With the first piece of silverware locked safely away in the Celtic Park trophy room, after a rousing victory over our city neighbours in the league cup final on Sunday.
The chants and songs that spurred the Bhoys onto victory are still echoing around the national stadium at Hampden as well as Celtic bars across the world.
The unified celebrations which swept from the players and management team on the field of play, to the fans lucky enough to be in the stands when referee Nick Walsh finally blew his full time whistle, was a clear indication of the harmonious strength around our club under the guidance of our gallant Aussie leader Ange Postecoglou.
Two well worked goals scored by our talismanic Japanese sensation Kyogo Furuhashi ensured the trophy remained in green and white ribbons for another year.
Both goals were perfect examples of our players ability to lift the tempo, find space and exploit weaknesses across our rivals back line.
The way Celtic lined up seemed to suggest that we were happy to overload on our left, to make the most of the frailty of the defensive decision making in the rangers right.
The plot worked, Hall of fame captain Tavernier was caught well out of position when Aaron Mooy slipped a pass to Greg Taylor for the rejuvenated left back to fire the ball across the 6 yard box and present Kyogo with a tap-in to open the scoring.
The goal as expected sparked wild celebrations amongst the hoops players and fans – the fans kept the party going, staying in full voice well into the half-time break.
We had the woodwork to thank for maintaining our lead early in the second half when Kent’s shot came off the base of the post, Malik Tillman couldn’t back up his media conference bluster as he missed the target from the rebound…………
When we doubled our lead, we once again exploited their deficiency at right back.
Starfelt cut out a poor pass from Tavernier, ensuring a quick turnover in possession, letting our energetic midfielders feast on the spaces in the final third.
Again Mooy released a telling pass, this time to Hatate for him to square to Kyogo for another tap-in. Two goals up, very much in control on the pitch and of the airwaves in the stadium.
Even the loss of a sloppy goal to half our lead didn’t introduce the panic it might normally do. Our game management was excellent, and our opponents did not show anything more to suggest they could muster an equaliser.
After the trophy was presented and the players paraded it in front of the Celtic fans, the Aaron Mooy chant welcomed the Australian internationalist to the corner flag.
Fans and players joined in the chant for the unassuming midfielder.
I thought back to Mooys unveiling at the fan media conference at Celtic Park in July last year and remembered how modest he was.
Explaining that he would need to work hard to push for a starting place in an already strong midfield, he also mentioned how important it was for him to work under Ange again and repay his faith in him. Mooy has proved to be the perfect model in doing his talking on the pitch and training field.
A very strong unit is emerging under the coaching of Postecoglou and his backroom staff, and it appears that everyone has already bought into his methods. Hopefully the celebrations on Sunday will be the first of many before the season ends, but for now it’s back to focusing on delivering another 3 points towards our target of the league title.
Martin Donaldson is a Glasgow East End Bhoy, He made my first trip to Celtic Park in 1983 for a 0-0 draw with Brechin City & thankfully that never put him off going back. He now sits perched high in section 409 of the North Stand with his 2 kids making memories along the Celtic Way.
He loves picking out those matches from yester-year to find out much more about the legendary names & faces that have graced the Celtic Jersey over the years. He is a keen fundraiser for The Celtic Foundation & The British Heart Foundation as they both strive to make a difference and to change peoples lives all over the world.
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