Celtic Diary Sunday August 11: Don’t Worry About a Thing
….cos every little things gonna be alright.
As long as Celtic start the game at the same time as their opponents, and as long as Scott Bain doesn’t have a lie down or a sit down when someone tries to score.
Fir Park hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Celtic, but after a shaky start the steelmen got both barrels yesterday. Celtic cruised to a win in another seven goal thriller, this time allowing the opposition to score either side of the five registered to the hoops.
Admit it, though.
Early doors you were worried, and when Motherwell took the lead you wanted to send all the new players back and take Scott Bain off.
However, Celtic soon settled and when Motherwell players were heard to shout “Get out of his way before you hurt yourself ” as Kris Ajer ran the length of the park to equalise , it was only a matter of time.
Celtic had woken up, and Motherwell were being put to sleep. Goals from Leigh Griffiths, who spotted a gap in the defensive wall and simply drilled the ball through it, James Forrest, Ryan Christie and Oddsone Edouard completed the rout before Liam Donnelly grabbed an injury time consolation for the Well.
Twelve goals in the first two league games. Last season it took until October 7 to register that amount, the difference largely down to Celtic dropping the sidieways football of the previous incumbent.
Add that to the goals scored in the qualifiers and you can see that we seem to have got the hang of going forward.
Olivier Ntcham was the outstanding player, taking control of the midfield, whilst Kris Ajer continued to go from strength to strength…one or two others , Morgan-if only he would look up before crossing, and Bolingoli, who lacks confidence, just need a wee bit of time.
For James Forrest, it was another milestone in an outstanding Celtic career. He’s now the first Celt to score in eleven consecutive league campaigns since Paul McStay, who managed 16, McGrory did 14.
James Forrest could surpass a goalscoring feat achieved by Jimmy McGrory….
And he still hasn’t got a song !
There are one or two suggestions, this one , for instance…
“The only source of frustration was the way we started the game, we invited pressure we didn’t need to invite and conceded a poor goal.
“Once we eradicated that and started playing the ball forward quickly we were absolutely outstanding.
“I know from my own experience how difficult it can be coming straight off the back of a Champions League trip but we looked really powerful.
“There’s a ruthlessness about us at the moment, good power in the team, good pace. Five goals away from home at any stage of the season you have got to be pleased, but particularly in the circumstances on the back of a really tough night in Romania.”
“I don’t have a first-choice eleven, I shouldn’t have,”
“These guys are quality players, it’s not like they are back-up players. These are first-team players – Griffiths is a Scottish international with a proven track record of goals, and Ntcham is a £5million midfield player who has shown he is a £5million player, probably more. I had no hesitation in playing them.
“We had to change the back four with Hatem and Jozo being out and that might have caused us a few teething problems early on. But as the game grew we looked very assured and strong.”
both tweeting details faster than I ever could (unless the security guard thinks I’m psychic)