Grieving For Our Loss
We lost something very dear to us all over the last few days,and were appropriately clad in the kind of attire we really do not wish to see again. Yes,our much-loved and cherished run of undefeated games in the league came to a full stop,just a day shy of its first birthday.
Will we ever see its like again? Well,I hope we experience another such unbeaten run long before I see that hideous strip again. But how to recover from such a display,that is a very big question.
For me it is like falling off a bike. Gather your thoughts,ignore the pain,get back in the saddle-just as soon as you have figured out where you went wrong. And vow never to make that same mistake again!
Of course,the match on Sunday has been widely discussed,both here and elsewhere. So we probably have a good idea of where we went wrong. (Spoiler alert-from the choice of strip until the final whistle,and everything in between) It was a very poor decision to even accept that design from adidas-much less wear it against St Mirren-as no-one could tell the difference from our armchair views,not without much concentration.
And it was completely impossible in a crowded penalty area.
That might go some way to explaining why the passing from the players was so laboured,slow,inaccurate. That split second of time required to make sure that the ball was going to a friendly face makes all the difference in the modern game,such is the pace at which it is played.
However,I’m not entirely sure that the above provides an excuse for our defenders and goalkeeper,whose main remit is to clear our bloody lines and keep the ball out of the net!
The international break might give us time to work with our defenders-except that almost all of them are injured or on international duty. Same with the majority of our midfield and forward line. Sure,we can probably polish up Jota and Turnbull’s decision making,for instance. We can remind Ralston that while a wee floaty cross into the box is not desirable,neither is one that is so frequently overhit.
Tell Joe Hart that he is allowed to charge off his line and out of the goal area to claim the ball as his own,or for Mooy to be given a crash course in moving the ball at speed. In a forward direction.
But they were not the only failures on Sunday,and we will not have much time to work with the rest of them when they return. Such is life. They’ll just have to swallow the pain of the cuts and bruises,take a big breath and get back on that bike,the one that we were happily pedalling along on for 364 days.
We have nine games coming up in October,and we cannot afford a repeat of that fiasco on Sunday. We are currently battling on three fronts. The Champions League-and we need to ensure that we have qualified from the group before we head to Madrid in November. The League Cup,where a win at Fir Park will see us through to a semi-final. And of course,the league,where a 100% return from the five games next month will answer the critics very nicely,thank you.
Sunday was a boot in the baws,for sure. But a few of us have experienced that for real in the past. Or worse! Take a deep breath and get yer retaliation in,that’s the best way to deal with it. And it is very much what I expect from Celtic next month.
Above article by BMCUWP