Exhilaration,Frustration,Exasperation. Life In A Day
Last night was one of those bloody hell nights. I watched it in Irvine CSC with my Dad,my sisters and my Dad’s neighbour from about seven doors down.
Didn’t even know there was a neighbour wi a Celtic scarf,not in Kilwinning. They recognised him a couple of years back in the Irvine CSC,and offered him a lift home.
Hugh’s a good guy,stays about 100 yards round the corner from my parents. My sisters pick him and my Dad up,drive to the club,watch the game,drop him off at the door. If he wants to stay out or head out early,his call.
Anyway,the point is that Hugh has a good 70 years of watching Celtic,my Dad is in his 80th year of it,I’ve beaten the huns to 56 and my sisters have over eighty years between them.
That’s nearly three centuries of supporting our team-awright,I’ll give you the overlap-but ffs,why can we not finish teams off? Bobby Murdoch didn’t do very many interviews,but I remember a specific comment that he made in one of them.
Jock told us to shut them down early doors,then enjoy ourselves,entertain the folk that pay to be here.
And that is one helluva problem for this team when we play in Europe.
Angeball is relentless when we are at home,the ball goes out of play and the multi ball system kicks in. There is no rest for the wicked,but there is no rest for the divine either. It is drilled in that we keep the ball moving,that we don’t stop.
This is a vast improvement,of course,on NL insisting that full backs take the throw ins-allowing the opposition time to pack the defence.
Maybe less haste and more speed?
Shakhtar had a small window of dominance last night. Overall,apart from that period,I am well pleased with the performance. But for the tightest of margins-Jota taking too long when the goal had opened up after a mazy run,a Maeda overhead clipping a shoulder,G-Mak trying to postage stamp it-well…
We will never have a better chance of taking three points way from home than we did last night. Except,every time I watch this Celtic team,I marvel at the quality,the interplay,the sheer will to win.
For years,we wailed about the gaps between the three parts of the team. Defence,midfield,frontline. Totally disjointed. Now,I think we have the midfield and frontline working as a unit. But the gaps at the back are glaring. We leave that area totally exposed,especially when our backs are,erm,forward.
I suspect that Mooy is being played back into fitness with the intention of playing that cover role,and I bloody hope so. Someone needs to.
I remember The Year Of WIm The Tim,and one particular occasion. Craig Burley and Paul Lambert were the midfield linchpins. CB was around the halfway line,saw PL making a run inside and made the pass.
CB immediately dropped back to cover the defence,let PL move forward. Happened all the time. We seem to lack that kinda discipline,which is why we keep getting hit on the break at the top level.
I’m fine with Ange saying that we play our game,let them worry about us. I remember a rather good manager saying that over fifty years ago. But it only works if you are tight at the back. And you can hardly blame the defence if the midfield have gone AWOL.
We have one point so far,when by any measure we should have at least four. These are fine margins,and we know that. Modric having the best game for maybe three years against us? Plan for it!
He’s one of the best players on the planet,we gave him the freedom of the city. We applauded him off the pitch,and deservedly so. Our players gave him the freedom to display his skills. I’ve not got a problem with that,he is a wonderful player.
I watched the huns against Napoli last night. They were lucky to get away with the matching 0-3 scoreline against Napoli-who are far from being multi-European Cup winners.
Napoli try to break,any time a Rangers player got near enough to bring him down,one for the team.
Now,I’m not suggesting that we go down the nasty anti-football route made famous by that lot. Far from it. But we need to realise that all of the plaudits that we got from last week’s performance against Real Madrid still gave us bunce.
Ange has given us some beautiful football in the last year,and oh how we love him and his players for it. The next step is to make it count,and that will only happen when we wise up to the level we are at,and go down that cynicism and pragmatism route-like all the great teams have done over the years.
Alternatively,we could take our bloody chances,because we’ve had hunners of them in the last two games.
Above article by BMCUWP