David Potter’s Reflections: “You would have thought that Celtic were playing a Division 2 side”

26
Oct
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

The one-sided nature of this game amazed me. I always thought that Celtic were better, but on the other hand, Aberdeen were not all that bad and was even reconciling myself to the thought that maybe a reverse tonight might not be the end of the world. Not a bit of it! You would have thought that Celtic were playing a Division 2 side. In fact, if I may say so, it was uncomfortably similar to Celtic playing against Bayern Munich or PSG in Europe. Can we now hope that Celtic can raise their game a little on Tuesday? Even a draw might be not too bad.

But to last night, we can only take off our hats to them. It was a superb performance with not a weak link in the side. It is maybe wrong to single anyone out, but Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele deserve special praise for the first two goals which really knocked the stuffing out of the Aberdeen side virtually before the game got going. We were almost inclined to allow Jonny Hayes to put on a red jersey when he came on – for all the difference that it would have made. Dedryck Boyata wasn’t always brilliant, but full marks to Nir Bitton for a sound performance.

The Aberdeen crowd don’t like Scott Brown (very few non-Celtic supporters do) and they think that Mikael Lustig does foul throws (I feel they have a point there) but apart from that they lapsed into more or less total silence. They used to see you could hear the sweetie papers rustling. You didn’t even hear that from them last night. Loads of chirpy, smug, superior supporters interviewed before the start (one of them said “Celtic are not all that good”!) and the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen was belted out before the start, but after about 30 minutes, stony silence! Credit to those of them who gave Jonny Hayes a cheer, though.

The Celtic fans were amazing, as always. Little wonder they win awards! All right, there is the odd nana who runs onto a park and a few fools who think that flares are not dangerous for their fellow supporters, but apart from that, you just simply have to be proud to be part of them. The singing of “Grace” was especially moving, and there was even time for a chant for Ally McCoist!

Ally himself, Alex McLeish and Stephen Craigen, by no means Celtic-minded, were gracious and full of praise for what was a fine performance. Nothing controversial or argumentative all night, even with Chris Sutton there!

You may notice that I am not saying much about the game itself. There is a reason for that. There was nothing to say! The players said it all on the field, and after the third goal went in, things got tedious.

There is however one team that can beat Celtic in Scotland this year. And that is Celtic themselves! There must be no complacency! Kilmarnock come to Parkhead on Saturday. We must assume that they are the best team in the country and act accordingly!  We are ahead in the League. Let us keep it that way. We need loads of appetite.

3 Comments

  1. Kenny
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Well said, Saturday is record equaling day… let’s make it count…And don’t forget those food parcels. Class on & off the field. HH

  2. Posted October 26, 2017 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I have been supporting Celtic since 1946 and I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen the team so controlled and dominant away from home. Aberdeen had everything to play for but it looked like men against boys. Rodgers achieved the holy grail : the total of the team was greater than the sum of the individuals but the score was disappointing! The future could be awesome.

  3. JOHN
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    very well written.

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