Celtic fans were handed another chance to thank Turnbull Hutton for his services to Scottish football when Arbroath were finally put out of the cup in Subzeroland last night. Celtic won 1-0 and were hardly hampered by wearing duffle coats at all.
Arbroath were unfortunate when a soft foul was awarded against them and Stephen Doris had his goal ruled out, but sometimes you need a bit of luck in these things. Forster was looking dodgy at high balls throughout the game-well the temperature decreases the higher up you get-but he was back to form to save late on when Connor Birse looked as though he would score. with Celtic starting to look edgy the last few minutes had all the tension of a Barcelona game, but finally the whistler went. Celtic are still the only British team who can reallistically win all four tournaments they entered . (top teams that is.)
Alls well that ends well, I suppose, and thankfully they are not in the last 16 of the champions League, so we won’t have to play them again.
Looking at the crowd last night,it was good to see so many kids there, and full credit to any tim who made the trip north.
All very good for the game.
Lennon, although he didn’t look to chuffed at the end, said;
It was a performaance full of character. It was a horrible night. The pitch got worse as the game went on and you could see how difficult it was to play on it. It became almost like an ice rink. I was worried about the safety of the players but they showed their professionalism tonight and great character. The pitch was definitely a leveller.
He went on to praise matchwinner Adam Matthews, calling his goal “a thing of beauty”, before asking if he could go back in because he was freezing.
Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin harped on about the disallowed goal, but then he had a right to. It did look soft, but thats the rub of the green. Of course, had it been the other way round, it would have been a mixture of bias, incompetence and an excuse to head to the car park with banners asking for “an end to this sort of thing”
Mikael Lustig has said he is happy to stay at Celtic and had heard nothing about rumours linking him with Rubin Kazan, which is a football team and not a childrens entertainer. Lustig seemed bewildered, and is said to have asked
“Why would I want to leave a team that has beaten Barcelona in the Champions League?”
One headline this morning says that “Naismith misses life at Ibrox”, the first time any player or ex player has publicly admitted the club is dead, which has to be a step in the right direction, although that hasn’t stopped the marketing guys over that way from peddling tat celebrating 140 years of bigotry, or whatever they did down govan way.
So, the Scottish cup is now on hold until February, theres a few league matches to come, and hopefully the January break will give the team a chance to regroup and start on the second half of the campaign with confidence and optimism.
Of course, January will see Hooper go to Southampton, Wanyama to Man Utd and Forster to Arsenal. Well, so they say….
Actually, we hear the latter is a possibility, but not in January.
Frank Henderson gave a superb detailed answer to yesterdays nine in a row query-none were won at Celtic Park, and just to prove I do read the replies, Celtic signed a couple of players from Partick in the late seventies. Joe Craig was one. Name any other who’s name is an anagram of Ornnie Laving.