A tale of two Thistle’s

Celtic completed their third successive win in a row for the second time this season. If you count the 3-0 awarded to Celtic against Legia Warsaw, this would be the third occasion that a hat-trick of competitive wins has occurred.

In the club’s overall history this isn’t ground breaking stuff, but in the current season this was another vital victory for Ronny Deila as he aims to improve the team’s consistency. It may not have been the prettiest of matches to begin with but Celtic got the result they craved in the end.

Even more pleasing was seeing Guidetti and Šćepović getting on the score sheet again. For the time being this partnership cannot work together in Europe, but it was good to see them working together in the league.

Guidetti’s free kick was slotted home nicely from just outside the box but their were plenty more chances. With Kilmarnock’s red card a cause of said free kick, it was a large contributor to Celtic’s goal threat as the match progressed.

Take nothing away from Celtic though because as I have said before, they have the ability to throw away chances in games. So not only was it pleasing to see Šćepović score, but to see him have a number of chances demonstrated some desire.

Having only seen the highlights, I never really got an overall impression of the team performance. To the player’s credit, they have dealt with a post European fixture, albeit on home soil.

The next two matches for Celtic are also on home turf. Partick Thistle in the League Cup on Wednesday and Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Two victories would keep Celtic in the League Cup and closer to top spot in the league. They would also signify the first point in the season where four and five consecutive competitive wins would be achieved.

In a season that has seen some disappointing results at home and abroad, this would be a welcome boost. It would also go a long way to boosting morale amongst the support which has not shown up in great numbers at Celtic Park.

Ronny Deila has had his critics in the media, from ex-players and within the support. Decent results in the Europa League are helping to ease some of that but he still has his critics for not killing off games and making unsupported team selections.

And yet this is still only October and the building is ongoing, but I see the team getting stronger. Celtic are not the finished article, but I remain a firm supporter of Ronny Deila.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie

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The time is now

As a positive international break for Scotland closes, the spotlight returns to domestic football. For Ronny Deila, that means its back to finding form for Celtic.

I said a wee while ago that time was on his side even if all of the support weren’t. We’ve now reached a point in the season where there has been an international break, a mid-term so to speak, and now its about the run in to Christmas.

In terms of the league, Deila, his coaching staff and indeed his players must start to harvest some results. There is still a long way to go in the league but this break must have been a good opportunity for Ronny to take stock of the season to date.

Six points off the top with one game at hand isn’t ideal for Celtic but it isn’t unrecoverable either. Its time to start turning over teams and stepping up a gear.

A good run starting tomorrow away to Ross County is first on the agenda. Then there are four home fixtures against FC Astra in the Europa League and Kilmarnock, Patrick Thistle and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league and league cup.

Celtic must make the most of home advantage and install some confidence amongst the support. The time is now.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie

FC Paranoid

Neil Lennon’s retaliation to David Bre…sorry, Kenny Shiels recent dig, provoked a response from the Kilmarnock manager himself. Now Lennon could have played down the original comment but he played it instead.

Shiels, denying any wrongdoing of course, attempted to ‘diffuse’ the matter by criticising Lennon for being too serious. Oh how we laughed at the misunderstanding!

What banter shall we have next then Kenny? Something vile about catholic’s?

Lennon is unlikely to comment further but you never know. Personally, I would leave it though Lennon is a far better speaker than I.

This clichéd “paranoia” jibe stands out as much as Kenny Shiels ears do. The subject is well past its sell by date and as Neil quite rightly said, in recent times Celtic’s challenging of matters has been justified.

For many years there was “no story here, timmy” but that all crumbled with the Jim Farry case. Since then Celtic have had to challenge other matters within the game they felt strongly about within the game, I mean are we supposed to accept everything in football?

This FC Paranoid banter by Shiels is somewhat ironic though. To nickname Celtic for being paranoid, when in fact through evidence the club have been anything but, makes Shiels look like a Killie pie.

It’s quite clearly a case of the “banter” – you know, the one where it suits the offender to says it is? In my opinion Lennon was well within his rights to stop Shiels in his tracks.

Spouting such garbage is clearly moronic though representative of the array of eejits that populate the Scottish game. Kenny Shiels may not be a native of Scotland but he seems to conform to the “banter bandwagon” much like other clubs and personnel do within Scotland.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie