As the media wets itself over yesterday’s win for the Ibrox side, Beale has only proved he can win when it counts for nothing
There is not one Celtic fan out there this morning who is happy with yesterday’s result, myself included.
Celtic’s performance left an awful lot to be desired.
I must admit, the minute I saw the team selection, I had immediate doubts.
I felt Ange was taking a gamble.
Ultimately, it didn’t pay off and some of our fringe players showed they did not have the desire or the fight to take the game to the Ibrox side.
If there’s one person out there who is smarting from that result and the manner in which it happened, it’s Ange Postecoglu.
Because that was no reflection of an Ange Postecoglu side.
Every player who took part in that game, will be acutely aware this morning that a performance like that is unacceptable.
Ange will have let them know this in no uncertain terms.
He will expect a reaction next weekend against St. Mirren, and I believe he’ll get one.
With all of that said, let’s actually put what happened yesterday into perspective.
We have lost two games all season.
Since the arrival of Ange Postecoglu, and up to this point, we have developed an expectation that we must win every game we compete in.
While that ambition is to be expected being Celtic, sometimes it is just not realistic or possible.
I say sometimes, because it has only happened twice this season.
The common denominator on both occasions?
Ange Postecoglu’s teams run like a well oiled machine when all the parts are in place.
Yesterday, many of the main parts were missing from the start, but none more so than CCV.
I’ll put it this way, Yuki Kobayashi was pretty much at fault for the Ibrox side’s first two goals, he is CCV’s replacement at the moment.
Do you think this would have happened had CCV been on the pitch?
I think you know the answer.
Not only would it not have happened, CCV would have galvanised the defence and he would have thrived on an occasion like yesterday.
Are we overly reliant on CCV?
Well, isn’t every team who has stand out performers?
That’s the reason they are always first picks.
What yesterday brought into sharp focus, is just how important he is to the team.
We missed him and at times, in his absence, our defence was all at sea.
We also missed Alistair Johnston, who is another player who thrives on these occasions.
So does Greg Taylor.
I think we can safely say that had those three players been available yesterday, the result would have been much, much different.
But they weren’t, so instead we’re licking our wounds after a 3-0 loss.
Do I blame Yuki Kobayashi?
No, I don’t, because he has not had enough game time to prove how good he really is, and yesterday was a bridge too far.
He’ll learn harsh lessons from that game, and it will build his character.
He now knows what to expect if he is chosen to play in one of these games again next season.
As for the third goal?
The less said about it the better, all it served to do was round off an utterly shit day at the office.
Ange Postecoglu will make sure it is a rare shit day at the office though, of that you can be certain.
This morning, the media is salivating and drooling over the Ibrox side’s performance.
The Ibrox side are back and Beale as proven he will be able to challenge us next season.
Kenny Miller is raving about Todd Cantwell, Graeme Young felt it necessary to get the “World Media’s” reaction to the “spanking” the Ibrox side gave us.
Keevins reckons our strength in depth has been called into doubt.
I can’t wait for Keith Jackson’s release of all his derby demons in tomorrow morning’s article.
In reality, all Beale has proven is that his side can beat Celtic when it counts for nothing.
That they can turn the style on when there’s nothing at stake.
That they can take advantage of a significantly weakened Celtic side, because that’s what we were.
He has won nothing other than 3 meaningless points.
I suppose you could say he has won the “depriving Celtic of a new points record trophy”.
Todd Cantwell was strutting and preening around the place yesterday, like he was the cock of the walk.
Its interesting that he was incapable of doing that when it actually counted.
And therein lies the truth of the matter, Celtic have shown they can stand up and be counted when it matters.
Hence the reason we are League and League Cup Champions, and in line for a treble.
The Ibrox side are in line for nothing.
So, as Eilish Barbour said, they might think they have the bragging rights at Ibrox for the summer, when in reality, all they have is an empty trophy cabinet gathering dust.
When we walk out onto the Hampden turf on the day of the Scottish Cup final, yesterday will be consigned to the “meaningless” history books.
