Hampdens Green & White
t was one for the purists, that is to say not a very good spectacle. Some loathe a deep sitting team out to frustrate, others enjoy the tactical puzzle of outsmarting determined defenders,,beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I enjoyed the game, had a feeling we would make the breakthrough at some stage, and feel this particular hard fought victory away from home shall serve us well in future tests.
However we weren’t very good, there’s no getting away from it. The middle of the park was lacklustre, main striker slightly jaded, right wing quieter than we would like, plus Joe had maybe his worst game in the jersey so far.
It’s great to win whilst out of sorts,often the mark of a good team, but the biggest worry is no apparent Plan B for the middle of the park.
Tam was sorely missed, Calmac initially forgot he had Nir to sit deep and licence to roam, while DT had an off day.
Some magic needs worked there, and probably some player trading as it’s a huge worry we haven’t got a solid reliable trio to trust.
Given that we never conceded it could be claimed the tactic of keeping the full backs in defense worked, his tactic of wide men hitting the box supporting the attack worked again and has served us well.
Ange will know we can play much better, but has reached his first final and will be satisfied.
But it’s obvious we need tweaked more, tinkered with, as we are far from the finished product.
We are fortunate it’s a weak league that won’t take advantage of our weaknesses often, but the transfer window can’t come soon enough. There’s a lot of football to be played before it opens, primary objective must be to stay close to league leaders, don’t let that gap widen.
They have big issues of their own, must be stung by yesterday’s defeat, plus their Captain made the terrible mistake of admitting ‘the desire and hunger isn’t there like it was last season’.
Music to Ange’s ears.
The final will take care of itself, but George Square will be the biggest winner on the day. It’s so refreshing to have escaped an OF final and all that entails. Many can genuinely look forward to a celebratory day, and some actual football could break out, some fantastic songs too.
McCoist and MacInnes shall squirm at Hampden bedecked in green and white.
Which brings me to the whistlers, not just ours, all of them. While Walsh made a fool of himself at the national stadium, over at Tannadice a certain Bobby Madden became the talk of the town with his second yellow card and subsequent marching orders to Ojo.
If you haven’t seen the incident you should find it below,,,
— Richie (@RD____19) November 20, 2021
I have never witnessed anything like that at a ground, and fully understand the player returning to look in the face of the supporter who laid hands on him. The latter should have been ejected from the game imo, but Bobby felt otherwise.
At Hampden young master Welsh was clearly ‘done’, no marching orders. It says a lot the thug targeted our youngest player with his elbow, a kid-on hard man and on Bertie weekend too. Our players would have seen red had they went looking for retribution have little doubt.
I think it’s clear that while the whistlers are biased against the wearers of green, they are also simply not very good at their jobs and on any given weekend could cost anyone players or points.
They are rash, aloof, and inconsistent.
The entire league is a victim to them and the power they wield over events.
This isn’t just a Celtic issue, it’s much wider which is a positive. It can’t simply be filed under ‘moaning Tims’, when it’s moaning everyone it’s a little harder to ignore. But ignored it will be.
Let’s face it, Scottish football’s top flight has more important items on the agenda.
It’s second largest club is a going concern, having been a financial basket case since inception.
Lose out on this seasons spoils and at best it’s another period of second fiddle, at worst that’s all she wrote.
Given the depth of feeling out there, foisting another iteration upon the national sport would be a very risky move for a few parties,,our own club would get heavily dragged into the affair while our fans would split on the issue.
I suspect Hampden is holding its breath at the moment, the future very uncertain so major decisions shall be placed fully on the back burner until it’s favourite club’s future is known.
And of course the whistlers can help on that front, another fine reason not to move a finger against them.
We can’t count on football’s headquarters to act, nor the media, nor the two biggest clubs, and the refs certainly aren’t going to fix themselves.
VAR isn’t a magic wand, and given the Ibrox situation major decisions like that are on hold.
The average supporter finds themselves caught in a trap, you never hear people saying I’m walking away because of the refs, and failed by the system.
Handwringing is the usual response, our club claimed they made behind the scenes inquiries. Should a run of the mill club speak out publicly, chances are they shall soon find themselves assigned the worst of the lot with a chip on his shoulder and the malarkey gets worse. Marker laid down to the entire league.
This despite the fact the clubs are supposed to control the referee, by way of paying for them.
Unable to implement FFP, still ‘enjoying’ plastic pitches, beriddled with defensive coaches and wannabe hardmen, and victim to whistlers with their own agenda, the national sport asks a lot of it’s lifeblood while giving the bare minimum in return.
An umbrella group of concerned supporters would have an open goal with the refs, it’s the clear topic that would unite nearly everyone who walks through turnstiles across the land.
That’s where the fightback should start.