CELTIC had little trouble taking care of Airdrie, a loathsome club supported by bigots and Fascists who came through to the East End of Glasgow looking for trouble. They even apparently had the English Defence League thug Tommy Robinson in attendance as they chanted their Ibrox inspired songbook.
Just like the Govan mob, their visions of supremacy masks an inferiority complex. They too are following a Zombie club, that today was Clydebank in disguise.
Airdrie? We needed the Griff to tell them, “Yer Club’s Deid, Mate!”
To the football. Scotty Sinclair scores two tap ins and was denied three times a hat-trick.
First one when he missed a penalty when the game was still goalless, after Izaguirre was upended. His effort was weak and the keeper saved.
A few moments later Anthony Ralston got to the bye-line and put it on a plate for Sinclair who from a yard out and the goal wide open, managed to hit it over the bar.
The third one was actually a lovely goal, which came after his two tap ins either side of the interval. Sinclair finished with some style but unbelievably a flag was raised. It looked like a bad decision from high up in the North Stand and so it was – an Honest Mistake.
Timothy Weah and Mikey Johnston then replace Sinclair and James Forrest and it was the American international striker who showed amazing pace to reach a lovely through ball from the impressive Boyata, to toe the ball past the on rushing keeper and into the net.
And his celebration was a joy to behold. The Bhoy looks a brilliant player!
Oliver Burke played well in the striker’s position and was unlucky not to score.
Scott Bain had nothing to do at all except for a remarkable incident just before the interval when from point blank range he seemed to make 5 saves in about 10 seconds to deny Airdrie an undeserved equaliser.
When the half-time whistle went seconds later Craig Gordon came onto the pitch to congratulate Bain and shake his hand warmly.
Scott Brown was back to his best today and was replaced in 80 minutes by Nir Bitton who was given a warm welcome on a bitterly cold evening in Paradise.
Anthony Ralston was named the sponsors Man of the Match, which is fair enough but there were other contenders, the other full back Izaguirre, the skipper and Scotty Sinclair – who needs to forget about taking penalties!
Job done. Who do we want in the next round? Cowdenbeath!