David Potter’s Reflections: This was a truly competent and professional performance

24
Dec
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

This was a truly competent and professional importance. If last Sunday was bad, this week was good, and it now seems that Celtic have indeed heeded the wake-up call of last Sunday, and have realized that there is nothing worse than complacency. Today’s victory was hard-worked for and well deserved. It was a good day for everyone connected with the green and white.

Full marks must first of all to go to the fans who turned up in great numbers and created a truly excellent atmosphere which clearly inspired the players, and seemed to intimidate the Aberdeen team who, frankly, have never seen anything like this or on this scale in their lives. The noise was constant, and how appropriate that the second goal was scored when we were in the middle of “In the heat of Lisbon” and the ground was looking like a rather beautiful Christmas tree. And, please, Celtic fans, keep doing this! 1967 must be the benchmark we aim for. We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again. Never mind all that nonsense about “we can’t compete in Europe”. We have the best fans in the world – and that must count for something!

But to the game itself. Once again, like Wednesday night, my man of the match was Kristofer Ajer. We seem to have something here. Not only is he a great destroyer of attacks, but he is a box-to-box player in that he can join in attacks and his distribution, until one late on in the game, was impeccable. Boyata once again made a few errors, but recovered well in the second half, and Lustig had an awful spell in the first half but also recovered well from it. His goal was possibly lucky to get such a huge deflection, but when Henrik Larsson scored these sort of goals, I don’t remember anyone complaining!

Stuart Armstrong was once again a force in the midfield, more or less back to his last season best, and Jonny Hayes had his best game for the club so far, taking a good goal which we hope will be the first of many. Olivier Ntcham took his goal well also, and looked the part after an uncertain start. And of course Captain Courageous led by example, as he always does.

I was less happy with Scott Sinclair who looks to me in need of a rest. He definitely lacks sharpness and should have done a great deal better with his two first half chances. In both cases he would have done better if he had “first timed” the ball. He is a good player, and will, I am sure, recover once he has had a break.

And what about Moussa Dembele? Did I read too much into his slow departure when substituted and the clapping to all quarters of the ground?. Everyone seems to be convinced that he is going in January for as many million as you care to think of. Well, is he? Frankly, I thought he was rather disappointing today, seeming to lack positional sense on occasion, and I was particularly unhappy at not seeing Leigh Griffiths at some point. It would make sense to offload one of our three centre forwards. We watch this space with interest.

The substitutes all did well when they came on, and we now approach Christmas in a good place. We are eight points ahead, and even in the worst case scenario, we will be top at the New Year. We must aim to remain there until May. But first things first. Dens Park on Boxing Day will not be easy. Application and concentration like we saw today will be required. Then we can think about next Saturday.

Aberdeen will not be happy about today, but Mr McInnes did himself few favours by moaning about bad luck. They did have a few chances particularly in the second half, but I don’t think any impartial observer could come to any conclusion other than that Celtic outplayed them. But a Merry Xmas to them, and even to Craig Thomson who had a reasonable game as well!

One Comment

  1. Posted December 25, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Here we go, now to beat another moaning manager in McCann! McInnes and him must get on great ,as they both hate Celtic and they moan at everything! Celtic will beat Dundee tomorrow and once again McCann will have the “hankies”out drying his eyes! What a pair of Muppets they are, so come on Celts, let’s show these people who are the champions! Hail Hail. Hope Mick McPake is nearly ready to play again.

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