As I awoke on Sunday morning, I had the usual buzz about a Glasgow Derby fixture. I spoke in the morning with my pal Lily about what she thought the score would be and who would start for the Hoops. Before I left Maryhill to head over to the game I managed to get a look at the Bhoys starting eleven. It was a pleasant ‘surprise’ to see that Scott Bain was to make his debut in goals for Celtic.
It was maybe a bit less of a surprise after The Celtic Star had said on Friday that there would be a ‘big surprise‘ in the starting eleven then published an article about Scott Bain’s journey from a building site to the Celtic first team.
A visit to Ibrox used to be a daunting experience for me. On my first two visits to the ground under Neil Lennon Celtic were defeated by four goals to two and three goals to two. However, in recent times the fixture has become a lot more pleasurable.
After an early Dedryck Boyata mistake, the home side were one up after Josh Windass smashed the ball past the blameless Scott Bain to give Rangers the lead. Celtic were in no way stunned by this goal and continued to play away. The Hoops were eventually level after the Wizard of Oz, Tom Rogic scored an absolute screamer to send the faithful in the Broomloan into celebration.
The game wasn’t level for long though as another defensive mistake from Celtic led to Rangers again taking the lead through Daniel Candeias. After this goal, Celtic started to get a grip of the game and started to control and dictate play. A goal did eventually come for the Scottish Champions bang on half-time. My dad had to be told to look after he was shouting about a foul on Scott Brown which led to ‘wit’s the goalie doin’ Tom?’ Brown played a terrific ball to Moussa Dembele who controlled it well and chipped Wes Foderingham to again give the Hoops fans plenty to cheer about.
Following the interval, defender Jozo Simunovic was sent-off after he elbowed Alfredo Morelos. Conservative MP Douglas Ross shouted, “RED RED RED” and the big Bosnian defender was dismissed. Brendan Rodgers acted immediately with his substitutions and brought on Jack Hendry and Odsonne Edouard. Odsonne was no sooner on the pitch when he received an excellent ball from his fellow countryman Moussa Dembele, Edouard cut inside onto his right foot to stroke the ball into the far corner which queued scenes of joy and celebration once again in the Broomloan Road.
It looked as if Rangers had managed to salvage a point after Bain parried the ball into the fifteen-million-pound striker Alfredo Morelos’ path, only for the Colombian to miss an absolute sitter. It was once again party time for the Scottish Champions who had now a nine points lead at the summit of the SPFL with a game in hand. The talking in the week from the press and the cheers from dressing rooms had been well and truly silenced!
I saw a quote earlier on today which I would like to share from Kieran Tierney.
“The Celtic supporters were magnificent in helping the team to three crucial points on our quest for seven in a row.
“The whole 7,000 or so fans all feel like family and friends when you’re there because you’re all in it together and you know everyone has each other’s backs.”
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