Greek Statue comes down from plinth to win crucial game! May the Gods be praised!
The above title was courtesy of our esteemed poster Rebus, printed just after final whistle, hope you don’t mind Sir.
But it sums up our current predicament in a nutshell.
A striker won the match for the famous Glasgow Celtic, isn’t the first time and certainly wont be the last either. Some would tell you that’s what they are there for and to a certain extent that’s correct.
Goals win games. Right now, it’s only our goals that are winning games, and that’s the problem.
I wanted the manager to be brave in his selection, with the Captain on the bench please. Didn’t happen, and that’s a couple times that particular starting trio failed to shine. In Scotland the middle of the park can win you games and leagues, it’s the main battle area. We haven’t fixed that problem area yet. It needs to be prioritized.
Bringing on Nir to steady the ship gives some palpitations. There’s a mistake in there as we all know, he’s been tried and benched as we all know, what does Ange see in him none of us know?
‘4 GOALS CONCEDED FROM SET PIECES IN LAST TWO LEAGUE GAMES IS DAMNING’ screamed Fan-A-Tic after the third, and it’s so very true. Our Achilles heel is not to be denied.
It’s galling because we expect a defense, nay a team, to grow together and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses more and more as the season goes on. Goals against should become fewer, that’s not happening at the moment.
With every point vital, that’s a huge concern.
As Rebus mentioned G-Mak saved the day, and that in itself is a hat tip to this team’s character, they push until the final whistle which is admirable.
But all is not rosey, despite the victory.
The earlier draw failed to stimulate the troops, the recent Ange rockets haven’t spurred the team to a new level, and we were minutes away from our current form costing us two huge points.
With blood in the water and just over ten games to go, I expected renewed vigour from every department.
Certainly not signs of weakness.
We are in danger of giving the current Champions belief they could beat us and claw their way back to the summit. This is the very last thing I expected our leader and our Captain to ‘allow’, but it’s reality.
Leadership is called for. Shaun Maloney will be out to impress, he shall try his best to fire his charges up for Sunday’s domestic clash.
There. Must. Not. Be. Sunshine. On. Leith.
Ange, it’s truly time to work whatever magic you’ve got. It’s time to dig down deep.
As for the match winner, I note he’s scored a few of late. He’s in danger of justifying his price tag and becoming a bit of a cult hero just like another Greek striker from yesteryear.
I don’t like last gasp winners, but given the alternative shall gladly accept them.
G-Mak keeps scoring important goals, and everyone will accept him, and his presence in the side.
At least he’s giving the manager positive selection headaches, all we need now is the rest to do the same.
We live and learn, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. The leather belts still sit top of the league in the driving seat.
We live to fight another day, but when this team starts blowing the opposition away once again instead of emerging victorious in tough battles, many shall rest a lot easier.