Celtic take on Dundee United this evening at Tannadice. This is match number 3 of 6 for the month of January where Celtic should be aiming for straight wins.
United find themselves rock bottom of the Scottish Premiership on 10 points. This has to be a one of United’s worst seasons since the 1920’s but I’d need a Dundee United statto to confirm that.
I’ve always found ties with United entertaining over the years but they have found themselves way off the pace this season, compared to previous years. In the last 12 months Celtic have taken three of United’s best players off them which hasn’t helped of course.
I wouldn’t go blaming Celtic for Dundee United’s problems though. They’ve been selling their best for a while now; Andy Robertson, Ryan Gauld etc.
The question is are they reinvesting that? That’s something an Arab might know more than me.
Ironically, Nadir Çiftç, Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven have yet to set our pulses racing at Celtic. The two Scot’s have a had a longer bedding in period (and some decent games) than the Turk but none of them have been among our top players this season.
Our best players have been few in number but sometimes the latter half of the season can produce something new, sometimes in the form of a new signing. So far it has been Kieran Tierney, Tom Rogić, Nir Bitton and Leigh Griffiths keeping Celtic fans entertained.
Over the coming weeks and months that list may well grow. Tonight though, it is all about the three points for Celtic.
Despite United having a season of woe and being locked in the relegation zone, the bottom club can sometimes take you by surprise. However, Celtic are (I hope) on-the-up right now and should be aiming to put United to the sword this evening.
Ronny Deila took us all by surprise last Sunday and played two strikers. Tonight he would do well to do the same against a team who are suffering badly and show them no mercy.
It would also give Griffiths and Cole the chance to play together again. They teamed up well enough against Stranraer and I see no risk in going with the same plan against United.
As much as Ronny appears to oppose a two-man attack, one man hasn’t exactly being paying off for us. Against top class opposition I can understand a single front man but we are playing domestic football in Scotland and is totally different to playing European opposition.
So to ensure 3 points tonight I would go with Griffiths and Cole for sure. Celtic have a treble to chase and I think it is high time this team took the gloves off on the domestic scene.
Celtic should be smashing teams left, right and centre in the league. Sure, be conservative in Europe but in Scotland we are the best team in the country by far.
It’s time to start showing that because we’ve regressed. Role your sleeves up and start dishing out some punishment.
We aren’t going to win treble by being over-cautious in our formation.