A stuttery start…

Celtic unfurled the league flag on Saturday to mark their 44th Scottish title. A symbol of the club’s most recent achievment in their 125 unbroken years.

The team lineup for the visit of Ross County was very much as you would expect. New boy Derk Boerrigter started on the left flank and looked keen.

In fact there were a number of occasions where he could have and should have scored but I’ll let him off for now. However, it would be County that drew blood first in this match

Celtic look a little unsettled at the back. Securing your central pairing at the heart of defence is important for a team so it is imperative that this is addressed, particularly for European matches.

Also on that list of tasks for Neil Lennon will be the procurement of a target man. Whilst there is a plethora of attacking options for the head coach, Celtic need a striker like Willo Flood needs a tan.

Lennon has mentioned that a striker will be found. Whoever that player is may depend on European progression for the club.

This single factor could seal the deal for the right player. Until then, the rest of the squad will need to carve out the results without a Gary Hooper replacement.

The team looked sharp enough to win the game against County and there were some decent moves. Creator-in-chief, Kris Commons, looked a bit of the pace after an impressive match in the Elfsborg game, which was probably why he was not as sharp.

His touch let him down so it was the new boy Boerrigter that would get things going in the first half down the left channel. Though injury would shorten his debut, he did look promising.

I am concerned about his nickname “sicknote”. Or as they say in the Netherlands “shicknote” – Steve McLaren take note.

Boerrigters replacement, Tony Watt, gave the County defence problems down the left wing. This is not his position though, I’m sure you would agree.

Elsewhere in the team, Stokes put in another tireless performance. Forrest didn’t do too badly but not as effective as he can be.

I had no complaints about man of the match Scott Brown. Not everyones favourite but always a first pick for me just like Ledley and its a position Kayal is competing for once more.

As I said earlier, its a different story at the back. We have good players but something is not clicking.

Lustig is a fine player. He could play in any European club in my opinion.

Matthews is another talent. He brings another dimension to the team.

Izzy is look better these days. More like himself before his long term injury.

Sometimes though there are sone real brain-farts happening in central defence. Wilson and more notably, Ambrose are capable of errors.

Wilson has found the form he needed at the club. I would still like him to play a role despite transfer speculation.

Ambrose can play the game of his life at times. He also likes to test the opposition by gifting them goal scoring opportunities.

He needs to cut that out soon. As much as I admire his Mjallby like ‘do or die’ attitude he needs to make better decisions.

Mulgrew is fairly steady at the back. New arrival Van Dijk will shake things up and hopefully create the competition for places the defence sorely needs.

With County out the way, following a late show we look forward to Elfsborg. Actually, I take that back – I’m bricking it.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie

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