Walking up to Celtic Park last night I thought I was about to see a routine win for the Bhoys and I was hoping that Aberdeen could do us a favour against the tribute act. Well Aberdeen did us a favour alright but Hamilton never read the script and made it uncomfortable for us to watch. A flat Celtic performance for 90 minutes but then our leader Scott Brown pops up with the winner in time added on to send us into wild celebrations and ensure we skipped down the London Road back into the city.
Now all eyes and all talk will be on Sunday and the journalists who tried so hard to get Neil Lennon to talk about the Cup final at a press conference earlier in the week will get their answers when the gaffer refused to answer anything other than about the Hamilton game
The Green Brigade were back in their usual corner, making noise and generating a good atmosphere in a stadium. There were lots of empty seats while the clamour continues for cup final.
The Bhoys ultra group were as always present high up in the corner between the Jock Stein and North Stand. They had created the atmosphere while the GB were banned and once again were also there in attendance. It would be great to see them getting a space together at the front of the upper tier where they would be more visible and add even more to the atmosphere they already create in the stadium on match days.
Ryan Christie was once again on target as Celtic laboured through the first half but went in at half time 1 up. I’m sure Lenny told them to get their finger out at half time and put the game to bed and they started the second half sharply but soon the game went flat again and Frazer Forster in the Celtic goal was kept as busy if not busier than the visiting goalkeeper.
While sipping my halftime Bovril, I checked to see how the game was going up North. Aberdeen had pulled one back before the interval and just as we settled in for the second half word filtered through and a cheer went up around the stadium that it was level in Pittodrie.
As Hamilton battled for the equaliser with 7 minutes to go my mate, Henry turned around to me after checking the score from Aberdeen on his phone and said “these 7 minutes could decide the season”. By the end of normal time my frustration had turned to one of disbelief and silence when the visitors equalised. The fans in the stadium rallied the players with one final war cry and they answered the call.
Not even an award winning Hollywood scriptwriter could have wrote a more fairy-tale ending when our captain Scott Brown stepped up to the challenge and scored the winner. Soon after the final whistle was blown. We won a battle last night but the war continues as we move onto the Hampden battle field.
Andrew started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. One of his essays featured in Celtic Minded 2 and he is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.