After Celtic’s vitally important 2-0 victory at Ibrox yesterday its time to state five things we learnt from the game.
1. Just when doubt was beginning to surround Celtic manager Neil Lennon, the former Northern Irish international stepped up to the plate and reassured those less than convinced Celtic fans. Neither team were at their strongest and Lennon was able to mastermind a vitally important victory, which now see’s Celtic lead the division by four points, shifting the pressure from the East end of Glasgow to the west end.
2. If anyone thought the Old Firm was losing some of its bite on the field, they were wrong. The match yesterday had all the intensity this kind of game deserves, Celtic’s Biram Kayal thoroughly got stuck in breaking up the play in midfield. When Kyle Lafferty came on he predictably threw his weight around trying to agitate the opposition.
3. Although there is intense and bitter rivalry between the two Glasgow teams and their supporters, Sundays game which was in memory of the Ibrox disaster in 1971 proved that there is an immense amount of respect between the two sets of fans. The minutes silence prior to the eagerly anticipated match was respected by all and marked a fitting tribute to those who sadly lost their lives on that horrible day.
4. Special mention must be given to Celtic’s Giorgios Samaras, the much maligned Striker has often failed to gain the support of the Celtic faithful, but his match winning performance yesterday certainly put him in the hearts and minds of all attached the club, if only for a short time. After the match Lennon heaped praise on his big Greek centre forward yet made it known that the player’s one consistency was his inconsistency. If Samaras can play out the remainder of the season in similar fashion he may well secure a future for himself at Celtic Park, that’s if he hasn’t already been shipped out during this current transfer window.
5. Finally, with Ally McCoist a certainty to take over the reins when Walter Smith leaves Ibrox at the end of the season is the future of the club in somewhat uncertainty? From the looks of things McCoist played an even bigger part in the team selection and tactics yesterday, in turn the balance of the team looked off and Whittaker as a midfielder was less than convincing. Should McCoist get the job, Should Celtic fans be filled with confidence?
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