Wasteful forwards costing Celtic dear
January 6, 2010
Apologies for the delay for my blog on the Old Firm game. I had planned to write this yesterday, but a combination of Notts County’s latest winding up order and a case of the AIDS put a bit of a delay on it. That’s the bad AIDS too. (OK, I don’t have AIDS, I have a man cold. Both are killers, honest.) Anyway, the Old Firm…
Despite putting on a reasonable performance, it was one of the most frustrating games I have watched in a long while, and I can’t believe the amount of chances we missed. Samaras and McGeady were the biggest culprits, with the big Greek back to his frustrating self. Quite how he managed to miss some of those chances is utterly beyond me. And McGeady’s misses showed us all that despite his obvious talent, he is not quite the player we want him to be…yet.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who was taken back to the early 90s while watching the game. How many Old Firm games did we see back then where we dominated possession, territory and chances, only for Laudrup to break away and score the winner? Rangers had one chance on Sunday, which they took. We had at least 9.
As for the controversial refereeing decisions that went against us, yes, he got them both wrong. However, we should have put the game out of sight without the referee’s help. By the time Skippy finally scored, we should have been three up, and the game would have been over. We clearly just don’t have the quality up front.
So that brings me on to the transfer window, and the desperate need for us to strengthen. The board must surely have noticed our lack of cutting edge, and so a new striker is a must. Dave Kitson has apparently declared an interest in a move to Parkhead, a move which could suit both parties. Kitson has been a regular goal scorer in the Premier League, something which he should be able to take into the SPL. He is also able to play as a target man, which may aid Skippy.
And that is the kind of striker we need at this stage. An experienced striker, rather than a youngster, one who can slot straight into the side and instantly benefit us. However, if the board aren’t prepared to put their hands in their pockets, I’m sorry to say I think Rangers will take another title, and we could see the end of Tony Mowbray.
Leaving us with just that ‘no debt’ trophy. Put your hand in your pocket, Mr Lawwell, and get us our title back.