Pressure Pushing Down on Me…..

By Broadsword

I am writing this in the immediate aftermath of the Desmond with Ajax.  Now, I’m delighted with the result, and aspects of the performance have encouraged me somewhat, especially given the pretty limp and insipid showing against Aberdeen. This offering will probably have a more upbeat and optimistic tone than I had originally planned but that’s one of the beautiful things about football – sometimes you don’t get a proper world class doing when you are expecting it.

Prior to this evening’s game we had been testing the definition of ‘abject’ in two of our biggest away matches – namely Pittodrie and Malmo. The similarities in both games were pretty alarming to say the least. The lack of tenacity from the centre of the pitch, the inability to go and kill the game from a position of strength as well as the well-documented failure to deal with a sphere falling from the sky. Our defending at corners and free kicks is reminiscent of a small child noticing a plane in the sky and pointing in wonder at the silver budgie. I am glad that Ronny Deila claims not to be concerned by this, despite the fact it has happened at least 5 times in recent weeks, so he knows it is a priority and that it demands immediate attention?

Well, in fairness, the defence is pretty much starting from scratch. Simunovic looked decent this evening – understandably he tired and was caught out a couple of times when we went down to ten yet there seems to be a very decent player in there and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does over the next wee while. Boyata is, in my estimation, still very much in the ‘raw’ category. The boy is a good athlete and has shown an ability to make a stylish version of the Colin Hendry ‘aw naw did ah just dae that?’ recovery lunge. He’s a gamble and will probably be a fine test of how well our current staff can develop a player.  Janko reminds me of Didier Agathe. If we were to deploy an alternative system, allowing more space for full backs to attack from deep then the results here could be very interesting. We probably won’t but it’s nice to dream every now and then. Blackett is one that I am completely undecided about. I saw him play a couple of times for Man United and thought in one game he was excellent whereas in the other he was terrible. I didn’t think he was too bad against Aberdeen and he did what he had to do when he came on against Ajax.

I think the defence encapsulates where we are at the moment. There is potential in there, as well as some established quality (Lustig-when fit). Recent weeks have rightly attracted criticism and apprehension. Responsibility has been in short supply and some serious lessons need to be learned and quickly.

So, where does my ‘pressure’ angle come from? Well I think two people at the club will be feeling it more than they usually do. Namely, Ronny Deila and Peter Lawwell. First of all the manager. On the face of it we are 5 points behind and, for the second season running he has failed to see us through a Champions League play-off match, from a position of arguable strength. I think he was callous to use the terms ‘scared’ and playing with ‘fear’, certainly in the public domain. He was comfortably out-thought by a mouthy trumpet and displayed a worrying inability to alter the approach when up against it. However, the Malmo game has been done to death and no more should be made of it. Until the Aberdeen game happened. Nah, I shan’t wander down that seagull-ridden path.

In fairness to him he wasn’t initially considered for the role of manager. It’s common knowledge that we were looking to bring him as an assistant and then see if he could develop into the role. We rolled the dice and gave him the big job instead. Following the October international break last year things improved for him. The football was better, Guidetti was working well and there were reasons for optimism. If you get a chance, or fancy a skive, then watch our first goal against Inter Milan again. That’s the standard we should be aspiring to; every player involved, providing options, comfortable and brave on the ball.

Now for Lawwell. Deila was very much his man. The twirly moustache wanted Roy Keane. There is a growing feeling of discontent in the support with how he is going about his duties. He is nowhere near the Defcon Jock Brown status but I doubt that he would be afforded a standing ovation were he to pop in to the Wee Man’s for a glass of lager. In short, he needs Deila to work and soon.

Pressure is an essential factor in the creation of diamonds and, maybe one day, we shall look back at this spell as the start of something truly remarkable.  Or we could be gazing in to the past at a pile of ash with the odd lump of coal loitering. Interesting times afoot.

