Celtic 0 – Hibs 0. Oh Dear

After being on a high due to the success of F.A.C. demo I ended up sitting in Celtic park fully expecting a powerful performance from the team. How wrong was I? Probably as wrong as anyone can be.
The performance was a damp squib. No cohesion,no passion and no ingenuity. It was clear from the start what the game plan was. It was to rely on a 20 yr old to carry a team of older players. Hibs had learned a lesson from the hammering they took days before so when Forrest did get the ball their were two players on hi right away. With Mark Wilson playing poorly behind him Forrest was mostly snuffed out as a threat. I was surprised to see that Wilson who is clearly not fit being given the captains armband for the game ahead of Charlie Mulgrew. The captains armband should not be passed around like a parcel. It is meant to mean something and Charlie had been doing well enough in the roll so why change it?
There is honestly not much to write about the game because nothing of note really happened. Halfway through the second half it was clear that a change in personnel and tactics were needed. Well we got a change in personnel with Wanyama and McCourt coming on for Ki and Kayal but there was no change in tactics therefore the substitutions were no effective. Nothing changed. The highlight of the day was meeting Davie Hay other than that it was dire.
I want to take time to mention the fact that the Police seemed to get very heavy handed with Green Brigade members in 111. Why they waded into the crowd at that end of the ground was a mystery. There were no flares, smoke cannisters or offensive chanting. I noticed after the final whistle that the Police were blocking the passage ways and exit in section 111 and appeared intent in not allowing anyone to leave the area. I’ve heard some talk that the Police ended up “engaging” the supporters but I honestly don’t know what happened as all I wanted to do at the final whistle was to get out of Celtic Park asap.
Match Pictures HERE

Police getting heavy handed with the Green Brigade

Comments

  1. As always I waited for the ground to clear, and started to head towards the Celtic end, when I became aware that the GB area was walking towards me. Next thing all I could see were 4 police moving into the crowd, who reacted by trying to “cut” them off. One of the police stumbled and ended up on his arse in the seats. As soon as he fell over, on his own, the supporters around him gave him space and helped him up. Then I saw them all retreating back down towards the pitch. My wife seemed to think that they had made a heavy handed arrest of one of the young lads (young being anybody under the age of 45 to us spring chickens). Hope this helps with some of the information about after the game, but did not really see everything that happened.

  2. As always I waited for the ground to clear, and started to head towards the Celtic end, when I became aware that the GB area was walking towards me. Next thing all I could see were 4 police moving into the crowd, who reacted by trying to “cut” them off. One of the police stumbled and ended up on his arse in the seats. As soon as he fell over, on his own, the supporters around him gave him space and helped him up. Then I saw them all retreating back down towards the pitch. My wife seemed to think that they had made a heavy handed arrest of one of the young lads (young being anybody under the age of 45 to us spring chickens). Hope this helps with some of the information about after the game, but did not really see everything that happened.

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