Cloud number 9
I could wax lyrical about that performance but that’s been done aplenty already.
We clicked, and blew them away, but I’m especially delighted at the true competitive nature of the squad. Yesterday’s game highlighted this aspect, with the new selectee Abada excelling, and surely keeping his place. This is becoming a familiar story at our club of choice.
Greg Taylor found enough form to keep the new left back warming the bench.
Big Moritz Jenz has waltzed in and made himself first choice.
Stephen Welsh, one game one goal.
Hatate and O’Riley have grabbed their first team chance with both hands and when forced out of the picture Turnbull usually responds with a fine substitute appearance which asks questions of his non selection.
Maeda forced out an established first team player upon joining.
G-Mak has the best goals per minute ratio at the club which speaks volumes.
Starfelt has been steady if called upon.
In essence, every time we switch it up for whatever reason, the incoming player tends to rise to the opportunity and keep their place in the team.
As we witnessed yesterday, the new bhoy elevated the team with a hat trick.
There’s also the question of which fringe player might perform the same trick?
It wouldn’t surprise if at least one of Mooy, Ideoguchi, McCarthy came in and looked the part. The young Argentinian has one option and one only if chosen, play a blinder or it’s arse on the bench again.
Ralston gives it everything to help keep his name in the frame.
Hacksaw? Who knows but I’m expecting a proper player given we are much more hot than miss since Ange arrived, or Peter departed.
We have moved away from a first eleven, to a genuine first team squad, and that player pool is growing. Yesterday, that competition within the squad spilled over onto the pitch by way of a knockout performance. The challenge now for the manager is to keep that edge, promote it, and maximize it. Ange got the big calls right, but he was also handed a big lesson,,,switching it up helped.
Being a smart man, he now knows how to reinvigorate his charges when they don’t hit the expected heights.
It’s not exactly rocket science, it’s one of the oldest footballing tricks in the book, but it can be and was very effective.
Very few clubs have a bench that can improve the team, and as a regular board critic I must give praise when it’s due, and on this occasion it is.
The turnover in playing personnel has been handled very well by all involved, that it’s happened so quickly and successfully is very impressive.
We have assembled an impressive collection of talent without splurging, paying sensibly and most would bring in a higher resale value.
The funds are being wisely spent, words I couldn’t type only three years ago.
Glasgow Celtic are genuinely in a position of strength.
Bad teams dont hit nine, they just don’t. Couple and ease off, job done. Bad teams don’t go for the jugular and enjoy the occasion.
Hitting nine breeds confidence, and with Europe’s top table fixtures around the corner, confidence is more than welcome.
So is squad depth.
September is a short footballing month with only five games, but among that quintet lurks some big names and decent sides.
Right now is the perfect time to get our mojo back, and by golly didn’t we just at Tannadice.
A repeat performance midweek at a tricky ground would tell me football operations are not only prepared for the upcoming month, but looking forward to it.
Just like myself and millions others.
Make it so.
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