Celtic grind out a good 2-1 win in Glasgow Derby

1-0 and Sammy is thanked by the Bhoys
1-0 and Sammy is thanked by the Bhoys

One of the strangest games I have reported on or watched was very little to report on. Ambrose and Dijk did well against troublesome attacking players, the midfield were good in stages, up front Stokes was isolated and Pukki was very poor today, but Pukki did say playing in the SPFL is harder than the top league on Germany

This was Celtic’s 20th competitive game of the season, and we are really at a stage where our squad is being stretched just now with Commons, Forrest, Mulgrew, Boerrigter, Matthews and maybe now Izzy and Samaras out for the Dundee Unites game, our squad is smaller than last year but it is stronger, the squad players we have are better than the squad players we had last year I think, Balde being a good example

Celtic fought hard in today’s Glasgow Derby and it was no show of brilliant football, this was a battle, I asked before the game started if we would miss Scott Brown who started today at right midfield instead of in the middle where he was been superb recently, in the end he was in centre midfield and steadied things near the end

1-0. Samaras header
1-0. Samaras header

Celtic took the lead on 33 minutes when an Izaguirre corner was met by Samaras; he headed it down with a good connection and 1-0. For spells today Partick showed they are a very good team at keeping hold of the ball, they play it side to side and backwards if needed. Thistle made it 1-1 in the second half and to be fair, poor defending by Celtic, we just switched off, Doolan hit the bar as the Celtic players looked on, the ball came back in and the same player got a foot to it and scored, at this point we think the worst

But this Celtic team are made of different stuff than they were even last year, Pukki who I thought was having a very poor game, he struggled with the physical nature of the game and couldn’t keep the ball, I felt sorry for Stokes today, he seemed to be up-front alone for long spells, Pikku is not a box player, when the ball was in the box, or crosses were put in, or on the counter attack, Pukki was outside the box, I am hoping Lennon and the coaches can change his style to suit the Scottish game, he gets no time here

2-1 and the winner from Balde, great goal!
2-1 and the winner from Balde, great goal!

A substitution I thought was good at the time, Balde came on for Pukki, Balde for a while earlier in the season looked clumsey and out of his comfort zone, but the last 2 games he has came on as a sub, he has scored. Today he scored a great individual goal, very similar to his goal against Kilmarnock; he got the ball and just ran at goal, got past the defender and slid it past the keeper to make it 2-1 on 74 minutes.

Celtic lost Izaguirre to a head knock on 77 minutes, with Biton coming on, then we lost Samaras to a very bad cut above his left knee on 85 minutes leaving us to end the game with 10 players, he was sitting up on the park looking ok, when Lennon spoke to the press after the game he said Izzy has concussion and Samaras was getting stitches on his knee wound, it looked as if it was a few inches above the knee so maybe he can strap and play, it would be bad news if we lost one or both players for any time with the players already out. As I say the squad is big and full of international players who are on the bench, so we are coping, but with Dundee United up next then Ajax away, I am guessing neither player will play next weekend.

All in a hard fought win, we just edged in and 2-1 was a fair result in the end. And again 2 attacking players getting the goals, Lennon will be happy with that

Balde Goal, the Winner!

Till next time

HH

Comments

  1. Hi Shaun

    Seems to sum up what I heard on CTV – in spite of the bias. I have not had a chance to watch the game yet but hope to do so today. Like I said commenting on your last blog, these are the games I hate when the weather often plays the greatest part in the outcome. I remember in my young days, I could have played through rain, sleet, snow and mud (and often did) with great glee. But wind just so pissed me off. Even though I was the Messi of any team I played in :), I could be a real Scheidt in the wind and that was another kind of messy altogether. So, like you, I just want to see results ground out and that is what the team seemed to do yesterday. It is doubly pleasing for me as I am not convinced Lenny always sees the need to do this on occasions. He is the very antithesis of the revered Cardigan who never knew what playing football was any more than being a chairman. Aye, “fancy football”, as they called it in my day, has its place and time but it is not about the how sometimes; it is simply and solely about the winning. Maybe Neil has just stepped up another rung on his learning ladder.

    Thanks again for the report. It is much appreciated by me as I do miss the forty million different opinions expressed for two hours on the terraces – well seats now. It is not the same with just the wife. Besides, she ALWAYS wins.

    Have a good week.

    H H
    Arthur

    1. Wife always wins Arthur 😀
      And yeah winning, 3 points, even an ugly 3 points, that is football. Playing “nice” football happens 1 in 10 games. The rest is just winning. Against Ajax we got lucky and won ugly, yesterday was the same. Too many fans want to be entertained, sadly that is not football all the time. Sometimes when your squad is low, injures have kicked in, you are forced to play players you don’t trust just yet, you are gambling on players (Like Lustig who needs a hip operation) week in week out, it is a juggling act, but I take my hat off to Lenny Arthur, he said “Brilliant win” and I agree, it was awful to report on, it was just awful 😀 But as Celtic fans we just want to see 3 points. I know many want to see fast attacking football and 5 goals and over head kicks and all that jazz, but to love football, is to live in the real world, as you know. Sometimes we get a game and we are just “SPECIAL” You can’t do what in a stadium so open like Partick’s when the wind is 60mph

      So all in, great 3 points, I am concerned about the next 2 games, I hope all these injured players can get fit. We seem to get everyone fit, then BANG 8 injuries again. I am sure they will clear up. If we had a full team to choose from, I think the football would be a little better. For now, we are playing with squad players in some positions. But that is “Team” so we go with it. Biton for example is an international player, not bad to bring players like that on

      Cheers for your good and honest reply Arthur..
      Enjoy your week, and we do it all again next weekend .. lol

      Shaun
      HH

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