On Wednesday night we saw St. Mirren park the bus and Celtic secure another 3 points at another empty stadium. Celtic came from a goal down to win 2-1 and narrow the gap at the top of the table to 3 points with a game in hand against Aberdeen and IF we win on Saturday we will go top of the table with the rangers not playing till Sunday after Stevie G masterminded a win against European giants Red Imps.
It was Shane Duffy who was grabbing the headlines again on Wednesday evening. Duffy is handling headers from set pieces like he handled the press at his press conference during the week with ease. We all dream of a team of Shane Duffy’s while Gary Breen just dreams of being noticed again! Shane Duffy will be one of the first names on Stephen Kenny’s team sheet when Ireland manager names his team ahead of traveling to Slovakia next month for the crucial Euro semi-final play-off.
James Forest once again shut up his critics for the time being anyway with a fantastic headed goal. Edouard missed a penalty but all is forgiven because he has hero status, had Ryan Christie stood up to take the penalty and miss I fear it would be a different story with the critics on twitter.
We went behind after 3 minutes and the following morning I saw a tweet from a Celtic fan calling for Lennon’s head if we win or lose the league shortly after we went behind. 3 minutes, 3 f**king minutes with 87 minutes left to play.
I can only imagine that the fan is young and frustrated at not being able to get to games and is taking his frustration out on twitter, maybe if he was at the game he would have turned around and said it to a mate or shouted out aloud in the night air and it would have went unnoticed.
Yes it must be a young fan who only knows success at Celtic because being a Celtic fan now is a lot different than those barren years back in the 1990’s when Rangers were dominating Scottish football and we had the legendary Paul McStay leading us back then on the field. A Celtic man through and through and one of the greatest players to ever grace the Celtic jersey who could have played with any team in the World at any time during his career but he was happy to pull on the hoops jersey when others would have left for riches and success.
Paul stuck with us, the fans stuck with Celtic and have reaped the rewards of loyalty with treble after treble, trophy after trophy and we never went burst in pursuit of becoming the finest team in Scotland and I know you all agree.
Yes it looks like the rangers have improved and seem to have a solid defence but remember Edouard broke their heart before and I expect him and the bhoys to do it again.
Let’s get behind Lenny and the Bhoys until the end of the season and then we can open the debate on how Celtic move forward to qualify for the Champions League until then we must keep the faith and stay faithful through and through.
Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & 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
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