A Steady Start To Season 2013-14

A Steady Start To Season 2013-14

Season 2013-14 has seen a steady if unspectacular start for Neil Lennon and our team. After four competitive games the stats are looking good with 4

Neil Lennon season 2013-14
Maturing without losing his passion

played, 4 wins, 8 goals for and only one conceded. I’ll take that.

Are we playing really well, are we at the top of our game ? The answer to both is no however we are steadily improving as the standard of opposition grows. No disrespect to Cliftonville but we were always going to be too strong for a part time club regardless of how professional they were on the pitch. Elfsborg and Ross County are a big step up. Both are well organised and physically strong teams. Derek Adam’s team certainly gave us tough games last season.

So far so good but it is clear that we do need to replace Victor and Hoops with ‘like for like’ players if we are to be as strong as we were last season. In fact I would think that the manager would demand that we grow in strength. If and when we get replacements in may be down to our fortunes in the Champions League qualifiers. I would hope that if we successfully negotiate our next game and get to the play offs that the board will free up some money sooner rather than later.

Derk Boerrigter looks like a player, he was impressive during his short debut. Here’s hoping he’s more of a fixture in the team than the treatment room. All in all we will improve as we get more games under our belt and the injury list shortens. I look forward to the rest of this season with optimism. I’d also like to say that I feel our manager is maturing into his role. He has calmed down a bit but he has definitely lost none of his passion.

Hail, Hail

 

Comments

  1. I agree Jascam, a very good start to the competitive season. I think we played well against a decent Ross County side and we should be too good for Elfsborg tomorrow.
    I worry though that Derk Boerrigter might be a bit fragile. We have an unerring knack of signing players who get injured almost immediately. I hope he’s not made of glass because with him on the left and Forrest on the right, we’ll cause any team problems.

    I will say the following which will not be universally popular.

    From my position in the south stand on Saturday, I could only look on in disappointment at the occupants of section 111 doing their “lateral movement” thing. I have always stuck up for the Green Brigade but in light of all that has been said since the Cliftonville game, this was an act of crass stupidity.

    I would appeal to the Green Brigade –

    Guys, the general Celtic support love you. We love the carnival atmosphere you bring to the ground and Celtic Park will be poorer for your absence. That being said, rules apply to you as well as the rest of us and this type of behaviour is considered unacceptable so PLEASE abide by stadium rules, as the rest of us have to do. You cannot be treated as a special case, regulations make that impossible.

    Come to an agreement with the Celtic management and stick to it. Insist on a promise from the board to create a safe standing area where your lateral movement won’t cause damage or raise safety concerns.
    The sooner you are reinstated at Celtic Park the better – but you have to conform, there simply is no alternative.

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