Saturday sees us at home to Ross County who,although still enmeshed in a relegation struggle,are actually one of the form teams at the moment. Okay,they have won their last two matches and that’s about it,but those two results will have gone some way to restoring some confidence amongst their ranks.
Just our luck,eh?
That is not to suggest that we should be heading into the natch with the slightest hint of trepidation. Naturally,we can take nothing for granted at any time,much less now that the refs have a new toy to torment us with. Yes,as we pointed out prior to its introduction,VAR has been a roaring success in Scotland,one where Celtic have yet to be given the benefit of one single contentious decision. So delighted are the refs at their new toy that they are even using it to laugh at us by giving every decision against us,and simply refusing to explain why,either at the time or afterwards.
We can all think of a number of examples over the last few weeks,so no further detail is required here. And after all,if SFA rules state that decisions cannot be questioned and will not be explained,why should anyone be surprised at exactly that? If I could rob a bank and knew I wouldn’t be brought to heel for it,I would be a damn fool not to do so-were I so inclined. Even if my misdeeds are caught on at least six different cameras,all available with slo-mo etc,nothing anyone can do about it? Count me in!
Is this a somewhat specious analogy? Of course it is. But while the refs are picking our pockets one decision,game at a time,the real plan is for the bigger heist of robbing us of our title. Now,there is nothing new in that-they’ve been doing it for years. But VAR was meant to prevent that,not to facilitate it.
Only in Scotland,eh?
Back to the game. It is our last domestic outing until December 17th,which will seem a lot longer away the longer that absence continues! Is a devalued and corrupt World Cup any substitute for the real thing? Is international football EVER a replacement for the real thing? Not in my book it isn’t,no. Though I’ll probably be watching a lot of it anyway-as these pages have to be filled somehow!
Once again,I expect that Ange will shuffle the pack. He isn’t one for asking too much of the players,given the squad at his disposal. We will go into the weekend seven points ahead,and that is the minimum we should be looking for as we go into this interminable break. It will be interesting to see if St Mirren can give the huns as torrid a time as they gave us less than two months ago,so fingers crossed!
For once,I will give a team prediction,and I’ll explain my reasons for the changes from the Wednesday line-up. I think Juranovic will make way for Ralston,who seems more inclined to follow team instructions. I think Jenz will replace Starfelt,who might still be feeling the effects of that assault the other night. (VAR check-stick to the yellow,Willie. It’s yer favourite colour) Turnbull might come in for Hatate,who has been poor by his standards the last few games,and I can see Maeda replacing Jota. So…
I’m not brave enough to predict a score though. ATHINGOFBEAUTY has made sure of that! But having performed so well in the league to date,we have to keep up the pressure with every match. And Saturday afternoon is not the time to be thinking about sunning ourselves on Bondi beach shortly.
Above article by BMCUWP