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Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago

If the article is suggesting that the jaikets belonging to these two are on shoogly pegs…then aye..I agree.
I never liked the Ronny appointment from the beginning.
Given that I knew nowt about him…It had nothing to do with him…it just smacked of “on the cheap” and you get what you pay for…and he hasn’t exactly set the heather on fire…and that’s being kind.
It doesn’t mean you have to pay a king’s ransom just to get ” a name” in the door…’cos there are good young men out there (Alex Neil anyone ?)
Celtic FC really needs to get a grip and stop telling everyone that we’re a world club..unless we act like one.
Progess over the last 6 years,in real terms,is minimal,at best,and the only thing we can rightly be proud of…is our transfer dealings.
The Accounts this year show a loss of £3million but PL happily points out that it doesn’t include Big Virgil’s money !!
So if we hadn’t had a Big Virgil..what then?
Nah…The Club’s been wallowing in a trough for too long…
Big changes are needed…starting at the top.
Rant over…ah’m away tae the pub.
Hail hail

Scottyk
5 years ago

I think Neil Lennon failed in his first two seasons, GS in his first, Martin O Neil in his first don’t even go there with Barnes, Dr Joe wim & Tommy, God we were truly rubbish in Europe in those days. You know I could go on&On&on….feels a bit like groundhog day same shit different players and same opinions. At least you could save this piece, wait a few years change the names, bang that should save you at least a few hours! Wait a minute have you already done that?
Keep the faith ma man, Hail Hail

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago

Another work of literary art goes missing…
Gie’s ma money back..:0)…
Hh

5 years ago

Morning etims, Monti & petersaiz.

Things are looking up for us I reckon.

3-0 (for us) with Dundee is my prediction.

5 years ago

BTW, we have got our defence sorted out now.

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimthetim

Anybody agree with me that Big Efe was terrific for the short time he was on?
I know he gives us palpitations at times…but so does Boyata.

Morto
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Bhoyle

Totally agree on both points

yestim
5 years ago

Mike Bhoyle

I agree Efe has bomb scare moments, but overall he is comfortable on the ball, can pick a pass and more importantly he can defend and head a ball.

Boyata, I can’t understand the criticism. He has came into the team that has no established centre backs with VVD and Denyar having went to pastures new. I think all that is needed is a bit of patience, he is good in the air and can tackle. His passing especially in field, need a bit of work but that might be a difference in the tactics from Man City to Celtic’s. Give him time and he will come good

Devoy45
5 years ago

Totally agree.Going with Boyata and Simunovic, with Ambrose, Lustig and Mulgrew as backups. Good thing is if Simunovic and Boyata gain experience together, they don’t need to be sold and want to be here so we won’t lose two central defenders in a year or two. I think our central defence will improve to be as good as the Denayer/Van Dijk pairing. That will also help Gordon more.

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago

My only problem with Boyata is his passing…it’s dangerous…
Needs to get coached on this…
Chuck it would be my advice.

yestim
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Bhoyle

A bit severe Mike, very witty but severe

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago
Reply to  yestim

yestim:

Cheers mate…I’ve actually revised my advice to read…

Gonny no dae that…Jeest gonny no.
It’s Norwegian for..
STOAP IT YOU.

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Bhoyle

His passing is rank Mike he makes Efe look like Pirlo in that department.

5 years ago

Just voted for Etims in two categories in the FBA awards.

http://www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk/vote-now/

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimthetim

JimtheTim:

I’ve voted tae…
Thanks for putting the link on
Hh

5 years ago

personally I am firmly behind Ronnie Deila. YES he is new, but he is regarded as one of the best upcoming coaches in Europe, THIS is what we need at Celtic, someone with fresh ideas to develop a squad of players that is capable of playing great football and winning on every front for years to come. YES there will be disappointments, shocks, and it will be a long hard road, but when it it comes to fruition, believe me we will stand proud again along side anyone of the greats HAIL HAIL THE DEILA WAY FOREVERMORE

andybhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  colin51

Wow.
We’ll need to buid another two tiers on to Paradise to

andybhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

get everybody in ..
I’m not driving to the Park today, so I better just pop out to the garage and make sure my jet pack is functioning correctly.
Oh I, think I’ll try some of those magic mushrooms the pixies planted at the bottom of the garden .
Hail Hail.

PS You don’t happen to be dunderheid 67 gone Tonto after sampling too many cakes and funny fags in Amsterdam?

