Step it up

Celtic missed out on three points on Sunday. Instead they had to settle for one point but this wasn’t a game without entertainment.

Excitement may be missing from many of this season’s matches. It wasn’t elusive from the game at Tynecastle though.

This was a match anyone could tune into and enjoy. Good goals, good on-field battles and some good saves.

Am I disappointed with the result? No not really because it was a good contest.

That’s a seldom seen thing in Ronny Deila’s players this season. In the end the result was probably fair.

Personally, and I mean personally,  I genuinely thought this was a great game. I’m not judging the entire season on this match, just this match so we’re clear.

It was a good advert for the game in Scotland. Fine, if you’re sticking to your guns on Deila getting the sack, so be it.

You want a good game of football? You got it.

You want Celtic to win the league by a huge margin? No thanks, too boring.

It’s time to get real about the situation. I enjoyed this game and so did the punters I was watching it with, who by the way weren’t Scottish football followers at all.

Once more, I found myself doing a bit of educating and preaching about our game north if the border. It’s a huge void to fill but as a Scotsman living in the south I feel it’s my job.

Let’s not mock what both sets of players put into this game. It was a very good match.

We often talk about Celtic’s downgrading. Financial restraints that hinder club growth.

Celtic have downsized but it has probably brought back competivity to the league. The gap that needs to be filled lies in Europe but I’ve talked about that before.

We’re watching football in Scotland on a reduced budget. Winning margins are smaller.

People used to crave an early league title. Now I can’t imagine anything more unappealing.

Times have changed and we want better for the game. Or at least, I think that’s what we want?

Do we want to win the league with a huge gap? Or do we want to experience the highs and lows of a real domestic battle?

That’s where I think we’re at now. We can still improve our game but we need to recognise our level, respect it and grow from there.

Yes, we blew the chance to make the gap three points. I also think that it was a good spectacle.

I don’t think the pressure got to Celtic. Both teams went at each other.

No I don’t agree with all of Ronny’s decisions and we would all set up a Celtic team of our own differently. Right now that’s Ronny’s job and we’re still top of the league.

I’m not blind to the individuals who aren’t performing or where I think things need freshening up. In the grand scheme of things, that draw had more positives than negatives.

Tonight Celtic have another tough match away to Dundee. I say tough because of injuries currently plaguing our squad.

We can’t complain though. It’s just time to get on with it.

Regardless of any downsizing at Celtic Football Club, we are still superior in strength to any other Scottish club. Key players are missing yes, so it is time for those on the periphery to step in and for the whole squad to step up.

Aberdeen are at home to Partick Thistle which I’m betting they’ll win. So given the circumstances, I’ll take any kind of victory at Dens Park this evening for Celtic.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac