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
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.