Because that’s exactly what it is, meaningless.
It will be the furthest thing from the Celtic player’s minds.
Wrapping up a real world record treble is all they’ll be thinking about.
To put yesterday’s result into it’s final perspective, I’ll refer you to a Facebook post from Irish comedian, Sir Stevo Timothy.
I genuinely think he could not have put it any more succinctly than he did:
Enjoy your Sunday and don’t let yesterday bother you too much.
I know I’m not.
John Copeland says:
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Billy Boy says:
15th May 2023 at 9:07 am
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Tommy McQuillan says:
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Now we know why the tribute act do not want Celtic fans back for the Glasgow Derby ! Celtic do not play well without our fans , the 10 in a row disaster proved that and yesterday’s performance backed that up . With 2 derby games a season at minimal at Ibrox each season, the Rangers believe that they have a great chance of picking up points . Even with only 700 or so fans inside Ibrox can give the team a lift as opposed to no fans whatsoever ….. Including the orgasmic SMSM !
We were always going to have an off day at some stage of the season, it’s natural for it to happen in football. Thankfully ours was yesterday when the trophy is in the bag. I find it rather amusing that the huns and their cheerleaders are almost ejeculating over yesterday’s result! We were woeful yesterday,our passing,defending and finishing left a lot to be desired and not to mention our captain and leader looking particularly off the boil. The way we played yesterday will not be repeated that’s for sure! So let the deluded and gullible bask in the glory of 3 points won that gets them the square route of fuck all in the trophy cabinet. We’re on course for a world record of trebles, another achievement that even 2 clubs from ibrox will never ever have, just like the big cup! Meanwhile sevco accumulate records such as the worst team in champions league history! We set the standards Bhoys and Ghirls. Hail Hail!
All the other games against them have been close, so let’s not try to paint over the cracks with all our money against a team that is toiling to rub to penny’s together , we should be blowing them away with our squad, that did not show yesterday with the players coming in.
I well remember the 1986 Glasgow Cup Final. Despite the Huns winning 3-2, we Celts partied the whole game through…and afterwards. Albert Kidd had scored the 2 goals against Hearts, 6 days previously. The point that I am making, is that all our previous results against the new club, rendered yesterday’s result meaningless.
Against Dundee, obviously…doh!!
Even you will have to admit that Celtic were played off the park on Saturday. Cantwell had McGregor in his back pocket. Rangers are not that far behind you lot which we will prove next season.
It’s the hope that kills you Billy. You think we’re just going to stand still in the summer? Remember the reaction after we lost to St. Mirren?
Ange’s cryptic clue to the media telling them they won’t have a clue about player movement at Celtic means deals are already underway. Treble incoming.
Eric knott the mouth cantwell had nobody
in his back pocket he ran about kicking anything in green that moved and got away with it lundstrum should have been off the foul he got booked for was not as bad as the one he got away with when is goldson going to get a penalty against him he plays more like the keeper with amount he’s got away with so many hand balls only one team in every league in Britain not to have a penalty against them I’ve seen at least 20 that should have been given but haven’t
Sometimes in life you’ll lose a battle but win the war and that’s all Saturday was, sure, we got a heavy nosebleed but look at their faces they look like Jeff Lacey’s did after Joe Calzaghe beat him mercilessly for twelve rounds. As far as I’m concerned it was a horrible performance but the joy Ange and this team have given us in the last two seasons by far outweighs that result. Don’t get me wrong we were terrible and I’m not brushing it off or condoning how terrible we were on the day but it was one performance, every time we’ve asked these boys to go to the well in meaningful games they’ve delivered time and time again. They’ll all be hurting none moreso than Ange he tried something that didn’t work but I’ve got every faith in the man and those players will learn so much from the defeat and about themselves as well. It’s been a long hard season and we’ve won two out of two trophies and we’re going for three out of three and a potential world record eighth treble and if we get that nobody will remember that game because it meant nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Ange Postecoglou – for future reference 😉