David Potter’s Reflections: “our happiness declined from 100% to something like 95%”

10
Sep
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

Other than the late goal for Hamilton there was little to be unhappy about tonight. Even with the late and eminently avoidable goal, our happiness declined from 100% to something like 95%. The blame for the goal must be shared. There is no real advantage to be gained by pointing fingers. The point is that it must be sorted out, and must not be allowed to happen on Tuesday night – or any other night!

But let’s look at all the good things – in the first place, I continue to like that away strip which is a recognisable Celtic one. It is green, not pink and not black! The team came out and looked as if they wanted to play. There was appetite, and there was a hunger for the ball, and there were great benefits in all four goals which were well taken with maybe my favourite being the Stuart Armstrong one!

Young Mr Edouard looks as if he is worth another go. It cannot be easy for a young man who doesn’t really speak the language to adapt to the strange land called Scotland, but good football is universal. There are serious possibilities here in this youngster. We were all a little disturbed to see Patrick Roberts appearing to limp at the end of the game. Nothing serious, we hope, for we saw enough of him tonight to confirm that he is indeed a class act – but we knew that anyway!

Good players abound at Celtic Park, but will they all be good enough against PSG on Tuesday night? It is exactly the right time to get them. A full, noisy Parkhead can upset anyone – and I don’t care how much they are worth on the silly transfer market. Celtic can beat them, but there must be a strong mental attitude.

There is a worry (as expressed by Chris Sutton) about the centre half spot. Who do we put beside Jozo? My own preference would be for Kieran Tierney to do the job on the grounds that we do have other full backs. Boyata is nearing fitness, we are told, but I suspect that Ross County next Saturday would be a better option that PSG on Tuesday night. But whoever it is, concentration on the basics of marking and defending set pieces is paramount.

Chris also seemed to want Scott Brown red carded. I can’t agree 100% and the fact that we had to see it from three angles before it looked bad possibly backs me up. I do think that Scott was silly though, and he really does have to cut that bit of his play out. He has so many other fine points, but that entanglement was so unnecessary.

Ally McCoist spoke well tonight, and really came across as a nice guy. Yes, yes, I now we didn’t always say that about him, but there was nothing objectionable about him tonight. Eloquent, fair, tolerant, humorous …my goodness!

Hamilton will need to fight to avoid relegation this year, but I suspect they have it in them to do so.

For Celtic, it was satisfying. There always is the fear (justified in the past more than once) that they might take their eye off the ball when apparently easy domestic fixtures are seen to get in the way of bigger things. Not a bit of it, tonight. Brendan had them well trained, and kept them hungry and ambitious.

We will be right behind you, Brendan and Celtic! Try not to make me use phrases like “defensive weaknesses” or “failing to lock the back door” on Tuesday night,

DP.

5 Comments

  1. Carntyne Riddrie
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Ally uses his cheeky chappie demeanour to mask his true nature

    • Seamus O'Broin
      Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Many years ago l was working in Byres Road when Ally walked past…the Huns were playing that night….he was heading to their hotel on GWR. I quipped to him ‘up the ‘Tic’….he just smiled and gave a little wave.
      A little later the obnoxious Dave Cooper sauntered along….l said the same ‘up the Tic his immediate reply, in a crowded street, was “Fuck the Tic”….
      A foul disgusting scumbag…..Ally is a gent.

  2. Gery
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Always look forward to DP’s comments and nearly always agree. Same again, though I’d disagree about McCoist who I thought was sleekit … all good humour on the surface but putting the boot in on Broonie as soon as he could, dressed up with a ‘more in sadness than in anger’ approach; sleekit!

  3. Posted September 11, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Scott Brown is a footballer, a competitor, a warrior. He has that little nasty streak, it makes opposition players unsure of him and what to expect – the fear factor, a valuable asset for a forceful commanding leader. (might be called the Roy Keene factor). Always a winner. A powerful feared leader on the park. HH.

  4. Seamus O'Broin
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Many years ago l was working in Byres Road when Ally walked past…the Huns were playing that night….he was heading to their hotel on GWR. I quipped to him ‘up the ‘Tic’….he just smiled and gave a little wave.
    A little later the obnoxious Dave Cooper sauntered along….l said the same ‘up the Tic his immediate reply, in a crowded street, was “Fuck the Tic”….
    A foul disgusting scumbag…..Ally is a gent.

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