Mike Bhoyle
5 years ago

colin51:
I’ve just read your inspiring post….
Don’t really agree with it…
But well done you for sticking up for your beliefs…
And I sincerely hope you prove me wrang…
Hh

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago

I think Ronny Deila came to Celtic with a very good open honest clear and workable plan.
I also think he is honest,up front and to the point when it comes to dealing with the media.
He has called the media a Circus from day one I don’t know one Celtic man who would argue that point.
The fitness, the approach to pre Season,the demand for playes to work hard for the full 90 in every game should be music to most ears.
Also the emphasis on playing a quicker more attack minded game that involves pressing teams higher up the Park should bode well as the side progresses.
As said previously above there will be issues,points dropped,games lost and sub standard performances as we do so this really should be expected.
Progress is name of the game,patience is a requirement with progress.
Currently we sit second in the table with more points at this point than last Season.
We are still in every Cup Competition and have 1 point from a possible 3 after a tough away leg at Ajax.
A game most expected us to lose.
We didn’t in fact we probably should have won it.
That’s Football shit does happen.
I will reserve judgement on both the team and Manager until the end of the Season.
Whilst things could be better I have no reason to think they won’t improve and Celtic will not be at least as successful as last Season.
Time will tell.

Boitheimeach
5 years ago

Good read. While the back four is a new one. I have more concern of why 3 of the best preformers from last season, have been very very poor so far. Johanson, Gordon and Brown. Saying that Brown I thought was just back to himself last thurs nite.
Is a team game after all.

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago

This should be interesting…………….. 😉

Devoy45
5 years ago

Perfect. As good as it gets. Excellent work Ronny and the bhoys, and our fans too, who were almost as shell-shocked as Dundee. When the system works, it works very well.
Life is good again. Yes, more of the same please.

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  Devoy45

If it wasn’t for Bain in the Dundee goals it could easily have been 10-0.
I thought he was terrific for them.
As you say bud when it works it works very well.
All down to the application and desire of the players to make sue it does.
Same with any system.
HH

andybhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Possibly the best performance under Deila, though hard to guage against a side that seemed to be shell shocked from the off.
A fluid and exciting performance with so many playing to their potential.
Was it just a coincidence that we played so well without Johansen?

Charlie Saiz
5 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

When the team play as a team,play to their potential and apply themselves properly then no one in Scotland can live with us Andy.
I think Hartleys game plan was to shut up shop for 20 get the crowd on the teams back then hit us on the counter.
Unfrortunately for him he never reckoned on the real Cletic turning up and basically bombarding his goals from the off playing quick,fluent,exiting attacking Football.
They shat it and if it wasn’t for Bain’s heroics we could have walked in at half time 5 maybe 6 goals to the good.
Johansen wasn’t missed and there are several reasons for that I think..
Firstly he’s not started the Season on any decent form he’s been sporadic at best.
Secondly Rogic was again looking good as he has every time he’s played this season.
He linked up well with Commons and looked every inch as dangerous as a flying Johansen.
Johansens gig could well be in danger now he will have no option but to up his game.
That’s good news all round.
Totally agree on Forest looked alot happier today was flying and deserved the plaudits.
Alot of criticism has been levelled at Deila nad this System he has chosen for us to play.
Well today hopefully those hwo have done so can see the genuine effectiveness of it when it is played to it’s potential.
HH

andybhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  Charlie Saiz

Disagree with you Charlie believe it or not , should have been 12 or 13..

andybhoy
5 years ago
Reply to  andybhoy

PS

Delighted for Izzy, Efe and Ciftci and wee Jimmy as well, nice to see and hear him getting an ovation when he came off.

paddy Hynes
5 years ago

We lost against the sheep from a badly defended set piece so onward and upwards.Shit happens. I first remember watching Celtic in 1968 and have experienced ups and downs. Today was the best performance since Ronnie took over. It should have been double figures. What a day. The whole squad were MOTM. HH.

Half_Fool
5 years ago

Superb!

If we can consistently see that level of performance, or anywhere near it, we will have a peach of a season.
Well Done Ronnie and the Bhoys.

Would like to see a replay of that chalked-off goal – and all the others, of course 🙂

I’ll be interested to hear what the coaching staff think of Cole.

5 years ago

Couldn’t see all of the game yesterday, only saw the last 20 mins. But my goodness what a difference from a couple of weeks ago.

The team seem to have their mojo back to normal. If it is true that were was trouble in the changing room it looks like it is now resolved, the goal celebrations showed it all, all smiles and hugs!

Funny that SJ was missing from the squad. Wonder if that was a coincidence? Which is a pity, he was my hero last season.

Just a reminder to vote for etims in the blog awards:

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yestim
5 years ago

Thankful to get Ralph’s 5-0 monkey off our backs, even though it was 6-0.
Thought that everyone, including the subs, got pass marks but the difference was Rogic and Forrest, both were superb. Forrest’s movement gave Izzy loads of space down the left and Rogics control, passing and fast feet where a joy.
Also think Commons should get a mention

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