Shaping Our Season?
I think we all saw enough of our match on Sunday-thanks to CRAIG76 for the link!-to realise that we aren’t quite firing as we were last season,particularly around November to March.
Yet we scored five last week against a stuffy Kilmarnock,and a combined five against Aberdeen and Ross County in our previous two games. Ten scored and one conceded prior to Sunday,and we have the cheek to complain about it? We’re a hard lot to please,huh?
As usual,Hearts kicked everything that moved,resulting in SEVEN yellow cards,two of which were second yellows very late on. I really don’t like playing them,as I mentioned recently. Sevco also lost two players on Saturday,both straight reds for thuggery,if I’m honest,which has resulted in much wailing and gnashing of teeth and probably an official complaint by them against Collum.
Conveniently forgetting that he gave them a penalty for sod all at 0-0.
Anyway,this particular article isn’t about that,not really. Our next four weeks could really shape and define our season. First up for us is The Champions League draw on Thursday,where I hope we are joined by PSV Eindhoven. This is going to be one heck of a draw for us,because every pot,every team bar a couple-mainly in Pot Four as we are-will be a tough draw.
Football matches aren’t played on paper. In fact,given my coupon results this season,I shouldn’t even be touching paper when it comes to football! We might not fancy our chances much,no matter who we get,but we will be looking to TAKE our chances when they crop up.
We have some very fine players in that side,players capable of giving anyone a fright. And dare I say that we have a very effective back line these day,who will be looking to impress. We will see what happens in the draw,but we won’t have an awful lot of time to prepare for the matches. The first round of matches is only two weeks away,with the second round the following week.
Additionally,we have some awkward or worse domestic matches,with a trip to Dundee United on Sunday,followed by a midweek match-our first of the season-which is a cup-tie at Ross County.
The big one,whether some of us like to admit it or not,is on the first weekend in September. We are at home to the huns,and three points then is a must-as it is every week,if I’m honest.
Home to Livingston and away to St Mirren the following weekends,with those two Champions league matches I mentioned filling the midweeks.
Seven matches in the next four weeks then,and they will continue to come thick and fast,twice a week,until the break for the World Cup. I reckon some of our players will be looking forward to the international break in four weeks,just for a breather! And I reckon some of them will need one too.
As I say in the title of the article,I think these next four weeks could shape our season. Hopefully putting some breathing space between us and our League rivals,moving on in the cup,maybe getting some points in Europe.
Hatate and Maeda,in particular,probably aren’t used to the hectic schedules that we face as Celtic,and it will be interesting to see how they cope. But Ange has often said that he is building a squad capable of staying fresh,being rotated at the right times,etc. There will be few if any ever-presents in our campaign this season,and that is as it should be.
I’ll probably refer back to this article in four week’s time,compare notes. But there is little doubting their importance. And just to give The Bhoys a chance,I’ll refrain from betting on them!
Above article by BMCUWP