What could have been a potential banana skin yesterday ended in a stroll in the park, or plastic in this instance. Yes, facing a team of hammer throwers on a surface not fit for top level football without three of our most important players could have been a difficult obstacle for Celtic to overcome.
When the team was announced it was a bit of a surprise that there was no place for Cameron Carter Vickers and Jota. We already knew that Reo Hatate was unavailable, but to be missing another two of our most influential players was a bit of a blow.
Although with both carrying minor knocks and not really enjoying that surface it was sensible to rest them with the impending Scottish cup semi final looming. Just like other absentee Reo Hatate we need them fighting fit as we aim to win the treble.
In the end of course it didn’t matter as we blew a poor Kilmarnock side away and had the game wrapped up in the opening half an hour. The football we played in that opening period was outstanding, no-one in the country can live with us when we play like that. Had we had a full squad to choose from it could ha been a lot worse for poor Kilmarnock.
It was a classic game of two halves, the first half was an exhibition of great football and the second was rather forgettable. We just went through the motions, it was more of a training session than anything else.
It proved the strength and depth of our squad. Not many sides function so fluently without three of their best players. It’s not exaggerating to say that said trio are a valuable part of our side, they form the spine of our staring XI. Indeed all three are in the running for player of the year.
To sneak a one goal victory would have been more than acceptable yesterday. It’s all about the three points after all. To win in such style was an added bonus, and to do it without such important players is a testament to how good our squad is. Anyone who stands in knows their job and does it to great effect. This is the strongest squad we have had in years.
This is all down to the management of Ange Postecoglou. He makes sure everyone knows their job and demands nothing but one hundred and ten percent. It also helps he has an eye for a player, we now have quality players in each position. This squad has strength in numbers and that is why we are so successful.
Long May it continue.
JustAnOrdinaryBhoy – follow on Twitter @ordinarybhoy