Who are ya?
Are we a good team or not?
It’s a stones throw away from October with the early nights and cold weather arriving, yet I’m still stumped on what kind of team we are.
I guess the easiest way to put it,,
Nothing at all would surprise me regarding the football operation under our Greek Australian.
It’s almost a classic case of whether your glass is half full or half empty, both sides have ample ammunition at this stage.
On the one hand we are three months in and,,,
There’s no settled starting eleven at all.
Some players have exceeded expectations whilst others haven’t.
Some players haven’t even been seen.
We have some playing out of position.
Injuries are already taking their toll.
The boardroom struggles could well threaten Ange’s team building project.
We have lost five games already, and saw defeat at our rivals.
On the other hand,,,
We found the goals,if we fix the sieve we are a serious proposition.
Attacking wise we can tear anyone apart.
Some players haven’t even been seen.
The new signings are mostly quality.
Our best player, Kyogo, is about to return.
Despite five defeats and still finding our feet, we lie only three points behind with it all still to play for.
In some respects I feel for the manager, the normal side he puts out at the weekend brushes aside most of the league, but needs to be stiffened up for the stronger tests and also for the continental games. This leads to two teams, not the same eleven, which often causes confusion or harm.
Dropping Soro or McCarthy straight into the team only for the harder games doesn’t work, they need game time, need to be upto speed, or look like a headless chicken when introduced.
One of them needs regular game time, should maybe become a permanent fixture with James the more likely given Soros latest display. I dont think Ange has much of a choice.
Our midfield is far from settled and Calmac is just about the one name everyone agrees on, if not his instructions.
The defence is far from organized, I would have Welsh in this weekend for Starfelt and leave him there for four or five games while searching for improvement,,if it doesn’t happen nothing ventured nothing gained and the Swede has another chance to show he’s not a turnip. At full back stop the chopping and changing for a while, pick two and stick with them.
Montgomery and Juranovich would get my nod.
Upfront we’ve three on paper, but only one on the day. Let them all fight it out, that position doesnt need to be settled, it just needs the ball put in the back of the net regularly.
As for the manager himself, while many are impressed, I know some that aren’t. Whether attacking football or not some just cannot conceive five defeats this early, glorious failure or otherwise.
He may or may not have lost his boardroom protection, he may be obstructed or assisted in the January window ( my money’s on the former with a star or two moved on for profit), he could be in heaven thanking his lucky stars (our club being leaps and bounds above anything he’s managed) but then again he could be thinking this has gone to pot (barely a squad, that board/new CEO won’t buy ready made players, they will sell my best and not ask me, inform me).
I genuinely believe we haven’t seen the best of our collection (including manager) yet, maybe we will and maybe we won’t, theres simply an air of mystery surrounding our club of choice. Far too many questions needing answering before an opinion can be stated with confidence.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. This is after all part of the beauty involved in the beautiful game, going on a voyage of discovery with your team.
Nothing is set in stone, no one at all knows for certain what shall become of the season, it truly sits upon a knife edge.
It’s a rarity not having a Scooby, usually there’s a clear (enough if you take off the blinkers) winner in waiting, so we should (in theory) enjoy this whilst available.
We might witness a genuine title tussle, and given the spoils available to the victor it could be the last for a while.
Might, could be, maybe,,,that’s our season right now and given what was unfolding around this time last year it’s an improvement.
How will Ange react to the PLC selling a starter?
Could he do a Wim, or a Brendan?
Will Welsh be reinstated alongside big Cam?
Is it possible Ajeti actually becomes a proper, nailed on starting place Celtic striker?
How long will big Jules last until he breaks down again (he will)?
The Mystery Machine was one cool ride indeed (name the five passengers below) but right about now we are all fans of Mystery FC, aka Glasgow Celtic.
Somewhat ironically the real Celtic team should start showing it’s true face roundabout Halloween.
Or a couple of injuries would continue the who,what,when,where,why cycle.
More up in the air than Bob Marley’s stash, hard to call like Georgios Giakoumakis,
could go either way like a few pints with Ozzie Osbourne.
Ange & The Answers,,,coming soon to a venue near you!