Domestic prowess

Celtic coasted to a 5-2 win at Fir Park on Saturday lunchtime. A good response to a tough couple of days in the Celtic community.

Although Motherwell took the lead in the 12th minute, Celtic responded just two minutes later after James Forrest played in Kris Ajer. The finish was very cool from the big guy and I’m loving his evolution in this Celtic team.

Then Celtic took the lead after Leigh Griffiths drilled home a low drive from a free kick into the far corner of the Motherwell goal. His return to the Celtic squad has been a welcome boost this season and his ability is an import option for the manager.

In the second half James Forrest turned goal taker and increased the lead after receiving a cut back from Boli Bolingoli. Forrest showed good close control to smash home a left foot shot which beat the Motherwell keeper from close range.

Then it was time for substitute Odsonne Edouard to have his say. Olivier Ntcham played the ball from wide using the outside of his right foot, finding the waiting Edouard who stayed calm and unleashed a terrific finish from the edge of the box.

Celtic were not finished though and made the home side suffer some more. After Edouard was fouled in the box, another of Celtic’s rising stars continued to rubber stamp his importance in this team.

Ryan Christie, on for Ntcham, stepped forward and smashed home another goal from the penalty spot to complete the Steelmen’s misery. Despite scoring two goals either end of Celtic’s five, it was an outright victory for the Champions.

We’re only two games into the domestic season and Celtic have scored 12 goals. If they keep that up, they’ll surpass last season’s total of 77 goals.

So domestically, a good start overall and in Europe, more hard work ahead of us. Don’t let that deflect from the negative narrative though.

As a supporter group were fond of criticising the media for bringing us down at every opportunity. Most of what I’ve read recently has been from our own supporters being dissatisfied with our new players, lack of transfer activity or whatever takes their fancy.

Bolingoli has been getting it tight from many sections of the support and some of it is even warranted. Our expert player review panelists have already passed judgement saying that they’ve seen enough though and that he isn’t good enough for Celtic.

This mindset within our fan base is damaging. Keep it up and you’re contributing to any such downfall.

How about getting with the program and backing the new guys? I’ve even picked up on one or two negative comments about Christopher Jullien, a player we’ve seen very little of to form an opinion.

It seems that whatever the situation, fans will somehow find a way to portray it negatively. If we were once seen as being paranoid I’d say now we’re being more spoilt and pessimistic.

What privileged times these punters must have lived in as Celtic fans. We’ve embarked upon a new campaign with a new manager and trying to evolve with new players.

Our transfer dealings aren’t over. We have more work to do for the long term.

I’m pleased with our work thus far. That doesn’t mean I think we just stop there.

If we get past Cluj on Tuesday, Celtic will be in Europe regardless of what happens in the playoffs. So Celtic will need to bankroll some further squad strengthening to make a go of it.

Neil Lennon has intimated that he still plans to offload, but who, when and why we’ll have to wait to discover. There’s no doubting we have a good squad, but were not fully set in all areas.

So far though, I’m pleased with our progress and I think there is more to be positive about than folk are actually discussing. The club just need to continue the good work and we need to throw our support behind that until we actually have something to complain about.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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