Crisis? What Crisis?
Was that St Mirren game really only five weeks ago? Seems like an age,an eternity during which we have had misgivings about the first eleven,the back-up crew,the ability of the manager to make the right substitutions or tactical changes at the right time.
Now,I did merely suggest misgivings. Not a loss of faith. The recent run of poor performances domestically-plus maybe one in Europe-could hardly be described as a crisis. A crisis is when events spiral out of control,beyond our ability to cope. That was never the case. The overall performances were falling short,that’s for sure. But we were only ever fractions away from our norm.
An overhit or underhit pass,a fraction of a millimetre on the boot causing the ball to hit the post instead of the net. A tackle that naw didnae quite get there.
We were never far away from normal service resumed-but we were too far off it for long enough!
Ange took the brave decision to rest a few regulars,and it meant freshening up the partnerships on both wings,as well as G-Mak up front. Now,this isn’t a review of a three-day old game,trust me. But look how it worked!
We had Ralston,the ever-improving Mooy and Forrest on the right. Bernabei,Hatate and Haksabanovic on the left. Matt kept it together in midfield,the CBs kept it tight at the back and spread the ball wide at every opportunity.
Hibs were stretched all the way along the M8,and on top of that,we used the late ball inside the full back for a square ball across goal,something we haven’t done for far too long. And we had the confidence to do it too,cross it and someone will be there. All so reminiscent of our first few weeks,eh?
Yeah,so it all worked on Saturday. But tomorrow is another day. And the coming Saturday is potentially a bigger hurdle. It’s easy to say that we never lost faith in that short few weeks-bloody long weeks with performances like that!-but I think that is true for the vast majority of us. Yes,it is legitimate to ask questions about the form of the occasional player at the appropriate time,to question the manager’s selections given what we all see. Celtic supporters aren’t much given to not voicing their opinions-but usually in the form of constructive advice.
I can think of few times any of us had done so in terms that make it obvious that we could do the player or manager job better,though we were all absolutely correct then!
So,questions asked and questions answered. All we need now is to continue the improvement shown at the weekend,take it into tomorrow,Saturday and beyond. We are out of Europe,but every one of our opponents know they got lucky against a side who gave their all to no avail.
Let’s take that disappointment into every game till the end of the season,that grievance,and show what we have got.
Above article by BMCUWP