Celtic 2 – Astra 1 : View from the Celtic End

Cutting to the chase – we won – another frustrating, annoying, lucky win with few glimpses of magic and focused passion – but 3 points are 3 points. Another team, taking advantage of our mis-steps, bad communication, sad defending, poor passes, no imagination in front of the net, and lack of cohesiveness, would have crucified us.

I’m so thankful we’re out of the Champions League; we don’t have the talent, tactics, confidence and poise to be playing in that arena.  Celtic Park is no longer a place to be feared. Today’s game was too pathetic on so many levels to bother going into very deeply …check out the official match report here

UEFA – http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000587/match=2014485/postmatch/report/index.html

Or Official Party Line – http://www.celticfc.net/news/6929

From my view, this season has not been going well. It’s disheartening and depressing and just sad to watch how far down we’ve tumbled.  I love Celtic – green and white blood runs in my veins – normally, I’m a pure optimistic – in the past, 2  down, I’d be the one saying we can come back from this – we’re Celtic – never say die – we’re gonna win…

Now – not so much – I think Celtic will have to start issuing drugs – of a tranquilizer/anti-depressant nature – or at least a voucher for a pint – with the purchase of every adult match ticket sold.  Today, for most of the game, it felt like we could pay off the ref and their goalie and still not score; on paper the stats said we had a ton of shots – pity none were on target. For much of the game, there was no Man of the Match; once Astra started pressing forward and were speedy on the breaks, Gordon dove to the rescue – once again – he’s my MOTM.

Astra will be disappointed not to take any points from tonight’s game.

The last 20 minutes contained the bulk of the action – that’s when all 3 goals were scored. For ours we can thank bounces off the bar more than the genius of the players – the 1st goal was the only positive contribution Stefan Šćepović made; not really seeing 2 million pounds worth of player there. Celtic players celebrated their skooshie goals with the fervor of scoring in a Champions League final. The Astra goal was the elbow/forearm sweep the ball into the net kind – look at the replay – just as well it wasn’t a crucial goal or I think it would be under review.

If our opponents keep playing slightly worse than us, we may well be in Europe in the New Year. There are glimpses of the vision Della has of beautiful, flowing, attacking football – but it lasts one game, then evaporates for a few weeks…

I don’t know the solution and I’m not being paid to find one, but if I was in charge, I would give a shot to more of the youth squad, who’ve come up through the Academy and are Celtic -daft. We need fire and imagination…experience will come…

But I do know – if we are out the League Cup, Europa Cup and sitting mid-table come January, Della will be joining Coisty in the unemployment queue…

Almost didn’t do this article; I knew it was going to be more of a lament than a song….but I realized if I waited until we played great, I might not do one all season!!!

Hail Hail – with hope in our hearts – we’ll never walk alone…

Yvonne

I am Scottish by design - citizen of the world by choice...I am a storyteller, who loves to entertain, enlighten and inspire....I believe that sometimes the only mode of transportation is a leap of faith.... I know we are all striving to be the best version of ourselves, that sometimes it's difficult to even get out of bed in the morning, but you have to keep moving, keep trusting, keeping believing.... Walk on with hope, joy, and love in your heart and you'll never walk alone....