Manic Banik,But Hoops Don’t Panic!
As pre season games go, it was a cracker!
I was unaware of the hundred years of existence celebrations upcoming, and we were promptly served an unexpected but much appreciated event.
It truly was an event, the opening scenes wholly reminded me of that famous Barca slaying ten years ago now. The full stand banner , the flares, the crowd very vocal and fully ready to cheer on their team ,there was indeed a show, and the Glasgow Celtic were there.
Not initially, but they turned up eventually, with some style.
On the first ten,with a fired up support thus possible nerves in the opponent, the obvious move is to open the game quickly, roar out of the blocks and attack before they get settled, more used to the occasion. Celtic have been guilty of this trick in the past.
Ange would have known this.
Therefore the team knew it.
Thankfully it happened preseason, and without consequence, but we will face teams in the CL who will go for the jugular immediately.
A tighter first ten needs worked on.
There’s serious competition within the squad, no better illustrated by the actual goals themselves.
The first was a poacher’s goal, a penalty box striker’s specialty. Yet that’s not how I view Kyogo, I see him as more of an outfield player with a clinical finish.
Our opener was so simple.
Well positioned, ball comes, one touch, one goal.
Ditto for G-Mak.
Yet he also adjusted his body more, and used his strength to hold off the opposing defender.
Boom, another one touch goal.
It’s getting truly hard to tell which is the better striker.
What a pleasant dilemma.
Abada also staked a claim, in the right place at the right time. He and James will provide strong competition for Jota, who shall subsequently be arguing his case to be switched back out left instead of the ever impressive Japanese Duracell Bunny Maeda.
What a pleasant dilemma.
Overall I was delighted with the spectacle, then the Hoops response. I dare say that’s our first test passed this season, long may that continue. To be forced to step up at this stage may have been unexpected, but I dare say it will be beneficial. Sets us up nicely for Saturdays Blackburn clash and all, some proper minutes under the belt for quite a few, fair play to Ange for taking that opportunity.
Speaking of taking opportunities, Matt O’Reilly is fast becoming undroppable. Given we expect a deep lying midfielder plus Calmac this season, there’s only one extra slot available, and the best way to secure that slot is through goals. And assists, I believe he had a hand in our first.
Now I’m a fan of DT, and he does score his share, but in these eyes he has a very hard battle to get back into the starting eleven. Matt has surpassed him, more physical, less injury prone, will contribute more goals per game.
He’s a serious find, a serious player, and improving with his peak years ahead of him.
You’ll read other big clubs in bigger leagues linked with him before long.
Will DT hang around if not playing is an honest question to ask.
As Auldheid often says, we shall see.
Robin Van Persie once stated “the little boy in me wants to join Manchester United”.
Well last night, the little boy in me was delighted to discover we were in for a proper tie, out of the blue football itself delivered and handed us all a reminder of the beauty within the beautiful game.
I often wear the green tinted specs (imagine that) but it was truly humbling to find serious hardcore fans outdoing us, because it’s such a rarity I guess.
A smaller foe was truly up the win, going for it big-time, too often this isn’t the case.
Perhaps that’s why I felt a little humbled, admiring the plucky courage of the underdog roared on by their 15k hardcore, who want a great night out truly getting involved, attacking football, a famous scalp, some stories for life?
Now where have I heard that before?