David Potters Reflections: Celtic are invincible!

28
May
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

 

I have shrunk from using the word “invincible” up to now for fear of having the word rammed down my throat, but there is now no other way to describe them. In Scotland, at least, Celtic are invincible!

Today’s game was tough, certainly for the spectators who poured every ounce of emotion into the contest and left Hampden as drained as the players were. I often claim that I kick every ball with Celtic, and I certainly did it today. There was so much at stake for not only was it a treble, but also the 37th time we have won the Scottish Cup – and I have seen 20 of them and recall listening to the radio in 1954 for another one! Our 37 wins puts us now 4 ahead of Rangers who have 33, then, next is Queen’s Park with 10!

In a statement that hardly smacks of stunning originality, I find that Hampden has deficiencies, not least because it is simply not big enough. The crowd was a little shy of 50,000. More than double that amount wanted to see that game, and millions watched it on TV all around the world. All of these people were very impressed by Celtic.

Aberdeen were well supported, and I would have had to admit that up to half-time, they probably just had the better of things. Johnny Hayes scored a good goal  (he is someone I would sign for Celtic, by the way) and it was as well that Stuart Armstrong cancelled things out immediately, for Celtic had too many players not at their best – one thinks of Craig Gordon who was distinctly edgy more than once, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair, for example, who was not nearly as sharp as he has been in the past, and really should have scored at the end of the first half. Given the loss of Kieran Tierney (all the best to you, by the way, Kieran, if you need an operation!) I was glad to hear the half time whistle.

They tell me there was a thunderstorm in the second half. I honestly did not know, for I was so absorbed in the game. But Celtic took a grip of the game, cut out the sloppy play and began to motor. I feared that as we missed chance after chance Aberdeen might nip up and score (for these things do happen) but our defence was secure and our midfield on top and eventually Tommy Rogic with a sublime piece of play did the needful.

Rarely have I heard such noise and been in such an atmosphere as Hampden was. The support was absolutely marvellous, and quite a few players were seen to point to us in their media interviews. And while I take the point that Patrick Roberts is a Manchester City player, it is surely worth a major effort from all concerned to keep him with us. Why would anyone want to turn his back on what we saw at Hampden today? Someone will say money. Maybe, but money could not buy a day like that!

So, time for a bask in the sunshine, but the new season begins sometime about July 12 (!) with a European game. I am looking forward to it already.

DP

2 Comments

  1. kevingraham
    Posted May 28, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    A big thank to David for his excellent contributions in a truely unforgettable season.

  2. Posted June 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    you just expressed every emotion that swept through my own body last week,, still buzzing hh

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