Kilmarnock 1-4 Celtic – A Brilliant Then Boring Game of Two Halves

Difficult really to say very much about this one. One hesitates to use the word “boring” of an accomplished Celtic performance, but the second half was less than totally rivetting television, although it was nice to see Rocco Vata and Ben Summers getting a run in the team. Vata looks as if he has something, and Summers is worth a slightly longer run than what he got today.

The first half was notable for four good goals, and two awful mistakes. In two weeks time, when we will be up against slightly stronger opposition, we must eliminate the mistakes – namely Kyogo must make a better job of taking a penalty (Ah! But we won’t get any penalties on 30 April, did I hear someone say?) and Callum McGregor mustn’t plaster about with the ball in his penalty area.

A big hoofer up the park is not necessarily a bad idea! In fact, I love the old adage that if you get the ball in either penalty area, kick the ball once, and once only – up the field in your own box and goalwards in your opponent’s. We might not get off with a mistake at Hampden.

Our goals were all good ones, and the job was really done after 20 minutes with the team really coping well with both Kilmarnock and Kilmarnock’s pitch. By my reckoning, another two victories out of seven wins the title, or even one win and a draw at Ibrox would do the trick, given our goal difference.

Kilmarnock probably did well to save the second half becoming a huge, cataclysmic, double-figure score line of a thumping. As it was, it was simply a regulation hammering. But one cannot really agree with Derek McInness’s effort at the end in his interview to get Oh sent off. “One of my players got sent off at Easter Road for that”, he claimed. Naw! Cannae give you that one, Derek! But I am told that the Killie pies are indeed very good, so let’s hope you escape relegation for that reason!

Once again, we saw empty seats when there were loads of Celtic fans who would have snaffled them up. But if Kilie don’t want money… then what can we do about it? And we do have loads of pie guzzlers in our ranks!

Nice to say Jurgen Klinsman there, still looking fit and well, but I fear he might not have been over impressed with Oh today. A hard worker, but times he lacks incisiveness, Oh possibly deserves a few more games from the start.

Motherwell on Saturday. No nonsense now, Celtic! You have done well all season. Don’t blow up, now!

David Potter

Today’s Man of the Match Matt O’Riley spoke to Celtic TV afterwards…

And here’s the manager speaking after Celtic’s 4-1 win at Rugby Park that re-establishes Celtic’s 12 points lead over theRangers and next weekend we play first, against Motherwell on Saturday afternoon ahead of theRangers playing a week today up at Pittodrie against an on-form Aberdeen.

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.

Comments are closed.