A conservative view on a dull draw (Celtic v Kilmarnock)

I see a lot of people online commenting saying that the majority of Celtic blogs are negative. “What’s the point in reading when all you see is slating the club”

Well I apologise if it comes across that way about our club. Showing signs of displeasure means you are passionate about it.

So I’m going to try and write this in a positive light.

Pre match Celtic TV acknowledged the fans who slept out the night at Celtic Park last Saturday night, showed Ronny and Lawwell committing to give £1000 to the Celtic Foundation. A nice touch. Now if only that togetherness could be shown across the fellow board members, eh? I’ll not go there. Enough was said yesterday.

Onto this afternoons game. Killie at home. The return of el capitano. Only a good thing in my books. The line up;

Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Forrest, Rogic, Armstrong; Griffiths.

Bench: Bailly, Ambrose, Ciftci, Mackay-Steven, Allan, McGregor, Tierney.

Jozo returns. Allan still not in the starting line up. Tierney rested which is fair enough after being on Scotland duties. Stefan Johansen has been giving extra leave. No Carlton Cole and Derk Boerrigter is away to Silverburn getting a head start on the Christmas shopping.

Not bad start to the game from both sides, Killie had a free kick in a great position within the first few minutes but then forgot they’re from Ayrshire and not Barcelona and fluffed it.

Griffiths looking sharp and eager as always as he broke free but his first touch took him too wide as he had to wait for support and eventually came to nothing.

A corner to the back post seen Boyata rise but his header came off the post.

Griffiths playing on the shoulder of the last defender again as he got on the end of a long ball from Lustig but he couldn’t slip the ball by the Killie keeper.

Surprisingly Forrest looks keen to impress. Always looking dangerous going forward but wait for it ….. defending too! Well done Jamesy boy.

I wouldn’t really say that Kilmarnock show any threat as it appears only a matter of time before we break the deadlock.

With only 20 minutes gone, Josh Maggennis is lucky to be on the park. A studs up tackle on Scott Brown right in front of the ref. The ref only gave a yellow.

Madden has had ample opportunities to show more cards to Kilmarnock but it’s another 10 minutes before he is forced into booking Kallum Higginbotham.

Rogic makes us tick, with Brown back in doing the dirty work it allows him to saunter through with that big suave left foot of his. Forrest playing well too but his final ball leaves a lot to be desired. Izzy clearly hasn’t been working on his crossing when he’s been dropped as almost every attempt has sailed into the stands.

Killie are forced into a change with Mckenzie coming off gives us a chance to reflect on the game so far. My one word opinion, drab.

Madden is doing his utmost to give Killie the advantage. Countless fouls he just waves play on. Highly expect to see Kilmarnock end with ten men.

Half time 0-0. Think I’m going to need some red bull for the second half.

No changes are made at half time from either side. It has to be said that Celtic have came out of the traps quicker. Macdonald made a good save from a Griffiths free kick.

The first ten minutes of the second half are being played in the Kilmarnock final third. Surely we can break the dead lock. Balls are getting pumped into the box with Griffiths flinging himself at anything and everything. If only we had a target man to aim for ….

Armstrong has been howling. He finally gets the hook just before the hour and is replaced by GMS. He immediately does more than Armstrong as he was tripped in the box. But rigor mortis Madden doesn’t flinch.

It’s all looking a bit familiar for us this afternoon. The lions share of possession but still cannot break the deadlock. In saying that Kilmarnock haven’t shown any signs of being a threat.

It’s wave after wave of Celtic attack here, if only we could put a decent ball into the box. A special mention for James Forrest, he’s been the best player on the park this afternoon.

Ronnys hit the panic button with 20 minutes left. Rogic off and Ciftci on. I would have taken Bitton off if it was me, he’s not done much at all this afternoon by his standards.

Nothing to report. Hammering Killie, nothing happening in the box. Trying to stay positive though. Refuse to cave to negativity.

Last 10 minutes and it’s looking like we’re running out of ideas.

A missed placed pass allows Killie sub Greg Kiltie get a snap shot away but Gordon beats it away. Almost the only thing I can recall him doing today. Killie are creeping back into this. Surely not again.

Scotty Allan gets a run out with 5 minutes left. Almost forgot what the boy looked like.

The games wide open now with the final stages. Times like this you miss having VvD and sticking him up front.

Jesus, Killie hit on the break, counter and Jozo manages to get a tackle in and put pressure on Kiltie who puts the shot wide.

So close! Boyata has a header tipped onto the bar by Macdonald as we enter injury time, 3 minutes added.

Full time 0-0.

No width, no plan B. Dreadful match truth be told. Very surprised to see Kilmarnock finish the game with 11 men on the park.

Well that’s it for the day. That’s my take on a dreich day for the bhoys.

Aw the best people. HH.

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