Fun in the sun
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s match.
For me it was just what the doctor ordered, a great advertisement for the better side of the national sport without a hint of scandal, just quite simply a good game and spectacle.
For starters Tannadice is a good size stadium and the home crowd turned out in fair numbers. The pitch was in good nick, I wish we could simply take that for granted.
The team itself, one bad tackle aside, didn’t go down the all to common route of leaving the boot in or trying to turn the game into a physical battle. They have clearly been coached, they held their shape well and must have hoped that via that shape and concentration they could achieve something. When we faded around the house mark they actually came forward, fair play to them.
I’m happy to see them fourth in the table, a justification of trying to actually play football, hopefully Chairmen and Owners out there take notice and move away from dinosaur managers. Tam Courts is still a young man, it will be interesting to watch his managerial career play out.
As for the mighty Glasgow Celtic what’s not to like?
It was beautiful from start to finish.
The huddle went on longer than usual, the Captain extra animated in there, it’s evident he really, really wanted the victory.
This time last year if asked would Taylor and Mikey be starting Christmas period away games together on the left flank I would have instantly replied no. Taylor would be replaced by better, maybe loaned out, and Mikey’s frame can’t sustain a pressing game plus he isn’t suited to winter pitches would have been my logic.
But it worked, the two natives linked up well and our new look left hand side offered something very different to the usual Jota receiving then coming inside with JJ hanging back.
This offers an exciting new dimension, both can hit the byline and cross, opposition managers and defenders now have a brand new headache.
As a team we now have two solid options out there (JJ & Jota/Taylor & Mikey) to pick and choose as needed.
Squad depth is paying off. The transition from Welsh or Starfelt alongside the immense Carter Vickers has been seem less, another lovely clean sheet for the collection even though we fielded a new back four. Starfelt is looking more composed by the game, the early booking didn’t worry me in the slightest.
Scales is now in the mix. a little more depth is always welcome.
The vibe around the camp looks very encouraging. There’s a lot of smiles, a lot of determination, and why not for we can play some good football and there’s goals throughout the team. Although we visibly dropped off in the second half, the speed at which we can attack allied with the numbers we throw forward to assist is truly something to behold. At one stage I counted nine defenders versus eight attackers around their box.
You never know who is going to score with this team, even the left back scored yesterday.
Turnbull clearly wanted to score, tried hard to get that goal yes he did. If it hadn’t been for Tams goal we would probably be raving about it, such a great first touch and swiveling finish can make going to the game a pleasure.
The pleasure was all Tom Rogic’s though.
It almost reminded me of a Paddy McCourt special, both have a certain knack and when it emerges to witness those special moments are worth the price of admission alone. Tom has exceeded my expectations this year, I would complain if he signed a contract extension.
All three goals were special in their own way, and shall help raise spirits even further. The Tangerines took a point from us at home earlier in the campaign, but we are improving and much improved from then, this result was important as it served to reinforce that point to all.
I wouldn’t want to play us now or anytime soon, this is a group thats really growing into its role and growing in confidence.
Feels like we could easily give someone a real doing, not the other way around, always better.
One reason it felt like a spectacle was the music emanating from the Green Brigade. Putting the songbook and add-ons aside, the vibrancy and atmosphere they created alongside the sunshine and special goals really helped give the event a party feel. Grown men gathering and singing Christmas songs always makes me smile. They were immense in the efforts.
Which made me realize just how much that effort would be missed, just how much their drums and coordinated singing add to actual games.
We can’t tell if it helps boost the players, but I can easily speculate it’s welcome, how could it not be?
I really hope the matchday experience doesn’t suffer, that’s the last thing we need during this not for the faint season.
As for Crawford Allen breaking any supposed neutrality by opining about one particular goal, we know our board won’t say Jack. These instances only help to point out the system is in dire need of fixing. He should have laid low, but oh no.
He has increased the focus on the refs, while raising every Tims alert level.
What an idiot, keep digging.