I dunno about any of you,but I’ve still got quite the warm glow after our performance against St Johnstone on Saturday. Especially our sixth,which was just a joy to behold. Matt O’Riley finally rifled in an unstoppable shot after we had around six thousand passes,all the while pulling the opposition just that bit more out of position.
It reminded me of the famous Mikel Lustig rabona goal,also after a plethora of passes,and ably finished by Moussa Dembele. That it was also against St Johnstone is only a coincidence…
The match,and various results elsewhere,meant that the SPFL could finally get the thinking bunnets on and work out who played when after the split. With a six point advantage going into those last five games,and playing the huns in Round 35 on Mayday,there is a distinct possibility of us being dormie nine with only the last three games to go. I’m not sure what the police and SPFL were thinking of,holding it on a Bank Holiday weekend,but I sincerely hope my fears are proved groundless.
Some turnaround from six months ago when some pundits were gleefully predicting that we would finish fourth! If they really believed that,I’ve got a bridge I can sell them. If they didn’t,they want to learn how to separate their personal prejudices from their day jobs.
The only downside to Saturday of course is the loss of G-Mak,whose recent form has been simply outstanding. I’ve not read any hard and fast news on the injury,but I hope it isn’t a hamstring. Some reports suggest that he may even be fit for Sunday,but I personally doubt it. It looks like we might have to rely on some wee Japanese guy I’ve never heard of for that match. What a shame,eh?
The importance of this season to both Celtic and Rangers cannot be understated. Rangers hoped to rubber stamp their return as the dominant force in Scottish football with another emphatic championship stroll,while it was important for us to get our pride and our respect back,and at least look capable of being in contention next season. But we hired as manager a man in a hurry,one who thinks runners up is for also-rans,who will not settle for second best. And has put us in pole position for the title,and the guaranteed slot it brings of the group stages in The Champions League.
Or does it? If our friends at Villarreal manage to pull off a modern day miracle and win this season’s Champions League,the Yellow Submarine would torpedo those aspirations by taking their place as reigning Champions next year,having failed to qualify through their own league. It is an unlikely scenario as they are up against Liverpool next,but I for one wouldn’t be churlish enough to deny them such a famous victory for such purely selfish reasons. Besides,we have a Plan B ‘Putin’ place,as that thug’s invasion of Ukraine will mean that Russian representation in sport will be missing for some considerable time.
But we can cross these bridges when we come to them,as can Villarreal. First up is Sunday. We are now in ‘one game at a time,every game is a cup final territory’ and this one is no different. Even if it is a semi final! But more on that tomorrow.
Above article by BMCUWP
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