Patience Is A Virtue

Charlie Saiz asks us to be patient, and look at the positives from the Stjarnan games…

Patience Is a Virtue…..

Always in a manager but seldom in a fan.

I changed that slightly to suit the gist of this wee waffle about Celtic.
Last season I spent the first 3 months fighting the new managers corner almost on a daily basis it seemed at times and particularly after a poor result or God forbid a wee run of poor results as it turned out early doors under Ronny’s reign.
Well yet again we have had a bit of a slow start to the campaign in Europe,the football has been a bit hit and miss though even the most sceptical among the masses has to concede starting such important games as these this early into your preparations is hardly ideal is it?
Not an excuse you see but rather a wee nod in acknowledgement that the players,  some of them anyway,  are a bit behind the rest due to internationals and limited down time post season.
Some like Mulgrew and Lustig are dusting off the cobwebs of long term injury whilst others are new to the club and simply getting up to speed with how we want to play.
It all takes time folks,

Patience and time.
Champions League qualification ignores this to a large extent.  UEFA are simply not interested.

They want you to perform when they tell you to or you are simply surplus to requirement.
Your Barcas,Milans and PSG’s are not even breaking sweat yet in training whilst the rest are being asked to sweat bullets on shite,substandard pitches against sides who are weeks into their seasons already.
Again not excuses just another wee tip of the bunnet to the hurdles we have to jump through just to get involved in Champions’ League at all nowadays.
The first obstacle has been negotiated.  We have a good side who although a bit rusty in places have shown we are months ahead of the game we started this time last season.
Sure there have been individual errors that have cost us a goal and perhaps could have cost us one or two more had Stjarnan had a bit more quality and luck.
The flip side is though we dominated both legs overall and could well have slapped in 10 goals over both had we been sharper and more clinical up top.
The sharpness will come again patience is the key here.
The pitch in Iceland evidently did our style no favours as our players struggled to come to terms with a dry,bumpy artificial pitch which truth be told was not up to the standard required for this level of football.

. Stjarnan later claimed this was down to a burst water pipe.
Not an excuse just another observation which I am sure the players very quickly observed themselves as the ball opted to choose it’s own course around the ground, regardless of the intentions of the players.
The loss of an early goal has in the past made Celtic sides wobble in Europe and normally followed up by panic stricken defending which would not be out of place in a  Sunday league game on any public park.
Not this Celtic side.

We remained calm and stuck to the plan. Proof indeed, that the side is becoming more mature.
The plan was to try break down the wall of Blue Ice and although it took some chipping away eventually the persistence paid off.
Had the two goals chalked off for offside stood then the final result would have perhaps reflected the gulf in class between us both.
Positives should be drawn from this..

We are now two games into our stride

We have scored six  goals in those two games, four away from home.

We have won , quite comfortably really, both of those games.

We havem encouragingly,  finished our scoring deep into injury time proving beyond doubt our players are getting nearer to full fitness.
The next tie is going to be difficult no doubt about it but they have only managed 1 goal in two legs and face a Celtic side not even out of 2nd gear who have just put six past their opponents.

This will not have gone unnoticed. sometimes we forget that the reaction of other sides on drawing a tie against Celtic is often equal to, or worse than, the reaction of Celtic.

Qarabag  won’t be happy with the draw either.
Oh and I gather both ties will be played on grass.
Which is nice eh?
I think we have enough about us to trouble most if not all the sides left in the draw.
All we have to do is up the performance levels and cut out the mistakes and I think we will be fine.

A bit of patience may be required though.

Not only on the park, but off it as well.

I have plenty.

I hope you do too.



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5 years ago

I wouldn’t say we’re months ahead of where we were this time last year, but certainly a good way behind where we were at the end of May; of course completely understandable as you say.
There’s a friendly against good quality opposition on Saturday, and no more travel until the 1st leg so plenty of work can be done ahead of this upcoming qualifier. VVD and Boyata need to play as many minutes as possible together, and if he’s decided to go with Lustig/Mulgrew as full backs then those two need to play with that pair as much as possible as well. Perhaps it was just a reality check for Emilio and he will return (he has been found wanting defensively in Europe), but I think I’d rather see Griffiths in the lone role at Parkhead anyway, so give him the start on Saturday to work on his sharpness. No problems with the midfield five, again the more time on the pitch the better.

5 years ago
Reply to  Gerry

Playing at home in the first leg Gerry!

5 years ago
Reply to  Londonbhoy

Yeah I know, what I meant was there’s no more travel before the 1st Leg so no disruption to training so Ronnie can work on our sharpness. Understood that we’ll be at home first.

5 years ago

Still a lot of positives to take from the 2 games but the next round will be a far bigger challenge, DEFINITELY has to start with Griffiths, he’s oor best natural finisher and, sharper and more in his game than Ciftci at the moment, it’s all about confidence with strikers and we need the most confident striker playing, and that’s Griffiths, we might only get 2/3 good chances away from home in Europe now sowe need to take them…KTF

5 years ago

I am concerned about all of these 2 legged games against so called weaker opposition when we are at home 1st.

That is something which hasn’t changed in years mind you.

That incredibly cautious approach really cemented itself under Strachan and has never really left us.

I can’t understand Gerry how you dont think we are months ahead of where we were this time last year, when we had a squad of footballers carrying excess waste, huffing and puffing after a sprint, chasing shadows not understanding how to play in any formation other than 4-4-2 and completely and utterly and hopelessly reliant on Kris Commons to do everything for us.

We arent just months ahead – we are streets ahead.

5 years ago
Reply to  Danny Paton

Well we beat an Icelandic part-time team 5-0 last year and an Icelandic part-time team 6-1 this year; the progress was there for all to see at the end of last season, but as stated above we’re still finding our rhythm and timing, touch/sharpness on the ball etc. after the summer break. That is why I say we’re not months ahead, as the team are not at the levels they attained last year, nor will they be for some time; we just have to hope they find a way to get the job done.
It’s not a dig at Ronnie, it’s just the reality of returning to crucial games.

5 years ago

I think Celtic will be ready for these Qarabag games, Celtic are getting up to speed at the minute so let’s just go for it on Wednesday!


Charlie Saiz
5 years ago

My main concern after the first leg was regarding our general fitness at this point in the Season.
The way we finished the game last night was far more important than how we started as the pitch was a joke and it was always going to take time to adjust to the way it played.
The fact we were attacking at pace after 90 minutes is telling me anyway we are way ahead of last Seasons levels already.
I don’t Izzy or Lustig have started too great this Season and I think that’s purely down to fatigue on Izzy’s part and stamina on Lustigs..every game be it friendly or otherwise shapens and hones the muscles and movement.
Qarabag will be no mugs but then again neither are we.
Griffiths is firing Ciftci will once he settles.
Ou goals though tend to come from other areas within the side so we are not overly reliant on our strikers for goals and we also have Commons to come back too.

5 years ago

Patience. I believe Ronny still has another two transfer windows to go, before he fully has his team on the pitch. Only my opinion. HH

5 years ago

I totally agree, we need to take one game at a time, stay professional and total concentration throughout each game. And use S0aturdays game to get rid of some rust

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