St Johnstone 1 Celtic 2 – A St Valentine’s Bore but Odsonne Makes Our Day

It is sometimes said that a poor game of football is like watching paint drying. This one was distinctly inferior to watching snow melting. The snow melted quite well on the roofs of the houses opposite me between the hours of 12.00 and 2.00 pm, and I would have to say that it was better than the football, which was one of the poorest Celtic performances that I have seen for a long time.

There were one or two honourable exceptions – the goals were well created and taken, and the play of Greg Taylor was consistently good. Apart from that, the only good thing I can find to say about Celtic was that they were playing in green and white, and looked all the better for it. They didn’t play any better, though.

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Where Celtic were deficient was in midfield with David Turnbull in particular, after some fine performances, looking out of sorts. Ryan Christie tried hard but let himself down by some weak shooting, and although Edouard got two great goals and must be exempt from criticism to a certain extent, there was a distinct lack of threat up front.

The goal that St Johnstone scored was a classic example of how not to defend, but we’ve seen a lot of that this season, have we not? The team did rally, but if St Johnstone had grabbed a late equaliser, it would not have been undeserved.

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So where do we go from here. Well, Aberdeen come to Celtic Park on Wednesday night. I can’t honestly say that “I can hardly wait”, but I suppose I will turn on my laptop and use my season ticket again. Once again, I would appeal to everyone to make sure that the Scottish Cup is played this season. We deserve a chance to see a Celtic team coming out and playing with a hunger and an appetite to win. That was distinctly lacking today.

St Johnstone did well, and I almost envy them in having a League Cup final to look forward to in a fortnight. That might well be a good game to watch. It will undeniably be better than the St Valentine day bore.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

All the more disappointing after some really good Celtic performances, but we have preserved our unbeaten run. What are we greeting about?

David Potter

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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.

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