David Potter’s Reflections: “The victory was a somewhat pedestrian one”

22
Dec
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

It was Partick Thistle, last night, wasn’t it? The PA announcer thought it was Kilmarnock, at one point! But Partick it was, a team who defended well enough, but showed little punch up front, and Celtic won comfortably.

As far as Celtic were concerned, the important thing was just to win. Anything less than a win might have seen the newspapers bringing out the word “crisis” for an airing, and the fans might have begun to turn on Brendan Rodgers. No kidding that might well have happened, for the Celtic moaners were in full cry on Sunday on social media.Someone even wanted Brendan Rodgers sacked in “a tweet” to The Daily Record!

The victory was a somewhat pedestrian one with a tendency, particularly in the first half to pass the ball across the park to each other (oh, how I wish we could do that in Europe!) rather than a midfielder take a grip of the game like Bobby Murdoch and Davie Hay used to do and press forward. But the goals were good – in fact, they were first class – and in quite a few players we saw an improvement. Armstrong in particular looked more like something we saw last year rather than the pale shadow of this year, Tierney was more like himself again as was Lustig, and it was sensible of Rodgers to give the out of form players a chance to play themselves back into form.

I liked what I saw of Michael Johnston, but my Man of The Match would have been Kristoffer Ajer rather than Scott  Brown. Ajer was speedy, energetic, enthusiastic and hard-working. Boyata in some ways the pantomime villain on Sunday was better tonight, and it is to be hoped that he has learned a lesson. Marvin Compper does a mean drawing of the Paradise Windfall, looked the part and said all the right things. I make it we will have central defenders (assuming we keep Eric Sviatchenko, as I think we should) after the New Year, and I fervently hope and trust that the very competition for places will guarantee no more silly goals.

Scott Sinclair is showing signs of coming back to his best, but still seems to lack a little confidence still. Once again, full marks to Brendan Rodgers for giving him the chance to play himself back into form. Odsonne Edouard lacked sharpness tonight and was rightly replaced by Leigh Griffiths.

We could have done with more goals, but a win is a win, and we now face Aberdeen on Saturday, knowing that they will be up for it. A win for them will cut the lead to 2 points, but a win for us would make us feel that Sunday and Hearts never happened! It should be a great game on Saturday, so let’s back the team to the hilt!

The Green Brigade were good again tonight, and I Ioved the standing up at the 69th minute to mark the recent record.It was very impressive.

Referee Mr Muir had as quiet a game as he could reasonably expect, but as for Partick Thistle’s no 22 who kicked the ball into the crowd in the South Stand Front Tier, just what was that guy’s problem? It was an act of viciousness totally out of kilter with the rest of the night’s entertainment which was generally quiet and restrained. I hope Partick Thistle “have a word with him! At least!

DP

2 Comments

  1. Mike Bhoyle
    Posted December 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I want to mention Boyata…and Jozo….who get the brunt of the supporter’s ire when they do something wrong.
    Well….I once spent four hours in the company of Mr. Jock Stein…and… among other things….I sought his advice on tips to help me run my football team.
    He offered these two gems…which I’ve never forgotten.
    1) Always play to your player’s strengths…whether that’s pace….dribbling skills….passing …or heading… whatever…but use it.
    2) NEVER ask a player to do something he can’t do…or isn’t comfortable trying it.
    The second tip brings me back to our CB’s and Boyata in particular.
    His passing is really bad at times…but he probably is asked to make more passes than anyone else…and he’s not good at it.
    Over to you Brendan.

  2. Hugh H
    Posted December 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    David I notice all the media talking about the “Hammering” we got from Hearts and some of the Celtic support leaves a lot to be challenged.

    it was an off day Hearts played above them selves but look close at the goals.

    Number One we gave the ball away and the Hearts scored a very good goal

    Number Two would have been saved by Gordon two years ago

    Number three a disaster but that happens

    Number Four should have let the ball run.

    No excuses but not a hammering

    The fans were great at the end and in my opinion a great time to be a Celtic fan

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