This was a splendid Celtic performance. I was a little depressed after watching the Motherwell v Rangers game on SKY TV (some dreadful punditry there, by the way) because the Rangers did look good, and very definitely for about an hour, the gauntlet was thrown down.
Fortunately Celtic picked it up, and by eliminating the third best team from the League race, made it clear (if we hadn’t realised earlier) that it is a two horse race for the 10IAR Stakes.
Not only were the goals good but the passing was first class with Scott Brown dispelling any thoughts from pessimists (such as myself, I must own up) that his best days are perhaps him. It was clear that we were up against a very good team (their record shows that and they played well against the Rangers last week) but Celtic more or less swept them aside.
Jeremie Frimpong is a class act. He is fast and accurate, and showed in his post match interview that he is just exactly the son that every mother or father would want – charming, lovable and totally committed to the club. All in all, a very impressive young man.
Callum McGregor was once again first class with a marvellous goal, but the chap that really impressed me today was David Turnbull. What a lovely assist for the third goal! Once again, attitude and commitment shine through.
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Negative thoughts are hard to find today. Shane Duffy made a couple of mistakes in the first half, there was once when Vasilis Barkas did not catch the ball cleanly enough and Odsonne Edouard did not run riot in the second half.
Nevertheless these are minor gripes, although I wonder why the referee allowed Vasilis Barkas to wear that colour of a strip which looked so like the Hibs colours? The problem could, of course, have been solved if Hibs had worn their real colours which do NOT clash with those of Celtic. (Look at the Dixie Deans Cup final of 1972 on You Tube if you don’t believe me!)
And did I see the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party on the stand touchline again? He was there last week as well, was he not? Does he like us? Actually, Mr McLean had a good game, and the TV Coverage on Celtic TV was also good with Gordon Strachan’s comment priceless. He was listening to the radio on his car on Thursday night and wondered how many Frimpongs there were, because he was always getting mentioned.
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Only real regrets today were the injury to Albian Ajeti – he looks good that man – and of course that there weren’t 60,000 of us there to watch a tremendous game of football and a tremendous Celtic performance! But Celtic TV, of whom I have been critical in the past, did a good job today.
Sarajevo, that city known for dark deeds in 1914, now beckons on Thursday, but as I understand it, we won’t actually be in the city of Sarajevo. Pity the Archduke Ferdinand couldn’t have been similarly diverted!