Celtic dropped two points yesterday to a dogged Sevco team who stayed in the game right to the end. Celtic had the outstanding player on the park as Scott Brown stood head and shoulders above all and showed leadership and drive throughout.
Broony was everywhere in a game where not too many of his teammates matched his energy and intensity. Our captain is in career best form this season and he did not deserve to be in a side that did not pick up the three points.
Sevco were best served by Clint Hill who kept Moussa quiet, scored a deserved equaliser and became invisible two minutes later as Griff and the Hoops were denied a stonewall penalty by Bobby Madden, who cemented his selection for the Scottish Cup semi final next month. I am not even going to say anymore about him and the only surprise for me is that people would be surprised at this show of cheating.
In Brendan we trust has been the motto this season and rightly so, but I believe he erred yesterday in removing Stuart Armstrong and not putting on Eboue, leaving us imbalanced in midfield and it was no surprise to me that Sevco snatched an equaliser in the last five minutes. Brendan has hardly made a wrong decision all season and maybe if the penalty had been awarded we would be lauding him.
This season we have been raving about Moussa and Scotty Sinclair but both were pretty well marshalled and did not influence the game in the way we would have been hoping. Moussa has been outstanding in coming short in receiving the ball but he spent yesterday seeking to get in behind their defence and may have been hoping to replicate two of his goals from the previous league game against Sevco at Celtic Park.
Scotty just did not seem to play like he usually does. I believe he just had a bad day at the office and will come good again. The most important game of the season is next month against yesterday’s opposition and we need Scotty to be fit and firing. Unfortunately yesterday he was off form and hopefully he will regain the form that has shown him to be an outstanding acquisition for Celtic.
Overall I thought a point apiece was a fair reflection of the game. In analysing the game I wonder how many players Brendan would have given pass marks to yesterday and hopefully we will roar back stronger than ever and get the league flag won soon.
Okay that is the small picture of yesterday dealt with and we remain undefeated domestically so let’s look at the big picture.
The opposition yesterday celebrated like they had won a trophy as they know we have better players than them and they avoided a drubbing. In contrast our response was downbeat. This showed me that our players know they were not at their best and will seek to rectify this next time out.
As a club we are in a strong position and I am confident that the manager and coaching staff know where we can improve next season. I expect two or three high quality signings who can improve the team going forward.
What we do know is that a one goal lead against that team may not be enough and we need to beat them and take the refereeing team out of the equation.