Everyones finding something
Preseason games get a very unfair rap. Stroll it and they never showed up or they were crap. They show up and you don’t, calls for transfers begin, veterans get instantly accused of being over the hill having ‘lost it’.
Go in strong and you’re the A-hole, let them kick you without responding you’re the wimp.
Preseason games are clearly judged by a different set of rules, and with no actual three points on the line to definitively settle the argument, it becomes a classic case what are you looking for?
Good return to the side?
Ability to mix it up?
I like to think the last few games have had something for everyone, bar those looking for a very tight defence. Pre season has been a jovial, friendly affair,,,lots of goals and more bonding with fans.
The gaffer another couple of signings looking likely to happen, examined we had been patient on these ones, and he felt they were about to come off and help us over the finish line.
Knowing that he preferred his key players in place for the preseason, the fact he is prepared to wait for these two speaks volumes. Clearly not a couple of no-ones nor locals, I think that’s fair to say.
It’s exciting waiting for the rabbit out of the hat but I do expect one to be a defender.
Given only a decent naturally left sided central defender could put Starfelt out of the starting eleven, the smart money goes on Ange having discovered one and having tempted him personally.
Id like another striker, with the theory being one of Kyogo/G-Mak is regularly injured and moving a winger isn’t ideal, nor is Tam around to push up front. But to displace the two mentioned would take someone special, it’s more than likely the bench most weeks and real quality won’t accept that.
Probably a midfielder then.
Again, the bar is high. To automatically command a starting place alongside Calmac and O’Riley you’ve gotta have more in the locker than Turnbull, Hatate, McCarthy, Ideoguchi,,,not a bad bunch of players and David chips in with his fair share of goals. To play in an Ange team, you need good conditioning, a team ethic, some footballing brains, and no little footballing skill.
Have we honestly discovered someone with all of the above, slowly persuaded him and he’s opted for the move after weighing it up? Tells me he’s good.
A quality midfielder who will slot straight into our midfield and improve us? Bring it on.
With the positive vibes public training session opening the week, new names destined to complete it, there’s a sense of purpose around Glasgow Celtic.
There’s nothing hidden, no agendas, simply smiles and excitement as the team and support embark upon another long hard campaign, this one including Europes top table.
This upcoming week is just another big week, at a club where every seven days is huge. Bono couldn’t find what he was looking for, but the supporters have found their buzz again, the players have found their bond with the support again, and Ange found patience worked best with the incoming pair.
Pretty soon we find out if they’ve found what they’re looking for.