Reo Hatate announced his arrival in Scotland last night with a goal that had many of us shouting “Holy fuck ! ” in a Wigan bar, drawing looks of disapproval from diners.
Well, alright, maybe just me.
The Japanese midfielder gathered the ball, took a few steps forward and from around thirty yards, hit a shot with such pace and accuracy that by the time Craig Gordon had thought “I’ll get that ” it had already gone.
In fact, if he had caught it, he’d have ended up in the net with the ball, such was the power of the forty yard screamer,
On BBC Sportscene, the pundits, Michael Stewart and a hairy fellow with glasses made more of Gordon’s failure to stop the fifty yard belter , claiming it must have moved in the air and gordon could have done better than praising the Celt for having the audacity and confidence to try to score from sixty yards, but we sort of expect that from them.
The best reaction came from Jota….if you don’t count mine
Jota's reaction to Hatate's thunderbolt 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Clr8gTfW82
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The second goal in a 2-1 win was a cheeky flick from Georgios Giamoukakis, and it showed how much more confident he is getting these days, and along with Maeda and Kyogo, Celtic do have an embarassment of riches in front of goal.
And that’s even if you do include Ajeti.
There was a suspicion of offside in the Greek’s goal, but as Etims colleagye Desi Mond pointed out, he was played onside by John Souttars petted lip.
There was more than a suspicion of offside about the Heart’s goal, largely because he was offside, and to further help the Jambo’s John Beaton , who had displayed a bit of common sense when he didn’t book Nir Biton ( no relation ) for deliberate handball, which would have seen the Celt sent off, as he had been previously booked for running too quickly past an opponent, awarded a penalty for handball.
Liam Boyce hit the post, and there was much rejoicing.
A difficult game had been won.
One aspect that was encouraging saw a bit of a pile on from Celtic players when Jota got entangled with a Hearts player….
More of this pic.twitter.com/2B29CjpVM3
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Ange’s teams have always tried to play football, but don’t for a minute think he’ll allow them to be bullied.
Celtic remain four points adrift of “rangers ” for now but the cracks are appearing as the pressure mounts on the new club/company.
Despite raising billions of pounds with the sale of Nathan Paterson, all they have brought in are a pre contract and a loannee.
Oh, and Don Robertson , who did his bit by refusing a decent shout for a penalty to Livingston when latest wonderkid Alex Lowry appeared to save a goalbound effort on the line.
Lowry was also the subject of an Appease The Hordes promo video on sportscene which highlighted all the best moments of his illustrious Ibrox career, which amounts to roughly three hours.
Regan Charles Cook of Ross County is out of contract at the end of the season. Don’t be surprised, especially as County host “rangers ” at the weekend, if he’s touted for a move to Ibrox, even if it’s just to unsettle him, as he is in fine form of late.
At the same time, Hearts will be accused of robbing Soutar of an early move along the M8….now that last night’s game is out of the way.
A the sun continues to shine over the east end of Glasgow, the storm clouds are gathering over Ibrox….