David Potters Reflections: A pleasant re-introduction

21
Jan
2018

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

A pleasant re-introduction after the Scottish Premiership’s winter holiday. I shall try to refrain from criticising this piece of nonsense again,other than to say that buying a player who then gets injured during this “holiday” does not seem to say much for it! I look forward to welcoming Herr Kompper in the spring!

Today was cold at Parkhead, but the football was encouraging and the goals were all good ones, it being an added bonus that they were all scored by five different players, while both our star strikers were not involved. The way that we passed the ball around was very pleasing to the eye, albeit a little boring and repetitive on occasion. Of course, the opposition was not top-notch, but we still had to beat them. I recall Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2000 and 2003 and Clyde in 2006 when we failed to do so.

It was good that Brendan picked a full team. Rumours had abounded that he was going to field reserves. This would have disrespected Brechin City and might have backfired spectacularly

Credit to Brechin City. Apart from one bizarre and incomprehensible incident in the first half well dealt with by referee McLean, they behaved like gentlemen, and I would have loved them to have scored a goal – they nearly did in the second half when Kristofer Ajer was (uncharacteristically) caught out. I hope they enjoyed their day out at Celtic Park, and it is just a pity that there wasn’t a larger crowd on this very cold day. There always has been a strong pro-Celtic faction in Brechin. I hope today added to their numbers. It was nice to see their buses parked in the Emirates Bus Park alongside Celtic ones without anyone complaining. Scottish football will always need teams like Brechin City, and we wish them all the best.

It was difficult to pick out a Man of the Match. The official award went to Scott Brown, but in truth other players would have deserved it just as much. It was nice to see Scott Sinclair making one goal and taking another. We will need him for our demanding programme between now and May 19. Dedryck Boyata also got a certain amount of flak before the break. Nice to see him looking confident again. Likewise with Mikael Lustig.

So this game maybe did not tell us very much but it was a nice gentle welcome back. Partick Thistle will be no pushovers on Tuesday night and Hibs will be even more difficult. Then come Hearts and Kilmarnock – and there is nothing easy about them. We have to get back into the groove quickly.

The January window has now only a week and a bit to go. We have lost Liam Henderson whom I always rated highly, and it seems to fair bet that there will be some more activity – both inwards and outwards. Hard though the media have tried, Moussa Dembele is still with us. What is really going on there, I wonder? If he stays with us, he must get a run in the first team, I believe – but where would that leave Leigh Griffiths? Or Odsonne Edouard for that matter? Edouard eventually got a very good goal today, after a certain amount of fruitless endeavour.

By my reckoning, we could have 29 games to go. That presupposes that we reach the final of the Scottish Cup and the Europa League. (Of course, we will! Won’t we?) There is an awful lot of football to be played. I’m looking forward to it.

DP

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