From the very first minute last night, it was apparent that Dundee Utd had a plan in mind to grind out a result. This involved kicking Celtic players, as demonstrated by Tannadice keeper Radoslow Czeirniak when he attempted to launch a speeding Leigh Griffiths into orbit as he bore down on goal.
The referee gave the keeper a yellow, when it was a straight red, and signalled to United that there would be a bit of leeway in his decisions.
Celtic won 4-0, but the real story lies in the discipline of the jolly Jackies players.
And it seems it is down to him, as a Partick Thistle fan pointed out on twitter;
@AgentScotland Look at our disciplinary record when he was manager at Thistle. Shocking. Guy gets players fired up far too much.
Its hard to imagine a scenario where MacNamara can fire anyone into action, but it looks like thats what he does, and then moans about not getting what he thinks is the right decision afterwards.
Anthony stokes did see red, and then got a red card as well. He was elbowed by Paul Paton, drawing blood, and when he slapped the United man to the ground, as anyone who had just been elbowed would, he was sent for an early bath. Well, he might have got a nasty infection in the wound.
Paton escaped punishment, which might be one for the compliance officer, who must be sick of the sight of United players, but don’t hold your breath.
Liam Henderson was then the victim of a two footed lunge which saw Ryan MacGowan dismissed, but it was the fracas afterwards that will be remembered more. Emilio Izagirre and John Guidetti went for MacGowan, and were booked, but if you watch the replay, note Nir Bitton’s actions as the United man walks away.
The tackle on Henderson was nasty, but the reaction of his team mates shows that this is indeed a team, who will fight for each other.
Deila was disgusted with the tackle;
: “It was a stupid tackle. We need to get these things out of football.
“It was a youngster trying a little trick in the corner. You could have stayed there and kept him out wide instead of going in with both feet. He could have injured him for life.”
Anthony Stokes spoke out on twitter about his red card;
Great performance tonight! On another note I get a sly elbow in the face by someone that has nothing about them and get sent off, typical!
Theres quite obviously a wee bit of needle between some of these players, maybe going back as far as the attack on Lukasz Zaluska, a case which will be heard in court soon.
Theres obviously a problem with how Jackie MacNamara views Celtic these days. Perhaps, earlier in the season, when things weren’t going well for Ronny, Jackie thought he was next in line to the throne…
Then not only did Ronny get it right, but he pinched two of MacNamaras star men, and recorded a 6-1 win. If Jackie, along with one or two other Scottish managers had been slating Deila and his methods, then that would have been quite embarasing for the former Celt.
Oh, and knocking them out of two cups probably won’t make things any better before Saturdays game.
The SFA, or the SPFL, need to speak to Dundee united about their dreadful behaviour on the pitch. Four sent off in three games, consideing there should have been more, is unacceptable at a professional level.
If it had been a Neil Lennon team, then no doubt he would have been banned for months by now, but there seems to be a different rule for Scottish managers, and with Deila now coming in and showing them how changing ingrained habits can be for the better, he’s not going to be popular.
Which pleases me greatly, and I’m going to enjoy this treble a little more because of that.
Shorter than usual today, because I’ve got a Mr. king on the phone, asking me to be a guarantor for a payday loan he’s after, and theres a Mr. Ashley on the other line telling me to tell him where to go, now that he’s got him where he wants him.
Wonder what all that means ?
There was no tv coverage of the game last night, I had to follow it on teletext, like in the eighties. Big thanks to Cartuja, who managed to get a gig with ITN and keep us all updated;
Yesterday, that was Harald Brattback easing the blood pressure back in the days when we hardly won anything, and it should serve as a reminder to young ‘uns today to savour every moment of being a Tim.
Who is the goalscorer here, and who is he doing it against ?