David Potters Reflections: ” we WANTED to play”


Posted By kevingraham

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The key difference between this game and some recent games is that we WANTED to play. We came out, took a grip of the game from the start and remained on top in a devastating first half performance which saw goals from Edouard, Boyata and then Dembele. Odsonne Edouard will have silenced, we hope, some of the dreadful cyberspace criticism of him that was so out of order after the Partick Thistle game in particular. His goal was well taken and he kept the heid well as about half the Hearts team descended on him! The excellent Dedryck Boyata (my Man of the Match, incidentally) scored the second following a good pass from Moussa Dembele, and Dembele himself, who looked as if he was trying last night, scored the third. All before half time!

All in all it was a very encouraging performance, light years away from the Hibs game. The Hibs game was one of the games that we had to win even though we did not play very well, and the same was true of the Partick Thistle game. Last night was a game which was very enjoyable to watch – very fast, players moving about for each other, covering for each other’s errors (such as they were) and one or two players now having a chance to prove they are worthy of the green and white jersey. Eboue Kouassi, for example, earned his spurs last night with a fine 90 minutes, and we now hope for a lot more from the Ivorian. Olivier Ntcham was powerful throughout, and James Forrest and Kieran Tierney who had been less than their best against Hibs, now returned to what we know they are capable of.

Charly Masunda? Every player that we have ever had called Charlie or Charly has always been a great footballer and entertainer. I am old enough to remember Charlie Tully (just), a hero of mine was Charlie Gallagher, and although Charlie Nicholas betrayed us and himself, there was enough to hint at greatness in his short time with us. Charly Masunda came on to a great reception, and did enough to convince us that we made no mistake in bringing him here. Ball control and trickery were in evidence in his 20 minutes, and we look forward to seeing a full 90 minutes of him on Saturday at Kilmarnock.

The defence was fine. One error was punished by a goal, but apart from that there was a solidity. Kristoffer Ajer continues to impress, and like Kieran Tierney he is not afraid to go forward. This is in the attacking traditions of the club. Boyata was solidity itself, and one hopes that all these idiots who have written things like “not Celtic class” in their silly posts on Twitter etc. will now apologise. And I thought Dorus de Vries looked good.

I don’t think we will ever like Hearts, and they did little to endear themselves to us last night with some dreadful tackles. Lovely to see the exit before half time of some of their supporters who had boasted so loudly about what happened before Christmas! Hearts still have some good players, mind you, but last night was a lesson to them about an angry Celtic. Keep being angry, Celtic! Go out at Rugby Park and take a grip of the game from the start!

Parkhead was not quite full (near enough, though, on a foul night!) but the atmosphere was great as the crowd responded to the football played and the players responded back. Now that we have the momentum back, let’s keep it this way. Let’s attack from the start – and that includes the games against the Russians. Let’s not let them settle. We have a young, energetic, spirited, enthusiastic team with loads of talent. Keep going for it, Celtic! Last night’s first half was what Celtic means!


One Comment

  1. Brian Hugh Ferguson
    Posted January 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    As always,the best match report David.

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