‘At least we have a victory. There haven’t been too many of them of late,’ David Potter

I don’t think we’ll be throwing any parties about this one or any lighting of celebratory bonfires, but we can permit ourselves at least a smile for the next few days. It was a good performance, admittedly against a very poor team and this time getting the benefit of refereeing decisions. But then again, we always know that referees favour Celtic!

I think in general terms it is true to say that we have a good middle of the field, but that we are a bit dodgy at the front and the back. We still need a goalkeeper who can dominate his box in the way that Fraser Forster used to. Every ball in the six yard box should hear a cry of “Mine!” and the goalkeeper taking charge. Scott Bain is possibly the best of our three goalkeepers, but he was far from convincing tonight. The rest of the defence showed signs of improvement with Ajer now back in his best position and Johnjoe Kenny looking like a good addition to the team. Stephen Welsh continues to improve.

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Up front, I have to admit that our goalscorers annoyed me – until they scored! Edouard showed a dreadful reluctance to shoot. Just kick it, Odsonne! Never mind the fancy stuff! And Ajeti – yes a very good finish for the fourth goal, but where was he hiding for the rest of the game? I stick to my belief that Griffiths is our best striker, but I heard a story that he had been a bad bhoy on Saturday.

Some of our midfield play was very slick with some good one touch passing, and the return of Scott Brown made a huge difference. But David Turnbull, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor were all good and this was a recognisably “Celtic” performance.

Photo: Jane Barlow

The referee Mr Clancy was correct not to award Kilmarnock that goal, and equally correct not to take action against Scott Brown (the Killie player, apart from anything else, grabbed the wrong part of his body!) but the penalty was soft, and Edouard was marginally offside for the third goal. But we didn’t really need any breaks tonight.

It was a competent performance, and we can now look forward to Motherwell with “cautious optimism”. Trouble is that I remember using that phrase after the game against Hamilton – and than came St Mirren! And they lost tonight to Hibs! The world is crazy these days.

Photo: Jane Barlow

I wish we could have seen the green and white jerseys tonight. They make such a difference to making the team look like Celtic. The commentators were good tonight. Andy Walker – you can say what you want about him, but he is very incisive, and McFadden and even old Boydie talked a wee bit of sense as well.

But at least we have a victory. There haven’t been too many of them of late, so let’s have a smile!

David Potter

About Author

I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

1 Comment

  1. It was a relief to get a decent victory but yes, let’s not read too much into it. My fear is that if we went on a run, then the changes we need will either be postponed or not happen and the so called review won’t materialise either. I still feel you have to vote with your strongest hand and that is season tickets. If Desmond senses (how could he not) or sees a drop off in uptake, then changes will happen. But we shouldn’t have to take those extreme measures. We need a tactical manager, a director of football….a scouting network that ties into them and a bit of a clean slate that we can all feel we are starting off with. I’m pleased for the player’s confidence at winning tonight and I don’t wish any ill will on Lennon but whether it’s very soon or in a couple of months, we need a change at managerial and director level, not just McKay coming in. Who’s to say he won’t ruthlessly clear out people anyway? Might be cathartic. But for now, good win, bit of confidence, play for pride and even the want away stars will benefit if it puts their price up and gets us more money to recruit with.