So with the Hogmanay hangovers all but gone I thought I’d have a look back at what our most recent encounter with the leagues newest club has taught us.
The hype building up to the game was as to be expected. Deep down knowing that we would get the job done but with the usual pre match butterflies.
They sprung a minutes silence on us with out any official statement. This was reasonably well observed apart from one or two idiots on either side hurling abuse at each other. Theres videos from both sets of fans which proves this.
We didn’t start off well whatsoever. Which is unlike us. We were slow and made many mistakes which resulted in us going behind to a goal from the only man who has played for all 3 old firm clubs Kenny Miller on the 13th or so minute. This shows that the players need to be fired up before the beginning of each half and not to take anything for granted.
Much was made of the ref McLean being a Rangers fan and so on but I wasn’t for buying into that before the start of the game. As the game progressed it appeared more that it was the linesman who was wearing the red,white and blue. With him chopping off a few clear onside chances for us.
Despite the efforts of the officials Dembele showed his class before half time by smashing a left footed volley into the top corner after the ball had came loose from a corner. Celtic grew in confidence after this and began to settle down into the game, however there was no doubt about it their goal did give us a shock.
As the game kicked off for the second half we started like a house on fire. Chance after chance, it was only a matter of time before we went in front. Scotty Sinclair done just that with a tap in from a great ball across the 6 yard box from Stuart Armstrong.
After that the bhoys were playing with a smile on their faces. The game was never in any doubt really. We could have scored 6. Unfortunately though we didn’t and the game finished 2-1 to the Hoops.
So after a quick round up of the game what did we learn?
We realised that the two main signings brought in by Brendan Rodgers, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair made all the difference. Rodgers had Sinclair at Swansea and got the best out of him there and it appears that he is doing the same now. Sinclair says this is now because he is enjoying his football again and I think this is clear to see, he’s back to the exciting, dangerous player he was a few years ago before he was swayed by the mega bucks of oil rich Man City. Dembele’s class was proven once again. His determination, his hold up play, his link up play, basically just everything. The boy can do no wrong and it looks like he’s only going from strength to strength. He will be world class in the years to come. I just hope that we can hold on to him.
The full team are now playing for the manager but i can’t write this without a special mention to a special few. Scott Brown, el Capitono, the General. The form he’s found this season is outstanding. Craig Gordon appears to have got his act together since Rodgers signed de Vries and showed that no one in the team is a guaranteed starter. And last but not least Stuart Armstrong, always had potential but now he is fulfilling it. He’s like an energiser bunny, he never stops.
The Rangers are light years behind us on and off the park. They played ok for 30 minutes. Unfortunately their fans won’t like what I have to say next, a game has 90 minutes guys, not only 30. Their fans and players are deluded to say that they are anywhere near the level of our current group of players. I read that they are quoting they need to spend £30 million to catch up with us? I wonder if anyone has told their saviour Mr King? That’s where the money is meant to come from isn’t it?
Today they have been linked (on the internet i may add) with West Brom’s striker Saido Berahino. Now guys this certain player was subject to a £22 million bid from Spurs last summer and reports are saying he will be offered a £60k a week contract to stay in the Midlands. Now I am but a mere middle class guy with no degree in mathematics but even I can see this does not add up.
When reading a rumour like that it always brings a tear to my eye to think if they can spend this type of money to enhance the quality of their team, have they paid the poor wee face painter from there family fun day 5 years ago, as he had to get a provy loan just to feed his family this Christmas?
The league is a forgone conclusion. The gap is huge. And good news fellow Tims, this is only going to get bigger.
Have a prosperous and healthy 2017 folks knowing that Glasgow is, and always will be Green & White.