head into the final game of the month looking forward to the match and the opportunity to lay down a huge marker.
It took a grand total of three victories and two defeats (for others) but the momentum has turned and is clearly with us as opposed to the existing Champions who many felt would romp the league. The bookies keep on dropping our title odds, our rivals keep looking up at us instead of down, and our players just grow better and better with true coaching and belief not only in themselves but also the quality surrounding them on the field of play.
We aren’t a shambles and we’re certainly not afraid of going toe to toe with any team in the land right now.
We’re on the march, playing football the Celtic way,
and we want our trophy back!
Above article by MAHE