After extra time, Celtic lost 2-1.
It was a piss poor performance by the Hoops ( and the Ref – Ed) where our side couldn’t find any space or really get into the game.
Here’s a brief 26 pointer looking back at yesterday and looking forward to next weekend…
A is for Angeball, Attitude, Aptitude, Application and Abada. None were on show on Sunday
B is for Bobby Madden and Nir Bitton. One was sorely watched over the 120 minutes and the other sorely missed with 20 minutes to play.
C is for Callum MacGregor…needs his other midfielders to put a shift and a tackle in, cant do it all himself.
D is for Defensive Midfielders and Deflection, how many defensive midfielders do we stick on the bench with no intention of using and sad days when our only goal is a deflected set piece?
E is Effort and Energy, or lack of from far too many who looked half asleep and how the Hell did they look so much fitter than us the whole game?
F is for Flanks,Full Backs and Fuxake!..Rangers scores down both sides, we lost both our fullbacks and overall, well you know!
G is for Get intae Them and GG…bar Callum MacGregor and Maeda, we just didn’t and how badly we missed a focal point up front in our injured Greek striker being absent.
H is for Hatate, Headless chicken and How Long. The wee man tried his best but was ball watching and was due to be subbed a long time before he was.
I is for Industry, Invention and Impact. None of first two on show in Hoops today bar a few souls, and our subs had no impact on the game whilst theirs saved and won them the game in the end.
J is for Just not Good Enough and Jota. Might not need the and there.
K is for Killing the game and Kyogo. We couldn’t kill it and Kyogo just couldn’t get into it.
L is Lessons learnt. There better be, as you know they will play the same at Celtic Park and have a similar minded ref.
M is for Maeda and Movement…Daizen ran his socks off, chased every ball and should be the inspiration for all to follow. While Maeda moved, everyone else stood like statues the whole game, we need to move on and off the ball.
N is for Never in it. Even when we were leading, just never felt in control.
O is for O’Riley, must be ready for that start against Ross County, we need his speed of thought and passing.
P is for Playing out, Punting and Possession. We struggled badly to play out between Hart, CCV and Starfelt . Really badly. Then Punting to wee guys up front just seemed a case of easily giving up Possession.
Q is for Quickness. We were so slow, bar Maeda. We had a few chances for quick balls but always chose wrong or slow option. Quite shite.
R is for Resources. Anges squad seemed so strong and full of gems pre match but now its a race against time for County and we pray we see GG, Juranovic and Taylor fit for the trip to DIngwall.
S is for Spine and Start and Stop. The Spine of the team Maeda-McGregor-CCV-Starfelt and Hart actually did okay. I’m not gonna condemn that second goal as it was a final Starfelt touch or lambast a central defender for hitting the bar. There was no danger through the middle, it was all coming out wide as did the goals. The mantra is “We never Stop!”..well in this game sadly we never Started
T is for Tom Rogic. Big Tam clattered and like a good few of his colleagues was never really in it and got no protection from the Ref.
U is for Under Pressure. Make no mistake, that’s the narrative now. We need to get to County and claim the 3 points in any fashion we can.
V is for Vengeance. In 2 weeks time we need to be ready to find a game plan to combat their physicality and presence. Move that ball at speed and give and go. Lets see Angeball back please!
W is for Welsh..thrown on at right back with our second choice right back at left back. Bit harsh on folk lambasting the guy after a long absence and not even a full back.
X is for Xtra Time..should never have come to that. Ange needs to realise when a games there to be lost as well as won and get some shoring up done, we were wide open.
Z is for the Zulu movie where there’s a quote saying “Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes“..bar Taylors deflection and CCVs bar strike, did we actually shoot at McLaughlin at all?
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