For the first half, at least.
Playing football the Celtic Way was on show last night as Celtic swept into a 3-0 lead in Perth with Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all finishing off great moves that showed that deep down there is a quality footballing side in there somewhere.
Maybe they just needed to click, and maybe we van look forward to the second half of the season in a way that even a few days ago wasn’t possible for some of us.
Alright, wasn’t possible for me.
My own major moan, in case you hadn;t noticed the negative tone of the diary of late, was that post winter break, Celtic should have come out guns blazing and sent a message to their rivals that the title was ours and was going to remain ours.
For forty five minutes last night, they finally got around to that. Sure, the rest of the game was a bit flat, but why risk injury and fatigue by overdoing it ? There’s more than a few difficult games coming up, and if the plan is to blow the opposition away early and then chill I can live with that, and it means I can get to the pub earlier as well.
The manager could finally be happy as well, after all the effort he puts in scouting, training, motivating and shaping the way we play.
And his message to me has been neatly covered up as a message tomikey Johnston, who said he was fine and wasn’t, resulting in the substitute being substituted, well, he would have been if there were any substitutions we could have made.
Just to clear things up telling someone to fuck off is the Lurgan way of telling the crowd the game is over a bit like the South American cut throat gesture hope this clears things up pic.twitter.com/R1ZTsyxNtZ
— Eton O'Rifle 🍀 (@etonrifle_) January 29, 2020
Last night was the best Celtic have played since that night in Rome, and maybe the manager has managed to get the players attitude back, and if so, then the quadruple is still very much on, especially given the quality of the performance in the two games with Lazio, who had they not been eliminated would have certainly been amongst the favourites for the trophy.
In fact, in that first half Celtic were so good, it clearly upset one fan of new kids on the block “rangers “, who finished his shift early so he could have a good cry…
Fucks that all about…Beaton must have his hun watch oan…blew for half time 44.45? pic.twitter.com/dOjlFN1yjZ
— Ayewell@Govan (@theoldgovanarm1) January 29, 2020
There was talk pre match that Olivier Ntcham was at an advance stage in discussions with West Ham, which is an English football team and not something you’d find on a delicatessens counter, but his appearance in the line up casts more than a little doubt on that story, and anyway, that could literally mean anything from his agent is talking to them right down to someone in a West Ham scarf mentioned him to someone else in a West Ham scarf.
Actually, that’s unlikely, as most scarfs in england have at least two clubs named on them, so that supporters who are drunk can be taken to the game they’ve got a ticket for.
There’s an idea for the Lennon North Staffs and Cheshire CSC….
Speaking of ideas, how about Greg Taylor, who has shown in glimpses that he is a far better left back than anything else we have, is now given an extended run in the team ? Last night he got a rare start, and excelled to the point that as long as he doesn’t go anywhere near a megaphone, he can fill in more than adequately until loannee Keiran tierney comes back.
Then he can go south on loan for a big fee, and come back in the same way Tierney will, having put a few quid in the bank to stop his agent moaning.
Lennon was encouraging, though the bit about not seeing him cross a ball is a little concerning…almost as though the manager isn’t really watching the players go through their paces..
“That was his best performance for me. He can be delighted with it.
“We were working on him a little bit yesterday, and he put three or four superb crosses in, which I hadn’t seen before.
“We worked with him yesterday on that. He’s a willing learner and I thought his all-round game was very good.
“There were some outstanding individual performances but I couldn’t speak highly enough about the team as a whole.”
He’s good, that much s evident, and I know a thing or two about defenders…despite what everyone else thinks..
It’s on now to the next game, which is against Hamilton on sunday, and it’s yet another tricky away tie. but for now, I’m looking forward to it.
By then, the transfer window will be shut, and no one can pinch any of our players, which deep down is always our biggest worry.
Let’s face it, the pattern of most windows has been strictly adhered to this time around as well, with Lennon initially saying he wanted three starters in, right up until a somewhat predictable tweet from the club…
Neil Lennon: “If I don’t do anything else I’ll be happy. I have a great squad with real quality in it. We’ve got a couple of players in and we’ve streamlined the squad a little bit.”
“Leigh Griffiths is someone who has been a massive help in my time with Celtic. Every time he trained with the reserves, he would still have that level of intensity and quality.”
Of course, it looks more likely to me what we see here is a car being moved at the owners request, possibly to a new address.
There are no police cones and no policemen, well, one was hanging around…
…..in fact, the whole story seemed a little odd.
Especially the bit about someone being underneath the motor…
Though to be fair, someone did make a valid point..
And thats not to mention later stories that claimed Morelos chased the suspect, and didn’t fall over and claim an assault.
The Fat controllers men swung into action…
Monti’s/Weered same person different face