David Potter’s Reflections: “we deserve to be in the League Cup final”

21
Oct
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

It wasn’t the greatest performance of the season, but it was a competent win. Twice when we allowed a two goal lead to diminish to a one goal lead, I was worried, and one has to give Hibs some credit for their hard work, but in the end the 4-2 result was the right one and Celtic are now in their 32nd Scottish League Cup final.

Celtic were well worth their 2-0 lead at half-time, even though the goalkeeper has a case to answer for both goals. Then we had an outrageous penalty kick decision, and Kevin Clancey did himself no favours by allowing himself to be bullied into making a decision that he did not himself believe in. That is poor refereeing, and it is just as well that that decision did not matter in the grand scheme of things. Hibs second goal was a good piece of football, although it raises a few questions about Celtic’s defence, but Moussa Dembele’s two second half goals settled the issue and (equally important) restored his popularity among the Celtic fans.

What marks out Brendan Rodgers as top class managerial material is his use of substitutes. Not only did he make the right decisions, but he did it at the right time. Griffiths did not look sharp – and it can’t have been easy for this loyal Hibbee, knowing that his family is wishing him ill – and Dembele was a great replacement. Roberts was a target for some rough tackles, and looked tired and Forrest, after a few errors at the start, finished the game strongly for Celtic, whereas Stuart Armstrong still does not look totally fit.

The defence was not great. Dedryck Boyata has has better games and Nir Bitton remains a stopgap central defender and not a natural centre half. Lustig redeemed anything that he did wrong by his two goals, and Tierney was a great deal better than he was in Germany. My man of the match would have been Scott Brown, but Callum McGregor also had a good game, while Scott Sinclair has yet to reproduce this season the play that he showed last season.

But it was a stout team performance, and we deserve to be in the League Cup final. Hibs were sporting opponents in the main, but I have to say that I had very few regrets about the players who once played for Celtic and now play for Hibs. All three are good players, but a little short of Celtic class.

Any sympathies for Hibs fans (a decent bunch of human beings in the main) must be tempered by the swathes of empty seats. Those who complain about Glasgow domination of Scottish football have their answer here. If Hibs fans can’t be bothered to travel 40 miles along the M8 to see their team in a League Cup semi-final, then, frankly, they deserve all they get. The irony is that Celtic supporters would have gladly filled most of these seats, and when are the Scottish League going to wise up to the fact that they are selling themselves short here? Hibs should be embarrassed by all this.

The Celtic fans once again added to their reputation for backing their team. We had a nasty kick in the teeth in midweek by a substandard performance in Germany, but we have bounced back with a performance that is still a little short of what we are capable, but nevertheless was full of spirit. Let’s have some more at Pittodrie on Wednesday night!

4 Comments

  1. JOHN
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    fair comment,a pleasure to read your article.

  2. Posted October 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Always worth reading David Potters’ comments…fair and balanced.Roll on January when BR will strengthen the defence

  3. boxer180
    Posted October 22, 2017 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Spot on as usual.

  4. Posted October 22, 2017 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Fair and Straight,M8,When are Refs going to be held accountable for there (ahem)honest mistakes.They are a Blight on our Game just like there Paymasters…..Disgrace!!!!!!

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