That’s the most important thing, being only three games from silverware at the conclusion. Silverware which Ange could do with around March to hopefully energize the troops as they approach that final hurdle.
The Jambo’s offered a good barometer and a nice scalp to collect enroute to the inevitable Glasgow derby cup clash. Their coach, who I had hopes for, totally let everyone down with an uber defensive set up. It could have been a different game, if he adopted his second half tactics from the off.
As a team I felt we played better the last few games, that it was a change too far. We are much better with our Japanese talent leading the line, Odsonne may have been a bit better than usual and actually displayed some hunger for a change, but for me it’s a natural winger on the left and Furuhashi leading the line, I hope for the gaffer also. In fairness he does tend to notice the same as the average onlooker, at least that’s my conclusion.
As usual this team provides a myriad of talking points but here’s my three post game take-aways to kickstart the discussion.
1,,,Leaders. They are starting to emerge from everywhere including the most unlikeliest of sources. The void was there post Scott Brown of course but holy guacamole up they step from front to back.
Hart, Welsh (one rush of blood away from being perfect),Turnbull, Calmac, and now our brand new toy Kyogo is already looking like one.
Soro and McCarthy await their chance to be one one as does Julienne, while both Talylor and Ralston are no shrinking violets and excelling under this coach and his system.
Teams full of leaders usually go on to do special things, so this is a fantastic omen which, given what’s at stake this year, bodes very well. Very very well indeed.
2,,,Taylor and Ralston.
It sounds like a leather shoe company or maybe the local travel agents, but this unlikeliest of dueys have actually changed my mind.
Before, if asked could we go through a season with them as first choice I would have automatically replied no.
Now though, I’m starting to think we could ‘get away with it’.
They’ve both discovered two key essentials in my humble opinion, and that is you give absolutely everything when lucky enough to be selected, and when it comes to tackling and standing up for yourself on the field of play both the support and the manager demand men full stop, there’s zero room for shrinking violets in this camp.
Both have fully grasped this, and at this point in time have given the manager a genuine quandary regarding whether they either individually or both deserve replacing asap.
Do you think they deserve to be replaced on current form? I’m not so sure. Those funds may be best spent elsewhere for now. A loaner right back and Montgomery covering left plus Shaw, that would do me if I were king.
3,,,Just for reassurance that we have chosen the correct path I would need two things. A resounding victory without the mercurial Furuhashi to show it’s the system that’s working, not just certain players making that system work.
And a Starfelt ‘solid as a rock’ game.
It’s no secret he hasn’t convinced, and maybe he won’t but then again maybe he will. The other recent buys have excelled, and to be fair he hasn’t had an absolute nightmare, he’s just been average which isn’t the worst of crimes. I recall it took Mickel Lustig a few games to come up to speed and was hoping for something similar but if it’s coming it hasn’t arrived yet.
Alkmaar and St.Mirren offer two excellent opportunities to prepare for a derby game the defender will be judged upon. In four games time most will have made their mind up regarding our new Swede, let’s hope we haven’t voted him a turnip.
A couple months ago I would have dreaded facing a decent Dutch team, now I’m not so sure, and that must be laid at the managers door. He’s getting a tune these days, much earlier than I expected fair play to the bloke.
It’s been a long time since I approached Celtic games thinking it’s not if we are gonna win, it’s just a question of how many, but domestically we are reaching that stage now. Then it’s a case of translating that play and confidence over into Europe.
Then, we look forward not to playing the likes of AZ Aalkmar, but to scalping them.