Greens Complete Whitewash Of The Reds
Aberdeen 0 Celtic 1
Welcome to this edition of “Maley’s Musings”, the weekly article which aims to break down the news of the last seven days whilst offering some analysis and opinion, all in one thousand words or less.
Celtic scored the 125th goal of their competitive season last weekend against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, as our captain Scott Brown both started and completed a swift counterattacking move to take the lead early in the second half. In doing so, this made it four league wins from four against Aberdeen this season. Individually, it was Brown’s fifth goal of the 2014-15 season, but his influence on the team besides cannot be overstated. An expensive purchase and the source of some concern early on in his career, he has flourished into fine Celtic captain, embodying not simply the skill but also the grit, determination and desire which the role calls for. Although I have no doubts that he will be around for years to come – enjoying the first testimonial handed out to a Celtic player in some time as he does so – I feel it is likely we will find his a very difficult influence to replace when he does eventually leave his playing days behind him.
For those of you who may be interested, sixty-nine of our competitive goals this season have arrived at Celtic Park, fifty at away venues and another six at Hampden Park. Ten have come from the penalty spot, with three being registered thanks to own goals. Seventy-nine efforts have found the net on league duty, with thirteen being scored in the Scottish League Cup, Scottish Cup and Europa League respectively. Seven also came in the Champions’ League qualifiers (not including the phantom goals scored in the three-nil victory over Legia Warsaw).
St. Johnstone v Celtic
Speaking of goals, it is rumoured tonight’s trip to St Johnstone may see the return of some squad players to first team action, as Ronny continues to consider how he will adapt his personnel list during the summer transfer window (just this evening we have been linked with Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata). Stefan Scepovic, scorer of four goals thus far this season could start. Returns from injury for both Charlie Mulgrew and Tom Rogic also appear possible, with murmurs that youngsters such as Kieran Tierney may feature too. Of course, this could all be proven to be nonsense if Deila announces a full strength eleven tonight, but nobody could criticise him for using tonight’s match to experiment should he choose to do so. After all, a full strength side appears likely on the final day of the league calendar, so it could be argued this is the only opportunity he will have to play around with things. I, for one, would be excited to see the return of Tom Rogic in particular.
Celtic Park Continues To Improve
Earlier this week, to much applause, banners recalling some of the most important figures and moments from Celtic Football Club’s proud history went up on the exterior of Celtic Park. This was the latest in a long list of steps being taken to improve the area in and around the stadium, with much work, including the so called “Legends Wall” and the statue of Billy McNeill (amongst other things) still scheduled to appear in the future.
It will come as no surprise to any of you reading this that I was particularly happy to see a banner devoted to William Patrick Maley adorning the side of our stadium as part of the most recent work. As I said on Twitter, such a large scale visual prompt will inevitably lead many young supporters to ask “Who was Willie Maley?”, and perhaps a few adults may be intrigued enough to research his exploits also. This, of course, can only be a good thing.
Taking off my hat and waistcoat for a moment though, I must say that all of the banners – not simply that one upon which Mr. Maley appears – look fantastic, particularly when back-lit at night. The modern day Celtic Park truly is an arena to be proud of, both inside and out, and remains by far and away the finest football stadium in the country. Long may such progress continue.
This year’s annual charity raffle, in aid of Alzheimer Scotland this season, will close on Sunday night. Tickets will be available until midnight that evening, with the draw being carried out and the subsequent results announced on Tuesday. As yet, we have raised £1,480.66 during 2014-15, now less than £50 off our highest total ever for a season (£1,530 for The Wayside Club and Feed Glasgow last year). Personally, I do hope we will be able to beat this total but it has been a successful campaign regardless. As always, my gratitude goes out to all of you who have supported our endeavour. Your generosity makes such feats possible. Should anyone wish to purchase any raffle tickets or browse the prizes on offer, YOU CAN DO SO BY CLICKING HERE.
In other news, I have decided to tweak the name of my new book slightly, which should hopefully be released sometime in the autumn of this year, altering the subheading in doing so. It will now be called “Uniquely Celtic: The Soul and the Spirit”. More information with regards a release date, book launch and other stuff besides will be publicised in the coming weeks and months.
With that, I would like to conclude this article as I always do by wishing you and your families all the very best for the week ahead. Over and over, we will follow you.