After fine wins over Hearts in the cup and Partick Thistle and Motherwell in the league ….were entering the busy Christmas period that always goes a long way to shaping the second part of the season, if I was reviewing the first …there would be glowing reports all round….
Fraser Forster was a fantastic goalkeeper and anyone who came to the club to replace him would have quite a job on their hands, Craig Gordon has had a tough time of it prior to coming to celtic with injury…but since. The x Hearts and Sunderland goalkeeper arrived he’s fitted in and had some great games between the sticks especially in europe, he commands his box very well and you feel no danger when opponents attack because you know he will do something special,a good shot stopper who’s established in the squad now and is an integral part of the group going forward…
we’ve not conceded a lot this season and that’s down to a good defence Izzaguire seems back to his best and has had a number of world-class outings this season, one thing you get with the guy is good honest endeavour and effort when he’s on his game he’s one of the best squad players we have, foraging up and down the left hand side …some of the crosses into the box are pinpoint and our forward players know that there will be quality and quantity throughout games, he looks like he’s enjoying his football again and that was evident st the end of the Motherwell game, when he celebrated with the travelling hoops…
Another standout in defence is the big Dutch…Virgil Van Dyk not only a fine defender but a goalscorer as well…6 goals already this season from centre half..he’s a bit if a wanderer in games popping up in unlikely places, but one things for sure he never forget s his defensive duty and is a big solid rock at the back…Jason Denayer the loaner from Man City has also looked a class act for someone so young holding onto him beyond his loan deal may be a bridge to far but if it’s only the season we get from him then it’s all good..
The midfield engine room with brown and Johansen. Has been fantastic with both player supplying ammunition for the forwards. Johansen has played with drive and great vision.and Brown is his enigmatic self as usual..Ronnie Delia had Johanson at stromgodset…and knew his worth obviously and bringing him to the hoops is proving fruitful, Brown has been a great ambassador for Celtic and a fans favourite..for yrs now and looks like a player who will probably see out his career in the hoops..
Our forward line got a much-needed injection when Celtic took John Guidetti on loan from Man City 11 goals in 12 games for the champions, the young swede looks a thrilling prospect,he’s taken to life in the hoops and is a fans favourite already, some of his celebrations are just nuts,a skillful player who has a trick or two in his locker…hes fast becoming an integral part of Ronnie Deilas team,the difficult part of the loan deal will be trying to tie him down to a longer contract, Celtic need to act fast or risk losing probably the best striker we’ve had since Hooper….
At this stage of the season the teams playing some nice football,theres players I’ve not mentioned yet like biton,Stokes and Forrest but collectively there all on form, and our season is taking shape, top of the table with a 3 point lead, 5 th round of the Scottish cup to play against Dundee, last 32 and knockout phase of the Europa League and a semi final to come in Feb against the tribute act from govan, my pre-Christmas report is a good one I’m happy with the way things are going, Dec will be tough st mirren H Dundee utd A,and Ross County H see the year out, and another 9 points from these will strengthen our lead as pole sitters into the new year..hh